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What is the curse in Galatians 1:9?

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — {7} not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. {8} But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. {9} As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. [Gal. 1:6-9]

The NIV interprets ‘let him be accursed’ as ‘let him be eternally condemned’. Paul’s point is that it is a terrible, terrible thing to ‘distort the gospel’ (v7) and, if anyone does distort it, they are in trouble! Both James Strong’s and A. T. Robertson’s definitions of the word sum up by saying ‘accursed’ here means ‘doomed to destruction’.

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