Galatians 5:1-12 NCV

1 We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law.
2 Listen, I Paul tell you that if you go back to the law by being circumcised, Christ does you no good.
3 Again, I warn every man: If you allow yourselves to be circumcised, you must follow all the law.
4 If you try to be made right with God through the law, your life with Christ is over -- you have left God's grace.
5 But we have the true hope that comes from being made right with God, and by the Spirit we wait eagerly for this hope.
6 When we are in Christ Jesus, it is not important if we are circumcised or not. The important thing is faith -- the kind of faith that works through love.
7 You were running a good race. Who stopped you from following the true way?
8 This change did not come from the One who chose you.
9 Be careful! "Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise."
10 But I trust in the Lord that you will not believe those different ideas. Whoever is confusing you with such ideas will be punished.
11 My brothers and sisters, I do not teach that a man must be circumcised. If I teach circumcision, why am I still being attacked? If I still taught circumcision, my preaching about the cross would not be a problem.
12 I wish the people who are bothering you would castraten themselves!