I said it once; I'll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed.
Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn't bother being Christ's slave.
Know this - I am most emphatic here, friends - this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism.
I didn't receive it through the traditions, and I wasn't taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ.
I'm sure that you've heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God's church. I was systematically destroying it.
I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career.
Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother's womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity!
Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him.
and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was - I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus,
but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days - but what days they were!
Except for our Master's brother James, I saw no other apostles.