At the time of the Apostle Paul, Colossae, present day Turkey, was a center of exotic spiritual philosophies. Some strains rejected Christ out right. Other insidious sects endorsed twisted versions of the Gospels, contending additional rules and rituals were required for spiritual growth. They valued laws over love, and guilt over grace. Paul reminded the Church, they could already stand blameless before Christ. Philosophies that condemn those who Christ has redeemed are false.