It is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God.  Acts 15:19

Jerusalem Council

Some converted Pharisees come to the Gentiles churches and teach that to be saved believers “must circumcised according to the custom taught by Moses.”  Their intention is to impose the Mosaic law, and thus Judaism, on the whole church.  This stimulates a serious debate.

Does a believer have to surrender his own culture and become a Jew to be a Christian?  Must Gentile believers adopt the lifestyle laid out in the Mosaic Law?

After much prayer and discussion, the apostles reach conclusion.

Peter points out that God has accepted the Gentiles as they are and given them the Holy Spirit just as he has given the Spirit to Jewish believers.  Both are saved not by law but by faith.

We are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are…  Now therefore, why do you put God to the test by placing upon them a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  15:9-11

James, brother of Jesus, also spoke.  They should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.  Require them only essentials such as to abstain from all association with idol worship and reject sexual immorality etc.  28, 29

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When we are not guided by the Holy Spirit, we often impose our way of doing things to others.  Christians to non-Christians. thereby discouraging them from becoming Christians.

I also burden myself with many self-imposed  requirements.  Let’s remember that only a few things are essential.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Pray.  Unburden.  Be Happy :)!

  

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