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Paul's moment of weakness?

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Ps104_33, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

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    While reading through the book of Acts, I came to chapter 15 where the Council at Jerusalem was held to discuss the issue of circumcision. It was settled that believers were not obligated to be circumcised ( 15:19-20).
    Then in the very next chapter Paul meets Timothy and took him to be circumcised for fear of the Jews. This just doesnt seem like Paul compromise like this, especially after what transpired in the preceding chapter. What are your thoughts?

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  2. Aaron

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    The issue at the Apostolic council, in my view, was whether circumcision was required to be saved. Paul's circumcision of Timothy was so that the common Jews, in their weak and superstitious thinking, would not be offended.

    However, when the Judaizers, who creep into to churches seeking to re-establish the Law, demanded that Titus be circumcised, Paul did not cave, Gal. 2:3-5.
     
  3. rsr

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    Timothy's mother was Jewish, his father Greek. In order to minister to the synagogues, apparently Paul felt it important that Timothy submit to Jewish custom. As Paul reminded the churches, there was no more observant Jew than himself.

    Titus, on the other hand, was a Gentile, and Paul had no problem defending his freedom from the Law.

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  4. donnA

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    Some taught that circumcision was needed for thr gentile to become a christian, alnog with following other jewish laws(aren't we the same way today), and Paul said no, you do not hav to be a jew first to be a chrsitan( no you do not have to be circumcised first), but Timothy was circumcised so that when he ministered to the jews(being jewish himself) they would accept him and what he had to say.
    It ties into what Paul said, (to me it does anyway), I ahve become all things to all people, as long as it does not violate the word of God.
     
  5. mountainrun

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    Timothy's mother was Eunice, a Jewish believer.
    His father was Greek. Timothy was not circumcised by Paul for salvation, but for expediency's sake.
    If he were not a circumcised Jew, he would be of little help in evangelizing the Jews.
    He would have restricted access to the synogogues.
    It would have been a stumbling block to the Jews, thinking that Timothy may have renounced his Jewish heritage.
    Remember that becoming a Christian didn't mean that you were no longer Jewish.
    The key is that Paul did not do this for salvation, which is what he condemned in the Judaizers.

    MR
     
  6. Dr. Bob

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    Don't we still tend to do things to accomodate our ministry either to weaker Christians or to the unsaved? We're not so far removed from the same thinking.

    And it is not bad. Why cause a weaker Christian to stumble? Why "turn off" the unsaved (by our clothes, hair, mannerism)?

    Not talking about us compromising our testimony, but not offending. :eek:
     
  7. Ransom

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    From a Sunday school lesson I gave on this very subject (specifically, Galatians 2:1-10, which deals with the same subject matter) a few months ago:

     
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