Gentiles are not Jews   4 comments

That ought to be a fairly easy argument — self-evident, even.

“It’s a sin to eat a cheeseburger, therefore Christians who eat cheese burgers should celebrate same-sex marriage.”

That is actually a paraphrase of what someone posted on my Facebook wall.

How does one answer that? Answering it would be a red herring designed to distract from the main topic, so I’m just going to leave that passage in Ezekial that the person is misrepresenting and answer a broader question.

Understanding the word of God and how it affects Christian lifestyle choices really is incumbent upon a familiarity to the Bible, first and foremost.

God set aside the Jewish dietary regulations. Acts Chapter 9 takes care of the whole “It’s a sin to eat a cheeseburger” and sets it aside. God decides what is clean and what is unclean. When He gave the Levitical law, His commands were useful to keep the Israelites healthy as they traversed a desert area without refrigeration. Abstaining from certain foods taught them discipline and obedience to God. But really, both of those arguments are trying to put a 21st century spin on God’s dealings with people 3500 years ago. Really, the Israelites were to keep those dietary standards because God said so. What God has called unclean, He can call clean and He did so in Acts 9.

Why did God change His mind? It’s important to recognize that these foods were never evil. It was the act of certain people (the Jews) eating them that was evil. Just like God said “Don’t touch that fruit” in the Garden, there was nothing inherently bad in the fruit. It was Eve’s act of disobedience that was evil … that was sin.

Why did God change His mind? Having used the dietary laws to teach the Jews obedience and to provide them with a distinct cultural character, it was now time for the Jews who had become Christians to spread the gospel (which was just the out-workings of God’s much-earlier promises to Abraham) to the Gentile world. It was going to be next to impossible for the Jewish Christians to remain ritually clean while interacting with Gentiles. What’s more, it wasn’t necessary any longer because Christians now had the Holy Spirit working in them to keep them from sin. They no longer needed the discipline of dietary restrictions.

But Gentiles were never bound by the Levitical law. Ever.

When Paul preached in Asia Minor, he did not teach the Gentiles who had never been God-fearers (Gentiles who accepted Jewish precepts) to live according to Judaic law. Paul had had more than a decade biding his time in Tarsus, waiting to be called to ministry, studying the Old Testament in light of the gospel. He apparently had come to the conclusion that Gentiles did not need to become Jews to become Christians. The members of his team agreed with him and so, apparently, did the members of the church at Antioch.

But some Jews (they are described as Christians) disagreed and they demanded circumcision and dietary obedience of these new Gentile believers. Paul went to Jerusalem (Acts 15) and explained his way of thinking. Backed up by Peter, who had faced opposition from this same sect, he convinced James and the other elders that Jewish cultural rituals need not be observed by Gentles, but more, Jews who wish to have fellowship with Gentles need not observe those strictures either.

I’m willing to bet the Judaizers muttered among themselves that this would lead to dogs mating with cats, but James and the elders circulated a letter to explain the decision.

From the apostles and elders, your brothers, to the Gentile brothers and sisters in Antioch, Syriaand Cilicia, greetings! Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused you, upsetting your minds by what they said, we have unanimously decided to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas who will tell you these things themselves in personFor it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules:

that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from sexual immorality*If you keep yourselves from doing these things, you will do well. Farewell.

*Sexual immorality – the Greek word here is porneia which occurs 25 times in the New Testament. The word has a wide variety of meanings that goes well beyond adultery.

Jesus used the same word in Matthew 19:9, where He says,

“And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Parallel in Mark 10:11-12).

In this passage Jesus uses two Greek words, porneia (translated “immorality”) and moichao (translated “adultery”). It is important to notice that if Jesus had not included the phrase “except for immorality” He would have declared that all divorce results in adultery. He did not do that. He included the phrase “except for immorality.” Consequently, He stated that if divorce occurs due to porneia, then adultery will not occur when the “offended” party remarries. Christians have gotten very far from this understanding of Scripture and we need to get back to it. Part of the reason that we’re having this argument with the world now on the current subject is because we’ve been lax on the broader subject for decades now.
But what does porneia mean? The Greek word porneia has a very broad meaning and includes illicit sexual behavior such as prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, premarital sex and bestiality.
The Exegetical  Dictionary of the New Testament states “Porneia means “prostitution, unchastity, fornication,” and is used “of every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse”. Since in Romans 1:26. Paul clearly describes homosexuality as sexual immorality, porneia can also refer to homosexuality as sexual immorality. The meaning is also illustrated in a variety of other New Testament passages – Adultery (Revelations 9:21; 14:8, 17:2, 18:3 and 19:2); Homosexuality (Romans 1:26-29); Lesbianism (Romans 1:26-29); Incest (1 Corinthians 5:1); and Pre-marital Sex (1 Corinthians 7:2).
The word existed in the secular world at the time and meant essentially the same thing, except that in the Greco-Roman world of the time, sexual immorality was widely practiced openly.

There’s a movement today that wants to teach that “good” Christians obey the law of the land and seek not to upset the societal balance and that in this way, we are somehow obeying Jesus, who never wanted anyone to feel badly about themselves or their behaviors. Jesus was inclusive and loving and never judged anyone ….

Bull!!!!

Jesus taught that there is a narrow doorway into heaven and that the only way to get there is through Him. He taught enough on topics like divorce that we can know what He thought of sexual immorality. He walked with Peter and John for three years, teaching them far more than could ever be recorded in the Gospels. He then met Paul on the road to Damascus. The early Christians, people who knew Jesus personally, accepted Paul, Peter and John’s writings as Scripture. They accepted the Gospels as Jesus’ words. To argue now that because the words of Jesus and the men He ordained do not agree with your pet view of the world they must either be misunderstood or wrong, is a ridiculous argument.

You who argue against what God has taught do not seek to please God. You seek only to please yourselves and you’re hoping that Christians will fall in line with you out of Biblical illiteracy. And some are doing just that, which gives you hope for a future free of God’s word. It won’t! Luke 19:40 says that if Christians are kept silent, the rocks will cry out the truth!

Christians are to obey God first and foremost. There are many areas where we fail at this goal, but currently our strength of character is being called to test over the subject of same sex marriage. Do we walk with God on this issue or will we give into the world? We are not called to hate gays, but we are told to flee their behavior. It is impossible to celebrate a same sex marriage, even as an unwilling caterer, baker, photographer, jeweler, printer, venue host, planner or preacher, and also free sexual immorality.

Choose today who you will follow. I will follow God. Don’t expect me to go along with you if you are not obeying Him.

Posted July 15, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

4 responses to “Gentiles are not Jews

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  1. INDEED A FIVE STAR ARTICLE AND POST. YAHVEH(GOD) DOES NOT CHANGE IS MIND, BUT PUT US ON NOTICE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT A MESSIAH WAS TO COME, TO BE ABLE TO INITIATE PROCEEDING IN ABOLISHING EVIL AND SIN, AND TO CAPTURE THE KEYS OF DEATH FROM THE ADVERSARY. EVEN THOUGH THERE IS STILL EVIL AND SIN, YAHVEH DID PROMISE MANKIND A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME TO PROVE OUR WORTHLESS WAYS, THAT IS WHY THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST, TO ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OF GOD; HENCE, THE ABOLISHING OF EVIL AND SIN SHALL BEGIN NEVER TO BE NO MORE UNTO ALL ETERNITY. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT NEVER CONTRADICTS EACH OTHER, BUT THERE IS EVERY INDICATION OF CHANGES TO RESTORE INFINITE UNIVERSES, UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF YAHVEH, AND THAT THESE CHANGES MUST TAKE PLACE. TRUE CLEANLINESS OF MANKIND SHALL COME AT THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST, THEN CORRUPTIBLE SHALL PUT ON INCORRUPTIBLE.

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  2. Reblogged this on I Refuse To Follow Your Blog and commented:
    BINGO!

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  3. Very well done. I have rebloged your post because it was exactly what people need to hear…whether they understand or believe it…that’s another story.

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