Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Would Paul Offend Us?

A little exercise over at the Sacred Sandwich considers what might be the response if Paul's epistle to the Galatians was published in Christianity Today. When you get a chance read through Galatians in one sitting and ask yourself, "How long would it take a pastor to empty out a church if he preached like this?" As a second question ask, "Does the contemporary church have as much jealousy for the Gospel as did the apostle Paul?"

Dear Christianity Today:

In response to Paul D. Apostle’s article about the Galatian church in your January issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galatian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people I’ve ever met.

Phyllis Snodgrass; Ann Arbor, MI

Dear Editor:

How arrogant of Mr. Apostle to think he has the right to judge these people and label them accursed. Isn’t that God’s job? Regardless of this circumcision issue, these Galatians believe in Jesus just as much as he does, and it is very Pharisaical to condemn them just because they differ on such a secondary issue. Personally, I don’t want a sharp instrument anywhere near my zipper, but that doesn’t give me the right to judge how someone else follows Christ. Can’t we just focus on our common commitment to Christ and furthering His kingdom, instead of tearing down fellow believers over petty doctrinal matters?

Ed Bilgeway; Tonganoxie, KS
Read the entire post HERE.

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