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by K. Neill Foster

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for November 08, 2018

Not So Then, Not So Now

Text: "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality" Acts 15: 28-29.

This text is an instructional document to Gentiles who had become Christians apart from the Jewish culture and context in which the Church was born. After due consideration, the apostles and elders at Jerusalem made a decision that would help such believers with the Christian "dos and don'ts."

There are always lists of the essential prohibitions. That's what we have in the Ten Commandments. The Gentile believers were free to abandon circumcision and other troublesome Jewish rules--but they were not without borders, not without some lines that were not to be crossed.

It is always that way. Some have longer lists than others. Interestingly, Paul seems to say that weak Christians are more prone to long lists of negatives than the more mature ones.

Personally, I don't do movies. This has been a lifelong habit. Sometimes with television and the internet, the line becomes somewhat blurry, but I persist. I may be weaker than some for drawing this line in the sand, and perhaps my education is somewhat flawed because of it. However, the real peril is that some Christians wrongfully suppose that anything goes. Not so for the Gentiles then--and not so for Christians today.

-knf