by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 15 (30 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught
the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised
after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

But certain men, men of renown, men who were of
stature, men of influence, came to the church of
Antioch and taught error. These men were evidently
influential enough to cause a stir among the church.
This was not an insignificant issue within the church.
This is internal strife within the church. Up until
this time all the forces of strife came from outside
of the church. These Jews tried to influence the
church to embrace the Mosaic Law, which would be to
embrace error. This was probably the most significant
issue within the church--the issue of soteriology--the
doctrine of salvation. If there is any division about
what it means to be saved then the church could be
ruined and multitudes of souls could be destined to
hell through the church. The church at Antioch was
having a blessed time in the Spirit of God, walking in
the Holy Spirit and growing. All of a sudden, here
come these men from Judaea telling these precious
Gentile believers that they needed to keep the Law of
Moses and be circumcised. This was a very serious
issue and fortunately Paul and Barnabas was there to
deal with this issue from these men so as not to
destroy the faith of these Gentile believers.

2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small
dissension and disputation with them, they determined
that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them,
should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders
about this question.

Paul and Barnabas vehemently spoke against this error.
This is also significant in our age because there is
such great deception and very, very little dissention
against the damning error of false doctrine concerning
salvation. (Galatians 2:1-5) The Antioch believers
sent Paul an ...

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