Did Paul Obey His General Conference?

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If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, ‘This has been offered in sacrifice’, then do not eat it.
This statement does not contradict the council.

Paul goes to Jerusalem to explain what he has been teaching and to get the approval of the council. It was important to Paul the Church was unified in what was being taught in the church. Why else go?

Paul says“.. that question came up only because of some so-called Christians there—false ones, really—who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. 5 But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.
6 And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching.
The Council agreed with Paul and found the allegations false.

“While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing.
This statement makes it abundantly clear Paul is looking for approval from the council.
“For fear” implies Paul was not as sure as some would have us believe. “For fear” also let’s us know what the Council of Jerusalem decided would be final and important to Paul.

3 And they supported me and did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile.”

The Council would agree with Paul.
This is the second account that gives more detail.
The first account in Acts simply states the law.
The second account explains practical application.
The allegations were false. Made by non Christians referred to as “false ones”.

Paul himself would later make decision to ex communicate members of the church who practiced and taught false doctrine. The difference was Paul, a true believer, made his judgment and penalties on true testimony.

The accusations against Paul were a sham.
No it is not sad. It is how things are suppose to work.

d more than 9 years ago

Did Paul Disobey his General Conference?

Absolutely, as this article noted. What the author did NOT note, though, is if you read Paul's letter to the Galatians, it is obvious that he was brought to the Council of Jerusalem literally on Charges, and he was brought there for the equivalent of what we today, in the UMC, call a "church trial." He paid a heavy price, including have to take up an offering in each place where he started a congregation, to send back to the "saints in Jerusalem" with whom he profoundly disagreed.

It always seems that every time a pastor takes a stand to do ministry within his/her church's cultural context, and that goes against General Conference dictates, the law gets more and more restrictive, not for the sake of the ministry of Jesus Christ but to try to uphold and impose the will of the majority.

Sad, isn't it.

Tom Griffith more than 9 years ago


The Jerusalem council sent Paul and Barnabas and two other men to Antioch (15:22.They would testify to the truth of the decree (15:27). These men strengthened the Antioch church (15:32) and helped to solidify unity in the Christian Community and Christian Church.

The decree instructed the gentile Christians to abstain from four things and all where preached, upheld and enforced by the Apostles.

Pollutions of idols (15:20) or things sacrificed to idols (15:29; 21:25).

Blood. This is a prohibition of eating or drinking blood.

Strangled things because strangulation played a role in some pagan cults.

Sexual immorality

Yes Paul did obey. He preached the Jerusalem Decree.

d more than 9 years ago