Jan 29, 2010

Paul's Acceptance of the Apostolic Decree

“Some scholars have argued that Paul’s acceptance of the compromise of Acts 15 im
plied that he tolerated a ‘different gospel’ for a transitional period. This view is implausible. The agreement that was reached at the apostolic council in A.D. 48 was basically acceptable for Paul for the following reasons. (1) Paul was willing to live among Jews as a Jew (1 Cor 9:19–20). (2). Paul rejected porneia (1 Cor 6:9). (3) Paul directed the Corinthian Christians not to eat meat in the presence of Jewish Christians if it was known that the meat had been offered to idols in a pagan temple (1 Cor 10:25–28). (4) Paul possibly supported the same proviso with regard to meat that contained blood (Rom 14:13–21).”

Eckhard J. Schnabel,
Early Christian Mission: Volume 2: Paul and the Early Church (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004), 1018–19.

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