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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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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

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Dear CT:

I’ve seen other dubious articles by Paul Apostle in the past, and frankly I’m surprised you felt that his recurrent criticisms of the Church deserved to be printed in your magazine. Mr. Apostle for many years now has had a penchant for thinking he has a right to “mark” certain Christian teachers who don’t agree with his biblical position. Certainly I commend him for desiring to stay faithful to God’s word, but I think he errs in being so dogmatic about his views to the point where he feels free to openly attack his brethren. His attitude makes it difficult to fully unify the Church, and gives credence to the opposition’s view that Christians are judgmental, arrogant people who never show God’s love.

Ken Groener; San Diego, CA

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To the Editors:

Paul Apostle says that he hopes the Galatian teachers will cut off their own privates? What kind of Christian attitude is that? Shame on him!

Martha Bobbitt; Boulder, CO

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Dear Christianity Today:

The fact that Paul Apostle brags about his public run-in with Peter Cephas, a well-respected leader and brother in Christ, exposes Mr. Apostle for the divisive figure that he has become in the Church today. His diatribe against the Galatian church is just more of the same misguided focus on an antiquated reliance on doctrine instead of love and tolerance. Just look how his hypercritical attitude has cast aspersions on homosexual believers and women elders! The real problem within the Church today is not the lack of doctrinal devotion, as Apostle seems to believe, but in our inability to be transformed by our individual journeys in the Spirit. Evidently, Apostle has failed to detach himself from his legalistic background as a Pharisee, and is unable to let go and experience the genuine love for Christ that is coming from the Galatians who strive to worship God in their own special way.

William Zenby; Richmond, VA

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Kind Editors:

I happen to be a member of First Christian Church of Galatia, and I take issue with Mr. Apostle’s article. How can he criticize a ministry that has been so blessed by God? Our church has baptized many new members and has made huge in-roads in the Jewish community with our pragmatic view on circumcision. Such a “seeker-sensitive” approach has given the Jews the respect they deserve for being God’s chosen people for thousands of years. In addition, every Gentile in our midst has felt honored to engage in the many edifying rituals of the Hebrew heritage, including circumcision, without losing their passion for Jesus. My advice to Mr. Apostle is to stick to spreading the gospel message of Christ’s unconditional love, and quit criticizing what God is clearly blessing in other churches.

Miriam “Betty” Ben-Hur; Galatia, Turkey

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Christianity Today apologizes for our rash decision in publishing Paul Apostle’s exposé of the Galatian church. Had we known the extent in which our readership and advertisers would withdraw their financial support, we never would have printed such unpopular biblical truth. We regret any damage we may have caused in propagating the doctrines of Christ.

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  • Comment by Mike Fischer — February 13, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Brilliantly written piece!

    1. At the heart of the issue is *when* Christians should judge, and not *if*!
    So typically,
    (i) Christians judge when they should not. Hence Jesus teaching: “Judge not…”.
    (ii) Christians fail to judge, when they should. Hence Paul’s teaching: “Judge those inside the church…”
    The problem at Galatia was that no one was exercising right judgement, and they needed a loving smack over the head. Enter our gutsy Apostle…
    .
    2. Even more at the heart of the issue in Galatians, is the Heart of the Issue! It is no mere peripheral issue, or matter of Christian taste; the core of the Gospel was being compromised, and they needed a loving smack over the head… oooo sorry, starting to repeat myself… 😉

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  • Comment by Steve Young — April 2, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Did anyone catch the Bobbitt reference in regards to the comment about cutting off one’s privates? LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Comment by Steve Young — April 2, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Rey – you are totally clueless about the Scriptures.

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  • Comment by Adam Cummings — October 17, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Just wanted to point this out: Isn’t it ironic that so many of the false humility comments in response to this post only point out the veracity of the post itself? 🙂

  • Comment by Leonardo de la Paor — December 11, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    JESUS UPBRAIDS THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS

    There are many examples of Jesus upbraiding the religious leaders for their gross sins [selections from Matthew 23]:

    “But WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES… FOR YOU SHUT UP THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AGAINST MEN…
    …THEY BIND HEAVY BURDENS and GRIEVOUS to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but will not move them with ONE OF THEIR FINGERS
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES… you DEVOUR WIDOW’S HOUSES… you shall receive the greater damnation.
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES…
    WOE unto you, ye BLIND GUIDES…
    You FOOLS AND BLIND…
    You FOOLS AND BLIND…
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! You… have omitted… JUDGMENT, MERCY, and FAITH…
    You BLIND GUIDES, which strain out a gnat, and SWALLOW A CAMEL.
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES… within they are full of EXTORTION AND EXCESS.
    You BLIND PHARISEES…
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! You are FULL OF DEAD MEN’S BONES, and ALL UNCLEANESS… and HYPOCRISY and INIQUITY…
    WOE unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES!… you are the children of them which KILLED the prophets. FILL YOU UP then the measure of your fathers.
    You SERPENTS, you GENERATION OF SNAKES… you KILL AND CRUCIFY… you SCOURGE in your synagogues… Behold your house is left unto you DESOLATE”!!

    WOW! Every one of these comments from Matthew. 23 were spoken directly to the “Religious Scholars and Theologians” at the Temple in Jerusalem. Would Jesus speak in the same manner to the Religious Scholars and Theologians in God’s Church today?

  • Comment by tony — January 5, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Does anyone else mourn with me the lost histories of these communities that Paul writes to?
    We can only guess that we would agree with Paul because his is the only voice we have.

  • Comment by casey — February 1, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    i noticed on top someone didnt like paul talking about homeasexuals being an abomination to God, ppl nature will tell u this is of satanizim even animals nos to be with the oppsite sex. wow how hard could this be to understand. when Jesus suffered and died at the cross he took all sin and shame upon his self so get this now so that all sin and sickness could be healed by repentance, Jesus said whosoever will come unto me and i will save and heal you of all your sins and iniquitys they will be cast into the sea of forgiveness to no longer be remembered.Through the Blood of Christ that was shed our sins will be washed away….

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  • Comment by Dominic Stockford — September 27, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    “Comment by wbmoore — February 27, 2009 @ 1:21 am

    MAN! That was hilarious. And sad. Its so true, when we hold to Biblical Truth, we are condemned as being judgemental.”

    And when its those closest to you in the world who do it then it really begins to be difficult.

  • Comment by Neil Eneix — October 12, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    That is too funny! The sad thing is that it sounds like a lot of responses that we do hear…

  • Comment by apostle rick-W.olsteen — February 21, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

    would like to see pauls letter to the galatians puplished in charisma and its child protogee relevant…or read in bssm redding

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