Judaizers

Judaizers were those who enforced the belief that Gentiles had to live like Jews, including circumcision, to be Jewish and follow Jesus. This term was not used in the Bible, but the characteristics were shown. Paul spread the gospel message of freedom in Christ, which upset the Judaizers, and they did what they could to discredit Paul. Although at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, it was decided that Gentiles did not need to live as Jews to follow Christ, there still was conflict on the issue. These are some of the beliefs the Judaizers used to give the image of Paul preaching a false message, and what Paul said in his own defense of the gospel message.

The Judaizers said that Paul had no regard for the Law of Moses. Paul responded by explaining the purpose of the law. The law shows people where they have sinned. In realizing their sin, his message of the gospel encouraged the people to depend on Christ and not on themselves, because if they thought they could be sinless by living right, they were mistaken. They were unable to live a sinless able because of their humanity. (Galatians 3)

The Judaizers said that Paul was a traitor to the Jewish faith. Paul responded by explaining his zeal for the Jewish faith. It is because of his zeal for the Jewish faith that he was put in the position where God met him on the Damascus Road and was transformed. Paul took great pride in persecuting the church of The Way putting people in prison and sending them to their deaths. He fought hard against Christianity because he was raised in the Law of Moses and believed it thoroughly.

The Judaizers said that Paul stretched the truth of the gospel so more people would follow him. The apostles responded by supporting the truth of Paul’s message by giving him the right hand of fellowship. They entrusted him with the evangelizing of the Gentiles. Also, Titus, who was a Greek, would not get circumcised showing alliance with the true gospel message that Paul preached. (Galatians 2:1-10)

The Judaizers said that Paul was taking the truth and changing it to meet his own goals. He was accused of being a man pleaser rather than a God pleaser. Paul responded by saying that he received the gospel message directly from Jesus. (Galatians 1:11-12)

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_2159028_understand-conflict-between-judaizers-paul.html

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