Paul's Post Crucifixion Temple Sacrifices
The controversy caused by the non-circumcision of devout gentile proselytes that we discuss in this website was substantial. However, arguably there's a comparative lack of controversy throughout the rest of the so called "New Testament". Consequently, its difficult to argue that the first century Church was subject to other more significant changes to the written Torah-law, without a level of debate, contention and epistle writing on these subjects that doesn't exist in the apostolic scriptures. That said, in the apostolic/Greek scriptures, don't see the church participating in animal sacrifices - or do we ?
On the contrary, Paul's Post Crucifixion Temple Sacrifices explores the arguments that in Acts 21, the Nazirite vows of four men were sponsored by Paul and earlier that Paul kept a Nazirite vow himself in Acts 18:18. The website also shows that keeping a Nazirite Vow meant making animal sacrifices, as Numbers 6 shows.
Surprisingly, as a survey of commentaries on Acts shows, most traditional theologians believe that Paul himself sacrificed animals after the crucifixion. Furthermore Hebrews 8:4 implies strongly that animal sacrifices continued legitimately after Christ's crucifixion. This website therefore adds another series of arguments that the written Torah-law, far from being abrogated or done away, is just as valid today. Though there are no sacrifices today in the future Ezekiel predicts that sacrifices will be re-instated following Christ's return.
Galatians, Paul, The Torah-Law & Legalism
Galatians, Paul, The Torah-Law & Legalism reviews Paul's attitude to the Oral Torah-Law before & after his conversion and suggests that when Paul sounds critical of first century Jewish law, he's more likely, like Christ, to be critical of Oral Torah-Law, not the written Torah-Law, which Jews consider to be a blessing. The website explores the Galatian heresy - the movement within the church to continue circumcising gentile proselytes after the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 and also the fact that traditional theologians believe about Galatians is about the "doing away" of the written Torah-Law. Given the information on this website, and the arguments (above) that Paul sacrificed after the crucifixion it argues that Paul endorsed the written Torah-Law for believers today.
The Tithe Debate
The Tithe-Debate presents ten articles in favour of tithing and three articles not in favour of tithing and encourages individuals to come to their own conclusions about whether the giving of ten percent of one's income to a church is mandated by scripture or not.
The Journal of the Churches of God
An independent newspaper about the Churches of God The Journal is published by Dixon Cartwright.
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