Thursday, January 14, 2010

Silencing the critics

Having been a church attender since the day I was born (well almost), two things amongst others have been constant:

Change & Criticism

When I read about the early church they were not immune to these either.

Huge change took place around Acts 10 & 11. The Church was changing from being populated mainly by Jews to its gates being open for all. (A little more substantive change than some things we fall out about now a days.)

But the critics had a go when as the ESV says "the circumcision party criticized him".

The thing I like about Peter was that he took the time to take them step by step through his journey. Helping them to understand and filling in their knowledge gaps.

The thing I like about these critics is that they did have an open mind, they listened and finally changed their mind after hearing the facts.

In the end the Bible records:
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life. Acts 11 v 18



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