"HAS GOD'S LAW BEEN ABOLISHED?"

HAS GOD'S LAW BEEN ABOLISHED?

HAS GOD'S LAW OF

CIRCUMCISION

BEEN ABOLISHED?


Now most every Christian has no problem understanding that the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH made with hands has indeed been ABOLISHED by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

However, there are some Christians who are being deceived by the 119 Ministries and the Hebrews Roots Movement that Christians must KEEP ALL the law of God including keeping the law of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the flesh.

The purpose of this study is to show you, the reader, the seeker of the TRUTH, how or the WAY in which the 119 Ministries has made ERROR in there interpretation of the word of God so that those who are being deceived can see the truth of the whole word of God to return to obeying the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ.

I will quote from the article posted on the 119 Ministries website "Did Paul Teach Against Circumcision?" and use a different font style so that you can distinguish easier the arguments of the 119 Ministries from what I am showing you from the WHOLE word of God.

So then, let us begin this study in God's word by starting off with the arguments of the 119 Ministries that they use to try and prove that NONE of the law of God has been ABOLISHED including the law of circumcision. In other words, the 119 Ministries falsely teach that Christians are to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as an OUTWARD showing of your INWARD FAITH of the circumcision of your HEART made by God. Here is what the 119 Ministries argue as the REASONS that they believe that Christians are to keep ALL the law of Moses contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament INCLUDING being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH.


FAQ – Galatians 2:3-5 – Did Paul Teach Against Circumcision?


Does Paul teach against circumcision and thus teach against God’s law?


Please notice that the enemy of our soul Satan the Devil always uses the QUESTION as the WAY to bring doubt to the believer. In the garden Satan proposed the QUESTION, has God said? So then the QUESTION is asked. Does Paul teach AGAINST circumcision??? And if so, then does this also mean that Paul is teaching AGAINST GOD'S law? Even in their question they know deep down that Paul is in fact teaching AGAINST circumcision. The word of God makes this blatantly CLEAR. So then, in order to try and prove that God has NOT ABOLISHED even one jot or tittle of the LAW as the 119 Ministries also teaches, then they must try and cause QUESTION as to whether or not Paul is teaching AGAINST the law of GOD or is he just teaching against the commandments and traditions of MEN??? So then, right from the start two QUESTIONS are placed in your mind. Also the scriptures in BLUE are from the 119 Ministries and any EMPHASIS made in the 119 Ministries article is most likely mine, Just letting the reader know that I did not change and wording, but rather only added emphasis to their article on occasion to show the reader that there are more things to consider than just the points that they FOCUS upon. Let us continue with the verses they use to try and support their teaching the Paul did NOT teach AGAINST CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH.


Galatians 2:3-5 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.


The issue of circumcision is perhaps the most complicated subject to study in the new testament. This is not really because the matter is complicated, but simply because most have not studied the debates surrounding circumcision in the first century. Some Jewish sects made it a requirement for salvation and a mark to enter their doctrinal denomination. Scripture (and Paul) teach that circumcision is to not be practiced in such a WAY that we should only practice it how God commands it to be practiced, that is what matters.


Please notice that they have made the argument CHANGE from an issue of circumcision not being ABOLISHED, to a DIFFERENT issue of rather  HOW circumcision is to be PRACTICED. They bring into their argument that both the SCRIPTURES and PAUL are actually teaching the WAY in which circumcision should be PRACTICED and that the WAY circumcision is to be PRACTICED is what truly matters, according to the 119 Ministries that is. But is this the TRUTH of the whole word of Almighty God? Are we as Christians to PRACTICE the law of being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH? Keep reading and you will clearly see that this is NOT what the scriptures nor Paul is truly teaching us. Let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


This topic will require covering a lot of material in an effort to fully cover all possible confusion surrounding this topic.

Galatians 2:3-5 is often cited to “prove” that converted Gentiles are no longer to be circumcised according to the Law of God. Supposedly it is the “false brethren” that was observing the Law of God and the “false

brethren” was successfully compelling the Galatians to observe God’s law which of course brings them back into “bondage,” contrary to the freedom they have in Christ. Apparently Paul and Titus did not yield to those compelling then to keep the Law of God so that the truth of the gospel would continue.


Let us read Galatians 2:3-5 again with some emphasis added to clearly show you, the reader, that there was NO SUPPOSEDLY false brethren coming in unaware to compel Christians away from the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather there WERE and even are TODAY false brethren who are COMPELLING Christians to keep ALL the law including being CIRCUMCISED in the flesh. And also that there was NO APPARENTLY about Paul and Titus NOT being DECEIVED by these false brethren to become circumcised in the flesh and thus depart from the TRUTH of the gospel, because the CLEAR simple word of God PLAINLY states this to be a fact with no interpretation needed.


"But NEITHER Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: (leaving absolutely NO DOUBT that NEITHER Titus was deceived by these false brethren to be compelled to be circumcised in the flesh. The NEITHER suggests to us that there were OTHER brethren as well along with Titus who were NOT deceived into being circumcised in the flesh made with hands.)

4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily (or stealthily as a spy) to spy out our liberty (or freedom) which we HAVE IN Christ Jesus, that (or in order that) they might bring us INTO bondage:

5. To whom we gave place by subjection, NO, NOT for an hour (in other words, Paul and Titus and the other faithful brethren did not even blink and eye to yield themselves to this false teaching concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, NO not even for one minute as we would say today. And WHY did they not give in to this compelling to be circumcised?); THAT (or in order that) the TRUTH of the gospel might CONTINUE with you."


So then, the TRUTH of the GOSPEL is made quite obvious in this passage of scripture leaving us NO DOUBT that Paul is teaching AGAINST the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH made with hands. Again of the TRUTH this there is NO DOUBT and there is NO INTERPRETATION NEEDED to understand this clear, plain and SIMPLE TRUTH from God's word.

None the less let us continue looking at the arguments given by the 119 Ministries to try and support their teaching that Christians must keep ALL the law written in the OLD Testament, because they have incorrectly interpreted Matthew 5:17-19 where Jesus says that not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled. I cover these errors in the study called "119 Ministries ERRORS-2" in great detail, but for now just know that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY abolish the law, but Jesus did come to ABOLISH some of the law. For you see my dear brother and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Greek word "KAYTALYO" which is translated as destroyed in the King James Version and as abolish in the New International Version also means completely or utterly destroy and abolish the whole law. In other words, Jesus did not come to abolish the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God, but Jesus did in fact come to ABOLISH some of the law such as the ANIMAL sacrifices and the law of CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH. Please continue weighing the evidence from both sides.


Thus it is concluded that observing God’s law is bondage and against the gospel. This is what seminaries teach, that God’s law is bondage.


This is another tool used to deceive. For you see once any single teaching from the seminaries or the main stream churches can be shown as not being Biblical, then it is easy to cast doubt on all the teachings of the seminaries and the main stream churches by focusing upon their ERROR as if to say that EVERYTHING the seminaries and the main stream churches teach is FALSE teach. Clearly the reader should understand that just because some seminaries and some churches have ERROR in SOME of their teachings does NOT mean that EVER THING they teach is false. This is just a tactic to get your eyes off the REAL issue. The real issue is that the SCRIPTURES themselves teach us that the law is BONDAGE. We are not reading some commentary here, but rather we are reading a direct quote from the Bible itself with no interpretation needed. Please read Galatians 2:4 again.

"4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we HAVE in Christ Jesus, that they (these false brethren that are incorrectly COMPELLING you to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH so that they) might bring us INTO BONDAGE:"


Again this is not the "seminaries" teaching this, in that, they are teaching FALSE doctrine, because the SCRIPTURES agree with what the seminaries teach on this particular point concerning the law of CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH being ABOLISHED.

I have personally been in one of the home study groups of the 119 Ministries and have been an eye witness to see how these brethren have been HURT by the main stream church. It was very easy to see that they no longer trust the teachings of the church or the seminaries. But I have faith in the Holy Spirit that will lead and guide those who are truly seeking the TRUTH that their eyes of understanding will be opened and they will return to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us continue.


If the above understanding is valid then the following should pass the scriptural test:

1) The doctrine of the group influencing the Galatians observes and keeps the Law of God.


It could be reasonable to assume that these FALSE brethren did in fact keep the law of being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, other wise WHY would they COMPEL other Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH? It should also be noted that these were most likely JEWS who have believed in Jesus, thus they were ALREADY circumcised so on this particular issue they had only the PERSECUTION of the JEWS in the JEW'S religion that was causing them to COMPEL the GENTILE believers to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. In TRUTH the real issue here is centered on keeping the law concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. I just want to point this out to you the reader, because all through this long drawn out study presented by the 119 Ministries is to try and bring CONFUSION as to what Paul is TRULY teaching by making it SEEM that Paul is teaching something different that what the PLAIN, CLEAR and SIMPLE word of God is teaching. But also it is true that we need to remember that the scribes and the Pharisees did not always DO what they taught others to do. Let us continue.


2) Observing God’s law is bondage.


Sorry but this is a FALSE and misleading statement. Again the topic under discussion is concerning the law of God in relation to being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. And in this particular PART of the law related to being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH Paul is clearly stating in the word of God with no interpretation needed that it is BONDAGE.Again no interpretation needed!

"4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we HAVE in Christ Jesus, that they (these false brethren that are incorrectly COMPELLING you to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH so that they) might bring us INTO BONDAGE:"

Let us continue.


3) The freedom that we have in Christ Jesus (Yeshua) is freedom from God’s law.


Again FALSELY misleading. The topic under discussion is NOT pertaining to every jot and tittle of God's law. So NO, we as Christians are not free from the law of God concerning the commandments of God. And I qualify the term commandments to the nine commandments of God that are repeated and taught in the NEW Testament to be kept. Please read the studies called "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS" and "SABBATH KEEPERS VERSES SUNDAY WORSHIP" and "ACTS 10---PETER'S VISION?" for a deeper understanding that the sabbath day has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ for believers. The issue at hand in this particular study in God's word is DID PAUL TEACH AGAINST CIRCUMCISION? Yes or now. A very simple question. Clearly the SOUND BIBLICAL answer is YES, Paul did in fact teach AGAINST any Christian being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH for any reason. None the less let us continue to look at the argument given by the 119 Ministries.


4) Observing God’s law is against the gospel.


Again FALSELY misleading. Same as above. By throwing everything God said into one phrase called "THE LAW OF GOD" it is misleading. For example, God's WORD shall never pass away. So then, if God said it, it must be his WORD, and if it is his word, then it must be GOD'S LAW, so therefore GOD'S LAW shall never pass away until ALL be fulfilled and ALL things have definitely has not been fulfilled because heaven and earth have not passed away, and though heaven and earth shall pass away God's WORD shall never pass away.

This is circular reasoning and leads to errors in many areas of God's word, because you must keep in mind that any one verse is NOT the WHOLE word of God. For example Leviticus 9:1-10 is in fact God's WORD. Almighty God did in fact SPEAK these words to Moses. In fact we read that God COMMANDED these things. But the TRUTH of the matter is that this one passage of scripture is NOT ALL of God's WORD. So yes, God did COMMAND his people to offer sacrifices for their sins. However Almighty God ALSO prophesied in his WORD that he would raise up from among the people a SAVIOR. And we know that Jesus has FULFILLED those prophecies to become ONCE and for all time the ATONEMENT for the sin of the world.

So then, did God CHANGE? Did God's WORD CHANGE? NO, not at all. The truth of the matter is that part of what God said in his word was for his people at a particular time, but when the promised Messiah came, then that word of God ceased to be in force so that which God also prophesied in his word could be placed into force. So now we observe God's law according to the NEW TESTAMENT, rather than the OLD Testament.

Also it is MISLEADING to say that every thing God said in the OLD Testament is the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. This is done so that they can equate ALL the law written in the OLD Testament as being one and the same as the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ written in the NEW Testament. More on this as we continue.


5) Paul taught against circumcision because it is part of the Law of God.


Paul taught against CIRCUMCISION in the flesh made with hands, because it was part of the law that Jesus ABOLISHED at the cross, and not just because it was part of the LAW. Paul did not teach against the LAW of God in relation to the commandments of God. This is where the DECEPTION comes into play, because IF they can clearly show you the reader or listener of their teachings that the COMMANDMENTS of God are still in force and the convince you that ALL the law of God is his COMMANDMENT, then you can be DECEIVED into FALSELY believing that not even one jot or tittle of any part of the law has been ABOLISHED. But we KNOW that this is NOT the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God, because we KNOW that the LAW of God pertaining to ANIMAL sacrifices has indeed been ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus Christ. And most of us also know that the law or God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH has ALSO been ABOLISHED at the cross. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


Before we begin testing the above interpretations of Galatians chapter two, it might make sense to recognize that there is a chapter 1. Chapter 1 builds and sets the context that leads into chapter 2. We must consider that this is a letter and is intended to be read as such. The real problem established in the first chapter is that the Galatians were abandoning the heart of the

gospel message (the true process and way of salvation itself).


Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.


Paul overemphasized that the Galatians should recognize the importance of the true gospel, which is the same gospel Paul teaches. He then follows with this warning:


Galatians 1:10-13 For do I NOW persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.


Paul distinguishes between pleasing men and pleasing God. Paul states that the gospel he preached is not from men, but from God. Thus the false doctrine that is confusing the Galatians is from men and not God. The only reason the gospel from men exists is to please men, not God.


Here is where a little TRUTH is MIXED or combined with a FALSE assumption. It is true that Paul is making a distinction between pleasing God and pleasing man, but it will become clear that the FALSE ASSUMPTION that Paul was teaching Christians the LAW of God for them to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH and thus this is TRUE gospel is completely and absolutely an INCORRECT interpretation of the entire book of Galatians. I will show you in a minute what I mean by this, but for now I want you, the reader, to notice HOW they CHANGE the meaning of what Paul is truly teaching, by changing the FOCUS from what is truly being said by Paul to what the 119 Ministries WANTS you to believe is being taught, which is that Paul is NOT teaching AGAINST circumcision, but rather in the WAY that MAN is falsely teaching that circumcision should be PRACTICED. DO NOT BE DECEIVED by this manipulation of God's holy word my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ. Please notice that the real issue had slowly been CHANGE from Paul not teaching against GOD'S law to Paul teaching against the commandments of MEN. Let us continue.


That being said, is the Law of God from God or from men?


Another QUESTION is asked to which the answer is quite obvious. So obvious in fact that the question need never have been asked. Who would deny that the law of GOD is most assuredly FROM GOD? So WHY ask this question when the answer is already known by every Christian? It is to get you, the reader, to start to think that Paul is teaching the LAW of God, as in, Paul is NOT teaching AGAINST any PART of the LAW of God concerning CIRCUMCISION. They want you to see that Paul is teaching against the MANNER in which circumcision is being practiced, but NOT that Paul is teaching AGAINST the law of God itself, because if they concede that the law of CIRCUMCISION in the flesh has indeed been ABOLISHED at the cross, then they can no longer use the argument that not ONE JOT or TITTLE shall pass from the law until ALL be fulfilled.

This is WHY the 119 Ministries try and change the focus of what is actually being taught in Galatians, which is from Paul teaching AGAINST the law of CIRCUMCISION in the flesh, to Paul NOT preaching a gospel that is PLEASING to MEN whereby they can then try and convince you the reader that PLEASING MEN means the traditions and commandments of MEN, which then leads to them convincing you that this means that Paul is actually teaching against the MANNER in which the law of circumcision is PRACTICED.

The TRUTH of the matter is that the TRUE GOSPEL that Paul is preaching is NOT PLEASING to these FALSE brethren who are COMPELLING Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands, because if the stop teaching this DIFFERENT gospel than what Paul is preaching then they also will have to ENDURE MUCH PERSECUTION by the JEWS the same as Paul has and yet STILL is enduring. The TRUTH of the matter is that these Jews who have become Christians are FALSELY teaching that the GENTILE Christians must be circumcised in the flesh is that they were in FEAR of being PERSECUTED by the JEWS in the Jew;s religion. The teaching of Paul has nothing to do with the law of GOD verse the commandments of MEN. None the less let us continue to look at the argument given by the 119 Ministries.


If the whole supposed point of Galatians is to teach against God’s law then why is Paul stating that he is teaching against doctrines of men? This will become clearer as we proceed.


Again FALSELY misleading. The whole point of Galatians is to expose the FALSE teachers who are INCORRECTLY compelling Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Neither Paul nor the entire New Testament teaches against the MORAL COMMANDMENTS of God, but there is absolutely no doubt that Paul is teaching AGAINST the law of CIRCUMCISION in the flesh made with hands.

Also WHERE in the book of Galatians does Paul STATE that he is teaching against the DOCTRINES of MEN. Just do a simple search in a concordance on the word "MEN" and you will find that it is found only four times in the book of Galatians and none of which is found that Paul STATES that he is teaching against the commandments, the traditions, the teaching, not the doctrines of MEN. It is true that both Jesus and Paul did teach against the doctrines and traditions of men. However, in this particular instance Paul is CLEARLY teaching against the law of Almighty God himself that has been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus. But if the 119 Ministries conceded to this TRUTH in God's word, then they can NO LONGER use Matthew 5:17,18, which they have ALSO INCORRECTLY interpreted. I personally see that this passage of scripture in Matthew is the STUMBLING BLOCK to not only the 119 Ministries but also to the entire Hebrew Roots Movement including the Sabbath Keeping groups.

I cover these errors in the study called "119 Ministries ERRORS-2" in great detail, but for now just know that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY abolish the law, but Jesus did come to ABOLISH some of the law. For you see my dear brother and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Greek word "KAYTALYO" which is translated as destroyed in the King James Version and as abolish in the New International Version also means completely or utterly destroy and abolish the whole law. In other words, Jesus did not come to abolish the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God, but Jesus did in fact come to ABOLISH some of the law such as the ANIMAL sacrifices and the law of CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH. Please continue weighing the evidence from both sides.


So far, after reading most of Galatians chapter 1, it appears that Paul is teaching against the doctrines of man, not against the Law of God. Paul continues establishing this context:


Continue to notice how they made the argument to be between the law of GOD and the commandments of MEN. I ask you my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, WHEN has the law of CIRCUMCISION ever been a commandment from MAN. Almighty God himself gave this command to Abraham and it has continued to be GOD'S law right up to the time of the CROSS of Jesus, when it was ABOLISHED.

Again this is a common argument used by the 119 Ministries throughout all their studies. It is DECEPTIVE, because no true Christians accepts the commandments of MEN. So then, if they can convince you that Paul is teaching against the commandments of MEN, then you will be deceived into believing that Paul is NOT teaching against the law of GOD.

But what Paul is truly talking about it specifically related to the doctrines of these FALSE brethren that are FALSELY compelling Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands, which is in fact a law of GOD and not a commandment or doctrine of MAN. Let us continue, but as we continue I want you to notice what the word of God is ACTUALLY saying. Ask yourself WHY is Paul being PERSECUTED? Ask yourself WHY are they Christians converted from the Jew's religion are COMPELLING the GENTILE Christians to be circumcised in the flesh after the LAW of MOSES? It is NOT the doctrines of MEN that Paul is teaching against here in the book of Galatians. The TRUTH of the matter is that Paul is INDEED teaching AGAINST the law of Almighty God himself that has been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus.


Galatians 1:13-14 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.


Paul is pulling from his own personal experience in Pharisee doctrine (Phil 3:5). Paul was one of the most esteemed Pharisees of his day and was training under the top teacher in Pharisee doctrine. We learn of the genesis of Paul’s persecution of the Church in the Book of Acts. Paul was actually a witness to the stoning of Stephen that is described in detail in Acts 6:8 to Acts 7:60. It is worth mentioning that in Acts 6:12-14 we learn that Stephen was “falsely accused” of teaching that Yeshua (Jesus) changed the Law of God.


Acts 6:12-14 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.


Yet supposedly it is now “correct teaching” that Yeshua (Jesus) changed the law of God. Somehow what is a false accusation for Stephen is now true accusations according to the modern mainstream Church. What has really happened is that the Law of God never changed.


Let us pause here for a moment and CLEAR UP yet another INCORRECT INTERPRETATION made by those in the Hebrew Roots Movement and the 119 Ministries who have FALSELY concluded that Acts 6:8-14 is teaching that Stephen was being FALSELY ACCUSED of teaching something that was NOT true. Please read Acts 6:8-15 to see what this passage of scripture is actually saying.


"And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

9. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

10. And they were NOT able to RESIST the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

11. Then (or so then) they SUBORNED men, which said, We have HEARD him SPEAK blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.(in other words, they found some men that would LIE and PURGER themselves to say that they themselves were EYE witnesses who HEARD with their own ears blasphemous word spoken by Stephen against God. This is why they were called FALSE witnesses.)

12. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

13. And set up FALSE witnesses (again these witnesses were called FALSE witnesses because they LIED when they said that they themselves HEARD Stephen SPEAK that Jesus would destroy the temple and ABOLISH the law of Moses), which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

14. For WE have HEARD him SAY (in other words, these witnesses were coerced into LYING that they themselves were EYE witnesses and HEARD with their own ears that Stephen said these things), that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

15. And all that sat in the council, looking stead fast on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel."


The TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus HIMSELF said that the temple would in fact be DESTROYED.  And Jesus ALSO said that he did not come to "KATALYO", which means to COMPLETELY DESTROY the law of Moses. So then BOTH of these statement made by these FALSE witnesses were TRUE. Therefore it is NOT the testimony that these witnesses gave as the REASON as to WHY they were called FALSE witnesses.

Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that something which is TRUE cannot be called a FALSE witness. In other words, the statement in verse 14 tells us two thing that are both TRUE.

#1. Jesus of Nazareth did in fact prophecy and teach his disciples that the temple would be DESTROYED in Matthew 24:1,2.

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.

2. And Jesus said unto them, See you not all these things? Verily (or TRULY) I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."


So then, HOW can these witnesses be called FALSE witnesses if what they are saying is TRUE? The answer is that they themselves did not HEAR with their OWN ears Stephen preach these words. You see, when these Jews who were disputing with Stephen could NOT resist what he was teaching, then they went about and found some men who would LIE and say that they HEARD Stephen blaspheme against the law of Moses so that they could stone Stephen. These witnesses were FALSE witnesses in that the LIED about their HEARING Stephen blaspheme against God.


#2. Jesus of Nazareth would change the law of Moses.

Again a TRUE statement, but not something that was ACCEPTED by these JEWS. However, the truth of the matter is the death and resurrection did in fact change the law of Moses. This TRUTH cannot be denied.

So then, since what these witnesses said is without a doubt the TRUTH, then the only way for these witnesses to be FALSE witnesses is that they LIED when they said that they HEARD Stephen say these things. All we know for sure is that Stephen was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and miracles were being done in the name of Jesus. Let us continue.


Instead men’s poor understanding and application of the Law of God changed because of the Jewish sects like the Pharisees. This is Paul’s point because Paul was raised in such doctrine. His point is that he knows better than anyone of the error’s the Galatians are entering into. Thus Paul is setting the foundation of his correction to the Galatians. Paul is not preparing to declare that observing the Law of God is in error, but false first century doctrine surrounding the purpose and intent of the Law of God is in error.


Again they are getting you, the reader, to focus on the APPLICATION of the law of God CHANGED and NOT the the law of God ITSELF has changed. Then they try and use Philippians 3:5 where Paul basically says no one knows the law better than me as an argument to say that Paul was using his great knowledge of the LAW to correct the brethren at the church of Galatia.

It is true that Jesus and Paul did teach against the traditions of men. However, this is not at all what Paul is saying in either the book of Galatians nor in Philippians 3:1-9.


"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the SAME things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

3. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the SPIRIT, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have NO confidence in the FLESH.

4. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. (or though I could BOAST in the FLESH) If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I MORE:

5. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

6. Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, BLAMELESS.

7. BUT what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ (or HOWEVER, those things I used to BOAST about I NOW count as NOTHING).

8. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that (or in order that) I may win Christ,

9. And be found IN HIM, not having mine OWN righteousness, which is of the LAW, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:"


Paul is preaching the SAME thing here that he is to the Galatians, which is that CIRCUMCISION in the flesh made with hands avails NOTHING and that Christians are not to seek to be justified by becoming CIRCUMCISED. Plain and simple the law of CIRCUMCISION in the flesh has been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus as you will plainly see as you continue in this study of God's word to expose the ERRORS of the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement. Please read what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:18,19 and also notice that Paul makes a clear DISTINCTION between the LAW of God concerning CIRCUMCISION and the COMMANDMENTS of God.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

            I do not see how God's word can make it any clearer than this. PLAIN and SIMPLE Paul is CLEARLY teaching us as Christians to let NOT any one of us seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which without a doubt WAS as LAW of Almighty God himself and NOT a doctrine of MEN as the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


Yeshua (Jesus) Himself even taught against this false doctrine. As a result of so much false application of the Law of God Yeshua (Jesus) came to fully preach and teach (pleroo) the Law of God, not to abolish it(Matthew 5:17-19). Yeshua (Jesus) even commanded us to do the Law of Moses (Moses’ Seat), not the corrupt practices of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-3). The whole point of Yeshua’s ministry was to be an example on how to correctly apply and practice the Law of God, not to be an excuse for not observing God’s law.


Let us pause here for a moment and take a CLOSER look at Matthew 5:17-19, which seems to be a major stumbling block to those in the 119 Ministries, the Hebrew Roots Movement and the Sabbath keeping groups.

Let us read Matthew 5:17-19 as see what this passage of scripture is truly teaching us.


"Think NOT that I am come to DESTROY the LAW, or the prophets: I am NOT come to DESTROY, but to FULFILL.

18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in NO wise pass from the law, till ALL be fulfilled.

19. Whosoever therefore shall break ONE of these LEAST commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LEAST in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven."


Now the 119 Ministries FALSELY INTERPRETS this passage of scripture to mean that Jesus came to do either ONE or the OTHER, so therefore you can not have it BOTH ways. But the TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus did in fact come to destroy or ABOLISH part of the law by FULFILLING the law and the prophets.

You see, the word translated as ''DESTROY'' here comes from the Greek word "KATALYO'', which means throw down, to abolish, to destroy. HOWEVER this Greek word "KATALYO'' ALSO means to destroy UTTERLY, to overthrow COMPLETELY. In other words, this Greek word that is translated as ''DESTROY'' in the king James Version and as ''ABOLISH'' in the New International Version carries with it the meaning that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law. So then Matthew 5:17,18 should have been translated as


''Think not that I am come to UTTERLY  DESTROY or to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law, OR the prophets: I am not come to UTTERLY or COMPLETELY DESTROY, but to fulfill.

18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.''


Now some of you may argue that I am changing God's word to make it say what I want it to say, but in TRUTH I am just pointing out to you, the reader, the seeker of the TRUTH, that in the original language these Greek words sometimes have many different meanings and the English translation that we read is just that, a TRANSLATION. In other words, this verse could have just as easily been translated as UTTERLY destroy or COMPLETELY abolish, which would then AGREE with the REST of God's word without trying to manipulate, twist or change many other CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE passages of scripture that in truth need NO interpretation in order to TRY and get them to agree with your OWN personal private translation of Matthew 5:17,18. Let me explain what I mean by this.

Please keep in mind that Galatians 3:19 teaches us that the LAW was ADDED because of transgression UNTIL the PROMISE of the MESSIAH be FULFILLED, which teaches us that some CHANGES in the LAW were without fail and indeed made AT the FIRST coming of Jesus at his DEATH and resurrection. In other words, Jesus did indeed ABOLISH SOME of the LAW of GOD written in the OLD TESTAMENT. One part of the LAW of GOD that was INDEED ABOLISHED and FULFILLED at the SAME time was the OFFERING of SACRIFICES for sins, which no true born again believer denies. So then, Jesus did in fact come to do BOTH abolish and fulfill.

Also remember that the 119 Ministries teaches that Christians must keep ALL the LAW and that not ONE jot or tittle of it shall pass away until ALL is fulfilled. So why then do they back pedal so to speak and make excuses concerning the law of God in the area of offering sacrifices for sins. If ALL truly means ALL, then there should be no excuses for not KEEPING ALL the law and therefore they should also teach that Christians offer animal sacrifices in order to be forgiven of their sins.

The TRUTH of the matter is that the law of God pertaining to animal sacrifices has INDEED been both ABOLISHED and FULFILLED by Jesus at the cross. And the TRUTH of the matter is that there were OTHER parts of the OLD covenant law of God that have been ABOLISHED and FULFILLED as well by the cross of Jesus, but some Christians were being DECEIVED to keep for FEAR of the JEWS.Also please note that since we KNOW without a doubt that the animals sacrifices were indeed ABOLISHED at the cross, then the phrase TILL ALL be fulfilled does NOT mean that NONE of the law has been ABOLISHED until heaven and earth pass away. This phrase should read till IT be fulfilled meaning that SOME of the law of GOD was FULFILLED at the cross. And most certainly the law of God concerning being circumcised in the flesh was indeed FULFILLED at the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.

Here is Galatians 3:19, which teaches us that the law was temporarily added for reason of transgression UNTIL the PROMISE of the coming MESSIAH be FULFILLED.


"Wherefore (or for what REASON) then SERVE the LAW? It was ADDED because of transgressions, TILL the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."


So then, some part or some aspect of the law CHANGES in some way at the death and resurrection of Jesus, otherwise Jesus died in VAIN. In other words, Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY abolish the WHOLE LAW or to UTTERLY and completely destroy ALL the law, but rather Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies written in the Old Testament that were speaking of him as being the Messiah. So then, the TRUTH of the matter is that some part of the LAW was INDEED ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus, when Jesus FULFILLED what Almighty God had spoken through the prophets in the Old Testament. Let us continue this study in God's word to see that Paul did in fact teach AGAINST the law of CIRCUMCISION in the flesh made with hands by looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries and exposing how they have INCORRECTLY interpreted scriptures.


Continuing in Acts chapter 8 we learn that Paul began his quest against the Church:


Acts 8:1-3 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.


In Galatians 1:14 Paul specifically mentions that he became even more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of the fathers. This in fact is the crux of the whole problem that Paul is attempting to address. Paul was persecuting the Church because they abandoned and taught against Pharisee doctrine. In Paul’s day the two dominant Jewish sects were the Saducees and the Pharisees. Yeshua (Jesus) taught against Pharisee and other such doctrine (oral law/Talmud) that was against the Law of Moses. This began to shake up the religious power groups which were the mainstream seminaries and teachers of the first century. In an effort to maintain their power over the people they fought back against the Church with violence.

In the first century, mainstream Jewish leadership practiced something called the “oral law” (Talmud). Paul latter refers to this doctrine as the “works of law” (see Qumran document 4QMMT (4Q394-5)) or

commandments of men.” Y’shua (Jesus) also referred to the “oral law” as the “traditions of the elders” that violates the “law of God” (Mark 7; Matthew 23). There is much that can be said about the “oral law.”

However, at a very basic level, the “oral law” consisted of doctrines, teachings, and commandments of men that much of the mainstream Jewish leadership of the first century elevated above the commandments of

God. In some cases the “oral law” even contradicted the commandments of God.


Now the 119 Ministries says that Paul, formerly know as Saul, persecuted the church because Christians ABANDONED and taught AGAINST the Pharisees doctrine, and then they go on to say that Jesus did the SAME thing. That is to say that Jesus also taught AGAINST the doctrine of the Pharisees. This much is true. But IF the REASON that Saul being a Pharisee persecuted the church, because they ABANDONED the doctrine of the Pharisees, then would this argument or line of reasoning CONTRADICT itself? Paul persecuted the church because the church that against the law of God, which the JEWS knew and understood fully that in order to be covenanted with God you MUST without fail be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH other wise you could NOT become a child of Abraham and thus a child of God. This was NOT a FALSE tradition of MEN, but rather this was the LAW of Almighty God that CHANGED or rather was FULFILLED by Jesus at the cross. NOW we as Christians are circumcised in our HEART by the blood of Jesus Christ.

All this talk about oral law, the traditions of men, and the doctrine of the Pharisees in just a DISTRACTION to get your focus off of the TRUE issue, which is that Paul did in fact teach AGAINST the law of GOD concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH made with hands. It has nothing to do with the APPLICATION of the law or the WAY they PRACTICED the law, but rather the issue is that the law of God being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands has indeed been ABOLISHED. And this TRUTH in God's word CONTRADICTS the 119 Ministries INCORRECT INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:15-19.

Let us read Galatians 1:13-15 to see the TRUE reason of WHY Saul persecuted the church.


"For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion,(Paul here is making a definite distinction that the Jew' religion is in the PAST) how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

14. And profited (or advanced) in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

15. BUT when it PLEASED God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

16. To REVEAL his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:"


Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters, in our Lord Jesus Christ, that the life Paul once live in the Jew's religion is now PAST when he was called by Almighty God to preach the gospel of Jesus. The truth of the matter is that the reason anyone persecuted the church was because it PLEASED the JEWS. In other words, the more zealous Paul persecuted the church the BETTER he advanced himself in the eyes of the JEWS. Paul was PLEASING MEN, the JEWS, when he was PERSECUTING the church. Please read Acts 12:1-3 where Herod was persecuting the church and when he saw that it pleased the Jews to sort to persecute the church even more.


"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

2. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

3. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)"


Let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries, which they use to falsely teach that Christians are to keep ALL the law, because they also incorrectly teach that none of the law has been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus.


This major issue of the first century is also the point and purpose of Y’shua’s (Jesus’) teaching in Matthew 5, His rebuking in Mark

7, and many of His other points of contention with Jewish leadership during the length of His ministry. The critical point to remember here is that there is a clear difference between the “commandments of men” and

the “commandments of God.”


Mark 7:6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men

Mark 7:9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

Mark 7:13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”


It is the Word of God that we are to follow, not doctrines and traditions of men. Even in Mark 7:10 specifically, we see our Lord appealing to what was written by Moses as the Word of God. We must remember that it is every word that came out of the mouth of God (which happened at Sinai) that is to be food for us (Matthew 4:4). He also taught us to teach all nations to obey everything (not just some things)He commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).

In Galatians Paul refers to such doctrine, elements of the world, and commandments of men as bondage(Ga 2:4; 4:3). The doctrine that Paul is teaching against in Galatians is a form of the same doctrine that Yeshua (Jesus) taught against. Yet we know that Yeshua (Jesus) did not teach against the Law of Moses

while refuting such false doctrine but actually appealed to it and used it as the foundation to expose the error in their doctrine.


There is no question as to whether or not Jesus or Paul taught against doctrines, traditions and commandments of men. The TRUE issue is whether or not Paul taught AGAINST the law of GOD in the OLD Testament, which was to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Let us continue.


This all leads to Paul’s closing of Galatians chapter 1:


Galatians 1:23,24 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us NOW preaches the FAITH which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.


Let us read just a little more context which clearly and plainly teaches us that the reason Paul ONCE used to PERSECUTE the church for the GOSPEL which he NOW PREACHES. So if Paul persecuted the church because they ABANDONED the Jew's religion who were incorrectly applying the law of Moses, then it should be clear that Paul was actually condemning HIMSELF because he himself was a Pharisee. But the truth of the matter is that Paul persecuted the church because the church was indeed teaching that the law of Moses was ABOLISHED. There is NO DOUBT that Paul when he was converted to Christianity taught the SAME GOSPEL of Jesus Christ that he was PERSECUTING the church for preaching before he became a Christian. The TRUE gospel taught AGAINST the law of God concerning being circumcised in the FLESH after a person became a BELIEVER in Jesus Christ, because Jesus is the END of the law for a believer. I and NOT saying that Jesus is the end of the COMMANDMENTS of God, but rather that Jesus is the END of the law of God concerning circumcision in the FLESH.

Galatians 1:21-24


"After wards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

22. And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

23. But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past NOW PREACHES the FAITH which ONCE he DESTROYED.

24. And they glorified God in me."


It stands to reason that Paul being a Jew and a Pharisee would NOT have tried to DESTROY the very thing that he himself believed and most definitely the Jews believed and OBSERVED the law of God to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Let us continue to see exactly what that faith is that Paul NOW PREACHES. It will become quite clear if it has not already that Paul did in fact PREACH AGAINST being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH for any reason whatsoever as we continue to take a closer look at the arguments given by the 119 Ministries.


We already know that the persecuting began with Stephen and that Stephen was falsely accused of teaching that Yeshua (Jesus) would change the Law of God.


Again these witnesses were called FALSE witnesses, because they LIED saying that the HEARD Stephen blaspheme God, when they never HEARD Stephen. What they said they heard Stephen say is in fact TRUE. Jesus did teach that the temple would be destroyed, and Jesus did in fact ABOLISH part of the law of GOD.


Paul left the Pharisee doctrine and began practicing true faith. It should be becoming rather clear that Paul’s letter to the Galatians is not teaching against the Law of God. Instead Paul is teaching against men using and teaching the law of God to create a different gospel. Paul would state that the Law of God is good if it is used correctly. The problem is that the doctrine being presented to the Galatians is a doctrine that incorrectly applies the Law of God, well beyond what it was ever intended to do. For Paul also said in another letter:


1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully…


So then, which is the TRUE gospel and which is the DIFFERENT gospel? The 119 Ministries FALSELY teaches that the TRUE gospel teaches that NONE of the law written in the OLD Testament has been ABOLISHED and therefore the DIFFERENT gospel they say is to teach that Paul was teaching AGAINST the law of GOD.

Let us read 1 Timothy 1:8 in CONTEXT and see what the word of God says is the TRUE gospel.

1 Timothy 1:5-9

"Now the end of the commandment is charity (or love) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

6. From which some having SWERVED have TURNED ASIDE unto VAIN jangling;

7. Desiring to be teachers of the LAW; understanding NEITHER what they say, NOR whereof they affirm.

8. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for man slayers,"


Are you not made into the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God when you accepted Jesus as your savior? Then the law was not made for you who are in Jesus Christ. The TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ is NOT to be a teacher of the LAW to teach that men are justified by the LAW. And this is one of the things that Paul was teaching AGAINST in Galatians chapter 2 where were clearly and plainly see Paul teaching AGAINST the LAW of GOD concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Remember the question put forth by the 119 Ministries is

FAQ – Galatians 2:3-5 – Did Paul Teach Against Circumcision?

  This is a very SIMPLE question to answer, but they do not ACCEPT the SIMPLE answer as being the TRUTH therefore they must do all this VAIN JANGLING to dance around the REAL ISSUE, which is to answer the simple question;

DID PAUL TEACH AGAINST CIRCUMCISION?

The answer is an absolute YES, Paul taught AGAINST the LAW of ALMIGHTY God himself concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands, because Jesus ABOLISHED that part of the law of God at the cross. So why all this VAIN jangling to try and change the issue of this very simple question? It is because the 119 Ministries has SWERVED and TURNED ASIDE from the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ to preach a DIFFERENT gospel that brings Christians into BONDAGE. They DESIRE to be teachers of the LAW. Let us continue looking at the other arguments used by the 119 Ministries.


One reason that the law exists is to define sin, not to provide us salvation.


I believe most every believer agrees with that statement. The law does not provide us with salvation, but rather kept those who were UNDER the law BEFORE FAITH came. Jesus then descended into the belly of the earth to PREACH the GOSPEL to those who were UNDER the OLD TESTAMENT LAW so that they could be SAVED by the only name given among men whereby we must be saved. Please read the study called "WHAT AND WHERE IS PARADISE?", but for now let us continue this study in God's word


1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

Romans 3:20 …for by the law is the knowledge of sin.


Thus Paul can not be teaching against the law of God or he is in fact promoting lawlessness.


Again this statement is misleading, because Paul is indeed teaching AGAINST the LAW of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, but this in no way means that Paul is PROMOTING lawlessness. The TRUTH of the gospel teaches AGAINST the law of GOD written in the OLD Testament to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, because Jesus ABOLISHED that part of the law of GOD by FULFILLING what God ALSO prophesied in his WORD. But nowhere in the NEW Testament does Paul teach against the COMMANDMENTS of God. It is the FAILURE of the 119 Ministries to discern the DIFFERENCE between the law of God and the COMMANDMENTS of God, which has led to their many ERRORS in interpreting the scriptures. Let us continue.


Paul is not teaching against what defines sin for us. This is just one example of why Peter himself gave us a serious warning about misunderstanding Paul as it relates to God’s law. This is a warning from Peter that most theologians have ignored:


2 Peter 3:14-17 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the lawless;


Paul is certainly not against the Law of God. For example, Paul also wrote:


Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Romans 7:12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.


Paul obviously believed and taught in the Law of God.


Again there is no doubt that Paul did not teach against the commandments of God that DEFINED what is SIN. But Paul did indeed teach AGAINST the CEREMONIAL part of the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament. Paul taught a balance between GRACE and the LAW of God. I agree that some in the main stream church have gone to far to the extreme on the side of GRACE, which has led some astray to FALSELY believe that they are FREE to do whatever they want and never lose their salvation. Others in the main stream church rightly say that there is nothing we can do to EARN our salvation but then wrongly teach that we keep the commandment of God ONLY out of love, which has led some to FALSELY believe that yes we are to keep the commandments but it is no big deal if we do not. The truth of the matter is that it is a big deal as to whether or not we KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God. Paul never taught against the COMMANDMENTS of God, but Paul did indeed teach AGAINST the LAW of GOD concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Again NOT discerning the DIFFERENCE between the law of God and the COMMANDMENTS of God has lead the 119 Ministries and those in the Hebrew Roots Movement away from the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.

The TRUTH of the matter is that we are saved by grace through faith and not by any works lest their be boasting so that or in order that we be a CLEAN vessel for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit of Almighty God to empower us to keep the commandments of God NOT in our OWN strength but rather THROUGH the power of God's Spirit dwelling in us and by FAITH in the promises of God's word. Please read the study called "HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN" but for now let us continue looking at the ERRORS in the arguments of the 119 Ministries to TRY and prove that Paul did not teach against the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION.



Circumcision is a Biblical commandment in outward application:


Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant...

Genesis 17:13 He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.


And in inward application:


Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.

Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem.


I agree that the law of God concerning circumcision in the FLESH was and OUTWARD sign showing that man had entered into a COVENANT with God.

But UNLIKE water baptism where the conversion takes place FIRST in the HEART and then we are obedient to be baptized in water as an OUTWARD showing of our faith, the OUTWARD commandment of God to be circumcised in the flesh came BEFORE the PROMISE of the NEW COVENANT that God was to yet make with his people Israel. Even now most of ISRAEL in yet blinded in part to the gospel. The FIRST covenant that was made by circumcision in the FLESH came well BEFORE the promise of being circumcised in the HEART was FULFILLED at the cross of Jesus Christ. But in water baptism the inward conversion comes FIRST before a believer OBEYS from the HEART to be baptism. There is NO comparison between circumcision and baptism. This is NOT SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. And it will become clearly just how UNSOUND it really is as we continue this study in God's word.


We are to delight in God’s law inwardly first:


Yes it has always been God's PLAN from the very beginning to have his word written upon our HEART. However the TRUTH of the matter is that the OLD COVENANT came FIRST, which was OUTWARDLY. And then God FULFILLED his word though his Son Jesus to bring in the NEW COVENANT, which is INWARDLY in our HEARTS.

And in bringing in this NEW COVENANT the OLD LAW of God which commanded men to be circumcised in the FLESH OUTWARDLY has been ABOLISHED by the cross of Jesus, so that now we are circumcised in the HEART by the blood of Jesus. The Bible does NOT teach us that we are to be circumcised in the flesh as an OUTWARD showing of our inner circumcision of the heart. This is nothing more than a DESPERATE attempt to try and salvage a FALSE teaching that Christians must keep ALL the law of God INCLUDING  being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH.

This is WHY Paul taught AGAINST the law of GOD concerning being circumcised in the FLESH made with hands, because it had been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus. But if the 119 Ministries agrees with this TRUTH of the gospel, then they must CHANGE their INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18, which would crumbles their WHOLE teaching that Christians must keep ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the Old Testament. Pride comes before a fall. It is better to humble yourself than to be brought low by Almighty God. None the less let us continue.


Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.


Our circumcision must first be in the heart, otherwise we are motivated for the wrong reasons in practicing God’s law.


Romans 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.


The whole problem with first century Jewish leadership is that their mainstream doctrine taught and focused on outward obedience and the written law for their own glory and praise and failed to focused on what was more important, which was inward faith in God’s Word that gives God glory and praise. It is the faith in God’s Word that produces the true desire to observe God’s commandments in a love for God (1John 5:2-3).

So why then does it appear that Paul is teaching against circumcision in Galatians 2?


It appears that Paul is teaching against circumcision in Galatians 2, because Paul IS teaching AGAINST the law of GOD concerning being circumcised in the FLESH made with hands all through the NEW Testament.


He isn’t.


Oh on the contrary. Paul is INDEED teaching AGAINST the LAW of GOD concerning being circumcised in the FLESH made with hands as it was taught in the OLD Testament. Please read Galatians 6:12-17.


"As many as desire to make a fair show in the FLESH, they CONSTRAIN you to be CIRCUMCISED; only lest (or for FEAR THAT) they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15. For IN Christ Jesus neither circumcision AVAILS ANY THING, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus."


Paul makes it very clear to be circumcised in the FLESH avails NOTHING. It serves NO PURPOSE because we are circumcised in our HEART through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also read 1 Corinthians 7:18,19.


"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

            I do not see how God's word can make it any clearer than this. PLAIN and SIMPLE Paul is CLEARLY teaching us as Christians to let NOT any one of us seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which without a doubt WAS as LAW of Almighty God himself and NOT a doctrine of MEN as the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


This is the exact same situation that presented itself in Acts 15 when Paul took this same issue of circumcision to the Jerusalem council. We will need to review Acts 15 to completely appreciate and understand the background of this situation. The Galatians are already familiar with this situation, which is why Paul uses it as an example. We are not. We need to understand what Paul is attempting to teach the Galatians about this false doctrine and false gospel that has become the subject of debate and frustration to Paul.

This circumcision story starts off in Antioch (Galatia):


Acts 14:26-28 From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished. When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the

Gentiles. And they spent a long time with the disciples.


While in Galatia some men come from Judea with this gospel for the Galatians:


Acts 15:1 Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."


Already it should be clear that this is not a matter of whether we should or should not observe the Law of God, but rather if the Law of God assists in salvation. This is a theological problem of the first century and

not so much in the Christian churches today. Thus there is a difference between correctly observing the Law of God because of our faith and the incorrect doctrine of legalism, which attempts to earn salvation by forfeiting grace.


First of all it IS a matter of whether or not we OBSERVE the law of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands, because Paul also taught that those who are Jews who obviously were ALREADY circumcised in the FLESH to seek NOT to become uncircumcised. And to the Gentile Christians Paul taught us NOT to SEEK to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, because being circumcised in the FLESH no longer matters. Circumcision of the FLESH was a SHADOW of the NEW COVENANT where God prophesied that he himself would circumcise the HEART. Paul CLEARLY taught the church that circumcision is NOTHING and for us as Christians NOT to seek to observe this ABOLISHED law of God to become CIRCUMCISED.

Please read again 1 Corinthians 7:16,17.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him NOT become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be circumcised.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God."


Here we see a clear DISTINCTION between the LAW of God and the COMMANDMENTS of God. Paul did INDEED teach AGAINST the LAW of GOD concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the flesh, but Paul did NOT teach against the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

You cannot throw everything into one pot that God said in his word and call it the LAW of God.

Now the second part where the 119 Ministries AGREES with the MISLEADING teaching of the mainstream church that states that Christians neither receive salvation by WORKS, nor do they MAINTAIN or KEEP themselves saved by WORKS, I however strongly DISAGREE.

Let me explain what I mean by this. First of all the whole word of God does NOT teach that once a person accepts Jesus as their savior then they can NEVER lose their salvation no matter what. Please read the study called "DOES the BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" for a deeper understanding that our obtaining ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come is in fact CONDITIONAL. We are clearly taught in the NEW Testament to KEEP or to OBEY the COMMANDMENTS of God. This is clearly taught in the New Testament to this TRUTH there is no doubt. But we are NOT taught in the NEW Testament to keep ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ORDINANCES written in the OLD Testament. For a deeper understanding of this TRUTH please read the studies called "119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-1" , "119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-2", and "IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?", but for now let us continue examining some more arguments given by the 119 Ministries.


Paul and Barnabus decide to bring this matter to the Jerusalem Council. On the way there they meet up with a different group that contrary to the other group are believers. As believers they obviously understood the true gospel which is salvation through faith by grace alone (Eph. 2:8). Yet, they still

believed that one should keep the law of God, not for salvation, but in obedience.


Now the 119 Ministries incorrectly interpret this passage of scripture when they say that this group of Christians were NOT compelling these other Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as a matter of SALVATION, but rather they were just compelling them to be circumcised as a matter of OBEDIENCE.

As you continue to read you will clearly and plainly see that these other Christians were compelling other believers to be circumcised in the flesh as a matter of SALVATION. This is just another example of HOW people become DECEIVED into obeying the WHOLE law contained in ordinances written in the OLD Testament, by telling others that it is NOT a matter of SALVATION, but just a matter of OBEDIENCE because you LOVE God and you want to PLEASE God.

IF this were true, then the KEEPING of the COMMANDMENTS of God would NOT be a matter of receiving the end of our SALVATION, which is obtain our reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come either. So then, IF it is NOT a matter of SALVATION and has nothing to do with whether or not we receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, then the words of Jesus in Revelation 3:4,5 are not true when he says our names will be BLOTTED OUT of the book of life if we defile our self with sin and die in that state of sin.


"You have a FEW names even in Sardis which have NOT defiled their garments (meaning that they are a few who have stayed faithful to me and have not gone back to their old lifestyle of sin); and they (speaking of ONLY those good and faithful servants) shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

5. He that OVERCOMES, the SAME shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will NOT blot out his name out of the book of life (again speaking of ONLY those of us who OVERCOME the enemy and do not defile ourselves with SIN), but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."


There are many more passages of scripture like this that clearly and plainly teach us that it is in fact a matter of SALVATION and vital that we KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God lest we not be found WORTHY to be granted the RIGHT to eat of the tree of LIFE. Again please read the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" to make absolutely certain that you are being taught the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING but the TRUTH. It is a matter of TRUTH that will decide whether or not you are found worthy to receive ETERNAL LIFE. This is a BIG DEAL! DO NOT BE DECEIVED by FALSE teachers that tell you that you can never lose your salvation no matter what, or that the keeping of the commandments of God does not matter.

Let us keep reading and you will see that this other group of Christians did in fact mean it is a matter of SALVATION to be circumcised in the FLESH.


Acts 15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them AND to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."


So these two positions were submitted to the Jerusalem council, keep God’s law for salvation (verse 1)(legalism) or keep God’s law in faith after salvation (verse 5)(obedience in faith). After some debate,Peter offers his input.


First of all this is ones own private INTERPRETATION, which does not agree with the whole word of God. So again the 119 Ministries is dividing the real issue, which is deceiving, because many in the mainstream church believe that we only obey the commandments of God and do good works out of LOVE showing God how grateful we are that he sent his Son Jesus to die for us. And there are even some Christians who take the love and grace of God so far to the extreme that they teach that a believer can even DENY the Lord and still NOT LOSE their salvation. It almost sounds like the 119 Ministries also teaches this FALSE once saved always saved doctrine that false teaches that once you accept Jesus as your savior then you can never ever lose your SALVATION no matter what. In other words, the 119 Ministries is falsely teach that it is NOT a matter of SALVATION to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Let us continue.


Acts 15:7-11 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. "And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. "Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our

fathers nor we have been able to bear? "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."


Peter establishes in Acts 15 that it is by faith that we are saved and that there is no Biblical difference between Jews and Greeks as it relates to salvation. Paul teaches the same once we read past Galatians 2 and enter into Galatians 3. In the first century mainstream Jewish leadership had a problem with the idea that Gentiles could simply have faith and thus become believers regardless of what commandments they were or were not immediately obedient to. Peter makes the point that no one has been able to bear the burden of the gospel that teaches that we must keep God’s law in any capacity to be saved. The point would be is that all have fallen short and thus we need grace through faith. Peter states that the Gentile converts have been given the Holy Spirit in their faith, thus they will begin to learn and practice God’s law AFTER faith is established because that is the whole point of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 14:16-17; 26, 15:26; 16:13, 17:17, Psalm 119:142, Jeremiah 31:31-33). This would obviously rebuke the position offered in verse 1. Thus Peter would declare that legalism is a false doctrine.


Again MIX a little TRUTH in with a lie and some believers will swallow it hook line and sinker.

Yes, there is no doubt that God does NOT demand us to walk perfectly before him casting off every sinful deed that has in some cases literally become habitual to some the very instant we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts. And yes, it is true that we LEARN little by little as the Holy Spirit leads and guides us into all truth. And yes, God only requires of us to take one step at a time, and if we fall all we need to do is ask for forgiveness and get back up and continue our walk with God.

However, this does NOT mean that the early church was teaching us as Christians to keep ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament. This can clearly and plainly be seen and understood by Paul's teaching AGAINST the LAW of GOD concerning circumcision in the FLESH. Paul clearly and plainly taught us as Christians NOT to seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Please read what Paul CLEARLY taught us as Christians in 1 Corinthians 7:18,19.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

            I do not see how God's word can make it any clearer than this. PLAIN and SIMPLE Paul is CLEARLY teaching us as Christians to let NOT any one of us seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which without a doubt WAS as LAW of Almighty God himself and NOT a doctrine of MEN as the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


This leaves us with the position established in verse 5.


Acts 15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."



The point that these “believing” Pharisees were trying to make is that converts should still be told that following the Law of God is part of being a believer. Christians would agree with that today would they not?


Again there is NO difference between verse 1 and verse 5. Both verses clearly teach that these Jews were compelling the Gentile believers to be circumcised as a NECESSITY and as a MUST need be to be SAVED. Also it would depend on one's definition of the LAW. Clearly we are taught in the NEW Testament to keep the COMMANDMENTS of God. However the law contained in some 613 carnal ORDINANCES written in the OLD Testament are NOT the commandments of God that are REPEATED and taught in the NEW TESTAMENT for us as Christians to keep.

So this statement that follows is very DECEIVING because we know that we are to keep the COMMANDMENTS of God.


We agree that we should not murder, or lie, etc. These Pharisees were “believers” meaning they were in God’s plan of salvation. They are not “legalizers” like the false brethren in verse 1. These Pharisees have true faith in order to be defined as believers.


Again the MISLEADING tactic of DIVIDING the issue and also making the word "LAW" to be all inclusive of every thing that God said in his word. There are actually three groups of believers here in Acts chapter 15.

Group #1 These are the believers referred to in verse 1who were Jews that were converted to Christianity, but they themselves were being deceived by the Jews from the Jew's religion that it is a matter of SALVATION for ALL believers in Jesus Christ to be circumcised in the FLESH after the LAW of Moses in order to be SAVED. These believers in group#1 were being deceived by the Jews to FALSELY teach a DIFFERENT GOSPEL by compelling these GENTILE believers to DISOBEY the TRUTH of the gospel of Jesus Christ and become circumcised in the FLESH.

Here is what Acts 15:1 says.

"And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, EXCEPT you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you CANNOT be SAVED."


Group #2 These are the believers found in verse 2 who are indeed following the TRUTH of the gospel of Jesus Christ and they DISPUTED with the believers in group #1 that if they were to become circumcised in the FLESH, then they were being deceived in to believing a DIFFERENT and FALSE gospel that the church did NOT teach.

Here is what Acts 15:2 says.

"When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and DISPUTATION with them (referring to group #1), they (group #1) determined that Paul and Barnabas, AND certain other of them,(referring to group #1 that wanted to go with group #2 to make sure they told to whole story from both side of this dispute) should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question."


In other words, group #1 basically said alright then let us go up TOGETHER to Jerusalem and settle this matter with the Apostles and the elders of the church, because we are not going to listen to a thing you have to say unless the Apostles and the elders convince us that you are speaking the TRUTH.

Then when group #1 and group # 2 arrived in Jerusalem where the Apostles and elder of the church were living Paul and Barnabas told the Apostles and the elders and all the congregation at the church in Jerusalem what God had been doing.

We read about this in Acts 15:4,5, which says,

"And when they were come to Jerusalem, they (both group #1 and group #2) were received of the church, AND of the apostles and elders, and they (group #2) declared all things that God had done with them.

5. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed (this group can be some in group #1 or an entirely new group, but there MESSAGE is the SAME regardless), saying, That it was NEEDFUL to circumcise them, and to COMMAND them to keep the law of Moses."


Now the 119 Ministries argue that verse 5 is referring to and entirely NEW group of believers and therefore they somehow are teaching something entirely different from group #1 in verse number one.

However, something that is being taught as NEEDFUL and as a COMMAND is definitely being taught as a matter of SALVATION. So then, no matter if this group in verse 5, which we will call group #3 is one and the SAME as group #1, or whether group #3 is a MIXTURE of group #1 and some other believers that were already at the church in Jerusalem, or whether this group was an entirely new group of believers at the church in Jerusalem, or even if group #3 were JEWS from the Jews religion, it simple does not matter, because BOTH group #1 and group #3 were FALSELY teaching the exact SAME thing, which was that it was NEEDFUL to COMMAND these Gentile believers to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH in order to be SAVED.

This is WHY Paul and Barnabas had no SMALL matter of DISPUTING with them and agreed to go WITH them to Jerusalem to settle this very important matter. The matter was then given to the Apostles and the elders to decide. Then the Apostles and elders CONSIDERED the matter and there is MUCH DISPUTING. Now this much disputing to me, is being done among the congregation in the background while the Apostle and elders were yet CONSIDERING this matter trying to weigh both sides of the argument. You see the church was STILL LEARNING what the will of God was concerning what they should do. Just a short while ago Peter was given a VISION from God where God REVEALED to the church that they were to now preach the GOSPEL to the GENTILES. I am sure that the Apostles knew the correct answer but that they were more so considering HOW to put this answer into words to restore PEACE among the brethren.

Here is Acts 15:6-13.


"And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

7. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them (referring to group #1 and group #2 who who DISPUTING), Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

8. And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

9. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10. Now THEREFORE (or for this REASON that Almighty God himself justified the Gentile showing us proof by filling them with the Holy Spirit the SAME as us, then) WHY tempt you God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11. But WE BELIEVE that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.(in other words, WE are BELIEVING that THROUGH the GRACE of God we ourselves shall be save and so we also BELEIVE that through this SAME GRACE that these Gentile believers will be saved as well)

12. THEN (or after they heard Peter speak these words) ALL the multitude kept SILENCE, and gave AUDIENCE to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.(this seemed to settle this debate, because group # 1 was now giving AUDIENCE or credence to group #2. There was SILENCE and NO more DISPUTING. BOTH side were in AGREEMENT that no YOKE or commands of Moses were to be placed upon these Gentile believers, because even the Old Testament saints could NOT bear them)

13. And AFTER they had held their PEACE (or after they all seemed to be SATISFIED with NOT commanding these Gentile believers to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH and to keep the law of Moses), James answered, saying , Men and brethren, hearken unto me:"

Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that up to this point in time in verse 13 that ALL the multitude that was gathered together were in AGREEMENT with what Peter was saying and the disputing CEASED. Then James answered, saying, Men and brethren, HEARKEN unto ME.

Let us continue with the argument of the 119 Ministries to see what they have to say about what James said.


Thus James must still address the point established in Acts 15:5 and rule against the point in Acts 15:1.

In Acts 15:14-18 James makes it clear that he understands that it is prophetic that the nations should begin to come into the faith.

James also makes it clear that we can not place heavy expectations on new converts as they come into the faith. Thus in some aspects James agrees with the position of those in verse 5, yet there is a critical clarification that James wants to emphasize. James clearly states that it should not be difficult for a new believer. Here is his decree or decision:


Acts 15:19 "Therefore it is MY judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,


So the solution James offers must be simple and easy for the Gentile converts but still be in agreement with the position established in verse 5 and against the position established in verse 1.

In verse 20, James instructs Gentiles that are turning to God to turn away from cultic temple sun god practices and ways.


Acts 15:20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.


James found it critical to at least set the compass of the Gentile converts in the direction that is of God and not part of their sun god culture. They are told to leave all of that behind.

These are all practices that were common in the cultic temple ways and practices related to the pagan sun gods. We can not follow the ways of sun gods and the ways of the true God. The ways are not compatible and God considers that spiritual adultery.

Paul also deals with this exact same issue in Galatians chapter 4:8-11 because the Galatians where turning back to their old ways of worshiping false gods.


Galatians 4:8-9 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?


James needed to address this problem first because believers can not sit at the table of God and the table of devils. The top commandment of all of God’s law is found in Deut. 6:4:


Deut. 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.


James made it clear that the Gentile converts needed to recognize that there are no other gods, that there is only one true God and that we are to love Him with our whole heart, soul, and mind. We can not divide some of our heart, soul, and mind after sun god ways and at the same time devote ourselves to God. It is the opposite of faith, which is one of the reasons Paul was so rightfully concerned for the Galatians in his letter.


Up to this point on 119 Ministries comments concerning what James said about placing no other BURDEN upon these Gentile believers who are coming to God through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, than to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled and from blood the NEW Testament does REPEAT this COMMANDMENT to abstain from IDOLS. But please keep in mind the real issue that we are studying is NOT whether or not we as Christians should keep the COMMANDMENTS of God, but rather the real issue is to answer the simple question DID PAUL TEACH AGAINST CIRCUMCISION?

Also we need to keep in mind that the church is still LEARNING and growing in REVELATION KNOWLEDGE from the Holy Spirit of God. Thus the decisions and decrees made at what could be called the FIRST church council are not set the LAST word on the subject. You will see this as more revelation knowledge in given to Paul and the church as more time goes on. But for now let us continue with the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


If the Gentile converts would cease their false god ways, then the believers in the faith who were teachers of the Law of God (like those in Acts 15:5) would allow them back into the synagogues to learn the rest of

God’s law. How do we know that James believed that the converted Gentiles should learn the Law of Moses every Sabbath? This is how James actually brilliantly incorporated his agreement with those in verse 5 into his decision:


Acts 15:21 "For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."


Let us pause here and clear a few things up, by reading this verse in CONTEXT. Please read Acts 15:19-31, which CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us that circumcision in the FLESH and the keeping of the law of Moses contained in some 613 carnal ordinances was NOT being taught to the church in any way shape or form PERIOD.


"Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

20. BUT that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

21. For (or because) Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.(now the reason that James decided to place no other burden upon these Gentile believers is because the law of Moses is taught in nearly every city. The answer to WHY James said this is purely assumption. Some say it was for fear of the Jews and very possibly could be the reason. The 119 Ministries say it was because the church TAUGHT the LAW of Moses. It may be that it just seemed right and that the Holy Spirit was guiding them to instuct these Gentiles to refrain from IDOLS because this is what they needed most at this point in their walk with God. The truth of the matter is we simple do not know why James decided on these four things. But what we do KNOW for CERTAIN is the neither Peter nor James or any of the other Apostles or elders put CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH on this list. That much we do know.)

22. Then it PLEASED the apostles and elders, with the WHOLE church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

23. And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:

24. For as much as we have HEARD, that certain which went out from us have TROUBLED you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You MUST be CIRCUMCISED, and KEEP the LAW: to whom WE gave NO such COMMANDMENT:

25. It SEEMED good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

26. Men that have HAZARDED their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (or have suffer sever persecution for the TRUTH of the GOSPEL)

27. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the SAME things by mouth.

28. For it SEEMED good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you NO greater burden than these NECESSARY things;

29. That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

30. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:

31. Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the CONSOLATION."


So then, at this point in time in the GROWTH of the church is SEEMED good to them and the Holy Spirit to NOT compel anyone believer to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as a matter of salvation or ANY OTHER  REASON. Verse 24 clearly and plainly teaches us that circumcision in the FLESH was NOT being taught in the church in any shape, form or matter of application as the 119 Ministries FALSELY teach.

"24. For as much as we have HEARD, that certain which went out from us have TROUBLED you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You MUST be CIRCUMCISED, and KEEP the LAW: to whom WE gave NO such COMMANDMENT:"


But after this matter has come to our attention it SEEMED good to the Holy Spirit and to us that no GREATER burden be laid upon the Gentile believer other than these four things.


" For it SEEMED good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you NO greater burden than these NECESSARY things;

29. That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, you shall do well. Fare you well."


Again please keep in mind that the church is still yet receiving REVELATION KNOWLEDGE from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we somehow get the ideal that from day one the church was perfect in all knowledge and understanding, but the TRUTH of the matter they were yet learning to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit as what the Spirit was trying to teach them. Even when Jesus was with them they did not understand everything the Jesus taught them right off. Even this statement in verse 28 is not a thus says the Lord type statement. The church is still yet LEARNING from the Holy Spirit.

HOWEVER there is ONE thing were no for sure and that is UNTIL it came to the ATTENTION of the Apostles and the elders of the church that these was DISPUTING among certain believers that they were COMPELLING Gentile believers to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH the leaders of the church made it PERFECTLY CLEAR to all believers that NO SUCH COMMANDMENT came from the CHURCH. In other words, it is made blatantly clear that up to this point in time in the growth of the church that they were NOT teaching Christians to KEEP the LAW of Moses to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, because they gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT. Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, that IF the church was teaching Christians to keep the law of Moses and be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as an OUTWARD showing of our INWARD circumcision of the HEART as the 119 Ministries FALSELY teach, then they would have STRAIGHTEN the WHOLE matter up right then and there and plainly said we are not circumcised as a matter of SALVATION, but we are circumcise after we have believed as a matter of obedience to the law of Mose. But they did not even come close to saying anything even resembling this FALSE teaching of the 19 Ministries. None the less let us continue taking a look at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


Once the Gentile converts prove that they only have a heart for God and abandon their cultic sun god ways, they will then learn the rest of God’s law every Sabbath. This is how James made it easy on the new converts.


If this is a true and correct INTERPRETATION, then where are all the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE passages of scripture in the NEW TESTAMENT that without a doubt show us that the early church TAUGHT us as Christians to keep ALL the law of Moses contained in some 613 carnal ORDINANCES written in the OLD Testament.

There are no such passages of scripture in the NEW TESTAMENT, because the early church did NOT teach to law of Moses contained in ordinances. Keep in mind that the Apostles and the elders of the church, and for that matter, most if not all the Christians that where at the church in Jerusalem where all JEWS who believed the words of Jesus that he was the MESSIAH. So then, if they simply ADDED Jesus to the Jew's religion and CONTINUED from day one of the beginning of the church to TEACH ALL the law of Moses, then why did they say to these Gentile believers that they gave NO such commandment to be CIRCUMCISED in the flesh.

If the were truly teaching CIRCUMCISION in ANY manner, then this would have been the perfect place to clear every thing up. But all that we are clearly told is that the church gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT to keep the law of Mose including being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH.

The TRUTH of the matter is that they were preaching the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ from the Old Testament prophecies REVEALING the scriptures that Jesus is the MESSIAH. This was the HEART of the gospel up to this point in time of the church to preach that we can be set free from the bondage of sin through Jesus Christ. Now what was clearly understood by the JEWS who now believed in Jesus that they were ALSO set free from the BONDAGE of the LAW, which required them to offer animal sacrifices, depending on the priests to offer these sacrifices for them, only being able to be forgiven certain days of the year. This was all BONDAGE to these JEWS who were converted to Christianity whether we as Gentile Christians today comprehend that the ceremonial law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances is BONDAGE.

Let us continue.


This is similar to how we evangelize today. We preach and teach the good news that frees us from the bondage of our sin through faith by grace. Committing and trusting in God’s Word is all that is necessary for salvation. It is through that same commitment and trusting in God’s Word that directly causes a new believer to seek out God’s ways so they can be applied in their life. In the first century learning these ways primarily happened on Shabbat when the Law of Moses was read.


The JEWS met on the sabbath and learned from the law of Moses, of this truth there is no doubt.

However, the early church only went into the synagogues on the sabbath day to PREACH the GOSPEL to the JEWS. This is where the HARVEST was gathered together ready to reap. Why go from door to door preaching the gospel to one Jew at a time, when you can go into the synagogue on the sabbath day where you know the Jews will all be assembled together and then preach to many Jews at the same time all at once.

The TRUTH of the matter is that the early church recorded for us in the NEW Testament and in some early church writings tells us that the church assembled on SUNDAY to break the bread of communion and to tell all what God was doing in the church. Please read the studies called "SUNDAY WORSHIP VERSES SABBATH KEEPING?" and "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?", but for now let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries to answer the simple question,

Did Paul teach AGAINST CIRCUMCISION?


(consider the commandment in Matthew 23:1-3 as well).


In Matthew 23 Jesus is speaking to the multitude and his disciples about keeping the law, because they were yet UNDER the law of the Old Testament. Jesus was born under the law. So yes, obviously Jesus both keep the law and taught the law, because the word of God says that Jesus lived his life without sin. There was a TRANSITION period from being UNDER the OLD covenant to being under the NEW covenant put into force by the shed blood of Jesus. Let us continue.


Thus learning God’s ways is a process in faith that is already established. The point James is trying to make clear to those in verse 5 is that no one can be expected to learn and apply all of God’s law overnight, but the expectation of following the only one true God must be set and established immediately.


I agree that God leads us as Christians by his Holy Spirit and that he will not allow us to be tempted above that which we are able to bear. It should be taught and understood that spiritual growth is liken to growing up in the natural. We all begin as babes in Jesus Christ desiring the sincere milk of the word of God that we may GROW thereby. Some Christians spend most of their life as a babe in Jesus Christ wrestling with the same temptation over and over day after day. While other Christians seem to advance much more rapidly in their knowledge and understanding of how to overcome sin in their lives. The point is they are babes in Jesus Christ or fully mature Christians they are being led BY the Holy Spirit according the the KNOWLEDGE that they have obtained. The Bible says that he who is RESISTING sin so long as he or she is RESISTING is not sinning. The actual temptation is not a sin.

The simple gospel is that the Holy Spirit knows what we can or cannot do, therefore so as long as we are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit we are NOT sinning. Now some in the 119 Ministries may say, exactly, because they truly believe that they are following the leading of the Holy Spirit to keep ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament. However, the Holy Spirit will NOT lead us to do that which is CONTRARY to the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

So then, let us continue to see if the WHOLE word of Almighty God teaches us that Paul taught AGAINST the law of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the flesh made with hands by continue to examine the ERRORS made by the 119 Ministries in their interpretation of God's word.


There are some that teach that Acts 15 teaches against the Law of God. It is taught that James only made his decree to appease Jews and verse 21 is always ignored and rendered meaningless as if James was simply a rambling lunatic.

What is even more interesting is that when Peter and Timothy left to deliver the decree that James issued, Paul actually circumcised Timothy before they delivered the decree to those that are found in Galatians 15:5.


Acts 16:1-4 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.


Why? Because the decree of James proved the position of those in Acts 15:5 to be correct, Paul and Timothy both agreed that Timothy should be circumcised because all of the Jews already knew that he was a Greek. How awkward would it have been for Timothy to be issuing a decree that states that Gentiles were to learn the Law of Moses each Sabbath and still not be practicing the Law of God himself? Timothy felt as though he was ready to outwardly submit to his already inwardly circumcised heart.

Now remember that many still somehow teach that Acts 15 did away with circumcision thus declaring both groups of Jews in Acts 15:1 AND those in Acts 15:5 to be wrong. Instead James must have inserted a new(but unspoken) debate that supposedly taught that the Law of Moses is not for converted Gentiles at all.

Verse 15:21 is also not cited and basically deleted for theological consideration because it simply does not fit a law abolishing paradigm.

What we would then have in Acts 16 is Paul and Timothy leaving to go issue the decree to the Jews that supposedly teaches that Gentiles do not need to be circumcised, but right before they leave, Paul actually circumcises Timothy, a converted Gentile. It simply does not add up. Why in the world would Paul and Timothy be issuing decrees to Jews that supposedly abolishes circumcision for Greeks and then feel it necessary to circumcise a Greek before they even begin? That would be the definition of insanity and hypocrisy.

Some even teach that Paul is simply trying to please believing Jews by circumcising Timothy. That makes no sense at all either. These Jews are already believers, this was not an evangelizing mission so there is no motive for Paul “pleasing” anyone. In addition, would Timothy have actually allowed himself to be circumcised for such an absurd reason if it was not because God commanded it? Why would Luke have documented this in Acts if it was not important and related to the decision in Acts 15, the same decree that they are leaving to deliver?

In addition, Paul already declared that his motive is to please God not men, thus there is not even a need to debate this:


Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ.


Instead, Paul circumcised Timothy because the decree they were issuing teaches that Timothy should want to be circumcised in the flesh if his heart is truly already circumcised inwardly for the Word of God. This is what he would learn in the Sabbath each week as Moses (Law of God) was read from the Moses’ Seat.


Let us again pause here to clear things up. First of all the 119 Ministries INCORRECTLY DIVIDES the Christians. who were converted from the Jew's religion in Acts 15:1 from Acts 15:5 to be two DIFFERENT groups of Christians who were both converted from the Jew's religion. But in TRUTH they are teaching the SAME exact thing which is that Gentile Christians MUST be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH in order to be saved. So the main issue is NOT the APPLICATION of HOW circumcision in the flesh is PRACTICED, but rather the issue is did Paul teach AGAINST being circumcised in the flesh period. And the answer is an absolute yes, Paul did indeed teach AGAINST being circumcised in the flesh.

So not then the question becomes since Paul did INDEED teach AGAINST the law of God concerning be circumcised in the flesh, the WHY did he CIRCUMCISE Timothy?

Now the 119 Ministries argues that the ONLY way this makes any sense whatsoever is to say the Paul did NOT teach against the law of God in any way including circumcision, but rather Paul taught against the WAY or the MANNER in which the law of God was being kept or PRACTICED. This is WHY they must without fail DIVIDE Acts 15:1 from Acts 15:5 and say that group #1 in verse 1 is WRONGLY teaching the MANNER of circumcision as a matter of SALVATION. But they dogmatically insist that group #2 in verse 5 is in fact teaching the CORRECT manner of how circumcision is to be PRACTICED, which is to be only an OUTWARD sign of and already INWARD experience.

But WHERE is the SOUND SCRIPTURAL evidence to make such an ASSUMPTION? There is none. However there is evidence that clearly shows us that neither Paul nor the early church taught Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. First of all we have the CLEAR statement given us that the church gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT. Then we have Paul saying the IF he was STILL YET trying to PLEASE men, the why is he being persecuted by the JEWS? Paul said in Galatians 1:10 that he would NOT be a bond servant of Jesus Christ to preach the TRUTH of the gospel IF he was preaching a DIFFERENT gospel in order to PLEASE men to AVOID being persecute for the TRUTH of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So then, to this argument that Paul was NOT teaching against the law of God concerning obeying all the law of Moses including being circumcised in the FLESH, but rather Paul was teaching against the MANNER or the APPLICATION of keeping the law of God as a requirement to obtain SALVATION, to this argument I say that the word of God says that IF this were true, then ALL the COMMANDMENTS of God would NOT be a matter of receiving the end of our SALVATION either. The receiving the END of our salvation means being giving the RIGHT to eat of the tree of LIFE in the world to come. In other words, the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching that we only KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God out of LOVE and therefore the KEEPING of the commandments of God has NOTHING whatsoever to do with our actually OBTAINING ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, because keeping the LAW of God has NOTHING whatsoever to do with SALVATION. But I say to you that this teaching of the 119 Ministries is nothing less than the FALSE teaching of ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED doctrine or Devils, because the WHOLE word of God clearly teaches us that we are to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God in order to be accounted worthy to be given the RIGHT to eat of the tree of LIFE in the world to come. Please read the study called "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH US THAT ONCE YOU ARE SAVED THEN YOU ARE ALWAYS SAVED?" for a deeper understanding that salvation is CONDITIONAL.

So then, WHY did Paul CIRCUMCISE Timothy? Well there are a number of possibilities of WHY.

First remember that the church is STILL YET receiving REVELATION KNOWLEDGE from the Holy Spirit. It was not that long ago that Paul, who before PERSECUTED the church severely, was converted to Christianity. Paul began preaching the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ as him CRUCIFIED and risen from the dead. No more and no less. Salvation is NOW by FAITH and NOT by the LAW. In other words, Paul like all the other believers was still yet LEARNING what to do and not to do. In fact a few verse right after Paul circumcised Timothy he was given a VISION from God. My point is this, the decree given by the church in Acts 15 was not the FINAL word on this subject.

Also keep in mind that Timothy was neither and Jew, nor a Gentile, but rather was born to a family where his mother was a JEW, and his father was a Greek or a Gentile. We are not told if either his mother or his father were Christians. All we know for sure is that Timothy BELIEVED.

Now the 119 Ministries conclude that the JEWS in that region were Jews who converted to Christianity.

However, I see these Jews as being in the Jew's religion, because they are NOT referred to as being BRETHREN. Another thing we know for sure is that Christians were being heavily PERSECUTED by the JEWS even to the laying down of their lives for the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.

So then, it may be that Timothy was FEARFUL for his very life if he was not circumcised. Remember even Paul was young in his faith and was still yet being given revelation knowledge from the Holy Spirit. Again just a few verses later we see where Paul is given a VISION from God.

Also it should be remembered that the enemy of our soul TEMPTS us to DISOBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you recall to words of Jesus when he taught on the sower sowing the seed, which is the WORD of God. And how Satan comes IMMEDIATELY to STEAL this new fresh word of God that has just been sown into our hearts that we did not UNDERSTAND before. You see, Paul had just received a fresh new word sown in his heart about not putting on the GENTILE believers any more than what had just been decreed by the Apostles and the elders of the church. All Paul knew and taught up to this time was Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead. This is the first time Paul ever heard to put burdens on believers no matter how slight these burdens mat be.

Now put yourself in Paul's situation. First of all he has just had a very heated argument with Barnabas, his PARTNER in the ministry, so he was already in STRIFE, which is an open door to the enemy Satan. Then he feels led that Timothy is the one that the Holy Spirit is leading him to take with him to minister to the churches to see how they were doing. We do NOT know what took place in Paul's heart and mind. All we know for sure in Paul circumcised Timothy. It may have been all Timothy's idea telling Paul that he would not go with him until he be circumcised because he was FEARFUL of the JEWS. We simple do not know for sure what transpired in the heart and mind of Timothy or Paul.

Again keep in mind that Timothy is a halfbreed, so to speak. He is neither JEW nor GENTILE, but a MIXTURE of both. We do not know if Timothy was taught the Jew's religion or not. OBVIOUSLY Timothy never FOLLOWED the teachings of the JEWS, because he had never been CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which was commanded in the law of Moses for every Jew. All we know for sure in that Timothy BELIEVED either the words of Paul or another believer before Paul came. This does not matter. All that matters is that Timothy being neither JEW nor GENTILE became a BELIEVER in Jesus Christ as the MESSIAH. So then, Paul may have REASONED in his mind that the church gave NO DEFINITE rule about circumcising believers if they are neither completely Gentile nor completely Jew. You see, if Timothy was a JEW, then this would mean that he should have ALREADY been CIRCUMCISED. But if Timothy was a GENTILE, the Paul had a definite decree from the church NOT to circumcise any GENTILE believer, but rather lay upon them NO OTHER BURDEN than to abstain from IDOLS. We simply do not know what transpired in the hearts and minds of Timothy and Paul. But we do know that any one of us is NOT ABOVE being TEMPTED by the enemy to DISOBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit.

It may very well be that Paul was being TEMPTED or DECEIVED by the enemy to circumcise Timothy. I am quite sure that there is not a one of us that believes that Paul lived a SINLESS life. Just because Paul CIRCUMCISED Timothy does NOT mean that Paul TAUGHT Christians to KEEP the ALL the law of God including being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands.

Yet another thing to consider as to WHY Paul may have circumcised Timothy is that Paul tells us out of his own mouth that he becomes a JEW to LIVE as a JEW in order to WIN a JEW to Jesus Christ. Now I personally do not believe that a Christian should compromise their faith and become a JEW in order to WIN a JEW to Jesus Christ. Peter even warns us not to misunderstand Paul's teaching to use their liberty to their own destruction. I have heard some Christians say that they drink in order to win others at the bar or tavern to Jesus Christ. But I personally do NOT see how a drunkard can lead another drunkard to the Lord. Nor do I see how a Christian living like a JEW, eating like a JEW and dressing like a JEW can lead a JEW to the Lord Jesus Christ. But rather showing Jesus to be the promised MESSIAH through the Old Testament prophecies is how the early Church led Jews to Jesus Christ

No matter WHAT the REASON was as to WHY Paul circumcised Timothy at that point in time in his GROWTH in the Lord we know for an absolute CERTAINTY that Paul did in fact teach AGAINST being circumcised in the flesh made with hands, because later we see that TITUS was NOT circumcised. Let us continue.


What we need to determine is why was Timothy circumcised and Titus not circumcised. What was the difference? Unless Paul is random and operating under no principles then Paul establishes a governing difference somewhere for us to understand.

We have learned several things after this lengthy examination of the doctrine being presented to the Galatians. The circumcision presented to Titus was not a physical circumcision in faith to represent his

circumcision of the heart (Deut. 10:16; Deut 30:6) but instead a false circumcision into a false doctrine that taught that circumcision was necessary for salvation. That is the problem. Even Abraham was 99 before he was circumcised.

Titus in Galatians 2 was being compelled by false doctrine to be circumcised in the flesh in a doctrine that taught that circumcision was necessary for salvation. We read that doctrine in the very first verse of Acts

15. That is simply bad. Not only might Titus not be ready to practice outward circumcision (because his not completely inwardly circumcised), but it should not even be remotely connected to salvation as the

reason he is being circumcised. Such a practice must be stopped. Thus Paul runs to the Jerusalem council to expose and put an end to this doctrine (Acts 15).


So again we see that the 119 Ministries relies very heavily on their INTERPRETATION that it is the MANNER in which circumcision is being taught that is the problem and NOT whether or not a person should be circumcised.

The truth of the matter and the heart of the real issue is whether or not Paul taught against being circumcised in the flesh made with hands. And again the answer is an absolute yes, Paul did indeed teach AGAINST being circumcised in the flesh. Of this TRUTH there is NO DOUBT.

So then, the ONLY way for the 119 Ministries, the Hebrew Roots Movement of any or Sabbath keep group can argue against this TRUTH is to DIVIDE the issue and FALSE claim that it is the MANNER in which circumcision is PRACTICED. Therefore they FALSE conclude that keep the COMMANDMENTS of God has nothing whatsoever to do with receiving ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. In other words, the 119 Ministries FALSELY teaches that once a person accepts Jesus as their savior, then they are ALWAYS saved and can NEVER LOSE their salvation no matter what.

But this is NOT what the WHOLE word of God teaches us. Therefore once a believer is saved, as in, they are forgiven of all their past sins and are brought into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God, then they are made new creatures in Jesus Christ to walk in OBEDIENCE to the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God. This is NOT an OPTION. Jesus himself PLAINLY taught us that if we do NOT OVERCOME the enemy, the we will have our names BLOTTED OUT of the book of LIFE.

This does NOT mean that Timothy's name was BLOTTED OUT of the book of LIFE just because he was circumcised, because God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. We later see Timothy doing many great things for the Lord.  Remember that Paul also said IF it YET BE in VAIN, meaning that those who are following a DIFFERENT gospel can repent and return to obeying the TRUTH of the Gospel that Paul preached.. And this does not mean that Paul's name was BLOTTED out of the book of life because he circumcised Timothy, because later we clearly see that Paul is without a doubt teaching AGAINST being CIRCUMCISED in the flesh.

So then, there are a number of reasons of WHY Paul circumcised Timothy and WHY Titus refused to deceived and compelled to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. My point is this, there is no SOUND BIBLICAL evidence for the 119 Ministries to dogmatically demand that the ONLY way to make any sense of Timothy being circumcised is to understand that Paul taught that circumcision if the flesh was not a matter of SALVATION but like baptism in water circumcision was only to be done as an OUTWARD showing of a believers INWARD faith.

However we know with out a doubt that this is NOT the truth of the WHOLE word of God, because in addition to the truth that the church gave NO SUCH COMMAND found in Acts 15:24, which plainly states,

"24. For as much as we have HEARD, that certain which went out from us have TROUBLED you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You MUST be CIRCUMCISED, and KEEP the LAW: to whom WE gave NO such COMMANDMENT:"

We also see that Paul clearly and plainly taught that no Christian is to seek to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH and that circumcision is NOTHING. Please read 1 Corinthians 7:18,19, which CLEARLY teaches us that we are NOT to be circumcised.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

           This passage of scripture clearly teaches us that after we BELIEVE in  Jesus as our Messiah, the we are NOT to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. I do not see how God's word can make it any clearer than this. PLAIN and SIMPLE Paul is CLEARLY teaching us as Christians to let NOT any one of us seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which without a doubt WAS the LAW of Almighty God himself given to his people ISRAEL under the OLD COVENANT, and NOT a doctrine of MEN as the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching. So then, there is no doubt that Paul was indeed teaching AGAINST the law of God that had been ABOLISHED at the cross of Jesus. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.


We could even draw from our understanding of baptism. Most believers today understand baptism as a critical commandment for a new believer but we would never state that baptism is required for salvation.


Just because some in the mainstream church incorrectly UNDERSTAND and falsely teach that baptism has nothing whatsoever to do with a believer receiving ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come does NOT make it to be the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. The early church DEFINITELY taught water baptism as a PART of being saved. Please read the study called "HOW BAPTISM SAVES!", but for now let us continue to look at the arguments of the 119 Ministries to TRY and prove that Paul did NOT teach AGAINST the law of God including being circumcised in the flesh.


The new believer is encouraged to be baptized when they are ready as an outward sign of their inward believe in the Word. The same process holds true for circumcision. The problem is that others were “compelling” Gentile converts to be circumcised. Thus Paul needed to put a stop not to the commandment of circumcision, but the misuse and misapplication of the commandment of circumcision. That is a critical difference yet it is not too complicated to understand if we stop to consider it.


So then, the problem is that the 119 Ministries is "COMPELLING" Christians to KEEP ALL the law contained in some 613 ORDINANCES written in the OLD Testament. HOW is teaching that a Christian that unless they obey the ALL the law of God written in the OLD Testament including to be circumcised in the flesh as an OUTWARD showing of their love for God, then they do not truly love God not COMPELLING Christians to be circumcised? Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. There is nothing wrong with COMPELLING non Christians to believe in Jesus Christ, because the word of God says that we are to save some with fear lest they be consumed in the fire of Judgment on the last day. And there is nothing wrong with COMPELLING Christians to OBEY the COMMANDMENTS of God, because the word also says that if we see a brother SIN and convert that brother back to the TRUTH then we saved a soul from hell.

So then, it is NOT the COMPELLING that is wrong, but rather it is the WHAT we are compelling people to do. In other words, if we are compelling Christians to obey a DIFFERENT gospel that what Paul preached, then we are WRONG and we should repent of this WRONG compelling of Christians to follow a DIFFERENT gospel.

Thus Paul and the NEW TESTAMENT must put a STOP to this FALSE COMPELLING and FALSE TEACHING for Christians to KEEP ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament as SHADOWS of the TRUE which was PROMISED to come. Paul said circumcision is NOTHING and uncircumcision is nothing, but rather all that is required for BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ is that we keep the COMMANDMENTS of God. Again I qualify the keep of the commandments to the NINE commandments that are specifically REPEATED and TAUGHT in the NEW TESTAMENT. Please read the studies called "ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?" and "SUNDAY WORSHIP VERSE SABBATH KEEPING?". But for now let us continue looking at the ERRORS made by the 119 Ministries in their interpretation of God's word.


If Titus would have been circumcised by this group then he would in effect be stating that he agreed with their gospel. When we are to be circumcised we are to be circumcised as evidence of the circumcision of our heart in obedience to our faith not as a vain attempt to earn our salvation.


Again the same argument used over and over IGNORING the REST of God's word that CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us that the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the flesh has been ABOLISHED. You see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, the only way that the 119 Ministries and all these other sabbath keeping groups being deceived by this Hebrew Roots Movement is to TRY and convince you that it is the APPLICATION of circumcision being done as a MATTER of SALVATION that Paul is preaching against and not the Paul is teaching against the law of God concerning being circumcised in the flesh

But again this is an INCORRECT interpretation of this passage of scripture, because plain and simple Paul teaches against ANY FORM of a believer in Jesus Christ being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Please read again 1 Corinthians 7: 18,19.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED.

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God.

            Again I do not see how God's word can make it any clearer than this. PLAIN and SIMPLE Paul is CLEARLY teaching us as Christians to let NOT any one of us seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, which without a doubt WAS as LAW of Almighty God himself and NOT a doctrine of MEN as the 119 Ministries is FALSELY teaching. None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries.

None the less let us continue looking at the arguments of the 119 Ministries to TRY and prove that Paul did not teach against the law of God including being circumcised in the FLESH.


The Circumcision Party or Works of Law is the group that taught this false doctrine. This is later revealed after Galatians 2 and their doctrine is spelled out in detail in the Dead Sea Scrolls. They incorrectly taught that to be in the family of Abraham one needed to be circumcised in the flesh first.


The TRUTH of the matter is that the REASON that these Jews who were converted to Christianity taught that Christians MUST be circumcised to be in the family of Abraham, BECAUSE this is what God's WORD taught that this was the ONLY the way to be covenanted into the family of God UNDER the OLD COVENANT. This is all they knew at this point in time. They had not yet come to UNDERSTAND that the NEW COVENANT had ABOLISHED the OLD COVENANT. You see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ these early Christians did not YET understand the other prophecies in God's word which taught that circumcision in the flesh was to be in force ONLY UNTIL the PROMISE of the SEED was FULFILLED. The TRUTH of the matter is that it took some TIME before this TRUTH was able to be made to be understood by Christians in the early church. This is WHY there was so much disputing over this matter early on in the church. Let us continue.


This is revealed in Galatians 3 and Acts 15. Instead Paul taught in Galatians 3 that one needs only to have faith in the one true seed, the Word of God, thus circumcised in the heart, to be in the family of Abraham. This simply means that we place our full faith and trust in the Word of God, not in our actions. Then and only then do we have rights to the promises of Abraham. Our actions are actually the evidence of our faith in the Word, not our faith in of itself (see James 2).


There is no doubt that our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ produces a NEW CREATURE that desires to do the will of God. There is no doubt that the word of God teaches us that if we are not obedient to our faith, then good works will NOT be produced and our faith is DEAD. This is not the issue.

The true issue is what if a believer CEASES to OBEY the commandments of Almighty God and goes back into their old lifestyle of SIN and they die while still yet being DISOBEDIENT to the law of God living in SIN.

Does this DISOBEDIENCE to the COMMANDMENTS of God, then cause those believers who die in their sin of disobedience to the gospel to LOSE their reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come?


There are some in the main stream church that FALSELY teach that keeping the commandments of God is only an OUTWARD expression of our inward faith and has nothing to do with being saved nor even maintaining our salvation. And from what I am reading here the 119 Ministries is also FALSELY teaching this once saved always saved doctrine of devils. In James chapter 2 where we read that without WORKS of faith is DEAD, we also read that the Devils believe in God, but yet they TREMBLE. So then, since our faith is DEAD if we do NOT produce good WORKS even though we SAY we believe in God, then should we not also TREMBLE in fear of a just God who plainly warns us that we shall be judges ACCORDING to what our WORK shall be?

The word of God tells us to work out our own salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING. Why would this WARNING be in God's word if there is absolutely no chance of a believer being able to LOSE his or her SALVATION? Please I implore you dear child of God to read the study "DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT ONCE WE ARE SAVED THEN WE ARE ALWAYS SAVED?", but for now let us continue to look at the arguments of the 119 Ministries to see if Paul TRULY taught the church to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as an OUTWARD show of an INWARD word of the circumcision of the HEART.


Paul was constantly reteaching the true process of inward then outward circumcision. He was forced to as it was a common incorrect belief in the first century that it was only the outward circumcision that mattered. Paul taught that it is inward obedience and conversion first:


Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.


Let us read read Romans 2 verses 25-27 along with Romans 2 verses 28,29 and continue reading through Romans 3:1-31.


"For circumcision verily profits, IF you KEEP the LAW: but if you be a breaker of the law, your circumcision is MADE uncircumcision.

26. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

27. And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge you, who by the letter and circumcision do transgress the law?

28. For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29. But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

Continuing on into Romans 3:1-31.

"What advantage then has the Jew? Or what PROFIT is there of circumcision?

2. Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

3. For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

4. God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might over come when you are judged.

5. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who takes vengeance? (I speak as a man)

6. God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

7. For if the truth of God has more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

8. And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? Whose damnation is just.

9. What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11. There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.

13. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15. Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16. Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17. And the way of peace have they not known:

18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19. Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to them who are UNDER the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20. Therefore by the DEEDS of the law there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21. But NOW the righteousness of God WITHOUT the law is manifested (or has been REVEALED and made KNOWN to us. In other words, the righteousness WITHOUT the LAW has been FULFILLED through Jesus Christ at the CROSS who came not to "KATALYO" to COMPLETELY destroy the law and the prophets, but to FULFILL), being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22. Even the righteousness of God which is BY FAITH faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that BELIEVE: for there is no difference (or there is no DIFFERENCE between JEW and GENTILE who are IN Jesus Christ):

23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25. Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.

27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of FAITH.

28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith WITHOUT the deeds of the law.

29. Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

30. Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by FAITH, and uncircumcision through FAITH.

31. Do we then make void the law (speaking of the COMMANDMENTS of God and NOT the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH made with hands) through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."


What Paul is speaking of hear is that CIRCUMCISION has CHANGED from being circumcised in the FLESH to being circumcised in the HEART. It is NOT that God CHANGED, but rather that God has FULFILLED that which he had ALREADY spoken and promised in his word of a coming MESSIAH. Please read Deuteronomy 30:6, which is speaking expressly to ISRAEL, but when most of Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah, then as PROPHESIED Almighty God turned to a people who was not previously his people to offer then this NEW and BETTER COVENANT to be circumcised in their HEART through his Son Jesus. No more BONDAGE of offering animals sacrifices. No more BONDAGE of all the ceremonial and ritual keeping of feast days. No more bondage to the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament. The MESSIAH had come to put into FORCE a NEW TESTAMENT where salvation is received through FAITH.

Here is the prophesy given in the Old Testament to ISRAEL found in Deuteronomy 30:6.

"And the LORD your God will circumcise your HEART, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live."


It is the Lord God Almighty alone who circumcises believers through Jesus Christ his Son, because the circumcision in the FLESH made with hand is NO LONGER accepted by God. It has been ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus. Paul taught AGAINST seeking to be circumcised in the FLESH, because he eventually came to UNDERSTAND that Jesus FULFILLED the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION.

Please read Romans 15:4-9 where Paul teaches us that Jesus FULFILLED the law and the prophets concerning the law of God commanding circumcision in the flesh.


"For whatsoever things were written before in time were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6. That you may with ONE mind and ONE mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7. Wherefore receive you one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

8. NOW I say that Jesus Christ WAS a minister of the CIRCUMCISION for the TRUTH of God, to CONFIRM the PROMISES made unto the fathers:"


So then, in the same way that Jesus became SIN for us, Jesus taught and kept all the law of God including being circumcised in order to CONFIRM what the prophets had written for our learning. Paul clearly teaches us that we as Christians are NOT to seek to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands, because Jesus has FULFILLED the law and the prophets concerning the law of God relating to CIRCUMCISION. Those who BELIEVE in Jesus Christ as their savior are NOW CIRCUMCISED in the HEART. Therefore to then seek to be ALSO circumcised in the FLESH is to make VOID the circumcision of the HEART received by FAITH in Jesus Christ. Please read 1 Corinthians 7:18,19 which again clearly teaches us that the 119 Ministries has made an ERROR in their INTERPRETATION of the scriptures which leads them to FALSELY COMPEL Christians to keep ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances. The TRUTH of the matter is that the ONLY law of God we are taught to keep in the NEW TESTAMENT are the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God.


"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED. (how can the word of God make it any plainer and clearer than this passage of scripture that needs absolutely NO INTERPRETATION what so ever. The law of God concerning circumcision in the FLESH made with hands has been ABOLISHED and FULFILLED through our Lord Jesus Christ at the CROSS!)

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God."


We are not to be circumcised in the flesh until we are fully circumcised in the heart (fully desire the Law of God) and are no longer stiff necked (Deut. 10:16; Deut 30:6).

Those of the Circumcision Party were only circumcising to boast in the flesh of their works:


Let me ask you a question dear child of God. Just how LONG does it take for you to be FORGIVEN of your sins when you ask Jesus to come into your life to be your savior? Just as SOON as you ASK for forgiveness of your sins you are completely FORGIVEN of ALL your past sins and therefore the CIRCUMCISION of your HEART has been made by God INSTANTANEOUSLY the very moment you BELIEVED. There is no BECOMING FULLY circumcised in the HEART as the 119 Ministries is incorrectly trying convince you to believe. Our circumcision of the HEART is instantaneous the moment you BELIEVE that Jesus died for your sins and you confess your FAITH in his death and resurrection to Almighty God. The very moment you BELIEVE your become part of the FAMILY of God. The CIRCUMCISION of your HEART establishes a NEW COVENANT with Almighty God in the BLOOD of Jesus Christ his Son.

Circumcision in the FLESH of the OLD COVENANT has been ABOLISH and FULFILLED in pour Lord Jesus Christ. WHY then do you at the 119 Ministries frustrate the GRACE of Almighty God to FALSELY COMPEL Christians to be brought under the BONDAGE of the law contained in ordinances?

Jesus did in fact come to ABOLISH part of the LAW of God in order to establish and put into FORCE the NEW COVENANT. The INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18 by the 119 Ministries and the other sabbath keeping groups being deceived by this Hebrew Roots Movement has caused many other ERRORS to be made, because they do not go back to Matthew 5:17,18 to correct their INTERPRETATION of the passage of scripture.

Now again the 119 Ministries FALSELY INTERPRETS this passage of scripture to mean that Jesus came to do either ONE or the OTHER, so therefore you can not have it BOTH ways. But the TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus did in fact come to destroy or ABOLISH part of the law by FULFILLING the law and the prophets.

You see, the word translated as ''DESTROY'' here comes from the Greek word "KATALYO'', which means throw down, to abolish, to destroy. HOWEVER this Greek word "KATALYO'' ALSO means to destroy UTTERLY, to overthrow COMPLETELY. In other words, this Greek word that is translated as ''DESTROY'' in the king James Version and as ''ABOLISH'' in the New International Version carries with it the meaning that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law. So then Matthew 5:17,18 should have been translated as


''Think not that I am come to UTTERLY  DESTROY or to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law, OR the prophets: I am not come to UTTERLY or COMPLETELY DESTROY, but to fulfill.

18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.''


Now some of you may argue that I am changing God's word to make it say what I want it to say, but in TRUTH I am just pointing out to you, the reader, the seeker of the TRUTH, that in the original language these Greek words sometimes have many different meanings and the English translation that we read is just that, a TRANSLATION. In other words, this verse could have just as easily been translated as UTTERLY destroy or COMPLETELY abolish, which would then AGREE with the REST of God's word without trying to manipulate, twist or change many other CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE passages of scripture that in truth need NO interpretation in order to TRY and get them to agree with your OWN personal private translation of Matthew 5:17,18. Let me explain what I mean by this.

Please keep in mind that Galatians 3:19 teaches us that the LAW was ADDED because of transgression UNTIL the PROMISE of the MESSIAH be FULFILLED, which teaches us that some CHANGES in the LAW were without fail and indeed made AT the FIRST coming of Jesus at his DEATH and resurrection. In other words, Jesus did indeed ABOLISH SOME of the LAW of GOD written in the OLD TESTAMENT. One part of the LAW of GOD that was INDEED ABOLISHED and FULFILLED at the SAME time was the OFFERING of SACRIFICES for sins, which no true born again believer denies. So then, Jesus did in fact come to do BOTH abolish and fulfill.

Also remember that the 119 Ministries teaches that Christians must keep ALL the LAW and that not ONE jot or tittle of it shall pass away until ALL is fulfilled. So why then do they back pedal so to speak and make excuses concerning the law of God in the area of offering sacrifices for sins. If ALL truly means ALL, then there should be no excuses for not KEEPING ALL the law and therefore they should also teach that Christians offer animal sacrifices in order to be forgiven of their sins.

Let us continue.


Galatians 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.


To Paul’s point, if one is keeping God’s law only outwardly as written then they are missing the whole point of God’s law which is an inward transformation. We are to keep God’s law to please God, not to please men. If we are keeping God’s law simply to boast then we are not keeping God’s law as intended.


I agree that keeping the COMMANDMENTS of God with the mindset of showing how holy you are comparing men with men is not keeping the commandments with the right SPIRIT. But again the keeping of the commandments has NOTHING to do with the keeping of ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament TO the children of ISRAEL, where NONE are REPEATED and CLEARLY taught in the NEW TESTAMENT for Christians to keep. I myself find ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS repeated and taught in the NEW TESTAMENT that we as CHRISTIANS are to keep. When a Gentile believer becomes a Christian he or she does NOT become a JEW to live UNDER the OLD TESTAMENT law to LIVE as a JEW. The word of God clearly teaches us that they themselves did not KEEP the law.

Please read Acts 15:8-11.

"And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;

9. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10. Now therefore (or for what reason) why tempt you God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they."

Let us continue.


This is why Paul establishes this mindset in the very first chapter of Galatians.


Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men,I would not be a bond servant of Christ.


The last part of this verse should prove to those who are HONESTLY seeking the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God that Paul is still being PERSECUTED for the sake of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. In other words, IF Paul were TRULY teaching Christians to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH like the JEWS, then WHY would they still be PERSECUTING him for teaching AGAINST the law of Moses? They would NOT, because being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH was the MAJOR point of contention between the JEWS and the Christians, therefore IF Paul were TRULY teaching Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, then there would be no more CONTENTION or DISPUTING. Once again, IF Paul truly taught Christians to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH after they received the circumcision of the HEART through FAITH as the 119 Ministries FALSELY teaches, then there would be NO MORE contention and thus no more PERSECUTION from the JEWS. But yet Paul and the church were being PERSECUTED and there was MUCH dissension and disputing as to whether or not Christians should be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH according to the law of Moses. Let us continue.


Contrary to much of the doctrine dominant in Jewish leadership in the first century, God’s law starting with circumcision is simply not a means to salvation in any capacity. Salvation is by grace through faith. Once we have faith in God’s Word it is then that we practice God’s Word. We are to still walk in God’s law to produce good works, but we can not place the cart before the horse. We are to keep God’s law not for salvation, but because of our salvation.


Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for

good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them


I agree that we are saved, as in, CLEANSED from all our past sins so that we are placed in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God in order to made a CLEAN vessel to receive his Holy Spirit within us to EMPOWER us to do the works of God, which are to keep his COMMANDMENTS and do good works of righteousness, to walk in LOVE, but NOT to keep ALL the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament as a SHADOW of things to come, because Jesus came to both ABOLISH and FULFILL the law and the prophets. Please read Hebrews 9:1-14.

"The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the WAY into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

9. Which was a FIGURE for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could NOT make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

10. Which stood ONLY in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and CARNAL ORDINANCES, imposed on them (speaking of God's people ISRAEL) UNTIL the time of reformation.

11. BUT Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh:

14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who THROUGH the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from DEAD WORKS to serve the living God?"

The ceremonial rituals done in the Old Testament UNDER the OLD covenant are DEAD WORKS that have been ABOLISHED at the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore to compel Christians to KEEP all the DEAD WORKS is to make VAIN the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Let us continue.


It is the Law of God prepared beforehand that we are to walk out in our lives (Lev. 26:3, Deut. 8:6; 11:22; 19:9; 26:17; 28:9; 30:16; Psalm 119:35; Luke 1:6; 2 John 1:4; 2 John 1:6)


In the OLD Testament when God commanded these things he gave these commandment to the people of ISRAEL throughout THEIR generations. The word translation forever literally means from age to age. The word of God teaches us in that the law was ADDED because of transgressions UNTIL the PROMISE of the SEED of Abraham came to FULFILL the LAW and the prophets. The TRUTH of the matter is that the 119 Ministries has INCORRECTLY interpreted Matthew 5:17,19 and thereby has leavened the whole lump with FALSE teaching. Please read the study called "119 Ministries ERRORS-1" and "119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-2" and "ACTS 10---PETER'S VISION", but for now let us continue.


Now we are really beginning to understand the difference between a true application of circumcision and a false application of circumcision.

This is why Paul states what he does in 1 Corinthians 7:19


1 Cor. 7:19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.


NO that is NOT WHY Paul states that circumcision is NOTHING and uncircucision is NOTHING. Paul's statement has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the APPLICATION or manner of HOW circumcision is PRACTICED whether in a TRUE application or in a FALSE application. But RATHER Paul's statement has EVERY THING to do with teaching the church that CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH made with hands has been ABOLISHED, because Paul CLEARLY and PLAINS states in the verse right before this verse that Christians are NOT to seek to be CIRCUMCISED. Please read 1 Corinthians 7:18,19.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED. (how can the word of God make it any plainer and clearer than this passage of scripture that needs absolutely NO INTERPRETATION what so ever. The law of God concerning circumcision in the FLESH made with hands has been ABOLISHED and FULFILLED through our Lord Jesus Christ at the CROSS!)

19. Circumcision is NOTHING, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of God."


The phrase CIRCUMCISION IS NOTHING means that it is NOTHING anymore, because it has been ABOLISHED by the cross of Jesus, THEREFORE let NOT any man seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. The TRUTH of the matter is that the DECEIVER, Satan, the Devil, has DECEIVED those in the 119 Ministries, the Hebrew Roots Movement and the Sabbath Keeping groups to keep ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances. The word of God cannot make it any CLEARER than LET him NOT be CIRCUMCISED. Do not forget that the church was YET LEARNING from the Holy Spirit as they made some MISTAKES along the way. But the final out come has been made quite clear that the law of God concerning circumcision in the FLESH has been ABOLISH and that Paul DEFINITELY without fail taught AGAINST the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH, because he clearly and plainly stated that circumcision is NOTHING and to NOT let Christians seek to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH.



This is a very confusing statement by Paul because circumcision is actually a commandment of God as an inward and outward commandment.


It is only confusing because the 119 Ministries has NOT RIGHTLY DIVIDED the word of TRUTH in their effort to TRY and teach that Paul did NOT teach AGAINST to law of God including being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH as an OUTWARD showing of our INWARD circumcision of the HEART. Any INTERPRETATION that is reasoned or concluded must AGREE with the WHOLE word of God. Plain and simple the teaching of the 119 Ministries is NOT SOUND BIBLICAL teaching, because it CONTRADICTS the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of God that needs NO interpretation to understand. LET HIM NOT BE CIRCUMCISED. It just does not get any clearer than that. Let us continue.


However, if we fully consider everything that we have just reviewed we discover that Paul is once again just teaching against the doctrine of men that teach circumcision actually means something as it relates to salvation. In reality, to Paul’s point it does not. Circumcision is simply evidence of faith in the Word. Believing that circumcision provides salvation changes our obedience to men instead of to God. That is a problem. When we believe that our obedience and men’s doctrines can save us we have consequently misplaced our faith. What Paul is stating is that only what God’s commandments say and teach actually

matters, not what men say and teach. We are to be servants to Christ, not to men. Just a few verses later Paul even makes this very clear:


1 Cor. 7:23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.


Again it was Almighty God that GAVE the command to Abraham to be circumcised NOT MAN. Abraham  received the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God BY FAITH. The MEN Paul is referring to are JEWS who are FALSELY teaching that the ONLY way to become part of the FAMILY of Abraham to be covenanted with God is to be circumcised in the FLESH according to the law of Moses. Paul was teaching AGAINST these FALSE teachers of the law, saying that Almighty God himself circumcises our HEARTS through FAITH in his Son Jesus Christ so therefore let NOT any Christian seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. You have been bought with a very dear price by the death of God's Son, so WHY then will you be made slaves to the law of Moses contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written to the children of ISRAEL as types, figures and SHADOWS for our learning to point us to Jesus the MESSIAH. WHY are you at 119 Ministries and all the other sabbath keeping groups COMPELLING Christians to be brought under BONDAGE after both you and they have been made FREE in Jesus Christ. Let us continue.


Isn’t that language very similar to Paul’s language to the Galatians? Isn’t being a slave to men instead of Christ (Word made flesh) bondage?


Galatians 2:3-5 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be

circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.


Is God’s law bondage or are doctrines and commandments of men bondage? Answering that question will determine if Paul is teaching against the Law of God or commandments of men in his example of the situation surrounding Titus.


Again the only way that the 119 Ministries can convince their followers to keep the WHOLE law of God contained in some 613 ordinances is to INCORRECTLY DIVIDE the real issue and FALSELY teach that Paul is teaching two DIFFERENT things at the same time. They falsely interpret this passage of scripture to mean that Paul is NOT teaching against the LAW of GOD, but rather Paul is teaching against the commandments of MEN. This is the ONLY way they can explain AWAY the clear simple teaching of God's word of TRUTH that Titus did NOT give INTO the COMPELLING of these JEWS to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH for ANY reason whatsoever. There is absolutely NO verse that teaches that Titus was later circumcised in the FLESH as an OUTWARD showing of his INWARD circumcision of the HEART made by Almighty God himself. What can MAN do to IMPROVE on what Almighty God has done? NOTHING! Circumcision is NOTHING so therefore let NOT any Christian seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH. Let us continue.


Perhaps now is an appropriate time to address the points mentioned in the beginning of this study that we still need to test to scripture. If these points fail to pass then we know that that Paul is teaching against commandments and doctrines of men and not teaching against God’s law.


Could be just a typo graphical error, but this statement is SELF contradictory. If all the points brought forth by the 119 Ministries FAIL to pass then this proves that Paul did NOT teach against the law of God. It cannot be both ways, heads- Paul did not teach against the law, or tails- Paul did not teach against the law. In other words, in cannot be both ways, IF these points given by the 119 Ministries FAIL the test to be SOUND BIBLICAL arguments, then Paul did not teach against the law, or IF these points of arguments of the 119 Ministries are found to PASS the test as SOUND BIBLICAL arguments, then Paul did NOT teach against the law. Most definitely a TYPO graphical ERROR I am sure.

Also notice that they inter change the word law with commandments of God when ever it is most convenient to do so, because many Christians do in fact believe and keep the COMMANDMENTS of God, but few Christians believe that they must keep ALL the law of God. Again most Christian know from the clear, plain, and simple word of God that the law contained in ordinances has been ABOLISHED by Jesus at the CROSS. Let us continue.


Given the amount of scripture we have already covered these points should be already rather easy to test, but the goal of this study is to not leave any room for confusion.


If the above is correct then the following should pass the scriptural test:


1) The doctrine of the group influencing the Galatians observes the Law of God.

2) Observing God’s law is bondage.

3) The freedom that we have in Christ Jesus (Yeshua) is freedom from God’s law.

4) Observing God’s law is against the gospel.

5) Paul taught against circumcision.


1) Does the doctrine of the group influencing the Galatians observe the Law of God?

We need to answer this because it is assumed in mainstream doctrine that the Galatians are being compelled observe the Law of God. It is not considered that the Galatians are simply being compelled to follow a different gospel and a doctrine that is contrary to the Law of God. Consider reading Galatians 6:12-14.


Galatians 6:12-14 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may NOT suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails

anything, but a new creation.


Paul makes it clear that this group does not even keep the Law of God themselves. They simply teach circumcision to boast in converts according to their false doctrine. It would be no different than a group with false doctrine today compelling new believers to be baptized into their doctrine. Baptism is certainly

not wrong and is a commandment of God. Yet having those that teach and believe false doctrine and a false gospel baptize us certainly sends about as wrong of a message that can be sent.

The same issue applied with Titus. Thus the Galatians were not being compelled to be obedient to the ways of God, but the ways of man that corrupted the ways of God.


Let us examine this incorrect INTERPRETATION of the 119 Ministries a little closer. Let us read Galatians 6:12-17 to get more CONTEXT so that we can clearly see what is TRULY being taught here by Paul.

"As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, THEY (referring to the JEWS who believed in Jesus that were obviously being COMPELLED by the JEWS in the Jew's religion, who did NOT understand the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ) constrain (or COMPEL) you (referring to GENTILE Christians) to be circumcised (speaking of being circumcised in the FLESH according to the law of God, because this was the ONLY WAY that these JEWS in the Jew's religion understood that a Gentile could be brought into the COVENANT with God. And these Jews in the Jew's religion were threatening PERSECUTION to these Jews who believed in Jesus UNLESS they COMPELLED the Gentile Christians to be CIRCUMCISED in the flesh. So then these Jews who were now new believers in Jesus were compelling their fellow Gentile brothers in Jesus Christ to be circumcised as they had been circumcised earlier in the Jew's religion); ONLY LEST (or the ONLY reason that they did this was for FEAR THAT they themselves were going SUFFER PERSECUTION at the hands of the JEWS in the Jew's religion) they (speaking of the JEWS who are now new believers in Jesus Christ) should SUFFER PERSECUTION for the cross of Christ.

13. For (or because) neither they themselves who are circumcised (speaking of the JEWS in the Jew's religion, but also refers to these Jews who just accept Jesus as their Messiah as well. It is true that every Jews kept the law of God to be CIRCUMCISED, but obviously NO Jew Christian or otherwise) keep the law; but desire to have you (Gentile Christians) circumcised (in the FLESH as they have been circumcised in the FLESH after the law of God written in the OLD Testament), that they (they JEWS in the Jew's religion and perhaps some of these Jews who just became Christians) may glory (or boast) in your flesh.

14. BUT God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15. For (or BECAUSE) IN Christ Jesus neither circumcision AVAILS any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16. And as many as WALK according to THIS RULE (NOT to become CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH after the OLD law of God), peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17. From henceforth (or from here on out) let no man trouble me (or I do not want to hear another word about keeping the WHOLE law of God contained in some 613 ordinances that NONE of the Jews were able to bear, because Jesus came to ABOLISH this part of the law): for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus (because I myself bear the scars of being PERSECUTED for my FAITH in our Lord Jesus Christ)."


You must keep in mind that the early church was still yet LEARNING and receiving REVELATION KNOWLEDGE from the Holy Spirit. Also keep in mind that NO WHERE in the NEW Testament do we see where Titus was EVER circumcised in the FLESH as an OUTWARD sign of his INWARD circumcision of his HEART made by Almighty God himself without HUMAN hands. This is just another FALSE INTERPRETATION made by those who want to be teachers of the law. Ephesians 2:10 teaches us that we are GOD'S WORKMANSHIP so that all the glory may be his. Yes we are a new creature created for the very purpose of doing GOOD WORKS. But no where in the NEW TESTAMENT are we taught or commanded to keep ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinance. The NEW Testaments repeats and teaches only nine of the ten commandments of God, which without a doubt we are to keep as a matter of obtaining ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. But remember the live we live in Christ is by FAITH. It is the Holy Spirit within us that does the work. All the glory belongs to Almighty God the Father. We are HIS workmanship.

So then, point #1 given by the 119 Ministries FAILS to be SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. Therefore Paul did IN FACT teach AGAINST Christians being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH at any time. 1 Corinthians 7:18,19 "...Let him NOT be CIRCUMCISED..."

Let us continue with point #2.


2) Is God’s law bondage?

Paul clearly accuses the false gospel and doctrine of the Jewish sect Circumcision Party/Works of Law to be bondage in Galatians. We have a choice. Either the Law of God is bondage and thus Paul is teaching

against the Law of God, or men’s doctrine related to the Law of God is bondage and thus requires correcting.

Scripture declares God’s law to be freedom.


Psalm 119:44-45 So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.


James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.


James 2:25 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.


Thus Paul simply can not be declaring God’s law to be bondage. Freedom/liberty is the opposite of bondage. We simply can not ignore that. As established earlier, God’s law defines sin. Sin is defined as bondage in scripture. This is why God’s law is liberty. If we walk in God’s law we are not sinning. This actually leads us into the next point that we need to test to scripture.


First of all I myself along with most Christian do not believe that the COMMANDMENTS of God are BONDAGE. The word of God clearly teaches us that the commandments of God are NOT GRIEVOUS. And certainly Paul and the entire NEW Testament does NOT teach AGAINST the keeping of the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God. So it is very MISLEADING and DECEPTIVE to inter change the word "LAW" with the "COMMANDMENTS" of God when ever it benefits the personal INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18 by the 119 Ministries.

The TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus came not to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the WHOLE law, but it is quite evident that Jesus did indeed ABOLISH some of the law of God by FULFILLING the word of God that foretold of his coming and why he was coming, which was to PREACH the gospel, to preach DELIVERANCE and to set at LIBERTY.

Also Paul did in fact teach AGAINST the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH calling it BONDAGE. Please read Galatians 2:1-5.

"Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

2. And I went up BY REVELATION (in other words, Paul had received a REVELATION from the Holy Spirit and the REVELATION from God lead Paul to go to the church at Galatia), and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation (the leaders in the Jew's religion), lest by any means I should run, or had run, in VAIN (You see if Paul had went in privately behind their backs so to speak, then they would have cause to accuse Paul of stirring up trouble).

3. But NEITHER Titus (showing us that that were MORE at the church in Galatia who ALSO were not DECEIVED nor COMPELLED to be circumcised), who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in (meaning those responsible for this DIFFERENT GOSPEL that is teaching Christians to be COMPELLED to be CIRCUMCISED is BECAUSE of these FALSE brothers), who came in privily (or secretly) to spy out our LIBERTY which we HAVE IN Christ Jesus, that (or so that) they (these false brethren who are preaching this DIFFERENT GOSPEL to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH) might bring us INTO BONDAGE:

5. To whom we gave place by subjection, NO, NOT for an hour;(or in today's way of speaking, To whom we did not give heed to their false teaching to be circumcised for ANY reason NO NOT for a single minute) THAT (or so that) the TRUTH of the GOSPEL might CONTINUE with you."


If Paul was TRULY teaching Christians to be circumcised in the flesh as an OUTWARD showing of their INWARD circumcision By Almighty God in their HEART, then this would have been the perfect place to teach this. But instead we clearly and plainly see that Paul is teaching AGAINST the law of God concerning circumcision in the flesh as being BONDAGE and a DIFFERENT GOSPEL.

But this is not all that Paul says about the law of God being BONDAGE. Please read Galatians 4:3-11.


"Even so we, when we were children (referring to being children of Israel under the OLD COVENANT), were in BONDAGE under the elements (or the FIRST PRINCIPALS) of the world:

4. But WHEN the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5. To (or made under the law for the purpose to) REDEEM them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

7. Wherefore (or for this reason) you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8. Howbeit then, when you knew not God, you did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

9. But NOW, AFTER that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements (the FIRST PRINCIPLES set forth under the law contained in ordinances), where unto you desire again to be in BONDAGE?

10. You (have turn back again to these weak and beggarly first principles to again) OBSERVE (or KEEP) days, and months, and times, and years.

11. I am AFRAID of you, lest (or for FEAR THAT) I have bestowed upon you labor in VAIN.(in other words, I am afraid that I wasted my time preaching the GOSPEL unto you, because you have returned to the BONDAGE of keeping the law of God that was the FIRST principles of God of observing weekly sabbath days, monthly celebrations, and yearly feast days which were SHADOWS of the TRUE giving to us to keep, UNTIL the promise of the MESSIAH should come)"

The word that is translated as "ELEMENTS" here means that which came FIRST is part of a WHOLE which takes RISE. In other words, the WHOLE plan of Almighty God was to establish a FIRST covenant with his people Israel, UNTIL the REST of his plan could be FULFILLED, which is the PROMISE of the MESSIAH coming into the world to put into FORCE a NEW COVENANT.

Also please read Galatians 5:1-13.

"Stand FAST therefore in the LIBERTY where with Christ hath made us FREE, and be NOT entangled again with the yoke of BONDAGE.

2 Behold (Or open your eyes of understanding and SEE), I Paul (an apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ called by GOD and not by MAN) say unto you, that if you be CIRCUMCISED, Christ shall profit you NOTHING.

3. For I testify AGAIN to every man that is circumcised (or how many times do I have to declare unto you that every man that seeks to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH after he comes to Jesus Christ by FAITH), that he is a debtor to do the whole law.(in other words, a little LEAVEN or a little FALSE teaching of a DIFFERENT gospel will lead to you trying to keep the WHOLE law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances which NONE of the Jews could keep)

4. Christ is become of NO EFFECT unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the LAW; you are FALLEN from GRACE.(so REPENT and come back to the TRUTH of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

5. For (or because) we THROUGH the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by FAITH.

6. FOR (or because) IN Jesus Christ neither circumcision AVAILS ANY THING, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by LOVE.

7. You did run well (or you were doing great until you started listening to this DIFFERENT gospel); who did HINDER you (to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH and to try and KEEP the WHOLE law of God contained in carnal ordinances to go back to observing days, months and years) that you should NOT obey the TRUTH?

8 This persuasion comes not of him that calls you. (or this leading comes NOT from the Holy Spirit who has called you into the FAITH of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

9 A little leaven (or a little FALSE teaching) leavens the whole lump.(or leads to more and more FALSE teaching that will spread to other believers unless it is stopped)

10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be NONE otherwise minded (but I have confidence in all you who are reading this study in God's word that you will come back to the TRUTH of the gospel of Jesus Christ): but he that troubles you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.(but he that continues to teach this FALSE doctrine of trying to keep ALL the law of God including be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH fro any reason shall bear his judgment to be judged UNDER the LAW)

11. And I, brethren, IF I yet preach circumcision (as some FALSELY accuse me of doing, then), WHY do I yet SUFFER PERSECUTION?Then is the offense of the cross CEASED (or there would be no need to persecute me, because I would be preaching the same as the Jews teaching the law of Moses to keep the WHOLE law of God under the OLD COVENANT).

12. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

13. For, brethren, you have been called unto LIBERTY; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by LOVE serve one another.(here is where some even in the main stream church falsely get the idea that Christians are FREE to do what even their flesh desires, which is a gross ERROR as well. Freedom from the law has nothing to do with being made free to SIN. The New Testament clearly teaches us the we are to KEEP the COMMANDMENT of God, but this does NOT mean that we are to keep ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances)

14. FOR (or BECAUSE) ALL the law is fulfilled in ONE WORD, even in this; You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself."


So then, point #2 given by the 119 Ministries also FAILS to be a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. Therefore according to the WHOLE word of God Paul does INDEED teach AGAINST the law of God INCLUDING being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH after you have believed in Jesus Christ. Paul did NOT teach Christians to be circumcised in the flesh as an OUTWARD sign, because he plainly stated that no one is to seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the flesh. Let us move on to point number 3.


3) Is the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus (Yeshua) is freedom from God’s law?


As John 1:14 states, the Word became flesh. Yeshua is freedom because He is the Word in the flesh. The Law of God is the Word. Walking as Christ walked is walking in the Word of God. Thus the freedom we have in Christ is the Word which is contrary to the false doctrines and commandments of men. Walking in the Word is the opposite of sinning. Sin is bondage. Walking as Christ walked (not sinning) is freedom. Christ did not afford us license to break the law of God. He is to be our example, not our excuse.


Again the manipulation of God's word to incorrect teach that every single WORD spoken in the Bible is God's LAW is MISLEADING. I agree that we are not FREE to SIN. The COMMANDMENTS of God are a PART of the law of God and the only part that is still in FORCE under the NEW COVENANT.

Please read 1 Corinthians 7:18,19.

"Is any man called being circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him NOT be circumcised (or AFTER one accepts the call of God to come to Jesus Christ let NOT the BELIEVER seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the flesh after the OLD law under the OLD COVENANT).

19. Circumcision is NOTHING (anymore under the NEW COVENANT), and uncircumcision is nothing, BUT the keeping of the commandments of God.(is still in FORCE under the NEW COVENANT)"


So then, point #3 presented by the 119 Ministries also FAILS the test to be found as a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. Therefore according to their own words if ANY one of their points fail then Paul did in fact teach AGAINST the law of God. Let us continue with point number 4.


4) Is observing God’s law against the gospel?


So much scripture could be presented here to prove that God’s people are to observe God’s law. Psalm 119 is perhaps the best testimony to that understanding. Here is how scripture defines the Law of God. It should be noted that there is no difference between what the Old and New Testament teaches:


Almost every FALSE teaching quotes scripture to try and prove that it is Biblical. But as I have said many times any verse when taken out of context and viewed alone and apart from the WHOLE word of God may seem to say or may be made to say something that it is not truly saying.

Of course any verse in the OLD Testament will validate the OLD Testament law of God. However when the Old Testament is viewed in the LIGHT of the NEW Testament, then it can clear be seen that SOME of the law of God written in the OLD Testament under the OLD COVENANT has indeed been ABOLISHED. For the clearest example the OLD covenant law of God pertaining to the offering of animal sacrifices was ABLOISHED at the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came to preach this GOOD NEWS that he was the FULFILMENT of the OLD Testament prophecies.

So therefore in SOME points or areas the teaching of observing ALL the law of God is indeed AGAINST the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Please read Galatians 2:2-21.


"And I went up by REVELATION, and communicated unto them that GOSPEL which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

3. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be CIRCUMCISED:

4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have IN Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

5. To whom we gave place by subjection, NO, NOT for an hour; THAT (or so that) the TRUTH of the GOSPEL might CONTINUE with you.

6. But of these who seemed to be some what, (whatsoever they were, it makes no matter to me: God accepts no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

7. But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

8. (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

10. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

11. But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be BLAMED.

12. For (or because) BEFORE that certain came from JAMES, he (Peter) did EAT with the Gentiles: BUT when they were come, he WITHDREW and separated himself, FEARING them which were of the circumcision.

13. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.(a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Peters disobedience to the TRUTH of the GOSPEL cause many other believers to DISOBEY the TRUTH of the GOSPEL).

14. But when I saw that they walked NOT uprightly according to the TRUTH of the GOSPEL (by drawing back from EATING with the Gentiles), I said unto Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live after the MANNER of Gentiles, and NOT as do the Jews, why COMPEL you the Gentiles to live AS do the Jews?

15. We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the FAITH of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the FAITH of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

17. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

18. For (or because) if I build AGAIN the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the FAITH of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21. I do NOT frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in VAIN."


Now if you remember the 119 Ministries claim that the word of God teaches that we are to keep the law ONLY as an act of obedience and therefore the keeping of the law has NOTHING whatsoever to do with SALVATION.

But is this truly what the whole word of God teaches us. For example, if someone as a born again Christians commits murder and never repents of that murder, will their DISOBEDIENCE to the COMMANDMENTS of God keep then from obtaining ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come? Most ever Christian will agree that NO MURDERER shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So then our OBEDIENCE to the COMMANDMENTS of God has EVERYTHING to do with receiving the END of our SALVATION, because if we are found to be a DISOBEDIENT and UNFAITHFUL servant, then we will be cast OUT into out darkness.

Therefore obeying God's law as defined as obeying God's COMMANDMENTS is definitely NOT against the GOSPEL.

However, teaching Christians to obey ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances IS against the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also remember in Galatians 1:6-11 where Paul is WARNING us as Christians NOT to be DECEIVED by any OTHER GOSPEL, because there is only one TRUE GOSPEL, which is the gospel the he himself received by REVELATION for our Lord Jesus Christ.

"I marvel that you are so soon REMOVED from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto ANOTHER gospel:

7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT the gospel of Christ.

8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.

10. For do I NOW persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For (or because) if I yet pleased men, I should NOT be the servant of Christ. (Now ask yourself the question WHO persecuted WHO, and WHO peach this OTHER PERVERTED gospel to AVOID being PERSECUTED. You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul and the early church were being PERSECUTED by the Jews, because they were teaching AGAINST the law of God concerning being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH made with hands.)
11. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is NOT after man.(to PLEASE the JEWS)

12. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."


So then, point #4 given by the 119 Ministries FAILS to pass the test of being a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching.

The truth of the matter is that Jesus did in fact ABOLISH part of the law and Paul did in fact teach AGAINST the law of God concerning CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH, which was a PART of the law that Jesus ABOLISHED on the CROSS.


I want you to also consider that under the OLD COVENANT law God's people were circumcised in the FLESH by cutting AWAY the FLESH, and that this CUTTING AWAY of the FLESH took place on the EIGHTH DAY. It was on the EIGHTH DAY that Jesus rose from the grave VICTORIOUS over the enemy to set us FREE from the LUST of the FLESH. Circumcision was a SHADOW of Jesus freeing of us from the lust of the FLESH. Sin has no more DOMINION over those of us who are IN Jesus Christ. That dominion that once hung over us has been CUT AWAY by our Lord Jesus Christ on the EIGHTH DAY. Sacrifices were offered to the Lord God for CLEANSING of sin on the EIGHTH DAY. Jesus ascended into heaven to his heaven Father on the EIGHTH DAY before he allow anyone to TOUCH him.

Here are some verse given by the 119 Ministries to show that the law in the Old Testament is also taught in the New Testament. But again the word "LAW" is very MISLEADING. There is NO DOUBT that the COMMANDMENTS of God are taught in both the Old AND the New Testament.

However much of the law apart from the COMMANDMENTS of God have been ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus for those who BELIEVE that Jesus died for their sins. Also be cautious when teachers of God's word try and manipulate the word of God by things like since the Bible says, In the beginning was the WORD and teh WORD was made FLESH, which we know is speaking of JESUS, then JESUS is the WORD. And if the God said it in his WORD then his WORD is his COMMAND, therefore everything God has said in his WORD is his COMMANDMENTS. Therefore the LAW of God written in his WORD is his COMMANDMENTS.

This is circular reasoning and is very MISLEADING and even DECEPTIVE in many applications, so do NOT be DECEIVED by this kind of mishandling of God's word. You can skip passed these verses for now if you like and we will cover the last point given by the 119 Ministries which finally come down to answering the SIMPLE question DID PAUL TEACH AGAINST THE CIRCUMCISION?


1. The Law blesses (obey) and curses (disobey).

(Deut 11:26-27)(Ps 112:1)(Ps 119:1-2)(Ps 128:1)(Prov 8:32)(Is 56:2)(Mat 5:6)(Mat 5:10)(Luke

11:28)(Jam 1:25)(1 Pe 3:14)(Rev 22:14)

2. The Law defines sin.

(Jer 44:23)(Ez 18:21)(Dan 9:11)(Ro 3:20)(Ro 7:7)(1 Jo 3:4)

3. The Law is perfect.

(Ps 19:7)(Jam 1:25)

4. The Law is liberty.

(Ps 119:45)(Jam 1:25, 2:12)

5. The Law is the way.

(Ex 18:20)(Deut 10:12)(Josh 22:5)(1 King 2:3)(Ps 119:1)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:3)(Mal 2:8)(Mark 12:14)(Ac

24:14)

6. The Law is the truth.

(Ps 119:142)(Mal 2:6)(Ro 2:20)(Gal 5:7)(Ps 43:2-4)(Jo 8:31-32)

7. The Law is life.

(Job 33:30)(Ps 36:9)(Prov 6:23)(Rev 22:14)

8. The Law is light.

(Job 24:13)(Job 29:3)(Ps 36:9)(Ps 43:2-4)(Ps 119:105)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:5) (Is 8:20)(Is 51:4)(2 Cor

6:14)(1 John 1:7)

9. The Law is Jesus, the Word made flesh.

(PERFECT-LIBERTY-WAY-TRUTH-LIFE-LIGHT)

(Ps 27:1)(Jo 1:1-14)(Jo 14:5-11)(1 Jo 1:7)

10. The Law is also for the Gentiles (foreigner/alien) who are grafted in.

(Ex 12:19) (Ex 12:38) (Ex 12:49) (Lev 19:34) (Lev 24:22) (Num 9:14) (Num 15-16) (Num 15:29) (ie: Ruth)

(Is 42:6) (Is 60:3) (Mat 5:14) (Eph 2:10-13) (Ac 13:47) (Ro 11:16-27) (Jer31:31-34) (Ez 37) (1 Jo 2:10) (1

Jo 1:7)

11. The Law is God’s instructions on how to love God, how to love others, and how to not love yourself.

(Ex 20:6)(Deut 5:10)(Deut 7:10)(Deut 11:13)(Deut 11:22)(Deut 30:16)(Deut 6:5)(Lev 19:18)(Neh

1:5)(Dan 9:4)(Mat 22:35-37)(Matthew 10:39)(Mat 16:25)(Jo 14:15)(Jo 14:21)(Ro 13:9)(1 Jo 5:2-3)(2 Jo

1:6)


5) Did Paul teach against circumcision?


Paul simply taught for God’s law and against the poor interpretation and application of God’s law.


The 119 Ministries argued most all the way through that Paul was NOT teaching against circumcision, but rather Paul was teaching against the APPLICATION or the MANNER in which Christians where to be circumcised in the flesh. In other words, the try to use the illustration of baptism as being an OUTWARD sign of an INWARD experience.

However this does NOT stand up in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God, because Paul ALSO clearly and PLAINLY states that no believer is to seek to be CIRCUMCISED in the flesh. So then, this whole vain jangling about being some manner of application of being circumcised CONTRADICTS the word of Almighty God and therefore should be REJECTED and FALSE teaching.

Let us continue.


Hopefully this study helped illustrate and discern the difference. Obviously Paul can not be calling circumcision bondage and teach against what Christ taught. Christ Himself was circumcised on the 8th day and He never once said He was in bondage. Paul declared that he himself was also circumcised on the 8th day and he also never declared himself to be in bondage.


Both Jesus and Paul were JEWS who were UNDER the LAW, so of course they were circumcised. Every JEW was circumcised because they were UNDER the LAW before FAITH came.

Please read Galatians 3:23,24.

"But BEFORE faith CAME, we (speaking of the JEWS) were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should after wards be revealed.

24. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25. But AFTER that FAITH is COME, we are no longer UNDER a schoolmaster."


The LAW and NOT the COMMANDMENTS of God were a SHADOW of that which is TRUE that was prophesied to come.

Jesus is the FULFILLMENT of those SHADOWS of the law, which he ABOLISHED at the CROSS. Let us continue.


Paul even circumcised Timothy in Acts chapter 16. Are we to conclude that Paul practiced bondage and a false gospel supposedly contrary to his own writings and rebuking of the Galatians?


Please keep in mind that the church was still yet receiving REVELATION KNOWLEDGE from the Holy Spirit at this point in time when Timothy was circumcised. Please read the study called "ACTS 10 PETER'S VISION" for a deeper understanding on this subject. Also keep in mind that when the seed of God's word is sown the ENEMY come immediately to try and steal that word from God. This is called TEMPTATION. Who in there right mind would even think that Paul live a perfect life without any sin whatsoever? Timothy being circumcised may very well have been Paul being over come by the lies of the enemy Satan. Remember that Timothy was not a FULL Jew, nor was he a FULL Gentile. His mother was a Jew and his father was a Gentile. Were there any CONCRETE decrees given in the church on how to deal with this kind of a situation? This is HOW the ENEMY of our should works dear child of God. So just because Paul circumcises Timothy does NOT mean that Paul taught the Christians should be circumcised in the flesh.

However later on we see very CLEAR evidence in God's word that Paul did INDEED teach AGAINST Christians being circumcised in the FLESH. So much so that it appears that Paul was getting fed up will all the contention over this matter. let us continue.



The verses that appear that Paul is teaching against circumcision are clearly teaching against false doctrines and commandments of men which were against the Law of God. In the instances in which Paul taught for circumcision and practiced the commandment it was in correct obedience to the faith.

Paul is not schizophrenic and nor should we create theological models that force Paul to be unstable. We need to take the warning Peter gave us in 2 Peter 3:14-17 seriously. According to Peter he is just difficult

to understand and without a solid foundation in God’s Word it is easy to use Paul to teach against God’s law to our own error.


No Paul is not schizophrenic, nor does Paul contradict himself when he teaches that we are not UNDER the law and goes on to teach that we as Christians are to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God.

The problem arises when Christians try and MAKE all the law of God to be one and the SAME as the ten commandments of God.

Now some may argue that I teach against the commandments of God, because I teach that I myself do not find in the New Testament that the early church kept the SABBATH day according to the fourth commandment. Please read the studies called "NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS" and "SABBATH KEEPERS VERSE SUNDAY WORSHIP".

Thanks for reading. Below are all the studies that I have related to this subject exposing the ERRORS of those who FALSELY teach tha Christians must keep ALL the law of God contained in some 613 carnal ordinances written in the OLD Testament to God's people ISRAEL under the OLD COVENANT. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God.

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Mark.

"IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?"

"119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-1"

"119 MINISTRIES ERRORS-2"

"ACTS 10---PETER'S VISION?"

"HAS GOD'S LAW BEEN ABOLISHED?"

"SUNDAY WORSHIP VERSES SABBATH KEEPING?"

"ONLY NINE of the TEN COMMANDMENTS?"

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