Peter's Brethren Contend With Him
The brethren were quite upset with Peter for associating with the uncircumcised Gentiles and eating with them. You can imagine all the dialogue that went on among the brethren, for they felt that Peter was being disloyal to the faith, letting down the standards, and compromising. This reminds me of a situation that occurred several years ago during the Charismatic movement.
A pastor gave an invitation for everyone who wanted to be baptized in the Holy Ghost to come up to the altar for prayer. A number of those who responded to the altar call were women who were wearing a lot of makeup. As they were kneeling at the altar and crying out to God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the pastor was making his way to these ladies to ask them to first go to the rest room to remove all their makeup. After all, he reasoned, God could never fill an unclean vessel! They
were so worldly, you know. Then to his amazement, before he could reach them, God was already filling them with His Spirit. He was wondering how he was going to explain this to all the elders. Anyway, it changed some of their theology.
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