Why were first century preachers persecuted?

Galatians Bible Background

09.27.2016 New Testament: Gal 5.11

To read the Bible in a year, read Galatians 5 on September 27, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Galatian Churches had turned from the pure Gospel to a perverted form of the Gospel by adding circumcision as a matter of salvation. However, he wanted them to know that the people trying to add circumcision to the Gospel were also persecuting Paul. If he had preached circumcision, they would not have persecuted him,

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased (Galatians 5.11). 

Yet, they did persecute him, because he did not include circumcision. Jesus had made Paul an apostle, and that meant that Jesus did not want circumcision as part of the Gospel.

When someone is persecuted for his teaching, we need to consider that teaching and see whether it just might be from God. The ultimate standard is the word of God.

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