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Gentile Christians

Image of Star of DavidDenominations have always had their differences which are sometimes important to each group but at other times also divisive. One of the earliest church controversies concerned the Jewish and Gentile Christians who were effectively the first denominations. Some Gentiles were eating meat offered to idols and were criticized by the Jewish Christians who wanted them to keep all the Law's ceremonies and regulations especially those concerning the blood of animals.✞

First Splits

Image of armIn another case of Church denominationalism in Acts 6.1 we read that, "The Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food." These two denominations squabbled over solutions to these basic issues and remind us of the recent squabbling between their modern Jewish and Arab counterparts in the Middle East over possession of parts of Jerusalem. Christ however breaks down the wall which divides Jews and Gentiles himself. He brings both together into one Body. Denominations need to know that in Jesus as in Galatians 3.28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

"Early Church Denominations"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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