We have a letter for the gentile Christians (Acts 21:25)

“As for the gentiles,

Who have become

Believers,

We have sent

A letter

With our judgment

That they should abstain

From what has been sacrificed

To idols,

And from blood,

And from what is strangled,

As well as from fornication.”

περὶ δὲ τῶν πεπιστευκότων ἐθνῶν ἡμεῖς ἐπεστείλαμεν κρίναντες φυλάσσεσθαι αὐτοὺς τό τε εἰδωλόθυτον καὶ αἷμα καὶ πνικτὸν καὶ πορνείαν.

The author of Acts indicated that James and the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem said that the gentiles (ἐθνῶν), who have become believers (περὶ δὲ τῶν πεπιστευκότων), should follow the letter (ἡμεῖς ἐπεστείλαμεν) with their judgment (κρίναντες).  The believing gentiles should abstain (φυλάσσεσθαι αὐτοὺς) from what has been sacrificed to idols (τό τε εἰδωλόθυτον), and from blood (καὶ αἷμα), and from what is strangled (καὶ πνικτὸν) and from fornication (καὶ πορνείαν).  This is the same as the letter that was sent in chapter 15:23-29, after the discussion at the Jerusalem Council around 50 CE.  “James said that they should write (ἀλλὰ ἐπιστεῖλαι) to these gentiles (αὐτοῖς) to abstain (τοῦ ἀπέχεσθαι) from things polluted (τῶν ἀλισγημάτων) by the false idols (τῶν εἰδώλων).  They had to abstain from unchastity or fornication (καὶ τῆς πορνείας), from whatever has been strangled animals (καὶ πνικτοῦ), and from blood (καὶ τοῦ αἵματος).”  Here was pretty much the same.  The gentiles had to abstain from food sacrificed to pagan idols, from blood, and strangled animals, and finally from fornication or immorality.  These were simple requests and had nothing to do with circumcision or following the law of Moses.  What do you think that gentiles should do when they follow Jesus?

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