I’d like to add some fuel the fire.
SITUATION: Titus, a pagan Gentile, has turned to Jesus Christ. He is on the fast track to leadership in the church…
COMPLICATION: …but he isn’t circumcised. Most people don’t care, but some do. The “Judaistic agitators” make a big deal about Titus’ status. If he’s going to be a leader in the church of the Messiah Jesus, he ought to at least be circumcised, right?
CAVING IN: In the interests of peace and love, a lot of Christ-followers were going along with the pro-circumcision agitators. “Why not get circumcised and we’ll all just get along.”
HECK NO!: Enter Paul, with fire in his belly:
“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.” Galatians 2:4, 5, NKJV.
MORAL OF THE STORY: In my humble interpretation of Scripture, we are commanded to defer to younger believers who might bruise their conscience or might slip into sin by copying our liberty. We yield to our truly weaker (i.e., younger, newer-in-the-Lord) brother and sister.
BUT WE SHOULD NOT BUDGE AN INCH FOR LEGALISTS WHO AREN’T TEMPTED, AND JUST WANT TO CONTROL US.
RATIONALE: To quote Paul, the truth of the gospel is at stake! Don’t yield to legalists. Don’t waste your breathe, your time, your emotion, your energy. Tell them to go wind their hair buns and leave you alone. In Christian love.
Sorry for shouting.