Friday, July 21, 2006

When all you've got left is name-calling, perhaps its time to quit

Mark Call is now resorting to false and personal attacks. Perhaps he'll realize it's time to admit his error.

From here, written in response to an emotional and irrational outburst:
To which commands was Christ referring? Those of the Covenant He fulfilled, set aside, and made obsolete?

If He was referring to the regulations of the Mosaic Covenant, how could Paul forbid circumcision under any circumstances?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 'A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.' I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.

Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves (Galatians 5)!

'Judaizer' is hardly anti-Semitic, since that term is used to describe those first-century heretics who made observing the regulations of the Mosaic Covenant a requirement for salvation (sound familiar? It should).

Shame on you for trying to play the Race Card, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised--those without any substantive argument to make often resort to unjustified, ad hominem attacks.