Fight for freedom
Acts 15:2 “This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.”
The questions was that the Gentiles according to certain parts of the Jewish Church must be circumcised and follow the commands of Moses in order to be saved. Without this it is not possible. Those who held to this view were passionate and believed they were defending God therefore they would do whatever was needed to put a stop to this, even if it meant a 300 mile journey.
The Church in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas once more. But this time it wasn’t to the Gentile world but to the Church in Jerusalem that the mission team was sent.
Sometimes it is necessary for the mission to be directed towards the Church.
The Church has the habit of being its own worst enemy. Who needs the devil when the Church can do his work for him? The Church can lay expectations, requirements and responsibilities at the feet of the converted and then wonder why they never grow into disciples.
We must at all costs stand up against anything that would suggest it is Jesus plus = salvation.
We must defend and fight for freedom.
How easy it is for people to walk in freedom and then end up in captivity to things stronger than what they were freed from. They do it because unless there is freedom in the heart they will always find themselves held in chains of compromise.