I AM reacting to the letter â€˜Nothing wrong with circumcisiionâ€™ by Dalitso Khombe.
My fellow Zambians, do not be misled. Before Paul converted to Christianity, he was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, and according to their tradition, he was already circumcised at the age of 8.
How did Paul become an apostle? Galatians 1:11 says, â€œlet me tell you, my brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preach is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any human being, nor did anyone teach it to me.
â€œIt was Jesus Christ Himself who revealed it to me. You have been told how I lived when I was devoted to the Jewish religion, how I persecuted without mercy the church of God and did my best to destroy itâ€¦â€
Now Paul warns us that if we allow ourselves to be circumcised, it means Christ is of no use to us at all.
â€œOnce more I warn any man who allows himself to be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the whole Law,â€ Paul says.
He continues in Gal 5:16, â€œWhat I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desire of the human flesh. For what our human nature is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants.
â€œâ€¦but the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.â€
In Gal 6:7 Paul says, â€œDo not deceive yourselves; no-one makes a fool of God. People will reap what they sow!â€
In verse 11 he warns: â€œThe people who are trying to force you to be circumcised are those ones who want to show off and boast about external matters. â€¦even those who practise circumcision do not obey the Law; they want you to be circumcised so that they can boast that you submitted to this physical ceremony.â€
FANIE JANSE VAN RENSBURG,