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145 > Page 145 of Four hitherto unpublished gospels : a series of character studies cast in the form of personal memoirs of John the Baptist, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, Judas Iscariot, James the brother of Jesus / by William E. Barton.

JAMES done or sacrifice to make I wanted a part in it. But when I came my brethren in the church refused to permit me to serve humbly. They honoured me for His sake and gave me office in the church even above those who from the beginning had been His disciples. I am the first elder in the Jerusalem church; nay there are those who have applied to me that strange Gentile title of "episcopos." I have been and am most zealous for the law and a strange situation has risern among us by reason of the preaching of a very zealous mis- sionarv, who was born in Tarsus and whose name is Paul. He has been preaching among the Gentiles and teaching them that it was not necessary for them to obey the Jewish law. We have just had a very earnest discussion about it with brethren here from manv places wait- ing to see how the matter should be decided. We were much perplexed, but at length it seemed clear to me that religion as Jesus taught it is broad enough and sympathetic enough to include men of all nations and that we ought not to impose upon the Gentiles a yoke which even we have found heavier than we could bear. And so we have decided that Gentile Christians shall not be required to keep the Jewish law, though Jewish Christians will continue to do so. I am sure that those who were present at 145