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