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146 > Page 146 of Four hitherto unpublished gospels : a series of character studies cast in the form of personal memoirs of John the Baptist, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, Judas Iscariot, James the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.

FOUR HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED GOSPELS the council were surprised when I took this stand, and almost as much so when Peter agreed with me. For Peter had seen a vision and had heard a voice saying, "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common or unclean." So now it is arranged that our religion is to be broad enough to include those whom we re- gard as orthodox and those who seem to us to be heretical. The more I think about it, the more I feel sure that this is what Jesus would have had us do. For, while He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He sent us into all the world; and if the Gospel is to go into all the world it must adapt itself to the needs of men everywhere. The law, as Paul said to us, was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ; but having found Christ, it is not necessary that we regard all its forms as es- sential even for us, much less that we should burden our Gentile converts with them. It is clear to me that I could never preach this doctrine effectively; mine is a Gospel for the Jews. But Paul holds this to be of the very essence of the Gospel, and we have agreed that we have no right to forbid his preaching it. Even so Jesus said, "Forbid him not, for he that is not against us is with us." So it may be that what we have just done is greatly to widen the scope of our great work, 146