"If you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing."
Text: Galatians 5:2b
THE DOCTRINES OF THE JUDAIZERS
The doctrines of the Judaizers slowly come to light in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
1. They present their teachings as the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7).
However this was refuted and rejected by the apostle Paul. This was a different gospel. It was not authentic. It was in fact heretical.
2. They made a distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Galatians 2-3)
Paul rejected this as false and hypocritical. In Christ there is no distinction between gender or ethnic differences (Galatians 3:28-29).
3. They sought to bring people under the law (Galatians 4:21)
Paul argued that all who came under the law would be in bondage. Christ, on the other hand came to give freedom from the law, from sin and from the power of the Devil.
THE PRACTICE OF CIRCUMCISION
There was another doctrine that the Judaizers promoted actively. This has to do with the rite of circumcision.
Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised,
Christ will profit you nothing.