Acts 15 and Steaks

Here is a theological question that I raised with a group of youth pastors I know a couple of months ago.

In Acts 15, some Jewish converts to Christianity had been teaching the Gentile converts that they had to follow the Mosaic Law in order to be saved through Christ. The apostle Paul vehemently disagreed with these Jewish brothers, and so he and Barnabas and a few others were appointed to travel to Jerusalem and ask the other apostles for guidance. When they arrived, some converts who had formerly been Pharisees were also proclaiming that Gentile converts must be circumcised and obey the Mosaic Law. The apostles and elders met to discuss the question. Then they issued an open letter to Gentile believers all over the world. It said,

The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. (Acts 15:23-29)

The apostles agreed in the Holy Spirit that Gentile believers should only follow a small number of OT laws, one of which was to abstain from blood. So, here is the question: Is it a sin to eat a rare steak?

I’m curious to know your thoughts.


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