It seems the argument today isn't much different from in the days of the apostles. Acts 15 describes a scene that many can relate to today, the gentiles had started believing in Christ and there was a heated debate whether the newly converted gentiles would need to be circumcised in order to fully be received of God. Paul and Barnabas believed strongly they did not need to keep the Mosaic Law to receive the promise of the Lord. Peter said, come on guys, they received the Holy Spirit just like we did, and evidently this plan was in place long before us so why do we want to heap all these rules on them that our ancestors couldnt keep and we have proven we cant keep them either. James (the brother of Jesus) stood up and gave a final judgement on the matter: (NLV)
Brothers, listen to me. 14 Peter[c] has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. 15 And this conversion of Gentiles is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written:
16 ‘Afterward I will return and restore the fallen house[d] of David. I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, 17 so that the rest of humanity might seek the Lord, including the Gentiles— all those I have called to be mine. The Lord has spoken— 18 he who made these things known so long ago.’[e]
19 “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood. 21 For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.”
With all that said, can we as church leaders be sensitive to hardships, rules, and preferences that we sometimes tag the Lord's name to. Can we truly be more excited in that sinners are coming to the Lord, an instead of training them in our preferences introducing them and reintroducing them to the awareness of the presence of the Lord in a practical but yet supernatural way. More to come on what that might look like later...