I started reading the Bible and reading the whole book of Genesis I saw that circumcision was instituted as a sign of the covenant with God. Why don’t Christians practice it anymore today?
After the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the Church was established, some of the circumcised Jews began to go to all Christians who were Gentile and impose circumcision. Thus, when Christians from Galatia were exposed to this pressure from the circumcised, the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Galatians where he addressed this question in detail and I advise you to read in its entirety.
Five serious reason why Christians can not accept circumcision in the flesh
In the epistle that I have mentioned the Apostle Paul says:
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:1-6)(NASB)
According to this passage, there are at least five reasons why Christians can not categorically accept circumcision:
- If someone receives circumcision on religious grounds is obliged to fulfill the whole Law of the Old Testament, and thus he is subject to the yoke of slavery.
- If a Christian is circumcised it means that he wants to be justified by law and so.
- He is severed from Christ
- He falls from grace
- In Christ Jesus circumcision or lack of it has no price, but faith working through love.
What is the true circumcision?
When he talked to the Jews in the Epistle to Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote:
For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. (Romans 2:25-29)(NASB)
And when he warned the Christians of Philippi to guard of those who taught circumcision, the Apostle Paul wrote:
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians 3:2-3)(NASB)
God help us to serve Him through the Holy Spirit, to praise in Christ Jesus and put our trust neither in circumcision nor in any other similar earthly things.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru