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Was Peter In Heresy

In Galatians 2:11 "But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed." Was Peter at this time living a heresy? Maybe read all Galatians 2 before you answer.

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SAUL persecuted "THE WAY"...

Acts 9:2
"if he found any belonging to the Way".

...but when he became PAUL, his devotion to God included the promised Messiah ("Wonderful Counselor", Isaiah 53).

Act 19:9 "but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way".

Act 19:23
"concerning the Way".

Acts 24:22
"But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way".


1 Peter 4:16
"if one suffers as a Christian" (the word "Christian" appears twice in scripture, "ChristianS" only once, "Christianity"-NONE).
---more_excellent_way on 8/15/10


Neither Paul nor Jesus ever used the words "Christian" (singular or plural) or "Christianity" (Acts 11:26 "were first called Christians").

Peter DENIED CHRIST three times.

Peter allowed the use of "GREAT FEAR" to inspire people to Christ, and he allowed himself to be glorified ("in high honor" so that "at least his shadow might fall on some" and he produced "signs and wonders", Acts 5:11-15) and also pronounced a harsh judgement killing Ananias and Sapphira.

Instead of just having the Holy Spirit's power available ("Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit", Acts 4:31), I'd rather be a "Paul" (member of "THE WAY", John 14:6).
---more_excellent_way on 8/15/10


Apostle Peter was Not in heresy.


Apostle Peter delivered The salvation message of God, Acts 2 v 38 to the Jewish people on the day of Pentecost. The other 11 Apostles carried The Very Same.
---Lawrence on 8/13/10


"MAYBE" read all of Galatians 2 before you answer???? MAYBE???!!!???
Anyway.....to answer the question.......
If hypocrisy is heresy then Peter was in heresy. He was also in Caperneum for awhile too............
---berf on 9/10/07


Well, he withdrew from the Gentiles because he feared what the Jews would think because of their religious preferences. But it was not wrong for them to have Jewish preferences of certain sorts, as long as they did not cause division. But Peter turned their optional custom into heresy, by letting fear make him favor the Jews because of those preferences which God does not require. Optional beliefs and practice become heresy when they are imposed as mandatory and cause division.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/9/07




catherine - yeah - thats what is neat about this CN blogging. Instead of just reading its like a challenge and reinforces your faith and study skills.
Be blessed.
---Andrea on 9/9/07


Man what a study. I studied more on the character of Peter than anything else. No Peter was not in heresy. Paul and Peter were divinely appointed to proclaim a divine message. Their callings were different. Paul was mainly to preach to the Gentiles. And Peter was to the Jews, primarily.>>>>Archaeologists have uncovered remains of what is believed to have been been Peter's house. Are you interested in the boat they found? Cont.
---catherine on 9/9/07


Cont. Peter>>One boat that was in operation on the Sea of Galilee cradled in mud for 2000 years, was recovered in the 1980s along Galilee's shore. The boat was 27 feet long and was the kind of boat that Peter and his fishermen friends used. The End. What real fun.
---catherine on 9/9/07


Paul rebuked Peter for his behavior not his teaching. Peter was more worried about perception than setting a right example, and Paul was right to correct him. Many popes have been similarly chastised through history. This is not proof against papal infallibility, but only proof of their humanity. The doctrines were fine, the actions were flawed - Jesus did not promise impeccability or perfect character in His leaders.
---lorra8574 on 9/8/07


Gal 2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.

I don't know about heresy but he certainly wasn't infallible.
---Andrea on 9/5/07




I think if you read on to 12 you will find out. Galatians 2:12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles, but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.

He was acting differently depending on who was present, kind of like a lot of Christians today.
---denna7667 on 9/5/07


Actually if you read Galatians2:11-14, you see the nature of Paul's rebuke which shows first of all, the inconsistency of lawkeeping. If it was right for Simon Peter to live as the gentile believers lived, why should he desire the Gentiles to live as Jews? That is what he was saying when he left the gentile table for the kosher table. If gentile living under grace apart from the law was good enough for Peter, was it bad for the Gentiles themselves? I believe it was heresy and rebuke.
---Cynthia on 9/4/07


Actually if you read Galatians2:11-14, you see the nature of Paul's rebuke which shows first of all, the inconsistency of lawkeeping. If it was right for Simon Peter to live as the gentile believers lived, why should he desire the Gentiles to live as Jews? That is what he was saying when he left the gentile table for the kosher table. If gentile living under grace apart from the law was good enough for Peter, was it bad for the Gentiles themselves? I believe it was heresy and rebuke.
---Cynthia on 9/4/07


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