We take the stance of the apostle Sha'ul, who says in Romans 2:25-29, "For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou observe the Torah: but if thou be a breaker of the Torah, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the Torah, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the Torah, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the Torah? For he is not a Yahudi, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Yahudi which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of Yahweh." Circumcision, as a sign like water immersion or the wearing of blue tassels, is not intended as a method of acquiring salvation, but a reminder to obey Torah, circumcise the heart (Deut 10:16; 30:6; Ezek 36:26), and remain true to the eternal covenant.

This article was published on Saturday 07 January, 2017.
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