The decisions at the Council of Jerusalem laid to rest the issue of
The decisions at the Council of Jerusalem laid to rest the issue of circumcision before one can be saved. The council, as recorded in Acts 15, was called to decide whether Gentile converts to Christianity had to be circumcised and follow Jewish customs in order to be saved. The decision was that Gentile believers did not have to be circumcised, but should abstain from certain practices like eating food sacrificed to idols, and from sexual immorality, blood, and the meat of strangled animals. This decision helped establish a more inclusive and diverse Christian community, and paved the way for the spread of Christianity beyond the Jewish community.