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Why was Stephen stoned?

Posted By on June 29, 2014

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. 13 They also set up FALSE WITNESSES who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place AND THE LAW; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and CHANGE THE CUSTOMS WHICH MOSES DELIVERED TO US.” 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. (Acts 6)

 

FALSE WITNESSES accused Stephen of saying that Messiah came to change the Law.

The witnesses were false, which means that Stephen said no such thing.

Why does your pastor insist that this is so?

 

Here are Messiah’s own words —

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)

 


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