Could We Fellowship the Ethiopian Eunuch Today?

     We know very little about the eunuch Phillip taught the gospel.  We know what he was reading when approached by Phillip.  We know where he was from and where he was going.  We even know where he had been.  The big question is, “Do we know enough about the eunuch to extend fellowship?”  In order for us to make a faithful decision about our ability to fellowship the eunuch we need to ask some basic questions necessary to determine if we can extend fellowship.

  •  1.  Did the eunuch hold the correct view on Marriage Divorce   and Remarriage?     
  •  2. Did the eunuch hold the correct position on instrumental music?
  • 3.  Did the eunuch hold the correct position on what could be supported from the treasury?  
  • 4.  Did the women in his local congregation hold to their proper role in worship?  
  • 5.  Did the eunuch’s local congregation resist fellowshipping the denominations in the area?
  • 6.  Did the eunuch’s local congregation call Bible things by Bible names?
  • 7. Did the eunuch’s local congregation resist the temptation to give in to innovations?
  • 8.  Were the eunuch and his congregation careful to follow all the blue prints and patterns of the first century church?
  • 9.  Did the eunuch understand that his baptism was for the remission of sins?  Did he have a proper understanding of the church?  After all Scripture  tells us only that Phillip preached to him the good news of Jesus. 
  • 10.  Was the eunuch’s church careful that they didn’t bid “God speed” to anyone who was not “Sound?”

     If we place the same standards on the characters of the New
Testament that we place on fellow Christians today, where would that leave us?  The rule of Silence states that anything not specifically stated or outlined cannot be used or implemented.  If we are consistent with our rules do we really know enough about the Ethiopian eunuch to extend fellowship?

     I do hope this allows you to see the fallacy of some of our rules and traditions today.  Let’s preach Jesus and leave behind the attitudes of the past.  Praise God and Preach His Word!

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10 Responses to Could We Fellowship the Ethiopian Eunuch Today?

  1. Don says:

    Good thoughts…and — no.

  2. Julie Kimberly says:

    It’s weird how the church likes to draw its circles so small. I hope God doesn’t treat us the same way one day. I personally would love to be with him, with as many others as possible!

  3. Richard says:

    Very good example of how we can misplace God’s will by trying to be true to what we think scripture teaches.

  4. dellkimberly says:

    I have to respond to my favorite daughter-in-law. Thanks Julie for your thoughts. Make Kevin mind. lol

  5. Billy Middleton says:

    The obvious answer to the question posed to us your readers is “yes” we most certainly could fellowship him. He is at that point a newborn babe in Christ and pure as the driven snow. Further, he has yet , at that point, identified with a local church if there is even one begun yet in Ethiopia. When he returns home he may be the start of the church there. I’m curious once again though, after reading your series on “Church Culture,” is this article still presented as “tongue in cheek” as you wrote that it was the first time you cycled it thru? I guess what I would really like to know (and I’m sure there are other readers as well) is will you come out from behind the so called veil of ” tongue and cheek” and forthrightly say whether you believe it matters to our soul’s salvation what we believe, teach, and practice in regards to the questions you raise in this article? Dell, I believe you really owe us that much. I, along with many others I’m sure, have faithfully read your blog ever since you first sent us the invitation to do so. It has challenged my thinking and encouraged me to dig into God’s Word and for that I thank-you. Sincerely, Billy

  6. dellkimberly says:

    Billy thanks for your response. I hope all is well with your family and the church in Augusta. I do believe it is important what we believe, teach and practice in regards to our souls salvation. These blogs on church culture are not dealing with doctrine so much as attitude. It does matter what we believe and follow, but this series is about what we value as most important in our spiritual lives.

    I am thoroughly and completely convinced that in many instances we have allowed ourselves to become part of a culture that isn’t healthy or Biblical. Often we make our primary area of emphasis the idea that we must each hold a pre-determined view in order to be fellowshipped and ultimately saved. Working from this mindset means we believe we understand every issue and point of doctrine perfectly from an intellectual standpoint. We further imply that since we have perfect knowledge, if you don’t come to the same conclusion we hold you are in sin and therefore doomed to be lost. This takes away any need for God’s grace. In fact except for an initial moment of forgiveness it takes God out of the equation altogether. If we hold the view of “complete and perfect understanding” my salvation depends totally on my ability to decipher, understand, and apply Scripture. In essence, salvation becomes a result of something man does and not something God extends.

    The purpose for the writing the segment on church culture is to point out the need to emphasize the correct direction. Our mission is not to decide who will and who will not be fellowshipped or saved. We are not policemen of the brotherhood. For too many years in too many places we have created a culture that is foreign to the mission of Jesus. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Mt 19:10). Our mission as Christians and as a church is to spread the saving knowledge and influence of Jesus to a world in desparate trouble. This has to be our point of emphasis. As I stated in an earlier post, I am not talking about any particular doctrine we hold. I am talking about where we place our emphasis. Our emphasis has to be on preaching Jesus and building a culture that encourages us in that direction. Such a culture will produce a very different mindset and direction than the culture that is so prevalent in many of our churches today. If we hold a mindset that doesn’t make the sharing of Jesus and his influence our most important value we stand in opposition to Jesus Himself.
    I do hope this helps. I hope all is well with you. The church in Augusta is a good work. I bid you and the brethren there God Speed in preaching Jesus.

  7. Len says:

    Loved your post. I was busy researching for a sermon in Acts 8 and came across it. I am not Church of Christ but it seems all branches of the vine have their own little warts. Frankly, I appreciate your gentle challenges to “rules and tradition”.

  8. Amde Brhan says:

    The Bible divorced of tradition and history is a difficult book to understand, to comprehend the role that the Ethiopian Eunuch played in fulfilling God covenant you need to do intense research about the truth of Ethiopia and the Ethiopians and their place in the scriptures as a chosen people of God.
    Amos ch:9 vs 7-9 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me? O children of Israel.
    Our Lord Jesus Christ made mentioned to the Jews that the Queen of the South meaning the Queen of Ethiopia who was the Queen of Sheba,Makeda shall rise up in the Judgment and condemn this generation because she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear of the wisdom of Solomon and behold a greater than Solomon is here. search the scriptures for in them you will find the truth and the truth will set you free from this kind of thinking.
    The Eunuch is important for fellowship because it was the will of God that the St.Phillip should Baptism him, as the verse in Acts ch;8 vs 26 starts by saying “An Angel of the Lord spake unto Phillip saying……… Notice the word an Angel spoke, meaning it was the will of God. Can you go against that?.

  9. Amde,
    You are absolutely correct. This article was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to poke fun at our legalistic views of fellowship. Of course we would fellowship the eunich. If God approves who are we to question.

  10. SO God also favours african people like the ethiopian enuch

    the blessed one

    well its true god favours all people too

    the spirit of jeusus came to the ethopian enuch to bless this african man that there is an eternal destiny joy peace and happines if you belive in jesus is the christ and he did
    and he went rejoycing

    And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the south, unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went, and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot reading Esaias the prophet.

    Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself unto this chariot. And Philip ran hither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias and said; Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

    The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and who shall speak of his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

    And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

    And as they went their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water. What doth hinder me from being baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

    And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

    i also loved

    the

    chapter

    on when jesus

    went to egypt
    not only africa blessed so his the whole world that belive in christ

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