Christians and Circumcision

This post is NOT meant to shame moms that have had their sons circumcised, but to help educate and raise awareness so moms can truly make informed decisions.
In this post (or series of posts), I hope to tackle the misinformation that Americans are fed about the reasons for circumcision. Americans are waking up to the horrors of female genital mutilation, but often advocate male genital mutilation.

It’s Biblical

First off, the circumcision practiced today is not the same as God instructed. Old Testament circumcision,brit milah, removed only the actual foreskin, the part that extends past the penis.
Banana illustration

Drawing: OT milah circumcision vs. modern periah

Dr Kellogg furthered this practice, advocating a more severe circumcision to discourage masturbation (he also advocated putting acid on girl’s clitorises for the same reason), since removal of the entire foreskin greatly reduces sensitivity and pleasure. He stated that it should be done without anesthetic so that the penis is associated with pain, not pleasure as God intended. (Which is the main reason female genital mutilation is preformed)
God commanded it on the 8th day (when vitamin K levels naturally peak), today it is usually withing 48 hours of birth. This requires synthetic vitamin K shots, which are a whole other issue.
Second, this covenant was a foreshadowing of Christ’s blood covenant. Because of Christ’s sacrice, we are no longer under the law.
The New Testament makes it clear that what truly matters is circumcision of the heart. Training our young men up in God’s way, not circumcising them is what matters
“Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you.” – Gal 5:2
“And even those who advocate circumcision don’t really keep the whole law. They only want you to be circumcised so they can brag about it and claim you as their disciples.” – Gal 6:13
“For there are many who rebel against right teaching; they engage in useless talk and deceive people. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced. By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth. Such teachers only want your money” – Titus 1:10-11
“Watch out for those wicked men – dangerous dogs, I call them – who say you must be circumcised. Beware of the evil doers. Beware of the mutilation. For it isn’t the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits.” – Phil 3:2-3
“And I testify again to every male who receives circumcision, that he is in debt to keep the whole Law. You who do so have been severed from Christ…you have fallen from grace.” – Gal 5:3
“As God has called each man, in this manner let him walk. And thus I command in all the churches. Was any man called in the circumcision [Old Covenant]? Let him not try to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in the uncircumcision [New Covenant in Christ]? Let him not be circumcised! Circumcision is nothing. And uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let each man remain in that condition in which he was called.” – 1 Cor. 7:17
“And some men came and were teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ But Paul and Barnabas together had great dissension and disputing with these men. . . Then Peter stood up and said to them ‘…Why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” – Acts 15:1-2, 7, 10
“But if I still proclaim circumcision. . . then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.” – Gal 5:11
“I wish that those who are pushing you to do so would mutilate themselves!” – Gal 5:12
The church in Galatia was being burdened by those saying the circumcision was required from gentile believers. It came to a point where it was taken to the Jerusalem council. What did they say?
It was part of setting apart of God people. Do we hold to all of the old testament laws made to set God’s people apart? Our actions are a far more effective way to show that we are His.
We are called ot be a voice to the helpless. What is more helpless than a baby?
Care of an intact boy is much easier than the wound care associated with circumcision (even if all goes well).
You just clean what is seen, like a finger.
Health Benefits
Circumcision destroys 16 known functions of the foreskin.
It’s just a little snip. This is a big lie that parents are often told to comfort their minds. The
Complications happen, as with any surgery.
Christians often want abortion banned after a certain number of weeks stating that the baby feels pain, yet they say that a baby cannot feel the pain of having the foreskin ripped from his glands, crushed and cut off (incuding the dorsal nerve). https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe
A urologist wieghs in on circumcision. https://www.birthbootcamp.com/should-i-circumcise-my-baby-guest-post-by-dr-adrienne-carmack-urologist/
Possible complications and Dr David Gibbins on how many complications he sees each year for corrective surgery (and he does not preform them for appearance, it is for real complications)
Claimed benefits and risks

Full Disclosure: Circumcision Information For Health Professionals And Parents

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