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"No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."
I was reading this passage this afternoon. Here's a little background- Some of the early Christians were arguing about whether or not the Gentiles (non-Israelite origin) needed to be circumsized in order to receive Salvation. God had just recently enlightened them (Acts 11) that Salvation was also available to Gentiles, and now they were trying to discuss if they needed to adhere to the Jewish custom of circumcision.
That's when Peter shouts out, "No! They can come as they are."
I think this is a beautiful illustration of how God loves us. Broken, bruised, happy, sad, clean or unclean... God loves YOU. I think that sometimes the church does a poor job of welcoming people that may not fit into their idea of what "church folk" should be like, but that is not a reflection of Jesus' love. Jesus loves you, and you don't have to wait to clean up before you meet Him.