At the end of his letter, Paul summarised his condemnation of the false teachers: they were scared of being persecuted. In the 1st Century Roman Empire, the Jewish faith was considered a ‘legal religion’, socially and politically acceptable. Although their security was fragile, Jewish people were supposed to be protected. However, Christians had no protection; faith in Jesus was not tolerated by the authorities, especially if it was expressed publically. So it was easier for Christians to worship in Jewish synagogues, and live in Jewish communities.