“One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD” (Deut. 23:2). To “enter the assembly” did not mean that illegitimates were prohibited from attending church, but that they were essentially denied citizenship: prohibited from holding office in the commonwealth of Israel.
- David Chilton, What Happens When God’s Law and God’s Promise Conflict? (April 28, 2010) at http://americanvision.org/2010/post/what-happens-when-god%E2%80%99s-law-and-god%E2%80%99s-promise-conflict/.