His reply was this (in reference to Tim’s Article):
The question is in verse 11… “we” is, as you point out regarding the purpose of the council, referring to those who are circumcised in general. The Jews… because then Peter in the same breathe says in the same verse “as THEY also are”… they being gentiles:
Acts 15:11 NASBS
 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
Do you see how this makes sense?
I would say based on how the passage is introduced… this is the whole subject… and based on James’ judgment on the matter… this is to what the decision rendered.
My point, in part is I don’t think Peter or James were assuming any kind of specific council authority here. Peter was simply saying that God is not respecter of persons… as Peter said in Acts 10:34
 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,
Now he’s capitalizing on the fact that I’m new to Acts 15 and he anticipates that i will be hesitant to give my interpretation.