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Unveiling The Man ‘Called’ Apostle Paul

May 11, 2018
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Introduction

By Steve Nixon

Ever watch a court proceeding (whether on TV or real life)? Hopefully, the court will be headed by an impartial judge; but that’s not usually the case.

Regardless of the case, many things are presented as evidence; those things are used to validate or invalidate the issue at hand. Some evidence is allowed for the proceedings, some are excluded.

OBVIOUSLY, if all evidence is accepted that proves the case valid, while little to none is allowed to prove the case invalid…then the conclusion will be that the case presented will be approved. How could it be otherwise? The opposite is also true: allowing only the evidence that invalidates the case, while throwing out all evidence to the contrary, and the case will be invalid. This is what a judge who shows partiality has power over.

The trial becomes a mockery. And you walk away thinking, “why bother?”

When someone presents to you, a subject matter involving scripture, and they present their evidence (other scriptures) to make their case; YOU become the judge! Will you consider ALL the evidence, or dismiss and throw out what you don’t want to hear? Can you be objective, or do you already weigh in your own preconceived determinations? If you come to a conclusion…before even hearing all the evidence… the whole presentation is a mockery…why bother?

 

Proverbs 18:13;  “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him”.

 

Unveiling The Man ‘Called’ Apostle Paul

 

The unchanging guidelines for all generations

“Till heaven and earth pass away…”

 

Unchangeable Truths, and a guide for discernment, a revealer of false doctrine; are given on this first page…

 

Deu 4:2, 12:32;  “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you. WHAT THING SOEVER I command you, observe to do it: THOU SHALT NOT ADD THERETO, NOR DIMINISH FROM IT”.

Every reference to the ‘scriptures’ in the NT were referring to the OT, not the new. The relevancy of these scriptures will be valid, every word of it, for every generation. Those doctrines that declare otherwise are false.

 

Mal 3:6  “For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”.  Man might pervert the written word, might ‘add to’ or ‘take away from’, might twist meanings to conform to their own doctrines…causing the Word to be hidden from view; yet still Truth of His Word remains, even though unseen, but revealed to those who seek Him with a pure heart. He is faithful, so ‘he that seeketh; findeth’.

 

Many today say that the ‘Law’ does not apply to today’s believers, or to Gentiles, but the eternal and unchangeable Word of the Almighty says this:

 

Num 15:15-16;  “One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance forever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD. One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” There…it is settled, and settled forever in heaven and on the earth; those who say otherwise are in great error. Gentiles ARE Israel by adoption, grafted in, and therefore under the same unchanging and always valid laws.

 

With the above basic understanding as an unchangeable guide, and the word by which we discern all things, we move on to the history of Paul…

 

Paul’s Claim of Being an Apostle…

Paul claimed to be an apostle 20 times… none of the ordained 12 spoke of themselves or this position of apostleship. They were twelve in number, and all were witness to Yahshua’s life, teachings, and resurrection; from the beginning to the end, Acts 1:21-22. Paul meets none of these qualifications. ZERO. Yahshua verified the number of twelve apostles in Matthew 10:2, and verified it again after all of history has unfolded through the ages, that there are STILL only 12 Apostles (Revelation 21:14). It was Matthias that replaced Judas; Acts 1:26. There are no scriptural references for thirteen apostles. If the Pharisee Saul/Paul is truly an apostle as many wish to believe, that means one of the twelve is not an apostle. Who got demoted? The original apostles didn’t feel the need to validate themselves as apostles by constantly speaking of their authoritative position; but Paul did.

Unlike the apostles, who related the teachings of Yahshua, those teachings were not mentioned in most of Paul’s writings. Paul instructs his followers in all manner of things: Law, circumcision, grace, faith, salvation by faith, the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, the armor of God, relationships, humility, worship, church qualifications etc, while the teachings of Yahshua (Jesus) are nowhere to be found in most of Paul’s writings other than in phrases such as: Servant of Jesus Christ…through Jesus Christ…in Jesus Christ…by Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ our Lord…by the revelation of Jesus Christ…and so on. Paul uses these phrases to imply his ‘revelations’ have authority from Yahweh through Yahshua, yet his epistles provide no references to Yahshua’s actual teachings in the gospels.

 

When the 12 apostles were chosen, it was witnessed by a group of disciples (Luke6:13). But Paul’s conversion, on the Damascus road, was not witnessed by anyone. The others there with Paul at the time also saw a light that Paul saw…but did NOT hear the voice that commissioned Paul; therefore there were no witnesses to the ‘calling’, other than the self-proclamation of Paul.

 

Yes, there was a bright light; but remember that Muhammad also had a spiritual visitation…as did Joseph Smith who began the Mormons. Constantine also saw a bright light, and a cross with a message. Ellen White began the 7th Day Adventist Church had a heavenly vision as well as the Leader of the Jehovah’s Witnessess. Buddhism began with heavenly communication, and the Unification Church began when Sun Myung Moon said he had a visit from Jesus. We must always remember that even Satan himself can appear as an angel of light…

 

We have three different accounts of Paul’s claim of conversion, given by Paul himself. Two of them are similar, Acts 9:1-18, 22:1-15 (except the part about him being sent to the Gentiles, 22:21), but NOT the third account, Acts 26:10-19. In the first two stories, Paul specifically asked the Lord what he should do and the Lord told him to go to Damascus where he would be told all things. In the third story, however, Paul received full revelation on the spot.

 

In Galatians 1:16-17 Paul tells us that after his revelation he conferred NOT with flesh and blood, nor went up to Jerusalem to the apostles, but instead went to Arabia (for an unspecified amount of time) and then back to Damascus (coincidentally, these happen to be Essene [sect] locations). Three years later he spent fifteen days with Peter in Jerusalem, and then moved on to Syria and Cilicia (Tarsus and Antioch) for fourteen years. However, Acts 9:20 contradicts his statement in Gal 1:16-17 that he ‘conferred not with flesh and blood’; for it says that after his revelation, Paul was certain days with the disciples in Damascus, and PREACHED STRAIGHTWAY in Damascus.

 

Yes, there were miracles that accompanied Paul, as recorded in the book of Acts. But remember that Acts was written by Paul’s friend and biographer, Luke; who (when it came to something about Paul) only wrote down those things about Paul that Paul told him (until very late in Paul’s ministry  when Luke joined him).

 

Qualification to be one of the twelve apostles is set forth in Acts 1:21-22. Paul clearly does not qualify. The idea of adding a 13th apostle is unacceptable because of Revelation 21:14, which speaks of the final days yet still only speaks of 12 Apostles, not 13. In order to overcome this obstacle, it’s been proposed that Matthias was not a divine apostolic selection, based on the casting of lots. However, Acts 1:24-25 shows that the apostles prayed for Yahshua’s assistance in the matter. Also, nowhere do the Scriptures state that Matthias was removed from this number to make room for Paul, which would have been a noteworthy event, as in the case of Judas. That fact is, Paul does not qualify to be an apostle, was not chosen as an apostle, and is not an apostle.

 

Paul claimed to be an apostle by divine intercession, Galatians 1:1, 12. He claims to be ordained an apostle, I Timothy 2:7, 2 Timothy 1:11.

There is no support for Paul’s claim of apostleship other than his own word in the epistles that he wrote. Of the 22 times he is called an apostle, only two come from someone other than himself. That ‘someone’ was Luke, Paul’s friend, traveling companion, and biographer, (who wrote what Paul told him), Acts 14:4, 14. The original apostles did not recognize Paul’s apostleship but referred to him as ‘brother’.

 

There is…one book that seems to add to the validity of Paul; 2nd Peter:

 

2Pe 3:15-16;  “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the OTHER scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

The wording in the above verses (in bold) would indicate that ‘Peter’ is looking on Paul’s writings as scripture, and that they were ‘given’ to Paul. Wow…this is the only place in the New Testament where one book refers to the other books of the NT as ‘scripture’ just as other scriptures. Alarm bells ring; because the books of the New Testament were NOT regarded as Scripture, officially, for 400 years. So being, and for other reasons as well, 2nd Peter is considered (by a vast array of scholars) as NOT being authored by Peter.

My suspicion here, is that the verses above, were added by the Catholic church (after 400 A.D.) to further validate the authority of the self-proclaimed ‘father of Christianity’, Paul; who they pattern their structure after.

 

Paul Teaches Things Contrary to Yahshua’s Teachings…

(till heaven and earth pass away…)

 

Paul runs afoul of the gospels. He particularly preaches a reoccurring theme of submitting to earthly authority, i.e. governmental authority, on the basis it shows us approved of God (Yahshua did not say to do this, so why does Paul? Ask yourself: Why does Paul continually stress submission to earthly authority?). It was Paul who taught there should be teachers, pastors etc. But this is contrary to John’s gospel and Yahshua’s teaching:

 

John 14:26 says; “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, HE SHALL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. And John 16:13 says; “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”.  The apostles were to spread the gospel, teach about the ‘common’ salvation (salvation for all), for the purpose of calling for repentance, commitment, baptism and of the laying on of hands and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once this is accomplished, it is the function of the Holy Spirit to teach and guide.

 

Paul claimed Christ abolished the Law, Romans 6:14, 7:4, Ephesians 2:15-16. Yahshua said otherwise, Matthew 5:17-20, 19:17, 28:20, Luke 16:17.

 

Paul claimed to be the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, Galatians 2:7-8. NOT SO; All the apostles were told to preach the gospel to ALL the world, Matthew 28:19, Mark16:15, Luke 24:27. Yahshua did NOT have a separate gospel for the Gentiles. Paul lied to the Galatians. Paul went to the Gentiles because he was rejected by the Law abiding Jewish converts. The Gentiles didn’t keep the Law nor did they understand the Law. This made easy converts for Paul’s doctrine, which preached against the Law.

 

Paul is contrary to the teachings of Yahshua, as well as the apostle James, when he did swear before the Almighty (an oath). In Galatians 1:20, before Paul’s statement in 2:10, he told the Galatians “Now the things which I write unto you, BEHOLD, BEFORE GOD, I LIE NOT”. Paul had the audacity to preface his lie with an oath of honesty…before God! Read what Yahshua had to say about this type of oath (before God), Matthew 5:33-37. Read what James said too, James 5:12.

 

Paul referred to the Law as ‘the ministry of death’, II Corinthians 3:7. Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 4:405:29, 6:24-25, 30:15-20.

 

Paul declared ALL things lawful, I Corinthians 6:12-14, Colossians 2:16. Yahshua said otherwise, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, John 14:15.

 

Paul said all the Law was fulfilled in one word (a Pharisaic teaching, Romans 13:8-9, Galatians 5:14. Yahshua said otherwise, Matthew 22:27-40, Mark 29-31.

 

Paul declared ALL things lawful, I Corinthians 6:12-14, Colossians 2:16. Yahshua said otherwise, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, John 14:15.

 

Paul declared nothing unclean, Romans 14:14, I Timothy 4:1-5. Yahshua and James said otherwise, Acts 15:28-29, Revelation 2:14.

 

Paul claimed no one was justified by the Law, Romans 3:20, Galatians 3:11-12, 21. The scriptures say otherwise, II Samuel 22:21, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Job 27: 29:14, Luke 1:5-6, James 2:20-22.

 

Paul claimed no man was justified by works of the Law, Galatians 2:16, 21. Yahshua and James said otherwise, Matthew 16:27, James 2:20-22.

 

Paul claimed the Law was ‘veiled’ (too hard to understand), II Corinthians 3:12-16. Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 30: 10-14. John tells us the law is not burdensome, I John 1:53.

 

Paul called Yahweh’s Law a ‘curse’, Galatians 3:13. (Galatians Chapter 3 and Romans Chapter 3 detail Paul’s attack on the Law). Yahshua instructed us to keep the Law, Matthew 19:17. He came to fulfill the Law, not destroy it, Matthew 5:17-18. The Law was a blessing, Deuteronomy 7:11-13, 11:26-27, 30:19-20.

 

Paul declared he sinned because of the Law (this passage is really a piece of work), Romans 7:7-13. James told us that’s not so, James 1:13-14.

 

Matthew lists the genealogy of Yahshua in detail, but Paul speaks against questions he considers foolish, and genealogies, Titus 3:9. Since genealogies are immensely important to Adam’s seed and Satan’s seed in the old and renewed covenants, one must wonder why Paul tells Titus to avoid them.

 

Paul told slaves to be obedient to their masters, Ephesians 6:5. He re-enslaved Onesimus, Philemon 10-16. This is in direct conflict to the law, which provides freedom from slavery, Deuteronomy 23:15-16, Jeremiah 34:13-17. If Paul had been obedient to the Law, Onesimus would have been free. But, as we see from Paul’s action, he sent Onesimus back into bondage. Yahweh’s Law brings freedom; Paul’s freedom brings bondage.

 

Lies…

 

Paul Sees Nothing Wrong with Lying, and Does So…

 

Paul thought it to be OKAY TO LIE if it furthered his gospel (Rom 3:7) “For if the truth of God hath more abounded THROUGH MY LIE unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?” (Paul didn’t understand this?).

Paul thought nothing of lying or practicing pagan customs if it meant gaining a new convert to his own brand of salvation, Romans 3:7, I Corinthians 9:19-22; “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (In other words, he thought it was okay to put on false pretenses…the same philosophy as ‘the end justifies the means’).

 

Paul defended a lie because it ‘glorifies God’ and he wondered why he was judged a sinner, Romans 3:7. He was caught lying and tried to wriggle out of it with a song and dance. He doesn’t seem to grasp that a lie is a lie, and never does it glorify Yahweh. Why does Paul keep insisting he’s not deceitful and does not lie? Romans 9:1, II Corinthians 11:31, Galatians 1:20, Philippians 1:18, I Thessalonians 2:1-12, I Timothy 2:7. Why were the original apostles not accused of lying as Paul is? Ask yourself this: Would Yahshua (Jesus) lie ‘for the glory of God’ as Paul did? I think not!

 

In Acts 24:14 Paul says; “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets…” (if this were true, then Paul knew that the Law should never be added to or diminished, and that it would be true for all generations….yet his teaching violated these laws). Paul was defending his actions here, when he was accused of wrong-doing…but Paul would say anything he needed to say at the time to convince others of whatever he wanted to convince them of. He had no qualms about lying to achieve his objectives.

 

Paul declared he was the last to see Yahshua, I Corinthians 15:8. This is not true, since Paul never saw Yahshua.

 

Paul said that when the law was still in force, faith had not yet come, Galatians 3:23, contradicting the written history of the faithful listed in Heb 4: 4-39.

 

Paul lied before the Sanhedrin, Acts 23:6-7. He said he was ‘called into question for the hope and resurrection of the dead’. This was strictly a divide and conquer ploy with no basis in reality. The truth of the matter is he was called into question on account of his anti-Torah teachings, found in Acts 21:27-28. Paul often changes his story to whatever in convenient at the time.

 

In Php 3:6 Paul says;  “Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.” (since the definition of sin is: the transgression of the law; how could Paul have declared himself to be chief among sinners [1 Tim 1:15], yet blameless according to the law?).

 

In Galatians 1:20, before Paul’s statement in 2:10, he told the Galatians “Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not”. Paul is again caught lying, red handed. Paul had the audacity to preface his lie with an oath of honesty…before God! Read what Yahshua had to say about this type of oath (before God), Matthew 5:33-37. Read what James said too, James 5:12.

 

Paul claimed Christ preached peace, Ephesians 2:17. Yahshua said otherwise, Matthew 10:34-37.

 

Why does Paul keep insisting he’s not deceitful and does not lie? Romans 9:1, II Corinthians 11:31, Galatians 1:20, Philippians 1:18, I Thessalonians 2:1-12, I Timothy 2:7. Why were the original apostles not accused of lying as Paul was?

 

Paul taught his revelations; not scripture…

(in other words he taught what HE believed, not what the scriptures teach)

 

Paul more or less makes up his doctrine as he goes, admitting he preaches by ‘revelation’, II Corinthians 12:1, Galatians 1:11-12. Regardless of the good things he does say, the problem lies in the many ‘not so good’ revelations he promotes in the name of Yahshua. We come to Yahweh by Yahshua, not by Paul, John 14:6. Yahshua tells us, “Wherefore by THEIR FRUITS ye shall know them”, Matthew 7:16, 20. Paul’s fruit is a LEGACY OF DISSENTION; possibly the cause of the current 30,000 plus different denominational splits from the original “Church”. Practically every division in the modern church is traced back to the confused teachings of Paul! Speaking of ‘dissention’ in this paragraph, I must say that one of the biggest conflicts in today’s churches centers around the subjects of ‘grace’ and ‘Law’. This widespread conflict began with Paul, who flip-flopped repeatedly on this subject depending on who he was writing to and which viewpoint served his purpose at the time.

 

I find that Paul has many things in common with Pope and the teachings of the Catholic church.

Paul claimed he taught from ‘divine revelation’ (not from scripture or instruction from the apostles), Galatians 1:11-12. In other words, Paul is telling us his revelations supercede scriptural authority.

 

Paul was a Pharisee. One day he had a ‘revelation’. He changed his name from Saul to Paul, and straightway preached his revelations about the ‘Christ’ in the synagogues. Paul continued to have new ‘revelations’ that spoke ‘of’ and ‘for’ a Christ, but he was glaringly silent about the actual life of Yahshua (Jesus) and his teachings. In Paul’s epistles we find him using the words ‘Christ, Son of God, grace, redemption, resurrection, etc.’, but we learn little or nothing about Yahshua and his actual teachings. They’re virtually absent from Paul’s epistles. What we learn about are Paul’s revelations. Roughly 50% of the New Testament (13 epistles) is from Saul, a man who neither knew Yahshua in the flesh, nor was instructed by the apostles. Rather, he taught by unsubstantiated revelation.

Paul considered himself the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, primarily because his doctrine (called ‘that way’, Acts 19:9, 23) was rejected by Jewish Christians and the Asian churches alike; and he was forced to seek converts who knew nothing of Yahudim (Jewish) customs and the Law. Paul’s doctrine was adverse to the teachings of Yahshua; and he was often in conflict with James, Peter, and John; the apostles that Yahshua comissioned. And by the way, Paul was not an apostle of the twelve.

Paul spent an inordinate amount of time defending himself and his teachings from accusations of guile, lies, and covetousness. None of the appointed apostles were so accused. Paul’s core philosophy of justification by faith and abolition of Torah Law stands in opposition to Yahshua’s statements in the gospels as well as the teachings of the scriptures. Paul thought nothing of lying or practicing pagan customs if it meant gaining a new convert to his own brand of salvation, Romans 3:7, I Corinthians 10:14-21, 9:19-22.

Paul’s words speak for themselves. His use of personal pronouns in his epistles (I, me, my, mine) is three times that of any other writer. Paul urged his followers to follow HIM. He said he preached by revelation (not by the scriptures). Paul preached HIS doctrine in the ‘name’ of Christ, but his teachings were not in alignment with Yahshua’s teachings.

 

Nowhere does Yahshua mention, or even hint, that He would give ‘new’ revelations to someone after His resurrection. One has to question why Yahshua would spend his in the flesh teaching the twelve chosen apostles that ‘till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle will pass from the law’, Matthew 5:18; and then, after His resurrection, give new revelations to a Pharisee (Saul/Paul) that make the Law void. Furthermore, ask yourself why would Yahshua bypass the apostles with this ‘new’ revelation; choosing instead to reveal it to a Pharisee, the sect He called ‘vipers’, Matthew 12:34, and sons of the devil, John 8:44?

 

Paul taught against the Law… 

 

Paul’s revelations about salvation by faith alone and the abolishment of the Law has been poisoning the church for more than 2000 years. Again, by his own admission, Paul taught by ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’, (not from the teachings of Yahshua in the flesh, or from the teachings of the ordained apostles). Paul must have been quite a saint to receive special instructions that were withheld from the twelve apostles. Yahshua spent his time in the flesh teaching the twelve chosen apostles to keep the Law. Do you really believe Yahshua changed his mind, and suddenly gave ‘new revelations’ to Paul/Saul the Pharisee? There is no basis for Paul’s doctrine other than Paul’s own word. They are not the teachings of Yahshua, and they are called ‘Pauline Doctrine’ for a reason.

If you think this is blasphemy, think about this: The Catholic Church is the organization that made the decisions about which books would or would not be included in (their) Bible. The Catholic Church made this decision for you. And, lo and behold, it’s Pauline Doctrine that supports their existence, not the teachings of Yahshua. This should send shivers up your spine.

 

Paul’s writings are filled with far too many examples that conflict with Yahshua’s teachings. More importantly, where is Yahshua to be found in Paul’s not to follow epistles? Paul clearly denied Torah Law. Yahshua clearly said the Law does not pass away. Do you believe Paul or Yahshua? If you have to think about this, you’re in trouble.

If we (rightly) conclude the Law did not pass away, we see that Paul’s doctrine entirely crumbles. There’s no reason to follow him (as if there ever was). Yahshua tells us to follow Him, not Paul, the church, or anyone else. We’re to seek Yahshua and keep His commandments.

 

Paul is heavily linked with the ‘deeds of the Nicolatians’, which Yahshua hates. “I know that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” The Nicolaitans were a sect of base antinomians which had arisen in those early days of Christianity. They contended that since we are saved by grace and are free from the law, nothing is evil. They made every excuse for lewdness and licentiousness. John Gill tells us that the Nicolaitans “committed fornication, adultery, and all uncleanness, and had their wives in common.” All this evil was practiced and promoted in the name of Christian liberty! All true believers, like these Ephesians and like Christ himself, despise those who promote ungodliness in the name of grace.

https://www.christianforums.com/threads/the-nicolaitans-what-did-they-teach.6526413/

There have been a few threads going on where the law and the commandments are being hotly debated. There have been charges of ‘lawless theology’ flying…

 

Both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism belong to what can be termed Hellenistic Christianity, that is, a form of Christianity The “Christian” churches of this world are predominantly antinomian (antinomian means ‘against the laws’ of scripture) to some heavily influenced  Greek philosophies, particularly Gnosticism.

Nicolaitans refers to those teachers in the Body of Christ who began to elevate the clergy above the laity, a distinction that did not exist in the Christian Church until the end of the second century. This teaching did not simply recognize that elders (presbuteros and episcopas) along with deacons (diakanos) are valid biblical offices in the church. Although these church offices required the men in leadership to be servants of those to whom they minister, the Nicolaitans began ruling over the laity in a manner condemned by Jesus.

Protestantism is more antinomian, having rejected Catholicism’s works during the Reformation, Martin Luther’s doctrine of salvation by grace “through faith alone” removes God’s law from the equation altogether. Pure Protestant theology is so antinomian that it claims that lawkeeping in any form—which it terms “legalism”—is detrimental to the soul’s growth in spirituality. This form of Christianity also champions the doctrine of eternal security, the idea that, once one accepts Jesus, he can never lose his salvation, no matter what sins he commits (“once saved, always saved”). This doctrine knocks out law and judgment for sin in one blow.

 

For those who believe the Law was done away with at the crucifixion, this is a lie perpetrated by Paul – here are the facts:

 

The Messiah clearly proclaimed He did NOT come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). The word ‘fulfill’ here means to ‘make full’… ‘to restore the Law to it’s fullness’. The Pharisees had changed the authority of the Law to the ‘oral Torah’, teaching their own doctrines; which were referred to the ‘commandments of men’. Yahshua came to restore it.

 

2. The Messiah further pointed out in Matthew 5:18 that nothing would change from the Law UNTIL heaven and earth had passed

away – obviously neither heaven nor earth has passed away.

 

3. The Messiah NEVER made any declaration after His resurrection to the Apostles when He appeared to them that His Law was abolished, nor that the Sabbath was abolished, nor that they were now saved by grace.

 

4.  The 12 Apostles continued to keep the Law AFTER the crucifixion because they fully understood Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (James 2:8-12, 1 John 2:3-4, 1 John 3:4-6, 1 John 3:22, 1 Peter 2:21-22, (He was our example, and we should live as He lived…He did no sin…which means He lived by the Law, for sin in the transgression of the Law).

Paul’s converts were called Christians, but Christ never called himself a Christian and Christ never called his followers Christians. The apostles never called each other Christians. Christ never used an adjective to describe himself. So how are we to identify ourselves then? The disciples called each other, “brethren”, “disciples”, “apostles”, “servants”, “believers”, “followers”, “the faithful”, “the elect”, “the called”, and “saints.” We can also identify ourselves as “bondservants” of Christ. The Messiah was NOT the founder of Christianity – the heretical sect that Paul spawned in Antioch where Paul taught his Lawless doctrine (and where they first began to be called ‘christians’), where he was rejected and stoned by the citizens of Judea and also rejected by the churches of Asia for teaching heresy against God’s Way – the Law (Torah).

 

A major concern of the Apostle Peter:

 

(According to the Epistle of Peter to the Apostle James (not included in the Catholic canon), Peter begs James not to teach any Gentile the books of his preachings unless he first learns the scriptures and how they are to be used…for the purpose of having One God, One Law, One Hope). Peter’s letter;

 

“Knowing, my brother, your eager desire after that which is for the advantage of us all, I beg and beseech you not to communicate to any one of the Gentiles the books of my preachings which I sent to you, nor to any one of our own tribe before trial (testing); but if anyone has been proved and found worthy, then to commit them to him.

Misrepresentation of Peter s doctrine.

(Peter warns his concern of truths being torn into many opinions {just like what we have in today’s world among denominational churches…thanks to Paul’s writings}, rejecting the Laws and becoming lawless which is being taught already by ‘the’ man, who is corrupting Peter’s words to dissolve the Law).

In order, therefore, that the like may also happen to those among us as to these Seventy, give the books of my preachings to our brethren, with the like mystery of initiation, that they may indoctrinate those who wish to take part in teaching ; for if it be not so done, OUR WORD OF TRUTH WILL BE RENT INTO MANY OPINIONS. And this I know, not as being a prophet, but as already seeing the beginning of this very evil. For some from among the Gentiles have rejected my legal preaching, attaching themselves to certain lawless and trifling preaching of the man who is my enemy. And these things some have attempted while I am still alive, to transform my words by certain various interpretations, in order to the dissolution of the law ; as though I also myself were of such a mind, but did not freely proclaim it, which God forbid ! For such a thing were to act in opposition to the law of God which was spoken by Moses, and was borne witness to by our Lord in respect of its eternal continuance ; for thus He spoke : ” The heavens and the earth shall pass away, but one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.”  And this He has said, that all things might come to pass. But these men, professing, I know not how, to know my mind, undertake to explain my words, which they have heard of me, more intelligently than I who spoke them, telling their catcchumens that this is my meaning, which indeed I never thought of. But if, while I am still alive, they dare thus to misrepresent me, how much more will those who shall come after me dare to do so!”

 

Remember when Paul, after his conversion said he did not confer with flesh and blood for 3 years (but he actually did)? He went on to Damascus, where there also lived the Essene site of Qumran; where the Dead Sea Scrolls were held. There exists a three-year discrepancy between Paul’s conversion and his trip to Jerusalem, and he admits to having little or no tutoring by the apostles (Galatians is the earlier of the two accounts). Interestingly enough, there’s a document in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Q40266, called ‘The Damascus Document’, written around the time of Saul/Paul’s trip to Arabia. It’s an excommunication document condemning an unidentified man; referred to as the ‘Lying Adversary, the Lying Spouter, the Tongue, the Scoffer’ WHO REJECTED THE LAW IN THE MIDST OF THE WHOLE CONGREGATION.

 

(An in-depth look into Paul and his anti-law agenda, will be attached at the end of this article)

 

Paul’s Mindset, personality, his nature, his character…

 

Paul set himself equal to or above the apostles:

Paul boasted he was equal to the chiefest apostles, II Corinthians 11:5, 12:11. Not only is he boasting, he’s not even an apostle. Furthermore, Paul seems to be unaware of Yahshua’s word that the last will be first, and the first last, Mark 9:34-35.

 

II Corinthians 12:5-7, Paul continues by stating that although he would desire glory, he will not glorify himself, but in his infirmities. He then spews forth self-deprecatory verbiage to soften his boast. According to humble brother Paul, he was given a thorn in his flesh, lest he should be exalted above measure through the abundance of his revelations. Now think about that statement for a minute. A man can’t get any more exalted than ‘above measure’. It’s beyond measurable. It doesn’t get any higher than that. If it weren’t for the thorn he was given, our man Paul’s ‘revelations’ would be cause for the ultimate right to brag.

What a great guy! Isn’t it comforting to know how superior this man was, according to his own words? I suggest you compare Paul’s posture with Yahshua’s instruction in the gospels.

 

Paul’s nature, was of such that he ‘had to be the best’. This was his personality. He not only ‘had to be’ but declared himself to be so in whatever his endeavor was. He was boastful, and full of pride, as we will see:

The worst sinner. 1Ti_1:15; “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am CHIEF”.

 

Equal to the highest esteemed apostle:

2Co_12:11  I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: FOR IN NOTHING AM I BEHIND THE VERY CHIEFEST APOSTLES, though I be nothing.

 

Act_26:5  “Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the MOST straitest (strictest) sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.”

 

Php 3:5  “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, AN HEBREW OF THE HEBREWS (the best of the Hebrews); as touching the law, a Pharisee”.

 

Act 24:5  “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a RINGLEADER of the sect of the Nazarenes…”. Paul wasn’t content to be anyone less than the TOP of anything; if he was going to be considered a Nazarene – then he was going to be considered the ‘ringleader’

 

Paul boasted of himself through God, II Corinthians 7:14, 10:8, 13; 11:16-17; 12:9. (He tells us he ‘could’ boast, but ‘won’t’ because he is the least. He used a disclaimer to tell us he wouldn’t do what he does.) James instructed against this, James 4:16.

 

In II Corinthians Chapter 11: 23-30, Paul compares himself to the apostles. He has labored; more (vs23). He has been beaten (vs 24); more. Then goes on to list his many sufferings…

 

(vs 25)  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have been in the deep,

(vs26) in many travels, in dangers of waters, in dangers of robbers, in dangers from my own race, in dangers from the nations, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the desert, in dangers in the sea, in dangers among false brothers;

(vs 27) in toil and hardship, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness,

 

(vs 28) besides the matters from outside, what comes upon me daily: the anxiety for all the assemblies.

(vs 29) Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn inwardly?

(vs 30) If I have to boast, I shall boast of matters that show up my weakness.

 

Though in his conceit, he considered himself to be God’s special gift to the Gentiles, and claimed for himself a prophecy that was given exclusively to Isaiah in Isaiah 49:6;  “For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47

 

 

“I wanna talk about me!” No other epistle author in the Bible wrote like Paul. This would be true on a number of levels, but one aspect is of particular interest when we are considering how Paul views himself. He had a way of drawing attention to himself with his usage of personal pronouns. When it comes to how often he uses words like, “I”, “me”, “my”, or “mine”, the overall rate in his epistles is almost three times that of his next closest rival. There are a number of reasons why many scholars today believe Paul was not the author of the book of Hebrews. One obvious reason is, in the other epistles credited to him, Paul doesn’t hesitate to identify himself along with his supposed credentials. The author of Hebrews is strangely silent on these matters. But be in the running as the author of Hebrews Paul certainly couldn’t when one also considers the statistical rate of the personal pronoun usage. The author of Hebrews refers to himself only 9 times, which is approximately 1.3 personal pronouns per thousand words. To help put this in perspective, let’s compare the book of Hebrews to the book of Romans. They are both relatively large books of similar length, divided into 13 and 16 chapters respectively. Yet in only the first half of the first chapter of Romans, which is 16 verses worth, Paul uses twice as many personal pronouns as the author of Hebrews uses in his entire book! In the book of Romans, Paul refers to himself 103 times, which is rate of about 18.2 per thousand! That is 13x greater than Hebrews. In 1 Corinthians, Paul refers to himself 175 times, in 2Corinthians 103 times again, and in the relatively short book of Galatians, he refers to himself 69 times which is a rate of 25 personal pronouns per 1000 words!

 

Sometimes, as though he knew he should be ashamed of challenging the stature of Yeshua’s 12, he would preface his boast with a statement of unworthiness. No doubt he hoped people would embrace him as the greatest of apostles because he was so humble.

“For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all…”. 1Corinthians 15:9,10

Aside from the fact that it was a lie to suggest the ministry had been split up between Jews and Gentiles …as though he had exclusive rights to the Gentiles and the 12 were to stay with the Jews…, Paul even had the gall to condescend specifically on Peter, James, and John when he belittled them to the Galatians.

“But from those who seemed to be something – whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man- for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),  and when James, Cephas (Peter), and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.”  Galatians 2:6,7,9

This is nothing but an arrogant lie. A couple verses later, Paul takes another cheap-shot at Peter. With Peter nowhere around to defend himself, Paul brags to the Galatians how he had determined Peter was a hypocrite, and how he had put him down before the entire church of Antioch.

“But when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews played the hypocrite with him so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straight forward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “if you being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?” Galatians 2:11-14.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. Imitate ME, just as I also imitate Christ.”  1Corinthians 10:31-33

When Paul says, “Imitate ME, just as I also imitate Christ” we should do as he says… because in no way did he imitate Yeshua! Can anyone imagine Yeshua playing chameleon and saying anything like “I have become all things to all men” or  “I please all men in all things”?

So here we have Paul, claiming to be greater than any other apostle, belittling Peter, James, and John by saying they only “seemed” to be pillars of the church, and that they “added nothing” to him. Then he brags about how he told off Peter… calling him a hypocrite, and he subtly curses the apostles by telling the Galatians to consider accursed anyone who differs with him. All this, while in fact, he was being the greatest hypocrite of all! The superstitious belief that Paul’s words are infallible is so thick that people can’t see the forest for all the trees that are in the way! If anyone else had even begun to do and say the things that Paul did, we would have recognized their incredible conceit and rejected them a long time ago. Here is something relevant that Solomon said.

“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.”   Proverbs 27:2

 

My question is…would our savior call and give authority to a person who would exalt himself, lies, contradicts scripture, is puffed up, proud, and boastful? Isn’t being egotistical the exact opposite of ‘dying to self’?

 

The Popish Paul…

(Like the Pope; It’s not Yahshua’s gospel… Paul taught his own….)

 

In II Corinthians Chapter 11, verse 2 Paul states HE is the one who may present the Corinthians as chaste virgins to Christ.

 

Paul’s writings other than in phrases such as: Servant of Jesus Christ…through Jesus Christ…in Jesus Christ…by Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ our Lord…by the revelation of Jesus Christ…and so on. Paul uses these phrases to imply his ‘revelations’ have authority from Yahweh through Yahshua, yet his epistles provide no references to Yahshua’s actual teachings in the gospels. Instead, Paul runs afoul of the gospels.

 

Paul claimed to be the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, Galatians 2:7-8. Not so. All the apostles were told to preach the gospel to all the world, Matthew 28:19, Mark16:15, Luke 24:27. Yahshua did not have a separate gospel for the Gentiles. Paul lied to the Galatians. Paul went to the Gentiles because he was rejected by the Law abiding Jewish converts. The Gentiles didn’t keep the Law nor did they understand the Law. This made easy converts for Paul’s doctrine, which preached against the Law.

 

Paul claimed to have laid the foundation of the church, I Corinthians 3:10. (The Roman Catholic Church? Is this why his doctrine is in the canon?) Yahshua said those ‘called out’ would be built on Himself (the petra-rock), not Paul (or Peter), Matthew 16:18. (Greek is ekklesia which means ‘a calling out’. Yahshua did not promote a physical church hierarchy. Rather, He detested it.)

 

Like the Pope; Paul claimed the title of ‘Father’, I Corinthians 4:15-16. Yahshua said not to do this, Matthew 23:9.

 

In Galatians 1:8,9, Paul commanded his followers to consider “accursed” anyone who preaches a different gospel than his. There is little doubt that Paul wanted the Galatians to think this way toward Peter, if not James, and John as well. It is obvious to anyone reading the book of Galatians that Paul was demanding the Galatian church follow no one but him, not even the original apostles back in Jerusalem.

 

Paul preached his own gospel, Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 15:1, Galatians 1:6-11, I Timothy 2:7 (it is the Holy Spirit, to be our teacher).

Paul instructs the Corinthians “be ye followers of ME”, I Corinthians 4:16. To the Thessalonians: ‘ye became followers of US…and of the Lord’, I Thessalonians 1:6. To the Galatians: (Syria and Cilicia) they glorified God in ME, Galatians 1:24.

 

Paul refers to his teachings as ‘MY gospel’ and ‘ye are all partakers of MY grace’,Romans 2:1616:25, Philippians 1:7II Timothy 2:8.

 

Paul says “I”suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man…” I Timothy 2:12.

 

Paul ‘cursed’ those who preached any other gospel than his, Galatians 1:8-9. Therefore he’s cursing James, Peter, and John, whom he mocks in Galatians Chapter 2.

 

The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, under the tutelage of Paul and Barnabas, Acts 11:25-26. Christianity came from Paul’s teachings, not Yahshua’s and the apostle’s. Christ never called himself a Christian, Christ never called his followers Christians. The apostles never called each other Christians. Christ never used an adjective to describe himself. So how are we to identify ourselves then? The disciples called each other, “brethren”, “disciples”, “apostles”, “servants”, “believers”, “followers”, “the faithful”, “the elect”, “the called”, and “saints.” We can also identify ourselves as “bondservants” of Christ. The Messiah was NOT the founder of Christianity – the heretical sect that Paul spawned in Antioch where Paul taught his Lawless doctrine (and where they first began to be called ‘christians’), where he was rejected and stoned by the citizens of Judea and also rejected by the churches of Asia for teaching heresy against God’s Way – the Law (Torah).

 

 

Paul DID lay the foundation for the Christian churches in Asia, which became known as the Catholic (Gentile) church, which later in history spawned the Protestant churches. Paul considered himself the ‘Father’ of that church, and his ‘children’ then (from the Catholic churches on down) follow the example of Paul.

Paul ‘became all things’ to increase the numbers of the followers of his gospel; the Catholic church historically changes it’s stance on what is allowable in their sight in order to accommodate pagan religious observances in order to gain pagans.

 

 

He particularly preaches a reoccurring theme of submitting to earthly authority, i.e. governmental authority, on the basis it shows us approved of God (Yahshua did not say to do this, so why does Paul? Ask yourself: Why does Paul continually stress submission to earthly authority?). Paul ended up in Rome, and via coincidence, we now have the Roman Catholic Church; which bears a striking resemblance to Paul’s church structure, Ephesians 4:11, I & II Timothy. At the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, this same church chose to include 13 Pauline epistles into their biblical canon; while excluding such books as Enoch. Coincidence? Hardly.

 

Prophecy warns us that believers will be deceived (by the church) in the latter days (now). They’ll accept false doctrine as truth because their hearts are far from Yahweh. It’s disturbing to see the church’s reliance on Pauline doctrine today, and it’s even more alarming to see believers defend this position with quotes from Paul (rather than the word of Yahshua and the prophets). This article was written to reveal Paul/Saul’s character through his own words.

 

Why did the Almighty allow Paul to be in the New Testament?

 

To prove us. Just as Yahweh allowed Satan into the garden of Eden, and allowed for pagans to dwell in the land ‘to prove Israel’ whether they  would serve Him or not, and why the tares were among to grow alongside the wheat, so He allowed Paul in the Bible and the Catholic church to flourish…to prove us. But then He refers to ‘the great whore of Babylon…and…the mother of harlots’ (Catholicism and her offspring the protestants) and tells us to ‘come out of her, my people!’

 

 

Ephesus…

 

Our savior congratulates the church at Ephesus for their discernment of the ‘false apostle’…

 

Paul ran into trouble with the (Asian) church of Ephesus and they spoke evil of his teachings (that way), Acts 19:8-9, 23. He complained that ALL they which are in Asia be turned away from ‘me’, II Timothy 1:15. Paul doesn’t say they turned away from Yahshua; he says they turned away from ‘me’. Whatever their shortcomings, we know from the Book of Revelation that the seven ekklesia in Asia were thriving, and Yahshua specifically tells John to write to the angels of the seven Asian churches. Yahshua commended the church of Ephesus for trying false apostles and finding them to be liars, Revelation 2:2. The  original apostles were not were not rejected in Asia.

Here’s the big picture: Other than the twelve apostles, Paul is the only other person on record claiming to be an apostle. We have a record of Paul stating this to the Asian church of Ephesus, Ephesians 1:1. The Ephesian church is the only church of the seven that is recorded as trying false apostles “and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”, Revelation 2:2. The Ephesian church recognized Paul for what he was and told him to take a hike.

Paul visited the other six Asian churches, as Acts 19:10, II Timothy 1:15 indicate. In Revelation 2:9, 3:9, we see that Yahshua commends the two churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia for recognizing false Jews. This likely refers to Paul. But the clincher is Paul’s recorded claim of apostleship, made specifically to the Ephesian church, and Yahshua’s specifically praising the Ephesians for trying false apostles. Add this up and you get you-know-who. (Remember, there wasn’t any ‘13th’ apostle), Who else fits the bill?

 

One haunting fact from the book of Revelation that Christianity has to deal with, is that in spite of Paul’s supposed notoriety, Yeshua didn’t call him by name, nor did he give any recognition of his work among the Gentiles. Of the seven churches in Asia to whom the book is originally addressed, one of them we definitely know had significant dealings with Paul. It is Ephesus, the first on the list of the seven. Also, keep in the back of your mind that these seven churches are located in what is called “Asia”.  We will be coming back to this as well. Here is John’s record of Yeshua’s command.

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:10,11

Yeshua goes on to tell John what to say to each church. The general flow of what he said to each church went like this. First, he would tell them what they were doing right and commend them for it. Next he would point out to them where they going wrong and reprimand them for it. Then he would exhort them to repent and change what they were doing wrong, or they would suffer the consequences. Then he would give them a promise of reward if they did repent and overcome their problems. Then, and this is important, at the end of each and every message to a church, he would speak to the whole world and say that what was true and good for this and all seven churches was good for anybody who cared to listen.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”.  Revelation 2:7,11,17,29 and 3:6,13,22

Paul and the Ephesians

Now, look at what was said to the church that we know Paul had been involved in… Ephesus. Among the things that Yeshua commended the Ephesian church for doing right, is this quote:

“I know your works, your labor, and your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars.” Rev. 2:2. (Remember, there is no ‘13th’ apostle).

Yes. I have no doubts Yeshua was referring to Paul and his companions, and that his claim of apostleship, as well as his doctrine, were false!  Hang in there and consider all the facts with me for a minute. Here are four of them… with the silver bullet coming shortly after.

1.  Paul’s doctrine on the foreknowledge of God is not only groundless (because he had to abuse Scripture to support it), it is blasphemous,

because it outright accuses God of unrighteousness. (See previous chapters)

2.  We have record of Paul claiming to be an apostle to the Ephesians.

“Paul, an apostle of Yeshua by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus,” Ephesians 1:1

3.  We have no record of anyone else claiming to be an apostle to anyone anywhere, not even to the Ephesians.

4.  Paul and his doctrine had troubles being accepted in Ephesus.

“And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the way before the multitude…”  Acts 19:8,9

Remember, this is recorded from Luke’s point of view and he believed Paul’s doctrine was “the Way”.  Notice that those who rejected Paul are men of the synagogue and not atheists or pagans. If these men had stood up in front of the synagogue and said, “Paul’s doctrine is flawed. He is a false apostle, and a liar”, Luke would no doubt have seen this as “speaking evil of the Way”.

If these four reasons are not enough to seriously call into question Paul’s status as an apostle there is one more. It is a most interesting quote from Paul’s own pen that finally seals the fate of his supposed apostleship. It comes from his second letter to Timothy, written during the same Neronian persecution in which John was given the Revelation. This letter is believed by many scholars to contain the last recorded words of Paul. Here he makes a short statement of lament that seems to have gone unnoticed… the implications of which are devastating to Paul if one is able to hear everything that is being said. Paul makes this statement to Timothy.

“This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me.”   2Timothy 1:15

Asia!  All of them!  Rejecting Paul!  And when he says, “This you know”, it sounds like this must have been relatively common knowledge at that time.  Asia!  The very place that Yeshua told John to write, where his seven churches were!  And they were alive, and obviously had been established for some time. Paul did not say that Asia had rejected Yeshua. Obviously they hadn’t rejected Yeshua if there were thriving churches there that Yeshua wanted to address through John. Instead Paul said that all Asia had rejected him personally! This is also corroborated in the book of Acts where men from Asia accuse Paul of teaching against the Law, and bringing an Ephesian friend into the temple.

And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him. crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the Law, and this place: and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)   Acts 21:27-29

Try to grasp the profound significance of all this. Here we have in the book of Revelation the words of Yeshua commending the Ephesian church for rejecting someone who claimed to be his apostle, while Paul is the only person other than the twelve original apostles to have claimed to be an apostle… and we know he has made this very claim to this same Ephesian church. At the same time, Paul laments himself of the fact that he has been rejected by them!  How could it NOT be Paul and his associates  that Yeshua had commended the Ephesian church for rejecting? Could it be much more obvious? Here are the facts, paraphrased, one more time:

Paul to the Ephesians: “I am an apostle of Yeshua”

The Ephesians to Paul: “No you’re not.”

Yeshua to the Ephesians: “Well done!”

 

This should at the very least raise serious question about Paul. When we add to this the remaining evidence against his doctrine, as well as the documented fact that he outright lied a number of times, we have more than enough reason to do as the Ephesian church and convict Paul of the crime of false impersonation of an apostle!

 

In Summary

So what can I say of Paul? Besides (by his own words) a braggart and a liar, among men he was one of the world’s greatest deceivers. He usurped the authority of Yahshua and declared his own doctrine. He set up the power structure of what would be the guidelines of the Catholic church as well as her harlot daughters whereby millions were (and are still) deceived. As being the self-proclaimed ‘father’ of the Gentiles he was the first one who aligned his calling with the position we now call the ‘Pope’ who will, like the Pope, be the one who will present the Bride to Messiah. Like the Pope, he pronounced a curse upon all those who opposed his teaching. Pope Paul. What shocks me now, and embarrasses, is that I have spent many decades studying scripture…and never noticed all this before. Where’ve I been!?!?!?

 

It is good to be narrow minded…it keeps us focused. But not ‘closed-minded’; which is destructive to spiritual growth. Most (if not all) Christians believe that the New Testament (NT) they are reading are the same texts that were written by the Original authors. But if you study with any kind of depth, you will know this is not true. Christians believe these texts were passed down were passed down from generation to generation from the first century to the present day. But if you study with any kind of depth, you will know this is not true. Christians believe that every word of their NT is the inspired Word of the Almighty. But if you study with any kind of depth, you will know this is not true. Christians think they are following the gospel as set forth by Jesus, but they are unknowingly following the same false apostle that the church of Ephesus kicked out. The people are seriously deceived, blind and cannot see otherwise; and to try to wake them up makes them angry. They either lack the ability or the will, to study objectively, without bias toward their own preconceived ideas, to consider all truths and evidences enough to come honest conclusions rather than what they are told. They filter the meaning of any scripture or understanding through the confines of what they already think they know. Having this spiritually suicidal trait, they become uncorrectable, unteachable and locked into their errors. Sad.

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