Paul’s gospel and Jesus’ gospel differ concerning righteousness. Paul claimed that we are made righteous without any works on our part. Jesus taught that we are made righteous by our works.
Romans 3:26-28 “To declare , I say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.”
Matthew 19:16-19 “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, why call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. He said unto him, Which? Jesus said, You shall do no murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother: and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city,”
Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned.”
Paul said Abraham proved we are justified by faith without works. James, who is in complete agreement with Jesus, said, Abraham proved that we are justified by works. Notice that Paul and James are 100% opposed to one another, and that in speaking of the very same scripture.
Romans 4:1-5 “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory: but not before God. For what says the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
James 2:20-24 “But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar? See how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God. You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
Paul made up his own definition of love! Jesus and John the beloved disciple, made it clear what the definition of love is. Paul in his new definition of what love is, not once mentions obeying God’s commands.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaults not itself, is not puffed up. Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil: but rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
John 14:21-24 “He that has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, How is it that you will manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God; when we love God and keep his commandments.”
Paul commanded his disciples to work secular jobs to provide for themselves and their families. Jesus commanded his disciples to quit secular jobs, to leave businesses, and to live by faith alone. The purpose was to free us from life’s burdens and distractions; so that we can seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and to work for God full-time.
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Matthew 4:18-22 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he said unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”
Matthew 19:27-29 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife. or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
Jesus taught to not serve money, but to serve God. Good Christian people today are very deceived. They think that they are serving God, but in reality they are serving themselves. They work jobs in order to have a house, cars, new clothes, expensive food, computers, televisions, cable, gifts for Christmas, vacations, go to restaurants, and on and on it goes. They do it all for themselves and their family. Most don’t even pay tithes or give to the poor. Jesus taught his disciples to give up all that they have. Not ten percent, but one hundred percent. And to live by prayer and faith alone.
Matthew 6:24-34 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, where with all shall we be clothed? (for after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) For your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”
People only seek for what they don’t yet have. Since people today follow a false grace gospel, they think that they are already made righteous and belong to God’s kingdom; so they don’t seek after it. They totally ignore Jesus’ commands to his disciples.
Paul also taught “For when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10).