Paul On Trial Chapter 3

Since I spent so much time with Jesus and in studying his words, I began to see things that I never saw before. Jesus’ words became very real to me. Then, as I read the remainder of the New Testament, I began to notice something else. The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation were all in perfect agreement. But the writings of Paul were saying the exact opposite of what I read in these books. As time went on, and my eyes were opened more and more, I saw that nearly EVERYTHING that Paul wrote was the exact opposite of what Jesus Christ said, taught, and commanded. I had been taught in Bible College that the Bible is progressive and that what Jesus taught was just for that time. Now we are in the church age and the epistles are written to us. Then I noticed that only Paul’s epistles progressed any. Romans through Hebrews has an entirely different message and tone than the rest of the Bible. If the  Bible is progressive, How come James, Peter, John, Jude, and Jesus didn’t progress any. Oh yes, Jesus in the Book of Revelation still said what he always said, not what Paul said. They are all contemporaries of Paul, but only Paul progressed anywhere. Then one day I was SHOCKED when my eyes were opened to these verses.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the earth. Amen.”

When my eyes were opened to these verses, I remember that I was astonished and in awe for several days thereafter. This is the great commission. The very last command of Jesus Christ to his disciples. Jesus is about to ascend into heaven and sit on the right hand of God. Jesus is telling them what to do in the “church age”. He told them to teach all nations and to baptize them. What were they to teach the new disciples in the “church age”? TO OBEY ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU! Jesus said that everything that he had taught the disciples to obey, was now to be taught to the new disciples in the “church age”! Everything that Jesus said in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John was to be taught to the church to obey! Jesus did not mention any new revelation or new gospel. They were to teach the church EXACTLY what Jesus had taught them. Later, I got another SHOCK!

Galatians 2:7-8 “But contrariwise, when they saw the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (for he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)”.

Paul testified that there are TWO GOSPELS. Peter was entrusted with the gospel of the circumcision, and Paul with the gospel of the Gentiles. Two completely different gospels! I NEVER heard THAT taught in Bible College, or anywhere else, in my nearly 37 years of being a Christian.

I found an interesting verse in Revelation 2:2 “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how you cannot bear with them that are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars.”

It interested me greatly that to the church in Ephesus, the only of these seven churches which was founded by Paul, Jesus would say these words to them. “You have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars.” This is the ONLY place in the entire Bible that we find these words. Nothing is in the Bible by accident, but by design.

I began to remember that in church history the Bible has changed. The Jews apparently believed the books of the Apocrypha to be a part of the Old Testament, but the Jews of Palestine had rejected them by Jesus’ time. Why did God allow these books to be included and then excluded? Whether they are good or bad, Why did God, who rules heaven and earth, allow a time when bad books were in the Bible, or good books excluded from the Bible? And why have the books of the Apocrypha been in out out of the Bible in the past 2,000 years? The only answer that I can come up with is that man makes errors, and God allows them to make these errors.

It is a historical fact that the Bible has been different than it is now. In the Catholic Bible some, not all, of the books of the Apocrypha are still included in it. And who revised the modern translation of the Catholic Bible? For the most part it was protestant scholars, who also swore to the accuracy of the text.

How did our modern Bible come into being? Groups of theologians got appointed by a pope or a king, and decided what books are inspired by God, and what books are not inspired of God. Since it is a historical fact that other groups of theologians in history made mistakes about which books belong in the Bible, and GOD ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN, how do I know that the theologians who had the final say concerning Paul’s epistles, did not make mistakes too?

Nothing less than my eternal salvation depends on knowing the truth about Paul’s epistles. Why? Paul taught a different gospel than Jesus taught. Paul taught the exact opposite of Jesus on nearly every subject. I have to reject the teachings and commands of Jesus in order to obey Paul. So either I am to obey Paul, and reject the teachings of Jesus, or I am to reject Paul and all his epistles.

This book later deals with nearly all of the differences in what Paul and Jesus taught.

Jesus said that the scripture cannot be broken, and not one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law until it is fulfilled, So I know that our Old Testament is flawless. Jesus spoke this of the Old Testament without the Apocrypha books in it. It is God’s Word. Genesis through Malachi are the unadulterated Word of God. In over 36 years of study I find no error at all with Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.

I call into question Romans through Hebrews, plus the parts of the book of Acts about Paul. Peter warned us of Paul’s epistles. Peter was far too wise to attack Paul directly, so he began with kind words.

“And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has 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. You therefore, beloved, SEEING YOU KNOW THESE THINGS BEFORE, BEWARE UNLESS YOU ALSO, BEING LED AWAY WITH THE ERROR OF THE WICKED, FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS.” (2 Peter 3:15-17).

Such a strong warning from the Apostle Peter decided me  I would put Paul on trial for being a false apostle. The only reference source allowed is the King James Bible with Thompson Chain Reference Study Material. His accusation is of being a false apostle. The testimonies of the King James Bible itself will declare him either innocent or guilty of this charge. If he proves to be innocent, then no harm will have been done, and you will have been better prepared to defend the Bible by doing it.The remainder of this book will present the evidence found and gathered from the Bible itself.

Before I begin, I want to bring up an issue. Peter warned of the error of the wicked. Do you believe in sinless perfection? That is, that you are perfect and do not sin? You are not saved because your sins, past, present, and future, are forgiven; but because you no longer sin. Your spirit is perfect and recreated in Christ, and you cannot and do not sin any longer. Do you believe and teach that doctrine? Do you consider it sound doctrine, or heresy? Read Romans chapter 7. Twice Paul says it is not him that sins, but sin that dwells in him, sins. The sin he committed was not him doing it, but sin that dwells in him does it. That is sinless perfection. With his mind he served the law of God, but with his body the law of sin, and it was sin in him that sinned. He didn’t need forgiveness, because it wasn’t he that sinned. There was no personal sin for Paul to deal with.

No wonder the Apostle John said, “My little children, let no man deceive you, he who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous, but he who sins is of the devil.” Whose doctrine do you think John was correcting and warning against?