I have to confess to having a growing irritation with those who have a confidence in their theological interpretation of Paul’s epistles. It’s not that they’re bad people (most of the time), they are only doing what they are trained to do – take a Scripture, believe it and stand firm on it… immovable.
But it’s pure foolishness to pull a verse or two out of Romans, Galatians and Hebrews and form your whole biblical outlook through that particular lens – reading Jesus’ words through that lens, reading the Old Testament (if you read the OT at all) through that lens.
Listen, Paul was a great man and he had something important to say, but he was difficult to understand. Peter, his contemporary, spoke of him this way:
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.
Now, if Peter had this to say to the churches of Galatia and Asia Minor (1 and 2 Peter were written to those churches – 1 Peter 1:1) back then, what makes you think that we are going to understand it any clearer 2,000 years later (and several cultures removed)?
We don’t… especially those who think the “church fathers” had the answer. I’m telling you, the more I read about these “church fathers,” the more I realize just how corrupt they were and it becomes more evident how the faith was twisted through their theological manipulations.
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Arrogance and the Interpretation of Paul’s Letters
It is the height of arrogance to think that you have a secure faith based upon a handful of cherry-picked Scriptures from Paul 2,000 years after they were written. You cannot accurately discern these Scriptures without an understanding of who Paul was writing to or the parties involved.
And please don’t chant “the Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth!”
Literally everyone I’ve ever met that uses this mantra to cover their ignorance is so far off-base (doctrinally speaking), that it defies the imagination. It’s not that I feel I’m better than these people; in fact, I’m denser than most. But when someone’s high-minded, spiritual-sounding arguments can so easily be shut down by the Word of God and/or historical fact, it just proves that they weren’t listening to the Holy Spirit… WHY? Because they weren’t led to the truth!
Still, these are the people who are elevated in the sight of the lemmings because they have nice, long nails to scratch their ears. (2 Timothy 4:3)
There is Not Much Time Left for Foolishness
Why am I venting like this?
The Master is returning for His true “called out ones” very soon, and the faith that started out looking one way in Acts has been completely turned on its head. You have to be completely deluded to deny what a circus the “christian church” has become.
We even have a backwards understanding of the Bible.
We take the Scriptures of Paul and elevate them over the Words of Jesus (yes you do, don’t deny it), then we take the Words of Jesus (already skewed by our understanding of Paul) and read the Words of the Father through that lens… or at least the Old Testament Scriptures that are comfortable to our flesh. Anytime we come across something that goes against the words of Paul, we conveniently block it mentally – it’s in our christian DNA.
We need to get this right. We need to use our God-given brains and apply simple logic.
Limited Study Results in Limited Understanding
Who starts a book… ANY BOOK… two-thirds of the way through and expects to get a clear understanding of the story? Anyone who applies simple logic should be able to see that it is futility to expect that… but by golly, that’s what we’re expected to do as “christians.”
Who takes a history class, starts two-thirds of the way through the focused timeframe and expects to get a clear understanding of its history? Do you actually think you’re going to get a passing grade?
Come on, folks… let’s let the elevator rise to the top.
Here’s an idea: read your Bibles starting with page 1.
Understand what our amazing, unchanging God purposed for mankind from creation until His return. He didn’t wait 4,000 years to reveal it!
Discover the real reason He sent His Son – to redeem His people, Israel, and to show us how to live as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom, soon to come.
His Son was not a rebel who came to nullify His Father’s Word and start a new religion called “christianity.” No, Jesus was the Father’s exact representation – a living, breathing “carbon copy” of the Father.
Lastly, read the Epistles and realize that they reinforced what was already put in place by the Father and the Son. They are not to be read as “Yeah, Jesus said this, but He really meant this,” or “God said this was forever in the Old Testament, but He didn’t really mean forever. He changed.”
If you read the Epistles through that lens, you’re wrong and you need to have “the eyes of your understanding” opened.
This is simple logic, dear readers. We cannot continue to spout the mantras and man-made doctrines passed down to us by our esteemed leaders. They were wrong, too. They may have been the sweetest, nicest, most giving people we ever knew, but they were wrong.
Besides, being nice never saved anyone.
Now, I know this can seem intimidating. Re-analyzing the faith that you’ve had for years (maybe decades) is not an easy thing to do, and it seems the older you get, the more difficult it is. But if you’re like me, you have to know the truth.
God help us if we do not desire to know the truth.
Sitting back on what you’ve always known to be true will get you nowhere. Look at your empire, church… it’s crumbling around you. Go ahead… paste on your Joel Osteen smile and hide behind your false definition of “love.” It won’t do you any good when the King returns to judge everyone according to their deeds. (Romans 2:6)
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The time has come to face the facts, call things what they really are and decide if you want to embrace His Reality.
You do have the option to continue to love and practice a lie… but I’m telling you, the end of your journey does not look good.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
I, for one, do not want to be found living a lie, how about you?