PAUL A.K.A. “SAUL OF TARSUS” – THE FALSE APOSTLE
BY JOSEPH JACKSON
One of the issues I face in introducing the following material on Paul to people is that many people seem to write me off before they even begin to read the information or listen to what I have to say. I have been told on more than one occasion that if what I am about to present is true then Bible Scholars and Preachers and Pastors would have realized it along time ago. So before you begin this paper keep in mind the following verse from Jesus:
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants
I believe with little doubt that Paul is a false apostle and false prophet. I will present you with a mound of evidence to validate my belief and hopefully open your eyes very quickly. I truly believe if you set aside all bias and everything you have been taught about Paul up to this point and seriously examine all the evidence that I am about to present that you will also begin to wonder if Paul truly is a False Apostle. I understand this is a very difficult reality to grasp as so much of what the Christian Church today believes and practices is based off of Paul’s 13 epistles. So as I now begin to present all of the evidence against Paul I ask you to carefully examine all of it so as to draw your own conclusion and to do so with a heart that desires the Truth. Remember Jesus said he is the Way, the Truth, and The Life so we definitely want the Truth in our life and in this fallen world where Satan’s lies are blinding to so many we sometimes have to work for that Truth. So please examine this evidence with a heart turned toward God and pray for discernment and guidance as you sort the truth out for yourself.
Finally, in Matthew 7:13-14 we find Jesus telling us “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Do you think it is possible since Jesus says that few find the way that leads to life that most of Christianity has been deceived? Keep this question in mind as you read through the following evidence.
The Evidence Against Paul
I am going to begin presenting the evidence against Paul by first stating that out of Jesus and his 12 apostles (13 if you include Paul) Paul is the only one who claims the Law has been abolished. When we say Law here we are talking about the Mosaic Law, which can be found in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible.) It includes all of his commandments and statutes that he gave to Israel and called them to live by. You could recognize a follower of God by those who adhered to all of the Law’s commandments and statutes. Israel was promised blessings by adhering to God’s Law. So what happened to the Law? Why is that Christians today claim that we do not have to adhere to the commandments of God as were spoken to Moses by God and given by Moses to Israel in the Torah? Paul happened. Paul has proclaimed to all believers that the Law is done away with and tore down and nailed to the cross and abolished. Before we closely examine what Paul says about the Law of God and what Jesus said about the Law of God lets look at a few verses that will set the stage for our investigation of Paul. These verses I believe are clues given by God to help us sort out whom Paul really is and that is an apostle of Satan.
Ravenous Wolf Prophecy:
Jesus warned his disciples to beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15) Coincidentally Paul informs us in the book of Philippians that he is from the tribe of Benjamin. (Philippians 3:5) In the book of Genesis the tribe of Benjamin is called a ravenous wolf. (Genesis 49:27). So if you can see the connection that’s good. Lets move on to the next clue.
False Apostles at Ephesus
In Paul’s epistle to Timothy he tells Timothy that Ephesus as well as all of Asia had turned away from him. (2 Timothy 1:15) In the book of Revelation Jesus commends Ephesus for turning away false apostles. Read Revelation 2:2 in which Jesus says to the Church of Ephesus, “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Wow! So basically Paul tries to minister to Ephesus, Ephesus turns away from him, and then Jesus commends Ephesus for turning away false apostles.
Paul the Pharisee
Throughout the gospels it is apparent that Jesus is against the Pharisees. Read the following statements made by Jesus:
Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in
Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Paul coincidentally claims to be a Pharisee, even long after claiming to be an apostle of Christ. Read the following Verse:
Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question
So Jesus not only condemns the Pharisees but also warns his disciples to beware of their doctrine and here we have Paul later in his ministry still claimed to be a Pharisee.
False Prophets Warning from John
The apostle John warns believers about false prophets and how to recognize the spirit of God and the spirit of the antichrist.
1 John 4:1-3 1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Look at what Paul writes concerning Christ.
Romans 8:3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin
Notice he does not confess that Christ came in the flesh but in the likeness of sinful flesh. Again we see this occur in the following verse:
Philippians 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men
Once again, we see Paul claiming that Christ came in the likeness of man instead of being fully man himself…this could possibly mean at the time Paul was writing these two letters he had the spirit of the antichrist. I say that he might have had it at the time he wrote these two letters because there are other times that Paul seems to say that Christ came in the flesh such as 1 Timothy 3:16. However, just because he says it at one point does not mean he could not have the antichrist dwelling within him at other points. I would try not to focus on this issue too much but it is something to consider, especially after you review the following evidence.
The Law: Paul vs. Jesus and the Apostles
Okay, so hopefully by this point you have had some questions stirred up in your head about Paul by analyzing the clues that I introduced you to. Now I want to move on to what I really feel is the most important issue in regards to Paul’s false apostleship and the damage he has done to Jesus’s bride, the church. The most damaging thing Paul has done is to say that God’s Law is abolished with the crucifixion of Christ and to say that we are no longer under it or required to follow it. I truly feel that the horrible state the world is in is due to the fact that it is so far away from God’s law which sets out the way we should live, treat one another, and worship God. Before we look at all the verses from Paul’s epistles that proclaim the law is done away with lets’s look at what Jesus had to say about the Law. After all, Jesus’ word should guide us first and foremost and we should adhere to every command that proceeded forth from his mouth.
Matthew 5:17-20: 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
So wait a minute! You mean to tell me that Jesus said that he did not come to abolish the Law, yet Paul says he did? Has heaven and earth passed away? No. Has everything prophesied about by the prophets taken place yet? No. So why does the Christian Church say that the Law is done away with when it clearly says that whoever teaches such and breaks the commandments will be called least? The false apostle Paul also known as “Saul of Tarsus is why.” Take a look at the following verses and honestly ask yourself, “isn’t this clearly contradicting what Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-20. “
Ephesians 2:14-16: 16 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. Read the rest of the story: