One cursory reading of the New Testament makes one thing obvious: Paul’s letters are not easy to understand, especially in contrast to the other writings. Misinterpreting Paul is quite easy to do. Even many scholars do and conclude wild alterations to the Christian canon. Some say Paul led a revolution against Jesus and the Church, perhaps as a final blow to destroying it. Others claim Paul’s letters are superior to and supersede the other writings and commands in them. Most of them, though they would never admit it, use Paul’s statements to neutralize statements in other parts of the New Testament, nullifying many of the teachings and parables of Jesus, contradicting almost completely James’ teachings on faith, and obliterating Peter and the author of Hebrew’s teachings on terrifying cleanness. What this reveals is that these Christians who appear in their demeanors to be godly people, really do not believe in the divine canon of Scripture. They undermine and nullify the testimony of God, with their Reductionist Gospel and it is done without paying careful attention at how to rectify Paul’s statements with the rest of the New Testament authors and with our Lord Jesus Christ. Jacob (a.k.a. James) commands us regarding visages [Jacob 2:1]: “1My brothers, you must stop holding the persuasion of the Lord Jesus Christ of glory, while stationed in the persuasion by visages.” So we must not evaluate the sincerity of another person, even one who claims to be a brother in the LORD, by their visages (outward appearances and performance).
Peter said about Paul’s writings [2 Peter 3:15-16]: “15And you be led by the long, hard breathing of our LORD to safety. And just as much, our beloved brother Paul writes to you, according to the wisdom being given him. 16Which also in all these letters, he is asserting repeatedly in them about these things, in which is hard on the mind. Yet, any which ones without learning and without stable standing are wrenching these, likewise also with the remaining scriptures, towards their own destruction. ” So when there is an apparent conflict between something Paul wrote and something written in one or more of the other books of the New Testament, it is not the other writing that we must wrestle to reconcile with Paul, but Paul’s statement that we must strive to reconcile with the other. For Peter reveals that there were already men who misunderstood Paul and were “wrenching” these to their own destruction. But notice that they did the same “wrenching” of the remaining scriptures. So it is not how they were getting the meaning, but that they were destroying the meaning that existed within the scriptures.
Let us take some examples of apparent conflicts in Paul against the rest of the New Testament. I am sure that if you are from an American Protestant church you will take great offense at some of these things. So this will test your heart, whether you belong to Jesus Christ, the son of our Father in heaven or you belong to Calvin and the Protestant wrenching of the scriptures. This may also test you to whether you belong to the Pope or to Jesus Christ, but the largest reaction will likely be from Protestants. After all, it is the Protestants who claim “solo scriptura” and throw out most of what our Lord Jesus Christ taught, in favor of their wrenched interpretation of Paul. So, if you seek the truth of the scriptures and for the scales to fall from your eyes, then read on. If not, then know here that you will not be saved by the Reductionist Gospel of the American Protestant churches that is now infecting the Catholic Church as well.
The four topics I will cover regarding Paul in comparison to the rest of the New Testament are:
- Predestination: The plan, the Messiah, the people of God, the fulfillment
- Salvation: Grace – Faith – Works
- The Law and the Covenants
- Propriety, Traditions, and Customs