“The Apostle Paul Was A Deceiver!”

The Apostle Paul Was A Deceiver!” is what made me want to do this series. It’s so easy to disprove that I was actually laughing while scrolling down the page. It was written by Sherry Shriner.

For starters, she presents a list of “truths” that “prove” that Paul was a deceiver. These include:

“Paul was Satan in the Flesh” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul’s account of his Damascus Road Experience changed every time he told it, thus the disciples knew he was lying.” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul declared  he himself was the son of God” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul taught the exact Opposite of what Jesus and His real disciples did.” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul worked to destroy and undo everything Jesus and His disciples did and were doing.” (no verse to back it up, and is pretty much the previous one reworded)

“Paul condemned Jesus and His disciples for false teachings, he condemned Jesus Himself for having long hair in 1 Corinthians 11:14” (Jesus doesn’t have long hair)

“Paul said God’s law was a Curse. Jesus said it was a blessing. Who’s lying?” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul claimed he himself was the son of God” (again, repeating herself, and still no verse to back this one up)

“Jesus Said: Keep the Sabbath (Mark 2:27), circumcise male children (Luke 2:21), Paul Said: Circumcision is not necessary (Romans 2:26) that is going against what the Christ said in Luke 2:21.”

Mark 2:27 (KJV)

27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

If you read the context, Jesus is angering the priests for performing miracles on the Sabbath.

But she said Jesus says that you have to be circumcised. Let’s go read what Jesus said on the matter, using only the verse she gave.

Luke 2:21 (KJV)

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Oh, well there it is. He totally said……nothing, because He was a baby. He had it happen Him. That’s not Him commanding us to be circumcised. Jesus was a Jew, and it was their custom to circumcise. He was also crucified. Does that mean He told us to go be crucified? You can’t even take that verse out of context. She says twice in the same line that “Jesus said it”, but it clearly says He was circumcised.

“In 1 Corinthians 15:1 Paul says that he was not giving them anything but what “he preached.” He explained this even further in the second book (or letter) to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:17). It reads – “That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.” He’s telling you plain and simple he was speaking of himself and not from or of the Lord!”

Now this is where she nearly got me. I read those verses and they do say what she says it says. I even read the whole chapter and he constantly calls himself a fool and that he’s boasting. Paul even goes on to say:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I saw that and went, “Whoa! Is Paul calling Jesus corrupt!?”

But you need to look at the bigger context. Which she never bothered to do.

The next thing she says is:

Jesus: “DO NOT CALL ANYONE ON EARTH YOUR FATHER; for ONE IS YOUR FATHER, HE who is in heaven”
(Matthew 23:9)

The devil ‘PAUL’ BLASPEMOUSLY BOASTED

“For I BECAME YOUR FATHER”
(1 Corinthians 4:15)

I’m guessing she didn’t think anyone would check on that. This is what that verse ACTUALLY says:

1 Corinthians 4:15 (KJV)

15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Where does it say “for I am your father”? That “begotten” thing? Let’s look at the previous verse:

1 Corinthians 4:14 (KJV)

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

Why, that looks like he’s speaking metaphorically.

The next thing she does is take three verses out of context, literally splicing them together to make a new sentence.

“I (‘PAUL’) testify to the gospel of the grace of god…ANOTHER GOSPEL…ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL “
(Acts 20:24. 2 Corinthians 11:4. 1 Corinthians 10:23)

Acts 20:24 (KJV)

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (KJV)

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

 1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV)

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

For that last one, you need, again, context.

After that point, the rest of the page is just a random collection of spliced verses (like “SAUL who is ALSO called ‘PAUL’.” Acts 13:9), and SCREEN-FILLING LARGE FONT LETTERS. The line “THE COMING OF “THE END…THE ABOMINATION WHICH MAKES DESOLATE ” **PROPHESIED BY DANIEL**” Took up my whole screen.

False Teacher

From what I could make out, she was trying to prove that Paul was the antichrist because the antichrist will desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem, and the temple is gone now (even though she even points out that this will happen in the last days).

On her list of “truths”, she pointed out, “Paul was never recognized as an apostle by the Disciples OR Jesus”. That is simply not true. Jesus appeared to Paul (then called Saul), and told him to go into the city to be given instructions, and Paul was called to be God’s vessel.

Acts 9:15-16 (KJV)

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

But she could just say that of course Paul would say that. But here’s the thing, Paul didn’t write that. Acts was written by Luke, who wrote The Gospel of Luke (surprise!). Acts is actually a direct sequel to Luke. If you’re going to say that the Book of Acts is unreliable, then you’re saying the Gospel of Luke is unreliable.

Wolf-Like Sheep: Introduction

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

In all my research of the posts for Fig Tree Reborn, I’m always coming across sites, usually other blogs, that teach something other than what the Bible teaches. Often it’s either atheists trying to disprove the Bible or turn people away from it, or Muslims trying to show that Jehovah and Allah are one and the same (they aren’t).

Every time I come upon one of those sites, I always check out their claims in the Bible to make sure not only if it really says that, but also to check the context. That’s taking so much time that I thought that I would just make a separate series where I take a site or blog or article and disprove it’s claims. I finally decided that just now, when I came across a site trying to claim that Paul was a false prophet. Their claims were hilariously out of context, and in at least one instance (that I found), they merely used the NIV translation to backup their claim. So without further ado, let’s begin exposing these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Music in Church

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.

Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.

Romans 14:2-3 (KJV)

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.

Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.

Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.

So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.

Law of Moses

Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV)

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Is Jesus saying that we’re still under the Law of Moses, the set of 613 laws given to the Israelites by Moses through God? Well, at least now we can ask for forgiveness instead of sacrificing a lamb.

But what about these verses?

Galatians 3:23-25 (KJV)

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 

Galatians 3:24 (KJV)

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Acts 6:14 (KJV)

14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

 

The Law of Moses was only meant to be temporary until Christ could come to be the sacrificial lamb. Because of His sacrifice, we have forgiveness of sins. Here is a great site I highly recommend.

So if we’re not bound by the Law of Moses, how are we saved?

Romans 10:17 (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Luke 7:50 (KJV)

50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

Ah, I see it now. So we’re not bound by the Law of Moses because salvation comes from faith. As previously covered, you have to believe in Jesus (that he was crucified, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead, and that He is the only begotten Son of God). Jesus came and made everything so much easier. Instead of remembering 613 laws that you COULD NOT break because you would never be fully forgiven, now you just have to remember that simple thing, and on top of that you can now be forgiven of sins.

Romans 10:13(KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Begotten

John 3:16 (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

What does “begotten” mean? This is perhaps one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible, after Genesis 1:1 and Psalms 23. Yet most people don’t even know what that one word means. I didn’t know until a minute ago (which led me to writing this post). In fact, the word is so overlooked that it’s removed from the NIV, the version a majority of Americans are using. Unfortunately.

According to Google, the word means, “A past participle of beget.” Click on “beget” and you get “(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.”

Okay, so that just means Jesus is his son. why do we need such a fancy word to explain that? Heck, the word “son” is the very next word after “begotten”. That’s redundant!

Now hold on a second, previous paragraph. That word wouldn’t be there unless there was a reason for it being there. Let’s look deeper. What is that word in Greek?

μονογενῆ (or monogenes). which means, “single of its kind“.

I think we can agree that there never has been and never will be anyone like Jesus. Therefore, He truly is God’s only begotten Son. The evil NIV tries to downplay Him by making the verse “one and only Son”, which devalues the original text. That’s why that one word is so important. By saying Jesus is God’s “one and only Son”, you’re putting doubt into people’s mind that Jesus is in fact God. Because if He’s His Son, and he was born 2,000 years ago, yet God is eternal, how can Jesus be God? Insert the word “begotten” and you have your answer.

One word makes a difference between understanding and being mislead.

 

Baptism

John 3:5 (KJV)

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

I keep hearing people saying that you don’t have to be baptized to be saved. All you have to do is “believe” and you’ll go to Heaven. Even this one guy at my church keeps arguing with the pastor about it. Claims it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you have to go be baptized to be saved.
“Jesus died for all sins. You’re saved already!”.

Well look at the verse I opened this with. Jesus says you can not enter the Kingdom of God without being baptized. What about this?

Mark 16:16 (KJV)

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

…wow, that seems pretty straightforward. He even puts it in a certain order. Believe…baptize….saved. I don’t know how you can take that out of context.

What about the sinner’s prayer? If that’s not biblical, why do millions do it and claim to be saved? Short answer: They’re not. Long answer.

False Prophets

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

I decided to do this because I came so close to falling for a false prophet. I came across something in my research called the Jonah Code. It sounded intriguing, so I clicked on it, It was a video by some guy named Michael Rood. Never heard of him before, but he was talking about how Christians have been studying the Bible wrong. We’ve been using our Western way of thinking to interpret the Bible. We need to go back to a Hebrew way of thinking to fully understand the Bible. It made sense. But the only thing is that in order for you to find out what the Jonah Code was, you’d have to buy his DVD.

I liked his way of thinking, so I decided to see if I could find the text of the DVD. Like, maybe someone bought it and typed a blog about it or something. Or maybe Michael Rood had a blog where he talked about it. The point is, I was looking for the Jonah Code elsewhere. I was getting excited, though. Here’s a guy who was teaching about delving deeper into scripture to find their true meaning. This is exactly what I want.

Unfortunately, while I was looking for Jonah Code elsewhere, I found several Christian sites that outed him as a false teacher. In fact, he’s part of a cult called The Way, which has pagan roots. Not only that, but he even confessed to being a “paid professional false prophet“. Of course, you have to pay $20 for his confession.

The Bible warns us to beware of false prophets, as the opening verse of this posts says. There are countless false prophets everywhere. If I wasn’t careful, I could have fallen for Rood’s lies. Of course, he eventually confessed to wearing sheep’s clothing, but most false prophets don’t come clean and end up tricking millions.

In Matthew 24:3-5,10-11 (the very chapter that talks about the Fig Tree), Jesus warns that in the last days there will be many false prophets coming in his name, and to not be deceived.

So be careful to research that awesome new preacher you found. Make sure that he’s teaching out of the Bible and that what he’s saying can fully be backed up