WAS SHA’UL (PAUL) OF TARSUS A FALSE APOSTLE?

I have chosen a topic appropriately enough about Sha’ul’s (Paul) teaching which a lot of people attacked as false doctrine. From the many postings that we can search on the subject of emissary Paul, most of them view his teachings negatively if not disdainfully!

Let us identify the people who disapprove Paul’s ministry.

Apostle Shimʽon Kĕpha (Peter) identified them as follows: 2Peter 3:15…brother Sha’ul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, [16] as also in all his letters, speaking in them concerning these matters, in which some are hard to understand, which THOSE WHO ARE UNTAUGHT AND UNSTABLE TWIST TO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION, AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES … they are what Peter named as un-schooled, un-principled, and self-destructing truth-benders! And Peter concluded this short passage with: [17] You, then, beloved ones, being forewarned, watch, lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the delusion of the lawless, that we stay away from these deluded lawless souls!

Next group are made up of Judaizers who understandably, are still holding on to rites of circumcisions and keeping the Torah of Moses.

WERE PAUL’S TEACHINGS CONTRARY TO JESUS’?
http://christconnection.net/id4.html

What do these so called Messianic Judaizers want?

They want to include the Torah of Mosheh (613 Mitzvot) to be incorporated with the Gospel of the Master Yeshua Messiah.

As I have shared in my previous article, actually, there were two sets of documents: the Ten Words and the Torah of Mosheh at the time God descended on top of Mount Sinai: Exodus 34:28 And he (Mosheh) was there with YHWH forty days and forty nights. He (Mosheh) did not eat bread and he did not drink water. And He (Elohim) wrote on the tablets the Words of the covenant, the Ten Words.

Mosheh did not write the Ten Words, God did!

Mosheh explained the existence of these two documents: God’s Laws and the Torah of Mosheh or “the instructions” of Moses in the following verses:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 “And now, O Yisra’ĕl, listen to the laws and the right-rulings which I am teaching you to do, so that you live, and shall go in and possess the land which YHWH Elohim of your fathers is giving you. “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of YHWH your Elohim which I am commanding you.

As I have said earlier, most of the articles that I came across, painted Paul as a false apostle or false prophet and a liar. Even by the Jews “want to be,” the so called Messianic Judaism followers. But, to say Paul was a false apostle and a liar is blasphemous! It is saying that:
• YESHUA, IN CHOOSING SHA’UL, HAD MADE A GREAT MISTAKE.
• ON TOP OF THAT, IT PROVED THAT YESHUA HAS NO GODLY ATTRIBUTE AT ALL (TO KNOW THE END FROM THE BEGINNING).
• THAT IN TURN DECLARES THAT YESHUA IS NOT DIVINE AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE THE “BROUGHT FORTH SON OF GOD.”
• THE END RESULT IS, WE HAVE BEEN PLACING OUR FAITH IN THE WRONG DEITY!
But, it is impossible for Yeshua to make the slightest mistake at all. Even much more so for such a gross one.

The scripture says:

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former events of old, for I am Ěl, and there is no one else – Elohim, and there is no one like Me, DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, AND FROM OF OLD THAT WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN DONE, SAYING, ‘MY COUNSEL DOES STAND, AND ALL MY DELIGHT I DO,’

And Yeshua made the same declaration when He was sharing about the end time events:

Matthews 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and they shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
[25] “SEE, I HAVE FOREWARNED YOU…

Mark 13:22 “For false messiahs and false prophets shall rise and show signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. [23] “AND YOU, TAKE HEED. SEE, I HAVE FOREWARNED YOU OF IT ALL.

Have those predictions happened yet in the present time? Sure.

Please read previously posted article:
APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH AND FALSE DOCTRINES OF MEN
http://wp.me/p3jyMk-ck

Having said that, it follows that Yeshua would have known from the beginning that Sha’ul (Paul) would had been a wrong choice in that, he would lead many God-seeking souls to perdition. And He would have chosen another man; He didn’t have to come down from His heavenly kingdom, to accost Paul in the middle of the road to Damascus, in the middle of the day to boot!

Anybody who claimed that Sha’ul was a false apostle wants to add God’s favour with justification by obeying the Torah (Mosheh)! THAT IS IDENTICAL TO SAYING, YESHUA’S SACRIFICE ON THE STAKE IS NOT ENOUGH; IT HAS TO BE ADDED WITH MAN-MADE RULES AND PHARISEES’ TRADITIONS.

Some even claimed that Paul turned into a coward when he was asked by the Jerusalem Council to make right and peace with the so called “Messianic believers who were ardent for the Torah.”

Let us review this passage:

Act 21:19 And having greeted them, he was relating one by one what Elohim had done among the gentiles through his service. [20] And when they heard it, they praised the Master. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Yehudim there are who have believed, and all are ardent for the Torah. [21] “And they have been informed about you that you teach all the Yehudim who are among the gentiles to forsake Mosheh, saying not to circumcise the children nor to walk according to the practices.

Did Paul teach the Jews to forsake Moses’ Torah or instruction and not to circumcise the children nor walk according to the practices (call it tradition)? No, if we read his letters to his congregations THROUGHOUT HIS MISSIONARY FIELDS, HE ONLY TAUGHT THE GOSPEL, NOT THE TORAH! That was his report in Act 21:9! Granted, he did not instruct them (the converted gentiles) to observe the Torah of Mosheh, nor went through the rite of circumcision and other Jewish stuffs, but ONLY the gospel or good news concerning the love of YHWH Elohim:

“For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT POSSESS EVERLASTING LIFE. “For Elohim did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not judged, but he who does not believe is judged already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only brought-forth Son of Elohim. (John 3:16-18)

Note: “WHO BELIEVES” not “who keeps the Torah”! Elohim only brought-forth His Son, Yeshua Messiah for mankind to believe in; NOT EVEN along with Miryam, His earthly mother, to save mankind!

Act 21:22 “What then is it? They shall certainly hear that you have come. [23] “So do this, what we say to you: We have four men who have taken a vow. [24] “Take them and be cleansed with them, and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all shall know that what they have been informed about you is not so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.

Yes, Paul as a Jew, did keep the Torah! But he had a commendable reason for doing that.

1Corinthians 9:20 and to the Yehudim I became as a Yehudite, that I might win Yehudim; to those who are under Torah, as under Torah, so as to win those who are under Torah;

Nonetheless, Paul wrote the following about the Torah (instruction) of Mosheh to and for the Jews:

Romans 7:1 Or do you not know, brothers – for I speak to those knowing the Torah – that the Torah rules over a man as long as he lives? [2] For the married woman has been bound by Torah to the living husband, but if the husband dies, she is released from the Torah concerning her husband. [3] So then, while her husband lives, she shall be called an adulteress if she becomes another man’s. But if her husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah, so that she is not an adulteress, having become another man’s. [4] SO MY BROTHERS, YOU ALSO WERE PUT TO DEATH TO THE TORAH THROUGH THE BODY OF MESSIAH, FOR YOU TO BECOME ANOTHER’S, THE ONE WHO WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THAT WE SHOULD BEAR FRUIT TO ELOHIM. [5] FOR WHEN WE WERE IN THE FLESH, THE PASSIONS OF SINS, THROUGH THE TORAH, WERE WORKING IN OUR MEMBERS TO BEAR FRUIT TO DEATH.

Note to the followers of the new movement called Messianic Judaism! Have you been “put to death” to the Torah through the body of Jesus Christ? You think Elohim’s favour should be supplemented with “half-fast job” of keeping the 613 Mitzvot listed by the Judaic priesthoods who until this very second, rejected the salvation through faith in YHWH Elohim; through the redeeming blood sacrifice of Yeshua ben Elohim on the stake?

Are you any different from the aberrant teaching concerning Yeshua’s mother Miryam as co-redeemer of mankind?

Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the Torah, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in newness of Spirit and not in oldness of letter. [7] What, then, shall we say? Is the Torah sin? Let it not be! However, I did not know sin except through the Torah (Law). For also the covetousness I knew not if the Torah had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”

What Paul referred to in Romans 7:7, was the TENTH OR LAST COMMANDMENT (Law), written on the stone tablets, by the finger of YHWH Elohim! THE LAW HAS NOW BEEN WRITTEN IN THE HEARTS of those “born again believers” of Master Yeshua ha Masiach according to Elohim’s promise:

Jeremiah 31:31 “SEE, THE DAYS ARE COMING,” declares YHWH, “WHEN I SHALL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF YISRA’ĔL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF YEHUDAH,
Footnote: See also Hebrews 8:8-12, Hebrews 10:16-17.

[32] NOT LIKE THE COVENANT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO BRING THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF MITSRAYIM, MY COVENANT WHICH THEY BROKE, THOUGH I WAS A HUSBAND TO THEM,” DECLARES YHWH. [33] “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares YHWH: I SHALL PUT MY TORAH IN THEIR INWARD PARTS, AND WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I SHALL BE THEIR ELOHIM, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

Romans 2:13 FOR NOT THE HEARERS OF THE TORAH ARE RIGHTEOUS IN THE SIGHT OF ELOHIM, BUT THE DOERS OF THE LAW SHALL BE DECLARED RIGHT. Footnote: See also Matthews. 7:21-27, James 2:14-24.

[14] FOR WHEN GENTILES, WHO DO NOT HAVE THE TORAH (LAW), BY NATURE DO WHAT IS IN THE TORAH (LAW), ALTHOUGH NOT HAVING THE TORAH (LAW), THEY ARE A TORAH (LAW) TO THEMSELVES, [15] WHO SHOW THE WORK OF THE TORAH (LAW) WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or even excusing, [16] in the day when Elohim shall judge the secrets of men through Yeshua Messiah, according to my Good News.

Let us revisit the event following the LAST Spring Feasts which we, the believing gentiles are not required to celebrate except one; the Holy Communion!

THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.
Act 2:36-42
Act 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Yisra’ĕl know for certain that Elohim has made this Yeshua, WHOM YOU IMPALED, BOTH MASTER AND MESSIAH.” [37] And having heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Kĕpha and the rest of the emissaries, “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” [38] And Kĕpha said to them, “REPENT, AND LET EACH ONE OF YOU BE IMMERSED IN THE NAME OF YESHUA MESSIAH FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE SET-APART SPIRIT. Footnote: See also 2:40, 3:19, 3:26. [39] “FOR THE PROMISE IS TO YOU AND TO YOUR CHILDREN, AND TO ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF, AS MANY AS YHWH OUR ELOHIM SHALL CALL.” [40] And with many other words he earnestly witnessed and urged them, saying, “BE SAVED FROM THIS CROOKED GENERATION.”
Footnote: See also Jeremiah 51:6, Philippians 2:15, Revelation 18:4. [41] THEN THOSE, INDEED, WHO GLADLY RECEIVED HIS WORD, WERE IMMERSED. And on that day about three thousand beings were added to them. [42] AND THEY WERE CONTINUING STEADFASTLY IN THE TEACHING OF THE EMISSARIES, AND IN THE FELLOWSHIP, AND IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD, AND IN THE PRAYERS.

Note: The teaching of the emissaries would invariably contained what Master Yeshua defined in great detail concerning certain Commandments which you can read in the following article:

DO WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GATHERED TOGETHER (RAPTURED) WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? http://wp.me/p3jyMk-8T

What does verse 42 above ALSO tells us? They, the blessed Jews, had to be taught from their misguided Torah (instruction) practices which were a shadow or tutorial aspect of the Law, to the teaching of the disciples of Yeshua Messiah as the following verse attest:

Galatians 3:23 BUT BEFORE BELIEF CAME, WE WERE BEING GUARDED UNDER TORAH, HAVING BEEN SHUT UP FOR THE BELIEF BEING ABOUT TO BE REVEALED. [24] THEREFORE THE TORAH BECAME OUR TRAINER UNTO MESSIAH, IN ORDER TO BE DECLARED RIGHT BY BELIEF. [25] AND AFTER BELIEF HAS COME, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A TRAINER.

Act 2 verse 36 represents the tail end of apostle Peter’s admonishment to Torah of Moses observant Jews who came from all over to fulfill their three times a year obligations as commanded in:

Exodus 23:14,17 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year… [17] Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Jews used to go up to Jerusalem three times a year, on Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Tabernacles) when the Temple stood.

So they were the Pesach (Passover) celebrating crowds who stayed over for a good 50+ days in Jerusalem until the last Spring Feast or Shavuot had been completed. This particular event took place following the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is not a stretch to imagine that they were also witnessing the terrible ordeal the Lord Jesus was subjected to by the Pharisees through their accusations and the cruel floggings He suffered; His crucifixion, death and burial and news of His resurrection.

Even at the early stage of the Church Yeshua Messiah, the same misguiding spirit which tried to pollute the way of salvation, as is found presently, can be read from the following verse:

And certain men came down from Yehudah and were teaching the brothers, “UNLESS YOU ARE CIRCUMCISED, ACCORDING TO THE PRACTICE OF MOSHEH, YOU ARE UNABLE TO BE SAVED.” (Acts 15:1)

Who were these men?
Acts 15:5 And some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, rose up, saying, “IT IS NECESSARY TO CIRCUMCISE THEM, AND TO COMMAND THEM TO KEEP THE TORAH OF MOSHEH.”

Note these were the ones who called themselves then and now; followers of Messianic Judaism!

Acts 15:6 And the emissaries and elders came together to look into this matter.[7] And when there had been much dispute, Kĕpha rose up and said to them, “Men, brothers, you know that a good while ago Elohim chose among us, that by my mouth the gentiles should hear the word of the Good News and believe. [8] “And Elohim, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Set-apart Spirit, as also to us, [9] and made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by belief. [10] “NOW THEN, WHY DO YOU TRY ELOHIM BY PUTTING A YOKE ON THE NECK OF THE TAUGHT ONES WHICH NEITHER OUR FATHERS NOR WE WERE ABLE TO BEAR?

You, peddlers of aberrant “news”, if you teach “back to Torah of Mosheh” observance, “YOU ARE TRYING ELOHIM!”

What did Master Yeshua’s disciples, including His half-brother Ya’aqob (James) established for us, gentiles believers in Master Yeshua Messiah, in regards to what we should abstain from as the way to righteousness?

Acts 15:11 “But through the favour of the Master Yeshua Messiah we trust to be saved, in the same way as they.” [12] And all the crowd was silent and were listening to Barnabah and Sha’ul declaring how many miracles and wonders Elohim did among the gentiles, through them. [13] And after they were silent, Yaʽaqob answered, saying, “Men, brothers, listen to me: [14] “Shimʽon has declared how Elohim first visited the gentiles to take out of them a people for His Name. [15] “And the words of the prophets agree with this, as it has been written: [16] ‘After this I shall return and rebuild the Booth of Dawiḏ which has fallen down. And I shall rebuild its ruins, and I shall set it up, [17] so that the remnant of mankind shall seek YHWH, even all the gentiles on whom My Name has been called, says YHWH who is doing all this,’ [18] who has made this known from of old. [19] “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the gentiles who are turning to Elohim, [20] BUT THAT WE WRITE TO THEM TO ABSTAIN FROM THE DEFILEMENTS OF IDOLS, AND FROM WHORING, AND FROM WHAT IS STRANGLED, AND FROM BLOOD…
FOOTNOTE: See also v.29.
[22] Then it seemed good to the emissaries and elders, with all the assembly, to send chosen men from among them to Antioch with Sha’ul and Barnaḇah: Yehuḏah being called Barsabba, and Sila, leading men among the brothers, [23] having written by their hand this:
THE EMISSARIES AND THE ELDERS AND THE BROTHERS, TO THE BROTHERS WHO ARE OF THE GENTILES IN ANTIOCH, AND SYRIA, AND KILIKIA: GREETINGS.
[24] SINCE WE HAVE HEARD THAT SOME WHO WENT OUT FROM US HAVE TROUBLED YOU WITH WORDS, UNSETTLING YOUR LIVES, TO WHOM WE GAVE NO COMMAND – [25] it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabah and Sha’ul, [26] men who have given up their lives for the Name of our Master Yeshua Messiah. [27] We have therefore sent Yehudah and Sila, who are also confirming this by word of mouth. [28] FOR IT SEEMED GOOD TO THE SET-APART SPIRIT, AND TO US, TO LAY UPON YOU NO GREATER BURDEN THAN THESE NECESSITIES: [29] THAT YOU ABSTAIN FROM WHAT IS OFFERED TO IDOLS, AND BLOOD, AND WHAT IS STRANGLED, AND WHORING. IF YOU KEEP YOURSELVES FROM THESE, YOU SHALL DO WELL. BE STRONG! Footnote: See also v. 20.

The way to be saved, all GOD asks is, believe in His Son, Jesus Messiah, whom He had sent into the world to be the ultimate sin sacrifice. There is no other way! This invitation is open to all: atheists, Judaizers, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, for people of all walk and beliefs.

You need to repent from your erroneous life styles. Find bible believing church.

Here is how: Romans 10:
[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; [9] THAT IF THOU SHALT CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS, AND SHALT BELIEVE IN THINE HEART THAT GOD HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

AND HIS NAME IS YAHWEH, NOT ALLAH OR ANY OTHER NAMES!

Aaron Halim,
the voice of one crying in this darkened world.

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