(like some say)
Although he wrote the majority of the New Testament and was responsible for countless numbers of Christian converts for the last 2,000 years, I have heard him referred to as a "male chaivinist", anti-female, a liar, and a false apostle.
One "prophet" was saying "ya gotta watch that Paul" alluding Paul was in error and that the Catholic Church was somehow mistakenly responsible for including Paul's writings as scripture.
Many Messianic Christian Jewish brethren stumble at Paul's epistles. Even the vast majority of Christian ministers and pastors bear no resemblance to the ministry, faith, and walk of Paul.
Paul has told lies, and he is in all probability the false apostle that Yahshua commended the Ephesians for rejecting.
1. "His apostleship was unrecognized by others.",
And of all the people who shouldn't need to have others testify on their behalf, Yahshua was that person. Yet he had Moses, the prophets, the Psalms, John the Baptist, the Fathers voice from heaven declaring to everyone "this is My beloved Son..." and hundreds of those who witnessed his resurrection just to name a few. Paul had none of these."
These two instances came from the same person. Not from Yahshua, or any of the original apostles, but from Paul's close traveling companion and personal press secretary Luke.
Both accounts are found in Luke's record of the Acts of the Apostles, (chapter 14:4,14).
Here Paul is referred to as an apostle along with Barnabas. By this time in the story, Luke would have been very accustomed to Paul calling himself an apostle, and he would no doubt have been in agreement with Paul's assessment of himself. By these statistics alone, it is evident that Paul is by far his own biggest fan... and his side kick Luke was his number two fan.
This leaves no one else anywhere in the Bible going on record as recognizing his apostleship!
The truth is anyone who attempts to keep the OT law cannot and the Elders of the church in Acts 15, including JAMES, all said so!
of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,
in like manner as they.
And AGAIN The words of James himself in James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all agree with Paul's doctrine in Galatians perfectly:
Galatians 5:3 for I testify again to every man that is circumcised,
that he is a debtor to do the whole law..
it was because:
:5 "But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed,
saying, It is needful to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses.
:6 And the apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider of this matter.
The conclusion of the council was :
15:28 for it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you
no greater burden than these necessary things:
29 that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things
strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it shall be well with
you. Fare ye well.
'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things."
To say otherwise is in direct denial of what "The Holy Spirit, the apostles, and the elders of the Spirit-filled church in Jerusalem were led of God to say and do specifically in answer to keeping the Law of Moses!
If we can establish apart from Paul's own epistles the truth about his ministry, approval by God, and the truth of the gospel Paul preached, DOWN comes the paper shack of false accusations by Paul's detractors.
If you reject Paul, you must also reject Lukes gospel and Acts. If Luke did not speak the truth about James and Peter in Acts, then you must throw out what James and Peter were quoted as saying, PLUS many other of the elders and churches, PLUS what Luke reported as to what Jesus said in Acts....
What a mess these folks make for themselves in their unbelief!
"But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me,
to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: "
Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said,
Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou
camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people was
added unto the Lord. 25 And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul;
Acts 13:1 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers,
Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the
foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and
fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I
have called them.
Acts 15: 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they (Paul and Barnabbas)
were received of the church and the apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all
things that God had done with them.
them, Brethren, ye know that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by
my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
James answered, saying, Brethren, hearken unto me:
22 Then it seemed good to the apostles
and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas
Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches. MANY other churches were confirmed: Derbe and to Lystra, Phrygia and Galatia, Philippi, Thyatira, Corinth,
Acts 19-2-6, and the Holy Spirit who confirmed what Paul said to them.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
Acts 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know,
but who are ye?
17 and from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the
21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward
our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,
not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23 save that the Holy Spirit testifieth unto me in every city afflictions await me.
Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us
(Luke, an eyewitness) gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19 And when he had saluted them, he rehearsed one by one the things which God had
wrought among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 And they, when they heard it, glorified God
And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee forth far hence unto the Gentiles.
24 saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee
all them that sail with thee
2Peter 3: 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as
our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote unto you;
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest,
as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
16. Agabus, a prophet, Luke, an apostle, and the HOLY SPIRIT bear witness of Paul:
... a CERTAIN PROPHET, named Agabus.
11 And coming to us, and taking Paul`s girdle, he bound his own feet and hands, and said,
THUS SAITH THE HOLY SPIRIT,
So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man (PAUL) that owneth this girdle,
and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he doeth,
prating against us with wicked words: and not content therewith,
neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and them that would he forbid
and casts them out of the church.
"The SUM of thy word is TRUTH", and a curse is pronounced upon those who would add to or TAKE AWAY from the Words of scripture. The anti-Paul crowd would love to tear his epistles and even the book of Acts out of the Bible because they don't want to believe "Christ IS the END of the law for righteousness to all that believe" -rom 10:4 Is there any proof available that what Luke wrote in Acts is God-breathed?
Is there any proof that what Paul wrote might actually be the Word of God, besides what Peter testified to in 2Peter 3?
(we quote from articles found here:)
Simply stated it is this: genuine Scripture, both Hebrew and Greek. where the numbers equivalent with the letters are added up properly. at some point: word, sentence, paragraph, or chapter, will always be divisible by the number seven!
This mathematical phenomena occurs and reoccurs only in Holy Scripture and thus rules out all that is spurious.
Acts 13: 43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout
proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to
continue in the grace of God
44 And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the
word of God
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy,
and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed.
46 And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that
the word of God
should first be spoken to you. Seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge
yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
50 But the Jews urged on the devout women of honorable estate, and the chief me
of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast
them out of their borders
1. And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews,
and so spake that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed.
2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles,
and made them evil affected against the brethren.
5 And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers,
to treat them shamefully and to stone them,
5 But the Jews, being moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows of the rabble,
and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar;
18 But the Jews, being moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows...
and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar; and assaulting the house of Jason,
they sought to bring them forth to the people.
the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and
brought him before the judgment-seat,
13 saying, This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they laid hold on Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and straightway the doors were shut.
31 And as they were seeking to kill him.
But on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews,
... and commanded the chief priests and all the council to come together,
and brought Paul down and set him before them.
14 And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound ourselves
under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
17 And it came to pass, that after three days he called together those that were the
chief of the Jews:
and when they were come together, he said unto them, I, brethren, though I had done
nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, yet was delivered prisoner from
Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans:
27 For this people`s heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed; Lest, haply they should perceive with their eyes,
And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again,
And I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles:
they will also hear.
15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote unto you;
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked, ye fall from your own stedfastness.