Paul considered himself a Pharisee

By : contributing author 

Introduction  

This is what I believe:

Back in mid 2002 I went through a period of time where I believed I was being led by God to warn people of the end…it took a great deal of time and false revelations to get to the point that I am at today. I know first hand how easy it is to be swayed, manipulated and just plain led into doing something other than God’s work. I am not one to lead and in fact I have always been a follower. I hope this page helps those who want and need to know all I now believe to be true about Paul. I wish I could make what I learned easier on the heart and mind…I tend to run on and on about things and I just know that many will find fault with what I wrote. I don’t want how I wrote what I learned to put people off. I am not going to try to change my wording at this point to make it appeal to the majority. I am not even sure what would appeal to the majority. Being human, I most likely have made some errors. If what I believe is completely true then I hope you find the following hard to ignore and easy to believe:

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Please remember to obey Jesus:

Jesus told his disciples to stay away from the teaching of Pharisees. (Matthew 16:12)

Paul considered himself a Pharisee (after being visited by Jesus and being baptized.) (Acts 23:6)

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Worshiping other gods leads to eating food that has been sacrificed to idols. What does this have to do with the people of today who do not believe they are eating food sacrificed to idols? Everything if they are taking in food (teaching) from a source other than the LORD’S Son.

The LORD’S Son was the ultimate and only acceptable food sacrificed to the one and only True God who accepts this sacrifice as a lasting sacrifice.

Those who eat of this sacrifice (teaching) which comes from Jesus will be as one who eats a food sacrificed to the LORD God Almighty. That is what God wants from us. He wants his people to eat what comes from his Son and that which comes from his Son comes from the Father who is the LORD God Almighty.

When a person lives by the teaching that comes from something other then Jesus then that person shows they worship a false-god.

There are plenty of prophecies that tell us what God will do to those who become unfaithful to him. Yes, taking in the food or rather teaching that is as a sacrifice to and from a false god is one thing that makes you unfaithful to God and in a manner of speaking it makes you sexually immoral…after all, if someone in the bride of Christ is unfaithful then that person is acting sexually immoral.

Being unfaithful to God who is a husband to his people is symbolic of being sexually immoral.

Do not take in the food that has been sacrificed to a false god. Do not take in a teaching that is not from Christ Jesus. Reject the teaching from those who mislead others into being unfaithful. For being unfaithful to God is like being sexually immoral (Revelation 2:20-23)

Those who become as children to Paul who know about the wrongful things he taught about eating food sacrificed to idols will die if Jesus does to Paul’s children as he promised to do to the children of Jezebel.

How do you know that you are a child to Paul? A child of Paul’s is one who remains faithful to his teaching and this shows love for him who is like a false-god…the teaching from Jesus is actually Father God’s teaching and teaching that comes from Paul is the same as a teaching from a false-god.

We can’t choose both the teaching of Paul and of Jesus to live by.

If you are a child of the LORD God Almighty then you are one who follows and obeys his teaching only…this shows your love for him.

A false god is one who can be a false Christ. A false Christ is one who may believe that they are in the body of Christ Jesus who is the Son (and the Son and the Father are One) and yet one reason they are not part of the body of Christ is because of false teaching.

Paul called himself a Pharisee at a time when he was carrying the name of Jesus and spreading the gospel. And we are to beware of the teaching of Pharisees.

Even hinting that it is ok to take in a teaching from another source is not a good thing. If you do this then you are deciding that it is ok to take in a teaching that may or may not come from the Father. Should we take any chances of this? Should we go to a book store and buy a book and consume a teaching that is possibly evil just because it might be from God. Should we not seek out the LORD’S advice in making sure if a teaching is from him or not? I believe that is exactly what God wants us to do.

Jesus warned of Paul‘s (Pharisee’s) teaching and Paul was only called to carry the name of Christ: Acts 9:15...he was to pass along the teaching of Jesus…he was not called to develop his own teaching!

Perhaps he believed with his whole heart that his teaching came from Jesus…but we all know that Satan is very influential.

Don’t live in ignorance. That does not show fear for the LORD. We should live our lives in a way that shows that we fear (Luke 12:5) the LORD (Malachi 2:5).

If you revere the LORD then you try to do what he wants all the time. Would he want you to take in a teaching that did not come from him? Of course not. Show respect for the LORD and seek him out to find out what he wants you to take in. Do not be like those who don’t care whether they put the wrong or write teaching into their body.

Choosing to be ignorant of what you take in is not ok. Is God not capable of letting you know what you should take into your mind that transforms your heart?

Do not be led astray by someone who tells you it is ok to seek out a food or rather a teaching that may or may not be from God (1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1). If you take in the wrong teaching (food) that is from a false god or a false Christ type of a person then you risk contaminating your body. That which may contaminate the body of Christ will not be allowed to remain. That is why we should never listen to a person who teaches such a thing. This teaching does not come from Jesus. The person who teaches another to live in ignorance of what may or may not hurt the body of Christ is leading many to become unfaithful to the LORD. I can only hope that those who live in ignorance will be acceptable to the LORD.

God wants his children to become aware of that which is not from him. He is bringing his children to know of the Truth that comes from him. Unfortunately there are people who are given the Truth and they choose to harden their hearts.

Proverbs 27:14

Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

May all who leave the home of God come back to him and repent and be filled with remorse and ask to comeback to him as a servant. The LORD will have compassion on this person and that person will become alive in Christ once again.

Why is it that a person would think that it is ok to teach something that goes against what Jesus taught in Revelation?

Revelation 2:18-20

-18- “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

-19- I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

-20- Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.”

If you believe that Jesus often spoke in parables then you must believe that this very well could be a parable…you know, like an allegory.

Paul actually taught that it was ok to eat a food that had been sacrificed to idols if you did not think of it as a food sacrificed to idols.

Those who ate such food and thought of it as being sacrificed to idols were then the ones at risk for being destroyed because of their week conscience.

Why did Paul think to teach such a thing?

Paul believed that idols were nothing because they were not God. It is right to believe that there is only One True God…but that does not mean that God thinks an idol is nothing.

Take this as a comparative:

Should we eat food sacrificed to idols?

or

Should we consume the food sacrificed to God?

Eating the bread and wine that represents Jesus who was as the perfect sacrifice to the only One True God is the only sacrificed food that we should take into our bodies.

Paul taught (those with a strong conscience) that it was not a wrong thing to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols. Once again, it is a weak conscience that makes food sacrificed to idols a defiled food. (1 Corinthians 8:7)

How is it that some believe that Paul was not wrong in what he said about food being sacrificed to idols? Why would you want to follow the teaching of a person who even though says that he will not consume the meat sacrificed to idols (and that did not include all food) does not condemn it for all people.

Evidently in Paul’s time it was customary for the meat market to sell meat that had been sacrificed to idols…otherwise he would not have said:

1 Corinthians 10:25-26

-25- Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,

-26- for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”

For Paul to teach people to buy meat (from a place that would sell meat sacrificed to idols) without asking where it came from is not right if it was common for it to be sold.

1 Corinthians 10:23-26

-23- “Everything is permissible” - but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” - but not everything is constructive.

-24- Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

-25- Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience

-26- For, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.”

What is that about?

If I tell you to go to a book store and buy and learn (consume) the teaching of a person that may or may not follow the teaching of Jesus and also tell you that it is ok if it did not come from a person devoted to God but do it all the same because it is not something that is bad to God then you would just go out and do it…even though you know that it may be a bad teaching…would you do it?

If you would then you do not care if you eat the food that has been sacrificed to false-gods.

Do not take in the teaching of a person who teaches this way. Jesus condemned this type of teaching:

Revelation 2:14

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.

As I may have said before, Balaam taught that people should eat food sacrificed to idols…this causes unfaithfulness to God which is “sexual” immorality because God is as a husband to his people.

Isaiah 54:5

For your Maker is your husband - the LORD Almighty is his name…

Between Revelations 2:14 and 2:20-23, I believe that God wants us to be very aware of the teaching of eating food sacrificed to idols!!! This teaching is not tolerated:

Revelation 2:16

Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

and

Revelation 2:23

I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

We can learn below how Paul wants us to believe it is a weak conscience that thinks of food sacrificed to an idol as “food sacrificed to an idol”:

1 Corinthians 8:4-8

-4-So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.

-5- For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”) ,

-6- yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

-7- But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.

-8- But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Here we learn from Paul that it is just a person’s weak conscience that makes food sacrificed to an idol defiled. In other words, in Paul’s mind, if you have a strong conscience then food sacrificed to an idol is not defiled…then the food is ok to eat.

Some will disagree that the following verse is not about food sacrificed to idols:

1 Corinthians 8:8

But food does not bring us near to God; we are not worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

I believe that Paul was talking about sacrificed food because he was talking about food sacrificed to idols only the verse before.

1 Corinthians 8:9-10

-9- Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

-10- For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?

Paul is most definitely telling us that the person with a strong conscience has the freedom to eat food sacrificed to idols…while a person with a weak conscience should not eat food sacrificed to idols.

A person can’t deny that this teaching that comes from Paul is altogether wrong.

For many readers Paul’s words about eating food that has been sacrificed is confusing at best and that is most likely why it is overlooked. Though Paul warns against eating the sacrificed food at the altar or demons…he lets us know that it is not bad to eat sacrificed meat if it does not hurt another’s conscience. Paul believes that consuming such food will not denounce you if you eat it with thankfulness.

All this leads to believing that eating a food sacrificed to an idol is not always bad. That does not sound like a Spirit filled teaching.

If you read 1 Corinthians 8:9-13, you will find that Paul does not say a person who eats food sacrificed to idols is sinning against God…instead a person who eats food sacrificed to idols may be in danger of sinning against a person with a weak conscience and thus be sinning against Christ. He warns such a person to be careful. Why does Paul not forbid all people from eating all food that has sacrificed to idols. He wants his readers to believe that a person with a strong conscience is not sinning against God if he chooses to eat food sacrificed to idols because just such a person can believe that it is not a food sacrificed to an idol and is thankful to God for receiving it. That just is not good enough to God and anyone who keeps such a teaching is not to be followed. If it were then Jesus would not have made it clearly known that it is wrong to follow someone from who part of their teaching was telling people to eat food sacrificed to idols.

Is it hypocritical for Paul to say he received his gospel from Christ Jesus (Galatians 1:11-12) yet he teaches something that goes against what God wants his people to do? Yes!

Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 2:12

…If we disown him, he will also disown us;

He left out the part about disowning Jesus before men:

Mathew 10:30

But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

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Who is the one that you obey in all that you do? Is it God or is it a false-god or is it a false Christ?

Do you even know what a false Christ is? If you say ‘A false Christ is a person who comes to me and says I am Jesus but he is not Jesus’ because that is what a false Christ is to you then you have it right but only part right.

Just as in the dictionary you will find more then one definition for a term you will also find that there is more then one definition for a “false Christ.”

If you know all of the different ways Jesus has been described then you would be able to come up with many different descriptions of what would make a person a false Christ. Anyone who is not Christ is:

A person who is a false Word; A person who is a false Lamb (sacrifice); A person who is a false Savior; A person who is the false bread of life; A person who is a false Lion…or someone who is in the body of a false Christ (though many may think that person is in a Truth body of Christ but is not.)

Paul became one who taught it was ok to receive something without asking if it was the right thing to consume. Paul taught it was ok to consume something that was not sacrificed to God. This all leads to taking in something other than Jesus as the bread or meat or anything that will nourish you. This leads to becoming unfaithful.

It might help to remember that Jesus told his disciples the following (after Jesus was resurrected):

Matthew 28:19-20

-19- Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

-20- and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus told them to teach what he had commanded them…he did not mention that they should teach anything else. Paul’s teaching is unnecessary.

Once again, we must remember when Jesus said to be on guard against what came from the Pharisees and the Sadducees:

Matthew 16:5-12

-5- When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.

-6- “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

-7- They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring and bread.”

-8- Aware of their discussions, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

-9- Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

-10- Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

-11- How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

-12- Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

When Jesus spoke of the teaching of those who think they follow God but instead follow a false god…he let us know that we need to watch out for such things…for the True God provides for his people and not from much bread…but from a small amount of bread.

From Jesus we are given much less bread (his teaching) then most people think we need…and so they forget that his bread is able to be multiplied from what came directly from God and even then there is left over bread. Jesus is the bread of life. He is the only bread that we need. Even when what he has for us does not appear to be all that there is to feed on we need to be satisfied with him. Jesus did not want us to take the teaching from those who are Pharisees and Sadducees. Unfortunately many people forget that Paul himself was a Pharisee…as he himself testified about in:

Acts 23:6

Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.”

Once again you have been given a reason not to follow the teaching of Paul…and this came from Jesus Christ. I know that many will say that Paul was no longer a Pharisee but it was from the mouth of Paul which said he was. Paul was not commissioned to give new teaching…according to Paul he was to do these things:

Acts 20:24

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

And according to Ananias, Jesus said of Paul:

Acts 9:15

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.

Paul should have only done what Jesus said to do and not start to teach…Pharisee’s were not to be trusted.

Paul had his own view about different things:

An example of a strange teaching:

1 Timothy 2:15

But women will be saved through childbearing - if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

An example of a very wrongful teaching:

Paul taught that women should not teach or have authority over men:

1 Timothy 2:12-14

-12- I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

Why is a woman not to teach a man when a servant of the Lord can be a male or female…and a servant of the LORD can be a prophetess?

Acts 2:18

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

Exodus 15:20

Then Miriam the prophetess,…

Is a prophetess supposed to keep her prophesies away from men?

Would God allow a women to lead Israel and settle disputes if he did not want women to have authority over men? And yet we find out that a prophetess of the LORD’S is spoken of doing just that in: Judges 4:4--14

Is it hypocritical for Paul to say he is a disciple of Jesus (what comes from Jesus comes from God) and yet he teaches something that goes against what God has allowed women to do? Yes!

Another example of a woman being authorities over a man is in:

2 Kings 22:15-16

-17- She said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the man who sent you to me,

-16- “This is what the LORD says: I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people, according to everything” …

We have several examples of women being prophets…and these women who are servants of God would be teaching men what the LORD told them.

Micah 6:4

I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.

God chose two men and one woman to lead his people. Again, Paul speaks of women as people who are not to have authority over a man. (1 Timothy 2:12)

God has provided many reasons to believe that Paul did not teach with the authority of Jesus.

It is difficult for most people to believe that the LORD would allow wrongful teaching in the New Testament…but you must understand that in Revelation, Jesus warned of wrongful teachers. And he warned of the teaching from the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Jesus mentioned the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees teaching. What does Yeast do for bread? It puffs it up and expands it. Paul’s teaching most certainly is something that is not needed for those who belong to the body of Christ. Paul has many commands that go beyond what is necessary. Jesus said:

Matthew 11:28-30

-28- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

-29- Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gently and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

-30- For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Sometimes Paul will state something wrong:

Here is something Paul stated:

Galatians 5:14

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This is not true according to Jesus:

Matthew 22:36-39

-36- “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

-37- Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

-38- This is the first and greatest commandment.

-39- And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Malachi 3:2-5

-2- “But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderers soap.

-3- He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,

-4- and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in the days gone by, as in former years.

-5- So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.

When God comes down from heaven he does certain things: the LORD God Almighty testifies against certain types of people…one of which is an adulterer.

As we have already learned, Paul is as an adulterer by being unfaithful when he taught others to eat food sacrificed to idols.

It is no small thing for the bride of Christ to receive something into her body that is to be kept pure for her husband…it is no small thing to take in wrongful teaching.

God has testified against Paul.

I am led to believe that Paul stopped being a servant to God because there does not appear to be any evidence that Paul repented of his wrongful teaching.

I do believe that God will bless those who preach the Truth about not follow Paul’s teaching. And here you thought that the persecution of God’s church was reserved for the type of countries such as Iraq and China. Not so.

Those who will be in the body of Christ will most likely be persecuted for casting out the teaching of Paul. Remember to seek out the words of Jesus…this will be the most righteous of paths. God bless those who follow the narrow path.

It will be a tough road! Do not let this keep you from building up your treasure in heaven that will endure forever. I hope that it will be a blessing to you on earth when you obey the commands of God…but it might just be that you will not feel truly blessed until you go to heaven.

Please remember to obey Jesus:

Jesus told his disciples to stay away from the teaching of Pharisees. (Matthew 16:12)

Paul considered himself a Pharisee after being visited by Jesus. (Acts 23:6)

I am aware of the many wonderful things that Paul stated in his letters about God…but it does not make him a teacher to follow.

Sometimes the LORD wants someone to be a revealer of the truth even though it will offend many people. I do not know why Paul taught things the way he did. I believe he thought he was doing right by what he taught...but I can't deny the things the Holy Spirit revealed to me about some of his teaching. I believe we should follow the teaching of Jesus as best we can. I believe that Paul should never have taught anything beyond what Jesus taught when he lived upon the earth.

Because Paul considered himself a Pharisee, we should guard against his teaching. How do we guard against Paul's teaching?

After finding several of Paul's teaching to be unfounded, I have been compelled to avoid his teaching all together.

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