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"Bad News Paul"
Part Three

What Conservative "Christians"
believe, practice and promote is
not Christianity, but "Paulianity"

See   Part One  of  "Bad News Paul"
for St. Paul's defense of slavery
and his put-downs of women,
and Part Two,
for the attacks of  "St. Paul"
on gays, Jews, and the poor.

The following is a copy, word for word, from a treatise by the Rev. Scott Grady that makes my point better than anything I could write that while Conservatives profess to be "Christians", their beliefs are based on the teaching of Paul of Tarsus, rather than that of Jesus of Nazareth.
        I copied the following from the original, http://www.christianlibrary.org/authors/ Grady_Scott/meanstobechristian.htm on 08/07/07 and only modified it to emphasize the sources used by this preacher, showing which ones were from Paul (green font), which were from Jesus (bold red font) and which from other bible sources (purple font).


Just what does it mean to be a Christian?

I. IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE HAD ALL OUR PAST SINS CLEANSED. A. We were without hope before becoming Christians.
  1. Colossians 1:21 - And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
  2. We deserve to be separated from God, simply on the basis of our unforgiven sins. Romans 6:23
B. Look at what happens at the point of our baptism into Christ.
  1. We have our sins washed away - Acts 22:16
  2. We have the remission (forgiveness) of our sins - Acts 2:38
  3. We are saved from our sins - 1 Peter 3:21
  4. We have been redeemed from our sins - Ephesians 1:7; Romans 6:3-4
II. IT MEANS THAT WE BEGIN A NEW LIFE. A. We have put off the old person.
  1. Romans 6:6 - knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
  2. Ephesians 4:22 - that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
  3. Colossians 3:9 - Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
B. We start a new life "In Christ Jesus"
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
  2. Romans 6:4 - Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  3. Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
  4. We are not "babes in Christ."
            a. 1 Corinthians 3:1

            b. 1 Peter 2:2 - as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
  1. Acts 2:36 - "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
  2. Matthew 28:18
  3. Revelation 17:14 - "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."
B. This means that we belong to our Lord - He has control over our lives.
  1. Romans 14:8 - For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:15 - Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
  3. We are to give ourselves over to the Lord - 2 Corinthians 8:5
  4. Colossians 1:10 - that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
  5. Galatians 2:20
  6. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 - Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 - For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
IV. IT MEANS THAT WE MUST BE ACTIVE AS CHRISTIANS A. Christians are not "new creatures" so they can lazily ease their way to Heaven without any labor.
  1. Ephesians 2:10 - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:58
B. Look at all the times when the New Testament tells us to be active in good works.
  1. Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
  2. 1 Timothy 2:10 - but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
  3. 1 Timothy 5:10 - well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.
  4. 1 Timothy 5:25 - Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.
  5. 1 Timothy 6:18 - Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
  6. Titus 2:7 - in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
  7. Titus 2:14 - who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
  8. Titus 3:8 - This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
  9. Titus 3:14 - And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
  10. Hebrews 10:24 - And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
  11. 1 Peter 2:12 - having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
  12. All these passages, even if there were not any more in the Bible, should convince us that we should be active in doing the Lord's will and that he wants us to be zealous after good works.
C. Our work for the Lord will be a standard by which Christians are judged.
  1. Revelation 20:12 - And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
  2. Jesus condemned lazy disciples as being wicked.
  3. Matthew 25:25, 26 - "And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.' But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed."
  4. If the Lord placed a divine standard that those who refuse to work should not eat concerning physical things which God has promised us (2 Thessalonians 3:10), why do we think that spiritual matters should be different? He has blessed us bountifully, but will not allow us to ride home to Heaven of the coattails of others.

*Copyright 2000 by Grady Scott

Didn't Peter teach
the same thing as Paul ?

        Many of Paul's defenders imagine that Peter's first epistle proves that Peter and Paul were very much in agreement.  After all, isn't it St. Peter who wrote in 2 Peter 2: 13–18 :

"But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."

There's a very good reason why these words sound so "Pauline". You see, 2nd Peter wasn't written by St. Peter at all, but by a Pauline Christian some 40 years or more long after the deaths of both Peter and Paul. So it would be more accurate to attribute the words of the so–called "First Epistle of Peter" to Paul rather than Peter.


Christian "Fundamentalism" is
the Triumph of Paul of Tarsus
over Jesus of Nazareth :

If nothing else, Paul of Tarsus was a super,workaholic, salesman.  Before any of the Gospels were published, he was indoctrinating his followers all over the Middle East with his Epistles. Although Jesus had not chosen to include him among the original twelve "apostles" that he had personally trained to carry on his movement after he was gone from the scene, Paul of Tarsus travelled, preached and wrote so much more than all the other "apostles" that their efforts were swamped by the ideas that Paul claimed to have received directly from "the Lord" in private revelations.

From the first century to this day there is a little-known group that has the best claim of being the successors of the twelve "apostles" that the Gospels say that Jesus himself had appointed as his official successors. This group called themselves "Ebionites". What has come down to us through the Epistles and the "Acts of the Apostles", written by Paul and his allies is Paul's version of his conflict with the original 12 Apostles, in which he is the one who triumphs over his challengers. According to the Ebionites, however, Paul of Tarsus was nothing but an imposter and a heretic. If that was true, then it has been true as well for the 19 or so centuries since then, and the triump of Paul has proven to be a catastrophe for true "Christianity".

Although the Ebionites have been a tiny minority, there have been a few scholars and thinkers, especilly since the end of the 18th century, who have been trying to awaken us to this smoldering tragedy, people like :