We've had many centuries of what is called Pauline Christianity. However, we have never had the feeding of the lambs and sheep and the service of the flock by self-styled Pauline Christians even though there were times in history when they ruled the whole Roman Empire. Even today, we don't hear any call coming out of the bastions of Pauline Christianity for feeding all the lambs and sheep of the flock. Rather, what we hear is "grace" and "faith," especially in conjunction with the word "alone," with hardly a whisper of works or righteous deeds. We hear hardly a whisper about turning the other cheek. We hear hardly a whisper about giving and sharing all. We hear a great noise about family, but it is DNA-lineage rather than the spiritual family. We hear a great noise about homosexuality, but the hypocrisy of other unbridled lusts and confusions is ignored. We hear a great noise about capital punishment, which is simply stoning. We hear a great noise about abortion, but they shout even louder for war, which aborts many people, including pregnant women and hence the very fetuses that they say are sacred lives.
Oh, to be sure, not all people brought up on Paul make all these errors. It is true though that those who focus and focus and focus on the writings of Paul for all their answers end up not doing that for which Jesus called his followers.
We covered Dispensationalism in recent articles. There is also Hyperdispensationalism or Ultradispensationalism that verges into Antinomianism, upon which we've also touched. It all ends up as hardhearted Christianity, which is an oxymoron.
This terrible theology draws a line at where Paul diverged, they see as markedly, from the Jerusalem Apostles to the Jews. For these people, Paul is the founder of the church. Only Paul's theological position is accepted. Frankly, these people very nearly, and in some cases do, throw out everything but what they consider Paul's Epistles. The rest of The Bible is seen only through the filter of Paul's Epistles. The Gospels and the direct quotes of Jesus are not consulted first and directly and taken as standing on their own but rather often totally ignored in many lengthy theological discussions and writings purporting to be Christian. We don't mean here that the writers simply don't quote Jesus. We mean Jesus's message is missing.
Understand here that Jesus's message is a whole. It isn't piecemeal. It isn't half-truth.
Now what has been going on that has caused the church not to bring forth is the convenience of ignoring the various connotations of the law given in The Bible. The waters were muddied and haven't been cleared since. These dispensationalists ignore that the New Commandment is the law and that only those who accept and obey this law may rightly be called Christians by Christians.
They have taken certain verses about grace and faith and stated the huge error that they don't have to do anything but call on his name in a mundane fashion. They don't stop to consider what truly calling on his name implies.
Let us state here in no uncertain terms that to truly call his name is to be calling his law that is the New Commandment. His name is the Word and the word is "love one another; as I have loved you." To do that requires works—huge works. Anyone who imagines that all he needs to do is say "Lord, Lord" is being deluded and deluding himself and others. It's just empty lip-service with deeds to match.
The fact is that of those professing Christianity who's hearts are the least given to the lifestyle of the disciples is where we find the most hardcore Pauline disciples. They have a near stranglehold on many, in the U.S. especially, who might otherwise see the light.
Their leaders use Paul's writings as a convenient method to avoid the implications of Jesus's words and life example. The terrible result is a lack of fruit, even though they control billions and billions of dollars. In fact, that they reject the lifestyle of Jesus and his other disciples is the very reason they control billions and billions, even trillions and trillions, of dollars and other currencies.
Look at the megachurch buildings into which they funnel their money. Look at mansions for which they pay that are lived in by just a few. Look at all the luxury surrounding those shepherds while many in their flocks live as paupers or worse. They make themselves rich and fat and bring forth only that which will enhance their ability to further defraud (even devour) the flock. By what authority do they do this? Where do you think it comes from? Do you think Jesus has authorized such behavior?
Now, what about Paul, was Paul infallible? Well, he diminished deeds and works that Jesus stressed repeatedly. It resulted in the change of emphasis to a do-nothing, hollow doctrine of grace and faith, turning grace and faith into half-truths. He also rebuked the Apostles for following the ritualistic Old Testament law, but he then went to Jerusalem and followed that very law. We are to put the emphasis back upon both works and faith where it belongs, and not just to the point claimed by the Roman Catholics, for they never did the works either, never brought forth.
What happened to the power of the laying on of hands? What happened to healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, and raising the dead? Where are the greater works? They didn't show. Why not? There was a falling away from the spirit of one and love and works that Jesus stressed and stressed with his original disciples. That's plain to see, and the doctrines of grace and faith without feeding the lambs and sheep did it.
1 Corinthians 13:3 says, "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." Well, it is true. It is also one of the few places Paul mentions feeding or the poor. They weren't his focus at all. Nevertheless, let's be truthful.
If one has charity and does not feed the poor, then that false sense of charity is no profit to him. Real charity goes with really feeding the poor. If we love Jesus and we love one another, then we'll come together to do just that. That's what the Christian Commons Project is all about.
The Empire saw the opening in Paul's writings through the gates of hell. Hell hasn't prevailed against the Church, and it never will; however, the prince of this world does still make war on the saints and does prevail in a mundane, worldly way against them.
All the churches of the Empire are built upon Paul's doctrines and not Jesus's. Where are the churches that attempted to hold off the Pauline emphasis that was to the near exclusion of righteous deeds and faith in anti-hypocrisy? They were savagely attacked by the so-called Christian Empire of Constantine the Great Usurper of Christ's Kingdom and by all the successive Popes and imperial churches thereafter. Every time people wanted to live communistically, the imperial churches mercilessly savaged them and even erased some from history. Only those designated by those churches were allowed to live communistically. The reason for that is apparent.
If everyone were allowed to gather and live communistically, you could say goodbye to being lorded over by the selfish. You could say hello to only being served and to serving. Just think about that, an unselfish world, a Christian world, a harmless, healthy, wholesome world.
All that needs to happen is for the capitalists to stop using their military and police around the world to stop the people from being free to choose. Ultimately, that's going to happen, because the capitalists are going to be swallowed up by their lord who is Satan.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)