consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. (2nd Peter 3:15, 16)
Even though the apostle Paul is as learned as he is, he is correct in so many things he says, we have to be very careful to make sure that our understanding is in alignment with what Christ Yahshua taught. For we know that Paul would never contradict His Savior.
But increasingly people rely on The Epistles of Paul, and follow His words more than they do the Living Word of God, Christ Himself.
I have had people come against Yahshua Christ’s words, and use Paul’s writings to do it. But this is what deceived people do, they grasp at straws when Christ says something that interferes with their false doctrine.
Christ must come first, if for no other reason, He is the Savior, not Paul. And He is the Word of God in the flesh.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
We were warned of what would happen, and now it has come to pass. People are sitting and learning from men and women who do not know Christ, nor are they willing to know Him intimately. But rather they seek comfort from men who teach things that are not even written into the scriptures.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2nd Timothy 4:3, 4)
And while I realize that I am quoting the Apostle Paul, it does not contradict Christ, who warned us of wolves in sheep’s clothing
He said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)
We speak of discernment, but do not practice it, because so many of us are more interested in Doctrine than the truth.
And it was the same for Pharisees, they formulated Doctrine on the Basis of their own opinions, rather than the scriptures.
And this is what led Christ to say of them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Mark 7:7)
If you want to come out from under the deception, then study every Word that Christ Yahshua spoke. For he laid it our very clearly for us to know the truth. And also understand that when He formed His Assembly / His Church, He did so without the New Testament, He spoke from the same scriptures that were available to all of the Temple Priests.
So, what event has taken place that led us so astray? It is spoken of in the Scriptures, but apparently, we don’t want to hear it.
The Apostle Paul said, “Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (The Anti-Christ) who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:5-12)
God has built into His plan a better mouse trap, so that those who do not follow Christ, will eliminate themselves by following the dictates of the Lawless one, the Anti-Christ.
Now, even though I preach from the scriptures according to the Way of Christ, I have been accused of stirring up trouble, and causing division. But understand, that If I didn’t love you, I would have never said anything about it.
I am willing to suffer your rejection, and insults, because I perhaps place more value on your life that you do.
But understand this, Christ said, “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14)
How do we understand this difficult way, and or how narrow it is to walk accordingly, unless we are willing to look at how he lived, and taught us to follow His example?
If following Paul is preventing us from living according the way, The Truth, and the life he exemplified then something is surely out of place, isn’t it?
Did He not say, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)
Shalom my friends