Paul: Character and Doctrine


PAUL: Character & Doctrine

Before we get into his doctrine, let's look at his character, which explains why he was chosen to declare the name of the Lord to those of government and religion. The words of the Lord to Ananias... " Go, thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel." Acts 9:15.

It would take a certain personality to deal with these groups, and Saul's fit the bill. Saul was a Pharisee, the son of Pharisee, and as the iron was mixed with the miry clay in the book of Daniel, government is mixed with religion, the iron giving strength to the the clay, government standing in support of religion.

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem." Acts 9:1,2

This gives us some insight into Saul's zealous character. It would take a powerful experience to change this destructive energy, turning it towards something good. Giving this self-important personality-type a mission was brilliant! Many lives were saved through Saul's conversion, which is a change in a person's beliefs or attitudes. But not necessarily in his character, as we see in the following verse, which is after his conversion.

"And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without the law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without the law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."

Take note of how often Paul refers to himself in his writings. The ego at work.

His zealous character (now used to save instead of slaughter) has not changed one bit. He possesses a spirit one might associate with a politician, who will assume different personas to gain votes. Paul's desire is to save others immediately after his conversion; after his eyes are opened, is where the idea of saving souls comes from. An ego-driven role that is being played out by many fledgling Christian converts. Out saving others before engaging in their own salvation process, which is in direct opposition to what Jesus and the Prophets taught. Proof that Paul, the Saul of the New Testament, represents organized religion is found in the way the Saul of the Old Testament ruled Israel. Saul was chosen to rule over the children of Israel. Paul was chosen to bear the name before the children of Israel. Israel symbolizes the Mind. Saul means to demand, and what Israel demanded was a king. What is ruling the Mind is a demanding spirit. The children of Israel, over whom Saul and Paul were given authority, represents the unskilled Mind, which is the case with the fledgling Christian, the word fledgling meaning an inexperienced person. What is ruling the Mind of this person, is ego, which becomes quite evident when you read the writings of Paul with an unbiased mind. Paul appointed himself to teach the gospel of Christ, as does the priest or pastor. He will tell you he was called to preach the gospel, but what spirit is leading him? He attends seminary, where he buys into a man-made doctrine, not a doctrine that comes by way of the Holy Spirit. He is then assigned a Church, selling his doctrine to the congregation. It was Paul's doctrine that was in the churches, which continues to this very day. Jesus the Christ teaches that God does not dwell in a temple made with hands. It was Paul that went to Ephesus and planted the seeds that bear the fruit of his gospel of Christ. The same Ephesus as in the book of Revelation, the works of which is to try those that say they are apostles (messengers of God's word) but are not, finding them to be liars.

The task of spreading the doctrine of the Christ was given to the chosen twelve, not to the chosen one. Two very different foundations have been laid. Upon the foundation of one is built the city of Babylon, symbolizing confusion, which Paul's teachings have certainly caused, which is why we have so many Christian religions. Upon the foundation of twelve is built the city of Jerusalem, symbolizing the Heart, the word Jerusalem meaning founded peaceful, true peace founded in the Heart through obedience to the spiritual word of God. Was Paul really a messenger of spiritual truth?

Paul says that he became as weak to gain those that were weak, which is certainly not how he comes across in the following verse.

"For I would that all men were even as myself... It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband..."

Paul wants other men to be like him, celibate, controlling their sexual urges. But if they cannot, due to the lust of their physical flesh, then they should marry, and remain married. If the wife does depart, she is to remain unmarried. Paul claims that this is the Lord's command, which is A LIE. It is a religious command, initiated by Paul, carried out by the Catholic Church. The spiritual doctrine of Jesus the Christ teaches on a spiritual lust that works through a spiritual flesh. Paul has confused the two a confusion that is detrimental with regard to the salvation or healing of the soul. This spiritual lust would find a spiritual outlet through another one of Paul's misinterpretations, as his followers begin to lust after spiritual power.

"And assembling them, he charged them "not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the PROMISE of the Father, which you heard from me; that John, indeed, immersed in Water, but you will be immersed in holy Spirit, after a few days." Acts 1:5

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38

Paul misinterpreted the words of Jesus and Peter. It was not the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit that they were to receive. It was the PROMISE or GIFT, which the holy spirit delivers. The Teacher illustrated it this way: You hear a knock at the door. You open the door. You are handed a gift. The giver of the gift is not the gift. He delivers the gift. One does not receive the Holy Spirit as Paul taught to the disciples of Ephesus.

"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." Acts 19:2

So they believed Paul's words, and were baptized "in the NAME of Jesus Christ," after which Paul laid hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues, and prophesying. They received exactly what they were told they would receive once they believed, which is being played out in Churches around the World. An iniquity-induced imitation of the receiving of the gift of the holy spirit, which the GIFT or PROMISE will have no part in. I not only witnessed this mockery in the mid-seventies, I experienced it first-hand, which was revealed to me to be spiritual masturbation, which can never result in spiritual conception as there is no spiritual intercourse taking place. No seed being sown. No receiving of the gift or promise. What Paul has done (knowingly or unknowingly) through his lack of understanding, is give power to a spiritual lust, which has found a spiritual outlet in those possessing a religious mindset. The word Saul means to demand. The Israel of the Old Testament demanded a king. The Gentile Israel (Christians) would demand what the king symbolizes, which is the spirit. They lust after the Holy Spirit, which prevents them from receiving the gift... "Ye lust and have not.. ye ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:2,3. They lust after the spiritual power, but fail to perform the spiritual works through which the spiritual power that was imparted upon them at birth is restored to its former glory. All this talk about Love a manifestation of man's obsession with the Spirit of God. They want Love, but do not understand that to get or give Love requires Truth, the Word of God, which will require them to do the spiritual works of tearing down every lie they have taken on throughout their life. This is the spiritual labor that results in a spiritual birth.

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Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright 2016)