Paul was a liar came by revelation in 1960. The witness to this truth came as my husband and I watched the first documentary on “The Dead Sea Scrolls,” in which they found written, “Paul the Liar.” Apostle Peter wrote the following about Apostle Paul in his letter to Clement: “bad instruction, vain boasting, and other such evils have filled the whole house of this world like some enormous smoke preventing those who dwell in it from seeing the Founder aright.” Peter goes on to say that Paul is the source of these errors, and that his visions deluded him. (Recognitions of Clement 1.15). “Our lord and prophet, who has sent us, declared to us that the Evil One, having disputed with him for forty days, but failing to prevail against him, promised that he would send Apostles from among his subjects to deceive them. Therefore, above all, remember to shun any apostle, teacher or prophet who does not accurately compare his teachings with James…the brother of our Lord…and this, even if he comes to you with recommendations.” (Homilies of Clement 11.35). The following was written by Clement of Rome in the first century: “The Assembly of the Lord, which was constituted in Jerusalem, was most plentifully multiplied and grew, being governed with the most Righteous ordinances by James” (Recognitions of Clement 1.43). The following is also from the ‘Recognitions of Clement,’ surfacing early in the third century, which cites an event that demonstrates an attempt to silence James. “James is preaching in the Temple when an unnamed enemy accompanied by an entourage of followers, bursts in. The ‘enemy’ taunts James’ listeners and drowns out his words with noise, then proceeds to inflame the crowd, with reviling and abuse, and, like a madman, to excite everyone to murder, saying, What do ye? Why do ye hesitate? Oh, sluggish and inert, why do we not lay hands upon them, and pull all these fellows to pieces?… Much blood is shed; there is a confused flight, in the midst of which that enemy attacked James, and threw him headlong from the top of the steps; and supposing him to be dead, he cared not to inflict further violence upon him. “
Who would have had ‘an entourage of followers’ at this time? Who is this angry unnamed enemy that is trying to silence the one called “James the Righteous”? James is preaching in the Temple, so he is most likely preaching to the Jews; to those adhering to the law, which Paul, by this time is speaking out against. James’ obedience to the law would have earned him the Righteous epithet. Could this enemy of James be the same “Paul the Liar” mentioned in The Dead Sea Scrolls? Paul would have been considered a liar to those adhering to the carnal law through external works, and also to those adhering to the spiritual law through internal works. Paul rejects both the carnal and spiritual law, which he has substituted with his own law, which he calls ” the law of Christ,” found only in the Pauline Epistles. The following is from The Habakkuk Commentary or Pesher Habakkuk, which was among the original seven Dead Sea Scrolls. “Those who were unfaithful together with the Liar, [who] did not listen to the word received by the Righteous Teacher from the mouth of God… who were silent at the time of the chastisement of the Righteous Teacher and did not aid him against the Liar who rejected the Law in the midst of all their Assembly… were unfaithful in the new covenant in that they have not believed in the covenant of God, and have profaned His Holy Name” (Habakkuk Pesher 2:1-2, 5:12, 2:3). Christians have chosen the word of Paul over the word of James when it comes to the works. They are unfaithful in the new covenant because they have not believed the works as instructed by Jesus (John 10:38), who clearly states that he does not care if we believe in him, the man. He desires for us to believe (obey; put action to) the works, referring to the spiritual works of God’s spiritual law, through which the carnal works of the carnal law are fulfilled. We keep our end of the new covenant through the spiritual works that results in our new spiritual creation.
The Teacher of Righteousness or Righteous Teacher leads a Messianic Movement that is being befuddled by “the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD and erect an Assembly upon Lying, for the sake of his glory, tiring out many with a worthless service and instructing them in works of Lying, so that their works will be of Emptiness. And they will be brought to the same Judgements of Fire with which they insulted and vilified the Elect of God” (Habakkuk Pesher 10:9-13). Who was “the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD?” Christians credit their salvation to the BLOOD of the Lamb. They believe that their salvation is a free gift, rather than the result of works. This idea clearly came from Paul, who said, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works… “ Christian’s works will be of Emptiness because they have none. They perform neither the carnal works of the carnal law or the spiritual works of the spiritual law, the latter being the “greater works” Jesus spoke of, through which one obtains true salvation. Because of this, they will be brought to the Judgements of Fire, representing the spiritual judgements they failed to execute upon themselves because the only works they have been instructed in are “works of Lying.” I have been asked by Christians over the years why God would allow this deception to take place. It’s not that God allowed it. It’s that man chose it. A group of religious and political leaders known as the Council of Nicaea decided what teachings would make the New Testament cut, and Paul’s best fit their agenda, which was to present one religion for the people to follow. This in no way takes away from the Holy Bible being the Word of God, which is a detailed account of man’s spiritual and religious history. It is up to the individual to discover that Paul’s teachings are in opposition to what Jesus taught, which makes Paul a good candidate for this person dubbed “the Liar” or “Spouter of Lies.”
Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2016