Paul: His Character

“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.  Saul possesses the same character as the unnamed enemy that attacked James in the Temple.  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.  Many disciples of the Lord were saved through Saul’s conversion, which is a change in a person’s beliefs or attitudes, but not necessarily in their character.  The words of the Lord to Ananias with regard to Paul— ” 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.”  But Paul would take it too far.  That powerful experience on the road to Damascus fed Paul’s ego, and he would not be satisfied with just declaring the name.  Paul sets out to gather a following, possessing the spirit of a politician, who assumes different personas to gain votes. Paul’s ego-driven character has not changed one bit.  “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.”  So now Paul is out saving people.  Take note of how often Paul refers to himself.  The ego at work.  His zealous character, now used to save instead of slaughter has not changed.  Paul’s desire is to save others immediately after his conversion is where the idea of saving souls comes from; an ego-driven role that is being played out by many Christians— out there trying to save others before engaging in their own salvation process.  Paul has appointed himself to teach the gospel of Christ, as does the priest or pastor, but what spirit is leading him?  “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.  This is a religious command, initiated by Paul, and instituted by the Catholic Church.  The very spiritual doctrine of Jesus the Christ teaches on a spiritual lust that works through a spiritual flesh.  Paul, due to his lack of spiritual knowledge, has confused the two; confusion that is detrimental with regard to the salvation of the soul.

Up Next: “Paul: His Doctrine – Part 1”

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2016

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