“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). Let’s compare Paul’s teachings on works with James’ teachings on works: “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead” (James). “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Paul). Apostle Paul has developed his own saved by grace through faith doctrine, which teaches salvation through a faith that requires no works, teaching that one can do nothing to save themselves, that it is the gift of God, which is A LIE! Paul deems the works of the law unnecessary, further saying, “ I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” Paul teaches that the righteousness Jews associated with obedience to the works of the Law was self-righteousness. Paul was the son of a Pharisee, having been himself a Pharisee, a zealot when it came to obedience to the carnal Law. But having seen the light, now claims to have shed his robe of self righteousness, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ…the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” While it is true that internal righteousness does not come by keeping the external works of the carnal Law, it is also true that God gave them the carnal Law, to be obeyed until they believed; until they put action to the internal works that fulfil them. If Abraham obeyed God through an external act that was counted as righteousness, wouldn’t obeying the external works of the carnal Law also be counted as a degree of righteousness? Paul teaches that righteousness comes from God through faith; by believing in His Son Jesus Christ. Internal righteousness does not come from God. It comes through believing (obeying) the spiritual works, which God reveals through His works of creation, and which Jesus revealed through his words and deeds. Righteousness is not obtained through Paul’s false construct of faith. And neither is salvation. Paul omits the spiritual works that perfects our faith, and through which we obtain true salvation. Paul was Apostle to the Gentiles. But Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews.” Proof that Paul’s salvation is a sham.
“Receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: ” (Peter). Salvation is not a gift that comes through Paul’s faith in Christ. This is where religious Christians get the idea that they are saved the moment they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Just believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you’re saved. No works necessary. The truth is, salvation is the reward for completing our spiritual or internal works. When Jesus said he came not to destroy the Law but to fulfil it, he was referring to the purpose of his coming, which was to reveal the spiritual works that fulfil the carnal works of the Law; spiritual works the Jews rejected, and Paul omitted, replacing it with his saved by grace through faith doctrine, teaching that one can obtain salvation without works, which is A LIE! Noah obtained grace by building the ark and entering it, not by believing (thinking in his mind) that grace or a faith without works was enough to save him. Grace is given to those doing the works. Grace is the period of time in which we do the spiritual works that satisfies our spiritual debt. Paul teaches that all has been paid through the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, which is A LIE– “the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD…” (Habakkuk Pesher 10:9-13). The truth is, we owe a spiritual debt due to the spiritual death of truth that took place in our heart when we accepted these false religious and personal beliefs as truth. The only way to pay this debt is through the death of our false beliefs; a spiritual death that can only take place through the spiritual christ— through the anointing of spirit and truth. Once we stop resisting the holy spirit, it begins to move within us, bringing us the truth that destroys our false beliefs.
Paul’s teachings on WORKS and SALVATION are diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus, Peter, and James.
Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2017