Paul taught we can’t earn our salvation but by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9), while Jesus taught we must be worthy to receive salvation (Luke 20:35-36) which is by keeping God’s commandments (Matt 19:16-19; Rev 22:14). Jesus never taught salvation by grace anywhere. The grace Jesus taught is conditional (Matt 22:1-14), reversible (Matt 18:21-35) and expiring (Luke 13:6-9) – given only to become righteous and holy before being cut off.
In this first chapter of the letter to Galatians by Paul, we will see how his teachings are heretic in nature, even going against Christ’s teachings.
Not an Apostle through Jesus Christ.
Gal 1:1-5 PAUL, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
As we see here, Paul is self-appointing himself as an apostle. How do we know this?
Acts 1:21-22 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
The qualifications of who can be an apostle are being outlined above. Paul does not qualify for it.
Rev 21:14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
We also see Christ did not accept Paul as an apostle since there were only 12 apostles as mentioned in Revelation. Hence, clearly, Paul is not an apostle.
Paul cursing Christ and His disciples
Gal 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
The gospel preached by Paul is the grace of God.
Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Matt 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
However, Jesus preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God. By writing this, Paul is cursing Jesus Christ and anyone who preaches the gospel Christ preached.
Gal 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Only a snake has forked tongue – speaking one thing to one person and another to another person.
1Cor 10:32-33 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
In the letter to Corinthians, he is writing that he pleased all men but here he isn’t trying to please men.
John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
As Jesus said, we must always do things that please God.
Revelation of a Strange Gospel
Gal 1:11-12 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul is confessing here that the gospel he is preaching is not received by disciple or apostles of Christ, but a revelation. If this revelation is truly from Christ, then He wouldn’t contradict His own teachings. However, we had seen that Paul is rejecting the teachings of Jesus Christ. This shows Paul had not clue about what Jesus actually taught but deceived many.
Paul’s Jesus quotes greek god
Gal 1:13-15 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace
Let’s try to validate Paul’s claims.
Acts 9:7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
Acts 22:9 “And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
Acts 26:14 “And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
- Did the men stand as in Acts 9:7 or all fell down as in Acts 26:14?
- Did the men heard anything as in Acts 9:7 or heard none as in Acts 22:9?
As we can see, Paul’s conversion testimony is contradicting each other. A matter is resolved by 2 or 3 witnesses (Matt 18:16). Here we have 3 different verses giving witness about a conversion showing that it never happened i.e., contradicting each other.
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” – Do you really think Jesus while speaking to Paul in Hebrew is quoting a Greek proverb spoken by Dionysus (an Olympian god) from ‘The Baccahae’ written by Euripides? I don’t think so.
Paul did not learn from Christ’s disciples
Gal 1:16-19 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
Paul did not go to the apostles of Jesus Christ to know more about Christ but instead went to Arabia. Also, the time spent by Paul with Peter was just 15 days. If Paul wanted to know more about the Lord, he must have spent with His disciples.
Did Paul preach the same faith which he tried to destroy?
Gal 1:20-24 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.
Is Paul preaching the same faith which he once tried to destroy? Absolutely not!
Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Jas 2:24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Paul’s version of faith does not include any works. That’s not the faith Jesus or His disciples preached. Sadly, churches today use Paul’s letters to create strange faith-only doctrines which Jesus never preached.