Double-tongued Paul


1 Cor 9:20-21 to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Did Paul also become a liar to win liars and hypocrites to win hypocrites? Below are the teachings of Paul which are contrary to his own. Therefore, follow Christ and obey His teachings, not Paul.

Paul’s first tongue Paul’s second tongue
 Salvation by works

Rom 2:5-7 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality

Salvation by faith confession

Rom 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Righteousness required for Salvation

1 Cor 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Righteousness not required for Salvation

Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit

No one is justified by the law

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Gal 3:11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”

Doers of the law will be justified

Rom 2:13 for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

Boasting only in the cross of Christ

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Boasting as not a burden to anyone

2Cor 11:9-10 And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

Least of the apostles

1Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

 Not inferior to eminent apostles

2 Cor 11:5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles.

Bear one another’s burdens

Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

 Bear your own burden

Gal 6:5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Law abolished

Eph 2:14-15 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace

Law established

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

I am chief of sinners

1 Tim 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

 I am like Christ

1 Cor 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

My words are commandments of the Lord

1Cor 14:37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.

 I speak not according to the Lord

2Cor 11:17 What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

Law is of faith

Rom 10:6-8 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

(quoting Deu 30:12-14 from the law)

Law is not of faith

Gal 3:12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

Sin is not known without the law

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Sin was in this world even before the law

Rom 5:12-13 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned– For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

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Roger Gospodinoff
9 months ago

Excellent article! I wish every Christian would take a look at this. One small quibble. I think across from I am chief of sinners, it would have been better to have put Acts 23:1 “Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” But overall this is great and like nothing I have seen before. Great job and thank you. Shalom, my friend.