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What We Teach About the NT Epistles

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If you go to any Christian church (in any Christian denomination), you’ll be taught many things about what the NT writers say.  Much of that teaching will be wrong.  The Church grossly misrepresents what the Bible says, and she doesn’t even come close to teaching you how to properly apply its contents.

When we write articles that are focused on a particular passage of Scripture, our goal is to help you understand what the original author meant.  Some portions of Scripture include a lot of direct messages or quotations from God–especially in the OT prophetic books, the Torah, and the NT Gospels.  But God is not doing any of the talking in the NT epistles.  The NT epistles and the Psalms were written by humans, and many of those humans were not listening to God in their personal lives, thus their teaching is lousy.

As a Christian who wants to know the truth, you’re in a tricky spot, because your modern day leaders are flooding your head with lies about what the Bible actually says.  Many leaders do this unintentionally–they’re simply passing on the bad teaching which they have received.  But other leaders are being very intentional in deceiving you because they’re personally profiting from your ignorance.

Now it really doesn’t take a Bible scholar to catch many of the ridiculous fibs that the modern Church promotes.  So why are these fibs so persistent? Is every Christian leader a numskull?  Of course not, so how come the stuff we teach is so rare?  We’re not putting forth a bunch strange ideas–we’re simply showing you what the text has said for centuries.  You simply can’t read the apostle John declaring that no true Christian could even experience a desire to sin and still argue that the man was teaching less than brutal legalism (see Salvation According to 1 John).  And as for Paul–the Church will wax on about his “gospel of grace” and get you to memorize many flowery promises, such as the famous “There is no condemnation in Christ.”  But what she never gets around to telling you is that all of Paul’s lovely guarantees came with conditions.  He taught that you had to stop sinning and entirely overcome your sin nature in order to qualify for salvation and all of its benefits (see Romans 8: Pretty Promises for Perfect People).  Like John and his absurd claim that Christians are incapable of wanting to sin, Paul also taught that true believers should be above sin.  John, Paul and James all teach that persistent sinning will lead to eternal damnation.  The problem here is that according to God’s definition of sin, we’re all sinning every day with no hope of entirely stopping.  So if it’s really moral or behavioral perfection which God requires, then we’re all going to Hell.

Today you’ll hear Paul praised as the “apostle to the Gentiles” who encouraged Gentiles to believe they could be equal to Jews in God’s sight.  Well, no, that’s a total lie.  The very racist Paul takes frequent potshots at Gentiles in his epistles. In Romans 11, his hatred of them really comes out as he teaches Gentiles to view themselves as subpar believers who Yahweh is only accepting and enduring for the sake of attracting more ethnic Jews to come to Him (since ethnic Jews are God’s favorite–see More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles (Romans 11)). This kind of racial hatred wasn’t unique to Paul–it was a major theme in Jewish society since the beginning, and you’ll find the OT filled with examples of the Jews venting their hatred of non-Jews just to do it.  Take the story of Esther, which everyone portrays as being a case of poor innocent Jews almost getting massacred for no reason.  That’s hardly an accurate summary.  In real life, the whole crisis was created by one ethnic Jew who persistently expressed his public hatred of a government official simply because the man was of a different race.  Esther’s uncle was totally unprovoked by the man he harassed, but he was so steeped in racial hatred that he couldn’t stand respecting someone with a different ethnic heritage.  How is that admirable?  It’s not. It’s immature and obnoxious.  When we lie about the contents of Scripture and intentionally gloss over certain details of a story, we end up exalting immature twerps as great spiritual role models.

Today you’re taught that the NT writers all promoted the idea of a Triune God.  Not hardly.  They clearly teach that Yahweh is the only true God, while they portray Jesus as being Yahweh’s created Subordinate (see How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human).

As for the Character of God, the NT writers totally botch that as well.  Paul, John and James grossly misrepresent who Yahweh is, what He is capable of, and how He interacts with humans (see Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: God Won’t Talk to Doubters).  In short, they make Him out to be some impossible to please, limited Oaf who only came up with Jesus when He found Himself bested by supernatural foes like Satan, Death, and Sin.  The NT teaching about God is filled with slanderous lies which are going to totally lead you astray if you just accept them.

So then, the purpose of our Bible based articles is threefold.  First, we explain to you what the original author actually meant, and why his theological views worked for him in his historical and cultural context.  Second, we explain to you how much of the teaching in the Bible conflicts with what God says about Himself.  Third, we explain how the modern Church boldface lies to you in both of these areas: she lies to you about what the original authors of Scriptures mean in many passages, and she lies about what God teaches about Himself.

We want you to wake up to the fact that humans have been deceiving other humans about spiritual matters since the beginning of this Creation.  Once you have this aha moment, your trust in human teachers should plummet, and your dependency on God should greatly increase.  This is as it should be: you are supposed to be depending on God alone to guide you in spiritual matters, and that means actively involving Him in all of your studies.  When someone presents you with teaching about God, you should always be asking God Himself for feedback before you just accept what you’re being told.  We want to ruin your trust in human teachers, because the welfare of your soul is far too important to entrust to any created being.  We want to motivate you to seriously step up your dependency on God, and to start tuning in to how your soul is responding to Him on a daily basis.  You see, what someone wrote in the Bible is really beside the point. It’s your personal relationship with God that matters.  We expose bad teaching within the Church and in Scriptures in order to improve your personal dynamic with God today.   Life is about you and God, and He should be the One you’re focusing on.  The problem is that the Church rams herself between you and God, and she brings the Bible along with her, thus you end up relying on humans and some book that everyone’s decided to call “sacred” when you should be relying on God Himself.

Our site is called The Pursuit of God because its purpose is to teach you how to pursue God properly: what priorities to focus on, what soul attitudes to embrace, and what snares to avoid.  If you involve God in your studies, our material can really benefit you.  If you don’t involve Him, then you’re not going to have any basis on which to reject or accept the things we say.  So you need to be asking God for wisdom–otherwise there’s no point.

FURTHER READING:
God Told Me: The Only Valid Basis for Faith
Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?
How We Got the Bible: A Reality Check for Christians
The Bible Isn’t Perfect: Now what?

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