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The Cult of Paul

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Contrast #04: their affiliations with and towards the Pharisees...

For the entirety of his ministry, Paul - wherever it suited him - openly proclaimed to be a devout member of the conservative Jewish sect known as the Pharisees. I am a Pharisee and the son of Pharisees.Acts 23:6. See also Acts 26:5, Galatians 1:14, Philippians 3:4-5

Jesus, on the other hand entirely, both frequently and vociferously denounced the Pharisees and their teachings(and encouraged his followers to do the same) - calling them blind guides of the blind,Matthew 15:12-14; juxtaposed intriguingly with Paul losing his sight 011 the Road to Damascus in Acts 9:3-9 warning his followers to beware the yeast of the Pharisees [that is to say] the teachings of the Pharisees.Matthew 16:6-12 cf. Mark 8:15 This is potently juxtaposed with the admonitions, Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but rather goes beyond it, does not know God; whereas whoever abides in [Christ's] teaching has both the Father and the Son,2 John 1:9 and If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will thereby know the truth, and the truth will set you free.John 8:31-32 Jesus even told his followers do not do as [the Pharisees] do, for they do not practice what they teach,Matthew 23:3 cf. Luke 12:1 and openly denouncing his Pharisee critics, saying Isaiah prophesied rightly about you, you hypocrites! For just as it is written: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines' so you too abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.Mark 7:6-8.

Beware the yeast of the Pharisees.Matthew 16:6

  • § The Pharisees were one of the more popular and more influential sects of Judaism in Jesus' day...
  • § They were high judgmental of others,(Matthew 23:15.) and hypocritically emphasized strict obedience to the Law over sincere worship from the Heart...(Luke 12:1.)
  • § The Pharisees were conservatives through and through; valuing traditional interpretations of the Scriptures as highly as the Scriptures themselves...
  • § They were narrow-minded exclusivists -- believing that they and they alone understood the "true" meaning of the biblical texts, and that anyone who disagreed with them was ignorant and "lost".
  • P.S. Paul was a self-proclaimed Pharisee.(Acts 23:6-8 and Acts 26:4-5.)

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