Newsletter August 15, 2015
In 1.5 years, there are lots of new developments on the Jesus' Words Only issue and the problem of Paulinism.
Farrell's Kindle Book: A new good book was written by Lee Farell entitled Paulianity on Kindle. For $2.99, you can pick it up at this link at Amazon: Farrell's Paulianity.
New Articles of Note. As to updates on the website, let me highlight a few developments since October 2013 -- our last newsletter:
1. There is a new book section called Commands of Jesus (Yahshua). They are succinct and easy to remember. See this link.
2. There are now 16 new articles since our last newsletter under Paulinism on the Recommended Reading page.
However, I have selected six which I recommend as most interesting with the links active if you click:
Please stay in touch, and let me know any thoughts, comments, praises of God's work in your life, etc.
I post positive comments to encourage our community at the Reviews page. Blesssings of Yah be on each of you, in Messiah's name of Yahshua,
Newsletter October 1, 2013
Many of you have asked me to periodically update you on additions to the website. It has been almost a year since I last wrote you all. So many new articles since then can be found on the Further Reading tab.
I still think the most important article is one from 2011 -- whether Paul truly met Jesus on the Road to Damascus. I substantially rewrote it 3 months ago so if you haven't seen the revision, I would recommend you take a look. Of significance, I found one commentator, Henry Alford, of 1868, describe clearly Jesus' warning was about an imposter coming in the wilderness claiming to be Jesus Himself that is not universally seen. This summary is muted in many current commentaries, perhaps out of realization that this warning by Jesus / Yahshua applies to Paul's Damascus vision of "Jesus." I also added a new conclusion that ties in that Joseph Smith equally claimed to have a non-universal vision of someone saying he was "Jesus' in the wilderness as Smith's very first spiritual experience. Our article also suggests modern Christianity does not raise Matthew 24 against Mormonism because it knows it would invalidate Paul. Rather than protect Christ, modern Christianity protects Paul by its muted response to Mormonism. Thus by muting the use of Matthew 24 against Mormonism, modern Christianity permits an even worse heresy to fester. Anyway, the article was recently redone, and you may find more information than before.
Another article you may find important is Luke is a Non-Pauline Gospel. Many in our own camp think because Luke tries to portray Paul favorably in Acts that Luke's Gospel is Pauline. It is not. It endorses the Law in ch. 16; teaches justification by repentance from sin in the unique Parable of the Pharisee & The Publican, and teaches faith is destroyed by sin in the Parable of the Sower; teaches the Pharisee's flaw was teaching tithing, and not the rest of the Law, etc. When we look to Acts, we find Luke compatibly portrays Paul as law-adherent when asked by James if Paul is guilty of "apostasia" from the Law of Moses (Acts 21); and again when responding to Felix in Acts 24:14 ("I believe in all points that are according to the Law & the Prophets"), etc. This proves Paul used his chameleon-strategy to keep law-adherent people, including Luke, from knowing his true views. Paul endorsed such a guile-strategy that he would act law-adherent around those who thought the Law continued in 1 Cor. 9:19-22. Hence, the Paul of Acts is precisely only what Paul wanted Luke to know about, by guilefully omitting teachings / claims in front of Luke that would make Luke reject Paul based upon what Luke knew was Jesus' teachings. I recommend this article so you can decide whether you should feel comfortable reading Luke's Gospel for devotions. I think so.
Finally, I recently encountered Numbers 12:1-12 which caused me to write the Jesus' Words Principle Explained. This article reviews that God-Yahweh has a priority of authority even within Scripture, where one voice trumps any lack of clarity in a lesser authority, etc. You might not think this is possible until you read Numbers 12:1-12. But there it is. And Moses' prophecy of The Prophet in Deut. 18:18-19 teaches The Prophet will trump all others because he is going to be on a higher intimacy than even Moses had with I AM. Hence, the JWO principle is right there within the Law. So the "difficult to understand Paul," as Second Peter describes Paul's writings, is not a commendation to use him as an authority equal to Jesus or Moses. It signifies the opposite if one knows of Numbers 12:1-12.
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Blessings and Shalom,
I pray Yahweh's blessings and Shalom on all of you. I was reading a new website Problems with Apostle Paul, and noted that it alleged Paul lied in front of the Sanhedrin Court in Acts 26. If true, this is very material to whether Paul can speak for God, as so many assume. So if you are interested in the answer, please go to this link. Please share any comments or criticisms with me, and I can post anonymous comments at the end, as I often do.
By the way, the JWO website was down Wednesday-Thursday for maintenance. Everything is running fine now.
Newsletter November 27,2012
Dear friends of Jesuswordsonly.com:
We posted yesterday the above video which provides the conclusive evidence Jesus / Yashua warned us about the "Jesus" whom Paul met on the Road to Damascus. See this link -- http://youtu.be/NwMHfgn_Gsg We pray it may edify each of you, and strengthen your walk. Please let me know your thoughts or comments.
Blessings of Yahweh upon you all
Your Brother in Messiah, Doug
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