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Reviving Focus on Jesus' Words Alone.  [Audio Version]

Our mission is to proclaim our Lord Jesus' lesson that He was the "sole teacher." (Matthew 23:8-11). He sternly told the apostles they were not to call themselves or anyone else a "teacher"! In John, Jesus explained why when He insisted that the "apostolos is not more important than the one who sent him." (John 13:16.) The Greek word apostolos means either the title of Apostle or messenger or one that is sent. Here Jesus meant He was more important than any Apostle or messenger.

Even John the Baptist realized that despite knowing he himself was the greatest prophet who ever lived prior to Jesus (Matthew 11:11), yet he "must decrease" so that unfettered acceptance of Jesus' message would "increase." (John 3:30-31.)

Once Jesus began preaching the kingdom, then it would rob him of the authority God gave Jesus to treat anyone else's words -- particularly from mere correspondence whose author does not claim to quote Jesus -- as an authority on the same level as Jesus: "All authority has been given me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18.) For more on this principle, see our article "The Jesus' Words Only Principle Explained from Numbers 12 & Deut. 18."

Competing Love For Paul / Pauline Doctrine.

The Modern Church has instead fallen in love with Paul, or, more correctly, the points in Paul's writings that soften the requirements of costly grace which Jesus taught. This causes a vying for control over the church. Either Paul and his Dispensation of Grace applies, or Jesus and His costly grace gospel applies, as Bonhoeffer highlighted. We have developed two masters. Mainstream Christian theologians largely defend dismissing Jesus' words as applicable only to a prior dispensation of Law. Sometimes this is called Dispensationalism or Covenant Theology, but it all ends up the same: marginalizing Jesus' words. The famous theologian Rudolf Bultmann even claimed Paul teaches us in Second Corinthians 5:16 that it is necessary to treat Jesus's teachings pre-resurrection as irrelevant. (Bultman on Paul.)

Based upon this, Bultmann has influenced evangelical seminaries ever since to teach young pastors to emphasize the message of Paul, dismissing as largely irrelevant the words of Jesus. To dismiss Jesus' words as pertinent only to an old covenant of Law disregards entirely the prophecies that the New Testament was supposed to place the Law more proximately on our hearts, and God would give us a heart wanting to obey His statutes. See our New Testament in Prophecy. PS The Law on Gentiles in the Law is a short list -- largely just the Ten Commandments. Importantly, Gentiles had the option to use atonements provided in the Law - and this is why we can invoke Jesus' atonement for us. See Law Applicable to Gentiles.

Bultmann's influential dismissal of any ongoing validity to Jesus' words in the NT, putting all the emphasis on Paul's words, proves the danger of two masters as Jesus said: you will love the one and hate the other. (Matthew 6:24.) This is where the church is today--having been wooed from its first love for Christ. To avoid making any apostle a competing master, we must remember the apostles only had one inspired function -- that is when they served to carry Jesus' words (John 14:26), that is, when they serve the role of a "messenger" -- the meaning of the Greek word apostolos. Otherwise, they are at best edifying.

Growing Realization Of This Truth In The Church.

This message of focusing only on the words of Jesus as the New Testament inspired scripture appears overdue. The hunger for this information is reflected  by the number of visitors. Since January 2008 through May 2019, there have been over 15.5 million hits, increasing at a present rate over 3.8 million per year. (In 2016, the rate was 1.6 million per year. In early 2018 it was increasing by a 2.7 million rate, and now it is hovering between 2.7 mpy to 5.5 mpy.) Interest on this topic is speedily growing.

 

Over 400 true followers of Jesus / Yahshua have written positive emails and book reviews on Jesus' Words Only and Jesus' Words On Salvation. (See "Reviews" Tab above.) These two books are available here free for download in PDF. (The chapters also have been converted to webpages with free links in the list below.) If you wish to share these books with others, they can also be purchased from Amazon and major online retailers.

Works by other authors are highlighted here because they too draw us to trust only Jesus as our true sole teacher and our divinely-indwelled Lord (John 14:10 "father dwells in me.") For more information on general church topics, including articles and books critical of Paulinism, see the popular "Further Reading" tab.

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Select Articles on Paulinism

1. Marcionism- Paulinism of 144 AD was then heresy (html)

4. Luther Killed Jesus' Words Only Movement in Reformation (PDF) or (html)

5. Early Negative Church Views of Paul (html)(June 27, 2010)
6. Jesus's Commands on Church Structure (contradicted by Paul)(html)(June 5, 2010)
7. More on Benjamite Wolf Prophecy & Paul (html)(June 15, 2010)
11. Paul's Contradictions of Jesus (html)(July 14, 2010) - Spanish version [#2 Most popular article.]
12. Tolstoy Criticizes Paulinism (html)(July 16, 2010)
13. Paul's Words Support Unwitting Blasphemies (html)(July 25, 2010)
15. Paulinist Attorney Gives Us Principles To Test Religious Claims That Unwittingly Destroy Paul's Validity(11/20/10).  [This is the #1 most popular article on the entire website.]
20. Paul Abolished Sabbath (July 23, 2011)
22. 3-Fold 1 Page Pamphlet to Hand Out on Jesus' Prophecies to not listen to Paul (Dec. 3, 2011) (PDF). For audio version, listen at Podomatic at this link.
46. Are These Evil Immoral Commands / Teachings of Paul? Applying Matthew 7:15 et seq. (5/31/2014)
55.  Jesus's View of Grace Contrasted to Paul's (5/6/2016) -- This is very convicting - be warned!
60. The Discerning Disobedience of the Rechabites; A Lesson about Paul (8/21/2016) 
72. Deliberate Fabrication in Acts 15:24 in 10th Century to Help Paul(8/3/2017)
79. Does Second Peter Commend Paul as Apostle? As Holy Scripture? (Dec. 12, 2017) 
81. Elder Dismisses Jesus' Words (3/3/2018) - Introduction to JWO Revised 2018
82. Take a Chance on Jesus Alone (3/3/2018) - A Message from Oswald Chambers