Friday, April 08, 2011

A Stern Letter to the Apostle Paul

The following is an excerpt from an ancient letter recently discovered in a cave on the island of Satiricus. It is addressed to the Apostle Paul:
Our church recently received a copy of the letter that you sent to the church of Galatia. We hope you will not mind hearing our humble concerns. In the past we have noticed you are more interested in confronting people rather than conversing with them, but we hope you will receive this letter as an invitation to further dialogue.

First of all, we are uncomfortable with your tone throughout the correspondence. We know it is difficult sometimes to discern tone of voice from written communication, but you should keep this in mind as well. One could gather from your careless use of words that you are losing your temper. You certainly sound angry. This is unbecoming a spokesperson for the faith. As you say yourself, one of the manifest fruit of God’s Spirit is gentleness.

Aren't you being a hypocrite to preach grace but not show it to our Judaizer brothers? They may not worship as you do or emphasize the same teachings you do, but our Lord has "sheep not of this fold," and there is certainly room within the broader Way for these brothers. Their methodology may differ from yours, but certainly their hearts are in the right place.
Read the rest here.

3 comments:

Jeph said...

I hate to admit I've been fooled.

Journal T. Living said...

I preach the one true gospel, and it is the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the Tanach, He was buried and He rose again third day according to the Tanach. This is the same gospel Yeshua preached (Luke 24). It is not another gospel. If any preach another gospel let him be accursed. If anyone preach another gospel let the judgment of God fall upon him.

Anonymous said...

"It is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." Rom. 2:13 Paul God's apostle to the Gentiles.

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