Femi Aribisala: Apostle Paul was a lying hypocritical Pharisee

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by Femi Aribisala

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No Christian genuinely seeking the righteousness of God should imitate a man like Paul.  Paul’s spirit is a monstrous imposition on the Spirit of Jesus, and his word should never be mistaken for the word of God.

Jesus warns his disciples: “Beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren’t. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever.” (Luke 12:1).  This warning certainly applies to Paul.  Paul declares: “I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee.” (Acts 23:6).  Moreover, his hypocrisy, hidden in his days, is now evident to all in the Bible.

Paul is double-tongued in his epistles.  He says one thing here and another thing there.  He does the exact opposite of the righteousness he proclaims.  The discrepancies between his words and his actions belie his highfalutin pretensions to lofty Christian morality and values.

Double-standards

Paul warns the Galatians: “If you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.” (Galatians 5:2).  And yet, Paul himself personally circumcised Timothy. Luke reports that: “Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.” (Acts 16:3).

Paul counsels the Romans: “Do not be wise in your own opinion.” (Romans 12:16).  Then he says opinionatedly to the Galatians: “I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine.” (Galatians 5:10).  He declares in Galatia: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28). Then he contradicts himself in Corinth by proclaiming discrimination between men and women: “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak.” (1 Corinthians 14:34).

Paul asked: “When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?” (1 Corinthians 6:1).  But then, confronted by Christian antagonists, Paul chose to go to law before “the unrighteous:” “If there is nothing in their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” (Acts 25:11).  He says: “no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed.” (1 Corinthians 12:3).  Then he himself declares that Jesus was accursed: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13).

Paul writes to the Romans: “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14).  But he then goes on to curse his opponents, even including angels from heaven: “If we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8).  When the high priest ordered someone to slap him, Paul replied angrily with a curse: “God shall slap you, you whitewashed pigpen.” (Acts 23:2-3).

Paul insists Christians should not boast: “What, then, can we boast about? Nothing!” (Romans 3:27). “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).  But he then boasts repeatedly; claiming he prays more, labours more, and suffers more than everybody else. (2 Corinthians 11:22-27).  He says it is unwise to compare oneself with others (2 Corinthians 10:12).  Then he declares that he is superior to the twelve apostles: “They say they serve Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder.” (2 Corinthians 11:23).  He says: “Christ is the end of the law.” (Romans 10:4).  Nevertheless, he performed Nazarite sacrifices according to the law even after Jesus’ resurrection. (Acts 21:26).

Congenital liar

Paul says to the Colossians: “Do not lie to one another.” (Colossians 3:9).  And yet, Paul himself is not committed to truth.  Instead, he justifies telling lies to the Philippians: “The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.” (Philippians 1:18).  Paul claims his lies promote the gospel: “My dishonesty brought (God) glory by pointing up his honesty in contrast to my lies.” (Romans 3:7).  He even openly boasts of being a deceiver to the Corinthians: “Crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!” (2 Corinthians 12:16).

Paul is so unabashedly duplicitous, he admits to being guided by the shady principle of telling people whatever they want to hear: “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22).  Accusations that he was a liar trailed him everywhere, ensuring that he often resorted to swearing in self-defence: “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.” (2 Corinthians 11:31).  But Jesus expressly cautions against this: “Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:34/37).

Mean-spirited 

Paul is so malicious; he wishes those who persecute him would castrate themselves. (Galatians 5:12).  Responding to his critics, he insists their “mouths must be stopped.” (Titus 1:11).  Jesus delivers sinners from Satan (Luke 4:18); but Paul delivers them to Satan.  He says: “Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.” (1 Timothy 1:20).  And yet, this same Paul moralises to the Galatians: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.” (Galatians 6:1).

He counsels the Romans: “Repay no one evil for evil.” (Romans 12:17).  But instead of forgiving those who offended him, he asked God to punish them: “Alexander the coppersmith has done me much harm. The Lord will punish him.” (2 Timothy 4:14).  While Jesus advocates non-retaliation in Christian conduct: “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:45); Paul preaches it for malevolent reasons: “for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” (Romans 12:20).

Paul says: “Each man’s work will become manifest; for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:13).  The “fire” Paul lit led to the burning of innocents at the stake. (1 Corinthians 5:5).  He was the father of the Inquisition, whereby hundreds of thousands were hanged, beheaded and stoned to death.  His tenets were used to validate slavery (Ephesians 6:5-6); discriminate against women (1 Corinthians 14:34-36); as well as provide biblical authority for anti-Semitism and the Nazi massacre of six million Jews. (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

Jesus expressly warns us not to be hypocritically pharisaic like Paul: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” (Matthew 23:2-3).  But Paul contradicts Jesus by asking Christians to be hypocrites just like him: “I urge you to imitate me.” (1 Corinthians 4:16).

However, no Christian genuinely seeking the righteousness of God should imitate a man like Paul.  Paul’s spirit is a monstrous imposition on the Spirit of Jesus, and his word should never be mistaken for the word of God.

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  • What an incredible revelation. However, despite this Jesus enjoined his followers to obey and do everything they say. What about this?

    Hajaratu shettima June 16, 2013 8:02 am
    • Usually, when something is beyond our comprehension, we tend to call it revelation. But when it is within the capacity of our knowledge, it is easy to see the folly in it.

      dele June 16, 2013 9:15 am
  • God chooses his apostles from different backgrounds of life to do his work. The Lord says who Are you to counsel me? The Lord says the call and gifts of whom I have chosen can never be taken away. Whom the Lord has chosen,he has made right. What hapenned to touch not my anointed? Femi aribisala you have blasphemed big time and the Lord won’t forgive you for this. Every other sins I will forgive but the sin against the Holyspirit,I will not says the Lord.

    dj imortal June 16, 2013 8:19 am
  • Gentleman I have followed your articles even from the defunct 234 newspapers of sundays. And you dont cease to amaze with your unbelievably myiopic banter with paul’s epistles and life. you have consistently stuck with a bland peripheria and if I must add pedestrian view to all of the Apostle’s work conveniently obliterating the context in which they appear differently – thus creating an impression of deliberate contradictions whereas you are the more confused one.

    Paul always made the distinction between the times he spoke as paul and when he spoke under inspiration of the Lord. His method was to adapt the gospel message to accommodate the cultural context of the peoples he reached. Picking Paul’s sermons out of their situational context to create the illusion of deception is irresponsible writmanship.

    you are not alone in this error there are a couple of folks of similar irk in Paul’s day who wrestled his words as ignorantly as you now do; to whom Apostle Peter gave a stern warning in 2peter3:16 “speaking of this as he (Apostle Paul ) does in his letters. There are some things in those epistles of Paul that are difficult to understand which the ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue to their own utter destruction just as they distort and misinterprete the reat ofbthe scripture “.

    please do well to heed Apostle Peter’s warnings at least.

    Dave Abbah

    Dave Abbah June 16, 2013 8:30 am
  • These revelations are really shocking.it leaves me at crossroads as a christian,whether to have faith and keep believing in everything the bible says or think outside the box and re-evaluate these bible teachings that have been going on for centuries.But one thing i know for sure is that;”beleiving in a lie for so long doesn’t make it the truth”.All this also brings one question to mind;”if apostle paul was a hypocritical pharisee as the writer claims why then did God chose him?”.Thank you.

    Ideal ikhile June 16, 2013 8:32 am
    • Pls in the name of jesus christ don’t think outside the box from what christ has taught in the bible. phillipians 3:3 circumcission is not physical,its with the heart.that’s what he was warning the romans about,to the romans 1cor1:19-21 because they seem to be wise in their own understanding,to the galatian he knows their hearts are open to learn and doent want them to be misled. Going to court to settle is exempted for a christian to christian dispute but he went to court for the a enemy of the christian faith that’s what antagonist means ENemy or opponent. God relates with people in their different levels,the only way of settling a thecase is through what the other man can understand. You can read my comments to see all

      dj imortal June 16, 2013 12:10 pm
  • In all honesty I think this Aribisala or what ever u call him Needs to be admitted to a psychiatric home,I will fit his Bills,I think some more nuts have recently come off . Lord have Mercy on Him .

    oche June 16, 2013 8:35 am
  • Femi Aribisala’s article on YNaija and his website are for people innocent of deep thinking and researching the word.

    I read the article and the Bible verses quoted there were all out of context in order to achieve his inference, because he knows an average Christian today will not open the Bible to cross-check if he is right or not.

    He is what the Bible describes as a simpleton and may God forgive him for making a mockery of the letters of Apostle Paul, which were added to the Bible as given by divine inspiration.

    I wanna bet that during Femi’s research on these Bible, he is either high on another divine inspiration (vodka and/or weedy) or has some brainwaves or both.

    I don’t know, if its due to something he is taking or need to be taking, but Femi, do something.

    dele June 16, 2013 9:15 am
    • “Femi is confused, so he thinks the only way to make it seems he is not confused is to make us seems confused.” Now replace, every ‘confused’ in my quote with ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’.

      dele June 16, 2013 9:21 am
  • phillipians 3:3 circumcission is not physical,its with the heart.that’s what he was warning the romans about,to the romans 1cor1:19-21 because they seem to be wise in their own understanding,to the galatian he knows their hearts are open to learn and doent want them to be misled. Going to court to settle is exempted for a christian to christian dispute but he went to court for the a enemy of the christian faith that’s what antagonist means ENemy or opponent. God relates with people in their different levels,the only way of settling the case is through what the other man can understand,the LAW COURT and that goes ahead to credit paul with wisdom from God that yields even to the enemy James 3:17. Forgive those who hurt you; in this case if you judge him then you also judge christ because christ asked a tree for fruit,the fruit refused because itwasnt its time ,JESUS cursed it because he was hungry. To any normal thinking person that tree didn’t do anything wrong but jesus cursed it. Between this action and pauls who will you call a hypocrite. Yes you have to forgive but to people chosen by God he gave them the power to forgive and not to forgive JOHN 20:22-23. I have many reasons to disprove all you said and let you know you are very wrong. GOD chooses his own people for a reason and a purpose. Nobody knows enough to counsel the Lord jesus christ.

    dj imortal June 16, 2013 11:44 am
  • wonderful revelation. The bible itself is full of discripances that leaves the readers with thought of it been the hand work of clever men of the old. Paul is not different from this days clergymen that interprete and teach the gospel the way it pleases them. I ve gone through the verses and comfirm the writer to be correct. Refer to the reference before you comment.

    charles June 16, 2013 11:47 am
  • Mr Femi, I have also read the bible like I wanted to know the truth. I have read some of your writings about christainity and the bible. I would only advise you don’t contracdict yourself within the same circle of the bible. Because you might not know the truth about the Bible within the bible itself. I would suggest you extend your paths into other external areas relating to knowing the truth, afterall I can’t stand as a testament for myself in the court of law, I can only speak for myself.

    A Christian who became a Deist June 16, 2013 3:42 pm
  • The writer simply does not understand .

    child of man June 16, 2013 3:44 pm
  • Scriptures obviously taken out of context, the author is obviously searching but without Gods spirit. The letter killeth but the spirit gives life, search Gods word by his spirit.

    johara June 16, 2013 3:45 pm
  • I understand the need to rain insults on this man and while I do not condone is approach to the matter of the discrepancies in the bible, its important to note that articles like these should compel you to study and studying doesn’t mean “read the bible” but also studying the history and lineage of the bible characters because I observed that nobody gave a concrete response to the issues he raised. If you do not study beyond the biblical text, you can’t accurately defend your religion. “study to show yourself approved” not read the bible to show yourself approved.

    Mahmoud June 16, 2013 4:20 pm
    • 1; Mahmoud I know for a fact that the mere mention of any form of contradiction of the Koran in any form will provoke serious outrage from Moslems all over, they don’t need to go and study the Koran to know if there is any truth in what was written before Femi Aribisala’s house is razed to the ground or Jihad is declared on him (no disrespect to Moslems). In view of that, I do not think that you are in the right position to say any thing about what Mr. Aribisala has written, if he had written about Islam in such manner, would you write what you just wrote?……..think about that. You say nobody is talking on the issues he raised, well no one can cause it will take too long to discuss these issues. My sugestion to you is to go and get a Bible and read the whole chapters he has picked the verses he intentionally distorted from (if you can do that).

      2; We shouldn’t as Christians take the liberty we have in Christ to write and say all sort of things because we cannot take time out to study the Bible properly.

      3; Femi Aribisala for a man of your age and knowledge, I don’t think picking bits and pieces of the bible to justify whatever you think in your mind without reading the whole chapter and understanding what it was talking about shows a sense of responsibilty. One cannot pick half of a sentense and make sense of it. Every Bible scholar knows that you cannot use just one verse from a whole chapter to make a point, your point is made from understanding of the whole chapter and knowing the situation in which the verse was said.

      4; Mr Aribisala you are a very very IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALIST and should be banned from writting anything if all you can do is distort information.

      wale June 16, 2013 11:59 pm
  • Mr.Femi,I wonder whether you are aware that the bible consists of chronological events inspired by the Holy Spirit.The holy spirit is a member of the Godhead:Father,Son and Holyspirit,yet they are ONE(GOD).This is another christian mystery that you should not try to understand.Just believe it.Paul was called in his(not with)human weaknesses to preach the gospel.He had a lot to learn in his journey as an apostle.He wasn’t a saint,neither was he a great sinner. To understand the word of God,you need the HOLY SPIRIT to teach you and reveal the hidden things of GOD.You are criticising the works and words of Paul with limited human knowledge.The way you talk about him isn’t a polite way that a christian should wonder at a man of God whose teachings you don’t comprehend.Seems like you are disregarding him totally.God speaks through his anoited servants.Mr.Femi,pray that the Spirit of God directs you.You too,have a calling of writemanship that God has given you.He cannot withdraw it from you,instead glorify HIM!AMEN!

    esther June 16, 2013 5:10 pm
  • You are completely seeing the scripture upside down. Even the bible says “the letter killeth” Paul was a wise apostle. In one of his writings, he reveals his secret/tactics for winning people to christ, he doesn’t form an opinion and stick to it with his life, rather, the opinion or step or action he takes per time is based on the kind of people he is ministering to
    When among the pharisees, he acts like one, when among saduces, he acts like one all for the purpose of being able to preach to them

    Finally, when you read the bible, seek revelation, the revelation is what would give you life not the mere sentences in the book

    Sam June 17, 2013 1:47 pm
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