A rejoinder: Apostle Paul’s position on righteousness is highly irrelevant

by Ilori Olukayode

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So Mr. Femi Aribisala, before you share this kind of blasphemous stories against Bible and his Servants again on internet, please do proper research.

Sincerely, it takes more than human brilliance and intellect to study Bible. Studying spiritual things or words with human mind will always lead to error. Romans 2:21 says “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?” thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal…”

[READ: APOSTLE PAUL’S OPINION ON RIGHTEOUSNESS IS HIGHLY IRRELEVANT BY FEMI ARIBISALA

What i’m pointing out here is that, before concluding on attacking the gospel of Paul, why didn’t you study Romans 1,2,3 intensively? For every statement in the Bible, there is always a reason, and to understand better, it’s advisable to the preceding and succeeding chapters to have a full grasp of what the writer is saying. “Somebody quoting a book cannot understand what is being quoted better that the writer”With all due respect, you are misquoting Paul. What Paul meant was in Romans 3:8-11. But it takes more than human soul to interpret these chapters.

Romans 3:5-6 says “But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say?” Is God unrighteous who
taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)”.

Romans 3:7 says “For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?”.

Paul uses the two verses above to explain that “THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS”. God is more concerned with the “WAY” than the “ACT”. God focused more on “How you get it done” and not “What you did”. In verse 7, what he was saying was that “even if he uses a lie to glorify and abound the truth of God, no reward for such gospel.”

Romans 3:8: “… And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may comes?” whose damnation is just.”

In verse 8, that’s where he made the whole issue clear. Note this line: ” as we be slanderously reported”. Slanderously in dictionary
means “harmful and often untrue use of statements; tending to discredit or malign”. That means some people (opponents of the gospel) are reporting some untrue and discredit statements against him. The second statement “…and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come?”. Can you see that? Paul cannot say something and go against it himself. Have you studied your bible to know that Paul was a high-caliber lawyer? Educated and also understood human philosophy as you do? He
trained to use words. So he can’t be misquoting himself.

Verse 10 that you are misquoting is a statement explaining what Paul was saying in Romans 3:9 and Romans 3:11. Romans 3:9 says “What then? Are we better that they? No, in no wise: for we have ‘BEFORE’ proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sins;”

Can you see the word ‘BEFORE’ there? What does BEFORE means? Past. Do you remember Saul(Paul) of Tarsus? Do you know that Paul was killing Christians BEFORE when he was Saul? Do you remember that Paul (formerly Saul) was the leader where Stephen was stoned? When Paul said ‘BEFORE’ where do you think he was referring to? his Future, his present, or his past?

He said in 3:9-11 that “(9)…for we have ‘BEFORE’ proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sins; (10)As it is written,
There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”. PAUL WAS REFERRING TO HIS STATEMENT WHEN HE WAS PAUL OF TARSUS. When He was an Unbeliever. When he was persecuting the church.

So Mr. Femi Aribisala, before you share this kind of blasphemous stories against Bible and his Servants again on internet, please do proper research. Do you even remember that Paul wrote about 2/3 of the New Testament? Why would judge a man that wrote about 2/3 of New Testament because of a statement? And you are now injecting some diluted, anti-gospel statements and verses to cover-up, divert and blindfold the readers.

SO THAT YOUR STATEMENT IS WHOLLY WRONG! And remember, because some pastors that were not called are
misbehaving around, doesn’t mean that genuine pastors do not exists again. If you can see the fake, it indicates the original exists
somewhere.

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