Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

3/08/2012

Paul of Tarsus is shaking things up again!

No sooner after the dust has settled around his scathing letter to the Corinthian Church, Paul deems it fit again to rebuke the Galathian Church for their rapid apostasy and pronounces the curse of God on anyone who would teach a gospel other than the one originally taught to them.

An excerpt from his Epistle to the Galathians:  "8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galathians 1:8-10)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Voice your opinion but please note that NO INTOLERANCE WILL BE TOLERATED.

#1: Dear Editor
In response to Paul Apostle’s article about the Galathian church in your February issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galathian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people I’ve ever met.
-Anon
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#2: Dear Editor
I’ve seen other dubious articles by Paul Apostle in the past, and frankly I’m surprised you felt that his recurrent criticisms of the Church deserved to be printed on your blogspot.
Mr. Apostle for many years now has had a penchant for thinking he has a right to “mark” certain Christian teachers who don’t agree with his biblical position. Certainly I commend him for desiring to stay faithful to God’s word, but I think he errs in being so dogmatic about his views to the point where he feels free to openly attack his brethren. His attitude makes it difficult to fully unify the Church, and gives credence to the opposition’s view that Christians are judgmental, arrogant people who never show God’s love.
-Disgruntled member of the Galathian Community
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#3: Dear Editor:
The fact that Paul Apostle brags about his public run-in with Peter Cephas, a well-respected leader and brother in Christ, exposes Mr. Apostle for the divisive figure that he has become in the Church today. His diatribe against the Galatian church is just more of the same misguided focus on an antiquated reliance on doctrine instead of love and tolerance. Just look how his hypercritical attitude has cast aspersions on homosexual believers and women elders! The real problem within the Church today is not the lack of doctrinal devotion, as Apostle seems to believe, but in our inability to be transformed by our individual journeys in the Spirit. Evidently, Apostle has failed to detach himself from his legalistic background as a Pharisee, and is unable to let go and experience the genuine love for Christ that is coming from the Galatians who strive to worship God in their own special way.
-Spiritual friend
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# 4: Kind Editors:
I happen to be a member of First Christian Church of Galathians, and I take issue with Mr. Apostle’s article. How can he criticize a ministry that has been so blessed by God? Our church has baptized many new members and has made huge in-roads in the Jewish community with our pragmatic view on circumcision. Such a “seeker-sensitive” approach has given the Jews the respect they deserve for being God’s chosen people for thousands of years. In addition, every Gentile in our midst has felt honored to engage in the many edifying rituals of the Hebrew heritage, including circumcision, without losing their passion for Jesus. My advice to Mr. Apostle is to stick to spreading the gospel message of Christ’s unconditional love, and quit criticizing what God is clearly blessing in other churches.
-Unconditionally yours


EDITOR’S NOTE: Our blogspot  apologizes for our rash decision in publishing Paul Apostle’s exposé of the Galatian church. Had we known the extent in which our readership and advertisers would withdraw their financial support, we never would have printed such unpopular biblical truth. We regret any damage we may have caused in propagating the doctrines of Christ.
The insulting Epistle has since been removed from our blogspot. 
(Letter source Sacred Sandwich, also my apologies to SS for adaptation of the text)


3 comments:

Liza said...

Die redaksie sou ook graag die menings van ons meer behoudende lidmate wou hoor!

Danie Loots said...

Dear Editor,

Please convey my utmost appreciation to Apostle Paul for sticking to the truth that Our Lord and Master has taught him himself.

I personally look forward to the day we will meet in Our Father's presense to experience first hand the magnificent presence of Our God.

I am certain that all these complaints from our fellow Church goers, will be long forgotten as Our Lord would reveal Himself soon to this world.

In the meanwhile, I'll continue to pray for our Church to mature into a pure and acceptable Bride for Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yours truly,

Brother Daniël

Henrietta said...

"Behoudend", Liza???? SJOE, in daardie tyd sou dit seker iets soos die Ortodokse Jode van vandag wees, wat net die Ou Testament erken. Aangesien dit nie Joodse gebied was nie, sou hulle nie vir arme ou Paulus in die tronk kon gooi soos hulle graag by vorige geleenthede gedoen het nie.