This is pernicious, false and blasphemous doctrine was first perpetratedby the pagan Catholic Church then in modern times, not only the ProfessionalFaith Merchants, Religionist and the leaders of Christendom but to my chagrin,also the leaders of the Mormon church. The Mormons, although they havesome problems of their own with false doctrine, theirs was the only Christianchurch that claimed the ability to receive modern-day revelation. Obviously,if Joseph Smith was indeed a true Prophet, the Mormons have since Apostatizedfrom that truth!
Saul of Tarsus knew he was not of equal or even had commensurate authoritywith that of an Apostle. Knowing this, Saul takes a group of members toJerusalem to inquire of Peter and other Apostles and the elders,
1 ¶ And certain men which came down from Judaea (sic)taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the mannerof Moses, ye cannot be saved.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissensionand disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, andcertain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles andelders about this question.
3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passedthrough Phenice (sic) and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles:and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were receivedof the church, and [of] the apostles and elders, and they declared allthings that God had done with them.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Phariseeswhich believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and tocommand [them] to keep the law of Moses.
If Saul was an Apostle, he would have had the gift of revelation inaddition to which, he would have known Christ's doctrine on the subjectand wouldn't have had to settle the matter with Barnabas by consultingthe Apostles. Saul would have known that Christ said He fulfilled the Lawof Moses!
Saul of Tarsus, in one of his more lucid moments and in a letter tothe Ephesians, wrote instructing the members of Christ's church at Ephesuson the subject of authority. He writes,
19 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,but fellowcitizens (sic) with the saints, and of the household of God;"
20 "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles andprophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; "
Clearly, Christ structured his church to be built on a foundation ofprophets and apostles, not just any lay individual or even a very knowledgeablemissionary! No organization would elevate an above average lay person toa position in which that person could make policy or doctrine binding onthe entire organization. Such is a blasphemous doctrine of any and allantichrists!
In Acts. 13:2, Saul of Tarsus and Barnabas were not ordained Apostlesbut missionaries, otherwise, contrary to Christ's edict, there were notto be twelve apostles but 14. You should also know that following Judasof Iscariot betrayal of Christ and subsequent suicide. Matthias was chosen,set apart and ordain as an Apostle rounding out the Quorum of the Twelvewith a full count of twelve Apostles.
In Acts. 1:26 we read that, "...Matthias... was numbered with the elevenapostles" filling the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles with twelve apostles.The key is "numbered with...."
Then in Acts 13:2, we read that Saul and Barnabas were "separated...""...for the work" but no where does it say they were "numbered with theother ten" because they weren't. Neither Barnabas nor Saul of Tarsus wereordained Apostles!
It is a perniciously blasphemous dogma
1) To say that Saul could usurp Christ's authority to make doctrinefor Christ's church which Christ, Himself, didn't think important enoughto enunciate when He lived on earth is utter blasphemy.
2) Saul was a Pharisee and would have been a recent "convert" to Christ'sChurch. Christ's church functions through authority.
When Christ was crucified, who was leader, the ultimate authority onEarth for Christ's Church?
Saul of Tarsus?
Who was the head of the Apostles?
Saul of Tarsus?
The pagan Catholic church has one thing right, it was Peter! To saythat Paul had the right and authority to usurp Peter's role as the headof Christ's Church on earth is