Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/19/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9781496915818
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9781496915801

About the Book

There is a “Paul Factor” cloud that hovers over the New Testament that deserves at least a conversation. Paul’s “conversion” to Christianity occurred 37 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection and although Paul never met Jesus in person, he nevertheless went on to personally define Jesus and Christianity for most of the Christian world. On one occasion Paul “made no bones” about what he perceived to be his authority. According to him, he was given absolute and total latitude to carry out a mission that apparently he himself defined when he stated in Col. 1:25: “I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.” The wording of that authority has no resemblance to the authority also given to Paul by Jesus’ Spirit on the road to Damascus. The following is what Paul said Jesus initially told him: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins. (Acts 26:18)” If those were the instructions actually given by Jesus, then that is the only authority Paul had and it was very specifically (and only) intended to bring repentance to the Gentiles by teaching them to love God and to love others. Even though Paul went on to correctly teach many things about God and His word, he also took it on himself to… (As he would then later describe it) “FULFILL” that word. However, when he “fulfilled” it, he generously changed some of it, then added to it and then took away from it. Since Paul assumed to have such authority, whatever he decided to teach was to be the fulfillment of the word. Ultimately, that “fulfillment” would give his perception of spirituality priority over the written word and eventually (in today’s culture) came to discount most of it altogether.

About the Author

He was raised in a traditional Southern Baptist family who were very active in attending and supporting their local Church. In fact, Church attendance took priority over most all other family activities. Considering his extensive protestant background with its specific definition of Christianity, not much of his early training is reflected in his present concepts and conclusions about the bible, God, the church, prayer, or even the definition of Christianity itself. He has authored three other books critiquing Christianity as it is taught and practiced: A View From The Pew, Let Us Create God In Our Own Image and Ole Wives Tales and Church Doctrine. It is interesting that his books reflect an evolution of opinion over a ten year period on such subjects as “The Trinity” as well as the definition of just who Jesus was and the stated purpose of His mission. He explains this as being the result of a continued “seeking” of the truth. He also sees it as examples of being able to emerge from what one has been taught to a new understanding based on scripture. Over time, the studies that went into writing those first three books led him to what he believed to be an inescapable conclusion discovered in the contradictory writings of Paul. This current book, “The Paul Factor” is reflected in each of his other writings, which over time just naturally came together to be an unexpected conclusion to all of his searching. That search had led him to question specific scripture which revealed how Paul and other individuals ignored what Jesus taught and how they reversed Jesus’ instructions, which had the affect of putting men in charge of Institutional Christianity and subsequently in charge of those seeking God through Jesus.