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Sur-Response Regarding Paul the Apostle

January 14, 2009

The anonymous critic of Paul has provided a new attack on the apostle. The new attack is this:

so why does he say it doesn’t matter to him what Peter James and John are? and why does he false accuse Peter of compelling Gentiles to live as Jews when Peter did not such thing but only accommodated the weaker brothers who came from James by not eating meat that would offend them, in good keeping with Paul’s own doctrine? is the Paul of Galatians ignorant of Paul’s own doctrine from Romans 14?

1) “so why does he say it doesn’t matter to him what Peter James and John are?”

He doesn’t say precisely that. Instead, he indicates that his commission is a divine one, not an apostolic one. Paul is not under Peter or James or John as a head (either any one of them or all of them together), but is instead an apostle of Jesus Christ by virtue of a special commission from God.

2) “and why does he false accuse Peter of compelling Gentiles to live as Jews when Peter did not such thing but only accommodated the weaker brothers who came from James by not eating meat that would offend them, in good keeping with Paul’s own doctrine?”

The idea that Peter was not guilty of what Paul accused him is simply without any evidence. There is no reason to deny that Paul’s accusation was true. Indeed, the formulation of this particular challenge is especially odd, since (as the objector notes) it would require Paul not only to challenge Peter (and indirectly, James) but also for Paul to contradict his own expressed views. This objection cannot stand.

3) “is the Paul of Galatians ignorant of Paul’s own doctrine from Romans 14?”

No. Indeed, Paul is consistent in Galatians and Romans. The only supposed inconsistency is introduced by the critic who supposes both that Peter wasn’t guilty as charged, and that Paul somehow forgot what he wrote in one epistle or the other. No, the same Paul was inspired to write both epistles.

-TurretinFan

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