Almost one year ago, a brother in Christ sent me an email informing me he as deeply disturbed I was using content in my Blogs that referenced persons he found to be even in part erroneous. Mind you, this referenced non essential doctrine. God Forbid I would be called out for supporting false essential doctrine. Regardless of how biblical sound their work, if anyone I referenced was found to have some personal error or some non essential doctrinal error in fact or perceived in error by my brother, it was in the opinion of my brother in Christ to be distained and discarded. PERIOD!
The main person of contention was Dr. Andrew Woods. I had used Dr. Wood’s book, “The Coming Kingdom” to support a few of my Blogs. However, in my Blog I had clearly articulated a disclaimer that some of Dr. Woods’ teaching for example Luke 17 is in error mostly because Dr. Woods used the perverted NASB as his source reference. Otherwise there were very solid points Dr. Woods taught, especially the Kingdom Parables of Matthew 13 and his clear teaching on Dominion Theology.
Another individual my brother in Christ had a problem with was Terry Malone of Calvary Prophecy Ministries. My brother had supposedly found that Terry Malone supposedly liked to listen to Rock Music. Although I agree that Rock music is definitely satanic. I found nothing in Terry’s Rapture and current end time events where he used to listen to Rock music. To me as long as I never posted anything with Terry listening to or God forbid promoting Rock music, Terry’s work that had detailed analysis of end time events was more important to me.
My brother in Christ was appalled and finally one morning he sent me an email basically demanding I completely delete anything with Dr. Woods and Terry Malone. Otherwise he would be compelled to not be any part of commenting or contributing or having any association whatsoever with my Blogs.
I prayed earnestly for wisdom and studied my bible on how to handle this delicate situation in a Christ like manner.
What I was dealing with was complex in that I was dealing with a weaker brother and also know that we are to bear another who is weaker but yet we’re required not to allow that to affect our relationship with and for Christ Jesus. Amen!
For the purpose of edifying the body of Christ and teaching through sharing from life lessons, here is my response to this brother. It eventually caused us to go our separate ways and do a Paul and Barnabas departure (Acts 15). I pray others might gain insight into this situation for any similar problem they may encounter in the body of Christ.
God bless your study.
(Opening and background remarks not important. I begin with a few paragraphs into the letter)
Romans 8:1 KJV 1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV: I also write this letter in accordance with the letter and spirit of Romans 8:1, meaning we’re both under no condemnation and we can judge “all things” yet we’re NOT judged. I know this paradox would be complicated for someone without spiritual maturity, but I trust you understand. This is another great study for another day, but I pray you grasp what I’m saying here. I only ask you know I’m writing this letter with these 2 scriptures “paramount” in my heart. Praise God! We also know that in pertaining to matters of personal conviction we’re not to judge each other BUT to leave this to Jesus at our BEMA SEAT Judgement. Please refresh your memory with Romans 14:10,11,12,13 KJV. I ASK YOU TO PLEASE PRAY OVER THIS BROTHER. THANK YOU.
Please at the forefront of your mind, remember that this letter is sent to you in the spirit of agape love in the hope our fellowship may continue in the bonds of phileo love dear brother in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in the Hope of His calling, and His agape love for us. May we strive Lawfully in our Lord to accomplish His perfect will. Running the Race that is set before us. Amen! May we NOT place “unnecessary” (see my letter below for more details) burdens (personal convictions) on one another and make foolish vain statements that stir up contention and sin, giving Satan a foothold, ensnaring us; that we NOT judge each other’s liberty of another’s conscience. Asking now at the beginning of this letter to carefully and prayerfully read Romans 14, ESPECIALLY ROMANS 14:10,11,12,13 KJV. Romans 15; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 10:29,30 KJV.
ROMANS 14:1,10,11,12,13 KJV
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
King James Version
15 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Commentary from Matthew Henry: Opening: statement:
The apostle here lays down two precepts, with reasons to enforce them, showing the duty of the strong Christian to consider and condescend to the weakest.
I. We must bear the infirmities of the weak, v. 1. We all have our infirmities; but the weak are more subject to them than others-the weak in knowledge or grace, the bruised reed and the smoking flax. We must consider these; not trample upon them, but encourage them, and bear with their infirmities. If through weakness they judge and censure us, and speak evil of us, we must bear with them, pity them, and not have our affections alienated from them. Alas! it is their weakness, they cannot help it. Thus Christ bore with his weak disciples, and apologized for them. But there is more in it; we must also bear their infirmities by sympathizing with them, concerning ourselves for them, ministering strength to them, as there is occasion. This is bearing one another’s burdens.
II. We must not please ourselves, but our neighbour, v. 1, 2. We must deny our own humour, in consideration of our brethren’s weakness and infirmity.
1. Christians must not please themselves. We must not make it our business to gratify all the little appetites and desires of our own heart; it is good for us to cross ourselves sometimes, and then we shall the better bear others crossing of us. We shall be spoiled (as Adonijah was) if we be always humoured. The first lesson we have to learn is to deny ourselves, Mt. 16:24.
2. Christians must please their brethren. The design of Christianity is to soften and meeken the spirit, to teach us the art of obliging and true complaisance; not to be servants to the lust of any, but to the necessities and infirmities of our brethren-to comply with all that we have to do with as fare as we can with a good conscience. Christians should study to be pleasing. As we must not please ourselves in the use of our Christian liberty (which was allowed us, not for our own pleasure, but for the glory of God and the profit and edification of others), so we must please our neighbour. How amiable and comfortable a society would the church of Christ be if Christians would study to please one another, as now we see them commonly industrious to cross, and thwart, and contradict one another!—Please his neighbour, not in every thing, it is not an unlimited rule; but for his good, especially for the good of his soul: not please him by serving his wicked wills, and humouring him in a sinful way, or consenting to his enticements, or suffering sin upon him; this is a base way of pleasing our neighbour to the ruin of his soul: if we thus please men, we are not the servants of Christ; but please him for his good; not for our own secular good, or to make a prey of him, but for his spiritual good.—To edification, that is, not only for his profit, but for the profit of others, to edify the body of Christ, by studying to oblige one another. The closer the stones lie, and the better they are squared to fit one another, the stronger is the building. Now observe the reason why Christians must please one another: For even Christ pleased not himself. The self-denial of our Lord Jesus is the best argument against the selfishness of Christians. Observe,
(1.) That Christ pleased not himself. He did not consult his own worldly credit, ease, safety, nor pleasure; he had not where to lay his head, lived upon alms, would not be made a king, detested no proposal with greater abhorrence than that, Master, spare thyself, did not seek his own will (Jn. 5:30), washed his disciples’ feet, endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, troubled himself (Jn. 11:33), did not consult his own honour, and, in a word, emptied himself, and made himself of no reputation: and all this for our sakes, to bring in a righteousness for us, and to set us an example. His whole life was a self-denying self-displeasing life. He bore the infirmities of the weak, Heb. 4:15.
(2.) That herein the scripture was fulfilled: As it is written, The reproaches of those that reproached thee fell on me. This is quoted out of Ps. 69:9, the former part of which verse is applied to Christ (Jn. 2:17), The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the latter part here; for David was a type of Christ, and his sufferings of Christ’s sufferings. It is quoted to show that Christ was so far from pleasing himself that he did in the highest degree displease himself. Not as if his undertaking, considered on the whole, were a task and grievance to him, for he was very willing to it and very cheerful in it; but in his humiliation the content and satisfaction of natural inclination were altogether crossed and denied. He preferred our benefit before his own ease and pleasure. This the apostle chooses to express in scripture language; for how can the things of the Spirit of God be better spoken of than in the Spirit’s own words? And this scripture he alleges, The reproaches of those that reproached thee fell on me. [1.] The shame of those reproaches, which Christ underwent. Whatever dishonour was done to God was a trouble to the Lord Jesus. He was grieved for the hardness of people’s hearts, beheld a sinful place with sorrow and tears. When the saints were persecuted, Christ so far displeased himself as to take what was done to them as done against himself: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Christ also did himself endure the greatest indignities; there was much of reproach in his sufferings. [2.] The sin of those reproaches, for which Christ undertook to satisfy; so many understand it. Every sin is a kind of reproach to God, especially presumptuous sins; now the guilt of these fell upon Christ, when he was made sin, that is, a sacrifice, a sin-offering for us. When the Lord laid upon him the iniquities of us all, and he bore our sins in his own body upon the tree, they fell upon him as upon our surety. Upon me be the curse. This was the greatest piece of self-displacency that could be: considering his infinite spotless purity and holiness, the infinite love of the Father to him, and his eternal concern for his Father’s glory, nothing could be more contrary to him, nor more against him, than to be made sin and a curse for us, and to have the reproaches of God fall upon him, especially considering for whom he thus displeased himself, for strangers, enemies, and traitors, the just for the unjust, 1 Pt. 3:18. This seems to come in as a reason why we should bear the infirmities of the weak. We must not please ourselves, for Christ pleased not himself; we must bear the infirmities of the weak, for Christ bore the reproaches of those that reproached God. He bore the guilt of sin and the curse for it; we are only called to bear a little of the trouble of it. he bore the presumptuous sins of the wicked; we are called only to bear the infirmities of the weak.—Even Christ; kai gar ho Christos. Even he who was infinitely happy in the enjoyment of himself, who needed not us nor our services,—even he who thought it no robbery to be equal with God, who had reason enough to pleas himself, and no reason to be concerned, much less to be crossed, for us,—even he pleased not himself, even he bore our sins. And should not we be humble, and self-denying, and ready to consider one another, who are members one of another?
1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 10:29-30 KJV
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
My comment on harmonizing Romans 15:1-4 with 1 Corinthians 1:10, 10:29-30: A paradox here we have. The truth revealed to me is this. We bear one another’s burden but that burden must ultimately be placed UPON JESUS CHRIST and upon him alone. AMEN!!!
A scripture for confirmation is Galatians 6:1–5, we see that we are encouraged to restore those caught in sin, bear one another’s burdens, and test our own work—bearing the individual load of our own responsibilities. The Greek word phortion is translated as “load” in this verse and it is defined as a non-transferable personal burden. As individuals, each of us has non-transferable responsibilities that we are required to fulfill.
Galatians 6:1-5 KJV Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
I will NOT allow someone to push and control their own “personal project” and “personal” conviction onto me. You will probably disagree with me, but this is exactly what happened (from my perspective).
Added specifics that I need to address:
The Strong and the Weak (Romans 14)
Personal Convictions Should Not Inhibit Harmony Among Christians
The Issue at Hand. It is vitally important to our understanding of chapter 14 to be absolutely clear as to the issue at hand. The issue to which Paul speaks is the matter of personal convictions. Individual Christians will often differ over matters of conscience and of liberties. The differences of which Paul speaks are not over absolutes or fundamental doctrines of the faith. Specifically, Paul mentions the matter of eating meat or only vegetables (v. 2), of observing certain holy days (v. 5), and of drinking wine (v. 21).
While two Christians may disagree over whether or not a Christian should drink wine or eat only vegetables, no Christian should dispute the fact that lying, stealing, and immorality are sin. These are biblical and moral absolutes. No two Christians should differ over the virgin birth or the deity of Christ, the physical resurrection of our Lord or the substitutionary atonement. These are doctrinal certainties.
When we understand that Paul is speaking with regard to individual liberties, Christian rights, and personal convictions, then it is easy to see the difference in Paul’s attitude in Romans 14 as compared with Galatians 5 and Colossians 2. There were those who taught that it was impossible to be saved apart from the keeping of the Law. “And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved’” (Acts 15:1).
With these Judaizers, Paul was very severe, for their doctrine was false. Those in Rome of whom Paul spoke were not of this sort. They were not saying that they had to avoid meat in order to be saved; they simply felt it was wrong for the Christian to eat meat, just as it is wrong to lie or steal.
The difference between Paul’s response to the weakness of Romans 14 and the heresy of Galatians can be best illustrated by his actions with regard to the circumcision of Timothy and Titus. In Acts 16:3, Paul had Timothy circumcised so as not to offend the scruples and custom (and perhaps prejudices) of those who knew his father was a Greek. But in Galatians 2:3-5, Paul refused to circumcise Titus because there the heretics were insisting that circumcision was essential to salvation. (Link removed because you’re very offended by any use of biblical interpretation)
Paul is particularly gracious and gentle in his instructions concerning the weak brethren in Romans 14, and it is because there was no heresy here, only a difference of understanding in the matter of Christian convictions and Christian liberties. Although Paul deals decisively with moral sin and doctrinal deviation in the New Testament he pleads for understanding and love when it comes also to immaturity in the matter of Christian liberties.
Dear Brother In love, I don’t think you really know, (based on what I heard you say on the phone explaining your email…but… you think you know, but you only understand by your own “limited” seemingly immature Christian walk in a carnal understanding which you lean upon. Of course I’m guilty of misunderstanding my carnal interpretation as well. I’m only pointing out problems I have with your letter. (Read Proverbs 3:5 KJV). You must NOT lean on your understanding Brother. We both need to learn the difference between the mind’s ability to understand something BUT it is only our spirit through the faculty of conscience, intuition, and communion, in and through the Holy Spirit given to us at Salvation, by God’s grace that we can only truly “UNDERSTAND” something. Your mind thinks and understands.
(SIDE NOTE: ALL of my brother’s work as NOT good. A few weeks after writing this I was shocked to find a major flaw in my brother’s understanding of the communion in which he complicated the simplicity and the fundamental meaning. I deleted the Blog and posted my own work here in this link: This to me proved to be more solid evidence on how God has called each Christian personally to do their work and not build on the foundation of another, but only on the foundation of Jesus Christ)
However I will say this ‘further separation” from ALL things not according to His Plan! (A HUGE AMEN!) BUT../ You are later trying to make YOUR plan as HIS Plan as I experienced in your phone call. And this is you adding onto another’s work. Read carefully Romans 15:20, especially since you sent it to me. Let’s practice what we’ve preached. I have detailed analysis on the subject.
So here are the scriptures:
Luk_6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. (Amen, wait til you read and study Matthew Henry’s Romans 15 commentary)
Luk_6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Amen, wait til you read and study Matthew Henry’s Romans 15 commentary)
Luk_14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, (This verse is perhaps what has convicted you to take heed how you build upon the foundation that has already been established and which you have repeatedly wanted to be a part of. Wait til you read and study Matthew Henry’s Romans 15 commentary I’ve posted below. Praise God! Now, here I find a problem. A significant problem dear Brother. I pray you take to heart Luke 14:29 and especially Romans 15:20 (incredibly ironic you listed this verse trying to STRONGLY IMPLY both in letter and verbally that I am building on the foundation of Jesus Christ with the work of heretics. If I’m wrong, please forgive me, however, please… I really need for you really confront this and to clarify in the spirit of truth that I know abides in you. AMEN! )
I got up the next morning refreshed and with the POWERFUL conviction and righteous indignation sent you the following email HEADING THE NEXT MORNING. It is here I need to focus on the following 3 major points that I brought up in the email which you did not answer fully in your email, but glossed over with broad strokes.
These are in ascending order of importance (1 being the most important etc):
NUMBER ONE: The “Parable of the Talents”, in Matthew 25:14–30 tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his 3 servants. … The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money. You dumping your Blog was simply tragic and shows clearly as the 3rd fearful servant. Then,,.. you not intentionally or out of spite, you inadvertently work to get me to get off track and my calling is violation of my calling almost making me the 3rd servant of Matthew 25:14-30. The Holy Spirit led me directly to these verses after I got up the next morning Brother Cal. I know you know I speak the truth.
NUMBER TWO: Luke 12:1: The Leaven of the Pharisees: Hypocrisy. You using Philpot and then out of the other side of your mouth saying you only use the Bible is PURE UNADULTERATED HYPOCRISY. You’re standing as a Pharisee Brother. Please do not deny your action in this regard and why you keep trying to saddle me with your burden that was NOT mine. An even greater Hypocrisy and the primary reason I removed you from being a contributor to my Blog was allowing you to be a part of something you adamantly refused to be a part of anything that had the work of Woods or Malone and then you added any man and not directly from the Bible. Knowing I had to keep on my charted course, I knew you’d later detest your hypocrisy and you’d be a liar and then mockery would come. Read Luke 12:1 and then please read ALL of Luke chapter 11 and ask yourself this question: “Why would Jesus say what is written in Luke 12:1 taking Luke chapter 11 “in” context. It is also very interesting that Luke chapter 11 – John 8:42-47 – and Matthew 12 ALL connect as follows: GAME OVER PHARISEES and National “unrepentant Israel”, the Kingdom Gospel has been removed from the table. JUDGEMENT COMES! And whooooosh: in comes the age of the Gentiles. This is serious for all of us examine that we’re not operating in the spirit of carnal hypocrisy as did the Pharisees.
NUMBER THREE: HIDING YOUR LIGHT… and this brings me to tears more than the first two concerns… You hid your light when you took down your Blog… and unsuspectingly you were trying to get me to hide mine: Luke 11:33: No man when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. When you abandoned your work and went into obscurity driven by fear, doubt, sin, guilt and not knowing your identity in Christ, you hid your light and didn’t believe you were blood bought born again. The Holy Spirit through me showed you PRAISE GOD of who you are in Christ. You are a MAN OF GOD, NOT a beaten down afraid, fearful effeminate man who is terrified of women. When you came after me to get rid of content that I KNEW I WAS AT PEACE WITH BUT then through those same attacks I begin to be fearful, doubtful and guilt ridden that I was building on sand and supporting heretics and myself being apostate, even doubting who I was in Christ. However, thank God I didn’t fall into that PIT. PRAISE GOD!
I firmly believe in the depths of my heart that you should have your “own” work using your talents the Lord has given you. When you deleted your Blog you fell into a pit of FEAR and DOUBT and HID your talent EXACTLY as did the fearful servant in Matthew 25:25 KJV. Please read very carefully. Why did you do this? You admit in your own email that you were wrong and had fallen to doubts, fears and quote: “Remember how I wept, because I saw how that Satan used certain women to send out arrows which attacked my heart and soul, and made me question if I was correct in having such a blog, and certain besetting sins, which played heavy upon my mind and heart, and questioning my “gift”? It was on that day I realized what took place and what caused me to take it down. I was totally disheartened, and discouraged, I was beaten down through false accusations. I needed confirmation before I could move forward, and three or fours (four) years later, BAM! The Lord used you dear faithful Brother in the Lord to confirm it! What a revelation it was! And I was set free, and such a Godly confidence took hold, in all humility! At times I still can’t believe He has chosen this vessel to do so.” end quote
Don’t you see both the extraordinary irony here and how Satan almost used you to take down and bury my talent? I hope so. If not I pray our Lord give you spiritual understanding. Unlike you (at that time) Brother, I know in my heart that I operate by Grace and it is NOT I but the Lord IN me and I IN Him. And even then you still almost got me to fall into the pit of despair and doubt and fear. God Forbid!
Hypocrisy: The Leaven of the Pharisees. Please read and study Luke 12:1 and before please read the entire chapter of Luke 11. I have. It will BLOW your mind. I refuse to act as did the Pharisees Brother. I will continue to post work by Philpot, knowing he had flaws and some serious heretical teachings (I know the Lord has not made this clear to you as of yet, but teaching TRINITY is POLYTHEISTIC. I pray our Lord give you understanding. Worse, was Philpot was a BAPTIST and wrote very wordy and some disturbing things that muddy the water regarding Salvation. NEVERTHELESS, I still post and will again refer to Philpot’s work on 2 Timothy 2:5 KJV Lawful Striving. Therefore, WHY WOULD I EVER treat Woods or Malone any differently?
To argue with me regarding this falls into 3 categories: 1. Trying to make me understand something that is honestly a “personal conviction” of yours, and NOT something the Holy Spirit has directly confirmed other than wanting to seek not to make my Brother stumble Romans 14 and not wanting to cause strife or contention over something NON ESSENTIAL. This is flirting with serious violation of 1 Corinthians 1:10.
2. Straining a gnat and swallowing a Camel. The Pharisees would literally follow Jesus around like a pack of hyenas nit picking and looking for minute details, yet they missed the entire BIG picture of who Jesus Christ truly was.
3. Arguing about things Paul warned and commanded both Timothy and Titus not to get into discussions over: READ carefully and prayerfully Titus 2:10 and Titus 3:9. Then go to Titus 3:10 and compare the difference of what foolish striving is versus true Heretics. Here’s Matthew Henry’s commentary: (sorry I know you oppose using any man’s work other than use of the Bible alone, but I want to post this. You may choose to disregard: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/titus/3.html . By the way a heretic is someone who is completely opposed to the essential Gospel of Jesus Christ and other fundamental essentials such as the deity of Jesus Christ, etc. Heretic is G141 AIHRETIKOS, belonging to a sect opposed to and maintains opinions upon “any” subject at variance with those considered “authoritative” or against canonized scripture. The word heretic is also someone who splits, is factious, schismatic and apart from scripture. So in a technical sense we could disagree all day long whether Trinity is major heretical teaching. But I choose to take a stance on focusing on the major issues regarding: Salvation, The Gospel, And The deity of Jesus Christ. Please read and study 2 Timothy Chapter 2 I have and am now studying it again as I type this letter. Look carefully at Chapter 2 verses 15-26. Thank you Brother.
*** MOST IMPORTANTLY: In wasting time in WRANGLING and STRIFE CONTENTION VARIANCE over who we should follow and who we should NOT Please read these words very carefully from 1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
I’m sure you are aware of what Paul was so upset about with the “carnal” Corinthians. Please read the entire Chapter 1 of 1 Corinthians. Let me refresh your memory Brother: The foremost reason for the CONTENTION, STRIFE, DIVISION SCHISMATIC (HERETICAL) ACTIVITY of the Corinthians was there tendency to align themselves with different Christian leaders as if it were a contest. It was always either Paul, Peter, Apollos (supposedly even more of a more persuasive speaker than Paul which influenced many) and some Jesus. Followers of Jesus only. They believed that they only read, followed and did exactly as Jesus Christ, thus refusing to follow the Gospel of Paul and even Paul’s direct apostolic appointing. Romans 2:16; Acts 28:28. I ran into these before who say they only follow the RED WORDS in the Bible, they only follow Jesus and not “Paul’s Gospel”.