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(Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)

The “Jesus Freaks”… are those who love to quote Jesus… and you’ll noticed they tend to be self-righteous.
But…If…IF… IF you can get someone to see and believe Paul’s gospel — the “evangel of our salvation”… one of grace and peace… they don’t brow beat others into submission.

They only “fall out of grace” when the “fall into works and law”.

Yes, I’m in the “cult of Paul”… it’s way better than being in the JAMES GANG. — The “Jesus Freaks”.

Listen…THERE IS ONE TIME when Paul does quote Jesus, and its in I CORINTHIANS 11… concerning the Lord’s table… I contend that I CORINTHIANS is all about the pot luck supper that they saints should be having. Why?

Because some were over eating and some were getting drunk. And some were hogging all the good food. How rude. The pot luck supper is important for the ecclesia. So important that Paul, in I COR 11 reveals that the pot-luck supper is really “Lord’s Table” it’s really a very spiritual thing.

Elsewhere Paul says DO ALL THINGS TO THE GLORY OF GOD… right? So, why not see the POT LUCK SUPPER as a spiritual event… something wonderful put together by the saints for the saints. ???

Now… concerning the “Jesus Freaks” or the “JAMES GANG…


We don’t use the term “self-censured” very often in today’s world… so let’s see what it means — It means you shut up and let the other guys have their way. You stand down. You’re afraid they might hurt you later on so you let them have their way… at least for now.

IT MEANS you’re chicken — you’re afraid of the repercussions … and threats.

Peter was “self-censured”. The bastard.

Paul was right to smack him around.

You don’t give in to THE JAMES GANG. They are full of themselves. They quote Matthew, Mark, Luke and John just to brow-beat you.

GRACE to them is horrifying.

That God would save someone… anyone… who doesn’t deserve it… Oh the horror. Oh the shame… Oh I’m going to faint. It’s a scandal, I tell you… a scandal.

“NOW I BRETHREN, if I am still heralding circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Consequently the snare of the cross has been nullified. Would that those who are raising you to insurrection struck themselves off also!” (Gal.5:11,12).
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Here is the key reason you should NEVER quote Jesus —
Jesus said: I am only sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Matthew 15:24 )

Paul reveals that HE DIED FOR ALL MANKIND… but Jesus’ earthly ministry was to and for the Jews. “The lost sheep of the house of Israel”.

If you read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, don’t look for any clear answers there as to God’s eonian purpose and long-range plans. Those things were revealed to Paul alone, not to them. In fact… Paul says… in Colossians 1:25
God granted it to me to complete the word of God.

Now, it’s ok to understand God’s purpose and plan for Israel. It has a lot to do with grace AND WORKS… and the future RULE of the Kingdom… and the Earth.

But what happens to us, the ecclesia, which is His body, is way different than what God intends for Israel. Our allotment is “among the celestials”. (EPH 3?)

So, don’t think you’re more “spiritual” if you’re quoting Jesus about this and that. NO…. you should be hanging out in Paul’s 13 letters to get a firm foundation in the evangel of grace… before you go exploring the evangel of the circumcision.

And if “certain men come from James” there is no reason in the world to put up with their crap. Paul didn’t. And neither should you.

Galatians 2:12 “And certain men came from James.” (KJV)

These guys… these “certain men come from James”… will lay the law on you… Paul warns about them in Romans 1… where is says “they tell you not to steal but they get caught stealing”… and … “they tell you not to commit adultery, then they get caught committing adultery.”

Judaizers. Law-keepers. They don’t boast in GRACE.
They don’t boast in the cross.

“NOW I BRETHREN, if I am still heralding circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Consequently the snare (SCANDAL) of the cross has been nullified. Would that those who are raising you to insurrection struck themselves off also!” (Gal.5:11,12).

Chapter 2:21 for if righteousness is through law, consequently Christ died gratuitously.
Chapter 3
1 O foolish Galatians! Who bewitches you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was graphically crucified?
2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you get the spirit by works of law or by hearing of faith?
3 So foolish are you? Undertaking in spirit, are you now being completed in flesh?

The “Jesus Freaks”—James Gang wants you to complete the work of God IN YOUR FLESH.
They want you to establish yourself, in yourself, by yourself…that’s why they tend to be freewillers.

Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle (not from men, (SEE V. 16 AND V. 19) neither through a man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, Who rouses Him from among the dead),2 and all the brethren with me, to the ecclesias of Galatia:3 Grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ,4 Who gives Himself for our sins, so that He might extricate us out of the present wicked eon, according to the will of our God and Father,5 to Whom be glory for the eons of the eons. Amen!6 I am marveling that thus, swiftly, you are transferred from that which calls you in the grace of Christ, to a different evangel,7 which is not another, except it be that some who are disturbing you want also to distort the evangel of Christ.8 But if ever we also, or a messenger out of heaven, should be bringing an evangel to you beside that which we bring to you, let him be anathema!9 As we have declared before and at present I am saying again, if anyone is bringing you an evangel beside that which you accepted, let him be anathema!10 For, at present, am I persuading men or God? Or am I seeking to please men? If I still pleased men, I were not a slave of Christ.11 For I am making known to you, brethren, as to the evangel which is being brought by me, that it is not in accord with man.12 For neither did I accept it from a man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.13 For you hear of my behavior once, in Judaism, that I inordinately persecuted the ecclesia of God and ravaged it.14 And I progressed in Judaism above many contemporaries in my race, being inherently exceedingly more zealous for the traditions of my fathers.15 Now, when it delights God, Who severs me from my mother’s womb and calls me through His grace,16 to unveil His Son in me that I may be evangelizing Him among the nations, I did not immediately submit it to flesh and blood,17 neither came I up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I came away into Arabia, and I return again to Damascus.18 Thereupon, after three years, I came up to Jerusalem to relate my story to Cephas, and I stay with him fifteen days.19 Yet I became acquainted with no one different from the apostles, except James, the brother of the Lord.20 Now what I am writing to you, lo! in God’s sight, I say that I am not lying.21 Thereupon I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.22 Yet I was unknown by face to the ecclesias of Judea which are in Christ.23 Yet only they were hearing that “He who once was persecuting us, now is evangelizing the faith which once he ravaged.”24 And they glorified God in me.
Chapter 2

1 Thereupon, after the lapse of fourteen years, I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also along with me.2 Now I went up in accord with a revelation, and submitted to them the evangel which I am heralding among the nations, yet privately to those of repute, lest somehow I should be racing or ran for naught.3 But not even Titus, who is with me, being a Greek, is compelled to be circumcised.4 Yet, it was because of the false brethren who were smuggled in, who came in by the way to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they shall be enslaving us-5 to whom, not even for an hour do we simulate by subjection, that the truth of the evangel should be continuing with you.6 Now from those reputed to be somewhat-what kind they once were is of no consequence to me (God is not taking up the human aspect)-for to me those of repute submitted nothing.7 But, on the contrary, perceiving that I have been entrusted with the evangel of the Uncircumcision,8 according as Peter of the Circumcision (for He Who operates in Peter for the apostleship of the Circumcision operates in me also for the nations),9 and, knowing the grace which is being given to me, James and Cephas and John, who are supposed to be pillars, give to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we, indeed, are to be for the nations, yet they for the Circumcision-10 only that we may be remembering the poor, which same thing I endeavor also to do.11 Now when Cephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, for he was self-censured.12 For, before the coming of some from James, he ate together with those of the nations. Yet when they came, he shrank back, and severed himself, fearing those of the Circumcision.13 And the rest of the Jews also play the hypocrite with him, so that Barnabas also was led away with their hypocrisy.14 But when I perceived that they are not correct in their attitude toward the truth of the evangel, I said to Cephas in front of all, “If you, being inherently a Jew, are living as the nations, and not as the Jews, how are you compelling the nations to be judaizing?”15 We, who by nature are Jews, and not sinners of the nations,16 having perceived that a man is not being justified by works of law, except alone through the faith of Christ Jesus, we also believe in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by works of law, seeing that by works of law shall no flesh at all be justified.17 Now if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ, consequently, a dispenser of sin? May it not be coming to that!18 For if I am building again these things which I demolish, I am commending myself as a transgressor.19 For I, through law, died to law, that I should be living to God.20 With Christ have I been crucified, yet I am living; no longer I, but living in me is Christ. Now that which I am now living in flesh, I am living in faith that is of the Son of God, Who loves me, and gives Himself up for me.21 I am not repudiating the grace of God, for if righteousness is through law, consequently Christ died gratuitously.
Chapter 3

1 O foolish Galatians! Who bewitches you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was graphically crucified?2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you get the spirit by works of law or by hearing of faith?3 So foolish are you? Undertaking in spirit, are you now being completed in flesh?4 So much did you suffer feignedly? Since, surely, it also is feignedly!5 He, then, who is supplying you with the spirit, and operating works of power among you-did you get the spirit by works of law or by the hearing of faith,6 according as Abraham believes God, and it is reckoned to him for righteousness?7 Know, consequently, that those of faith, these are sons of Abraham.8 Now the scripture, perceiving before that God is justifying the nations by faith, brings before an evangel to Abraham, that In you shall all the nations be blessed.9 So that those of faith are being blessed together with believing Abraham.10 For whoever are of works of law are under a curse, for it is written that, Accursed is everyone who is not remaining in all things written in the scroll of the law to do them.


Post Script: See Jim’s article THE SNARE OF THE CROSS… HERE:

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