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The apostle Paul was exactly that, an apostle.
The apostle of the gentiles
There are a number of hubs and web sites accusing the apostle Paul, as a false prophet, teacher and some would go as far as to accuse him of being the antichrist. Paul also know as Saul, was both Scribe and Pharisee. understood Judaic theology thoroughly. And not only was he trained in Judaism, but being born and reared in Tarsus of Asia Minor, the center of Stoic philosophy, he was well acquainted with the classical works of Gentiles. He was given the authority to stamp out the new movement know to them then as the Jesus movement. News of Christ's resurrection traveled fast and the religious leaders wanted it to end. After Steven was stoned to death (Acts 6) Paul was sent to Damascus to destroy what Christ started. We know about his experience on the way and how he went from persecutor to persecuted. So how could anyone deny the miracle of his conversion to the faith? Think about it. He was on a mission given full authority to persecute Christians by the Religious leaders, then suddenly he is following the same path of those he was hunting down and was persecuted? He was executed for his beliefs, he steadfastly maintained his faith in Christ and the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Although it took a miracle to open his eyes, Paul finally became its chief exponent and propagator. This does not sound like a false prophet or teacher for that matter. It was divine intervention. He was so compassionate in his teachings and beliefs that it has been said that he "turned the world upside down"(Acts 17:6). Because of his teachings, Christianity spread in Rome like a wildfire. Christianity today is a result of his letters and teachings. He brought the message of found hope to the believers. The apostle Paul was given a gracious apostleship to us Gentiles; not based upon any promise, prophecy, or covenant with us. (Rom. 1:1 5; Eph. 2:11 12; 3:1 9; II Tim. 1:9 11). Do not be fooled into this movement that Paul is a false teacher. He had nothing worldly to gain by the ministry he taught to us, like so many teachers gain today.
2Pet 3:15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
I hope they are not calling the apostle Peter and God liars now.
Peace on earth