The Apostle Paul and the Gospel of Judas Dr. Michael L. Ford 25 April 2006 One might well ask what the Apostle Paul would have to do with a spurious gospel written a hundred or more years after his death? Actually Paul can tell us quite a lot in response to the modern promoters of that false gospel. You see, the National Geographic made the claim that early Christianity was a hodgepodge of competing ideologies in its beginning, all with equal standing, and that just is not true. What is true was there was in those days, even as there are today, certain false prophets and teachers trying to gain prominence and influence and some old pagan ideas trying to bring their beliefs into the burgeoning movement. These did not have standing as fellow Christians. One of the tactics of these servants of Satan was to send forged letters to some of the early churches that claimed to come from some Apostle or other. Paul referred to these false letters in his second letter to the Thessalonians (2:2) and a specific confusion that they had tried to sow among that assembly. False predictions about the return of the Lord were not invented by the modern day cults like the Jehovah Witnesses. Paul addressed the matter of the false messengers more fully in his letter to the Galatians where he said: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9) The liberal and apostate witnesses that the National Geographic used to spread false assertions about the credibility of the Gospel of Judas being as credible as the Gospels which made their way into our Bibles are very much like the people in that early day except for the fact many of these modern day deceivers are making their livings from the foolishness of genuine Christians who continue to support them and their institutions even after they have clearly become heretical. In the Day of Judgment their will be an accounting for that. A few years back I wrote a piece on the occasion when Paul stood before King Agrippa and Festus noting that a young woman named Bernice was there with them. She is mentioned three times in Acts chapters 25 and 26. The reason her presence is so important is she was Philo of Alexander’s niece. Philo was among those people who had sought to undermine Judaism and later Christianity with their false philosophies. As is the case today, the evil workers back then often had prominence and acceptance among powers in this world. But, it is much better to have a good name and reputation with God. That is something these promoters of “The Gospel of Judas” will never have unless they repent and throw themselves upon the mercy of the Most High. The Apostle Paul made it plain that those who teach and proclaim some other gospel are accursed, and that is no light matter.
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