Some disregard the authenticity of Paul's apostleship because Matthias, the replacement for the traitor Judas, was appointed as the 12th Apostle long before Paul’s conversion.
While so many of us cling to the Apostle Paul's example and teaching, others are repelled by him and label him as a self-contradicting, hypocritical deceiver. Who is right?
Did the Apostle Paul contradict himself? Did he say different things to different people just to gain their favor?
One of the most amazing things about Jesus calling followers was that he often did things to turn people away. In John 6 he said following him required the eating his flesh and drinking his blood. In Luke 14 he said that to be worthy of him, you had to hate your family – all of them! Right after that difficult message, Jesus told three stories that illustrated different and important aspects of becoming a disciple. For more Scriptures and thoughts on those three stories watch this short vlog then listen to our full podcast with the same title.
What course of action and what attitude should we have as Christians when we know that we have said or done something wrong? What examples are there in the Scriptures?
When do we stand as an immovable force and when do we bend and acquiesce to include the preferences of others? Fortunately for us, these very issues existed in biblical times so we actually do have a pretty clear set of guidelines to follow. Is compromise good? Yes! Is compromise bad? Yes!