Did Paul Write Paul’s Epistles?

Q. My sister’s church is having a Bible study and the instructor has told them every seminary and those who attend them know that Paul didn’t write all the epistles in the New Testament, that one was even written several years after his death, I know there are attempts all the time to try to discredit the Bible but I was caught off guard with this teaching.

A. Sad to say he’s probably right, about what some (not all) seminaries teach, that is. For nearly 100 years the liberal denominations have been waging a non-stop effort to disprove the veracity of the Bible. But if the Bible is the inspired word of God, who is the source of all truth, why would He have the people He chose to write it lie about their identities?. Peter, Paul, James and John all wrote about false teachers and they all warned us to stay away from them.

Pauline authorship is easily proven, and for most of Church history the best scholars of each generation have accepted that without hesitation, so teaching like this only survives for 2 reasons. First, because the students today are even less knowledgeable than the so-called teachers, and second, because we don’t expect people who say they’re serving God to be so openly working against Him.

But Paul did say that Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light, so we shouldn’t be surprised if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:14-15). Tell your sister to get out of that class. The instructor obviously doesn’t believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, so nothing he says can be trusted.

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