Okay. What was going on at the church in Corinth? Paul was defending himself and trying to guilt trip his church members at the same time. Paul said,
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 2 Corinthians 12:15
Whoa!!! Basically Paul is saying he will happily keep making sacrifices [including sacrificing HIMSELF] for his church members, even though it seems like the more he does for them, the less they appreciate him [“though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”] WOW. Kinda sounds like Paul is throwing a little shade at his members. Maybe even rebuking them a smidge, for being ungrateful for his many sacrifices, and taking him for granted. Hmmmmmm… Then Paul says,
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 2 Corinthians 12:16
WOW! Paul is a Picasso when it comes to gaslighting. Holy smokes! Paul is a spin artist! Something apparently happened at the church in Corinth. Exactly what happened, we don’t know. But from Paul’s own admission, his Corithian church members caught him in another one of his lies. But instead of admitting his wrong and repenting for it, he flipped and spun the whole thing back on them, and let’s them know he did NOT waste their time [“I did not burden you”] but on the contrary, he tells them that he “outsmarted” them and caught them slipping [being crafty, I caught you with guile]. WHAT??? Paul?? How did you catch them slipping? THEY CAUGHT YOU SLIPPING!!! AND THEY CALLED YOU OUT ON IT!! But rather than admit they caught you in a lie, you flipped it accused them of being ungrateful, unappreciative, spoiled brats!! WOW!!
Read 2 Corinthians 12:15,16 one hundred times, back to back, until you see the family fued between Paul and his church happening right before your eyes. The Corinthian church caught their leader and founder —> in a LIE. Does he repent for lying to them? No. He gaslights them. He spins the whole thing back on them and tells them he will keep making sacrifices for them and continue sacrificing HIMSELF for them, in spite of the fact that the more he does for them, the LESS they appreciate (love) him. Then he proceeds to tell them that they didn’t catch him in a lie, because lying to them was a part of his original plan all along!!!
“I did not burden you: nevertheless, BEING CRAFTY, I CAUGHT YOU WITH GUILE.” 2 Corinthians 12:16
HUH? Wha, wha, WHAT???? Being ten steps ahead of them, you deceived them, CATCHING them with their pants down? [being crafty, I CAUGHT you with guile] Paul? It seems as if THEY CAUGHT YOU WITH >>YOUR<< PANTS DOWN, SIR?!?! You damn liar!?
So… not only did the Ephesian church catch Paul telling lies [Revelation 2:1,2], the Corinthian church caught Paul telling lies too!
Unto the angel of the [CHURCH OF EPHESUS] write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, [AND HOW THOU CANST NOT BEAR THEM WHICH ARE EVIL: AND THOU HAST TRIED THEM WHICH SAY THEY ARE [APOSTLES], AND ARE NOT, AND HAST FOUND THEM LIARS] Revelation 2:1,2
“which say they are apostles”
PAUL [SAID] he was an apostle. Paul was a self-proclaimed apostle. The bright and morning star NEVER acknowledged Paul as an apostle, through NO ONE ELSE’S MOUTH EXCEPT FOR PAUL’S. It was PAUL ALONE who said the miracle worker called “him to be an apostle.” No one can confirm or verify Paul is telling the truth. We ONLY have Paul’s testimony that the son of man called him to be an apostle. I believe it was Paul who said:
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 Corinthians 13:1
The men who were with Paul on the road to Damascus; did THEY testify that they heard or voice or saw a light brighter than the noon day sun shine upon Saul, on the road to Damascus? In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established, right? Who (other than Paul himself) validated his apostleship?? Do NOT say Ananias! Because the only reason we know anything about Ananias is because Paul told Luke about Ananias! Once again (other than Paul) who in the Bible validated Paul as an apostle? In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established, right?
The balm in Gilead said, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, [DECEIT], lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these [EVIL] things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:20-23
Mary’s little baby said deceit is EVIL; it’s BORN in a man’s heart (For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts – Mark 7:21) and that it DEFILES the man who uses it. <— the king of the Jews said that. Which is why the perfect sacrifice said in Revelation 2:2 “THOU CANST NOT BEAR THEM WHICH ARE [EVIL]: AND THOU HAST TRIED THEM WHICH SAY THEY ARE [APOSTLES], AND ARE NOT, AND HAST FOUND THEM LIARS” Revelation 2:2
Paul is an EVIL LIAR according to his own words. Again and again Paul admits he’s a deceitful LIAR.
“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?” Romans 3:7
WHOA!!! PAUL? DID YOU JUST SAY WHAT I THINK YOU JUST SAID???
“Why are you accusing me of being a sinner if [MY LIE] successfully evangelizes the truth of God for His glory? <— Is THAT what you’re saying, Paul? Wait a minute? The truth of God can be evangelized for His glory, by telling lies??? How is that even possible!?! Paul???
But if through MY LIE God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? – English Standard Version
But if in MY LIE, the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also judged as a sinner? – Berean Literal Bible
But if through MY LIE the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? – New American Standard Bible
Paul doesn’t think he should be judged for spreading God’s truth by telling lies. In other words, if Paul tells you that God created 400 trillion planets just like Earth, with people on them, and that the son of man went to EACH of those 400 trillion planets and SEPARATELY died on the cross 400 trillion times, for the sins of all the people on those planets <— why should Paul be condemned as a sinner for telling you that GIGANTIC LIE if God gets the glory out of it and the truth of God is evangelized to the four corners of the earth? BECAUSE IT’S A LIE, PAUL!!! IT’S A DAMN LIE!!!
If you still believe “apostle” Paul’s rubbish, you don’t care about TRUTH. ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS TRADITION!