March 25, 2011
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No. I am being honest its not one of my parodies again. Well, a first century parchment signed by an author only known as Parodios has been successfully translated and published by textual critics and archaeologists. Apparently authentic, and written to the Apostle Paul himself. Scholars now believe it’s likely to have been written in the late AD 40s or early 50s. The parchment was remarkably well preserved in a jar buried in a cave on the island of Satiricus (don’t laugh its not satire). It is also believed that the said author of the letter, Parodios, may have been an elder who had met Paul on one of his missionary journeys. Don’t laugh but (read between the lines) here’s an excerpt:
Parodios, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, to our brother Paulos. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our church recently received a copy of the letter that you sent to the church of Galatia. We hope you will not mind hearing our humble concerns. In the past we have noticed you are more interested in confronting people rather than conversing with them, but we hope you will receive this letter as an invitation to further dialogue.
First of all, we are uncomfortable with your tone throughout the correspondence. We know it is difficult sometimes to discern tone of voice from written communication, but you should keep this in mind as well. One could gather from your careless use of words that you are losing your temper. You certainly sound angry. This is unbecoming a spokesperson for the faith. As you say yourself, one of the manifest fruit of God’s Spirit is gentleness.
Aren’t you being a hypocrite to preach grace but not show it to our Judaizer brothers? They may not worship as you do or emphasize the same teachings you do, but our Lord has “sheep not of this fold,” and there is certainly room within the broader Way for these brothers. Their methodology may differ from yours, but certainly their hearts are in the right place. There’s More