Q: I always stop listening to Paul when he starts stating his opinion. He isn’t the ultimate authority. I believe this way and help me if I’m wrong?

A: One of the best ways to interpret Scripture is by Agreement. We know for certain that the Father Agrees with the Son, the Son Agrees with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit Agrees with the Prophets, and Jesus Taught His Original 12 and Apostle Paul, and Paul came to Agreement with Peter (Galatians 2, 2 Peter 3:16).


However, Paul was one person who did things a little different in some ways because he was single and didn’t have a family. He also communicated things in a different way because He was mostly preaching to Gentiles instead of Jews that had history being the family of God.

Paul was very honest about separating his opinion from the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. That’s a good thing. I most definitely put the Lord’s commandments and ordinances above Paul’s opinions and advice also. But 99% of what Paul taught was directly from the Lord. And the 1% that’s not, he made it clear and obvious so we don’t have to guess.

And yes you definitely want to follow the Lord in the 1% of areas where Paul did differently.


1 Corinthians 7: 6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

– Paul’s own opinion was that the gospel was spread better by people that refused to be married.
– The Father’s Creation ordinance of family can spread the kingdom of God just as effectively as single people and widows that focus on prayer and fasting. Both have a role.

1 Corinthians 7: 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

– The Lord commanded Believers not to leave their spouses – and if forced to separate – to remain unmarried.
– Paul gave even further encouragement to stay with spouses in order to save them. The difference is that Paul had more hope that unsaved spouses would be SAVED by the saved spouse. The Lord didn’t PROMISE that, but Paul (and Peter) saw that process in action, and therefore encouraged saved spouses to use their marriages to help save unbelieving spouses.
– Not a huge difference, but just more hope using marriage as a strategy for saving your covenant spouse.

1 Corinthians 9: 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

– The Lord ordained financial offerings to be given to support the preachers of the gospel. (Also to support their families).
– Paul decided not allow a certain congregation give him money and chose to get a job because he was unmarried, and wanted to show them by example how to work a non-ministry job.
– It may be good to note that Paul’s biggest problems with sin and false doctrine were at the churches that he refused to allow to support him. Proving that the Lord’s wisdom is more effective than our creativity.

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