Feast of St. Paul’s Conversion

I am not from a mainline denomination nor a liturgical church background. Therefore, I have no idea what’s going on in that Church Calendar thing. But I saw today that it is the Feast of St. Paul’s Conversion.

This feast marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Seriously.

I find this ironical! If there is one guy in Scripture who has caused the most Christian Disunity, it is St. Paul.

I have a feeling that if Paul preached in our churches today, a vast majority of professed Christians would not like him. I know this for two main reasons:

1) People in Paul’s day didn’t like him. Every time he turned around some mob of people was trying to kill him.

2) I’ve read his writings and know for a fact that they are vastly in opposition to what most people believe and think he said.

My conclusion on Paul is: if you haven’t actually read many times what he actually said, it’s easier to be a fan of his.

Much of what Paul said that doesn’t sit well with people is dismissed in some way. We take the annoying submissive-women bits and dismiss them as cultural backwardness. We take his stance against sin and pretend the grace bits are really more what he meant. His warnings about Gentiles blowing it are ignored while we debate election. His explanation of justification by faith is either ignored and replaced with legalism or so over-hyped sin is no longer bad. Head coverings? Are you serious?

Yup, Paul is a tough guy. He’s a fascinating character but not easily swallowed. His writings contain things hard to be understood and people have been wrestling them to their own destruction for about 2,000 years now.

Remember brother Paul today. Thank God for his faithfulness and ministry. Then get busy conforming your life to what he taught.

2 thoughts on “Feast of St. Paul’s Conversion”

  1. I think few of us (and I certainly doubt myself) would be able to endure the kind of life that the apostle Paul lived in bringing the gospel to the world. He describes it like this, and ask yourself, “when was the last time I heard a testimony like this in church?”:

    2 Corinthians 11
    23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
    24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
    25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
    26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
    27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
    28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
    29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
    30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
    31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

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