Mr. Morales didn’t react on my presentations on how he slapped his own face by calling other people idiot when in fact he wrote erroneous English statements, and erroneously understands English statements. However, his erroneous English statements are still present on his recent email sent to me.
Although he’s not calling anymore other people idiot, but then he again tried to call the Apostle Paul liar by telling me not to believe Apostle Paul’s teachings about the foundation of the church of Christ just because Apostle Paul didn’t witness the incident when Christ spoke the words in Matthew 16:18.
Do not pick up St. Paul’s letter as he was not present during the proclamation of St. Peter, Mat. 16:18-19. (excerpt from Mr. Morales email dated August 24, 2008)
Apostle Paul’s Authority
Is it really true that what Apostle Paul wrote on his letters were not reliable just because he became member of the church of Christ after Christ ascended to heaven and that he didn’t witness the incident when Christ has spoken the words recorded in Matthew 16:18?
The answer is written by Apostle Paul himself in I Corinthians 2:12:
12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. (I Corinthians 2:12-13, NIV)
According to Apostle Paul, what he was teaching is the words taught by the Spirit, or it is based on the wisdom from God, and not based on the human wisdom.
While Mr. Morales discredit Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter on the other hand respected, honored and defended the teachings of Apostle Paul by telling the members of the church of Christ that there were people who distorted the teachings of Apostle Paul. Apostle Peter called those people ignorant and unstable:
16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (II Peter 3:16, NIV)
It seems that Mr. Morales is one of those people whom Apostle Peter talked about. So, let’s not wonder if he’s thinking that Apostle Paul’ï¿½s teaching is not that reliable, because in the first place, he’s not aware that the teaching of Apostle Paul about the rock foundation (Romans 9:32-33) is in harmony to the teachings of Christ (Matthew 21:42) and of the Apostle Peter (I Peter 2:4-8).
Proof that Peter couldn’t be the foundation
I already presented on my old posts that Peter is not the rock of which the church of Christ would be built as it was written in Matthew 16:18. He objected on this truth and insisted that Peter is the rock foundation of the church even if his claim contradicted the teachings of the Apostle Paul about the rock foundation of the church of Christ
So now, he challenged me to quote a verse that tells us that Christ did not lay Peter as the foundation of the church of Christ.
Well, I already presented lots of verses that proved that Peter had not been laid as the foundation of the church of Christ. Since Mr. Morales couldn’t get those verses, so we’ll let him compile the verses included on this article.
Here’re the facts why Apostle Peter was not really laid as the foundation of the church of Christ.
(1) There is no other foundation other than Christ.
Apostle Paul, taught that no one can lay any foundation other than Christ who was laid already.
11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 11:3, NIV)
I wonder if Mr. Morales understand this verse, when in fact it is clear and simple to understand.
Now, if there can be no other foundation except Christ, then it is clear that Peter could not be the foundation of the church of Christ because he was not Christ.
And Mr. Morales couldn’t lay any other foundation because it was said that there will be no foundation other than Christ.
(2) Apostles are placed inside the church of Christ not with in the Foundation
Apostle Paul taught that inside the church of Christ, God appointed the apostles.
28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. (I Corinthians 12:28, NIV, emphasis mine)
We should take note that the apostles are inside the church of Christ not outside the church. And then the church of Christ is likened to a building or house.
19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, (Ephesians 2:19, NIV)
Now, if the apostles are parts of and inside the church of Christ, then they are components of the building. But we should not forget that the building and the foundations are two different things. Since the apostles are component or parts of the building, in other words they are not the foundation.
That’s why in Ephesians 2:20, Apostle Paul clarified that the house is built on Christ who is also the foundation of the apostles and prophets.
3. Christ is the cornerstone or foundation, members of the church are stones built into a house or building.
Apostle Peter’s own teachings specified two kinds of stones. The first stone is Christ which served as the cornerstone or foundation. The second kind of stones is the members of the church of Christ. These stones are built into a house or building.
4As you come to him, the living Stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,” 8and,
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message which is also what they were destined for. (I Peter 2:4-8, NIV)
It is clear from this teaching of Apostle Peter that there are only two kinds of stones: First is a stone used as foundation; Second is the stones used to build up the house. Since Peter was appointed inside the church of Christ, then he’s one of the stones built into a house. The foundation of it is Christ.
But Mr. Morales couldn’t accept this truth because he wanted to pull out Apostle Peter from the church of Christ and replace Christ on his position as the foundation of the church.
And we all know that a house built in a wrong foundation will end up into a mess:
49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:49, NIV)
There’s no wonder why until now, Mr. Morales is upholding the teachings of demons:
1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (I Timothy 4:1, NIV)
These teachings of demons are (1) forbidding to marry; (2) abstaining from eating meat:
2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. (I Timothy 4:2-3, NIV)
And we are not wondering if Mr. Morales is worshiping and serving the created ones, instead of the creator:
20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:20-25, NIV)
These are all because he’s part of the church built on a wrong foundation.
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