What Mormons have said about the Apostle Paul.

You’ve seen what Mormons really think of Christians, but what have they taught regarding the the Apostle Paul?

Jedediah M. Grant:

“When Peter came to Antioch,” says Paul, “I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed,” &c. Paul does not gain much credit with the Mormons for taking this course. We know he had no right to rebuke Peter; but some man said he was like Almon Babbit, he wanted to boast of rebuking Peter. He thought it was a feather in his cap because he coped with Peter and rebuked him. Had that affair come before a “Mormon” tribunal, they would have decided in favour [sic] of Peter, and against Paul. We believe when Paul rebuked Peter, he had in him a spirit of rebellion, and was decidedly wrong in rebelling against the man who held the keys of the kingdom of God on earth. Journal of Discourses, Volume 1, Page 346, 1853

Joseph Smith:

[The Apostle] Paul, if Joseph Smith is a blasphemer, you are. I say there are Gods many and Lords many, but to us only one, and we are to be in subjection to that one and no man can limit the bounds or the eternal existence of eternal time. Hath he beheld the eternal world, and is he authorized to say that there is only one God? He makes himself a fool if he thinks or says so, and there is an end of his career or progress in knowledge. History of the Church, Volume 6, Pages 474-475

Paul had seven churches, and they drove him off from among them; and yet they cannot do it by me. History of the Church, Volume 6, Page 478

I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. History of the Church, Volume 6, Pages 408-409

3 thoughts on “What Mormons have said about the Apostle Paul.

  1. From the quote from History 6:474-475, Joseph said, “Hath he beheld the eternal world, and is he authorized to say there is only one God?”

    “Yes” and “Yes”

    2nd Corinthians 12:2-4–“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven…he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

    Well, do you think he saw the eternal world?

    1st Corinthians 1:1–“Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God…”
    Galatians 1:1–“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)”
    Ephesians 1:1–“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…”
    Colossians 1:1–“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…”
    1st Timothy 1:1–“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is] our hope”

    Is that enough authority?

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  2. In agreement and addition to fourpointer’s comments, I would also add…

    Peter wrote in support of Paul in 2 Peter 3:15.

    The fact that Luke wrote of Paul’s conversion experience and subsequent deeds in the book of Acts indicates he also supported Paul’s ministry.

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  3. After having written the above post, I came back later and re-read it. The primary point of fact that Peter and Luke wrote of Paul isn’t the indication that they supported him, but that God “supported” Him. No doubt both authors agreed with such writings, but since the book of Acts and 2 Peter are canon, they are, more importantly, divinely inspired of God rather than an indication of the author’s personal opinions.

    Just a subtlety I wanted to point out.

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