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"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on (Christ) the armor of Light." (Rom.13:12-14) The apostasy of Christianity actually began almost as soon as Jesus ascended...by the time Paul came on the scene -as an "apostle out of season" ...the churches were then (as they are now) in dire need of CORRECTION of ignorant perversion of the Truth, of false doctrine and twisted beliefs that were even then emerging. Paul was given the REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST and then -under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote (2/3 of the New Testament) letters -epistles of CORRECTION to the churches (as did Peter, and James and John etc.) to call their attention to and warn them against/and turn them away from demonically inspired perversions of the Gospel that had crept in unawares. Paul sought to awaken God's people out of their sleep: AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST!
All ten virgins slept: all did not watch -lest they be tempted to do their own will and not the will of the Father. And when the call went out -it was found that five were foolish virgins and five were wise... then the cry was heard: Behold, the Bridegroom cometh, light your lamps...fall in line for the wedding party!) The epistles are a handbook for correction of doctrine, containing the expose of false teaching as "doctrines of seducing spirits." In the epistles, the Apostles not only corrected false doctrine, but rebuked believers for adhering to false teachings, for their carnality of mind and body: for their immorality and abhorrent practices that were allowed/condoned among "sinning saints" in the churches... which things are yet present among us and have waxed worse and worse in these the LAST of the Last Days!
Paul would be beside himself with grief to hear how the "gospel of grace and peace" has been perverted in the Last days! I believe Paul would not feel honored but would be appalled -even outraged, if he could hear what people call him today, calling him: "the great Apostle of Faith" as if it were Paul's great faith, instead of the grace of AND the faith of His Beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Paul called himself the "apostle of Grace" and saw himself as so fully obliterated IN CHRIST that IMMEDIATELY after he received the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, he changed his own name from Saul (which means: ask) to Paul which means: "little" and he did so because anyone who receives a revelation "OF HIM" falls at HIS FEET as a "dead man" and in the Light of Who "HE IS" becomes little in his own sight!