Was the Apostle Paul the Chief of Sinners? Jesse Morrell

A professing Christian on My Facebook was defending sin and attacking holiness and said that even Paul was the Chief of Sinners. This is that conversation:

SIN DEFENDER: “1 Timothy 1:15 This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

JESSE MORRELL: “The context of 1 Timothy 1:15 is how Paul USED TO BE a blasphemer and persecutor of the church. In light of this, Paul said that of all the sinners Christ has saved, He is the chief. But He is saved now, so he is no longer blaspheming and persecuting the church. Paul said as a Christian he has lived with a conscience void of offense, meaning he wasn’t aware of any sins in his life.”

SIN DEFENDER: “Nope present tense of whom I am not I was . Stop correcting the bible to fit your lies and heresy . You are teaching heresy”

JESSE MORRELL: “Jason, yes He was the chief of sinners because of what he had done in the past. That is the context of his statement. To say that Paul was still living as the chief of sinners is a lie and heresy. You are teaching heresy. Was Paul a hypocrite when he had the incestuous Corinthian kicked out of the church! If Paul’s present conduct made him the chief of sinners, he would be worse than the incestuous Corinthian and was therefore a hypocrite for kicking him out!”

SIN DEFENDER: “No you are twisting the bible around . For your sinless perfection l you said it was past tense . I can read . It’s present .”

JESSE MORRELL: “Yes, Paul said I am the chief of sinners because I was formerly a blasphemer and persecutor of the church! Those are some pretty bad sins, making Paul the chief of sinners! He was there when they stoned Stephen and consented to it!”

JESSE MORRELL: “This is the context of Paul’s statement: “Who WAS BEFORE a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” 1 Tim. 1:13

JESSE MORRELL: “Are you saying that Jesus Christ did not change Paul’s life? When Paul got saved, his heart, mind, and life was radically transformed.”

SIN DEFENDER: “But he said I am chief.”

SIN DEFENDER: “No I got changed when I got saved too . Never been the same again , but you still have a sin nature inside of you and you still fail God.” 

JESSE MORRELL: If you murder someone yesterday, can you say today “I am a murderer.” Yes. You don’t have to still be committing the act to be a murderer. And Paul didn’t have to still be sinning to be the chief of sinners whom Christ saved.

JESSE MORRELL: “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. He is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless.”

SIN DEFENDER: “Wow that’s some crazy logic you have there”

JESSE MORRELL: “Just repent of whatever sins you have in your life that you are holding on to. That’s what Paul did.” 

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4 Responses to Was the Apostle Paul the Chief of Sinners? Jesse Morrell

  1. As a Christian, Paul said he had a conscience “void of offense” which means he wasn’t aware of any sins in his life.

  2. It is like me saying, “I was the worse student in class. I didn’t know how to spell. Out of all the ignorant students that the teacher taught how to spell, I am the Chief.”

    Am I saying that I am now, still, an ignorant person who cannot spell? No, because I have been “taught.” Yet I used the present tense of “I am.”

    So also Paul said that because he blasphemed and persecuted the church, out of all the sinners that Christ saved, he was the chief. He is saying that he is still now a blasphemer and persecutor of the church? No, because Christ “Saved” him.

    “Who WAS BEFORE a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief… This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Tim. 1:13, 15

  3. Paul said “I am the Chief ” not because of any sin he was now committing, but because of the sins he used to commit – blasphemy and persecuting the church. Paul said that as a Christian he lived with a “conscience void of offense.”

  4. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Tim. 1:15

    Calvinists deny this text, as they say Paul was still in practice the chief of sinners, thus denying that Christ actually saves sinners. But the context is about how Paul was formerly a blasphemer and persecuter of the church, not still is.

    “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” 1 Tim. 1:13.

    As a believer, Paul said he had a conscience “void of offense,” which means he wasn’t aware of any sins in his life at all.

    If Paul really was the chief of sinners in his present practice, he certainly was the chief of hypocrites by commanding the incestorous corinthian to be kicked out of church. They should have kicked out Paul too because he was the chief of incestorous people. He said not to keep company with anyone named a brother who was a fornicator, adulterer, etc. What a hypocrite, if Paul was the chief of fornicators and adulterers in his present conduct.

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