Modern-Day “Apostles” Are No Pauls!

Posted on February 16, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Some Objections
I’ll go on record as saying I don’t believe in modern-day “apostles.” I believe the office of Apostle was specific to an era, that being the dawn of the Church. I also believe the office of Apostle was limited to those who actually saw Jesus when He lived as a man.

That established, I have another major objection to those today who give themselves the title of Apostle: the way they conduct themselves. Whether men or women, modern-day “apostles” tend to be showy individuals who clothe themselves in flashy attire while driving around in expensive, gaudy vehicles.

Modern-day “apostles” extol their inflated credentials as God’s servants assigned by the Almighty to preach the messages He whispers into their ears. They are generally practitioners of the Satan-inspired prosperity doctrine, and are proficient at proclaiming their own eminence.

Is this what an Apostle should be? Is this what any servant of God should be? Though the answer is obvious, let’s nonetheless indulge it.

Easy Assignment
Answering the above question is an easy assignment, as the Apostle Paul tells us what a true Apostle should be. Of course, once I quote him, not much will be left for me to communicate, as the great epistle-writer would have done my work for me.

In his contentious letter to the church at Corinth, Paul employs hard realism mixed with a touch of sarcasm to call out a body of believers which is judgmental (1 Corinthians 4:5), arrogant (v. 6), and smug (vv. 7-8). By contrast, Paul describes the life and calling of true Apostles, and it is a far cry from what the Corinthians view as enviable:

For I think, God has exhibited us, the apostles, last of all as men condemned to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to mankind. We are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honor! Up to this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed and roughly treated and homeless; and we labor, working with our own hands; when we are verbally abused, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we reply as friends; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now (1 Corinthians 4:9-13).

A Pathetic Comparison
Let’s propel Paul’s description of true Apostles to the present. In so doing, I’ll compare words and phrases. In describing modern-day “apostles” I employed such phrases as:

  • “Showy individuals”
  • “Flashy attire”
  • “Expensive, gaudy vehicles.”
  • “Inflated credentials.”
  • “Practitioners of the Satan-inspired prosperity doctrine.”
  • “Proclaiming their own eminence”

Now, some phrases reflecting Paul’s description of true Apostles:

  • “Condemned to death.”
  • “A spectacle to the world.”
  • “Fools on account of Christ.”
  • “We are weak … without honor … both hungry and thirsty … poorly clothed and roughly treated and homeless.”
  • “We labor, working with our own hands.”
  • “We are verbally abused … persecuted …  slandered.”
  • “We have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things.”

And with that, I rest my case, other to say, shame on the false teachers of this age who abuse and exploit the Word of God for their own glory and wealth. I can only imagine the flames that await them.

May God to continue to send forth earnest, righteous, and loving messengers who will humbly proclaim His true Gospel to a world which so desperately needs it!