Let me give you an example of Paul’s deliberate twisting of scripture. But first, let’s take a look at a verse.

As it is written:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. Judge no man, for all who judge shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Now, you may have realized that nowhere is this passage found written anywhere in the bible; nowhere is this verse found “as it is written” anywhere in scripture.  If you are fluent and well-versed in the bible, you would immediately recognize that this passage was pulled together from three separate verses (Matthew 7:1, John 8:15 and Revelation 21:8) to make the point that we should not judge another person. This method is how someone can pick and choose parts of the text to espouse a fallacious doctrine that is not taught anywhere else in scripture.

As it is written:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
Judge no man, (John 8:15)
for all who judge shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

Does Jesus, in fact, teach us not to judge another? If we rip the verses out of context then it would certainly seem so, but if we read them in its proper context we get a different message.  Matthew 7:1-5 read in its entirety only teaches us not to be hypocrites when it comes to judging others.  It does not say that we should not judge others, but that we must first remove the beam out of our own eyes, so that we can see clearly to remove the mote out of our brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1-5
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (KJV)

In fact, Jesus teaches that we are to judge righteously and impartially (Luke 12:57; John 7:24).

Luke 12:57
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? (KJV)

John 7:24
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (KJV)

So what happened here is the classic twisting of scripture, by taking words out of context and twisting it to fit a particular teaching, and feeding it to the unknowing.  This is clearly wrong, yet people do not realize that this is exactly what Paul does.

Romans 3:9-18
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”(Psalms 14:1-3, 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20)
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”(Psalm 5:9)
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”(Psalm 140:3)
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”(Psalm 10:7)
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”(Isaiah 59:7,8)
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”(Psalm 36:1) (NIV)

Paul strung together bits and pieces from no less than six different passages and passed it off as scripture to the Romans.  The Romans, of course, being Gentiles were unfamiliar with what was written in the Tanakh.  Had they known, they would’ve immediately recognized that there was nowhere in scripture where this entire passage is found “as it is written”.  Keep in mind there are no chapters and verse numbers in the original writings. Paul wanted people to believe that they were incapable of being righteous by works, only righteous by believing. He fooled the Romans into thinking that in all of humanity there were none righteous, none that seek God and none that does good, NOT EVEN ONE!
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What does Psalms 14:1-3 and 53:1-3 really say?  Does it actually teach that there are none righteous?  If we read the entire passage, we find that there are indeed righteous people in the bible (verse 5).  Those who do not seek God or does good were a specific reference to ATHEISTS and unbelievers (verse 1), and NOT ALL OF HUMANITY as Paul taught.
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Psalms 14:1-7
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the RIGHTEOUS.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! (NIV)

The bible is replete with passages of individuals who were righteous (Genesis 7:1; Deuteronomy 16:19, 25:1, Psalms 1:5-6, 5:12, 7:9-11, 31:18, Proverbs 14:9, 15:29; Ezekiel 3:21, 14:14; Matthew 23:35; Luke 1:5-6; James 5:16; 1 John 3:7).

Luke 1:5-6
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both RIGHTEOUS before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. (KJV)

And there were many who set their hearts out to seek God (2 Chronicles 11:16, 15:12, 20:3-4; Ezra 6:21).

2 Chronicles 11:16
16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers. (KJV)

And there were many who did good (2 Chronicles 14:2, 24:15-16, 31:20; Psalms 125:4; Proverbs 11:17; Matthew 12:35, 26:10; 3 John 1:11).

2 Chronicles 14:2
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God: (KJV)

This was deceitfulness on Paul’s part to twist scripture to mislead the church in Rome to further his “faith” doctrine. Setting aside the heresy Paul taught, there are righteous people who seek God and does what is right in God’s eyes.

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