Through thy precepts I get understanding:
therefore I hate every false way.
PS 119:104

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not;
neither decline from the words of my mouth.
PROV 4:5

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
PROV 4:7

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to
get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
PROV 16:16

The reason it is so important to get understanding is so you can know: 

1.) what it is;
2.) when it is;
3.) where it is;
4.) why it is;
5.) how it is; and 
6.) who it is.


"IT" can be anything you want to consider.  Take for instance the word:


1.) What is a "Christian?"  

Dictionary.com defines a "Christian" as:

  • One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.
  • One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ.
  • One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely become an adherent of an opposing system.
  • One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites. 
  • One of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice.

The word "Christian" is  found in three places within the Bible:

ACTS 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
[NOTE: The "disciples" present at this specific point in time in Antioch were called Christians.]

ACTS 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

1 PETER 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

2.) When does one become a "Christian?" 

From the dictionary definition, it appears that one becomes a "Christian" when he "professes a belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus."  One could also be referred to as a "Christian" if it is ASSUMED he believes "in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him," or if he was "born in a Christian country or of Christian parents."

From the Bible, it is clear that the disciples in Antioch in Acts 11:26 were Christians.

3.) Where are there "Christians?" 

From the dictionary definition, they are everywhere they claim to be, and, are assumed to be at this time. 

From the Bible, it is clear there were some Christians walking the face of the earth in Antioch at the chronological point in time congruent with the historical record contained in Acts 11:26. 

4.) Why are there "Christians?" 

From the dictionary definition, because individuals want to follow a "religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus," probably, because they perceive some kind of a spiritual benefit for doing such.

From the Bible, it is not readily evident from the three verses why the disciples were called Christians, but they do satisfy the dictionary definition as followers of Christ being His disciples. 

5.) How does one become a "Christian?"

From the dictionary definition, when one believes, professes, or is assumed to be a follower of a religion based upon the life and teachings of Jesus.

From the Bible, the disciples were followers, but it is not readily apparent from the three verses what they believed being Christians at that chronological point in time.

6.) Who is a "Christian?"

From the dictionary definition, anyone and anything that claims to be, for instance, George W. Bush, the Pope, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, America, etc. 

From the Bible, the disciples in Acts 11:26, for sure. 


Everywhere you look today you find "Christian" religions, sports, businesses, countries, commercial services, etc.  If it's "Christian," it is assumed to be associated with Jesus Christ in one way or another.  The implication is that if it is "Christian," it is wholesome, good, honest, trustworthy, etc. , above everything else compared to it. 

What if it is impossible to be a "Christian?"

What if being a "Christian" today is actually and/or technically impossible, because such is not supported by a scriptural definition and description of what qualifies one to be a genuine Christian

If there is no such thing as being "Christian" today, scripturally-speaking, then what is going on with all this "Christian" stuff in your face everywhere you turn?

What if every associative use of the word "Christian" today is synonymous with a "FALSE WAY?"

The Bible answers these questions precisely, leaving no doubt that it is impossible for anyone or anything to be Christian at this chronological point in time anywhere on the face of the earth. 


 For an accurate definition of the word "Christian" one has to consider what prompted the first instance of usage to identify individuals labeled as such within scripture.   Acts 11:26 is where you find the initial use of the word to describe disciples that were the FIRST to be called Christians.  

So, what were the defining characteristics associated with these disciples that caused them to be identified as Christian?  In order to derive the precise definition of the word "Christian " from scripture, it is necessary to study the association and beliefs of these disciples identified in Acts 11:26.    

The Book of Acts is referred to by many as a transition book.  This means that Acts is a record of change from one thing to another as the individuals, groups, and doctrinal beliefs of each evolved throughout that historical time frame as recorded and preserved in the text.  

The most obvious and extraordinary instance of change from one thing to another in Acts concerns Paul.  Paul [a.k.a. Saul up until Acts 13:9] changes from killing disciples to becoming a fellow believer.  Saul comes on the scene in Acts 7:58 and is the focus of attention all the way to the end of the Book, except for a section of text between Acts 9:30 and 11:25 where Saul's travel and interactions are not recorded.  

In sorting out Paul's significance within Acts it is necessary to start with a solid foundation that enables the connection and assembly of all the details provided about Paul's travels as recorded in the text.  Time and location are two constants in the Book of Acts, that remain exactly the same today, defining the chronological history of events for Paul's travel itinerary.  

Geographic location coupled with a specific chronological point in time provide an exact way to "connect the dots" of Paul's travels throughout Acts.  The relationships between what, when, where, why, and how, concerning things that happened to Paul will provide a wealth and depth of information that has not yet been gleaned from the text of scripture for at least approximately 400 years by any "Christian" religion, or, if it has, it sure has been the best kept secret up to now.   

Countless entities today identify themselves as possessing a genuine "Christian" identity.  The number and diversity of such claimants alone is evidence that many claiming such, if not all, are nothing more than dabblers of another "false way."  

The secular definition of the word "Christian" is universally accepted, even by those who adamantly claim the Bible to be "their only authoritative rule of faith and practice."  The following analysis will prove, directly from the text of scripture, as recorded, that anyone or anything claiming to be "Christian" today has been ignorantly deceived into believing such by a religious denomination automaton, or a masterful thief bilking his blind, naive followers out of their hard-earned cash. 


Acts 1:15 says that there were at least 120 disciples with Peter at that specific point in time.  Peter was their leader, the chief apostle over these "men of Israel."  He commanded, in Acts 2:38, that they "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."  Note that those following Peter's instructions got remission of sins, not complete forgiveness of their sins at that point in time.  It is clear from Acts 3:19 that their sins would not be completely "blotted out" or forgiven until some future time, "when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."  

Peter told the "house of Israel" that God had made Jesus "both Lord and Christ" in Acts 2:36, after already reiterating in Acts 2:21 what the prophet Joel had said, "that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."  This was the protocol associated with the gospel preached at that point in time by Peter and the other eleven apostles.  Believers called on the name of the Lord, repented, and got water baptized for the remission [not complete forgiveness] of their sins.  This gospel was presented to the house of Israel believing Jews and proselyte converts.  "The number of the disciples multiplied," up through the Acts 6 time frame.  

Keep in mind that Saul [Paul] still had not yet arrived on the biblical scene. Saul did not show up until Stephen was stoned in Acts 7.  The only gospel being preached from Acts 1 through Acts 8 was that preached by Peter and the other eleven apostles.  Gentiles were still considered "dogs" [see Matthew 15:26-27; Mark 7:27-28].  As Paul later confirmed in Ephesians 2:12, Gentiles "were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world."  Gentiles were not yet part of any program unless they became proselyte believers.  Jesus was sent only " unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" [Matthew 15:24].  The only church in existence at this time was that made up of the believing part of the nation of Israel that had accepted the gospel being preached by Peter and the other apostles.

Saul is introduced in Acts 7:58.  By the point in time of Acts 8:3, Saul was making "havock of the church," that is, the church consisting of believing Jews following Peter's gospel.  He was "breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord." [Acts 9:1].  Saul's first conversion was still a future event scheduled to happen in Damascus at the Acts 9:18 point in time.


Acts 9:1-30 shifts the main focus onto Saul [Paul].  Acts 22:4-21 and Acts 26:10-23 contain supplementary information contemporaneous with the chronological history of events delineated in Acts 9:1-30.  In other words, even though what happens to Paul in Acts 22 and 26 occurs many years after the actual events described in Acts 9:1-30, the information recorded in these two chapters relates directly back to what did happen to Paul in the Acts 9 time frame.  

Saul [Paul] was an ignorant, unbelieving blasphemer [1 Timothy 1:13].  He obtained mercy, however, when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus.   Saul did not get "saved" on the road to Damascus.  The Lord essentially compelled Saul directly to follow through with the directions given to him.  Saul could have rejected what he was told to do by the Lord and chosen to not follow through exactly the same as anyone today can freely choose to reject the truth.  The loss of sight probably pushed Paul to find Ananias, and then the totality of circumstances surrounding all that had happened convinced Paul to accept the faith which he previously had tried to destroy. 
The faith in play at this time was still only that offered under Peter's gospel protocol.   This is exactly what Saul accepted when he arose, called on the name of the Lord, and got water baptized [Acts 9:18 & 22:16].  As soon as Saul accepted the same gospel preached by Peter, he immediately "preached Christ in the [Damascus] synagogues, that he is the Son of God" [Acts 9:20], showing "first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance" [Acts 26:20].  Up to this point in time, Saul had received and came out preaching in Damascus the same gospel message and protocol preached by Peter. 
From Acts 9:20 up to 9:25, Saul came out preaching in Damascus the gospel he had believed and accepted in the Acts 9:18 time frame.  "But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ" [Acts 9:22].  "The Jews took counsel to kill him," so Saul headed for Jerusalem. 
Take special note of the fact that Saul was physically weak as of Acts 9:19, yet he came out immediately preaching in the Damascus synagogues.  Saul was preaching in the Damascus synagogues, and still working on gaining back his strength, as of the verse 22 time frame, prior to heading off to Jerusalem. 

All so-called "Christian" religions teach that Saul took a side trip to Arabia as described in Galatians 1:17.  You can search all the maps in every bible, dictionary, and commentary, available in any library or on the Internet, and you will find that every source consistently claims, as fact, that Saul took his trip to Arabia sometime between Acts 9:19 and Acts 9:29.  In order to support this, the travel itinerary described in Galatians 1:17-21 has to be force fit back into the Acts 9:19-29 time frame by truncating and completely omitting the three verses of Galatians 1:19-21. 

This area of the study is extremely important, because an incorrect mapping of the chronological history of events concerning Saul's [Paul's] complete travel itinerary, from Acts 9 through Acts 28, will completely undermine and destroy sound doctrine. 

This is the main reason why there are so many today who are quick to label themselves as being "Christian."  It all springs forth from this simple, yet totally devastating 400plus-year error, sustained through the centuries by established religion, in the chronological history of events as related to Paul's travels. 

The underlying reason this is so important is because Galatians 1 discusses what, when, where, why, and how, Paul got "his gospel" as compared to the one being preached by Peter and the other eleven apostles.  There are significant differences between the two gospel protocols and their effect on a person's spiritual standing.   


Acts and Galatians are two separate books.  Each was written at a different time and by a different author, yet it was God that preserved His words even to this present unbelieving, English-speaking, "Christian" generation.  The chronological order of Saul's travel from one location to another is precisely described in the text contained in each book.  

Acts 9:1-30 details Saul traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus, back to Jerusalem, then to Caesarea on his way to Tarsus.  Galatians 1:17-22 details Saul traveling from Arabia, to Damascus, to Jerusalem, then up through the regions of Syria and Cilicia [Note: Cilicia is where Tarsus is located].

If one contends that Saul traveled from Damascus to Arabia as recorded in Galatians 1:17, then Paul would have to travel back to Damascus from Arabia.  This would place Paul taking this travel to Arabia sometime between Acts 9:20 and 9:25, while he was still recuperating and gaining back his strength.  Plus, the detail of Paul traveling through the regions of Syria and Cilicia after Jerusalem contradicts Acts 9:28-30, so Galatians 1:21 has to be completely deleted for any fit to make sense between the two separate records.  

There are more problems present when you try to force fit a trip to Arabia in between Acts 9:20-30.  Galatians 1:18-19 says that " after three years I [Paul, when I was known as Saul] went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother."  If Saul took a trip to Arabia anytime between Acts 9:20-30, then this is an outright lie, which Paul specifically said was not a lie in Galatians 1:20.  When Saul was in Jerusalem between Acts 9:26-30, it is clear he saw disciples in verse 26, plus Barnabas and apostles in verse 27, not just Peter and James.  

Furthermore, Galatians 1:22-23 says that Saul "was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed."  This contradicts the fact that Acts 9:26 indicates that they knew who Saul was "by face" because they were afraid of him.  Acts 8:1,3; 22:4; 26:10 & 20 indicate that there were plenty of disciples in and around Judaea that had been persecuted by Saul face-to-face , yet Galatians says Saul was "unknown by face" to them in Judaea.  The only way Saul [Paul] could have been "unknown by face" in Judaea is if a large segment of time had passed in between each chronological time frame of Acts 9:20-30 and Galatians 1:18-23.  Also note that Saul had preached " the faith which once he destroyed."  The only faith Paul was destroying back in Acts 7-9 was the one represented and delivered by Peter's gospel.  [Note: Later you will see that Saul did not get "his gospel" directly from the Lord in Arabia until the chronological point in time simultaneous with the time frame of Acts 10:10-16.]

Saul DID NOT take a trip to Arabia during the Acts 9:20-30 time frame.  Saul's trip to Arabia, Damascus, Jerusalem and through the regions of Syria and Cilicia was done during the chronological period of time represented between Acts 9:30 and 11:25.  This fit is perfect as far as trajectories and scirpture with no contradictions between the two separate travel records in Acts and Galatians.  See the map below for the correct depiction of Saul's travels from Acts 9 to Acts 11:26.  Toss the religion and believe The Book. 


There are many diverse views of what actually transpired during Acts:

1.) Some say that Paul got all of "his gospel" in one lump sum directly from the Lord during his "road to Damascus" experience.  
2.) Some say that Peter and Paul preached the same gospel, with no real difference between the two.  
3.) Some contend that there has always been only one church based upon one gospel which was delivered equally by both the apostles and Paul.  
4.) Some say that Paul never preached what Peter preached and vice versa.
5.) Several distinct sects are based upon when "the church" actually started. ["The church" being  the one built upon Paul's "gospel of grace."]
6.) Some contend that you cannot determine the chronological order of events in Acts without the information contained in Romans.
7.) To others the gospel means nothing more than "good news," and everything else just doesn't really matter because fallible men wrote the book anyway, so it is full of mistakes and errors.

The need for having a correct chronological description, of the specific time and location order of events as they happened, is that without such there would be no solid, unbiased foundation available upon which one could rely and build.  A study paradigm based upon the spiritually neutral elements of time and location is immune from personal prejudices rooted in denominational religious pride, teachings, allegiance, and/or dogma.  Starting with non-chronological pieces of information extracted from Paul's epistles, prior to connecting the chronological trajectory of "dots," would only lean toward the creation of even more diverse "Christian" sects - "false ways" claiming to be truth.  

The correct chronological presentation of events above shows that Paul got "his gospel" some time after Acts 9:30, and before Acts 11:25.  Galatians is pretty explicit regarding the gospel Saul got from the Lord.  " But I [Paul] certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ [Galatians 1:11-12].  Therefore, Saul did not get the full complete dose of "his gospel" on the road to Damascus.  Paul says he got this gospel from the Lord in Arabia [Galatians 1:15-17].  To prove otherwise the text of scripture would have to be changed to re-arrange geography and/or timing of history as already preserved and recorded in order to make something else fit that presently does not.

The exact chronological point in time in Acts that was simultaneous with the point in time Paul [Saul] was in Arabia, getting "his gospel" from the Lord, as recorded in Galatians 1:17, can be determined more easily after being narrowed down to sometime between Acts 9:30 and 11:25.  

The Lord told Ananias in Acts 9:15, "Go thy way: for he [Saul] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel."  In Acts 10:11 Peter "saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him."  What Peter saw was a "certain vessel" of common and unclean things [similar to common and unclean Gentiles].  "This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven [Acts 10:16].  At the same time Peter was in his trance, Paul [Saul at the time it actually happened] describes in 1 Corinthians 12:1-9, that he "was given . . . a thorn in the flesh" and "besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from" him.  Peter and Paul got the same message from the Lord at the exact same instant in time.  

What was the simultaneous message?  Gentiles were now to become part of the overall program.  The text in Acts and 1 Corinthians seems to suggest that Peter and Paul were most likely seeing each other, yet not recognizing the actual persona of each, but rather what each stood for symbolically.  Peter saw the "Gentile" program in Paul, and Paul saw the circumcision believers under Peter's gospel as the "thorn in the flesh."  The "thorn" existed within Paul throughout Acts, piercing his "heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved [Romans 10:1]."  

Satisfying Paul's "heart's desire" was an impossibility.  Some of the believing part of the nation of Israel that had accepted Peter's gospel later received Paul's gospel.  Keep in mind that Paul knew and got saved first under Peter's gospel in the Acts 9:18 time frame.  Then Paul got "his gospel" later to become the "first" saved under that gospel.  1 Timothy 1:16: " Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."  

Paul getting "his gospel" in Arabia made him the "first" one into what many refer to as the church, the body of Christ.  That church started at the Acts 10:10-16 chronological instant in time.  This fact of Paul knowing, believing, and getting saved under both gospels [first Peter's, then his] is what made him capable of being the " minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee [Acts 26:16]." 

Others in with the believing part of the nation of Israel, in particular the 12 apostles, would never fully understand or become believers under the gospel given to Paul by the Lord in Arabia.  Paul's gospel placed one into Christ as "members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones [Ephesians 5:30]."  The apostles had to remain the distinct individuals they will be in the future, sitting over the twelve tribes in the kingdom and cannot be "in Christ" the same way those under Paul's gospel are "in Christ."  

Paul's gospel states that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scripture" [1 Corinthians 15:3-4], thus "being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life" [Romans 6:22], receiving "the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" [Ephesians 4:30].  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" [Ephesians 4:30], and that faith "cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" [Romans 10:17].

Paul's gospel protocol only required belief and faith in the fact that Jesus Christ died for the forgiveness of all sins, past, present, and future, for anyone completely placing all trust in Him for their salvation. There is no repentance or works meet for repentance involved, no water baptism, and no calling or believing on the name of the Lord as required under Peter's gospel protocol for remission of sins.  Paul's gospel presented "the way of God more perfectly" [Acts 18:26]. 



No denominational or non-denominational religion is taking its adherents to heaven, including Judaism.  The only way one can get to heaven today is by following Paul as he followed Jesus Christ.  So, which one of the two gospels of which Paul was a “minister and witness” are you going to follow?  Are you going to choose the first one he preached in Acts 9:20?  Or, do you follow the second one he got in Arabia from the Lord?


Paul received “his gospel” in the Acts 10:10-16 time frame, but when did he first preach it openly, and to whom did he preach it?  What point in time chronologically in Acts did Paul preach his gospel openly for anyone to accept?  Answers to all of these simple questions will provide the correct perspective for obtaining even more understanding of what is going on in the Book of Acts.  What happened back there in Acts developed the doctrine that defines one's standing today with respect to whether or not one can actually satisfy the requirements necessary to be genuinely Christian. 


"CHRISTIANS" - the scriptural definition - were those individuals following Peter’s gospel.  Paul’s “his gospel” had not yet been preached openly to anyone anywhere.  That did not happen until the Acts 13:38-39 chronological point in time, and then it was to the Jews first.  The Christians following Peter’s gospel in Acts were also referred to as “saints” by Paul in his epistles.  Nowhere will you find Paul in scripture referring to any of his converts under “his gospel” as Christians or “saints.”  Claiming to be a “Christian” today is essentially equivalent to waving a big red flag that says, “I haven’t the slightest clue whatsoever about what is going on in the Book of Acts.”  Doctrinally it is absolutely impossible for anyone to be a Christian today.


Roman Catholicism is the only religion that most closely mimics the elements necessary to qualify one as being a Christian during the Acts 11:26 time frame.  Catholicism claims to be following Peter - their “first Pope.”  It claims to be “Christian,” canonizes its own “saints,” requires repentance [or penance] and works [e.g., five ‘Our Father’s and five ‘Hail Mary’s’] for remission of sins.  Catholics essentially follow, or rather, are trying to follow through time warp, a now temporary-dormant gospel that was put on the shelf, or inactivated, at the end of Acts time frame.  In their futile attempt to stand justified before God, following their religion, Catholics are at best “pseudo-Christians,” which is the closest anyone will come today toward being a genuine Christian, by scriptural definition. 


All other denominational and non-denominational religions preach endless varieties of “another gospel: Which is not another” [Galatians 1:6-7], that are hybrid mixtures of the only two legitimate gospels that were preached by Paul – Peter’s and “his gospel.”  All “false way” religions typically mix together some non-homogenous concoction of water baptism, repentance, works, and grace through faith, in order for their followers to "get saved" and to "stay saved." 


Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” [Matthew 7:13-14].  There is no gate wide or broad enough today capable of handling the number of so-called professing “Christians” walking the face of the earth.  Claiming to be “Christian” now is actually somewhat similar in effect to the “camel/needle’s eye” predicament for a rich man.


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