Is Paul a contradiction? He says that Christ has set us free and not to “submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1) but then proceeds to give us a long list of “don’ts” — things we are not to do (including orgies) — and declares that “those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Does what we do and how we act determine our salvation or not? How do we reconcile Paul’s seeming contradictions so that he is not repugnant to himself or to us?
Preached on June 26, 2016 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.