My church is a fundamentalist independent church. Most ABFs on Sunday morning’s teach portions of the NT, other than the Gospels. My children are taught about the OT and similar portions of the NT in their Sunday school classes.
This past Sunday, at the end of my ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) class on Ephesians, I asked the teacher if there were any plans to teach the Gospels. His answer was “not likely”, that there is more interest to teach about Ephesians and other writings by Paul.
Being relatively knew to the world of Christianity, and someone who truly loves reading the “red” print in the Gospels, I asked what the difference between the sayings of Jesus are in the Gospels and the writings of Paul. His answer (which he and the class thought was funny) was that Paul did not have a red pen.
So, the question that I have for this discussion is… Are the sayings of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels of any more importance than the works of Paul? An added question to this would be, are the writings of the Disciples of any more importance than the writings of the Apostles? I have heard the answer that “All scripture is inspired, but this is not the answer I need to understand their argument of equality.
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