The Epistle of James Is a Rebuttal to Galatians

by | Apr 23, 2020


If the thirteenth apostle is to be believed, then Ya’aqob, Kepha, and Yohanan sent Sha’ul and Barnaba to the nations in order that they might remain with the circumcised. This—in spite of the great commission. I do not lie. Then why does tradition hold Bartholomew in India? At any rate (setting church tradition aside), Ya’aqob, Kepha, and Yohanan, which Sha’ul personally thinks to mention, are all three recorded writing to the Gentiles and the churches of Asia—why? Kepha, as we already know, visited Antioch, where it all went down. Once Sha’ul was outed, Kepha scooted his chair out in judgement. Given the slanderous ink stains hastily delivered to the Galatiyim, it seems very likely that both Ya’aqob and Sha’ul were writing to the same audience.

Put in slightly different terms. Sha’ul wrote a letter. Ya’aqob did too.

Let us compare.



THUS, YA’AQOB OPENS his letter.

“Ya’aqob, a servant of Elohim and of the Master Yahshua Messiah, to the twelve tribes who are in the dispersion: Greetings.”

Diaspora. In Hebrew—Galut.

As mentioned, he is writing to the churches in Asia, including Galatia.



SHA’UL REMINDS HIS CONVERTS that Messiah Yahshua gave Himself for our sins, “to deliver us out of this present age.” Galatiyim 1:4.

Ya’aqob counters:

“My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance. And let endurance have a perfect work, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in naught.”

Ya’aqob 1:2-4

Though Sha’ul opened his letter by praying for deliverance, Ya’aqob understood when his brother Yahushua the Messiah prayed that His flock be not taken out of the world (Yohanan 17:5). For Ya’aqob, trials would be a proving of their belief.




PRAISE IS GIVEN to Elohim our Father “forever and forever.” Galatiyim opens with such sentiment. And yet, Sha’ul follows up his exaltation only several lines later by cursing anyone, even a messenger from heaven, who receives a gospel which varies from his own.

He writes:

“However, even if we, or a messenger out of heaven, bring a ‘Good News’ to you beside what we announced to you, let him be accursed.”

Galatiyim 1:8

Naturally, Ya’aqob counters:

“But no man is able to tame the tongue. It is unruly, evil, filled with deadly poison. With it we bless our Elohim and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of Elohim. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be so.”

Ya’aqob 3:8-10


With it we bless our Elohim and Father.

And with it we curse men.

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.





UNLIKE YAHUSHUA’S DISCIPLES, Sha’ul was not taught the Good News. Certainly not from any man. His words. Galatiyim 1:11. I do not lie. Sha’ul was accused of lying. He therefore responded by putting his accusers down. The Yerushalayim group.

“But from those who were esteemed to be whatever—what they were, it makes no difference to me, Elohim shows no partiality—for those who were esteemed contributed naught to me.

Galatiyim 2:6

Once more, Ya’aqob responds.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behavior his works in meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast against and lie against the truth. This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but it is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”

Ya’aqob 3:13

Rather ironic. Though Sha’ul accused the Yerushalayim council of being fleshly and he spiritual, Ya’aqob reminded his audience that it was indeed Sha’ul who was earthly and unspiritual—and worse.





IN ANTIOCH, Sha’ul withstood Kepha to his face. Galatiyim 2:11.

Here Ya’aqob responds.

“For where jealousy and self-seeking are, there is confusion and every foul deed. But the wisdom from above is first clean, then peaceable, gentle, ready to obey, filled with compassion and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness sown in peace by those who make peace.”

Ya’aqob 3:16-18




THE CHRISTIANS of Antioch were bewitched. Apparently, Ya’aqob, Kepha, Yohanan and the boys had put an evil spell on his Gentile converts, because some chose to obey the circumcision party.

Sha’ul was indignant.

Fools! Had they received the Spirit by obedience—or belief?


“O foolish Galatians! Who has put you under a spell, not to obey the truth—before those eyes Yahshua Messiah was clearly portrayed among you as impaled? This only I wish to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of Torah, or by the hearing of belief?”

Galatiyim 3:1

Once more, Ya’aqob flips the narrative. It is Sha’ul who is empty. Remember the demons.

“You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe—and shudder! But do you wish to know, O empty man, that the belief without the works is dead?”

Ya’aqob 2:19




PAY ATTENTION. Abraham. The apex of his argument. For Sha’ul, belief capsizes action.

He writes:

“Even so Abraham did believe Elohim, and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness.”

Galatiyim 3:6:

Again, pay attention. Ya’aqob employs the exact same verse to refute Sha’ul’s doctrine of salvation by faith without works.

“Was not Abraham our father declared right by works when he offered Yitshaq his son on the slaughter-place? Do you see that the belief was working with his works, and by the works the belief was perfected? And the Scripture was filled which says, ‘Abraham believed Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.” And He called him, ‘he who loves Elohim.’”

Ya’aqob 2:21-23




THE RIGHTEOUS ONE lives by his faithfulness. Not faith. Faithfulness. But that is not what Sha’ul said. It has long been commented upon that Sha’ul misquoted the Prophet. And there it is.

“See he whose being is not upright in him is puffed up. But the righteous one lives by his steadfastness.”

Habaqquq 2:4

Sha’ul rearranges one important detail.

“For as many as are of works of Torah are under the curse, for it has been written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the Book of the Torah, to do them.’ And that no one is declared right by Torah before Elohim is clear, for ‘The righteous shall live by belief.’”

Galatiyim 3:10-11

Likewise, Ya’aqob responds:

“My brothers, what use is it for anyone to say he has belief but does not have works? That belief is unable to save him. And if a brother or sister is naked and in need of daily food, but one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ but you do not give them the bodily needs, what use is it? So also belief, it it does not have works, is in itself dead. But someone might say, ‘You have belief, and I have works., and I shall show you my belief by my works. You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe—and shudder!”

Ya’aqob 2:14-19

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the belief is dead without the works.”

Ya’aqob 2:26




WHILE ATTEMPTING to turn the bewitchment back upon Yahshua’s brothers, Sha’ul reminds the Christians of Antioch of Torah’s central message.

“For the entire Torah is completed in one word, in this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Galatiyim 5:14

Yahshua’s brother responds:

“If you truly accomplish the sovereign law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well, but if you show partiality, you commit sin, being found guilty by the Torah as transgressors. For whoever shall guard all the Torah, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Ya’aqob 2:8




APPARENTLY, THE CIRCUMCISED do not even watch over the Torah. If the Yerushalayim group wanted to circumcise the Christian, Sha’ul assured them, it was only to boast in their flesh.

“And for me, let it not be that I should boast…”

Galatiyim 6:13

See what big letters I have written to you with my own hand!  

Proud speeches, Sha’ul. Wicked boasting.

“But now you boast in your proud speeches. All such boasting is wicked.”

Ya’aqob 4:16




WHY ELSE MIGHT Ya’aqob call Sha’ul an empty man? For one, Sha’ul is claiming to have the Spirit of Yahshua, the author’s physical brother, living within him.

“But when it pleased Elohim, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by His favor, to reveal His Son in me, that I might bring Him, the Good News, to the gentiles.”

Galatiyim 1:15

Perhaps Sha’ul is not implying what most understand his imagery to mean. After all, Yahshua, the physical brother of Ya’aqob, was simply portrayed among them as being impaled. Sha’ul knew better.

“O senseless Galatians! Who has put you under a spell, not to obey the truth—before whose eyes Yahshua Messiah was clearly portrayed among you as impaled?”

Galatiyim 3:1

It would not be the last epistle in which the thirteenth apostle would make such a suggestion.


I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.”

Galatiyim 2:20




TO THIS, Ya’aqob replied—

—you’re an empty man.








  1. Cheryl

    Excellent work here Noel. Our Beloved Savior’s Words are Truth and Life because they are directly from Our Heavenly Father.
    Joh_14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak are not My own, but My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me.
    Joh_14:24 Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not obey Me. And remember, My words are not My own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent Me.

    However, Saul/Paul quotes the ancient Greek tragedies:

    • Noel Joshua Hadley

      Thank you Cheryl. It was actually Greek Hellenization, the Mystery religions, and ultimately Plato that led me to question Paul. While I was defending Paul as Torah observant, I was like, wait a second, why is he using Plato and Greek philosophy to support Torah? Plato is evil! Thanks for the link. I will be addressing Paul’s verbage, and actually John has something to say on the matter. It’s telling.

      • Cheryl

        Noel, I was delivered from false apostle Saul/Paul at the same time I was delivered from the spinning ball,
        and I have no one to talk to. I thought I was the only one in the world that knew this, lol, until I got off
        my stomach and started searching for witnesses. Our Wonderful Heavenly Father brings us to
        His Table, where He breaks the Bread and blesses it. I thank Him and praise Him for His Mighty Works
        in you. Blessed be His Name.
        Psa_27:8 My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
        Eze_3:10 Then He added, “Son of man, let all My words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself.
        Jer_15:16 When I discovered Your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.
        Num_6:24 ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.

          • Cheryl

            Hi Noel, it was in July 2016.

          • Noel Joshua Hadley

            It’s a lonely road we travel, isn’t it? It’s incredible though watching so many individuals waking up to the Father’s truth.

          • Cheryl

            Psa_119:35 Make me walk along the path of Your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.

          • Cheryl

            Hi Noel, Yes it is a lonely road we travel. I learned the hard way, to not talk too much about the Earth not being a globe, as people become so angry that I could say such a thing. Even worse to be shunned for sharing what I learned about Saul/Paul. Good bye mother brother and sister! There are lots of people who have been delivered from false apostle Paul, but do not yet know the truth about the global lie, and vice versa. Every time we believe a lie, Satan has a foothold. Our Beloved Savior binds the strong man.

            Mat_12:29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
            Mar_3:27 Let Me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
            Luk_11:21 For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—

            1Jn_2:14 I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.

            There are many wonderful works done to bring us under Our Heavenly Father’s Authority,
            including John’s baptism and Our Savior washing our feet.

            Mar_11:30 “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer Me!”

            Joh 13:12 After washing their feet, He put on His robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing?

            I bear record that John’s baptism is from Heaven! I testify that Our Dear Savior is the Chosen
            One of God.

            Joh 1:33 I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
            Joh 1:34 I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that He is the Chosen One of God. ”

            Luk_7:30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism.

            Joh_18:37 Pilate said, “So You are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

            Num_6:24 ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.
            Num_6:25 May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
            Num_6:26 May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace.’

          • Elizabeth Hutton

            Noel, I don’t know Cheryl or her walk or journey, but I have to remind you again that when you ditch this “brother not apostle”, you will be ditching ALL his letters, containing many of your favorite go-to verses, just guessing. Humble yourself before the Father, and He will lift you up! Let me recommend a mature, very well-studied elder for you: Tom Stapleton, associated with Camp Tamiyd. Here is a link to a recent teaching: for you to see what you might learn. Praying for you to humble yourself and pray.

  2. Cheryl

    I had been asking Our Generous God, hard questions, and He did not rebuke me, but everyone else did.
    Jas_1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
    I learned that Saul/Paul is the tares among the wheat, and of course, we are NOT spinning!
    Inwardly, I was experiencing a blessed and holy first resurrection, as Satan was bound, and I saw him fall to earth like lightening. Anyone who hands people over to Satan is working against Our Beloved Savior,
    who delivers us from the evil one.

    NASA, who makes a graven image of the heavens and the earth, is a liar. And their carefully crafted
    works are a fraud.

  3. ColorStorm

    Noel- just an observation-

    Apparently Peter doesn’t share your opinion regarding the apostle to the Gentiles, for after writing a scorching letter regarding evil workers and false professors, he says this:

    —And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you—

    BELOVED BROTHER PAUL- odd words wouldn’t you agree to be spoken of such a dear friend. And this Wisdom? From whence and from whom does this come?

    Anyway, this recent drive seems to have bitten you- and this persuasion came from Other than scripture and the Truth of God.

    (Btw- this doctrine regarding the 13th is nothing new/ itching ears always had an audience. The replacement of Judas pertained to another field of operation, that is, apart from the Gentiles- Paul was the singular apostle to the nations, and it was he ALONE who was given to unfold the depths of the majestic grace of God.

    Rest assured, there is no greater intellect than Pail the apostle- hope in time u will agree.

  4. Noel Joshua Hadley

    2 Peter is the immediate response and big fall back position for almost everyone who struggles with Paul’s disdain for Yeshua’s brothers and the Jerusalem group. It’s almost like globe earthers going, “Yeah, but what about satellites?” as soon as they’re confronted with Hebrew cosmology. I will be addressing this. There are literally hundreds of proofs against Paul in Scripture, including prophecies and warnings from Yeshua. Now, right away, very few seem to recognize the fact that Peter says “brother” rather than “apostle.” That’s huge. I personally believe 2 Peter was written before he scooted his chair out in judgement at Antioch, and on close inspection of the Greek, Peter was perhaps being polite, but certainly not complimentary. Did you know that John Calvin wanted to throw 2 Peter out because he believed Peter was belittling Paul? I will likely be addressing this in detail, and so much more.

    • ColorStorm

      If words mean anything, and we can use common sense when reading, then I suggest the words ‘beloved brother’ carries more weight in this context, that is to say, that Judas Iscariot would hardly be known as brother beloved.

      Common sense 101. Without Saul of Tarsus, Paul the beloved apostle (my words), then the New Testanent, would have no context as to understanding the grace of God- something even Peter himself was clueless for many years.

      Not sure how you can read such plain language regarding the love of God, the mysteries of the kingdom, sanctification, redemption, Israel’s fall and rise to come, revealed to ahem, Paul.

      As far as doctrine, Paul could clean all the other apostles clock combined- but didn’t- he knew his place as a servant, Period. The 1st of Romans says as much- as btw, read his pedigree in the 3rd of Philippians.

      Just puzzled how anybody can twist scripture to suit a false narrative.

      • Laura Starling

        The father led me to this truth and understanding about Saul, over five years ago, not by reading any blog, or book, but by reading the words of Jesus. I wanted so much to understand what Jesus was saying, so I prayed and decided to listen to only his words and voice. What a contrast!!
        That’s the problem with the mixed lies and truth from this self proclaimed apostle, who says he lies in his own writings, his pride, anger and seething jealousy is visible. It is listening to him that makes the Messiahs words hard to understand. Because he never even followed him when he had the chance. Saul even says he has a demon, but considers it from God??!!
        Anyways, it is lonely, and if you are wondering what will turn a sweet, loving “Christian” into a rabid angry, threatening with hellfire, maniac in one breath. Just tell them you don’t believe Saul.
        But I don’t argue with them, I just tell them I stand with Jesus, and all the Asian churches that were addressed in the book of Revelation, who Saul describes as “all turning away from him.”
        Noel, I’m grateful to people like you, who the father led me to, after showing me. It makes the walk less lonely.

        Also, I have no affiliation, but has many detailed breakdowns to help those who are seeking facts that support what the Spirit is speaking. And of course, Jesus Words Only (his written words in the gospels of those who knew him), and the book and website by the same name.

    • Marc Vink

      The Apostle preached Christ crucified and the saving grace that came from that momentous event. His mission was for Israel lost and Israel scattered, (Yes, two separate groups), which we now call the gentiles. The majority of the Greeks that Paul went to were themselves the “Younger son” from the parable that took their inheritance and left to the far country. He preached that Christ was going to return in his first century audiences lifetimes like Christ and the original twelve also did. Quick question …… If the Catholic church withheld most of the writings of the twelve apostles why in the heck were they not smart enough to remove or withhold the letter of James if it is in fact a rebuttal to Galatians? Why keep Jude in the canon and withhold Enoch? I love your work good sir but I believe you are in error with your view of the great Apostle, (Ambassador), Paul.

  5. Debbie Cole

    I think you should watch this movie about Ignatious and what was really happening in Antioch. I think you’re taking it as Paul talking against believers of the Way… it’s actually where the first Bishop Ignatious exalted himself over the Jeruselam council…. also putting himself over The messiah and the Fathers place on earth.

  6. Pamela Glasgow

    Beautifully written. The more I delve into this controversy, the more I am astonished that I never recognized the double-speak in Paul’s letters. I have been concerned prior to this over the weight given to Pauls’s words, exalting him above the twelve, even above YAHUSHA Himself.
    I have never seen such a vicious, orchestrated attack of “Christians” against another believer in YAHUSHA. It is shameful in every way: the accusations, the false concern, the assertions of effection while delivering sly innuendos and insinuations.
    May YHWH forgive us, for our blindness, our worldliness, our stubbornness that even now resists the Ruach Ha’Qodesh, the RUACH of YHWH.

  7. Elizabeth Hutton

    Who among you are even studying the source of the scripture you look at in English? And who is trusting that the Holy Spirit of Yah might not reveal the whole truth to you immediately because of pride? And why in the world is this being discussed in this format? I guess I’m done here. I tried…


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