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A caveat if you are coming to this site as a man, given that I, the blog’s author, am a woman. The Bible says women are not to teach or usurp authority over men, as it is written:

1 Timothy 2:11-15 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Hence please be discerning and check back with the scriptures when reading these articles, as the Bereans did in the book of Acts:

Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Please also note that my testimony shows someone being repeatedly unfaithful to the Lord. I do not ever recommend this and believe that He stayed with me due to His love, truth and perfect faithfulness. As it is written:
if we believe not, yet he abideth faithfulhe cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

I believe one of the most important passages in scripture is the following, as the heart is the gateway to the soul:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
(Proverbs 4:23)

May the Lord Jesus bless you with salvation.

If you would like a free King James Bible (the most accurate Word of God we have), kindly email me at nchapman01ATyahooDOTCOM.au and I will send it to you.

You can also go to these online sites for a free searchable Bible – many versions are able to be accessed online:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblia.com/

Love in Christ,

Naomi Chapman

Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Naomi, thanks for following my blog! I hope that my articles are an encouragement to you as you continue to read them. All the best to you as you serve the Lord.

  2. Hi,
    I am also dedicated to following the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Jewish Messiah. I’ve been following him for 21 years, and I’m a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.

    However, I have had a growing realization for years, especially in the past year, that most Evangelical Bible-believing Christians really are not following Jesus. Rather, they are following Paul, but they are blind to this, will not admit it, and will not discuss it rationally.

    For example, here below is a comparison of the words of Jesus and the words of Paul regarding the First and Greatest Most Important Commandment. They don’t agree.

    “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’”

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.” [Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18]

    And another time,
    “One of the teachers of the law… asked him,
    ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than THESE.” [Mark 12:28-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18]

    But in contrast with Jesus, Paul the Pharisee didn’t know the greatest, most important, first commandment according to Jesus. Paul made up his own rule. Paul wrote:
    “The entire law is summed up in a SINGLE command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Galatians 5:14, Leviticus 19:18]

    And again, Paul wrote:
    “He who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this ONE RULE: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” [Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18]

    Jesus said it’s TWO commandments, with the greatest, most important, first command to 1) first, love God with everything you’ve got, and 2) second, love people.
    Paul said no, it ONE commandment- to love people.

    No they don’t “harmonize.” It is a clear contradiction. Maybe it would help to read these passages of Scripture out loud.
    I’m following Jesus, not Paul. It’s not the same thing. It’s a demonic stronghold in the Evangelical church, that people would rather end a conversation, or even a long-term relationship, rather than admit “Paul was wrong” about ANYTHIING.

    • Hi Matthew,

      First of all, thank you for writing to me with such a detailed response. It’s funny, I was in an almost identical position to you several years ago when I ran across the writings of Tim Spiess from Jesus’ Families. Tim also mistrusts Paul’s writings. He perhaps goes one step further than you in that he rejects as inspired any writings in the bible except the words Jesus actually spoke in the Gospels. One thing I have to say to you is this: take care. My interest in Jesus’ Families lead not to a fruitful Christian walk but rather to pain, disillusionment, and apostasy. I’ve written about it on this site:

      https://aeon01.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/tim-spiess-from-jesus-families-false-prophet/

      I’d next like to talk about Paul vs Jesus, as you’ve kindly raised the question. Only when we grasp the gospel as the saving story about Jesus that completes Israel’s story do we see the profound unity between Jesus and Paul. Both “gospeled” the same gospel because both told the story of Jesus. I found the following article helpful in outlining this truth but you need to subscribe to read it, unfortunately:

      http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/december/9.25.html

      I hope the editors forgive me for quoting from it in my comment here. Nothing could be more important than knowing the truth about God and about whether or not we can rely on His words, as given to us in both the Old and New Testaments. It was too important for me not to write this stuff down for you. The question is, can we trust that the Bible is error and contradiction free? Can we trust that God is not cruel, that He hasn’t made life difficult for us by allowing providence to include the writings of false apostles as well as true ones? I believe we can. As it is written:

      Psalm 12:6
      The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

      Now for more on the article. The problem with the two approaches—trying to make Paul fit Jesus’ kingdom vision, or trying to make Jesus fit Paul’s justification vision—comes down to this: each approach reduces the word gospel. For one group, it is equated with the kingdom. For the other, it is a synonym for justification by faith. To be sure, the word gospel encapsulates both kingdom and justification, but gospel operates on a foundation deeper than either. If we can grasp that, the supposed disjunction between Jesus and Paul disappears.

      So where do we begin to get a New Testament understanding of “the gospel”? With Paul! Not with Romans 3 or Romans 5, however, but with 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. A number of observations are in order.

      First, this is the gospel handed on to Paul (v. 3), which suggests it was the gospel the earliest apostles preached.

      Second, the gospel saves people from their sins (v. 2-3).

      Third, the essence of the gospel is the story of Jesus (vv. 3-8) as the completion of Israel’s story (v. 3). Both the word Christ (Messiah) and the phrase “according to the Scriptures” are central to how the apostles understood the word gospel.

      Fourth, there’s not a word here about either kingdom or justification! Sure, you can probe “for our sins” until both themes bubble up to the surface, but we should at least let Paul be Paul when it comes to defining the gospel. Added together, it means this: The gospel is first and foremost about Jesus. Or, to put it theologically, it’s about Christology. Behind or underneath both kingdom and justification is the gospel, and the gospel is the saving story of Jesus that completes Israel’s story. “To gospel” is to tell a story about Jesus as the Messiah, as the Lord, as the Son of God, as the Savior. Thus, the question of whether the gospel of Jesus and the gospel of Paul are the same is radically reshaped. The question is not, “Does Paul preach the kingdom?” Nor is the question, “Does Jesus preach justification?”

      Or if, like Piper, we ask if Jesus preached Paul’s gospel, then we are really asking, “Does Jesus preach Jesus?” Or, “What was Jesus’ teaching about Jesus?” Or, “Does he preach himself as the completion of Israel’s story?” Or, “Does Jesus preach his own life, death, burial, and resurrection?” The entire New Testament comes together by answering all these questions. And the answer is Yes, Jesus preached himself as the completion of Israel’s story. Jesus preached the gospel (of Paul, of Peter, of John) because Jesus preached himself. Any reading of the Gospels, and any Gospel will do, leads constantly to this question that Jesus himself asked those who saw him and heard him: “Who am I?”

      So what did Jesus think of Jesus? Let’s start with Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom. His inaugural sermon in his hometown synagogue, at Nazareth, is a profoundly and properly egocentric statement about himself. We miss the essence of this passage if we reduce the story to kingdom only. Jesus reads from Isaiah 61:1-2, a passage about end-time kingdom redemption. But what we need to note is that Jesus thinks he is the agent of that redemption, that he is none other than the “anointed” one.

      Another key kingdom text is Luke 7:20-23. John the Baptist asks whether or not Jesus is the “one who was to come.” Jesus answers by creating a clever and beautiful mosaic from Isaiah (29:18-19; 35:5-6; 61:1). The last line is arresting in its bold claim: “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me” (emphasis mine). In other words, Jesus claims that he fulfills those Scriptures. “The story of Israel,” Jesus is saying, “comes to its completion in me.” Again, the message of Jesus is thoroughly egocentric.

      There is something here that courses through the pages of the Gospels: Jesus and John see themselves as the ones who complete Israel’s story, and their story is the saving story. (video) This is exactly what Paul said the gospel was. Jesus may have spoken of kingdom, and Paul may have spoken of justification, but underneath both kingdom and justification is Christology: It is the story about Jesus, who is Messiah and Lord and who brings the kingdom and justifies sinners by faith.

      Excuse me for piling on here, but only when we grasp the gospel as the saving story about Jesus that completes Israel’s story do we see the profound unity between Jesus and Paul. Both “gospeled” the same gospel because both told the story of Jesus.

      For example, what kind of person says this: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17)? Jesus overtly declares that the entire Law and Prophets point to him and are fulfilled in him, which is to “gospel” exactly as does Paul, who says it this way: “according to the Scriptures.”

      What kind of person chooses the symbolic number twelve, which connects to the formation of Israel as a twelve-tribe people and also to the hope for the revival of the ten lost tribes? But there’s more: Jesus does not include himself because he perceives himself to be the Lord of the Twelve. Jesus, by appointing twelve, saw history coming to completion and saw himself as Lord of that completion. That is gospeling! And it’s the gospel of all the apostles.

      What kind of person predicts more than once that he will not only die but also rise, as Jesus does in Mark 9:31?

      What kind of person sums up his life as the Son of Man who came to give his life as a ransom for many, but does so in ways that combine Daniel 7’s Son of Man vision with Isaiah 42-53’s servant image? That is what we find when we combine Mark 10:45 with Mark 14:24.

      What kind of person sees himself as the Passover, as Jesus does at the Last Supper? Here Jesus synthesizes profound images, makes sense of his own life through those images, and declares that he himself is the redeeming, forgiving agent for Israel. Again, we are right where Paul was in 1 Corinthians 15, when he said Jesus died “for our sins.” This is Paul’s gospel in the words and actions of Jesus.

      My contention, then, is simple: If we begin with kingdom, we have to twist Paul into shape to fit a kingdom vision. If we begin with justification, we have to twist Jesus into shape to fit justification. But if we begin with gospel, and if we understand gospel as Paul does in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, then we will find what unifies Jesus and Paul—that both witness to Jesus as the center of God’s story. The gospel is the core of the Bible, and the gospel is the story of Jesus. (video) Every time we talk about Jesus, we are gospeling. Telling others about Jesus leads to both the kingdom and justification—but only if we begin with Jesus.

      ———————–

      I hope this helped you. Matthew, a few more points that may help to harmonise Paul and Jesus. If we put Paul in context in Galations 5:14, he is talking about Christians serving one another (see verse 13) in Christ (see verse 6). He views neighbourly love as indivisible from honouring Christ (or being “in Christ”).

      Again, if we put Romans 13:8-10 in context we see Paul is talking about submitting to rulers as though they are the authority of God (see verse 6). So although he focusses on neighbourly love again, he is doing this in harmony with the need to worship God, the two are indivisible in his mind.

      Again, I hope this helps.

      Kind regards in Christ,
      Naomi

    • There is no contradiction Matthew in what Jesus and Paul said, Jesus was affirming that Loving God means we will Love our neighbor too and Paul was saying the same, to say we Love God but hate others for whatever reason, means we do not Love God, as we can see confirmed in the Scriptures below, we are to be in Unity and this means in agreement and not divided by fleshy man’s or woman’s understanding.

      1John 4 :20 -21 If a man say, I Love God, and hateth his brother/sister, he is a liar: for he that Loveth not his brother/sister whom he hath seen, how can he Love God whom he/she hath not seen? And this Commandment have we from Him, That he who Loveth God Love his brother/sister also.

      1 John 4:11-13 Beloved, if God so Loved us we ought also to Love one another. No man hath seen God at any time if we Love one another God dwelleth in us and His Love is Perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him and He in us because He hath given us of His Spirit.(KJV)

      John 13:34-35, A new Commandment I give unto you, That ye Love one another; as I have Loved you, that ye also Love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have Love one to another.

      Philippians 2:1-6 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

      1 Corinthians 1: 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

      Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

      1 John 3:16-18 By this we know Love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the Love of God abide in Him? My little children, let us not Love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in Truth. ( N.K.J.V)

      1 John 4:6-8 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us Love one another for Love is of God and every one that Loveth is Born of God, and knoweth God. He that Loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.(KJV)

      1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.

      2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

      Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

  3. Hi Naomi
    You certainly have spent a lot to time on this topic, and I appreciate your response. It appears that you have the common Evangelical perspective that The Bible is “One Book” which all “harmonizes” and is all equally authoritative and important and one unified “voice of God.”

    What Biblical basis is there for this “traditional” view? Only one, really. Paul wrote once, buried in the middle of a personal letter, “All Scripture is God-breathed.” But no one else ever said that, and even Paul didn’t say that all Scripture was equal. (The Apostle Peter wrote of PROPHECY of Scripture, not “All Scripture.”)

    Jesus clearly saw the Scriptures of his day, what we call the Old Testament, in 3 distinct categories, in order of priority.

    Here is a relevant quote from John Paul Jackson, from the following video.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….” [John 1:1]
    that just doesn’t mean the New Testament. Because guess what, when He came and John wrote it the New Testament didn’t exist. He was talking about the word of God, EXPRESSLY THE TORAH. In the beginning was the Torah. And you go whoa; now you’re getting heavy. That should not be heavy to us. That should not be heavy to us. That should be one of those: “of course.” But we take one step at a time.”

    John Paul Jackson – 2/28/2009 Rend The Heavens Conference
    Charlotte NC Mahesh Chavda Ministries


    or
    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=John+Paul+Jackson+YouTube&Form=VQFRVP#view=detail&mid=E4E465431ECB131A2CFAE4E465431ECB131A2CFA

    How would Jesus prioritize “The Books” – the 66 books of what we call “The Bible?”

    Even if you believe that “all Scripture is God-breathed”, Jesus clearly told us that all Scripture is NOT equally authoritative or important. When asked, Jesus summed things up in not 1 but rather 2 commandments, based on only 2 out of the 3 accepted sections of the Hebrew Scriptures- the Law and the Prophets. He didn’t mention the Writings at that time. Then in Luke 24:44 Jesus spoke of “The Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

    I’m not Moses writing tablets of stone. But below is my rough idea of how I think Jesus would prioritize “The Books.” I’m not questioning the content of the texts. But one way or another, the choice of which order to arrange the content of the 66 books in is a matter of human tradition, and there are multiple traditions.

    If you think what we call the “New Testament” has to be in the order of (1) Gospels, (2) Acts, then (3) Paul front and center, you should talk with the Russian Orthodox Church.

    And if you think the order of the books in the King James Version of what we call the “Old Testament” is the only authorized order, you should talk with the Jews. (You also might want to change the name of your Bible to “King Jacob.”)

    But you probably would also need to remind modern Jews that Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles were all originally stand-alone scrolls, not part 1 & part 2.

    I’m not saying, “Thus says the Lord” here. But based on what I know right now of the Jesus of the Bible, and the Bible text itself, here is my best guess at how Jesus would order the priority of “The Books.”

    .1) The Word made flesh- 4 Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

    .2) Torah – The Law of Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

    .3) The Prophecy – Acts, Revelation

    .4) The Prophets – Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets

    .5) Psalms

    .6) General letters: of the Apostles I & 2 Peter, 1 John

    .7) General letters: to the Hebrews, and from James (aka Jacob)

    .8) Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Ruth, Esther and the other Writings

    .9) Personal letters: of The Apostle John, Jude, and Paul

  4. Thanks for the follow. Frankly, I have some followers who do so for financial (?!) reasons, apparently, and some with whom I feel I have some major theological differences, but I certainly don’t see that in your case. Thank you for your thoughtful faith and obedience to our Lord. May you be blessed abundantly in it!

  5. Matthew and Naomi, I live in Melbourne.AUST. I’ve found your blog Naomi as a result of sussing out Tim’s Jesus Families page as it caused me much distress (as you can imagine).

    Matthew, I’ve come to the same conclusion as you and I’m now taking a huge step back from “Evangelical Christianity” and am combing through the Gospels again, prayerfully. I’m asking God to guide me in His truth and help me be a True Disciple of Jesus Christ.

    If I’m honest, I’d been doing what many do… heaping up teachers and getting my doctrine correct. I now realise that I wasn’t praying to God or truly seeking to imitate my Christ.

    Pray for me please. That God would help my husband and I.

    I appreciate your blog as whilst I haven’t read much of it, no doubt it’ll be an interesting read.

    Because of Calvary.

    • Hi Beholdason,

      A warm welcome to this blog. I will surely pray for God to help you and your husband.

      Thanks for your kind encouragement re. reading my blog. It means a lot when you find like-minded people on the Net.

      May God bless you.
      Naomi

    • Thank you Anne, I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles. We can encourage one another in the Lord. God bless you and thanks for your thoughtful (and scriptural) comments in answer to Matthew. Much appreciated.

  6. Praise God for His deliverance of you from that evil influence and that demonic oppression. When I was in high school I got interested in witchcraft and even met with a supposed “white witch”. The interesting thing is my interest in witchcraft brought opportunities out of the woodwork. Now, understand, I wasn’t a believer at the time. When it came time to make a decision, I told the friend who had introduced me to the witch, “If Jesus Christ is real then He wouldn’t want me to do this.” After saying that all those opportunities disappeared and I had no more desire whatsoever to get involved with witchcraft. There is power in the name of Jesus Christ. He is all powerful and I praise Him for delivering me when I didn’t even know Him. God bless you:)

    • Wow, that is an amazing testimony Eliza, thanks for sharing. I’m sure others will find it inspiring too.

      Praise God He looked after you and brought you safely into His fold.

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