3 Main Reasons That Confirmed Apostle Paul Wasn’t A Polished Speaker

In a previous post, it was established that despite being a very intellectual person, Apostle Paul was not a very polished speaker. But this did not anyway impede his ministry as he was as effective as he could ever be.

It is far better to be plain in speech, yet walking openly and consistently with the gospel, than to be admired by thousands, and be lifted up in pride…

(Matthew Henry)

Can we be so sure that the great Apostle Paul was not a man imbued with so much eloquence? Yes, the scriptures bear record of it, as we shall see shortly.

In this post, we will consider three reasons confirming that Paul – who was called minister to the Gentiles – was not as gifted in oratory as he was in knowledge.

It is a known fact that Paul wrote powerful letters even though his speeches appeared less impressive. It seemed to me that what he lacked in speaking skills was fully compensated by his writing prowess.

Was apostle Paul a polished speaker?

1) Apostle Paul humbly admitted he wasn’t a polished speaker

Even though Paul never exalted his credentials above the grace of God upon his life, he always listed his shining qualifications whenever an opportunity presented itself. So he wouldn’t​ have failed to list the power of oratory as one of his skills he if he had it.

Not only that, in , Paul categorically admitted in his own words that he was not a skilled speaker.

I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.

Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:6

You might say that Paul was being humble by openly admitting that he was not a polished speaker. Agreed. But I think that the humility comes more from him pointing out a perceived weakness in him and not trying to cover it up with his strengths than from merely owning up to a skill he didn’t possess.

2) Eloquence was not part of Apostle Paul’s ministry strategy

Paul had a good understanding of what God sent him to do and what He didn’t send him to do. And in accomplishing what he was sent to do, his strategy was to depend on the power of God so that His name alone is gloried as the value of the Cross is made known.

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1Cor1:17

Unlike Apollos whom we were clearly told was very eloquent in speeches while ministering (Acts 18:24), Paul stated that it was not part of his ministry strategy to display eloquence in speeches as he delivered the gospel messages he was sent to preach. Doing so, according to him, would have undermined the power in the Cross of Christ which he was commissioned to proclaim.

Despite being a very intellectual person, Apostle was not a polished speaker. But this did not anyway impede his ministry as he was as effective as he could ever be.

3) The people spoke about Apostle Paul’s speeches not being at the highest levels

Apart from the fact that Apostle admitted that he was not so eloquent in speeches, the people who heard him speak at various times and places also observed it and spoke about it to his hearing. Their observation bothered particularly on his body-frame and speech power.

For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is unimpressive, and his speaking is of no account.”

1 Corrinthians 10:10

Paul must have been so diminutive a man some people in Corinth refered to him as a man with “unimpressive physical appearance.”

Besides having a seemingly weak appearance, the people also observed that Paul’s “manner of speaking is of no account.” And Paul was fully aware of this uncomplimentary notion the people had about him.

However, it has to be mentioned that the people recognised that Paul wrote powerful letters even though his speeches appeared less impressive. It seemed to me that what he lacked in speaking skills was fully compensated by his writing prowess.


Base on the foregoing, you might say Paul’s speeches were not at the highest levels as he wasn’t outstandingly eloquent as some other speakers in his time might have been. But in no way did the gospel suffer as a result of this perceived lack of oratorical skills. Rather it made it more obvious that the power of Christ was at work in Him.

What do you think?

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

129 thoughts on “3 Main Reasons That Confirmed Apostle Paul Wasn’t A Polished Speaker

  1. John Arthur Oct 17, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Hi Victor,

    You need to receive the holy breath that Buddha and Jesus taught. “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so send I you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy breath.’ ” (John 20: 21-22).

    Jesus taught the same method of breath meditation to his disciples that Buddha taught to his over 500 years before Jesus. This is how they received peace: by breathing in and breathing out. The words “he breathed on them” could be interpreted “he breathed in them”. So why don’t you follow Jesus’ method of breath meditation? Both Jesus and Buddha taught a loving-kindness meditation which you cold practice every day and so be set free from the Pentecostal brainwashing that your Pentecostal masters have bound you with.

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    • VictorsCorner Oct 17, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      You are the one that has been deceived, with all this doctrine of holy braeth you are preaching.

      I will give one advice: Stop distorting the Bible. Jesus never promised ‘holy breath’. He promised the Holy Spirit., to His early disciples and to us who believe Him.

      That same Holy Spirit, you cannot receive Him because you are in darkness and does not know God or His power. No matter what you say, I can see through your deception and I cannot buy into it.

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      • John Arthur Oct 18, 2019 / 12:57 am

        The Greek word pneuma means breath. You need to read your bible more carefully instead of through your brainwashed prism of Pentecostalism. You mean well, but you are deceived.

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        • VictorsCorner Oct 18, 2019 / 2:45 pm

          The one who has been deceived is the one that believes that God doesn’t exist, that hell fire does not exist, that there are not eternal consequences for sin. Between you and I, we know who fits into that description.

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          • John Arthur Oct 20, 2019 / 3:19 am

            You have not been born from above because you have not ben born of the breath (pneuma), yet. There is still time to practise Jesus’ and Buddha’s method of breath meditation and practice loving-kindness.

            Love casts out fear, so why are your Pentecostal mates peaching this Satanic hell-fire doctrine of eternal torture to their congregations? They are deluded and seek to have absolute control over their churches. Wow and betide anyone who differs from their Pentecostal pastor on his ruthless ideas!

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            • VictorsCorner Oct 20, 2019 / 12:59 pm

              God loves you and want o save your soul. But I’m afraid if you continue on his part of rejection of God, you will end up in the same hell that you dread so much. This is a fair warning, not terrorism as you put it earlier.

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              • John Arthur Oct 21, 2019 / 4:07 am

                So if your Pentecostal cultists are the milk of human kindness, why do many of them seem to relish the idea of atheists and other “unbelievers” being roasted in hell forever? What kind of “milk of human kindness” is it to believe that people are going to be tortured forever?

                Why would any compassionate person think that torturing people forever is something worthy to be praised?

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                • VictorsCorner Oct 21, 2019 / 6:57 am

                  No believer in God is happy that you are going to hell. They are just so concenred about you that they can’t but warn you about it. So you won’t say “nobody told me.”

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                  • John Arthur Oct 22, 2019 / 12:18 am

                    But what if the Koran is the Word of God? Won’t you be joining me in hell, because you selected the wrong God? What makes you think that the bible is the Word of God and the Koran isn’t? What if neither of them is the Word of God? If God doesn’t exist, then there cannot be any hell. Weren’t both holy books written by barbaric savages? So why should we pay any attention to them?

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                    • VictorsCorner Oct 25, 2019 / 11:06 pm

                      The Bible is he inspired word of God. No other can compare.

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                    • John Arthur Oct 26, 2019 / 11:22 am

                      But what evidence do you have that the bible is the inspired word of God that can compare with no other?. Isn’t it just as barbaric (some would say, even more barbaric) than the Koran.

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                    • VictorsCorner Oct 30, 2019 / 8:16 am

                      I’m not here to compare the Bible with any other book. It is either you accept the Bible as the inspired word of God or you don’t. Yoiu can move on, okay?

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            • John Arthur Oct 28, 2019 / 11:00 am

              I’m breathing in Jesus, each step of the way
              I following Jesus with his breath, not mine
              Don’t think of tomorrow just breathe for today
              I’m breathing in Jesus each step of the way.

              The way may seem narrow, that I’m travelling one
              I breathe in his shadow, as I follow on
              My breath grows stronger, each passing day
              I’m breathing in Jesus, each step of the way.

              You can too, Victor. Breathe in peace and breathe out kindness. Buddha and Jesus can help you.

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              • VictorsCorner Oct 30, 2019 / 8:50 am

                That’s where you have missed it. Jesus didn’t say we should breath Him in, but he said we should believe in Him. Hear Him, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

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          • John Arthur Oct 22, 2019 / 12:59 am

            Fundamentalists are the deceived ones and this includes Pentecostals. Your “brother” Paul spoke in gibberish and had visions (or so he claimed) and wrote (7 letters) of nonsense to certain Christian congregations in the early Christian church (the other 6 letters were forgeries). You speak in gibberish and take Paul’s nonsense to be some word of a god. It’s clear that you are deceived by following this crackpot.

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            • VictorsCorner Oct 26, 2019 / 7:47 am

              Ten million of your kind are no even enough tto discredit Apostle Paul and his ministry. You can come to God when you are done being in satan’s camp. Funny enough, he will still accept you.

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              • John Arthur Oct 28, 2019 / 12:16 pm

                Hi Victor,

                “Satan” (if he exists) knows nothing about Jesus’ method of breath meditation. If he did, he would be made whole (saved) through breathing in peace and breathing out compassion and kindness. He would love others, no matter who they are. But the diabolical do not know peace and compassion and badly need it.

                God, if he exists, is compassion and kindness and you could practice this too if you, too, breathed in peace slowly and breathed out kindness in the stillness through Jesus’ method of breath meditation.

                Have a wonderful day, and may the presence of peace and compassion overflow your life, inspiring and lifting others up.

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                • VictorsCorner Oct 30, 2019 / 8:52 am

                  Satan exists but he can never be saved again. But you can. That’s why I am offering you Jesus as the only Way to God.

                  Yes God exists and He is a God of love. He loves you and wants to save you. Would you let Him?

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            • John Arthur Oct 26, 2019 / 11:32 am

              Since Satan doesn’t exist, so how can I be in Satan’s camp? Satan is a symbol of evil, but I’m not evil. I breathe in peace and breathe out kindness and you could too, if you so choose to. Then you will know the presence, one so tender and kind, so forgiving and so uplifting and inspiring. Peace be too, you. I forgive your ignorance.

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              • VictorsCorner Oct 30, 2019 / 8:17 am

                Anyone who believe that satan does not exist has believed a lie. Satan is the inspirer of all the evil in the world as we know it.

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  2. John Arthur Sep 27, 2019 / 12:15 pm

    Hi Victor,

    Does it really matter that Paul was not an eloquent speaker? Wasn’t he a psycho? He was breathing murder against Christians, then he suddenly changed based on some apparitions he thought were Jesus. Wasn’t this guy a lunatic? Wasn’t he a lunatic for some imaginary Jesus. Paul was largely responsible for creating the Jesus myth, wasn’t he? Why base your life on the teachings of a psycho?

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    • VictorsCorner Sep 27, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      No it didn’t matter that Paul was so eloquent because he was still very effective in ministry, even more than those who were better speakers than he was. Only in your imagination is he a lunatic.

      Your problem is that you don’t know God and His power. So I would not expect you to understand what happened to Paul.

      No one will encounter Jesus like Paul did and remain the same. Paul is definitely not a psycho like you alleged. He was a profound teacher of the word of God, without apologies.

      His transformation is an assurance that all hope is not lost for atheists like you. But the time you will encounter God, your story will change too. Then you will be the one preaching the same thing you have been criticising.

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      • John Arthur Sep 28, 2019 / 12:33 am

        But didn’t Paul create the mythical figure called Jesus out of his imaginary visions and revelations?

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        • VictorsCorner Sep 29, 2019 / 7:22 pm

          Jesus is neither a mythical figure nor was He a creation of Paul’s. So stop twisting things to suit your diabolic mind.

          For the records, Jesus is God-incarnate, the only Saviour of the world. And you need Him, whether you admit it or not.

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          • John Arthur Sep 30, 2019 / 1:04 am

            Well I understand why a baptized in the Holy Spirit Christian like yourself would say that Jesus is God-incarnate and why you believe that you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform miracles today just as Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit during his earthly life.

            I am a former Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian, but the elders and the pastor of one of these churches that I was attending were committing adultery. This shocked me greatly. I gave it all up as bogus. Immorality is common in Pentecostal circles. Many people are not healed and I saw some committed Christians who died of cancer, even though they were praying to be healed.

            Speaking in tongues just seemed to be made up and not genuine language. You’d be far better off engaging in breath meditation.

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      • John Arthur Oct 13, 2019 / 3:30 am

        But Paul is nuts! He’s a real psycho. This mentally unbalanced crazy is apparently one of your heroes. No wonder you Pentecostals roll around on the floor, and babble in gobbledegook. You are following your hero, you know, the one who created Jesus out of his own imaginings.

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        • VictorsCorner Oct 18, 2019 / 5:43 am

          Between you and Apostle Paul, I know who the psycho is here. And it’s not Paul.

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          • John Arthur Oct 18, 2019 / 6:52 am

            Is it you? I doubt that it is you, and it is certainly not me. But it does apply to Paul and to many of your Pentecostal masters who have brainwashed you. Pentecostalism attracts crackpots like bees around a honeypot.

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            • VictorsCorner Oct 18, 2019 / 2:41 pm

              If you say I have been brainwashed because I believe that God exists, because I believe that God will judge people like you who reject Him, SO BE IT! I wish you knew better!

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          • John Arthur Oct 18, 2019 / 10:37 am

            Wasn’t Paul that religious wacko that spoke in tongues more than all the rest. So this guy spent much of his life speaking gibberish and called it “praying in the pneuma (breath or spirit)”. This unhinged guy first thought he saw an imaginary vision of Jesus speaking to him on the road to Damascus. Later he was further unhinged when he started speaking gibberish to his imaginary god.

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            • John Arthur Oct 18, 2019 / 11:27 am

              If this wacko, Paul, had been praying in the Spirit by doing a breath meditation he wouldn’t have adopted the practice of speaking in gibberish nor would he have based his life on imaginary visions, nor of hearing voices speaking to him (this guy is completely delusional).

              If Paul had practised Jesus (and Buddha’s) method of breath meditation, then he wouldn’t be a tongues speaker. He would breath in peace and breath out compassion. Instead of following this Pentecostal lunatic, you need to get back to Jesus who never spoke in “tongues”.

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            • VictorsCorner Oct 18, 2019 / 2:39 pm

              I am glad Apostle makes so mad. It shows that his messages are actually getting to you. You can deny it, but at your own peril.

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              • John Arthur Oct 19, 2019 / 12:56 am

                The messages of this lunatic are not getting to me. Why should I follow Pauline lunacy? I’m not at peril, but you are.

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                • VictorsCorner Oct 20, 2019 / 12:55 pm

                  You know you are not being honest about what you just said. If the message of Paul doesn’t get to you, why do you go all the way to try o discredit him?

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                  • John Arthur Oct 21, 2019 / 4:01 am

                    “… why do you go all the way to discredit him?” Because Pentecostals and other Fundamentalists are deceived by him. Some are gabbling in tongues (i.e. gibberish) several hours a day. Others are rolling on the floor at Pentecostal services and engaging in other outlandish behaviour.

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                    • John Arthur Oct 22, 2019 / 12:49 am

                      Hi Victor,

                      What ignorance?

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                    • John Arthur Oct 26, 2019 / 11:16 am

                      Hi Victor,

                      “You don’t know God.”

                      Well, I know the presence because I breath in and out slowly. This presence is so tender, kind, compassionate and peaceful, but it is clear that you don’t know this presence ( some call it “God”).

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                    • VictorsCorner Oct 29, 2019 / 3:39 pm

                      God has a presence. But he is more than a presence. He is the Creator and Father to me.

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