Did Paul Fail in His Mission? According to the Paul of Rick's visions, Yes. But we need to check Scripture about this. What does the Paul of the Bible say?
"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20: 22- 24
Comment: Paul believed he had a clear mission. This was the "race" and "task" he mentions in these verses. So, did Paul finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus gave him? Let's see what Paul has to say about this. We need to look in 2 Timothy for this as it is Paul's last Biblical letter. Did Paul say anything about completing his mission? Yes.
"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day....." 2 Tim 4: 6- 8
Comment: Paul clearly believed he had finished the race. He mentions nothing about failure. He believed he would receive a crown in Heaven. I believe this too. A crown is given to a champion not a failure or loser. Paul did not believe he failed in his mission, according to the Bible. But what about Paul in Heaven? Rick Joyner says that he met Paul in Heaven. Let us look at what the Paul that Rick Joyner met, said.
Paul (to Rick): "But I am sorry that I did not serve you better. I was a shallow person, and my writings were shallow, filled more with worldly wisdom than divine truth." (p. 121 Final Quest) Rick (to Paul): "I know what you are saying must be true because you can only speak the truth here."......."Yet it is hard for me to understand. I think your writings are some of the best we have on earth." (p. 121 Final Quest)
Rick reflecting on the meeting with Paul: "I could not help reflecting on the beautiful and articulate phrases that this man had written. He was the epitome of a wordsmith, a craftsman who turned words into works of art. But here, he was speaking as a common man, without the flair for which his writings were so well-known." (p. 123 Final Quest)
Comment: Rick is puzzled. The Paul he met doesn't seem to be the same Paul of the Bible. He seems to have considered the possibly that maybe the Paul he met was lying but reasons that people in Heaven can't lie so it must have been the real Paul.
Paul (to Rick): "However, you will understand them (his writings) better if you realize that I fell short of all that I was called to do." (p. 143 Final Quest) Rick (to Paul): "How could that possibly be?" (p. 143) Rick reflecting on the meeting with Paul: "But it was still hard for me to accept that Paul had fallen short of his calling." (p. 145 Final Quest)
Comment: So the Paul Rick met clearly failed. What is going on here? Rick can't understand it. Could Rick's visions just be normal dreams? It's possible but personally I don't believe that. Rick mentions that he sees his visions while awake. I believe Rick is being honest about that.
Could Rick be lying? I don't believe he would be. Christians are taught to be honest. Rick is a pastor. I believe him to be an honest person.
Could Rick be crazy or hallucinating? Sceptical doctors would say this. Personally I believe Rick has a sound mind. He is a gifted writer
So, if he is not lying, dreaming, crazy or hallucinating, could his visions be true? Well, we need to discuss this. I believe that Rick is truly seeing visions but I have to question the source of the visions. If Rick's Paul is different in character and speech and is saying the opposite to what he says in the Bible then it will not be the same Paul. People are consistent. He either failed or succeeded. He could not have done both. Either the Bible is wrong or the Paul in Rick's visions is wrong. Christians know the Bible is the Word of God. It is not wrong. So the Paul in Rick's vision must be wrong and he must be lying.
Rick believes he went to Heaven in the vision where he met Paul so he reasons that Paul must be telling the truth. From my perspective, Rick's vision of Heaven only makes sense if we see it as a "fake" Heaven like movie producers can make and that the Paul Rick met is a demon actor who pretended to be the Paul of the Bible.
Choo Thomas also went to a "fake" Heaven and met a "fake" Christ there. See my Facebook page for my evidence (provide link). Demons are more skilled than we think. Adam and Eve were fooled by Satan who came in the form of a snake and Adam spoke directly to God face to face. If Adam could be fooled, Rick Joyner could be too.
If you are still not convinced with my argument please look at my other evidence:
1. Rick Joyner Series 2. Gifted Impersonation Series 3. Channeling Books from the Spiritual Dimension