Month: May 2014

Is Your Church Lying?

Do you remember the famous religious cult deprogrammer Ted Patrick? Since we have declared that we have left the church do you think it is possible that we have been deprogrammed in any way? In the words of Yeshua the Messiah in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Consider a few things the church believes in and its leaders teach that are not true according to the standard of standards, the Bible.

  • Your child can obtain salvation by infant baptism.
  • Our Messiah was born on December 25th.
  • Easter Sunday is the day our Messiah arose from the grave.
  • Once we repeat the correct prayer we are saved.
  • At the moment we say that prayer, we receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Our Messiah did away with the Torah law. We are free to live anyway we want to.
  • The New Testament is new.
  • When we die, we go to Purgatory.
  • At funerals, the deceased is universally declared to have gone to heaven.
  • We don’t need medical miracles because God sent to us Doctors.

Today, I will take on infant baptism at the risk of being murdered. In doing so, I am aligning myself with the Anabaptists who were persecuted and killed by Martin Luther and his Lutheran gang of thugs. The crime of the Anabaptist was to stand up for voluntary willful full immersion baptism as a personal and public declaration that they were giving up their old self to follow the Messiah.

A Lutheran relative once told me to not worry about uncle Don who had just passed away because he had been infant baptized. A number of my Lutheran friends tell me that this is how they are saved. Yes, saved by a pastor rubbing water on your bald infant head. No matter that scripture gives us the only model of water baptism as being in the outdoors in a moving body of water.

The catholics also persecuted thousands of Anabaptists by burning them on stakes for their opposition to catholic dogma on infant baptism.[1] In both the catholic and Lutheran instances (and they’re not the only ones) your salvation is a man-made event and not a matter of being called by the Messiah or a matter of conscious.

Yeshua the Messiah Himself answers the question of how we are saved in John 10:25-28.

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. (26) But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. (27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

An infant can’t answer that call but any adult can if they’re listening.

Rubbing water on a bald head is false comfort for the parents and leads to carelessness in our eternal relationship with the King of Kings. The salvation of innocent infants and children is another subject but there is Biblical evidence that deceased children go to Heaven. David’s first child from his adulterous affair with Bathsheba was declared by David to have gone to Heaven when he died and there was no report of baptism.

2 Samuel 12:21-23 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. (22) And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? (23) But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

Again, Yeshua the Messiah in Matthew 18:3 said,

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Where’s the mention of baptism? Note that children are accepted in Heaven just as they are and that either way, adult or child, no baptism is mentioned as necessary.


[1] Hunt, Dave, “A Woman Rides the Beast”, pg. 258, Eugene, Oregon, Harvest House Publishers, 1994.

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Mixing

I was challenged the other night to present a clear and concise version of why my wife and I left the church and migrated to the Hebraic roots movement. It has been several years since we began to smell something funny in the church. That led us to investigate and we were surprised that the smell was old and it was due to some enterprising pastors who had begun to prick at the corpse that was the 4th Century church. We thought that had long ago dried up and exhausted its last vapor of death. As I relate this story, you may find yourselves sniffing around and holding your noses like we did over the past year.

A rediscovery has taken place in our lifetimes of an ancient prayer form that the Catholics call centering prayer. This is being sold today as contemplative prayer in christian bookstores by the likes of Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, Donald Miller, Mother Theresa, Anne Lamott and many others. It was brought into the church under the table and given to the youth pastor to raise up a generation of Contemplatives without their parents knowledge. Business guru Peter Drucker[1] and Bob Buford led the way and America’s pastor, Rick Warren[2], consulted with Drucker twice a year for 20 years which led to the Purpose Driven Church movement. Warren has denied this all along until a week ago when he admitted his church had an association with this movement through its Spiritual Director. Most observers have known of Warren’s contemplative proclivities all along.

Because the adults weren’t briefed on this infiltration, they shrugged it off. Many pastors and leaders that I have talked to have no idea that the next generation of church leaders will be essentially using the prayer technique of Hindu Transcendental Meditation in their devotions. This is contemplative prayer. The lack of alarm really puzzled me in my home church. A prominent leader of a prominent church spoke out against this and he came home from a speaking tour to find his office lock changed and all of his office equipment out in the hall in boxes.

According to the proponents of contemplative prayer, it is a practice that goes back to the 4th century desert fathers who were early catholic monks. It is being revived today in the protestant church but it has been practiced by many in the catholic church over the centuries, St. Theresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence and others. Are you getting my drift? This is a part of the apostate 4th century church and it is being promoted to protestants to connect the unwary with the “doctrine of demons.”

Here’s a shocking fact. You cannot graduate from a protestant theological seminary today unless you take courses your whole term on contemplative spirituality. This deviation entered through the back door as 2 prominent academic accrediting agencies mandated this. The rub is that none of these mandatory classes count for any credits academic or otherwise.

I have found that some of the hardest people to preach the Gospel to are those who have given their emptied minds to evil spirits through Transcendental Meditation. Imagine witnessing to the many zombies who gave their minds over to TM like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Donovan, The Doors and many others did.

At church, nobody was listening and I huffed and I puffed… well no, not really but Yehovah, our Father in Heaven, was calling us. He began to reveal to us that the whole lump was leavened and corrupt and why it was so. This smelly abomination was just the tip of the problem as the grave clothes of the Church were pierced and odoriferous things wafted out. Our first glimpse of how bad it was came courtesy of a little book written by C. J. Koster, “Come out of Her, My People.” I was not prepared for what I learned. Just about every word I had used in everyday Christian life was from a corrupt demonic source.

  • Sunday: The day of worship of the Sun.[3]
  • Easter: The Babylonian fertility goddess.[4] The resurrected Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod and mother of Tammuz.
  • Christmas: Christ Mass. Mass means death in Latin. December 25th happens to be the birthday of all forms of sun gods and sun god worship. Mithraism, a sun worship cult was also prominent in the 4th century with Augustine a devotee in the early part of his life.[5]
  • Cross: In the Greek, the word is “stauros” It means stake or pole. Somebody pulled a fast one and substituted the word cross, the symbol of Tammuz, a Babylonian sun god born on, you guessed it, December 25th.[6]
  • Church: Derived from the name for the Goddess Circe the daughter of Helios, the Sun God. One of the derivatives of Circe is the noun circus.[7]
  • Amen: Pronounced as Ah-men, it is the name of the Egyptian Sun God Amen-Ra. A careful look at the Greek word through a Strong’s Concordance and you’ll find that it is pronounced amein and rhymes with chow mein.[8]
  • Holy: The female demon that attempted to poison the Hindu God Krishna as a babe.[9]
  • Hallowed: A word derived from Holy that originates with the “divinely honored sun”. Halloween comes from this word.[10]
  • Sacred: Related to the Hindu sun deity, Sakra.[11]
  • Sanctified, sanctuary: The name of a pagan deity associated with Apollo, the sun god and Jupiter.[12]
  • The Fish Symbol: Identified with the fish god, Dagon. An extreme example of Dagon worship is the fish hats worn by the Pope and his minions. A lesser extreme is the ichthus commonly found on the bumpers of cars in church parking lots.[13]
  • Glory: Termed the splendor of the sun. Considered to be the sun burst or halo used in religious paintings but, c’mon, it is tied into sun worship.[14]

I could go on but it just gets worse. The church has been long corrupted into the many cults of sun worship. What we had discovered was already prophesied in Jeremiah 16:19.

“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.”[15]

Please note, the day of affliction is the Great Tribulation.

You might say that these words are Christian now. It may have had a pagan religion tied to it then but that is not how we are using it today. Really? Who gave you the power to do that? The Bible says that we are not supposed to speak any of these names. In Exodus 23:13, YehoVAH explicitly prohibits His people from uttering names of other deities (other mighty ones).

Exodus 23:13 – And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

One well meaning pastor told me that the phrase “my people” refers to the Jews and not the church. Huh? Both the Jew and the Gentile have been pruned from the tree for disobedience and the Messiah’s mission is to graft us BOTH back on the root of Jacob.

Romans 11:24 – “For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?”

As we continued to study why there were so many theological holes in church preaching, we began to learn of a large number of corruptions in the English Bible. The name of God appears in the Old Testament over 6800 times but it is covered over by the indistinct title Lord. Lord who? Lord Krishna? Lord Vader? The reasons for this are complicated and stupid. God wants His name to be known.

In Hebrew it is written as (Oops, WordPress doesn’t have a Hebrew font) in which the Hebrew letters can be pronounced as Yud Hey Vav Hey. Sometimes in English, YHVH. When the proper vowels are added it is pronounced YehoVAH, Short “e” as in yith, YehoVAH with the accent on the last symbol.[16] This is revolutionary because the Jews have claimed that the name is too “holy” to be mentioned. Pope Benedict recently wrote a papal bull admonishing Catholics not to speak the name YehoVAH. His name must be getting out.

Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD YehoVAH God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

All throughout the Bible, YehoVAH tells us to use His name:

Numbers 6:27 – “And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”

Isaiah 52:6 – “Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.”

As we kept turning up evidence at the prompting of the Spirit, we learned that there is a Greek Jesus and a Hebrew Yeshua. Which one should we follow? It is claimed in christiandom that the new testament is original in its Greek form yet there are many scholars who are finding either Hebrew gospel texts or examining the awkward Greek and seeing Hebrew origins of the text. None of the Greek oriented pastors we have talked to or listened to seem to understand the Jewish context in which all of Yeshua’s message was given.

And then the BIG divide that separates the 4th century church with the Hebrew roots movement. Does the law apply? I won’t systematically argue that here but please note that Yeshua the Messiah never once said the law was going away. Paul described himself as a Torah law abiding Jew AFTER his confrontation with the Messiah on the road to Damascus and later conversion. We fail to realize that Paul spent 13 years relearning his Bible after he was called out of the Pharisee movement. He went back to his Hebraic Roots. There’s no way that Paul nullified the law in his epistles. We also forget that Yeshua said:

Matthew 5:19 – “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

It is insane to think that the Messiah said that and then did away with the law when he shouted, “It is FINISHED”. What was finished was His quest to wrench the title deed of the Earth back from Satan after Adam gave it away. But 99.99% of the church ignores the law in favor of grace and doesn’t understand why the world is falling apart. The amount of sexual perversion that is in the church should make us blush. Not to mention the lusts for another churchman’s wife, high divorce rates and un-trust-worthy people. Next time your pastor bemoans how bad it is becoming in America, tell him to shut up and go look in the mirror! He is with those who replaced God’s law with man’s law. And by grace, he should get back to preaching the beauty of mosaic law.

So, it came down to, for us, finding a group of people who believed in the entire Bible and studied it in its Hebraic context. It’s a small movement right now with a lot of unhomogenous groups between the various assemblies. That’s probably as it should be. We don’t need any more Nicolaitans at the top of the pyramid. The closest we’ve come to a good congregation is through the TV ministry of Michael Rood. There are many very interesting and instructive videos on his YouTube site and at his website, aroodawakening.tv

It is written that it is the mixing of pagan religions, pagan practices and pagan words with Mosaic law and the Messianic faith, or better said as that which is commanded by YehoVAH, that angers Him the most. He kept His chosen ones, the Israelites, on a very short leash before they were disciplined for their disobedience as an example to us. He is giving us a very long leash in hopes that some of us may wake up in time to repent. The next scheduled discipline is permanent. We have the example and we have His Word now let’s go re-teach the world the 1st century faith of Yeshua the Messiah before it is too late.

[1] Light House Trails Research project, Bob Buford, Peter Drucker and the Emerging Church, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1686, Accessed 5-24-2014.
[2] Author of “The Purpose Driven Church”, Pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA.
[3] C.J. Koster Come Out Of Her My People, pg 8, Institute For Scriptural Research, North Riding, South Africa
[4] Rood, Michael, Shabbat Night Live”, May 23,2014 http://www.youtube.com.
[5] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 27.
[6] C. J. Koster, ibid pg. 29.
[7] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 35.
[8] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 36.
[9] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 37.
[10] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 40.
[11] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 40
[12] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 41.
[13] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 41.
[14] C.J. Koster, ibid pg. 43.
[15] KJV.
[16] Johnson, Keith, “His Hallowed Name Revealed.”

Two Laws

I am sure that I have offended you by lumping all of christianity under the banner of a catholic church. You are welcome. Now, I am going to wade into even murkier waters and take a look at the Pharisees and their modern day equivalent, Orthodox Rabbinic Judaism.

One of my first questions as a newbie Christian was, “How were the Jews saved?” Considering that the world had been in existence for 4028 years[1] before Jesus saved the world by dying on the stake[2]. The pastor I asked, a sports chaplain, had nothing to say on the subject. I later found the simple answer in Habakkuk 2:4,

“Behold the proud. His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.”

Hmmm… very interesting. That’s the way I was taught to enter into a relationship with YehoVAH, the Almighty Elohim. It is how Abraham, Moses, David and many other pre-Messiah saints were saved. I say this to point out just one of hundreds of instances of blindness that has fallen on the church when they are considering the Jew’s role in YehoVAH’s kingdom.

Now let’s delve into our subject at hand regarding the two laws. Moses was given the 10 commandments[3] in the wilderness at Mt Sinai. It was written down beginning with the finger of YehoVAH on stone and then on scrolls of lambskins as Elohim further instructed Moses. It was copied by scribes using an incredible system of checksums for lines, columns and pages which was created to help the scribe to faithfully reproduce an exact copy of the text over many generations with precision. Today we have two great witnesses of this in the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex.

Somewhere along the line in Jewish history, verbal interpretations of the written word of YehoVAH became commonplace among a group of men known as the Prushim or in English, the Pharisees. This amounts to adding to the word of YehoVAH and it has continued to this day and it is known as the “oral” law[4]. The oral law has since been written down in the Talmud in the third and sixth centuries CE[5] and it is the basis of Orthodox Rabbinic Judaism today and what was called traditional Judaism in the time of the Messiah. The shocking fact is that the Oral law is considered higher than Mosaic law and even higher then direct revelation from Elohim.

In the 1st century, Yeshua the Messiah when confronted with the Pharisaic oral law or tradition of the elders as they called it, He responded to this group with words like “hypocrite”[6], “white washed tombs”[7] and “brood of vipers”[8]. The Pharisees had pushed the Levites out of the temple for the most part and assumed control of all religious law matters in Roman occupied Israel. Something was certainly amiss in Jerusalem.

They failed to acknowledge that Yeshua was the Messiah and instead said of Him that he was in cahoots with the devil! They called Him “Lord of the flies.”[9]

There was no excuse for this. Gabriel’s prophecy to Daniel specified to the day when the Messiah would declare himself in Jerusalem[10] and the Magi from the East knew His birthday and traveled to Jerusalem with confidence[11]. Simeon[12] and Anna[13] both recognized the infant Yeshua as the Messiah. The Pharisees saw Yeshua as coming to spoil their party time of ruling over a hostage people with their man made doctrine. The lying and corrupt Pharisees would have nothing to do with this man called Yeshua or salvation[14] because when Elohim spoke, according to their oral tradition, they weren’t required to listen.

This is so like what has happened to the Christian church which added their own man made pagan religious ideas and other non-biblical interpretations of scripture over time. What started out as a true revealing of the Word of Elohim to Moses and a true restating of the true Word of Elohim by Yeshua the Messiah devolved into systems of religious worship not specified in scripture and certainly not recognized by our Father in Heaven, YehoVAH.

What should you and I do? Tear the walls down? Paint signs and protest? No, repent! Seek the Hebrew Messiah and not the Greek Jesus and learn of Him in the context of the times in which he ministered. Forsake the traditions of the Orthodox and seek the Messiah as your Jewish King. In these last days, many are being called out of religion into a relationship with the one true Elohim. I pray that is you.

I have been helped by a number of 1st century roots believers and teachers in books and on the web. You truly can’t go wrong by starting with any of the hundreds of Michael Rood’s “A Rood Awakening” YouTube videos. Start there, my friend, and we’ll see you when the Mount of Olives splits.

 

[1] Rood, Michael, “The Chronological Gospels” pg 249, incident 211. Available from Aviv Moon Publishing, http://www.thechronologicalgospels.com

[2] Strong’s G4716 is Stauros and it means stake or pole. Somehow the Roman Catholics changed that in their version of the Bible to the Babylonian symbol of Tammuz, the cross. Clearly the Messiah died on a stake with His hands nailed above His head..

[3] Often referred to as the 10 words by Jews.

[4] It is claimed that Elohim actually delivered two laws to Moses, one that was written of which we have copies and know about and one that was verbal and apparently was allowed to evolve before it was written down in the 3rd and 6th centuries.

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud, retrieved 05-17-2014.

[6] Matthew 23:13, KJV

[7] Matthew 23:27, KJV

[8] Matthew 3:7, KJV

[9] Rood, Michael, ibid pg 116, incident 80. Beelzebub.

[10] Daniel 9:21-27

[11] Daniel was head of the Magi a/k/a as astronomers in Babylon.

[12] Luke 2:25, KJV

[13] Luke 2:36-38, KJV

[14] Hebrew translation of the name Yeshua is salvation.

I’ll Trade Compromise for Peace

It’s no secret that the one and only church has spent many years of its history killing and murdering those who will not agree to its principles of faith. We were warned by Yeshua the Messiah in Mt 24:9[1] that the religious system that killed him would also seek to kill his disciples. Maybe that is a definition of a religious system. It kills those who disagree with the theme and story of the religion either figuratively or in actuality.

I first got an earful of this when I was hired by a Jewish man, Steve, in Seattle to work at his recording studio to produce commercials. Every Easter, I was told, the christians would get out of their religious schools and walk by the Jewish schools and pick fights because, of course, it was the Jews who killed Jesus.[2]

I was a new believer and I was certain that my boss was talking about the Catholics and certainly not my branch of christianity. We surely didn’t subscribe to that. But to a Jew, a christian is a christian no matter what flavor. I remember hearing about the christian minister running an ad agency who was a notorious slow pay and one day the boss said he was going to meet with a telephone company rep to see if he could “christian him down” and get a better price on the contract. It was mockery and I had a good laugh with him over it. How many times have I heard christians use a similar term derogatorily towards Jews.

At that time, I was shocked to hear about “christian” violence against Jews. My church had no historical teaching that covered the subject. It was only relatively recently that I learned that Hitler was a Catholic and the Nazi’s used the statements of Martin Luther to justify their genocide of the Jews in the ovens before the Nuremberg tribunals. Folks, that’s RECENT history! Most christians in Deutschland looked the other way. In America, the government suppressed dissemination of the intelligence the US had on what Hitler was up to with the Jews.[3]

Even today, the christian church won’t own this.

Yeshua the Messiah was a Hebrew. Constantine in the 4th century forced the believers to compromise. The decree went something like this. “We, the Roman Government, will stop killing you, the believers in the Hebrew Messiah, if you will agree to worship in our state churches on Sunday, the day we worship the sun god. Those of you who worship the Hebrew Messiah on the Saturday Sabbath will be called Judaizers and we will ban you from the church and cast you out of society.” In Christ’s love, signed //Constantine.

Beside his devotion to “Sol Invictus”[4], the invincible sun, Constantine assumed the title of Pontifex Maximus and presided over the council of Nicea which defined the Christian religious system. Constantine, the World’s first Pope? Over the centuries, the Roman Catholic religious system forced conversions on everybody including Jews. Those who stood against Constantine’s one and only faith were either killed or forced to flee the land. The Jew, Christopher Columbus was one of those who fled the inquisitions of Spain to find the new world in 1492.[5]

Do you attend church to seek the Greek Jesus stripped of all Jewishness and historical context in his words and deeds by the Roman Pontifex Maximus?[6] Then you are on the wrong side of the great divide of compromise brokered by Constantine and you have blood on your hands! What? You’re not Catholic!! Sure you are. You most certainly are. You worship on Sunday contrary to what the Bible says according to the decrees of the Pontifex Maximus. You have fallen for the grand compromise of mixing sun worship with Messiah worship. Somebody please give me chapter and verse on the authorization of moving the day of rest and worship to Sunday.

It is far better for you to repent and seek the Hebrew roots of our faith in the Jewish context of the first century. It will surprise you when you do this as the Bible will all of a sudden begin to make sense. No more twisted theologies based on the heresies of the so-called church fathers. And because God rewards those who diligently seek him[7], get ready for blessings you never knew existed or were possible.

My thanks to the Michael Rood website, aroodawakening.tv, for providing one of the richest experiences I have seen to date for those of us who seek the Messiah in His 1st century Hebrew context.

Footnotes:

[1] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

[2] This is an old slander that doesn’t seem to want to go away. I was told by a well meaning pastor that Jew and gentile, we all were responsible for the death of the Messiah. After studying the Bible, it is clear that Yeshua the Messiah controlled all of the events that led up to his six illegal trials and execution. When He “gave up the ghost”, He asserted control over when he died.

[3] See “A Woman Rides The Beast” by Dave Hunt.

[4] Koster, C.J. “Come Out Of Her My People, pg 19.

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_theories_of_Christopher_Columbus#Spanish-Jewish_hypothesis, item 4. Retrieved May 11th, 2014.

[6] Koster, C.J., “Come Out of Her My People” pg 110.

[7] Hebrews 11:6, KJV