Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas (and still love God)

 

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I recently read this article, and am publishing it with the Author’s consent. Original article can be found at the Christina Chronicles.

Yep — I don’t celebrate Christmas.
Yep – I still love and serve my Creator.

It has nothing to do with an aversion to cinnamony smells and sweet treats…
but it has everything to do with Who I worship and what He desires.

Here are some of the reasons why I no longer celebrate Christmas.

Reason #1: Materialism
With the bazillion sales that transpire during the season and the multitudes of shoppers that emerge – too often spending their savings, going beyond their budget, charging up credit cards, putting off paying their bills and even taking out loans -, it’s a no-brainer to see how materialistic the season is (as an overall whole).
(for arguments sake, acknowledgment is made that there is a minority that does not fall into this category).

Reason #2: Gift giving = love
Perhaps that sounds like a ridiculous equation… and it is.
And perhaps not many would admit they believe such an equation (sure, there are some that do not)… But there is a vast tendency to fall into the trap that holds the big lie that says ‘to show someone your thoughtfulness towards them or that you really love and care about them, is to lavishly gift them’. (especially around this season, but not limited to)

Reason #3: The origins of Christmas This can be a very touchy subject, indeed. Once upon a time, Christmas was even banned among some Believers. If one puts forth even a little effort, one can discover where this holiday originated from and what it represents.
In a nutshell, it commemorates sun worship, celebrating the re-birth of the sun and the winter solstice. December 25th is, also, the birthday of Mithras, a pagan god, commemorating a pagan festival, all tied to sun worship. And there is the festival of Saturnalia… and more.
I won’t go into anymore details here as, if one does a simple internet search, one would likely be blown away by the historical facts and truths that have gotten buried regarding this day.

Reason #4: Trees, bulbs, wreaths and the trimmings
This reason really belongs with #3. As one discovers the origins of the day, one discovers the original significance of the traditional trimmings that are included in the celebration of the day. ‘Nuff said.

Reason #5: Jesus is not “the reason for the season”
He just really isn’t. Researching reason #3 will reveal that this ‘season’ existed long before the birth of Jesus and it was a completely different reason to be celebrated. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Jesus was born on December 25th. In fact, there is far more evidence that he was born during the fall/autumn, during one of the Appointed Times/Feast Days of our Creator – The Feast of Tabernacles – which would, also, be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. If one were to acknowledge/celebrate the birth of Jesus, does not this mentioned time (The Feast of Tabernacles) more appropriately fit the adage of “Jesus is the reason for the season”?

Reason #6: What it means to me doesn’t matter
“That’s not what it means to me”. I hear it often. I used to say it often. But, really… if I love my Creator and have a heart and resolve to serve, honor and obey Him, then “That’s not what it means to me” DOES NOT MATTER.
The only thing that matter is: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HIM?
We must evaluate our OWN selves… using Scripture as our standard, not our excuse.
So, with this reason, I only leave the following:

“When יהוה (YHVH- the LORD) your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’ Do not do so to יהוה (YHVH- the LORD) your Elohim, for every abomination which יהוה hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones.”
Deuteronomy 12:29-31

“And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men. Forsaking the command of Elohim (God), you hold fast the tradition of men.”
Mark 7:7-8

I love Him. Enough to obey. Enough to honor. Enough to identify.
Enough to sacrifice my own way, my own everything.
It is not grievous. It is a delight!

May we always seek Truth. And may we be courageous and walk in It.
~ Christina

“And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve יהוה (YHVH- The LORD), choose for yourselves this day whom you are going to serve, whether the mighty ones which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the mighty ones of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But I and my house, we serve יהוה (YHVH- The LORD).” –Joshua 24:15

Who is righteous? Who shall live? And who shall die?

 

 

While watching a teaching by 119 Ministries, I saw these verses, and thought them incredible, to say the least. Look at the definition of a righteous man, compared to the definition of an unrighteous man. According to these verses, the righteous shall live, while the unrighteous shall die.

Eze 18:

5“But if a man is righteous and shall do right-ruling and righteousness,
6if he has not eaten on the mountains, nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Yisra’ĕl, nor defiled his neighbour’s wife, nor comes near a woman during her uncleanness,
7if he does not oppress anyone, does return to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, does give his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,
8if he does not lend on interest or take increase, turns back his hand from unrighteousness, executes right-ruling in truth between man and man,
9if he walks in My laws, and he has guarded My right-rulings in truth – he is righteous, he shall certainly live!” declares the Master יהוה.
10“But if he has brought forth a son who is a robber or a shedder of blood, who does any of these –
11whereas he himself did not do any of these – that also he has eaten on the mountains or defiled his neighbour’s wife,
12if he has oppressed the poor and needy, has committed robbery, he does not return a pledge, has lifted his eyes to the idols, or did abomination,
13if he has lent on interest or taken increase – shall he live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, he shall certainly die, his blood is upon him.

My dear brothers and sisters, may we all live in righteousness before our Elohim! May we obey His word, and live!

Shabbat shalom!

Do you believe in The Impossible Gospel?

Do you believe in the Impossible Gospel? Does your church? Lets take a detailed look into the Impossible Gospel.

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We will examine a couple of claims made by the church (in general), and then investigate the repercussions of believing these belief structures, from the whole council of the scriptures. I urge you to please read the sections of scripture in context, and get the whole context. I only lift out the crucial parts of the dogma that is taught. My aim is not to give answers, but to answer you in a different way. A way that can make you answer every question that you’ll ever be asked about the NT commands.

Case 1: The Adulterous woman: John 8

7 But as they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
11 And she said, “No one, Master.” And יהושע said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

With this verdict, Yeshua is said to have ushered in a new law of love and forgiveness, and did away with the law of Moses.

Case 2: Peter’s Vision: Acts 10:

11 and he saw the heaven opened and a certain vessel like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth,
12 in which were all kinds of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping creatures, and the birds of the heaven.
13 And a voice came to him, “Rise up, Kĕpha, slay and eat.”

With this vision, it is said that Peter was commanded to no longer observe the dietary rules as laid out in Lev 11. He was commanded to eat unclean animals, according to this dogma.

Case 3: The Jerusalem Council: Acts 15:

10 “Now then, why do you try Elohim by putting a yoke on the neck of the taught ones which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
19 “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the gentiles who are turning to Elohim,
20 but that we write to them to abstain from the defilements of idols, and from whoring, and from what is strangled, and from blood.

With this verdict by James (verse 19-20), and the statement by Peter (verse 10), it is said that the law is a yoke which nobody can bear, and that gentiles are only required to obey 4 laws, or 4 groups of laws.

Case 4: Making all foods clean: Mark 7:

15 “There is no matter that enters a man from outside which is able to defile him, but it is what comes out of him that defiles the man.
18 And He said to them, “Are you also without understanding? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside is unable to defile him,
19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purging all the foods?”

Some translations read “Thus he declared all foods clean”. In this statement of Yeshua, it is said that He declared all foods clean to eat, and did away with the dietary laws of Lev 11.

Case 5: The end of the law: Romans 10:

4 For Messiah is the end of the ‘Torah unto righteousness’ to everyone who believes.

This statement by Paul is said to show that the law is now no longer applicable to any believer in Messiah.

Case 6: Circumcision is nothing: 1 Corinthians 7:

18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
19 The circumcision is naught, and the uncircumcision is naught, but the guarding of the commands of Elohim does matter!

With this statement, Paul, according to the teachings of many churches, have supported, or done away with, circumcision of the flesh, as a command.

There are other texts like these, for example in Colossians 2:14, stating that the law has been nailed to the cross, and the entirety of Romans chapter 14, stating that the Sabbath day doesn’t matter, and its a matter of conscience which day you want to keep. Romans 7 is also often used to teach that the law is done away with. There are many examples.

Now, right from the start, I can tell you that they’re all a lie. Each one of these cases has been misinterpreted by many believers of today. Now, your question is likely “how can you be so certain?”. I can go into each of these and explain why they are misinterpreted, but what I rather want to do, is to teach you the principal of how to correctly interpret scripture, and how to pick up these lies that we’ve been taught, and correctly interpret them. I want you to be able to test what your preacher says, for yourself, and not rely on what people tell you.

Now first, step one is to start learning your bible. If you don’t know scripture, you cannot possibly know when you’re hearing a lie. Its really that simple. Nobody can refute the lies they hear from someone else, if they do not know scripture for themselves. So, let me teach you a couple of sections of scripture, that will show you how to know when you’re being told a lie.

Statement 1: The contract (covenant) cannot change: Deut 4:2; 12:32

Deut 4:2 “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you.
Deut 12:32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.

A covenant, is a contract. What Father made with Israel, is a covenant, a contract. And written inside this contract, is a statement that says that the contract cannot change.

Statement 2: The contract is forever: Torah

Leviticus 3:17 “It is a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places..”
Leviticus 6:18 “it is a permanent law throughout all your generations..”
Leviticus 6:22 “by an eternal ordinance it shall be entirely offered..”
Leviticus 7:36 “it is an eternal law for their generations.”
Leviticus 16:34 “Now this is to you an everlasting ordinance..”
Leviticus 16:29 “This is to you a permanent law..”
Leviticus 17:7 “This is to them for an everlasting law in all their generations..”
Leviticus 23:14 “is to you a perpetual ordinance in all your dwelling places throughout your generations..”
Numbers 15:15 “As for the community (of Israel), there shall be one law for you and for the one who converted and joined with you; An eternal Law throughout your generations, as you are, so shall the convert be before the ALL-TRANSCENDENT One.”
Numbers 19:21 “So it is a law forever for them..”
Deuteronomy 29:29 “…the hidden things belong to the L-RD our G-d, but that which is revealed belongs to us and our sons forever to do all the words of this Torah.”

Now, there are a lot of verses in the Psalms, Proverbs and other places, that makes this even clearer (and shows that globally, Torah is to be kept forever), but I wanted to get verses directly from Torah, because of the point I’m trying to make (which we are getting to, I promise!) Yeshua also says the same thing.

Mat 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.

So, we see that Yeshua teaches the same thing. Torah is forever. This isn’t a parable. This isn’t poetry. This is the very words spoken by Yeshua Himself.

Statement 3: Defining false Prophets/Teachers:

Defining a true Prophet:

Deut 18:21 “And when you say in your heart, ‘How do we know the word which יהוה has not spoken?’ – 
22when the prophet speaks in the Name of יהוה and the word is not, or comes not, that is the word which יהוה has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

Defining a false Prophet:

Deut 13:1 “When there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he shall give you a sign or a wonder,
2 and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones – which you have not known – and serve them,’
3 do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for יהוה your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being.
4 “Walk after יהוה your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him.
5 “And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is put to death, because he has spoken apostasy against יהוה your Elohim – who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim and redeemed you from the house of bondage – to make you stray from the way in which יהוה your Elohim commanded you to walk. Thus you shall purge the evil from your midst.

So, here we see a few things:

  1. A true prophet is a prophet that gives a sign or a wonder or prophecy, and the sign or wonder or prophecy comes true.
  2. The above is always true, unless that prophet then commands you to walk contrary to what Father commanded in the contract/covenant, the Torah.
  3. If the Prophet does command the nation to walk contrary to the “way of life” (Prov 6:23, Ps 32:8, Deut 17:11, Deut 28:14,. Joshua 23:6) that YHWH commanded, He must be stoned, and disregarded as a prophet. This counts for a teacher as well, or anybody else who teaches “rebellion” or “apostasy” (Deut 13:5) against the Word of YHWH.

This scripture tells us clearly that Father takes the way He told the Israelites to walk, very, very seriously. There is to be no compromise to the way He commanded Israel to walk. They were to not turn to the left, nor to the right, but follow the commands that He commanded them.

In fact, we can easily enough define a false teacher, as someone who leads you astray from the covenant, or the contract, between YHWH and man. Since the way to walk your life, is Torah, we can also say that Deut 13:5 states that he who leads the nation stray from the covenant, is a false teacher.

Statement 4: Yeshua was without sin

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.

Mark 14:
55 And the chief priests and all the council were seeking witness against יהושע to put Him to death, and they were finding none.
56 For many bore false witness against Him, but their evidences did not agree.
57 And some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,
58 “We heard Him saying, ‘I shall destroy this Dwelling Place that is made with hands, and within three days I shall build another made without hands.’ ”
59 And not even then did their witness agree.

Matthew 27:4 saying, “I have sinned in delivering up innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!”

According to scripture, Yeshua did not sin. He was sinless, without sin from birth to death. And he had to be without sin, because only a sinless man could die for the sins of the world.

1 Peter 1:18 knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold,
19 but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,

Statement 5: Defining sin

Now, if Yeshua did not sin, we have to define sin, according to scripture. We can use the dictionary, but its always best to use Father’s definitions of words. That way, we know that we have the right definition.

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

So, according to the simplest definition of sin in the scriptures, sin is breaking the law. Now, we can (again), define law, according to man, or we can define law, according to Elohim. And Father has only one law… that which is spoken of in the Torah.

So, with this, we now found out that Yeshua did not ever break the law. This is a common belief and is commonly understood, and accepted, in almost all churches worldwide.

Statement 6: Wrapping it all up – Conclusion

We have now seen the following things, as a recap:

  1. There is a contract (covenant) between YHWH and man. This contract cannot change.
  2. The contract (covenant) is forever.
  3. A false teacher is defined as someone who leads the nation astray from the contract (covenant).
  4. Yeshua is commonly said to have been without sin. This is a belief that is 100% in line with scripture.
  5. Sin is breaking the commandments of Elohim.

Thus, with the above in mind, lets ask a few questions.

  1. If Yeshua changed the law from the law of Moses, and ushered in a new law of love, forgiveness and understanding, would He have taken away from the Torah? Would He have looked like a false prophet, or a true prophet? Would he have sinned? Remember, Yeshua was still in the “Old Covenant”, as believed by almost every church out there. That means, He had to live by these rules, not? He was sinless, remember?
  2. Has YHWH told Peter in Acts 10, in the vision, that the dietary laws was now done away with, what should Peter’s reaction have been? Is it possible that he would’ve had to object strongly, and deny this command, since this command would be “leading him astray” and teaching him to rebel against YHWH’s word? Would he perhaps even consider that this was not YHWH speaking to Him, but that it was a vision given to him by another entity all together? Was this vision portraying a false or a true command of Elohim, according to Deut 13? Was it adding or taking away from Torah? Would it have caused him to sin? Is YHWH bound by His own laws? If not, is He a just and righteous Elohim?
  3. If Peter said that the law was bondage and a yoke too difficult to bear, while Father says the law is “your life”, “the way of life”, “truth”, “the bread of life”, “light” and “freedom”, and Yeshua says that His command isn’t burdensome, would He have spoken contrary to what Torah teaches? Would He have added or taken away from Torah? Similarly, if James said that gentiles only had to keep these 4 laws, would he have taken away from Torah? Would it be possible for him to be accused of leading the nation astray, as a false teacher?
  4. If Yeshua did away with (or changed) the dietary laws, would He have obeyed the statements above? Would He have added or taken away from the contract? Would He have looked like a true prophet, or a false prophet? Would He have sinned? Could He have been the Messiah?
  5. If Paul taught that the law is now finished, or that its nailed to the cross, and that we are no longer to keep the law, is it possible that he would qualify as a false teacher, who was busy leading the nation astray to follow another way to Elohim?
  6. If Paul taught that circumcision was now no longer necessary, or if he supported the doctrine that circumcision was no longer necessary, would it be possible for them to classify him as a false teacher, and stone him, according to Deut 13? And if so, can we say that he is a false teacher, and that we should disregard him as a teacher according to Deut 18 and 13?

These are some serious questions, with some impossible answers, if you believe that the law is done away with. And for the record, done away with, and fulfilled to such a degree that we don’t have to keep the law any more, is exactly the same thing. Thats just semantics, not a difference in outcome.

The impossible gospel is this. If you believe that Yeshua (or Jesus) is the Messiah, but you believe that:

  1. He taught that Torah is done away with, or does not need to be kept
  2. He lived a life of non-obedience to Torah
  3. His death on the cross ushered in a period where Torah would not have to be kept
  4. His death on the cross started a new religion
  5. His death on the cross created a new way to Elohim
  6. His death on the cross created a new means of salvation

… then you are believing that Yeshua (or Jesus) was not the Messiah. You see, you cannot have it both ways. You cannot have Messiah, but not the Torah. You also cannot have Torah without Messiah. The two are one, and they are a package deal. If you believe the Messiah came to do away with the law, then you believe that He was not the Messiah, because He broke the commandments, and sinned, according to the scriptural definition of sin. That means He was not the spotless lamb, and not the passover lamb slain for the sins of the world.

I know this is difficult to hear. I know that, right now, your flesh hates what you’re hearing. I understand what you’re going through. I went through this myself. However, I can tell you that this is the truth. Not a truth, not some truth, and not blatant lies. This is the 100%, absolute, truth, as shown by the full council of scripture. And once you accept this, then everything will change for you. You will start reading scripture with a new understanding, and things that you’ve never understood, will suddenly make sense.

Every interpretation of scripture, that does not align with what Torah teaches, is the wrong interpretation. And because of the statements made in the Torah (as I explained above), the Torah is the only part of scripture that you have to test against. Everything after Deuteronomy has to line up with what is written in the contract. The majority of the contract is stated and repeated in the book of Deuteronomy. We cannot accept an interpretation that doesn’t line up with the contract. How then, do you answer the questions above? Well, you cannot yet answer them. Each answer requires a lot of study and prayer. But you can know immediately whether the answer you have, is correct or not. Does it line up with Torah, or not? If it lines up with Torah, then the interpretation might be correct. However, if the interpretation does not align with Torah, then the interpretation is most certainly incorrect. And this is where scripture knowledge comes in. If you now start studying scripture, you will start seeing everything differently, and you will start finding the answers, because you will know what kind of answer to look for.

I pray that this message will bless you. I pray to Father to open your eyes to His truth. It truly does set you free.

May YHWH bless you and keep you. May He shine His face upon you, and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you, and give you shalom.

The Law of Elohim vs. the Law of Sin and Death

 

The Law of Elohim vs. the Law of Sin and Death

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Romans 8:

1 There is, then, now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah יהושע, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the Torah of the Spirit of the life in Messiah יהושע has set me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For the Torah being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim, having His own Son in the likeness of flesh of sin, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the righteousness of the Torah should be completed in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the matters of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the matters of the Spirit.
6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace.
7 Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards Elohim, for it does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, neither indeed is it able,
8 and those who are in the flesh are unable to please Elohim.

From this, we can see clearly, that there are two laws.

  1. Father’s Torah of the Spirit (first five books written by Moses)
  2. The law of sin and death

He starts out by setting the stage with “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”. In this, he states the two opposites “Flesh” and “Spirit”. Now earlier, in Romans 7, he makes the following statement:

14 For we know that the Torah is Spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.

So, Paul says that the Torah of Elohim, as written by Moses, is spiritual, while we are fleshly, “sold under sin”. This is an incredible statement, since this gives us a very clear indication that Paul talks about two laws, and the one which we though was done away with (as interpreted by modern christianity), was the law of Sin and Death, not the Torah of Elohim.

The Torah being powerless refers to Torah that has no power unto salvation. We all know this. Torah cannot save you. Keeping Torah cannot save you. Why not? Because we are not able to keep Torah 100%. It is impossible! Torah is there to show us how to walk out our faith, how to live our life in righteousness in front of our Father.

Verse 4 then continues saying that the righteousness that Torah provides should be completed in us (by the finished work of Messiah on the cross), but only for those who walk according to the Spirit (which we know is talking about walking in obedience to Torah), and not the flesh.

And then comes a very profound statement.

7 Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards Elohim, for it does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, neither indeed is it able,
8 and those who are in the flesh are unable to please Elohim.

Paul says that the mind of the flesh (which he defines as “death” and “setting on the matters of the flesh” in verses 5 and 6, and in the letter to the Galatians he talks about the works of the flesh), does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, because it isn’t able to do so. Why not? Because walking in the Spirit, is walking in the Torah of Elohim! He continues to say that those who are walking in the flesh is unable to please Elohim. Wow! What a statement. If we want to please Elohim, we must walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh. And walking in the Spirit, is obeying Torah.

Shalom, and may YHWH bless you with this message.

The narrow way

 

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The narrow, and the small gate.

Matthew 7
13 “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it.
14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Have we ever wondered why there are two things mentioned here? The way and the gate. What is the way and what is the gate?

Now, Yeshua clearly says that He is the gate to the sheep fold, not? (John 10:9). But, He also says that He is the Way, right? (John 14:16). However, there is something else mentioned in scripture, that’s also the way.

Proverbs 6
23 For the command is a lamp, And the Torah a light, And reproofs of discipline a way of life,

The way, is also Torah. In fact, we see that Father says something to this effect in Deuteronomy 13:

5 “And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is put to death, because he has spoken apostasy against יהוה your Elohim – who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim and redeemed you from the house of bondage – to make you stray from the way in which יהוה your Elohim commanded you to walk. Thus you shall purge the evil from your midst.

Here we see, the way, is how YHWH commanded us to walk. Interesting then, that Yeshua would use this same word to describe the means of us getting to heaven.

14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

So, if the gate is Yeshua, and the way is Torah (written, and living Torah), then what does that say about our means of salvation? Does James not say the exact same thing?

24 You see, then, that a man is declared right by works, and not by belief alone.

My dear brothers and sisters, the gate being narrow, is Yeshua being difficult to find. Many profess to believe in Him, because they said a prayer once and perhaps even wrote down a date at the front of their bibles. BUT THEIR LIVES LOOK JUST LIKE THE WORLD! Yeshua is not “easy salvation”. Its difficult! IT WILL COST YOU EVERYTHING! And if its not costing you everything, YOU ARE NOT SAVED! The way being hard pressed, is keeping Torah! Its difficult to have a life of sacrifice unto the most High! Why is your life looking like that of the world?? Are you not supposed to be the salt, and the light, of the world? Why do you not look different? Why is your heart not full of compassion for the lost? Why are you wasting your hours away in front of the TV, watching pointless sport!? Were you not created for greater things than this??

What are you doing with your life for God’s sake?! Are you living for eternity!? Start today!

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Psalm 15 – Want a summary on how to be blessed of YHWH?

 

If you want a summary on how to be blessed of YHWH, then read this Psalm, and make it your own. Read it, and obey it. Its a summary of Torah.

1 יהוה, who does sojourn in Your Tent? Who does dwell in Your set-apart mountain?
2 He who walks blamelessly, And does righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart.
3 He has not slandered with his tongue, He has not done evil to his neighbour, Nor lifted up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a reprobate one is despised, But he esteems those who fear יהוה; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He has not put out his silver at interest, And has not taken a bribe against the innocent. He who does these is never moved.

Verse 4, specifically, caught my attention.

He who swears to his own hurt and does not change

Wow. How often do we give our word, only to pull it back later. Since when is this the conduct of those who claim to be changed by our Creator into a new creature? Its time to start walking an upright walk in front of Elohim.

Justification vs. Sanctification.

 

Sanctify wordgame

Everybody seems to forget the differences between justification and sanctification.

Justification is to become in right-standing with YHWH. The church calls this salvation.

Sanctification is the process of bearing fruit, after justification. If you bear no fruit, then you have no evidence that you are justified. The fruit of justification (which is sanctification), is keeping the commandments. The church calls it “changing your life”. Now, this is where the big debate comes in.

Firstly, justification comes by favour through faith. There is no other way to be justified in our Father’s eyes. Father has grace on us, and grants us a whole bunch of stuff (pulling us to Him, convicting our hearts to convince us we are lost without Him, sending His Son to the cross to die for our sins, and to nail the certificate of debt that we have against us, to the cross (Col 2:14), etc, etc), after which we are in right-standing with him. We are justified, if we believe in Him and in His trustworthiness to grant us eternal life (the resurrection), no matter what. All of this is done via grace. We do not deserve it, and there is nothing we can do to deserve this.

After this, almost everyone with an upright heart, believe that our lives should change. Some believe this to mean that you should keep the 10 commandments. Others, the two commandments (love Elohim and love your neighbour), others again, the sermon on the mount, other still the Torah, and others believe you should just live a moral life style.

The problem with all of these (except for Torah), is that they’re not specific in what they mean. So, you never know if your life really changed or not. For example, how do you love God? You keep the first 4 commandments. Then, how do you keep the sabbath holy? You read the Torah, which breaks down the sabbath into what you are allowed to, and are not allowed to do.

They’re all just summaries of each other. I handle this in another post on this site, and you can get more information about this point there.

Now, Acts 15 is about a group of people that taught those in the church of Galatia to work for their salvation. They told them that they must uphold the law of Moses, in order to be saved. They were preaching the law for justification. There is an excellent verse by verse through Galatians study over here, if you would like to get an accurate picture of Galatians, from a Torah observant perspective.

The answer given in Acts 15 by James, speaks of sanctification, not justification. James states that they must do these 4 things as a start, and then go study the Torah in the synagogues every sabbath, in every city (verse 21, IIRC). He implies that they are already saved, but now must start the process of sanctification. Now, were they really saved? Of course they were! Paul was there to teach them more in the ways of Elohim, and calls them” brethren”.

They start this process by removing those things out of their lifestyle that was incompatible with the lifestyle of a believer (drink blood, sex orgies in the temples of idols, eating strangled animals with the blood still in them, and eating offerings to idols. You see, these Galatians were previously all pagans (you can research this for yourselves, but there is extensive historical evidence for this fact). They’ve just started their new walk with YHWH, and they started to add YHWH to their list of idols. Pagans have many gods, so they were seeing YHWH as just one of these, and adding Him to their list of false gods. James explains that this doesn’t work this way. They have to get rid of all these other practices, since this does not look like the life of a believer in YHWH. After they’ve done these four things, they can then learn the Torah, as Acts 15 states in verse 21.

21“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.”

You see, this is pretty much only about Sanctification. Eight out of ten times, when Paul’s words are twisted to support lawlessness, this is exactly the issue. Nobody knows to discern the difference between justification and sanctification. The whole of the letter to the Galatians is because of this exact issue. And the church uses the book of Galatians to support their doctrine of lawlessness, above any other book in the bible. But Paul never means to say that we are not supposed to keep the Torah. He is merely saying that we should not keep the Torah in order to get salvation. You do it afterward, during the process of sanctification.

Shalom, and may YHWH bless you.

Are you picking and choosing what to obey?

 

Pick-and-Choose

Disclaimer: This blog post will cover a topic of a sensitive/mature nature. If you are sensitive to the sexual, or if you are a minor, please rather move on to the next topic.

I sometimes need to ask the question: “Are you picking and choosing what to obey?” Often, people will tell you that they feel they should not do this thing, because its sin, while they are allowed to do this other thing, which is not sin. All the while, both will come directly from scripture and both will be classified as sin, by Torah. Are we therefore picking and choosing what we are to obey as the instructions of YHWH? Lets investigate one such case.

Leviticus 18:

3 ‘Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim, where you dwelt. And do not do as they do in the land of Kena‛an, where I am bringing you, and do not walk in their laws.
4 ‘Do My right-rulings and guard My laws, to walk in them. I am יהוה your Elohim.
5 ‘And you shall guard My laws and My right-rulings, which a man does and lives by them. I am יהוה.

Father contrasts the Laws of the Egyptians and the Canaanites  with His own Laws, and very clearly spells out that we should obey His Torah, not that of man, or the nations out there. He also then gives detailed instructions of who you are not allowed to marry (or “lie” with). This includes homosexuality, beastiality and incest. He then ends with this.

24 ‘Do not defile yourselves with all these, for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am driving out before you.
25 ‘Thus the land became defiled, therefore I punished it for its crookedness, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
26 ‘But you, you shall guard My laws and My right-rulings, and not do any of these abominations, the native nor stranger who sojourns among you,
27 because the men of the land who were before you have done all these abominations, and thus the land became defiled,
28 ‘So let not the land vomit you out for defiling it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 ‘For whoever does any of these abominations, those beings who do them shall be cut off from among their people.
30 ‘And you shall guard My Charge, so as not to do any of these abominable practices which were done before you, so as not to defile yourselves by them. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ” 

So, let me get this straight. Father specifically says that we are to guard His commandments, not only before He starts spelling out the commandments in this scripture section, but also after He mentions His commandments, He repeats this command (to keep His commands). He specifically says to not do these things, as these were the things that the other nations do, and we must not be, nor do, as these other nations have done.

So now I have two questions:

  1. Why are we thinking that incest is not ok, but its ok for us to be homosexuals? Why are we picking and choosing which commands to follow? Why is the one ok, but the other not? Why is beastiality not ok, but its ok to be homosexual?
  2. Many people believe that we are to only keep the 4 commandments, or the 10 commandments, or the 2 commandments. Please tell me where any of these are in the 10 commandments? Yet you obey them, don’t you? When last did you sleep with your sister? But this isn’t mentioned in the 10 commandments, so why aren’t you marrying your sister and sleeping with her? Or your mother, or your step mother, or your brother’s wife, or your son’s daughter? These are not in the 10 commandments. Neither are they in the 2 commandments. One can argue that they fall under sexual immorality (Acts 15), but surely if you marry your sister and remain faithful to her, this isn’t a problem?

Friends, what will it take for you to realise that you have some serious problems with your theology, if you believe in only keeping the 10 commandments? Do you not realise that all these sets of commandments, are merely summaries of Torah? Allow me to explain:

  • 2 Commandments, which is a summary of
  • 10 Commandments, which is a summary of
  • 613 Torah commandments
  • 1050 NT commandments are merely explanations of some (not all) of the Torah commands
  • 7 Noahide laws are again merely a summary of some of the Torah commands (not to mention that there is pretty clear evidence that the Noahide laws were added later by the Rabbis, and does not really exist (personally, I do not believe they exist).
  • 4 Commands in Acts 15 is a subset of the Noahide laws.

Lets look at an example:

Matthew 22:37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’

In saying this, He quoted Torah.

Deuteronomy 6:5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.

Yeshua then continued in Matthew 22:
38“This is the first and great command.
39“And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

Again, he quoted Torah:

Leviticus 19:18 ‘Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am יהוה.

But, not only did He quote Torah, but also a Jewish Rabbi, who also knew this to be the foundation of Torah. This Rabbi was named Hillel, the grandfather of Gamaliel, Paul the Apostle’s teacher.

“When a heathen who wished to become a Jew asked him for a summary of the Jewish religion in the most concise terms, Hillel said: “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow man: this is the whole Law; the rest is mere commentary” (Shab. 31a). With these words Hillel recognized as the fundamental principle of the Jewish moral law the Biblical precept of brotherly love (Lev. xix. 18)”

Loving God, and loving your Neighbour, is the two pillars on which Torah is built. Without love, keeping Torah is nothing, and counts as nothing. Love is the foundation on which Torah is built.

So, here we see that Loving God and loving your Neighbour is not only a part of Torah, but its also the foundation of Torah. How can we then say that Yeshua (Jesus) created a new command here? This cannot be true. Yeshua could not create a new command, as Father said to not add to His word (Deut 4:2).

Finally, about the 10 commandments. Lets look a bit closer at this issue.

Many say that they are to only keep the 10 commandments. That is the Law, and its the only thing we’re to care about, when it comes to the Law of our heavenly Father. Lets look at the word “commandments” in “The ten commandments”. The word “commandments” is the hebrew word “Davar”. Davar does not actually mean “commandments”, but rather “words”. It carries with it, the notion of “that which was spoken”, or even “that which was spoken of in summary”. Jewish thought around the 10 commandments, is that they are a summary of the entire Torah, the 613 commandments in the first five books, written by Moshe (Moses).

We cannot see only the 10 commandments as binding, because we have to look deeper into many of the commandments of the 10 commandments, to find out more about them.

For example, how do you keep the Sabbath? The Sabbath, one of the commandments that falls under “Love God”, needs some explaining. Other than that which is mentioned about the Sabbath in Exodus 20, we have to ask ourselves… what else needs to be done in order to obey this command of our heavenly Father? Lets look at the quote in Exodus 20, regarding the Sabbath.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
9 “Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 “For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.

Now, reading through this, we have a question… which is the seventh day. This is something we cannot learn by only reading the 10 commandments. We have to go and search deeper into the word to see which day is the seventh day. Also, Nehemiah explains a bit deeper into the Sabbath law, stating that we are not allowed to buy or sell on that day. Further more, the prophets goes even further, prophesying that Father wants us to do His pleasure on the Sabbath, not ours. None of these can be found in the 10 commandments. We have to look deeper into scripture, in order to find the full story.

There are other questions that comes up as well, but I think you get the point. We cannot know everything there is to know about a command by only looking at its summary. If you get your husband/wife to every day, summarise the entire newspaper for you, into 10 bullet points of one sentence each, you’ll clearly miss some things, won’t you? Well, its the same thing here. We cannot only look at the summary and believe that’s all there is to it.

So, I ask again, are you picking and choosing which commands to obey? Or are you putting your heart into it, and obeying in love? All of it? We cannot pick and choose. We must either obey it all, or we must obey none of it. And to me, none of it isn’t an option.

My dear brother and sister in Messiah, stop picking and choosing what to Obey. It’s all part of scripture, and it all needs to be obeyed.

Shalom, and may YHWH bless you.

Christmas, Easter, and the second commandment

 

Babylonian Easter Images

What if I told you that, scripture says, if you celebrate Christmas and Easter, you are breaking the second commandment? Would you believe me? Would you be willing to test your theology? What if I told you that the same goes for Valentine’s Day, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Halloween, and a number of other celebrations?

Lets look at the words of Yeshua.

Matthew 22:
36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
38 “This is the first and great command.

Now, what did Yeshua quote here?

Deut 6:
4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.

So, Yeshua quotes from the Old Testament, the Torah (the instructions given by Father on how to live our lives), and gives the typical answer. Every Jew in His time, and today, knows that this is the greatest command. Now, lets see what else is said in this same book, the book of Deuteronomy.

Deut 12:
28 “Guard, and obey all these words which I command you, that it might be well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim.
29 “When יהוה your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land,
30 guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’
31 “Do not do so to יהוה your Elohim, for every abomination which יהוה hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones.
32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.

Here is verse 31 in another translation (ESV):

31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.

So, Father clearly says that He does not want us to worship Him in the way that the nations worship their gods. Is this not correct? Is this not what He is saying? But wait, there is more. Not only, is Father saying that we must not worship Him like the nations does, but He is very specific in the way He wants us to worship Him.

So, what does this have to do with the second commandment? Well, lets ask ourselves, if we look at the two commandments of Yeshua, Love Elohim, and love your neighbour, what does it mean to love Elohim? How do we love Elohim? Well, the 10 commandments gives us four clues.

1. You shall have no other gods beside me
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any other image, and bow down to it
3. You shall not make the Name of your Elohim come to nothing
4. Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy

Now, what exactly are the specific rules with regards to making a carved image. Are we to not make any carved image? Are we allowed to Worship YHWH via the carved image (i.o.w. not another god, but YHWH). We need more information. We cannot know all of what we need to know, with just the 10 commandments. Well, thankfully, Father’s Torah gives us a bit more insight. Lets look at a story in scripture, which you are all very familiar with.

Exodus 32 – The Golden Calf

1 And when the people saw that Mosheh was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aharon, and said to him, “Arise, make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.”

The people got impatient with Moses being on the mountain, and wondered if he perhaps died while on the mountain with YHWH. They then came to Aaron, and asked him to make them gods to go up before them.

2 And Aharon said to them, “Take off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
3 “And all the people took off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aharon.
4 And he took this from their hand, and he formed it with an engraving tool, and made a moulded calf. And they said, “This is your mighty one, O Yisra’ĕl, that brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!”
5 And Aharon saw and built an altar before it. And Aharon called out and said, “Tomorrow is a festival to יהוה.

We can clearly see here, that Aaron made this calf as a representation of YHWH, not as a replacement for Him. The calf was to be an “intercessor” for them, not a different God altogether. They were worshipping YHWH in a way that He did not command. They were worshipping Him, possibly, in the way that the Egyptians worshipped their gods, whom they have spent 430 years with.

What was their punishment? What was Father’s words to them?

9 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “I have seen this people, and see, it is a stiff-necked people!
10 “And now, let Me alone, that My wrath might burn against them and I consume them and I make of you a great nation.”

Does this look like an EL (God) that has only love for the Israelites? Does this look like an EL who does not care how they worshipped Him? To me, this looks like an EL that very much care how He is worshipped. Remember, they didn’t worship another god. They worshipped YHWH, through the calf!

Then Moshe went down the mountain, and he punished them.

20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burned it in the fire, and ground it into powder, and scattered it on the face of the water and made the children of Yisra’ĕl drink it.

26 And Mosheh stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Who is for יהוה? Come to me.” And all the sons of Lĕwi gathered themselves to him.
27 And he said to them, “Thus said יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl: ‘Each one put his sword on his side, pass over to and fro from gate to gate in the camp, and each one slay his brother, and each one his friend, and each one his relative.’ ”
28 And the sons of Lĕwi did according to the word of Mosheh. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
29 And Mosheh said, “You are ordained for יהוה today – since each one has been against his son and his brother – so as to bring upon you a blessing today.”

Moshe was pretty angry with them, not? He asked the Levites to kill their own relatives, their own brothers, neighbours, friends, with the sword. They went in and killed the first 3000 people they saw! Does this look like an EL who does not care how we worship Him!? No! This Elohim of ours, He is a jealous EL! He cares what we do! He cares how we worship Him!

To make matters worse, Father is so angry with them, that He refuses to go with them, in their midst and sent a plague on them, killing even more of them.

34 “And now, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. See, My Messenger goes before you. And in the day of My visitation I shall visit their sin upon them.”
35 And יהוה plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aharon made.

Exodus 33:

2 “And I shall send My Messenger before you, and I shall drive out the Kena‛anite and the Amorite and the Ḥittite and the Perizzite and the Ḥiwwite and the Yeḇusite,
3 to a land flowing with milk and honey. For I do not go up in your midst because you are a stiff-necked people, lest I consume you on the way.”
4 And when the people heard this evil word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.
5 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. Should I go up in your midst for one moment I shall consume you. And now, take off your ornaments, and I shall know what to do to you.’ ”
6 So the children of Yisra’ĕl took off their ornaments at Mount Ḥorĕḇ.

So, here we see very clearly that Father cares very deeply about how we are to worship Him. We are not to worship Him like the nations do!

But this is not all. There is another instance, not long after this, where someone didn’t worship Him the way He instructed. And this time, there was no warning, just judgement.

Leviticus 10:

1 And Naḏaḇ and Aḇihu, the sons of Aharon, each took his fire holder and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and brought strange fire before יהוה, which He had not commanded them.
2 And fire came out from יהוה and consumed them, and they died before יהוה.
3 Then Mosheh said to Aharon, “This is what יהוה spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me let Me be set-apart! And before all the people let Me be esteemed!’ ” And Aharon was silent.
4 And Mosheh called to Misha’ĕl and to Eltsaphan, the sons of Uzzi’ĕl the uncle of Aharon, and said to them, “Come near, take your brothers from before the set-apart place out of the camp.”
5 So they came near and took them by their long shirts out of the camp, as Mosheh had said.
6 And Mosheh said to Aharon, and to El‛azar and to Ithamar, his sons, “Do not unbind your heads nor tear your garments, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brothers, all the house of Yisra’ĕl, bewail the burning which יהוה has kindled.
7 “And do not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of יהוה is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Mosheh.

Now, I’m not going to go into the pagan origins of Easter and Christmas, Valentines Day and Lent, or Halloween. You can study this for yourselves. A quick google search can very quickly give you all the information you need. I’ll post a short video about the origins of Easter at the bottom, which you can look at.

My brothers and sisters in Messiah. The time is short. Stop worshipping our Creator in a way that He has not specified. Stop celebrating these pagan festivals, and start celebrating the festivals that He commands us to keep (Leviticus 23). Repent, my brothers and sisters! Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, even at the door! Do not be asleep any longer. Awake! The dawn is here.

Shalom, my brothers and sisters. I hope this was edifying to you. Continue to study the scriptures and search this out for yourselves.

Here is the short Easter origins video. Full version below that.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN-nRm5PNsU

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNuIz63zBjM

Deut 6:24 – The meaning of Righteousness

Righteousness

What is the meaning of righteousness? How do we achieve it, and what is it for?

Deut 6:25 ‘And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.’

This verse says that the Torah, the commands of Elohim, is to be righteousness for them that keep it. Is this an accurate statement, based on popular christian theology?

There are two kinds of righteousness.

1. The world’s righteousness. This is things like, abortion is ok, and so is homosexuality, and living together out of wedlock and one night stands, and drinking, etc, etc. The world says all these things are ok, and acceptable moral behaviour. It is this righteousness, that Isaiah speaks of, when he says “our righteousness is like filthy rags” (Isa 64:6). Our attempts to be righteous in Elohim’s eyes, are vein attempts, since our righteousness is corrupt and more importantly, corruptible.

2. Elohim’s righteousness. This is what Deut 6:25 refers to. This is Father’s standard for righteousness. He requires us to be righteous in His eyes in order to be saved. The Torah, the law of Elohim, determines righteousness. It points out sin, and declares our inability to attain righteousness, according to His standards, by ourselves.

Now tell me, most people keep the 10 commandments, yet that is not very difficult to do. Does this not, by itself, make a statement about which Law Father is speaking of? It cannot be the 10 commandments, as I know a lot of people who live their lives pretty much in line with the 10 commandments, even those who do not declare themselves to be christians.

Obviously, we can never achieve righteousness by ourselves. Our Saviour is the only one who could ever keep the Law (and with Law, I mean Torah, the 613 Laws that Moses wrote down) perfectly. And because of this, we will be righteous in our Elohim’s eyes, due to Yeshua’s atonement of our sin on the cross.

This fits in perfectly with the popular view in christianity. Most, if not all of Christianity believes that we cannot ever keep the Torah perfectly, and that we are in need of a Saviour. The problem comes in after that. Most of Christianity also believes that the Torah is now done away with (something that was never prophesied to happen, nor can happen, based on any logical thought, or serious scripture study and sound interpretation), and that we are therefore now, no longer under the Torah, and should not even attempt to keep it, lest we “fall from grace”, by popular Paul misinterpretation theology.

We are to continue to strive to keep the Torah AFTER we are saved. This is a process called sanctification. It’s something that’s incredibly simple to explain, yet christian members are often willingly ignorant of this difference between sanctification and justification, foolishly mocking with statements such as “I’m going to hell if I eat Bacon”, or “I’m not keeping the feast of tabernacles, and therefore I surely will go to hell”. Neither of these are salvational issues and therefore, you will not be going to hell.

Without sanctification (the process of becoming holy to our Elohim, and living a life that looks different from the world, set apart, or standing out – this process is obedience, not only to Torah, but to all commands given by Father YHWH or His Son, or the Spirit of Elohim), there is no proof of your justification (salvation). So, without sanctification (the fruit of your salvation), you are not justified in front of Elohim, because you do not carry the proof to show that you have indeed been justified.

There are very few Torah Observant people, who believes that justification is by keeping the Torah. Although they do exist, these are the people who Paul warns us about, in the book of Galatians and in Acts 15. Most Torah observant believers, believes in justification by grace, through faith. Most Torah observant believers believes that we require a Saviour, just like the christians do.

And this is where the problem comes in. Here is the difference between Christianity and this “new” group of Torah Observant (or rather, pursuant) believers in Messiah.

 Torah Pursuant  Christianity
 Believes we have to change our lives after salvation   Believes we have to change our lives after salvation
 Believes changing of life depends on what Father wrote down 3500 years ago, and that this is confirmed and established by Yeshua and the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit)  Believes changing of life depends on revelation of the Spirit, even if this sometimes contradict scripture (since the Torah is done away with)

 

That’s the main difference. It’s hard to think that such a small difference can create so much strife in a group of people. To be fair though, this difference, though small, has HUGE implications on the faith. Something that many christians have not studied out for themselves.

My dear Christian brother and sister. May I ask that you study for yourselves? I am a great believer in logical thought, and you will find many articles on this site that is showing the logical problems with current thinking in christianity. The scriptures can be completely logical, and make complete sense. I do not profess to know it all, nor do I profess to have it all figured out. I would be very ignorant if I did say these things. However, there is much wrong with christianity currently. The christianity of today looks a LOT different from the christianity of the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s and even the 90’s. Start studying, my brother and sister. If this site isn’t for you, then find one that teaches sound biblical teachings.

And remember, the truth has no agenda.

Shalom, and may YHWH be with you and reveal to you His secrets in His Word.

Its always about sin. It’s ALWAYS about sin. And sin keeps us away from Elohim (God).

 

We have this idea in the church. This idea is that, once we believe, we are set free from the law. The law no longer has a hold on us, and we are thus no longer under the law of Moses. The problem comes in when you think clearly about it. What problem? It’s ALWAYS about sin. Everything is always about sin.

Paul’s letters to me, like to most people in the church throughout the ages (i.e. the last 1700 years) has always been very difficult to understand. He seems to walk down the road like a drunken sailor, wallowing from one side of the road to the other. From “We don’t need the law” to “we do need the law”. From “The law has been nailed to the cross” to “Keep the law”. From “We are no longer under the law” to “we establish the law”. Paul, make up your mind, man. What are you really saying?

Well, these were my thoughts until very recently. The moment I understood the impossible gospel (please read booklet CFT2 for a piece on the impossible gospel – link to the right), and started reading Paul’s letters with that in mind, things started to (slowly) make sense, bit by bit, one verse at a time.

Paul is difficult to understand for a number of reasons. However, there is one thing, which makes it incredibly dangerous to quote verses out of context with Paul, more so than any other scripture author. He reasons in a very specific way. He will start out making a point, and he will lean so far towards that point, that he almost seems anti-“everything else”. Lets take his grace teachings, for example. He’ll make a point that we are under grace, but he’ll push the point so hard and far, that it seems as if he is completely anti-law, and then he’ll snap back to reality, to just bring balance to it all again, by saying something like:

Rom 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Torah but under favour? Let it not be!

or:

Rom 3:31 Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.

This one thing that he does, makes it dangerous to quote a single verse out of context, when it comes to Paul. Why? Because most of his letters, when taken verse by verse, can mean completely the opposite of what he wants to bring across.

What few realise is that Paul spent a tremendous amount of time arguing the “Gospel of the Circumcision”, for lack of a better term. These guys were pharisees that came from Judea, that taught the brothers that they first have to be circumcised, and become Jewish proselytes, before they can have salvation. Salvation, according to them, lay in being Jewish, and keeping the laws of Moses (Torah). No faith, no trust in YHWH, nothing, just works. Because this was Paul’s primary audience, he HAD to preach a primarily grace focussed message. He had to drive the point home, that we are saved by grace, through faith, and “not of works, lest anyone should boast”. Paul had to make a strong case about grace being the only means to salvation, because he was arguing against those who were teachings salvation by works.

Lets look at Romans 6:15-23 in a bit more detail. It truly is a remarkable piece of scripture.

Romans 6:
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Torah but under favour? Let it not be!
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
17 But thanks to Elohim that you were servants of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
18 And having been set free from sin, you became servants of righteousness.
19 I speak as a man, because of the weakness of your flesh. For even as you did present your members as servants of uncleanness, and of lawlessness resulting in lawlessness, so now present your members as servants of righteousness resulting in set-apartness.
20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit, therefore, were you having then, over which you are now ashamed? For the end thereof is death.
22 But now, having been set free from sin, and having become servants of Elohim, you have your fruit resulting in set-apartness, and the end, everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah יהושע our Master.

Paul here, starts off by bringing us back to the centre of the road again. He brings us back to balance again by stating that we must not sin, in verse 15. He then follows with a teaching about slavery. He says that the one you obey, becomes your master, and you its slave. Either you obey sin, and you are its slave unto death, or you obey Father YHWH, unto righteousness.

What is righteousness? Well, that’s pretty easy, thanks to John. John defines righteousness as doing what is right (1 John 3:7).

But then Paul continues in verse 17, stating that we were servants of sin, and although we did not know what to obey, we obeyed what we were entrusted with. And then, we were set free from sin (by the grace of our Saviour) and became slaves of righteousness.

Now, he goes on by saying that we, while we were sinners, presented ourselves as slaves to uncleanness and lawlessness (rebellious sin – lawlessness doesn’t refer to a single sin, but rather sin that you refuse to stop doing, partly because of rebellion against Father), we must now (after we are no longer sinners) present ourselves as slaves to righteousness, and that this results in holiness.

Verses 20 – 23 speaks of the fruit that this bears. First we bore fruit that we should’ve been ashamed of, which results in death, while we now bear fruit that results in holiness, which results in everlasting life in the end.

Paul ends off with making a statement that should shock us all to the core, but we interpret it to be something good. We, the church, interpret this as being set free from this, by the blood of Jesus, and this is certainly true. However, we stop there. What Paul is saying is taken further than being set free by the blood of Jesus. He is talking about our works that still might produce death if we do not change, and bear fruit unto life. We have to bear fruit unto life, and Paul says that this fruit is being obedient. What should we be obedient to? Father’s commands, as Yeshua clearly says:

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.

Beloved friend, do not be deceived by our traditions, incorrect interpretations and other lies and deceit that’s been handed down from generation to generation. The root of these things we have been taught, is Satan. We, the church, must wake up and realise that we have been taught error. We must wake up and realise that we have inherited lies and other worthless things, in which there is no profit (Jer 16:19).

Please ask yourself this question. What is it really about for you? Why are you rebelling to Father’s word? Which of His commandments are so bad for you, that you openly rebel against it? Which of His commandments are so difficult to keep that you refuse to be lead by them? Which of His commands are so complicated that you refuse to obey? What is it really about for you? Do you not realise that your eternal soul depends on this?! Stop messing around and leave your rebellion behind you. Do yourself the favour, and start obeying your Father, or it might be too late!

How do we accept the covenant with YHWH? Its all about sin

How do we accept the covenant with YHWH? Its all about sin.

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According to the Psalmist, only when we keep His Torah/instructions.

Psalm 50:
16 But to the wrong Elohim said, “What right have you to recite My laws, Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 “While you hated instruction And cast My Words behind you?
18 “When you saw a thief, you were pleased with him, And you take part with adulterers.
19 “You let your mouth loose to evil, And your tongue frames deceit.
20 “You sit, speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
21 “You have done this, and I kept silent; You have thought that I was altogether like you – I rebuke you, and set it in order before your eyes.
22 “Understand this please, you who forget Eloah, Lest I tear you in pieces, With no one to deliver:

 

This tells us that YHWH takes His instructions very seriously, and we should obey Him, or be excluded from His covenant. The “wrong” to whom Elohim speaks here, are those that are unrighteous. Being righteous is doing what is right. Doing what is right has always been keeping Torah. Now, keeping Torah cannot give you salvation, although Torah is capable of producing righteousness (Yeshua was righteous because He kept the WHOLE Torah, from birth to death, and due to this, He is capable of paying for the sins of the unrighteous). This is why we need a Savior; because we cannot keep Torah perfectly, from birth to death, without failing in it even once.

However, Father’s standard for righteousness has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In fact, Malachi (Mal 3:6) says that, because of this, Yahcob (that’s us (Israel), and our brothers, Judah) is not destroyed. Why? Because Father made a promise to Abraham, Yit’sak (Isaac) and Yahcob. We still need to keep Torah, in order to stay righteous in our Fathers’ eyes. If we do not, we are like a tree that produces no fruit, which are chopped down and burnt in the fire. Hebrews (10:26-29) says that, if we continue to sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no sacrifice for our sins, but only a fearful expectation of the lake of fire. The truth is that there were never a sacrifice for wilful sin. King David fasted while his child was sick, and sacrificed after his death – why not sacrifice before his death? Because there isn’t a sacrifice for wilful sin. Leviticus 1 to 6 describes the offerings/sacrifices, and not a single one is for wilful sin.

Now, since we now know that sin is not to be done, the next thing we need to do is to define sin, according to the Bible. The most simplistic definition of sin in the scriptures comes from the first epistle of John.

1 John 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

So, sin is breaking the law. “Which law?”, I hear you say. “There are many laws. The law of Moses, the 10 commandments, the 2 commandments of Yeshua, the sermon on the mount, the NT laws, etc, etc.”

No, my dear friend, there is only one law.

Numbers 15:15 ‘One law is for you of the assembly and for the stranger who sojourns with you – a law forever throughout your generations. As you are, so is the stranger before יהוה.

There is only one law (Torah, set of instructions). Whether you are Israel, or the Jews, or Gentiles, or Pagans, there is just one law. How can we test this against scripture? That’s really easy. Lets look at a few examples. Firstly, we have to acknowledge that Paul says the following: “There is no sin, where there is no law.” If there is no law against speeding in your country, then there cannot be a breaking of this law, since it doesn’t exist. Therefore, you cannot “sin” against your country, or your fellow countryman, and you are not in danger of being prosecuted under the law, since there is no law. This is pure logic. Lets then look at the examples in scripture:

  1. Was there a law when Cain killed his brother, Abel? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
  2. Was there a law when those in the flood of Noah perished? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
  3. Was there a law when Egypt and the Pharaoh were punished for not letting the Israelites go? I thought the law was only given at Mt Sinai?
  4. Was there a law for the Canaanites who were driven out from before the Israelites, due to their wickedness? I thought the law was just given to Israel?
  5. Is there going to be a law that will judge those who will one day stand in front of the great white throne, to be judged and sentenced to death? I thought the law is only given to Israel?

The question then becomes, if the law was only given at Mt Sinai, why were there judgements before then? How can Father judge a nation if there is no law for them? What determines their wickedness? Also, if the law was only given to Israel, how can Father Elohim judge these other nations before Israel due to their wickedness? What determines their wickedness? Same thing with those in front of the white throne. Which law determines their wickedness? Is there not only one law? Brothers and sisters, we have been deceived into thinking that there is one law for Israel, and one for us, and the nations out there, has no law to govern them. No, Father is just and righteous. He has the same standard of living for us, and for the nations (gentiles) out there. One law, for both Jew and Gentile.

So, we’ve now established that sin is important and that we must not sin. We also saw that sin is breaking the law of Elohim. We also see that there is just one law, and that is the Torah of YHWH as written down by Mosheh (Moses). And then we saw that the Psalmist says that, if you reject His words and hate instruction from Him, you have no right to His covenant.

Friend, there is no arguing this point. Torah is as important to the believer today, as it was to Israel in the wilderness. Father cannot change what is repulsive to Him, since HE DOES NOT CHANGE. How can we say that He does not change, but then say that He changed His standard for righteous living? How can we say that He does not change, but then say that He changed what is repulsive to Him? He says that eating pork is to be an abomination to us, and that any person who eats the abomination shall be destroyed (Isa 66:17 – this plays off during the millennium). How is it that we twisted this into saying that His son died so that we can eat unclean meat? He says that the levitical priesthood is to be a priesthood forever, yet we somehow believe its done away with? He says that we must keep His Torah forever, in all our generations. How can we mean that to only apply to Israel, after we’ve seen the evidence above that the law was given to all mankind? He says that we must keep His feasts forever, in every generation, yet somehow we forsake His feasts, and keep the copied and corrupted feasts of Satan (christmas, easter, lent, valentines day, halloween, etc)? How is it that we can keep all the feasts that are not commanded in the Bible, but when someone tells us that we’re supposed to keep the feasts of YHWH as prescribed in scripture, we (christians) have a problem with that, and judge them, and call them legalistic? How come, when a doctor tells you to stop eating pork because of health reasons, it’s all fine and everyone accepts it, but when the Creator of the universe tells you to stop eating pork for health reasons, He is legalistic and, “that’s done away with”?

No, friend. These things were prophesied to happen. The rebellion against Fathers’ word, and the falling away. The problem is that it’s not the pagans who are falling away, but christians! Wake up, Christianity! Your Father was speaking to you when these things were said! Yeshua says the following:

Matthew 7: 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22“Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23“And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’

Verse 21 says, “he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens”. What is the will of our Father? Well, Yeshua provides the answer in verse 23 when He says: “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness”. Father’s will is to not work Torahlessness. Yeshua here spells out that those who work lawlessness (Torahlessness) will be rejected from the Kingdom, as He doesn’t know them. Why do you think He doesn’t know them? John gives us the answer.

1 John 2:3 And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. 4 The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

The implication of the above is that, if we do not keep His commands (again, there is only one law/Torah/set of commands), we do not know Him. So then, when we get back to Matthew 7:23, we now understand why He does not know them. They did not keep His commands, and are workers of Torahlessness! Friends, it is time to stop playing Church. It is time to realise your inheritance. It is time to realise that Father requires the UTMOST holiness from us, after He saves us by favour through faith. We cannot live unholy lives (lives where we rebel against His Torah instructions), or unrighteous lives in front of Him.

As a final thought, let me ask you a question… If you knew that the tribulation was about to start, and that the time of the return of our Savior is mere months, weeks or even days away, what would you do differently? What would you change in your life? Would you still watch pointless TV episodes? Would you still watch sport on TV? Would you still go to the movies, or buy dodgy magazines or do other things that you know is not acceptable to our Father in heaven? Or would you start studying your Bible to try and get right with Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in the lake of fire? We are too caught up in the world, brothers and sisters! We are too caught up!

James 4:4b Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.

Become an enemy of the world, my brothers and sisters, and become a friend of Elohim!
His shalom (peace) be with you, in your homes, and in your lives. May our Messiah return soon!

Just a bit about the Ancient Paths

The Ancient Paths

Torah in the Millennium?

1 And in the latter days it shall be that the mountain of the House of יהוה is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And peoples shall flow to it.
2 And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of יהוה, to the House of the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths. For out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the word of יהוה from Yerushalayim.”

via Micah 4 ISR98 | YouVersion.com.

Why would the Torah go forth from the Mount Zion, if it’s done away with at the cross? Is it possible that we are misinterpreting Paul’s letters? Is it possible that Torah is forever, like Father YHWH said?

Its time for us to start reading scripture ourselves, in stead of relying on our preachers to teach us.

Great news!

I just got this in an email and just had to share it. Enjoy reading!

Just received the Good News !!! We’re not under the Law anymore … we can now make carved images and forget about the Sabbath, we can now steal and murder, commit adultery, bear false witness against our neighbour, covet our neighbour’s wife, his house, ox and donkey.

Let it not be. If the Law is done away with, why do we find YAHushua (Jesus) teaching the Torah after the second coming in the new millennium ?

Isaiah 2: 2-3
And it shall be in the latter days that the mountain of the House of YAHveh is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And all nations shall flow to it. And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YAHveh, to the House of the Elohim of Ya?aqob_, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of YAHveh from Yerushalayim.”

It amazes me sometimes how Christians distanced themselves from our Father’s Word … it’s as if it doesn’t exist, it’s as if He never spoke to Moses.

It was during the time of the disciples / apostles of YAHushua (40/60 AD) that the first deception started. Some Jews portrayed Sha’ul (Paul) as being against the Torah and judged him accordingly. They believed he said that the law was nailed to the cross, that he did not fulfil or keep the Torah anymore. He never said that, Sha’ul (Paul) was being misinterpreted.

Peter said in Acts 5: 29 that “We have to obey Elohim rather than men.” Therefore, your first loyalty and responsibility should be to YAHveh’s kingdom. If you ignore the heavenly ‘constitution’ and dismiss it as ‘outdated’ and as ‘not applicable’, and you nail it to the “cross”, you actually reject the culture and governing rules that YAHushua says He will establish in His future kingdom and in YAHveh’s eternal kingdom.

YAHushua did not come to establish a new faith or religion or to make a new covenant with gentiles. He never once in Scripture made a covenant with gentiles, only with “converted” Israel and with “converted” gentiles, thus with grafted-in Israel. YAHushua renewed His new covenant with Israel through His own blood, in his capacity as the final Sacrificial Lamb of YAHveh.

Please note, born-again Christians who deliberately disregard the Torah because they believe the law is not applicable to them and because they are supposedly no longer under the Law – because it was nailed to the cross – their prayers are an abomination before YAHveh. Do yourself a favour and read the beautiful Proverbs 28:9 – it is not I who says so, it’s your Creator – your prayers are an abomination because you disregard His Torah.

by: Ivor van Rensburg

The church as gentiles?

Do you call yourself a gentile? Well, if you do, you have a serious problem, my friend. Gentiles walk according to the flesh.

Eph 4:
17 So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18 having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart,
19 who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

No, you see, we ARE deceived if we think we are gentile believers…

Eph 2:
11 Therefore remember that you, once gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called ‘the circumcision’ made in the flesh by hands,
12 that at that time you were without Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Yisra’ĕl and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no expectation and without Elohim in the world.
13 But now in Messiah יהושע you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the set-apart ones and members of the household of Elohim,

We were once gentiles, but now, we are fellow citizens of the commonwealth of Israel, being brought near by the blood of Messiah.

Now, we are one body of Messiah Yeshua.

Eph 2:
4 one body and one Spirit, as you also were called in one expectation of your calling,
5 one Master, one belief, one immersion,
6 one Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ultimately, we are now, one new man:

Eph 2:
14 For He is our peace, who has made both one, and having broken down the partition of the barrier,
15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity – the Torah of the commands in dogma – so as to create in Himself one renewed man from the two, thus making peace,
16 and to completely restore to favour both of them unto Elohim in one body through the stake, having destroyed the enmity by it.
17 And having come, He brought as Good News peace to you who were far off, and peace to those near.

This is talking about the two houses. Israel and Judah.

We are now one (re)new(ed) man, joined together as per Eze 37, into one body of Messiah. Jew and ex-gentile (Isreal).

Wake up to your heritage in Israel, friends!