Cults

Messianic Jews, & Hebrew Roots Movement Silliness.

Why do Hebrew Roots/Messianic Jews only choose to transliterate some Hebrew words? Why not simply write solely in ancient Hebrew? It seems silly to me. We all know who is meant by, “Jesus, Christ, John the beloved, or John the Baptist.” Is it simply so that the writer can feel more spiritual? Is it an ego boost? Why not simply utilize modern English when writing? The only time I break down Koine Greek, or Hebrew is to bring some more meaning out of the text for the average reader, who may not know there is more there. I’m not trying to be rude, but I really don’t understand the reasons the Hebrew Roots movement people do things that they do. They also don’t observe every holiday, or law, in the Old Testament. It seems they pick, and choose what they will do. The point being, there is no benefit pretending to be an ancient Hebrew. Either you’ve believed the gospel, and trusted in Christ, or you haven’t. Let’s leave all that silliness behind us as Stephen preached before he was stoned to death by Saul/Paul. We aren’t what we aren’t, and we are what we are. For Paul there was benefit in being a Jew.
There Is None Righteous
1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief abolish the faithfulness of God? 4 May it never be! Rather, let God be true and every man a liar, as it is written,
“THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS,
AND OVERCOME WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”
5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is the God who inflicts wrath unrighteous? (I am speaking in human terms.) 6 May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just.
9 What then? Are we better? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written,
“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME WORTHLESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
13 “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN TOMB,
WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,”
“THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”;
14 “WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”;
15 “THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
16 DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
17 AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.”
18 “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”
19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are in the Law, so that every mouth may be shut and all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because by the works of the Law NO FLESH WILL BE JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT, for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith, for a demonstration of His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that faith, is one.
31 Do we then abolish the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.”
Romans 3

Cults · Jehovah's witnesses · Uncategorized

One Reason Why the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christian.

Here is one big reason why the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians. They deny the deity of Jesus, and as a consequence the Trinity. They believe he was the archangel Michael, who was transfigured by God the Father into the man Jesus. They believe he was a created being. They believe he was just a man. This is a quote from their website,

“Jesus’ opposers accused him of making himself equal to God. (John 5:18; 10:30-33) However, Jesus never claimed to be on the same level as Almighty God. He said: “The Father is greater than I am.”—John 14:28.

 Jesus’ early followers did not view him as being equal to Almighty God. For example, the apostle Paul wrote that after Jesus was resurrected, God “exalted him [Jesus] to a superior position.” Obviously, Paul did not believe that Jesus was Almighty God. Otherwise, how could God exalt Jesus to a superior position? —Philippians 2:9.

JW.org

Jesus was accused of making Himself equal to God. Why else would these people want to stone Him to death. The one verse of scripture they quote is ridiculous because it proves the opposite point they are trying to make when you simply read a few verses previous, and prior to it.

“…18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God…” John 5:18

All one must do is read John 1 you say? Well the JW’s have their own version of the, ahem… “bible” called the New Word Translation. It isn’t actually a true translation. It is a hack job done by their scripture twisters to make it say what they want it to say. They change John 1 into saying that, “and the Word was a god.” That quote comes from their website where they have their N.W.T. available to read for free. Here is what the Bible really says in John1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.5 And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.” John 1:1-5

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.15 John bore witness about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has been ahead of me, for He existed before me.’”16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” John 1:14-18

Let’s not overlook the fact that Jesus accepted worship from people as God. If He was not God, He would have rebuked them for worshipping Him, or else He would have been guilty of sin.

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”32 And when they got into the boat, the wind stopped.33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are truly God’s Son!”34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;36 and they were pleading with Him that they might just touch the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched it were cured.” Matthew 14:31-36

This is where the wise men came to Him, “And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.11 And after coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi departed for their own country by another way.” Matthew 2:10b-12

“8And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” Matthew 28:8-9

“Then He said to Thomas, “Bring your finger here, and see My hands; and bring your hand here and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are those who did not see, and yet believed.”” John 20:27-29

These sections of scripture should be enough to show that either Jesus was actually God, and so worshipping Him was not a sin, and it was not a sin for Him to accept that worship, or He was a liar, and a sinner for portraying Himself as God and accepting worship as God. The entire Biblical context provided from the beginning of the Old Testament, to the end of the New Testament makes it clear that Jesus is God incarnate. To deny the deity of Christ is to prove that you do not know Him.

We haven’t even addressed the ἐγώ εἰμί (ego eimi) statements Jesus made. When Jesus says, “I am” He is declaring that He is YhVh. It is a direct relation to the proper name of God which God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. For a fuller treatment of this information you can read this article from Dr. James White.

“​1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3  Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, *came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.” 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”” John 18:1-11

This is a quote from the MacArthur Study Bible on this last bit of scripture,

“John 18:4–8 Whom do you seek? By twice asking that question (vv. 4 7), to which they replied, “Jesus of Nazareth” (vv. 5 7), Jesus was forcing them to acknowledge that they had no authority to take his disciples. In fact, he demanded that they let the disciples go (v. 8). The force of his demand was established by the power of his words. When he spoke, “I am he” (v. 6), a designation he had used before to declare himself God (8:28 58; cf. 6:35 8:12 10:7 9 11 14 11:25 14:6 15:1 5), they were jolted backward and to the ground (18:6). This power display and the authoritative demand not to take the disciples were of immense significance, as the next verse indicates. John 18:8”

Cults · Uncategorized

Is it a Cult? The Three Principal P’s of Cults.

Secret Circle of Secrets - TV Tropes

Have you ever wondered if there was a quick, and easy way of determining if a group is a cult? Well, there is. Just remember the three principal P’s,

  1. Power
  2. Profit
  3. Perversion

The power of a cult is usually consolidated in one individual, or a small cadre. This authoritative unit sets the doctrines, and practices of the cult. They are the supreme authority.  They are not to be questioned. Their power over the people is absolute. They can even cast the individual out of the cult, and forbid their family, and friends within the cult from communicating with them. Getting kicked out would seem like a blessing to us, but not to a person who is in the midst of it.  Usually, the rules are for everyone else. They always have a loophole, or exemption for themselves. They enjoy titles for themselves, real or imagined. All resources flow upstream, and then back down at the direction of their leaders. People often are directed to give up what they own to demonstrate their devotion, or provide slave labor for the endeavors of the cult.  This is nothing compared to having the members commit suicide, murder, or perverse acts for their pleasure, all common among cults.

Heaven's Gate Suicide Cult - Hidden San Diego

The profit, $$$, scratch, bread, cash, is king with the leaders. They must have it.  For profit, they claim to be prophets.  The leadership will make their living from directing the cult, and from its members work. Promises of spiritual recompense for their sacrifices are often made. The leadership will usually live an opulent lifestyle while the lower members do not. The leadership will have immodestly ornate clothing, jewelry, large houses,  and expensive cars.  They also have a penchant for luxury vehicles like, yachts, large R.V.’s, buses, and private jets. After all, you can’t expect your glorious leader to travel like the common folk.  They are god’s anointed!(sarcasm)  When traveling you will often see them stay at the most expensive luxury hotels, and spend exorbitant amounts of money on shopping sprees.

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The perversion of the leaders manifests in every type of sexual act imaginable.(Better left unimagined on our parts.)  These groups will almost always have some perverse practices. They generally include, promiscuity, fornication, adultery, polygamy, aspects of bondage, domination, sadism, and masochism, pedophilia, and others. The leaders are the ones who receive the carnal offerings of these perversions, while the members are there as the victims. Some members who are higher up in the cult may be given more of a role in the perverse practices to groom them for leadership, and to make them just as culpable under the law.  This helps ensure their silence.  Children of members are groomed for abuse, and often live lives of constant, ongoing, ritual abuse. This kind of abuse is very difficult to recover from, and includes demonic activity.

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This is a very brief treatment of the topic. The purpose of the three principal P’s is to help you make a quick cursory appraisal of a group. This can help you decide whether a more detailed, and thorough investigation should be completed. Keep in mind, the leaders never seem the least bit ashamed of all their excesses. In fact, they are usually proud of them as a hallmark of their worthiness. They justify their greed, and perversion, away by virtue of who they are. Pride is at the root of all three P’s. I guess I could have made it the four P’s, or the one P with the three P subgroups, but none of that is going to satisfy my desire for alliteration now is it?

ps. There are cults identifying as Christian out there.  They might not posses one, or more of the three P’s, but are still a cult because of their false teachings, from false profits.  They might have a pretty public facade, but in their early days, their leaders could have been identified by the three P’s.  Keep this in mind as well.  You know who you are J.S.American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith

and don’t forget the Taze haze of the J.W.’s

Jehovah's Witnesses History (Watchtower Society)