Does Gay Marriage Belong in Church?

Osler Mennonite church marries gay couple

The headline makes me sick and angry. The article doesn’t help me calm down.

Two things stand out for me here.

  1. Did the members of this church who decided this was a good idea bother to think about what the Bible says on the matter? They will stand in front of God and have to give an account.
  2. Who does this church love? I can tell you without much thought, not the young men. Nor do they love God. They don’t love God’s word. I see only one love here—the world.

I want to be very clear. I’m not a hater of homosexuals. I know the Christian community carries this judgement and many deserve it. There’s been a lot of things said and done out of fear and pious religious superiority complexes.

I believe if you’re not a Christian, you don’t need to act like one. I will tell you according to the Bible, that leaves you in an undesirable place when it comes to your eternal destiny but you need to work that out between you and God.

But this church sealed the eternal fate of these young men. It didn’t warn them—it embraced what to God is detestable. How do they now go back and tell them God won’t have them in His Kingdom?

I hear a lot about how the church judges when the Bible says not to and how can they claim to love if they judge. First of all, the Bible doesn’t say not to judge. That’s a misuse of scripture, way out of context. Here’s the scripture that is most often quoted:

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”

It starts with “therefore.” That means you need to look at the verses that came before it to determine the full meaning. Let’s look at Romans 1: 19-32.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

So, who shouldn’t judge? This passage is not talking about Christians who follow Jesus Christ. It’s talking about those who have heard the gospel, understood it and rejected it. They shouldn’t judge.

But there are verses in here that this Mennonite Church should have consulted. Verses 24-27 are pretty clear. Sexual immorality has no place in the church.

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”

But as I look at this passage and others like 1 Corinthians 5, 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, Galatians 5: 19-21 just to name a few, there is no question how the church needs to look at sexual immorality.

This church in Osler has proven to me that they are not representatives of Jesus Christ—they are not a church of His. They do not love anyone. It saddens me to think people will look at them and identify me with this body who embodies the Romans chapter 1 reprobate.

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Jeremiah 31:31

I receive many comments on Jeremiah 31:31.

I’ve had many interesting comments and theories mostly taken from English spellings of Hebrew words. This is my last word on it.

The word in Jeremiah 31:31 is new. Not renew.

If people could look at the jots and tittles, they’d see the difference between these two words in the Hebrew. I don’t care if one is the root word of the other. That’s like saying decaffeinated must be the same as caffeinated. After all, one is the root word of the other and must therefore be interchangeable.

In Hebrew, new is: חָדָשׁ

and renew is:  חָדַשׁ

They are not the same! And the word in Jeremiah is new.

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Divisions or as We Call Them Denominations

It bothers me when someone who claims to be a Christian—a follower of Christ identifies themselves with the denomination rather than with Christ. Is it biblical to have denominations?

The word divisions appears in the New Testament four times. In Romans 16:17 And I Corinthians 3:3, the word in the Greek isdichostasia” which means discension, division. In I Corinthians 1:10 and I Corinthians 11:18 the Greek word is “schisma” which means “a rent or metaph. a division, dissension.”

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16: 17-20

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?” I Corinthians 3: 1-4

In both these examples, Paul is talking on a individual level. Avoid individuals that cause divisions “contrary to the doctrine which you have learned.” Unfortunately, the church has clung to the fact that those who cause divisions should be avoided and forgotten the part where this is talking about doctrinal issues. Again in the Corinthians passage—fights over unimportant things like the color of the rug taking our eyes off Jesus and away from Truth.

Avoid those who preach a different gospel and cause problems in the body of Christ over nothing.

“Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.” I Corinthians 11: 17-22

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?  “ I Corinthians 1: 10-13

Here we have groups causing divisions. In I Corinthians 11, it would seem the whole bunch are falling away from the truth of the gospel and making communion something very different than what it was intended to be. In chapter 1, there’s problems with divisions because they’ve began to worship Christ’s messengers instead of Jesus Christ.

Denominations are not biblical and in fact are wrong. Paul in I Corinthians 1: 14-15 says: “I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.” He was ashamed to have ever preached the gospel to these people and have them twist it so badly.

The body of Christ should function as one! Sadly, with denominations have come heresies, false teachings and no unity within Christ’s church. Are we really Christ’s church at all? One has to wonder when people identify themselves as Mennonite, Lutheran or Anglican before being a Christian. Kind of sounds familiar only the names were Cephas, Apollos and Paul. Or what about those who deny the gift of prophecy or claim only those who have the gift of tongues are filled with the spirit? If people would sit down with the word of God, would these things even be divisions? How sad that we’ve crippled the church with divisions. No wonder Satan is having such a hayday with the church.

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Ditch Leading Theology

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”

Does this statement surprise me? No, it scares me and the reaction to it is just as scary. “A pope for the people,” was the statement I heard again and again.

If I ignore the fact that I don’t agree with the entire concept of the pope and just look at this man as a spiritual leader, there’s something very wrong here.

In Galatians, 1:6-12 , The Bible says, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

The Christian faith is not about “good will.” It’s about servant hood and putting yourself under the will of God. It’s about Jesus Christ dying for you, in your place. But gaining salvation is a whole lot more than praying a prayer—it involves living out that commitment with Jesus Christ as your King, denying self and living through Christ. In essence, you give up your life. It is not about what man thinks is right, it’s all about God!

The people might be happy to hear what the pope had to say but is God?

“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:1-14)

If you’re happy with a religion that will lead you into a ditch, have at it but if you want a real relationship with Jesus Christ, don’t be blindly led by a man out of the will of God and into the ditch.

 

 

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Identity Theft

Have you noticed how many people identify themselves as Christians? Is there a way to know who they truly serve?

The Bible answers this question in a couple of ways but today I want to mention only one. In I Corinthians 12:3 it says,

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”

It sounds so simple and so easy to defy. I’ve run the test on a couple of people and found declaring Jesus Christ as Lord an impossible task for those who don’t believe it to be true. One of the people who failed this test is a Mennonite Brethren pastor. The enemy wants to destroy Christ’s church. Don’t be wooed into trusting someone because of a title within the church. Follow the Bible and test the spirits.

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Last Word on Hebrew Roots

Comments won’t be published.

Anyone with questions about the Hebrew Roots movement can check out:

http://joyfullygrowingingrace.wordpress.com

This blog has a lot of interesting information on Hebrew roots.

Apostasy Watch is also a good site to learn more about Hebrew Roots. Find them at:

http://www.isitso.org/guide/hebroot.html

How many ways does a theology have to disagree with scripture to no longer be valid? The Hebrew Roots movement is filled with discrepancies from the commands of scripture. The thing that bothers me the most though is denying the deity of Jesus Christ. I know many Hebrew Roots followers refute this but in all the theology I’ve looked at, in the end, Jesus Christ is not their Messiah—the mosaic law takes that title. And even with that, it is the individual who plays god deciding which laws he/she will keep. It would be good for all of us to study Romans 1-5. There are so many passages in scripture that leave the theology of the Hebrew Roots movement wanting.

“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1: 1-9

“Any other gospel” means just that. Other gospels that deny Jesus Christ as the Messiah; that take God’s sovereignty  and trample it underfoot  have no place in Truth.

It saddens me how many comments I receive telling me I have no right to warn others of the false teaching in the Hebrew Roots.

The Bible  says:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Matthew 7: 15-23

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Matthew 24: 11-24

“Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

2 Corinthians 11:  11-15

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

2 Timothy 3: 1-5

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. “

2 Peter 2: 1-2

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

I John 4: 1-4

This is just a small sampling of the warnings given to us in the Bible about false teachers/prophets. God saw fit in His word to warn us, I think we need to do to the same.

I’ve gotten many comments on being loving. Why is it not loving to warn people about impending disaster? This really baffles me. I pray I never run into the kind of “loving” people that would let me walk into harms way without even trying to warn me.

Have you ever looked at the loving words of Jesus Christ? Check out these two examples of Jesus speaking to others.

And Jesus knew their (Pharisees) thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Matthew 12: 25-37

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Matthew 23

Jesus would be seen today as very harsh. This kind of strong language would have many in the church today crying fowl. Many would rather have their ears tickled.

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”

1 Timothy 4: 1-5

There are many false teachers and false doctrines. Hebrew Roots goes beyond and rewrites much of scripture and in my mind that’s when you reach cult status. I pray for all those lost in these teachings. I hope they will turn off the Michael Rood and Jim Staleys of the world and open the Bible.

To all those who have commented and not seen your comment posted, I thank you for writing. Some of these postings repeat an earlier matter already dealt with in the discussion. Many don’t use scripture. Some don’t make sense. I didn’t start this blog to deal solely with Hebrew Roots. I’m glad this discussion as been helpful to some and raised questions for others. Thank you for pushing me into scripture with your comments.

Published in: on May 24, 2013 at 4:55 am  Comments Off on Last Word on Hebrew Roots  
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Twisting Words–Hebrew Roots Past Time

From the origin of sin until now, Satan has been a twisting God’s words. Eve didn’t have the Bible but she knew what God said. It didn’t stop her from allowing the serpent’s twisted take on things to lure her into eating the forbidden fruit.

 

The Hebrew roots movement is the same trick and it saddens me to see how many are still lured in by this lie.

 

There are two main words that I’ve seen twisted.

  1. New is changed to renew.
  2. Torah is changed to refer to Mosaic law every time it’s used.

 

Jeremiah 31:31 says:

 

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:”

 

The word here is new, not renew as the Hebrew roots have changed it. Put into context of the passage, renew doesn’t make sense.

 

The word torah also appears in this passage.

 

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

 

Now the Hebrew roots followers would say “see, it says torah!”

 

But does it make sense that torah always means Mosaic law? That’s not what the word means. It means “law.” Now, over time, the word has lost it’s usage as a common noun and changed over to a proper noun. It’s like the word bible. Most people think of it as a proper noun but it can be used as a common noun as well.

 

Let’s look at the passage from verse 31-34.

 

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

 

It starts by tell us God is going to make a “new covenant.”

This covenant will not be according to the covenant that God make with their fathers.

They broke the old covenant. Basically, they negated their contracted.

God will put “MY law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts”

 

Jesus says “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22: 37-40)

 

What is God’s law? As I search scripture, I realize it’s not Mosaic Law but God’s law is contained within the commandments of it. If Mosaic law was God’s law for all men, even under the new covenant, every follower of Jesus Christ would be able to quote it because it’s written on our hearts.

Jesus Christ’s words in Matthew tell us that everything is contained in these two commandments and every believer has these written on their hearts. These are the first two of the Ten Commandments. These are carried through from the old to new covenant although not in the same form as under the Mosiac law. EG. Christ is now our Sabbath rest instead of the seventh day of the week.

God’s law has never changed and will never change. Mosaic law has been negated because it was a contractual agreement between God and Israel that Israel walked away from.

House of the Lord

Have you ever heard someone from the pulpit welcome you to the “house of the Lord?” I have to admit it bothers me every time I hear this.

Before Jesus Christ brought the Kingdom of God, followers of God went to the temple to worship. The temple was the “house of the Lord.”

Today, we are that temple. See 1 Corinthians 3: 11-17 and 6: 9-20.

 

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

 

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

The problem with the church building being declared as the “house of the Lord” is that it’s a lie. Beyond that, people start to worship the building. I’ve attended churches like this. There is more love and concern for the building than the people that enter it. These buildings are idols and idolatry is sin as stated in Galatians chapter five where you find it listed as one of the lusts of the flesh. Let’s be proactive and stop those saying these things and show them what they are really saying.

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Commands Eight, Nine and Ten

“Thou shalt not steal.” Exodus 20: 15

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Exodus 20: 16

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Exodus 20: 17

Stealing, lying and coveting are still not kosher within the Kingdom of God. But Jesus has a way of clarifying where these sins begin—on the heart.

Mark 9: 39-50

“But Jesus said, ‘Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.‘”

Matthew 15:16-20

“And Jesus said, ‘Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.'”

The Law showed mankind what not do. Jesus brought it all to a new level—we need to serve with our hearts. Going through the motions won’t work. The Law never brought salvation in itself–only the promise of what was to come. Only through Jesus Christ do we have that. Those who lived by the Law before Jesus, did so in faith. But those who follow the law now, do so to their detriment as they are rejecting Jesus Christ.

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Command Seven

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

Jesus clearly outlines the new standard from the Mosaic law to His Kingdom. This is what He has to say in Matthew 5: 27-29:

“‘Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.‘”

Like the previous commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” it’s clear, the new covenant was not the old and our accountability just rose. As we see often between the Mosaic Law and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, what was once a matter of physical action now becomes a matter of the heart. But what we do have now that they lacked is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

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