Foxe’s Book of Martyrs is a volume every believer should read. It is at once sad, amazing and instructive to read the accounts of those who stood in the face of the religious establishment, even going to the flame. Convinced of Scripture over the religious traditions and self appointed authorities of their day, men and women refused to back down from the crush of an all-powerful establishment preferring death to compromise.
Protestantism reveres the many martyrs who paved the way not only for the Reformation, but the spread of the ideas of the Reformation that broke the choke hold a few religious elites had on the Word of God. Ironically, those self-same elites would burn others at the stake who do not agree with their narrow understanding of Scripture, even when clearly shown Scripture that contradicts their assertions. More in a minute.
The Torah awakening that has been and continues to sweep the globe is not without many warriors who have paid a serious price to face off against the establishment. Anyone who has been on this walk for any period of time will receive serious confrontation by religious elites who don’t like their little boats rocked. This movement that began nearly thirty years ago, and now numbers in the millions, has battle hardened – and weary – leaders who have the wounds and scars of persecution from the establishment.
At the BYNA Summit several months ago I had the rare opportunity to enjoy dinner with Continue reading “Modern inquisitions and being burned at the stake…”
One Hebrew word, used 438 times in the ‘old testament,’ completely disassembles a wide swath of Christian doctrine. Simply taking the time to understand a single word will peel the mask off of much man-made tradition and false doctrines derived from contextually ignorant theology. Even a layman with a fifth grade education can study and understand one simple word then use it as a scalpel to dissect truth from tradition.
Are you willing to take the plunge? Will you dare to see what Scripture says v. ivory tower theonastics? (Okay, I made that word up. It comes from theological gymnastics, or contortionism to arrive at a point wholly disconnected from Scripture while seemingly having some validity.)
Buckle your seat belt!
H5769 עלם / עולם ‛ôlâm
1) long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
1a) ancient time, long time (of past)
1b) (of future)
1b1) for ever, always
1b2) continuous existence, perpetual
1b3) everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity
Let’s consider a few uses that Christendom agrees with:
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever עולם .
Perpetual, everlasting Word! Right? The everlasting, unchanging, infallible Word of our God that stands forever!! Continue reading “The single word that disassembles MUCH Christian doctrine…”
Does your pastor uphold the Torah? Does he teach the difference in the clean and unclean? Does he keep/teach seventh day Sabbath? If not, he falls in the same category as the priests who are judged for profaning YHVH.
Beware walking in the traditions of men and listening to smooth justifications that are contrary to clear Scripture. I love you and tell you that you are accountable.
A few days ago I was reviewing the ‘About’ page trying to ‘see’ what others ‘see.’ You know, a sort of self assessment.
I noticed on the page that I had written that my goal for this blog is to ‘share the journey’ and ‘explain what I am learning.’ Well, it is pretty clear that I love sharing the fire in my soul that burns daily with new ways to challenge the reader to action and growth, but I realized that I have missed widely on the other ‘goal’ for the blog. Sharing my journey.
While I don’t have a particular story or encounter to share, I thought I’d take a post to give some general thoughts and experiences over the last two years as this transformation in my understanding of Scripture has happened. Certainly, my post on Antisemitism was heart wrenching, and the early RT series more personal as I related the early parts of this ‘walk’ but I have missed that area a bit lately. Continue reading “Sharing my journey… Some of the pain…”