Can Pastors preach lies?

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I have been reading the Book of Jeremiah again and continually grapple with the blindness of Christendom and their/our rejection of the Torah as God’s everlasting standard of righteousness.  It is the partial blindness of Israel that Paul spoke of in Romans 9-11.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that on every page of the Bible is a pointer back to the ancient paths, the Torah!! Why then do we listen to preachers who state otherwise?  Isaiah says of them, Continue reading “Can Pastors preach lies?”

And, another zinger…

Funny, several friends have sent me some pretty pithy images in the last day or so…  Yesterday, I put up a ZINGer.   Here’s one from Julian Hamilton, a member of our home fellowship group.

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The challenge to each of us is, do we prefer unchallenged comfort that may not be true, or pursuing challenging truth, even if it makes us uncomfortable?

Me?  I much prefer the latter.  How about you?

Farmers, skinny cows and dream interpretation

This week at Sukkot, Frank Houtz taught a series that included a segment about dream interpretation in Scripture.  One particular part tickled me….  (and, is a great lesson in hermeneutics.)skinny-cows

Generally, Christendom defends eating whatever they want, clean or unclean, by referring to Peter’s vision in Acts 10.  Unfortunately, to arrive at that interpretation, one has to violate a principle of hermeneutics that says the dream or vision is not itself the interpretation, rather the interpretation given in Scripture is the literal meaning of the dream or vision.  To explain, Peter’s vision is not the literal meaning, rather, Acts 10:28 is the literal interpretation of his vision.  Acts 10:28 says,

Acts 10:28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Scripture defines for us exactly what the vision means and we can take it no further by implying some other meaning contrary to established Scripture, both present and future.

To believe the dream or vision is itself the interpretation is pretty absurd, because we would have to maintain the same rule throughout Scripture.  Here is where I got tickled. Continue reading “Farmers, skinny cows and dream interpretation”

Torah IS life!

tree of life“Torah IS life!!”

You won’t hear that from most pulpits, yet that is exactly the testimony of God breathed everlasting Scripture, contrary to millennia of false doctrine.  Here are a few statements from Yehovah,

Deu. 30:15-16 “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.

Deu 32:45-47 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law (torah).  For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. Continue reading “Torah IS life!”

Truth: a few thoughts.

PS 119: 142  Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy Torah is truth.

Human based truth can change, however the truth of God’s Word is unchanging.  Can the truth of God’s Word be made more or less true?

When Paul says, in 2 Timothy 3,

16  Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, “

Is some Scripture more profitable than  other?  When he wrote that, he wasn’t talking about any of the ‘ new’ testament….  What Scripture was he talking about for training in righteousness?

25  And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Is Deuteronomy, or the Torah less true than the Gospels or Pauline letters?

How about this: can one ‘truth’ in God’s Word abolish or overide another without an explicit declaration of such?  As an example, Continue reading “Truth: a few thoughts.”

Does ‘truth’ change?

Multiple points made in yesterday’s post about professor Daniel I. Block’s essay have been running through my head.  The major one is one I’ve pondered before but am again relishing. 

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Simply, the truth recorded in Torah has not and cannot change.  When יהיה said to keep His feasts forever (4x in Lev. 23), that is unchanging truth.  When יהיה said to keep the seventh-day Sabbath forever (Ex. 31:16-17), that is unchanging truth.  It can’t change, else He is a liar, and He cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
Therefore, if someone tells you these have changed, that person is lying. Period.  (Now, they may be doing so in ignorance as I once was, but it is still lying.)  Gently correct them with this thought: Does (or, can) God lie?  Concerning the Torah, He says it is truth and everlasting righteousness.

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Shabbat Shalom!!

The Guerrilla Messianic… **updated**

Some 25+ years ago when I was entering the military, the term ‘guerrilla’ was ‘all the Rangersrage.’  At the time, major enemies were not terrorists, though some terrorism was going on.  Primary enemies were Marxist type nations and most enemies we faced were insurgents in small countries.

Typical insurgent armies were under-manned, under-funded, and under-armed, therefore, they tended to resort to unorthodox means of getting their SF sniperpoint across.  Because larger nations and their armies were considerably less flexible and more staid in their doctrines, the insurgents, or guerrillas, often had great success, though under-advantaged in most every way.  The American military particularly aided and abetted guerrillas friendly to our cause, generally with Special Forces soldiers who specialized in teaching ‘subversive’ warfare that centered around ‘hearts and minds’ campaigns while delivering debilitating attacks on infrastructure. Continue reading “The Guerrilla Messianic… **updated**”