Depending on the denomination of the person asked, one will get varied answers to this question. Roman Catholics, while having to admit they have no real guarantee of salvation (they just hope they've accumulated enough “brownie points”), will tell you that it is through the keeping of Roman Catholicism's sacraments. A Charismatic will likely tell you that the proof of his salvation is found in his outward display of the “gifts of the Spirit” (speaking in tongues, healing, etc.). And, a Protestant or a Baptist will emphatically declare that he knows he is saved because the “Bible tells him so” (even though, when pressed, he will not be able to turn to any verse and show you his name). Does that mean that those who lived before the advent of the printing press had no eternal security?
This one question is the basis for every “Christian” denomination in existence: what is it that gives me assurance of my salvation? READ MORE . . .
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of Yah and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of Yah and put Him to open shame. Hebrews 6:4-6
Only those who possess the Holy Spirit are justified in Yah's eyes, for the Spirit is Yah's eternal seal of redemption upon a believer (In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of Yah’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14). Those who don't understand the role and authority of the Holy Spirit often mistake our opening passage to mean that those who have been saved can lose their salvation, and they often misinterpret passages dealing with “commandments” or “sins” to bolster their false teachings. READ MORE . . .
Those who have spent any time at all in the church have probably heard this claim many times—that “brother whats-his-name” made a decision for Christ and turned his life around. The implication is that “turning one's life around” is the evidence of salvation. This is a common theme with popular evangelism ministries, that “true believers” are not characterized by the sins of the flesh, and once they make a “decision for Christ,” they will stop committing those sins (well, at least the sins with which the preacher himself doesn't struggle! How often have you heard an overweight preacher condemning the drunkard or the homosexual?). This “evangelical thought” is simply not taught in scripture!
If such a “doctrine” were true, then the apostle Paul himself would never be called to the platform to pray before an offering. You see, Paul was painfully aware of the law of the flesh that was within him, and the lifelong internal battle that begins with the Holy Spirit's presence. READ MORE . . .
The true traditions of Yah have been all but lost on most in the church. They are virtually unknown, and those who do have some limited knowledge of them usually fail to apply them properly in a practical sense. Observing His traditions is a choice to identify with Him; moreover, by teaching them, it is less likely for false doctrines to be birthed.
As we will see, there are foundations of the faith other than just Yah's Sabbaths that reveal spiritual details by way of foreshadow. Throughout scripture there are references to the marriage of Christ to His bride. Many people don't realize that, where that wedding is concerned, every intricate detail of the ancient Jewish wedding traditions have been, and will be, followed explicitly.
There is also a wealth of spiritual knowledge that can be gleaned from the Temple Ordinances and Practices in the Talmud. Of course, those writings that were penned by the Jewish priests are not scripture, but they provide greater insight into many passages throughout the scriptures. The daily activities of the priests were highly complex, and the same Spirit who gave the law to Moses administered the priest's functions and duties. READ MORE . . .
Within churchianity, there are two basic schools of thought concerning this issue of “once saved always saved,” and while one of those schools peddles a complete lie, the other only presents half truths. Most of the error that exists in the “church” over this doctrine comes from not understanding what it means to be born again, or how one knows he is saved.
There are literally millions of people who sat in a “church” service, heard a sermon or other presentation, then suffered through seventeen verses of “Just As I Am” while the preacher made emotional appeal after emotional appeal to get folks to come forward, “make a decision,” “pray the sinner's prayer,” and “get saved.”
Many times, after the person went forward and said such a prayer (often through tears because of the aforementioned preacher's emotional rants), he would be paraded proudly in front of the whole “church,” often to great applause, and would even be told, “Now that you made the decision to give your life to the Lord, you are forever saved. Don't EVER let anyone tell you that you are not saved!”
The biggest problem with this scenario, and others that are similar, is that it is a completely false lie from the devil, designed to mislead and deceive people into thinking their eternities are sealed, when what they did actually accomplished no such thing. This is the false salvation that is taught by the “church,” and it is devoid of spiritual truth. READ MORE . . .
There are many differing beliefs regarding who the bride of Yahoshua the Messiah is, and some of the misunderstanding comes from not knowing what is foreshadow and what is real substance (physical vs. spiritual), and some comes from a faulty English word that got inserted into the scriptures by devious religionists.
In the Old Testament, the assembly of the Israelites, who are a physical foreshadow of Messiah's bride, was called (in Hebrew) the qahal. In the New Testament, the equivalent Greek word is used to identify those who are the “called-out assembly,” and that word is ekklesia. It is used 115 times in the New Testament.
John Wycliffe's English translation of the scriptures in 1382 was the first that used the word “church” for ekklesia. He was a Roman Catholic seminary professor, and he translated from the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate instead of from the Greek manuscripts. The word “church” has no etymological relation to the Greek ekklesia, and is actually derived from an ancient goddess, the daughter of the sun god, whose name was Circe. READ MORE . . .
For five decades, I was a formally-educated churchian, and there were some things that were just so fundamentally believed to be true, that I never bothered to question them seriously. One of those things was the issue of the Sabbath, and what the scriptures actually state about it—is it still “a thing,” did the Creator authorize a change from Saturday to Sunday, and does it even matter which day of the week we gather for fellowship and spiritual instruction? Like other spiritual truths I have learned in recent years that are contrary to what I had believed for so long, the scriptures are not silent on this matter, and what much of the “church” teaches cannot withstand true scriptural scrutiny (in other words, it's false). READ MORE . . .
Pre-Trib? Post-Trib? Mid-Trib? Amillennial? These are all different interpretations of the scriptural texts that are given to us about prophecy—the “end times.”
Like many of the doctrines taught in the “church,” the reason there are so many different versions and interpretations comes from the fact that the “church” largely rejects the Father's traditions, and in those traditions that Paul taught the Gentile converts (2 Thessalonians 2:15), we can see the prophetic calendar as the Father has given it to us. Rest assured that, in each of those traditions that apply, the PRE-TRIBULATION rapture of the bride is shown. READ MORE . . .
Allow me to preface this by stating that I am a believer in Christ, I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and I know it because He has testified of that fact to me directly and personally, as scripture teaches He will do (Romans 8:16).
I have often stated that the reason I wrote the book “From Christian to Believer” was because everyone in America is a “Christian,” but there's a big difference between calling oneself a Christian and being a committed believer. My rejection of the label “Christian” actually goes much deeper than that, and it is something with which I now refuse to identify myself altogether.
As my journey into spiritual truth has progressed, I have learned about many of the counterfeits of Satan that are commonly embraced by mostly well-intentioned people who have been taught things that are just not true (as I had been for five decades). I have discovered that names are one of the chief avenues of the enemy's attack, and, with so many centuries having passed since the counterfeits were given their false names, most people have no idea just how ungodly those things they erroneously think identify them with the Creator and His Son actually are. They have been taught a counterfeit belief system that is a mixture of paganism and scripture, and have been so desensitized to the paganism, their feelings lead them to believe that what is evil is good. READ MORE . . .
Imagine, if you will, that your name is James, and you are embarking on an international trip. At your first stop, Tel Aviv, you are met by officials, and they examine your passport. “You are now 'Ya'akov,'” which is the equivalent of “James” in Hebrew. They tell you that, in certain areas of their country, you could also be called “Jacob,” because those areas have become more Anglicized.
Next, you travel to Rome, and again, are met by officials, but this time, you are told that, while visiting there, your name is Giacomo, not to be confused with your name in Madrid being Diego, or that in the Philippines, you will be Jaimé, and in Athens, you will be Iakov.
Now, think about it. If you were to make that trip, do you honestly believe your true name would change based on the language that is spoken by the people where you were? That just defies all common sense, not to mention reality. Your name is the name you were given, and it never changes because someone else speaks a different language. READ MORE . . .
Because of erroneous teachings within so much of the “church,” many people have a wrong understanding of what the scriptures are, to whom they are written, and how they are to be used in the lives of believers. This lack of spiritual understanding has produced some people within the “church” who falsely believe that the King James Version (translation) of the scriptures is inspired, inerrant, and/or perfect. They don't even consider it a translation, because they foolishly believe that the Holy Spirit Himself “re-inspired” the scriptures into the English language, and the result is their King James Version.
These folks are commonly referred to as “King James Version Only,” and bear many cult-like qualities. At the very least, they are guilty of idolatry, as they regard something that was created over the Creator Himself. At the heart of their heresy is a fundamental lack of understanding about the role and authority of the Holy Spirit, so they put their English translation of scripture into His role. READ MORE . . .
Having grown up in the “church,” and being wholly trained and formally educated in all things churchian, there are some things that are ingrained in its teachings that are usually not even allowed to be questioned—even though there is absolutely no scriptural basis for the beliefs. Over the decades and even centuries, the “church” has devised a list of things it determined to be “sins,” and, with many of them, openly doing such things could get you booted off their membership rolls. Common among these sins are things like smoking, drinking, gambling, and even (at one time) men having long hair and women wearing pants.
How many overweight preachers have we heard proudly declare that they have never let a drop of alcohol pass through their lips? What's sadly ironic is that, because of sheer ignorance of the New Testament culture, and distortion of scripture, they don't even realize their sanctimony actually condemns the actions of Christ, for He drank alcohol, as did most everyone else at that time. In fact, at His last supper in the upper room, He led the disciples in a Seder, and the cup they drank, which He introduced as the new covenant in His blood, was fermented wine, as fermented wine is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The wine was cut with water, which is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. READ MORE . . .
Passover is also called “the preparation day;” but, preparation for what? It was actually the preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and by that name, we can know that that signifies the removal of leaven, which is a symbol of sin. So, how does one prepare, through the Passover, for sin to be removed? Here, we will examine the essential parts of that preparation, and see the accompanying scriptures that apply.
In 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, we're told, “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
What are the steps to doing that? READ MORE . . .
Passover having established the dates of the rest of the feasts for the year, here are the other feasts and their general meanings: READ MORE . . .
While many erroneously contend that the Bible is silent about the day of Christ's birth, even if that were true, the one day of the year we can be quite certain He wasn't born was December 25, as that is, historically, the date set aside for honoring the birth of the sun god, and because of other clues, such as the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night. That would not have happened during the month of December, as, in that region of the world, nighttime temperatures in that month average in the 40s.
But, looking at the chronology of events concerning John the Baptist's birth, we can ascertain on what day Christ was born. By this point in our exploration of spiritual truths, would it surprise you to know that it occurred during one of Yah's feasts? Well, it shouldn't. READ MORE . . .
The spirit that invented the Christ-mass is the same one that created the counterfeit the world celebrates called Easter—which was devised to blind people regarding the true meanings of Passover. And, in that deception, there are myriad misunderstandings regarding when Christ was crucified (it wasn't on a Friday), and the true reasons He rose again on Sunday.
While Passover is a vitally important feast day, all of which are Yah's Sabbaths, it was not a high Sabbath during which work was prohibited. It is actually called the preparation day for the next day's feast, which is Unleavened Bread. Of course, Unleavened Bread is a high Sabbath, and thus, work was not permitted. It is important to understand this, because much of the church misinterprets scripture that refers to this preparation day.
In Luke 23:54, we read of the day Christ was crucified, “And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.” Many erroneously claim that this is speaking of Friday, the day before the weekly Sabbath, but that is not true. It is speaking of the annual Sabbath Feast of Unleavened Bread. The historical record provides the insight that this year was most likely AD 31, and in that year, the preparation day, or Passover, fell on a Wednesday, which would make the Feast of Unleavened Bread fall on Thursday. READ MORE . . .
Imagine reading this open letter:
For those in the body who are not yet aware, my wife has announced to me that she is involved with somebody else. Because there are many things about this affair that seem so inexplicable to me, I have chosen to write publicly about it, hoping that somebody might be able to help me make some sense of it all.
First, let it be understood that her announcement was not a confession of any sort, but just a sharing of the intentions of her heart. There has been no remorse on her part; she has merely informed me of her plans. READ MORE . . .
I have recently informed my wife that, from now on, we will be celebrating her birthday each year in the manner of MY choosing, and because I know the depth and breadth of the love she has for me, I am most certain that my decision will be wholly acceptable to her; and, if anyone tries to dissuade me from my choices, including her, I will simply scoff at the attempts, as I know better than anyone that she understands the profound love I have for her in my heart, and that ANY way I choose to celebrate her birthday will ultimately bring us closer to each other.
Now, many years ago, there was a girl that I loved—very deeply. Before I met my wife, I thought this girl was the best there was, and she moved me very deeply. So, for starters, we will no longer celebrate my wife's birthday on the date that she was born, but rather on the date that my former girlfriend was. Of course, whatever day I choose to celebrate my wife's birthday is not really what is important. What's important is that I DO celebrate it. READ MORE . . .
The burden I feel regarding the Hebraic Roots Movement (HRM) comes from a very personal journey that my wife and I have traveled, and actually, are still navigating. Having grown up in the mainstream evangelical church, I was thoroughly indoctrinated in its most common teachings and traditions. My wife, being reared in Roman Catholicism, was taught from a different perspective; but while much of the “works-based” beliefs that had been instilled in her were diametrically opposed to the “works-less” teachings of evangelicalism, there were still several similarities in general understandings and traditions.
My door into recognizing the multitudes of error that are embraced by most of what calls itself the “church” came through the simple tradition of the “Christ-mass.” Obviously, like most of the rest of the civilized world, this seemingly harmless family-oriented holiday was always a special time of the year for me, until, several years ago, something led me to dig a little into its origins and meanings, and the eventual illumination of the truth actually startled me at first. If what I had been taught about this was not true, then what else did I believe that wasn't so? It turned out that there were many such things. But, it wasn't until several years later that my wife started realizing the same things, and walked through that door, joining me on this journey. READ MORE . . .