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The Subtleties of Heresy

The Subtleties of Heresy

I had not considered specific heresies which might be in today’s ecclesia until participating in intercession with World for Jesus Ministries conference call May 24, 2020.

The intercession consisted of repentance for the ecclesia’s failure to keep the fourth Commandment—remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.

This failure could well be an example of a Nicolaitan heresy (1) that is being harbored and proclaimed by most of today’s ecclesia. It has been a heresy perpetuated through anti Semitic prejudice since at least the third century of the church. Why the Lord has tolerated a blatant violation of His word, I do not know.

It is my opinion that both Islam and Christianity by arbitrarily choosing a weekly holy day, other than the fourth commandment Saturday sabbath has an anti Semitic genesis. This prejudice is well documented by recorded history of both faiths.
By the time of Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea in 325AD it seems much of the Christian Church’s doctrine is motivated by a “Christ killer” mentality. To me this is totally contrary to Paul the Apostle’s teaching in Romans (2) and Ephesians (3) where he speaks of the grafted-in, one new man being neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female. To create a distinction between Israelite (Jew) and Christian creates a “people” God never intended to define as His chosen. The distinction has failed to be made over the millennia between native born and grafted-in. The Church has opted to believe it supersedes God’s definition of chosen, replacing it.

It seems an oxymoron for the Catholic Church to claim Peter the Apostle as the rock upon which it is founded. Peter’s letters are addressed to Jewish believers in Messiah and amplify the definition of the “chosen people of God”. This broadened definition is really not new, but more of an understanding of what God had been defining as His chosen all along—one law for the native born and the believing gentile. Ex 12:49 The difference being the native born, by Messiah’s earthly time had become a broken off branch through disregard for the heart of God’s instruction in favor of man’s interpretation. Yeshua was often pointing out this distinction to the religious leadership of His day.

Peter was acknowledging in his letter the encompassing definition of priest—every believer, whether Jew or gentile, who professed faith in Messiah—sent by God for underlining the definition of His chosen.1 Peter 2:9

God has not abandoned His priestly call on the Levite (4). He has, however, through the faith of His elect in the shed blood sacrifice of Yeshua, made manifest His desire for the encompassing definition of priesthood expressed at Mt Sinai. Ex 19:6 (5)
Let our eyes be opened to the subtleties of heresy embraced by the ecclesia. Then through intercession personally repent for our personal accepting and harboring of heresy. Finally, we must stand in the gap (6) before Father that His chosen repent where they have failed to perceive their identity and calling, embracing heresies contrary to God’s word.

KB 5/27/20

1 See http://missionpossiblepeople.com/blog/ The Tribulation and Intercessory Prayer
2 Rom 11:11-24
3 Eph 2:11-19
4 Exodus 40:15 (NKJV)
5 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (in Hebrew “goy”—people including gentiles)
6 Ezek 22:30

Martin Luther on Sabbath

Martin Luther on Sabbath

I’ve been reading “Martin Luther: the man who rediscovered God.” The author, Eric Metaxas, has written an inspiring and definitive work on Luther’s life. So many of Luther’s bold statements of the veracity and sovereignty of God’s word versus the errancy of man’s pronouncements paved the way for the spiritual rebirth of God’s plan for His Creation.

Over and over again, Luther says to the religious and ruling political authority, “show me from God’s word where I am wrong.” Five hundred years ago, with this mantra, he redefined the relationship between the believer and the church.

With this backdrop, I was wondering why the church continued to observe Sunday, rather than Saturday as Sabbath.

It would seem Luther, for all his virtues as scripture scholar, could still be affected by his prejudices. He did not find favor with the Jewish community of the late 1500s in Europe. So, I believe, he became anti Semitic. His interpretation of scripture reflected this bias. In answer to the question of Saturday Sabbath, he often quoted Apostle Paul’s Galatians 5:3. He would say if you kept the Jewish Sabbath, you’d have to keep all the Law, including circumcision.

Luther, the bible scholar seems to have forgotten that basic interpretation principle of reading what precedes and follows your “proof” text.

The way I read these verses, Apostle Paul was concerned about the Jews, who may have believed in Messiah Yeshua, but did not believe you could have salvation apart from keeping the Law, especially circumcision.

Paul’s position is that Messiah’s work on the cross, the breaking of His flesh and the shedding of His blood, was the complete sacrifice and atonement for our redemption and the forgiveness of our sin. The physical act of circumcision gained nothing and if you relied on it, you were brought under the burden of keeping the entire Law for your salvation.

In this scripture, Paul was not addressing Sabbath keeping, he kept Saturday Sabbath himself, but not for salvation, but to be obedient to God’s commandments.
It is only through appropriating the shed blood of Messiah for forgiveness of sin, that we have salvation and have any confidence in being able to keep God’s Commandments. “May God’s Holy Spirit show me my ‘blind spots’ to the truth of His word,”

PS
I still heartily recommend the book. It really reflects a 29th chapter to Acts.

New Moon Celebration is Coming Soon

New Moon Celebration is Coming Soon
Sunday, November 19, 2017 is the first day of God’s lunar month of Kislev. It’s very thoughtful of Him to make these cyclical, new moon observances available to us. When interspersed with the weekly Sabbath cycle it gives another opportunity for measuring your “resolutions” concerning your spiritual adventure with the Father.
 
We have the weekly Torah portions that continue year after year to instruct us. We can observe the lunar cycle with a different agenda from the weekly Sabbaths. As with the Sabbath observance there is not a lot of guidance from scripture on the “how to” of the new moon feast protocol. In our household we have decided to treat each new moon with a Sabbath-like, sundown dinner, prayer and discussion on where we are in our relationship to Father and to each other. Where are we in comparison to the last new moon? What had we projected to accomplish and where are we now? This is another periodic opportunity to stay Yeshua-centered with all the seemingly pressing activities and demands of life. It is a relatively new practice for us, and we may make adjustments as time goes by.

Another thought, the new moon of Kislev falls in the Sabbath reading portion (Parsha) covering from Genesis 28 – 44. This is a huge swath of Israelite history covering all of Jacob’s life following the deception of his father, Isaac, up to an including Joseph’s intrigue in Egypt concerning Benjamin. When the new moon of Tevet is celebrated it would offer a great opportunity for personal as well as family introspection based of the preceding month’s Torah portion. I’m sure our “lunar lamp” will light up with the Kislev new moon observance having all of the Torah portions to ponder from Noah through Abraham’s relationship with YHVH, Sarah, Ismael and Jacob. Plenty to consider and take introspective inventory—where we, the Browns, are, individually and as a family, in our latter years.

If this post has challenged you, but you’d like some more information please access my article in this website: “Let no one pass judgment on you in question of… a new moon….”

10184224 – a mountain range silhouetted by a star-filled night sky and a crescent moon.

A Psalm Of Sabbath Thanks

It’s been a long time since I posted to my blog. I have survived, with the Lord’s definite presence, several months of travail. I hope to be able to explore the experience, giving very real spiritual insight to the experience. But for now I’m submitting a poem from my forthcoming book, Poetic Insights of a Left Brained Octogenerian”. The editing and preparation for this book has been on hold for my sabbatical.

A Psalm of Sabbath Thanks
Written with the wonderful revelation of the blessing of Sabbath which begins Friday at sundown with the lighting of two candles.

Two small lights are kindled as darkness descends−
Your ancient promise of rest begins.
Cares from my soul will be dispelled−
As light pierces darkness—six day’s labor quelled.

Your seventh day—not punishment meant−
Not a burden—a holy sacrament.
Created by love—a commanded celebration
Sets man apart from all of creation.

Yeshua, Your Son, confirmed the plan—
The day was ordained for the good of man.
Before man was vexed by Satan’s deceit−
The day for his rest was made complete

Those two small lights hold such promise
Must I remain a doubting Thomas?
With thanksgiving I now joyfully enter−
Knowing rest will follow when keeping Sabbath center.

Kennedy Brown

The Eighth Day Approacheth

The Eighth Day Approacheth

On the Gregorian calendar the “eighth day” of Leviticus 23:34-36 begins at sundown, Sunday, October 23, 2016.

This passage in Leviticus describes the commanded Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot or Booths). It seems to present a quandary—celebrate it seven days and on the eighth day…. How can a seven day feast have eight days? Let me quote the verses for you with a couple of parenthetical additions of my own:
“Speak to the children of Israel (every engrafted believer in Messiah Yeshua), saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. (Then or After that,) On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. Lev 23:34-36 NKJV

You’re already getting my drift by my insertions—you celebrate for seven days then on the eight day, after the feast is over, but before you start back to work—another Sabbath—before the new cycle begins with all its uncertainties.

It seems very appropriate to have a wind-up Sabbath. You’ve been celebrating for seven days to wrap-up a successful year—celebrating your freedom from slavery. I would say this Sabbath being the eighth day of the feast is celebrated as a day of new beginnings—a consecrated step into the unknown future—the coming year. What will it hold?

Those in Messiah Yeshua already have a big foot into facing that unknown—if they apprehend and walk in what they have already received! How better equipped could you be to step into the coming year than via the vehicle of a Sabbath dedicated to embracing the unknown—the eighth day! What an opportunity to lift to the Lord all those hazy, bogey men you may be seeing in the future (including the present political scene). Move into the challenge with your personal human spirit, not your doubting intellect. Move with confessed belief in the promise of Yehovah in Romans 8:28–And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The eighth day approacheth—it need not be feared—it can be embraced!