Three years ago, I sat with one of my favorite in-laws at one of the local Subway restaurants just outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. Although I enjoyed the food, I seemed to enjoy the conversation with this individual more than I did my foot-long turkey sandwich. We agree on many things especially when it comes to political viewpoints, but we certainly differ when it comes to theology. He is a devout Roman Catholic and I, being who I am, create ingredients for interesting if not almost explosive conversation. On this particular day the subject of my newsletter came up and he made this statement: “I know why you write your newsletter. It’s therapy for you and you want to get things off your chest.” Well, I am not sure how therapeutic it is, but I do like getting things off my chest. In fact, I told him that I was going to tuck that statement away and use it sometime. So here it is three years later and I’m using his idea. I believe it’s good to get things off your chest and perhaps it does have some therapeutic value. So that’s what I have entitled this article: Getting Things Off My Chest.
Road Map To Peace?
There are a lot of things I would like to get off my chest. One such thing is Mr. Bush’s so- called “Road Map to Peace” the acronym would be RMTP, which in my opinion is the RMTID, Road Map To Israel’s Destruction (if that were possible). Mr. Bush say’s he is a Christian and he has certainly done many Christ-like things. I have applauded his stand. I say a hardy and profound Amen for him saying publicly that he is a Christian and for standing for the pro-life movement and his faith in general. Yet why is he advocating a Palestinian State? Why is he giving away God’s promised land to the Palestinians? Is Israel and Jerusalem in Mr. Bush's best interest or does he have interest in other more covert agendas? Is Mr. Bush praying for the peace of Jerusalem or is he paying the pied piper by dancing with those who are pulling his strings? I would say this to you Mr. Bush: “Mr. President Sir, you have my prayers but in the name of the Yahweh God who you claim you serve and in the name of Yeshua (Jesus) who you say is your Savior, read the scriptures and pray you are not part of a catalyst to bring about a satan-filled NWO (New World Order) and that you are not a key factor to facilitate the armies of the world who will surround Jerusalem. Yes, I do pray for you sir, and one of the things I pray for is that your eyes will be opened in all areas including what is going on with God’s chosen people – the Jews.
The other day I received an email from a friend who was responding to an email that I sent him regarding Bush’s RMTP. The following is his response to me and I think it’s well worth your time in reading it.
the "road map", I believe that our loving Father is working out his plans and
purposes according to his revelation in the prophecies. Even though we hate to
see what is apparently happening to Israel in the gathering of the nations
against it by means of this road map, I am confident that our Father is setting
the stage for the false peace and revelation of the Antichrist and the false
prophet as the focus continues to center on Jerusalem that will be a cup of
trembling and a stumbling block to all nations.
So I believe we must watch with great expectation and open minds and hearts seeking insights from our Father by the Ruach HaKodesh while we
prepare ourselves and our loved ones for what will be undoubtedly a very difficult time for us in the future. That is why our Torah study is so important -- so that we will be grounded in the truth and be able to learn the lessons of and follow the example of Bnei Yisrael as they were delivered from slavery so that we will know how to walk obediently with our Father in the great exodus that is to come.
Israel, the Middle East and Jerusalem will continue to dominate the news and it will all wind down and begin in this very strategic region. May Yahweh grant us insight as we walk in the climatic times.
WMD or OFTP and More.
Remember, I am just getting a few things off my chest and doing it with an abundance of acronyms. I have been very surprised with the way the war with Iraq has manifested itself. I am not going to say a lot regarding this, only that I will continue to maintain that there’s much more behind the throne than the king himself. There’s much more than WMD (weapons of mass destruction). Could one of the other things behind this war be OFTP (Oil for the “Powersters”)? When you control the oil you control the money and when you control the money you control the world. Just follow the money trail. Once you find it, you will see clearly what’s really behind this war. I still maintain it’s the catalyst to “World War III” if it hasn’t already started. What is really behind this war with Iraq? In this humble writer’s opinion it is power, greed, oil and money. Not everyone in this RMTP are actually “Powersters”, some are legitimate men and women trying to free the Iraqi people and others. However, the “Powersters” are trying to dance with Islam, even the extreme Shiite Islam. Trouble is they don’t dance. As evil and as wrong as they are they do not do the two-step or any other kind of dance. They have one agenda and that is to also rule, not so much so for themselves but for their false god Allah.
We will find this RMTP and the war with Iraq are all foreknown by God and He is very much in control and like my friend who wrote me the email we must have a good and strong knowledge of Torah, pray and keep trusting in the living God.
Doctrine vs. Hype
A few weeks ago my wife and I attended a Church at the request of some friends. The service went as I expected – a lot of hype. People were getting what’s called “slain in the spirit” and so on and so forth. I went because of the friends who I love and not because I expected something I didn’t see.
So many churches nowadays will even admit they give little or no attention to doctrine but only to the feel of the Spirit.
The relative who stated why I wrote the newsletter as I mentioned is Roman Catholic. As most of you know I do not agree with much of Catholicism. I have written articles stating specifics. However, they have one thing that many so-called Protestants and especially Charismatics and Evangelicals do not have even a resemblance of, and that is respect and a reverence for an all-powerful God. The Church must return to at least three things:
1. True Worship
2. Sound Biblical Teaching
Worship doesn’t begin and end behind the walls of the Church. Worship means service. We are to worship God in spirit and in truth. We worship at home and in our on-going activities. However, there is worship in corporate worship, but in many of our services it’s bought-and paid-for hype. Many go to Church to be entertained. Some go for an aerobic workout to the latest rock beat of the so-called contemporary Christian songs. Some of the “shows” on the so-called Christian stations like TBN have some of the un-godliest programs anyone could see. I call much of what’s going on “Hollywood Theology”. It’s a disgrace what is taking place in many of our so-called Evangelical Churches. Many walk hand in hand with MTV crowd. If most men were to prance and scream around their wives as a form of adoration the same way many evangelicals do in front of a Holy and Awesome God, their wives would walk out the door. Where is the reverence? Where is the respect? Where is the fear? Where is true worship?
Sound Biblical Teaching.
I have heard several preachers say: “We don’t preach doctrine, just Jesus”. That sounds good if it wasn’t so wrong. We must return to the days of old and once again teach the word of God. Sermons do not have to be two hours long but they need to be correct. They do need to have content and be given as much time as the song service. 1 Ti 1:10, 1 Ti 4:6, 1 Ti 4:13, 1Ti 4:16, 1 Ti 3:16, 2 Ti 3:14
This is why there is so much confusion in the Church today. There is no doctrine. Whatever the spirit tells you, just do it. We just need to know what spirit we are dealing with.
My house shall be called a house of prayer.
As a young boy, I can remember going to Wednesday night prayer meeting. We did something very strange and unusual in that day - we prayed. As time went on we dropped the prayer meeting in lieu of book and Bible studies. Later we dropped the Wednesday service altogether. We must return to prayer in our Churches, not just during the service but also in our daily lives. Prayer and Bible study are the two most important things a person can do to find and know God.
A Strong Foot Note
Just as a strong footnote there’s another thing I would like to get off my chest. It’s a problem in the so-called Body of Christ. One is in the Messianic movement. What many call the messy part of the Messianic Movement. There are some in this great and profound movement that have perverted it. I won’t spend a lot of time on it in this article, but since I am getting things off my chest I might as well touch on this. Some teach unless you keep the all Biblical feasts, Keep ALL the law and basically become Jewish you cannot receive salvation. This is heresy. We are saved by grace through faith in the true Messiah and the only Son of God who is God Himself, Yeshua. We want to keep the law and the Biblical feasts and so on and so forth as the result of our salvation in Yeshua.
We must pray for those who I consider myself a part of to teach truth and not error.
On the other hand there are those in the so-called New Testament Church who teach that the Church has replaced Israel. This is also heresy. This is a first cousin to the Identity movement and these are family members we just as soon not have. Replacement theology is a dangerous and deadly movement and has and is leading many astray. This perversion became fertile soil from which Christian anti-Semitism grew a poison tree that has infected the Church for nearly 1,900 years. Replacement theology is particularly damnable to the Jews by its corrupt theology, and many government and religious leaders have used it for over 1,700 years to rationalize their endeavors to exterminate the Jews from the earth. It is the excuse for every atrocity that has been committed against the Jewish people from the Inquisition to Hitler’s fiery furnaces and gas chambers, and to the mind-set of those like Eric Rudolph mentally when it comes to anything remotely Jewish. This perverted teaching is alive and well and spreading its sickness throughout the Church. Isa 49:18, Isa 61:10 Isa 62:5
Well I did it. I got a few things off my chest. Actually I got them from the depth of my heart. I got a few things out that are really bothering me and concern me - a few things that I feel are changing the planet for the worse, and not for the better.
Read again the email from my friend and brother. I would only add REPENT. Get your own house in order for the very foundations of heaven and earth will soon shake and all the rationalizations and denial one can do will change nothing. God will bring it about.
Now may the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you through His Son Yeshua.
In His Service
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem