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Edition 196. February 26th 2014
The curse of the Judaisers:
The curse of the Judaisers:
Obadiah1:3 “The pride and arrogance of your heart has blinded and deceived you.”
This edition is essentially about some attacks I have come under by a number of people in recent years. I have kept the correspondence because it is all so incredibly insightful. But more than a response to a very small group of people, this is a lesson to all on how to identify and deal with attacks, error, deception and the like.
Some of this may not be comfortable reading, but the messages and the lessons are vitally important and will become a lot more so in the coming days, as deception intensifies and sweeps across the world.
The great majority of readers of this website are just great. Many thousands have emailed me with fantastic testimonies. I am really privileged, humbled and honoured to be a part of the spiritual growth of so many. In fact the more this ministry grows, the more I am humbled. Sometimes I am plainly afraid.
But then Judas always lurks and hangs around. There are a few people, who for some reason have chosen to attack me in the most surprising manner, because I don’t support their view of this or that.
So, these are the issues of this edition, but as I said, this is not about me, but a more general message for all of us and to give our great God the opportunity to be glorified in every circumstance.
All of the attacks I have received have been via email and all for the same reason, which is because I don’t believe their doctrinal stance.
Perhaps as many as 99% of the responses I have had through the years have been positive. I have had one or two verbal attacks from unbelievers. That’s not surprising, because unbelievers are not generally my readers. In fact, there have only been two that I can remember.
I have had a number of attacks from the denominational crowd and a few from the Catholic crowd.
The majority of attacks (still few in number) have been from the Messianic Judaism crowd, as well as individuals within the Hebrew Roots Movement and others of similar persuasion. These have been most vicious and hate- filled. They have included one death threat and others who have most certainly “killed” me with words.
These people generally appear friendly or conciliatory at first, but the wild stuff starts as soon as they realise that I will not be drawn into their web. I communicate with them only until I see Judas sitting there. I do not respond to outright attacks and am not fazed by them at all. But for the sake of the lessons I will now share some thoughts.
The nature of the attacks:
I am a Messianic believer, which entails the gospel going to the Jew and Gentile including the Arab. The true Messianic believer rejects all of the pagan influences in the church originating from Babylon through the Catholics and the reformers. We adhere to a Hebraic expression of faith.
But we stop short of coming under the law and Torah observance in a legalistic manner. This is what freaks out many people who are under the power of the law.
Who were the Judaisers:
Acts 15:4-5 “When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported what God had done. But there were some of the sect of the Pharisees, who believed rose up saying, it is necessary to be circumcised and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
Acts 15:10 “Now therefore why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear.”
The problem is not new by any means. The Bible speaks of a small insignificant group of people, a sect of the Pharisees, who tried to bring the newly formed church under the law, insisting on a legalistic approach to the Torah.
In fact almost the entire book of Acts deals with work of the Apostles in keeping error out of the church as it grew.
The Bible records some extremely dramatic and severe responses to attempts to bring error into the church.
But what was the underlying problem with the Judaisers? It is important to see and identify this, because nothing has changed.
The central enemy is pride:
James 4:6 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 16: 18 “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
What causes pride? It was Derek Prince who coined the terms, “pride of face, pride of race, pride of place, pride of grace.” All of these “prides” are dangerous with numerous related problems. The most dangerous one is always “pride of grace.” This refers to religious pride coming largely from people with a lot of knowledge. Knowledge without humility puffs up in pride says the Bible. Religious knowledge outside of the Spirit is the prime cause of religious pride.
These modern Judaisers are riddled with puffed up head knowledge. Their pride is their greatest problem and it will bring them down.
►Pride is the single most powerful force that opens you up to deception...always! Pride and self-will go hand in hand. The answer to pride and the self-life is the cross. But here is something very powerful. If pride allows deception and error to enter in, you need to stay humble before God and closed and impenetrable to error and deception. If you entertain error, it will come in and take control of your life. So we must humble ourselves to death on our own cross and stay closed to error.
Many people secretly desire to prove thmselves right and others wrong, elevating themselves. They do this by using the Bible as a baseball bat.
The pride-pattern is seen in Lucifer. He became proud and fell. He entertained the lie, “you shall be as gods,” that he then passed on to Adam. This appeals to pride.
There is one big, consistent, tragic fruit evident in all the Judaisers. It is that they are legalistic and judgemental of anyone who doesn’t dare see things their way. They are full of pride and arrogance, with the audacity of setting themselves up as the judge of others who are not in their camp.
It is a most liberating thing to understand that error is a spirit.
1 John 4:6 “By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
When you understand that, you’ll know why some people will never get free and can’t see truth even if they want to. “You will know them by their fruits.”
These people are generally terrible people. They are relationship destroyers and normally have a trail of failed relationships behind them. They are failures at heart.
Some of these people try very hard to bring you under their judgement. In my case they have condemned me to hell; they speak evil against me and somehow think that they’ve been appointed to judge me. Of course I reject them and what they say. But they are the worst thing I have to face in this ministry.
I know that untold masses have been really helped and many have been set free. I know that many churches have changed course as a result of this ministry. It is a labour of love. But some people ...Oi Vey! Luckily I have a delete button. Some of you pastors are thinking, “I wish had a delete button, I have to sit behind my desk and deal with obnoxious people for hours.”
I really want to thank the ministries and individuals around the world who have become prayer warriors for this ministry. I feel and know the results of your prayer. Perhaps some of those who have set their mission to attack me should realise that they are on thin ice!
Judas did not betray our Lord with a kiss, but with his pride. Peter and Judas both betrayed our Lord, but Peter pushed through to repentance, while Judas magnified and compounded his betrayal in the pride of suicide. The sin of Judas is extreme pride. He thought he had the power to prove God wrong and himself right. In a sense he became the supreme judge of God. But we know where and how that all ended. Suicide is the ultimate act of pride. It is saying I own my life and I’m now going to take it away from you and everyone else forever.
Judas was a Zealot, a sect that thought they were right and everyone else was wrong. The thinking of Judas is the same as the thinking of the modern Judaisers. He believed that the Lord would destroy His enemies at that time. Our modern Judaisers believe that only they have the truth and they “destroy” with their mouths anyone who doesn’t join them in their quest to bring the church under the law.
Judas was in the “Light” for three years but saw nothing! His pride darkened and blinded him all the way to hell.
Job 41:34 “He (Satan) beholds every high thing. He is king over all the children of pride.”
Proverbs 16:5 “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.”
The Messianic movement started well. It developed into Messianic Judaism, the Hebrew Roots movement and the Torah Observant movement. (And a few other similar offshoots.)
The true Messianic movement entails an expression of faith, rejecting the influences of Babylon through the Catholic church to the reformers, with the restoration of Biblical expression and character as revealed in the Bible and early Church up to Constantine. It has a Hebraic flavour and is to the Jew, the Gentile and the Arab. The true Messianic movement has always stopped short of coming under the law.
Today many within Messianic Judaism, The Hebrew Roots movement, the Torah Observant movement and some other offshoots have become riddled with pride and are now a stench in the nostrils of God.
They are being sifted by God right now. Some will repent; others will continue in their knowledge / pride-based deception.
If we are saved by grace, then the law keeper is in our hearts. Those who want to bring people under the law always say that anyone who rejects that is promoting lawlessness. That is just so wrong. We who reject coming under the law do so in favour of coming under another new law. It is the law of grace in our hearts. He leads us by His spirit away from lawlessness and into holiness.
But the ones who want to bring us under the law are themselves the world’s biggest raving hypocrites, because they don’t keep the very law they try to bring others under. They are all law breakers -ever one them. The Torah-keepers are lairs. They are Torah-breakers. They claim to be following the Lamb; but sheep follow the Lamb, not swine. Pigs stay in the pig pen. No one can keep the law – no one! (James 2:10)
Galatians 3:10-13 “As many as are under the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them...The law is not of faith but the man who does them shall live by them. Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the law...”
Galatians 5:3 “I testify to every man who becomes circumcised, that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.”
Those who try to live by the law, can’t keep it, but are always full of the sin of pride. They arise in judgement over anyone who does not keep their rules and laws their way. They are full of sin, not holiness. They are full of the very sin of Satan – pride! They have no love and compassion in them at all. They are true murderers.
Our modern Messianic Judaisers are more concerned with knowledge than spreading the gospel. But even their knowledge is a stench, because it has puffed them up in pride. It is pure dead letter which kills rather than gives life. Besides, their knowledge is wrongly applied anyway.
The all important issue of law or grace:
If the true law-keeper, the living God is now in your heart through the new-birth, pure logic says, why now go back under an external law written in stone, which is powerless and full of dryness. Those under the power of law-keeping are like a withered leaf.
The purpose of the law is to show what sin is, what holiness is, and to show that no one can keep it. The main purpose of the law is to point away from itself to the answer, which is a new law in our hearts. The law written in stone is the shadow of the reality to come, which is our Messiah.
Grace and law are mutually exclusive. You can’t live by both. This is exactly why our modern Judaisers fail so terribly and miserably. It is because they are not operating with or in grace. That is why they are so full of legalistic pride. If you are under grace you are not under law, but under a better law of the Spirit of life in Messiah.
If you are under the power of the law and are trying to bring others under it, you are no different from the Muslims wanting to bring the world under Sharia law! They are just as ruthless with their mouths, just as arrogant, just as blind, and would also murder those that reject them if they could.
But let me share with you some of the new beliefs of many within the Hebrew Roots and Messianic Judaism movements. (Not all of them fit in here).
They downplay and reject the importance of the New Covenant epistles. They maintain that Paul the apostle was not a true disciple therefore his words are not to be taken seriously (unless it suits them). Many of them now reject all the writings of Paul, forgetting that other disciples also warned about coming under the law. Some even go so far as to deny that our Lord is the Messiah. Of course you know that that is the spirit of antichrist.
They say that believers must be established in the Torah and not the New Covenant epistles.
2 Peter 1:12 “I will not be negligent to remind you of these things though you know them and are established in the present truth.” The “present truth” is the New Covenant epistles.
External law- keeping is akin to the operation of the flesh and not the Spirit. Yielding to the prompting of God in your heart is akin to obedience to the Spirit.
But be warned, the law has its place. The law is holy. It is the schoolmaster leading us to the answer. Remove the schoolmaster and you may not find the answer! Worship the schoolmaster and you will also not find the answer. The purpose of this edition is to keep it all in perspective.
What about the Sabbath?
Do we need to keep the Sabbath? The answer is yes and no. We honour the Saturday Sabbath by keeping it holy. That means setting apart the day for remembrance, resting and prayer. But not in a legalistic manner. Even our Lord did not keep the Sabbath in the manner of the Pharisees.
The Judaisers say that the Sabbath must be kept rigidly and in full accordance with the law. Of course none of them actually do so themselves, but what then do they say to this verse?
Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore let no one judge you in food and drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come.”
Do you know what they say? It is quite enlightening. They reject it and kill the messenger!
A shocking revelation:
The two headlines below show and demonstrate a most powerful truth. This is an insight from the heart of God:
The Messianic killers:
John 5:16-18 “My Father has been working, and I have been working (Context=on the Sabbath).Therefore the Jews (Pharisees) sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”
Do you see the evil power of legalism at work? How amazing is that! But now let’s have a look at something just as amazing:
The Messianic lovers:
James 2:8-10 “If you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, you shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well...for whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Do you see it? External law-keeping produces killers and New Covenant law-keeping produces lovers! Do you see it do you see it? Please read those two verses above again.
Galatians 5:14 “For the law is fulfilled in one word, even this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” It is in this context that preceding verses say; “A little leaven (legalism) leavens the whole lump.
Isn’t that revolutionary indeed? If you are fulfilling the law, you will “love your neighbour “, and not seek to kill him!!
►So who is it then who seeks to kill the messengers of truth? It is the crowd under the witchcraft curse of legalistic law-keeping.
Galatians 3:1-10 “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you...Are you so foolish? having begun in the Sprirt, are you now made perfect in the flesh?...For as many as are under the works of the law are under a curse...”
Do you see that? Do you see the fruits here? One produces the fruit of killers and the other of love!!
I have come to know this first hand. My entire life’s motivation has come to its conclusion in this ministry which is centred around Godly love, which includes all the warnings, rebukes, correction etc, but the overall motivation is true Godly love. Yet it’s not the unbelievers who hate me, it’s those who are so- called fellow believers! I often used to wonder why some of these Messianic Judaisers hate me with such incredible intensity. Now I know! Now I see their tragic situation.
Imagine wanting to kill our Lord because He worked on the Sabbath. Now I know just why they wanted to kill him. Now I know why these Messianic individuals are so filled with hate and murder.
So what is the truth?
The word is identification. We should identify with the heart of God and His current and future work.
Our job and responsibility to Israel and our future Jewish brethren is to prepare a place of purity and love for them so that they can walk into a prepared holy harvest. This excludes Catholicism, all denominationalism and all excesses in the legalistic Messianic movement. The thing Jews always respond to is pure genuine love, because they have so little of it in the name of religion.
If you really want the truth and are prepared to pay the price, you will find it. You will be led into all truth. If you are full of pride and seek the truth, you will be led into error. Any truth coming through with pride is a mandate for the devil to deceive you and lead you into all error. Truth has a way of finding its path into the heart of truth-seekers, prepared to pay the price.
The one big thing that the spirit of error always wants to do is control you. Wherever you encounter the forces of manipulation, intimidation and domination, you can be sure the end result is control. There are thousands of ministers out there who use this satanic principle all the time. It is especially prevalent on internet- based ministries.
Our modern legalistic Judaisers are all full of the sin of murder. They murder the messengers of truth, they murder all who come against them and they murder the truth itself. (If only in thought and word.) Their attacks are nothing but the satanic forces of manipulation, intimidation and domination trying to produce control!
The following verses are for you to be used as references. In fact all the verses in this edition are good for references on this subject.
Romans 8:2 “The law of the Spirit of life in Messiah has made us free from the law of sin and death.”
Galatians 2:19 “For I, through the law, died to the law that I may live to God.”
Galatians 2:3 “Not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.”
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
Galatians 4:21 “You who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond woman and the other by a free woman. He of the bond woman was born according to the flesh and the son by the free woman, according to the promise, which things are symbolic...”
Hebrews 7:12 “The priesthood being changed there is of necessity a change in the law”. (From outward to inward.)
Hebrews 7:22 “...So much more Yeshua has been made surety of a better covenant.”
Hebrews 8:6 “...He is now a mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”
Hebrews 8:13 “He made a new covenant which made the first obsolete, now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
Hebrews 10:1 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer year, after year make them perfect.”
Romans 7:7-10 “Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law...and the commandment which was to bring life, I found to bring death.”
Romans 14:1-2 Receive one who is weak in faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let him who eats despise not him who doesn’t.”
Acts 13:38-39 “Let it be known that, through this Man is preached the forgiveness of sins and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things which could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
The Living Stones:
At the top on the right hand side of the home page is a ling entitled “The Living Stones” This takes you to the website of a wonderful group of Messianic ministries in Israel. They started with 12 members are now over 60 fellowships. They are based all over Israel. Not one is a legalistic fellowship. They are all free of law-keeping in a legalistic manner.
Here is a link to 24 1- hour special teachings by some of them. I encourage you to get involved with them in whatever way our Lord leads: The messages.
What you must do:
●Cut, sever, break communication, fellowship, and all contact with people who try to bring you under the law. Do not enter into discussion with them and especially don’t enter into any argument with them on Bible verses. If you do, you are in danger of entertaining the demonic spirits of hatred within them. Do this after you have established their position.
When you distinctly cut and break a tie with people like this it is liberating. It produces cleanliness and a sense of holiness in you.
●I would like to say, flee the Hebrew Roots movement, Messianic Judaism, Torah keepers, and any other that focus and centre on the Old Covenant above the New Covenant epistles, but I will rather say beware of them, pray for their deliverance and pray that the Lord returns them to truth.
If our Lord leads you to get involved with these organisations for whatever reason, well and good.
●Be aware that this deception will grow in intensity as we head for the climax of the age.
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Hebrews 8:10 “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God and they will be My people.”
Revelation 1:16 “Out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword and His countenance was the like the sun shining in its strength.”
I took this picture in the dry dusty Namib Desert, Namibia. The piece of age-old Camel thorn tree represents death by lack of nourishment.
Revelation 22:3 “And there shall be no more curse.”
Shalom and grow in grace!