article to challenge Christians of all denominations to think carefully about
what some human traditions may look like in the Eyes of our Creator. In
the world-to-come, when we are resurrected and clothed with immortality, there
will be TWO "denominations". Which denomination is of
by Lew White,
author of “Fossilized Customs,” and “In the Twinkling of an Eye, the End
in brackets by the editor for clarity]
taking a dare.
This is a challenge for you to think
outside of “the box”, your denomination. Which
"denomination" is the right one? In the world-to-come, there
will be "two" denominations. Read
this article, and you'll find out what they are. A basic struggle we all
have is getting at the Truth, and seeing things from our Creator's
point-of-view. We all have beliefs, but what we really need is the Truth;
the true facts. We have to stop limiting things to man's
Deut. 12:30-32, we are commanded to not learn the "ways"
of the Pagans (to not learn or adopt formats or traditions which Pagans
used to serve
their idols), nor worship YHWH in their way. That
eliminates the excuse that is most
popular: that because we aren't thinking about worshipping YHWH in
a Pagan way, then
the previous Pagan activity is "cleansed" of all its pagan origins and
intentions. If intentions are what
OK, YHWH would have told us this; but the golden calf was made with the
worshipping YHWH, and we see that the whole nation of Israel was almost
destroyed. "Pagan" is the same thing as "Satanic".
Sorcery, astrology, or magic (black or white) are all the "works of the
devil". Worshipping YHWH in a way He did not develop is very
dangerous. Most of you are aware that "Halloween" is a
previously Pagan observance, and have begun by withdrawing your family's
involvement in it - and you've felt the heat from family and
friends over it, too. Well, you need to look carefully into the origins of
the holidays we've inherited called "Christmas" and "Easter"
as well. Relax, because the Truth and your belief in our Messiah and His
Word will stand firm; but you will discover that "Christmas" and
"Easter" are no different than Halloween - formerly
they were Pagan observances which became camouflaged and revised to appear as
something different than what they really are. Paganism, witchcraft,
and Satanism are all the same thing -- rebellion against YHWH. You
will hear all sorts of excuses for these holidays, and the heat you've felt over
Halloween is nothing compared to what you will be feeling when you learn the
true background of Christmas and Easter. The very religious Pilgrims that
came to the continent of North America in the 15th century were fleeing severe
persecution for their understandings of Scripture, and the first colonies
established had laws on the books which outlawed the Pagan observance of
Christmas - because they all knew what it really was.
This all became more relaxed as increasing numbers of Irish Catholics immigrated
to this continent. The Colonials didn't like the Irish very much because of
their Catholicism - the thing many of them had fled from - not
because they were Irish! The idea of "SUN-DAY" being the
Sabbath, changed during the 4th century, is another area that generates a lot of
If you need a Christmas
tree, or a chocolate
bunny rabbit & Easter eggs, or wish to change the
day of rest
which YHWH has established, and you don't know there's anything wrong,
then you are without
a knowledge of sin (Jn. 15:22). 1 Cor. 9:21 should be a strong
warning for those "without the law" however. When you have
been told, and investigate what Scripture says about these things,
repent, you are responsible; and guilty of an even greater transgression. These
pagan traditions are idolatry, because they originated in idolatry.
The RCC [Roman Catholic Church] used "missionary adaptation" on us,
inculcating formerly Pagan elements into populations to "convert" the
people using their familiar patterns of worship. In other words, the Pagan
format remained intact, but the meaning of the terms, symbols, and traditions
were altered, and Scripture had to be suppressed to pull it off.
In the Creator's eyes, these Pagan elements cannot be washed and changed
into anything else. A pig, after it is cleaned up, is still a pig, even if
you put lipstick on it and pretend it's changed. Converts who have been
cleaned from their idolatry are like pigs if their hearts are not converted.
But, the Jesuits and Dominicans don't care about YHWH; the "end"
justifies the "means". Like pigs, they too will return to their mud
hole, and like a dog, return to their vomit. The lure is just too
The context of Romans 14 is speaking about "special days", because the
Yahudim had human traditions concerning
fasting twice each week. If someone didn't follow the pattern, they
were regarded as less pious. Shaul
(Paul) was simply declaring that what we do or don't do is OK, fasting or not,
but he is not condoning the adoption
of previously pagan customs and traditions to honor YHWH with them. This is
going far beyond the
intention of what Shaul wrote. Shaul is commonly misunderstood to be sure.
Peter warned us not to misunderstand Shaul's writings [2 Peter 3:15-16].
Often, it is said, "Christians do not have to observe any
particular day". Most have been taught that SUN-DAY is the
"Christian Sabbath", and even believing this they will buy and sell or
work on this day, the 1st day of each week. They will agree, however,
that their SUN-DAY is certainly not the Sabbath that Yahushua observed.
MUST WE LIVE?
How we live is
a mixture of how we were molded and taught, and what we have chosen to accept or
reject. Our walk reveals who we really serve, even if we are deceived
about who that is. The Hebraic concept of how we live is called “halakah”,
from the word halak, referring to our “walk”. The “way”
or “path” on which we do this “walking” is either the narrow path of
light (as Torah directs us in its teachings/directions), or the broad
road of darkness that follows no directions from Torah. This road of
darkness without Torah leads to death (the eternal kind). The Torah
is the way, our map, to direct us into “paths of
righteousness” which YHWH guides us into “for His Name’s sake”. All
who call on His true Name must depart from all unrighteousness, or it brings
shame upon His Name. Yahushua is "the way", the living Torah
(Word of YHWH), and the light. His religion - the way He lives - is
the only way; there's no other way to enter eternal life but through the
gateway. You cannot invent your own way, or path, and sneak in without accepting
the love for the Truth, which is His Torah. He will give you this love for
His Torah, but you have to want it, and ask Him for it.
How do you live? Most of us are raised in a denomination or mold,
called “a religion”. These may be about the Messiah,
but are any of them the Messiah’s religion? 1 Yn [John] 2:6 says, “The
one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.”
Do we need to have a degree in Theology to understand what that sentence might
2 Yn. 1:6 tells us, "And this is the love, that we walk according to
His Commands. This is the Command, that as you have heard from the
beginning, you should walk in it." Our obedience is the
evidence of our faithfulness, and shows YHWH [Yahweh] that we are His servants,
and we're not inventing our own methodology or following any humanly-designed
process. The Commandments are not new, and neither can they be
revoked; they define what a sin is (see 1 Yn.
3:4, Jas. 1:22-25). The New (or renewed) Covenant is having these
Commands written upon our hearts and minds by Yahushua's Spirit (Heb.8). Even
SATAN is a believer (Ya'aqob/James
2:19) . .
. but this rebellious being will not serve and obey!
It’s how we walk (our halakah) that reveals the truth about
whether our “religion” is His religion, or is just about
Him. One path is the path of light, guided by the Torah, and the other is
designed by traditions of men to win the approval of men , seminary-trained, but
flawed in their walk, having exchanged the Commandments of YHWH for the
traditions of men. Unless your conscience is completely numbed by listening to
the intoxicating excuses and deceiving teachings, you know that most have
fulfilled the prophecy that there would be an “apostasy”, or falling-away
from the Torah, the true faith. It can only be determined by what is right,
or righteous, as defined by the Torah - not the masquerading messengers of light
who fill our heads with traditional lies that have no basis from Scripture. Test
everything, especially the excuses you are taught, and ask for the clear
Scriptural foundation they base their teachings upon. If we are
taught that we no longer have to obey a Commandment, there had better be clear
Scriptural verses to show this to be true. A good place to start
investigating would be to study the 4th Commandment, concerning the “Shabbath”,
which commands us to rest on the 7th day of each week - in commemoration of
Creation week. Has this Commandment been annulled by YHWH, or men?
Can men alter any of the Commandments? They may claim they
have the authority, but Scripturally this is simply not true. Catholics
have claimed the authority to "bind and loose" is in the
hands of men; however these words simply mean "forbid and permit",
and the men (elders) who can do this are intended to be guided solely by a thorough
knowledge of Torah (what YHWH has spoken in His Word). Men have departed
from the Torah, and the "apostasy" is this falling away from
Torah. "Nicolaitans" have invented their own way of serving,
and it's been designed to make them rich,
borrowing heavily from Pagan backgrounds. Consequently, we
see many things "forbidden and permitted" which are simply the whims
of men, apart from the counsel of Scripture. They tickle people's ears to
make things feel warm and fuzzy for everyone.
conscience which YHWH put within us is supposed to warn us when we
do wrong, but if it is "seared", or
with false doctrine, it cannot do this. When we drink clean water
(Truth) and poisoned water (false doctrine) together, it is what Scripture calls
"wormwood", and we are in a stupor. Most people stay "drunk"
on this wormwood, flowing from pulpits each week. Words of men tickle their
ears, and they are constantly made to feel at ease, but they remain in
"worship" is really obedience, the doing of what YHWH expects of us.
If we neglect doing what He expects of us, but assume our intentions will
serve the same results, then we didn't understand the Fall, the golden calf
incident, nor why Qayin's (Cain's) offering was not pleasing to YHWH.
"If you do well, shall you not be accepted?" (Gen.
Qayin made up his own mind how he was going to worship YHWH, and what would be
the offering. How is Christianity any different? All the
Sun-day assemblies, Christmas trees, and Easter baskets in the world will not be
acceptable to YHWH, unless He prescribed them as a form of worshipping Him.
So, our simple task is to find out what YHWH expects, then "do
well" so that He will accept our worship of Him. Then, we
can expect to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful
Doing "the Word" is obeying Him, not adding to it, or taking away from
it, or adopting the Pagan cultural background as tradition has done.
Acts, and circle the word Sabbath each time it is used. What was
Dr. Luke mentioning the "Sabbath" for? Many say, "We
aren't Jewish, so we don't
have to obey the 4th Commandment".
Well, why stop there? Why not say, "We aren't Jewish, so we
don't have to
worry about the 7th and 8th Commandment". What? Here's where the
rubber meets the road - What is the New (or re-newed) Covenant?
If it is something different, please tell me: The New Covenant
(See Jeremiah 31, Hebrews 8, Hebrews 10): Yahushua ha'Mashiach writes His
Torah (teachings, Commandments) on our hearts. We receive a love
for the Truth, His Word, which is the Covenant, or Ten Words.
It's as simple as that. This process involves being convicted of sin
(by learning the Commandments), repenting (stop sinning, turn back
to them), and being immersed into [in] His Name. This
immersion is the outward sign of the "circumcision" of our heart, by
the Spirit of the Mashiach, Who lives in us from that point on. I cannot
convince you or convict you of your sin (rebellion against YHWH's Covenant, the
Ten Commandments) -- but Yahushua can change your heart, which is your only
hope. The mind of the flesh cannot, and will not, obey. I love YHWH's Ten
Commandments. Would you like to love them too?
I dare you -- say, "I want to love the Commandments too."
Yahushua's Spirit is all around you, and He WILL grab you if you return to His
Covenant. This is what happened to the prodigal son, the moment he took
his first step out of the pigpen, to return to His Father's house, the
Torah/Covenant. Take that step -- ask Him to write His Torah on your
heart. He has promised to do this if you will repent, believing on His Name.
If I were a servant of the adversary, would I promote the
obedience to the Covenant made between Israel (YHWH's wife) and the
Creator, YHWH? You may have never heard it before, but you must engraft
into Israel to partake of the Covenant(s) (see Romans 11).
You do not "replace" Israel, you engraft into the olive
tree. You may likely be of a "wild" olive tree, a
foreigner to the cultivated garden of YHWH, Israel.
The "sign" of the everlasting Covenant is the sign of the Sabbath Day,
which rolls around each week. My legal proof is Ex. 31:13-17, quoted
again at Hebrews 4:4-11. Without this sign, can you be in a Covenant
of any kind with YHWH, based on what Scripture teaches? Isaiah 48:10
speaks of an iron furnace, a furnace of affliction, an unfriendly environment
which refines and tests us constantly. Many of us are in that
furnace now, being tested whom we will serve. As for me and my house, we will
serve YHWH. We are the servants of the one whom we obey. Look
at the 12 gates into the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:12-15) -- each one is named for
a tribe of Israel. There's no Christian gate, no Islamic gate, no Hindu
gate. Welcome to all those who join Israel, and observe the Commandments of YHWH.
If you want to really scare yourself, ignore everything I've told you.
If you want more proof, read Isaiah 56. Actually, read chapters 55,
56, and 57.
Consider the possibility that you may be intoxicated on wormwood, but you don't
know it - so study on your own, without the excuses ringing in your ears. You
will find the Truth of every matter under Heaven. It may sound odd to put it
this way, but “drinking” the intoxicating “wine” (doctrines) of
misguided preachers will keep you numb - as if you are drunk - and you simply
need to sober up and do some personal research in the Scriptures. The excuses
are "an eye of darkness", which seeks after ways of getting around the
Commandments. An "eye filled with light" is that approach which
pants after YHWH's Commandments, looking for more to learn so they can be
obeyed. Which approach would Satan want you to take? Remember, Satan is a
believer too; but not an obeyor. And if you
obey, would that upset Yahushua, or the men and their traditions of setting
aside the Commandments of YHWH? You know the answer -- and if you
act in the Truth, you'll be in the iron furnace with the rest of us.
Try obeying the Sabbath, and feel the heat we feel for it. Walk
like Yahushua. I
dare you. ~