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About This Web Site
This page provides a very brief explanation of my personal philosophy and the design and content of the website; it may be helpful if you understand these things about the site before you spend too much time here.
As explained in the page banner, this website is unapologetically pro-Torah, unashamedly pro-Israel, and irrevocable Zionist. It is not anti-anybody, but it is blatantly pro-Truth. [What is “Truth”?]
A biological descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Levi, I was raised in a Christian home, the son of a Christian pastor; I cannot remember a time when I did not know Israel’s Messiah Yeshua as my Lord and Savior. I began teaching “little kids’” Sunday school when I was about 10 years old and have been studying and teaching the Bible ever since (I am 70 years old in 2016). My first pastoral appointment was in 1965 and I have been in active pastoral ministry since then.
My formal Bible education was in non-charismatic, fundamentalist, dispensational theology. After seven years of college and graduate school, the equivalent of nine years of seminary, and over 40 years of pastoral ministry, I finally admitted that much of what I had been taught, and much of what I had been teaching, simply did not track with what I read for myself in the pages of Scripture. In about 2002 I made a painful decision to leave “the Church” and to teach only that which I could actually clearly prove from the Bible only, without the human tradition and outright paganism that I found in the Church. [More important information about my personal spiritual journey HERE.]
In spite of what you may think you read in these pages, nothing on this site is intended to be anti-Christian or anti-Church. When the Catholic priest and reformer Martin Luther first presented his The Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, he had no intention of leaving the Roman Catholic Church and starting what was to be later known as the Protestant Reformation. He only was pointing out what he believed were serious errors in the church, and intended only to call those errors to the attention of Church leadership in the hopes they would be corrected.
I have no such aspirations, nor do I view myself as a “reformer.” In fact, I believe that the Church has fallen too far into apostasy (2Thess. 2:3-4; 1Tim. 4:1-6) for it to be corrected from within until Messiah Himself returns to provide the remedy. My hope is to awaken the slumbering, apathetic Christian into becoming a good Berean who will faithfully examine the Scriptures to see if what he/she hears from the pulpit is true, who will challenge the pastors and elders when it is not, and “come out from their midst and be separate” (2Cor: 6:17) if the error continues unchanged.
I expect almost nobody to agree with me completely; I expect very few to agree with most of what I say; I expect most to disagree with just about everything here that is different from what they have been taught. Virtually every person will find something on this site with which they take offense or disagree. If you disagree with my opinions, please CLICK HERE before contacting me. If you are truly offended by this site’s content, I really couldn’t care less; click here to find something that you can probably agree with.
Scripture quotations on this website are taken either from the Complete Jewish Bible (copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. Published by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources) or from the New American Standard Bible® [copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.] Both are used by permission (See Copyright and Permissions). Most scripture quotations and references on this site contain active links to BibleStudyTools.com so the reader can easily compare translations with just a couple of mouse clicks.
Scripture quotations marked “literal” are my own attempt at translation and should not be considered authoritative. Upon occasion, I have felt that a different translation of a particular word or phrase better represents the original. In these cases the changed text is enclosed in [square brackets].
This is a very large website with well over 1,700 pages. It has been constantly growing since I first launched it in about 1997. I have divided the content as carefully as I could into appropriate categories. Major categories are listed in the links down the left side of the page. Links to sub-categories and individual pages are found across the top of each page.