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An Introduction to the
Science of Theology

Lesson 5: The Absolute Essentials of Messianic Doctrine
This page is mirrored from “Essentials of True Biblical Faith

What are the absolute minimum beliefs must
one have in order to be “saved”?

In this lesson:

The Attributes of God
The Person of Messiah
The Nature of Man
The Requirements of Atonement
The Source of Revelation

Anti-Semitism

Replacement Theology

Paganism


Bob Larson, author of Larson’s Book of Cults, says:

“Compatibility to Bible doctrine, not social respectability and the usage of evangelical clichés, should determine whether or not any religious body is truly Christian [we should apply the same test to any person or body that would claim to be “Messianic”]. When making this evaluation, test these five areas of teaching:

1. the attributes of God,
2. the Person of Christ,
3. the nature of mankind,
4. the requirements of atonement, and
5. the source of revelation. ...
 

[There is] a simple, alliterative way to concisely express the basic faults of most cults: Cults generally

demote God,
devalue Christ,
deify Man,
deny sin, and
denigrate Scripture.”

Dr. Walter Martin defines a “cult” as any religious group “which adhere[s] to major doctrines which are pointedly contradictory to orthodox Christianity.” I began teaching the Church about the beliefs of pseudo-Christian cults and world religions in the mid-1970’s, and it wasn’t until the late-1990’s that I began to realize that much of the issue that I was taking with the so-called “cults” is not significantly different from much of the error that is being taught from most Christian pulpits.

When I began to carefully examine the Scriptures in the context of their true Hebrew origins, and to carefully and consistently apply the rules of Bible interpretation that I had been teaching for nearly 30 years, I was forced to admit that what is considered “orthodox Christianity” is as far from Bible Truth as “the cults” are from “orthodox Christianity.”

This forces me to adopt a definition of a “cult” that is only cosmetically similar to Dr. Martin’s definition: “any religious group which adheres to doctrines which are pointedly contradictory to those essential truths taught by Yeshua and His Emissaries.” I have come to the realization, much to my dismay, that “the Church” and “orthodox Christianity” are in most cases as far removed from the true Biblical faith as the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, and many others are from “orthodox Christianity.”

Nearly everything that you have read — and will read in the future — on this website is the fruit of that realization.

The same test should be applied equally to the teachings of every group that claims to be either “Christian” or “Messianic.” Many groups, by whatever name they call themselves, which deviate from the clear essential teaching of Yeshua and His Emissaries are easily identifiable by a cursory review of their teachings, and what is considered by most to be “orthodox Christianity” fails the test in many critical areas. I therefore consider most of “Christianity” to actually be a non-Biblical cult, and the three most damning errors of “Christianity” are anti-Semitism, Replacement Theology, and the open acceptance of paganism in the Church.

There are many religious groups whose deviations from true Biblical faith are more difficult to spot. When trying to determine whether or not to classify a particular group as a “cult,” the crux of the entire matter lies in the answer to one simple question: “Is it possible for a person to embrace the doctrines of this group and still be Messianic (a Believer in the true Mashiach of the Bible, whether Jew or Gentile)?” Or more to the point, “Is it possible for a person to embrace the doctrines of this group and still be in possession of eternal life (‘saved’)?”

A “Messianic” may be variously defined as “one who belongs to Mashiach,” or “one who is involved in a personal relationship with Mashiach,” or even more simply stated, “one who is ‘saved’.” The term “saved” is traditional “Christian shorthand” for describing a person who has made a public confession of faith in “Jesus,” has been baptized, and has not “backslidden.”

What the Bible teaches, however, is that in order for one to be in possession of eternal life, one must have repented of their sinful lifestyle, returned to God, accepted His completed work of redemption on their behalf, placed themselves under the Lordship of Yeshua HaMashiach, and be consistently walking in obedience to His commandments. They have entered into a personal relation with the God of the Bible and will spend eternity with Him in the Kingdom. Since salvation depends solely upon one’s personal relationship with the God of the Bible through Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach, it is most important for us to have a clear understanding of what, according to the Scriptures, are the absolute requirements for salvation.

 

 

 

For example, within the group of those who consider themselves “evangelical Christians” there is a major division on the doctrine of eternal security. On one side of the dividing line are those Christians who believe that the work of salvation is totally dependent upon God, and since God cannot change His mind, once one is saved one can never lose that salvation. On the other side of the line are many Christians who reason that since salvation is dependent upon one’s faith, if one allows his/her faith to waiver, or demonstrates lack of faith by a willful act of disobedience (sin), then that person’s salvation is lost until the faith is regained or the sin is properly repented of.

One must then decide whether one’s position on the doctrine of eternal security, although terribly important to the peace of mind of the believer, is in fact critical to the fact of one’s salvation.

Further, a distinction must be drawn “salvation” and “rewards.” Is it possible for a person to be “saved” and not receive one’s “rewards”?

A very brief review of the pertinent scriptures shows clearly that “salvation” is the free gift of God based solely on faith, whereas “rewards” are in response to one’s actions  or “works” (ergon, ergon).

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. (Rom 4: 1-4, cp. Gal. 3:6 and James 2:23)

Here we have the required “three witnesses” stating that “justification” comes only by believing God [not just believing in God — the demons believe in God, and it makes them shudder (James 2:19)] independent of any “performance” issues.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same LORD is LORD of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)

This clearly teaches two important lessons: (1) if you believe that Yeshua is ADONAI, the God of Israel, and believe in His bodily resurrection, you wil be saved, and (2) “Whoever will call on the name of the LORD (ADONAI) will be saved.”

I will show wonders in the sky and on earth — blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and terrible Day of ADONAI. At that time, whoever calls on the name of ADONAI will be saved. For in Mount Tziyon and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape, as ADONAI has promised; among the survivors will be those whom ADONAI has called. (Joel 2:30-32)

This clearly confirms that “whoever calls on the name of ADONAI (the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) will be saved.” It appears that those who teach that in order to be saved one must “call on the name of Jesus” are incorrect.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt. 5:12, also Luke 6:23)

This indicates that beyond salvation there are rewards in heaven. But there are multiple passages that speak of earthly rewards as well.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim. 4:7-8)  Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:4)  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.. (Rev. 2:10)  I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Rev. 3:11)

There are also “crowns” in heaven to be awarded based on performance here on earth.

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:12-14)

Messiah is “coming quickly” to render rewards for good performance (or punishment for poor performance?), grant access to the tree of life and to the gates of the city. So is “New Jerusalem“ during the Kingdom Period or in the olam habah? Some Christian theologians believe New Jerusalem will be established in the air above Temple Mount at the end of the Kingdom Period and after the total renovation of the earth; others think it will be during the Kindgom Period. Many Jewish theologians say that it will be be built 64 miles south of the current location of Jerusalem and will be the dwelling place for the Twelve Tribes during the Messianic Era. How we interpret the timing of New Jerusalem, and how we understand where or what “heaven” is determines whether or not we consider this a “salvation passage.”

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God ; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting. (2 John 1:6-10)

This suggests that those who fail to “walk according to His commandments” (that is, those who fail follow Torah) may “lose what we have accomplished” and fail to “receive a full reward.” It also seems to say that anyone who fails to follow Torah as Messiah taught it “does not have God.” This could be interpreted as saying that Torah-observance is a requirement of salvation, but that contradicts what the balance Scripture says about faith being the only requirement.

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:17-19)

This passage indicates that those who believe in and follow Yeshua are expected to obey the commandments of Torah, but that those who fail to do so may still be a part of “the Kingdom,” but they will be considered among ”the least,” whereas those who keep the Torah and teach others to do likewise will be considered “great” in the Kingdom.

So it would seem that it is possible to be “saved” and lose out on rewards and, conversely, to gain rewards and not be “saved.”

What, then, are the absolutes? What are the absolute minimums that must one positively believe in order to be “saved” (that is, to have eternal life with God)? This is not about what is expected of performance and lifestyle of the Believer in Messiah, but only about “getting in the door of heaven.” I agree with Bob Larson, that these are the five “absolutes” — those things which one must positively believe to be “saved”:

1. the attributes of God,
2. the Person of HaMashiach,
3. the mankind,
4. the Atonement, and
5. the source of revelation.

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1. The Attributes of God

The Scriptures, both the Tanakh (the ancient Hebrew Bible) and the Apostolic Scriptures — which are rightfully one of the four major divisions of the Tanakh, along with the Torah (Divine Instruction), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) — clearly teach the three-fold nature of God (ok, we admit that the teaching is more clearly defined in the Apostolic Scriptures than it is in the Tanakh).

According to Yeshua, the most important mitzvah (commandment) within the entire Bible is this: “Sh'ma Yisra'el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad. Hear, Israel! ADONAI is our God, ADONAI is one. And you shall love ADONAI your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” However, the Bible also demonstrates that there are within the one God of the Bible three distinct “Persons” who are eternally the same in substance and equal in power: Abba (the Father), HaBen/Yeshua (the Son), and Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), each of Whom is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, indivisible, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, personal, and perfect in wisdom, power, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, truth, mercy, and love. The Personal Name of hwhy (YHWH) is attributed individually to each of these “three Persons” in Scripture.

If one is absolutely correct in all other points of doctrine but in error on this one point, he or she is hopelessly lost because he/she is worshiping a God other than the God of Avraham (Abraham), Yitzhak (Isaac), and Ya'akov (Jacob), the God of the Bible.

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2. The Person of Mashiach (“Christ”)

Unlike any other religion known to man, Messianic Judaism (what Yeshua intended for his Body to be — that extremely rare and true form of Judeo/Christianity that is based solely on the doctrines and standards of the Bible alone, totally apart from the traditions of men) stands or falls on the Person of its Foundation. Just as there is only one God of the Bible, so also is there only one Mashiach of the Bible (“Christ” is the Anglicized form of the Greek word christos, which is the equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach — “Messiah” — “the Anointed One”), Who was always one (Hebrew echad, a plural unity like one bunch of grapes or one flock of birds) with God the Father from eternity past. He is ADONAI, the Creator of everything that is created. Besides the God of the Bible, there is nothing that exists that was not created by Mashiach. He has always been fully God and He will always be fully God.

Out of love for a lost creation, He became fully human without giving up anything of His deity. He was born of a virgin through the power of Ruach HaKodesh, He lived a perfect, sinless, human life in absolute obedience to Torah (the teachings of Scripture, not the “traditions of the elders”). He gave up His life voluntarily to fully pay the penalty of sin for all mankind. He was executed by crucifixion, died, and was buried. He was resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven in a glorified version of the same body in which He died. He will return in that same body to gather His saints (His Miqra/Ecclesia), to judge the world, to reign physically over all of creation; and ultimately to create an entire new heaven and earth.

Any “Mashiach” or “Jesus” or “Christ” that does not match the description of Yeshua Ha’Natseret — the “Jesus” of the Bible — is one of the false messiahs (“christs”) that Adonai Yeshua predicted would appear in the last days (Matthew 24:5,23-26; Mark 13:6,21-23; Luke 17:22-24; 21:8; cp. Acts 5:36). The Yeshua we serve must be the same Yeshua presented in the Bible, because:

• If Yeshua HaMashiach is not God (ADONAI), then He holds no power to save.

• If He is not one with the Father, then He is a liar.

• If He did not become fully human, then His death did not satisfy judgment of God against sin.

• If he was not virgin-born then He inherited the sin nature of Adam, and His death did not satisfy God’s requirement for a spotless sacrifice.

• If He sinned, then He was Himself in need of a Savior.

• If He did not die, then He did not pay the penalty for sin. (“The wages of sin is death.”)

• If He was not bodily resurrected, then He does not have the power to resurrect the Saints (the “Elect,” those who belong to Him).

• If He did not ascend into heaven, then He cannot return.

• If He does not return then He is a liar and not God. And if He is a liar, then the Bible is a lie and mankind has no revelation and no hope.

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3. The Nature of Mankind

God created humankind, male and female, in His own image. Mankind chose to sin against God, and in so doing humankind became alienated from God and inherited a sin nature, and is totally depraved. Humankind possesses no spark of divine life, and, of himself, is utterly helpless to remedy his lost condition apart from the grace of God.

If man is in fact not sinful, then Yeshua’s death was for nothing and God has wasted an awful lot of time and energy in providing a means of atonement (kiporah). Also, if man is not sinful, then Yeshua Ha’Natseret (“Jesus” of Nazareth) is a liar, and the entire doctrine of HaMashiach’s person is jeopardized.

If man does not perceive of himself as sinful, then he likewise perceives no need of a Savior. If he perceives no need of a Savior, then he will never turn to HaMashiach for salvation.

If man already possesses the divine life, then he too may be a god; yet the God of the Bible expressly states that there is no God besides Himself, that before Him was no God formed nor will any God be formed after Him, and that He will not share His glory with another (Exod. 8:10; Deut. 4:13,35,39 et al).

If man is able to save himself, then Yeshua’s death was in vain, and man must work out his own salvation by living out his life in total obedience to the absolute letter of the Torah. Since Yeshua Ha’Natseret was the only one to every have lived up to the whole Torah, then no man can ever be saved.

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4. The Requirements of Atonement (Kiporah)

The Tabernacle/Temple sacrifices foreshadowed the Lamb of God, “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8), Whose shed blood would be the final sacrifice and cleansing from sin (1 John 1:7). Man, whose sinful rebellion has separated him from God, can now have “peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20) and be “reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:19) because of His vicarious, substitutionary death.

If one is in accord with the essential elements of the doctrines of the Person of Mashiach and the Nature of Man as outlined above, then the scriptural description of the atonement is the only means by which sinful man can become reconciled to a Holy God. To reject the doctrine of Atonement requires one to reject both the doctrines of Mashiach and of Man.

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5. The Source of Revelation

Since our only reliable source of revelation is the Bible, then we must look to the Bible to see what it claims for itself. It claims that it is the Word of God, inspired (God-breathed), inerrant, complete (Revelation 22:18, 19; Devarim [Deuteronomy] 12:32), and the only infallible rule of faith. It reveals the origin and destiny of all things; records God’s dealings with mankind in the past, present, and future; and focuses on the Person and Work of Yeshua HaMashiach. The Bible inspires faith (Romans 10:17) and will make men “wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15).

The greatest possible evidence we can have for the infallibility of Scripture is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy (Jeremiah 28:1-17 and Hebrews 1:1-2:4, for example). God places His reputation on the line with Biblical prophecy. God requires absolute accuracy from a prophet, and declares that if a single thing spoken by a prophet in the name of the Lord fails to come to pass, then everything that the prophet has ever said must be disregarded (Deuteronomy 18:22, literal). By that criteria, if the Bible claims to be the Word of God (and it does), then one single error in the entire canon of Scripture would require us to discard the entire Bible.

Therefore, by its own testimony, the Bible declares that the Believer in Mashiach, whether Jew or Gentile, must accept the entire Bible “every jot [yod, the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet] and tittle [the decorative embellishments on Hebrew letters]” or must discard it entirely. That being the case, then all other supposed “revelation” must be weighed and evaluated in light of the Bible.

Additionally, the Believer must evaluate carefully everything that is said by anyone claiming to be a “prophet” — that is, anyone who claims to speak for God or on His behalf, to have any form of special “revelation” or “anointing” from God, to have any form of “special message” from God, or to have any “supernatural,” “sign,” “apostolic,” or “prophetic” gift. To claim to have any of those things is to claim to be functioning in the prophetic office. Any person making such a claim must be 100% accurate in every single thing that they teach. The Bible says that if such a person’s message is ever inaccurate in even the smallest detail, that person is a false prophet, and the Believer in Mashiach must totally ignore every single thing taught by that person.

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Even if the five conditions set by Bob Larson are met, there are till three other major considerations to be evaluated to determine whether or not an assembly of believers is Biblical or a non-Biblical cult.

6. Anti-Semitism

Christianity claims to follow “Jesus Christ” whom they honor as their “Lord and Savior.” But very few Christians take into consideration that He also is now (not just was) the King of the Jews. He was not a Gentile, He was not a Christian, He was not the founder of the Christian Church, and his name was not Jesus Christ.

He was a Jew, the son of Jewish parents, with Jewish grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. His great-great-great (etc.) grandfather was King David. All of his friends and neighbors were Jews. His step-father was a Jewish construction worker named Yosef, and his mother was a Jewish woman whose name was Miryam. In obedience to God’s instruction through the angel Gavri'el, His parents gave Him the Hebrew name “Salvation,” Yeshua. So He was know by everyone far and wide as Yeshua ben-Yosef. He could probably get by in Koine Greek, but His native language was Hebrew.

Rabbi YeshuaAt the age of thirty He became a Jewish rabbi and gathered around him a “school” of talmidim (students or disciples), just like every other Jewish rabbi in the first century did. Rabbi Yeshua and His talmidim lived strictly Torah-observant lifestyles and taught others to follow that example. And they all died as strictly Torah-observant Jews. He wore a prayer shawl (tallit) when He prayed and he wore fringes (tzit-zit) on the corners of all his garments. In His entire life he never attended a single church service, but extremely rarely, if ever, did his miss a Shabbat (Sabbath) in the synagogue or a holy day in the Temple. Yeshua’s teaching was extremely similar to that of the sect of the Pharisees, except He rebuked the Pharisees when they placed human tradition above the clear teaching of the Torah.

He taught Torah to the masses, and taught His talmidim how to correctly interpret the Torah. He commanded His followers to obey the Torah, because sin is disobedience to Torah. He told his followers that if they loved Him they would obey his commands to follow Torah. Concerning the Torah, He said:

So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt 5:19)

In fact, if Yeshua ever violated any provision of Torah or ever instructed anyone to violate or set aside any provision of Torah, He would have been immediately been disqualified to be the substitutionary sacrifice for sin, because He would have been a sinner Himself.

Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah; (1John 3:4)

For the first 17 years or so following His resurrection, every single person who followed Him was a Jew, and not one of them stopped being Jewish to become a Christian.[1] After the Gentile believers were admitted to fellowship in about 50 C.E., there was discussion about how they would learn to live a Jewish lifestyle, which was resolved by deciding that they would learn by attending not their local church, but their local synagogues:

“For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath." (Acts 15:21)

In fact, the writer of the letter to the Messianic Jews (Hebrews) admonishes his readers to “not forsake our own assembling together.” The Greek word translated as assembling is episunagoge (episunagoge) which literally means “from the synagogue.” So the admonition is literally not to abandon the synagogue. This letter was written approximately at the time of the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., so about 37 years after the Resurrection, the writer is telling the followers of Yeshua to not abandon the synagogue. Up until the bar Kochba rebellion in about 135, the followers of Yeshua met in the synagogues with all the rest of the Jews, and not a single one of them every stopped being a Jew to become a “Christian.” There simply were no “churches” until well into the second century. For more information, read “Where Did the Word ‘Church’ Come From?

For the past 1,700 years or so the “Church” has carefully followed the example of the Council of Nicea and worked extremely hard to rid itself of anything remotely Jewish. It has rejected God’s divine instruction, the Torah, by falsely claiming that “Jesus nailed the Law to His cross.” While claiming to “keep the commandments,” the Church recognizes only nine out of the 613 commandments of Torah. It has rejected God’s eight appointed times of fellowship with Him (the Sabbath, Passover, First Fruits, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Purim) and replaced them with two pagan “holidays” that honor the Roman sun god Saturn (Sun-day and Saturnalia, or Christmas) and the false goddess Ishtar (Easter), also known as Diana of the Ephesians. Since the Council of Nicea outlawed anything Jewish, the Church has aggressively persecuted the blood relatives of Yeshua, murdering well over 35 million Jews in the name of “Jesus.”

Any religion that hates the blood relatives of Yeshua, the King of the Jews, and murders them in His name is not of God. Neither is any religion of God which stands against the people and nation of Israel.

For thus says the LORD of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you [Israel], for he who touches you [Israel], touches the apple of His eye.” (Zech 2:8, NAS)

And I will bless those who bless you [Israel], And the one who curses you [Israel] I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Gen 12:3, NAS)

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7. Replacement Theology

For those who are not familiar with the term “Replacement Theology,” it is the abominable heresy that God, Who cannot lie and Who never changes, has arbitrarily cancelled the “everlasting covenants” that He made with Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya`akov, and with “their descendants forever” (Genesis 15:18, Genesis 17:1-21, Genesis 26:2-5, Exodus 6:4-8, Exodus 19:5-6, Exodus 34:10-27, Leviticus 26:41-45, Deuteronomy 4:31, Deuteronomy 5:3, Deuteronomy 7:9-12, Judges 2:1, 1Kings 8:23, 2Kings 13:23, 2Kings 17:38, 1Chronicles 16:15-17, 2Chronicles 6:14, Nehemiah 1:5, Psalm 89:34, Psalm 105:8-10, Psalm 111:9, Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 49:5-10, Isaiah 59:21, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Jeremiah 32:40, Jeremiah 33:20-27, Ezekiel 16:59-62, Ezekiel 37:21-26, Luke 1:67-75, Acts 3:24-25, Romans 11:1-32), and has transferred those promises to the Gentile “church.” This is a lie straight from the pit of Hell that is particularly detestable to all Believers in Israel’s Messiah because it makes God a liar, and makes the Bible just another book of legends and fables. This heresy is taught, at least in some degree, by nearly every Christian church and denomination, and it teaches that God is a liar who does not honor His word.

If God did not honor His everlasting covenant with Israel, than the Church has no hope for salvation, for if God has broken His word with Israel, He cannot be trusted to save those Gentiles who call on His name! Read more HERE.

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8. Paganism

 

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In closing this particular study, let me leave you with one very important idea to be considering. Those few Christian churches that are concerned about Jewish evangelism ponder the question, “How can we help Jewish people get saved?” Those of us in the Messianic Jewish movement are concerned with the question, “How is it possible for us to help a Christian be saved?”

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  1. When the English Bible says that believers were first called “Christian” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) it is an unfortunate error in translation. Had the Jews in Antioch spoken Greek as their primary language, or had the book of Acts been written in Greek, that might have been the case, as “Christian” is a transliteration of the Greek word cristianoß (Christianos). However, since the Jews in Antioch spoke Hebrew, and the book of Acts was originally written in Hebrew before being translated into Greek, the word that they were called was the Hebrew word “Messianic.” [RETURN]

 

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