I. So You Want to be a Christian?

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Series: The Irony of the Church Fathers

I want to give you a warning before you read this series… please take heed.

Sometimes, in our pursuit of absolute truth, we discover paradigm-changing facts that require us to question what we believe in. When these things are revealed to us, we are faced with the decision to accept, ignore or rationalize what we’ve discovered.

If you are happy with your walk with God… if you are satisfied… you may want to think twice about reading this series, because it will require you to make a decision and you WILL reap the benefits or consequences of your decision.

So proceed with caution, seeker. The Word says:

James 4:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Meditate on that a little bit before proceeding.

“How do you know?”

Those of us who have taken it upon ourselves to preach and teach the Word of God have a responsibility to ensure that the message coming out of our mouths is true. We have to be willing to ask the same question that this gentleman here in this video was asked by the Father… and, if necessary, take the same steps.

Man, I love that guy’s heart.

HonorOfKings.org was birthed out of the willingness to ask the question, “How do you know?”

  • How do I know that what I believe is true?
  • How do I know that I am being told the absolute truth?
  • How do I know that the religious authorities are being honest with me?
  • How do I know that they even know what they’re talking about?

Several years ago, I asked those questions when I left the prophetic movement. Through a simple study of the Word, I found out that the modern day prophets were not being knowledgeable, truthful or honest in their delivery of prophecy. What’s more, they were teaching others the same error. Many were simply guilty of regurgitating the error taught to them by their leaders, but some were carrying on a deliberate masquerade, purposely and willfully deceiving multitudes.

I also found out that true prophets and prophecy exist, but look nothing like what you see today.

We are all products of inherited religion.

Inherited Lies
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After that question was resolved, I started asking other questions. My thoughts and dreams were flooded with variations of this one: “Why did the Acts church look and operate one way, while the modern-day circus (that calls itself ‘the church’) looks completely different?”

Once again, I turned to the Bible. But this time I supplemented my Bible study with research into church history from the years 70 AD to the present. And once again, I found the same dynamic coming into play. Those with the seminary degrees (and perceived authority) are not telling you the whole story.

Many church leaders and professors are good-hearted people with the best of intentions, but they have never studied the Word (or history) without viewing it through the lens that they were taught to use. They blindly swallowed what they were taught by their professors in seminary and spewed the same error to their congregations, who further diluted the truth and told others.

Others, however, are carrying on a deliberate ruse. They know EXACTLY what is going on.

Such peoples’ damnation is just.

And this disingenuous behavior is not a recent development. We can trace this deception clear back to the first century. Remember when Paul said that “the mystery of lawlessness” was already at work in 2 Thessalonians? He was stating the absolute truth.

LINK: 2 Thessalonians 2 is Happening Now! The “Mystery of Lawlessness” is No Longer a Mystery

In this series, I want to take a look at the “church fathers” as well as a couple of other religious icons. Rather than presenting a granular look into each individual (a huge undertaking), I want to examine their religious ideologies as a whole, and present to you an extreme irony that I have discovered in my search for answers.

I guarantee you that you will not hear about this from your church leaders and seminary professors… and for good reason. Those who have knowledge of the ruse are aware that if their followers start to connect the dots, then the droves that are already leaving the mainstream church will increase dramatically – in fact, the whole church paradigm would disintegrate.

So in order for you to understand this huge paradox, a study of the words “Christian,” “church” and “Nazarene” is in order.

No, this is not a rabbit trail. It is needed to bring the necessary insight into the church fathers’ worldview and to discern between true followers of the Messiah and those who merely THINK they are following the Messiah… Let’s dive in, shall we?

Who were “the Christians”?

The Christian
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Almost every one of us proudly wears the “Christian” label and say we belong to a belief system known as “Christianity.” But do we know where that name came from? Sure, the Bible mentions Christians, but should we automatically claim that label?

Most of us have probably wondered or chuckled at the phrase “‘Christ’ is not Jesus’ last name,” but the saying is absolutely true. Christ is NOT His last name. If He were to be married, his wife would not be known as Mrs. Christ and his son would not be known as Jesus Christ, Jr.

Christ is used as a Greek title, much like “the Great” is attributed to Alexander the Great. Alexander’s last name is not “the Great,” but the name describes what he is known for. Alexander was a great conqueror.

But here’s the kicker – Jesus was not the only figure in history to be known as “Christ.” In fact, by the time Jesus was born, the title of “Christ” had already been given to other entities.

According to TyndaleArchive.com:

The Greeks used both the word Messias (a transliteration) and Christos (a translation) for the Hebrew Mashiach (Anointed). The word Christos was far more acceptable to the pagans who were worshiping Chreston and Chrestos.

According to The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, the word Christos was easily confused with the common Greek proper name Chrestos, meaning “good.” According to a French theological dictionary, it is absolutely beyond doubt that Christus and Chrestus, and Christiani and Chrestiani were used indifferently by the profane and Christian authors of the first two centuries A.D. The word Christianos is a Latinism, being contributed neither by the Jews nor by the Christians themselves. The word was introduced from one of three origins: the Roman police, the Roman populace, or an unspecified pagan origin. Its infrequent use in the New Testament suggests a pagan origin.

According to Realencyclopaedie, the inscription Chrestos is to be seen on a Mithras relief in the Vatican. According to Christianity and Mythology, Osiris, the Sun-deity of Egypt, was reverenced as Chrestos. In the Synagogue of the Marcionites on Mount Hermon, built in the third century A.D., the Messiah’s title is spelled Chrestos. According to Tertullian and Lactantius, the common people usually called Christ Chrestos.” (Source)

So we can see from the evidence provided that the title “Christian” was not used back in New Testament times to mean “belonging exclusively to Jesus Christ” or to mean “little Jesus Christs,” as is so often taught. The pagan gods Osiris, Mithras and others were all referred to as “christs.”

What’s more, Christ is a translation – which means the Greeks took the Hebrew word Mashiach and tried to find a word in their own language that best fit the Hebrew word. What better word to use than the same word that they used to describe their other pagan deities?

We have been raised to make a direct connection between Christ and Jesus, but to an early culture saturated in Greek philosophy, idioms, and terminology, it just sounded like their word for good – chrestus – and was used interchangeably, or “indifferently,” according to the reference above. As the centuries passed, it became more synonymous with Jesus’ name as Constantine’s false church strengthened her grip on the known world.

But the Bible says that believers in Christ were known as “Christians”!

Really?

To confirm what the TyndaleArchive.com entry is saying, the 3 times in the New Testament that the word “Christian” is mentioned, pagans are using it and conferring it upon believers in the Messiah.

King Agrippa’s Use of the Word “Christian”

King Agrippa, great-grandson of the Edomite King, Herod the Great (who had tried to kill the Messiah in His infancy) and son of the man who had beheaded James, told Paul:

Acts 26:28b
“You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

Up until this point in Paul’s speech to Agrippa, he had just been answering the accusations leveled against him (Acts 26:2); He was not preaching the gospel, which always centered around the idea of “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) If Paul had preached that message in front of a king, it is doubtful (barring divine intervention) that he would have lived long enough to get a chance to appeal to Caesar.

King Agrippa may have believed the prophets (Acts 26:27), but he was also an Edomite king – a usurper who did not belong on the throne in Israel. His use of the word “christian” in this verse does not show us that the term applied exclusively to the followers of Jesus “Christ,” but rather reinforces the notion that Agrippa may have wanted to follow this chrestus (good) man who had had such a profound effect upon Paul. If Agrippa had really wanted to be a part of the group of people Paul was affiliated with, he would have said “you almost persuade me to become a Nazarene,” for that was the group of people Paul was affiliated with. (Acts 24:5)

Regardless, this example does show a pagan king bestowing this title upon those who believed in Jesus of Nazareth.

Antioch Citizens Called the Disciples “Christians”

In the following verse, we see the title “Christian” being bestowed upon the disciples by the pagan citizens of Antioch, a city probably named after Antiochus Epiphanes, a type of anti-Christ known for defiling the Temple and ordering the Jews to forsake the Torah on pain of death.

Acts 11:26
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Notice this verse did NOT say that the believers decided to call themselves “Christians.” They were called “Christians” by the pagans of Antioch.

Peter’s Use of the Word “Christian”

Yet what about Peter? He uses the term “Christian” in one of his epistles.

1 Peter 4:14-16
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

If we gloss over this, it would certainly seem that the disciple endorsed the word “Christian” as a legitimate title for those who follow the Messiah, but upon closer inspection, we see that the title is used within the context of suffering. At whose hands would a believer suffer? More than likely an unbeliever. A pagan!

We know that 1 Peter was written “To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…” With the exception of the disciples, these were all pagan cities full of pagan people who were not part of the sect of people who believed in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Originally, the “Christian” label was given to us by pagans.

So all 3 times this label is conferred upon believers in the New Testament, it is used by pagan people (directly or indirectly) who had no covenant with the Most High. There is even some evidence that christian may have been a derogatory term.

Acts 28:21-22
Then they said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere.”

Regardless of whether or not christian was a derogatory term, it was definitely not an exclusive label given to Jesus’ followers, and Christ was not a title given exclusively to our Messiah (although He is the only one worthy of the title).

Keep in mind that the term “christianity” had not yet been invented. We will explore this term later on in the series.

Well, pagans may have been using the term ‘Christ’ to describe their gods during the first few centuries, but we use the term ‘Christ’ and ‘Christian’ exclusively in reference to Jesus our Savior, so it’s all okay.”

[[Excuse me as I exhale in frustration…]]

Look, I know I’m striking a nerve here.

foot on fire
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I also know it’s a foregone conclusion that many people who read this will think that the “technicalities” of His name or the specifics of their own religious identity do not really matter in the grand scheme of things. All that really matters to them is “what is in the heart.” But that is just vain rationalization that attempts to put rock-solid truth into a gray area. This keeps the “believer” unchallenged so that they can stay in the realm of the relative. But I digress…

If you fall into that group, go ahead and file this post in the “for informational purposes only” category of your mind… for now. I have more concrete reasons why you should question the “Christianity” you grew up with. This is backed up scripturally and historically.

Believe it or not, “Christians” insist on belonging to an end time group that you and I want no part of.

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14 replies on “I. So You Want to be a Christian?”

  1. The article hits the nail on the head, from the top leaders of the Christian Church down to your pastor all read from the same hymn sheet. I would point out though that some of the bible verses that you quote are really bad translations, Stern’s Complete Jewish Bible is much nearer to the true meaning.

  2. Christians should forget what they think Paul said in Acts and his various letters, read what Yeshua (there is no letter in Hebrew for the letter J ). Matthew 15 v 21-28, within the context of this story, verse 24. He answered, “I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel. Not to the Canaanite woman, not to the Romans,Greeks or Europeans, certainly he did not mention Americans. Only to Israel.

    1. One must be cautious when singling out a statement.

      John 4:39-43 Many of the Samaritans of that village believed in him because of the testimony of the women who declared, “HE told me everything that I ever did!” When the Samaritans arrived at the well, they begged him to stay with them, so he abode there TWO days. Many more believed because of Yeshua’s own words, and they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said but because we have heard him ourselves. We know truly that this is the Messiah, the redeemer of the world.” Now after TWO days, Yeshua departed from Sh’khem and went into Galilee.

      Yeshua came for the lost children of Israel yet I can find no scriptural reference that He ever turned away anyone that came to Him. Don’t forget that because Yeshua was lifted up now all men can be drawn unto Him, not just Israel.

      1. That “Samaritan” woman was very likely an Israelite. Not all of the Northern Israelites left Israel. Many were left behind. Samaria was the name of the House of Israel’s capital, and also used as a name for the general area.
        As to what Yeshua told the “Samaritan” woman, it is thought that He was making a proclamation of the House of Israel’s (Ephraim’s) unfaithfulness to YHWH, talking about Israel’s “husbands”. Notice that she didn’t seem particularly bothered by what He said, but it showed that He was a prophet. She actually ran into town and told everybody. Also, the Greek does not say that He told her everything “that she did.” It says He told her everything.
        This story in no way contradicts Yeshua’s charge to go only to the lost sheep of Israel. The Canaanite woman begged in her humility and was astute enough to realize that many Israelites would turn down what Yeshua offered, and she would be glad to take what they refused. Yeshua granted her wish because of her amazing faith, but He did not seek her out. She sought Him out.

  3. Kevin
    You told us to think about this scripture so I did.

    James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (NKJV)

    James 4:14 So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it is committing sin. (CJB)

    Today if you don’t know you won’t be held accountable is a common excuse for sin. The NKJV saying to “Him” it is sin wasn’t translated that way so that the new modern live like the world Christian would have an excuse. The “My Jesus” syndrome that is going around seeks out any and all scripture that allows personal thoughts and feelings to rule the day. The “my god is ok your god is ok” attitude stems from the idea that every ones thoughts matter to God. I’m not saying God doesn’t care about us, but the care is that we know the truth not what we want to believe.

    There has been many definition changes along the way to get to where we are today and in the grand scheme of things words are foundationally important. It destroys those houses built on sand. I believe that in every believer there is a storm coming and foundations will be shook. What words really mean is a good place to start.

    Rich

  4. Dear Kevin..What a wonderful presentation of historical interpretive claptrap…you have excelled yourself!..in this you no doubt reflect your many years of bondage to the Elijah List, and carry on that legacy,with faulty analysis as you take on the “mantle” and “run” when not being sent.

    1. Excellent! Arrogant… religious, presumptuous, condescending and insulting all in one package. Why, Drue, your comments embody the very spirit I knew I would be coming against! This is great! Keep reading … if this post ticks you off, the following posts are sure to enrage! Who knows? Maybe something will prick your heart and you’ll wake up!

  5. The fact that we have been deceived by the Church is one of the hardest things to over come for me. I had thought for years that the great deception would come from the outside. It has stunned me to know that this deception is already here. I only realized this in seeking answers about christmas and easter. The impact that church leaders are out right lying to their congregations sent me reeling : even though, I had been hurt by the church and had questions. Thankyou for being open about your walk and giving others a place to share. Bonnie McIntyre

    1. Interestingly, I used to belong to a “Christian” denomination that eschewed the word “Christian” for the exact reasons you mentioned. We always referred to ourselves as disciples because that is what the followers of Yeshua were called in scripture. Obviously, I am no longer part of them, as I now identify as Natsarim, but at least they got some things right. I just pray that they get over the “Torah is nailed to the Cross” delusion.
      Mashiach also doesn’t just apply to Yeshua. Kings and prophets were also mashiachs (annointed ones.) Yeshua has a special title of HaMashiach (THE Annointed One.) Calling ourselves “Messianic” doesn’t neccessarily mean we are talking about believing that Yeshua is THE Annointed One. It just means we believe there is supposed to be a messiah who saves us. Many traditional Jews are in this position, and are rightly called “Messianic Jews.”
      The Natsarim specifically believe that Yeshua is HaMashiach, and follow what He taught (Torah.)

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