Since I started this blog in 2010, I’ve been on a journey (as I’m sure all of you have).
For those of you who have been reading HonorOfKings.org for awhile, I realize that some of my posts may have caused a lot of questions. Hopefully this post will clarify a few things. You may (or may not) like the answers, but at least we’ll have it all out in the open, right?
Let me start by addressing some common questions that I get, and then I’ll talk about the “Hebrew Roots” question.
On Myself and HonorOfKings.org
Who are you? Where did you go to school?
I am just a regular guy. As of this writing, I’ve been married 21 years to the most beautiful woman in the world and I have 3 kids that never cease to blow my mind. Because of how I lived my life in my younger years, I know I don’t deserve these Gifts – but I’m not going to question my Father’s generosity. I will always be thankful.
Formal education, especially along the lines of “seminaries” and “bible schools,” has always repulsed me. In my experience (which I know is limited), everyone who goes into these religious schools go in with the best intentions, but then graduate without faith, without zeal and without perspective. What they DO gain is a prideful attitude and flawed, hand-me-down “knowledge”.
Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent to hear other people interpret the Word of God for us. Why not ask God what He means? Why not, instead of spending hours and hours in classrooms hearing men, spend that time alone with a $25 Bible and the Holy Spirit? There’s nothing like hearing the Voice of God for yourself. It’s amazing how first-hand revelation and knowledge can draw you closer to God than other “educated” peoples’ opinions.
Now, I understand that there is SOME value to education (especially studying church history), but I feel you’re wasting your money and time to go to these schools whose prime concern is making a profit … not the nurturing of your spirit.
Is HonorOfKings.org a Ministry? How Can I Contribute?
No this web site is not a “ministry tool”, not in a conventional sense. At this time, I don’t rent a building. All of what you read comes from my house, where posts are written and comments are addressed as I have time.
God has blessed me with another job that generates income for my family. This frees me up to write what God puts on my heart without the fear of man and without the fear of losing money (which we all deal with to some degree).
I realize that there is a certain type of “ministry” that occurs when I write, and with that “ministry” comes a degree of responsibility, but HonorOfKings.org is primarily just a blog. What I write should ALWAYS be tested against the Word of God … and if I write something contrary to God’s Word (which I make every effort NOT to do), toss it!
However, if I write something that is only contrary to your understanding of the Word, yet is still found in the Word …. take it to God! Perhaps you need to re-evaluate what you believe.
I’ve found that learning the Word of God is like playing a giant game of “connect-the-dots.” As you start connecting things together, don’t be surprised if you find yourself opposed to mainstream christianity, who would rather listen to what their local pastor/prophet/teacher says than do the research and think for themselves.
Why does the comments section keep turning on and off?
Filtering and responding to comments is something that, I admit, I’ve been very double-minded with. Because of this, I only turn on the comments as I have time. If I have no time to respond, I usually shut them off.
I submitted a comment … Why is it not appearing in your comments section?
Up until a few weeks ago, I felt obligated to answer every comment … no matter how derogatory or combative the tone ….. Not Anymore.
One personal weakness that I have is that my online debates/arguments tend to spill over into my everyday life. If I’m upset, annoyed, or outright ticked off, I can’t just leave it where it belongs … online. As a result, my family may find themselves in my “crosshairs,” and I refuse to put them through that anymore.
If I get comments that are arrogant, rude, and/or don’t contribute in any way to the discussion, I’m going to use my trusty Delete key in a very judicious manner. If someone just wants to pick a fight, they can do it somewhere else.
By employing this strategy, I will be able to designate more time to those who have legitimate comments/questions.
On the End Times
Are You Pre, Mid, or Post-tribulation?
None of the above! Each theory (pre, mid, post) is backed up by very weak examples from scripture. In order to believe any of them, you have to take a metaphor and stretch it … or “spiritualize” some concept (which instantly makes the concept subject to your opinion).
Here is my End Time theology in a nutshell ….. “Be Ready!”
Whether God miraculously whisks His followers away, or whether we have to endure the most grueling, brutal End-Time scenario …. we need to be ready to give our lives for the King!
Do you believe in the Rapture?
Absolutely! At some point we know we’ll be caught up to meet Him … the question is “When?”
Just “Be Ready!”
On the Supernatural, Prophetic and Elijah List
Do you believe in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
I do! I have yet to hear legitimate scriptural proof that they were done away with. I speak in tongues (as does my wife and kids), and I’ve laid hands on people and seen them recover. God has also given my wife and I discernment and words of knowledge. It doesn’t happen all the time … but it does happen.
Having said all that, I also believe that these gifts have been counterfeited and misused in the Body.
Why don’t you address the NAR/Third Wave movement?
I have read much regarding the NAR/Third Wave movement, and I have no doubt that such a movement exists … at least the evidence is pretty compelling. However, I really feel like I need to stick with what I know firsthand. So much of what I hear regarding the NAR/Third Wave movement has to do with impressions, opinions and a “God told me” mentality that I just don’t feel very comfortable writing material on it – at least until God tells me otherwise.
That could change down the road.
I believe the Holy Spirit told me to do something contrary to the Word, what do you think?
That wasn’t the Holy Spirit speaking to you!
Are you Hebrew Roots?
Ah! The Question of the Hour!
If I have to narrow this down to a yes/no answer, I will answer “No”. I say this because, like all “christian” movements, the Hebrew Roots Movement has a few sub-groups who believe some really whack-nut doctrines. If I say “yes”, then many people will automatically associate me with the most extreme “sect” of Hebrew Roots. Sects who believe that they need to sacrifice in their backyards, say the “correct” Name of God absolutely perfect or who say Paul’s writings are not scripture, etc. These are things that I obviously do not endorse.
At the same time, I WILL say that, from what I’ve studied so far, the Hebrew Roots movement has some really good points and clarifies scripture in ways that the traditional church has fallen woefully short.
In order to make sense of your basic, “mainstream christianity”, you have to “spiritualize” and “allegorize” much of the scripture (both OT and NT). Once you do this, everything becomes relative to the reader (and people will follow the teaching that satisfies their particular personality). This is why you have so many denominations … everyone has their own little “revelation” that, they believe, is “divinely inspired”. These revelations are usually supported by a small handful of allegorized/spiritualized scriptures taken out of context and pieced together to formulate a doctrine. We have, literally, over 40,000 “christian denominations” in the world today and nobody …. NOBODY can agree on things – yet they ALL will say that they are “Right”.
People have written to me quite a few times (sometimes in a rage), warning me about reading Hebrew Roots material, or looking into (what they call) the “Jewish” side of things, citing certain cherry-picked scriptures and saying that such-and-such ministry teaches [insert heresy here]. But, so far, literally 100% of the time I’ve found these accusations to be false. They either:
- Gave me a scripture out of context
- Mentioned a ministry teaching a specific “heresy”. When I went to the source, either they didn’t say what they were accused of, or the so-called “heretical” statement was taken out of context and misunderstood.
This tells me something about those making the accusations … either:
- They are repeating what someone else said, and failed to check it out for themselves.
- They may have checked it out for themselves, and heard it incorrectly (whether by accident, or they read into the statement)
- They are afraid of having their doctrine challenged. ~or~
- They are lying – which, unfortunately, still exists in the Body
Again, I’m not saying that heresy doesn’t exist in certain Hebrew Roots circles. I’m just saying that I have yet to see/read any of this “heresy” first-hand.
Also, I’m not saying that these people who have written me are terrible people, I’m just saying that they are finding fault without considering the entire scripture. And most of them have no idea about the historical and cultural setting during the times of Jesus and Paul – factors that will directly affect your understanding of New Testament scripture.
I said all that to say this:
The scriptures say that, when He returns, we will all give an account for our WORDS and our DEEDS.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.Romans 2:5-6
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”
So far, the majority of the people who have written to me condemning the Hebrew Roots movement demonstrate that they are highly misinformed as to what the Word says, and most are misinformed as to what following God’s Law really means.
Let’s get one thing straight.
We need to make EVERY EFFORT to obey the commandments of God with everything in our being. Not because we’re trying to earn our salvation … but because we’re already saved! I mean, really, we’re supposed to be His Children … don’t we want to imitate our Father?
So, here’s the deal.
I believe that the Word has to make sense … on the most basic level. I’m not a smart man … but I do know that 1+1 equals 2.
If I see something that adds up, especially if it is established by two or three scriptures (Deuteronomy 17:6), I’m going to believe it. And the more scripture that I can find to back something up, the better.
Even more, if I can find historical evidence to back up my understanding – well, that’s just “icing on the cake”!
Unless it’s an “opinion post”, I try to employ this strategy while researching the Word and writing posts to you.
When I write something that’s in the Word and it happens to be the same thing that Jewish Roots people teach …. if it “adds up” … then so what? What’s the problem?
If I address something that can be found in the Bible multiple times, like the Sabbath being the 7th day, and that happens to be the same thing that the SDA teaches … so what?
Does the error of the SDA church negate the commandments of God? Just because they might be off in the rest of their other doctrine, does it negate that God says what He means?
I’d rather take God’s Word literally than allegorize and spiritualize the Truth out of it.
When we appear before God, we will have literally NO excuses as to why we disobeyed Him. We will not be able to say:
- I didn’t honor your Sabbath or take the Sabbath command literally, because the Seventh-Day Adventists teach it. ~or ~
- I didn’t celebrate your ordained festivals because the Jewish Roots people teach it. After all, you know my heart, right God?
It doesn’t matter if the above-mentioned groups are 99% off in the rest of their doctrine. The Word of God is the Word of God.
That’s why we need His Grace, because nobody is perfect! But not being perfect doesn’t exempt us from attempting to be obedient.
In fact, the VERY REASON why God gives us Grace is to teach us to obey Him.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, TEACHING US THAT, (a) denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, (b) we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (c) looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (d) who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself [His] own special people, zealous for good works. (e) Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
When you disobey God, you reject His Grace.
Hopefully you see, it’s not about wearing a label like “Jewish Roots” or “Seventh Day Adventist” or “Charismatic” or “Pentecostal.” I refuse to wear a label … I just want to obey God.
This is about finding out what God’s Word actually says and actually doing it.
If you are more in love with “the way it’s always been done” than what the Word says … that should tell you something about yourself and your walk with God.
Listen to what “the apostle of love”, John, says:
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
This is simple. If you keep His commands, you know Him …. otherwise you’re a liar. If you keep His commands, the Love of God becomes perfected in you!
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
How did He walk? In obedience to the Father’s commands. If you do that … you abide in Him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
How do you know if you truly love God? Do you joyfully walk in His commands? …. There’s your answer!
So far, the Hebrew Roots movement has proven to be more obedient in some things than “the church”.
So, am I Hebrew Roots? To the extent that they follow God’s Word wholeheartedly, yes I am. Am I a Christian? To the extent that they follow God’s Word wholeheartedly, yes I am. Am I your brother and sister in Christ? To the extent that you follow God’s Word wholeheartedly, yes I am.
So, I hope this post has revealed a little more about where I’m coming from. I hope all of you follow His Word with everything in you!
Stay dissatisfied … Ask questions …. don’t accept 1+1=3, even if a “great man of God” tells you it does.
God gave us a brain for a reason … let’s use it.