IV. Python, Your Worship and the Proliferation of Hellenistic Thought

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Series: Unmasking the Python Spirit

We have been trained from a young age to cherry pick certain Scriptures, formulate our own doctrines and make the Bible say what we want it to say, rather than learn the truth. Little to no consideration is given to the historical, cultural or scriptural context of what was written.

This has resulted in a sound-byte gospel that is totally devoid of certainty and is open to interpretation and manipulation.

I understand very well that I cannot encapsulate everything that has occurred in history, but I do believe that I can touch on the points that are crucial to what pertains to the history of the church and to the modification/morphing of the original faith in our Messiah.

Although we will not get into the specifics of the python spirit in this post like we did the others, I feel the need to discuss a couple seemingly unrelated topics in order to provide the necessary backdrop for what you will read moving forward. I want to let you know ahead of time that it may seem like you are reading 2 posts in 1, but there is a purpose for this that will become evident later on in the series.

This information must be understood and absorbed before we move on because it definitely comes into play from the time of Christ’s resurrection onward.

I appreciate you hanging in there with me and weighing this out.

What is Acceptable Worship?

Worship show
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Before we move forward in this study, I need to have you settle something in your thinking.

We have been raised with a very lackadaisical and, quite frankly, disrespectful approach towards the worship of our Creator. The system of worship we have been indoctrinated into is a nebulous system based upon intent, emotions and the perceived outcome rather than defined methods, concrete action and a heart of submission to the commandments of Yahweh.

As a result of this ideology, anyone who says “Hallelujah!” with raised hands and a tearful eye is perceived as someone offering acceptable worship to the Father.

But the Creator never purposed worship to be an emotional “have-it-your-way” experience. He has a way He likes to be worshipped, and if we don’t go along with His way of doing things, our worship is not received.

This is very difficult for us as Western believers to understand and accept because they we been so brainwashed by the show of Christian worship services. We cannot fathom the idea that obedience has anything to do with our worship. In our thinking, worship is “something you do on Sunday morning” or “something you do when music is playing.”

It’s Not Just Shoutin’ “Hallelujah!”

But I’m going to prove to you with simple logic that it’s not only the Name of Yahweh on our lips that determines whether or not our worship is acceptable, but it is also greatly determined by our obedience to His commandments.

No, I’m serious. Worship the name of Jesus all you like… praise the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with intensity and emotion. If you’re not at least attempting to obey His commands, it means nothing… in fact, it’s downright repulsive.

Proverbs 28:9
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law [Torah], even his prayer is an abomination.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

If your God doesn’t change like my doesn’t God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), then this scriptural plumbline doesn’t change either. And get this…

The Blood and the Name of Christ do not make abominable practices acceptable to the unchangeable God – Guaranteed.

Knowing this, the idea that the intent of our hearts and emotionalism could trump Scripture should defy logic to those who profess to believe in the Bible.

1 John 2:3-5
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

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.

Speaking of logic, let’s apply a little. I’m going to start off with an extreme (and somewhat disturbing) example.

Worshipping death
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If I were to walk into the middle of a candlelit pentagram and sacrifice an innocent baby, it would be a heinous, evil and repulsive act.

But what if I were to offer thanksgiving and praise to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob while performing this act? Would it all-of-a-sudden be “sanctified” unto Yahweh? Would the words that came out of my mouth take away the utter abomination of what I had done?

Let’s take it a little bit further.

What if I was taught from a young age that this was the acceptable method for worshiping Yahweh? Would the intent of my heart sanctify the offering and make it acceptable to Yahweh?

I hope that you are all responding with a resounding “NO!”

OK, I admit that that was really “off the wall.” Let me ratchet it down a few notches but apply the same logic.

What if I found a Buddha statue and bowed down before it as I lit incense?

Isn’t that idolatry? Of course.

What if I happen to say, “I love you, Jesus?” Would that suddenly make my actions “holy”? Would idolatry no longer be considered idolatry because of my words?

What if I had been taught from a young age that this was an acceptable method of worship to Yahweh? Would my upbringing and the intent of my heart nullify the idolatry?

Again… I would hope you’d say “no.”

OK, let’s take it just a little further and apply the same logic.

What if I participated in Christmas and Easter? Now, before you throw the walls up, let’s just get real here.

You and I both know that any honest study will reveal the occult roots of these holidays, yet Christians willingly participate in Christmas and Easter every year, reasoning that because they may think and talk about Jesus and their “heart is in the right place,” that somehow this makes their participation “sanctified.”

And I completely understand, you were raised with this reasoning. It’s an integral part of your religious experience, so it’s really difficult to overcome this mindset.

But you can’t get around it. If you apply the same logic, your words, thoughts and intents do not make your worship “sanctified” … it’s still idolatry.

These three examples demonstrate an unavoidable truth. No matter what words come out of your mouth, no matter what your upbringing, no matter what the intent of the heart is, no matter what your reasoning is, your actions determine who you are worshipping.

Not only is this evidenced by simple logic, but Scripture will show us the same thing.

Worship – His Way vs. Our Ways

The Father has a way He wants to be worshipped and, if you don’t do it His Way, by default you are walking in disobedience and worshipping other gods.

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel both intended to offer sacrifices to the same God. Abel’s offering was accepted. Cain’s offering was rejected.

The unchangeable God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob said to Cain:

Genesis 4:7
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin (transgression of the law) lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

The offering of Cain was rejected because he sinned in that he thought that he could offer what he thought was pleasing to Yahweh and not what Yahweh knew was pleasing to Yahweh.

In this example, Cain thought he was worshipping Yahweh, when in fact, he was worshipping the most common idol – self.

Golden Calf

Fresh out of Egypt, and in spite of the fact that Yah had just told them not to make a graven image, Aaron created a golden object of worship that was very familiar to the children of Israel, Apis, the fertility god.

Aaron declared, “This is the God that brought you out of Egypt!” He even built an altar for sacrificing (worship) and declared, “Tomorrow is a Feast unto YHWH!”

Even though Aaron slapped a Yahweh sticker on his man-made system of worship, and even though it was accepted by the children of Israel, the Father did not approve. This was not the way He commanded them to worship Him.

3,000 men would die because of this presumption.

Nadab and Abihu

Run from the Fire
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Nadab and Abihu had just witnessed the fire of Yah come down and consume the burnt offerings.

In their zeal and excitement, they decided to worship God their way instead of His way.

Their intentions were probably good, but their worship was not according to the way the Father wanted to be worshipped.

They paid for their presumption with their lives.

Jeroboam

Jeroboam, because he was afraid the 10 tribes would turn back to Jerusalem and the house of David (1 Kings 12:26-7), constructed two golden calves and, in an appeal to a person’s desire for convenience, said:

1 Kings 12:28
It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!

Furthering this error, he hired his own priests and ordained his own holidays (1 Kings 12:31-33).

Is this starting to sound familiar?

This act of replacing the Father’s system of worship with a man-made system of worship became known as “the sin of Jeroboam” (1 Kings 12:30, 13:33-34) This was the sin that would be a stain upon the house of Israel from that time forward.

And guess what? The Church Fathers were guilty of the exact same sin.

And so is the Church … but I’m getting ahead of myself.

To sum up this section before moving forward, God does not receive your worship just because you name His name. While that is a legitimate part of the worship experience, it is not the sole qualifier. Your worship is legitimized by the practices you perform.

The Truth is Humbling

Angry
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I hope this settles the issue in your heart, because what I’m about to share in the next few posts is going to shake you up a bit.

In fact, I guarantee that the rest of this post – heck, the rest of the “Irony of the Church Fathers” series – is going completely clash with the framework that you have learned in the Christian religion. You are going to be tempted to want to just stop reading and say, “Enough! This guy’s a kook!”

Please don’t do that. I’m going to save you the trouble … I confess, I am “a kook” … but you can’t argue with history and you can’t argue with the Word. Even if you absolutely despise me and the things I’m saying, you’re supposed to have a love for the truth.

Remember, HonorOfKings.org is about “searching out the matter.” (Proverbs 25:2)

Ask yourself this question … “Do I really want to KNOW the truth, or do I want to continue with what I THINK is the truth?”

HonorOfKings.org reaches a wide range of people, 95% of whom are Christians or those who claim to believe that Jesus/Yeshua is the Son of God and all the other basic “christian” doctrines.

From what I can tell, the only ones who stick around are those who have had their eyes opened and realize that, for some reason, not all is well in Churchville. I’m telling you, there is a reason for this.

Don’t worry, friend, I’m going to lead you CLOSER to the Father, not further away. Keep going, it’s worth it!

Now, on to a major influence in Christianity…

The Rise of Hellenic Worship Practices

From the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC) until the emergence of the Roman empire (in 31 BC), the known world saw the rise of the influence of Hellenism. In a nutshell, Hellenism – largely influenced by Alexander’s tutor Aristotle – refers to the culture and value system of Greece.

When Rome took over the known world, rather than annihilate the influence of Hellenism, it absorbed and promoted many, if not most, of the Greek philosophies and values – hence the name “Greco-Roman Empire.”

The famous Roman poet, Horace, said,
Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit.
(“Captive Greece captured her rude conqueror.”)

This adoption of the Greek way of life included the worship of their gods. The Romans changed the names of these gods to maintain some sort of individuality, but the character traits and customs were the same.

Zeus -> Jupiter
Hera -> Juno
Poseidon -> Neptune
Hades -> Pluto
… and so forth

This practice of changing a foreign god’s name into the name of a Roman deity, while allowing the conquered nation to retain their pagan traditions, would be retained by the Roman Catholic Church from that time forward in history.

Now, if my guess is correct, not one of you reading this post would have a problem saying that when a Roman offered a sacrifice to Jupiter, he was actually offering a sacrifice to Zeus, as it was just the same god with two different names.

But the Roman offering the sacrifice, who had been raised during that time period, would disagree vehemently. He would be fully convinced that he was offering to Jupiter, and Jupiter alone.

But we have the advantage of hindsight as well as a neutrality that the Roman worshipper did not have. We can see clearly what he could not see. Oh, he probably felt that his “heart was in the right place” in wanting to offer to Jupiter, but to us, the truth of the matter is painfully obvious.

Greek gods
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Hellenism’s Impact on the Early Faith 101

The impact of Hellenism upon Jewish culture and the early faith is rather complex. Rome invaded Israel in the 1st century BC and brought with it the values and culture of the Greco-Roman Empire in the form of Hellenistic/Greek culture, philosophy and values.

The Hebrew way of life and the Greek way of life are diametrically opposed to one another. An excellent study on the differences between the two systems can be found in Brad Scott’s “Hebrew Mind vs. Greek Mind” series. Anyone who has not spent the time reading this series needs to do so.

The value system of Hellenism is very intricate, but there are two pertinent ideals that I want to focus on in this study – ideals that opposed, deeply affected and helped to transform the face of our faith.

  • Abstract thinking
  • Conquest

Abstract vs. Concrete Thinking

Ever since Creation, the Father had a “way” – a “derek” in Hebrew – that He wanted man to follow. It was firm, steadfast and very real.

Adam, as a created being, had to be taught, so Yah would would walk and talk with him in the garden, teaching him His way (“derek”) and how to fulfill the commands given to him.

Genesis 1:28b
Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

There were no deviations, no “different possibilities,” and there was “no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17b)

The Father established the concrete way of thinking and He expected His man to maintain the same type of thinking and value system.

From that point forward, the instructions He gave to Israel were always very practical and easily understood. For the most part, His instructions had to do with the here and now.

Ezekiel – Abstraction with an Explanation

Vision of the Ethereal
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That’s not to say that there was no symbolism or allegory used in the Word of Yah before the Messiah appeared, but the meanings of these abstractions were normally understood by the person to whom they were given.

The two examples that come to mind pertain to the prophet Ezekiel.

When Ezekiel saw the vision of the wheels, he knew exactly what they were.

Ezekiel 1:15-16
Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Ezekiel 1:28b
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

Ezekiel never said, “I was perplexed because I could not perceive the vision.” or “God? Why does your glory appear to me like a bunch of wheels?”

No, Ezekiel looked at the wheels and said, “That looks like the glory of YHWH!”

Later on, in the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel relays his experience of seeing in a vision a bunch of dead bones. The prophet prophesies to the bones and they raise up as a mighty army.

Immediately, the Spirit tells the prophet, “This is the whole house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37:11a)

It is in these examples (as well as others) that we see that whenever there was an abstraction used in the Tanakh, there was always an accompanying interpretation … always an inherent understanding or immediate revelation.

The only reason that we modern christians come up with so many different interpretations of these Scriptures that are foreign to us is because we are relatively clueless as to what it was like to live in Old Testament times.

We are, however, saturated with Greek thinking.

The Ambiguity of Greek Abstractions

Dictionary.com defines the word “abstract” as “thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances” and “theoretical; not applied or practical.” [1]

You can see this abstract mindset in the words of Pilate.

John 18:37-38a
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Yeshua answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”

Due to the influence of Socrates (470/469 BC to 399 BC), who taught Plato (428/427 or 424/423 BC to 348/347 BC), who taught Aristotle (384 BC to 322 BC), who in turn taught Alexander the Great, Greek culture was saturated with abstract thinking.

Abstract thinking is a level of thinking about things that is removed from the facts of the “here and now”, and from specific examples of the things or concepts being thought about. Abstract thinkers are able to reflect on events and ideas, and on attributes and relationships separate from the objects that have those attributes or share those relationships. Thus, for example, a concrete thinker can think about this particular dog; a more abstract thinker can think about dogs in general. A concrete thinker can think about this dog on this rug; a more abstract thinker can think about spatial relations, like “on”. A concrete thinker can see that this ball is big; a more abstract thinker can think about size in general. A concrete thinker can count three cookies; a more abstract thinker can think about numbers. A concrete thinker can recognize that John likes Betty; a more abstract thinker can reflect on emotions, like affection…this is how great philosophers, like Socrates and Plato, taught their pupils how to think abstractly. [2]

The Romans’ tendency to think abstractly was further complicated by their worship of many gods. They perceived the gods as fickle and relatively unconcerned with humanity, so the average Roman citizen really couldn’t depend on any consistent behavior coming from his/her chosen deity.

So Pilate wasn’t the only one who thought that truth was unattainable.

Because of this inherent uncertainty in all things (and especially the ethereal), Hellenism spawned many “schools of thought.”

  • Pythagoreanism
  • Sophism
  • Cynicism
  • Cyrenaicism
  • Platonism
  • Peripateticism
  • Pyrrhonism
  • Epicureanism
  • Stoicism
  • Eclecticism
  • Hellenistic Judaism
  • Neopythagoreanism
  • Hellenistic Christianity
  • Neoplatonism

All of these philosophies were around before and after the first appearance of the Messiah and they were all rooted in Greek-Hellenistic thought.

And the church fathers were very influenced by – and even adopted – some of the principles that stemmed from Hellenistic religious thought.

Indeed philosophy has been given to the Greeks as their own kind of Covenant, their foundation for the philosophy of Christ.” – Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 6:8

This error placed the concrete doctrines and practices that were handed to us by the Father into the realm of the ambiguousness inherent in Hellenistic philosophy, which forced the abstract upon something that should have been much more concrete.

Were Clement of Alexandria alive today, I would LOVE the opportunity to ask him, “How did that work for ya, bub?”

You can easily see the fruit of the Greek influence on the Christian faith today.

Cat fight
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In 2000 years, Christianity has gone from 1 to 44,000 denominations (give or take).

They can’t agree on most things, and some will even fight you to make a point.

Thankfully, most of the sectarians are more peaceful, but they still resign themselves to a “Well, I guess we’ll never know until we get to the other side, so let’s just try to get along” (unless you’re on Facebook, then we can just thrash each other) point of view.

While the “great” philosophers would nod their heads in approval at this show of Hellenism, the enemy of our souls would laugh and the Father would shed a tear.

Right before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Son prayed:

John 17:17-23
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

This unity that the Messiah prayed for was not a false unity centered around good feelings, verbal assent or some cohesive “vibe.”

This unity that the Messiah prayed for – almost as a “dying wish” – was for His ekklesia to be unified the way He and His Father were unified … saying the same words (John 3:34, 14:24) and doing the Father’s will (John 5:30).

Yeshua was well acquainted with the deceitfulness of abstract, Hellenistic thought … it permeated the very people among whom He walked.

And it has grown even more powerful and influential over the last couple of millennia.

Hellenism is the reason we as christians find it all-too-easy to put our own slants on Scripture. It is the reason so many can look at the same scripture, yet come up with so many different interpretations, making something that used to be concrete into something relative.

The application of Hellenistic understanding in interpreting prophecy is why a christian can endorse a rapture – or pseudo-rapture – theology and remain completely ignorant of the many prophecies regarding the Second Exodus of Israel given in the Tanakh. All they have to do is interpret the New Testament the way they see it, or the way they have been taught.

Change in perspective
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The influence of Hellenistic reasoning enables us to embrace, and give precedence to, the New Testament and virtually ignore what the New Testament people considered “the Word of God.” The sad irony is that you will never find a reference in the New Testament that instructs us to revere the New Testament “Scripture.” I challenge anyone to prove me wrong on this claim. [3]

So who told us to revere the New Testament as “Scripture?” We’ll find that out later in the series.

Lastly, our Hellenistic understanding gives us the ability (or disability) to ignore 4,000 years of God describing His nature … who He is … what He wants in a people … and embrace a few select verses in the New Testament (Greek to English translation) arriving at the conclusion that our unchangeable God has actually changed, and now all these things no longer matter.

… because, you see … “it’s all relative! Just as long as your heart is in the right place!”

With all this uncertainty … all this subjectivity … all this “grey area,” it is no wonder that the world looks at us – people who claim to know “the Truth” – and hears the very words of Pilate:

“What is Truth?”

Conclusion

I hope that this post has given you a lot to consider.

In the next post, we will discuss another Hellenistic ideal – conquest. Please remember what you have read in this post; it will definitely come into play later, as we study how the Spirit of Python and the Church Fathers … blend.

No, I’m serious. Just wait, I will show you how this came about.

Footnotes:

[1] Dictionary.com – Definition of “Abstract” – (Source)
[2] LEARNet – Tutorial: Concrete vs. Abstract Thinking – (Source)
[3] Oh Relax! I heard your collective gasp at this last statement … LOL. I’m not putting down the New Testament, nor am I telling you that you shouldn’t revere it. But I DO believe that there is no way that you can read the New Testament accurately without a solid knowledge of the Old. I also find it no coincidence that the majority of Scriptures that have shaped the Christian faith (all 44,000 denominations) and are the basis for the denominational divide are Greek-translated, New Testament Scriptures.
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22 replies on “IV. Python, Your Worship and the Proliferation of Hellenistic Thought”

  1. History brings out the “truth”. When they know the truth, the truth will set them free…

    Only those who have had the veil removed from their eyes will see the truth of GOD’s word, and how He expects them to worship Him. He said to GOD the FATHER, “not My will but Thy will be done.” It was what the FATHER GOD wanted, the YESHUA wanted b/c they were on the same page in their thoughts and actions.

    He wanted to please the FATHER. We are to please the Son, who is Yeshua (JESUS) to most Christians. There are many who never heard that word or know who that is.

    As for our worldly holidays, I gave them up back in 2011. People will always think that Easter and Christmas has to do with their JESUS. As the signs we read are, “JESUS is the reason for the season”. That (as you said) is because they are programmed to think that way, they have been brainwashed into believing that He was born on Dec. 25th and that He actually died on a Friday and rose on a Sunday morning at sunrise…Pagan roots to both of them.

    People do need the truth whether they are looking for it or not, they probably don’t want it b/c what they now believe and do is so ingrained into their thoughts, and it’s just became a yearly tradition. They do ALL the holidays b/c that’s what they’ve always done.

    And yes (again as you said) it’s very hard to unlearn what you have learned, to give it ALL up completely. But, we’re either doing it our way or His way but we can’t possibly do both at the same time…Pilate didn’t know the “truth” thus why he asked JESUS, “what is truth”.

  2. bro kevin pls u are good in researching pls my Hebrew friend told me that the original Israelite were blacks he gave many Bible reference to me pls educate me on that

    1. Honestly Jeremiah, I don’t know the answer to that. If they were black, then it’s fine with me, skin color means nothing to me. But judging from the fruit of the Black Hebrew Israelites, I would stay away from them … they definitely do not exhibit the fruit of the spirit nor the fruit of righteousness.

    2. I am a South East Asian originally from India, and I am not white. I said that to place my statement in context. We know that the LORD tells us we are made in His Image – Genesis 1:26-27. He is Spirit, which means the real person is Spirit – don’t shout me down yet for making the “S” uppercase.

      Human beings can live in more than a physical dimension. You will understand this in the basic way where someone will say they had a gut feeling about something or a sensing that something would come happen. That is an operation outside the physical being of the human person – science cannot relate it to any part of the brain etc. The physical part of humans also have Spirit in them. There is research done where they found that a strand of DNA can communicate with another strand of the same DNA in a different location.

      Think about yehoshua (Jesus) telling us that we can sin by thought and that nothing physical that goes into the body can harm us. Thought is intangible – not physical.

      Just to make a point – Hebrews tells us we are in the Moshiach because we are His Body. He is the Head. If a Black person, a person like me who is brown and people of other shades of color are ALL His Image and in His Body, should we even have a discussion as to whether the people who had an initial relationship with the LORD in the physical were Black?

      We should watch for the enemy who walks around like a roaring lion seeking to devour anyone who will be his prey. Let us watch our thinking and our speech – Romans 12:2, Proverbs 18:20-21, and let us Obey Father and choose LIFE which is His way of thinking – Deuteronomy 30:19. There are ONLY two choices – The Holy and the unHoly – the Holy clearly has never divided people by their color. Let us do the same and not bother with something that is not of His thinking.

      FYI they say of the 10 lost Tribes – there are those in India (where I originally came from), and various parts of Africa including Nigeria and Ethiopia who are Jews.

    1. When it comes to 2 Peter 3 and his reference to ‘twisting the other Scriptures’ I have always assumed Peter was referring to how so many teachers had twisted the Old Testament Scriptures and were teaching a false message about salvation, which is what Paul was constantly dealing with. Is there some sort of ‘definite article’ in the Greek which links what Peter said about the ‘Scriptures’ back to his reference to Paul’s letters?

  3. Yahwehs’ are a very peculiar and obedient people. A minority on this planet. Such souls don’t fit into this system of things, the false religious systems that have overtaken this planet. His should not sweat it or angst over such a fact , but instead enjoy Immanuels’ companionship , for such an experience is greater than any riches or ‘prizes’ sought by the children of this world. You will perturb such children , you will be a bother to such, and such souls will go to any lengthes , use any techniques,. to make you as themselves. Even shun you. Oh my ,oh my . Embrace courage. Love and Obey Yahweh Boldly. What joy to be had for those that trust and obey. A minority.

  4. I really love this part IV, you have clearly exposed the falsehood of Christianity from its roots. No wonder about the reason for Yeshua (or Jesus) to say:
    Mat_7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

  5. While you seem to have some insight on your false prophet discernment, and you seem to be a healthy thinker, you would be wise to get some serious education as you tread on doctrine, theology, biblical culture/mindset, and biblical authority.

    1. Respectfully, I have no fear of treading on doctrine if it doesn’t line up with the Word from front to back. And, while I WOULD appreciate learning the Greek/Hebrew language, I have no desire to learn anything from a seminary, who (by and large) dictates what is defined as doctrine, theology, biblical culture/mindset, and biblical authority. These ideals that the seminaries teach stem from the doctrines taught by the church fathers … who I have already proven as being completely in error.

      I know that this may be misconstrued as arrogance, but such is not the case. I simply connected the dots and am showing my findings. If you want to check out the beginning of this series, please start at “The Irony of the Church Fathers – Intro”

      1. Looks like you did your research to me! None are so blind as those who will not see. Thanks Kevin! Good job, yet again!

  6. 2 Peter 3:16. The Apostle Peter placed Paul’s letters as the “same level ” as the Old Covenant Scriptures.

    1. The Greek word “graphe” also just means document… the word “scripture” was used at the discretion of the translators. Still, I do cede the fact that the majority of the times the word “graphe” was used, it was in regard to the OT/Tanakh/Scriptures.

  7. My brother Kevin, I absolutely appreciate all the hard work you are doing to study and package this message. I appreciate your efforts because I have a like call to proclaim Torah truth to those totally wrapped up in the Gordian knot of Alexander’s Hellenism.

    It is much work because not only is there the Gordian Knot of Hellenism but then The Way has been Shuffled About by Constantine and Crowd to create the delusional illusion of Christianity all about us to even include many places in Scriptures in English – Latin and even the Greek.

    I know that you stated that there is nowhere in the New Testament that claims it is authoritative Scripture. However, there are many inferences that The Word continued forward as the unrolling of Torah.

    The Messiah referred to our necessity to hear, follow, practice and teach His Words – for they were the Words of His Father. In Acts, the disciples boldly proclaimed The Word of Elohim. Hebrews begins by declaring that in times past YHVH spoke through the prophets but in this end time He has spoken to us through His Son.

    Peter says when they were on the mountain that the Father spoke to them to hear His Son and that He is the more sure Word of prophecy.

    I see the New Testament writings as the unfolding of Torah and how we are to work out our salvation as grafted in Israelites as we gather to assemble as the tabernacle of living stones for Him to dwell in us.

    Unfortunately, there are problems inherent in the Greek and even the Aramaic New Testament writings. I believe that these writings were 1st issued in Hebrew and then copied into other languages. Meanwhile, there was a Jewish nucleus in every gathering who helped the believers understand Torah Besorah in their own languages.

    Tragically Diocletian’s fiercest of persecutions burned most believers Scriptures. Then Constantine Diocletian’s right-hand man and the Eusebius crowd came who took away and added their Romanism to the Scriptures such as taking away YHVH and adding Kurios.
    Kurios is based on Roman authority and not on YHVH’s consent to change.

    A comparison of Textus Receptus with pre-Constantine excavated extant documents bears this out.

    Our mission is to recover that which was lost and to restore. Lots of unappreciated work, but I am confident that the dividends will multiply in this eternal trust fund.

    Keep up the good work as a co-laborer in HaMashaich.

  8. I am concurring with your presentation Kevin. I would further challenge the believing community to be ale to present the Messiah Jeshua from the Tanach and not one reference to one biblical writing after the book of Acts. The apostles and the first believers were able to and turned Jerusalem upside down with their teaching. I became aware that this was a deficiency in the manner in which I presented the gospel and probably contributed to the absence of power to save. The “waters if salvation” are pure but the vessel they are poured from could taint the taste of them, thus discouraging the truth seeker. May we be purified vessels.

    Your research is contributing to the process of “refining” that our heavenly Father is doing in me. Thanks

  9. Thanks for the article, it was very instructive. It reminded me of an example of this ‘hellenistic’ view that I’d come across at a Church biblestudy, which was to do with the New Testament definition of a hypocrite. The presentation was that a hypocrite is like an actor wearing a mask, so it is applicable to anyone who is pretending to be something they are not (this was based on the Greek dictionary definition of hypocrite). Whereas our Messiah actually defined what He considered a hypocrite in Mark 7, a hypocrite is someone who is ‘religious’ but who is not keeping the Torah. To us (my husband and I) this is a very concrete definition of who God calls a hypocrite.

  10. Great, just what the church needs in this dark hour! Another Judaizer. You lost me when you question the veracity of new testament “graphe”. Why can’t you people leave the job of Holy Ghost to the Holy Ghost? He is well able and qualified for this job.

    1. My guess is you don’t even know what a “Judaizer” really is … you probably take it from the Church Fathers, and that (whether you want to believe it or not) is another delusion. If you feel inclined to learn the Truth, read this: https://www.honorofkings.org/corrupted-framework-early-church-fathers/

      The Ruach (not the “Holy Ghost” – another misnomer) – is fully capable of explaining the Truth, you just have to be willing to listen to Him and not your own inner bias.

  11. On the color “thang”….. Another Perspective
    Having studied intensively with a church that believes that they are bloodline physical descendants of the 10 lost Tribes Of Israel and that they alone somehow have a monopoly on the understanding or discernment of the truth, I believe it is just as much as a travesty of justice (How about Truth, Justice and The American Way!) for any group, organizations, church, assembly and other entity to allege, suppose or imply that everything good was/is contingent upon ethnicity, race or bloodline.
    Although many would contend that Israel was at first physical and then spiritual, I would venture to speculate that Israel always has been spiritual.
    A mixed multitude went up from Egypt with the Hebrews (Children of Israel) who were considerably mixed with strangers of varying ethnicities already from Rahab from Jericho, to Ruth from Moab, To Joseph’s children by his Egyptian wife to even Moses’ Ethiopian wife everybody and anybody who chose to obey His precepts, statutes, commandments and Holy Days.
    I can think of many scriptures that support my POV:
    RUTH SAID Ruth 1: 16…..: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: …
    RAHAB SAID Joshua 2:11 ”….for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath…”
    Some of the Egyptians said the same with their feet!!
    Exodus 12:37-38, 49
    37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
    38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

    And Paul Said: Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    YaHWeH Himself Said Ex 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

    Numbers 15:15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord.
    Isaiah 56: 2,6
    2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
    6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
    <<<<<>>
    We are our own exclusive group of peoples… a nation as it were!!
    1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
    In My Not so Humble Opinion, the race issue has no place anywhere that The Spirit is hoped to reside.

  12. Lutheranism employs abstract thinking. A verse Lutherans love to quote is Titus 3.5. ‘….not by works of righteousness which we have done….he saved us…’ Now if we have a works/faith dichotomy in mind then we will conclude that this verse is against salvation by works and for salvation by faith. So salvation is absolutely sola fide and works play no role whatsoever in our salvation. So we are not saved by anything we do . If however we are a concrete rather than an abstract thinker we might conclude that Paul was saying that we (and particularly Paul) was brought into Gods kingdom in spite of the fact that we were evildoers. This is a concrete historical fact and not meant to play into an abstracted dichotomy of works vs faith although if we are an abstract thinker it probably will!

  13. –“Would my upbringing and the intent of my heart nullify the idolatry?”

    “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” (ESV)

    –“What if I participated in Christmas and Easter?”

    “All things are lawful, but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.” (ESV)

    –“The offering of Cain was rejected because he sinned in that he thought that he could offer what he thought was pleasing to Yahweh and not what Yahweh knew was pleasing to Yahweh.”

    “If you offer correctly but do not divide correctly, have you not sinned? Be still; its* recourse is to you, and you will rule over it.” (*his/him; LXX NETS) Yahweh might have been pleased had he “divided correctly.”

    –“This was not the way He commanded them to worship Him.”

    This was not ignorance, but rebellion.

    –“[Nadab and Abihu’s] intentions were probably good…”

    Again, rebellion, not ignorance. “You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering…” “each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.”

    –“Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!”

    Rebellion again.

    Believe it or not, I share your disgust of syncretism. But I find it discouraging that you think abstraction is a Hellenistic influence when Jesus led the way in abstracting principles with his Sermon on the Mount. No longer were murder and adultery merely actions to be avoided, but also attitudes of the heart. YHWH is not fooled by mere outward obedience.

    I suggest you learn what this means, if you think Paul is worth listening to: “But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” (ESV)

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