Just What Gospel are You Preaching?
Studying the militant and abstract aspects of Hellenism has caused me to rethink our evangelism strategy for sharing our faith.
If you haven’t already, please read the “Unmasking Python” series in order to fully grasp what is being said here. I will list them out here:
- The Real Serpent Seed Doctrine – (Jun 17, 2017)
- Introducing the Oracle at Delphi – (Jun 23, 2017)
- The Method and Message of the Serpent – (Jun 29, 2017)
- Python, Your Worship and the Proliferation of Hellenistic Thought – (July 21, 2017)
- Subversion and the Conquest-Driven Nature of Hellenism – (October 24, 2017)
In this post, I want to share with you some questions that have been rolling around in my head for the last few months. While I am not dogmatic in this opinion, given the evidence, I think it would greatly benefit us to take a closer look at spreading the “gospel.”
Comparing our current methods and mindset of spreading the faith with the Hellenists’ has led me to believe that we are incorporating their system of evangelism rather than what the Father originally set forth in His word.
When we look at the history of the Christian faith, it is not too difficult to see just how violent – even deadly – things can get. The Crusades and the Inquisition are an in-your-face reality of the fruit of the perverted church system based on the Church Fathers’ ideas and philosophy.
Even today, although not as extreme (we don’t exactly say “convert or die”), our methods of spreading the “gospel” still have a conquest-bent drive behind them. All-too-hastily, we grab hold of Yeshua’s famous line … “Go ye into all the world” … and use it as our mantra for reaching the lost, not quite knowing exactly what He meant by these words.
I’ll get into this in more detail in this post.
Meanwhile, let’s take an honest look at our evangelism paradigm.
It’s all about the numbers.
We have thousands of denominations going out into the world spreading their own versions of the gospel. And as much as our evangelists want to profess the contrary, it’s not about developing disciples. There are no personal relationships involved.
The success (or failure) of an evangelistic outreach is determined by the number of people who will walk the aisle, say the “sinner’s prayer” and fill out the conversion cards.
If you have a high yield in numbers, keep your phone on and expect a call from TBN or Charisma magazine.
If there are low numbers . . . well, you just may not be anointed enough. Maybe you should read the latest word from the Elijah List and learn about prophetic evangelism.
In most cases, nobody follows through with these people and it’s debatable whether the local church will actually pick up the responsibility once the evangelistic team leaves the city.
Which leads me to my next question.
Who is picking up the tab?
When an evangelist leaves a location, exactly what church (if any) is “picking up the tab?” Who is being entrusted to care for the lambs of the flock?
Christian idol Billy Graham was once quoted as saying:
Many of the people who reach a decision for Christ at our meetings have joined the Catholic Church and we have received commendations from Catholic publications for the revived interest in their Church following our campaigns. This happened both in Boston and Washington. After all, one of our prime purposes is to help the churches in a community. If after we move on, the local (sic) churches do not feel the efforts of these meetings in increased membership and attendance, then our crusade would have to be considered a failure.”  
You see, even Billy knows it’s about the numbers – and he’s fine with the fact that new believers are discipled by the Mother Church! This flies right in the face of his claim to be “concerned for souls.”
Like it or not, here is what most evangelistic efforts produce:
Evidence of Divided Front
The “Gospel of Jesus Christ” has become many versions of one truth … more accurately, 44,000 versions of the truth.
Jeff Goldblum got it right in Jurassic World when he said “There are no ‘versions’ of the truth.”
Man, if humanity (and especially the church) could only digest that . . .
Evangelists vehemently try to justify their efforts by professing to spread the ONE true gospel, but the world (which often has a better sense of reality than the church does) can see things for what they are.
Assimilation (instead of a call to “Come out of her, my people.”)
Taking on the form of her mother, the Protestant church softens, cheapens and more often than not outright changes the message in order to appeal to the masses.
This is exactly what the Catholic church would do, back in the day. They would go to “the heathen” and allow them to keep their pagan ways, just as long as they would slap a Jesus sticker on it and change the names of their pagan gods to something more Christian.
Her Protestant daughter follows suit in her celebration of the pagan holidays of Christmas and Easter, and even puts on rock concerts under the guise of “praise and worship services.” But these compromises all boil down to a massive effort to try to appeal to the masses.
I know that people may be sincere in these efforts to reach the lost and worship the Father, but just like we proved in an earlier post, it is your ACTIONS that define your worship, not your INTENT or the NAME on your lips.
Militant Protestant Fervor Based Upon Ignorance
The past atrocities speak for themselves. Modern day Christians have been taught to relegate the merciless slaughter of innocents by those who fancied themselves “soldiers for Christ” to the crimes of the Catholic Church. But, as we have discovered in the “Irony of the Church Fathers” series, Christianity and Catholicism were one and the same up until Luther – and even then, they really didn’t separate much.
This truth is so difficult for Protestants to swallow because they have been raised to believe that Martin Luther was such a great man. His name is all over the Protestant church. He even has a denomination named after him! But the truth is, the “revolutionary” act of posting the 95 Theses was pretty much a joke.
In fact, read the 95 Theses.
The truth is Martin Luther actually re-affirms most of the structure that Mother Church put in place when he states:
- (7) God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His representative, the priest. 
- (9) Therefore the Holy Spirit acting in the person of the pope manifests grace to us, because in his [the pope’s] decrees he always excludes the dead and cases of hardship. 
- (25, 26) The power which the pope has, in general, over purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate has, in particular, within his own diocese or parish. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession. 
- (60, 61) Without rashness we say that the keys of the Church are that treasure, given by Christ’s merit; For it is clear that the power of the pope is of itself sufficient for the remission of penalties and of reserved cases, 
- (71) He who speaks against the validity of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed! 
These are all points that can be found in the 95 Theses! Read the document!
As I stated above, and in a past “Azusa Now 2016” article, the “legendary, earth-shattering” document called the 95 Theses was little more than a treatise against indulgences. It may have given the spiritual “middle finger” to the authority of the pope to grant indulgences, but it did absolutely NOTHING to change the faith.
The truth is that Luther wasn’t challenging the Catholic Church on any core doctrines, he was just proclaiming, “We can do this without you looking over our shoulder, Mother. Thank you very much!”
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “well, the Catholics worship Mary and we worship Jesus.” The Truth is, the Catholic Church could care less what name is on your lips, just as long as you keep their sabbath and their feast days.
During the Council of Trent, held in northeast Italy (1545 to 1563), the Archbishop of Reggio squashed the “Scripture only” arguments of Martin Luther and the Protestant “reformers” when he correctly stated:
The Protestants claim to stand upon the written word only; they profess to hold the Scriptures alone as the standard of faith. They justify their revolt by the plea that the Church has apostatized from the written word and follows tradition. Now, the Protestants’ claim that they stand upon the written word alone is not true. Their profession of holding the Scriptures alone as the standard of faith is false. Proof . . . The written word explicitly enjoins the observance of the seventh day as the Sabbath. They do not observe the seventh day, but reject it. If they truly hold the Scriptures alone as the standard, they would be observing the seventh day as it is enjoined in the Scripture throughout. Yet they not only reject the observance of the Sabbath as enjoined in the written word, but they have adopted, and do practice, the observance of Sunday, for which they have only the tradition of the (Catholic) Church. Consequently, the claim of Scripture alone as the standard fails and the doctrine of ‘Scripture and tradition as essential’ is fully established, the Protestants themselves being Judges.”
You see, the Mother church knows very well that it is NOT the name on your lips nor your intent that determines your worship, but your ACTIONS. It’s really sad that the Protestant church can’t fathom this.
“. . .Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Because they are one and the same, Catholics (Mother) and Protestants (Daughter) alike have retained the conquest-oriented drive to take over the world within the Christian faith.
Cindy Jacobs perpetuates this ignorance.
Even recently, exhibiting the same lust for influence and power as the Mother church, false prophetess Cindy Jacobs and her husband released “Reformation Manifesto 2017” in honor of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church at Wittenberg.
In this manifesto, Cindy connects Luther’s 95 Theses with the purpose and goals of the 21st century church which – not so coincidentally – lines up perfectly with the New Apostolic Reformation’s (NAR) “Seven Mountains Mandate.”
This militant dynamic is not just exclusive to the prophetic movement, but virtually all christian sects and denominations have this well-intentioned but misguided goal. As I’ve stated before, the drive for conquest may not be as violent as it was before, but our words and mindsets quickly condemn the infidels who have spurned our altar calls and rejected our salvation cards.
Does anyone remember the song “Onward christian soldiers . . . marching as to war . . .”?
Yeah, me too. After thinking about this old song within the context of history, it doesn’t necessarily set as well for me as it used to, which brings me to my next point.
Perpetuation of a Skewed Gospel
The gospel pushed in our evangelistic efforts is essentially “Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, crucified and resurrected.” As dangerously close to heresy as this sounds, the gospel wasn’t “birthed” when Yeshua did all those things – just like the “church” wasn’t birthed in Acts 2.
We all know that Yeshua and His disciples preached the gospel and not once is it recorded that Yeshua preached, “Hey I’m going to die and rise again. Ask me in your heart and you can go to heaven!”
I challenge anyone to find an instance in the Word where Yeshua or His disciples preached this message.
The Real Gospel is clearly laid out starting in Isaiah 40 and covers quite a few chapters. In essence, the gospel is “Israel behold your God,” followed by “Repent.” The only time Yeshua spoke of His crucifixion and resurrection was privately to His disciples.
What Gospel did Jesus and His disciples preach? … “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
This is recorded several times in the four gospels and yet “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” and “Israel behold your God” are strangely missing from our pleas to the lost to “accept Jesus into their hearts.”
As a result, new “converts” have no idea what it means to be a “disciple,” and we were ordered to make “disciples” not “converts.”
Very Little Change
While churches may do “many wonderful works” (feeding the poor and clothing the needy), outside of the humanitarian sphere, there is very little (if any) lasting fruit, when it comes to making disciples who will follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Like the Hellenists mentioned earlier, most people want the “perks” of “being saved” without actually changing their ways to His ways.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
Evangelists don’t have a clue what “His ways” actually are, and if they did, it is doubtful they would want to say anything because it would clash with their cemetery training and it would certainly not make it easy on the conversion rate.
My Experience with Todd Bentley in Uganda
When I went to Uganda with Todd Bentley, I “ministered” to a woman who was all-too-eager to accept Jesus into her heart. After congratulating myself on actually “winning someone to Jesus,” she invited me and my partner into her house. No sooner had I entered the door than I saw these ancestor-worship fetishes hanging up in her hut. I told her that now that she had Jesus, she no longer need to have these demonic things hanging in her hut.
Well, you would have thought that I slapped her grandma. Soon after I said that, it was not a very comfortable situation and I and my partner had to leave her hut right away. I was disgusted, because I thought that I had offered her a great treasure on a silver platter and she still wanted to hold on to her ancestor worship.
But I was soon to realize that the idolatrous African native was no different than the “civilized,” church-going westerner. Both only want YHWH to be ONE of their gods instead of Master of all.
What Jesus/Yeshua is being preached?
Considering all these points leads me to ask the question: What “Jesus/Yeshua” is being preached? To whom are the “potential disciples” being introduced?
We’ve already determined on this blog (ad nauseum) that the savior preached by the mainstream church is a mockery of the real deal. Are they being introduced to the commandment-keeping Jew or are they being introduced to a figure who looks dangerously close to “the man of perdition”?
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Remember that Paul believed that we are now the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
For More information on “the man of sin,” check out:
Perhaps we are doing it all wrong?
Mulling over the above points in combination with learning about the militant and abstract nature of Hellenism has caused me to rethink the WHOLE evangelism strategy used by the church. The results are questionable at best, and the majority of the Word (as well as the Hebrew/Scriptural mindset) seems to contradict it.
So let’s consider the unthinkable: perhaps we are doing it all wrong. Perhaps we are (again) employing the exact opposite of what we have been told do.
Evangelism – The Father’s Plan
You see, the Father had an original plan for spreading the faith and He showed it to Israel clear back in Deuteronomy.
Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
The original purpose of the nation of Israel was to be a “kingdom of priests,” YHWH’s representatives to the world.
“‘Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
We see from Deuteronomy 4:5-8 that they were to be a witness to the world by being an example, showing them how to walk in covenant with the Most High by their obedience to His teaching and instruction (Torah).
I hold the firm belief that the Father knew the best way to do this. What was His plan for spreading the faith?
Instead of sending a bunch of flawed people out into the world to preach to the lost a mixed message, the Father would have an obedient people being separated from the world.
As a result of their obedience, the Father would draw near to His people in the sight of the other nations. The lost would see a nation of priests with their vertical relationships intact and be attracted to it, saying “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
This dynamic, at least in a limited sense, was seen historically during the times of the Tanakh. We see in Ruth:
Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
Do you notice the desperation being spoken of by Ruth? Even amidst the desolation of Naomi, Ruth was attracted to the Elohim of Israel.
This desire will be reflected in the hearts of the nations when the Kingdom is established.
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The “Good News” is not for Gentiles.
Building on a point I made above about us not really knowing the gospel – Yeshua didn’t come to the world to spark a mass evangelism effort. Yeshua said:
I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
He said nothing about coming for Gentiles. In fact, when He sent the disciples out, He said:
These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”
Did you notice that Yeshua didn’t say, “Preach that I’m going to be crucified, die and rise again?”
That fact alone really annoys the dispensationalists – but let’s take it a little further. The New Covenant that many “christian gentiles” are so passionate about is not for them, but for ONLY the houses of Israel and Judah.
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
I do not see any mention of Gentiles whatsoever, do you?
Now, that doesn’t mean that gentiles are lost. Like the “mixed multitude” in Exodus 12:38 who came up out of Egypt and became part of Israel, so too must we (as non-bloodline descendants of Abraham) become part of Israel.
How do we do that? Yeshua was pretty clear when He said:
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?“
The gateway into covenant has always been the same for both “Jew” and “Gentile” – obedience to the commandments of the kingdom.
You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God.
Paul writes about it here. Notice how he says that we are partakers in the “covenants” (plural) of promise?
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh – who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands – that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
The “commonwealth of Israel” and “covenants of promise” are nowhere to be found in our “Jesus Christ, crucified, resurrected” salvation formula.
So, again, I ask . . . “What Jesus/Yeshua are people being introduced to?”
Go into all the world and preach . . . what?
So, how do all the points I’ve made reconcile with Yeshua instructing His disciples to “go into all the world?” Did the same Messiah who said “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” change His mind, defy the orders of His Father and decide the New Covenant was for just anyone?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
What does that really mean? Did Yeshua change the message of the gospel already put in place in Isaiah? Even so, did you notice how it still doesn’t say, “Preach that I was born of a virgin, crucified, died and rose again?”
I realize that I’m harping on that point a lot in this post, and I’m not saying that we shouldn’t talk about Yeshua and everything that He has done. What I’m trying to show is just how far off track the message of the gospel has wandered.
And if we are militantly preaching a false gospel, what does that make us? What will the consequences be?
Behold, on the mountains
The feet of him who brings good tidings,
Who proclaims peace!
O Judah, keep your appointed feasts,
Perform your vows.
For the wicked one shall no more pass through you;
He is utterly cut off.
Such a far cry from what we are hearing today.
“Ethnos” does not mean “non-Jew.”
When we look at Matthew 28:18-20, we see the disciples being instructed to go and make disciples of all nations. The Greek word for “nations” is “ethnos” or Gentiles. We look at this word and immediately think “non-Jew,” and that’s not entirely incorrect. But in thinking this way, we miss the point of what is being said.
The more accurate definition of “Gentile” is one who is “out of covenant” with God.
If we know that the message given through the prophet Jeremiah is true (and it is), then the New Covenant is only applicable to “the House of Judah” and “the House of Israel.” The House of Israel was made up of actual descendants of Abraham (wrongly assumed to be “Jews”) who were out of covenant with God since the split between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. They were “the lost sheep of Israel.”
Israel is like scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away.
First the king of Assyria devoured him; now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.
I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob,
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together like sheep of the fold,
Like a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They shall make a loud noise because of so many people.
But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
If Yeshua were to say that the New Covenant was now applicable to just anyone, then He would have been defying His Father’s words and would not have been sinless. He would have been a rebellious son worthy of stoning.
As we read in the book of Acts, the disciples eventually took the good news out to the world, but they didn’t stand on the street corner and preach to passers by. No, they went into the synagogues and preached to the Jews (House of Judah) and the Gentiles (House of Israel).
Both the message and the method are different than what we have today, and this troubles me greatly.
The Church Fathers were heavily influenced by Hellenism/Python.
In the last few posts, we studied the types of influence that Hellenism had on the content, preservation and dissemination of our faith.
After reading this series, I hope that you can see the obvious connection between Hellenism and the Python spirit in the form of sun worship, as well as the abstract and militant value systems that seem to make up a large part of what they stand for.
The Church Fathers were heavily influenced by Hellenism and the Python spirit. It permeated every aspect of the culture of their day and most of them were completely unaware. Nonetheless, their adoption of the methods and reasoning of Hellenism/Python would set the dynamics in motion that would permanently twist things in the faith.
In the next post, I plan on showing you just how the Python spirit infiltrated the faith via the Church Fathers.
-  Billy Graham, Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph in 1952, quoted by David W. Cloud, Flirting with Rome: Evangelical Entanglement with Roman Catholicism, Way of Life Literature, 1992; See also Wilson Ewin, Evangelism: The Trojan Horse of the 1990’s, Bible Baptist Church, p. 3
-  No, I’m not cherry-picking this quote. Billy Graham has DEEP ties with the Catholic church and have had for quite some time. Check out: “Wolves in Costume: Billy Graham” for a great collection of quotes illustrating Billy’s adoration and unity with the Mother.
-  The 95 Theses of Martin Luther (1517)