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Warning from Deuteronomy 13:1-4 – Part 1

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them.’ Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams: for YHVH your God proveth you, to know whether ye love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after YHVH your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” Deuteronomy 13:1-4

A problem I see in Protestant Christianity here in the West is that we are taught to regard the New Testament higher than the Old Testament. We are taught who God is and what he expects of us as his children through the lens of the New Testament and the doctrines of man.

Unfortunately, in doing so we hear that the commandments of God have either changed or been put away in part, despite the fact that Matthew 5:17-18 records Jesus (Yeshua) as saying,

“Think not that I came to destroy/weaken the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy/weaken, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.”

Since the teaching in Western Christianity/Catholicism is that the law of the Old Testament has been put away or does not apply to the believer in Jesus (Yeshua), we do not recognize that the warning of Deuteronomy 13:1-4 applies to the Christian believer. We don’t make the connection that the very prophets warned about, who are saying, ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them.’ are the priests/preachers in Catholicism & Protestant Christianity that promote Sunday Sabbath, Christmas & Easter. Continue reading

What is the Trustworthy Message?

Paul writes to Titus and explains to him about appointing elders in every town. After he lists a variety of character traits, he says (in 1:9),

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

The question that stands out to me is, “What is the trustworthy message Paul is referring to here?”

Verses 10-12 says,

“For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach — and that for the sake of dishonest gain.”

My next question is found in this passage, “What is the teaching that ought not to be taught?” Continue reading

What Does This Mean?

Have you ever been reading in your Bible and something stands out to you, and you ask, “What does this mean?

Maybe you’ve read that passage a gazillion times (okay, maybe not that many, but a lot), and you think you know what it means, but you realize there’s a word or phrase in there that you’ve always kind of just glossed over in the past because you didn’t really know why it was there. I’ve done that. Too many times, I think.

Up until a year or so ago, when I would come across words/phrases/verses I didn’t understand, I’d ask those whom I hung around with — the ones I knew read their Bibles, too. Either they’d say, “I don’t know” or they’d give me their take on what the whole passage was saying. I was usually content with their answer or I’d just shove the question into the back of my mind and move on.

Lest you think I’m not that spiritual, I will point out that many times when I would come across those questions in my personal Bible study, I would ask God for the answer as well…but I didn’t always wait on Him to get an answer.

It was much easier to ask someone who I could physically see and hear, or that’s how I used to think. Now, I realizeI’d rather get the correct answer than just any ol’ answer. So now, I wait on the LORD for the understanding of His truth.

What do I mean when I say, “wait”? Continue reading