Yirmeyahu, the Prophet of Yahweh, chapter 16 and America
“About the time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the [Biblical] Prophecies and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition,” Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727).
“God gave the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event; and his own providence, not the interpreters be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before, will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by providence,” Sir Isaac Newton [1642-1727].
Yirmeyahu, [Jeremiah], the Prophet of Yahweh God, spoke to Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel at the preordained time of their destruction as a nation and their 70-year captivity at the hands of the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE, who were the sons of Edom and the forefathers of Islam. The Northern kingdom of Israel had already been judged and scattered worldwide earlier in 720 BCE by the Assyrians, the forefathers of Ashur, the coming Islamic Antichrist. This entire sad tale of apostasy by YHWH’s chosen people was real, but was also a type, rehearsal and shadow of today’s American civilization, which is being judged as of now. The words that YHWH God spoke through Yirmeyahu to Judah, the southern kingdom, at the time of their greatest sin are eerily similar to those that he would speak to the American denominational Churches today. The warnings have been presented to the Churches from many quarters of late, but they refuse to listen and act upon these warnings, preferring to remain in denial while listening to the restored soothsayers and prosperity pundits in the pul-pits of the emergent prosperity churches.
Yirmeyahu [Jeremiah] 16 says:
The word of YAHWEH came also to me, saying, you shall not take a wife; neither shall you have sons, or daughters in this place. For this says YAHWEH concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place [Judah], and concerning their mothers that bore them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their corpses shall be food for the fowls of the shamayim, and for the beasts of the earth. For this says YAHWEH, Enter not into the bayit of mourning, neither go to lament for them: for I have taken away My shalom from this people, says YAHWEH, even loving-kindness and rachamim. Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them: Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their abba, or for their eema. You shall not also go into the bayit of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. For this says YAHWEH tzevaoth, the Elohim of Yisrael,” See, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of gilah, and the voice of simcha, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. And it shall come to pass, when you shall show this people all these words, and they shall say to you, why has YAHWEH pronounced all this great evil against us? Or, what is our iniquity? Or, what is our sin that we have committed against YAHWEH our Elohim? Then shall you say to them, because your fathers have forsaken Me, says YAHWEH, and have had their halacha after other elohim, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My Torah; And you have done worse than your fathers; for, see, you have your Halacha [ways] each one after the imagination of his evil lev, that they may not listen to Me: Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that you know not, neither you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other elohim day and night; where I will not show you favor.
Therefore, see, the days come, says YAHWEH, that it shall no more be said, YAHWEH lives, that brought up the children of Yisrael out of the land of
Mitzrayim; But, YAHWEH lives, that brought up the children of Yisrael from the land of the north, and from all the lands where He had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers. See, I will send for many fishers, says YAHWEH, and they shall fish them; and after that will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For My eyes are upon all their Halacha: they are not hidden from My face, neither is their iniquity hidden from My eyes.
18 And first I will repay their iniquity and their sin double, because they have defiled My land; they have filled My inheritance with the corpses of their detestable and abominable things.”
O YAHWEH, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the Yom [Day] of Tribulation, the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely our fathers have inherited only lies, only vanity, and things in which there is no profit.”
Shall a man make elohim to himself that are not elohim? Therefore, see, I will this time cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My Might, and they shall know that My Name is YAHWEH.
We know that Bible prophecy always has at least two or more applications; one in the immediate timeframe, possibly one in the medium future tense and a final sure application in the Acharit Hayamim, the end of days.
Since Yirmeyahu was a prophet of YHWH and a watchman on the wall, he would also have had the office of Bar-Naba, an exhorter. This little understood title, was also given to Yoseph of Cyprus, Sha’ul’s [Paul’s] companion in the book of Acts.
Acts 4 says: And Yoseph, who by the shlichim was surnamed Bar-Navah, which is, being interpreted, The son of a prophet, a Levi, and of the country of Cyprus, Had a field, and sold it, and brought the money, and placed it at the disposal of the shlichim, the set-apart emissaries.
Modern Bibles add a Greek letter, “s” [sigma, meaning the male gender] to the God-given title of Bar-Naba and make it into the false name Barnabas, thereby ignoring his true name of Yoseph of Cyprus, to their shame and condemnation by God for changing scripture and the true titles of Bible people to suit their own biased worldview.
An exhorter, according to Christianity, only “encourages” the flock. This is not true, but is one of the bunny trails that are sold by Biblical hucksters, Pastors and Theory-logians. An exhorter’s message [Bar-Naba] is balanced and is in complete submission to YHWH God’s corrective exhortations to the saints. Yoseph of Cypress, Paul’s companion in part of the Book of Acts, was both a friend in need, but also a friend indeed. He traveled with Paul as they reached out to the “gentiles”, who included the dispersed and the lost tribes of the scattered Northern Kingdom, Israel, with the Gospel of salvation through the shed, atoning blood of Yeshua.
The similarity between Yirmeyahu 16 and the present predicament in America today is uncanny in its accuracy. Each word seems to drip with the present tense, and this is properly so indicated with any serious Bible student and those mature believers who examine current events in the light of Bible prophesy.
The passage begins with YHWH ordering his true servant to separate himself alone and apart from the immediacy of God’s judgment. YHWH explains the reason for this judgment that begins with the chosen ones of YHWH and then proceeds to the process and consequences of the judgment that is beginning, even as YHWH speaks. There is no waiting! Even as the prophet speaks YHWH’s judging move and warns the people, they do not listen, but go on with the pabulum spooned out by their preferred leaders. So it is today in our Churches. The warnings in the entire book of Jeremiah repeat the theme of chapter 16 from every possible angle imaginable. Judah, in seeming maximum ignorance asks the really stupid question, “What have we done?” I find that ignorance amazing as these people were supposed to KNOW from their childhood, the Torah instructions from YHWH God as to how to live their lives in freedom, peace and loving-kindness.
I used to send funny, unsigned notes to friends in order to get a laugh out of them and it always worked. The wording went, “Deer poopsie, what have I done? Signed, anxious.” That would have been the level of Judah’s question intellectually, as I see it. Right in the middle of all these Holy admonitions, we come across verses 14 and 15! YHWH inserts a legal codicil that promises the full recovery and restoration of all the so called “lost” tribes of the former northern split away kingdom of Israel back into a full covenant relationship with their brother Judah at the end of days. This restorative promise is repeated many times in scripture so that we “will get it”. YHWH tosses no true Israelite onto the garbage heap, and this is a reminder of that eternal fact. Some call this “Exodus II” and some call it “Aliyah”. The arbiter and initiator of this promise to the prodigal sons of Israel is none other than YESHUA! The same Yeshua/Jesus who said in Matthew 5; 17, “Don’t you people even THINK that I came to do away with my Father’s TORAH!” So much for Christian Churches spitting on and denying the Almighty’s Torah instructions for life! They say, “Well, that is not for us! We are under grace.” Fools! Grace is the basic principal of Torah and began in Genesis 1:1!
Jeremiah 16: Verse 19 again: O YAHWEH, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the Yom [Day] of Tribulation, the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited only lies, only vanity, and things in which there is no profit.
Now, to the sorry crux of the Churches position with the Almighty ruler of eternity today. Inherited lies of the last 2,000 years that were thrust into the Catholic and Protestant Churches theology and Doctrines by the father of lies, Satan, are the immediate problem facing believers today. Judaism denies Yeshua as Messiah and Christianity denies the Torah of the Almighty God of Israel. Both groups are equally guilty of Sin and Apostasy against YHWH God! Cries of “WAKE UP” scream at both of these warring camps from the beginning, but, as YHWH says, “They will not listen”.
Where are the Prophets today? Why is the Church silent and spiritually sickened? Why does no one speak out on YHWH God’s side?
We may get a lot of comfort as well as warning and instruction from the Tanakh (Old Testament) prophets and especially Jeremiah. It seems, as we read their laments about the evil of their days that they must have been reading our current newspapers and watching our Internet and Television programs.
Although the people of old were sinful and disobedient at times to YHVH and His Commandments, there was far less depravity then than we are forced to witness today.
Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Jonah, Elijah and even Lot were all vexed by the evil they observed in their society and they cried to the Lord YHWH for His judgment.
Sad to say, our present generation has been desensitized to those behaviors YHWH calls shameful. One cannot watch even TV news, look through a magazine or newspaper, or relax with a movie without being insulted with nude images, lewd conduct or foul language. Many people see nothing disgraceful about seeing and hearing these things, viewing nudity, etc. as did the “Cows of Bashan”. Scripture does not agree with this viewpoint.
The world and much of the churches behave as though the warnings and admonitions against idolatry and all other wicked behavior will not be judged, but YHWH’s name clearly tells us that though He is long-suffering, He will not hold back His judgment forever.
YHWH declares in His Word that He has written His Torah laws in our hearts. Even unbelievers know what sin is, but choose to ignore it and act in accordance with the urges of the sinful nature without benefit of the quickened spirit of the born again believer. For the children of YHWH there is no excuse for the sin of lawlessness, rebellion or surrender to the carnal nature. We know what Father expects of us because He has told us in His Word and sent the Holy Spirit to help us. We know very well that it is not likely that we will live holy lives if we immerse ourselves constantly in worldly concerns, accepting the values of the satanically controlled world system.
The world believes that “one religion” is as valid as another. Why? It is because the world really believes in NO “God” at all. The Word of YHWH tells us to come out from among them and be separate. Of course, we are not to hide away in a cloistered environment. Instead, we are to go into the world and make disciples. Associating only with other believers will not accomplish our mandate. But, if we behave exactly like the world in the mistaken belief that we will be able to reach them more easily, we make a fatal error. Even as the world’s people ridicule us for our differences, inwardly there is a grudging acceptance of the fact that we have something they are lacking. They know inside that the way they live, the way they spend their time and resources does not satisfy or benefit them. When they scoff and mock our belief in the Almighty, it is really a cry for some proof that we have something worth seeking. Whether admitted or not, everyone desires hope and peace. In spite of denial, all unbelievers fear death and the unknown. If we can demonstrate that there is peace and joy in the holy life; not deprivation, that Holy pursuits far outweigh any perceived benefits of unlawful and unholy pursuits or entertainments, then our way of life will be attractive. These same scoffers often seek out the person they believe can pray and touch YHWH when they come into their own personal crises. But this will only happen if we walk the walk we tell others about. Yeshua said “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me.”
Becoming Messiah-like is the means of being used as an instrument of harvest for the Kingdom of YHWH.
Where are the prophets of our day who would speak boldly against all this evil?
YHWH’s own people in the Church are strangely silent and growing more tolerant of these disgusting and shameful sins. In fact, believers are often difficult to identify due to their participation in the same life styles as the pagans in the midst, in direct disobedience and disregard of the instruction in the Scriptures. Divorce exists in a higher percentage in the Church than in the general population. Why? “Come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord YHWH.” He also says, “Be holy for I am holy”.
As I scan the horizon, I see the disturbing condition of America, a condition that glimmers like a beacon, which cannot be ignored. I see a land that, at this very moment is being shaken to its very core.
But at the same time, its people, including most Christians, are apathetic, spiritually complacent, and indifferent.
The shaking is beginning to awaken some individuals, but that group is very, very, small. Most of the American public is blind and has no idea that the good ole’ USA is infected with a terminal illness, an illness that she claimed by her own choosing.
What is America’s illness? It is the cancer of lost morality. It is her sin of carnal excess and self-indulgence. It is a spiritual venereal disease of harlotry and idolatry!
America and the Church has made it known to the entire world, that she is proud of her deviant rejection of YHWH God’s eternal Torah laws and statutes. The report of her waywardness and fornication is evident in the appearance of her Christian citizens. It can be observed in how they dress. And in how they accessorize. Harlotry and street gang style fashion seems to be an accepted staple in “purpose driven” Christianity. The Almighty calls the exposure of the thigh and the breasts an abomination. We see this in churches all the time, even among the pastorate. Youth Pastors dress in gang clothes and employ loud rock band music with its satanic beat and demonic subliminals, so they may “reach the young” people. What a pathetic excuse for heathen worship rituals! I believe that the pure Gospel did well at reaching young people for salvation for the last two millennia!
It can be testified, that in many churches, modest apparel seems to be an expired and outdated virtue. And according to my observations, it would also seem that Britney Spears is now a Christian and attends church. Why? Because she shows up in one form or another in churches across America: at the expense of hapless young men trying to worship God, standing in the row behind her.
Are the pastors saying anything about this? No! Why not? Because they are too busy also addressing – “cool!”
And what a tragedy it is, when young righteous trending men say that they had to quit going to church because the women at their church dressed like hookers and tempted them!
There is a deafening silence from the pulpits about modesty. In addition to the zipped lips about liberal fashion, loose morality seems to also be an orphaned subject. And sadly, this silence is successfully contributing to today’s present moral climate. America’s young people and her adults have an insatiable appetite to satisfy their flesh. Fornication is “cool”.
This hunger is testified in her movies and Television. It is displayed in her entertainment and in her digital images. It can also be found in the carnal self-portraits stored on millions of cell phones!
America once known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, is now the land of “their own desires” and home to “their own will.”
America, you once taught your children the Ten Commandments. But now, you teach your young ones that chastity and moral restraint are displeasing to the New American Deity, the god of self.
America, you have thrown away your compass that pointed you to the laws of YHWH God and now your land is sick. And as a result, your visitation from the God of Heaven has arrived. America, your economic health deteriorates! And now, you are gasping for breath!
America has a cancer! She is dying! But still, the indulgent and self-confident ones think otherwise. They believe that sorrow will never visit their shores.
Part of the reason for America’s blindness is that many of them have listened to the lies from the ministry of propaganda, the controlled media. The hypnotic voice that says, “Hey everybody, drink our Kool-Aid! All is well! The economy has recovered!”
Another disturbing part of this apathetic trend is the participation of many pastors, who are presenting sermons that address the search for; “Your Best Life Now!”
It is amazing that the majority of American and Western pastors are out of touch with the spiritual and biblical reality of the present scenario. What scenario is that? It is the new chapter of judgment that is now arriving on the shores of the “Home” land.
And because so many pastors have saturated their sermon schedules and church bulletins with the lopsided, “grace” message, the “holy” and “righteous” part of Almighty God has NOT been taught to the people.
The bullhorn of reality is screaming! But the pastors are silent!
The present economy of America has melted like an old candle,
… but the pastors are silent and are ignoring it!
And even though millions of people that attend church are unemployed,
… the pastors are silent and are ignoring it!
And even though more American homes have been foreclosed on in this storm than during the first Great Depression,
… the pastors are silent and are ignoring it!
And even though more American homes are broken with former wives living alone in this storm than during the first Great Depression,
… the pastors are silent and are ignoring it!
And even though city governments are laying off; policeman, firefighters, and are also closing city libraries because of the lack of funds, which is a huge indicator to a financial crisis,
… The pastors are silent and are ignoring it!
And even though the voices from appointed messengers and Bar-Nabas are crying out, “Repent! Judgment has arrived!” Many pastors are ignoring their cries! Instead, these many pastors are ignoring the signs and warnings and are telling their people that their new Universalist God does not judge!
I agree with Charles Grandison Finney, the great Evangelist: [1792-1875]
Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.
If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree.
If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the Church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.
Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation. And now the land is shaking!
The shaking is shouting with a loud voice, “People, return to the Lord your God! Return to the one who made you! Return to the only One who can sustain you and save you, Yahweh Elohim, the Almighty!”
But sadly, most people are blind and stubborn. Their worldly conscience has seared their ability to see the tidal wave that is now approaching… with a fury! Most people are also spiritually deaf. They cannot hear the mighty roaring of YHWH God’s judgment tsunami!
1 Peter 4:17 says: that “judgment will begin in the house of YHWH God, first!” And if it first begins with us, what happens to them that do not obey the gospel?
The judgment of YHWH God is very real! And let me also say this, “We really do not have a choice! The land will shake whether we like it or not; or whether we believe it or not!”
This thing is happening very fast, my friends!
I am amazed at how quickly “world events” are occurring. I am also sobered at the thought that the present judgment is leading every one of us to an unpleasant destination. The best way to illustrate it is to say this, “We are all on a train that is traveling very quickly! This train has no brakes and just ahead of us, along the train tracks, the bridge is out! It is gone! Entropy happens!
The typical American history cycle has expired. The Rubicon is behind us.
Now more than ever, during this season of chastisement, we need to be hearing from the throne room. Not from the mind of man or the lies of the enemy.
ARE WE TOO “NEGATIVE”?
This article, written by Dave Hunt in 1991 and republished in 2012 is as current today as when it was first written. Rav James Talbott
“Critics have long leveled the charge of “divisive” and “negative” against those who would warn the church of unbiblical teachings and practices. I prayerfully consider such accusations, for my heart echoes the same concern. I long just to preach the gospel and to put behind me the controversy that has become such an unwelcome part of my life. Yet in preaching the pure gospel one must carefully distinguish it from the clever counterfeits all around.
How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth. Yet the odds are staggering. Norman Vincent Peale’s magazines, for example, have 16 million readers monthly, many times our small circulation! The flesh faints with weariness and frustration. Then why persist in a task so lonely and burdensome? Yes, why this burning passion?
There are, thank God, the many letters of encouragement from those who offer their love, support, and prayers. There are, too, the earnest “thank you’s” from the thousands who have been set free from the delusion and bondage of false gospels-from Catholicism and “Christian psychology” to positive/possibility thinking and positive confession. Yet even without any such encouragement we would be compelled to carry on and would urge you to do the same.
Jeremiah was hated, maligned, imprisoned, and threatened with death because he preached repentance and warned of God’s impending judgment when the “positive prophets” promised peace and prosperity “by the word of the Lord.” Popular opinion opposed him. He became so discouraged that he declared that he would no longer speak for God nor even mention His name. But God’s Word was in his heart and burned like a fire in his bones, so that he had to speak (Jer 20). Yes, above all, it is God’s Word burning within that compels us.
Distressed by accusations of “negativism,” I cry out to God and turn to His unfailing Word. And what do I find there? The very message I am constrained to preach! Christ himself was far more “negative” than I have dared to be. He continually warned of judgment and hell, exposed sin, demanded repentance, rebuked the religious leaders and indicted them as hypocrites, whited sepulchers, blind leaders of the blind, fools. Without doubt, He would be banned from most Christian pulpits and media today!
The Sermon on the Mount is not intended to enhance one’s “self-esteem.” It encourages one to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek and merciful, and promises that those who are true to God and His Word will be hated, persecuted, and vilified (Mt 5). But didn’t Jesus say, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Mt 7:1)? Isn’t it unbiblical, then, to accuse a Christian leader of any wrong? On the contrary, Christ could only have meant that we were not to judge motives, for He clearly told us to judge teaching and lives: “Beware of false prophets [i.e., teachers]… by their fruits [lives] ye shall know them” (vv. 15-20). Surely He is calling us to judge false doctrine and deeds!
When Paul exhorted Timothy to “preach the word,” he explained that to do so one must “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Tm:4:2). Paul warned of “vain talkers and deceivers…whose mouths must be stopped [from teaching false doctrine].” He urged Titus to “rebuke them sharply” (Ti: 1:10-13). He told Timothy, “Them that sin rebuke before all [i.e., publicly], that others also may fear” (1 Tm: 5:20). Clearly such reproof requires a judging that does not violate Christ’s prohibition but which, in fact, He commanded and the apostles practiced-a judging which Satan hates because it unmasks his lies.
The International Genocide Treaty signed by President Reagan in November 1988, makes it a crime to try to convert anyone of another religion or to suggest that his or her beliefs are wrong. It will soon be a serious crime to call homosexuality a sin. The day is coming when, to protect “minority rights,” we will be prohibited by law from preaching the gospel except in the most “positive” manner. Sadly, much of the evangelical church has already conformed.
It is not enough simply to “preach the truth” when there are lies that counterfeit it so closely that many can’t tell the difference. It is both logically and scripturally essential to expose and refute today’s pernicious false gospels. Yet to do so is to be opposed by church leaders and barred from most platforms. I am banned even from such evangelical networks as Moody Radio lest I expose the humanism they promote in the name of “Christian psychology.” Why not allow an open discussion of vital issues before the whole church? Are church leaders concerned for truth-or with protecting their own interests?
“Christian psychology” may seem to help for a time, but it undermines our real victory in Christ by redefining sin as “mental illness.” This heresy inspired a host of new terms such as obsessive-compulsive behavior, dysfunctional families, addiction-and more recently the increasingly popular co-dependency myths and Twelve Step recovery programs spawned by Alcoholics Anonymous. In 12 Steps to Destruction, the Bobgans point out that Bill Wilson, founder of AA, based his system upon what was a revolutionary new theory: that drunkenness was not a “moral defect” but an excusable “illness.” Wilson was relieved to learn that he was an “alcoholic”-a new term at the time.
Enlarging upon this lie, “Christian psychologists” have redefined as mental illness all manner of behavior that Jesus, the Great Physician, diagnosed as sin. John MacArthur tells of hearing a woman call into a “Christian psychology” radio program to confess that she couldn’t keep from having sex with anybody and everybody. She was told that her problem arose from an overbearing mother and milquetoast father and that it was an “addiction” that could take years of therapy to cure. So much for Christ’s “Go, and sin no more” (John: 8:11) “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Disobeying God is no longer sin if one has a compulsion or addiction or has had a traumatic childhood.
In his book, Our Sufficiency in Christ, MacArthur writes, “The depth to which sanctified psychotherapy can sink is really quite profound. A local newspaper recently featured an article about a 34-bed clinic that has opened in Southern California to treat ‘Christian sex addicts.’ According to the article the clinic is affiliated with a large well-known Protestant church in the area.” Several leading “Christian psychologists” interviewed for the article “scoffed at the power of God’s Word to transform a heart and break the bondage of sexual sin.” The director explained that his treatment center would serve to rescue many Christians who had been taught, “the Bible is all you need.” Yet that is what the Bible itself claims and the entire church believed for 1,800 years until the advent of Christian psychology.
In The Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine, Dr. Robert Maddox warns that “all manner of sin…from gluttony to fornication, from stealing to bestiality…is [being] labeled as disease, to be cured with chemical, electrical and mechanical treatments.” The Bobgans also quote from University of California professor Herbert Fingarette’s book, Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease: “I just don’t understand why any churches would go for the disease idea…[it] denies the spiritual dimension of the whole thing.” They also quote Stanton Peele from his book, Diseasing of America: Addiction Treatment Out of Control:“…disease definitions undermine the individual’s obligations to control behavior and to answer for misconduct…[and] actually increase the incidence of the behaviors of concern.”
How astonishing that as the secular world is abandoning the sinking ship of psychotherapy, Christians are jumping aboard, imagining that this doomed vessel will not only stay afloat but also add needed buoyancy to the ark God has provided!
It makes me weep to watch the growing deception, to cry out against it, and to be heeded by so few and opposed by so many. Why is that essential correction, which Scripture so clearly demands, left to a few of us nobodies and shunned by church leaders who would be heeded by millions? Write to the most influential evangelical leaders and ask how they can “preach the Word” without involving themselves in the reproof and rebuke of rampant error that Paul said must be at the very heart of biblical preaching!
Today I received a memo from a researcher who, along with her husband, is among the nobodies crying out against heresy in the church. Her concern was The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, a Catholic, published by Multnomah Press. In part she said, “Manning teaches…that [a Christian] may continue to live a life of debauchery…describes himself as a [heavy] smoker and someone who became an alcoholic after conversion…wants active homosexuals accepted into full fellowship (p 26) along with other immoral people… teaches an eastern-type meditation (pp 43, 205-206)…twists scripture (pp 23, 28, 73, 173); he says that everyone, but the self-righteous [those that obey God by Manning’s definition], will go to heaven (pp 17, 26, 29)….This book is dangerous…a ploy by a new age Catholic to invade the evangelical church….Christian[s] must be warned that…the once trusted names of Multnomah, Thomas Nelson and Fleming Revell [to name a few] are no guarantee of orthodoxy. What a shame!”
I called her to make certain she hadn’t overstated her case. She read excerpts from the book to prove she had not. Christian publishers can no longer be trusted to publish truth but have become purveyors of death! A dump truck would not have been large enough to haul all of the heresy out of the recent Christian Booksellers convention in Orlando. Even Roman Catholic publishers of the most awful blasphemy and incredible nonsense, such as Paulist Press, were represented alongside evangelicals.
Take, for example, the booth of another Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor. One of their books on display told the story of Padre Pio, a recently deceased Catholic monk admired by Pope John Paul II. Pio manifested the “stigmata,” a bleeding from his palms to make up the deficiency in Christ’s redemptive work on the cross! Pio believed he was suffering for the salvation of sinners! He claimed that literally millions of the spirits of the dead, whom he saw with his physical eyes, came to him on their way to heaven to thank him for gaining their release from purgatory! This is only one of Rome’s many heresies. I confronted Sunday Visitor employees concerning the demonic delusion promoted by their books and objected to their presence at a convention of evangelical publishers. They pointed to a nearby booth promoting horrendous; allegedly “Christian” rock music and declared, “We have as much right to be here as they do!” I could only agree.
Mission Frontiers, the bulletin of the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, California, Vol. 13, No. 4-5, has a biblical passion for world evangelization. In contrast to the Manning/Multnomah justification of smoking, the editorial declared, “Tobacco causes more deaths each year in the United States than heroin, cocaine, alcohol, AIDS, fires, homicides, suicides, and auto accidents combined…. More Colombians died last year from smoking American cigarettes than did Americans from using Colombian cocaine.” “Addiction,” or sin?
The editorial also highly commended Pope John Paul II’s recent encyclical on world missions. Disappointment was expressed that the encyclical was “marred by reference at the very end to the idea that…the work of the church is done ‘together with Mary.'” Yet the encyclical was praised and an address given where it could be purchased because it spoke of “people groups,” a term in vogue at the World Center. Sadly, however, 950 million Catholics who need to be evangelized-a special “people group” comprising nearly 20 percent of the world’s population-were overlooked! The editorial, in fact, implied that Catholicism’s evangelism is biblical.
Throughout Central and South America, Catholicism is in the most blatant partnership with Spiritism and paganism. In Brazil, I visited Aparecida, the largest cathedral in the world next to St. Peter’s in Rome. It is dedicated to a small idol of a “Black Virgin”-pulled from a nearby lake in a fishing net-which now performs “miracles.” The pope came recently to honor this idol. At the Mass the priest led the people in prayers and songs to the idol, asking it for salvation and dedicating their lives to it. Aparecida’s large bookstore carries many of the same “positive” books that delude Protestants-books in Portuguese by American authors, from Norman Vincent Peale to “Christian psychologists.”
Today’s evangelical leaders shun their duty to oppose heresy. Many of them promote Catholicism, occultism, and humanistic psychology. Therefore we, the nobodies, though few heed us, must cry out even louder to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds. “Positive” or “negative” is not the issue, but rather truth and simple obedience to our Lord and His Word.”
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This essay portion by Dave Hunt fits right in with Jeremiahs treatment by the chosen people of the Southern Kingdom of Judah just prior to their captivity in Babylon.
What lies ahead? Certainly not what I have heard that Joel Osteen says on TV, “That the year 2010 will be a year of overflowing prosperity!” The opposite happened! Does this young man ever look around him to see what is actually happening in this country? Does anyone really look for the root cause of our dilemma?
For those that have the eyes to see and ears to hear, 2010 needs to be a year of repentance and returning to YHWH God, and after that, seeking shelter for His protection and provision. That did not happen either.
Multitudes reading these words are in the valley of decision. Doing something about this warning has a price. Doing nothing also has a price.
Yeshua/Jesus said to count the cost.
What will your cost be? The door to truth is closing. Do not wait too long to set your own house in order. What this entire article is proclaiming, including the excerpts from other writers, may be considered by some as trivial compared to the numerous problems we face in our country today, financial, political, international, etc. I believe that like so many problems and conditions, (we discuss and write, picket and yell, demonstrate and protest); we never get to the root of the problem so that it can be handled in an effective manner. I believe that the immorality of the society IS THE ROOT CAUSE of all our problems. Departure from Yahweh’s commandments, and His Halacha (His way of life), is the beginning of failure for a nation, region, city, and family personal life. If we cannot bring ourselves to obey His straightforward Torah instructions, how is it that we cannot understand that He has abandoned us to our own devices and that He allows us to suffer the consequences?
For those who still do not see the problem with our moral issues, and for those who are unaware of the damage to our minds when we allow unclean material to invade our eyes, ears and minds, consider the following. A recent quiz posted on the Internet to test the knowledge of the average American, showed abysmal ignorance to be the average condition of the society today. There were only twelve fairly simple questions, which concern the awareness of current government policies and the words and phrases used to convey the messages of the so-called news reporting. Only 7 % of the thousands tested were able to get all twelve questions answered correctly. How can this be? I believe the reason is that the public tolerates inaccurate “news” reporting, is reluctant to seek out the truth, and most are distracted with other things. There is a failure to look at the big picture. The views of most people are fractured and fragmented, and colored by long held biased beliefs, many of which began in error. Perception often overrules truth. For many people, it is more comforting to avoid unpleasant truth and indulge in what they consider as pleasant, relaxing or enjoyable. The conditioning of the population has reached a level that has prepared us for Marxist take-over and for divine judgment. This kind of entertainment is mentioned in communist and Marxist writings as one of the first steps in getting control of a population. It is a planned destruction of morals, and distraction of the “working class” by keeping them preoccupied with emotionally charged information so that the governing body may work undetected behind the scenes. It depends on the conscious decision of any viewer, or partaker of any activity, whether or not the perspective of the Creator of the universe is more important than public opinion, personal desire or seriousness of commitment to righteousness. It depends on the willingness of a person, a family or a nation to not submit to the commands of righteousness, which bring blessings or cursing for the sin of rebellion. There comes a point of no return, and we may have already passed that point. There is still time for any individual who chooses to submit to Yahweh’s rulings, to obey His Torah. As for the straying American nation, I am not so sure. Yirmeyahu was right. “Surely our fathers have inherited only lies, only vanity, and things in which there is no profit.”
Walking on the road to Emmaus, Rav James and Erlene Talbott.