Messianics and Tefillin

Messianics make a big deal about Torah observance. It is mandatory to maintain your salvation, many of them teach.

But VERY few Messy’s wear Tefillin. They’ll argue with you, tell you it’s Oral Torah and therefore not Scriptural, and one Messianic even dismisses it with the description “monty Python-esque”.


8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. Deuteronomy 6:8 (KJV)

Okay, so… how do you do this? If Tefillin are not the literal fulfillment of this verse, how do you do it?

Uh… you have to bind something as a frontlet between your eyes. What is it?

You’re supposed to bind the law of Moses to your hand. How?

Well, you could make a little leather case, and put small pieces of parchment in it with the sections of Scripture that mention this binding. Sound good? they’re supposed to be frontlets. Okay, so flat in shape, maybe square. They have to fit on your forehead and on your arm, after all.

so… uhhhhh… they keep falling off.

Okay, let’s add leather straps.

Behold… Tefillin.

Here’s what it boils down to, as I have said time and again. If you’re going to claim that everyone needs to keep the Torah, fine. You first. And no waffling. Messianics are really good at waffling, making excuses, and when something they don’t want to do is inconvenient, or begins to look like the Torah might be a burden to them after all…

They start saying nonsense like calling it “pagan.” Brother, I just answered that!

What it is is a bunch of Gentiles running around telling Jews we don’t know how to be Jewish, and requiring other Gentiles to keep what they themselves will not keep.

Wow, sure sounds like the Pharisees that Messianics are so quick to criticize!

If you live for one year as a Jew, a real Torah Observant Jew – no lighting fires on Sabbath, etc… and QUIT MAKING EXCUSES WHEN ITS INCONVENIENT….

You’ll suddenly understand the Books of Romans, Colossians, and Galatians… and very probably Hebrews a whole lot better.


Pre or Mid Trib?

Had fun picking on my friend again.

He gets a little iffy on the subject on the Rapture. He quoted something about someone said about the timing of the Resurrection.

Okay, nice try. I told him keep studying. You’ve got 24 hours to find it, and it’s easy.

Somewhere between Revelation 1 and 21. Ready???? GO!!!!

Today I let him know what it was.

The 24 elders… they are casting what upon the glassy sea?

hum de dummm…. giving you all a minute to put two and two together… find some old 1960’s elevator music to listen to or the Jeopardy theme…


When do you get those???

de dah dah dah (this is the time to find some of that 1950’s music used in tv commercials….)

Believers judgment. That happens at…

“I know, I know!”

The Rapture! ding ding ding ding!!!!

Which means it happens between Revelation 3 and 4. Or more likely, Rev. 4:1.

I pick on him a lot, but that’s okay – he picks on me a lot worse. He has a talent for ignoring when I’m really grumpy. today I’m whimsical.

Narrow is the way 3

I truly wish that people like Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, , T. D. Jakes, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Myles Munroe, Crefloe Dollar, and many others were not false teachers.

I wish I didn’t have to write about this stuff! I could just write happy Christian “you need to know Jesus” blog posts, and post happy one paragraph stuff about Ephesians 2.

Unfortunately, today, if you’re not warning about false teachers, if you’re not warning about doctrinal errors, if you’re not rebuking heresy and cults at every turn… you are derelict in your duties as a man of God.

Why? Because if I ever am called to pastor a church, I would absolutely lose it if I saw one of my deacons carry in a book by T. D. Jakes, a Trinity-denying man who tries to convince everyone who believes the Trinity now – but still adds clauses and definitions to what he believes so he can keep everyone happy!

I remember when I first started attending a church, I remember the Pastor teaching some doctrine, and to support it  he quoted some Bible verse that had nothing to do with that subject.

I remember thinking that I couldn’t WAIT to go to Bible college  so that I would understand what Bible verses had to do with what subject! Why, that must be amazing!

Now I understand my first pastor was a false teacher. Everything he’d taught he’d absorbed from Kenneth Copeland, who got it from Kenneth Hagin, who plagiarized it from E. W. Kenyon.

My first pastor was at least well read, in that he actually spent the time reading and studying Kenneth Hagin and E. W. Kenyon. He apparently never noticed that entire pages of Hagin’s writings were word for word the same as Kenyon’s.

Nobody warned me about the Copelands being false teachers. Nobody warned me about the “little god” doctrine and the heresy that it is. This was in the 90’s. If anyone had taken a Bible and shown me ANYTHING that I have taught in the last 2 1/2 years,… I might have been spared a lot of trouble.

I’m worried about those caught in it.

My first pastor was sincere, but sincerely wrong.

That’s what makes this hard, sometimes. Some of these people sincerely believe what they are teaching is Biblical.

But… teaching heresy is teaching heresy. You can be sincere, and sincerely wrong. Sincerity will not change that.

If you are to be a pastor, you are OBLIGATED to read your Bible, to regularly study it.

We are taught in Seminary that the text means what it says. There’s no magical hidden meaning in the Bible. People have searched for it, and found only their own damnation. Edgar Cayce read the Bible through every year, and there’s no mistaking that he is not saved.

If you believe something the Bible does not teach, or teaches against, you own that. During your studies of the Bible, it should be obvious that what you believe is heresy.

Case in point, the teaching that we are “little gods”. You know, it kind of makes logical sense, when you examine it solely from Copeland’s teachings. Yes, we are all sons of God. and yes, dogs produce dogs and cats produce cats but…

we’re not gods. We’re men. The Bible does not teach we are gods.

So… where did Kenneth Hagin get this from?

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6 (KJV)

Ah! We MUST be gods, then!

Uh… no… cardinal mistake… you didn’t read it in context.

1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. Psalm 82:1-8 (KJV)

Its clear this is talking about men, not gods. How do I know this? The Bible says there is no other God.

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)

Sooo… Psalm 82 has to be talking about men.

Ye are gods… but you will die like men.

It’s sarcasm. The psalm is talking about men, rulers, who oppress the poor, and do not help them. It’s  a warning that they will face judgment for their sins, and it’s not going to be good.

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. John 10:33-38 (KJV)

Again, this is sarcasm.  we know that there is no God except God. Since we see here that Jesus Christ is God, this gives us the Trinity.

After the first read through, you can make this mistake. By the second or third read through at the most, you cannot make that excuse. These verses should start to stick in your head. We’ve got one, only one verse saying we are gods, and it’s clearly sarcastic, and in judgment. When the Lord quotes it, it clearly is sarcastic as well.

Most seminaries will not ordain anyone who has not been a christian 3 years or more. so, to be a pastor, by that time you should have read through your Bible four times.

Anyone who teaches this has no excuse. You can repent of this, but otherwise… you may have some ‘splaining to do at the very least.

If not more.

Narrow is the way 2

Yesterday I was explaining I take absolutely no pleasure in unmasking false teachers.

One of the big problems I see is that so few are ready to do it.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

The Bible doesn’t give me any choice at all. I have to.

So if you’re upset I’m doing it… read your Bible.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)

The point I raised yesterday is that the bible does not speak well of man.

Beware any Bible teacher who does speak well of man. Joel Osteen has made millions taking Norman Vincent Peale’s books and recycling them as one basic sermon that he gives over and over again. Yes we know – when Mr Osteen senior die,d Joel was chosen as the new pastor, or volunteered, we’re not sure which – the story changes. Yes, we know – Sr. Osteen was kicked out of the SBC for preaching prosperity and speaking in tongues. And rightly so!

Yes, we know – they bought the compaq center. Yes, we know… momma Osteen was miraculously healed of cancer… after the full regimen of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments.

It’s the same sermon every week. If you’ve seen Osteen once, you;ve seen him every time. Same sermon, just re-arranged.

Osteen says that we’re so great God is amazed by us.

I’m sure if any word could be used to describe the way God feels about unrepentant mankind, “Amazed” is not the word.

According to Osteen if we just thank God for doing something for us, before He does it – we force God to do it.

How many Osteen watchers live in a house bigger than Joel’s? Drive Bentley’s or Mercedes? How’s that working out for you?

Have we EVER read the Bible to find a single example of that in Scripture? No??? Then we should stop that.

We should get our theology from the Bible, not from pop psychology of the 1950’s, Napoleon Hill “think and grow rich” (but disguising it as Christianity by adding the word “god” in there once in a while).

Rick Warren fans? You’re no better. Re-read in the Purpose Driven life about Noah. It’s all based upon a single verse from the Message from hell bible mis-translation.

Genesis 6:8(TMSG)
But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.

uh.. that’s not what My Bible says!!!!

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:8 (KJV)

The meaning is different. God gave undeserved grace to Noah because Noah was repentant. He wanted to follow the Lord, and the Bible says he preached over a century for people to repent, while he built the Ark.

Any teacher that has a man-based message, who praises mankind, is perverting the message of the real Bible – repent, or ye shall likewise perish.

Narrow Is The Way

One of the subjects I have to write  about from time to time I do with a heavy heart.

Christianity used to be a lot stronger. Men called to the ministry used to take it seriously, and would preach the Bible and nothing but.

Then poison crept in. I can’t think of any other words to describe it.

The philosophy of the world began creeping into pulpits.

The salvation message began to be whitewashed. You see, Biblically – have you ever read yours??? – the Bible really doesn’t have a lot of good to say about men.

We’re problematic at best. King David writes the psalms, praises the Lord, does many mighty things – and still sins greatly. It costs him greatly.

Moses is called the friend of God, and yet he loses his cool, and sins against God. It costs him his life.

Mankind is not praised in the Bible.

Today, he’s praised in the pulpit.

“God has a WONDERFUL plan for your life! Did you know that God loves you? But we’ve all done or thought things wrong, and the Bible calls that sin…”

Um… no. That’s not quite how it goes.
Psalms 7:11(KJV)
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (KJV)

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Matthew 23:33 (KJV)

When is the last time we preached like this? We fear the deacons, for they can reprimand the Pastors. That’s not Biblical.

If my deacons came to me and said, “Pastor, we’ve got a problem with you preaching so much about heresy…” I’d ask, “are you coming to me out of concern, or are you ordering me to stop? That’s fine if you are… but i’d like to see where the Bible allows you to order me to stop preaching the Bible.”

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)

Have a problem with that? The Bible says it… more than once.

We’re rife with apostasy, if heretics like Joel Osteen can preach, and few call him out. We’re rife with apostasy, if Billy Graham can question hell and nobody pauses to rebuke him. Or claims belief in Baptismal regeneration, and nobody knows.

We should have stood up and decried the teachings of many of the apostates who stand in pulpits.

I’ve seen a deacon carrying a book by a man who denies the trinity, and nobody said anything. I’ve heard Christians quote faith preachers, who should know better.

If you cannot tell the difference between bad teachers and good, I’m telling you, with all assurance, that we are overrun with wolves, false teachers, hypocrites, Satan’s ministers masquerading as Godly ministers.

We should be on our faces in repentance that these issues are overrunning us. WE should be praying, “oh Lord forgive us!”

We have gotten the kind of pastors we’ve deserved.

We need to repent. We need to seek the Lord.

What’s the answer to what I’ve brought up? You are a sinner. A sin is not a “mistake” or an “error”, it’s not an “oopsie!”, it is a grievious offense against God.

One sin is enough to condemn you to hell. Forever.

You deserve an eternity of unending torment for sinning against the Lord your God.

But God loves you. Deeply. God loves us with a love we cannot comprehend. He will not interfere if we choose to continue our plunge into Hell.

But He provided an escape.

He came to die in our place. He made it free. All you have to do is repent, ask, confess, receive.  It’s that easy.

That’s the gospel. If you couldn’t spot the problems in the “four Spiritual Laws” approach, I put it to you this way…

…you’re not reading your Bible.

Question… can you name the book below which is NOT in the Bible?

  1. Obadiah
  2. Hosea
  3. Hezekiah
  4. Isaiah
  5. Nahum

If you couldn’t spot it… you’re seriously deficient in your knowledge of the Bible.

If God cared enough to write it down, and preserve it despite many attempts to destroy it… shouldn’t you read it? Study it?

Sign post up ahead…

Revelation 1:3(KJV)
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The time is at hand…

The Book of Revelation is a book of prophecy. One chapter was in the past, two chapters are the history of Christianity, and the rest of it is… What’s about to happen.

If you are not saved, this would be the time.

If you think you’re saved by baptism, by what church you belong to, by predestination and you don’t have to do anything about it… then make sure you get saved.

Revelation 1:5-7(KJV)
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

If you’re not familiar with what’s about to happen, try this…

  1. Get a King James Bible
  2. Start reading Revelation

You’re going to start with Revelation 4. Why? If you skipped over all of the above, that’s a good sign you’re going to live through it.

May 25: Revelation 4

May 26: Revelation 5

May 27: Revelation 7

May 28: Revelation 8

May 29: Revelation 9

May 30: Revelation 10

May 31: Revelation 11

June 1: Revelation 12

June 2: Revelation 13

June 3: Revelation 14

June 4: Revelation 15

June 5: Revelation 16

June 6: Revelation 17

June 7: Revelation 18

June 8: Revelation 19

June 9: Revelation 20

June 10: Revelation 21

June 11: Revelation 22

There you go. That’s all about to happen. I can’t say when it starts, but i’ll be amazed if I see retirement before the Rapture.

And keep this in mind – statistically, living through that – you have a 1 in 3 chance of surviving any of the mega-disasters. Odds are better in Russian Roulette!

Over a billion and a quarter people will die in the first seven judgments alone.

Get saved now.