Answering Rabbinic Judaism #34


I’ve heard it taught that we atone for our sins by prayer and charity. Let’s look at that.

‏כָּפַר‎ is the root word for “to atone”. ‏כָּפַרה‎ is the usual sense we see it in our Hebrew Bibles. As a matter of fact, it’s in the siddur, too. Look it up.

Kapparah (the dagesh in the peh is mighty small – I can’t see it) first found in Exodus 29. It’s connected with the atonement needed before the Kohenim could serve. Their sins had to be forgiven, because you could not offer anything with a blemish or not perfect… that includes the one officiating. There are laws that the High Priest, the Kohen, was invalid if suffering from certain injuries or birth defects.

In Bible study, we understand the rule that since this is the word of God, then God defines His words. Thus, the rule of first usage is studied. The first time a word is used, the context tells us the meaning of the word throughout the Bible. Literally, in one of the first Bibles put in English, there was at that time no English word for Kapparah. So, two words and a suffix were combined to make the word atonement.

At-One-ment.

20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. Exodus 29:20-21 (KJV)

33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. Exodus 29:33 (KJV)

Prayer is not mentioned here. Atonement, by the Bible’s own definition, requires blood.

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)

24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:24 (KJV)

Prayer does not atone for the soul.

Neither does charity.

35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. 36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Leviticus 25:35-37 (KJV)

That’s really the first reference in the Bible to charity. Just to be honest and fair, let’s look at another one.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)

Two passages on Charity. nothing in there about Atonement. Nothing.

Blood is required to atone for the soul. There are several words in the Bible by which we understand this concept. In many ways, the New Testament (a thoroughly Jewish book, by the way) helps to illuminate what we’ve studied in our Tanakh.

Propitiation is one word used – this means “satisfaction of a debt.” Since blood is required to atone for sins, our blood must be shed for so much as a single lie. How much blood? Can you just cut your arm or something? No. “A part is the same as a whole”, is how the Gemara explains it. The Bible speaks of “Ha’dam” or “ha’Damim” – thus, the bloods, meaning ALL OUR BLOOD.

That means if you sin, you must die. That’s explained to Adam and Eve when they rebelled in the Garden. By putting our hands upon the sacrifice, our sins are transferred to the animal. It doesn’t mean the animal has now sinned, but the responsibility passes to that animal. And the animal must be put to death.

Without the Beis Miqdash, there’s been no way to atone for our sins for 2,000 years. The Gemara says that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Miqdash. the temple, that they used to tie the doors shut on Yom Kippur with a red cloth, and it would turn white, showing that the sacrifices were accepted. In AD 30, it stopped turning white. The atonement was no longer accepted.

Guess who was crucified that year?

It means that sins the propitiation, the satisfaction of a debt, was paid that year. On Pesach, Passover. So, that year, there was no need for the atonement of Yom Kippur.

Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #33


If you follow the category links on the right hand side, you’ll find the old entries on this. During my first venture into this, I first put up about 170 of the Taryag Mitzvos (613, in case you never spent any time as a Chassid).

Then I put up about 170 prophecies from the Bible of who the Messiah was.

These were important, especially since I discredited the Oral Torah. THe Torah She’beaal Peh, or Oral torah is just what it reads like – The P’rushim movement in Roman era Israel was a strong minority, trying to push for a renewed Judaism based upon the Oral Torah. But the problem was – there was no oral torah (hold that thought – I’m about to re-rpove that for those recently joining this newly resumed discussion). So, they had to invent one. The first thing they did was start with Pirke Avos, which became the heart of the Mishneh. After that, they began serious work on the Mishneh.

The mishneh came to an abrupt halt, and then the Gemara was started. We all know this. If you went to Cheder, you were probably taught this. I had to learn this from self study, since my family was extremely assimilated, and my parents wanted nothing to do with any form of Orthodoxy.

So, if the Oral Torah ALWAYS Existed…. why then didn’t it mention any Rabbi’s before the Mishnaic period???

Uh-oh.

Huh.

“Well, there WERE no Rabbi’s. It was the Priesthood. But Ezra taught the Oral Torah at the Great Synagogue.”

Huh.

So, Ezra, at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the repairing of the gates and the Beis Miqdash… stood there and read to the Kehillat, “Rabbi Judah The Prince taught, there are seven kinds of…”?

This would be the same Rabbi Judah who would not be born for six centuries, right?

“Well, no. The Oral Torah back then didn’t have the Gemara in it.”

Okay, then they read the Mishneh. Like, the teachings of Choni the Circle Drawer, who was born after the Maccabees.

“well, no. They didn’t have that part either.”

Okay, find me ONE PART of the Mishneh, which existed in Ezra’s time. Where are these teachings that Ezra and Nehemiah taught Kehillat Yisrael?

Hm. There are no parts of the Mishneh that old. Everything is post-Maccabbee.

The real issue here is, God put in place the Kohenim. The priests, if you speak as much Hebrew and Yiddish as I did growing up, which was little. I actually learned more Yiddish growing up, and zero Hebrew.

Man put in place the Rabbi’s. Who do we find quoted in the Gemara? The Rabbi’s. Not the priests.

Really, when you look at it… today’s Judaism looks about as much like Biblical Judaism as the Talmud looks like the Bible.

The Bible is full of Authority. “And the LORD Spoke unto Moses, saying….”

THe Talmud is full of man’s opinions and arguments. “And so taught Rabbi Zusya. But there is a PROB-lem….”

So, where do we turn to?

The Gemara. The Talmud.

We’re supposed to be the people of the book, but we actually abandoned it! We read the Torah portion, and the Haftarah, and if you’re part of the Lubavitch tradition, you read the Psalms every month.

What about the parts of the Bible that AREN’T the haftarah? What about Proverbs? What about Isaiah? What about Jeremiah? CAn you quote me ONE verse in the Bible from Isaiah or Jeremiah?

I can think of gentiles who can. A lot of them, as a matter of fact. About 200 of them read this blog. They read their Bibles. Many of them study it the way you study the Daf.

And they know more about God’s word than Jews.

Let’s try this. Read God’s word. Put aside the writings and opinions of man. Read God’s word. Read the Bible.

And ask yourself if what’s in your daily Daf is really Judaism? Or something the Rabbi’s invented?

Steps out of Evangelicalism


The steps to take towards Fundamentalism are quite simple.

First: You need to put your modern translation on the bookshelf. Pick up your King James. Here’s a helpful hint for the King James… at some point, you’re going to need large print. My advice – get it now. Should you get a study Bible? Absolutely. There are many who say things like, “just get a Bible, with no cross references, no footnotes.” To a certain extent, I see why they say that. I personally disagree. I went out and got a whiteout pen for use with my King James, to whiteout any footnotes that are unBiblical. I still haven’t gotten around to it, but simply crossed them out with a pen, scoring them through several times.

You need a good Bible, because you’re going to do something different in Fundamentalism you never did in Evangelicalism – read your Bible. Matter of fact, TWO new things, because you’re going to learn to study it.

Second: All your old books you rely on, go back on the shelf. After a year in Fundamentalism, you may be shocked at some of the patently unBiblical things Evangelicalism told you. Fundamentalist books? There are some. Not many. For now, you need 66 books. That’s it. Let’s start with those.

Third: Stop listening to all the Evangelical teachers, and… start researching. The Biblebelievers web site has many great things on it, some articles by many good Bible teachers (and one or two I dislike). One of the features on there is exposing false teachers. You might want to try looking up some stuff on your favorites. LIke John Ankerberg. Charles Swindoll. Charles Stanley. Rick Warren. Joel Osteen. Jack Van Impe. Billy Graham. Promise Keepers. Focus On The Family and James Dobson. Peeps like those. Matter of fact, you can look them up on wayoflife.org as well. And on my blog, I have categories of false teachers. You’ll see names listed there. If you click on them, you’ll see articles on them that may astonish you. Their teachings have been plain in your sight, but you just never noticed them. For instance, the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Deevers. There’s literally a quote in there that seems right. It sounds good. But if you read it several times, trying to read between the lines of what he’s saying, is that he won’t baptize anyone who is not a Calvinist, and that he considers anyone not a Calvinist unsaved. If you don’t know what a Calvinist is, buckle your seat belt! You’re in for a bumpy ride!

These three stages usually take about a month. THat’s it. You VERY quickly begin to become a Fundamentalist after you do these things. Ready for the next step?

Fourth: Stop listening to Christian Radio. “What????” Yes. Even listening to BBN lately has gotten dangerous. I’ve heard the DJ’s say things in the last 18 months that were completely unBiblcial, and lead you OUT of Fundamentalism and into Evangelicalism!

If you must replace it with something – unless you have the kind of cars I grew up with, that only had radios, your car probably has a CD player. There are many websites where you can download good sermons by great Bible teachers. Switch to that. Get CD’s of hymns.

If you do these things, you’ll find yourself waking out of the Evangelical stupor. You’ll be glad you did.

Dispensationalism Revisited


I haven’t talked about dispensationalism lately. I listened to a Marc Monte teaching on it a couple of days ago, a Dan Botterbrodt teaching on it a year ago, and David Cloud brought it up last month.

Dan is opposed to it, even though he agrees with the end results of its teachings – He just doesn’t see the division of the dispensations in the Bible.

Me, I don’t know – I see them. I was intrigued by David Cloud who in his usual terse way pointed out that he didn’t necessarily agree with the standard seven ages, and actually could see different ones. That was food for thought. That’s a “Consult the way of life encyclopedia” moment!

the basic premise behind dispensationalism is that God dealt with us in different ways in the Bible.

That’s a “Duh” moment.

Enemies of dispensationalism tend to argue that God has only one plan of salvation. Since most of the enemies of dispensationalism are Calvinist, we don’t even agree on what that one plan of salvation is! Yours is infant baptism and predestination, a wildly diverging view. Mine is “whosoever will”, because that’s what the Bible teaches.

Well, I’m a dispensationalist, because I derived it from the Bible before I ever heard of Tim LaHeye, John Walvoord, Harry Ironside, Ryrie, Torrey, or even Schofield. And yes, there has only been one plan of salvation in the Bible. Ever.

dispensationalism does not necessarily mean there are different ways of salvation, just God dealing with us in different ways in the ages.

Did God speak to everyone on earth the way He did back in the Garden of Eden? Face to face?

No.

What was the difference between Adam’s laws, and the ones for Moses and Israel?

Adam had one law in the garden. Moses had 613.

What’s the difference between Christians and Jews? Christians are not required to keep any ceremonial or dietary laws. The Jews were.

What’s the difference between the millennium and now?

The Jews owe God one thousand years of Sabbath observance. We’re going to have to do it.

“Wow, I wish I’d lived in Bible days, but with modern conveniences!!!”

You will!!!!

If you’re Gentile, you don’t have to worry about the Sabbath or any of that hoorah. But My people made a promise to God we never kept. It’s going to happen. CArefully read the last chapters of Ezekiel, and then start reading LaHeye. Most of you have the Left Behind series… read the last book, the “Glorious Appearing!” Wow. biblical, right down the line!

That’s dispensationalism, the recognition that God DEALS with us differently. Not saves us differently, but deals with us differently!

Hyper-dispensationalism, however, makes huge mistakes in Bible interpretation. There’s one Bible teacher I like listening to, except he’s hyper-dispensationalist, and he tends to make these same mistakes. Hyper-dispensationalists tend to make the mistake of assuming that the Gospels and ACts are in the Old Testament, and not for today.

I think we can all figure out that part is wrong!

The most important distinction of dispensationalism is that it forces you to take the Bible literally. People who are not dispensationalist tend to align themselves with what’s called Covenant theology. Covenant theology tends to see the covenants between God and man as irreplaceable – but that creates a problem. You see, the churches are a mystery – that is something concealed in the old testament, revealed in the new. If you don’t follow dispensationalism, you have to 1). assume there’s no such thing as a church or 2). you end up having an unused covenant lying around. So… you have to assume that the covenant with Israel is still valid – and that a mythical, Universal and invisible “Church” replaces Israel. And thus, since Israel was a kingdom and had rules and laws – they’d better get busy right now and start an actual government, where Christianity is the state religion. See how quickly that fell apart into serious error?

Schofield was unable to ditch the whole Universal church thing, and he was grossly incorrect on when the birth of the churches was. Aside from that, the Schofield reference Bible is still a fairly good representation of Dispensational theology.

Time to Leave the SBC


 

If you too are still attending a SBC church, or one closely affiliated, it’s time. The convention is really making it clear that Fundamentalists are no longer welcome in the SBC.

It’s time to write your letter of resignation to your SBC church and go Independent Baptist. And if there’s no non-Ruckmanite, non-Hyles, non-Brider Independent Fundamental Baptist church in your town… it’s time to start praying about getting with likeminded believers and looking for a Pastor to help you start a church.

CS Lewis and New Evangelicalism

Evangelicals and Cintemplative Mysticism

New Evanegelicalism

Steering Clear of New Evangelicalism

Baptist Music Wars

Christianity makes demands


One person who I enjoy reading from time to time is George Zeller. He writes a lot of good stuff for Middletown Bible church.

I think one of the more interesting studies he does is on discipleship vs. salvation.

Here’s a great, short phrase that should be in a typewriter font on an extra-large coffee cup (note to self – visit zazzle later on today)…

“Salvation costs you nothing.

Discipleship costs you everything.”

— George Zeller

He’s a Schofield devotee, and I’m sure a Harry Ironside follower. At least, he talks like an Ironside devotee.

If you don’t have any idea who Harry Ironside is, you need to spend some time reading his writings.

MUST Listen Sermon


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The pastor is Danny Castle. Never heard of him till today. I listened to this yesterday, and it’s a 5 star sermon.