Supernatural Born-Again Rasha

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wherewith Art Thou Saved?

Everywhere you look within the body of Messiah is strife and controversy. Sometimes that strife is masked in denominationalism. Baptists who believe once saved always saved (OSAS) verses Methodists who believe in a free will choice to believe or not, have been fighting for hundreds of years. Within our own movement the struggle is often over whether gentiles need to observe Torah, or whether Kabbalah should be studied by believers.

For every doctrine posed to humanity there is dispute and dispute leads to strife.

And therein lies the core problem which faces the body. It has become schizophrenic. Loosing it center and it focus the whole assembly… from conventional Christianity to Messianic Judaism has become a cluster of squabbling denominations.

I have said many times that denominations are just nations of demons! We have had 2000 years of arguing over doctrine and still base our doctrines on majority rule. Tertullian won out over Arius and he was branded a heretic (Anathema)… but yet his doctrine survives today… many people in the Messianic movement base their entire faith on the idea that Y’shua could not possibly be G-d in the flesh.

Jesuits burnt Protestants at the stake for defying the doctrines of Rome. Messianics walk into Christian churches and call them all pagans. Even within Judaism, Orthodox Jews condemn Reform Jews as leaving the faith.

I am convinced that this is why the fastest growing religion in western civilization is denial of faith… aka Atheism or Agnosticism. BECAUSE WE ARE SCARING THE WILD SHEEP AWAY WITH OUR FOOLISHNESS!

Every man has a doctrine… and to be honest doctrine is not bad. Doctrine defines what we believe. It is important that our doctrine be defined scripturally, that is be sound, and that it edifies our faith. But when we replace our faith with our doctrine, we cease to be people of faith in Messiah and become instead followers of doctrine.

doc·trine (dŏk'trĭn)n.

  1. A principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief, as by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group; dogma.

  2. A rule or principle of law, especially when established by precedent.

  3. A statement of official government policy, especially in foreign affairs and military strategy.

  4. Archaic. Something taught; a teaching.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin doctrīna, from doctor, teacher.]

I find it interesting that the “archaic” definition of doctrine is a teaching. What once started as a teaching, hopefully led by the Ruach, has for many evolved into a rule of law. Traditional Christians actually have the doctrine that they are freed from the LAW… so having sensed their freedom that have created a new law that defines them as free from the law. So having no law they make the lack of law a law unto itself.

There is nothing wrong with teaching… let me reiterate this… THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH TEACHING THE GOSPEL. But then that is the problem? Is OSAS the gospel? Is KJV Only the gospel? Is Kabbllah for believers the gospel? Is Lunar Shabbat the gospel? Is the sacred name the gospel? Is the name Y’shua the gospel? Is keeping Kosher the gospel? Shall I continue and make this the longest blog entry on earth or…

The gospel (good news) is: You don’t have to justify yourself to G-d, G-d justified himself to you.

The good news is Y’shua died for you. All the rest is the foolishness of men.

I can hear the doctrimanics mumbling at this already… you need doctrine to define your faith they will say. What is your faith in? Are you saved by OSAS or by the KJV? Are you saved by your belief in Kaballah? How did Kaballah save you?

The essence of faith is Y’shua. If you have other ideas about doctrine and how important it is to wear tzitzit, tie teffelin, take communion, keep Christmas, keep Shabbat on the 7th day/1st day/every day/lunar cycle (insert your own doctrine here). Go ahead and teach it, more importantly back it up with scripture. I will listen to your idea and test it by scripture. But if you choose to condemn me, call me reprobate, accuse me of being gay/a womanizer/a fool/evil/a drunkard/a fornicator/or a child abuser because I don’t agree with your doctrine. Then it doesn’t matter in the least what your doctrine is. You are unsaved. You have made your doctrine your salvation and want everyone else to be saved by your doctrine.

G-d gave his only-begotten Son for you and you have chosen to follow your pet doctrine instead of the provision of salvation.

The Rasha one is not impressed and neither is my Father… take your pet doctrine and your denomination, which so often is a denomination of one and please stop pretending to be a teacher in Y’israel. I’m glad that the Most High G-d put men like me in your path to keep you from stealing HIS sheep. Call me evil if you want, for such accusations the Pharisees, the doctrimaniacs of first century Judea, railed against the L-rd of life.

There is only one name, one idea, one doctrine (teaching) under heaven given amongst men by which we MUST be saved.


Blogger TgdyCmdy said...

::::I am convinced that this is why the fastest growing religion in western civilization is denial of faith… aka Atheism or Agnosticism. BECAUSE WE ARE SCARING THE WILD SHEEP AWAY WITH OUR FOOLISHNESS!::::

I am also convinced that this is, in part, one of the reasons that we as a species are becoming less inclined to theism. However, if you will look at the history of religion in general, and christianity in particular, these sometimes quite hostile divisions have existed since its inception (the nicolaitans, the marcionites, the mystics/gnostics the roman campaign against 'heretics').

No, I don't think the divisions are entirely the reason for this great apostasy. I think it is the division COUPLED with the greater emphasis on rational thought that has cast doubt on the veracity of faith based claims in empirically untestable and unprovable (not to mention often contradictory)deities.

If one is to come away unscathed, it has to be through the practical existentialism of a fruit bearing, transforming faith in the redemptive power of Christ.

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12:58 PM  
Blogger TgdyCmdy said...

Having said the above.. I must be honest in saying that I have failed at this level of faith.....

1:27 PM  
Blogger Hank McCoy said...

to tgdycmdy - recognition of failure is an opportunity for change, renew your mind and move forward in Messiah.

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Blogger Dawn said...

We are saved by the blood of Christ, but not because of any value we have in and of ourselves, but because of the inherent value of the love and justice of God.

I believe the attempt to strip doctrine from faith is an attempt to pull away from the church. We are commanded to be a part of the body of Christ, to be members one of another, to gather together even more often as the time approaches. This is Scriptural.

If you say you believe in God, then you must also believe in the finished work of the cross, and the Word of God revealed through the pages of Scripture. There are very, very few issues of true debate and they are minor. Whether one has eternal salvation through being chosen or eternal salvation through choosing is really a mute point. If we are chosen, we are saved just as if we choose we are saved. Whether Jesus returns pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-second coming is another common debate. However, you will find that mainline Christian churches, whether Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Nazarene, Pentecostal, etc. believe in the authority of Scripture, the Holy Trinity, the virgin birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God, and salvation through Him alone. Any other debate of detail is minor and "fighting" is a strong term for disagreement.

To withdraw from the body and think that your ultimate answer is simply "I believe therefore I am saved" is to mistake the original deep meaning and intent of belief. We are to believe 'upon' to put all our faith, trust and hope in, and to act out our lives through death of our own will and dependency upon the will of Whom we believe. It is not the will of God that we be lone rangers making up the rules as we go. He already gave us the keys to life in His Word. To ignore His Word is not living in faith.

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