Verse of the Week
And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. The one saying, I have known Him, and not keeping His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in that one. But whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of YAHWEH has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.
(1 John 2:3-5)
Thought for the Week
Living in this modern age is, in many ways, both a blessing and a curse. Technology can make life easier in many ways; but, the benefits are usually thought of only in the sense of physical ease. The ability to rapidly and easily study issues within the spiritual realm though is astounding even if discerning the data is sometimes daunting. What few folks consider is that when they face their Creator on Judgment Day they will not be able to attribute any ignorance to the failings of earthly leaders. The information is out there if only one cares enough to look.
Yahshua told us the that YHWH's Holy Spirit would teach us (John 14:26). That said the conduits the Spirit uses to convey knowledge may be internal, external or both. There are numerous examples of how YHWH has used men to convey His Word to us. But, in this day and age we are no longer restricted to the individualized personal views of another human being. In the age before computers access to knowledge was more limited and before that access via books was even more limited (by time or literacy if not data). For most of mankind, and certainly for those reading these words, these limitations do not exist today. As such, we are especially, each, individually, alone, solely, responsible for our own beliefs and the way we lead our lives.
Earthly leaders will be held accountable for failing to properly lead others yet that does nothing to erase the damage done to those led astray by false teachings; and, individual failure to learn will not protect one if it is due to willful ignorance. By way of analogy. If you are driving a car you know you are responsible for knowing the rules of the road and are expected to obey traffic signs and signals. If you approach an intersection and willfully ignore the traffic signs and signals you may be alright if it was a green-light; but, if it was a red-light or a stop sign you are in the wrong! By the same token even a rudimentary knowledge of YHWH's Word exposes one to the knowledge that they are personally responsible for learning and obeying His rules of life. Willfully ignoring His signals and signs means you are in the wrong - no matter what advice or instruction was given to you by another person. A police officer cannot legally authorize you to drive 100 mph through a school zone crosswalk with children in it! A “church leader” cannot legally authorize you to do anything against YHWH!
Ignorance of His Way may sometimes be forgiven (e.g. Numbers 15:26), but, ignorance from neglecting to learn better when you have been exposed to proper teaching is a different matter. Have you ever heard that the trinity doctrine is a lie? If you still worship “Jesus as God” you are responsible for it! Have you ever heard that the Sabbath is Saturday and not Sunday? If you still observe Sunday and not Saturday as His Sabbath then you are responsible for it. Have you ever heard that YHWH's Law was not done away with? If you still think His Law is not applicable to you then you are responsible for it. The list could go on . . . do you worship YHWH personally or “God”? Do you observe YHWH's Feasts or those of man (e.g. easter, christmas, etc)? Do you follow the teachings of Yahshua or an alleged 13th Apostle (Saul aka Paul)? The Noahide laws? Tithing? Etc, etc. . .
My point here is not to prove a particular viewpoint; rather the point is that no matter which “viewpoint” you hold (or lack) you are responsible for it - not so called church leaders. You are not a mushroom being kept in the dark and fed manure. You have a choice. You have the ability to learn the Truth. YHWH's TRUTH! As I said earlier, living in this modern age is, in many ways, both a blessing and a curse. A blessing that so much learning is so readily available and a curse that so much of it is and always has been false teaching. Either way the “age of ignorance” is largely past. As predicted in Daniel 12:4, “Many shall travel back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased”.
Yahshua told us that he will tell many who thought they served him to go away because he never knew them.
Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophesy in Your name,
and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?
And then I will declare to them, from everlasting, I never knew you;
"depart from Me, those working lawlessness!"
Trying to tell him you are sorry but you were just doing what everybody else did, just what your “preacher” told you to do, will not cut it! Yahshua said, “Many are called but few chosen”(Matthew 20:16 & 22:14). Few will follow the way of Yahshua instead of taking the “easy” way out and following the herd. Following the herd is indeed an “easy” way out - a way out of future fellowship with Yahshua and YHWH!
If the person you have as a “church leader” is not leading you correctly then you need to get a different leader! Get rid of them or move! It is your choice! It is your soul at risk!
It doesn’t matter what is true. It only matters what people believe is true. – Paul Watson Co-Founder of Green Peace
COMMENT: He was referencing global warming. Here's a few more:
No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world. Christine Stewart – Former Canadian Minister of the Environment
We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy. Timothy Wirth – President, UN Foundation
Gawd was the Babylonian deity of fortune. COMMENT: The Hebraic Roots Bible note for Isaiah 65:11 is: (773) Gawd or “god” is the name of the Babylonian deity of fortune and meni is the name of the deity of fate. Yahweh is rebuking the people for exchanging His exulted name YAHWEH with the name of the false deity “god”. It is most ironic that on the US dollar, which is the reserve currency of the world, that it is written “in god we trust”. Most are doing this today breaking the third commandment. Exo_3:15, Isa_42:8, Deu_28:58-59
Ever heard of the ten toes in end times prophecy? Consider this:
In a joint statement, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said they "will do their share" to fight against the jihadist group that has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria. . . .
The move came after Saudi Arabia patched together a 10-nation Arab coalition against Houthi fighters who have made rapid advances in Yemen and launched military strikes against them on Thursday. – http://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-arabs-communique-idUSL6N0WV03T20150329