Course Correction:

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Course Correction:

Walking On The Path Paved In The Word Of God; Being Led To Follow and Serve The Lord Our God and Yeshua the Messiah [Jesus Christ], According to Scriptures, And Not According To Any Man or Woman who misinterprets, or selectively avoids the whole truth of the Word of God given to man, which is the will, instruction, and ways of God.

Learning and living the whole Word of God [Adonai, HaShem, Elohim, El Elyon] given to us. Restoration going beyond reformation.

Part 1 in a series

 

by Ken Pullen

ACP

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

 

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3 King James Version

Now Adonai said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3 Complete Jewish Bible

I am not a Jew I am a Gentile, but I am an Israelite.

This is going to be an on-going series here on “A Crooked Path.” This will be the largest undertaking and most exhaustive work of research and presenting the truth, promises, and ways and will of God I’ve ever undertaken here. This is also one of the most important, if not the most important undertaking I have commenced here other than initially beginning this site to be a servant and instrument for Adonai’s and Yeshua’s glory.

The vessel called the Church, or Christianity has been veering off course for about 1,800 years. Soon after the resurrection of Yeshua our Lord and Messiah and the churches formed and grew with the ranks of Jews and Gentiles grumbling, backbiting, discord, and a lack of discernment and interpretation began to occur.

The present and the future of the Church depend on finally coming to a clear understanding and discernment of the Holy Bible and what God has said, and what God meant. Not according to any bias or skewing or desire of human nature other than getting what is in Scripture right and getting it before the people to see and understand. Not in vain or unsound interpretation. Until we professed believers; until we professed Christians get a clear understanding, an accurate interpretation and understanding of the Word of God and we move beyond the deception, the deceit, the lies, and the misinformation fed to hundreds of millions for around 1,800 years we will not be serving the Lord our God as we are instructed to do so. We will not be pleasing unto the Lord. We will not be fulfilling our calling. We will fall short mired in our continuing ignorance.

I am going to endeavor here, as best I can with the ability I have been measured out, to get back to the early church. No denominations. Adonai [God], Yeshua [Jesus], the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit], and the word of God [the Holy inerrant complete as we have them Scriptures]. That’s it. That’s all of it. And nothing more added to it. To learn and understand the promises of God to Israel and the Jews, and to Jews and Gentiles who believe upon Him and His Son, Yeshua, and follow HaShem [God] and Yeshua, and obey our Father and our Lord,  and live according to Their word.

We are going back to move forward.

We are going back to move forward in our present on the right path — to walk on the pathway paved in the Word of God rather than the errant pathway founded upon the words of a man, or men — any man, or any men or women.

Forget denominations. Forget what you were brought up in. Do not tell someone first before anything else; “I’m a Lutheran,” or “I’m Catholic,” or “I’m Presbyterian,” or “I’m Episcopalian,” or I’m Baptist.” Forget the separation of Jew and Gentile if both are true believers in God and Jesus [Yeshua]. Learn to shed elitism and haughtiness and arrogance even if such are not acknowledged or denied yet in truth exist. We are to be believers in the complete Word of God walking accordingly. According to Adonai’s Word and not the words of men or any man.

We are to be disciples of Yeshua. Followers of His. Followers of Adonai, God, our Father and Creator. We are to live according to the inerrant holy Word of God. We are to be guided by the Holy Spirit [Ruach HaKodesh]. We are to return to our beginnings and follow the righteous pathway paved in the inerrant, complete Word of God! Period.

We speak and write of being in the light yet we reside in darkness. Why do we deny the fullness, the blessing of the Lord our God and determine to live according to the ways and will of man, and the ways and will of the Adversary rather than the ways and will of our Father Who art in heaven, and rather than the ways and will of our Saviour, Yeshua, Master, Messiah, and Lord of our lives!?

From the time of Yeshua’s ascension to serve at the right hand of the throne of His Father, our God, the Church began to slowly be formed and grow. It consisted first of Jews. Yeshua was a Jew — yes, I know that comes as a shock to some professing to be believers, and some resist and rebel from that fact, but Yeshua, which means “to save, to deliver, to rescue – He who provides salvation” was a Jew. He lived as a Jew. He taught and practiced His life as a Jew. He observed Jewish ways, idioms, teachings, festivals, and the instruction of the Torah.  The name “Jesus” is and Anglicized form of the Greek name Yesous found in the Newer Testament, which represented the Hebrew Bible name Yeshua “Jeshua” in English Bibles (see Ezra 2:2; Nehemiah 7:7).

Jews were the first Christians whether people can accept that or not.

Slowly Gentiles came to believe and follow Yeshua and have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Readers of Scripture and the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, and the Apostle Peter know there were doctrinal clashes within the Church. Divisions occurred even though the apostles had strongly warned against creating divisions and introducing unsound doctrine. The Greeks, the Gentiles were at odds with the Jews and the Jews were at odds in a number of the early churches. When we read and study the Epistles of Paul and Peter they reveal to us all the pertinent details of these clashes and what those involved were instructed to do, and how to live accordingly. Isolation, a breaking away, and the beginning of unsound doctrine was not the intent or the desire, but this is what took place — because the people were living according to their own desires, habits, beliefs, and establishments rather than the people adopting and living according to the inerrant word of God as obedient children of the Light; as obedient children of God.

 

We Need To Read And Discern Wisely Romans 10 and 11 As We Proceed:

 

Romans 10

1 Brothers, my heart’s deepest desire and my prayer to God for Isra’el is for their salvation; for I can testify to their zeal for God. But it is not based on correct understanding; for, since they are unaware of God’s way of making people righteous and instead seek to set up their own, they have not submitted themselves to God’s way of making people righteous. For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts. For Moshe writes about the righteousness grounded in the Torah that the person who does these things will attain life through them.[a] Moreover, the righteousness grounded in trusting says:

“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend to heaven?’”

that is, to bring the Messiah down — or,

“‘Who will descend into Sh’ol?’” —

that is, to bring the Messiah up from the dead. What, then, does it say?

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”[b]

that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely, that if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered. 10 For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. 11 For the passage quoted says that everyone who rests his trust on him will not be humiliated.[c] 12 That means that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — Adonai is the same for everyone, rich toward everyone who calls on him, 13 since everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be delivered.[d]

14 But how can they call on someone if they haven’t trusted in him? And how can they trust in someone if they haven’t heard about him? And how can they hear about someone if no one is proclaiming him? 15 And how can people proclaim him unless God sends them? — as the Tanakh puts it, “How beautiful are the feet of those announcing good news about good things!”[e]

16 The problem is that they haven’t all paid attention to the Good News and obeyed it. For Yesha‘yahu says,

Adonai, who has trusted what he has heard from us?”[f]

17 So trust comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah.

18 “But, I say, isn’t it rather that they didn’t hear?” No, they did hear —

“Their voice has gone out throughout the whole world
and their words to the ends of the earth.”[g]

19 “But, I say, isn’t it rather that Isra’el didn’t understand?”

“I will provoke you to jealousy over a non-nation,
over a nation void of understanding I will make you angry.”[h]

20 Moreover, Yesha‘yahu boldly says,

“I was found by those who were not looking for me,
I became known to those who did not ask for me”;[i]

21 but to Isra’el he says,

“All day long I held out my hands
to a people who kept disobeying and contradicting.”[j]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 10:5 Leviticus 18:5
  2. Romans 10:8 Deuteronomy 30:11–14
  3. Romans 10:11 Isaiah 28:16
  4. Romans 10:13 Joel 3:5(2:32)
  5. Romans 10:15 Isaiah 52:7
  6. Romans 10:16 Isaiah 53:1
  7. Romans 10:18 Psalm 19:5(4)
  8. Romans 10:19 Deuteronomy 32:21
  9. Romans 10:20 Isaiah 65:1
  10. Romans 10:21 Isaiah 65:2

Romans 11

1 “In that case, I say, isn’t it that God has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Isra’el, from the seed of Avraham,[a] of the tribe of Binyamin. God has not repudiated his people,[b] whom he chose in advance. Or don’t you know what the Tanakh says about Eliyahu? He pleads with God against Isra’el, Adonai, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I’m the only one left, and now they want to kill me too!”[c] But what is God’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.”[d] It’s the same way in the present age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Now if it is by grace, it is accordingly not based on legalistic works; if it were otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.) What follows is that Isra’el has not attained the goal for which she is striving. The ones chosen have obtained it, but the rest have been made stonelike, just as the Tanakh says,

“God has given them a spirit of dullness
eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear,
right down to the present day.”[e]

And David says,

“Let their dining table become for them
a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a punishment.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can’t see,
with their backs bent continually.”[f]

11 “In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy.[g] 12 Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them!

13 However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work 14 in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! 15 For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!

16 Now if the hallah offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole loaf. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, 18 then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you. 19 So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you! 22 So take a good look at God’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! 23 Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in. 24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree!

25 For, brothers, I want you to understand this truth which God formerly concealed but has now revealed, so that you won’t imagine you know more than you actually do. It is that stoniness, to a degree, has come upon Isra’el, until the Gentile world enters in its fullness; 26 and that it is in this way that all Isra’el will be saved. As the Tanakh says,

“Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer;
he will turn away ungodliness from Ya‘akov
27 and this will be my covenant with them, . . .
when I take away their sins.”[h]

28 With respect to the Good News they are hated for your sake. But with respect to being chosen they are loved for the Patriarchs’ sake, 29 for God’s free gifts and his calling are irrevocable. 30 Just as you yourselves were disobedient to God before but have received mercy now because of Isra’el’s disobedience; 31 so also Isra’el has been disobedient now, so that by your showing them the same mercy that God has shown you, they too may now receive God’s mercy. 32 For God has shut up all mankind together in disobedience, in order that he might show mercy to all.

33 O the depth of the riches
    and the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments!
    How unsearchable are his ways!

34 For, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Who has been his counselor?’[i]
35 Or, ‘Who has given him anything
    and made him pay it back?’[j]

36 For from him and through him
    and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever!
    Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 11:1 2 Chronicles 20:7, Psalm 105:6
  2. Romans 11:2 1 Samuel 12:22, Psalm 94:14
  3. Romans 11:3 1 Kings 19:10, 14
  4. Romans 11:4 1 Kings 19:18
  5. Romans 11:8 Deuteronomy 29:3(4), Isaiah 29:10
  6. Romans 11:10 Psalm 69:23–24(22–23)
  7. Romans 11:11 Deuteronomy 32:21
  8. Romans 11:27 Isaiah 59:20–21, 27:9
  9. Romans 11:34 Isaiah 40:13
  10. Romans 11:35 Job 41:3(11)

 

Within 200 to 300 years the schism was set and Rome determined itself the end-all be-all know-all concerning the religion which had formed supposedly around the life and death and resurrection of Yeshua our Lord and Messiah.

Contrary to what is taught in schools and has become ingrained belief, but is error and a lie, the Roman Empire never ceased to dominate and spread throughout the world. The Roman Empire just evolved from a military based regime to a theocracy. We reside within the Roman Empire at this time. It is the fourth empire written about in the Book of Daniel (see Daniel 2:40-43).

Breastplates, swords, spears, the bow and arrow were replaced by priests in robes carrying beads sent to divide and conquer and win conquest after conquest for Mother Rome just as the militaristic Roman legions had the previous few hundred years. While the Roman Empire may not have been geographically based in the known city of Rome its ideology, its power  had only slid a little eastward and set up its base in Constantinople.

 

Here is a brief historical listing of persecution against Jews by the pagan Roman Empire and then the theocratic Roman Empire:

Persecution of Jews by Roman Pagans:

bullet 70 A.D.: The Roman Army destroyed Jerusalem, killed over 1 million Jews, took about 100,000 into slavery and captivity, and scattered many from Palestine to other locations in the Roman Empire.
bullet Circa 115 -117 A.D.: Jews in Cyprus, Cyrene, Egypt and parts of Mesopotamia revolted against the Roman Empire in what is known as the Kitos War. This caused the death of several hundreds of thousands of Romans and Jews. The Roman Legions eventually crushed the rebellions. 1
bullet 132 A.D.: Bar Kochba led a hopeless three-year revolt against the Roman Empire. Many Jews had accepted him as the Messiah. About a half-million Jews were killed; thousands were sold into slavery or taken into captivity.  The rest were exiled from Palestine and scattered throughout the known world, adding to what is now called the “Diaspora.” Judaism was no longer recognized as a legal religion. 2
 
bullet 135 A.D.: Serious Roman persecution of the Jews began. They were forbidden, upon pain of death, from practicing circumcision, reading the Torah, eating unleavened bread at Passover, etc. A temple dedicated to the Roman pagan god Jupiter was erected on temple mountain in Jerusalem. A temple of Venus was built on Golgotha, just outside the city.
bullet 200 A.D.: Roman Emperor Severus forbade religious conversions to Judaism.

Persecution of Jews by Christians in the Theocratic Roman Empire As That Mightier Empire Spread Further Than The Militaristic Roman Empire Ever Had:

The Persecution of the Jews in the Roman Empire 300 A.D. to 428 A.D.

Initial persecution of Jews was along religious lines. Persecution would cease if the person converted to Church of Rome version Christianity.

bullet 306 A.D.: The church Synod of Elvira banned marriages, sexual intercourse and community contacts between Christians and Jews. 
  
bullet 315 A.D.: Constantine published the Edict of Milan which extended religious tolerance to Christians. Jews lost many rights with this edict. They were no longer permitted to live in Jerusalem, or to proselytize.
bullet 325 A.D.: The Council of Nicea decided to separate the celebration of Easter from the Jewish Passover. They stated: “For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people…We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews…our worship follows a…more convenient course…we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews…How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded.
bullet 337 A.D.: Christian Emperor Constantius created a law which made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian punishable by death.
bullet 339 A.D.: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offense.
bullet 343-381 A.D.: The Laodicean Synod approved Cannon XXXVIII: “It is not lawful [for Christians] to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.” 
  
bullet 367 – 376 A.D.: St. Hilary of Poitiers referred to Jews as a perverse people who God has cursed forever. St. Ephroem refers to synagogues as brothels.
bullet 379-395 A.D.: Emperor Theodosius the Great permitted the destruction of synagogues if it served a religious purpose. Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire at this time.
bullet 380 A.D.: The bishop of Milan was responsible for the burning of a synagogue; he referred to it as “an act pleasing to God.
bullet 415 A.D.: The Bishop of Alexandria, St. Cyril, expelled the Jews from that Egyptian city.
bullet 415 A.D.: St. Augustine wrote “The true image of the Hebrew is Judas Iscariot, who sells the Lord for silver. The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Jesus.
bullet 418 A.D.: St. Jerome, who created the Vulgate translation of the Bible wrote of a synagogue: “If you call it a brothel, a den of vice, the Devil’s refuge, Satan’s fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disaster or whatever you will, you are still saying less than it deserves.
bullet 489 – 519 A.D.: Christian mobs destroyed the synagogues in Antioch, Daphne (near Antioch) and Ravenna.
bullet 528 A.D.: Emperor Justinian (527-564) passed the Justinian Code. It prohibited Jews from building synagogues, reading the Bible in Hebrew, assemble in public, celebrate Passover before Easter, and testify against Christians in court. 
  
bullet 535 A.D.: The “Synod of Claremont decreed that Jews could not hold public office or have authority over Christians.” 
  
bullet 538 A.D.: The 3rd and 4th Councils of Orleans prohibited Jews from appearing in public during the Easter season. Canon XXX decreed that “From the Thursday before Easter for four days, Jews may not appear in the company of Christians.”  Marriages between Christians and Jews were prohibited. Christians were prohibited from converting to Judaism. 
  
bullet 561 A.D.: The bishop of Uzes expelled Jews from his diocese in France.
612 A.D.: Jews were not allowed to own land, to be farmers or enter certain trades.
bullet 613 A.D. : Very serious persecution began in Spain. Jews were given the options of either leaving Spain or converting to Christianity. Jewish children over 6 years of age were taken from their parents and given a Christian education
bullet 692 A.D. : Cannnon II of the Quinisext Council stated: “Let no one in the priestly order nor any layman eat the unleavened bread of the Jews, nor have any familiar intercourse with them, nor summon them in illness, nor receive medicines from them, nor bathe with them; but if anyone shall take in hand to do so, if he is a cleric, let him be deposed, but if a layman, let him be cut off.” 
  
bullet 694 A.D. : The 17th Church Council of Toledo, Spain defined Jews as the serfs of the prince. This was based, in part, on the beliefs by Chrysostom, Origen, Jerome, and other Church Fathers that God punished the Jews with perpetual slavery because of their alleged responsibility for the execution of Jesus. 
  
bullet 722 A.D. : Leo III outlawed Judaism. Jews were baptized against their will.
bullet 855 A.D. : Jews were exiled from Italy.
bullet 1050 A.D. : The Synod of Narbonne prohibited Christians from living in the homes of Jews.
bullet 1078 A.D. : “Pope Gregory VII decreed that Jews could not hold office or be superiors to Christians.” 
  
bullet 1078 A.D. : The Synod of Gerona forced Jews to pay church taxes.
bullet 1096 A.D. : The First Crusade was launched in this year. Although the prime goal of the crusades was to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims, Jews were a second target. As the soldiers passed through Europe on the way to the Holy Land, large numbers of Jews were challenged: “Christ-killers, embrace the Cross or die!” 12,000 Jews in the Rhine Valley alone were killed in the first Crusade. This behavior continued for 8 additional crusades until the 9th in 1272.
bullet 1099 A.D.: The Crusaders forced all of the Jews of Jerusalem into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building.
bullet 1121 A.D.: Jews were exiled from Flanders (now part of present-day Belgium)
bullet 1130 A.D.: Some Jews in London allegedly killed a sick man. The Jewish people in the city were required to pay 1 million marks as compensation.
bullet 1146 A.D.: The Second Crusade began. A French Monk, Rudolf, called for the destruction of the Jews.
bullet 1179 A.D.: Canon 24 of the Third Lateran Council stated: “Jews should be slaves to Christians and at the same time treated kindly due of humanitarian considerations.” Canon 26 stated that “the testimony of Christians against Jews is to be preferred in all causes where they use their own witnesses against Christians.” 
  
bullet 1180 A.D.: The French King of France, Philip Augustus, arbitrarily seized all Jewish property and expelled the Jews from the country. There was no legal justification for this action. They were allowed to sell all movable possessions, but their land and houses were stolen by the king.
bullet 1189 A.D.: Jews were persecuted in England. The Crown claimed all Jewish possessions. Most of their houses were burned.

References:

  1. “Kitos War,” Wikipedia, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  2. Randy Felton, “Anti-Semitism and the Church,” at: http://www.haydid.org/
  3. Fritz B. Voll, “A Short Review of a Troubled History,” at: http://www.jcrelations.com/
  4. Classical and Christian Anti-Semitism,” at http://www.virtualjerusalem.co.il/
  5. Max Solbrekken, “The Jews & Jesus: Mistreatment of Jews: Christian shame,” at: http://www.mswm.org/
  6. Fritz B. Voll, “A Short Review of a Troubled History,” at: http://www.jcrelations.com/
  7. Bob Michael, “Jews as Serfs,” at: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/

 

Hatred and Separation Where Unity Should Have Been the Way

The Church of Rome had nothing but hatred for Jews. All Jews. Even the ones who had been disciples and followers of Yeshua, the Son of God, of the royal lineage of the House of King David, the Yeshua which fulfilled all the prophecy of the Older Testament and the Newer Testament.

Persecution and separation  existed for centuries. Corruption within the professed Christian denomination spread and grew like a deadly cancer. The Dark Ages fell over Europe and the known Western world.

In the early 16th century an individual man appeared which railed against the Church of Rome and its corruption and thus the Reformation was ushered in. The man who is given sole responsibility for this is Martin Luther. He is attributed with giving birth to Protestantism.

While the West, and much of the world where the church sent its missionaries, these newly pronounced edicts of Luther’s 95 thesis are credited with changing the world in a most positive way and ushering in the age of revival within the Church. Luther did not base his thesis on sound doctrine, or pure Scripture. He interjected his own theories and beliefs, and consequently through the ages tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people have followed the edicts and teachings and beliefs of this one man who created what he did in grave and heinous error since his actions, attitudes, demeanor, and practice did not emulate or imitate that of Jesus Christ which he wrote about. Luther was a theological tyrant not any different than the people in the Church of Rome he railed against.

While at first he believed every Jew and Gentle that wasn’t a Catholic, and even many who were, would jump on board with his newly written thesis and people would readily and of their own volition follow exactly what he had written and declared they ought to be following.

Luther just happened to omit most of God’s unchangeable inerrant Word when he formed this reform. Certain parts, certain promises, certain prophecy, certain precepts were conveniently omitted.

When Jews failed to flock to Lutheranism and refused to fall into lockstep with Luther’s edicts his rage, hatred, vehemence, and ungodly anger was revealed. The following are excerpts of Luther’s writings concerning Jews. Nothing is taken out of context. Nothing has been added or deleted. What follows are the pertinent and exact excerpts from Luther himself in his own hand. The following are exact words written by the man responsible for creating Protestantism. Please carefully read and ponder the words and statements below and then question within your spirit and soul if these words are the words of a man of God millions, hundreds of millions should follow as they abandon the Word of God and ignore what is contained in the Word of God;

 

The year – 1543. The author – Martin Luther. The title – “The Jews and Their Lies”

“I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I might be found among those who opposed such poisonous activities of the Jews who warned the Christians to be on their guard against them. I would not have believed that a Christian could be duped by the Jews into taking their exile and wretchedness upon himself. However, the devil is the god of the world, and wherever God’s word is absent he has an easy task, not only with the weak but also with the strong. May God help us. Amen.”

“He did not call them Abraham’s children, but a “brood of vipers” [Matt. 3:7]. Oh, that was too insulting for the noble blood and race of Israel, and they declared, “He has a demon’ [Matt 11:18]. Our Lord also calls them a “brood of vipers”; furthermore in John 8 [:39,44] he states: “If you were Abraham’s children ye would do what Abraham did…. You are of your father the devil. It was intolerable to them to hear that they were not Abraham’s but the devil’s children, nor can they bear to hear this today.”

“Therefore the blind Jews are truly stupid fools…”

“Now just behold these miserable, blind, and senseless people … their blindness and arrogance are as solid as an iron mountain.”

“Learn from this, dear Christian, what you are doing if you permit the blind Jews to mislead you. Then the saying will truly apply, “When a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into the pit” [cf. Luke 6:39]. You cannot learn anything from them except how to misunderstand the divine commandments…”
“Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer self­glory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously and veheming his eyes on them.”

“Moreover, they are nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no thread of clothing which they have not stolen and pilfered from us by means of their accursed usury. Thus they live from day to day, together with wife and child, by theft and robbery, as arch­thieves and robbers, in the most impenitent security.”

“However, they have not acquired a perfect mastery of the art of lying; they lie so clumsily and ineptly that anyone who is just a little observant can easily detect it. But for us Christians they stand as a terrifying example of God’s wrath.”

“If I had to refute all the other articles of the Jewish faith, I should be obliged to write against them as much and for as long a time as they have used for inventing their lies­­ that is, longer than two thousand years.”

“…Christ and his word can hardly be recognized because of the great vermin of human ordinances. However, let this suffice for the time being on their lies against doctrine or faith.”

“Did I not tell you earlier that a Jew is such a noble, precious jewel that God and all the angels dance when he farts?”

“Alas, it cannot be anything but the terrible wrath of God which permits anyone to sink into such abysmal, devilish, hellish, insane baseness, envy, and arrogance. If I were to avenge myself on the devil himself I should be unable to wish him such evil and misfortune as God’s wrath inflicts on the Jews, compelling them to lie and to blaspheme so monstrously, in violation of their own conscience. Anyway, they have their reward for constantly giving God the lie.”

“No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.”

“…but then eject them forever from this country. For, as we have heard, God’s anger with them is so intense that gentle mercy will only tend to make them worse and worse, while sharp mercy will reform them but little. Therefore, in any case, away with them!”

“Over and above that we let them get rich on our sweat and blood, while we remain poor and they such the marrow from our bones.”

“I brief, dear princes and lords, those of you who have Jews under your rule­­ if my counsel does not please your, find better advice, so that you and we all can be rid of the unbearable, devilish burden of the Jews, lest we become guilty sharers before God in the lies, blasphemy, the defamation, and the curses which the mad Jews indulge in so freely and wantonly against the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, this dear mother, all Christians, all authority, and ourselves. Do not grant them protection, safe­conduct, or communion with us…. .With this faithful counsel and warning I wish to cleanse and exonerate my conscience.”

“Let the government deal with them in this respect, as I have suggested. But whether the government acts or not, let everyone at least be guided by his own conscience and form for himself a definition or image of a Jew.”

“However, we must avoid confirming them in their wanton lying, slandering, cursing, and defaming. Nor dare we make ourselves partners in their devilish ranting and raving by shielding and protecting them, by giving them food, drink, and shelter, or by other neighborly.”

“Therefore we Christians, in turn, are obliged not to tolerate their wanton and conscious blasphemy.”

“Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death.”

“What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? Since they live among us, we dare not tolerate their conduct, now that we are aware of their lying and reviling and blaspheming. If we do, we become sharers in their lies, cursing and blasphemy. Thus we cannot extinguish the unquenchable fire of divine wrath, of which the prophets speak, nor can we convert the Jews. With prayer and the fear of God we must practice a sharp mercy to see whether we might save at least a few from the glowing flames. We dare not avenge ourselves. Vengeance a thousand times worse than we could wish them already has them by the throat. I shall give you my sincere advice:

First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly ­ and I myself was unaware of it ­ will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know.

Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. This will bring home to them that they are not masters in our country, as they boast, but that they are living in exile and in captivity, as they incessantly wail and lament about us before God.

Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. (remainder omitted)

Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. For they have justly forfeited the right to such an office by holding the poor Jews captive with the saying of Moses (Deuteronomy 17 [:10 ff.]) in which he commands them to obey their teachers on penalty of death, although Moses clearly adds: “what they teach you in accord with the law of the Lord.” Those villains ignore that. They wantonly employ the poor people’s obedience contrary to the law of the Lord and infuse them with this poison, cursing, and blasphemy. In the same way the pope also held us captive with the declaration in Matthew 16 {:18], “You are Peter,” etc, inducing us to believe all the lies and deceptions that issued from his devilish mind. He did not teach in accord with the word of God, and therefore he forfeited the right to teach.

Fifth, I advise that safe­conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let they stay at home. (…remainder omitted).

Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. The reason for such a measure is that, as said above, they have no other means of earning a livelihood than usury, and by it they have stolen and robbed from us all they possess. Such money should now be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest. With this he could set himself up in some occupation for the support of his poor wife and children, and the maintenance of the old or feeble. For such evil gains are cursed if they are not put to use with God’s blessing in a good and worthy cause.

Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow, as was imposed on the children of Adam (Gen 3[:19]}. For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.”

“But what will happen even if we do burn down the Jews‘ synagogues and forbid them publicly to praise God, to pray, to teach, to utter God’s name? They will still keep doing it in secret. If we know that they are doing this in secret, it is the same as if they were doing it publicly. for our knowledge of their secret doings and our toleration of them implies that they are not secret after all and thus our conscience is encumbered with it before God.”

“Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death. My advice, as I said earlier, is:

First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss in sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire. That would demonstrate to God our serious resolve and be evidence to all the world that it was in ignorance that we tolerated such houses, in which the Jews have reviled God, our dear Creator and Father, and his Son most shamefully up till now but that we have now given them their due reward.”

“I wish and I ask that our rulers who have Jewish subjects exercise a sharp mercy toward these wretched people, as suggested above, to see whether this might not help (though it is doubtful). They must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in, proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did in the wilderness, slaying three thousand lest the whole people perish. They surely do not know what they are doing; moreover, as people possessed, they do not wish to know it, hear it, or learn it. There it would be wrong to be merciful and confirm them in their conduct. If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs, so that we do not become partakers of their abominable blasphemy and all their other vices and thus merit God’s wrath and be damned with them. I have done my duty. Now let everyone see to his. I am exonerated. “

“My essay, I hope, will furnish a Christian (who in any case has no desire to become a Jew) with enough material not only to defend himself against the blind, venomous Jews, but also to become the foe of the Jews‘ malice, lying, and cursing, and to understand not only that their belief is false but that they are surely possessed by all devils. May Christ, our dear Lord, convert them mercifully and preserve us steadfastly and immovably in the knowledge of him, which is eternal life. Amen.”

Sources: Internet Medieval Sourcebook; From Luther’s Works, Volume 47: The Christian in Society IV, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971). pp 268­293.

 

In part 2 we will include and explore Scriptural promises of Adonai [God] to Jews and Gentiles who believe, and the deeper truth within the living, inerrant Word of God.

We will further discuss why we as believers need to change course now. Why we need a major course correction now. We can no longer avert our eyes and spirits from the truth. We can no longer live at odds while professing to be people of God! We will repeat and repeat and repeat again the truth of Scripture, the whole truth, and how Jew and Gentile who believe in and live to serve God and Yeshua are ONE and the same in the eyes of Adonai, our Father, our Creator. His chosen people!

To be continued…

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