Heresy & Damnable Heresy
Heresy is a self-chosen belief in opposition to the Holy Scriptures. That SELF is the key word in the identification of heresy and heretics. The Holy Bible makes very clear distinction between simple, uninformed, or ignorant heretics, and DAMNABLE heretics.
It should noted that BEFORE God did provide Himself, Messiah, as the Lamb of God, to take away the sin of the world, the Torah called for the death penalty for certain serious violations of the Law of God. The reason for this necessity, BEFORE the coming of the Kingdom of God, in the person of Messiah Yeshua, is that there was no other way to break, or limit the extent of the curse. Demonic license was gained through certain serious transgressions of the Law of God, and the demonic host gained a legal right to destroy the people of God. Through the power of the blood of Messiah, the Lamb of God, prophesied by Abraham and Moses, all curses may now be broken. Thus the need for the death penalty, for such things as gross sexual sin, false teachers, false prophets, and witches is not required. Their foot will slide in due time.
It should be understood that if a heresy becomes accepted by the majority, as being a true belief, that does NOT stop the heresy from being heresy. This is why the understanding of HERESY and how it should be dealt with by faithful remnant believers, is so important. The last days, we do know, will be marked by a world wide famine for hearing the Word of God. The last days of the antichrist war on the SAINTS is to be marked by a great apostasy, a great falling away from THE Faith. That means that heresy will be the majority belief, as the majority will depart from the FAITH.
2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears;
Titus 1:9-11 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
2 Th 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
SELF-Chosen Beliefs that contradict or deny God Inspired revelations contained in, and easily confirmed by, the More Sure word of the Holy Bible, is the basis of defining heresy. The heretics oppose themselves, by self-chosen beliefs, in opposition to the Word of God. Often the heresy of the heretic may be the result of never having read the Holy Bible, or having been taught to believe error by a false teacher. Such simple heretics when confronted with the truth of the Scriptures, may be led by the Spirit of Truth and Holiness, to put aside their false beliefs in preference to the truth of the word of God. However, when the heretic is given the first admonition, often the demonic characteristics associated with many heresies, will manifest. That demonic spirit may be a spirit of rebellion, or a religious spirit, in addition to pride and envy. After the second admonition, the heretic - yes, even the simple heretic, is to be rejected.
As we look at what the Holy Bible says, there are different types or levels of heresy. In Acts 5:17, 15:5; and 26:5, it simply means a party or sect, or what we call a denomination. In Acts 24:14 and 28:22 it is used in a slightly derogatory sense, referring to Christians being separatists or sectarians, by the more mainstream majority of the Jewish rabbis.
Paul used the term heresies to refer to groups which threatened the harmony, and unity of the church. 1 Cor 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. The heresies described the disgraceful way in which the Corinthians were observing the Lord's Supper. Paul would sometimes use the term heresy as the source of factions or divisions. In Galatians 5:20 we are clearly told that heresy is one of the works of the flesh, in the list along with strife, seditions, and envyings. SELF really is the KEY word in understanding heresy. Invariably heretics are people who choose to place their own desires above the fellowship of their brethren, or even the love of the truth, as defined by the Word of God.
In Titus 3:10-11 we are given direction regarding heretics and how we are to deal with them. The context of these verses has to do with quarreling and dissensions. The FROWARD person will even invent things to separate brethren from one another. Heresy and factions go together. In God’s Kingdom there is no such thing as a little rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and obedience is better than sacrifice.
In 2 Peter 2:1 we see what the CLEAR Difference between heretics and DAMNABLE heretics involves. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. The damnable heretic clearly refers to the false teachers or false prophets who DENY the TRUTH OF THE PERSON AND WORK OF MESSIAH. The damnable heretic is one who has left the doctrine of Christ. The damnable heretic does not recognize Yeshua the Messiah, as God, the Son. The damnable heretic is different from the simple heretic, or Jew, in that the damnable heretic has DEPARTED from the doctrine of Messiah. Most Jews, because of persecution by so-called Christians, have never really been exposed to the Doctrine of Messiah, or the Doctrine of the Apostles. Most Jews have NOT Departed from the Doctrine of Christ.
Heresy may have as much to do with fellowship within the church as it does with doctrinal teachings, if the heresy is NOT DAMNABLE heresy. Doctrine and actions are equally important. Wrong attitudes such as counterfeit religious spirits, and spirits of rebellion, and improper attitudes, are as important as the depth of understanding of what God has revealed to man. However in 2 John 7-11 we see that we are not even to say God Bless you, or bid God speed, and most certainly not give substance support, to the DAMNABLE heretic. In those few verses we also see precisely what defines the damnable heretic.
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess NOT that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and ABIDETH NOT in the doctrine of Christ, hath NOT God. He that ABIDETH in the doctrine of Christ, he hath BOTH the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring NOT this doctrine, receive him NOT into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 7-11.
We see that the damnable heretic is one who has departed from the Doctrine of Christ, more so than one who had never had opportunity to know. Tragically, the vast majority of Jews do not know their own glorious Messiah, because of how they have been persecuted by so-called Christians, under the leadership of the black witchcraft Babylonian religion of Rome. Sadly the Protestants never protested this, and have often followed the lead of the heretic Roman Catholic Church.
The vast majority of Roman Catholics have never read the Holy Bible. The vast majority of Roman Catholics are in the same blindness of the pagans, heathen, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and other religions who are trying to find eternal life in a DIFFERENT Way other than the Doctrine of Messiah. The damnable heretic is one who has known, or had previously professed to know, the REAL Messiah, who is BOTH God and man, who is BOTH Creator and Redeemer, and now professes a Messiah who is less than fully God, and equal with the Father, in power, authority, and eternity. The damnable heretic now professes a different Jesus other than the REAL true Jesus Christ who is God the Son, the I AM, who spoke to Abraham, and Moses, who is BOTH Creator and Redeemer. The DAMNABLE Heretic professes faith in another Jesus, and another Gospel.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
A sad reality today is, that within large Messianic congregations of over 100, one will generally find a small COVERT cell, within the congregation, who have another Messiah, who is NOT FULLY God who is come in the flesh. What they have is the powerful demon religious spirits, that go with the ground given by the age old Arian heresy, which is the Synagogue of Satan, with which all of the Apostles did earnestly contend. In the first century, there were Jewish Synagogues that did profess that Yeshua was the Messiah, while denying that He was God. This Hebrew spin of the common Jehovah Witness, or Christadelphia heresy is DEADLY and DAMNABLE Heresy.
That is part of the reason why the simple and yet powerful test of the Spirit is so important. Just ask them to say – Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh. Those in the secret and/or sacred name heresy groups will find that simple test of the spirit to be difficult. I have yet to see the Satanist who could pass that simple test without great difficulty. Many will say Yeshua did come in the flesh. Or Messiah has come in the flesh. Though true, that is still FAILING the simple test of the Spirit. The “IS Come” profession involves the acknowledgment that Jesus or Yeshua is fully God the I AM, who spoke to Abraham and Moses, who is BOTH Creator and Redeemer. If you find some Messianic rabbi today, who has the slightest hitch, or reluctance to boldly confess that “Jesus Christ IS COME in the flesh,” BEWARE. The more you apply that simple test of the spirit, the more you will be amazed at how effective and powerful that simple test of the spirit is, to remove the sheep’s clothing from the wolves. Jesus Christ IS Come in the flesh – that simple statement will disclose many subtle damnable heretics in these last days of Strong Delusion.
The Roman Catholic Church has killed and tortured literally millions of Jews and real Christians, people of the book. Now days the Vatican, which put Mohammed in the religion business, tries to maintain a VERY thick sheep’s cloak over the antichrist Luciferian goals of that MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Sadly, the very vast majority of those in the bondage of the Roman Catholic Church, have no idea of the true bloody murderous history of that abominable church of Rome. They remain totally convinced that salvation is by the sacraments of the Roman Church and not by the grace of God through THE Faith of The Lord Jesus Christ.
This makes the Roman Catholic INQUISITIONS so particularly abhorrent. There is NO justification for killing the heretic, since the CROSS, and establishment of the Kingdom of God by the Messiah. The heretic should be rejected, marked, and not given Christian fellowship; but, that is the full extent of the duty and power of the Kingdom of Messiah. No more serious action was ever to be placed upon the heretic. The Roman Catholic Church still maintains that she has this power to kill those who will not follow Rome’s heresies. The pope has been the pre-eminent heretic in the world since the first pope, and Roman Emperor Constantine, and his court theologian, Eusebius, set up the Roman Catholic State Church of the Roman Empire, in the fourth century. In the seventh century Rome put the great heretic and false prophet Mohammed in the religion business, to kill Jews and Christians, people of the book, as the Koran calls them. It should be no surprise that the Muslims have no great problems with the Roman Catholics, because they are NOT people of the book, unlike Jews and real Christians. That is the religion of Islam, to kill and destroy the people of the book. The god of Vatican Rome, is the same as the god of Islam, and freemasonry, and all other false religions, LUCIFER.
It is right and proper to ask those who seek Christian fellowship - "Who is the Messiah, and how is He related to God? What did Yeshua do in His human life, and how did it come about that the Christian or Messianic believers give Him titles belonging to God?"
The cross must be explained. 1 Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. How Yeshua could be the Messiah was a great stumbling block to the Jews, because His death at the hands of the of the Roman political powers stood in direct and obvious contradiction to all that faithful Jews believed about the Messiah. The Jews expected Messiah to be glorious and God's expected Deliverer of His people. The Jews knew Deu 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. The Jew has a difficult time understanding anyone hanging on a tree, who died under God's curse, could be their glorious Messiah.
The answer may be seen in their scriptures like Psalm 118:22 and Isaiah 53, and Micah 5:2, and many other Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures. It is not possible to side step His direct claims to be the Messenger and embodiment of God's kingdom. His resurrection from that death on the cross; however, is the real answer. In the resurrection of Messiah, God had reversed this cursed death verdict, vindicated His Son, and installed Him in the place of highest honor, power, and authority.
The first Christian prayer of which we have any record is "Maranatha" which means, "our Lord, come." That most simple ancient prayer to the risen Lord, places Him in equality with Yahweh, Israel's covenant God, and worthy of the worship of men and angels.
1 Cor 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
Rom 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Also in relation to this most important issue of THE Faith is the final testimony of the first Christian martyr Steven:
Acts 7:55-59 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
This is the shocking and unique message in the ONE TRUE FAITH of Abraham. It is The Faith of the One True Messiah Yeshua, who by His resurrection and enthronement at the right hand of the Majesty on high, is proven to be God the Son, as well as The ONLY Messiah. The "Son of man" who also is God the Son, is the head of a worldwide kingdom, far outstripping the narrow confines of Jewish hopes.
Some day SOON the veil which still remains over Jewish eyes when Moses is preached, will be removed. Such scriptures as the following will no longer be a stumbling block to the Jews but cause for their greatest rejoicing:
Phil 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Those words of God faithfully inspired by the Holy Spirit of God as surely as God inspired Moses, do NOT compromise the belief that the God of Israel is ONE God. The roots of true Christianity are 100% Jewish. It was a full NINE YEARS AFTER the crucifixion and resurrection of Messiah, after THOUSANDS of Jews had become Messianic believers in Yeshua, as the I AM who spoke to Moses and Abraham, that the FIRST Gentile, Cornelius, was admitted into that company of Messianic Jewish believers. The Christian or Messianic inheritance is 100% Jewish in its roots and remains faithful to the Jewish patriarch’s central belief in ONE God, in a world of many false gods. In No way did those early believers in Messiah ever hold the view that Jesus was a rival God in competition with His Father. The worship of Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah has always been properly directed to God who has revealed Himself once-for-all and uniquely in Messiah, the Son, who is BOTH God and man, as well as BOTH Creator and Redeemer. God the Father loves and honors and exalts His ONLY Begotten Son. The Messiah mirrors the perfect expression of the divine nature of the Father.
Belief in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, is the most Jewish belief that any Jew could have. One day soon, the world will be ROCKED as God removes the veil from the eyes of the Jewish people, and they all, as a Nation, Look upon Him whom WE ALL have PIERCED by our sins. It will be exactly as the prophet of Israel, Zechariah, foretold.
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Col 1:13-14 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
2 Cor 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
For now let it suffice to say there are Damnable Heretics like Vendyl Jones, and the Netzarim group, and others, who are seeking to traffic in the souls of men, in the modern Messianic movement. Christians who have been awakened to the truth of Jeremiah 16:19 need to BEWARE as you look into the Jewish roots of the Gospel. It is important to demand of any visiting Messianic rabbis, with unhesitating boldness confess – Jesus Christ IS Come in the flesh. If they do not want to say Jesus Christ – BEWARE. If they will not give a definite and absolute YES to the question – Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God? – Beware and MARK them. Some of these damnable Messianic rabbi wolves, are very slick and hard to pin down. Demand a yes or no, to the simple question - Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son who is BOTH Creator and Redeemer.