Apostolic Letter – 10 January 2004
Today many of the churches are serving the false gods of pleasure and self-indulgence without a solitary thought to the consequences of whether or not their acts of sin cause harm to themselves or to those around them. Walking with a double standard within their heart, indeed a divided heart, these churches and whole denominations walk the path of confusion and are in essence rebelling against God’s righteous Law. The sinful activities they partake in throughout their daily lives must be removed if they expect to receive any kind of favour from God; they must put their complete trust in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah in order to have His favour.
We see the world and the nominal Christian Church in a state of confusion and this reminds us of the days when God confused the languages of the people at Babel. Each denomination and church is screaming at each other and giving confusing messages to their membership and the world as a whole. They have become Babel, the land of confusion and rebellion and God has cast them out of the fish net!
Disobedience to God’s holy Law leads one to a serious state of confusion. Disobedience is blatant rebellion against God’s righteous standards and such rebellion is manifested in the words and actions of the one who is sinning. The nominal Christian church is in the forefront of bringing confusion to not only the world but their very own members! They have been spit out from the mouth of our Lord due to disobedience and lack of love. When there is a lack of love there is a great supply of sin in the storehouse!
An act of sin, no matter how small or large the act, is turning against God’s righteous standards. Sin is breaking God’s Law. Sin is missing the Holy and righteous mark that has been set by Almighty God Himself. Sin is hating God. However, Yeshua the Messiah has made a way out for those who are truly repentant and sincere.
The churches, no matter what denomination they each claim to be, must repent of their hatred of our Lord and of His children. They must turn around and bring a penitent heart to the Holy Altar of our Father. The Christian Church must return to the simple Christianity of the first century, the Apostolic Faith given to us by our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Today we see individuals and ministries from various denominations of Christendom heralding their particular brand of the Gospel. The Church has taken up the “Gospel of the Jones'” in place of the Gospel of Truth and Grace. Denominationalism is the word of the day. Throughout Christendom Messiah has been substituted with lustful hunger for Mammon (Syriac, “riches”). Many denominations have become the evildoers of 2 Peter 2:10-22:
- They have become like irrational animals born by nature for capture and destruction, revile things that they do not understand, and in their destruction they will also be destroyed, suffering wrong as payment for wrongdoing. Thinking daytime revelry a delight, they are stains and defilements as they revel in their deceits while carousing with you.
Their eyes are full of adultery and insatiable for sin. They seduce unstable people, and their hearts are trained in greed. Accursed children! Abandoning the straight road, they have gone astray, following the road of Balaam, the son of Bosor, who loved payment for wrongdoing, but he received a rebuke for his own crime: a mute beast spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
These people are waterless springs and mists driven by a gale; for them the gloom of darkness has been reserved. For, talking empty bombast, they seduce with licentious desires of the flesh those who have barely escaped from people who live in error. They promise them freedom, though they themselves are slaves of corruption, for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him. For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of (our) Lord and Saviour Yeshua the Messiah, again become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is worse than their first.
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment handed down to them. What is expressed in the true proverb has happened to them, “The dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A bathed sow returns to wallowing in the mire.”
… We often see churches that are ruled by local families or cliques instead of the proper organisational structure as given in God’s Word and ancient Apostolic Tradition. These local families and cliques often times are able to persuade the leadership in making certain policies, regulations, etc. that are in favour of them and not for the good of the local church or community…The vicious cycle continues and Messiah’s heart continues to pour forth His precious blood.
The churches are doing wrong to their own Christian brothers whom they claim to serve. Do they not know that they can have no part in the Kingdom of God? Do not be fooled. There are some churches and their members who indeed will never have part in the glorious Kingdom of our Lord.
They are those who commit adultery by replacing the Gospel of Messiah with that of their own, those who have idols (material possessions outweighing their love of Messiah), or steal (those who do not teach the Truth of God’s Word), or are always wanting more (lusting after the riches of this world), or speak wrong of their brothers and sisters (hypocrites and false judges), or drink plenty of strong drink (the pleasures of this world). (c.f. 1 Corinthians 6:9).
For such people are counterfeit apostles, devious workers, who attempt impersonate the Apostles of Messiah. And no wonder, for even satan pretends to be an angel of light. So it is not bizarre that ministers of the evil one also pretend to be ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. The same Scriptures they quote to condemn their neighbours are the same Scriptures that will be used in reference to their own judgement by Our Lord. Such ones do not acknowledge the True God and they stand on their own self-righteousness.
Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32.
The Christian Church is exhorted in Scripture to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.
But when the kindness and generous love of God our Saviour appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Yeshua the Messiah our Saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these points, that those who have believed in God be careful to devote themselves to good works; these are excellent and beneficial to others.
Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned. Titus 3:2-11.
Spiritual leaders within the Church are exhorted to hold fast the faithful Word and to guide their flocks well. They claim to know God, but by their deeds they deny him. They are vile and disobedient and unqualified for any good deed. Titus 1:16.
Churches are to serve as local assemblies reflecting the light and love of our Lord. Church leaders are to dispense God’s Word and uphold the essential faith and righteous Law of God before the membership and to the world around them. This does not come without some difficulty.
While the Church must uphold the essentials of the Faith, it must also be compassionate and understanding in all matters. However, compassion does not mean compromise in all things! Filth must be removed from all ranks of both church leaders and members as well if the church expects to have any favour and blessings from God.
Ask yourself, Do I belong to a church or denomination that is slandering anyone? Is my church or denomination living in peace with other denominations? Is my church or denomination filled with hypocrites and backbiters? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you should exhort your leaders to bring peace and the Gospel of Messiah back into the fold. If you see no change, you should do as God’s Word commands us, break off contact! Get out!
Remove yourself from their association for it is obvious that God has left them to be devoured for their sins and wicked ways. They have left the love of God and His Word! Do not follow after them! Ask God to forgive you and to give you guidance in finding a people are manifestly serving the Lord according to His Word. Messiah’s sacrifice was too great to turn your back on Him. Plea for forgiveness!
What are the conditions of forgiveness?
Nathan the prophet came to [David] after his affair with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offence. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. For I know my offence; my sin is always before me. Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me. Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you. Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power. Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise. For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept. My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart. Psalm 51:1-19.
Confession of sins is manifested by remorse, self-abasement, Godly sorrowfulness and regret, turning from sin, and recompense.
I had thought: How I should like to treat you as sons, And give you a pleasant land, a heritage most beautiful among the nations! You would call me, “My Father,” I thought, and never cease following me. But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel, says the Lord. A cry is heard on the heights! the plaintive weeping of Israel’s children, Because they have perverted their ways and forgotten the Lord, their God. Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your rebelling. Jeremiah 3:19-22.
“Here we are, we now come to you because you are the Lord, our God. Let us lie down in our shame, let our disgrace cover us, for we have sinned against the Lord, our God, from our youth to this day, we and our fathers also; we listened not to the voice of the Lord, our God.” Jeremiah 3:22,25.
Messiah has warned His Church that hypocrisy is the leaven of the Pharisees. The Church can not have any type of relationship with Messiah, the Head of the Body, if it is full of hypocrisy.
A church filled with double standards is hollow and dead to the Lord. No amount of Sunday sermons and homilies, Wednesday night Bible studies, agape fellowships, church bazaars, or weekly potluck dinners can have any bearing on a church’s merits with God when they are full of lust for the ways of the evil one instead of God’s ways!
The Lord shall come in a day when the Church does not expect Him, and in an hour that it is not aware of, and shall cut the hypocrites into pieces, and appoint it to her portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (cf Matthew 24:50-51).
May God give you the strength to remove yourself from all forms of evil and to bring the light of the True Gospel to your neighbours without judgement and condemnation.
Extract from His Holiness’ Apostolic Letter of 10 January 2004