In a word, neither and I know this remark will stir up all kinds of negative emotions in cult followers and their opponents in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion, alike (see link No. 1 below).
Let’s be clear, many cult followers love to promote their Hebrew/Judaic brand of ‘Christianity’ by observing the Hebrew Sabbath (which btw is not a Jewish Sabbath, see link No.s 2 and 3 below), with many of them observing it from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. I know this to be true, because I used to observe it this way myself, when I was a member of Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God or, better, his ‘three tithes’ money grabbing, criminal, scam organisation.
Proper little Pharisees we were, complete with our superiority complexes, looking down on all those inferior satanic mainstream Christians, keeping their blasphemous Roman Cult (first day of the week) Sunday Sabbath. How proud and self-righteous we were, citing our knowledge of Scripture and ancient history. You know, all about the events that took place at The Council of Nicea in 325 AC, where the Christian Religious, Hellenising dogs and counterfeiters changed the Sabbath from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week. (Again, see link No. 1 below).
Let me explain here, for this ‘correct’ Sabbath day keeping issue was crucial to Armstrong’s belief system, because he made the claim that “seventh day Sabbath keeping” was the pivotal identifying sign that his church was the true Church of God – all the other ‘churches’ and demon-inations (divisions) keeping a Sunday Sabbath were apostate Romanised churches. It, too, was my anchor to that claim as well, so, likewise, I believed as Armstrong did, such was my delusion.
Now all this is very interesting, because here, within this concept, we have a double whammy of error, or a compounding of error(s) by these deluded people. The problems with these ideas, that is, for the counterfeiters, were two fold: 1) there was the New Covenant Biblical Truth that regulated Sabbath keeping had been nailed to the cross with the rest of The Law and which these men of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion did not understand, and still don’t to this day, (see link No. 4 below). 2) Now if the first point is true, and it is, why were they going to the trouble of changing the day the Sabbath was held on, what difference did it make, and who were these people that were obviously, bringing pressure to bear with their seventh day Sabbath keeping, and influencing their ideas to change it? Who were these people that troubled the counterfeiters at Nicea? They must have considered them a threat or they would not have behaved in such a way. Why did the Nicea attendees wish to distance themselves from these Judaising Sabbath observers? Easy, through what we call today, anti-Semitism. These early Roman Catholics blamed the Jews for the death of Yashua Messiah (Jesus Christ), which was true, and so began the so-called persecution of Jews by counterfeit Hellenising Religious Christians. From here on in, anything that they deemed to be Judaic was frowned upon as blasphemous and, after Nicea, was classified as heretical. Take note, this is in the literal sense, not a Spiritual sense, for Spiritually we all killed Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ), for we are all born into this world as sinners. However, Yashua Messiah had to come and take all the sins of mankind with Him to the cross.
OK, so Rome versus Jewry, Jewry versus Rome is nothing new, nor is there anything revelatory in what I have said on this subject, but what about these Judaic ‘Christians’, in the first, second and third centuries, that were such a thorn in the flesh of the men of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion? Were they, for instance, only Jews that were members of this sect? No, they had Israelite and non-Israelite adherents too, but were they True Believers? Were they the real thing or the real Church as opposed to the counterfeiters at Nicea? No, if anything, they were worse, but who were they, does Holy Scripture make mention of them and what made them worse than the counterfeiters? In answer to the first questions; no they were not the real thing and nor were they true believers whilst they remained deceived by this evil teaching. In answer to the third question, yes, of course the Holy Scriptures mentions them and we find them in the book of Galatians where Paul refers to them as fools:
Galatians 3:1 (MCV) O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not attentively hearken to The Truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
In addition to the above verse, why were they fools and what made them worse than the Christian Religious counterfeiters? Well, if we go to Galatians once more, we will find out:
Galatians 1:6 (KJV) I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into The Grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Now straight away we can see why they are fools, they have been ‘removed’ from Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), that is, removed from belief solely in Him, and swiftly. That means they didn’t hang around, so stupid were they. This means, also, that no sooner were they baptised into Yashua Messiah they had upped sticks and transferred their faith to another gospel, and rejected Yashua Messiah’s Grace at the same time. How dumb is that? I’ll tell you, it’s very dumb indeed, because I’ve been there and done it myself, although I had not been birthed into The Truth prior to my membership of the cult, I was a greenhorn, so I hadn’t deserted Yashua Messiah in order to join, I had gone straight into error from the get-go. Never-the-less, please take it from me, and don’t be dumb and foolish by falling for any Judaiser’s non-Gospel poison.
Next we have Paul declaring that this ‘gospel’ isn’t a gospel at all, it’s evil bad news, not The Good News:
Galatians 1:7 (KJV) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert The Gospel of Christ.
And Armstrong was such a man:
“You have probably heard that you are saved by Grace – Oh my friends what poppycock.”
— Herbert W. Armstrong
Furthermore, we can also see that in the first century there were some who would and did pervert The Lord’s Gospel message. Who were these people, and how did they pervert the Gospel? Paul, in Galatians, tells us who they were, they were evil creatures who infiltrated the church to spy on the brethren and witness the freedom they were experiencing and enjoying under His Grace:
Galatians 2:4 (KJV) And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our
liberty freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. (Strike-through mine)
Notice, that they might bring us into bondage – the bondage of what? Why, the bondage of creatures of the circumcision, and what did circumcision represent, or what did it symbolise? Easy, the whole Mosaic Law, summarised by the Ten Commandments, with all its minor rules and regulations as written down in the book of Leviticus, which included The Law of keeping the seventh day Sabbath. Sabbath keeping is law keeping which ever way we cut this folks and especially if we make it binding on other people.
Philippians 3:2 (MCV) Beware of Judaising mongrel dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the circumcision.
Moreover, the Holy Scriptures are very definite about keeping days Holy and how we should go about observing them, if we wish. Basically its about freedom and voluntary agreement between brothers and sisters and about when they decide which day they wish to keep Holy to The Lord. Individually we can keep any day we like, or none at all, if that’s what we want to do.
Colossians 2:16 (KJV) Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an Holy Day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath [days]:
There we are: let no man judge you, which means let no man determine or dictate which days you keep. We are now free to decide for ourselves under His Grace which days we keep and, if none at all, then so be it.
Colossians 2:13-14 (KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened (made Spiritual) together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out The Handwriting of Ordinances (THE WHOLE LAW) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. (Brackets mine)
The above verses are telling us straight! regulated Sabbath keeping on Saturday (the seventh day of the week) or any other day of the week, and made binding on believers, is Old Covenant legalism (PHARISAICAL JUDAISM), and not required under the New Covenant Law of GRACE!!
Can we now see why these Christian Religious counterfeiters of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion wished to separate themselves from the Judaisers?
Yet that didn’t make ‘em right, because they still wanted their own form of legalism and religion, with all the rules and regulations that went with it.
However, they didn’t want to be seen as a branch of Judaism, due to their prejudice and self-righteousness. So, in order to not be outdone they moved the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday where it has remained to this day. As you can now see this is just one satanic religion versus another satanic religion, proving that the Devil is not divided, and has nothing to do with living under Yashua Messiah’s (the Lord Jesus Christ’s) glorious Saving Grace.
I therefore hope and trust you can now see the futility and blasphemy of any form of regulated and religiously imposed Sabbath keeping.
Watch out for my latest follow-on article: Have YOU Entered Into Yashua Messiah’s (The Lord Jesus Christ’s) ETERNAL SABBATH REST?….
In Yashua Messiah’s Holy name
1. The Counterfeit Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion:
2. Were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel, Jews? – The Beginning:
3. Origins of the Royal Judahites and Canaanite Jews Explained:
4. Was it Only The ‘Ceremonial Law’ That Was Nailed to The Cross?:
Another fine piece Charles. I’m afraid the fellow that baptised me doesn;t quite understand some of these issues – yet. I gave him a printed and bound collection of your articles and he expressed great interest to read them so, who knows where he will go with it all?
Thanks Edward. Interesting, what issues is he struggling with? Go softly, softly with him seeing as he was happy to Baptise you correctly. He could be your first learner.
I think he would benefit from this piece; as in sins past forgiven not all. He observes Friday/Saturday sabbath as an original SDA. Indeed. We will see.
Yes the SDAs are very nice genuine people and it’s a shame that they are deceived by erroneous doctrines. However, I am sure you will look after him.
Well, we will see how he goes.
It’s funny Charles. I had a few phone chats with him but didn’t want to open up too many issues. Twice I put it to him the baptism would be ful immersion a la Acts 2:38 and then with a laying on of hands to ask The Father to send the Holy Spirit. He agreed both times so I left well enough alone. On the day there was another fellow who went first and Neville said to him: “You have accepted Jesus as your persobal savior…” I was standing there watching thinking to myself: “Uh-oh what is going to happen here?” When the fellow came out of the water I looked at Neville and gestured to put his hands on the head as he looked like he would have forgotten. He only managed to get one on mine which wrankled me a bit aftwerward (I wondered to myself: “Did I only get half a Holy Spirit?”), but at the time I wasn’t fully aware of it all and just let him do his thing, as I remember you saying:”that’s pretty much up to the baptiser…” Plus I don’t imagine there is any magic formula by which The Father can be fooled. So, I take it Neville is a bit confused perhaps but as I said he was keen on your articles. With any luck you’ll give him the turnbuckle slam and I’ll come in for the soft-shoe shuffle…
Turnbuckle slam and soft shoe shuffle!? ROTFL! Great turns of phrase.
Oh yes one hand, although not ideal, would have been fine, and it was his right hand, so that’s good. I noticed, too, that he didn’t mention the pesky trinity so, yes, all good.
No mention of Trinity but I have a recollection of him muttering something about the one true God but I don’t remember if that was just before going into the water. I can go back and crank the volume on the tape to see if I can hear it but the volume dropped off so I chopped it out.
Yes I think I heard him say something like that.
I’ve gone back to the original and cranked up the volume 500% but can’t make anything out. His left hand is on my head not right; not sure what difference that would make?
No the left hand is fine as I am sure The Father would accept whatever happened just as He accepted my original trinity baptism until I learned better.
Can’t fool The Father.
I am sure it was not your intention to do that and He would have KNOWN THAT.
Indeed. The confession was really the whole point. I knew after that it was pretty much out of my hands. But I have wondered about that scene in Acts where they were baptised but knew of no spirit so he laid his hands on them and if I were in that basket.
Yes of course – one hand, two hands, it makes no difference as there was contact. Rest assured The Father would not have left you non-indwelled.
Now begins the learning of what it means to be spiriti led…
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