Aug 30th, 2004
Z: ARE WE CONDEMNED?
|1Co 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1Co 9:20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
1Co 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1Co 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
The human being, though fallen, is made in the image of Elohim, Genesis 1:26. Humans born into this world are given enough evidence to see the divinity of Creation. The human is religious by nature, and seeks to understand.
Today I received a copy of a letter from one of the *Christian* hate groups, who claimed to a brother of mine in Yahushua, that my report yesterday was an abomination, that is, attempting to water down the gospel of Yahushua Messiah by mentioning the need for God in all cultures, and for pointing out the quest for God in cultures who have not embraced the gospel as of yet.
I find it fascinating that if a person even mentions another tradition, that the paranoid lunatic fringe legalists make claim that Yahushua, the eternal Savior, the Godhead is somehow being compromised, as if Yahushua is not capable of evangelizing the world! I will tell you this--those who live in their unholy huddles of hatred shall come under judgment by Elohim. When asked what they did to spread the Gospel of Yahushua, His love and understanding, His gift of Eternal Salvation, they will come up empty, as they have already judged the whole human race, except for their little "saved" club. I would urge all of us to love (Agape) our brothers and sisters and do as much as possible to spread the Gospel of Yahushua Messiah, the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) to the hurting world, rather than just hating the rest of the world.
Here is an excerpt from this letter. Notice how I proclaim Yahushua as the way in the same paragraph, but this is ignored, or not understood. Notice the spirit of condemnation and paranoia. Notice that I have never told you that all paths lead to God, but that the quest for God is everywhere. Also, I do not follow Hinduism, but I know something about it.
"He (Zeph) is writing and following Hinduism mixed with Chrisitanity, evidently he believes all ways or "paths" lead to God or truth. This is what Zeph wrote today:
""I spoke of the Vedic Upanishads, which are chalk-full of wisdom and devotion to God (though ignorant Christians discard this as a pagan religion), speaks of the Narrow Path. In India, that narrow path results in asceticism, that is, those on the path separate from their families and their social circles, to wander the countryside as sunyasins (renunciants of the world. They receive donations for their walk, as in India they understand this, in America they do not. However, this path becomes one of self-will. and thus, only when Yahushua is added, when they see the truth, then all
their teachings come into fruition in their spirits, and these become great saints of Truth, which is Yahushua Messiah.""
Now does that sound like I am mixing two things? Of course not. A child can understand what I wrote. I am simply stating that with Yahushua the quest for God is completed! I am showing that the self willed effort falls short without the Saviour.
Now, this emailer goes on to write, in almost a blaspheming ignorance... "....DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE OTHER ROADS THERE OTHER THAN YAHSHUA? WAKE UP, HE IS LEADING YOU INTO PERDITION. SAME OLD LIE, "YE SHALL BE AS GODS", "SELF-REALIZATION".
I have taught for 3 years that the only way to God is through His Grace, through the Messiah Yahushua. That self-will (or self-realization), is something I eschew, since I am saved and have experienced the amazing power of the Holy Spirit.
Now, I am leading someone into perdition by claiming the messiah is Yahushua? My writing yesterday seeks to bring understanding between us, and yes, to reach out to our Hindu brothers and sisters. Here was the most telling and hate-oriented part of the letter:
"... wake up!... DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE HINDUS WILL BE IN HEAVEN?"
End of letter by anonymous, handle "Mighty Warrior"
Well I would first add that the title "MIGHTY WARRIOR" can not apply to one who is afraid to sign his or her own name.
The point I make is this: Yahushua is not only for 5 paranoid people, and we are to reach out to all peoples in all traditions to explain the power of the Gospel... I have eschewed self-effort and claimed that there is no possibility of self-realization, that it only can come from God's intercession in our lives through the Holy Spirit. I simply point out that extreme acts to achieve Grace are not necessary when one is born again in Yahushua...and we must spread the good news.
Those who quote me had better understand what I am saying before misquoting me. I am sure this person would like no one other than her little tribe in heaven, at this point. And that is one reason for all the hate in the name of Jesus.
These unholy huddles of hatred are rooted in ignorance, paranoia and extreme selfishness. We are to become as servants, to preach the Gospel in all places in the world. We are not to condemn others, but rather, seek Holy Guidance for how we might be of service to those who are not aware of our marvelous Gospel.
THE GOSPEL IS THE ANSWER TO DEATH
Adam brought death in, the work Yahushua the Christ did on the cross overturns the condemnation of the human race. All who believe in Yahushua as the Son of God are saved by the Grace of Yahweh.
His righteousness becomes our righteousness, and we do receive the Holy Spirit, so that we are not condemned any longer in trying to earn God's favor. We are freed because of what Yahweh did for us through His Son on the Cross at Calvary.
Those who come against the children of Elohim are already cursed, as they do not believe that Yahushua is the Messiah of mankind, and many use His Name in vain to attack what they do not understand, or to attack what they wish to condemn, like Hindus or people from other cultures that have not received the marvelous gospel, i.e. all those whom they dislike, which is why more people have not accepted Yahushua the Savior today.
Sad but true.