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Secular Christianity

In the West, we have created with our actions a new category of Christianity. This new segment of Christianity is not focused on doing what is right but rather on fitting in. In an effort to be relevant to this generation we have chosen to be defiled before Yah. To reach the world we become worldly.  Today we would be hard-pressed to know the difference between a Christian and a non-believer. The practices of those who profess salvation mirror greatly the lifestyle of those who are not. Women who are backbiters, immodest in conduct and attire, drinking, smoking, and profane, with questionable character as their word is smooth as water yet lacks consistency. Ladies, we must do better, we must take off the world’s definition of Christianity which imitates that of the world and put on true holiness and godliness without which no man, nor woman will see God. (Heb. 12:14)

To the deflectors, many would say why am I being so hard on the women, and to which I would say as a woman because scripture doesn’t teach women to teach men. There is a purpose for which God has created me a woman and it is as a woman I live in this life. I believe that if we as women or if men as men would focus on the ministry that they are called to rather than always pointing fingers concerning the role and position of those who don’t walk in their shoes we would be able to make a difference in eternity. A deflector spends their life focusing on others as a way of avoiding the issues that they have with themselves. Please understand this article is not just written for your benefit, but as a two-edged sword to remind me that this is indeed a narrow walk we are called to.

As any parent who corrects their child does so in hopes of them rising above mediocrity, and encourages them to strive for achieving their best effort, so also does our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want to look at us and be reminded of the world and the sorry state it is in, but rather He wants to see the reflection of His Son. If this wasn’t the case He wouldn’t have eloquently defined us as members of His son’s body. (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18)

Secular Christianity is so pervasive that if you put a Christian next to someone who doesn’t believe in God, you really couldn’t tell the difference. Yet this ought not to be so. Scripture teaches us that friendship with the world is enmity with God. (James 4:4) It goes on to say that if anyone is a friend of the world they are enemies of God. Thus the concept of secular Christianity is an oxymoron in and of itself based on the scriptures definition. What makes a secular Christian?  A Christian who fears hell claims Yeshua as a man on a plane claims a parachute in the event the plane crashes, it doesn’t hurt to have insurance, right? However, the idea that accepting Yeshua as savior (parachute) is fine, but giving him lordship (meaning he is master, and solely determines what we do) is completely different. You mean God has the right to decide what I can and cannot eat, what holidays I should or shouldn’t keep, what day I should rest, and how I should dress? Now, that is a different story altogether.

In the past nine years as we have journeyed deeper in the scripture and begin finding that our identity as followers of Yeshua simply means that, we have come to realize that Lordship means exactly that. It means that we have been bought with a price and we can’t make up the rules as we go along. (1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Cor. 7:23) We have learned that submitting ourselves to God’s will doesn’t mean that we can name and claim things, or demand the promises of God without living the life required to obtain those promises. Much as we can’t expect that our parents would reward us for disobeying their instructions. Or a judge would let us go for committing a crime. We have discovered rather that God’s love for us dictates that when we ignore his instructions that we open the door to the punisher so that the thing that God didn’t want us to have to suffer becomes the very thing we must go through to bring us back to him. It is far more merciful for us to reap our punishment on this end than to be a continual burnt offering in the lake of fire of God’s wrath which burns eternally for all the children of disobedience.

(Eph 2:2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

(Eph 5:6) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

(Col 3:6) For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Indeed in times past we walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, and yes if we have not been washed in the blood of Yeshua we are a child of disobedience and as we read in these passages above the reward for such who choose that path is less than desirable. Death is a terrible wage to work our entire lives for, yet the unfortunate fact of the matter is millions will end up there and truly sad is they would have on this end called themselves Christians, yet they will be as those who Yeshua said to depart from Him. (Matt. 7:21) Why will these who call him Lord, Lord, find themselves in the same lake of fire as those who openly denounced him? Because they operated in the same spirit as those who were secular (of the world), they operated in disobedience to the Creator. They were lawless, workers of iniquity, without law, illegalistic, all of the above. We cannot live for him and live any kind of way at the same time, such a person is called double-minded.

(Jas 1:8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Either we are married to the Shepherd or we are in it simply because we don’t like the alternative. Escaping hell may get you in, but it won’t be a strong enough pull to keep you there. At some point we must want to be with God because we love him, we recognize and trust that His way of doing things is the best way. The biggest fallacy that believers are tempted to except is the one that says God knows I am human and I will make mistakes. Once we open the door to the acceptance that failure is not just an option but inevitable. Those who are lukewarm will find themselves going in a direction that will get them spewed out of the mouth of the Almighty.(Rev. 3:16)

Secular Christianity has many aspects, and we have just seen a few, but one other aspect which especially affects women more than men and we see this especially with the account of Eve in the garden. We have a tendency to put our spin on the truth which tends to add to the truth. Just as Eve added “not to touch it” to the instructions, we too like to create an understanding of the Almighty that is not based on scripture. When we relegate God to what we think he means, rather than what He says then we have just pulled him down to someone we can relate to, instead of acknowledging who He said he was. Does God want us to relate to Him? Yes, but on his terms, not ours. We see many examples of man relating to God starting from Abraham, but if we study the way they related to God, we see the reverence in their approach, and when they petitioned God on matters that would seem to indicate a more intimate approach it is done so based on understanding. To sum it up His ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts. (Isa. 55:8) Many of us don’t experience a breakthrough in areas we are pursuing God and expecting him to move because we don’t understand that principle.

We are all too willing to accept that Christ died for us, but not too willing to live in holiness, which scripture makes clear without which no man can see Him. (Heb. 12:14) Thus this is where we have a problem because to be secular is to be the opposite of holy, and if being relevant means embracing or walking, talking, or looking like the world to reach it than we have become an enemy to the Almighty.

The point I am making is that secular Christianity is NOT Christianity at all.  When the Father sees us does he see who he created us to be, or does he see who the world created?  Who we are in Christ should never be compromised regardless of where we go.  Even in the midst of sinners, it should be clear that there is something different about us.  If this is not the case and we have crossed the line then the fruit that we bear will be manifest.  I would encourage you to ask yourself some questions, how comfortable are those who do not know the Lord with you?  Do they see that there has been a change in your life?  How well do you fit in with the world?  If your answer to these questions indicate that there is no difference, if you fit in well, then you are secular NOT Christian.

Book Review:What the Bible Says About Healthy Living

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This book was like my bible for eating.  The 3 principles that Dr. Rex Russell sets forth is biblically sound, scientifically documented, and easy to follow.  You will be hard-pressed to find an easier plan to follow in achieving a well balanced diet for life.  In a society that focuses on eliminating (carbs, meat, dairy, etc…) this well put together book focuses on what the purpose of food is, and how the bible lays out this life giving plan for us.

I read this book during a time when I was going through hell on earth.  I was between what would end up being six surgeries total and looking for answers that would not leave me dependent on the medical system to stay well.  You will want this practical guide in your library of books.  It is a resource that you will want to depend on regularly.  In this book he gives you multiple witnesses to the benefits of God’s plan for your health and well being.  This book will rebuild your faith, will serve as a guide to determine if any other health information you encounter is sound, and will help you transform the health of your family if you apply them to your life.  Simple, doable, and affordable.  Anyone serious about being healthy should own it and read it.  The format of the book reads like a text book which makes it easy to go directly to the section you need making it an excellent resource book.

No Neutral Ground

                There comes a point in life where you begin to want to know how things spiraled as out of control as they have. As things progress and advance technologically it is as if we have gone back in time, biblical times of Sodom and Gomorrah as it relates to our sin as a nation. Pinpointing that exact moment of change somehow seems like a necessary piece of the puzzle to overturn the path we have chosen. Now the current wave seems to be “gender neutrality”. Those who embrace this way of thinking no longer wants to make a difference anymore between men and women and instead of celebrating the complimentary difference built into us by the Creator it seems to be a move to erase it altogether. When God created us he said he created us in His image and likeness which means that built into the difference between man and woman there is a unique, yet common link that reveals the picture of who He is. We should embrace that built in difference, celebrate it, honor it, and appreciate it for what it is rather than buck it.

                History teaches us anything that goes against nature eventually becomes extinct. While our God is a unified one, it should be clear he is not a neutral one. He has definite aspects of who he is and there is distinction in his makeup. Neutrality in fact is something he categorizes as being lukewarm and scripture reveals he can’t stomach that. (Rev. 3:16) The point is in our quest for pursuing equality we never ask ourselves what is the function of our being. The essence of why these bodies we have been given was made the way they were, and what life would be like without our purpose being fulfilled. If we aren’t careful we will discover what the end of our choice will lead to.

                Intrinsic to the Hebrew language which is made up of pictures is the prophetic picture of what an unholy union against nature and nature’s God looks like, we will see where “gender neutrality” leads. (Rom. 1:26-32) Let us look at the Hebrew word for “man” and then let’s look at the Hebrew word for “woman” and see what we discover. We also will see what we will get if we ignore the distinction that Yah has given each one. We will see the end result of the “feminist movement” that we have fought for, for so long.

                The natural result of men not loving their wife and women not respecting their husband is sexual confusion further creating the identity crisis that this hodge podge experiment in the U.S. as the melting pot of every nation has become; a conglomeration of out of order systems from the top of the seat of authority to the average household in any given State. If there is no distinction amongst us then there can be no order either. Both men and women are leaders in the area that they have been chosen to lead, but if the household is left without a leader what else can we produce but sickly, depressed, and confused offspring? Let’s look at the Ancient Hebrew characters below and see how they reveal this truth.

Man

Woman

man

 

woman

Eesh

Isha

Fire

fire

Ash

Name of God

YaH

YaH

                As we read these words above, I want you to notice the similarities in the characters between “man” and “woman”. In Hebrew words are written from right to left so we will start at the right to see what both of them have in common.

                The first character is (aleph) pronounced “aleph” in English and it means strength (abstract), ox (concrete, as it looks like an ox’s head), and being the first character in the Hebrew Alephbet it holds the numeric value of “first”. This is the first character both man and woman have in common and it is what they have equality in, being strong, being lead in creation, since they together were given dominion and made in the image and likeness of Elohim. Neither man nor woman was given dominion over each other, but rather they shared dominion over the earth. Nevertheless, there is still a first amongst equals otherwise confusion ensues.

                The second character for man is (yad) pronounced “yad” or “yood” in English and it means to “work, make, or do” (abstract) and is the picture of an “arm or closed hand” (concrete) as in Hebrew the hand as presented in this character is not just the part that works the five fingers but goes as far up as the elbow. Thus, a man must “first” (Aleph) “work” (Yad) and as Creation reveals that was what he first did when he was created in naming the animals. (2 Th 3:10) He was commissioned to work.

                The second character in woman is the same as the last character in man so we will cover both at the same time. The character (sheen) resembles the picture of “teeth” (concrete) and is pronounced in English “sheen” and its meaning reflects its appearance as one “consumes, devours, and presses” (abstract) with their teeth. So we see that a man must first work before he consumes (eat) as scripture has said. (Php. 2:6) The woman is the one who first consumed as we also see in scripture that it was Eve who first consumed the forbidden fruit in Genesis that would reveal the naked state that they had been in.

                The only thing left is the last character for woman which is (hey) and it is the picture of a man with his hands in surrender mode. This character in English is pronounced “hey” and also carries a similar meaning as we use the word in English meaning “to reveal, to look, or to see” (abstract). Reflecting the exact picture of what happened with Eve, which is why as a result God established a system of protection for women so that the deception that caused the great fall for humanity wouldn’t be repeated. (1 Tim. 2:14) The other truth revealed in the fall of Adam and Eve was just how much influence women do have with their husbands and why if we desire for that influence to be used for good instead of evil we need to be led by the Spirit of God and not our flesh.

                Now I want you to notice the word below both “man” and “woman” in the table above and pay close attention to the characters that they have in common with “man” and “woman” the word “Fire”. But as we stated those things within our character that distinguish us as well as those that unite us must not be neglected otherwise we have chaos. We see that the word fire (Ash – fire) shares both the same first letter as man and woman and the last character for man and the second character for woman makes up its second letter. Together the word means “strong consumer” which we can agree fire is. It is both to be respected as something that can bring life, when contained in a freezing cold environment and death when not contained. Thus we see “fire” is a substance at least as far as Hebrew that is reflected in both man and woman but when used together represents that life giving and sustaining substance as the man is the one who “works” – yad in the fire fire and the woman is the one who is “revealed” or “comes out of” – hey the fire.(1 Cor. 3:15; Eph. 5:23-32)

                That is the constructive life giving aspect of man and woman, however we also can see from the same picture what happens when we erase that which distinguishes us, i.e. become “gender neutral”. I added another word to our list after fire, because I like to save the best for last, which is the name for God. The character for God’s name like the distinctive x and y chromosomes in our DNA which determines our gender spells the poetic short form of God’s name “Yah”. Think it a coincidence that the “y” in English corresponds to “yad” in Hebrew? Or do you think that it is a coincidence that when we look at “hey” it resembles an “x” in English? When we take out those distinctive characters that exist between man and woman and we double what remains we are left with “firefire” or in English “Ash Ash”. In Hebrew culture to double a word is equivalent to an English superlative. It is the equivalent of putting an –est like we do in “best” to distinguish it from “better” or “good”. Thus fire, fire would be comparable to the destruction that occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah. Our lives then begin to incorporate the twisted image that erases the presence or picture or image (as Hebrew characters are pictures, in which pictures are images) of Yah from our makeup producing something that will be subject to the strong consumer for indeed our God is a Consuming Fire. (Deut. 4:24)

                Bottom line is we had better make sure that we are not adding or taking away from the distinctions nor forgetting or belittling the similarities between us otherwise we will produce an image that does not reflect the image of God. Therefore in this equation neutrality is not an option we either reflect the image of God in our lives or we deflect it and there is no middle ground.

As It Was In The Beginning

Isaiah 46:9-10 tells us that Yah declared the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done. This scripture reveals that if we want to know the end (which draws nearer with each breath) that we must understand what happened in the beginning. It has been said that Genesis is the seed book, that the entire bible unfolds like a seed sprouting from the ground. A misunderstanding of the beginning will cause us to be completely confused about the day and hour we are living in. For instance understanding the beginning will help us to better understand why a land that is as small as Israel is the crux of such controversy and the place where all of the world’s guns are pointed. Touching Yah’s people and Yah’s land is always the central focus of the enemy, because his goal is to be God. How does an enemy prove his authority? By taking out all those who opposes it, therefore the enemies tactics are no different than that which we see when we understand the significance of sports, the adversarial position it puts you in because the goal is that one will win and by default that means there has to be a loser. In every action pack superhero adventure there is a villain (antagonist) and then there is the hero (protagonist). We know the hero will always win going into the movie, but what keeps us on the edge of our seat is how this will be brought about. Such predictions concerning the end can also be found in the beginning.

Let’s examine what was the cause of humanity which was created for life eternal yet by their choice became subject to death? In general we would say disobedience, which is an accurate assessment of the situation, but doesn’t exactly cover the particular infraction that was made. Yah doesn’t just share facts without a reason. Every detail is important for us to understand something not just about the beginning but also the end. As we have been advised by Ecclesiastes there is indeed nothing new under the sun. (Ecc. 1:9) So what was it again that caused the Father and Mother of all humanity to fall? It was eating food off of the wrong tree. From life eternal a sure death was based upon that which we put into our mouths. Today what is the cause of most of the autoimmune diseases that are responsible for shortening our lives? FOOD or at least something disguised as food under the label of “substantially equivalent”. We are slowly killing ourselves because we continue to eat that which God said would surely bring death rather than eating that which would surely bring life. As you journey through scripture you will see that instructions concerning diet by God continued throughout scripture and remained one of the things that he intended to set his people apart.

We find that God distinguishes diet for those who are his and those who are not. When Noah gets off the ark we find for the first time that God permits humanity to eat meat. (Gen. 1:29) Humanities meat from the beginning was that which came from vegetation. Many of us are familiar with the instructions Yah gave to Noah before boarding the ark concerning how many of every kind were permitted to board; unless your only encounter with this passage of scripture has been that of Hollywood’s interpretation. While the enemy has of course his purposes of altering truth, it is very important to know the answer to this question in full. Many who have only encountered this scripture by way of television enactment will more than likely come to the wrong conclusion that there were only two of every kind of animal allowed aboard. This is a partial truth, when we actually go back to read in Genesis 7:2 we will see that God actually instructed Noah to put seven of every clean kind on the ark and two of the unclean.

Many would ask the question why would God want to preserve unclean animals? To which I would ask another question, which if you understand the answer to it will help you understand the answer to this question. “Why would the Father put a tree in the garden that would cause death if one ate from it?” Would it not have been better just to remove the possibility of sin altogether? But then if humanity cannot choose to love can they truly love? God didn’t want computers, he wanted a family. This is why Yahushah when he teaches his disciples how to pray instructs them to pray, “Our Father…” (Matt. 6:9)

Therefore in Genesis 9:3-4 we see that Noah is told that mankind can eat of any animal that they desire, yet take note that if this was God’s desire for all humanity what would be the significance of labeling one clean and the other unclean? So then what we see occurring is that God only allows the clean animals to be offered up to him as a sacrifice. How is this significant to us? Genesis 1:26 tells us what the goal for humanity is from the beginning. He desired for us to be made in his image and likeness. If we are to be like God shouldn’t we then only desire the things that are pleasing to Him? If we know that his desire is to have a relationship with us then the question to ask ourselves is in our relationship with our earthly parents is it customary that children eat a different diet then their parents? So let’s consider this, Noah when he gets off the ark is told that mankind can eat anything that moves, yet we see that Noah clearly understood that only clean animals should be offered up to Yah as offerings since we see that he did indeed sacrifice only clean animals to God. (Gen. 8:20)

Hence, as it was in the beginning God who created both trees, who created both animals, now allows both animals in the midst of the earth hence giving humanity a choice. When we examine animals that are considered clean versus those considered unclean we notice that those which are unclean have a consistent diet of eating that which lends itself towards death. Of those that are unclean that don’t feed on death we see that those animals preserve a particular use to humanity as servants of mankind such as the horse or the donkey. While we can come up with numerous philosophical and legitimate scientific purposes for why we should not eat the things God said not to eat and why we should eat the things he said to eat the bottom line is like Adam and Eve we have to make a choice, either we will accept God at his word knowing that he is not a man that he shall lie nor the son of man that he shall repent, and choose the acceptable diet or we will consume ourselves with reasoning as to why we can choose to eat what we want even when it lends itself towards death.

While we find no evidence that Abraham ate anything other than that which is clean according to scripture we do not see Yah addressing what foods are acceptable or unacceptable until we get to Exodus. It is here that we find a restriction of food once again given. Now the first object forbidden to eat in Genesis was fruit, the second object forbidden to eat was meat, now in this particular case the third object forbidden to eat is bread, specifically leavened bread.

This somewhat lengthy introduction serves as the crescendo to an indepth ongoing study looking into the Biblical Diet where we rather than taking isolated sound bites from the end of the Bible actually go back to the foundation of the New Testament to really answer the question concerning if the Biblical diet established by Yah was intended to be kept by those who follow him or not? In this particular series of writing we will be discussing the biblical diet. Many of us are accustomed to all the secular diets on the table, there’s the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, the Gluten Free diet, the vegan diet, and on and on and on. All of which boasts benefits of weight loss, sugar regulation, allergy free living, and much, much, more. None of which compete with the Biblical diet point of fact I would say the biblical diet would be the balance of them all flourishing in a wide variety of options from vegetables, fruit, meats, seeds, dairy, and grains.

In conclusion, this particular article serves as an introduction, but my hope is that you will indeed ponder the rhetorical questions I have put forth and investigate for yourself what the scriptures teach concerning diet. I can give you scripture upon scripture to indeed prove that Yah did establish a specific diet for His set apart people whether you call yourself Jew (Judah) or Gentile (Israel who also calls themselves the church). Jeremiah tells us that the New covenant was made between two groups of people and that is the House of Judah and the House of Israel, these two make up the church. This is clearly revealed in scripture since the very first church was the “church in the wilderness” as reflected in the book of Acts. (Jeremiah 31:31; Acts 7:38) There is no covenant made with gentiles, no gate at the entrance to the city named after them in Revelation, it is only a covenant with the twelve tribes of which we enter in by blood, and that blood is that of Yahushah. Accepting His blood is not license to sin, but rather victory over it. Thus his holy life is made sanctified through our walking as he did not contrary to how he did. Hence, how we eat as well as how we live reveals who we serve as it was in the beginning.