WHY SO MANY CHURCHES?
We often ask ourselves, why are there so many different churches? can they be all right? Is my church teaching the right doctrine? How can I know which is the right Church? All these questions may have crossed our mind at one time or another in our spiritual walk, and are perfectly normal from a sincere hearted believer. Yahweh has painstakingly left us a record from which we may draw truth, with the help of the Set Apart Spirit which guides us towards Him always. Now on the other hand, the enemy, our ultimate adversary, is constantly finding new ways to give us a counterfeit that is so close to the original, many sincere seekers often fall pray to his religious trickery, deceiving nations away from true and acceptable worship of Yahweh. That's why it's our responsibility to always seek TRUTH, because truth stands on its own merit. A good way of finding orthodox teachings and proper worship is by studying the Scriptures and comparing its doctrines with our modern religious beliefs. Don't be afraid to ask, why do I believe what I believe? Is this found in Scripture? What did the first followers believe? How did they worship? and modern Church History. When we find the truth, we find Yeshua standing and waiting for us with open arms, because He is the TRUTH. The sole object and purpose of this study is to shed proper light on our Saviors teachings, and never to offend those that may belong to certain denominations that propagate erroneous doctrine. We humbly ask those that choose to study Scripture with us, to understand we only wish to honor Yahweh, by bringing his people back to the Torah; as Messiah fervently revealed to us.
A brief historical timeline and overview of the Apostate churches of today.
The Apostate Churches (beginning in Rome) have formulated a modern Christian Worldview. With the introduction of pagan doctrines, symbols and by determining what Christianity should look like, what it should teach and believe. With everything from pompous temples and grand Cathedrals, to priestly vestments, treasures and liturgical ceremonies, to give an outward appearance of power and true legitimacy. But with a slow methodical twisting of the Scriptures and it's interpretation, they accommodated man-made rituals, feasts and pagan doctrines not found in the Scriptures. (Col. 2:8) One such doctrine is the doctrine of Hell or Hades. Since the transliteration for the Hebrew word Sheol (meaning grave, pit and sepulcher) in the Greek became Hades, they not only transliterated the word, but took the pagan deity along with it. The church Fathers of Rome admired and emulated Greek thought and philosophers like Plato and Socrates. These were the precursors of the immortal soul doctrine, but were also members of the religious cult of Hades as well. By syncretizing the Greek god Hades for the adversary Satan, they assimilated the doctrine of the underworld, converting it into the Catholic doctrine of Hell, which most all Protestant churches inherited from Rome, and zealously teach as orthodox doctrine today. Click on the following link to learn more:
Arrogantly they decided they had absolute authority above any previous Hebraic Scriptural doctrine. By doing away all together with the infallibility of Yahweh's Word, they elevated Roman religious tradition above the Torah of Elohim (G-d), thus paganizing our Hebraic roots at the core of our belief to fit this Greco - Roman worldview. In repackaging pagan mythology (by syncretism), in the guise of true worship, and perpetuating Mithraic ceremonial rites and rituals (sun worship), they replaced the Hebrew names of Elohim and of Messiah found in the Torah and transliterated them to sound as Greek and Roman deity's. So in this manner, Rome completes the assimilation process, kidnapping the Hebrew Messiah and his religion, and transforming it into a similar Greco-Roman one. By the year 1582, Rome introduces a new Gregorian calendar, thus eliminating and replacing Yahweh's appointed feasts and Sabbaths, with Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Babylonian and other mystery pagan religious feasts and festivals.
Pagan Days of the Week
From The Old English
The months of the year are also named after pagan gods, goddesses and emperor gods.
January - ME Januari(us), OE Januarius, translation of Latin Januarius, named after JANUS, god of beginnings.The
February - ME OE Februarius from Latin Februarius, named for Februa, the feast of purification, also from the old-Italian god Februus/Februa.goddess of passion, Her orgiastic rites are celebrated on the 14th of February, St.Valentine’s Day.
March - ME March, from Latin Martius, It is named after the Roman god of war Mars.
April - ME Averil, OF Avril, Latin Aprilis. The name may derive from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
May - ME OE Maius, Latin Maius, from the Greek Maia, goddess of spring (growth).
June - ME Jun(e), OE Iunius, from Latin mensis Junius, named after the goddess Juno, Queen of the gods.
July - ME Julie, OE Julius, from Latin Julius (Caesar) after whom it was named in 44 BC. The original name was quintilis, fifth month in the early Julian calendar.
August - ME OE Agustus from Latin Augustus (Caesar) 8 BC. Emperor Caesar Augustus, hewas later named the son of god (sun god) or christ. The original name was sextilis, sixth month in the early Julian calendar.
September - ME Septembre from Latin September, seventh month in the early Julian calendar, named after roman goddess of fruit and fruit bearing trees.
October -from Latin October, eighth month is named after greek goddess Astraea
- ME OE from Latin November, ninth month of the early Julian calendar,
from novem NINE, Julius Caesar was considered and honored as god.
December - ME Decembre from OF and Latin December, tenth month of the early Julian calendar, is named after the middle goddess of the three fates.
(Our Creator Elohim has given us the gift of time. He created us within the span of times, markers, stations and seasons, for Him to bless us with gifts (harvests) and life. Giving us signs in the heavens (sun, moon, stars and planets) and the movement of our planet, by which we may observe, mark, measure, celebrate and maintain a record to remember His wondrous creation and the gift of life. (Gen. 1;14) We as His chosen children bless Him with the acceptance of these gifts, by honoring and observing His set apart days and feasts, as they are a time witness of His redeeming plan of salvation and restoration of the entire universe. Instead our current evil system chose to acknowledge all kinds of false deities created by the evil imaginations of men, inspired by the adversary, naming the times and seasons, after idols and men. (Leviticus 18;3) In this time of final restoration, we must return to the true and proper worship of our Elohim Yahweh and our kinsman redeemer Yeshua. We do this because we love Him and want to honor Him as our beloved Father, creator, provider, sustain-er, redeemer, husband, as the lover of our soul, and the restorer of all of creation).
All Roman Catholic feasts and holidays can be traced back to a pagan date, deity or source, like Easter, Lent, Christmas and Sunday worship, just to name a few.In this manner this religion lives up to it's name and title, The Roman Catholic Church which translated means: The Roman Universal Church, incorporating from every major pagan religion of the Roman Empire, (universally) pagan thought, practice and worship, under the guise of the one true Church. In doing so, they gained quick acceptance from a pagan practicing empire and so became it's governing body, it's clergy and the founders of this Western Christian Cultural Worldview, from which all Protestant Church's derive from. Matthew 15; 9 (Watch both these links on pagan Rome)
In an article written in: "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets", we read the following commentary:
extensive contact with Mithraism, Christians (Catholic Church) also
began to describe themselves as soldiers for Christ; to call their
savior Light of the World, Helios the Rising Sun, and Sun of
Righteousness; to celebrate their feasts on Sun-day rather than the
Jewish sabbath; to claim their savior's death was marked by an eclipse
of the sun; and to adopt the seven Mithraic sacraments. Like Mithraists,
Christians practiced baptism to ascend after death through the
planetary spheres to the highest heaven, while the wicked (unbaptized)
would be dragged down to darkness. Mithra's
cave-temple on the Vatican Hill was seized by Christians in 376 AD.
Christian bishops of Rome per-emptied even the Mithraic high priest's
title of Pater Patrum, which became Papa, or Pope. In
memory of this, his worshipers partook of a sacramental meal of bread
marked with a cross. This was one of seven Mithraic sacraments - the
models for the Christians' seven sacraments. It was called
[undecipherable], Latin missa, English mass."
(Note: Truth is truth...no matter whom utters it ! Many an intelligent mind has been turned away to the truth of Yahweh (G-d), due to apostatizing trickery as portrayed by the church of Rome. Exposing the truth of this is of imperative importance to the believer. But for this knowledge to ever benefit us spiritually, it must never lack the most important element of all, "Faith". Yahweh is not impressed by our knowledge. Our finite minds could never understand the mind of the Creator. What moves the heart of our Father in our behalf is our faith, for without it, it's impossible to please him. Heb. 11:6 )
Some time later, their theologians proposed and later instituted a scriptural form and system of interpretation called Replacement Theology. This system would do away with any Jewish leadership claim, believers may have had by coming to salvation through the acceptance of their Messiah, and thus having to so under the leadership of the clergy in Rome. (Watch the following video on Dispensationalism, which is just another kinder form of Replacement Theological Belief) :
By the time the reformation movement brakes out in 16th century Europe, and after enduring more than 1000 years of biblical censorship, many had recognized the utter corruption of the clerics in Rome. By suppressing the reading of the Sacred Scriptures in one's own native tongue, (something the Roman religious leadership feared very much) with terrible persecutions and public spectacles, these inquisitors performed, hangings, be-headings and burnings at the stake. They also perfected heinous torturous methods, as a more efficient way of obtaining recants and confessions. By instilling fear into the masses, to better control them, they kill thousands of believers, both Jew and Gentile, in the effort to stamp out what they had labeled as heresy. Because of such despotic and evil deeds, many showed their utter disapproval by abandoning what we today call "Stepmother Rome" and adjoining themselves to the reformation movement sweeping throughout Europe.
(Watch this video of the Roman inquisition)
Yet others took advantage of the movement to quench their personal thirst for lust, ( King Henry VIII created the church of England in order to marry his wife's attendant Anne Boleyn), to gain power, (After breaking with the papacy Henry declared himself to be the only ruler of the church of England through the act of supremacy), and ultimately for greed, (After separating from the church in Rome, Henry liquidated from the church's monasteries in England and added about £1.3 million to his treasury). Although this breaking away continued to fuel the fires of reformation, it did very little in the way of restoring true Hebraic roots doctrine and proper theological teaching, and so we call these "little Rome".
Later religious reforming attempts made were still partial in the restoration of Hebraic roots doctrine. Martin Luther considered the father of the reformation movement in Germany, was also known for his antisemitic writings, views and intolerance for Jews. His work entitled "On the Jews and their lies" were handed out at Nazi rallies in Nuremberg during the early 1930's Click on the following link to read more:
Many genuine reformation movements, sincere in the quest for closing the gap of religious orthodoxy, missed out on truth set before us in our Bibles, because of their previous preconceived religious prejudice views, and christian antisemitic proclivities. Laid as foundational doctrine, that was screaming for more than just a reformation from within the Church, but for a full scale "RESTORATION" from out side their religious tenets, and pagan infiltrated doctrines dogmas and beliefs. Since then, the number of groups, churches, denominations and splinter groups have grown to an embarrassing number, showing the work of misleading spirits of apostasy, dividing and dismembering the set apart Body of Yahshua. Teaching traditions and fables as sound doctrine (1st.Timothy 4,1). This gave breeding grounds to a growing number of false religions (Mormons, Scientology,Christian Science,etc.) and many cults like the Jehovah's Witness, Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon,and many others,trying to fill the gap of doctrinal orthodoxy. This only made matters worse for the confused nonbeliever of religious or non-religious background. Most of all churches today have been influenced by this apostate spirit and have modeled their doctrines or fellowships to this religious movement of cultural theology. The time of truth and final restoration has come. This movement has already started with groups calling themselves simply Assemblies of Yahweh, Yahweh Restored Ministries, Followers of Yeshua, as well as other Messianic groups. (To view a program on what the first century New Testament followers in Messiah believed in.
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Still during the middle ages, many Congregations slowly flourished through-out Europe, after finding new/old truths in the Sacred Scriptures and refusing to bow down to Papal bulls of Rome. Many were learning the ways of Yahweh, although some continued to use un-scriptural titles for Yahweh and Yeshua (as God and Jesus) due to skewed translations and roman mischief, they restored the observance of the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath Day, and refused other roman pagan observances. One such group was called the Waldenses. The Kadosh Spirit of Yahweh always maintained a remnant of faithful followers through the ages. These groups were later hunted down, persecuted, driven from their homes in the mountains and the wilderness, thousands burned out and destroyed by the armies of the defenders of the Faith (Rome).
Click here to learn about believers,many called Israel in the Alps:
Also click to learn more on the Waldenses, a remnant of believers in Yeshua in the wilderness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1v1cLBDvwI&NR=1
Can I learn more and attend services with Messianic Jews if I am a Gentile but love Jesus?