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A sacred cow is figurative, it is something that is considered immune from question or criticism, especially unreasonably so.

Patriotism America’s Sacred Cow
Cows in the Mist

Many Americans have developed an emotional attachment to the American political system. They are much more concerned with putting “their man” in office than upon truth. While it is certain that emotions run high across the land, I submit that we would be much better off centering in on the Gospel than trying to get someone elected to office. We are told by Paul, we are not of this world. It’s time we quite acting as if we were part of a political system. It has gotten so by in that we associate good Christians with a certain political party and wonder how anyone of the opposing party could even be a Christian. What kind of government did God create? Was it not a theocratic kingdom? Why do we think democracy is God’s ultimate revelation of government? When did he change His mind? No people of any color of skin, of any tongue, of any nation, of any tribe, of any ancestry or of any generation have been or will ever be capable of properly governing themselves. When a people undertake such a task, they manifest their utterblindness, stiffneckness, foolishness and self-righteousness in thinking they are accountable only unto themselves and in thinking they have in themselves the power, the true righteousness and the true wisdom to make laws for their true good or for the good of their society. And what kind of government was God's government over Israel? Was it not a theocracy or kingdom? Not one of the forms of governments in existence today forms a proper government. A proper government can only be formed under God.
Science and Evolution

The hallmark of Science and Evolution is consensus, if enough people believe it, it must be right! 1Ti_6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: We are told that narrow is the gate and few their be that find it. Most of America worships at the idol of science. We are told that in the End of Days that they shall be like the Days of Noah. We see from manuscripts of that time that fallen angels taught men science, and in their return they shall also come with many science miracles.

Traditions of today’s churches

Rapture Timing

Mat_16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. There are many views among Christians regarding the timing of Christ's return (including whether it will occur in one event or two). Pre-tribulation rapture theology was developed in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren, and popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible. The early original Christian church, as well as the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox churches, the Anglican Communion and many Protestant Calvinist denominations, have no tradition of a preliminary return of Christ and reject the Pre-tribulation doctrine. Post-tribulationists perceive the rapture as occurring simultaneously with the second coming of Christ. Upon Jesus' return, believers will meet him in the air and will then accompany him in his return to the Earth. In the Pauline Epistles, most notably in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, a trumpet is described as blowing at the end of the tribulation to herald the return of Christ; Revelation 11:15 further supports this view.

Once Saved Always Saved

There is great debate in the church today as to whether or not salvation can be lost once it is obtained. There are those who believe that once a person is saved, he or she is always saved and then there are those who believe that salvation can be lost because of the slightest backsliding. These are sometimes called by me the Calvinist and Armenian paradox. It seems they both are true to some degree at least. I believe you could debate it until you ran out of breath and be no closer to accepting the truth. I think the whole truth will be seen on the other side, however let me share with you what I know. Can a person lose his salvation? Yes. Does he gain it back again, if he those lose it, no. We do not lose our salvation over sins and backsliding. However, Hebrews 6:4-8 and Hebrews 10:26-27 tell us of Judaizes who were Christians, but went back to Judaism renouncing Christ. “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries”. (Hebrews 10:26-27) We are saved eternally as long as we want to be saved, however remember the admonishment, “Luk_12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: Luk_12:9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God”.
Sabbath

There are some who believe that Christians are sacrilegious by going to church on Sundays instead of going to church on Saturdays. To justify this, they point to the Ten Commandments. But we are no longer mandated to keep the Sabbath in the same way the early Jews were mandated to keep it because the Word teaches us that the Sabbath of the Old Testament was a shadow of things to come. Paul defines this in his letter to the Colossians, which reads “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments or Decalogue was given by God on Mt. Horeb (also known as Mt. Sinai) to Moses around 1280 BC. They are the core of the OT Law of 681 commandments. But we are no longer mandated to keep the Ten Commandments, because the Word teaches us that the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament were a shadow of things to come. Paul say’s, Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (Colossians 2:14) Praise God, Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17) We now obey the commandments written in our hearts by the Spirit. The LAW is much more than 10 Commandments. You can’t keep the LAW without keeping temple worship. It is a no-brainer, hence those who advocate keeping the LAW must pick out parts that don’t deal with the whole LAW. A good example under the LAW would be a woman on her menstrual cycle had to stay in a separate building and everything she sat upon had to be unclean (Leviticus 15:19-23). LAW keepers however, overlook this uncomfortable LAW and talk Sabbaths and Commandments. The Jews were unable to keep the whole LAW, how are Christians going to do it? Why would they want to do so? Christ has come! LAW and temple worship are fulfilled in the body of Christ. His body was the temple! Hence, the phrase He came to fulfill the LAW.

The New Testament, (especially the book of Acts) records the church slowly abandoned the "ritual laws" of Judaism, such as circumcision, Sabbath and kosher law. The apostles and elders met at Jerusalem, and after a discussion with Paul, came to their conclusion, Acts 15:19. Wherefore my [James] sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. James sets out a preliminary list of commands which Gentiles should obey only to be part of the larger Jewish congregation in the Genital cities.

In Acts 18:12, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.” This is very clear that Paul preached against following the Ten Commandments, Sabbath keeping, and the like. In Romans 7:4 we find further discussion of the matter ~ Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. What may I ask those it mean to be "dead” to the Law? It means you don't keep it or any part of it. In Colossians 2:14 we see this embellished even to a greater degree~ Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; The handwriting of ordinances is the Law both moral and sacrificial.

The Law we are told in the Book of Hebrew was unable to be kept by the Jews and served only as a schoolmaster to bring us to the liberty in Christ. Christ abolished the Law fulfilling it in himself on the cross. This is further emulated in Col 2:17 ~ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:" Which are a shadow of things to come"!

Galatians 3:1-5 describes the Galatians as "foolish" for relying on being observant to the Law: " O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?" I will sum this up by saying, and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:39) The Apostle Paul, in his Letters, says that believers are saved by the unearned grace of God, not by good works, "lest anyone should boast"

Antinomanism, yes faith alone is necessary to salvation. However, God writes a New Law in our hearts by His Spirit and we obey God because we are new creatures in Christ not, because we follow the dead works of the Law. We show forth our faith in our hearts by works from a pure and clean heart (James).

If there is any doubt Paul’s writings put aside the Law, one should take to heart ~ "Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant (THE LAW OF MOSES) Hebrews 9:1-5. The first covenant was said to be obsolete, and would soon disappear: By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear." He identifies the first covenant which is disappearing as the Law, particularly the "stone tables of the covenant" referring directly to the Ten Commandments. The New Covenant is justification by Grace through faith in the atoning work of Christ on the Cross.

Scared Names for God

Adherents of the Sacred Name Movement and Hebrew Roots Movement believe that the Hebrew divine names are the essential names of God, and that they should not be translated into other languages. Many of those who claim that we should use only the “right” name for God, do not agree on what that name should be! For example, should we use “Yahweh,” “Jehovah,” “Yeshua,” “Yahshua,” “Yaohu,” “Yahuw,” “Yhwh” or some other transliterated versions of Hebrew names to address God? Various “sacred names” groups will claim that one or another of these names is the correct one, and the others are considered incorrect. Therefore, the English name Jesus is considered a pagan name that should only be used in its Hebrew form of Yehoshua. Should we use the Greek name Jesus to refer to the Son of God? Did the early church place any importance on the Hebrew names of God? Let us examine this issue. Some insist that Yeshua should be used exclusively to represent the name of Christ. They often insist that God the Father must be called by His personal name in Hebrew known as the, Tetragrammaton. They insist that names like El Shaddai, Jehovah, Yahweh and Yah should not be used, some insisting that, if they are used it is because these names are used by Satan in order to deceive us. Some go as far as to say that only Ahayah Asher Ahayah (I am) is correct. Some are adamant that Yahshua, not Yeshua, is the correct pronunciation of Jesus’ name. Is there some kind of a sinister conspiracy going on, or do some people have a preconception?

Those with this preconception believe that it is important to pronounce Jesus’ name exactly as He did. In first century Aramaic or Hebrew. They will say Yeshua rather than “Jesus” and say this would sound far closer to the way He would have pronounced His name. Should we try to reproduce the pronunciation of Christ’s name in the same language He used (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek)? The answer to this question can be established clearly by understanding the Jewish reading tradition. Before explaining this let, us look at a secondary question, why is “Jesus” spelled with “j” in English? Since the letter, “j” is not found in Hebrew or Greek how did it come to be used in our Bibles? “The answer is twofold: Hebrew and Greek use different alphabets, and they have different rules of grammar. For instance, the first letter of the name Yeshua in Hebrew is the letter yod. As a semi-consonant like the letters waw and he, it can play the role of a consonant or a marker of a vowel, depending on its position in a word. Thus yod is given a “y” sound at the beginning of a word, and an “i” sound when used later in a word. It has no exact equivalent in Greek, but the iota, sounded as “i” regardless of where it is used, is the closest. In the same way, the Hebrew letter shin is sounded as “sh” but has no exact equivalent in Greek, the closest being sigma, sounded as “s.” Why does the Greek form of this name (or for that matter any number of other Old Testament names) end in “s” rather than in “a”? The answer is found in the rules of Greek grammar. In Greek, nouns indicate case, number, and gender by their spelling. This is called declension. Depending on its use as subject or object in a sentence, the same noun has a different ending. Spelling (rather than word order, as in English) indicates how a word functions as a part of speech. Thus, in Greek, Iesous is in the nominative case (“Yeshua”); Iesou is in the genitive case (“of Yeshua”), and so on. The name in the nominative case carries an “s” so that it may be properly declined in the other cases”. ~ John H. Ogwyn

Adherents of the Sacred Name Movement fail to understand the reading tradition that accompanied Scripture during the time of Christ. Greek-speaking Jews, who heard the Hebrew Bible read in synagogues, would have been familiar with the Greek forms of the Old Testament names. Greek-speakers would have rendered Christ’s name as “Iesous” and the Lord’s name as “kurios”.

“The Spirit of the Lord (kurios) is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18)

Luke translated Jesus’ reading of “Adonay” in Isaiah 61:1–2 in the synagogue of Nazareth as Kyrios. The Greek New Testament preserves Jewish roundabout figures of speech for the Tetragrammaton. Whenever “Yhwh” was written in the Hebrew, the reader substituted another name in its place. Usually the divine name used was “Adonay” “Lord”. The Greek Septuagint and the Greek New Testament translate “Yhwh” and “Elohim” as “Kyrios” Lord and “Theos” as God. Had Jesus not followed this convention, He would immediately have aroused tremendous controversy among the Jews and His disciples.

Adherents of the Sacred Name Movement must assert that the New Testament was written in Hebrew (or Aramaic). However, there is no evidence that this was the case. Furthermore, they would have to explain why the letters to the churches of Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonica, and the Books of Colossians, Ephesians and Galatians, were addressed to congregations in Greek-speaking areas in which Hebrew would have been unintelligible. Not only that, but there have never been found any copies of “Hebrew or Aramaic originals”. Today, we have portions of second century writings by men who knew the Apostles and a very careful assessment of those writings reveal no evidence of Aramaic or Hebrew originals. There are very good examples of text fragments such as P52, which are papyrus records of parts of John 18 and 19, while P66 contains most of the Gospel of John. This papyrus texts show that the Greek name “Jesus” was being used. Papyrus P52 and P66 abbreviate the names of the Father, God and of Jesus Christ. They normally reduce to two or three letters the last letter changes according to the grammatical tradition. Jesus is abbreviated as Ιη-, (transliterated into English as Je- or Ye-). Christ is abbreviated as Χρ- (literally Chr-). The word God is recorded as Θ- while Father is shown as Πρ- and Lord as Κ-. These abbreviations clearly derive from the Greek terms and not the Hebrew.

Clearly, the Bible does not stress the importance of which language we use to address God, or precisely how we spell or pronounce His name. Nowhere in the New Testament are Greek-speaking congregations told to use the Hebrew or Latin form of Christ’s name. Furthermore, to believe the “sacred name” teachers, one must believe that God is unable to preserve his Word, and that his word is incomplete and corrupt. These “Sacred Names” groups are creating an issue over God’s name where none exists in Scripture! Nothing in Scripture tells us we are to avoid using a particular name for God. Nowhere in the New Testament or the Old Testament are we told that all people must use an ancient Hebrew pronunciation of God’s name. There are many ancient copies of the New Testament text. None of them use a Hebrew “sacred name” for God or Jesus, and not a single Greek New Testament manuscript known has shown any evidence of an “original” Hebrew name for God or Jesus. In closing, let me say we can use God’s names as they are spelled and pronounced in any language. English-speaking people we use the word “God.” Spanish people use “Dios” and the Greeks use “Theos” when referring to God. God understands and honors all languages. The idea that we must address God by some specific transliterated word creates an issue over God’s name where none exists in Scripture.

Demons are Fallen Angels

Although, “demon” isn’t found in the NT it comes from the original Greek word daimon and the Koine δαιμόνιον (daimonion), and it refers to what the New Testament calls “evil spirit”. Evil spirits seek habitation in the human body, but angels having an angelic body do not seek to inhabit humans. Nowhere are we told in the Bible that an angle seeks to inhabit a person. We are told in Mark the 16th chapter to cast out evil spirits in the name of Jesus. However, we are never told we have authority over angels fallen or otherwise.

All of the angels fell at once

Christians seem to be under the false impression that all angels sided with or against God at the same time. This just isn’t true. The Book of Revelation is a futuristic book which foretells the fall of 1/3 of the angels of heaven, however since Revelations is futuristic this must be something which happens yet before us.

Angels can’t have sex with woman

And it came to pass, when the man Adam began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God [angels] saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, "My spirit shall not always remain in the man Adam, for that the man Adam also, as well as the others is flesh: yet Adam's days shall be an hundred and twenty years." There were Nephilim in the earth in the days of Noah; after their destruction by the Flood, as well as before it, when the angels came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:1-4)EWB-CB
Satan can’t create

And he had power (Satan) to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Rev 13:15)
Greed

Prosperity preachers often quote certain passages of scripture in an effort to support their teachings. However, they usually take them out of context. Corinthians 5:9-11 tells us we are not to even eat with a greedy person.
Speaking in Tongues

Some have taught (Acts 2:36) that in order to be saved, one must not only confess Jesus as Lord and believe he rose from the dead but one must also have had spoken in tongues at some point, otherwise salvation is not really theirs. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether, or not someone speaks in tongues has no direct effect on his or her salvation. When a person speaks in tongues unless there is an interpreter, a person who speaks in tongues only edifies himself. We should all seek as Paul did to “speak in tongues more than ye all” however, in the church it must be interpreted. In four places seen in the Book of Acts people are filled with the Holy Spirit and they are seen to speak in tongues.

Masturbation

Did I really say that? Yes, it is an almost a never talked about Sacred Cow. Most ministers who will talk about it will tell you it is wrong based upon an out of context Old Testament Scripture (Gen. 38:9). In this Scripture Onan didn’t fulfill his God ordained purpose. It had nothing to do with Masturbation. The closest thing we have in context is the word lust. Lust can be defined as a “forbidden longing.” Since fornication such as sex outside of marriage is forbidden I think a case can be made that the sin originates in the mind. Therefore, if there is no mental imagining of forbidden sex or pornographic material and just a plain reliving, of oneself sin can hardly be a part of the process. This in practice may be easier said than done, but mere relief isn’t sin.

Did Satan Create a Competing Creation?

The Neanderthals including Cro-magnon Man represent a single species quite distinct from our own.

And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. (Gen 4:13-17) It appears Cain married a Neanderthal. Neanderthals were already here when God created Adam. Adam was made in Canaan (root word for ruddy), and put in the garden (Gen.2:8). The garden was a hedge to protect Adam from the world, and the Neanderthals around him. Neanderthals appeared on the earth around 400,000 years ago, long before Adam. Neanderthals are a distinct paleontological species. Comparisons of Neanderthal and modern human (Adam’s line) DNA sequencing confirm that Neanderthals were a different species. They did not descend from Adam, nor did Adam descend from them. By analyzing a version of the gene variant of MC1R in the Neanderthal, scientists have even found that Neanderthals had red hair. This brings to mind another post I did recently about red haired giants. It seems the devil has nothing new.

However, Neanderthals were cannibals. Archaeologists in Spain have unearthed the remains of Neanderthals with markings on the bones showing the unmistakable signs of cannibalism. They have cut marks on many of the long bones, and they are fragmented to obtain the marrow, a sign of cannibalism. Could Neanderthal’s have been a competing creation? Could Satan have created the Neanderthals? Many Christians would say that Satan does not have the power of creation. Does scripture support this statement? No, Rev. 13:15 says that he does have the power of creation, or at least the power to make something that already exists into life.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Rev 13:15)

Could the Neanderthal be a creation of God? Somehow, could evolution be true, and the Neanderthal a proto-Adam? Was God experimenting to get it right with Adam? No! Neanderthal’s were not a part of God’s creation! God did not have to experiment. No! Evolution in this recreation after Genesis 1:2 does not exist. It did however; exist in the first creation destroyed by God between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. That is the way it appears so in the geological strata. Jewish Talmudic and rabbinical tradition believed that before Adam was created, the world was more than once inhabited and more than once destroyed.” God’s creation occurs in Gen. 2:7 where, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”.

Only Adam and his descendants were infused with the breath of God and a spiritual nature corresponding to God himself.

* Moreover, a Chaldean priest, Berossos, writing in Greek ca. 289 B.C., reported that according to Mesopotamian belief 432,000 years elapsed between the crowning of the first earthly king and the coming of the deluge.

With Noah’s flood, any remaining Neanderthal’s would have been destroyed as well as the line of Cain.


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