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Damnable and Non-Damnable Heresies

There are heresies and then there are “damnable heresies.” Heresy means “to choose what you believe.” Yahweh has chosen what we are to believe and to make it simple He also supervised the writing of a book, The Holy Bible, available in almost every spoken language. When in doubt, check the book.

Most heresies will not send you to hell. And more importantly even some things people think are required are also not a problem, like food laws, required festivals, and recognition of certain days, including Sabbath-keeping.  All these are external.

A. Damnable Heresies

  1. Any belief that places the death of something other than Yahshua as a sacrifice for sin
    2. Ultimate reconciliation – eventually even the devil and his angels are saved.
    3. Annihilation Theories – when you die you cease to exist in any form.
    4. Reincarnation – you are born again as another person or being.
    5. Belief in any theory that makes Yahshua not really Yahweh at any point in his life or death
    6. Belief in any theory that does not recognize the blood of Yahshua as the agent to cover sin
    7. Belief in any theory that does not require repentance and confession of faith.
    8. Committing the unpardonable sin – rejecting the person of Christ
    9. Belief in any theory that puts Yahshua as an equal to other gods, including Allah, Buddha, etc.
  2. Any religious system which denies in practice the existence of sin, since the personal recognition of personal sin is a requirement for salvation.
  3. One religious group says you must be married to be saved and if you divorce you end up in hell.  Besides being ridiculous and not scriptural, it is also laughable as anyone who has ever been married knows.
  4. Rapture theories are divisive and since no one can prove his position at the present time adherence to any one interpretation is not a litmus test for salvation.

B. Non Damnable heresies, nonsense theories

  1. Any theory which claims you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to be saved, or water baptism or any process that requires additional performance.
  2. Yahshua paid the price for all sins of all men if they accept his sacrifice for their own sins – murder abortion, witchcraft, adultery, theft and sex sins and, most importantly if they also repent.  Mere confession is not adequate.  I have heard many a person weep over their sins but, it was for public show and the heart was not right.  “With the heart man believes unto righteousness, and confession is made unto salvation.”
  3. Belief in only part of the Bible – Many people believe the Bible in part. While this does not keep you out of heaven it proportionally reduces your blessings in this life and in the next.
  4. Hyper-grace theories say that once you are saved  any additional sin is automatically forgiven.  This is wishful thinking and makes the grace of Yahweh something of a joke.
  5. Amulets, relics and other religious items have no effect on one’s salvation but relying on them can keep you from learning the truth and may become an idol.
  6. Reading alternate religious books, such as the Da Vinci Code, may not damn you but they are confusing and enforce the “traditions of men” which Yahshua condemned.

Given men’s ability to concoct lies, there may be other heresies I’ve missed, but this is a start.

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What Missionaries Do

My non-scientific estimate of the percentage of people who have no idea what a missionary does?  Maybe 95%, +or- 3%.  Missionaries are change agents, and we know that human beings are resistant to change.  If we tell them that up front, we’d never get a single convert,  so we begin with the culture.

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Liturgical Religion is not a mission goal

Most religions are liturgical; even those churches which are informal have a standard practice in public meetings.  The gathering together of like-minded people forms the whole basis of society – all societies – around location (geographical), religions- most of the original societies relied on a powerful god-person, or a soldier-leader who ruled by force, or most frequently by families, almost always language families.  

This is not high-sociology, just an observation.  It is the link that Islam has with itself all over the world, a world mission to rule  through Sharia law and a ruling class tolerating no other.

Christianity, based on Judaism follows much the same path, except that the Yahweh is not Allah but a person who identified Himself as “I Am.”  Originally Yahweh set standards for his people – a set of rules and  a common master, Yahweh Himself.  But the manner in which this religion is lived is based largely on local culture.  The Eskimos (Inuits) gather around a fire, Catholics gather in formal grand churches, some African groups gather at the river with no formal structures in sight.  Today there are large churches which meet only on the internet.

Culture is the Contest for Understanding

Within the context of culture missionaries examine the situation and pray for guidance on how Yahweh may be understood and known.  In China, for example, all the assumptions about western religion are false such as the notion that Christianity is for white people – an Anglo-God so to speak, based largely on English-speaking standards since most of the missionaries to China came from that part of the world.

The Yahweh of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is originally identified with the Semitic Peoples of the Middle East.  Yahshua, because he died for the whole world, does not and has not limited himself to one cultural standard.  You find Menorah and 7 branch candlesticks (they are not identical) in Messianic churches, but only occasionally in other buildings.  Some churches have dancing, and music – others not.  Some have communion every Sunday, many only as the minister feels moved to do so, others once a month.  That is because Yahshua wants us recognize His world-wide persona.

2 Corinthians 5:16 (CJB) So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer.

Learning out about Yahweh starts with a small group

Knowing Yahshua Christ only through one’s individual congregation is referred to in scripture as knowing Yahshua “after the flesh” a term from the King James version.  But later on, it is a sign of spiritual maturity to leave behind the notion of denominational practices that are limited to local churches. When this does not happen churches become repositories for the children of the original members who may or may not be believers, having never been presented the same powerful gospel their fathers and mothers heard. These churches waste away. Today 30% of Christians do not go to church, disinterested and unchallenged, depending unfortunately on TV which may not move them forward.

Missionaries must first understand the people they are reaching

The missionary is first  a Watchman on the Wall – see Ezekiel. This person or persons spy out the land for a shred of concern for eternal things.  Occasionally there is a zealot (like Paul) who is already motivated and one needs to get him moving in a better direction.  There may be desperately dissatisfied and unhappy people who do not appreciate what is happening around them.  They can make good converts too.

The least available are those who are self-satisfied or content with the status quo.  Ronald Reagan defined the status quo as “the mess we are in,”  sand many people are too inert to change.

Reality is the ultimate goal of religious training

The church is ultimately about reality – or looking at life through Yahweh’s eyes, using the Bible and the testimony of believers.  It will always meet head-on culture and use it for its advantage to introduce Yahshua as a person. You know girls who grow up thinking marriage will solve all their problems. Men may think, if i can only find a girl. Yahweh has a mate for you, and He’ll do a better job of finding one for you.  

Yahshua is not a movement, an idea, a system or a benevolent dictator; he is a person separate from the cultural assumptions which cloud people’s minds.  Since repentance is about “changing one’s mind” the missionary must start there.  Of course there is opposition.

For those who believe that unbelief is a valid position I can only say you cannot prove a negative.  It is futile.  If you must hold on to your position you must do it by faith – that is you must say “I have faith that Yahweh does not exist.”  This is the same group that says a falling tree does not make noise in the forest simply because no one hears it.  That defines the humanist’s position on reality. No human need be present in order to verify or negate what is happening. 

The universe has both absolutes and truths

However, what is real is real regardless of who knows, sees, hears, or understands.  In fact, the whole notion of immutable standards needs resuscitation so people can deal with the real world; all else is illusion. Reality cannot be defined by what you think; that is the best definition of neurosis: ” my notion of what reality is, makes it real.”  These people are not dangerous (usually) just dysfunctional.***

We do not need to push the demonic on people for them to get a whiff of evil; we must show them that evil does not go away simply because we wish it would.   Yahweh allows evil to remain as part of our training.  An athlete repeats over and over certain moves until, when he is under extreme pressure from a contender, he makes exactly the right moves to win.

After the missionary has done his job, he moves  on and leaves the congregation to a pastor or a group of leaders.  There are new fields to plow.

The opposite of reality is neurosis 

Neurosis, from the standpoint of a theologian, is the imposition of a false narrative on the truth. Frequently this is where the unbeliever begins – with an assumption that must be removed and replaced, a missionary’s job.

*** I had a friend years ago who was neurotic.  She had three marriages but she honestly believed that all previous marriages did not exist and that her third husband was the true father of the two sets of children from her previous two marriages.  You can call this nuts if you wish, but it is a good example of neurotic behavior. 

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