"They have left the straightway and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam" ~ 2Pet. 2:15 "Teach me Yourway, O hwhy, lead me in a straight path" ~ Ps. 27:11
Now that you've come this far, you may realize almost everything about society is based on the Roman time system, and our lives are framed in a dragnet. Whether you're an atheist, agnostic, or believer, you live under the rule of a global system that originated in a Babylonian system of sun worship. Fish are not smart, but they travel in groups, and move in perfect order. But have you ever watched sheep? They wander off, and become prey. We are very much like them. An evangelist on TV can hypnotize many of us to send money to him, and all he has to do is tickle the right emotions in us. The mega-churches use music and lighting to well-up emotions in their audiences. They use tried-and-true methods to pilfer your purse, with a rigid order of sequenced liturgies. People are surrounded by smiles, kindness, and gain a feeling of belonging to their special group. But, they learn very little. A showman merchant throws out the meaning of a Greek word here and there, leading people to believe he is very competent. They will often use the conversation between Peter and OWYhy at Yahuchanon 21:15-19, and describe the Greek words for "love", paying great attention to the difference between eros, phileo, and agape "love". It never occurs to the listeners that the resurrected OWWhy and Peter weren't speaking Greek, but the Hebrew dialect of Syraic Aramaic. It's all done to make the preacher look very knowledgeable. Actually, the reason Peter was asked 3 times if he loved the Rabbi was because he had denied Him 3 times. Peter was instructed to feed His sheep, meaning teach them, not fleece them.
The serious offense against the man-made law of not speaking the Name of hwhy aloud made the Nazarenes easy prey. Shaul traveled far and wide to cities, and arrested Nazarenes in synagogues, bringing them back to "blaspheme" before the Sanhedrin, the elders of Yisrael. The assembly at Philadelphia, spoken of by OWWhy at Rev. 3:7-13, remained steadfast in the Word, and His Name:
"I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name."
People will go to many extremes to show they are sincere and dedicated, yet even when confronted with the "straight" truth, it's more than they can bear to drop the nonsense they are pro grammed with. The praise and acceptance of men is more important to them than the changes required in abandoning Halloween, Christmas, Sun-day, and Easter. The largest group of Christians in the US is the Pentecostal sect, concentrated heavily in rural areas. Emotions and experiential "faith" seem to motivate them, and this makes it very simple for the showmen merchants to exploit them, cashing-in on their human nature. Yet Paul says "Tongues, then, are a sign, NOT FOR BELIEVERS, but for UNBELIEVERS; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. So, if the whole assembly comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbeliever comes in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?" 1Cor. 14:22,23. He goes on to say that prophecy will convict us in our hearts of our sinfulness. "Prophecy" here really means explaining what the Scriptures mean, teaching us how to live. "Edify" means educate.
Our ears must be "tuned" to discern a lie. When people are not taught, but just undergo emotional experiences, they are trapped and stagnant. "Tongues" are known languages, and require interpreters for those who don't understand them. If everyone already speaks the same language, then foreign languages are unnecessary to use in an assembly. If you really want to sprinkle-in some "foreign" words, use the correct Name! Yet, I've heard Pentecostals say they use the name "Jesus" because "it's His name in English". With just a little research, you can find that Pagan deities were called ESUS, HESUS, and IEUSUS. Since DEMONS are behind the worship of false deities, then there is a demon named "JESUS". They can manage to keep the word "Satan" relatively intact across the language barriers, and the word for the Yerushaliyim garbage pit unmolested, but the Name above all names they will not accept. This blindness is no doubt caused by programming to a large extent, but it is also possible they are not being sealed with the Name. Nazarene Messianics are coming out of the Paganized assemblies in large numbers today, beginning with their love for the Name. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." ~ Acts 4:12.
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