You could be programmed to believe error!
For many centuries, Christians have "believed" specific things to be facts, yet their belief in some of them is unfounded by Scripture. Reality can be masked, or "misdirected", by the skilled suggestion of magicians, hypnotists, and other deceivers. The "power of suggestion" and the "placebo effect" were both popularized by the research of Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). Dr. Mesmer studied the power of suggestion; he didn't discover it - it's been around since the Fall of mankind. Hypnosis was developed from his research on psychological suggestion. When people are exposed to errors mixed together with the truth, they can become "mesmerized', moving the line between what is real and what is not real in their belief system based upon opinions - subtly suggested/taught by trusted "teachers" they have made themselves subordinate to. To misdirect is to delude. Certain beliefs are the direct result of the power of suggestion. We can be naturally fascinated by a teacher, and develop the response of aligning our beliefs to his repeated suggestions. The deceived deceivers bring up specific passages of Scripture, then "misdirect" (divert) your thought process to make you think of something other than what the text is actually saying. This is one example of "mesmerization".
A Diversion tactic: ACTS 20 "They" want you to notice one thing; the phrase "first day of the week", then hope you go numb to following the rest of the chapter. Acts 20:7-38 begins by describing a "gathering" of believers (Natsarim) in a home, an upper room, where they listened to Paul (Shaul) until midnight, since Paul was departing the following morning. This was at Troas, where they had arrived after "the days of unleavened bread" (7 days following Passover). Have you been taught about "unleavened bread" or Passover as being a part of your annual activities? Also, Notice "there were many lamps in the upper room". At the start of this gathering in the lamp-filled upper room, Sabbath had just ended, and a few of the Natsarim had come together in this home, and had a bite together (breaking bread). It was after sunset, the resting was over. It was officially the "first day of the week" when Sabbath ended at sunset. There was nothing going on here like a "Mass", or a "communion service". In fact, no one was "worshipping". The believers simply wanted to hear Paul (Shaul) before he left town. Next, they sailed on to Miletos, and called the ELDERS of Ephesos there, to hear an important matter. This whole section needs to be carefully studied, because WHAT SHAUL TAUGHT them is over-looked because of the distraction to make you think about how it was "the first day of the week", stated earlier in the chapter. Get past that, study this chapter closely, and READ THE WARNING Shaul gave to the elders he had called for. It will shake you to your roots, and probably wake-up many of you from a life-long slumber. You should be able to see the "diversion tactic" that has been used to block many people from seeing what Shaul wanted to warn us of. Another diversion tactic is used at 2 Pet. 3:14-18. They try to make you think about Shaul's letters being "Scriptures", to distract you from what is being said -- it's another warning to us. Our main job is to overcome the errors, so we can be effective in our service and reach the LOST with the Truth, the Word, the Torah of the Maker of Heaven and Earth. Our message to them is "Repent, for the reign of YHWH draws near." Repentance means return to the Torah (Ten Words, the Covenant) -- but it has been turned into a misunderstanding, where "grace" and "being under law" are considered to be in conflict with each other. To partake of the New Covenant (Jer. 31, Heb. 8), we must receive a love for the Torah, allowing Yahushua to circumcise our hearts with a love for it.
"Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart
Spirit, teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you." Mt. 28:19. How much of what He had commanded were they to teach "all the nations"? "... all that I have commanded you." This is the work we all do, not just the "leaders" of our assemblies. Really, Yahushua is the only "leader" we have, and "pastors" are simply organizers. And not all pastors do things in the same way, nor is all pastoring the same. There are a variety of functions and members in Yahushua's Body, His living Temple. Our ministry (work) is different from most others, but no more or less vital to the health of the overall Body.
The answer is in Genesis, or what is called "Bereshith" in the original Hebrew; that we are to rest from all our work as YHWH did on the seventh day of every week. It's given again as a directive in the book of Exodus, the 4th of the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath is spoken of 9 times in the book of Acts. It is called "a sign" (oth) between YHWH and Israel, the only sign of the "everlasting Covenant" (Ex. 31:13-17, Ez. 20:12-20, directly referred to at Heb. 4). At Hebrews 4, we are told specifically that the "rest" involves the 7th day of the week, and that for the "people of Elohim" there remains a Sabbath-keeping. How could they get around that? Simple; by misdirecting the meaning, and deluding the listeners. They have even "suggested" picking a day out of every 7 to rest -- but when you pick the correct one, you're "legalistic". Well, that's better than being "illegalistic" I'd say.
If the Covenant is everlasting, its sign is also: the weekly Sabbath. Our Messiah, Rabbi Yahushua, made the heavens and the Earth, and called them as witnesses to this Covenant, and as long as they endure, the Ten Commandments will stand, not just 9 of them. Not one letter can be altered. The Sabbath He kept is not the one Christianity recognizes, simply because Christianity is a religion ABOUT Him, and is not the same religion He teaches and adheres to Himself. Constantine changed the day of rest to his "SUN-day". Setting aside the Commandments of YHWH in order to adhere to human traditions is very dangerous, as is worship in a way that is humanly invented. You must think outside of the box to get past some strong deceptions.
Many deceptive ideas and customs have been "hidden" in plain sight, openly practiced for all to see. Yet all the while those who promote these ideas have to constantly provide an explanation for them, like a "booster shot", to keep the masses under the spell of their "vaccination" against the real truth. Being under the spell of their excuses makes the listener "drunk", and numb to the truth when it does come along. The fact is, those who are "deluded" don't know they are. If they knew, they would not allow the delusion to continue. The truth comes with a price tag: giving up the comfort of feeling secure in one's beliefs about reality at any cost in order to attain the truth. It means we have to be prepared to "wake up" and become aware of our previous and/or existing delusions. The movie Matrix comes to mind immediately, since it portrays these circumstances clearly. Some of us are completely "awake", but walking around in a world with the majority of people "dreaming" a reality that's not really there at all. We want to share the truth with you, but you don't even realize that you're "dreaming" or living in a constructed matrix someone designed for you to remain deluded in. 2 Thess 2:7-12 is critical to understand that there is delusion, the working of error:
"For the mystery of lawlessness (the secret of "Torahlessness", living without law) is already at work; only he who now restrains (controls) will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason (Elohim) will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not be-
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