We proclaim the Scriptures and the Messiah, Who is the Way, The Truth and the Life (John 14:6) We speak against improper practices such as Idolatry as we are showing love. The Word is not a weapon against our neighbor but Messiah is a Light to the world.
Tools or Weapons? Wicked or Ashamed?
Shall we attach labels to other groups who slightly or strongly disagree with our position on teachings? For example, one person's website challenges those who don't agree with her saying, "What does THAT have to do with Salvation?" Another group keeping an early calendar than us accused us of "sun worship" because we reckon the moeds (Feasts) by the Scriptures, not by the early agriculture.
Call it as you see it. However, I, TsephanYah for one would like to apologize to anyone who is slightly offended. I will not "label" and do "name calling" if I can catch it. We do not teach others to stumble, but love them to the Truth.
If I have labeled a group by a nomen, please forgive me. Lettuce all give each other some liberty in what they want to belief, whether they are Barley-ists or Astronomers who reckon time and dates.
THE WICKED from e-Sword.com Concordance of 262 references mostly from The Tree of Life Scriptures. “Not Ashamed” of 29 verses and 90 references.
Proverbs/Mishle15:29 YaHVaH is far from the wicked, but hears the prayer of the righteous.
Pro_16:4 YaHVaH works everything out for his own purpose—even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Pro_17:15 Acquitting the wicked and condemning the righteous: both are an abomination to YaHVaH. TLV
Pro 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the YHVH. KJV
Pro_18:5 Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice. TreeOfLifeVersion
Pro_28:4 Those who forsake Torah praise the wicked, but those who keep Torah stir them up.
Proverbs_15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to YaHVaH, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
It would be so easy to assign one’s self to the category of “the righteous” and to look down on the rest of the world. As we follow Scripture and not our hearts, we are able to discern, make righteous judgment of ourselves, and to be separate from the wicked.
Yes, minister to the wicked in season. Do not JUSTIFY the wicked in the world. Do not condone some of the wickedness that might be taught in Churches. We ought to love them, not approve of their foolishness. What is the point in attending services that come out of Babylon?
Further, try to see the difference between false teaching/doctrine or rather dogma, poor leadership, and the body of people. The hierarchy that assumes authority over the members may or may not be corrupt. The individual people, neighbors, friends, relatives might have variable or differing beliefs, and they may or may not take action on their convictions. Actions of course speak louder than words. We rather ought to be “Doers of the Word” James 1:21-22.
1 Corinthians 10:14 “Therefore my dearly loved ones, FLEE from IDOLOTRY.”
Psalm 10:4 The wicked one, with his nose in the air, never seeks Him. All his thoughts are:
“There is no “God (YaHVaH, Creator of all).”
3 John_1:9b-10 Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them,does not welcome us.
:10 So if I do come, I will call attention to what he is doing—slandering us with wicked words. Not even content with that, he refuses to welcome the brethren, and even forbids those who want to do so—throwing them out of the community!
Mal_3:18 Then you will return and distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves The Supreme One (Creator of all) and one who does not serve Him.”
ZephanYah_3:11 On that day you will not be ashamed because of all your deeds by which you rebelled against Me. For then I will remove from your midst your proud, arrogant ones, and you will never again be haughty on My pure mountain.
Rom_1:16 For I am not ashamed of the “Good News” for it is the power of The Supreme One (Creator of all) for salvation to everyone who trusts—to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
1Corinthians 4:14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to warn you as my dearly loved children. (The Scripture is not a weapon against our human opponents, but a teaching tool.)
2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our YHVH or of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the Good News according to the power of The Supreme One (Creator of all).
1Jn_2:28 And now, children, abide in Him, so that when He appears we will have confidence and not be ashamed in His presence at His coming.
Hebrews11:16 But as it is, they yearn (desire, look) for a better land—that is, a heavenly one. Therefore YaHVaH (Creator of all) is not ashamed to be called their Supreme One (Creator of all), for He has prepared a city for them. Shalom!
By definition, if a person is proven to be a thief, gossiper, an extortioner, a back-biter or other lusty traits of the flesh found in Galatians according to Romans 16:17-18 we could note that person.
"Now I beseech you brethren MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences contrary to the DOCTRINE which you have learned; and AVOID them. " As often as possible be discreet about this matter.
In certain situations we must rebuke publicly. 1 Cor. 5:13; Jude 16, Titus 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Thes. 3:14.
Let us try to be at peace if at all possible. Without peace with all men and being-separated (holiness), no man will see YaHVaH, Hebrews 12:14. "...lest any root of bitterness springing-up trouble you, thereby many be defile." Also Deb/Deut. 29:18
Hebrews 13 "But to do good and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices YaH is well-pleased."
We can generate hatred, or peace and harmony. Respect gets respect sometimes, not always. It is said, "Show yourself friendly and others will treat you the way you treat them." Not always. But the Golden Rule of Scripture is to "Do unto others as you would have them unto you." There may or may not be change. Try to do the best for other brothers, do not expect them to reciprocate everytime.
We are going to make it. "Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to YaH continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name." Hebrews 13.
How rich we are going to be in Heaven when we observe YaHVaH's commands of love.
1 Thes 4:7-8 "..He that therefore despises, despises Not man, BUT YAH, Who that also given us His Ruach ha Kadosh. and Romans 11:18 "Boast not against the branches" Romans 12:17.
We apologize to any person offended by the LABEL-
"Name-calling" when we referred in general and not specifically to neo-Evangelicals as "Evangelifish".
We point-out those Neo-Evangelicals who do not base their doctrine on The Scriptures, but instead user-friendly, seeker-friendly guidelines. What ought to be is "the best of both ideas" user-seeker-friendly and filled with Truth and righteousness.
"Recompense to no man EVIL FOR EVIL. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible as much as lieth in you, LIVE PEACEABLY with all men." :21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." In another place, "He that back-biteth with his tongue.." "In the last days there will be back-biters.."
In Proverbs 18:12 "Before destruction, the heart of man is haughty,
and BEFORE HONOUR IS HUMILITY."
Proverbs 20:3 "It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool will be meddling."
Proverbs 21:23; 25:15 is about pride.
Making our conversation attractive to others will help generate love and respect for you. Some claim they are without fault. Everyone else is supposedly with fault. They believe they are perfect, while it appears that ought to grow-up and graduate from the 7th grade. Let us not be as sophomoric neither as morons. "Excellent speech becometh not a fool." Proverbs 17:7.
If they want to attack us with words and violence, be assured YaHVaH will execute recompense to the wicked. I may apologize for labeling some. Let YaH be their judge and perhaps He will show them mercy. I pray for our leaders and stubborn contentious friends. "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle." Proverbs 18:19
We should not "label" someone. Show quick discernment if it is clear. If through thick and thin mud, and the truth about his character becomes obvious, remember that like YaHVaH "His Spirit will not always strive with man forever". Genesis 6:3. There IS a limit.
Let them argue about their calendars, back-up New Moons or watered-down Sabbaths, their angry faces and words.
"Let YaH be true and every man a liar!"
It is not known why so many seem insane. Is it haSatan, self, or their food, drink and lifestyle? Could it be our old crotchety, worn-out bodies full of frustration, wishing to attack someone the second that they don't "ape" the way it "should be said"?
Empathize a little more with them, try to help them, be mature to an immature leader or friend.
The goats get worse and YaHVaH's sheep just keep getting better.
To finish this for now,
"The Name of YaHVaH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 and Song "The Name of YaHVaH (Lo-rd)"
WAS THE TORAH DONE AWAY WITH AT CALVARY?
The preacher might say we are not to keep the Feasts in Torah any longer, because it is of the devil. They say it is bondage and very legalistic to keep the Law.
WWDD? WHAT WOULD THE DEVIL DO? You probably can imagine his tempting us saying, "Keep the Feasts of YaHVaH, the Commandments, statutes and judgments. Put yourself "Under the Law". ("Snicker Snicker" he laughs.) Follow those Messianics, Sabbath keepers, Torah observant Jews."
Or can you hear the devis say, "Observe the mitzvo of 'Clean and Unclean' and do not eat Pork and Beans, Bacon and Eggs, Escargo, pork, nor any UNclean animal. Follow the Law!" ?
Although we hear opposition from the pulpits and many radio programs against Torah, Satan says the opposite of the quotes above.
What is wrong with THIS? And, does haSatan agree with that Old Covenant Scripture in Deb/Deut 6?
"Now these ARE the commandments, the statutes and the judgments which YaHVaH your Maker commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where ever you go to possess it."
There is a lot more truth to putting the blame on the Azazel Goat, Satan, for inspiring some to teach and to break the Law.
"Great peace have they which love thy law: And nothing shall offend them" or "cause other to stumble" TLV.
Shalom. TsephanYah Eber, Teacher