I understand why people start scrolling faster and faster when they see a religious post on social media. I’m starting to ignore them like the plague. Religion is a Latin word that means bind, tie up. “Within the system of what we would now call “Roman religion,” the term religio originally meant an obligation to the gods.” Reminds me of our football games and everyone screaming and yelling for their team to win. Their gods.
I received a friend request from a man the other day on Facebook, and in every post, he is trying to tell me I pronounce the name of the God I worship wrong, His Sons name wrong and that I’m headed to hell. Geez, Lawd help us!
We have One book that divides millions.
When I first started seeing things in the Bible and was awakened to Torah back in and around 2008, I jumped on board hammering away. I wrote books to try and stop a lot of harm and division I had witnessed in the Body of Messiah. I wanted to explain and expound on many topics that caused division and get to the roots of it. I studied the mikvah before anyone knew what it was in my circles. I studied the Feast days before they were popular outside of the One world Church of God and the Messianic congregations.
I realize now, No one really cares.
America has their own Jesus they’ve created in their hearts and a building with a title on every corner and someone itching to tell them how blessed and highly favored they’ll be at their building or how they’re headed for hell if they don’t show up every week.
They say things like, “we preach and know the truth in our building. Miracles are happening in our building. These buildings made with human hands have nothing to do with the assembly of believers and the hearts of every person who has ever had a salvation experience that CHANGED THEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
On the flip side of this building and pastor pedestal syndrome, we have a group of people who are digging for truth so far and so fast and trying so hard to get to the very beginning of our Hebraic roots that they’ve no relationship left with the One who found them dirty and lying in a ditch. The one who washed them and anointed them with oil and said, …”I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord GOD. “Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. “I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk” (Ezekiel 16:8-10).
Do not seek out the truth until you lose your faith and forget His Grace that found you. Buildings are good to fellowship with others and encourage one another but don’t make them your gods.
A man demonized at a graveyard where he had made his home, needed no Hail Mary, no rosary beads, no baptism of tongues, no one dunked him in the water that day, no sinners prayer was said to invite Jesus or Yeshua in his heart, but he was CHANGED. If you were changed, you know it. You can look back and see that you are not the same person you once were.
Truth must meet love and compassion. Truth alone has no spirit and no obedience or joy. It’s just truth. You can have all the knowledge of every Feast of Yah and pronounce His name in perfect Paleo-Hebrew and be as dead as the tombs in the graveyard where the demonized men lived.
You can go to a building every week and eat your meal and wipe your mouth and be prideful, arrogant, self-seeking, and full of religion without any love. You can keep your Shabbat and air all your wisdom and be the most judgmental person on the planet. People get in their groups, and they ignore some folks because they don’t agree with one portion of their teaching or doctrines. It makes it hard to even be one with some. They try and tell them they aren’t “saved.”
And really none of us are.
“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Working out our own salvation is a very personal matter. Who am I to tell someone they’re going to hell in a hand basket or that I know the personal whispers of their heart? Who am I?
I was so excited when I learned about the Torah, the Feast, the Sabbath and His ways. I thought, now I will see unity. Now I will find a Body of Believers that have love and can come together humbly and seek Him and His Word. But now I see fights over other matters, like giants, demons, whether to cook after sun down, who can lead prayer, who can blah, blah, blah. . .
Forget my words and read HIS Words and notice how many times he says, “unity or become ONE.” This is Jesus, Yeshua, Yahushua, praying below.
“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given to me, because they are yours. Indeed, all I have is yours, and all you have is mine, and in them I have been glorified. Now I am no longer in the world. They are in the world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, guard them by the power of your name, which you have given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are. When I was with them, I guarded them by the power of your name, which you have given to me; yes, I kept watch over them; and not one of them was destroyed (except the one meant for destruction, so that the Tanakh might be fulfilled). But now, I am coming to you; and I say these things while I am still in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.
“I have given them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world — just as I myself do not belong to the world. I don’t ask you to take them out of the world, but to protect them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth — your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. On their behalf I am setting myself apart for holiness, so that they too may be set apart for holiness by means of the truth.
“I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word, that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one — I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am; so that they may see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these people have known that you sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I myself may be united with them” (John 17:9-26 CJB).
Father, I call you Friend. I want to know you. Unite Your people. Bring your Body together and let them become one. Let us all humble ourselves and fall at your feet and worship you in Spirit and Truth and with hearts that are hungry. Circumcise our flesh and heal us of our leprosy, oh God!