Paul wrote this letter to Aviad Cohen:
Shalom, Aviad; Yehoshua is Lord!
I was called by Him in 1978, having no idea of Who He was or is, but being drawn by the Father to come into the knowledge of Him through Yehoshua HaMaschiach, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has taught and led me these past almost 30 years, without the influence or teachings of religious men, and their diabolical doctrines. Did you know, for example, that the teaching of “eternal hell” is false, not at all taught in Scripture, and was propagated by the Catholic Church to control people, adopted by all her daughters who do the same? Jesus is the Savior of all men, but each in his or her own order. He went and preached to the spirits in prison because His will is to save all. Who can resist His will? It is pure grace, not our works or righteousness.
Read on our site, www.thepathoftruth.com. We are blessed to know Him, and I’m thankful that you know Who He is, but now you must learn to know Him, and His ways, overcoming by the gift of faith, enduring to the end. The cross is internal. It’s His will that determines all things. He is Lord of all, sovereign in every detail.
Hey it’s Aviad Cohen aka 50 Shekel. Thanks for your support and prayers. I will check out that website soon. Stay strong in Messiah!
Your Hebrew Homie,
Aviad Cohen a/k/a 50 Shekel
Soon Aviad asked to be removed from The Issues of Life.
Aviad, did you ever go to our site, as you indicated you would? What did you see there? Have you red any of The Issues of Life? Could you tell me why you asked to be removed from our mailing list?
Because I have “500 Emails To Get Back To” and most people have 0 clue how busy I am.
Yes, you’re very busy. I know. Why would you assume I thought otherwise? My question to you is, “Do you know what it is that you’re rejecting?” Do you know that you’re rejecting Yahshua, because He has sent us to speak and write the things we do? Why are you too busy to find out? Why is it that you don’t recognize Him or hear His voice in the first place? If you knew Him, you wouldn’t be so occupied in so many things that aren’t profitable. Why not stop to listen to those that do know Him?
I’ll show you your error in just some of what you wrote in a recent e-newsletter. You’re in error because not knowing or confessing Jesus Christ come in the flesh. Before you can be a worker in the Kingdom you must first enter the Kingdom yourself. That doesn’t come with a simple declaration, as many teach. Jesus said “strive to enter in,” and that “many” seeking to “wouldn’t be able.” Perhaps you think you’ve made it, but this isn’t at all the case. We see where you’re at, because having come through to the other side ourselves and now knowing the difference. You need to slow down and turn away from your self-importance and your religious works. You’re on the fast track to destruction, of which David the Psalmist wrote:
“Concerning the works of men, by the Words of Your lips, I am kept from the paths of the destroyer” (Psalms 17:4 MKJV)
Regarding Catholic practices, you write:
“It still amazes me how they make their followers go to priests to ask for forgiveness of sins rather than through Yeshua, which is how it is supposed to be, Scripturally-speaking.”
We don’t in any way recognize the authority of the Catholic Church, but neither do we throw out the baby with the bath water, as your position encourages one to do. Without open and public confession, Aviad, and submission to servants of God, who are placed by Him to look over the souls of believers, you have no part in Christ. That’s how it’s “supposed to be,” and is, “Scripturally-speaking”:
“And whoever is responsible for any such sin, let him make a statement openly of his wrongdoing; And take to the Lord the offering for the wrong which he has done, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin-offering, and the priest will take away his sin” (Leviticus 5:5-6 BBE).
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call on the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him” (James 5:14-15 EMTV).
“And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins” (Matthew 3:6 MKJV).
Have you had the prayer of elders, not of the religious, but of those in Christ? Have you publicly confessed your sins? I hear you complaining about the sins of others, but I hear little to nothing about yours. Judgment begins at the house of God. Perhaps you aren’t of His household, as you presently consider yourself to be.
Do you think that men in Christ don’t have the power to forgive sins? Why would those who are His be called a nation of kings and priests? Hear what else the Word of God says:
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins–then He said to the paralytic, Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. And having arisen, he went off to his house. Now when the crowds saw, they marveled and glorified God, Who had given such authority to men” (Matthew 9:6-8 EMTV).
And this, the Scripture on which the Catholic Church claims its power:
“And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on the earth will have been bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on the earth will have been loosed in Heaven” (Matthew 16:19 EMTV).
While the Catholic Church has perversely employed these words for selfish gain, it is still the truth that there are the real representatives of the Heavenly Church on earth, not in outward garb of false priests, but clothed in the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
Be informed, Aviad, not ignorant and deceived because you have a little knowledge. Don’t be a know-it-all, but listen, hear, and believe; repent; be attentive, not proud, stubborn, and independent.
You write of the Talmudists and Catholics:
“They do not want people to read the Word of God for themselves.”
What is closer to the truth is that they want people to follow them instead of God, that they might be justified in doing their own thing. However, many read the Bible for themselves, and they also do their own thing, interpreting it as they will. Look around you at all the churches, religious groups, movements, and people. Listen to the confusion and contradiction coming from those who “read the Word of God for themselves.” Look at and listen to yourself. Everyone says they follow the Bible, and everyone is doing what is right in his or her eyes. What makes you think you are not doing that? You are. That is why we are sent to let you know, that you might also repent.
There is much more in your letter. While we don’t honor the pope, we don’t refer to him with bathroom language. What’s the point? Are you any better? (Weren’t you converted by a movie made by a staunch Catholic?) Apparently you think you’re better. You haven’t truly seen how vile you are, and what the flesh is all about. You’ve heard the truth about Yahshua, and now you’re God’s man of the hour, boasting that you’ve surrendered to God and don’t believe in yourself. We’ll see how much of self there is in your reply to this letter, if you even bother to answer. I expect an indignant, wise-ass answer, but am always hopeful of better things, which will surely come because Yahshua has come to judge the world, and who can resist Him?
Busy speaking the truth to those whom God deems should hear it,
last night i met two 17 year-old x-catholic girls and they were so jaded and lost because of catholicism. i had to tell them about Jesus instead. what a mess the rabbinics and priests have created. Now everyone, each on their own has to reclaim their faith in Him. Personally, I think you just have it in for me on a personal level. you might have some valid points, but you are hating on me more (through your words) than you think i’m calling out the catholic church and talmudists. you know what happens when Jews and Catholics find Yeshua (Jesus) and leave their “man-made religions” to walk with Him…they get physically, emotionally, etc persecuted by the Catholics and unsaved Jews. This is what happens. i think you have some demons. check yourself and be sure to keep a 100 mile distance from me. in other words, i don’t want any further contact from you. i’m not your enemy, but i’m making it politely clear…back off and do not resurface in my midst. as far as me putting my music and testimony out there, there are plenty of people who appreciate it. i’m not doing this to be a superstar. i run the risk of having psychos like you attack me. that’s what happens when you go public and really state what’s going on and share the Truth. I’m giving you fair warning….don’t ever touch me or attack me. If you would like to email me your home address and contact info, I will have some elders contact you to set you straight.
The Real Mr. Cohen
Another reply from Aviad:
oh yeah….apparently YOU have not been persecuted. to top it off….you PROVOKING and insulting me…..thats just straight up DEMONIC AUDACITY. check yourself. i gotta do my best to love on people like you who hate me. later.
Aviad, Victor Hafichuk here,
I’m writing in response to your correspondence with “the fake Mr. Cohen” (Paul).
God forbid that we should offend a little one in Christ. Are you in Christ? Here’s what Jesus said to His own about persecution:
“Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake! For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward in Heaven is great. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12 MKJV).
When Jesus was threatened or reviled, what did He do, and what will His own do when persecuted?
“For you were called to this, for even Christ suffered on our behalf, leaving behind an example for us, that you should follow His steps; ‘who did not sin, nor was guile found in His mouth;’ who, having been reviled, did not revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten, but gave Himself up to Him Who was judging righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23 LITV).
“For this is a grace, if for conscience toward God anyone endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being buffeted? But if you suffer while doing good, and patiently endure, this is a grace from God” (1 Peter 2:19-20 MKJV).
You say to Paul, “i think you have some demons.” That’s an opinion, is it not, Aviad? If Paul is a brother in Christ, are you not walking on thin ice? Is this not possible blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Or are you at all familiar with Scripture?
Jesus didn’t threaten when threatened; Paul wasn’t threatening you, yet you threaten him, or would like him to assume you are. You write:
“…check yourself and be sure to keep a 100 mile distance from me. in other words, i don’t want any further contact from you. We’re not your enemy, but i’m making it politely clear… back off and do not resurface in my midst.”
You call that “polite”? How were you raised, by rabid wolves? We aren’t your enemy, Aviad, but you certainly react like it. Can you picture Jesus, hassled by the Pharisees, saying to them what you say to us? “I’m giving you fair warning….don’t ever touch Me or attack Me”? Now they spoke against Him, while we speak for Him, on His behalf. Frankly, we don’t see any good fruit in you at all.
You call Paul a psycho. What is a psycho, Aviad? Do you know? Do you know that Paul is one? If you don’t know for sure, then you’re a false accuser and, again, a blasphemer. Did you ever hear who the “accuser of the brethren” is? Here it is, in the same Book that testifies of Jesus:
“And I heard a great voice saying in Heaven, Now has come the salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10 MKJV).
These words were written of the serpent, Satan. Now that we’ve written you, what will you do? Report us? Do you see Jesus, the One Whose example you presume to follow, reporting the Pharisees to Herod, or lodging a complaint to Pilate against Herod, or crying to the Sanhedrin because the Scribes were hassling Him?
You seem to revel and boast of great sacrifice and “suffering” but cringe at even any appearance of disagreement or questioning, how much more persecution? Are you without any need of correction or rebuke? What are you afraid of? The Biblical proverb says:
“The wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off even when no one’s after them; Honest people are relaxed and confident, bold as lions” (Proverbs 28:1 MSG).
That about says it all with you and your reaction, doesn’t it? We haven’t threatened or persecuted, but rather speak the truth for your sake, as those who care, but you react, calling Paul vile names. How Christlike!
I see no need to give you physical addresses. Get us in touch with your elders and we’ll gladly correspond with them. We’ll even meet with them personally, if possible or feasible. In your fear, you don’t need to give us their email addresses but you can forward our correspondence with you and our addresses to them, and tell them we’ll gladly correspond with them. We’ll see who sets whom straight. If your ways are any evidence of their fruit, we obviously can’t expect much reason, understanding, faith, piety, or honesty.
You boast of speaking the truth. Were you aware that your fearfulness is classified with the worst of sins? Here is what the Bible says about the fearful:
“But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8 MKJV).
Aviad, you’re a fearful little guy. You really have nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ. He did say we would know them by their fruits. What is worse, you’re using His Name in vain. You won’t be held guiltless.
Obviously, you’ve warned us and we haven’t heeded your warning. We’re calling your bluff. For all we know, you’re the psycho, and that’s why you want our physical addresses. Would you like to lash out at us in violence if we don’t flatter and praise you? Because we aren’t deceived by you and tell you so, is that “persecution”? Your words are those of fear, Aviad. However, we aren’t afraid of you. You’re afraid of us, and of the truth you profess to espouse and which we have to speak.
We would certainly like to talk to your elders. Put them in touch with us. See if they can explain, defend, or excuse your craven behavior in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The Real Mr. Cohen”? Is that clever, loving or pious, Aviad? Is it more of your true spiritual fruit? Your additional note is one of a little child who didn’t get his expected candy and accuses the potential giver of stealing it. Your best in loving isn’t coming through very well, is it?
Believing in Yeshua is not about the believer. It is all about the One believed upon.
Yeshua isn’t looking for heroes and great sacrifice, which are worthless to Him. Here’s what He’s after:
“For You do not desire sacrifice; or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalms 51:16-17 MKJV).
You need to repent for real and not make-believe. Better you don’t repent at all, than be a phony. There is the real:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18 MKJV).
Contending earnestly for the true faith once delivered to the saints, not deceived or threatened by the fearful, by His grace, and not afraid to be proven wrong or to apologize if proven wrong, by His grace,