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Truth for Everyone; Religion for No One

A letter to someone in touch with us:

Hi W.,

You say, “There are many personal, individual messages from the Divine that are just that, personal and individual, meant for God's own wisdom to tell THAT person that message. Countless religions have been started this exact way.

Yes, God speaks to men. That’s what the Bible is all about – the Creator personally communicating and working with certain chosen men.

And yes, God gives private messages, as when He commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac – not something to pass on to all as a religious ritual. He also gives messages to His servants to pass on to the people, as He did with Moses, Jeremiah, and countless others.

And yes, there are those who have made a religion of something that began with God, as when He commanded Moses to form a brazen serpent on a pole to save people from their sins. Later, the Israelites began to worship this object and King Hezekiah had it destroyed to counter idolatry.

God has never been about starting a religion – not even Judaism or Christianity in any of their many forms. I know this from the Bible, the greatest and most authoritative source, the one Jesus repeatedly quoted from. The Bible is very clear on this. I also know this from the Author of the Bible, Jesus Christ, Who inspired His prophets to put this fact on written record for our sakes.

Therefore, all religions are manmade and not God’s doing. They are, essentially, man forming God in their own image.

When God speaks to a man, He makes it quite clear as to whether that man should keep what he heard to himself or speak it to others. That’s precisely what He did with the prophets throughout Biblical and post-Biblical history.

Yet even personal messages, as those to Abraham and others, were recorded for posterity. Today, saints are made aware of those messages for our spiritual edification. It isn’t God’s fault, or the fault of those who received those messages and passed them on, if idolatrous hearers started a religion out of them.

You say something very true: “There are many including yourself Victor who claim you heard it from God. Thus saith the Lord. God instructed me….

You also say, “I guess everyone these days is drunk with the ideation of being a prophet to the people.

There are many such, even as Jesus and His disciples said would be:

“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many will come in My Name, saying I am Christ, and will deceive many’” (Matthew 24:4-5 MKJV).

Now, W., you’re a thinking man. If we can’t know the truth, how can we possibly receive Jesus’ counsel and take heed in order not to be deceived? How can we determine servants of God who truly hear His voice from those who follow their own imaginations making false claims? We must hear from God:

Ezekiel 13:1-3, 6-7 MKJV
(1) And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(2) Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy. And say to those who prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the Word of the LORD:
(3) So says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! …
(6) They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, the LORD says. And the LORD has not sent them; but they hoped to confirm their word.
(7) Did you not see a vain vision, and speak a lying divination? Yet you say, the LORD says; although I have not spoken?

If we can’t tell the difference, we’re wolf snacks. And Jesus assures us that those who choose to play it safe and remain neutral are the main course. “He that gathers not with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30).

You like sayings. Here’s a familiar one: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” I’d qualify that with, “Unless you stand for the truth and nothing else, you’re dead.”

You say something very true of yourself: “I can't say for certain any more that He did speak to you, than I can be certain that He didn't.

You say something else that seems promising: “Unlike many others who find fault or question this concept or these people professing this, I realize I simply wasn't there if and when God told you something.

When one receives the Spirit of God, he can know the truth because Jesus promised the Spirit of God will lead him into all truth (John 16:13). He always keeps His promises.

Consider: Because not everyone knows the truth doesn’t mean no one can.

When one has the Spirit of Truth and hears His voice, he is automatically granted the developing ability to discern truth from error. Those who know Him and hear His voice also know whether or not certain others speak from Him. The Bible calls it a “witness of the Spirit” as to whether something is true or not, whether God is speaking or not:

1 Corinthians 2:12-16 MKJV
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:14-16 MKJV).

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20 MKJV).

For one member of the Body of Christ to be able to know where others stand in relation to Christ, the Head of the Body, makes sense. If I have a friend who looks out for my good, that friend will make known to me, if he can, those who represent his interests to me and those who differ with him. Jesus said:

“And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him. For they know his voice. And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:4-5 MKJV).

“If anyone desires to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of God, or I speak from myself” (John 7:17 MKJV).

All those who know Him also know those who know Him. They are one, even as Jesus purposed and promised. Those who are sons of Light aren’t left in the dark, and they don’t have fellowship with children of darkness, though they may grow together for a time (Matthew 13:24-30).

God commands His saints to test the spirits in order to know whether or not something or someone is of Him:

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1 MKJV).

You say, “I sometimes believe what you say, and other times I simply don't agree. I can and should just leave it at that.” I don’t mind you disagreeing or questioning. I’m here to make known the truth. “Ask and you shall receive.” We turn nobody away, unless they’re belligerent and unreasonable, which has happened with many, but even then, we deal with them before finally feeling compelled to turn them away.

Victor Hafichuk

- October 21, 2014

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A Buddhist Loves Disgraceful Religion

We received this note:

Hello, I just looked at your website. I'm currently a college student, an ex-Christian, and a follower of Buddhism. I was talking to my catholic mother about various aspects of theology, and I enjoy doing so because she is an intelligent human being.

The website you have is an absolute disgrace to Christianity. It actually is extremely offensive, and I'm not even saying that because I’m not a Christian. The radical views and insane preachings of intolerance are ridiculous and makes the teachings of “Jesus Christ” seem immoral to those who are not familiar with Christianity.

Instead of taking the bible so literally, you should begin looking at the world around you and begin helping the advancement of humanity. Since we don't drive horses anymore or stone women in the streets anymore, the bible has lost much of its literal practicality.

Read the bible and apply it’s moral teachings rather than obsessing on quotes and phrases that exclude groups of people. Although I don’t particular believe in a single god or “salvation”, I’m pretty sure that if god did exist he wouldn’t create billions of non-Christians just to send them to hell when they die. That is the ignorance of most of today’s Christians, and the downfall of humanity.

Please learn to love human beings and tolerance rather than making others feel guilty because of their personal beliefs and upbringing.

Thank you

- Josef

Paul and Victor's reply:

Hi Josef,

Can you point out any “insane preachings of intolerance” of which you accuse us? Can you tell us which of the Ten Commandments have lost their “literal practicality”? Do you know what Jesus said about them?

“Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18 MKJV).

Are you in the least familiar with Jesus Christ and His teachings? Here’s something He said for you to think about:

Luke 13:1-5 MKJV
(1) And some were present at the same time reporting to Him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
(2) And answering, Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things?
(3) I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
(4) Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were sinners above all men who lived in Jerusalem?
(5) I tell you, No. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Tell us, what groups of people have we excluded from hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which we preach in order that they might repent and live?

Or do you think that your mother’s church, which employs, aids, and abets pedophile rapists, isn’t “an absolute disgrace to Christianity” and in great need of repentance, not to mention criminal prosecution? Watch Deliver Us from Evil (the documentary, not the horror flick), and you tell us.

And what do you know of Jesus Christ and true Christianity, anyway, as a Buddhist? Buddhism flat-out rejects the Lord God our Savior, denying men forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the carnal nature that produces endless suffering. Buddhism is a do-it-yourself denial of Reality - the Only True Hope for Mankind.

We tell you this because we love you, Josef, not with the false love of Satan, the lovely perpetrator of all evil, but with the love of God Who speaks the hard truths men need to hear about themselves in order to turn from their destructive ways. You should know that man, enabled and empowered by false religion, is the great destroyer on this planet. God describes this phenomenon as a very “loving” and alluring prostitute, and says this about her:

“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all those who were slain on the earth” (Revelation 18:24 MKJV).

And you, by taking her side against His prophets and saints, are a destroyer, as well. You need to repent, Josef, turning to the One we preach, Who proved His love by laying down His life for you, even while you despised and opposed Him. Why continue serving the powers of darkness?

In your darkness you say of us, not knowing Whom we know or what we preach from Him: “Although I don’t particular believe in a single god or ‘salvation’, I’m pretty sure that if god did exist he wouldn’t create billions of non-Christians just to send them to hell when they die.

Of course God wouldn’t do that, and doesn’t. You’re talking about false Christianity, not the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of ALL men.

“Ex-Christian”? No, Josef, you’ve never been a Christian, only a nominal one, like your mother is (and all Catholics are). You know nothing, nothing at all, of Jesus Christ, Who is God. You are both steeped in darkness because you reject the Light of men, Whom Jesus is. You, Josef, are poisoned by contemporary Buddhist philosophy and eastern mysticism.

We think you must do much more than just “look” at our site and make hasty and foolish judgments in ignorance. Repent of your ignorant and arrogant stance, or perish in your sins.

Paul and Victor

- October 6, 2014

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The Fears of the Jews

We got this note from a friend:

Hi, Paul and Victor.

I just emailed my senator from Minnesota, Al Franken with questions about this new development on Obama siding with Hamas. By the way Franken is Jewish so I would really like to know what his stand on this is. Hopefully I will hear something from him and what if anything can be done on our part.

Kirk

Victor responded:

You realize many Jews have been on the left and anti-Zionist and pro-Obama?

Kirk’s reply:

Hi, Victor,

I didn't realize this. What are they thinking? Any idea?

Kirk

Victor answered:

Hi Kirk,

Perhaps inexplicable – the mystery of iniquity. They are blinded until the time the Lord opens their eyes and gives them a heart to understand. Fear plays a big part in it.

Paul’s reply:

Hi Kirk,

Victor touches on one reason I’m aware of – fear. It’s easy for me to understand as a Jew, because I experienced, through my DNA and heritage, how it feels to look like other people around you, yet be irretrievably different and persecuted for it. At any moment, some form of anti-Semitism might break forth, and you’re finished. That’s what it feels like even in a “safe” society, as the US has been and is presumed to be. The feelings I’m talking about here are mostly buried. It’s like part of your atmosphere, the air you breathe without thinking.

Jews who knuckle under this fear will try to get along with the mainstream at the cost of truth and what’s right. They will sell out Israel just so they’re not considered too Jewish or sectarian. They hope it will make them acceptable, or presume it does, in order to save their own skins. Most don’t realize what they’re doing or why. They actually believe they are being morally fair, even superior to the “right-wing Zionists.”

There are also Jews who simply react with loathing to things they perceive as unsavory about their people and heritage, and thereby take the opposite side, even if it’s wrong. Some call these people “self-hating Jews.”

The Lord delivered me from all these fears and derangements as he led me on the path of Truth. Bless His Name!

Paul Cohen

Read more about Israel and the Jew.

- September 18, 2014

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Loving Your Neighbor

Paul answers a good question:

Hi Marina (and all),

You ask about Galatians 5:14:

“For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14 MKJV).

Does it mean that if the second command is fulfilled, the first one is automatically fulfilled too? And vice-versa?

We would say that the Second Commandment is fulfilled because the First Commandment has been fulfilled. After all, doesn’t everything hinge on loving God with all our hearts and having no other gods before Him?

Mark 12:28-31 MKJV
(28) And coming up one of the scribes heard them reasoning, knowing that He had answered them well, he asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
(29) And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;
(30) and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
(31) And the second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

You can see in Galatians that Paul is speaking to fellow believers. In the verse previous to the one you asked about, he says:

“For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the liberty for an opening to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13 MKJV).

In another place he says to them:

“This only I would learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the Law, or by hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourself in the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2-3 MKJV)

Now we know that those who love (obey) God (by His grace) receive His Spirit. So Paul is exhorting his brothers to walk in the Spirit, serving one another in the love of God.

Romans 8:12-14 MKJV
(12) Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
(13) For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die. But if you through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.
(14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

We need to be diligent to follow through on what God has given us, and He will take us all the way.

1 John 4:7-11 MKJV
(7) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.
(8) The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.
(9) In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.
(10) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.
(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

God teaches us how to love Him and one another by faith, but in the realm of the new creation in Christ, not in the flesh. The flesh can’t love God and the new creature in Christ can’t but love God. Our job is to trust Him by doing our part, whatever He gives each of us for today.

If you worship God, you’ll obey His Commandments. If you obey His Commandments, you’ll find yourself loving your neighbor as yourself. And love has nothing to do with emotion. It is a matter of desire, motive, and will.

Paul Cohen

- September 7, 2014

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A Necessary Warning

Hi everyone!

I recall a dream I had perhaps a couple of years ago or more (I dare not take it as anything other than from the Lord), in which I was instructed to submit to the authorities when they come tyrannizing. Yes, it will be that way. It will seem so very unfair, even diabolical.

The William Raymonds, Mike Adamses, and Alex Joneses won’t like it one bit. Their reaction and stance is to fight back, to resist this great move of “injustice.” They will perish by the sword, all those who resist.

Notice that the above mentioned people, and many like them, call for justice, law, and order; yes, they call for many good and moral things, but they’re missing repentance from sin and faith in God. And that’s the problem. Raymond, Adams, Jones, and many others want to have their cake and eat it, too. They can’t have it both ways.

All that’s falling on our nations now is because of sin and unbelief, iniquity and violence everywhere. We’ve thrown God out, even in His own Name (adding sin to sin), and now He’s done with our iniquity, presumption, stubbornness, arrogance, self-importance, and rebellion. He’s finished winking. The freedoms we’ve enjoyed as nations, particularly in the West and maybe most particularly in North America, are history.

Here’s what I see, and I say this with a sense of urgency: I see a distinct parallel or likeness between our situation and that of when Babylon came against Israel and Jeremiah was calling on the people to submit to Nebuchadnezzar when he came with his great army. If the powers that be come to take everything away from us, including our lives, we must not resist. We must recognize that Jesus Christ our Lord and the Kingdom of God reign supreme. God is in full control. His judgment is now here, and He is using “His servant Nebuchadnezzar” to judge our nations.

Nobody, high or low, rich or poor, deserving judgment will escape, and nobody with faith and fidelity toward God and deserving justice will be denied. God is just and merciful to those who look to and love Him.

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25)

Those who resist won’t be able to withstand the judgment. The rod will only come down all the harder, with no escape from it. God has put it in the hearts of the powers of this world to bring this great correction. If we resist, Jeremiah declared, we’ll die, but if we submit, our lives will be spared. Naturally, Jeremiah was known as a traitor to his country and to God for his stance and God’s message by him to Judah.

Why Harvest Haven, then, and why our “door to the world” and all the work and money we’ve put into it, if it’s all just going down, you may ask? Here’s another wonderful parallel between our situation and Judah’s when Babylon came to overcome the Jews and destroy their nation, even their glorious Temple. You’ll recall that Jeremiah was instructed to buy a piece of land. This instruction to him during the coming takeover by foreigners was a token of God’s promise that the Jews would return and live in their land again. I believe the same. God has given us Harvest Haven and the building for a plan He has for us and others in the near future (read Jeremiah 32).

For a time, it may look the opposite, like all is lost. If the authorities come and take away whatever we have, even our children and lives (not saying they will – I don’t know the specifics), we must recognize that every detail is being worked under perfect supervision from Heaven. We are not to fear or be angry or hateful for these things.

Yes, on the surface these actions and events will seem perfectly unfair, unjust - tyrannical indeed. Those we encounter doing this work “against” us may even appear cynical and proud of their power over us, but we mustn’t resist. We must let it happen and give thanks to God, Whose judgment is just. Remember, whatever we get, it will only be because we need or deserve it, or both.

Let them take us away in chains, without notice, rights of appeal, or anything else. Submit, submit, submit, and treat them as angels of God doing their jobs, for so it is; they are messengers of judgment, not wielding the sword in vain. God will give us mercy if we believe and obey. He will move the hearts and turn them as He will. He is the Father of all spirits. Know that, remember it, and live. Forget, and it won’t go well for you.

Judgment is here because of sin. Yes, people want their organic food, the right to drink raw milk, and to have alternative health care, free access to natural foods and supplements, fluoride-free water, freedom of choice, and so forth. They demand all their rights, as though those rights are coming to them. While these things are all good, they forget their responsibilities toward God and neighbor.

As you’ve seen times without number in our work both at Harvest Haven and The Path of Truth, the vast majority of people aren’t listening; not only do they refuse, they condemn and revile us. They all know much better. We’ve been preaching against sin and urging faith and fidelity toward God for years, and people just aren’t listening. What else shall God do, but bring the fires and the rod to open their ears?

I know that if we walk in repentance and humility, in faith and obedience toward God, it will be well for us in the end, notwithstanding the turmoil and suffering, the rejection of those around us, and the great injustices we see happening, be it with people like the Raw Milk movement, Michael Schmidt, environmentalists, and so many others out there apparently trying to do good and right things.

Likely we will experience hardships ourselves, feeling we don’t deserve what is happening, but remember how Daniel, a righteous man, and his companions, were also taken into captivity, cruelly ripped away from their nation, homes, and families, and sent off in chains and bare feet to Babylon. Yet God kept them and brought them great honor because their faith was ultimately in Him, without compromise. Remember Daniel when these things come. Obey and believe God; do right to all, always.

We’ve seen the great needs of every kind with many. And we’ve seen how the Lord opens and closes doors for all those we encounter. Meeting needs is not our business. Our business is to walk away from (forsake) closed doors and toward (yield to) open doors, even as did Noah in his day of great judgment. We need to know and respect whom the Lord determines to give to, and not who has needs. Self-righteous, foolish do-gooders help people indiscriminately, but God knows the hearts, to give to every man according to the fruit of his doings, according to the reins of his heart.

We haven’t been able to tell by outward appearance who is who. Logically, it just doesn’t make sense. Until we pick up their spirits and see their hearts, we can’t tell, but as some of you have experienced with customers, for example, you see to whom it’s given and to whom it isn’t, despite their needs, troubles, and social statuses.

In all these things, may you not turn against or away from the Lord and deny Him. Those who deny Him before men, those will He deny before the Father and the angels. Remember God is in full control, and if we are with Him, He is with us; and if He is with us, who can be against us?

Victor Hafichuk

- August 20, 2014

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