One reader of a recent letter takes exception to the message that Jesus Christ is God, Jehovah, Yahweh, Creator, Father of spirits.
While I appreciate the heart of the message, it is not great to see you say that ‘many’ crucified him nor to see you preaching that Jesus is God (you say “The One these people professed to worship, they crucified.”) when scripture goes to great lengths to ensure the distinction is taught between the one true God (YHVH) and the man Jesus Christ (Yahushua ha Mashiach).
So while you talk against indoctrination into ‘religion’, I feel that you are perpetuating it as well by teaching scripturally unfounded dogma (Trinity) that was invented in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD by Rome. You testify to this by showing that God is a Spirit (John 4) who is immortal and invisible (John 1), while Jesus is a man, sent by God, commissioned with God’s redemptive plan for mankind (Acts 2), a mediator between God and man (see 1 Timothy 2).
There is so much ‘religion’ wrapped in the doctrine preached that has no scriptural basis. Release from religion must include release from false teachings so that we, like the Jews, know who we worship, YHVH the Father of all.
I greet you, Rich, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yahushua HaMashiach.
This, the Scriptures tell us, is the only Name given whereby men must be saved (Acts 4:12). Now, Who but God can save man? The Scriptures are clear, but not as you describe or see them.
“And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me; and My fury, it upheld Me” (Isaiah 63:5).
It was God Himself Who brought us salvation. There is no other god beside Him. He alone is Savior.
“You are My witnesses, says the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no Savior” (Isaiah 43:10-11).
There is only one Creator Who alone is God.
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded you, though you have not known Me: that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it” (Isaiah 45:5-8).
Of Yahushua it is said: “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not” (John 1:10).
Yahushua and Yahweh are One and the Same. Jesus Christ IS LORD. There is only one Creator, Almighty God, Lord, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This is the same Child who was born; the Son who was given, upon Whose shoulders the government shall be. (Isaiah 9:6)
You say that God could not manifest Himself in the flesh, Richard, and still be a Spirit. This is not so, nor taught in Scripture. God appeared in the flesh to Abraham, and to Jacob, and yet was still a Spirit. Why do you think He couldn’t do this? Is anything too hard for the Lord? Who will tell Him that He can’t appear simultaneously in the flesh, and yet still be the Father of Spirits?
We are not preaching three gods in one, as you suggest. That is a false doctrine that in fact we refute by teaching that Jesus Christ is very God. Victor wrote about this in Diabolical Doctrine: The Trinity (God Is Three Persons).
You have jumped to conclusions not at all warranted about what we believe and are preaching. You can read over our website if you want to truly know what we are saying, and to hear the truth that the Father has given us.
However, as Victor says in his writing, these things also must be given to you to receive. No man can know Who Jesus Christ is, and have the revelation of God, unless the Father gives it to him (Matthew 16:17).
A reader asks us, "Why does the truth hurt so much?"
We have before us a most solemn question and, appropriately, a most solemn answer to that question with an inescapable conclusion. Has a great and holy man, who somehow miraculously escaped sinning, saved us, or have we been saved by a sure and perfect Savior, One Who made no gamble and took no chances, One Who was sure to do the job?
Jesus Christ, by living in complete submission to God, which could only come by a pureness of heart in a spirit untainted by sin, served as a conduit of Light that fully illuminated the Being of God. We do not know the great honor of God, until we see Him honored by Christ. We do not know the great glory of God, until we see Him glorified by Christ. We do not know the great power of God, until we see His power in Christ. We do not know Him by faith, until we come into the faith of Christ. Jesus Christ, His life wholly subsumed by God, is the very expression of God, and is the only Way that all men can know Him.