Thus Saith Paul
Romans Chapter Fourteen
Romans 14:1-4 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. :2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. :3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. :4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Does faith really have anything to do with what one puts into his/her mouth? Yahshua said:
Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Why is Paul mincing words again? Simply to lend authority to the foul words coming out of his own mouth: words that expose his true heart! Is Paul trying to say that 'vegatarians' or those who only eat what Yah has declared clean, are weak in faith and eaters of all foods/meats are strong in faith? Yahshua told us the truth about things. It's what you say that defiles you, not what you eat.
It's interesting that Paul forgets to mention Yahweh's WORDS when preaching on how those who eat all things are STRONG in faith. Here is what Yahweh said:
Deuteronomy 14:8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.
Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
HERE IS A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE I FOUND CONCERNING ISAIAH 66:17
(*NOTE: I just found this author's point of vie to be very unique and thought you might too. I'm not sure I agree with everything, but it doesn't hurt to get a different perspective sometimes.)
To "eat all things," is also to eat swine's flesh. It means eating ALL THINGS, even those things which Yahweh said are not permissible to us, like the following:
Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. :11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. :12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. :13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. :14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
But not according to PAUL, who takes the words of Yahshua and contorts them to mean that we can consume ANYTHING- ALL THINGS if we have enough faith! What Yahshua was doing, was rebuking the PHARISEES when He made the distinction between true righteousness and HYPOCRICY.
If this is the case; that we can eat ALL THINGS, then what was Yahshua talking about when He said the following?
Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Click here to read more about Yahshua's message to the Thyatira Assembly.)
If we can eat all things, then it shouldn't matter one wit if we eat foods sacrificed to idols, yet according to the True and Faithful witness, Yahshua Ha Mashiach, it most certainly DOES matter that we DON'T eat certain things.
Has "God" really received those who eat foods sacrificed to idols then? Or has He received those who break His commandments or ignore HIS WORD in preference for the words of PAUL of Tarsus? I think not. Yahweh will not even HEAR the prayers of the wicked. (John 9:31) Sinners are defined as those who transgress the law of Yahweh, which means, BREAKING HIS COMMANDMENTS. See 1 John 3 for more about what sin really is.
Yahweh can and does make His children stand, STRONG because of the truth He sent forth in Yahshua, His only begotten Son and Israel's redeemer. It's the truth that makes us stand. If someone's master is someone other than Yahshua, then what are they standing upon but a house of sand? David said:
Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
The words of David were confirmed by Yahshua:
Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: :25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. :26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: :27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Is Paul being entirely truthful then, in this statement?
Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
"God" makes the righteous stand, not the wicked, as we see above in the words of Yahshua. The righteous will be held up because they are "houses" built by Yah, ON THE ROCK which is the WORD OF YAHSHUA. Therefore, Paul is very slyly twisting the truth by saying a person stands or falls to his own master, then adding that GOD is able to make him stand, regardless what he DOES..
Romans 14:5-6 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. :6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Here is a very subtle, albeit potent statement. Paul brings the subject of observance of days into his speel about eating all things, and once again, hinges his philosophy, on the level of FAITH one has, in either eating, not eating, observing days or not observing them. Saith Paul, as long as whatever you do, you do 'unto the LORD,' you are "A-OK!" But this is not true.
Here is what Yahweh has to say about every man being "persuaded" in his OWN mind . . . in other words, going their OWN ways!
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
It was because of apostacy- straying away from the truth, that Yahshua was sent here to take the punishment for our sins. Since this is the case, then why would we want to continue sinning after being cleansed in such a way? If we truly believe in Yahshua and in the Words HE spoke, we won't listen to anyone else who speaks contrary to Him.
Paul has declared that it doesn't matter if you observe 'days,' or not, or if you eat ALL THINGS or not, as long as you are faithful. Well how can you be faithful to Yah, if you are disobedient to Yah's commandments and take His Holy days as silly, including His Sabbath? Yahshua observed the Sabbath of Yah and never said it was null and void, yet I can't even count how many sermons and studies I've read which base their doctrine on PAUL'S above teachings, and cause all to stray from His commandments. Paul, in essence, is preaching what is really in his own heart: "I can do whatever the hell I want to do and still be justified by Yahweh!"
I Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
I Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Yah gave us a commandment to honor His Sabbath day and KEEP IT HOLY. (Exodus 20:8) He called it a SIGN between He and His children that it is HE whom they worship! (Ezekiel 20:12.) He also ordained feast days and wants His children to keep them because they are days in honor of Him and His goodness to the house of Israel and is not glad when Isreal forgets them. (Lamentations 2:6)
Since this is true, why do we observe pagan holidays and the pagan Sabbath- (Sunday) and why do we think this is okay with Yahweh? It's because Christianity is based on a liar named Paul who twists, distorts and perverts the truth in so many ways, it's mind-boggling, making good look evil and evil look good. Paul's teachings usurp the Word of TRUTH making it null and void! Paul's followers think that they can do whatever they 'feel is good,' and still be held up - made to stand, by Yahshua. Paul's followers think that it's okay to defy the Word of Yah, as long as they have enough faith. So be it. The Word of Yah is what will shine forth putting many to shame.
Ezekiel 20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
Isaiah 64:10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
How and why does this happen? It's because Israel and all nations have rejected the law of the Father and despised the WORD of the Holy ONE of Israel.
Numbers 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
Isaiah 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
PAUL declares that you can observe days if you want or not . . . eat whatever you want, or not, as long as you do it unto the LORD. But here is what Yahweh says:
Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Jeremiah 10:3-5 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. :4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. :5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Does this sound like Yah approves of pagan festivities, eg. Christmas? NO. He doesn't. He hates them. He despises them. So how can PAUL say then, that it doesn't matter if you observe days or don't, if Yah has said that HE DESPISES THE TRADITIONS OF MEN? Almost all Christians observe Christmas, which is the birthdate of Mithra the sungod, Easter, in honor of Ishtar the fertility goddess, SUNDAY which is the "venerable day of the sun," and so many other pagan festivities, yet YAH HATES THEM. But hey! PAUL SAID IT'S OKAY so Christians prove who their GOD really is, by who their 'master is.' HIS SHEEP KNOW HIS VOICE. Amein.
Romans 14:7-8 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. :8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
If we LIVE we live BECAUSE we are OBEDIENT TO THE FATHER. If we die, we die because we are disobedient to Him because we ARE NOT HIS since NONE OF HIS WILL BE LOST NOR PERISH!!!! (See Deuteronony 28).
Job 8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
Job 18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
Psalms 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
Psalms 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Psalms 139:19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
Ezekiel 18:23-24 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? :24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
Matthew 21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
I John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
The wicked will surely perish. They are not the "LORD'S" if they don't even believe the LORD'S WORDS!! They will not come to the knowledge of the holy if they have no desire to seek out what is Holy. They will continually justify each others' wickedness and beat down the righteous until the day He comes and destroys them out of the earth: out of His sight, forever. That is the truth. No one can enter the kingdom of Heaven unless they are born from ABOVE and unless they repent of sinning against the Father who created ALL THINGS for His own glory. Amein.
Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Is it true that Yah is both the Elohim of the dead and of the living? Let's see what YAH SAYS:
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Psalms 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
Paul LIED. Yah is NOT the "God" of both the living and the dead.
Romans 14:10-12 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. :11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. :12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Paul is rebuking his own opposers here, no doubt, by asking them why they're judging their "brother," and setting him "at naught." In his rebuke of his opposers, he is bringing into the mix the teaching of Yahshua in order to make what he's REALLY saying, sound "inspired." His favorite tactic seems to be using fear of condemnation and judgement against anyone who doesn't agree with himself and he uses the WORDS of Yahshua to lend authority to his own perverseness.
Yahshua has said the following:
Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. :2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Yahshua is speaking of "righteous measures" here. We ARE supposed to judge DOCTRINE and weigh all things we see and hear against the LIGHT of Yahweh, through the law and the prophets, and through the mouth of Yahshua, His Son. That includes the words of Paul. If Paul is somehow above reproach/question just because of his self-proclaimed position of, "Apostle to the Gentiles," then why did Yahshua praise the Ephesians (Rev. 2) for having TESTED those who say they are apostles and finding them out to be liars? It is RIGHT TO TEST and it is RIGHT to question. The only way to do so, however, is against the WORD OF YAHWEH, as I've said, in the law and the prophets, and by the mouth of Yahshua. ***That's how I know JOHN is authentic and so is James. That's also how I know Luke is not and neither is Paul.***
It's because there is such a thing as 'righteous judgement' on doctrine- words spoken as though in the Name and with the authority of Yahshua. *These are IDLE words!!* To judge the eternal state of anyone's soul is definitely not good and not for us to do, but we do have the right and the duty to judge what comes out of someone else's mouth. Why wouldn't we? If we aren't careful, we'll end up buying up all the swampland in Florida and missing the DOORS to Eternity; in the New Jerusalem: The Promised Land. In this way, how can any of us who seek only Yah's truth be faulted for questioning and dissecting all the "leavened bread" of the Pharisees?
So we see above, that Paul has taken the concept Yahshua was teaching, on righteous measures, and deceitfully woven for himself, a veil of protection against any opposition to his corrupt teachings. This is how Paul always has and will continue to smoke the masses into a) fearing the church "authorities," and b) setting himself up in such a way as to "appear," above reproach. But fortunately, the veil is wearing thin, and thousands are starting to see right through Paul of Tarsus. Hallelu'YAH for that!
In chapter two I went into much greater detail on the concept of "righteous measures," so I won't spend much time now on that subject. Please read Romans Two, then return here.
Paul asked why "they" were setting their brother (most likely meaning himself) at naught. We can't walk in Yah's TRUTH and NOT be utterly OFFENSIVE to this world that HATES HIM, can we? Yahshua said the whole world will hate us for HIS WORDS. The only thing then, that can set "our brother at naught," is the conviction of the Spirit of Truth resting upon them when we speak Yah's Truths. See? We can't offend anyone who is in Yah's truth, by speaking Yah's Word. Amein, but we can and DO offend multitudes - setting many "brothers at naught," by speaking Yah's truth, because as Yahshua said, His WORDS EXPOSE THE WORKS OF DARKNESS. Nobody walking in darkness wants their lawless deeds to be either pointed out nor rebuked by the Spirit of Truth that is only contained in the Word of Yahweh and the sayings of His Son, Yahshua.
Paul says that it's wrong to "judge," thus set our brother at naught, then uses the fear of judgement to strengthen his statement thus quell the opposition. But let's look to Yahshua and see if we'll be brought before the judgement seat of Yahshua when we are sincerely seeking Yah's face and His will to WALK IN IT, and when we speak HIS WORDS.
Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. :36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. :37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
John elaborates somewhat:
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Those who speak the Word of Truth, AND TEACH YAH'S COMMANDMENTS/LAW and who believe in the Name of Yahshua, the only Begotten Son of Yahweh, will not be condemned nor come before the judgement seat of Yahshua. Only those who speak "IDLY"- from the wickedness of their own hearts, and who don't believe on the Name of Yahshua, will. Yahshua came in HIS FATHER'S NAME, therefore, not believing in His Name is paramount to not believing in the NAME OF THE FATHER- His NAME being full of POWER TO SAVE US.
Paul should have made the difference clear between who gets "judged" for what and WHY, and he also should have taught what Yahshua meant by "righteous measurements." But he didn't. Instead, he used the Word of Yahshua to mask his own deceptiveness and to shut up the opposition. In other words, he used the Words of Yahshua to make himself look good and they who disagreed with him, look like the evil ones. Why? Because that's what Yah said people would do: take evil for good and good for evil. He also said, "WOE TO THEM."
Paul quotes Isaiah 45, then adds his own twist by saying:
Romans 14:11-13 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. :12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. :13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
By opposing PAUL, we are putting a stumbling block in PAUL'S way and PAUL doesn't LIKE THAT. If PAUL'S lies are exposed, by bringing them to the LIGHT OF TRUTH for cross-examination, then who FALLS but PAUL and his house built on SAND? See?
Here's what Yahweh really said, via the mouth of Isaiah the prophet:
(*NOTE: It's important first, to understand the context of the passage Paul tried to quote. Yahweh was speaking TO CYRUS, King of BABYLON- Isaiah 45:1)
Isaiah 45:22-25 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. :23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. :24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. :25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Paul pulled his "quote" right out of context, yet again, to make it look as though whoever opposes him, is the "bad guy," and will be ashamed but it's untrue. Whoever opposes YAHWEH IS THE BAD GUY and will be ashamed. Paul thinks he can say this, because he is a self-appointed apostle. In this way, he managed to seduce multitudes away from Yahweh's TRUTH, for the past 2000 years. Are you seeing through Paul yet? The only way to see through him is to SEE the truth. Amein.
Let's continue on with the chapter now.
Romans 14:14-17 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. :15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. :16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: :17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Paul reverts back to his original "teaching" about how all things are good to eat. Does this sound to you like the serpent saying the same thing to Eve in the Garden of Eden? It does to me.
Now, Paul is saying that by "the Lord Jesus," he is persuaded (in his own vain mind) that nothing is unclean of itself. Yet as we saw above, in passages from Isaiah, Deuteronomy and Revelation, some things ARE unclean, and are not good for us to eat, eg. swine's flesh, blood and foods sacrificed to idols.
Paul uses an interesting tactic here. Now, he is in essence, trampling YAH and His children who obey Yah's Word about certain meats, in a round about way. He is making them look BAD because they stick to the diet of Yah (their meats) and calls them uncharitable to their "brothers," because their diet, which is YAH'S, OFFENDS PAUL AND HIS FOLLOWING. He not only makes them look and probably feel bad, but he further accuses them of DESTROYING their "brothers" by keeping Yah's law. The only way they could be destroying anyone, is if their obedience to Yahweh shows the imposters up, in YAH'S LIGHT, for the false Israelites they really are. Paul continues with even more assaults, by implying "their good," will be evil spoken of now, if they keep being RIGHTEOUS and by their righteousness, convicting their so-called brothers!
Paul decides to sum up what the "Kingdom of Yah" is and isn't. According to Paul, it ISN'T meat and drink, but is righteousness, peace, and joy, IN THE HOLY GHOST. First of all, the Kingdom of YAH is SO meat and drink- the Bread (WORD) of Heaven, and the Living Waters- The Life gving Spirit OF the WORD of Yah, which was in Yahshua's Mouth. But Paul takes the spiritual things and mixes them all up into his carnal cauldron, to sell himself and his LIES, thus usurping the Word of Truth and bringing the masses into bondage to the DRAGON, who is Paul's true father. Confusion is Paul's favorite recipe for bringing the world to the feet of SATAN.
Furthermore, how can there be any "peace and joy in the Holy Ghost," or any "righteousness" for that matter, if the WORDS one believes and thinks they LIVE by, are NOT THE WORD OF LIFE? All there is, is delusion.
Moving right along . . .
Romans 14:18-19 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. :19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Paul rationalizes that whoever is "in these things," meaning in the same "freedom from the law of Yahweh" as Paul is, serves "Christ," is acceptable to "God," AND IS ALSO APPROVED BY (of) MEN. Swell. In Romans 13, I touched on Paul's teaching about being in submission to "church authorities," and how if one IS submissive to church/state powers, then they are considered a non-threat and thus NOT subject to the WRATH of the church/state powers. Paul had reasoned that since it's Yah HIMSELF who ordained the so-called-church/state powers, to resist the authorities is the same as being in rebellion against YAHWEH.
No doubt, the above verse (Romans 14:18) is a continuation of that erroneous teaching of Romans 13. Here, he is elaborating somewhat, saying that whoever follows PAUL and PAUL'S warped theology, is not only a servant of Yahshua Himself, but is acceptable to Yahweh AND to MEN. For one thing, to serve Yahshua is to walk in the same footsteps Yahshua walked- namely obedience to the FATHER- His Father and our Father, if indeed we really ARE children of Israel. If we do not walk as Yahshua exemplified, then we are not "approved of" by Yahweh who sent Him! As well, the WORDS Yahshua spoke were not His Own Words but the very WORDS of the Father who sent Him, therefore, if we do not believe His very WORDS, we can neither serve Him, nor be acceptable to Yahweh. Yahshua said:
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
To "believe on Him" is to both HEAR and DO His WORD; which IS the Word of LIFE that came down from above- the Bread of Heaven!! If we are not feasting then, on the pure Word of Life: the Word that cleanses us, then we are not CLEANSED and cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven, thus no amount of "works" will absolve us from our filth.
How many people do you know, who spend their whole lives in service to the "church," thinking they're serving "Christ," yet who don't even know Yahweh at all? Prime example: Catholic nuns, priests and clergy- and an equally great example is Mormons! How about them? And what about those members of Protestant 501c3 congregations who serve the government and don't even know it? The list is endless of all the ways people think they're doing the work of Yah, but are NOT. Instead, they are doing the will of the beastly powers that rule this world. The WORK OF YAH IS TO BELIEVE on HIM WHOM YAH SENT. You can't believe in Him at all, if you don't even believe His WORDS but instead, believe an IMPOSTER'S words and serve the churches/systems of MEN. Amein.
Unless we are worshipping the Father in Spirit (by the testimony of Yahshua) and in Truth, (by the Word that cleanses us), then we are not attatched to the TRUE VINE. Instead, we are being gathered by MEN off the true vine, (swept up into the NET OF APOSTACY SET BY SATAN VIA PAUL & Subsequent PAULINE BELIEVERS) to be BURNT WITH FIRE. Wake up. PLEASE!
And furthermore, if we are appoved of by MEN, then we are in trouble since Yahshua taught the TRUTH as follows:
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
John 15:18-19 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. :19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Why does the world hate Him and whoever speaks HIS WORDS?
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
So is it "sound doctrine" then for Paul to tell us to seek the approval of men? NO. It is NOT. It is POISONOUS, SERPENT LEAVEN AND WE NEED TO BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, of whom PAUL WAS CHIEF! Yahshua called the PHARISEES, sons of the devil!
Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a pharisee, the son of a pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. (*NOTE- Paul was NOT called into question for his "hope of reseurrection," but because of his LIES that reaked havok whereever he went.)
Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a pharisee.
Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a pharisee;
Yahshua made the matter plain, regarding Pharisees, many, many times and in many instances. Here is ONE example: Yahshua was talking to the PHARISEES:
John 8:42-45 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. :43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. :44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. :45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
The true seed of Israel are they who HEAR THE VOICE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD and DO HIS WORD. "By their frutis you SHALL know them!"
Romans 14:20-21 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. :21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
WRONG! No-one can be edified by LIES. As Yahshua said:
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
LIES only confuse, sully and keep us bound to Satan and his evil schemes. The TRUTH; as spoken by Yahshua, is what cleanses us from SIN because it's HIS WORDS that expose what sin is. Yet His Word cannot cleanse us FROM SINNING if we don't believe them. Amein.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Paul is saying that if you ALL THINGS and have no problem doing so, then you are eating in FAITH and therefore, you are not doing anything wrong. He is also saying, that if you, eating meat or drinking wine disturbs another, DO IT IN SECRET so you don't turn that person away from Christianity, the religion of LIES. See? The whole point of Paul's daddy, Satan, aka: the devil or the DRAGON, is to heap ALL NATIONS into his evil cauldron and burn them into oblivion. Simple. Therefore, Paul takes great exception to the fact that according to YAHWEH certain foods and strong drinks are unclean. Not only that, but eating foods and drinking wine sacrificed to idols, is WRONG.
The pagan nations never followed YAHWEH nor HIS WAYS and they are the very nations that PAUL was sent by SATAN to sweep into bondage TO Satan/the DRAGON. That's why Paul made such a huge stink about the meat laws and the festivals, etc. It's because the nations couldn't STAND THEM and wanted to keep their OWN traditions, but also, wanted to be saved! Paul provided the perfect, palletable doctrine to suit the heathen and the apostate Israelites (aka- Edomite JEWS) alike! BUT you cannot serve two masters. It cannot happen.
Paul's perverse theology JUSTIFIES THE WICKED and dogs the RIGHTEOUS, which is exactly why people HATE seeing their grand-pubah, PAUL OF TARSUS, exposed by the LIGHT OF YAHSHUA for the scoundrel and THIEF he really is. Here is what Yahweh has to say about justifying the wicked:
Exodus 23:7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Please read this entire chapter- Isaiah Five!!
Isaiah 5:18-22 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: :19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! :20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! :21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! :22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
So truly, Paul is full of something smelly and it's about time his stench became a REPROACH to the entire House Of TRUE Israel! And it WILL, in the Name of and by the Power OF the WORD of Yahshua. Amein.
Romans 14:22-23 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. :23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
I'm glad this is the final couple of verses of this chapter, since by now, I'm sick of PAUL and his forked tongue. Here, he is basically hinging FAITH on what WE OURSELVES have allowed OURSELVES to do. If I allow myself to beat up an old lady and steal all her worldy possessions, without a conscience, then HEY MAN! I'm still COOL since I have done it in FAITH- faith that it's OKAY since I SAID SO. Uhu. How can I be SINNING if what I've done, I've done in good faith that Yahshua's death has saved me from the consequences of my evil actions?
See this? This is called, "PERMISSIVENESS" and "PERVERSION OF TRUTH" and "LAWLESSNESS" and in no wise will Yahweh ever JUSTIFY the wicked. Whatever is not of faith, is sin? Surely, no one can KEEP the WORD OF YAH and DO IT without FAITH THAT YAH IS. If Yah said NO EATING PORKY PIG OR BLOOD OR FOODS SACRIFICED TO IDOLS than it takes MORE FAITH TO OBEY HIM, than it does to go right ahead and EAT it anyhow, since PAUL the LIAR and his 2+ billion Paulinated followers said it's OKAY.
What Paul meant to say, I'm sure, is: "Whatever is NOT OF MY LIES, is not part of my beastly, apostate system that usurps the law/Word of YAHWEH and EXALTS ME AND MY DADDY, SATAN." By everything he has taught so far, in this amazingly sinister book of Romans, it's obvious that according to PAUL there is no protection from his daddy, Satan, from persecution, unless you become part of his counterfeit vine- the vine that is destined to be utterly BURNT UP and destroyed FOREVER. Little does Paul know that Yahweh HIDES HIS CHILDREN IN THE SHADOW OF HIS ALMIGHTY WINGS AND THEY WILL IN NO WISE EVER BE PUT TO SHAME!! Amein.
To confirm that Paul indeed DID mean that we can eat foods sacrificed to idols, when he said ALL THINGS ARE CLEAN, we need to look to 1 Corinthians 8. When I get to this chapter, I will go into much greater detail, but for now, here is something for you to prayerfully consider, given everything discussed in Romans 14:
I Corinthians 8:4-7 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. :5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) :6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. :7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
Remember the WORD OF YAHSHUA:
Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
To read more about "Jezebel" and her cunning, craftiness, please read my study on Rev. 2. She is a "spiritual metaphor" for that same antichrist spirit John warned of and Yahshua Himself warned of.