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Wide Is The Gate: Your Questions

Eurocentric Deception

A viewer wrote in with comments about our Wide is the Gate DVD that many are finding informative in revealing compromising trends within Christianity, hurling the church toward solidarity with the new global unity looming on the horizon.

Q: Hi Caryl,

I was listening to your DVD Wide is the Gate and the eastern influence in the church. There are some subjects that you touched on that I had never known. Over the last 2 or 3 years I've been doing a lot of research on influences on the church body. Yes there is a heavy eastern influence on the church today, but, many don't recognize the western Eurocentric influence it has on the western world also. Most churches today don't realize the Jewish roots of the scriptures. We've got to ask ourselves, if what we believe in, is truly following these Jewish roots or the western roots? The reason it's hard for most Jews to recognize Jesus as the Messiah is, most churches talk of a trinity or a triune god, when their belief has always been monotheistic. In Exodus 24:9-11, this is the God they know and have heard of. What they didn't glean from their scriptures is Isaiah telling them how Christ must suffer instead of coming as a holy typology of King David.... We've got to realize the God we are serving or we are no better than the individuals you are talking about. This has been very enlightening and I hope your message will take hold in this world.

Thanks, Stephan

 


 A: Thank you Stephan for writing in with your interesting comments about "Wide is the Gate." We're very glad you found the movie's information enlightening and helpful for understanding the pressures and influences bearing down on the church today. I wholeheartedly agree that knowing our God is key to salvation since it is found in none other than the true God, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ....." (John 17:3). For it is the true God we approach for forgiveness of sins and salvation. A false god can do neither. To misapprehend God is to be lost and headed for a Christless eternity.

Christianity has always been under attack from within and without. Thankfully Jesus promises that the gates of hell will not prevail against His true church (Mt 16:18). The body of Christ stays close to her head and is willing to suffer for His Name's sake, longing for a kingdom not of this world. "Wide is the Gate - Volume 1" points out the many Eastern persuasions infiltrating the church while Volume 2 tackles the western Eurocentric influences you allude to.

The predominant western influences bearing down on the Church today are Roman Catholicism and Reformation theology. Both ideologies pursue a kingdom of man on earth ruled over and built by human hands. The true kingdom of God spoken of in the Bible will be established by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. He is the stone of Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Daniel 2:44-45) who strikes and topples the kingdoms of the earth bringing them under submission to His rule and authority. Only then will the empires of men, who used God's Name and kingdom promises to build their own rule and authority on earth, come to ruin. Interestingly, Roman Catholicism paganized Jewish scriptures to turn Christians toward believing salvation was found in the Roman church, while using this teaching to further its political goals of building the kingdom of man on earth.

False religious ideas deceive many through twisting and reinterpreting scripture, which creates fear and dependence on religious authorities rather than dependence on Jesus Christ and the cross alone. "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage" (2 Peter 2:19). Our Lord warned about the deception of false Christs in the end of days where men use the name of Jesus Christ to generate their own following for their own purposes, "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matt 24:4-5). Jesus Christ also battled the religious deception of the Pharisees who pridefully promoted legalism rather than the truth of God's Word saying, "...in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Mt 15:9).

Mysticism is another tool used in both Eastern and Western ideologies (and Judaism) to create an eclectic blend of deceptive influences whose roots are found in ancient Babylonianism. Paganism of all sorts syncretize various philosophies together as it continually evolves and morphs throughout the eons of time. By contrast God changes not, and His truth stands firm and unmoved (1 Sam 15:29; Mal. 3:6). Mysticism also incorporates ritualistic practices that depend on mind/body movements rather than a heart of love and trust toward God. (see Yoga Uncoiled DVD ) Even ancient Israel was susceptible to mystical influences as it corrupted their pure worship of Jehovah God by blending it with the pagan practices of the nations around them. They engaged in sun worship (Eze 8:14-16), pagan rituals in the high places (2 Ki 17:7-18), queen of heaven worship (Jer 7:18; 44:17-25) and even child sacrifice to the Ammonite god Molech (Jer 32:35). Their idolatry provoked the anger, warnings and eventual discipline of God as they were removed from the land for retaining and practicing vestiges of these ancient Egyptian and Babylonian rituals (Acts 7:43).

Today it's easy for us to identify Israel's past idolatry, but is the body of Christ evaluating and guarding against similar practices today? Not only is Eastern mysticism to be rejected, but also the Western mysticism of Roman Catholicism's contemplative/works/grace/Marian spirituality and Reformation theology's mysterious grace/sovereign purposes of God paradigm. These worldviews pervert and twist the nature of God, the atonement of Christ, and the gospel of salvation.

Interestingly, the unchanging nature of God's tri-unity is seen very clearly in the Jewish Old Testament Scriptures as well as in the New Testament. In Genesis 1:1 the very name of God, "Elohim" uses the plural suffix "im" which indicates plurality. Think about cherub versus cherubim, or seraph versus seraphim. The singular form of Elohim is "Eloah." While the pronouns in Genesis 1:26 and 1:27 seem to contradict one another, they actually reveal that God is both plural and singular, "26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion..... 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." The cherished Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4 reads, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." The word for "one" is echad and means a cluster grouped together. Another popular Old Testament reference to the Trinity is found in Isaiah 9:6 where the Son to be born is called God, Father and Counselor, "6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Most interesting is the Jewish Riddle where the Jews were asked what is the name of God's Son? "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" (Proverbs 30:4). The Jews knew God had a Son. Other references could be cited, but these are enough to make the case that Israel didn't believe in a monotheistic God, but in a triune God.

In conclusion, unbelieving Israel separated herself from her head, Jehovah God, and from the scriptures, prophecies, promises, the fathers, true meaning of the feasts and observances, covenants and adoption as sons. If it was so easy for her to miss her Messiah and not take hold of the promises made to her, then we need to be awake and sober to take seriously the promises and warnings made to us through the scriptures. One day a remnant of Jews will heed their scriptures, seek their Messiah who suffered on their behalf, repent of their sin and cry out for Jesus Christ to return, "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early" (Hosea 5:15). Only then will their expectations for a conquering King who delivers Israel from their enemies be realized. What glory will be theirs when that day arrives and how wonderful it will be for the church to be part of Israel's restoration to her rightful place in the coming kingdom of Christ! To that end we pray and rejoice saying, "Maranatha....come Lord Jesus!"

 


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