by Pastor Mark Downey
February 9, 2014
Scripture Reading: Psalms 119:169-176
Christians, like the Psalmist David, want to know more about God in Christ the Messiah, to know more about the teachings of the Word, and the duties of our faith. When we understand that we are the true Israel, we also realize what our newfound responsibilities are. David had a foreboding sense that he and his prayers were not worthy before such a benevolent God who bequeathed so much promise. Likewise, we are heirs of the promise and yet every waking moment is not dedicated to the praise of God. We should make the Word of God our rule in everyday conversation, rather than the exception. We should look up to God as a lump of clay to be shaped in perfect form by the Potter; to help this honorable vessel glorify Him. When we glory in the Lord, we are spreading His reputation. It was by His design that His repute would be through His people; even the enemies of His people would stand in awe of such a fearsome and jealous God. And it was all because we have His Word; an owner’s manual, if you will, for having communion with Him, not just for today, but for eternity.
The earliest scribes, from 400BC to 200 AD, worked with Ezra and were regarded as the custodians of the Bible until the time of Christ. At that point in time, they were under the employ of the Pharisees and received equal animus from Christ declaring unto them (always in the same order with the scribes first), “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” Mt. 23:14. They were woefully the enemies to the gospel of Christ. They were very much the control freaks, micro-managing the trivial matters of the Law, but aloof and negligent towards the importance of justice. It was more like ‘just us.’ They were likened to whited sepulchers. Christ was making the point that He could see through the superficial exterior and discern the spirit of man by what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here the Christian must begin with what is inside their heart and mind. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show.
However, revival is the Spirit of God working through the Word of God, in the lives of the people of God. Ezra was a great example of this when the people got together and asked him to read God’s Word. “All the people gathered together as one man in the open square … and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding … Then he read from it… from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” Nehemiah 8:1-3. People who give their full attention to a book for 6 hours are moved by the Holy Spirit to do so. You might say that instinctually we know that by hearing the Word read to us that it will somehow help us. Ministers behind a pulpit are nothing if they don’t present the Bible before the congregation. They must speak from the Scriptures, whereby God is glorified and the fellowship is edified. Those who hear the message should understand it; otherwise it’s just the empty sound of words. Therefore it is incumbent upon teachers to explain the Word and give the sense of it. Reading is good, and preaching is good, but expounding makes reading the better understood, and preaching the more convincing. It has pleased God in almost every age of the church to raise up, not only those who have preached the gospel, but also those who have given their views of Divine truth in writing.
Because of such careful attention to detail in the preparation and transmission of the Old Testament manuscripts, modern scholars acknowledge that the Hebrew Bible has been transmitted with the most minute accuracy… it may be safe to say that no other work of antiquity has been so accurately transmitted; it is little short of miraculous. The Dead Sea Scrolls prove just how accurate the text has been preserved. The oldest copy of the Hebrew text, before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, was dated from around 1000 AD. The newly discovered scrolls were dated to the 1st century BC, about 1000 years earlier. The scrolls contained two nearly complete copies of the book of Isaiah, which proved to be word for word identical with our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95 percent of the text. The 5 percent of the variations consisted of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling. The Dead Sea Scrolls provide solid evidence that the text of the Old Testament has not changed in more than 2,000 years!
The reliability of the New Testament rests on a preponderance of witnesses that are now available to scholars. There are earlier and more manuscripts of the New Testament than any other book in the ancient world. More than 24,000 manuscript copies of the New Testament in Greek, Latin and other languages provide evidence about the text. The earliest New Testament manuscripts date within a few decades or a few centuries of the apostolic writers; compared to 643 manuscripts of Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ and only 10-120 copies of the writings of Julius Caesar, the Roman historian Tacitus and the Greek historian Herodotus exist today. Compared against the New Testament, no other document from the ancient world has left such a wealth of material documenting the reliable transmission of its text. In addition to the many available manuscripts, early Christian writers quoted the New Testament so extensively that almost the entire New Testament could be reconstructed from other sources.
Skeptics have carelessly speculated that unknown anonymous authors composed and pieced together the New Testament centuries after Jesus and the Apostles. Yet the earliest fragment of John’s gospel is dated 130AD, about 30 years after his death. This supports the traditional view that John wrote his book near the latter part of the 1st century. There is absolutely no evidence from the first 200 years of Christianity that the Gospels circulated without the names of the authors properly identified. Such late compositions would allow time for myths and pagan spin to creep into the text, which it indeed did with jewish and catholic interlopers. Some apostate authors, like Dan Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code,’ assert that the New Testament books were deliberately omitted and hence compromising the integrity of the inspired Word. But, the internal evidence, the facts of history and the weight of modern scholarship all refute these ideas. The New Testament canon with the Gospels and Paul’s Epistles were formed by the end of the 1st century. Neither of the books of Luke (Luke and Acts) mentions the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD, which for Judeans was the biggest news story of the century. In fact, no NT author makes mention of it, suggesting an early authorship of the canon.
The NT itself reveals that the authors identified which writings were inspired and belonged in the canon. In no uncertain terms, Paul wrote, “The things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” I Cor. 14:37. Paul said the teachings of the Apostles were divinely inspired and were to be read in the churches, “Because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God” (I Thes. 2:13, 5:27). Peter gave a warning about the unlearned and unstable (James 1:8) who were twisting Paul’s writings, were twisting Scripture itself (II Peter 3:15-16). The early church fathers and scholars, who wrote after the NT canon was written, drew a clear distinction between their own works and the inspired apostolic writings, which means that canon was recognized very early in church history.
Tertullian, a church historian who wrote in the early 200’s, was the first to call Christian Scripture the “New Testament.” The importance of this is that it placed the NT on a level of inspiration and authority with the OT. There are records from the 300’s showing that the NT canon comprised 27 books, the same as we have today. A letter written in 367AD by Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, provides the earliest documentation of the 27 books as inspired canon. His letter, which was designed to eliminate once and for all the use of certain apocryphal books, warned, “Let no one add to these; let nothing be taken away.” Later, in 397AD, a church council in Carthage decreed that, “Aside from the canonical Scripture [which the council designated as 27 books], nothing is to be read in church under the name of Divine Scriptures.” The clear intent and purpose was to identify the inspired Word of God and to eliminate the use of apocryphal literature.
The Apocryphal books were not written by any of the Disciples or Apostles of Christ, but by unscrupulous authors exploiting a name or place mentioned in Scripture. These books don’t claim to be inspired nor do they have any predictive prophesies. They are riddled with historical and geographical errors and promote fanciful ideas and false doctrines that contradict canonical Scripture. Some people favor their inclusion because a passage may correspond to one of their own pet doctrine(s); however that is not the criteria of divine inspiration. The Apocryphal books became a major issue during the Reformation, when Protestants rejected the Apocrypha as uninspired. However, at the Council of Trent in 1546, Roman Catholic leaders declared those books part of the New Testament canon. This was an attempt by the Roman church to counter the influence of Martin Luther and other reformers who were teaching against celibacy, prayers for the dead, and purgatory, ideas that do not come from canonical Scripture but are found in some apocryphalbooks.
In 1945, a group of books commonly called "Gnostic gospels" were found near Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian town north of Luxor, on the Nile. Gnosticism encompassed a collection of heretical ideas that early Church leaders attributed to Simon the Sorcerer, aka Simon Magus (see my article ‘The Catholic Menace’; Acts 8:9–25). Gnostic writings contain purported "secret sayings" of Christ that differ dramatically from His New Testament teachings. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus flies into a fit of rage and causes a child who has offended Him to wither. In another work, Jesus makes clay birds on the Sabbath; when His parents correct Him, He claps His hands and the birds fly away. The Gospel of Philip suggests that Christ had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Mary asserts that Mary was the real leader of Christ's Disciples. Early Church leaders denounced the Gnostic writings as spurious and heretical. Yet modern biblical critics, along with revisionist theologians, creative writers and mystical New Agers, have resurrectedthese alternative gospels and present them as equally credible as canonical Scripture.
Dan Brown, author of the widely read fictional novel ‘The DaVinci Code,’ draws heavily on the heretical ideas of Gnostic writings, as well as on occult, pagan goddess worship and mysticism. These themes have become mainstream at Harvard's divinity school and other intellectual centers. Though the plot of ‘The DaVinci Code’appears to advocate a courageous search for truth at any price, its real goal is to undermine one of the fundamental characteristics of the Christian faith, the belief that the original message of the Gospel, enshrined in the Bible, is the unique, inspired word of God. The real danger of books like ‘The DaVinci Code’ comes from doubts planted in the minds of people who lack historical and biblical knowledge. For such people, the fiction of apocryphal writings can appear to be fact, which leads to deception about the true nature of inspired Scripture. One of the primary reasons for public declarations about what books comprised the canons of the Old and New Testaments was to clearly distinguish between inspired books and the false and misleading writings of the Gnostics.
Those who take time to look beyond themselves soon notice the tremendous inequities in our modern world and wonder why so much corruption, so many no-win wars, the depleted quality of air, water and food, manipulated terrorism, the encroaching police state and totalitarianism. Millions of our people want a better world to live in, but don’t know how to get there. Religious leaders and politicians offer disingenuous sound bytes. Many in this class are the blind leading the blind in an ever increasing society of intolerable trousered apes. Most people have been kept ignorant of the real solutions found in the Word. Because of the religious establishment planting the seeds of doubt regarding the supernatural, they have fostered a type of mind control to be skeptical of whatever the Scripture says; simply because the clergy itself cannot embrace an all-powerful God of the White race exclusively. They have to water it down for the multicultural masses. Unlike God creating us in His own image, meaning one race, the secular mind of egalitarian values has all races evolving from a primordial slime pit with ape-like ancestors; and even that concept is spiritualized with all races coming from the same origin, which is contrary to the Bible. The point of the inspired word of God is for one race to qualify spiritually in understanding God’s will for the earth, to reign with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven; not in outer space, but right here. That’s always been articulated throughout the entire Scripture. The Bible, when clearly understood, reveals that we do not ascend to the stars, but establish the land to the glory of God. The inspired Word will guide you out of mainstream churchianity and lead you to your meaningful calling in life. People wonder why there is so much evil and suffering and persecution today. Maybe it’s because they don’t question their own unbelief in the existence of God, and even fewer who believe in real life adversaries to God such as the jews. However, Scripture reveals quite a bit about these evil bipeds, in which there will always be enmity between them and us (Gen. 3:15). They are not in God’s plan for the Kingdom Age, but rather, historically, are violent and take the Kingdom by force (Mt. 11:12). Prophetically speaking, they will be destroyed. They deserve such a destiny, because they work to deceive the whole world. There are even some theologians who misplace these wicked adversaries as the “god of this world.” The false god of this world is the illusion of man’s will superimposed upon the sovereign will of God Almighty. There is nothing more reprehensible to the Creator of mankind than the wickedness of his heart; “that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). The Bible reveals that when Christ returns, the cause of death i.e. the wages of sin, will be put out of commission. This is how God will eliminate evil and prepare White Christians to be the problem solvers. It’s true that you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. The return of Christ does not dismiss Judgment; it brings it to the Divine Court. You are either washed in the blood of Christ and justified or you never claimed your racial inheritance, because the truth of the inspired Word was robbed of your attention. You weren’t paying attention to the messengers God brought forth in Christian Identity, and therefore you never knew who or what you were in God’s plan; you were a lost sheep of the house of Israel caught in the thorns and snares of ravenous wolves. The so called Rapture is one such fanciful fiction of uninspired hogwash that abrogates the inspiration of God in His Word.
So what is our real hope for the future? Why do we need to concern ourselves with the trials and tribulations of the world? Why should we obey God’s Law and all the admonitions throughout the Word? Is it because it’s inspired? Yes, and it’s really looking out for your best interest. The solutions emerge when the truth is revealed to us by the Gospel, when it strikes a chord in your heart. Or one can avoid it and be heartless for the rest of their miserable lives. The word ‘gospel’ means good news and you should be excited that it pertains to you, not as something warm and fuzzy, but as the coming government of Jesus Christ… that has been prophesied since the beginning of Creation. It will bring true justice and peace in perpetuity to this planet (Is.2:2-4; Ps. 119:165). Christ will be assisted by His saints, who were inspired by the inspiration of God; they will serve as kings and priests (Rev. 5:10). They will teach their kinsmen (who rejected the Cross), “the way, the truth and the life” (Is. 30:20-21; John 14:5).
The big question that White people face today and challenge their inner voice of right and wrong, is: will they believe the inspired Word of God or go along to get along with the scoffers. No other book in the world offers such remarkable material distinguishing light from darkness. There is no comparison to its scope and accuracy of predicting the future. Why are Nostradamus and three little catholic girls from Fatima given so much attention and credence? Well, maybe somebody has an agenda to outdo the Bible. There is a preponderance of evidence that proves the divine origin of the Bible, whereas all others are frauds and liars. The Bible wisely retorts to charlatans, “Let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). After thousands of years of being suppressed, distorted, burned and ignored, the Bible has been accurately preserved, even to the present day adversity and deception of modern Babylon, it becomes self-evident and fulfilling that “the word of the Lord endures forever” (I Peter 1:25) and “My counsel shall stand” Isaiah 46:10. But let’s be clear about Scripture; we’re not talking about the translations, giving us hundreds of Bible versions, rather it’s the original Greek manuscripts. Not everybody can be an expert in Koine Greek, but we can be biblical detectives searching for the Truth that the inspired Word promises. Do we take the word of God or the word of man?
Why do universities and media and even some churches churn out the seeds of doubt as the Bible being something untrustworthy historically, theologically or scientifically, resting on mere platitudes? It’s important to observe that they have influenced millions of people and that there are consequences. The Bible is not passive about condemning mockers. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” Gal. 6:7. Paul warns that they will reap serious consequences, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all… who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them… so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God… but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:18–22).
What impresses me about the Bible is the fact that it contains scientific knowledge that couldn't have been known at the time it was written. There is no conflict between the Bible and thefactsof science. There may be many conflicts between the Bible and the theoriesof so-called scientists, and between the factsof science and the theories of so-called Bible scholars. Americans are taught that Christopher Columbus discovered the earth was round. However, did someone know that fact thousands of years before Columbus sailed? A literal translation of Job 26:10 is “He described a circle upon the face of the waters, until the day and night come to an end.” A spherical earth is also described in Isaiah 40:21-22, “the circle of the earth.” Note, the Hebrew word for “circle” (chuwg, #2329) can also mean round or sphere. The earth must be freely suspended in space, and so the Book of Job describes it: “He stretcheth out the north over empty space, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). If you are overlooking the ocean, the horizon appears as a circle. This circle on the horizon is described in Job 26:10. The circle on the face of the waters is one of the proofs that the Greeks used for a spherical earth. Yet here it is recorded in Job, ages before the Greeks discovered it. Job 26:10 indicates that where light terminates, darkness begins. This suggests day and night on a spherical globe. The Hebrew record is the oldest, because Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible.
These verses which relate facts that man in all his wisdom only discovered many years later, lend credence that the Scriptures are truly the inspired words of God. That is, the Bible contains facts which mankind only discovered thousands of years after they were written. Since men did not even scientifically discover these facts until hundreds or thousands of years later, these facts written down in the Scriptures could not have come from the minds of men at the time they were written! Therefore, men had to have been inspired by God to write these facts since they did not know them as facts at the time. There are also many Scriptures which refer to God stretching out the heavens (Ps. 104:2; Is. 44:24) as modern astronomers confirm that the universe is rapidly expanding. When the Bible relates to scientific matters, it is always accurate. “Paths of the sea” mentioned in Psalms 8:8 was the inspiration for Matthew Maury (an inspired Christian), nicknamed ‘Pathfinder of the Seas’ who was the father of modern oceanography, mapping out the world’s underwater currents circa 1830’s, which are still used to this day.
There were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a historian and Judahite. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible. There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of biblical backgrounds.”
The Bible is the most translated book in the world. It has been translated into more different languages and dialects than any other book that has ever been written. The Bible continues to be the best seller in the world, probably because it is the best book in the world. It is the only book that reveals the racial origin, mission and destiny of Adamkind, which is synonymous with mankind. It was never meant for the “human race” – a Masonic euphemism for the ultimate mongrel mix for the New World Order. It takes the earth 365 days to rotate around the sun and the words “do not be afraid” are in the Bible 365 times. The Zodiac is the prophetic glory of the stars going full circle from the beginning of the Lord’s Nativity to the end of the Age and His triumphant return, which is further elaborated upon in the prophetic Word. Both modes of prophecy describe a future destiny of God’s people being delivered. We pray “Deliver us from evil” and we have, we are and we will. “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:5. “You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” James 4:4.
The Bible touches the heart of every single White person ever born, even if they are stiff-necked and have a hardened heart. The other races cannot be touched by the Word of God, because the Bible has quite a different message for non-Israelites. “Learn not the way of the heathen… they are altogether brutish and foolish… and there is no breath [of life i.e. spirit] in them” Jer. 10.10:2, 8, 14. When God called His Creation “good,” there was this snag called race i.e. kind after kind, which would culminate between two seedlines upon the earth having enmity between their peoples (Gen. 3:15). This enmity is called racism by the world and frowned upon as evil ‘exclusivity,’ whereas God’s Creation of one race through Adam was again deemed “good” by God (the contraction of ‘by God’ is bigot; that’s where the word comes from). However, the evil is in what God has not created; specifically, God had no part in mixing the races and, in fact, warned against multicultural diversity. “They shall not dwell in thy land” Ex. 23:33. This can be further proven through the inspired Word.
What we have today in the world is the uninspired word of mongrels calling good evil and evil good. For example, Hinduism and black Muslims consider White people… devils!!! In the next few installments of this series, we’re going to show how the mongrelized church is wrong and why Christian Identity is right. Believing in God is good, but if you don’t believe what He has to say, then it is only lip service and you don’t serve your Creator; it is serving other gods that rotten shepherds profess. The inspired Word is what the God of the Covenants has to say to you and our race, not the alien stranger, who can only spoil Scripture with a predisposition towards strange gods. The alien has no business being about our Father’s business as the Word forbids it: “Go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My [inspired] words unto them” Ezek. 3:5. The business of Babylon has quite a different agenda i.e. the merchants of religion lavishing pearls upon swine. Likewise, we are “begotten from above” to do the will of our Father, as Jesus commanded His Disciples to “Go not into the way of the heathen, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mt. 10:5).
So if you have anything to do with a church that promotes the communion of light and darkness (and that includes communing with other races), then you’re a friend of the world and an enemy of God (James 4:4). If you have been cheated of hearing, not just some private interpretations of what somebody thinks God has spoken, but the inspired living Word of God, then I implore you to be freed by the unadulterated Truth. They will call you a racist, but you will overcome their evil, because you believed in what Jesus had to say. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake” Mt. 5:11. If you’re an Israelite, you’ll hear His voice, and you will be a new creature in Christ. If Scripture is given by inspiration, it stands to reason that when we receive it, we will be inspired. And that is why our race has excelled in everything in order to bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom.