John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Has the Law of God been blotted out?
Has the Holy Sabbath Day been done away?
Are Christians permitted to eat any and all kinds of meat?
Didn't Jesus cleanse all meats?
The answer to each of these questions is "NO" according to the Word of God!
Yet today's Christian Churches teach the answer to these questions is "YES"!
This article will explain how this difference has come about.
Do you realize that some of the Holy Scriptures in most versions of the Bible have been altered and twisted to give an entirely different meaning to that which God intended?
And these "wrested scriptures" have created a false "Christianity" that has deceived the Christian world!
by Robert G. Ardis
The Bible in no uncertain terms shouts aloud to us that Satan has deceived the entire World: "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9). Yet most people on earth, religious or non-religious, do not believe they have been deceived. In fact most of humanity has never thought of why they believe the things they believe, therefore their unproven belief fulfills the scripture! And if the entire world of humanity is deceived, how did the devil accomplish such great deception? How could this evil creature perform this devious task? How could Satan even deceive those who claim to be "Christian"? There are quite a few methods he has used to cause deception; in this article we will discuss three of these ways!
Corrupting the Word of God
"If the King James Bible was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me!"
I have never heard anyone make that statement myself, but some have used it in jest as a put down on the narrow-minded person that thinks the King James Version (KJV) is the absolute pure Word of God. Of course, we realize that the KJV was produced in the year 1611 as a translation of the Holy Scriptures, yet there are very apparent errors in this beloved version of the Bible. In some instances these errors are due to the translators attempt at making certain passages more "easily understood". However, instead of clarification, out right errors have been produced causing biblical contradictions in the KJV. And not only the KJV, but most other versions also have glaring errors that we will briefly discuss in this article.
There is really no excuse for the blatant error in the mistranslation of Acts 12:4 in the KJV: "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." "Easter" in this verse is from the Greek pascha (Strong's #3957---of Chaldee origin [compare Hebrew #6453, pesach, the Passover]). There can be no doubt that the King James translators knew better yet substituted the word Easter for pascha instead of the true meaning, Passover! God's annual Passover is the anniversary of the death of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Perhaps they thought they were doing us a favor by using the word Easter. Although Easter was the name of the ancient goddess of Spring, Eostre or Ishtar, by 1611 it had a more "Christian" ring to it than the Jewish sounding Passover. There are ways that seem right to men (Proverbs 14:12) in which Satan has deceived the entire world through their "good intentions". Their "good intentions" in this case hid a Holy Ceremony instituted by God and promoted an old pagan ritual that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
All other versions of the Bible that I am familiar with correctly uses Passover in Acts 12:4.
Another Obvious Mistake
Another glaring error in the KJV is I John 5:7: "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
Most other versions correctly leave out that statement. This is a case where the King James translators departed from the original manuscripts and used spurious later writings in support of the false Trinity doctrine. The Jamison, Fawcett, and Brown Commentary in reference to I John 5:7 is quoted here in part:
"Two or three witnesses were required by law to constitute adequate testimony. The only Greek manuscripts in any form which support the words, 'in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one; and there are three that bear witness in earth,' are the Montfortianus of Dublin, copied evidently from the modern Latin Vulgate; the Ravianus, copied from the Complutensian Polyglot; a manuscript at Naples, with the words added in the Margin by a recent hand; Ottobonianus, 298, of the fifteenth century, the Greek of which is a mere translation of the accompanying Latin. All the old versions omit the words. The oldest manuscripts of the Vulgate omit them: the earliest Vulgate manuscript which has them being Wizanburgensis, 99, of the eighth century." (Emphasis mine)
The 1901 American Standard Version renders 1John 5:7 this way: "And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth."
The International Standard Version renders I John 5:7 simply: "For there are three witnesses-"
No matter how sincere the translators may be, if they depart from the inspired original meaning in the most innocent way, it is not help but a great hindrance in the study of God's Word that always produces a contradiction. Adding to or taking away from the Word of God is a serious offence as Jesus Christ gives stern warning in Revelation 22:18-19:
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
The Translators Do Not Understand The Plan of God
Every version of the Bible I am familiar with misinterprets the plain Words of God when describing the preparations for the final Passover in the life of Jesus, the Son of God. As we study into this important point of time we need to be aware that Satan wants to hide all knowledge of God's Holy Days because they reveal the awesome plan of God.
The Holy Days of God and the time for their observance listed according to the Hebrew Calendar are recorded in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Jesus kept these wonderful Holy Days as he walked this earth during his ministry. The deep meanings of these Days are revealed in many of our booklets that are free upon request.
With the objective of showing how scriptures are twisted by some of the translators, let's look first at a very clear declaration in Numbers 28: 16-17: "And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten." This reads simple enough doesn't it?
The Passover was to be killed between the evenings, as the sun was setting on the 13th of Nisan and the 14th was beginning (see Exodus 12:6)! The following evening as the 15th began; the Days of Unleavened Bread commenced. Controversy has raged through the years in regard to the time when the Passover Lamb should be killed. Nevertheless, the order of events of the first Passover in ancient Israel plainly demonstrates the entire night of the 14th was required. The lambs were slain as the sun set on the 13th of the month as the 14th was just beginning. The blood of the lambs was smeared upon the lentils and doorposts of the homes of those Israelites obedient to God's instructions. Then the lamb had to be roasted and eaten with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. The preparations and the meal probably lasted up close to 10 PM.
It took time to fulfill all directions as God had ordered. At midnight the death Angel passed over the homes of those who had followed God's instruction, but the Firstborn of man and beast not under the blood died that night. The Israelites were commanded not to leave their homes all night. Therefore, when they could leave their homes it required all day long to amass the millions of men, women, children and animals that would leave at sundown as the 15th of the first month would begin. Also, the Israelites were given permission by God to "spoil" the Egyptians. Exodus 12:35-36 records this:
"And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians."
Observe how plainly it is stated that they departed on the day after the Passover in Numbers 33:3:
"And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the Passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."
Regardless of these facts from the Old Testament, the Jews, years later combined the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread into one Festival calling it "Passover". Thus to remove all doubt as to the exact time of the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, we must look to the example Jesus, Himself, gives to us. We will look at that very plain scripture shortly, but first notice that the Jews' interpretation of the Passover has influenced the New Testament translation of the KJV (and others versions) to produce a different meaning than that clearly presented in Numbers 28:16-17.
Matthew 26:17: "Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover? Something is very much wrong here. The days are reversed in time order! And notice the italicized words in this verse. The translators, supposedly for clarity, placed those extra words there, but their understanding is not as God intended. The Passover occurs 24 hours before the beginning of the Days of Unleavened Bread, not during the Days of Unleavened Bread as the translator confuse the rendering of Matthew 26:17 in the KJV! This is a pathetic translation, a terrible mistranslation, as we will show later.
Mark's version is also contradictory according to Old Testament scripture: Mark 14:12: "And the First Day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the Passover? This is an incorrect statement! The Passover was not killed on the First Day of Unleavened Bread! It was killed between the evenings as the 13th was ending and the 14th of the 1st month was beginning. The Lambs were slain 24 hours before the evening of the Days of Unleavened Bread, which began on the 15th.
The translation of Luke's account is also confused: Luke 22:7: "Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed." This is the same pitiful error!
But as we continue with verses 8-14, notice that although verse 7 is in error, Jesus observed the Passover at the correct time, a full 24 hours before the Jews Festival began. The sun had set on the 13th and the 14th had begun. The Passover Lamb had been slain and the Service was ready to begin. Then the Lord sat down with his disciples to observe the true biblical Passover.
"And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…"
Jesus knew exactly when to observe the true Passover. The Jews "Passover" would begin the next evening on the 15th of the 1st month, which would actually be the First Day of Unleavened Bread. All leavening products must be removed from the homes of true Christians each year before the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins. I Corinthians 5: 6-8 gives a New Testament command to keep this Feast of God:
"Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
Each year a true Christian humbly observes the Passover at the same time Christ did at His final Passover. Man has gotten involved in bitter controversy through the centuries arguing over the correct time to keep the Passover. Nevertheless, all we as Christians need do is follow the example of Jesus Christ. He kept the Law of God perfect in every detail.
Passover is a memorial of the death of the Lamb of God. Our sins are covered under the "blood of the Lamb" each year as we observe this solemn ceremony on the evening of the 14th of Nisan. The following evening is the Night to be Much Observed as the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures our being released from the Egypt of sin. For seven days, which portrays a complete lifetime of struggle against sin, all leavened products are avoided as a type of sin.
The translators of the Bible do not understand the Holy Days or what they picture in the Plan of God. The simple meaning of Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, and especially Luke 22:7 is that "The unleavening was approaching when the Passover must be killed." And verse 8: "And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat."
In ancient Israel, in Jesus' day, and also today, when it is time for the Passover service most leavening products have been removed from our homes. The "unleavening" has taken place. The majority of all leavening products have been removed from our properties as Passover commences. Any leavening left over can still be "unleavened" on Passover Day---before the Days of Unleavened Bread begin at sundown.
Misinterpreting the Word of God, even twisting and distorting the true meaning of Holy Scripture has been a tactic of Satan to deceive the World.
Just Be Careful
You have been shown mistakes and errors that are in the King James Version. Nevertheless, the King James is one of the most accurately translated versions of the Holy Scriptures. Some of the other more modern versions have many more inaccuracies. For example, observe the intolerable mistranslation of John 19:31 in Today's English Version (TEV) as compared to the correct translation as in the KJV: "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,)…" The TEV inaccurately states: "They did this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath day, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy." To use the word "Friday" instead of "the preparation" causes the translators to appear lamentably ignorant of the scriptures. The scripture plainly declares that the Sabbath that would shortly begin was a High Day, an annual Holy Day of God, not the weekly Sabbath. The First Day of Unleavened Bread, a High Day Sabbath, would begin at sundown on that Wednesday evening! And our Savior's body could lie in the tomb for three days and three nights according to the Word of God. Write or call for our booklet, "I'll See You In Galillee".
Does it trouble you to realize there are mistranslations in the Bible that you use? It should not bother us, but present to us concrete evidence and more proof that Satan has deceived the entire world as prophecy warns! As the called out ones of God, we don't need to fear or be troubled, we just need to be careful. Our Lord, Jesus Christ encourages us in John 16: 13:
"Howbeit when it, the Spirit of truth, is come, it will guide you into all truth: for it shall not speak of itself; but whatsoever it shall hear, that shall it speak: and it will shew you things to come."
Also remember Psalm 111:10:
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."
There are difficult scriptures that have been made that way by the translators. There are difficult scriptures by the way they have been inspired to be written. And there are difficult scriptures to the carnal mind because of the hostility it has toward the Law of God. Therefore God has hidden the true meaning of some scriptures and revealed the meaning to only those specially called at this time.
Scriptures Hard to Understand
The Apostle Peter delivers a vital message to Christians of all ages in II Peter 3: 15-16:
"And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction"
It is a definite fact of history that Satan has used unlearned and unstable men down through the ages to deceive the entire world as II Corinthians 11: 13-15 declares: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." See also Revelation 12:9.
As we continue this article I will use the expression "unlearned and unstable" in several instances, not to offend, but to be forthright and plain as the Apostle Peter has written. And it is necessary to understand that the unlearned and unstable Peter warns about are not uneducated and ignorant men, but the very opposite. In most cases they are highly educated, scholarly individuals, wise in the ways of the world, yet with an unrealized hostility toward God and His Law. The translators of the various versions of the Bible fall into these categories. Therefore, they are brilliant scholars and theologians, but are unlearned and unstable in the Ways of God!
Our Lord warns us of these "wolves in sheep's clothing" in Matthew 24: 4-5:
"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."
They will come as "Christian" ministers teaching about Christ but denying the message He brought, which is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. They teach "another Jesus" and "another gospel" as we are also warned would happen:
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him" (II Cor. 11:4).
This is a plain warning that another "gospel" or a false "Christianity" would arise!
If a "minister" comes to you claiming he teaches Christ, saying he knows the Lord, yet teaches that the Commandments of God are "done away"; do not believe him! God's Word plainly states in I John 2: 1-6:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not." (What is sin?) "And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
He that says, "I am a Christian" ought to live as Jesus lived!
A "minister" can be a very sincere person, but so are the Islamic Terrorists! Therefore, men can be "sincerely" WRONG! If one of these "sincere" persons comes to you teaching that the Commandments of God are done away---by Bible definition, he is a liar! A person teaching against the Law of God is carnal minded and hostile against God:
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Romans 8:7).
This is why the "theory of Evolution" is taught from grade schools to the institutions of higher learning! The unlearned and unstable deny God and thereby break the First Commandment. And if we do not keep the Commandments, we sin! I John 3: 4 declares:
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
We have just read above that a person who claims to be a Christian must walk as He walked. We must walk in the Law of God as Jesus did! John 15:10 states simply how Jesus walked:
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
And the love of God is defined in I John 5:3:
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."
The Royal Law
The first four Commandments depict love for God. Exodus 20:2-11 records these powerful Words of God:
"I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
In Matthew 22: 36-40, Jesus Christ was asked a question about the Law of God:
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Christ here quotes Leviticus 19:18 and Deuteronomy 6:5.
These two overall Commandments are the essence of the Ten Commandments expressed as love toward God and love toward man. Earlier, Jesus had spoken to another man who apparently had a problem with the Tenth Commandment, Covetousness. This is in Matthew 19:16-19:
"And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Romans 6:23 tells us: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." And I John 3:4 plainly defines sin as the transgression of the Law. Thus, to refrain from sinning, we must keep God's Law!
Through the grace of God a sinner is brought to repentance, is baptized, and through the blood of Christ all of his past sins are forgiven. Romans 3:25 states this:
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…"
Walking with Christ
But does the forgiveness of our past sins give us right to continue in sin---breaking God's Laws?
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:1-4 and I John 2:6).
As Christians we must walk as He walked. Jesus never sinned! He never broke even one of God's Laws! That is the GOAL for which we must strive. The Apostle Paul writes this in Ephesians 4:13-15 making obvious our Christian goal:
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…"
Therefore, if anyone comes to you saying we do not need to observe the Commandments of God, they are saying it is permissible to sin---and that is wresting the scriptures.
Paul's Writings… "…In Which Are Some Things Hard To Be Understood…"
Those who are hostile to the Law of God misunderstand and misinterpret many of Paul's writings producing contradiction in scripture. However, when the scriptures are allowed to interpret themselves, all is seen in perfect harmony with the entirety of the Word of God. The Word of God does not contradict itself; it is TRUTH!
Some very Clear Scriptures---Yet With Wrested Meanings
Romans 7:12: "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." This is a clear statement praising God's Law, not abolishing it. Paul is in perfect agreement with King David in Psalm 19:7: "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."
Galatians 3:13: "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."
Is Paul contradicting his writings in Romans 7:12? Of course not! The Bible does not contradict; it is TRUTH! The "curse of the Law" is the death penalty, which hung over each of us because we had sinned; we had broken the Law of God. The blood of Christ removed the death penalty from us. Now as a "new creation" we try to walk as Christ did in the holy, just, good, and perfect Law of God.
Romans 7:14: "For we know that the law is spiritual…" The Law of God is spiritual and eternal (see II Cor. 4:18). The Law of God is Forever.
Galatians 2:16: "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Does this statement sound like a contradiction is being made? Most likely it does to those who are unlearned and unstable, as Peter mentioned. But it is apparent that "the works of the law" are the ceremonial Law of Moses; the sacrificial system that was in effect until Christ. As we have already seen, Paul says the Law is holy, just, and good---and it is spiritual. Thus when reading Paul's writing concerning the Law, it must be determined which laws are being discussed, the Law of God, the sacrificial system of the Law of Moses, or the Law of Circumcision.
Galatians 3:19: "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." The Law of Moses was added because of the people's sins, the transgression against the Ten Commandments, God's perfect Law.
Hebrews 9:6-14 ISV: "When everything had been arranged like this, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle to perform their duties. But only the high priest went into the second part, and then only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins committed by the people in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was indicating by this that the way into the Holy of Holies had not yet been disclosed as long as the first part of the tabernacle was still standing. This is an illustration of the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered could not make the conscience of the worshiper perfect, since they deal only with food, drink, and various washings, which are required for the body until the time when things would be set right. But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that was not made by human hands and that is not a part of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood he went into the Holy of Holies once for all and secured our eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are unclean purifies them with physical cleansing, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we may serve the living God!"
And Hebrews 10:4 additionally declares: "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."
I Corinthians 11:1: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."
Jesus Christ as the Eternal God of the Old Testament gave the "perfect Law of the Lord that converts the soul' (Psa 19:7), then as God in the flesh kept the perfect Law perfectly! Paul followed this perfect example admonishing us to do so, too.
Another Law that those who are unlearned and unstable mistake for the eternal Law of God is the covenant of Circumcision. But observe how plain I Corinthians 7:16 is:
"Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but obeying God's commandments is everything" (ISV).
Galatians 6:15: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature." See Galatians 5: 6, also.
Romans 6:12-16: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? A sincere, repentant Christian must strive to walk as Christ did. We must strive to refrain from sin, for we are no longer under the penalty of transgressing the Law. The wages of sin, the transgression of the Law, is death, but through the grace of God and the blood of Christ, we have been forgiven and are no longer under the death penalty.
Read again what Paul exclaims:
"What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the Law, but under grace? God forbid!"
Romans 3:21 adds:
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."
Establishing the Law
Let's be sure we understand! The Apostle Paul in no way would teach that the Law of God has been done away as those that are unlearned and unstable claim! The Apostle Paul teaches and establishes the Law. As a servant following Christ he could do nothing else. Christ revealed to Paul that the law of Circumcision would no longer be just a physical operation, but a spiritual operation as Romans 2:29 explains:
"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
This was God's intent from the beginning according to Deuteronomy 10:16:
"Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked." See Chapter 30, verse 6 also.
The ceremonial works of the Law of Moses was a schoolmaster as Galatians 3:24-29 brings out: "Wherefore the law (of Moses) was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
Wrested and Twisted Meanings
Now let's look at some of the scriptures that those highly educated but unlearned and unstable toward the Ways of God, wrest due to Satan's deception and their hostility toward God and His Law.
Colossians 2:13-14: "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…"
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances" is erroneously interpreted by the unstable as meaning the Law of God has been done away, nailed to the cross. But think for a minute, it was Jesus Christ that was nailed to the cross, not the perfect Law of God. Jesus became sin for us, thus the record of our sins were blotted out, nailed to the cross." King David understood God's great mercy and knew his own terrible sins and was thankful that his sins could be blotted out through the sacrifice of Christ. David cries aloud in Psalm 51:1-3:
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
Colossians 2: 16-17: "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." (Notice the word "is" is italicized. It is not in the original Greek.)
The unlearned and unstable twist this scripture to mean the exact opposite of that which is stated! They connect this verse with their erroneous ideas of verses 13-14. They want to eliminate the Law of God, to have the Law blotted out so that a "Christian" can eat or drink anything that wiggles, walks, or crawls. And they suppose this scripture teaches that a Christian is not required to keep the Holy Days or the Sabbath, nor be concerned at all with the appointed times of God's Calendar. However, Paul is actually encouraging the true Christians of Colosse not to be concerned with the criticism and condemnation brought by their Gentile neighbors who were steeped in various pagan beliefs.
Paul warns of these pagan doctrines in Colossians 2:8:
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
"Philosophy" and "worldly traditions of men" were doctrines the Colossians had been exposed to most of their lives---not the Laws of God Some followed an austere life-style which deprived them of all physical pleasure. They were Ascetics as verses 18- 23 explains:
"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head (not following Christ's teachings), from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, (the Law of God is not being discussed here, but foolish doctrines of the world) why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not (asceticism); Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh."
Those practicing that severe life-style complained of their Christian neighbors enjoying their lives, eating clean meat and drinking good wine. And these carnal minds could see no reason to observe God's Sabbaths. Paul says not to worry about them, but to follow the instructions of the Body of Christ, the Church of God (verse 17).
Romans 14:1-3: "Accept the person who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of arguing over differences of opinion. One person believes that he can eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. The person who eats must not despise the person who does not eat, and the person who does not eat must not criticize the person who eats, for God has accepted him" (ISV).
Is Paul saying here that mankind can eat "anything"---any kind of meat? Is he saying mankind can eat rats, snakes, opossum, pigs, shellfish; anything that walks, wiggles, or crawls? Remember, Paul follows Christ! Paul would have no authority to change any Law of God unless Christ gave him directions to do so.
What Jesus Christ Says About the Eating of Animal Flesh
The Living WORD of GOD became the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who created all things. See John 1:1- 3 and 14. Colossians 1:15-16 states it this way:
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him…"
Christ created all things---everything! And He said of the physical re-creation of the earth and all living things, that it was good. Seven times in Genesis One it is stated, "it was good". Some of the animals, birds, fish, and beasts were for food and sacrifice---they were called "clean". Other creatures were not to be eaten. The One who became Jesus Christ had classified them as "unclean!"
Sixteen hundred and fifty years after the creation of Adam, the total disobedience to the Laws of God was common over the face of the earth. The entire earth became filled with violence and the Great God who became Jesus, brought the Great Flood to destroy all flesh upon the earth, except for Noah, his family and representatives of all the creatures of the earth.
God commanded Noah:
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth."
Thus it is evident that there were two types of creatures upon the earth from creation, clean and unclean! Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are two complete chapters that provide clear instruction to determine which creatures can be used for food. Cattle, sheep, goats, deer, are among those that can be used as healthful food. Horses, elephants, camels, and llamas are beasts of burden and are not to be eaten. The feline family, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, etc, are not for food. The canine, ursine, and porcine families, are unclean and are not for human consumption. All rodents and reptiles are unclean. These groups are clearly delineated by the Word of God, inspired and written for our benefit, by the Creator, Jesus Christ.
After the ark came to rest and God allowed Noah, his family, and all of the creatures to come forth from the ark, Genesis 9:1-3 provides the following necessary information:
"And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Is God telling Noah that all creatures are now "clean"? No! God is instructing Noah to be selective with the creatures that he uses as food. Noah would not begin eating poison ivy or poison oak or any number of very toxic herbs. And he would be just as selective with animal flesh. He was not going to eat any animal classified as "unclean!" Moses wrote the Books of the Law 850 years later with animals classified as either clean or unclean.
False Teachings of Today's Churches
Most of the "Christian churches" today teach that man can eat all meats. They loudly claim that Christ has "cleansed all meats." They use Paul's writings in Romans 14, I Corinthians 10:25-27, and I Timothy 4:3-4, and especially the words of Christ in Matthew 15 and Mark 7. Before we go to those wrested and misunderstood scriptures, remember what we have already learned from God's Word.
Isaiah 66: 15-17 plainly shows that the eating of unclean flesh is one of the revolting habits that causes the anger, fury, and rebuke of Jesus Christ at His Triumphal Return to rule this earth:
"For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 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."
Is there anything difficult to understand about that scripture? No, it is not! At the Return of Jesus Christ there will still exist animals that are classified by God as unclean. And there will be people eating that, which is unclean. See also Isaiah 65: 4. Unclean meat is the source of much of the sickness and disease of the world. Those who consume unclean meat are those who are deceived and misled by unlearned and unstable men, some claiming to be ministers of Jesus Christ.
To reiterate, animals were created as "clean" or "unclean." Some were created to be healthful food; others were not to be eaten by humans. Two entire chapters of the Bible are devoted to classifying the "clean" and the "unclean." And we read in Isaiah that eating "unclean meat" will be an act that angers Christ at His Return. Therefore, with plain foundational scriptures exhorting true Christians to eat only those meats designed as food, we can look into these wrested scriptures and understand how Satan has deceived and ruined the health of mankind!
As we have already stated, Paul could not authorize the change in a Law of God unless Jesus Himself has directed it. For example: the changing of the law of circumcision from a physical operation to the spiritual operation of the circumcision of the heart, as was the original intent.
There can be no contradiction of scripture! Therefore if Jesus Christ "cleansed" all meat as is declared by most versions of the New Testament, a contradiction of scripture is created. Look at this obvious disagreement when comparing Isaiah 66:15 with Mark 7:19!
That is exactly what the New International Version presents in interpreting Mark 7:19:
"He said to them, Are you so ignorant? Don't you know that nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and is expelled as waste. (Thus he declared all foods clean.)"
There are a few scriptures that the translators of some versions thoughtlessly mistranslate. Mark 7:19 is another prime example of unlearned and unstable minds not subject to the Law of God producing a terrible error. The statement that the ISV and most other version have in brackets (Thus he declared all foods clean) is a completely wrong understanding. If their rendering of Mark 7:19 were correct, it would cause a contradiction in the Bible! Again read Isaiah 66:15-17.
These unbalanced translators overlook three obvious facts:
If Christ had declared all meats to be "clean," it would contradict Isaiah 66:15-17 as we have repeated.
If Christ had declared all "unclean meats" as "clean," He would have provoked the wrath of the religious leaders to the point they would have tried to kill Him at that time. If Jesus had introduced such a major departure from the scriptures, surely the Scribes and Pharisees would have used that statement against him at he was on trial for his life! It is not mentioned at his trial because the statement was never made.
The Bible interpretation of Christ's declarations to the religious leaders, and later to His disciples, is so easily understood it causes one to question the honesty of the translators.
It should be understood that the Bible explains itself when all the pieces on a particular subject are put together. The King James Version of Mark 7:19 gives the correct meaning:
"And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?" Our Lord is teaching a spiritual principle by the physical act of bodily elimination.
However, since a question has arisen due to the incorrect personal interpretation of the more modern translators, we need to get the Bible interpretation of that which Christ was teaching.
Matthew's parallel account of this encounter with the religious leaders gives the plain and obvious true meaning. Verses 1 and 2 of chapter 15 present the subject of the confrontation:
"Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread."
The focus of the problem was not "clean" and "unclean" meats, but the traditional, ceremonial washing of the hands before eating a meal. That act was not according to scripture but according to the "tradition of the elders."
Verses 10-11 relates Jesus' first very plain comment:
"And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."
The Pharisees made a hypocritical show of washing their hands. Jesus made it plain that "unwashed hands" would not spiritually defile a person. The evil thoughts and intents of the persons mind is where the defilement lies. Any foreign material entering the body would enter into the digestive tract and later be expelled.
However, the disciples still did not understand the exact meaning: In Matthew 15:15-20 Jesus interprets the truth of the entire matter:
"Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."
Plain and simple! No contradiction of scripture. "Clean" and "unclean" meats are in no way discussed in Mark 7 or Matthew 15. Mark 7:19 in many versions is a prime example of wrested scriptures similar to Acts 12:4 in the KJV.
It should be clear that during Jesus' ministry that He did not contradict any scripture, thus He did not "cleanse all meats." But how about later, after His Resurrection, didn't He tell Peter to "kill and eat" unclean meat?
Peter's vision of the great sheet let down from heaven is in Acts 10:1-17:
"There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa."
"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate…"
Before we look at the Bible's interpretation and explanations of Peter's vision, let's list what we have read in these verses.
Cornelius and the three servants he sent to contact Peter were not Israelites; they were Gentiles. Gentile nation or kingdoms are symbolically pictured as wild animals in the Bible. This fact is seen in Daniel 7:17: "These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth…and verse 23 states: "Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms…"
Peter saw in the vision beasts of all kinds that he knew were not permitted as food. When he is told to "rise, kill, and eat,"Peter confirms the fact that unclean meat had not been cleansed as the unlearned and unstable claim in mistranslating Mark 7:19. He exclaims, "I have never eaten anything common or unclean." If in Jesus' early ministry he had "cleansed all meat," surely Peter would have sampled something, but he did not because it had not been "cleansed." Common is Strong's # 2839 defined as defiled or ceremonially profaned. Unclean, Strong's #169 is defined as unclean or foul.
Peter heard the voice three different times telling him to "kill and eat," but he could not understand the meaning of this strange command that was contrary to the teachings of Christ.
For the true Bible meaning of the vision, continue reading in Acts 10 verses 17- 28:
"…behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."
The plain truth of the vision is stated: "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean!" Verses 34 and 35 sums it up:
"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
Salvation was opened to the Gentiles! God's Spirit was then poured upon Cornelius and those others present with the same visible signs as had happened on the Day of Pentecost. Those nations that had been looked upon by the Jews as no better than wild animals, were now acceptable by God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Man was "cleansed" by the blood of Christ---not animals! That is the true meaning of Peter's vision!
Back to Paul's Writings
Now let's go back to Romans 14 with the knowledge that Jesus Christ did not "cleanse all meats" as some translators have twisted Mark 7:19 and Acts 10 to read. Let's also remember that Paul followed Christ's example in all things and would never eat that which is classified by the Word of God as unclean! Therefore when we come to any scripture discussing the eating of meat in Paul's writings, it would be the meat of a "clean" animal, only!
Romans 14:1-3 states: Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 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."
Notice Paul says the vegetarian is weak in the faith. The vegetarian being weak in the faith implies that "he who eats all things" is strong in the faith. The one "strong in the faith" believes he can eat all clean meat. Please understand this fact; unclean meats are in no way being discussed. But why were some of these Roman Christians weak in faith? Why would some of them eat herbs only?
The former pagan, idol-worshipping Romans were in many ways like their Corinthian brethren. Paul's instructions to the Corinthian Christians in I Corinthians 8: 1 and 4-9: explains that which was causing some to be "weak in the faith:"
"Now as touching things offered unto idols…(This is the subject causing the weakness in faith.) 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. 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. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak."
Remember, "unclean" meats are not even being considered. The meat in question was a portion of meat that had been left over after being offered in sacrifice to an idol. It was "ceremonially defiled" or "common" (Strong's #2839 koinos) in the minds of those formerly associated with the worship of the idol. Thus in their lack of faith they could not eat the meat.
Paul continues in I Corinthians 10:25-33 (ISV):
"Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without raising any question about it on the ground of conscience, for "the earth and everything in it belong to the Lord."
Paul is telling them to ignore the idol, don't let it worry their conscience.
"If an unbeliever invites you to his house and you wish to go, eat whatever is set before you, raising no question on the ground of conscience. However, if someone says to you, "This was offered in sacrifice," don't eat it, both out of consideration for the one who told you and because of conscience."
Paul addresses the point of being considerate to those who are bothered by the thought of the idol. In that case he says he would not eat the meat so as not offend the person who told him the meat was "ceremonially defiled." "Eating anything sold in the meat market without asking question" or "eat whatever is set before you" is in regards to whether it was offered to an idol. "Clean" or "unclean" meats are not being discussed! The idol that affected the conscience of some was nothing in Paul's mind.
However, if visiting at an unbelievers house, "unclean" meat such as a pork roast was set before Paul to eat, he would not need to question his host, it would be recognized as pork and "unclean," therefore Paul would not eat it. Paul knew the Law and his conscience would be affected. Paul would react as Peter did in Acts 10:14: "… Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean."
Paul ends I Corinthians 10 with words of love and consideration for the feelings of others in verse 29-32 again in the ISV:
"I mean, of course, his conscience, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by someone else's conscience? If I eat with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of what I am thankful for? Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God. Stop being stumbling blocks to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I myself try to please everybody in every way, not looking for my own advantage but for that of many people, so that they might be saved."
Back To Romans
The message to the Romans in chapter 14 is practically the same as we saw in I Corinthians 10, but verse 14 needs to be addressed:
"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."
This verse is another case where I must wonder about the sincerity of the translators. The word "unclean" used three times in this verse is the Greek word koinos #2839. This is the word translated as common in Acts 10:14 where Peter declares he has "never eaten anything common or unclean." The translators in Romans 14:14 should have correctly used common meaning it was ceremonially defiled, it had been offered to an idol. Again, "clean" and "unclean" meats are not being discussed. This is another twisting of scripture by unstable men.
Before leaving Romans 14 let's look at verses 5 and 6:
"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 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."
The unlearned and unstable in the Ways of God attempt to use these words of Paul to do away with God's Holy Sabbath Day. There are some who take these verses and believe they can keep any day "holy." However, only God can make anything "Holy" and He has made the seventh day of the week His Holy Sabbath Day. Paul has not changed the Law of God; he followed Christ.
Romans 14:5-6 are not about the Sabbath Day, but are again referring back to verse 1 and those who are weak in the faith. Some would eat good clean meat, although a portion of it had been offered to an idol. But there were days of the week they had observed all their lives on which they ate no meat at all. All Roman Catholics remember meatless Fridays. This practice with the Romans had stemmed from the same old pagan beliefs the Catholics were involved with. And Paul was being patient with them. He did not want any stumbling blocks before these new converts to Christianity.
Paul states in verse 19:
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."
One Other Wrested Scripture
Paul writes very plainly in I Timothy 4, but has been terribly misunderstood by those who refuse God's Law. Verses 1 and 2 states:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron…"
In this article we have certainly seen this displayed in the wresting of the scriptures. Notice also how scholarly theologians imply that those who eat only "clean" meats are heeding seducing spirits as they twist the next verses.
(In verse 3-5 the first phrase is off the subject of eating, but just take it how it reads: "Forbidding to marry…" The Roman Catholic priesthood practices celibacy, which is a false doctrine.)
Now back to the eating of meats: "…and commanding to abstain from meats…" Recall that the Ascetics of Colosse frowned on anything pleasurable therefore they did not eat meat. Paul is warning Timothy of how this doctrine had infiltrated into the Church in Ephesus and Colosse. "…which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." Paul is not saying everything can be eaten, but only that which was created to be eaten as food and set apart (sanctified) by the Word of God. Two chapters are set aside to reveal which creatures are "clean" and which are "unclean." "… for every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
God ordained the eating of "clean" creatures, which we receive with deep thanksgiving prayer.
God has blessed us with the Good News of the Kingdom of God. As a part of this awesome message is the knowledge of the Holy Days which lays out the Plan of God for, eventually, all of mankind. Satan has gone all out in an attempt to corrupt, pervert, and hide the Truth of God's Plan. Through God's mercy He has called and chosen and given us His Holy Spirit. As His Church we must hold fast to His marvelous Truth and to continue to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which is to grow in more NEW TRUTH.
We must be careful in our studies, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. We must prove all things and know Christ is guiding and directing us as we humbly yield to Him. This is the Church of Jesus Christ and He we will lead us into all truth in spite of Satan, his false ministers and the errors of the translators and commentary writers who have twisted and wrested the Holy Scriptures.
Thank God for His mercy and continued guidance.
Robert G. Ardis, December 2004
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