THE DANGER OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

THE DANGER OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) This subject is bound to provoke, but it’s a subject close to our hearts that has been concerning us for some time.  Please keep in mind the Emmaus Group was founded on promoting the relationship between the church and Israel and as such we remain strong advocates of Israel’s legitimacy.   Emmaus will always encourage the church, the people of God, to be reconciled to their Hebraic roots – for she must if she is to survive.  If there was ever a time in church history for repentance and turning back to the holy teachings of God it is now. So let us be clear: the church has not nor ever will ‘replace Israel’.   Those familiar with Apostle Paul’s teachings in Rome know how he taught followers of Christ they are akin to wild olive branches grafted into a cultivated tree – symbolic of Israel.   But when Paul spoke these words we must understand he was speaking of both spiritual and physical Israel.  True Israel is made up of the people of God: there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ.  (Galatians 3:28) And who are the people of God – the saints, the elect or the holy ones?   They are those who keep both His commands and the testimony of Jesus Christ.   This point is so important! “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel with the statutes and judgments.”  (Micah 4:4).  All Israel includes all who keep the commands...
WALKING BY THE SPIRIT IN THE COMMANDS

WALKING BY THE SPIRIT IN THE COMMANDS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) This piece continues in the same vein as the previous article, which provoked not a little controversy as we expected. But, nonetheless, it is a matter greatly overlooked in church doctrine and must be considered as our salvation is connected to it. Jesus in His conversation with Nicodemus said that unless a man is born again of water and the spirit he cannot either see, or enter, the kingdom of heaven. One cannot enter what one cannot see. A blind man cannot enter a room if he cannot see the door. The kingdom of heaven is not of this fleshly world, which will pass away and burn up. It is eternal and spiritual. So unless one is truly born again, one cannot see or understand according the ways of the Spirit. If we are born again of the Spirit, we are no longer slaves to this fleshly world, which we are sojourning through, but on the contrary, we are able to bring our flesh into submission to the Spirit. This ability is given freely through faith and grace. If we walk according to the flesh then we are slaves to the law of sin and death, because it is impossible to bring our flesh into submission to the law of the Spirit, except through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we walk according to the flesh we gratify the flesh, which is in opposition to the Spirit and therefore the will of God. And herein lies a very important point for those who feel that the commands, ordinances and precepts of God are not...
WARNING! THE LAW OF MOSES APPLIES TO GENTILE BELIEVERS

WARNING! THE LAW OF MOSES APPLIES TO GENTILE BELIEVERS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Warning: The Law of Moses Does Apply To Gentile Believers! “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?  For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king….”  1 Samuel 15:22/23 The prophet Samuel spoke these words to King Saul after he disobeyed God, proving rebellion can be extremely costly – in Saul’s case he lost his kingdom!  Refusing to obey God is considered equal to the sin of divination, and such insubordination is also considered equal to iniquity and idolatry.  The King James translation uses the word stubbornness for insubordination.  It says; rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as idolatry.  Why idolatry?  Because refusing to obey God means by default placing someone else’s ways  before His, in other words one worships another before God’s – that is idolatry.  However: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  But outside are dogs (unclean people) and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”  Revelation 22:14-15 God frequently called the early Israelites a stiff-necked people.  People with stiff necks cannot (or will not) turn their heads to see things differently.  The Israelites were stiff-necked by choice, not wanting to change their old ways so they rebelled.  Like Saul, they too lost their place in the Promised Land....
SERVE THE KING!

SERVE THE KING!

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Our Lord and King came not to be served, but to serve so; “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow…’   (Phil 2:5-10) The concept of a servant king is somewhat alien to our understanding, for ordinarily it is kings who are served by others.  Jesus demonstrated something remarkable, something that challenged contemporary thinking during His time on earth and still does today.  As God and King, He came to earth to represent His Father, teach about the kingdom of heaven and prove it by manifesting kingdom power and authority with signs and wonders.  He knew that “a servant is not greater than him who sent him”, words He shared with His disciples just before the last supper, after He’d washed their feet.  He was teaching them an important point – that they too were called to humble themselves and serve the kingdom and God as He was. However, in 21st century England, servitude carries negative connotations.  Perhaps the notion of servant-hood conflicts with our imperialist past?   Modern society places so much emphasis on...