Hard Talk

 

Part of the Emmaus Group mandate is to “Advocate God’s Truth“.  We recognise that part of this includes giving a message that we feel God has asked us to give, even though it may well be a tough message or a warning and may not be received well.  We must be obedient to God, and be faithful to do that which we feel led by Him to do, and not fear man’s response.  “Who do you fear most? Man or God?”  is the question we often ask ourselves.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”  (Ezekiel 33:7-9)

The messages on this page are challenging, but important to read, consider and seek God on.  You will find “Hard Talk” articles here – we will share what God places on our hearts to share, you can decide your response.

Be blessed!

JEWISH FOOD LAWS AND GENTILES

(Download PDF Print-friendly version)   A recent article we published: “Thus Jesus declared all food clean – or did He,” solicited quite a number of comments and queries so we’ve decided some further exposition might help. The original piece was written by a member of the Emmaus Group with Jewish heritage and sincere passion for God. There are two passages of scripture in the book of Acts that inform opinion about foods permissible for Gentiles, namely Acts 10 and 15: passages that speak of Peter’s vision in Joppa and the Council of Jerusalem.  However, before we expound further we want to be abundantly clear about what we are not saying. We are not saying that a Gentile who does not follow God’s counsel in Leviticus 11 risks their salvation.   Salvation comes by faith and faith alone, not by obeying laws or doing works – that would be heretical teaching! Nor are we saying that one is made righteous through obeying the Torah (teaching) of God, again we are made righteous by faith in the Messiah. Acts 10 – Peter’s Vision To understand scripture properly we must understand the context of what was written. Verses taken out of context can easily be misconstrued and made to say things they don’t. In Acts 10, Peter is staying with Simon the tanner by the sea in Jaffa, when he has a vision that perplexes him. He’s on the roof of Simon’s house and falls into a trance, in which he sees a strange vision; something like a sheet being lowered out of heaven, which contained all manner of animals, reptiles and birds...

“THUS JESUS DECLARED ALL FOODS CLEAN.” – OR DID HE?

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The majority of Christians today believe that Jesus “did away with the Law”, and part of that includes the food laws. As a result, most Christians will eat whatever they like – including all of the things that did not even come under the category of food – like pork. In Leviticus, God explains to the Israelites all the animals, which are classed as food, and all those which are not. Often, Christians will claim that the “old Law” is now obsolete, and was only for the Jews anyway. One of the reasons God gave the Israelites the Law, was in order to keep them set apart, a holy people. Of course, it is impossible to keep the entire law to the letter – we are all fallen and we cannot be made righteous or justified by keeping the Law. However, the “Law”, which is better translated as teaching or instruction, is the standard of holy living that pleases God. Are we not, as followers of Jesus, expected – indeed commanded – to be a holy people? Are we not told to be set apart and to live a life of holiness? Are we not told in Romans chapter 11, that we have been grafted into the olive tree, thus becoming citizens of the commonwealth of Israel? If we are therefore part of Israel, should we not heed the expectations and requirements of being a holy people too? Is not the New Covenant, the writing of the Law on our hearts and minds? Mark 7:19 is used by the church to claim that we can...

THE PRICE OF PLAYING WITH THE OCCULT

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Definition of Occult:[i] Noun – mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena Adjective – involving or relating to mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena. “an occult ceremony” Verb – cut off from view by interposing something Over the last decade the world has witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number of occultic themed computer games, movies, books and TV shows. A random sample of DVDs on sale at a local Tesco superstore in May 2015 illustrates the point: among the movies on sale, twenty four were occultic, some overtly satanic.   The movies included such titles as Ouija, The Conjuring, Sons of Anarchy, Dracula, Game of Thrones, Dying Light and As Above So Below.   In another visit to a Morrisons supermarket, thirteen occultic themed computer games were on sale with titles such as Malice, Illusion and Dark Piper. If one goes into specialist video and gaming shops the selection is far greater, and often darker. So why is occult-themed entertainment becoming so mainstream? Quite simply, the workings and machinations of the entertainment industry are under the sway of Satan. Reportedly, the Ouija board was one of Amazon’s top selling online Christmas gifts in 2014 following the screening of the film by the same name in Autumn 2014. A friend of the Emmaus Group once said, “a child’s mind is like a womb and what you impregnate it with, is what it will give birth to.” Sow enough violent imagery and by time, violence will be played out. Spend enough time watching pornography and by time that can be played out too. The increasing...

THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL – PLEASE LISTEN!

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.”    Jesus Christ – Revelation 2:20 Over the last six months the Emmaus Group has been attacked in various ways. Recently we came across this video about the spirit of Jezebel which has answered so many questions for us. We really want to encourage you to make time to watch and listen to it. It is one of the most important subjects we have heard taught on in a long time.   If you listen with an open heart and mind the Spirit of God will lead you into understanding and set you free – as it has us! This is the first time we have published/promoted such a video teaching. The spirit of Jezebel is active and alive in many churches and ministries seeking to tear down and destroy. We have come against it or been impacted by it ourselves in recent months and much of what is described in the video we have experienced first-hand. Please click on this link to...

EASTER OR PASSOVER: WHICH SHOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

The short answer is we should observe Passover, not Easter, and yes it does matter. But such an answer needs explanation to satisfy those who are unsure. Following on from our previous posting about tattoos, we continue our journey unpacking pagan myths and practices that have infiltrated church life over the centuries. Nowhere in the Bible will you find the word Easter. The word Easter derives from the Germanic name Eostre, a pagan fertility goddess of the Saxon people of northern Europe.   Eostre’s origins go back to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, whose main symbols were eggs and rabbits! Although these pagan fertility symbols have become widely accepted in western culture, they remain nonetheless pagan. And God makes it abundantly clear that we are not to do as the pagans do. Therefore the adoption of “Easter” and all its pagan symbolism, sunrise rituals and traditions, into the church of God is actually an abomination. The main feast day of “Ishtar”, which is pronounced “Easter”, was a day to commemorate the resurrection of a pagan god called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess, Ishtar and the sun-god.[i] Yet the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob states unambiguously we should not worship Him as the pagans do their gods. For example: “Take heed to yourself you are not ensnared to follow after them (the pagans) after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘how did these nations serve their gods, I will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord in that way.”  Deuteronomy 12:30-31 “Make...

ADVOCATING GOD’S TRUTH ABOUT TATTOOS – THE PRICE OF GETTING “INKED.”

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord – Leviticus 19:28 According to Pew Global Research many people have chosen to ignore this command of God. The results of a 2010 survey showed that 40% of 18-29 year olds have at least one tattoo. 32% of 30-45 year olds do, 15% of 46-64 year olds and notably even 6% over 65s! A Harris Poll in 2012 discovered 21% of Americans are marked with a tattoo. The UK Guardian newspaper reported that 20% of the UK population is “inked.” Yet the word of God expressly forbids this. So what should be the church’s response to this issue and what advice should we give Christians considering getting “inked?” When our Father in Heaven expressly forbids something there is a reason for it. He is not being an uncool parent.   He is God, our creator who knew us before we were formed, He knows all things. So if our all-knowing Heavenly Father says “no” then we should pay attention, because there’s a reason. “the ex-Hell’s Angel was very embarrassed about the tattoo on his chest which implied he worshipped Satan. As he rose from the waters of baptism the tattoo had completely disappeared from his chest, it was amazing!” – David Pawson. To understand why God says no to being tattooed we need to go to His word. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 it is written: “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” Would...