Nina Lynne Epler, of Louisville, Ohio returned
home to our Father on November 29, 2017. A loving and determined mother to five children: Richard Baumbach, Jennifer Blades,
Roger Franks, and Erick Franks, and was preceded by her daughter, Heidi Baumbach.
Lynne was born October 30, 1941,
in Bloomington, Indiana, to William Kingman and Nina L. Bingham.
She loved babies, children,
and all things of beauty. She was a long-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and attended North
Canton Church of Christ and other Churches with her husband.
She was a pilgrim on a journey with a keen sense of
character and was a faithful supporter of Donald Trump and his vision to restore American values and justice.
precedes her husband, Richard Epler; her five children; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
included scrapbooking, sewing, shopping for bargains, decorating homes, and sharing her husband's hobby of collecting and
restoring antique organs as a member of the International Reed Organ Society.
She was kind, compassionate, strong,
and friendly. Lynne will be missed by all who knew her.
Arrangements under the direction of Karlo-Libby Funeral
Thursday, December 07,
2017 | 11:00 am
Chruch of Jesus
was my angel, the person God brought into my life to help lift me up and restore me at a time of life when it seemed many
things were trying to destroy my love for God, family and even my own life. We met
at a divorce recovery workshop in Stockton, Ca., and were introduced by a friend from work that Lynne stayed with when activities
ran late – and she loved to stay late and make new friends. One
evening she accepted my invitation to see my antique organ collection, but fell asleep on the couch as I played some Disney
music on a French harmonium. It was late, so I slept on the
other part of the sectional couch and woke up holding her foot and realized she was the angel of my recurring dream of someone
who was going to help me up as I laid flat on my back and unable to get up – the feeling was one of supernatural peace
and wholeness – a recurring dream I’d had many times before, for at least a decade, and was always a mystery to
me – but at last I felt as though the dream was given as a sign from God. We went on our first date on Valentines Day, and were married December 15th of that year.
As I look back on our life together and God’s
providence to lead us here to Ohio, and her support to me when wrestling through many issues of faith. In fact, the greatest trial of my life before her passing was due to PTSS when some childhood memories sent me down
a seemingly endless well of despair. Lynne approached her Ward and got me help through and LDS councilor in Lodi who specialized
in this. It was her insight that led me to study the teachings
of Jesus more closely, as I had to totally reform my heart, mind and soul to what I trusted and believed to be right –
Jesus was the only way I felt I could hold tightly to for such a task – and for years I would get up early to study
each and every teaching that he said his disciples would observe to believe and do – to learn of him and of the faith
of Jesus that all disciples were invited to live and trust in.
It was my growing
trust in his teachings from the Father that has also led me to the Dead Sea Scrolls to know what the Scripture of Jesus day
said – as no one has ever been authorized by God to alter His word, which Jesus said to live by every word that proceeds
from the mouth of God.
She believed in priesthood blessings and prayer and was as
faithful a person as I’ve ever met. She loved her family and her friends faithfully
and was always making new friends and offering wisdom and insight to younger mothers she met while shopping. It was not unusual for a short trip to the store to take 3 hours since she made
new friends while shopping. Her love and care for others was
boundless for those who accepted her friendship – and if they didn’t – it was their loss, not hers, and
she didn’t hold grudges.
I still recall attending the Trump
rally in Canton last year, and the obvious man wandering the main floor who was wearing a T-shirt that said “Undecided
Voter”. Of the thousands present, she took it upon herself to go down and talk
to him at least half an hour – discussing why she supported Donald and listening to his concerns. She ended the discussion on asking him to promise that before he voted he would
pray about it. Never mind he looked a lot like Michael Moore
to me – she was open, honest, caring, and able to talk heart to heart with anyone.
Of all the thousands there, she was the only one to step forward to offer her aid to an undecided
voter. That was so much like her.
Lynne having helped me up in life, it was my privilege to
love and care for her during the time she was unable to get up – being by her side several times when she was at the
doorstep of death and God answering prayers to sustain her life. She made so much
progress at home and loved it when the Missionary girls came by to help her exercise – and the best she ever did to
stand up was with their assistance on one of their visits –
she was so happy.
I want to thank each of you for your love shown
to her, your heartfelt prayers on her behalf, and for allowing her to share her life with you. She treasured each prayer, each Get Well card, every word of encouragement, each visit – whether in the Hospital,
Rehab Facility, or at home. I’d like to especially thank
those from my Church who visited, her home teachers, the missionaries, and certainly not least, Bishop Matt, who came to bring
her Sacrament and was with her on her last Lord’s Day.
God was with
us from the start, and God was with us to the end. She asked me recently if I heard
the men singing – and there wasn’t any music being played in the house – it was quiet. “What are they singing?”, I asked her.
She was without words to express what it was. This went on more than a day and I told her that maybe the angels were singing to her, and wanted her to know of
So when she couldn’t hold a glass to take her pill that
last morning – and had been steadily losing the strength she had gained since starting some new medication – I
was drawn to speak to God about how long she had been struggling in hope, yet ready to go, and that I wanted what was best
for her – that if the medication wasn’t working, that her suffering not be prolonged – and of our trust
in His providence to have been with us all along – and only wanting what was best for her – that she was in His
hands to do as He knew best for her current condition – physically and spiritually – and of my trust in Him to
do what was best for her. She returned to the Father that very day –
God the Father answered the prayer within the hour – so I know, and you can also know – that she is truly in His
presence if ever a person lived that we can know is in the care of the Father in Heaven.
These things are true, and God is faithful to those who live by His instructions in righteousness. His faithfulness and blessings are towards those who love Him indeed and according to His Eternal words of life.
“The LORD bless you and keep you,
LORD make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD life up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
“The King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
I am Jehovah, your God – a jealous God, who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations,
for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands of generations to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”
to Find The Truth
Discovering there is truth has been as difficult a task as untying the proverbial Gordian Knot.
The truth. Some say it doesn’t exist – but Jesus and God said it does. Lynne
and I were both deluded from it because of being taught to trust those who looked to the wrong source for it. We
were both introduced to Jesus from birth and both loved him since before we could remember, but what we were taught prevented
both of us from being able to see the common link between the teachings of Jesus and the declarations of God.
The common golden thread that binds, the one that links from Genesis through Revelation is that love is a verb, and
is known by its actions being in alignment to do the will of God, as He defined love, not as the majority have defined the
love of God. I’ve been as guilty as anyone else, and all I can do is present truth found to
date so that others might reconsider if they believe God and Jesus, or not. It could well be that this
is the real meaning behind the epistle of Jesus in Revelation that warns to “return to your first love.”
No where in Scripture
did God say He loves those who are His enemies. He was clear to define and teach how we can know the difference, as also the
unaltered Prophets, Psalms and Testimony of Jesus clearly show the pathway of life that is lived by those whose love for God
is true and undefiled.
My mother’s belief that Baptists worship John the Baptist might be a loose example of what we face.
Lynne and I met at a Divorce Recovery Workshop at a First Baptist Church in Stockton, California. I
used to call my mother regularly to see how she was doing and talk about things. The Church of Christ have
some members, as was my family at the time, who believed their Church to be the only correct one. It wasn’t
a topic I wanted to breech with her, but I finally told her of attending the classes at the Baptist Church. As
expected – she was aghast that I’d gone to a Baptist Church for anything! “They don’t
love the Lord! Why they’re ashamed of the name of Jesus! They don’t even
have his name over the door! They worship John the Baptist!” – that may be a loose transcript
interpretation, as the conversation took place about twenty years ago. I know of no one who worships John
the Baptist – and likely there has never been such a group in 2000 years – but this is what she was told, so this
is what she believed. Had she ever visited a Baptist Church she would have known better, but rather than
ensuring if what she was told was true, she continued in this false perception well into her 70’s. I
was finally able to assure her this was not the case and that they also worship Jesus and were named “Baptist”
because they didn’t believe in infant baptism and were named for their belief as the “again baptizers”,
that infant baptism was not accepted to be a valid baptism for their group. I’ll guess it was her
father that told her this, but I don’t know. My dad was a Church of Christ minister, and perhaps
they both had a number of false beliefs that had no sound basis in Scripture or reality. The fact is that
after 1900 years of divisions between Churches there has not been a movement to return to do the will of God by living as
Jesus taught in Matthew and as God had instructed in the Holy Scripture of his day. All the Protestant
reformers, Restoration movement founders, as well as latter day prophets (such as Joseph Smith Jr., or Ellen White) based
their doctrines on the poor translations in the Greek LXX and errors existing in the New Testament, rather than the Hebrew
Holy Scripture and it’s teachings aligning with the Teachings of Jesus. Why not trust the same words
of God that Jesus did? Why do we continue to trust the Greek when we can now know the Hebrew translation
to English (about 1900), and further evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls? This is a much larger problem than
scholars have been willing to face, and I honestly believe they fear that their memberships cannot handle the truth.
Since I’m retired and have no vested interest to pretend the problem doesn’t exist – I’m going
to speak up about it and hope that others will respond to the unadulterated truth of God and stop pretending in the imaginations
of others – particularly to expose the truth of God because Jesus said “This gospel of the kingdom will
be preached to the world as a testimony to them, and then the end will come.” (paraphrase from Matthew 24)
As I came to discover
just one of the alterations I asked my dad if in all his 60 plus years of preaching if he knew of anyone who has gone back
and double checked if the Greek translation is compatible with the Hebrew Holy Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
“No, and I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” Since discovery that the teachings
of Jesus are aligned with and supported by the Hebrew Holy Scripture and he was teaching nothing new – I was compelled
to start double-checking every quote of the Scripture in the New Testament – and this totally proves the Protestant
Reformation of “Only Scripture” to have derailed itself wherever it defies what God said in the Hebrew Holy Scripture
and the Dead Sea Scrolls. If we believe Jesus taught the truth, why don’t we believe what he taught
is our duty to make reality in our own lives – to be disciples who abide in his word and example, to make our pathway
align with his instruction of the words of God and thus be yoked to his teachings and working alongside of him? To be his
disciples indeed? His first teaching in Matthew that man is to live by every word that proceeds from the
mouth of God, that His word is truth, and he was teaching the manner of life God would require since the Temple was soon to
be destroyed and worship of God would no longer be performed at the Temple. Jesus said his disciples are
to be salt and light to the world, which is to testify of the goodness of God and His Instruction to mankind to also be good
and blessed by Him. Look at it again in your Bible – did Jesus say this was to be done by others
seeing their works as good, so that others would give credit to the goodness of God and His instructions to those who love
Him indeed? This has nothing to do with those whose love is in word only, and who have pretended they are
saved by faith – irregardless of works done.
It was encouraging to both Lynne and I to discover this viewpoint was shared by
some of the greatest thinkers in history, such as Tolstoy and Jefferson. This quote can be found at:
In My Religion (1884), Tolstoy explains Christianity went off the
rails initially with Paul who knew nothing of Jesus's ethical teachings:
"The separation between the doctrine
of life and the explanation of lifebegan with the preaching of Paul who
knew not the ethical teachings set forth in the Gospel of Matthew, and who preached a metaphisico-cabalistic theory entirely foreign to Christ; and this separation was
perfected in the time of Constantine, when it was found possible to clothe
the whole pagan organization of life in a Christian dress, and without changing it to call it Christianity."
(Leo Tolstoy, My Religion (1884) at 219.)
Later Tolstoy will explain what happened
by an analogy to an original pilot who had rules replaced by a new pilot who has no rules but only dogma to accept:
a number of men rowing a boat, a pilot steering. The men rely
upon the pilot, and the pilot steers well; but after a time the good pilot is replaced by another, who does not steer at all. The boat moves along rapidly and easily. At first the
men do not notice the negligence of the new pilot; they are only pleased to find that the boat goes along so easily. Then
they discover that the new pilot is utterly useless,
and they mock at him, and drive him from his place." Id., at 225.
Tolstoy perceives the church led by
the new pilot (i.e., Paul) is now recognized as useless
to give meaning to life. Regardless, men who do know about Jesus and even hate his name are still drawn to Jesus' principles
that they have unconsciously absorbed. In this time when people might be prepared to call back the first pilot (Jesus), the
church is afraid to call upon Him to return to restore the right principles of living. Instead, the majority of society and
the church as a whole are clinging onto the belief that the only rules for life come from government. In the modern world,
most think it is not important to return to Jesus and His principles. Instead, most believe the state must be obeyed as ministers
of God (as Paul taught in Romans 13:1). As a result, life has now become devoid of meaning to the great masses:
distinctive trait of civilized man is to obey what the majority of men regard as iniquitous, contrary to conscience. I seek in vain in civilized society as it exists to-day for any clearly formulated
moral bases of life. There are none. No perception of their necessity exists. On the contrary, we find
the extraordinary conviction that they are superfluous;
that religion is nothing more than a few words about God
and a future life, and a few ceremonies very useful for the salvation of the soul according to some,
and good for nothing according to others; but that life happens of itself and has no need of any fundamental rule, and that
we have only to do what we are told to do." Id., at 233.
Tolstoy says the solution is now to
go back to the original pilot - Jesus.
We need to restore the church to Jesus-Words-Only (to use my phrase), and leave the old dogma-laden church to its dissolution:
truth of the doctrine of Jesus, once unconsciously
absorbed by humanity through the organism of the Church, must now be consciously
recognized; for in the truth of this doctrine humanity has always obtained its vital force. Men must
lift up the torch of truth, which has so long remained
concealed, and carry it before them, guiding their actions by its light.
"The doctrine of Jesus, as a religion that governs the actions of
men and explains to them the meaning of life,
is now before the world just as it was eighteen hundred years ago. Formerly the world had the explanations of the Church which, in concealing the doctrine, seemed in itself to offer a
satisfactory interpretation of life; but now the time is come when
the Church has lost its usefulness, and the world, having no other means for sustaining its true existence, can only feel
its helplessness and go for aid directly to the doctrine of
Tolstoy concludes with an exaltation
of Jesus' doctrine as shining forth still boldy if anyone would but read it:
"The doctrine of Jesus is the light.
The light shines forth, and the darkness cannot conceal it. Men cannot deny it, men cannot refuse to accept its guidance. They must depend on the doctrine of Jesus, which penetrates among all the errors with
which the life of men is surrounded. Like the insensible ether filling universal space, enveloping all
created things, so the doctrine of Jesus is inevitable for
every man in whatever situation he may be found. Men cannot refuse to recognize the doctrine of Jesus;
they may deny the metaphysical explanation of life which it gives (we may deny everything), but the doctrine of Jesus alone offers rules for the conduct of life without which humanity has never lived,
and never will be able to live; without which no human being has lived or can live, if he would live as man should live, —
a reasonable life. The power of the doctrine of Jesus is not
in its explanation of the meaning of life, but in the rules
that it gives for the conduct of life." Id.,
Tolstoy concludes the chapter with this
simple principle: "The faith that triumphs over the doctrines of the world is faith in the doctrine of Jesus." Id., at 244.
What if the Church at the time of the Council
of Nicea looked to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew and the Hebrew account of the books of Moses (Torah) to note the commandments
of God to determine who is true and who were not? Would it have been needful for them to follow the instruction
and commandment of God to know who spoke, or wrote, on His behalf? What about the Protestant Reformers?
Should they have based the Protestant reformation on the teachings of Jesus and the proofs of the unaltered words of
the Holy Scriptures of Jesus’ day? Church history proves that Rome destroyed many of the early
Church and Jewish Scriptures. It’s no wonder that significant scrolls were preserved in caves for
future generations benefit. It seems to be the providence of God to do so, that we might be able to reconsider
and believe what God and Jesus (Y’shua) said is “the truth” that leads to life eternal.
Before the printing press,
most were illiterate and unable to read. No such condition exists today. We also have
significant portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls translated into English. Most any lay-person can see if what
I found can be substantiated. Anyone who can read and has a Bible can note Old Testament
(OT) passages quoted in the New Testament (NT) and then go back to the Old Testament and see where some of the New Testament
misquotes the Old Testament and further identify who spoke against the word and promises of God. Anyone
can also get a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures and verify that some are altered in the Christian Bibles. Anyone
can also get a copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (DSSB) and the Quamran Scrolls (QS). The alterations
took place long ago, but largely between 100 to 300 CE, centuries before the King James Bible was first printed.
The main facts found before study of the Jewish Scripture and DSSB were from the KJV and NKJV, but I didn’t notice
them until undertaking a study to know everything Jesus taught his disciples to believe and do, particularly the reference
quotes to the OT from the footnotes in the AENT. After going back to check the facts
of the Testimony records as received in our New Testament it was obvious that the accounts were not compatible.
If what I discovered agreed with what we’ve all been told to believe I wouldn’t bother to write this, as
it would only have confirmed what we’ve all heard before. However, that was not the case.
I now sincerely believe that the findings clearly show none of us has yet heard the Good News of the Kingdom that Jesus
said must be preached to the nations before the end will come. This could well be “This gospel”
that he spoke of in Matthew 24:14, and is not as told by any Church – from Catholic to Messianic and Baptist to Mormon
or Seventh Day Adventists to Pentecostal – I fear we’ve all missed some important truth of God because of mistranslations
and alterations of the original records. The key being the fact that God is faithful to His word and the
Jews didn’t dare alter it as some early Christians did. The truth is far simpler than we’ve
been told, and perhaps the most succinct passage of its outline is Micha 5:6-7; “What does God require of thee, O man,
but to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God?” The issue is to recognize His instruction,
not the imaginations of men. Another key passage is God telling Isaac why He loved Abraham and found him
faithful; Genesis 26:5.
Some alterations brought in pagan beliefs to
the newly formed “Christian” faith by Rome – but the evidence left largely unaltered – the teachings
of Jesus in Matthew – easily expose the perversions to the words of God and continue to show the truth he taught of
the hope of the Kingdom of God. These things became evident after time and study of Jesus’ teaching
that knowing the “truth” comes from abiding in his teachings from God. The “Talents”
given by the king to his servants was not just using gifts of their abilities (talents). The Talents of
Gold are the proper interpretation and application of the Instructions of God as given by the greatest known Jewish Prophet
of all time – Jesus (Yeshua), who may not have been declared to be the coming Messiah until after his resurrection and
ascension to “the Ancient of Days.” He was declared to be the unique son of man spoken of in
the Hebrew Scripture, as well as “that prophet” spoken of by Moses, but we must look to the Hebrew Scripture and
DSSB and know that God spoke truth, and no one – not even Jesus – had the right or authority to alter the words
of God Almighty. I have no doubt that Jesus’ words in Matthew are a pointed prophecy for our day.
The works of wickedness and believing in lies near their time of fulfillment; anyone with eyes to see can see their
ripeness if they only look to observe. Jesus said the good news of the kingdom of God will be told as a
witness and testimony of the Truth of God given by Jesus (Yeshua). It will be preached to the world –
and then the end will come:
Matthew 24:1-14 (AENT);
‘And Y’shua went out of the temple to depart, and his disciples drew near and were showing him the construction
of the temple. But he said to them, “Behold, don’t you see all these things? Truly I say to
you, nothing will be spared. Not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
And while Y’shua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and were saying among themselves and to
him, “Tell us when these things will be and what is the sign of the end of the world.” Y’shua
answered and said to them, “Beware, let no man deceive you. For many will come in my name and will
say that I am the Messiah. And many they will deceive. For you are bound to hear of
revolutions and rumors of wars. Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things
happen, but it is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places. But all these things
are only the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you
will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will
betray one another. And many false prophets will rise and deceive many. And because
of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. But whoever has patience until the end, he
will have life. And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all
the nations, and then the end will come.”’
are messengers. Many messages are sent via the internet and global communications are relayed around the
globe to men of all nations – thereby proclaiming the Testimony of Y’shua to the entire earth at one time.
I would hope that some turn to believe Jesus (Yeshua) spoke the truth of God, and that God is still calling men to
repent – to turn back from believing half-truth to then seek to do as God commands of those who hear and obey “that
prophet” foretold by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15, to do His will indeed and prepare for what is to
soon come upon the earth and be prepared to face the judgment of God – as He decreed. This has been foretold since Sinai
in the first commandment – wherein God defined what love for Him does and who are His enemies. God
has not left us ignorant – those who have said the Old was done away with on the cross did not speak the truth of God.
God is faithful to uphold His Decree, as well as His words of blessing towards whoever will repent and do as He instructed,
or know who He said are His enemies. The first of the Ten Decrees proves I Corinthians to be deceitful,
just as His words to Cain prove the cornerstone of the depravity of fallen man is nothing but a lie against the word of God.
It’s no small wonder that many thinking people have said Christianity is nonsense. Who dares
to reclaim their right to believe the word of God? Who dares to say “Give it back!” (or Restore!
– as foretold in Isaiah 42)
The only Gospel account
with an orderly outline to be a disciple of Jesus is Matthew. I was driven to know what Jesus taught and
made a list of every teaching in the NT that Jesus said his disciples will believe and do. I carefully
noted the NKJV accounts from Matthew through to the end of Revelation and checking the accounts of every book in-between.
It became obvious in studying those accounts that either Jesus taught against himself, or the different records were
not all truth, as we’ve been told. Further study led me to realize that Matthew held the record that
was most consistent to the words of God, but it had absolutely been altered by the same sect of Christians that deliberately
altered it and the Hebrew Scriptures. The key appears to be that commonly accepted guides to all the major
Abrahamic faiths have been listening to those that God said to ignore. To know “the truth”
we also need to know who God said to hear, as well as ignore. Is there a common thread given in the Bible
that we can apply to our lives to transform us and then KNOW we are abiding in the Truth of God that He gave to elevate us,
bless us, sustain us, and that will withstand the greatest storms life can possibly bring our way? Through
all the trials of life and death that Lynne and I faced – God has proven His words of life fully reliable when they
are discerned, observed and put into action. It’s time to repent and believe God – not those
who altered His word, and not those who do not live or teach according to it. God sustained Lynne’s
life on earth for several more years – each of us has a time of life appointed by God – and I’m extremely
thankful God sustained her life as He did. We learned much more about Him through the trials we faced together
than we had in her first trial with cancer. I am always amazed at her love and strength – even after
losing five years of her memory – her love for God and love for me was unaltered – it was an amazing testimony
to me of her love and of the faithfulness of God to His promises. It was with this knowledge that I have
confidence that she is with the Father and of her telling me things she saw, and her asking me to also write about her –
as this is our testimony of the love, truth and faithfulness of YHWH – God Almighty – the great “I AM”.
Unpacking the Sermon on the Mount to observe the Doctrine of God taught by Jesus
is the key to being able to observe and do the will of God and thereby reside in His everlasting kindness. This
is why Jesus said those who are wise will pay close attention to “these words” to believe and
do them. God has always counted disobedience to be unbelief. This is obvious in the
Garden of Eden account, Noah’s flood account, and most clearly in the Exodus account. Even John 3
tells the same message if one only reads to the end of the chapter instead of stopping at verse 16. The
end of the chapter says those who believe will be saved, but those who do not obey will not. This is because
God said those who love Him will obey Him, as He also said those who don’t obey Him are His enemies. Don’t
take my word for it. Here are two key passages from the Hebrew Scripture; one shows God said man is expected
and able to overcome sin himself, the other tells us how to identify those God loves from those He decreed to be His enemies.
Jesus (Yeshua) knew what God had said and was taught His pathways all his life, not to mention that he was uniquely
inspired by the Spirit of God to speak His word in ways to call not just Israel, but all men, to return to God by doing His
will. Proof that he was speaking the words of God can be observed by anyone willing to go back to His word
and see the context of the Scripture that relate to what he was teaching. These passages will be given
to substantiate that Jesus (Yeshua) spoke according to the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture, which can also identify the
passages in our current editions to have been altered. We are able today to “restore” the truth,
that we then be his disciples indeed, and that we are living as God said to live – and thereby reject the untruths we’ve
been told in the NAME of God and Jesus.
Genesis 4 –
what God told Cain: “Why are you distressed, and why is your face fallen? Surely, if you do right,
there is uplift. But if you do not do right sin couches at the door; its urge is toward you, yet you can
be its master.” (ETZ HYIM)
are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven.
But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can
conquer it.” (Stone Edition)
Exodus 20 –
what God told Israel and the multitude of nations He led to Mount Sinai:
“I the LORD am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage: You shall have
no other gods besides Me. You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is
in the heaves above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to
them or serve them. For I the LORD your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon
the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, but showing kindness to the thousandth
generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ETZ HYIM)
“I am HASHEM (the NAME – used in place of YHWH), your God, Who has taken you out of the land of
Egypt, from the house of slavery. You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence.
You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below
or in the water beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am
HASHEM, your God – a jealous God, Who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for
My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands (of generations) to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”
The story of the short time that Lynne and I shared together is only one of billions, but God is
no respecter of persons, aside from His love towards those who love Him will live according to His Instruction in righteousness.
God hasn’t been silent, and proof that both Jews and Christians through their generations have altered the words
of God can be observed by checking the quotes of the Words of God in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Scriptures of Jesus’
day. If the word of God was altered from the Scriptures of Jesus’ day, should we continue to trust
in perversions of His words of life? Dare we observe that alterations have been made from what God said
and then return to believe and do what God said before the alteration? The grace of God has always been
towards those who love Him enough to live according to His reliable words of life – which should be easily seen to be
the foundation of the faith of Jesus. Jesus said the time of NOT worshiping God at the Temple was soon
to come upon Israel, and further taught of the time coming when God will seek those who worship Him in spirit and truth –
as Jesus said: “Thy word is truth.”
What Christian, Jew or Muslim would defy this to be the case? It would appear to me that
division is the result of those who dared to change the word He spoke or disregarded the distinctions He gave or who have
failed to “hear whatever that prophet shall say unto you.” God established the bounds of the
nations and the oceans; when the ancient markers are moved from their place, strife is given birth. Strife
leads to divisions, and we should be able to see the ultimate result of the fruits of poisoning the waters of life.
God gave clear instruction to know how to live a life He will bless and who He said to believe and who He said to ignore.
Isn’t it about time we started paying close attention to His words and cease false testimony in the NAME of God?
Mistranslations and alterations of His word have caused untold suffering.
This is clearly shown to be the cause of problems from the beginning. In the Garden of Eden, the
source of their problem was to doubt what God told them and to presume upon subtle alterations to His word. His
instruction was clear, but they dabbled to do what He warned them not to do. In effect, doubting the reliability
of His Instruction has led to problems ever since. We can also look to the same ancient account and see
that God told Cain – after the “fall” – that by “improving himself” he would be accepted
by God – that sin desired to possess him, and it was was within his capacity and responsibility to overcome sin that
it not possess him. So, it remains to this day – God expects us to correct our errant ways and turn
back to believe and do what He said is living justly. loving mercy and walking humbly with our God – who created man
in His image. The grace of God has always been with those who will turn back and do as He instructed or
commanded. This is how God said we know those who claim to speak on His behalf – to know the liars
or self-deluded from those who tell His truth. We have those Instructions in Deuteronomy 18.
(Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18, 34) The same issue remained in the Exodus when they doubted His instruction and faithfulness
to it – and our life is His test of us – whether we will believe and obey Him, or not.
The Instructions of God are reliable and true. One lesson from Jesus’ temptations
in the wilderness shows that some accusers try to twist the word of God against itself, but by careful observation of His
word we will be careful to reject those who would tempt God to keep His word. Disciples of Jesus never
try to twist His Instruction against itself – “The sum of Thy word is truth”, and God will be faithful to
uphold it and bless those who are faithful to trust in it as did Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus (Yeshua). God
knows we were created of the dust of the earth, but there remains a steadfast hope because He is the God of the living –
“I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” God is faithful to His promises as He is faithful
to His word, and God has declared from the beginning why mankind was created and what the purpose of life is.
He has also declared that trials will come our way to see whether we will do as He said, or not. It
isn’t that He can know – but that we may know of His faithfulness to those who love Him and trust Him enough to
believe and do as He said. He continues to this day to bless those He declared to be “My people.”
This is the truth: God is faithful to His word and desires to bless those whose love for Him is faithful to the end
in their trials of life. Our hope is based on the reliability of the word of God and His promises to those
who love and obey Him. As Jesus’ model for prayer tells: “Thy will be done on earth as it is
in heaven.” How can we know we are doing the will of God except we are taught it? God gave instruction,
God has not left mankind without His Testimony and Declaration of Truth and Righteousness.
The accuser of our souls will do anything to cast doubt on our belief of the Instructions of God,
and it has been hijacked and altered in the Christian Holy Scriptures, but God has given us instruction that we can be enabled
to know those that told the truth, and thereby be able to go back to His word – which is to rightly divide the words
we have and know which of them are of God, and also be able to identify those that we can know He declared to be untrue. Passages
of Matthew that altered or invented supporting text must be set aside if they are not supported by the Holy Scripture.
The Church Doctrine of “Sola Scriptura” was founded on belief of false Scripture and ignoring the Teachings
of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. The truth will be known by the words of God, as
well as His kindness and blessings towards those who are His people – those who walk according to His pathway of life.
This life is a test – an open book test – and our answers are not solely known by what we say – they
are mainly known and observed by what we do. Love is a verb, and God gave us the definition of those who
love Him in the very first commandment from Sinai, if we believe what He said in the Ten Declarations.
As I write this on what would have been the 19th anniversary of our
marriage – and Lynne passed on to the Father and her mother and Heidi, I was wondering how I would face today.
How can I tell her another “Happy Anniversary Lynne”, when waves of grief still burst over my soul?
I can honestly thank God for Lynne blessing my life and of His blessing us in the time we had together.
I can trust that He was with us to the end, and our mutual love of God and knowing of His faithfulness, goodness and
blessings. Therefore, I thank the Father for bringing her into my life and sharing my journey to find “The
Truth” and pray that He tell her “Thank you” for her love towards me, her unfailing support to walk by my
side, and of His blessing our marriage until parting at her death – and for my reason to continue
in hope, and to continue to write about our mutual faith and trust in Him. He remains God of all –
even though we are separated by death in this world, we are both alive to Him.
This will not be a book to declare God has peace towards those who defy His reliability
or faithfulness to His word, but it is my testimony of His faithfulness to His word and that Jesus was indeed teaching the
pathway that is of God – “To who else can we go, you alone teach the words that lead to life eternal.”
Prophets wrote of times when false prophets were telling the people of God; “Peace! Peace”,
but there was no “Peace” for those who trusted in blood sacrifices and defied living according to the word of
God. So, it remains to this day – and God continues to bless those that fear His word and are careful
to never be casual to note the distinctions He gave. Failing to note His distinctions could lead
anyone off the pathway to life eternal. I fear for those that have long told non-Jews they only need to
obey the Laws of Noah. If God gave the Ten Declarations to all present that day, they are for men of all
conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus cautions to base our lives upon the rock of the words of God given in that lesson.
According to Jesus, failing to do as he instructed therein would result in the destruction of the “house.”
AENT; ‘“Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and
many are they, those that go in it. How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few
are they, those that find it. Beware of false prophets that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but
from within are ravenous wolves. But you will know them by their fruits. Why do men
pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil
tree bears evil fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire. Therefore,
by their fruits you will know them. It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my
master!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many
will say to me in that day, “My master, my master! By your name have we not prophesied? And by your
name have we cast out demons? And by your name have done many miracles?” And then
I will profess to them that from everlasting I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!
Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these, and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon
a stone (bedrock). And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the
house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid upon a stone (bedrock). And anyone who hears my
words, these, and does them not, will be likened to a foolish man that built his house upon sand. And descended
the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it fell, and its fall was great.”
And it happened that when Yeshua finished these words, the crowds marveled at his teaching. He would
teach them as an authority, and not as their scribes and the Pharisees.’”
If we want to withstand the storms life brings our way, we abide in his word,
and we can also go back to the words of God given beforehand and see that Jesus was teaching the Doctrine of God – the
Teachings of God as given from the beginning and as clarified further at Sinai by YHWH Himself. Also note
that he said “house”, not just an individual. Most families live in a house. One
might even see each of the separate faith families as a “house” – and those who are in the house face great
peril if they are in it when storms and landslides destroy it – all in it are in danger of perishing – “and
its fall was great.”
Did God really say that?
Truth is known by the unaltered words of God.
When it can be shown that someone altered His word, it should give us pause to consider the reliability of their teachings,
reports or faithfulness to His word. Jesus taught so we should see and know the truth from God, not Church
doctrines of men, or as a supplement to Jewish Rabbi’s. God revealed His Teachings though him with the purpose to call
us to return and do His will indeed. Given some nasty things said about Jesus in the
Talmud, it was shocking to me when some at a local Synagogue told me they already knew Jesus was teaching his interpretation
and application of the Instructions of God in the Torah, Psalms, Prophets and Writings. In my opinion,
based on the writings of Rabbi Tovia Singer, the charges the Talmud has against Jesus are largely formulated on the false
doctrines Christians believe that have no part in the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, but stem from alterations in Christian
Scripture of the what the Hebrew said – particularly misquotes of the Prophets and twisted greatly by some authors in
the current Christian Bibles.
What do the Jewish Holy Scripture say about the need to keep the Law of God? Did God say to break
the least of the commandments is to guilty of breaking them all? If this is the case, then how could He
clearly say, “And so he shall be forgiven” repeatedly throughout the Torah? How could He have
said those who won’t forgive according to His just standards are to be “cut-off” because they refused His
gracious and righteous judgement on various sins of omission and commission? The plain upright truth is
that He decreed what is just and good, as He decreed what He says is sin and what He says is just retribution or restitution.
He decreed not to add to or take away from His instruction. His “rod” and “staff”
are to guide and comfort us to the green pastures – they are for our good, not to curse us. His instruction
has two purposes: to know right from wrong, and to know If we will do what He said, or not. If we dare
look the passage up that is supposed to support the “Christian” teaching, it is easily seen to be that whoever
doesn’t accept the Laws of God to be the standard to live by are to be “cut-off” – as they have rejected
God and His Instruction to be their guide and manner of life. So much for that misunderstanding of His
word. Those who claim to be Bible scholars should be alarmed they didn’t see this before.
Jesus taught the same thing – to
live by every word that God gave. Jesus gave clarity when teaching there are weightier matters of the Law
that should not be neglected to then major in minor matters. Jesus’ was careful to point this out
for his disciples. Unfortunately, as told in one of his parables, his enemies sowed tares in the wheat
field, whose fruits are now evident today. The Christian Bible, as it currently exists, has a long history
and was “set in stone” by the Nicene Council era of about 300 – 400 CE and further codified by the printing
press and the King James Bible. Thousands of scholars have wrestled with the historical and Scriptural
accounts. Much has come to light in the last two centuries that proves the early writings were considerably
varied in matters of faith and doctrines attributed by both Jesus and the chosen disciples. Many spurious
books were written and the “Church” suffered from those who failed the tests God commanded to be used –
but the gentiles generally had no knowledge of this matter. Jerome did a reasonably good job to identify
spurious texts and not allowing them into the canon of the “Bible”, but he failed to note reason to cast others
aside that testify against the Holy Scripture. Again – this goes right back to the Commandment of
God in Deut. 4, 12, 13 and 18. The crisis of faith is nothing new, and the fact is that the varied texts
we have remain the cause of divisions to this day. The Christian Bible can be shown to be less than perfect
– in fact it can be shown to teach contradicting faiths, facts, and testimony. Most importantly,
it can be shown to teach against the Instructions in Righteousness given by God and it also changed some of the words of God
from what existed in the Scripture of Jesus’ day. Direct evidence is found in the Hebrew Scripture and the Dead Sea
Scrolls. Do be cautioned that the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible is not without fault, as it maintains continuation
of some errors in the Greek translation. To date, when matters are not in the Dead Sea Scrolls, I choose to believe the account
of the Hebrew Scripture to be superior to the existing Christian accounts. Scholars
with more knowledge of the ancient languages and textual history need to carefully observe the need to uphold His word and
let us know where some passages are not as sure as those before us have pretended. Those who know the ancient languages and
who are faithful to YHWH and Yeshua’s testimony in Matthew are the only ones I’d trust to make needed corrections,
and I will address some of the obvious errors noted to date.
Some of us have a better internal truth compass than others. Lynne
was raised to believe in Jesus from earliest childhood. After her passing I began the needful task to go
through her things to make sure her wishes were done as she’d noted. With four family’s heirlooms
to coordinate, her oldest son and his family came to assist. It was easy to follow her list, as she’d
contacted them all about what went to whom. But what of the things she saved and treasured as important
to her that weren’t on the list? To my surprise and joy, in a secretary desk/bookcase were baby books
from both her mother and grandmother. The details of her birth and earliest days were well documented and photographed.
Also found was her first book – “Tell Me About Jesus” – that was filled with love and insight
of a mother teaching her child lessons that led Lynne to love him and to pay attention to what he taught and did, and of his
example and love for others was given that we might also follow him all our life. I have no doubt that
her mother read it often when she was bedridden for a year with Scarlet Fever. I have no doubt of the hope
she had in Jesus’ love for her at that difficult time of her young life. Trials of life toughened
her, and she may have been very opinionated, but she always did what she believed was the right thing to do. She
was a fearless defender of her children, and fearless to tell them what she believed to be right. She became
a strong woman, and her life reflected her love for God and doing the best she knew to do.
Lynne had a difficult childhood. Her
father traveled for his job and was not around much. She contracted Scarlet Fever when she was about six
years old and was confined to her bed for a year and traveled every month from Dayton, Ohio to a medical facility in Pennsylvania
to have her blood “purified” in hopes to rid the decease. She almost died then, and I’m
sure God answered prayers on her behalf. Because of the illness she was weakened, but still had as normal
a childhood as possible. She loved Nancy Drew Mystery books, building forts and spying on the boys…
by her own accounts to me. She also had two younger brothers that her mother and father were not able to
control, nor were the teachers and schools. They were sent to Military School in attempt to get them straightened
up. One had his picture taken with Eisenhower as “the littlest cadet” in a newspaper photo.
Both her brothers were smaller in stature, but huge in attitude and worldly matters. They fought
their mother and Lynne, and no one was able to control them. One died before I met Lynne, from excess of
alcohol, and I only meet the younger brother, William. His story was colorful. From
youth he was busy making money – then on to be an inventor and making perhaps a million or more – lavish lifestyle
on the beach with a beautiful house, wife and young daughter and matching his and hers exotic sports cars – to loosing
most all he had with “sure stock bets” – but he always remained king of his life and lifestyle, fitting
of his last name – Kingman. To my shock and surprise, one of his greatest tales of intelligence was
to entrap a prosecutor with a huge bribe and have attempted murder charges against him dropped. Maybe I
have some of this story wrong – but he had a newspaper clipping saved to substantiate his account. So
how did someone like Lynne – as faithful and caring person as I’ve ever met – come from the same family
as this rascal? Surely it had to do with her response in opening her heart, mind and soul to Jesus as a
toddler and young girl who was taught about Jesus by her mother and grandmother. Even with growing up in the turmoil of her
two brothers and a largely absentee father – Jesus remained there all along – at her very core of being.
I can’t express how much I enjoyed reading the same book that introduced Lynne to Jesus. It
also told me worlds about her mother and grandmother. In her fathers’ defense – story was that
his father died when he was very young and that he was very spoiled by those who raised him. How children
are raised in their youth makes a difference. But as Jesus taught, all must become as little children who
desire to enter the Kingdom of God – even adults. Not that we become ignorant – but that we
learn to fully trust in the words God and those of Jesus that lead to life eternal. A Bible fact is that
God loved Abraham because he taught his children and household to keep the ways of God. (Genesis 26:5)
I would be remiss to make it sound like Willy was
all bad. Few such people exist, but when they do they often cover their evil with an air of righteousness
that conceals their true heart. Jesus taught about those who were whitewashed tombs full of decomposing
bones and to beware of them, as no good will come to those who follow their ways. Willy’s ways were
largely softened by the time we met. He loved his sister and daughter the best he knew how.
He owned a discount tool store in Lake Havasu, CA. Lynne and I were completing work on a house she
moved from Lodi to Valley Springs and Willy gave us some great deals on tools for the work. He also had
a passion for fast cars and I was one of the few that he gave a ride in “The Booze Runner”, a lightly chopped
and hugely modified panel truck that was maxed out with custom upgrades and chrome – it was his prized big-boy toy.
He also cared deeply for his daughter. Only she will be able to tell that side of Willy, but I think
he loved her deeply and as best as he knew how.
is the value of conscience in our lives – as we live what we believe – or not. As God told
Israel and the multitude of nations that left Egypt to serve Him – trials are to know if we will do as He instructed
– or not. It’s that simple, and only we can make that decision for ourselves. According
to God, love is a verb – it is actions done, not just claiming His NAME, but also to do as He said. With
most who claim to be Christians, love is defined to be what God has for all men of all nations and is unconditional, and this
is largely based from I Corinthians 13. Let’s recall Exodus 20 as He gave the Ten Declarations; God
said those who are His enemies don’t do His decrees, and those who love Him do them, which is why He has kindness towards
them – love for God desires to live by His words of life and thereby trust in His kindness, promises and blessing towards
them. But this is not the only benefit of living by the declarations God gave. Trust
in His guidelines will also free us from belief in the imaginations of men, to then be able to understand the value of each
declaration – as Moses said, they bring a higher level of understanding and reality, that they were given to elevate
us – as God told Cain, there is uplift of life and spirit to repent and do what God said is good. When
we know the will of God, this will aid us in not being mired down to be imprisoned by vain imaginations or false judgement
of others. I’ve only been at this a limited time, and to this time I have yet to find one application
of this to prove otherwise. Jesus never promised our life lived by the words of God and the Teachings of
Jesus to be without persecution or trouble from those who don’t believe or understand. He did say
there would be trials, but that we will also know the reality of the faith of Jesus and the twelve apostles – and dare
I add we will also come to know all the faithful characters in the Bible on a more intimate basis – the basis of being
in the family of God from beginning to end – from everlasting, in the sense of the Aramaic gospel account of Matthew.
It was those who rejected doing the words of God that Jesus declared he knew them not. Iniquity
is lawlessness, and lawlessness is to reject the whole of the pathway to live as given by God – and the Torah and words
of God from Sinai are the foundation of His Instruction in righteousness given to mankind..
Returning to Lynne’s story, she married her first husband, Charles and she
said both were raised in the Episcopal Church. He had a variety of jobs and was well educated.
“Chaz” was very outgoing and had infectious humor and joy of life about him. She told
me of their owning bars and stories of working in the bar and having men “hit” on her that didn’t know her
husband owned the bar. She hated it when married men tried to hit on her and could easily spot them.
Before getting married she lived in San Francisco and started hanging out with the homosexual football players from
Stanford because she knew they wouldn’t be “hitting” on her. I think that was an odd
thing, but it was her way of coping, and she used the opportunity to discover what she believed was the root cause of their
sexual identity: dysfunctional role models of either an overbearing mother and a milk-toast father, or an overbearing father
and a milk-toast mother – or – that they had been molested as children. That was her observation,
and it seems to match conventional psychiatry of the 50’s. It was San Francisco in the early 60’s,
but she wasn’t a “flower child” – she wore dresses and worked for a large corporation where her uncle
helped her get a job after she graduated from Clairmont High in Southern California. Lynne was a lady –
as this is what her mother taught her to be.
and Lynne had two children: Richard (Rick) and Heidi. It was Heidi’s death that prompted Lynne to
re-discover what had already been planted in her heart. They had returned to California from Texas and
were looking for a home and rented an apartment that accepted children. In retrospect, Lynne recalled noticing
the pool didn’t have a fence around it and was concerned for their children’s safety. I’m
sure she always regretted having brushed the feeling aside, as there were others around, and evidently it would be OK.
It was a fateful day when Lynne was ill and washing dishes at the sink when a panic hit her – HEIDI!!!
As she looked around for her – she was nowhere to be seen. She ran to the pool, and there
she was – on the bottom of the deep end. Immediately she dove in and retrieved her now lifeless body – the precious
little girl who had just been by her side with a cup of water and whose last words were of her love for her mommy.
I can only imagine her pain and horror of the moment, and I know it remained with her when we went to Heidi’s
grave site in Erie decades later – some wounds never completely heal in this lifetime – and she longed for the
time when she and Heidi would be restored together in heaven. King David also spoke of the son he lost
– one of the Psalms of David speaks to the heart of such a loss, but which also gives hope for that which is yet to
come (2 Samuel 12: 14-31; Psalms 32 and 51). One of my last words to Lynne was to go and be with Heidi
again – and as God said, and Jesus taught – God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, along with the
blessing Moses gave to the people of God; “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you
and give you peace.” When we die, we return to those who have passed on before us: “I AM the
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” I also trust in His goodness to one day be reunited with them.
Charlie came to her memorial service, and we agreed that Lynne had been a blessing to both our lives. That’s
the way it should be, and I’m thankful he came to share a time to honor Lynne on her passing.
Lynne had told me of a time Rick was looking out the window of an airplane and
asking if Heidi was in the clouds with God now. It had been years since she’d paid much attention
to her faith and knowing who God is, or where God is. She’d taught children in Sunday School and
now realized how much she didn’t know. Now she needed to know the answers. Lynne was devastated by
the loss and was medicated for almost a year to cope with it. Eventually Lynne and Charlie divorced, and
Lynne continued to do her best to raise Rick and maintain the roof over their heads. From what she said
their parting was mutually agreed upon for the good of all. Charlie remained a good dad to Rick and remained
faithful to his commitment to help support and raise him. I consider him an honorable man – and unlike
many divorcee’s, I never heard him spoke ill of her. They just didn’t survive the blow of Heidi’s
death. I’m in no position to be their judge.
Lynne was on a search to find answers to the question of life and death – who God is and
the hope we can have in the hereafter. By her accounts they went to things such as Billy Graham revivals
and all manner of Churches – but nothing seemed right. Everyone was saying Jesus is God, but how
could this be if the Father spoke from heaven when he was baptized, and again at his transfiguration? How
could he have prayed to himself in the Lord’s Prayer and said, “Our Father, who art in heaven”?
She didn’t believe Jesus was speaking to himself. How could he claim he wasn’t himself?
She didn’t tell me how long she searched, or every Church she went to pray, but she did finally find one that
didn’t teach Jesus was God Himself.
dad had helped with the down payment on a house in Livermore. After the divorce she struggled to make ends
meet financially and worked several jobs and rented the extra bedroom in the home. Rick told me of when
he went to school and of his wanting new clothes because his had obvious mending and sewn patches. Lynne
told him they could afford new clothes, but then they would have to live in an apartment – not their home – and
asked him if he wanted new clothes or living in their home? Rick chose to live in their home and accepted
the patches and mends to be what he wanted. I’d count that Lynne was a very wise mother.
Most everything she did was very practical and resourceful.
One of her jobs was being the first female bartender in Livermore, CA. Many
of the patrons worked at Laurence Livermore Nuclear Lab – so the clients weren’t low-life’s, and the job
helped her pay the bills and keep a roof over their head. The hours were also compatible to maintain time
for raising Rick, as she worked while he was in school. Her parents weren’t particularly happy about
it. One of the customers was a fireman who came in to get a beer and lingered for hours to drink it –
he came to watch her, not to get drunk or forget his troubles. One day he asked if she’d like to
take a motorcycle trip to see his parents, and it wasn’t long before they were married, and Rick had a step-father.
Hollis was a Viet Nam veteran, fireman, Army Reservist, lover of his Galaxy 500 427, and a jack-Mormon.
He had drifted from the Church of his roots before going to Viet Nam, but after their marriage the Mormon missionaries
started coming over and giving Lynne their “gospel lessons.” She didn’t read the book
of Mormon before joining, but was drawn to the Church because of their friendship outreach to her, the simplicity of their
account of the gospel not being confusing, but to have their lives testify of the Savior through keeping his commandments
and serving others – and she could also see that they didn’t believe Jesus and God were the same person, and that
God was the Father. The Mormon (LDS) Church gave her and her family much support in faith, family, community,
and helping to develop her young family on basically sound principles of living a good life and spurning evil to do the good.
Some years back the theme for youth was CTR (choose the right). The LDS young men attended Boy Scouts on Wednesday
evenings to develop their character and life skills.
Hollis and Lynne had three children together and Hollis returned to the LDS Church and eventually
became a Temple Worker. Their last son, Eric, had Cerebral Palsy. I don’t want
to speak beyond what I know – and it seems to me that having a handicapped child, and the attention Lynne expended for
his care and development was more of a strain than their marriage could endure. According to Lynne, Hollis
wasn’t around as much as he should have been and wasn’t the partner she needed to help her with their family.
Lynne was also doing daycare and paper routes to supplement their income to pay for Eric attending Montessori
School. Lynne worked hard so Eric would have every advantage possible to be “mainstreamed”,
rather than set aside as unfit or incapable – some experts had judged him poorly at 2 years old and she believed better
of him – and she was right. I attended Eric’s graduation from Middle-School and witnessed a
standing ovation from the entire crowd as he used his walker to go to the stage and receive his diploma. We
were also there when he graduated from Highschool. He was more than just a mainstreamed student –
he also worked on the school paper and wrote some for the local newspaper. One of Lynne’s proudest
moments was when Eric became an Eagle Scout. Her vehicles always sported a “I’m Proud of My
Eagle Scout” sticker. She was proud of all her children and loved them equally. She
was also a dedicated mother; once she made up her mind what the right thing to do would be – it would be useless to
stand in her way!
Their other two children
are both beautiful people. The oldest grew to have a love for horses and riding them
in competitions. Jennifer learned to be a hard worker to achieve her goals from her mother. And
she also inherited her love for beauty and color coordination for painting and decorating. My
recollection was she had worked to buy her own horse, which is why Lynne bought a tract to move a house to in the largest
ranchette development in Northern California so Jennifer would have a place to keep and ride her horse. By
that time Hollis and Lynne had become adversaries – she’d hoped their marriage would end mutually, but after filing,
Hollis took a completely different pathway than her previous husband Chaz. Even before their divorce he
said things that Mormons would consider spiteful. They believe in being sealed for eternity to their mate
in the Mormon Temple, and Hollis told her he didn’t want to be with her in this life or the one to come – so they
did their Temple work separately – which is not the LDS norm. I don’t think it had any
less impact on her than telling her to burn in hell because he said so. Many LDS make far too much of their
“restored priesthood authority” and are unaware that the Mormons who stayed behind in Missouri have no such belief,
and there is ample evidence that Joseph Smith taught no such thing, and it was added by those who succeeded him –
as were the Temple rites and endowments, including baptism for the dead. Maybe I’ll write about what
I’ve discovered in my research into Mormonism – later – but the point is that their relationship had turned
adversarial because of his beliefs about priesthood authority and he was constantly going to court and trying to break her
financially, along with her relationship with her children – which put the children in the middle of an unwinnable court
The day after Lynne
and I were married was spent in Court as Hollis was working to battle Lynne with Eric’s visitation “decree.”
I looked at their situation and vowed to let my ex have all the rights she wanted. There was no
way I was going to do battle with my children, especially as I witnessed there. I’m sure God did
not make children to be used as tools of revenge or control over someone you are divorced from. My lesson
that day was to hope for a relationship with my children as possible and that when they grew up they would not be marred by
court wars and hopefully discover that my love for them has always been there. At least I won’t have
that regret, nor them that scar. No wonder David offered to “cut the child in two” so he could
know who the real mother was.
and I both loved Jesus and God the best we knew how, and we alternated which Church we attended. Lynne
was uncomfortable at mine because the preacher was specifically critical of other Churches in sermons – and the LDS
were not exempt from his preaching. In her Church converts gave their testimonies of conversion to be LDS
from other faiths, including Judaism. A close friend and fatherly figure to Lynne was born Jewish and converted
much later in life. It took some time for Sol to retell his story for me, and I have no doubt he was telling
me what he experienced. In the Book of Mormon it declares the truth of the book can be known by a “burning
in the bosom” as a proof from God. He’d read the book many times, always asking for this sign
– but it wasn’t until decades later that he said he had this experience – after having read the book at
least ten time. Having been ripped out of Ohio at four years old so my dad could “minister”
to LDS in Utah of their errors, I was raised to know some LDS things before knowing 4+4=8. However, my
dad didn’t teach me about the common roots the LDS Church has to the Church of Christ. It took a
few years of study and discourse with LDS and anti-LDS to understand the how, why, who, when and where’s involved.
As it turns out, the preacher in my Church was overstating his case and was believing some false history.
The same should be said for LDS scholarship. When facts are altered and unsupported claims are made
– how can the conclusion or sum of the matter be rock solid? According to God and Jesus, truth is
known by observation to do the word of God indeed, not by a feeling we get when we read a book.
The missionaries started on me as they had Lynne, the brethren were also very
friendly and accepting towards both me and my son John who lived with us at the time. Prior to our marriage
I had a severe concussion and I was having trouble thinking well logically, but my feelings were fully intact.
Things didn’t add up, so it took much study to know what was true and what was not. To a large
degree I had to learn how to rethink and develop solutions to problems. Both our Churches taught conservative
values, believed in baptism for the remission of sins and took Sacrament weekly. The prayer LDS use for
Sacrament had good content for all I could tell, but it was almost viewed as an incantation – if one word was not recited
correctly they had to start it over until they got it right. I’ve seen times when it had to be said
five times before it was “correct”, and this was a “red flag” in my mind. Jesus
taught how to pray, but he never gave a prayer to be a recital before God would hear it.
It wasn’t very long before I had many other questions, as I was also recalling
things long forgotten because I was no longer the preachers kid and it had been a long time since thinking about Mormonism.
At first questions the missionaries couldn’t answer were bumped up the chain of command locally, then up to their
highest local “Scriptorian” who taught at a nearby “Institute”. They weren’t
giving what I considered adequate answers either, so they decided that the young missionaries were gifted by the Holy Spirit
to answer questions and the circle was complete – and no one was able to adequately answer my questions.
In fact, some told me that if I didn’t believe their answers it was because I was “unteachable.”
Their standard writings tell that preachers of all Churches
are in it for the money and are ministers of Satan. Well, my dad, grandfather and brothers were among those
preachers. I knew they weren’t in it for the money. We didn’t have any extra
money and I’d lived all my life seeing many preachers struggling to make ends meet. Their view of
the relationship of Jesus and Satan to the Father was also curious, that they are brothers who had competing plans to bring
salvation to mankind. Next is the claim of Joseph Smith to have been gifted by God to give the correct
“translation” of the King James Bible. Their writings cast doubt on the Scripture and claimed
it to only be correct as it was correctly translated, and Joseph Smith gave them his “inspired translation.”
Oddly, one of these translations added a prophecy of himself to the end of Genesis. The largest
red-flag was a claim that God was a man before he became God, and that we too can become a God as He now is (the gospel of
eternal progression). It isn’t openly taught – but this has not been completely denied.
One of their prophets claimed they didn’t teach it anymore, but soon after the public denial he taught within
the Church that it wasn’t denied.
the way I was reading and studying almost anything I could get my hands on. It seemed the anti-Mormons
had more answers than the LDS did. However, their claims against Mormons were mainly that Mormons taught
works related salvation VS being saved by grace (no works salvation).
For those interested, these are a few interesting books to read:
“No Man Knows My History” by Fawn Brodey.
“Mormonism Unveiled” by E.D. Howe.
“The Mormon Wars” as recorded by Governor Ford of Illinois Memoirs.
“Mormonism Unveiled” by John D. Lee.
“Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? – The Spaulding
Ignigma” by Wayne L. Cowdrey.
of the Prophets” by Bagley.
Nation Under Gods” by Richard Abanes. +++++ well documented.
Historical records by “Utah Lighthouse Ministries”
Copies of critical Mormon newspapers can be obtained at the
RLDS bookstore in Navoo, Illinois.
Campbell’s review of the Book of Mormon in 1831 (associate of Sidney Rigdon in early restoration movement) can be found
on line at:
Evidence of early pretensions can be found in “The Seer”
by Orson Pratt – reprint, although Brigham Young himself ordered Pratt to destroy all the books because they did not
represent Mormon Doctrine or teachings – some survived.
Cutting a long story short – the conclusion of the matter was that neither was telling the
complete truth of history, the truth of God, the truth taught by Jesus in Matthew, or the truth of God taught in the entire
Old Testament, but they were correct in one point of their sacrament prayer – that their duty to the Covenant is to
do the commandments of Jesus to have His (God) Spirit be with them. Simply taking the Sermon on the Mount
and noting what is different in their Book of Mormon will prove or disprove their claims. They’ve
had all the evidence needed all along, as has everyone else! All who claim to belong to God need to repent
and do what Jesus taught as much as anyone else. I was banned from an LDS discussion site for posing that
they list their commandments of Jesus from the Book of Mormon and I’d make my list of the commandments of Jesus from
the gospels and we could then compare them to see which had the account that was greatest, or “the most correct testimony
of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” as they phrased it. Any Church that won’t face up to the Testimony
of Jesus in Matthew should be left along the road to return to living as instructed by God – therein is truth, life,
hope and doctrine.
If the issue is to
live as God instructed, it would be an error to follow any other, but this is exactly where all error in doctrines reside
today, and it easily happens when we presume too much on an author or speaker. We should
have been looking to the very words of God. If God has said there is no peace for those who spurn His commandments,
it would be a gross error to believe someone who said the commandments of God no longer apply to Christians. Had
Jesus said the Law (Torah) of God was done away with on the cross – this would have proven him a false prophet according
to the word of God. Had Peter said the Law was done away with – that would have proven him false
as well. Had Paul, or any other teacher, taught against the truth and reliability of the words of God –
this also would show them to be teaching falsely, which, according to God, would require us to ignore them and not hear them.
But this is exactly where we are – and our fathers, and their fathers, and so on, and so on. A casual review
of Galatians and Romans will show this is what Paul was teaching, and since all the Orthodox, Reformers and Protestants teach
Paul to be an authority whose words nullify the commandments of God, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind at this time
to say the writings of Paul are the cause of all the different Christian Churches that have opposing doctrines of men and
which also oppose what God declared.
is why the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hebrew Scriptures are important to us today and why our generation needs to repent to turn
back and observe what the Scripture of Jesus’ day said – as our records have been corrupted and have even altered
the words of God! God commanded not taking away from His Law as He also said to not add to it either.
He also cautioned not to get casual with it, but to carefully consider the distinctions He gave in it.
This is where many have lost their sight. Jews invented the “613 Laws of God” by one
called “Rambam” about 1300 CE, and they’ve been carrying on about it so long that Christians haven’t
looked carefully at it either, especially considering the need to keep 613 Laws VS “The Golden Rule”.
One can even note through searching the internet that “Judaism” was founded about 300 BC – which makes me
wonder about their separation from what came before when God gave the Ten Declarations and the rest of His instruction through
Moses’ writings. One is an overcomplication as much as the latter is an oversimplification.
The Commandments of God for all men – Jew and Gentile alike - are clearly the commandments given at Sinai to
all present who heard Him. Have we have been so deluded from the Law of God that most have no understanding
of how the first five relate to the second five as a method to know how God expects us to live? Jesus taught
this when noting the greatest commandment and how it relates to our treatment of others. This can be shown
to be how the commandments should be understood and used as our guide for life as much as it is for anyone else who seeks
to do the will of God indeed. One simple example, one who is not faithful to their mate is not faithful
to God either. Another example is that God said man has rights and freedoms – property rights – that are not to
be violated – in the last of the Ten Commandments – as well as the right to marriage. It seems
very odd that those who promoted Communism at the start were Jews – have they lost sight of the God given rights to
mankind in His Law?
In spite of various
beliefs Lynne and I had regarding the gospel and Jesus Christ, we both believed the teachings of Jesus and the commandments
of God are still valid today as they were given. We grew in our understanding in doing the will of God
and were both blessed for doing so. One of the best classes we attended was a seminar on Revelation by
the Seventh Day Adventists. I had never realized the importance of those the Dragon makes war on are those
who keep the commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus. They also made a powerful case to substantiate
God never changed the Sabbath to Sunday and the source of this doctrine being totally based on Roman Catholic Papal Decree.
The incompatible teachings of both our Churches led to a few conflicts, but thankfully we had grace towards each other
to live long enough to repent to do what is right in the eyes of God as we also let go of what wasn’t according to His
word and promises. We should all agree that what God said through Moses must not be denied, nor the teachings
of Jesus that can be proven true by the Torah, Psalms and Prophets. Lynne’s help proof reading “One
Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus” was invaluable, as was her unfailing support for me when first promoting the
book and being rejected by those of my own Church who trusted more in Paul than Jesus or God. Even after
the Elders and Preacher lied to me of their word to discuss anything they might have issue with – they instead gave
a special presentation to tell everyone to NOT read the book. God will judge between us, of that I’m
sure. Their word to me was nothing but a lie – so let the dead bury the dead. They
didn’t reject me – they rejected the unadulterated words of God and Jesus Christ.
In one of the gospel accounts Jesus said the coming Comforter was to lead us to
the truth, not to twist the truth of God into something it cannot be uprightly handled to show – such as God was a man
before becoming God or that Jesus is God Himself manifest in human flesh, or that Jesus was co-Creator with God.
There are many LDS claims that are not held or believed by the Church that stayed behind in Missouri, but any such
claims that are unsubstantiated are held by Protestants and Catholic and Protestants as well. We learned
about this when going to the Independence Temple Museum and a gentleman working there mailed me a few interesting books to
prove the matter. I’m thankful Lynne was there with me to hear another side of LDS History and see
historical evidence. My quest to dig for the bedrock as Jesus taught was a journey she never asked for,
but she accepted it in our partnership, as we both believed God brought us together with the purpose to bless us.
We cannot know the truth until we are willing to cast aside whatever we had been taught that was not according to the
words of God and Jesus. Truth matters, and Jesus taught much about truth and how to know it, if we would
but hear and believe him. If the Bible does contain mistranslations and alterations – the “truth”
can still be known by the words of God and observing who speaks according to His word. Do recall Jesus
said: “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
most ancient records found to date will show us where the Scriptures we have today were altered from those of Jesus’
days on earth. How can we not believe what was good enough for Jesus is good enough for me? Why
trust the word of the old song, “It was good for Paul and Silus, It’s good enough for me”?
Let’s understand the faith of Jesus, then we can properly
judge anything from Paul and Silus (or anyone else).
Because Rome called it “Scripture”, Does that make it so?
People go to classes to learn, and what we learn and accept to be true is what
forms our conscience and beliefs that we trust to guide our faith, manner of life, activities, careers, or religious beliefs.
If science proves what was previously believed to be incorrect, then the community adopts the new discoveries into
practice to modify designs or their model of how things work. Two examples would be that the earth is flat and the center
of the universe – vs – the earth is a sphere and orbits the Sun, which orbits the center of our galaxy.
The problem wasn’t the earth is a sphere – the problem was that the earth isn’t flat and the universe
doesn’t revolve around the earth. When religious beliefs defy reality, or our perception of reality,
those who have vested interests (authority/power/money) will do all manner of things to attempt to preserve the status-quo
in defiance of a better understanding that would benefit all but themselves. The same principle can be
seen in secular history, Democratic VS Republican politics, or even the bias of MSN reporting for the last year, and even
the last century. Those with control issues deceive the common man from reality and common sense. Facts matter.
Another example is the San Francisco earthquake that caused the Nimitz Freeway to collapse. Weaknesses
were obvious and the State expended great sums to retrofit existing structures to better withstand earthquakes and also changed
design standards for future projects. No one went around denying the fact that changes needed to be made.
I’m not aware that anyone claimed what was good enough in 1950 was good enough when it had obviously failed to withstand
the trials of reality. Everyone worked together for the common good and safety of the community.
Some things presented here will similarly challenge us regarding
what we believe and what our Bible says. Lynne and I were raised to consider the current editions of our
Bibles to be Scripture, as most all Christians are. As mentioned, the study of what Jesus taught in the
NT record was the focus of my study. This led to the conclusion that all the NT cannot be considered to
be Scripture if what Jesus taught in Matthew is true. This may seem like a wild claim, but checking the
quotes of the Hebrew Scripture to the NT account shows alterations and additions were made since written. Comparison
of the various books in the NT can be shown to absolutely not be according to the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture.
Careful review of the account of Matthew seems to be the best place to start. If what Jesus taught
in the Sermon on the Mount is the foundation given by God so that we are reflecting His truth and light
for walking in the pathway God said to live by, then all the rest of the NT must reflect, or find agreement, with the Teachings
given in Matthew. Truth being the word of the One True God. We need to be led by His word and carefully
note when people say things that don’t align with His words recorded by Moses, the unaltered words of true Prophets
and the teachings of Jesus that find agreement with them. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible has notations to show
where the record differs with Christian Scripture and to a far lesser extent the current Hebrew Scriptures as based on the
900 CE Masoretic Text. God said the Spirit would write His instruction on our heart that we would then
do them from our heart – not just a rule written on stone, but a living heart that loves God and wants to do what He
declared just, holy and good. He has also given standards of justice and knowing the difference between
ritual purity, sin, wickedness and abominations. His standard is not perfection – but that we do
no wickedness. We would all do well to believe God.
Prophecy in the Bible is first found in Genesis. However, the Christian Bible
has perverted what was said. Because we are cautioned to note the distinctions God made, it is of utmost
importance to re-investigate the founding prophecies we’ve held dear for centuries and determine which have been mistranslated
and what impact these have on our understanding – if our understanding of the word of God is to be found firmly based
on His word from the beginning. If someone lied about something I said, I would appreciate the opportunity
to set the record straight and hopefully find a blessing to be rid of misunderstandings or false statements made on my behalf,
or of false claims someone has made of what I said. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to set the
it is when we can reconsider the claimed word of God and see if what He said is what we’ve been told. The light of the
true word of the Almighty God is still able to do that for which it was given. God gave His word so we
might know what living justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God. His word will enable us to
know that which is true, and that which was altered by others and foisted upon us to prevent our seeing the actual words of
God. Truth matters. Liars are trying to keep people ignorant of truth. I
think we will see why – it’s not hard to see.
Fact is that the best source document we currently have are the Dead Sea Scrolls, second is the Hebrew Scripture
account, third would be the Aramiac English New Testament – next would be the Latin Vulgate, the Greek LXX, and then
subsequent translations and versions since the King James Version have further clouded the matters based on their faithfulness
to the oldest records. There are comparatively minor differences between the DSS and the current Hebrew
Scripture –not nearly as variant as the Christian Bible accounts – and it’s very possible – if not
most likely – that the Christian account was altered to match the writings, theology, and viewpoints that Paul and his
followers developed which were based on the writings of Paul and not the teachings of Jesus or the Holy Scripture that Jesus
fully trusted to be his manner of life and faith.
original account of the Hebrew LXX exists, and it only translated the five books of Moses, so set that fake straw-man aside
– it was made by Jews and is lost to history by their own accounts. Contrary to Christian reporting, it was a poor translation
and was not accepted by Jewish Synagogues that remained faithful to those in Jerusalem. There is no doubt
that some in an early branch of the Church inserted the Greek texts, and there is historical account by one particular
Babylonian Orthodox Church admitting to two revisions of the Hebrew Scripture and three revisions to the New Testament accounts
by about 150 CE. Some Jews fast in repentance to this day because the LXX was so poorly
done. A recent discovery is that an Orthodox Babylonian Christian sect claims ownership of translating
the Hebrew Scripture into Syriac in the early first centuries, and it appears this may have been the basis for what we now
consider the Greek translations. Whether this is rock solid fact I cannot support, but they seem to make
the claim on their web site. I discovered this by looking for places my dad preached on the internet and
seeing how things have changed since my childhood – and thankfully some useful information is learned – we never
know when we are about the find a gem – but we should always be on the lookout, “watchmen on the wall.”
In the early 60’s we lived at 270 Whippany Road, Whippany, NJ. The Church of Christ sold the
property and it is now property of the Orthodox sect that makes this claim within their web site: http://www.malankara.com/sitemap
As a first proof we will look at Genesis to see the difference
between the Hebrew Scripture and the Christian Old Testament, which will be critical information to know the truth or unreliability
of our New Testament accounts. Are as reliable as we’ve been told by all the Catholic,Orthodox, Protestant
or Reformed Churches claim? This principle will also prove if any of the “prophets” of recent
history were telling the truth or not. This simple test will save countless hours of time, effort and money
wasted on what cannot be proven true and according to the words of God. Much can be traced back to the
Dead Sea Scrolls, but not every word. What God has allowed to be preserved should be adequate for knowing
who spoke according to His Instruction and who has not been. If one is a disciple of Jesus – the
first teaching is to be living by the word of God – not setting it aside as passed away, fulfilled, or nailed to the
cross of Jesus.
of the “Seed” to come – as told to Adam, Eve and the Serpent: is the seed singular, or plural?
According to Jewish scholarship, there was no word in Hebrew for singular seed, and it was always considered plural.
A Jewish Rabbi, Tovia Singer, has a ministry to bring Jews out of Messianic Churches. His primary
tool is the Hebrew Holy Scripture and discussion of false Christian translations and gross misunderstandings taught by Paul,
as well as gospel accounts that testify against each other – thereby casting doubt on the Christian faith validity and
calling the Jews back home to the Synagogue from the Messianic Churches. Singer’s videos can be found
on YouTube and the title of his two books called “Let’s Get Biblical, Volumes 1 and 2.” He
proved the “apostle” Paul was a biblical ignoramus – and if we would just return to believe the unaltered
words of God, we should also be able to know Paul could not have been telling the truth because he mishandled the very words
of God. Neither can we see anywhere in all of Paul’s writings any appeal to the teachings of Jesus
found in Matthew – the most complete account of Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament. Every
time Paul retold his “conversion” story it was not in total accord with what he told others beforehand.
Paul’s teachings are utter nonsense when compared to the Teachings of Jesus in the account of Matthew and the
Holy Scripture. Paul was only accepted by those who knew little about the word of God or Judaism.
Paul was thus aimed to those who knew nothing of the Hebrew Scripture account of the words of God
– the ignorant leading the ignorant, and if the Word of God is a light to our pathway, then Paul was blind and leading
others who were blind to follow after him. Having been taught lies in the name of God all my life –
I despise those who dare lie against God, the Word of God, or the good news of the Kingdom that Jesus (Yeshua) did teach.
Let’s look at the word of God before it was altered by those who don’t want you to know what God said.
Genesis 3:15, ETZ HAYIM; “I
will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they shall strike at your head, and you shall
strike at their heel.”
NKJV, KJV and others quote God as saying a singular person – “he” shall crush the head of the Serpent, to
support the Christian doctrine of Jesus having done the work to overcome the one being cursed by God. NKJV;
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and
you\ shall bruise His heel.”
If God made no such claim of one singular offspring of Eve to destroy Satan, but instead that He was identifying “offspring”
of both would be at enmity with each other. This is founded on the Hebrew word “seed” to be
plural, not singular as it is in English. For an example, God told Abraham his “seed” would
be as numerous as the stars seen in the night sky. The application necessary for disciples of Jesus is
that they have personal obligation to do their part in the earthly battle of good (those who believe and obey God) and evil
(those who God said are His enemies are those who don’t do as He instructed – thereby hating Him and His word).
Proper understanding of the teachings of Jesus is that his disciples live as he did – doing the will of God and
keeping the Commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus. Therefore be advised to question passages that refer to a false
telling of what God said, according to Moses. (John 8:44, Isaiah 7:14 and Romans 16:20). Also consider
if the plural understanding provides better understanding of the passages noted. Since Isaiah 7:14 is referenced
to Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14 is the next passage to be addressed.
Was God foretelling the birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7:14? According to
the Hebrew Scripture and the DSS, God said no such thing. The first reference is found in an addition to
Matthew, that chapter 1 ended at verse 17 – the quote from Isaiah is from an addition and not original.
Let’s view the passage from the current NKJV and then the Stone Edition of the Hebrew Scripture, the Dead Sea
Scrolls Bible will show what the record was in Jesus’ days.
Isaiah 7:14, NKJV; “Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the
virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14, Stone Edition; “Therefore, my Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold,
the maiden will become pregnant and bear a son, and she will name him Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14, DSSB; “Therefore the LORD himself will give you
a sign. Look, the young woman has conceived and is bearing a son, and his name will be Immanuel.”
Here we are faced with a problem.
Which account are we to believe? The matter of fact that cannot be denied in any of the accounts
is that the sign was not the birth or that a young woman conceived. It was most likely the wife of Isaiah,
the name was to foretell of the victory God would soon accomplish for Israel, and that this was the work of God to accomplish
and the timing was to be soon – not some far nebulous prophecy of a future virgin conception or victory over sin or
all the enemies of Israel. The fact is the main premise of the story line of the birth of Jesus that was
added later and incorporated a mistranslation or alteration of Isaiah – not what Isaiah said in the account that existed
in Jesus’ days. It only proves our New Testament records have been altered – but it does not
take away from the prophecies Jesus did fulfill, or the value of any of his teachings, or that his teachings can be shown
to be the very words of God – just as he claimed they were. We can still know the teachings are of
God because of the alignment they have with the Instruction of God in the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament). Nothing
is lost from a disciple of Jesus (Yeshua). All we have done is to go back and see if a claim is so –
or not – to ensure what we believe is based on the word of God as Jesus taught. The points of these
two Scriptures disprove Galatians 3:19 to show it should be tossed by anyone that believes God.
The first change noted when comparing the New Testament record to
the pre-existing Hebrew Scripture and oldest manuscripts is that Matthew 1 ended at verse 17.
This is not to say there was no virgin birth, but that the source of this prophecy was not from the words of God in
Isaiah 7:14. The words of God in Isaiah 7:14 do not say what the current Christian Bible says.
Noting passages that testify against the words of God are the first priority if we are to purge the altered texts and
believe what God has said, rather than the alterations of men. If Jesus taught to live by the declared
words of God, we should observe the words of God according to the passages of Jesus’ day to identify added false claims.
What is true remains so because it is based on the word of God in the Torah, Prophets and Psalms – which can
be matched and parred to the Holy Scriptures of Jesus’ life, teachings and ministry. (DSS) The first
commandment recorded from Jesus is: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth
of God.” It is indeed fitting and revealing that the very first commandment of Jesus and the first
of the Ten Declarations of God both provide us with clear instruction we can use to restore/recover that
which is currently lost or obscured to those who have looked to Paul instead of the Testimony of Jesus and the word of God
If a court case
were to rest on unsubstantiated or false charges, which can be proven to have been false and/or unsubstantiated – who
uses fake evidence to decide a case? Denial is not a river in Egypt, and God is not a Judge that can be bribed. How long must
we pretend testimony against the words of God are true? No matter how many generations perpetuate a lie
against the word of God, He is the one who will uphold His word to be true and reliable – and every man a liar who defied
or denied His truth. Does that sound familiar to anyone? “May every man be found
a liar, but God be true”? If God gave the Ten Declarations to men of all nations from the beginning
– and it can be proven that He did – then those who foist the pretended Noahide Law upon Gentiles (non-Jews) are
proven liars – proven by the very words of God they claimed for themselves alone! These charges will
be proven true because they reside squarely upon the very words of God from the days when Jesus walked the earth – per
the Ancient Holy Scripture and the teachings of Jesus (Yeshua) in Matthew. “That Prophet” (Deut.
18; Is. 42) spoke the words of God so that men of all nations might love God and observe the Torah as good
and bring honor and praise to the One True God for the reliability and truth of His Instruction, and the graciousness, goodness
and mercy He has towards all who turn back to carefully observe and do as He instructed.
I studied what I was told to believe.
I tried to live by the words of Paul, and I’ve tried to live by the words of YHWH and Yeshua, and Paul was proven
deficient – not by me, but by the very word of God. Neither is there any “Trinity”, but
as God said through Moses, as God said through the true prophets of Israel, and as God spoke through the unique “son
of man” upon whom He spoke directly by His Spirit given him without measure – there is no God but YHWH. As
Yeshua/Jesus prayed: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy NAME.” The circular reasoning
that repeatedly defies the words of God came from one certain pretended apostle and his disciples – and this false apostle
and his disciples of record need to be consigned to the pit of the abyss, where they belong for deceiving men from believing
God and saying His gracious instruction in righteousness are a curse and not even given by God. If we believe
it was good for the Bereans to double check what Paul taught and see if what the Scripture said agreed with what he told them,
it can be no more wrong to do the same thing today. The commandment of God requires that we test those
we hear so that we can know if God said to hear them or ignore them. It’s time to wake up and turn
back to hear what God did declare.
The premise of the Protestant Reformation erred because it failed to base the reformation on the word of God and the
proven Testimony of Jesus in the first book of the New Testament. The reformers all based their understanding
of the gospel upon the words of Paul – not God and Jesus. Now the time is come to turn back to the
One True God and believe “that prophet” spoken of by Moses. Jesus’ first teaching is
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Surely
it is as Yeshua foretold: “And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all
the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14 AENT) The whole earth has not had the truth of
the hope of the Kingdom of God proclaimed to It by Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Baptists, Seventh Day
Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons – nor Jews or Muslims. What God declared required of all men is found
in Micah 5:6-7, but the Instruction and Teachings of God that He desires all men to know and live by were given and exampled
by the unique Prophet and coming King. He foretold these days, as also did the Jewish Holy Scripture.
God still seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth – not the pretentions and alterations of false
prophets or rabbi’s who failed to recognize the words of “that prophet” (Deut. 18:15). If I could look at
the records and see where the alterations exist – are they any less capable to have done so? I’m
not the smartest man who ever lived; however, I do my best to understand the will of God as He enables me and I remain focused
to see that His word has been altered and that many believe lies instead of God. “Seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you” – to this day God remains true.
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Back
when I was listing each teaching of Jesus in the entire New Testament that should be taken as a commandment or instruction
to his disciples, a poster at one of the Christian/Mormon web site discussion boards asked if I’d read or heard of the
book “Jesus Words Only.” I had not, but the title certainly caught my attention.
After getting the book it was soon noted that the book was not as focused on Jesus words as I’d hoped, but it
was written to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that Paul was a false apostle – which caught my attention because
I was having trouble substantiating the teachings from Paul from the teachings of Jesus, and was also noticing the disharmony
of testimony in the four gospel accounts and nothing was adding up as expected. I trusted the words of
Jesus and God, but had been glossing over the words of Paul to try to make them fit. No wonder there are
so many Churches with so many contradictions! I studied that book for a year – intensive study and
double-checking facts of the case, as it was written by a Lawyer who was certainly making a skilled case! I
also studied some of the books referenced in “Jesus Words Only” and for the first time in my life the contradictions
between Churches started to make perfect sense – or should I say the contradictions were based on the nonsense of Paul?
The case against Paul was overwhelming.
I started asking others about certain points made. I even bought one
of my brothers a copy of the book to see if he was able to see any flaw in the cases made against Paul. My
own dad was unable to refute it. My oldest brother tried to make some replies, but each and every reply
he made pitted the testimony of Paul to be the sole source of justification of commonly held beliefs. His
final reply was a quote from Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:36-37; “Or did the word of God come originally from you?
Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone things himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him
acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” The trouble with
this is that God never said His words are known only to “prophets”, or that one has to be “spiritual”
to know what God said. The stark fact is that God gave instructions about how to know who His spokespersons
are in Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13 and 18. Nothing in the word of God gave any such instruction as Paul declared,
and those commandments of God easily show the teachings of Paul to be imaginations taught in the NAME of God.
This is how I came to see that all the Churches that claim to be founded by a new “Prophet” or “Prophetess”
are imaginations at best – as NONE of them were capable to identify the false apostle Saul. How could
they be a “true prophet” and not recognize a false prophet/apostle? Jesus told us how to identify
them. The prophets of the Hebrew Scripture were able to identify false prophets. God
said how to identify who He said to ignore. So don’t believe for a minute that you have to first
believe a pretender to know the truth of God. The Ten Declarations tell us of the love of God and Psalm
1 tells us the value to believe and observe the true words of God:
Psalm 1 (SE); “Praiseworthy is the man who
walked not in the council of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of the scorners.
But his desire is in the Torah of HASHEM, and in His Torah he meditates day and night. He shall
be like a tree deeply rooted alongside brooks of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf never withers;
and everything that he does will succeed. Not so the wicked; rather (they are) like the chaff that the
wind drives away. Therefore the wicked shall not be vindicated in judgment, nor the sinful in the assembly
of the righteous – for HASHEM attends the way of the righteous, while the way of the wicked will
As I was writing
the first draft of “One Disciple to Another; The Original Jesus” and submitted it to Westbow Press, they refused
to publish it because it was not according to the Nicene Creed. It was open to expose the false teachings
of Paul that can be easily observed by his own errors and contradictions to himself, the teachings of Jesus, and the Old Testament.
I proposed removal of anti-Paul texts and basing the book entirely on the teachings of Jesus and the Scripture of his
day. Westbow agreed they could publish that. Further studies have uncovered the fact
that the Christian Old Testament was altered in the Greek translation and there
are many errors in the New Testament texts that use them for support.
Let this arrow go to the heart of the man-made “TULIP,”
which is refuted by the word of God and the Testimony of Jesus. Was man created good? Upon
man’s creation God declared the creation “very good.” Man was placed on earth with purpose,
but disbelief of God resulted in the first error to partake of that which God said not to. They were told
the consequences. After the “fall,” did God still have favor or kindness towards men?
Did God say they were now totally depraved and incapable to do good? Or, do we see that God said
just the opposite? What are His words to Cain in Genesis 4: 6-7? It’s appropriate
to look at these again.
God said to Cain, “Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? Surely, if you improve
yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door.
Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.” (Stone Edition)
Most Evangelical Churches believe the doctrine of Calvinism, which is one step removed
from Protestant Reformation by Luther, which was based primarily from the writings of Paul as found in the book of Romans
and salvation by faith, rather than, or apart from works. The following is the basis for their faith; look
carefully for supporting of this doctrine by the teachings of Jesus in Matthew:
There are two mains camps of theology within Christianity in America
today: Arminianism and Calvinism. Calvinism is a system of biblical interpretation taught by John Calvin. Calvin lived in
France in the 1500's at the time of Martin Luther who sparked the Reformation.
The system of Calvinism adheres to a very high view of scripture and seeks to derive
its theological formulations based solely on God’s word. It focuses on God’s sovereignty, stating that God is
able and willing by virtue of his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, to do whatever He desires with His creation.
It also maintains that within the Bible are the following teachings: That God, by His sovereign grace predestines people into
salvation; that Jesus died only for those predestined; that God regenerates the individual where he is then able and wants
to choose God; and that it is impossible for those who are redeemed to lose their salvation.
Arminianism, on the other hand, maintains that God predestined, but
not in an absolute sense. Rather, He looked into the future to see who would pick him and then He chose them. Jesus died for
all peoples' sins who have ever lived and ever will live, not just the Christians. Each person is the one who decides if he
wants to be saved or not. And finally, it is possible to lose your salvation (some arminians believe you cannot lose your
is known by an acronym: T.U.L.I.P.
Total Depravity (also known
as Total Inability and Original Sin)
(also known as Particular Atonement)
Perseverance of the
Saints (also known as Once Saved Always Saved)
These five categories do not comprise Calvinism in totality. They simply represent some of its main points.
Sin has affected all parts of man. The heart,
emotions, will, mind, and body are all affected by sin. We are completely sinful. We are not as sinful as we could be, but
we are completely affected by sin.
The doctrine of Total Depravity is derived from scriptures that reveal human character: Man’s heart is evil (Mark
7:21-23) and sick Jer. 17:9). Man is a slave of sin (Rom. 6:20). He does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12). He cannot understand
spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). He is at enmity with God (Eph. 2:15). And, is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3). The Calvinist
asks the question, "In light of the scriptures that declare man’s true nature as being utterly lost and incapable,
how is it possible for anyone to choose or desire God?" The answer is, "He cannot. Therefore God must predestine."
Calvinism also maintains that because of
our fallen nature we are born again not by our own will but God’s will (John 1:12-13); God grants that we believe (Phil.
1:29); faith is the work of God (John 6:28-29); God appoints people to believe (Acts 13:48); and God predestines (Eph. 1:1-11;
Rom. 8:29; 9:9-23).
not base His election on anything He sees in the individual. He chooses the elect according to the kind intention of His will
(Eph. 1:4-8; Rom. 9:11) without any consideration of merit within the individual. Nor does God look into the future to see
who would pick Him. Also, as some are elected into salvation, others are not (Rom. 9:15, 21).
Jesus died only for the elect. Though Jesus’ sacrifice
was sufficient for all, it was not efficacious for all. Jesus only bore the sins of the elect. Support for this position is
drawn from such scriptures as Matt. 26:28 where Jesus died for ‘many'; John 10:11, 15 which say that Jesus died for
the sheep (not the goats, per Matt. 25:32-33); John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those
of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and
Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all).
When God calls his elect into salvation, they cannot resist.
God offers to all people the gospel message. This is called the external call. But to the elect, God extends an internal call
and it cannot be resisted. This call is by the Holy Spirit who works in the hearts and minds of the elect to bring them to
repentance and regeneration whereby they willingly and freely come to God. Some of the verses used in support of this teaching
are Romans 9:16 where it says that "it is not of him who wills nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy";
Philippians 2:12-13 where God is said to be the one working salvation in the individual; John 6:28-29 where faith is declared
to be the work of God; Acts 13:48 where God appoints people to believe; and John 1:12-13 where being born again is not by
man’s will, but by God’s.
“All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes
to Me I will certainly not cast out," (John 6:37).
Perseverance of the Saints:
You cannot lose your salvation. Because the Father has elected, the Son has redeemed, and the Holy Spirit has applied salvation,
those thus saved are eternally secure. They are eternally secure in Christ. Some of the verses for this position are John
10:27-28 where Jesus said His sheep will never perish; John 6:47 where salvation is described as everlasting life; Romans
8:1 where it is said we have passed out of judgment; 1 Corinthians 10:13 where God promises to never let us be tempted beyond
what we can handle; and Phil. 1:6 where God is the one being faithful to perfect us until the day of Jesus’ return.
Lynne and I met at a Divorce Recovery
Workshop hosted by the First Baptist Church in Stockton, California. She was attending in hopes to find
a man, as her daughter Jennifer told her that God was not going to drop one through the roof on the hill they lived on in
Valley Springs. She’d gone to many activities the LDS Church had for singles, but with no luck.
I was attending because I was devastated when realizing I had to file for divorce because of problems with my own disfunctional
marriage – one person cannot do it all, and it became more than apparent that divorce was the only solution.
When mulling over a recurring feeling that this is what I had to do, I asked God for a sign if this was His will or
not, as it didn’t fit what I believed true – mainly from the teachings of Paul. It was as though
God was trying to give me a sign – believe it or not! So I pulled out a nickel from my pocket and
flipped it the five times – each was a heads – then the sixth was tails – which is what I “heard”
to do. After doing the math, the odds still didn’t seem strong enough to defy what I believed right.
Then I asked that it be proven beyond any doubt if the sign was from Him. Taking the same nickel,
even trying to effect the outcome to vary as I bounced it off the ceiling and walls, it came up eight times in a row heads,
then tails. Doing the math again – what were the odds? It seemed only thousands
to one, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind if it were a message to me or not – sort of like Gideon asking for
a sign. My work at that time was centered with professional Civil Engineers, and I had a high regard for
their understanding of mathematics., Walking through the office one day the mathematical calculation was submitted to one
who was familiar with statistical analysis. They agreed the odds of it happening were one in thousands,
but then added that the odds of it coming up the first time would require multiplying the odds by themselves, which would
result in the odds coming up the first time to be one in millions. So it was that I decided it had to have
been a sign given as requested, and it fit other indicators – and I ended up at the same divorce recovery workshop with
Lynne. The providence of God bringing us together was beyond anything I could imagine – considering
where our pathway in life led.
(5 + 1+
8 +1) = 15 times in a row. 32,768 x 32,768 = 1,073,741,124? I didn’t keep the calculation at the
time it happened, and this is the best I can get from it doing longhand multiplication – if it is not exactly correct,
the point still remains that it was sufficient to have put us along side each other at a pivotal moment in our lives.
Classes were divided into group sizes that allowed
for conversation of the materials being studied. One of the first classes was on Romans, and since the
classes were made up from those going through divorce, the teachings in the other books of Paul were often cited for reference
of what we are to believe. It was inevitable that the topic of divorce as taught by Paul came up and it
was noted that I Corinthians said one thing and then II Corinthians seemed to say another, which focused on those of differing
beliefs. A dear lady brought up that Lynne was a Mormon, and that from what she’d heard, Mormons
weren’t really Christians. At this time Lynne and I were becoming friends at the activities for those
attending the workshop, but she was attending her church on Sunday, and I was going to the First Baptist Church.
I had some old familiarity with Mormons, but those days were long passed. If I were to continue
to consider Lynne as a mate, the issues between our beliefs might introduce problems no couple should have. After
a time we started attending activities together and another couple invited us to dinner with another couple. Ken
was a retired minister, and I can’t help but believe he set this entire scenario up. As dinner was
being prepared we were all asked what we wanted to drink: wine, coke, tea, or water. Knowing Mormons in
California believe the “Word of Wisdom”, the only option without caffine or alchohol was water, so when Lynne
requested water, he used this as a time to ask why and then try to point out how this wasn’t in the “rules”
given in the New Testament for Christians – which was a side step - hoping I’d see how “wrong” Mormons
are. Lynne was very kind in her reply, even admitting the Mormon “word of wisdom”, but that
she always drank water anyways, which left Ken in an akward position.
But the charges were made, and many who attended the workshop also read “Kingdom
of the Cults” to know how wrong many Churches are in their beliefs. Well, truth be known by the word
of God, it is a curious situation all of our Churches have gotten themselves into – and it’s only out of sheer
ignorance that such claims could be made if people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Most carry
on in their sects that the Bible as we have it has always been so and has undergone no alterations. Second
is casting doubt on those who have added to the records they hold dear as though they existed from time immemorial. Third
are those who add to the Scripture with new revelations that are not substantiated as God commanded. All
the confusion looks to be based on adding to the words of God and ignoring something He said beforehand. God
isn’t the author of confusion.
The only other time I believe God prompted me that I brushed it aside was when attending David Lipscomb College and
learning they had a special section in the Library on early Church writings. I felt drawn to check it out,
but was distracted with making friends. Had I followed that prompting back then I may have discovered the
truth – but then I doubt that I would have been mature enough to handle it then as I am now. I’m not surprised
that many Divinity students that learn about how the New Testament developed through history never filled a pulpit.
As one who turned Atheist said, had he taught what he had learned, he would likely have been out of a job in a week.
The fact of New Testament history and development
can be denied – but at what peril? By now the fruits of inserted errors should be fairly obvious
to anyone who goes to Church or watches Christian broadcasting much – but since most are casual with their faith, the
fact of history also bears out that Matthew is the original gospel account – and has also been altered.
There are even Atheist sites that poke fun at a variety of Christian beliefs, but the fact is that Paul’s writings
were rejected by the original disciples of Jesus until 140 AD. That’s over a hundred years since
Jesus died and the disciples were preaching until the writings of Paul became so commonplace that many were accepting them
in the Gentile world – they were never accepted by any faithful Jew who knew the Holy Scriptures, as Paul’s letters
defy the words of God found therein. Marcion, who rejected Matthew and only accepted a modified version
of Luke, was the primary promoter of Paul, and it was the teaching of Marcion that created the “New Testament.”
The issues with Marcion were considered heresy at the time, and Tertullian wrote about him in “Against Heresies”
in the 300’s. Established “church fathers” spent about 350 years attempting to purge the idea of Paul as
the authority. To this date there is a sect of Christians that continue to reject all the writings of Paul.
It wasn’t until the controversy of Scripture was taken up at a Church Council that the writings of Paul were
added – and this was only done after hundreds of years of persecution, and destruction of extant records by the developing
Roman Church. I’ll try to insert a historical chart that shows what books were accepted and rejected
at what dates and by the records of which figure in Church history in the Appendex for your consideration and understanding
that things have not been so from the beginning. Adding to the Scripture is not the solution – the
solution is to restore the truth of the word of God. Another point that can be made is that the entire “Church/State”
was the invention of Paul, and why Rome promoted him.
A passing thought to share with LDS – the promised result of the word of wisdom is like to those the old testament
prophet said would benefit “those who wait upon the LORD” – being faithful to live as He commanded, in spite
of whatever trials one was going through. If “The sum of Thy word is truth,”, then the latter
does not exclude the previous, neither can adding to the word of God by a prophet who is not proven to be a prophet by the
commandment of God cannot be true.