Thursday, January 25, 2018

Woe to you self-proclaimed Torah “experts”….

Luke 11:52 "Woe to you Torah experts! For you have taken away the key of knowledge! Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter!” (CJB)

Today, we see self-proclaimed Torah "experts" all over the place - and they will absolutely shred you to pieces if dare challenge them! Today, it seems anybody can be an "expert" - simply because they insist they've read the Bible. (And yes, there are even some who have never read it from cover to cover, but yet feel qualified to teach and verbally abuse those who ask questions or dare challenge them)...

The sad thing is, those who wish to learn about Torah are being turned off by these self-proclaimed "experts" and their arrogant attitudes.

So, what's going on? Scripture has attempted to warn us:

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: 2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, 3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, 5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you. 6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts, 7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth. (AENT)

What can we do about it? Again, Scripture explains:

Romans 14: 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (CJB)

Colossians 3:5. And let the peace of the Mashiyach direct your hearts for to that you have been called, in one body; and be thankful to the Mashiyach. 16. And let his Word dwell in you richly in all wisdom. And teach and admonish yourselves by psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, and with grace in your hearts sing you to Elohim. 17. And whatever you do in word or act, do it in the name of our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach, and give thanksgiving through him to Elohim the Father. (AENT)

Hebrews 12:14. Follow after peace with every man; and after being Set Apart, without which a man will not see our Master (Y’shua). (AENT)

Please re-read Hebrews 12:14 above and let it sink in that those who engage in endless wars (verbal or otherwise) will NOT see Master Y'shua!

Matthew 5 38-39 says we are to "turn the other cheek" when attacked - however, "turning the other cheek" doesn't mean we have to be shrinking violets! There's nothing wrong with admonishing a false teacher and leading him or her to Biblical TRUTH via Bible hermeneutics - especially someone who isn't an actual, educated teacher; but merely a self-proclaimed "expert" whose teachings don't line up with Scripture, yet they sit around to argue and belittle for the sake of building themselves up and making themselves feel important.

Titus 1: 13. And this testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith 14. and may not throw themselves into Jewish fables and into the precepts of men who hate the Truth. 15. For to the pure, everything is pure; but to them who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but their understanding is defiled, and their conscience. 16 And they profess that they know Elohim, but in their works they deny him; and they are odious and disobedient and to every good work reprobates. (CJB)

Titus 3:9 But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile. 10 Warn a divisive person once, then a second time; and after that, have nothing more to do with him. 11 You may be sure that such a person has been perverted and is sinning: he stands self-condemned. (CJB)

And here, in my opinion, is the most powerful scripture of all, concerning this issue:

Matthew 7:6 - "Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (CJB)

Bottom line: Learn to be discerning and simply back away from a verbal altercation when it becomes clear that the person's eyes have been blinded and they cannot or will not acknowledge that they might be wrong. Let it go and get on with your life. In the meantime, continue to allow the Ruach to teach and guide you, and "keep on keeping on" and enduring until the end, because those who cling to YHWH's TRUTH will be saved (Matt 24:13).

Turn the self-proclaimed "experts" over to YHWH. They're not your problem.

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