Wednesday, April 20, 2011

10 Teachings of Yeshua and the New Testament that are Misunderstood, Avoided, or not Practiced by Professing Christians

1)  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”  (Matthew 6:1-4)  Offering plates are passed before men, and, because they are passed before men, the offerings people give may be grudgingly, out of necessity, and why?  Because others might be looking at them, or the absence of their offering may be noticed, and therefore they give in order to be seen of men, the exact opposite of what Yeshua commanded.

2)  “But this I say, brethren, the time is short...and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.”  (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) “Neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own.”  (Acts 4:32)  How many people treat their “belongings” and think of them as though they only belonged to themselves?  We are commanded:  they that buy, as though they possessed not. The early Christians did not call their possessions their own.  Some Christians have stated, "The words 'Mine' and 'Yours' are the sources for all of the evil in the world and the cause of all wars."  The apostle Barnabas wrote, “Thou shalt not call things thine own; for if ye are partakers in common of things which are incorruptible, how much more [should you be] of those things which are corruptible."  (The epistle of Barnabas, Chapter 19)
3)  “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”  (Mark 10:11-12)  To be in an illegitimate marriage is living in adultery.  The only legitimate marriage is between two people who have never been married; or, if their legitimate spouse dies they are free to remarry.  The only legitimate marriage for a divorced person is this:  If their legitimate spouse is dead then they are free to remarry.  Only death separates the two who are legitimately married:  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the Law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”  (Romans 7:2-4)  Christians are dead to the Law of Moses.  The Law of Moses permitted divorce and remarriage while the legitimate spouse is still alive.  Dead to the Law of Moses that we should be married to another--even Yeshua Ha' Mashiach.  Yeshua doesn't allow any to divorce and remarry while their legitimate spouse is still alive.  Yeshua calls that adultery.  This is one of His kingdom teachings. 
4)  “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy…But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”  (Matthew 5:38-39; 44-46)  Most professing to be Christians go to war or support war, but true Christians fight SIN, not WAR.  Jesus taught that it does not make it right to knock out someone else’s tooth because they knocked out yours.  You have to forgive, even if it kills you.  There are three ways and men are going one of these three ways:  The wrong way, the right way, and the cross way.  The wrong way kills another man because the man he wants to kill has something that he desires to have--that is wrong.  The right way knocks out a person's tooth because that same person knocked out his--weigh both of those teeth on a scale and it is fair, just, and right.  These first two ways are broad and wide and both lead to destruction.  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is death.  The cross way is when a man gets punched on the right cheek he offers the other to be smitten.  If he is getting unjustly sued for something he does not resist but actually gives more than the suit calls for.  If his life is threatened he simply prays for the Lord to not charge them with that sin.  The cross way is the only way that is Straight and Narrow. 

5)  If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.”  (Matthew 5:40)  “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?”  (1 Corinthians 7:7-9)  “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.”  (Luke 6:30) It is unlawful to sue another person.  It is against the Law of Christ to ask for the goods that somebody took away from you.  
6)  “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”  (Matthew 7:5)  “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”  The most extreme measures of judgment are:  War and Unforgiveness.  The command, “Judge not” does not mean, “Do not preach against sin and warn people of God’s judgment.” If a person crashes into your parked car and they cannot pay for the damages, or if you gave a loan and the person cannot repay:  Do not go to law against them; forgive their debt.  If a blind person walked into your living room, stumbled across the floor, and knocked over something that was priceless to you and broke it:  Would you condemn them for it?  No!  You would show charity.  In the same way, if a person is following the Lord with all of their heart, but has a few blind spots, you shouldn’t condemn them.  You should be charitable and meekly share with them the light you have.

7)  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.  (1 Corinthians 11:2-16)  Men are to pray and preach with their heads uncovered—no garment on their heads.  Women are to have their heads covered with a garment.
8)  “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”  (1 Timothy 2:9-10)  Women are not to wear jewelry, paint their faces, and go to beauty parlors.  Women are to be clothed in modest apparel:  This means they do not dress to reveal their figures.  They aim to conceal these things to obey Christ and love their neighbors.  They seek God's glory and not their own.  Their value is found in Christ and not in anything of this world.  They know that God looks at the heart, but men the outward appearance.  So they don't dress for show or to please men, but they seek to hide their outward beauty and adorn themselves with the precious fruit of the spirit, sweet and delectable, "which is in the sight of God of great price".  Men should likewise dress with decency and modest clothing [covering their secret parts], and not to glorify themselves, and so forth. 
9)  "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:  and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  If ye therefore have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?"  (Luke 16:10-11)  Part of being faithful with unrighteous mammon is using it only for that which is needful.  Part of being unfaithful with unrighteous mammon is using it for that which is wanted and not needful.  May God have mercy on us and help us to be honest pilgrims, and to diligently apply ourselves to be faithful in that which is least. 
10)  If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  (John 14:15)  You cannot love Jesus without keeping His commandments. When a man has His commandments and is keeping them, Yeshua and His Father will come and make Their abode in him.  (John 14:23)

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