The Doctrine of Christ
Parts 1 through 7
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

The Doctrine of Christ - Part 1

    Whenever anyone mentions "Doctrine" today, it brings up a negative image to the mind, because of the manipulation of the media and its never ending drive to destroy Christianity. But Christians MUST ask themselves the question: "Is Doctrine Important?" "How important is doctrine?" If you ask that question of most Christians, they will emphatically say, "It is very important!" However, they will, then, go on to say, "Well, it depends." And then they justify their answer to some extent by saying,  "We shouldn't be so dogmatic in our doctrines that we break or intrude on Christian fellowship among other Christians and people."

    We have what we call an "ecumenical" movement in the United States, which has been going on for some time, where a number of professing Christians are attempting to unite all of the different churches and faiths into some sort of a fellowship. They are trying to convince the people that the only important thing is that they use the Bible and profess Jesus Christ. That any other differences should be subdued or forgotten because we must get together for fellowship! This carries down all the way to individual Christian families saying, "I don't agree with the doctrines preached in this church, but it's the only one in my neighborhood, so I'm going to go there anyway."

    This is strictly unscriptural and is, in fact, a direct violation of the Lord's instructions; where He said: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

    Then we are told: "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines..." (Hebrews 13:9) So to attempt to unite with Buddhism, Muslims, Judaism and etc., is strictly unscriptural. Otherwise the "Doctrine of Christ" will be compromised at all levels. Some of the argument is, "Doctrine is not important if you have disagreement with others, because after all we are all Christians! We are all brothers and sisters, etc."

    And we, as "Identity Christians," do get criticism from people who say, "You emphasize doctrinal differences too much and antagonize people by insisting that certain doctrines are true and that certain other doctrines are false. Doctrines should not be made that important. The important thing is to keep from antagonizing others. Be nice to them and get them to listen, and we especially need cooperation among the members."

    Well, all of that sounds very good, but let us read what Webster's Dictionary and the Bible have to say about "Doctrine." In Webster's Dictionary there is about four inches of very fine print about doctrine, so we will just briefly summarize what it says. Webster says that doctrine is "that which is taught. The body of principle in any branch of knowledge." Then Webster gives some other words: "Tenet, dogma in relation to religion, principle of faith, learning, knowledge." Mr. Webster also uses the following phrase: "a dogma is a doctrine laid down with authority." Remember that, because we will repeat it later on.

    Doctrine is used 45 times in the New Testament: 28 times as #1322; 15 times as #1819 and 1 time as #1319.

Doctrine:

    Greek #1322: didache, did-akh-as'-ko; from 1321 (to teach); instruction (the act or the matter):-doctrine, hath been taught.

    Greek #1819: exapina, ex-ap'-ee-nah; from 1537 (origin) and  a der. of the same as 160; of a sudden, i.e. unexpectedly:-suddenly. Comp. 1810.

    Greek #1319: didaskalia, did-as-kal-ee'-ah; from 1320 (teacher); instruction (the function or the information):-doctrine, learning, teaching.

    Matthew five is the first place that the word "doctrine" is used in the New Testament. So let's begin reading in the first two verses which is the introduction of this long teaching by Jesus Christ: "And seeing the multitudes, he went up unto a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:1-3)

    Then follows the teaching of Christ, sometimes, called the sermon on the Mount in Chapters five, six and seven. And at the very end it closes: "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His Doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matthew 7:28-29)

    This was foretold in the Old Testament: "My Doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." (Deuteronomy 32:2); "For thou hast said, My Doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes." (Job 11:4); "For I give you Good Doctrine, forsake ye not my law." (Proverbs 4:2); "Whom shall he (Christ) teach knowledge? and whom shall he (Christ) make to understand Doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." (Isaiah 28:9); "They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine." (Isaiah 29:24)

    Not only do we have the word "doctrine" here, but we have other verses which, in effect, says He taught with "authority." According to Webster and Strong's, Matthew 5, 6 and 7 would be Dogma- Doctrine Taught with Authority.

    Verse 28 of Matthew seven says, "the people were astonished at his doctrine." This indicates that it apparently was new and/or different than they had heard before; yet they did recognize that He spoke with authority.


The Doctrine of Christ - Part 2

    Now let's turn to John 7: "Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" (John 7:14-15)

    In other words, how can Christ know all these things if He had never gone to the Jews schools? The Jews were surprised at His wisdom. Some thinking Christians have problems when they try to point out an unpopular truth from a particular Scripture passage to some Judeo-Christian minister or Judeo-Christian lay person; the minister will not specifically address the issue brought up, but instead, comes back and attacks with,  "Well, I graduated from the seminary after studying 4 or 7 years and I've been studying the Scriptures for 25 or 30 years and therefore I have more authority to interpret this than you do."

    If you ever encounter such a minister, you might point out that these verses in John seven, where the scribes and the Pharisees admitted that Jesus taught with "Doctrine" and truth; but they could not figure out why; because He had never gone to their schools. He had not gone to the accepted schools which they had set up for teaching the teachers in their religion, which today is known as Judaism.

    Jesus answered in the next verse as to where He got His "Doctrine": "Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." (John 7:16)

    Thus, we have it from Jesus Christ, Himself, that what He taught that astonished the scribes and Pharisees was "God's Doctrine." This is the same word translated "doctrine" in other places, as we have shown. It is the Doctrine of God: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:17)

    Christ is, in effect, saying that if a man will obey God, he will know whether the "Doctrine" is true or not. Now think about that for awhile. We are sure you know of many people who read the same verses and the same chapters out of the same translations that you do and yet you have a disagreement with them over what it actually means.

    They do not understand it the way you do; and here, Jesus is saying that if a man will do God's will, he shall know whether the "Doctrine" is of God or not. In some way, he will have a verification from God that this is Bible Truth; but it is predicated upon him doing God's will first.  It is not predicated upon his reading the Bible ten hours a day, or going to certain schools, or attending a certain church or churches. It is predicated on obedience: "If you will obey God, He will reveal His truth to you!"

    Here is a warning on how to listen to the MAN who is preaching the "Doctrine" to see whether his "Doctrine" is true: "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:18) In other words, if one seeks God's Glory, he is true and righteous. To put it another way, a man who preaches the true "Doctrines" of God will not preach anything that glorifies himself. When he gets all through preaching, if you, having listened to him, glorify and praise God, then he is preaching the truth.

    But if, after listening to him, you glorify and praise the speaker, then be careful; be careful if he builds up some sort of an emotional feeling in you that makes you think, "Boy, isn't he a great preacher! Boy, he is something!" Be careful if you go out praising the man, because then he is NOT preaching the truth!

    Most of the television evangelists create a tremendous loyalty among their listeners, and the people really believe that their favorite evangelist is some great man; they will continually shower him with money and praise him something like: "Oh, I heard Oral Roberts (or Rex Humbard, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Mike Evans, Jack van Impte, V.C. Grant, James Haggard, Richard Copeland, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, John Hagee, James Robinson, Robert Schuler,  and etc.), and he was terrific and he was wonderful!" Never giving God and the Lord Jesus Christ any praise and glory.

    If you want to give them an interesting thought, ask them just an hour or a day after they have heard his latest sermon, what their favorite preacher said; and do you know, nine times out of ten they do not know what he said! One person did this using Robert Schuler as the television evangelist, and they wrote a letter about what happened. A friend of his who worked with him was a tremendous fan of Robert Schuler, and had often made the remark that Schuler was probably the greatest preacher that he had ever heard.

    The man's friend said: "Well, I'd be interested in knowing more about Bob Schuler, when you listen to him the next time, would you write down the verses out of the Bible that he uses in his sermon and then show them to me?" The friend said he would and the next Monday at work the fellow said, "He never read the Bible!"

    His friend had discovered for the first time, after listening to this man, he thought was such a great preacher, that Schuler did not use any Bible passages! That he said exactly what the audience was wanting him to say; by praising them and raising them up and not Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    And if you have ever listened to him, you know he very seldom uses the Bible at all. Many television evangelists are the same way; they preach in such a way that when they are through, the glory goes to the speaker, not to God Almighty. Remember Christ told us: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15); "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:11); "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24)

The Doctrine of Christ - Part 3
    There was a book, published some years ago, titled "How To Be A Bishop Without Being Religious." If you were to read this book, you would realize that the title really meant "How to be a Minister without being a Christian." And one of the things in the instructions was what kind of sermons to preach to build a large ministry. This book was an instruction to men either going into the ministry or who had already been in the ministry. The author of that book, in
one chapter, stated at least three times in three different ways: Do not exalt God; Exalt the people! Praise the people; make them feel good; but do not exalt God Almighty, of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    And he made it very plain in the book that if you exalted God Almighty, or the Lord Jesus Christ, you would not have this thousand or two thousand or five thousand people in your church, because people like to come and hear themselves praised. They like to be make to feel emotional about themselves and about the church. That is why they keep coming back in great numbers.

    But Christ teaches the very opposite! If, after you hear the minister preach, you praise the minister, then there is something wrong about the man's preaching. There is something wrong because what he should preach is that which praises and exalts God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ. And if some vehemently attack him, and not his teaching that is clear evidence he is probably preaching true "Doctrine."

    Many television evangelists claim to be healers, but we are told in the Scriptures: "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect." (Mark 13:22) Therefore, we would advise to be very careful when dealing with these so-called Judeo-Christian ministers who appear to heal.

    For most have been found to be fakes, yet the media will not say much about them, because they are out to destroy Christianity not to build it up. Peter told us: "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (2 Peter 2:1)

    Try the spirits and see if the minister, television evangelist and etc., is telling the truth. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1) And you can bet that so-called
Judeo-Christian ministers who are Jews preach to you, then you are being preached to by a deceiver. Among these are those like Mike Evans, Billy Graham and many others.

    Now, let's look at the passages in the Old Testament where the word "Doctrine" is used. One passage is found in the Song of Moses and it is introduced in the last verse of Deuteronomy 31: "And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended." (Deuteronomy 31:30)

    And then it goes on into the Song of Moses: "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My Doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." (Deuteronomy 32:1-2)

    This "Doctrine" that he was going to preach was going to do something good for the people. By the way, the word "Doctrine" in the Hebrew, according to Strong's Concordance, means the same as it does in the Greek; and means "Instruction received." Doctrine is instruction received or learning.

    In the very next verse, he says: "Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

    Why would doctrines or the instructions that Moses taught the people be as the rain? Why would his speech distill as the dew - as the small rain on the tender herb? In other words, why would Moses' doctrine make the people grow and bless them and instruct them and teach them? Because he praised God immediately!

    He said, "He is the Rock," "ascribe ye greatness unto our God," "I will publish the name of the Lord." Whatever it was that he was going to teach the people would be a benefit to them because it came to them with the praise and glorification of God - not of Moses. You should read all of the Song of Moses, which is 43 verses long. Many Christians do not even know there is such a thing in the Bible in spite of the fact that in Revelation 16 it tells of the saints who
have "over come the beast and his mark" who sing the Song of Moses. There has been a world full of preaching about the mark of the beast, but there is never heard a minister talk about the mark of the beast and The Song of Moses in the same breath. Yet they are tied together in the book of Revelation.

    There are five places in Proverbs where Solomon used this same word, as we have already shown, but let's review them. The Hebrew word is "legach" (Strong's #3948) and is translated "doctrine" or "learning," meaning instruction received. In Proverbs, it is translated "doctrine" once, and "learning" four times. "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion." (Proverbs 1:1-4)

    After giving the reason why he is writing this book of Proverbs, he says in verse five: "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning (legach); and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." (Proverbs 1:5)

    The Hebrew word for "learning" is also translated "doctrine" in other places. In effect, he is saying that a wise man will hear these instructions or proverbs, which were from God through Solomon, of course, and he will Increase in doctrine.  The emphasis is on a wise man wanting more doctrine and increasing in wisdom.


The Doctrine of Christ - Part 4

Those who are wise against related doctrine. "The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning (Doctrine) to his lips." (Proverbs 16:23) The only time you would say false doctrine is when you put the word "false" in front of the word. When it says "Doctrines" it means God's True Doctrines.
 Let us look at one more passage in the Old Testament. Isaiah 29 and 30 are end-of-the-age prophecies - some of which have not yet come to pass, and some of which are just now coming to pass. But anyway, he is summing up an end-of-this-age prophecy. "Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale." (Isaiah 29:22)

 This is after Jacob/Israel's deliverance in the end of the age. He is not going to be frightened or ashamed of his God. "But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine." (Isaiah 29:23-24)

 Now think about that; he sums up the correcting, the turning, the redeeming and the saving of Israel in the end of the age by saying that even those who are in error will get understanding and Learn Doctrine. They will come to the correct understanding of God's Word as He saves them in the end of the age. Evidently, it means, very simply, that teaching correct doctrine will be done to those who are in error. They will have to be taught by God, or by someone, to correct their error. Now, here are three questions; think upon them very carefully and we will find the answers to our study:

 1). If a man or a nation is in error (that means in sin and in disobedience to the true doctrines of God), which of the following will tend to correct the man or nation?

     A). An agreement among ministers not to contend about differences so they can have fellowship.

     B). A knock-down drag-out fight as to which doctrine is true, forcing the people to listen to both sides of the question.

 As Elijah the prophet spoke: "And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken." (1 Kings 18:24) In other words, should we speak out and preach what we know to be the truth, or should we simply be quiet and attempt to have fellowship? Which will teach them true doctrine? Which will convert them from error? You think about that when you hear the false Judeo-Christian ministers say, "Well, let's just keep things quiet here. We know we have a lot of disagreements, but we shouldn't fight because, after all, we're all brothers."

 2). Would the people even hear the true doctrine of God if the ministers who knew it backed off from preaching it for fear of offending the other ministers or Christians?

 3). How many of you have ever heard of a minister who preaches false doctrine backing off from the True Doctrine for fellowship?

 You see, The Compromise is Always Expected to Come from the Side that has Truth! And make no mistake about that. We have had some specific, definite criticism by people who say; "Oh, you keep preaching against the Rapture and all you're doing is antagonizing all of these wonderful pro-rapture ministers, preachers and Christians out there who don't know any better. And who made you an expert anyway?"

 The implication is that we should not show people it is a false doctrine because we might hurt their feelings and then they will not cooperate with, or listen to us. No one ever suggests that they quit preaching the rapture doctrine and the false Judeo-Christian doctrine so they do not antagonize us! Now you think about that.

 We think it is done in ignorance by Christian people who know it is the truth, but they have been trained to think by the false Judeo-Christian ministers to think that fellowship is more important than Christ's Doctrine. There are many isolated families, and we feel for them, and understand their situation who will say, "Well, we know the church is teaching false doctrine, but our children need fellowship."

 And so they will go to some false Judeo-Christian church where the ministers preaches false doctrine, because they want their children to have fellowship with other Christians. And what happens as a result? Their children grow up believing false doctrine because they compromised with falsehood, attempting to get fellowship instead of true doctrine and disobeying God's instructions in the process. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)

 You can begin to see the possibility that True Doctrine is much more important than fellowship; and you will see this more as we go back to the New Testament again.

 Acts two; this is the chapter perhaps best known, especially among the Pentecostal people and among most fundamentalists, or people who have been in churches for some time. It is generally taught that this was the beginning of "the church age" or "the Christian era" when the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost. And the people were converted, becoming, eventually, Christians, beginning what we call the Christian era or the era of the Christian church.

 We who understand that we are the Israel people recognize it as the beginning of the calling out of Israel from paganism. Israel was being turned away from the false religions into the true doctrines of Jesus Christ. Peter finished preaching the sermon about Jesus to these men: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:36)

 The summing up of the very first sermon preached by this disciple to those people at Pentecost at what we call the beginning of the Christian era was that God had made Jesus both Lord and Christ. Therefore, we must accept that a basic doctrine of our Christian faith is that Jesus is the Lord, or the Redeemer, or the Savior or the Messiah.
 

The Doctrine of Christ - Part 5
You cannot turn away from that or you will throw out Peter's whole sermon in Acts two! Now read Acts 2:37-41; the pouring out of the Spirit on this day of Pentecost was a marvelous thing in the history of Christendom. Along with it came the preaching of the doctrine establishing the basis that Jesus Christ was Lord and Christ over The House of Israel, and it began this new era of the turning of the hearts of the people back to the fathers. The people received the doctrine gladly and many of them were added to the group. "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42)
 Did they abandon doctrine for fellowship or did they fellowship under the doctrine? Do you see the difference here? It says "they continued steadfastly In the Apostles' Doctrine and fellowship." The Doctrine "was" the basis of the Fellowship; Not the other way around.

 We do not think that the people who try to convince us that we should nullify or cancel our doctrinal teachings so we can have "fellowship" are all evil or wicked people. It is simply that they have heard this theme of "fellowship" and it sounds good to them. After all, we are not a loner type of people to any great extent. We love other people; we enjoy other families and children, and we are a gregarious and generous people. It would seem that fellowship is a great goal. Therefore, many people think, that we should compromise on our Christian Doctrines a little bit. And ask, "What does that hurt?"

 The Ministers avoid preaching some of the Doctrines because those Doctrines offend members of the fellowship!

 The answer to that question is that it hurts doctrine! As we have so often seen, if we insist on having fellowship with other churches that do not agree with all of our doctrines, pretty soon the same thing happens there that we see in the denominations.

 And those members are most often Jews. So it is clearly obvious, that fellowship can destroy doctrine, whereas doctrine will build true fellowship. Here, in Acts two, is the beginning of our Christian faith. This is the day when it all began. It follows up by saying that they then had both doctrine and fellowship. What happened when they continued steadfast in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship? "And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles." (Acts 2:43)

 You see, they stayed true to the doctrine of Christ and THEN God blessed what they did. We would say that very few churches or ministers who compromise with their doctrines, on the basis of needing fellowship, ever have any great work other than gathering a lot of people around them, and a big bank account. And they probably consider that a great work. But, you see, that does not get the doctrine of God and Christ preached to Israel!

 In Acts five, the apostles have been out preaching for a while and some miracles have happened. Then we read: "Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine (Christs' doctrine), and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." (Acts 5:24-28)

 What happened in a matter of a very short time with these people who remained steadfast in the doctrine? They filled the city with Christs' Doctrine! And they brought upon themselves the anger and the ire of the Pharisaic religious and political leaders of their day; just as the True Preachers of Christs' Doctrine do today. These leaders said, "We told you not to preach in Jesus Christ's name, and here you have filled the whole city with your doctrine."

 Then Peter and the other apostles answered; "...and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." (Acts 5:29-32)

 Many Christians watched three preachers, during the fall of 1982, interview Menahem Begin (then Israeli Prime Minister) in Israel during the height of the slaughter in Lebanon. Those preachers fawned over him, telling him what a wonderful man he was and how wonderful his people were and so on. This has been repeated many times with different Israelis since that time, until it is sickening, watching Christian, followers of Christ fawn over those that hate Him with everything in their being. This went on for about an hour with talk back and forth between he and these three Judeo-Christian preachers. At the very end of the interview one of the ministers asked Begin, very apologetically, if he could close in prayer and pray for Begin and for his people; and of course Begin nodded his head affirmatively and the three Judeo-Christian ministers bowed their heads in prayer. While the minister prayed, Begin sat on the couch and just looked at him.

 He never bowed his head or closed his eyes or anything. He just watched them during the prayer; and the minister prayed a very long prayer, asking for God's blessing upon his people, the Jews, and for Begin, and so on. When he ended the prayer, he ended it without the name of Jesus Christ being mentioned!; He simply said, "Amen."

 Now what did that man do? He obeyed men instead of God. In Acts five the Pharisees told Peter and the rest of the apostles in verse 28,  "Did not we straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name?"

 In other words, "You're not to use the name of Jesus Christ. We told you that and here you've been using it right here in Jerusalem among this people." And Peter did not just answer, "We ought to obey God rather than men."

 Do you realize what he did? He did much more; he preached a sermon about Jesus Christ to those Jewish Pharisees! He did not tell his other fellow ministers and disciples that they should obey men instead of God. He preached a sermon TO the Jewish Pharisees. It is only three or four verses long, but he preached to them about Jesus Christ.

 Now if these three ministers in that interview with Menahem Begin had wanted to do what God intended them to do, when they finished their conversation about the situation over in Lebanon and Israel, regardless what they thought about Begin and the people, they should have given a witness and a sermon about Jesus Christ to those people. But, when they showed complicity to the anti-Christs they demonstrated that they fear men more than they exalt and fear God, that is evidence that there must be something wrong with their preaching.

 Do you wonder what one of the reasons these men acted in this way? And why evangelists never conduct a crusade in Israel? It is because of a law used frequently in the Zionist country known as Israel, which became common with the passage on December 25, 1977, of Israel's infamous "Anti-Missionary Law," which the Knesset passed on Christmas Day so it would be perfectly clear against whom it was directed. It is a statute which decrees a prison term of up to five years for "Anyone" attempting to proselytize a Jew away from his faith.

 

The Doctrine of Christ - Part 6

        You see, they stayed true to the doctrine of Christ and THEN God blessed what they did. We would say that very few churches or ministers who compromise with their doctrines, on the basis of needing fellowship, ever have any great work other than gathering a lot of people around them, and a big bank account. And they probably consider that a great work. But, you see, that does not get the doctrine of God and Christ preached to Israel!

        In Acts five, the apostles have been out preaching for a while and some miracles have happened. Then we read: "Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine (Christs' doctrine), and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." (Acts 5:24-28)

        What happened in a matter of a very short time with these people who remained steadfast in the doctrine? They filled the city with Christs' Doctrine! And they brought upon themselves the anger and the ire of the Pharisaic religious and political leaders of their day; just as the True Preachers of Christs' Doctrine do today. These leaders said, "We told you not to preach in Jesus Christ's name, and here you have filled the whole city with your doctrine."

        Then Peter and the other apostles answered; "...and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." (Acts 5:29-32)

        Many Christians watched three preachers, during the fall of 1982, interview Menachem Begin (then Israeli Prime Minister) in Israel during the height of the slaughter in Lebanon. Those preachers fawned over him, like the well trained dogs they are, telling him what a wonderful man he was and how wonderful his people were and so on. This has been repeated many times with different Israelis since that time, until it is sickening, watching Christian, followers of Christ fawn over those that hate Him with everything in their being. This went on for about an hour with talk back and forth between he and these three Judeo-Christian preachers. At the very end of the interview one of the ministers asked Begin, very apologetically, if he could close in prayer and pray for Begin and for his people; and of course Begin nodded his head affirmatively and the three Judeo-Christian ministers bowed their heads in prayer. While the minister prayed, Begin sat on the couch and just looked at him.!

        He never bowed his head or closed his eyes or anything. He just watched them during the prayer; and the minister prayed a very long prayer, asking for God's blessing upon his people, the Jews, and for Begin, and so on. When he ended the prayer, he ended it without the name of Jesus Christ being mentioned!; He simply said, "Amen."

        Now what did that man do? He obeyed men instead of God. In Acts five the Pharisees told Peter and the rest of the apostles in verse 28,  "Did not we straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name?"

        In other words, "You're not to use the name of Jesus Christ. We told you that and here you've been using it right here in Jerusalem among this people." And Peter did not just answer, "We ought to obey God rather than men."

        Do you realize what he did? He did much more; he preached a sermonabout Jesus Christ to those Jewish Pharisees! He did not tell his other fellow ministers and disciples that they should obey men instead of God. He preached a sermon TO the Jewish Pharisees. It is only three or four verses long, but he preached to them about Jesus Christ.

        Now if these three ministers in that interview with Menachem Begin had wanted to do what God intended them to do, when they finished their conversation about the situation over in Lebanon and Israel, regardless what they thought about Begin and the people, they should have given a witness and a sermon about Jesus Christ to those people. But, when they showed complicity to the anti-Christs they demonstrated that they fear men more than they exalt and fear God, that is evidence that there must be something wrong with their preaching.

        Do you wonder what one of the reasons these men acted in this way? And why evangelists never conduct a crusade in Israel? It is because of a law used frequently in the Zionist country known as Israel, which became common with the passage on December 25, 1977, of Israel's infamous "Anti-Missionary Law," which the Knesset passed on Christmas Day so it would be perfectly clear against whom it was directed. It is a statute which decrees a prison term of up to five years for "Anyone" attempting to proselytize a Jew away from his faith.

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 Anti-Missionary Law 5738-1977: Strictly speaking, "proselytizing" under this law involves a gift, no matter how small (such as a tract) given to a Jew by a Christian. Under Israeli law it is a crime to "give or promise to give money, the equivalent of money or any other material benefit in order to entice a person to change his religion."

 Yet realistically, the word "proselytize" is much more loosely interpreted. As a case in point, evangelical Christians showed a film about the second coming of Christ in Jerusalem's largest hotel, the Shalom. This outraged Israel's chief rabbi, Yitzhak Kolitz, who forbade them to further "proselytize." However, the manager reassured the Christians that "they are welcome if they do not violate the law." ("Jesus Film Stirs Hotel Row," Jerusalem Post, International ed., Oct. 16-22, 1983, p. 5.) Such ambiguity keeps Christians in Israel on edge, vulnerable to accusations that they violate the law.

 Speaking in defense of evangelicals, Charles Kopp, Chairman of the United Christian Council in Israel, said such Christians "do not engage in proselytizing...we do not give out leaflets in the streets or witness at our job (in Israel)." ("Friendly 'Strangers' in Our Midst," Jerusalem Post, International Ed., May 25, 1991, p. 2) The government remains suspicious, and Anti-Christian! Daniel Rossing, head of the Department of Christian Churches for the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs, summarized his government's position: "The government, by all available means, discourages missionary activity." ("Christians: Missionary Activity in Israel Under Fire," Los Angeles Times, Part I, Mar. 8, 1984, p. 8) Proponents say this law is vital to the survival of Israel because so many young Jews are being seduced away from the fold, largely by Christianity.

 The severity of the sentence, they argue, is warranted because such a theft of a Jewish soul is tantamount to genocide, or the extinction of a (sic) race. Yet Judaism resents the encroachment of Christianity not just in Israel, but throughout the world. With 40% of American Jewish boys marrying Christian girls, and the Jewish birth rate not keeping up with the rest of humanity, Jewish leaders are desperate that the physical and spiritual unity of Jews be preserved.

 They are concerned that apathy, secularism, and materialism, coupled with intermarriage and conversion to other religions, could do more to threaten Judaism than all the pogroms of history. Considering such a mind set against Christianity, we may understand why Christian evangelists have never held a crusade in the State of Israel. They have held many meetings throughout the Soviet bloc and even in Russia, yet not in Israel. Despite the feinted friendliness, and appearance of almost worship of such Christian leaders and the Israeli tourist industry, the fact remains that all religious affairs of the state of Israel are controlled by the chief rabbinate in Jerusalem, who enforces the strictly orthodox Jewish point of view.

 The result: Although Israel proclaims itself the only real democracy in the Middle East, in matters of religious liberty it is more inflexibly Anti-Christian than even hardened Communist Countries! Is it not probable that their followers will do the same thing? Will not their followers also fear men above the fear of God? Those preachers are cowards and traitors to Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ; and as such they will not be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of God: "But the fearful (cowards, those who are afraid to speak the truth), and unbelieving (those who preach for money and power), and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars (those who teach that the Jews are God's people), shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)

 Peter and the apostles, of course, preached about Jesus. They said "the God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom ye (Jews) slew and hanged on a tree." (Matthew 27:25; Luke 23:23-33; 24:20; John 19:6; Acts 2:36; 3:14-15; 4:8-11; 5:30; 7:52; 10:39; 13:27-29;  1 Thessalonians 2:14-15) In other words, they preached the resurrection. "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a prince and a savior."

 They preached that Jesus was the Savior and the Redeemer through His death and resurrection. They also told the reason for it: "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them." (Acts 5:31-33)

 The apostles knew these doctrines to be true and they would risk their lives to preach them right tot he people who had threatened them with death for preaching such doctrines. This is a very short sermon, but everything is in there. It is a composite of the whole story of Jesus Christ and Israel in just three or four verses. Acts 17 beginning in verse 16: "Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean." (Acts 17:16-20)

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