Who would fall away from the true faith, except religious hobbyists?
|by Jacob O. Meyer|
The ministry of the Assemblies of Yahweh was founded exclusively upon Bible truth. See John 17:17. We teach the whole counsel of Yahweh (Acts 20:27). It has been the intention of the editor to search deeply into the inspired, sacred texts to determine what Almighty Yahweh demands of us to obtain our eternal salvation. Whatever is to be found in the Scriptures and absolutely proven from the Word is genuine doctrine in this organization. In my youth, my parents taught me to revere the sacred Scriptures (the Bible) as the true Word of the Almighty. Later the veracity of the Bible manifested itself through a deep study of the sacred Scriptures. Therefore, I made up my mind that I would never swerve from the truth of the written Word to defend error. Errors in teaching and errors in judgment have been made over the centuries since Apostolic times by numerous people who have been involved in the field of religion. Some of these errors are made intentionally, while others took root through ignorance. Generally, when statements are uttered and decisions are made, people cannot step back at some point and determine to chart a different course (if proven to be in error).
Almost since the very beginning of the Assemblies of Yahweh ministry, there have been people who entered the organization, and later for one reason or another, became dissatisfied with the strictness which we teach and practice. Soon they decided to go in a different direction.
" It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Elohim."
They liberalized their principles and they made decisions that were contrary to Bible teachings. Some searched around for diverse doctrines to use as a crutch to justify their departure from the organization. Usually we discovered there were more deeply rooted problems that these individuals harbored in their hearts which they were unable to (or did not intend to) solve for themselves so they could remain obedient to the Word. Therefore, they felt more comfortable outside this fraternal body.
Several years ago the author was speaking to a local businessman who commented that he was surprised that I would be involved with criminals. Incredulously, I demanded to know what he meant. He said he had seen a newspaper report that an individual who used the Name Yahweh had been sentenced to a prison term for racketeering. I requested to see this newspaper article. Several days later, when I again stopped at his establishment he had the article available. After skimming the article, I immediately explained what I had learned of the background of that individual and affirmed that the Assemblies of Yahweh had ABSOLUTELY NO FELLOWSHIP with people of such dubious reputation. Actually, the Assemblies of Yahweh has borne "guilt by association" far too many times since the inception of this ministry since people generally group into one category those who use the Sacred Name.
Time and time again it seems that people go off the track and they make dubious decisions. We all recall the recent Waco situation, wherein a former Seventh Day Adventist decided he was the Messiah (or the Holy Spirit); that he was going to fight against the United States government in an armed rebellion and take over the governments of the world before the Messiah returns. Of course, such ideas are gross false doctrine, and the proof of his evil fruits (and deeds) led to the deaths of 80 people and the destruction of his compound.
Interestingly, the Assemblies of Yahweh organization here at Bethel had received some communication from the previous administrators of Mount Carmel. However, we could not agree with them (nor cooperate), for a number of different reasons. One of the false doctrines they espoused at that time was that the spirit of Almighty Yahweh is a "feminine" spirit. The apparent reason for this doctrine being promulgated was that the wife of their leader had decided she would become the prophetess, like the founder of the Seventh Day Adventist religion; and therefore, she had to justify her position.)
As we recall individuals who came into the Assemblies and later departed, another incident stands out in our mind. One family once decided they needed to be the watchmen over the author. Never understanding that the author is himself the watchman to the Assemblies of Yahweh and modern-day Israel, in a short time, they demanded of the author that he begin teaching that the world was already one year into the great Tribulation! This incident occurred in 1981! Where do you think the Assemblies of Yahweh would be today if the author had accepted such reprehensible false doctrine? Undoubtedly only a handful of people would have remained. Boldly the author has had to stand against false teachings on a number of occasions over the past 31 years.
Periodically, as we indicated above, various individuals or groups who harbor false doctrines arise, using the Sacred Name, and through guilt by association, people imagine that all Sacred Name believers comprise one association. Such was the case recently when an individual went off the track doctrinally and cast aspersions upon the TRUE WORSHIP. Teaching polygamy, that Satan is a female, and other fallacious ideas, he made several national media expose programs. Once again, the Assemblies of Yahweh organization suffered through no fault of our own. Therein lies one of the reasons for this article, and our endeavor to set the record straight! Such incidents are prophesied in the Scriptures to occur in the last days. Turn to Jacob (James) chapter 3 where people are warned against seeking to be preachers or teachers inasmuch as the leadership will receive the heavier judgment.
Peter describes the appearance of false prophets and false teachers at the end of the age in the second chapter of his second epistle."But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you there shall be false teachers, who shall privately bring in destructive heresies, denying even the masster that brought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And MANY shall follow their LASCIVIOUS doings; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be EVIL SPOKEN OF. And in covetousness they shall with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingers not, and their destruction slumbers not." (2 Peter 2:1-3)
The Assemblies of Yahweh has been founded upon the concept of giving. We offer free subscriptions to The Sacred Name Broadcaster magazine. We offer all our reprint literature of doctrinal teaching free of charge. We make available the truth of Yahweh without cost or obligation, just as Yahshua the Messiah instructed His disciples in Matthew 10:8 to freely give as we have freely received from Yahweh the gift of eternal life. See John 3:16.
How could any true representative of the Messiah stand for false doctrine such as polygamy or avarice? How could it be that any one would follow such false doctrines taught by charlatans and pseudo-ministers, when Yahweh's truth is freely available in the Assemblies of Yahweh? The sincere regret in the heart of the author is that so few people wish to remain stable and steadfast in the faith, while so many allow themselves to be deceived.
Peter, the Apostle, and Judah, the Messiah's own brother, in their warnings to the assembly regarding the end of the age, make absolutely plain that Yahweh is in control. When He sends His only begotten Son back to this earth to reign over this entire earth and to judge the world in righteousness, then the true faith will be upheld. Judgment will befall those who have forsaken the right way. Justice will eventually prevail!
"And he says to me, Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand. He that is unrighteous, let him do unrighteousness still: and he that is filthy, let him be made filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him do righteousness still: and he that is holy, let him be made holy still. Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is. I am the Aleph and the Tau, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone that loves and makes a lie."(Revelation 22:10-15)
"For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins.divquot;
The writer of Hebrews candidly explains that when Yahshua returns and judges this evil, Babylonish world, it will be a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Elohim. "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. " A man that has violated Moses' law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: of how much more severe punishment, think you, shall he be judged worthy, who has trodden underfoot the Son of Yahweh, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace, For we know him that said, Vengeance belongs to me, I will repay. And again, Yahweh shall judge his people. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings; partly, being made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, becoming partakers with them that were so used. For you both had compassion on them that were in bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your possessions, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an enduring one. Cast not away therefore your boldness, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, having done the will of Yahweh, you may receive the promise. " For yet a very little while, he that comes shall come, and shall not delay. But my righteous one shall live by faith: and if he shrink back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that shrink back to perdition; but of them that have faith to the saving of the soul." (Hebrews 10:26-39)