By Seymour Zak — Darkmoon.org June 30, 2017 We know nothing about this Zionist writer apart from the fact that he has been a commenter on the Darkmoon site for the last 3-4 years. His passionate calls for stiffer penalties for anti-Semitic ‘hate speech’ have sometimes verged on the extreme. We have decided to publish […]
From the Iron March Religion Project
With the increasingly polarized nature of right-wing politics in the Occident, many find themselves to be newly minted Fascists, or rather, they embrace the label which had always described their beliefs, left implacable until now. Fascism, in it’s core, is the conformity of the state and the nation it represents to the Cosmic Order, that all elements of life operate in the most optimal way determined by natural and divine law.
Christians who embrace Fascism can struggle uniquely with reconciling the Truth of their Faith, to the Truth of Fascism. This is a struggle one need not undertake, for there is no disconnect. Christianity, in its orthodox form, constitutes the formal worship of revealed Truth. This truth is discerned through the Wisdom of Tradition, and the Revelation of Scripture. For the individual, the Christian life is one of Theosis, of becoming like God, of building virtue.
Some will protest this assertion. Many, pagans and other anti-Christian far right types see Christianity as a fundamentally semitic religion and mode of spirituality. They see it as corrupting the organic Aryan tradition of paganism, and infecting Europe with a spiritual virus. They believe this makes it incompatible with the Fascist worldview and the advancement of the European peoples, that it binds one to cuckoldry for Jesus.
This notion arises typically from limited observation of modern forms of Christianity. Pagans et al view Christians cucking in the name of Jesus, and conclude that Christianity is a cuck religion. This tradition could be said to start with Nietzsche, who observed Protestantism as applied in Germany, and forms of post-revolution metropolitan Catholicism in France, and concluded that the essence of the Christian ethic was slave morality. This issue is not recent, but perennial, speaking in hisDiscourses in 1517 Machiavelli notes“Although it would seem that the world has become effeminate and heaven disarmed, yet this arises unquestionably from the baseness of men, who have interpreted our religion according to the promptings of indolence rather than those of virtue.” and furthermore“If we were to reflect that our religion permits us to exalt and defend our country, we should see that according to it we ought also to love and honor our country, and prepare ourselves so as to be capable of defending her.”
These expressions of the Christian religion compose impure, heretical, and deviant forms of the original Faith. True Christianity, which for brevity will be referred to as orthodox Christianity, (with a small “o”) is the Faith which was practiced universally throughout the ancient world, and did not see a serious internal challenge until the advent of the Protestant Rebellion. The core of this Faith, this correct thought (or orthodoxy) today finds expression in pure forms of the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church. Many would claim that these expressions are actually the purest form of the religion, that modern Christianity is a doctrine that has gone through a process of catharsis where it has shed away all the supposed pagan elements that it absorbed, and that what we’re seeing today is the most authentic version of the Gospel. However this is clearly and objectively false, as will be demonstrated.
Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages, there has always been a consensus on what the Christian faith is. From the British Isles and Scandinavia, across the entirety of Europe to the reaches of Roman Africa and the Middle East, the interpretation and doctrine of the faith have been one and the same. This also applied not only geographically but also historically, as this single understanding of Christian thought has remained the same throughout most of the ancient and Medieval period, in an unbroken chain of Holy Tradition. Someone born in a highly protestant environment may be used to the idea that Christianity is some form of free for all where anyone can pick whatever interpretation he may like from the Christian creed, and that Christianity is in some sort of constant flux where no interpretation is really solid, where no dogma that would be true for all Christians exists or can exist, where it’s all “like just your opinion maaan”, but this wasn’t really the case. The writings of the most influential Christian authors from every single century of the Church’s history have been preserved, and reading and studying those we can very obviously notice this singularity of the Christian doctrine. What Christianity actually is isn’t really up to debate, all it takes to find that out is a history book and a library full of Patristic works.
Aside from being questioned on its constancy and the correct interpretation, the Christian doctrine is also questioned on its authenticity. Many see some of the more obvious elements in Christianity which have their roots in the pre-Christian traditions, but they really don’t understand how they got there or what do they represent.
In the Christian faith, there is a distinction between the dogma (meaning the Truth in Greek) and praxis (meaning practice or works). Dogma refers to the metaphysics of the faith, to its idea about God, the Cosmos, meaning of life, Salvation, etc. On this plane, adherence to the one revealed Truth from God is a must, sticking to it in the same form in which it was “once delivered to the Saints” is non-negotiable, deviation from this means certain eternal damnation. Practice however refers more to the outwards expressions of the faith, to liturgical, canonical and ascetic parts rather than the doctrinal, to the form rather than essence, to the tools rather than the goals, means rather than ends. Among other things, it refers to various forms of symbolism, aesthetics, including iconography, architecture, musical styles, formal fashion, certain customary practices that are just a spiritual aid rather than a dogmatic must and so on. On the practical plain, there isn’t really a necessity of form, the practice is allowed to organically grow and take a variety of shapes that developed from a variety of cultures and periods. Deviating from these forms isn’t and can’t really be a heresy, but it’s generally agreed not to deviate from them without a really good reason, especially how most of them are now almost two millennia old.
So with this fanatical adherence to the purity of the doctrine, where do those alleged pagan elements come in? Well they come in into the practical field. In many cases the Church “culturally appropriated” some external, formal aspect of pagan worship, and changed its meaning to apply to the worship of Christ. This is not a deviation from the faith as the core or essence of the Christian doctrine remains the same, while a new outwards tool is applied to adhere to that same unchanged essence. Both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have most of their aesthetics picked from one aspect of Roman culture or another, with added Germanic influences for the Occident and Slavic for the Orient. And it’s there where the supposed pagan influence on the Christian spirit begins and ends. As we established that every single Christian doctrine can be traced through its authors back to the first centuries and the Apostles, there have been no intrusions into the Christian dogma from the pagan side. Any attempts to claim otherwise end with arbitrary picking and choosing of which doctrines are somehow authentically Christian and which are not, without any factual evidence of when and how those doctrines intruded into the Christian tradition, without previously being there, or in the Old Testament.
On a societal level, many of the ideas and policies Fascists advocate are built into the philosophy of the religion. The idea of the distributivist economy, or a market which serves the people and the common Good, in the official position of the Catholic Church. Organic states, based on the natural organizations of kinship and nationality find themselves entirely at home to the same degree within the confines of orthodox thought. Medieval Latin Christianity fostered the development of the Feudal polity, what some argue to be the best example of an organic state, and an undoubtedly fascistic societal schema. In the Slavic world, the notion of sobornost, deeply rooted in Christian virtue, is the basis of most Orthodox nationalist thought. The Christian state follows the principle of conformity under the Kingship of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Logos, or the Word of God. This theology is specifically enumerated in first chapter of the Gospel of John “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.[a] 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life,[b] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness,[c] and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Christians believe he is the organizing mind behind the universe, the cosmic font of all order and right accord. For a Christian, then, one could say Fascism is a requirement, that the ideology emanates directly from the theology. This is what lead Hitler to proclaim, at a speech in Passau on October 27th, 1928“We are a people of different faiths, but we are one. Which faith conquers the other is not the question; rather, the question is whether Christianity stands or falls…. We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.”
On the individual level, the Christian life is the same. The Christian ought to strive for the constant cultivation of virtue, and the avoidance of vice. It is quite literally anti-degeneracy the religion, the notion that personal error and evil is so egregious that God has to die on a cross to redeem it soteriologically speaks mountains about the importance of good personal conduct. To follow Christ, one is compelled to ‘take up their cross’ to embrace suffering, struggle, to obtain virtue, to sacrifice of oneself in service of God and neighbour, racial or otherwise. Christians even believe eschatologically that Jesus will come back and put to death all the degenerates, and such will be the fury of his wrath on the day of judgement, that the “blood [will] flow from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for two-hundred miles.” Apocalypse of John 14:20.
One of the primary goals of Fascism as a worldview, if not the most primary one is freeing society from the individualist principle and its notion of self-interest, from the idea that man is an atomized individual whose goal in life is to achieve happiness by pursuing his self-interest and that society is merely a platform for achieving that. To this idea is contrasted the ideal of the organic society, where a man is called to serve the Truth and his community. And while most ancient traditions were in many respects opposed to the individualist and materialist principles, no tradition comes as close to upholding the organic principle as the Christian faith does. As its most important law “love God” ties man to complete service to the Cosmic Order, its second fundamental law “love your neighbour” is the best possible summary of the organic principle.
This commandment is nothing more than a demand for man to abolish his own self-interest and self-centeredness and to dedicate his entire being to serving his comrades. It is the idea that one’s purpose in life isn’t to see how much shekels he can squeeze out of his surroundings, but how much good he can do for his own community. This is why terms service and sacrifice are so sacred in Christian thought, as there is nothing more great then to give up your interests or life in service to the Divine Truth and Justice.
But wait, you say, doesn’t love your neighbour mean cucking against your own people in favor of some third world dump? But why would it? What is said by that commandment is to abolish personal interest, and to completely remove greed from inter-personal relations. What it does not tell you is to screw over one of your “neighbours” for another “neighbour”, as if that is somehow just. There is everything just about freely sacrificing yourself for someone else, but what can be just about letting someone else drown for the sake of someone third? Nothing, obviously. Christ himself exhorts us otherwise in the fifteenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, verse twenty-six “26 And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” And that is exactly what filling up a country with a hostile foreign population is. It is an attack and obvious harm done to the native population around you. In what universe can destroying the native population be reasonably considered as loving thy neighbour?
The same applies to the notion of loving your enemy, as it’s basically the same commandment. In English this may need explaining, but in other languages like Greek and Latin the meaning of this is clear from the text itself, as those languages have a clear distinction between the concept of a personal enemy and a public enemy, between the one who is threatening our personal interests and the one who is a threat to our community. When Christ tells us to love our enemies, he always used the word designated for the personal enemy. And that’s why this is essentially the same commandment, because it also calls men to renounce our personal interest and not take grudges or pursue vendettas. In fact, the famous “turn the other cheek” refers to a practice of challenging someone to a duel, where a slap in the cheek is the challenge itself, and here Christ commands his followers to refuse such a challenge by turning the other cheek. None of this says anything about not defending yourself or your community. In fact, defending your community is the sacred service to the others mentioned above, in has been seen that way for the entirety of Christian history.
Some of the most ardent of Fascists in the twentieth century have been devoutly religious. The most famous of which is Corneliu Codreanu, and the Iron Guard, who were a devoutly Eastern Orthodox organization through and through. Who can doubt their bona fide as true 1488 GTKRWN boots on the ground approved? Shall we conjecture that they were not truly Christian? The religion that they practiced, was the same one practiced by the Knight’s Templar. It was the same one practiced by Charlemagne and Justinian. And it was the same one practiced by the Apostles.
This religion which has been described, which enabled Europe to thrive and, whose great waters flow freely into the well of Fascism, is true Christianity. Any other form is heresy, is perversion. The historical record speaks well for itself about the success of this religion, the effectiveness is there to observe if one cares to look. Jesus Christ is the Cosmic Order, conformity to him is Fascism. Ave Christus Rex! Salve Regina Cæli.
The rise of Trump, his presidency and Brexit have opened the mainstream culture and the masses up to ideas that were long on the fringe. No doubt this has been beneficial in achieving recognition and validation for our traditional views, but it has also opened up a market ripe for exploitation.
The alt-right and the reactionary circles this movement has grown out of have struggled for years to get recognition, and when Trump appeared he offered the chance to do that. Whether you consider him to be a good president or not, his movement was a catalyst for something. If populism and appealing to the common man rather than cosmopolitan liberals can get you attention and profit (as Trump’s success clearly showed), there will be those seeking to capitalize on that. Due to a failing career or a general impotence, they will flock to a fringe scene that has just the right amount of people within it to gain notoriety for changing their “beliefs.” Such is the case with Miley Cyrus’ recent publicity stunt of toning down her degenerate behavior and posing in a wheat field to promote her new music. She has expressed how disappointed she was that country music fans hate her because of the choices she has made and admittedly wants to win back the favor of Trump supporters. Having grown up around that scene through her father and rapidly losing relevance in mainstream liberal culture, she decided to try and appeal to the large conservative audience that Trump’s success has bolstered.
Recently Laci Green—a “sex education” feminist YouTuber—has made some comments sympathetic towards Men’s Rights Movements and references to “the red pill.” This small gesture inspired the whole of the skeptic community along with many classical liberals to come out to applaud her. This coincides with the release of the hit documentary “The Red Pill” by Cassie Jay, which covers her transformation from dyed-in-the-wool feminist to her ostensible open champion of “the patriarchy.”
We live in an age where Millennial/Gen Z culture is heavily influenced by the obscure imageboards such as 4chan, where shocking and edgy humor appeals to individuals who typically view an enormous amount of online content. YouTubers like PewDiePie and JonTron were inevitably going to be exposed to the lingo and even the political outlook of the boards and end up signaling their awareness to appeal to their audience. Which, in the evolving cultural climate, they could now do without the fear of losing their fan support. As the attitudes of Generation Z become ever more radicalized by their imageboard influenced online worlds such content will only continue to leak into mainstream culture.
Every day there are new Anti-Feminist/SJW channels popping up on YouTube, with the perfunctory Patreons and catchy thumbnails, not to mention the scourge of the “Tradthot” that opens up social media accounts with MAGA hashtags to shill for donations. These contemptible people are the exact definition of the vapid self-obsessed culture we are trying to escape. These individuals fad chasers and self-promotors, desperately seeking validation from thousands of alienated and lonely males. Opportunists and bandwagon jumpers who, only now that it’s safe and “popular,” have decided to appear and regurgitate the same tired “Anti-SJW” or blandly Traditionalist talking points. The old liberal order is failing, but what is taking its place? Who asked for this synthetic parody of “traditional values”? Not us.
The center-left is struggling to keep its grip on the minds of Americans given their unceremonious defeat at the hands of Trump and the general distrust of Americans toward the mainstream media. The far left are also a joke and not real communists in any true sense of the word (workers rights, collectivism etc.) but are merely burned out Anarchists and Trotskyists poisoned by identity politics and the allure of consequence-free violence. Is there any refuge left for the postmodern man? It would seem that they are increasingly turning toward the right.
This cultural shift, on one hand, is undoubtedly good for the spreading of our ideas, yet on the other, it’s now easier than ever for it to be co-opted and taken it in the opposite direction; back towards the alienation and culture of self-atomization, we were trying to escape. Like all classical liberals will tell you, the individual and his “rights” come before everything else, whether morally wrong or not. The liberals have seized upon a reactionary movement because they are witnessing the collapse of the center-left and would rather be called racist and be allowed to continue their comfortable hedonistic lives than lose it altogether. Hence why you will observe people adopt all sorts of ridiculous personas: “trad wives” who sit on twitter all day while being unfaithful to their husbands by seeking the attention of thousands of anonymous men; grown men dressing up in costumes to “bash” AntiFa; as if these bread and circus “street fights” ultimately mean anything. They will sell you decadence and a bourgeois lifestyle in its most ironic postmodern form. This is the new emerging paradox of our time: someone who claims to be traditional but acts in practice, in a manner completely at odds to their stated premises. Traditional has, for many, been reduced to merely a lifestyle brand. But such is the nature of life in Clown World.
Another point of concern is the false hopes of reviving “Nationalism” and some type of Anarcho-Capitalist utopia. National pride in itself is, of course, better than an identityless, self-hating melting pot, but nationalism, like liberalism and communism, is a product of modernity. It’s based on the denial of the spirit of the Middle Ages and in refusing the traditions of the Empire and of God. The hierarchy does not go from the top down, from the divine to man, it is infected with the same secularism, rationalism, and atheism as the liberal order. There exists no meaning and the nihilism of late-stage capitalism will continue to weaken and fragment us.
The Atlanticists still utilize that civic nation to spread their unipolar world vision. America is still spearheading NATO, imposing their artbitrary and perverse conditions upon nations under the guise of “Human Rights” and “Liberty” while eroding genuine cultures. As these activities are part of the modus operandi of the Neo-Conservatives who have their origins in Trotskyism.
There are people now making the shift to right wing ideas that may have the best of intentions, but they still are either too uneducated to know why democracy doesn’t work or are playing it “safe” with alt-lite ideas in order to further their own micro-cults of personality. These people do not need our money or support, they are gatekeepers of the truth, and whomever they attract to them with their subpar and superficial content – we do not need in our movement either.
So as we watch more and more public personalities express right wing ideas and copy our aesthetic and culture, we can do so knowing the tide is slowly turning. However, it’s up to us to not let the real message become enveloped by opportunists who are only there to exploit a growing niche market all the while upholding the same neoliberal system. Thus, we can either step up and become true ideological influencers, daring to create what others will not, or let our voices become drowned out in a sea of posers and materialists.
Beware of false prophets.
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By Greg Bahnsen
Where does the blame lie for the mess that our culture is in? Are the “bleeding-heart liberals” or the government schools to blame? Not according to the Apostle’s Peter and Paul. Why? Because judgment begins with the church, “For the time has come for the judgment to begin from the house of God. And if it first begins from us, what will be the end of those disobeying the Gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). God will not demand the obedience of the nations until we, the church, are brought into obedience – “…bring[ing] into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ; and having readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Cor. 10:5-6).
So what does all this have to do with the subject matter? It is the endeavor of this writer to demonstrate from Scripture that we, the church, have departed from the orthodox view of Biblical Christianity for a view of theology that has broken continuity with history as well as the Word of God. In this article we will examine that view which I believe has made the church impotent in this latter half of the twentieth century – the view known as dispensationalism – and its teaching concerning the church and Israel. It is this author’s intention to show from Scripture that the church (ekklesia) is, has and always will be the true Israel of God. And by our misunderstanding of that truth, we have brought the curses of the covenant upon our nation and our children’s’ children.
A PROPER HERMENEUTIC
Scholarship is a word that brings jeers from most pew-sitters and clergy alike. Even the so-called evangelical or conservative churches seem to passionately despise the very word. It is implied that to be involved with scholarship is to be locked in an “ivory tower” – thereby ignoring your job as a “soul-winner”. There are some who even referred to that institution where Christians would seek to further their understanding of the Word of God, seminaries, with the supposedly amusing term “cemeteries”, thereby implying that those who go to theological schools have a dead or non-emotional faith. Everything has become touchy-feel good. Scholarship as well as systematics, is viewed as being unprofitable. The great Princeton theologian, Dr. Charles Hodge, solidly rebuked these modern day Gnostics with this rebuttal, “Mysticism (i.e. experiential) in its application to theology has assumed two principal forms, the supernatural and the natural. According to the former, God, or the Spirit of God, holds direct communion with the soul; and by the excitement of its religious feelings gives it intuitions of truth, and enables it to attain a kind, a degree, and an extent of knowledge, unattainable in any other way. [They] assume that God by his immediate intercourse with the soul, reveals through the feeling and by means, or in the way of intuitions, divine truth independently of the outward teaching of His Word; and that it is this inward light, and not the Scriptures, which we are to follow”.1
God gave us His Word or Scripture ‘for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16-17). And knowing how to properly handle His Word is paramount to our understanding of our responsibility to Him. Because God’s Word is our final rule of life and faith, one must know how to interpret it properly. As you read this article, you are employing the laws of hermeneutics, even though you may not be aware of it. Hermeneutics are simply the rules of interpretation. These rules teach us how to understand what is/was being said in the historical as well as the grammatical context.
Most rules of interpretation are similar, but with the advent of dispensationalism a new hermeneutic was introduced. In his popular book on interpretation, dispensational author J. Edwin Hartwill defines this new principle as the “first mention principle”. He defines this methodology as “That principle by which God indicates in the first mention of a subject, the truth with which that subject stands connected in the mind of God. The first time a thing is mentioned in Scripture it carries with it a meaning that will be carried all through the Word of God” (Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics, pg. 70). An easy Scriptural demonstration will show the fallacy of this principle. In the fourth chapter of Malachi, verse 6 predicts the return of Elijah before the “great and terrible day of the Lord”. If one applies this new hermeneutic to the passage, he would miss this sign of the advent of Christ. A so-called “literal” reading of the passage using this new principle would seem to indicate that Elijah himself would return. This is the mistake the Pharisees made.
One can see how detrimental this hermeneutic can be when one tries to define Israel. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, he interpreted Malachi 4 as being fulfilled in John the Baptist. (Matt 11:14; 16:14; Luke 1:17; 9:8,19; John 1:12). That which stands in contradistinction to the “first mention principle” is what is called “apostolic hermeneutics.” Basically stated, who better to interpret the Old Testament than Christ and His Apostles? The answer is obvious. This principle can be explained in the adage, “the New Testament is in the Old Testament contained, and the Old Testament is in the New Testament explained”. It is with this understanding, allowing the New Testament to explain and define the Old Testament that we shall use to identify who is and is not Israel.
Who is NOT Israel?
One of the most convincing passages for defining who is NOT Israel comes to us from Paul in Romans 2:28, “For he is not a Jew (Israel) who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that of the flesh…;” Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that being a Jew has nothing to do with outward appearances or ceremonies.
A.W. Pink comments on this passage, “What could be plainer than that? In the light of such a Scripture, is it not passing strange that there are today those-boasting loudly of their orthodoxy and bitterly condemning all who differ-who insist that the name ‘Jew’ belongs only to the natural descendants of Jacob…” 2 The great Presbyterian commentator Matthew Poole states, “He is not a Jew; a right or true Jew, who is heir of the promise made to the fathers, that is one outwardly…” 3
In fact, this passage shines light on the statement in the gospel of John, chapter 1 vs. 12-13. One must understand that the title “children of God” was a name given to the saints of old (i.e. Old Testament Israel, Ex. 4:22; Deut. 14:1; Is. 1:2-4; 63:8; Jer. 31:9; Hos 11:1). In this passage, John declares, “But as many as received Him, He gave to them the right to become children of God, to those who believe on His name-who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God”.
Jamieson, Fausset, & Brown comment that this statement does away with the arrogance of the Jews of Christ’s day by informing them that to be a child of God had nothing to do with natural descent, nor of supposed “superior human descent,” not of man in any way. To be a true “Jew” or “Israelite” never meant that you were such because of where you were born or to whom you were born, save God Himself. 4
In Romans 9:6, Paul records these revealing words, “…for not all those of Israel are Israel; nor because they are the seed of Abraham (natural descendants) are they all children (of Abraham or God).”
Dr. Charles Hodge in his commentary states, “…the promise was not addressed to the mere natural descendants of Abraham. For they are not all Israel which are of Israel, i.e. all the natural descendants of the patriarch are not the true people of God…, All descendants from the patriarch Jacob called Israel, are not the true people of God; (in the same way) all who are in the visible church (who are members of a local congregation) do not belong to the true invisible church.” 5
Who is Natural Israel?
This may be the hardest section for some to swallow. Jesus stated something vitally important to the Jews of his day in their dialogue with Him found in the eighth chapter of John, verses 33-44 (please read the whole section).
Starting at verse 33, the Jews declared they were the seed of Abraham. Jesus responded by saying that He knew they were the (natural) seed of Abraham and then stated, “but ye seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you”. He then adds why His word has no place with them, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do that which ye have seen with your father”. Then, again, the Jews declared, “Abraham is our father”. Jesus rebuked their false view of what it means to be a child of Abraham by stating, “IF ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham”, and proceeds to state that Abraham would not seek to kill Him. In fact, he stated that Abraham rejoiced to see His (Christ’s) day, (John 8:56). Jesus explained “IF” you were the children of Abraham, you would rejoice to see my day, henceforth, since you do not rejoice to see my day, you are NOT the Children of Abraham. In fact, Jesus concluded by telling the Jews that the true living God was not their Father and tells them who was. In verse 44 He declares, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do”.
The understanding of this passage sheds light on Christ’s statement in Revelation 3:9, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie”. Here Jesus identified the leading Jewish religious institution of the day and referred to it as the synagogue of Satan. He further stated that these people who claimed to be Jews (by birth), were not and that they were lying. Now go back to John 8:44 and you find the motivation for this lie!
Matthew Poole comments on this passage,” …the synagogue of Satan; so He calls all (natural) Jews that opposed Christianity…which say they are Jews and are not, but do lie. For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is circumcision that of the flesh, but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, &c., Rom. 2:28-29.” 6
Dr. David Chilton, in his exhaustive commentary on Revelations writes, “…the apostate Jews are revealed in their true identity the synagogue of Satan. Again, there is no such thing as ‘orthodox’ Judaism; there is no such thing as a genuine belief in the Old Testament that is consistent with a rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Those who do not believe in Christ do not believe in the Old Testament either. The god of Judaism is the devil…. when Christ-rejecting Jews claim to follow in the footsteps of Abraham, Jesus says, they lie.” 7
Who is True Israel?
Paul answers the above question in Romans 2:29, “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but God”
Matthew Henry comments, “Assemblies that worship God in spirit and in truth, are the Israel of God” 8 Matthew Poole states.” He is a right and true Jew, an Israelite indeed…that worships God in Spirit, rejoices in Christ Jesus…Such are the (true) circumcision and Jew. 9 A true Jew is one who has been circumcised in his heart, i.e. born-again, John 3:6, “that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
In God’s covenantal promise to Abram he asked God to give him a seed to be heir to his estate. God responded by not only promising Abram a child, but also adding “…look toward heaven, and count the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He (God) said unto him, so shall they seed be. And he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness”, 10
Paul, in the Epistle to the Galatians chapter three explains, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same ARE the children of Abraham.” 11 He elaborates, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” 12 Verse sixteen Paul continues, “Now to Abraham and his SEED were the promises (of the covenant) made.” Verse twenty-six adds, “For ye are all the children of God by faith.” The chapter ends with this statement, “There is neither Jew (natural) nor Greek (natural) there is neither bond nor free, their is neither male nor female: for ye are all one (not two) in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then ARE ye Abraham’s SEED, and heirs according to the promise (covenant).” i.e., the true children of Abraham.
Matthew Poole comments on this last passage, “Lest these Galatians should be discouraged, because the promise was made to Abraham and his seed, since they were not the seed (natural) of Abraham; Paul tells them, if they were Christ’s, then they ARE the seed of Abraham, that seed to which the promise was made; and though they were not heirs of Abraham’s according to the flesh, yet heirs according to the promise.” 13 Needless to say, the third chapter of Galatians is pretty self explanatory, yet there are those who still want to insist that God has two separate people: Old Testament Israel and the Church.
Let us look at one more passage. Jesus provoked the chief priest and Pharisees, those who represented national Israel with this statement in Matthew twenty-one verse 43, “Therefore I say the Kingdom of God shall be taken from, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”
David Chilton comments, “The (prophesied) destruction of apostate Israel and the Temple (Matt Twenty-four) reveal[s] that God had created a new nation, a new temple…” 14 Matthew Henry states, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you. To the Jews had long pertained the adoption and glory, to them were committee the oracles of God, and the sacred trust of revealed religion, but now it shall be no longer. They were not only unfruitful in the use of their privileges, but, under pretenses of them, opposed the Gospel of Christ, and so [He] forfeited them.” 15
Dr. Curtis Crenshaw, a former student of Dallas Seminary replies, “Who is this nation that was given the Kingdom of God? The answer is the church, which elsewhere is designated a nation 1 Peter 2:9.” 16 John A. Broadus, the great Southern Baptist theologian of whom Broadman Press was the namesake states, “The Kingdom of God, the Messianic reign, with its privileges and benefits shall be taken from you. This was fulfilled [with the] destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish State (70 A.D.), and in the fact that most Jews through their unbelief failed of the Messianic salvation and given to a nation shows distinctly that it was to be taken away not merely from the Jewish rulers, but from the Jewish people in general”. 17
“Racial Israelites” who disobeyed God, by rejecting Christ, have had the light removed from them. They are not Jews in the true sense of the word. Whatever former blessing they may have had by natural descent has been given to the church. In other words, those who are “Jews” by race are not true Jews at all in God’s eyes.
The Church of Jesus Christ (by no means does this imply a denomination) is/was and always shall be the Israel of God! This group consists of both believing natural Jews and Gentiles; both Old and New Testament saints.
The Church is Israel. This does not mean that the Church replaced Israel, nor does it mean that a natural Jew cannot be grafted back into the true Israel. They can, but only by bending a knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. God established Abraham and promised to bless his seed and all those who believe like Abraham. God reckons their faith as righteousness. They become children of the promise given to Abraham, the children of God.
The covenant carries with it a series of blessings and curses. Because dispensationalism does not acknowledge the covenant that God made with (true) Israel, the church is reaping the curses of the covenant found throughout the Word of God, (Hosea 4:6 cross reference with Deut 6:4). Let us understand that those who believe are Israel, then let us seek out God’s Word concerning what He expects of a covenant people and obey with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our strength. Then maybe we can find true revival and reformation again!
1. Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979 vol. 1, page 7
2. A.W. Pink, The Divine Covenants, Baker Book House, 1973 page 272
3. Matthew Poole, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Hendrickson Publishers, vol. 3, pg. 486
4. Jamieson, Faucet & Brown, A Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, volumes I & II, Zondervan, 1953, Volume II page 128.
5. Charles Hodge, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993, page 305
6. Matthew Poole, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Hendrickson Publishers, vol. 3, page 958
7. David Chilton, Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the book of Revelation, Dominion Press, 1987, page 127-128
8. Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Royal Publishers, 1979, vol. 3, page 456
9. Matthew Poole, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Hendrickson Publishers, vol. 3, pg. 486
10. Genesis 15:5-6
11. Galatians 3 verse 7
12. Galatians 3 verse 9
13. Matthew Poole, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Hendrickson Publishers, vol. 3, page 652
14. David Chilton, Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the book of Revelation, Dominion Press, 1987, page 278
15. Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Royal Publishers, 1979, vol. 3, page 109
16. Crenshaw, Curtis and Grover Gunn, Dispensationalism: Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow, Footstool Publications, fifth printing 1995, page 126
17. John A. Broadus, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, American Baptist Publication Society, 1886, page 443
The following holy words are from the former Archbishop of Constantinople, Saint John Chrysostom
Today I had intended to complete my discussion on the topic on which I spoke to you a few days ago; I wished to present you with even clearer proof that God’s nature is more than our minds can grasp. Last Sunday I spoke on this at great length and I brought forward as my witnesses Isaiah, David, and Paul. For it was Isaiah who exclaimed: “Who shall declare his generation?” David knew God was beyond his comprehension and so he gave thanks to him and said: “I will praise you for you are fearfully magnified: wonderful are your works”. And again it was David who said: “The knowledge of you is to wonderful for me, a height to which my mind cannot attain”. Paul did not search and pry into God’s very essence, but only into his providence; I should say rather that he looked only on the small portion of divine providence which God had made manifest when he called the gentiles. And Paul saw this small part as a vast and incomprehensible sea when he exclaimed: “O the depth of the riches and of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!”
These three witnesses gave us proof enough, but I was not satisfied with prophets nor did I settle for apostles. I mounted to the heavens and gave you as proof the chorus of angels as they sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men”. Again, you heard the Seraphim as they shuddered and cried out in astonishment:
“Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is filled with his glory”.
And I gave you also the cherubim who exclaimed:
“Blessed be his glory in his dwelling”.
So there were three witnesses on earth and three in Heaven who made it clear that God’s glory cannot be approached. For the rest, the proof was beyond dispute; there was great applause, the audience warmed with enthusiasm, you assembly came aflame. I did rejoice at this, yet my joy was not because praise was coming to me but because glory was coming to my Master. For that applause and praise showed the love you have for God in your souls. If a servant loves his master and hears someone speak in praise of that master, his heart comes aflame with a love for him who speaks. This is because the servant loves his master. You acted just that way when I spoke: by the abundance of your applause you showed clearly your abundant love for the Master.
And so I wanted again today to engage in that contest. For if the enemies of the truth never have enough of blaspheming our Benefactor, we must be all the more tireless in praising the God of all. But what am I to do? Another very serious illness calls for any cure my words can bring, an illness which has become implanted in the body of the Church. We must first root this ailment out and then take thought for matters outside; we must first cure our own and then be concerned for others who are strangers.
What is this disease? The festivals of the pitiful and miserable Jews are soon to march upon us one after the other and in quick succession: the feast of Trumpets, the feast of Tabernacles, the fasts. There are many in our ranks who say they think as we do. Yet some of these are going to watch the festivals and others will join the Jews in keeping their feasts and observing their fasts. I wish to drive this perverse custom from the Church right now. My homilies against the Anomians can be put off to another time, and the postponement would cause no harm. But now that the Jewish festivals are close by and at the very door, if I should fail to cure those who are sick with the Judaizing disease. I am afraid that, because of their ill-suited association and deep ignorance, some Christians may partake in the Jews’ transgressions; once they have done so, I fear my homilies on these transgressions will be in vain. For if they hear no word from me today, they will then join the Jews in their fasts; once they have committed this sin it will be useless for me to apply the remedy.
And so it is that I hasten to anticipate this danger and prevent it. This is what physicians do. They first check the diseases which are most urgent and acute. But the danger from this sickness is very closely related to the danger from the other; since the Anomians impiety is akin to that of the Jews, my present conflict is akin to my former one. And there is a kingship because the Jews and the Anomians make the same accusation. And what charges do the Jews make? That He called God His own Father and so made Himself equal to God. The Anomians also make this charge-I should not say they make this a charge; they even blot out the phrase “equal to God” and what it connotes, by their resolve to reject it even if they do not physically erase it.
But do not be surprised that I called the Jews pitiable. They really are pitiable and miserable. When so many blessings from heaven came into their hands, they thrust them aside and were at great pains to reject them. The morning Sun of Justice arose for them, but they thrust aside its rays and still sit in darkness. We, who were nurtured by darkness, drew the light to ourselves and were freed from the gloom of their error. They were the branches of that holy root, but those branches were broken. We had no share in the root, but we did reap the fruit of godliness. From their childhood they read the prophets, but they crucified him whom the prophets had foretold. We did not hear the divine prophecies but we did worship him of whom they prophesied. And so they are pitiful because they rejected the blessings which were sent to them, while others seized hold of these blessing and drew them to themselves. Although those Jews had been called to the adoption of sons, they fell to kinship with dogs; we who were dogs received the strength, through God’s grace, to put aside the irrational nature which was ours and to rise to the honor of sons. How do I prove this? Christ said: “It is no fair to take the children’s bread and to cast it to the dogs”. Christ was speaking to the Canaanite woman when He called the Jews children and the Gentiles dogs.
But see how thereafter the order was changed about: they became dogs, and we became the children. Paul said of the Jews: “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the mutilation. For we are the circumcision”. Do you see how those who at first were children became dogs? Do you wish to find out how we, who at first were dogs, became children? “But to as many as received him, he gave the power of becoming sons of God”.
Nothing is more miserable than those people who never failed to attack their own salvation. When there was need to observe the Law, they trampled it under foot. Now that the Law has ceased to bind, they obstinately strive to observe it. What could be more pitiable that those who provoke God not only by transgressing the Law but also by keeping it? On this account Stephen said: “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart, you always resist the Holy Spirit”, not only by transgressing the Law but also by wishing to observe it at the wrong time.
Stephen was right in calling them stiff-necked. For they failed to take up the yoke of Christ, although it was sweet and had nothing about it which was either burdensome or oppressive. For he said: “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart”, and “Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light”. Nonetheless they failed to take up the yoke because of the stiffness of their necks. Not only did they fail to take it up but they broke it and destroyed it. For Jeremiah said: “Long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds”. It was not Paul who said this but the voice of the prophet speaking loud and clear. When he spoke of the yoke and the bonds, he meant the symbols of rule, because the Jews rejected the rule of Christ when they said: “We have no king but Caesar”. You Jews broke the yoke, you burst the bonds, you cast yourselves out of the kingdom of heaven, and you made yourselves subject to the rule of men. Please consider with me how accurately the prophet hinted that their hearts were uncontrolled. He did not say: “You set aside the yoke”, but “You broke the yoke” and this is the crime of untamed beasts, who are uncontrolled and reject rule.
But what is the source of this hardness? It come from gluttony and drunkenness. Who say so? Moses himself. “Israel ate and was filled and the darling grew fat and frisky”. When brute animals feed from a full manger, they grow plump and become more obstinate and hard to hold in check; they endure neither the yoke, the reins, nor the hand of the charioteer. Just so the Jewish people were driven by their drunkenness and plumpness to the ultimate evil; they kicked about, they failed to accept the yoke of Christ, nor did they pull the plow of his teaching. Another prophet hinted at this when he said: “Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn heifer”. And still another called the Jews “an untamed calf”.
Although such beasts are unfit for work, they are fit for killing. And this is what happened to the Jews: while they were making themselves unfit for work, they grew fit for slaughter. This is why Christ said: “But as for these my enemies, who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and slay them”. You Jews should have fasted then, when drunkenness was doing those terrible things to you, when your gluttony was giving birth to your ungodliness-not now. Now your fasting is untimely and an abomination. Who said so? Isaiah himself when he called out in a loud voice: “I did not choose this fast, say the Lord”. Why? “You quarrel and squabble when you fast and strike those subject to you with your fists”. But if you fasting was an abomination when you were striking your fellow slaves, does it become acceptable now that you have slain your Master? How could that be right?
The man who fast should be properly restrained, contrite, humbled-not drunk with anger. But do you strike your fellow slaves? In Isaiah’s day they quarreled and squabbled when they fasted; now when fast, they go in for excesses and the ultimate licentiousness, dancing with bare feet in the marketplace. The pretext is that they are fasting, but they act like men who are drunk. Hear how the prophet bit them to fast. “Sanctify a fast”, he said. He did not say: “Make a parade of your fasting”, but “call an assembly; gather together the ancients”. But these Jews are gathering choruses of effeminates and a great rubbish heap of harlots; they drag into the synagogue the whole theater, actors and all. For there is no difference between the theater and the synagogue. I know that some suspect me of rashness because I said there is no difference between the theater and the synagogue; but I suspect them of rashness if they do not think that this is so. If my declaration that the two are the same rests on my own authority, then charge me with rashness. But if the words I speak are the words of the prophet, then accept his decision.
Many, I know, respect the Jews and think that their present way of life is a venerable one. This is why I hasten to uproot and tear out this deadly opinion. I said that the synagogue is no better than a theater and I bring forward a prophet as my witness. Surely the Jews are not more deserving of belief than their prophets. “You had a harlot’s brow; you became shameless before all”. Where a harlot has set herself up, that place is a brothel. But the synagogue is not only a brothel and a theater; it also is a den of robbers and a lodging for wild beasts. Jeremiah said: “Your house has become for me the den of a hyena”. He does not simply say “of wild beast”, but “of a filthy wild beast”, and again: “I have abandoned my house, I have cast off my inheritance”. But when God forsakes a people, what hope of salvation is left? When God forsakes a place, that place becomes the dwelling of demons.
But at any rate the Jews say that they, too, adore God. God forbid that I say that. No Jew adores God! Who say so? The Son of God say so. For he said: “If you were to know my Father, you would also know me. But you neither know me nor do you know my Father”. Could I produce a witness more trustworthy than the Son of God?
If, then, the Jews fail to know the Father, if they crucified the Son, if they thrust off the help of the Spirit, who should not make bold to declare plainly that the synagogue is a dwelling of demons? God is not worshipped there. Heaven forbid! From now on it remains a place of idolatry. But still some people pay it honor as a holy place.
Let me tell you this, not from guesswork but from my own experience. Three days ago-believe me, I am not lying-I saw a free woman of good bearing, modest, and a believer. A brutal, unfeeling man, reputed to be a Christian (for I would not call a person who would dare to do such a thing a sincere Christian) was forcing her to enter the shrine of the Hebrews and to swear there an oath about some matters under dispute with him. She came up to me and asked for help; she begged me to prevent this lawless violence-for it was forbidden to her, who had shared in the divine mysteries, to enter that place. I was fired with indignation, I became angry, I rose up, I refused to let her be dragged into that transgression, I snatched her from the hands of her abductor. I asked him if were a Christian, and he said he was. Then I set upon him vigorously, charging him with lack of feeling and the worst stupidity; I told him he was no better off than a mule if he, who professed to worship Christ, would drag someone off to the dens of the Jews who had crucified him. I talked to him a long time, drawing my lesson from the Holy Gospels; I told him first that it was altogether forbidden to swear and that it was wrong to impose the necessity of swearing on anyone. I then told him that he most not subject a baptize believer to this necessity. In fact, he must not force even an unbaptized person to swear an oath.
After I talked with him at great length and had driven the folly of his error from his soul, I asked him why he rejected the Church and dragged the woman to the place where the Hebrews assembled. He answered that many people had told him that oaths sworn there were more to be feared. His words made me groan, then I grew angry, and finally I began to smile. When I saw the devil’s wickedness, I groaned because he had the power to seduce men; I grew angry when I considered how careless were those who were deceived; when I saw the extent and depth of the folly of those who were deceived, I smiled.
I told you this story because you are savage and ruthless in your attitude toward those who do such things and undergo these experiences. If you see one of your brothers falling into such transgressions, you consider that it is someone else’s misfortune, not your own; you think you have defended yourselves against your accusers when you say: “What concern of mine is it? What do I have in common with that man”? When you say that, your words manifest the utmost hatred for mankind and a cruelty which benefits the devil. What are you saying? You are a man and share the same nature. Why speak of a common nature when you have but a single head, Christ? Do you dare to say you have nothing in common with your own members? In what sense do you admit that Christ is the head of the Church? For certainly it is the function of the head to join all the limbs together, to order them carefully to each other, and to bind them into one nature. But if you have nothing in common with your members, then you have nothing in common with your brother, nor do you have Christ as your head.
The Jews frighten you as if you were little children, and you do not see it. Many wicked slaves show frightening and ridiculous masks to youngsters-the masks are not frightening by their nature, but they seem so to the children’s simple minds-and in this way they stir up many a laugh. This is the way the Jews frighten the simpler-minded Christians with the bugbears and hobgoblins of their shrines. Yet how could their ridiculous and disgraceful synagogues frighten you? Are they not the shrines of men who have been rejected, dishonored, and condemned?
Our churches are not like that; they are truly frightening and filled with fear. God’s presence makes a place frightening because he has power over life and death. In our churches we hear countless homilies on eternal punishments, on rivers of fire, on the venomous worm, on bonds that cannot be burst, or exterior darkness. But the Jews neither know nor dream of these things. They live for their bellies, they gape for the things of this world, their condition is not better than that of pigs or goats because of their wanton ways and excessive gluttony. They know but one thing: to fill their bellies and be drunk, to get all cut and bruised, to be hurt and wounded while fighting for their favorite charioteers.
Tell me, then, are their shrines awful and frightening? Who would say so? what reasons do we have for thinking that they are frightening unless someone should tell us that dishonored slaves, who have no right to speak and who have been driven from their Master’s home, should frighten us, who have been given honor and the freedom to speak? Certainly this is not the case. Inns are not more august then royal palaces. Indeed the synagogue is less deserving of honor than any inn. It is not merely a lodging place for robbers and cheats but also for demons. This is true not only of the synagogues but also of the souls of the Jews, as I shall try to prove at the end of my homily.
I urge you to keep my words in your minds in a special way. For I am not now speaking for show or applause but to cure your souls. And what else is left for me to say when some of you are still sick although there are so many physicians to effect a cure?
There were twelve apostles and they drew the whole world to themselves. The greater portion of the city is Christian, yet some are still sick with the Judaizing disease. And what could we, who are healthy, say in our own defense? Surely those who are sick deserve to be accused. But we are not free from blame, because we have neglected them in their hour of illness; if we had shown great concern for them and they had the benefit of this care, they could not possibly still be sick.
Let me get the start on you by saying this now, so that each of you may win over his brother. Even if you must impose restraint, even if you must use force, even if you must treat him ill and obstinately, do everything to save him from the devil’s snare and to free him from fellowship with those who slew Christ.
Tell me this. Suppose you were to see a man who had been justly condemned being led to execution through the marketplace. Suppose it were in your power to save him from the hands of the public executioner. Would you not do all you could to keep him from being dragged off? But now you see your own brother being dragged off unjustly to the depth of destruction. And it is not the executioner who drags him of, but the devil. Would you be so bold as not to do your part toward rescuing him from his transgression? If you don’t help him, what excuse would you find? But your brother is stronger and more powerful than you. Show him to me. If he will stand fast in his obstinate resolve, I shall choose to risk my life rather than let him enter the doors of the synagogue.
I shall say to him: What fellowship do you have with the free Jerusalem, with the Jerusalem above? You chose the one below; be a slave with that earthly Jerusalem which, according to the word of the Apostle, is a slave together with her children. Do you fast with the Jews? Then take off your shoes with the Jews, and walk barefoot in the marketplace, and share with them in their indecency and laughter. But you would not chose to do this because you are ashamed and apt to blush. Are you ashamed to share with them in outward appearance but unashamed to share in their impiety? What excuse will you have, you who are only half a Christian?
Believe me, I shall risk my life before I would neglect any one who is sick with this disease-if I see him. If I fail to see him, surely God will grant me pardon. And let each one of you consider this matter; let him not think it is something of secondary importance. Do you take no notice of what the deacon continuously calls out in the mysteries? “Recognize one another”, he says. Do you not see how he entrusts to you the careful examination of your brothers? Do this in the case of Judaizers, too. When you observe someone Judaizing, take hold of him, show him what he is doing, so that you may not yourself be an accessory to the risk he runs.
If any Roman soldier serving overseas is caught favoring the barbarians and the Persians, not only is he in danger but so also is everyone who was aware of how this felt and failed to make this fact known to the general. Since you are the army of Christ, be overly careful in searching to see if anyone favoring an alien faith has mingled among you, and make his presence know-not so that we may put him to death as those generals did, nor that we may punish him or take our vengeance upon him, but that we may free him from his error and ungodliness and make him entirely our own.
If you are unwilling to do this, if you know of such a person but conceal him, be sure that both you and he will be subject to the same penalty. For Paul subjects to chastisement and punishment not only those who commit acts of wickedness but also those who approve what they have done. The prophet, too, brings to the same judgment not only thieves but also who run with the thieves. And this is quite reasonable. For if a man is aware of a criminal’s actions but covers them up and conceals them, he is providing a stronger basis for the criminal to be careless of the law and making him less afraid in his career of crime.
But I must get back again to those who are sick. Consider, then, with whom they are sharing their fasts. It is with those who shouted: “Crucify him, Crucify him”, with those who said: “His blood be upon us and upon our children”. If some men had been caught in rebellion against their ruler and were condemned, would you have dared to go up to them and to speak with them? I think not. Is it not foolish, then, to show such readiness to flee from those who have sinned against a man, but to enter into fellowship with those who have committed outrages against God himself? Is it not strange that those who worship the Crucified keep common festival with those who crucified him? Is it not a sign of folly and the worst madness?
Since there are some who think of the synagogue as a holy place, I must say a few words to them. Why do you reverence that place? Must you not despise it, hold it in abomination, run away from it? They answer that the Law and the books of the prophets are kept there. What is this? Will any place where these books are be a holy place? By no means! This is the reason above all others why I hate the synagogue and abhor it. They have the prophets but not believe them; they read the sacred writings but reject their witness-and this is a mark of men guilty of the greatest outrage.
Tell me this. If you were to see a venerable man, illustrious and renowned, dragged off into a tavern or den of robbers; if you were to see him outraged, beaten, and subjected there to the worst violence, would you have held that tavern or den in high esteem because that great and esteemed man had been inside it while undergoing that violent treatment? I think not. Rather, for this very reason you would have hated and abhorred the place.
Let that be your judgment about the synagogue, too. For they brought the books of Moses and the prophets along with them into the synagogue, not to honor them but to outrage them with dishonor. When they say that Moses and the prophets knew not Christ and said nothing about his coming, what greater outrage could they do to those holy men than to accuse them of failing to recognize their Master, than to say that those saintly prophets are partners of their impiety? And so it is that we must hate both them and their synagogue all the more because of their offensive treatment of those holy men.
Why do I speak about the books and the synagogues? In time of persecution, the public executioners lay hold of the bodies of the martyrs, they scourge them, and tear them to pieces. Does it make the executioners’ hands holy because they lay hold of the body of holy men? Heaven forbid! The hands which grasped and held the bodies of the holy ones still stay unholy. Why? Because those executioners did a wicked thing when they laid their hands upon the holy. And will those who handle and outrage the writings of the holy ones be any more venerable for this than those who executed the martyrs? Would that not be the ultimate foolishness? If the maltreated bodies of the martyrs do not sanctify those who maltreated them but even add to their blood-guilt, much less could the Scriptures, if read without belief, ever help those who read without believing. The very act of deliberately choosing to maltreat the Scriptures convicts them of greater godlessness.
If they did not have the prophets, they would not deserve such punishment; if they had not read the sacred books, they would not be so unclean and so unholy. But, as it is, they have been stripped of all excuse. They do have the heralds of the truth but, with hostile heart, they set themselves against the prophets and the truth they speak. So it is for this reason that they would be all the more profane and blood-guilty: they have the prophets, but they treat them with hostile hearts.
So it is that I exhort you to flee and shun their gatherings. The harm they bring to our weaker brothers is not slight; they offer no slight excuse to sustain to the folly of the Jews. For when they see that you, who worship the Christ whom they crucified, are reverently following their rituals, how can they fail to think that the rites they have performed are the best and that our ceremonies are worthless? For after you worship and adore at our mysteries, you run to the very men who destroy our rites. Paul said: “If a man sees you that have knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols”? And let me say: If a man sees you that have knowledge come into the synagogue and participate in the festival of the Trumpets, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to admire what the Jews do? He who falls not only pays the penalty for his own fall, but he is also punished because he trips others as well. But the man who has stood firm is rewarded not only because of his own virtue but people admire him for leading others to desire the same things.
Therefore, flee the gatherings and holy places of the Jews. Let no man venerate the synagogue because of the holy books; let him hate and avoid it because the Jews outrage and maltreat the holy ones, because they refuse to believe their words, because they accuse them of the ultimate impiety.
That you may know that the sacred books do not make a place holy but that the purpose of those who frequent a place does make it profane, I shall tell an old story. Ptolemy Philadelphus had collected books from all over the world. When he learned that the Jews had writings which treated of God and the ideal state, he sent for men from Judea and had them translate those books, which he then had deposited in the temple of Serapis, for he was a pagan. Up to the present day the translated books remain there in the temple. But will the temple of Serapis be holy because of the holy books? Heaven forbid! Although the books have their own holiness, they do not give a share of it to the place because those who frequent the place are defiled.
You must apply the same argument to the synagogue. Even if there is no idol there, still demons do inhabit the place. And I say this not only about the synagogue here in town but about the one in Daphne as well; for at Daphne you have a more wicked place of perdition which they call Matrona’s. I have heard that many of the faithful go up there and sleep beside the place.
But heaven forbid that I call these people faithful. For to me the shrine of Matrona and the temple of Apollo are equally profane. If anyone charges me with boldness, I will in turn charge him with the utmost madness. For, tell me, is not the dwelling place of demons a place of impiety even if no god’s statue stands there? Here the slayers of Christ gather together, here the cross is driven out, here God is blasphemed, here the Father is ignored, here the Son is outraged, here the grace of the Spirit is rejected. Does not greater harm come from this place since the Jews themselves are demons? In the pagan temple the impiety is naked and obvious; it would not be ease to deceive a man of sound and prudent mind or entice him to go there. But in the synagogue there are men who say they worship God and abhor idols, men who say they have prophets and pay them honor. But by their words they make ready an abundance of bait to catch in their nets the simpler souls who are so foolish as to be caught of guard.
So the godlessness of the Jews and the pagans is on a par. But the Jews practice a deceit which is more dangerous. In their synagogue stands an invisible altar of deceit on which they sacrifice not sheep and calves but the souls of men.
Finally, if the ceremonies of the Jews move you to admiration, what do you have in common with us? If the Jewish ceremonies are venerable and great, our are lies. But if ours are true, as they are true, theirs are filled with deceit. I am not speaking of the Scriptures. Heaven forbid! It was the Scriptures which took me by the hand and led me to Christ. But I am talking about the ungodliness and present madness of the Jews.
Certainly it is the time for me to show that demons dwell in the synagogue, not only in the place itself but also in the souls of the Jews. As Christ said: “When an unclean spirit is gone out, he walks through dry places seeking rest. If he does not find it he says: I shall return to my house. And coming he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter into him and the last state of that man is made worse than the first. So shall it be also to this generations”.
Do you see that demons dwell in their souls and that these demons are more dangerous than the ones of old? And this is very reasonable. In the old days the Jews acted impiously toward the prophets; now they outrage the Master of the prophets. Tell me this. Do you not shudder to come into the same place with men possessed, who have so many unclean spirits, who have been reared amid slaughter and bloodshed? Must you share a greeting with them and exchange a bare word? Must you not turn away from them since they are the common disgrace and infection of the whole world? Have they not come to every form of wickedness? Have not all the prophets spent themselves making many and long speeches of accusation against them? What tragedy, what manner of lawlessness have they not eclipsed by their blood-guiltiness? They sacrificed their own sons and daughters to demons. They refused to recognize nature, they forgot the pangs, of birth, they trod underfoot the rearing of their children, they overturned from their foundations the laws of kingship, they became more savage than any wild beast.
Wild beasts oftentimes lay down their lives and scorn their own safety to protect their young. No necessity forced the Jews when they slew their own children with their own hands to pay honor to the avenging demons, the foes of our life. What deed of theirs should strike us with greater astonishment? Their ungodliness or their cruelty or their inhumanity? That they sacrificed their children or that they sacrificed them to demons? Because of their licentiousness, did they not show a lust beyond that of irrational animals? Hear what the prophet says of their excesses. “They are become as amorous stallions. Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife”. He did not say: “Everyone lusted after his neighbor’s wife”, but he expressed the madness which came from their licentiousness with the greatest clarity by speaking of it as the neighing of brute beasts.
What else do you wish me to tell you? Shall I tell you of their plundering, their covetousness, their abandonment of the poor, their thefts, their cheating in trade? the whole day long will not be enough to give you an account of these things. But do their festivals have something solemn and great about them? They have shown that these, too, are impure. Listen to the prophets; rather, listen to God and with how strong a statement he turns his back on them: “I have found your festivals hateful, I have thrust them away from myself”.
Does God hate their festivals and do you share in them? He did not say this or that festival, but all of them together. Do you wish to see that God hates the worship paid with kettledrums, with lyres, with harps, and other instruments? God said: “Take away from me the sound of your songs and I will not hear the canticle of you harps”. If God said: “Take them away from me”, do you run to listen to the trumpets? Are these sacrifices and offerings not an abomination? “If you bring me the finest wheaten flour, it is in vain: incense is an abomination to me”. The incense is an abomination. Is not the place also an abomination? Before they committed the crime of crimes, before they killed their Master, before the cross, before the slaying of Christ, it was an abomination. Is it not now all the more an abomination? And yet what is more fragrant than incense? But God looks not to the nature of the gifts but to the intention of those who bring them; it is this intention that he judges their offerings.
He paid heed to Abel and then to his gifts. He looked at Cain and then turned away from his offering. For Scripture says: “For Cain and his offerings he had no regard”. Noah offered to God sacrifices of sheep and calves and birds. The Scripture say: “And the Lord smelled a sweet odor”, that is, he accepted the offerings. For God has no nostrils but is a bodiless spirit. Yet what is carried up from the altar is the odor and smoke from burning bodies, and nothing is more malodorous than such a savor. But that you may learn that God attends to the intention of the one offering the sacrifice and then accepts or rejects it, Scripture calls the odor and the smoke a sweet savor; but it calls the incense an abomination because the intention of those offering it reeked with a great stench.
Do you wish to learn that, together with the sacrifices and the musical instruments and the festivals and the incense, God also rejects the temple because of those who enter it? He showed this mostly by his deeds, when he gave it over to barbarian hands, and later when he utterly destroyed it. But even before its destruction, through his prophet he shouted aloud and said: “Put not your trust in deceitful words for it will not help you when you say: “This is the temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord”! What the prophet says is that the temple does not make holy those who gather there, but those who gather there make the temple holy. If the temple did not help at a time when the Cherubim and the Ark were there, much less will it help now that all those things are gone, now that God’s rejection is complete, now that there is greater ground for enmity. How great an act of madness and derangement would it be to take as your partners in the festivals those who have been dishonored, those whom God has forsaken, those who angered the Master?
Tell me this. If a man were to have slain your son, would you endure to look upon him, or accept his greeting? Would you not shun him as a wicked demon, as the devil himself? They slew the Son of your Lord; do you have the boldness to enter with them under the same roof? After he was slain he heaped such honor upon you that he made you his brother and coheir. But you dishonor him so much that you pay honor to those who slew him on the cross, that you observe with them the fellowship of the festivals, that you go to their profane places, enter their unclean doors, and share in the tables of demons. For I am persuaded to call the fasting of the Jews a table of demons because they slew God. If the Jews are acting against God, must they not be serving the demons? Are you looking for demons to cure you? When Christ allowed the demons to enter into the swine, straightway they plunged into the sea. Will these demons spare the bodies of men? I wish they would not kill men’s bodies, that they would not plot against them. But they will. The demons cast men from Paradise and deprived them the honor from above. Will they cure their bodies? That is ridiculous, mere stories. The demons know how to plot and do harm, not to cure. They do not spare souls. Tell me, then, will they spare bodies? They try to drive men from the Kingdom. Will they choose to free them from disease?
Did you not hear what the prophet said? Rather, did you hear what God said through the prophet? He said that the demons can do neither good nor evil. Even if they could cure and wanted to do so-which is impossible-you must not take an indestructible and unending punishment in exchange for a slight benefit which can soon be destroyed. Will you cure your body and destroy your soul? You are making a poor exchange. Are you angering God who made your body, and are you calling to your aid the demon who plots against you?
If any demon-fearing pagan has medical knowledge, will he also find it easy to win you over to worship the pagan gods? Those pagans, too, have their skill. They, too, have often cured many diseases and brought the sick back to health. Are we going to share in their godlessness on this account? Heaven forbid! Hear what Moses said to the Jews. “If there arise in the midst of you a prophet or one that says he has dreamed a dream and he foretell a sign and a wonder, and that sign or wonder which he spoke come to pass, and he say to you: “Let us go and serve strange gods whom our fathers did not know, you shall not hear the words of that prophet or dreamer”.
What Moses means is this. If some prophet rises up, he says, and performs a sign, by either raising a dead man or cleansing a leper, or curing a maimed man, and after working the wonder calls you to impiety, do not heed him just because his sign comes to pass. Why? “The Lord your God is trying you to see whether you love him with all your heart and all your soul”. From this it is clear that demons do not cure. If ever God should permit demons to cure, as he might permit a man to do, his permission is given to test you-not because God does not know what you are, but that he may teach you to reject even the demons who do cure.
And why do I speak of bodily cures? If any man threatens you with Gehenna unless you deny Christ, do not heed his words. If someone should promise you a kingdom to revolt from the only-begotten Son of God, turn away from him and hate him. Be a disciple of Paul and emulate those words which his blessed and noble soul exclaimed when he said: “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, no height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ our Lord”.
No angels, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor any other creature separated Paul from the love of Christ. Do you revolt to cure your body? And what excuse could we find? Certainly we must fear Christ more than Gehenna and desire him more than a kingdom. Even if we be sick, it is better to remain in ill health than to fall into impiety for the sake of a cure; for even if a demon cures you, he has hurt more than he has helped. He has helped the body, which a short time later will altogether die and rot away. But he has hurt the soul, which will never die. Kidnappers often entice little boys by offering them sweets, and cakes, and marbles, and other such things; then they deprive them of their freedom and their very life. So, too, the demons promise cure of a limb and then dash the whole salvation of the soul into the sea.
Beloved, let us not put up with that; in every way let us seek to keep ourselves free from godlessness. Could Job not have heeded his wife, blasphemed against God, and been free from the disaster which beset him? “Curse God and die” she said. But he chose to suffer the pain and to waste away; he chose to endure that unbearable blow rather to blaspheme and be free from the evils which beset him. You must emulate him. If the demon shall promise you ten thousand cures from the ills which beset you, do not heed him, do not put up with him-just as Job refused to heed his wife. Chose to endure your illness rather than destroy your faith and the salvation of your soul. God does not forsake you. It is because he wishes to increase your glory that oftentimes he permits you to fall sick. Keep up your courage so that you may also hear him say: “Do you think I have dealt with you otherwise than that you may be shown to be just”?
I could have said more than this, but to keep you from forgetting what I have said, I shall bring my homily to an end here with the words of Moses: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you”. If any of you, whether you are here present or not, shall go to the spectacle of the Trumpets, or rush off to the synagogue, or go up to the shrine of Matrona, or take part in fasting, or share in the Sabbath, or observe any other Jewish ritual great or small, I call heaven and earth as my witnesses that I am guiltless of the blood of all of you.
These words will stand by your side and mine on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you heed them, they will bring you great confidence; if you heed them not or conceal anyone who dares to do those things, my words shall stand against you as bitter accusations. “For I have not shrunk from declaring to you the whole counsel of God”.
I have deposited the money with the bankers. It remains for you to increase the deposit and to use the profit from my words for the salvation of your brothers. Do you find it an oppressive burden to denounce those who commit these sins? It is an oppressive burden to remain silent. For this silence makes you an enemy to God and brings destruction both to you who conceal such sinners and to those whose sins go unrevealed. How much better it is to become hateful to our fellow servants for saving them to provoke God’s anger against yourselves. Even if your fellow servant be vexed with you now, he will not be able to harm you but will be grateful later on for his cure. But if you seek to win your fellow servant’s favor, if you remain silent and hurt him by concealing his sin, God will exact from you the ultimate penalty. Your silence will make God your foe and will hurt your brother; if you denounce him and reveal his sin, you will make God propitious and benefit your brother and you will gain as a friend one who was crazed but who learned from experience that you served him well.
Do not think, then, that you are doing your brothers a favor if you should see them pursuing some absurdity and should fail to accuse them with all zeal. If you lose a cloak, do you not consider as your foe not only the one who stole it but also the man who knew of the theft and refused to denounce the thief? Our common Mother (the Church) has lost not a cloak but a brother. The devil stole him and now holds him in Judaism. You know who stole him; you know him who was stolen. Do you see me lighting, as it were, the lamp of my instruction and searching everywhere in my grief? And do you stand silent, refusing to denounce him? What excuse will you have? Will the Church not reckon you among her worst enemies? Will she not consider you a foe and destroyer?
Heaven forbid that anyone who hears my words of advice should commit such a sin as to betray the brother for whom Christ died. Christ poured out his blood on his account. Are you too reluctant to utter a word on this account? I urge you not to be so reluctant. Right after you leave here, stir yourselves to the chase and let each of you bring me one of those suffering from this disease.
But heaven forbid that so many be sick with it. Let two or three, or ten or twenty of you bring me one man. One the day you do and when I see in your nets the game you have caught, I will set before you a more plentiful table. If I see that the advice I gave today has been put to work, I shall be more zealous in undertaking the cure of those men, and this will be a greater boon both for you and them.
Do not regard my words lightly. Be scrupulous in hunting out those who suffer from this sickness. Let the women search for the women, the men for the men, the slaves for the slaves, the freemen for the freemen, and the children for the children. Come all of you to our next meeting with such success that you win praise from me-and, before any praise of mine, that you obtain, from God a great and indescribable reward which in abundant measure surpasses the labors of those who succeed. May all of us obtain this by the grace and loving-kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom and with whom be glory to the Father together with the Holy Spirit now and forever, world without end. Amen.
From The Daily Stormer
The nerve of these Jews.
Shaking my damn head.
It never ceases to amaze.
Following Neo Nazi, White Supremacy threats of planning an armed march through the streets of Whitefish, Montana, Jews Against Hate are preparing a petition for Congress that would designate all Nazi groups as terror organizations.The British Parliament recently passed into law designating a neo-Nazi group to be labelled a terror organization and banned in a landmark first for the UK.
The order proscribing fascist group National Action was submitted before Parliament three weeks ago. It was the first time membership of a far-right group has been outlawed in the UK.
Here is the full text of their petition:
As you read this petition, American Nazis are terrorizing Jewish families and their friends in Whitefish, Montana. They have threatened to bring automatic weapons to a planned march sometime in January or February.The city of Whitefish argues that they will have to allow these racist Nazi thugs into their town based on “free speech”.
Incitement to murder and or harm Jews and other minorities is not free speech.
The Jewish families of Whitefish and the businesses that they are associated with have all been targeted online with death threats. Why do we allow these death threats and criminal harassment to go unpunished?
Nazi terrorism is not limited to Montana. On January 18, 2017, more than 20 Jewish Centers across the country were targeted with bomb threats.
Have we not learned anything about Nazis?
Have we forgotten the brutal history of the Nazi Party – 11 million murdered in World War Two as the result of racist hate?
The Nazis of 2017 have the same agenda as the Nazis of 1938.
In addition, the Nazis of 2017 have aligned themselves with the Hamas Islamic terror organization (Jihad) to achieve their global and domestic goals.
We recognize that many did not live through nor experience the original Nazi genocidal era. So we ask you to think of the evil of ISIS and the efforts that modern Nazis are making to associate with them and Hamas.
We are taking this action as the United Kingdom has recently declared the Neo-Nazi, anti-semitic group “National Action” as a terror organization under the Terrorism Act 2000. It is now a criminal offense to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support a Neo-Nazi group including displaying Nazi or Nazi supporting flags, posters or banners.
We kindly request of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate to designate the American Nazi Party AKA National Socialist White People’s Party as terror organizations.
This present and clear danger to the welfare, protection and safety of American citizens needs to be addressed without delay.
Obviously, I did not ever threaten anyone with anything – if I did, I would be in jail or at least facing criminal prosecution.
They just lie, because they are filthy lying Jews.
It’s shocking, really, to watch these kikes react in real time to simply being questioned.
It was the Jew Tanya Gersh who threatened Richard Spencer’s mother. It was the Jewish community of Montana – including the group “Love Lives Here” – which backed up Gersh in her campaign of extortion.
We simply responded.
And yet, somehow, we are the bad guys.
And the Jews are the victims.
Just think about how insane this is: they are claiming that we hate them for no reason, and simply randomly decided to protest them. They claim they have absolutely no idea what is going on. It’s all a big mystery – except that we are pure evil for ever saying anything negative about them, or taking any issue whatsoever with their behavior.
This is just like another Holocaust – a hoax created to defame good and well-meaning people who are trying to protect themselves and their kinfolk from the international Jewish terror network.
The Jews are a vicious, diseased race of evil monsters, and it is they who deserve to be banned as a terrorist group. Their entire existence, going back all through their recorded history, has been a series of terrorist incidents.
But they always project that evil onto their enemies.
The problem that they have at this point is that their projection is becoming ever more obvious. This “oh no – we’re the real victims!” routine is wearing extremely thin, as they tear through like an ancient monster from another dimension, destroying everything good and wholesome in the universe.
And so it is that they are calling for the Constitution of the United States to be disregarded, and for all of us to simply be forcibly silenced.
Well – not on my watch, Jews.
I will continue to oppose you until my dying breath.
Hitler was right.
January 19, 2017
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