With the above comments always in mind, Despatch must deal with the recent changes which we feel are becoming unacceptable. Maranatha Revival Crusade's, World Report, No. 103, page 41-43 has brought out a number of answers to questions which some puzzled believers have been asking. Don has said, in essence, that he is not Judaizing the Christian message and Churches. Before hand, we and others had written to Don making comment. The answers are fine in World Report, but the strange thing is that Don Stanton SAYS certain things, but other books he endorses, mainlyImages by the group called Tishrei, give other, opposite views. What is going on? No reply had come from Don in regard to our letter, sent with other people's letters and material.
The Book of Hebrews, a new version called A Clear, Preferred Version, compiled by Don Stanton from every version imaginable, (including the Catholicised, New International), which even changes the Lord Jesus Christ's name to Y'shua, is astonishing!
What next! Don Stanton is rewriting the Bible! On page 49 of this new Epistle to the Hebrews, Don suggests that Pastors make Saturday their Rest Day, or Sabbath. There are no formal instructions to do so, but there is a decidedly Jewish, Old Testament flavour to the whole thing, a suggestion that keeping a Sabbath would be advantageous.
Compare with the book `Law and Grace' from Maranatha, page 47:
"We are free to grow in grace and truth, towards the only true life of grace, when we are completely submitted to God and our walk in the Holy Spirit. YET THE LAW has a part to play alongside this as we mature in the life of grace, when we are completely submitted to God and our walk in the Holy Spirit."
The Torah is THE LAW of the Old Testament. If this is not going back under the law, then I cannot imagine what WOULD BE! No, not for salvation, but going back under the Law as a control for our Christian WALK after we are saved! This is Judaizing! THE LAW for sanctification.
To be under the Law is not freedom in Christ Jesus our Lord, it is to be in bondage to become a debtor to keep the whole of the Mosaic Law. It is a strong form of legalism which was written about in the book of Galatians.
It is, as Wilmington's Bible Commentary puts it:
"To put oneself back under the law means to deny the sweet and sure control of God's grace!"
I, for one, will not trade the blessed yoke of Christ Jesus, for the burden of the yoke of the Law. What a contrast.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1.
I shuddered to read on
What is going on, Don? Is this another` Jesus', a spirit, dare I say it?
It seems that Don is writing a WHOLE new version of God's Word,
a whole new Bible, the Clear Preferred Version, C.P.V.! He quotes
form HIS version all the time in his Prophetic Alerts. He has diligently
compared the Greek text AND has, he says, written with weight placed
on the Greek Textus Receptus. Well, that is great, some of it is not
from the occult or Catholic versions!
TISHREI, the Christian/Jewish organisation which Don Stanton has enthusiastically joined forces with, is causing concern to Christians in some quarters, ourselves as well! A difficult group to write about as the material sent out by these people is heavy with Judaism and Hebrew phrases and words. There is little doubt that the return to the Old Testament and the Hebrew which is marking the MRC booklets has its source in TISHREI. Perhaps it would be wise to summarise the þchangesþ which Tishrei is bringing in.
A plethora of Judaizing is advocated by Tishrei and Don Stanton's MRC, yet Don continues to deny this obvious fact. Don decries complaints that he is Judaizing Christians, yet he has departed from the plain, unadorned faith in Christ Jesus and the New Testament, which is better than the Old, by the following Jewish innovation:
Tishrei itself is a ministry to converted Jews, which seeks to make newly converted Jews þcomfortableþ in Christianity. But why SHOULD they change Christianity back to Judaism! Next thing we'll know is that evangelists will want to make Hindu converts comfortable, so they will change Jesus Christ's glorious name to Kali, and the church to ashram, and pastor to guru. Not the same as Y'shua? True, Kali is pagan and evil, but our Christian titles are very important to us all. Can you imagine standing in Church and singing, "What a Friend we have in Y'shua". Or singing, "The People of the Way's one foundation is Y'shua."
TISHREI and Don Stanton insist that Christians return to their Jewish roots. The front of books sent by Tishrei have a modern version verse from the book of Romans, which gives quite a different meaning from the KJV. In essence it suggests that Christians DRAW THEIR SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT FROM THE ROOT OF JUDAISM, whilst the KJV clearly shows that both Christianity and the Jews draw their spiritual nourishment from CHRIST JESUS who is the GOOD OLIVE TREE. COMPARE TISHREI'S COVER VERSE WITH KJV VERSE - ROMANS 11:17
Tishrei: "...you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root..."
KJV: "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and WITH THEM partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree."
The reader can see that the first quote from Tishrei gives the impression that Christians get nourishment from þthe olive rootþ which Tishrei sees as Judaism. Whilst the KJV shows clearly that Christianity and Judaism BOTH draw from the root of the olive tree, which root is Christ Jesus our Lord. He is the good olive tree of Romans 11:24. The Jews could hardly be the broken off branches, AND be the þgood olive treeþ as well! Especially when they were broken off because they rejected their Messiah, Christ Jesus.
The olive tree represents the blessings promised to Abraham's seed. He was a Hebrew. The promise came down history, until Christ Jesus was born of that line, and IN CHRIST were all families of the earth blessed. Compare Gen.12:3; Gal.3:6-9 & 13-14.
TISHREI and DON STANTON are bringing bondage to the people of God! Deliberately? Of course they are not! We need to be much in prayer for those in leadership, that God would grant to them that they be kept from deception. Don is right in the front lines of the battle, he is no doubt very sincere.
In the Tishrei material TALMUDIC quotes appear constantly. Hebrew phrases, words, feasts, laws, dietary habits, the Sabbath and so on are stressed overwhelmingly. Why? Because they are seeking to bring the Christians back to the Jewish roots which do not exist for us! WE ARE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS, people. Do not go into bondage again to the law. In Christ Jesus ALL THINGS ARE MADE NEW.
If Tishrei is NOT doing something þdifferentþ to our Christian faith, then why do they teach at all? The very fact that Tishrei is teaching other material from that which is clearly of the Christian faith surely shows they are teaching something decidedly different, and it is clear to see it is Judaism!!!!
Don Stanton cannot blithely deny the above, then
"Rabbi Meir said, `While the man is in agony, what does the Tongue (a name for God) say? "...(Sanhedrin 6:5).
* note: This passage really refers to Deuteronomy 21:22-23, which speaks of a criminal who is being put to death.
"Rabbi Meir expounds the Hebrew words (ki-le-lat' elo-him) as a painful thing of God, ... The use of simple - to - complex reasoning is proportionate as frequent in the teaching of Jesus as it is in the teaching of other Rabbis. The Mishnah is approximately six times the size of the Gospels..."
The point Despatch wants to make here is that the Tishrei books draw
together the Jewish holy books, the Talmud, the Old Testament and the New
Testament as though they were of equal value. Christ Jesus is even seen
above as one of the Rabbis [He was called `Rabbi' meaning teacher in the
N.T, but He is NOW the High Priest of the Church.]
The above quote was announcing a leading article by Menahem Benhayim, former Israel Secretary of the International Hebrew Christian (Messianic Jewish) Alliance.
Many more quotes could be given. Now compare these aims with the prophecies of Rick Joyner, who is a Dominionist who wants to form a kingdom of God across the planet: "This will be the most glorious advance that the church is to make before the return of the Lord. THE JEWS AND THE GENTILES WERE MEANT TO BE ONE LOAF (see Ephesians 2:14-18). The plan will not be complete until they are joined in Christ. When the times of the Gentiles end it is the beginning of the times of the Jews and the Gentiles. This period will not be complete until the barriers of race and prejudice have been overcome and there is unity between the spiritual and natural seeds of Israel." p.139.
Page 140 of the same book: "When the apostolic ministry has been fully restored so will the apostolic message concerning Israel be restored: the grafting back in of the Jew and Israel's role in God's plan for this day. With this revelation an ILLUMINATION will also come on His plan for the church which TRANSCENDS that which is PRESENTLY UNDERSTOOD." (emphasis in both quotes mine.)
Page 141: "Because it is the central purpose
of God to reveal His resistance to the proud, there will also be an increasingly
swift judgement against those who become arrogant toward the natural branches
(the Jews). Romans 11 :18-22. This must be so because of the significance
of what will result when the two olive tress become one. The joining of
the natural and heavenly seeds (the Church and Israel) will ultimately
result in the free interchange between the heavens and the earth, one day
making it possible for God who is spirit to dwell on earth among men in
Since a law is given within the context of a covenant, the nations could not be given the Mosaic law since they are not under the covenant of Sinai; instead they are under the Noahic Covenant.... CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCT- IONISTS. (Despatch comment, these are replacement theologians) believe not only that the Mosaic law should be practiced by individual Christians for sanctification but that Christians are responsible to have the civil magistrates enforce it in its detail in each society in which they live."
Don Stanton and M.R.C. is moving away from his original stance as a pre-millennial believer into the camp of the Dominionists! The arena which is dominated by anti - democracy, anti - freedom in Christ militants such as Rousas Rushdoony, Gary North and Greg Bahnsen.
Throughout the Judaism of today there lurks the mysticism of the Kabbalists.
This, too, is of the Antichrist system. Not only is Maranatha Revival Crusade
actively condoning the bondage of new Christian converts to the Rabbis,
the oral Jewish traditions and the Talmud, when these converts come from
a Jewish background, MRC is going further. They are seeking to bring bondage
to those things into the very Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! This is
similar to sending the Catholic convert back into the Popish system, no,
it is more, it is like encouraging these converts to bring the whole Church
under the Pope's system. Judaism is an evil, Satanic system of error as
it is today.
On Rabbi Sneerson's sect Prashk says: "It is again Gnosticism. It is totally crazy!"
Prashk warns against those Christian groups who build bridges
with the Jews, see the Jews as finding safety in the land of Israel and
refuse to give them the Gospel in case they offend. He declares
with boldness and truth that the only safety for the Jew is the Lord Jesus
Christ, and tells those who love the Lord and the Jews to keep away from
groups who refuse to share Christ and the Gospel with the Jews. Such groups
do not love the Jewish people, they are condemning individuals to a Christless
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