THE BIBLE "ANSWER MAN"
Hank Hanegraaff   
Hank's email: webmaster@equip.org
For brother Hank:  TORAH INSTITUTE would like to address the following comments to you, and post your reply to them on this web page at your earliest convenience.
RE: Jesus.org Question of the Day; Should Christians Attend Church?
your essay / answer 1-27-2012 – by Hank Hanegraaff (the Bible Answer Man)
You wrote:
Indeed, I cannot conceive of a true Christian not wanting to gather together regularly with fellow believers to worship the Lord through the sacraments and receive His Word through preaching.”
Feedback from Lew White:
CRI states that it strives to “defend historic Christianity against theological heresy”; so with that concept in mind, please consider the following feedback on your answer cited above.
We don’t ever worship Yahuah through “sacraments”, but we worship Him through our obedience to His instructions, His will, which He has written in our hearts. You know this very well. One might also ponder the word, Church (Circe, Circus) and perhaps lean more toward “congregation” attendance. As a community of obedient followers of Yahusha, we love one another’s company at all times, however our gathering together is for our education and encouragement to prepare us for our work among the unbelievers, the primary purpose we serve, and Yahusha’s main work in us as we toil in the vineyard of Yahuah. Mankind needs good teachers, and we must refine away all guile from our lips.
In the whole, the doctrines you teach are very sound and founded in the Word of Yahuah. We all need correction, I’m certainly filled with flaws and strive each day to be cleansed and filled with the mind of our Mashiach, Yahusha.
The statement above contains the additional ideas of men, since “sacraments” is not an idea or teaching from Yahuah’s Word, but rather was adopted from Pagan sun worshippers. The logical question that would follow might be, “how many sacraments are there?”, but we both know that the Natsarim (Acts 24:5, a sect that were identified as the first followers of Yahusha) have no “sacraments”.
We would also like to note that “the Lord” and the distinction often made with the “device” LORD (in all capital letters) can be very troubling for those who view the removal of the true Name, Yahuah, to be according to the working of ha shatan (the adversary) because it allows him to usurp for himself the IDENTITY of the Creator. "BAAL” in Hebrew is translated directly as “LORD” in our common English, which stands as proof of this agenda.
The sovereign of esteem is Yahuah, not “the LORD”, and He will not stand by silently and allow another to claim it:
Isa 42:8: “I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.”

Psa 44:20, 21: “If we have forgotten the Name of our Elohim,

Or spread forth our hands to a strange mighty one; Will not Elohim search this out?

For he knows the secrets of the heart.”

Psa 24:10: “Who is this Sovereign of esteem? יהוה of hosts, He is the Sovereign of esteem! Selah.”
This is simply a friendly hello, and not a condemnation or any attempt to malign you. We all must be ready to encourage, love, and gently guide one another into a more correct way of teaching the pure and clean Truth. We see this occurred with Apollos in the book of Acts:
Act 18:26: “And he began to speak boldly in the congregation. And when Aqulas and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of Elohim more exactly.”
Pro 18:13: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.”
Being the “Answer Man”, you know everything I’ve stated is the Truth; now you must decide whether or not to practice, and teach, the undefiled Truth.
May Yahuah guide you always,
with love in your heart for the lost -
brother Lew
Lew White
Torah Institute
brother Lew
(Lew White)
Torah Institute
POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253

 

 

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