In this exciting episode, you’ll learn what a “straw-man argument” is, and learn the real motives behind those who want to have an open dialog with you.

This is intended to train future teachers for things they will face, not to destroy anyone’s reputation or criticize them personally. We must not take turns throwing one another into a pit over our what they wear, or don't wear, or their behavior. We must forgive those who mistreat us. We must control our own behavior, not impose our beliefs arrogantly.

Teach the Truth, and it will stand against the errors.

  Recently, I had a dialog with a young man . . . his name is withheld because we do to others as we would have them do to us.

(This report conforms to Mt. 18, even though he is an outsider and against Yahusha)

  It was mostly curiosity on my part that I agreed to have a discussion with him. I had never knowingly spoken with a person who believed the sun goes around the Earth, although one-fourth of U.S. citizens do not know the Earth orbits the sun. This and much more was part of our discussion.

  It is apparent the gentleman is an anti-missionary working against the Besorah of Yahusha.

Anti-missionaries study what we teach, and try to turn things against us. They hold their line of reasoning tightly, and base all of their casuistry on interpretations they choose, and reject all others as misinterpretations.

The use of case-based reasoning is a deceptive method of debate commonly employed by Jesuits.

  To anti-missionaries, identities and prophetic utterances are highly interpretive, moving from the extremes of preterism (all prophecy has been fulfillied) and futurism (future events unfulfilled). His statement that Mashiak has not yet come is telling, since there is no indication of a Mashiak at all in the first 5 books of Scripture – the word or concept does not exist yet – but he expects Mashiak to come. The term “Shiloh” (at Bereshith 49:10) we understand to be a prophecy concerning Yahusha, but there is no further information about Him being Yisharal’s Redeemer, or other details.

The term would remain a mystery for the duration of the prophets. The word Shiloh (tranquil) is still thought by some to refer to the “tranquil land”. The Ark and the Mishkan resided at Shiloh first, then moved for 20 years to Kiryath Yarim and a few other sites, until Daud moved it to the City of Daud. (see Yahusha/Joshua 18:1, 1 Shemual/Samuel 4:4, 2 Shemual 6, YirmeYahu/Jeremiah 7:12)

We who identify the term “Shiloh” with Yahusha our Mashiak think of it as one of His titles.

  The anti-missionary’s plan was to pin me down with proof, exclusively from the first five books, that Yahusha is Mashiak. When I mentioned the lambskin covering of Adam & Kuah, the substitution with a ram for Yitshaq on Mt. Moriah, the prophecy of a future Prophet like Mosheh that was to come, and several other things from the books of Mosheh, this anti-missionary said they were either mistranslations or he didn’t interpret their meanings as I did. It was as if everything he believed was compressed into the period of Mosheh’s lifetime; if Mosheh didn’t know about it, it’s as if it never happened and has no relevance. From his point of view, it’s as if he is like one of those who died in the wilderness without entering the promised land to conquer the Kananites with Yahusha (son of Nun) and Kaleb. He is in a closed box, and refused to accept anything outside the walls of the box he chooses to dwell in.

The Scripture that holds him in that position is: 

“Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of Yahuah your Alahim which I am commanding you.” Dt. / Debarim 4:2.

  I explained this precept pertained to the instructions we are to obey that guided us in how to love Yahuah and our neighbor (Torah). It was not stating there would be no further oracles made by Yahuah through prophets in the future. Based on his interpretation, all Scripture outside of the first 5 books of Mosheh are demonic inventions, and many of the writers never even existed.

In his belief system, Yahusha did not exist, but was invented by Christians and Constantinian conventions.

When I stated the concept of “resurrection” was not in the mind of those who followed Mosheh in the wilderness for 40 years, he went to great lengths to say that Yusef’s bones being taken back to the land of Kanan was evidence of a belief in the resurrection.

He missed the point I was making; the TEACHING of a resurrection of the body did not fully develop until we encounter the Prophets, Psalms, and the Natsarim Writings. I was not allowed to explain, but talked-over. The discussion was quickly steered to be more about my ignorance of Scripture, since he did not want the topic of “resurrection” to go in the direction of the Prophets, Psalms, and Natsarim Writings.  Yahuah does not teach on the subject of the resurrection of the body through the prophet Mosheh because it is an embedded mystery to unfold later, fully revealed through the understanding of the 7 festivals, the Redemption Plan of Yahuah. The understanding of the Redemptive Feasts has occurred only since around 2008 among the Natsarim, and we now know why (2730 years / Lev. 26 / Ezek 4). “Knowledge” is increasing, not remaining stagnant.

  The approach this anti-missionary used was highly scripted, based on a short list of straw-man arguments. For example, the offering of a human life for sacrifice is hated by Yahuah, and therefore Yahusha’s death would be offensive to Him.

Another straw-man he posed was that Miryam was betrothed to another man, and yet it is claimed Yahuah caused another man’s wife to become pregnant. It was as if all the points he wanted to make were laid out in a manual for anti-missionaries to debunk one thing: the existence and relevance of Yahusha.

It was incredible to witness how he claimed I did not use Scripture; and when I did, he said it did not prove Yahusha is Mashiak.

Using Scripture to prove Yahusha is NOT Mashiak is a common anti-missionary tactic, but futile. Yahusha is not a straw-man to be knocked-down. 

 When I used Scriptures he did not accept (such as anything past the first five books) he interrupted and claimed I was “preaching.”

Talking-over the person you are having a discussion with is rude and belligerent, but this could be simply due to nervousness or a feeling he needed to steer things more toward his audience’s beliefs. He would understandably not want to expose them to “outside” teachings (like my “preaching” when I used other Scriptures he did not recognize).

  The doubting of Yahuah’s Word was what led to the fall of mankind, so a spirit that says, “did Yahuah really say . . .” might probably be a spirit that tests “positive” for being demonic. Anyone who would deny the writings of all the prophets except one (Mosheh) is certainly in a thought-prison (stronghold). The excuse “We don’t need anything except the 5 books of Mosheh” is an irresponsible statement in light of the fact that YaAqob gathered his sons together to tell them what would befall them in the “last days.”

What is recorded for us through later prophets matters a great deal, since these prophets spoke in the Name of Yahuah; “This is what Yahuah says . . .” 

Therefore, we are responsible for all the Writings and must not reject any and all utterances of Yahuah.



Anti-missionaries are very much like snakes. 
Anyone can be "bitten" through attacks in the spiritual realm; the venom is in their words.
We don't have to die from the poison if we if we are joined to the Heart of Yahusha, and learn from our experience.
I was convicted last night in prayer to put myself in the position of an anti-missionary with whom I recently had a discussion. We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual principalities and powers arrayed against us. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. 
The lost are the ones we are sent to seek and find. If I have said anything that wounded the heart of the anti-missionary, I hereby apologize with all my heart.

We wrestle against teachings of error (doctrines of demons), but we are not to bring open shame on one another. 
Yahusha's love dwells in our vessels, and this bears the fruits of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Without Yahusha, we could not bear good fruit. We would bear the fruit of jealousy, malice, hatred, scorn, slandering, hypocrisy, pride, and bitterness. We can determine the tree by its fruit. May we always be sensitive to the pain of others, and never become the source of that pain. Wounding one another, we also wound Yahusha; we are His body.


  Anti-missionaries are most commonly men committed to counter the Besorah of Yahusha.

Their mission is to refute “Messianic” prophecies, and protect Rabbinic Judaism. This particular anti-missionary was also against Rabbinic Judaisim, which could be due to Jesuitism, or the individual is taking off on his own tangent to gather adherents.

  The average anti-missionary seeks to malign and harass any teachers who are perceived to be a threat to Rabbinic Judaism. They perform for their audience as they pose straw-man fallacies through dialogs with other groups and individual teachers. They create the illusion they have refuted their opponent’s position by ‘knocking-down” the “straw-man” they invented, instead of their original position. This is the heart of “casuistry”, or case-based reasoning that sounds plausible, but is deceptive.


The disciple whom Yahusha loved, Yahukanon, wrote to a chosen lady, Kuria, and her children concerning those not believing Yahusha to have come in the flesh, and about those who do not confess Him as Mashiak. Knowing that this individual is currently an anti-missionary, we are not to have any further dialog with him. Anti-missionaries have been around since the first Natsarim:


“And now I ask you, Kuria, not as though I wrote a fresh command to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.

And this is the love, that we walk according to His commands. This is the command, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 

Because many who are leading astray went out into the world who do not confess Yahusha Mashiak as coming in the flesh.

This one is he who is leading astray and the anti-mashiak.

See to yourselves, that we do not lose what we worked for, but that we might receive a complete reward.

Everyone who is transgressing and not staying in the teaching of Messiah does not possess Alahim. The one who stays in the teaching of Mashiak possesses both the Father and the Son.

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house nor greet him,

for he who greets him shares in his wicked works.” 2 Yahukanon 1:5-11


At Acts 17 we learn Paul is pursued by anti-missionaries from Thessalonike to Berea, and finally arrives in Athens.

His announcement of the Truth of the resurrection (of which they had never heard) made them responsible to repent, and believe Yahusha is appointed to judge all men:

“And having stood in the midst of the Areopagus Paul said,

‘Men of Athens, I see that you are very superstitious in every matter.

For passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN MIGHTY ONE. Not knowing then whom you worship, I make Him known to you:

Yahuah, Who made the world and all that is in it, this One being Master of heaven and earth, does not dwell in dwellings made with hands.

Nor is He served with men’s hands – as if needing any – Himself giving to all life, and breath, and all else.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having ordained beforehand the times and the boundaries of their dwelling, to seek the Master, if at least they would reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.”

Now then, since we are the offspring of Alahim, we should not think that the Alahim is like gold or silver or stone, an image made by the skill and thought of man.

Truly, then, having overlooked these times of ignorance, Alahim now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed, having given proof of this to all by raising Him from the dead.’ And hearing of the resurrection of the dead, some indeed mocked, while others said, ‘We shall hear you again concerning this.’”  Acts 17:22-32


“Everyone, therefore, who shall confess Me before men, him I shall also confess before My Father who is in the heavens.

But whoever shall deny Me before men, him I shall also deny before My Father who is in the heavens.” 

- Mt. 10:32, 33


Let’s confess our belief in Yahusha before all men and women, and obey His Covenant.

Remember to be kind to all, even unbelievers, and those who persecute you. Return kindness to those who insult you. Keep their feelings ever present in your mind, so they will never recall you wounding them with your words. We have all failed at this, including myself recently in the dialog I had with this gentleman who is an anti-missionary. Our goal is not to win debates, but sow the Torah, so it will bear the fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The Torah teaches love for Yahuah, and love for our neighbor. Missing the goal of love, having Torah, shows a person to be without empathy for others' pain. Yahuah's primary character-trait is love; those who know Him exhibit His character. Yahusha explained it using "fruit."

As a witness to the unbelievers, let’s especially love one another, and bear the evidence that we are the true followers of Yahusha, His Natsarim!

Lew White
Torah Institute
POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253



Yahusha wants to teach us how to love. The Word of Life contains the power to change a hard heart.

The greatest example of love is to lay down one’s life for another. Psalm 22 reveals how Yahusha was to suffer for us. Reading it aloud is one of the most powerful examples of how GREAT His love is for us. We are to share the instructions of love, and tell the next generation how much they are loved.

They have a Shepherd that laid down His life for His sheep.

Below is the last verse of Psalm 22, speaking of how we declare His righteousness (Torah), followed by Psalm 23:


31 They shall come and declare His

righteousness to a people yet to be

born, For He shall do it!


1 Yahuah is my Shepherd; nothing do I need.

2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside still mayim.

3 He returns my breath; He leads me in paths

of righteousness For His Name’s sake.

4 When I walk through the valley of the

shadow of death, I fear no evil.

For You are with me; Your rod and Your

staff, they comfort me.

5 You spread before me a table in the

face of my enemies; You have anointed my

head with oil; My cup overflows.

6 Only goodness and lovingkindness follow

me all the yomim of my life;

And I shall dwell in the House of Yahuah,

for the duration of yomim!  -BYNV


  Some of these Hebrew words may be unfamiliar to some readers. This translation restores the transliteration of the Name to the English text. The Hebrew word “BAAL” means “LORD” in Hebrew, yet most translations have removed the true Name (Yahuah), and inserted the word “LORD” (BAAL) in place of it. His Word (Torah) and Name (Yahuah) are above all (Psalm 138:2).

Every translation should interpret the meaning of the words and context as simply as possible. The objective is to transmit the thoughts and presence of Yahusha’s Mind, and His identity (His Name), to every passage of Scripture. 

The idea of the last verse of Psalm 22 is repeated again in another Psalm:


“This is written for a generation to come, so that a people to be created praise Yah.”  Psalm / Tehilim 102:18

I hope the generation to “praise Yah” is your generation. Let’s call on His real Name, and shun human traditions that hide it.

Lew White
Torah Institute
POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253