A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit Jewish Supremacists Continue to Ignore The Misbehaviour Of Their Leaders
or many years, I was baffled by
the abject refusal of Rapture Cultists to factor in the widespread misdeeds of
their leaders, as evidence their doctrinal stance was not necessarily on track.
When key Cult leaders, such as Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith publicly boasted the
idea someone could be "left behind" was a powerful inducement to upright
behaviour, as one who knows better, it became appropriate to impeach such
The problem is, challenging such an assertion involves
airing dirty laundry, and if there is one thing Christians really dislike, it is
telling the truth about the misdeeds of their sacred cows. However, Jesus
Christ Himself is the one who plainly stated the fruit was up for
"inspection," so some years ago we began to examine the idea the Rapture was a
purifying force. After finding actual pastors in Chuck Smith's own
non-denominational denomination in sexual imbroglios, I found it a bit difficult
to politely describe the impact of church personnel walking in to catch the
culprit in flagrante dilicto.
Obviously, the misdeeds are huge,
but few "truth seeking" believers even want to be reminded of the high profile
scandals of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, or Paul Crouch -- all of which were
embroiled in sexual scandals. However, by refusing to even acknowledge the
common denominator that every one of them is (or was at the time) a Rapture
Cultist, we end up completely sidestepping the reason Christ told us about
the identifying the tree by its fruit principle.
Incidentally, for those younger
members of the body of Christ who don't remember the previously mentioned
Spiritual spectacles, we could cite the more recent cases of Todd Bentley,
"Bishop" Eddie Long, Bob Jones, Mike Bickle (of the so called "Kansas City
prophets"), and Paul Cain of the "Latter Rain" movement. All were exposed in sex
entanglements (Cain's was homosexual), and yet no-one seems to connect the
To be certain, some of the other
moral difficulties of Rapture Cultists also involves pants, but it's more along
the line of emptying someone else's pockets. Because most Christians eschew the
truth when its unsavory, the media allegedly originating in Christendom
frequently covers up things like the burgeoning shoplifting problem found at
Christian bookstores. or the fact that the Christian divorce rate recently
exceeded that of the non-believers.
However, we're concerned here
with the leaders, so I'll mention the spiraling numbers of Cult writers caught
in plagiarism. One researcher, Dave MacPherson, following just that line
of inquiry, found enough cases of outright plagiarism to fill an entire book
entitled, The Three R's: Rapture. Revisionism, & Robbery. Predictably,
every example he found was a Jewish Supremacist, usually espousing the Rapture
Obviously, ALL have sinned and
come short of the glory of God, but just imagine if Christ had ignored the
hypocrisy of the Pharisees! Never mind that table turning episode with the
money-masters in the temple, it's important we remember that whole Woe Unto You,
Scribes [read lawyers], Pharisees [read Pastors/Priests), Hypocrites thing! The
latter term was drawn from the Greek word for actors -- but in our modern
nomenclature, a fair translation would be posers.
In recent times, we've been
treated to some juicy scandals involving the so-called Messianic brand of Jewish
Supremacists -- as opposed to the Rapture Cult variety. Incidentally, for those
of you bereft of Christian Scripture, a Jewish Supremacist is a racist
who teaches Jews are chosen based on their skin, even though the New
Testament adamantly states the "chosen people" are only included because of
their Spiritual relationship with Christ.
Moving away from the Rapture
Cult, but staying with the Jewish Supremacist motif, the very popular Messianic
teacher Michael Rood has gone from one high profile scandal after
another, and in more than one case he's accused his own ministry accountability
structure of stealing from him. To maintain some facade of legitimacy, Rood
brought in a peer group to examine the data, but then excommunicated them when
they told him he was the problem.
Just recently, Lew White,
the author of one of the most widely read books on the Sacred Name
nonsense (his contribution being a pile of printed manure called Fossilized
Customs), was exposed for, shall we say, inconsistencies of his own.
Incidentally, the "Namers," as they're called, will tell you with a straight
face you've got to spell the LORD's Hebrew name right, or die accursed. They're
also well known for the fraud which posits the name JESUS is supposedly
derived from Zeus, or the cross is a Satanic symbol, etc. It goes
downhill from there.
Turns out legalistic Lew finances
his "religious" activities with the proceeds from running the largest head shop
in Louisville, a place called Electric Ladyland. As Mr. Hendrix
said, we are indeed experienced, but the real Jesus showed us a really
better way, so we put away the hash pipe a long time ago. Somehow, when the
Apostle Paul recommended earning an honest living by citing his work as a
tentmaker, I don't think he had the sales of drug paraphernalia in mind.
Living in America, I suppose we
should expect the occasional political moron sending pictures of his jones to
prospective female partners, but we had the distinct impression that Christ
called us all to a higher standard. For those who refuse to even consider the
implications of eating from the poison produce growing in the tree found in the
churches, I suppose we should just resign ourselve to the obvious fact that they
deserve their collective fate. As for me and my house, although we regularly
fall short, we will continue to make a serious effort to serve the LORD.