One or Many?
The Mick Questions?
O Israel: Yahweh our Elohim is one Yahweh: DEUTERONOMY 6:4
And the glory which you have given me I have given unto them; that
they may be one, even as we are one;
For sometime there has been a movement in the religious world of unlike organizations associating themselves for various purposes.
one time the reasons given for those associations centered on "opening
dialogues" or to consolidate the influence of the individual groups into a
unified front for some common cause.
seemed innocent enough at the time - different groups were enabled to become
informed of each other's views, or a united front was presented in order to
influence some perceived need or issue.
individual groups were at that time well aware of their personal histories and
doctrines thus resulting in measured co-operation.
This has resulted in an "I'm OK, You're OK" attitude. There are
congregations of very different denominations who "exchange"
Ministers, laypersons, and some ministers now distrusting anyone claiming
exclusivity rather than near blind inclusively. This liberal attitude has deeply
penetrated into the Sacred Name movement.
would appear that many, maybe most, have been worn down by being separated from
the world at large to the point of doctrinal compromise, all in the name of
"fellowship." Is this acceptable? Can we "fellowship" with
Hopefully you have accepted or rejected different belief systems and
denominations due to your longing to be in harmony with, and subjugation to,
Almighty Yahweh out of love toward Him, and a desire for salvation.
has led you to study their doctrines and practices and you gravitate toward
those in agreement with Scripture. Let us look at the Scriptures and be subject
How many organized bodies of True Worship exist at any one time? The answer has
always been NO MORE THAN ONE.
Adam to Noah worship followed two lines - Cain (murdered of Abel due to issues
of worship in Genesis 4 [see also Hebrews 11: 4], polygamy in Genesis 4: 19,
revenge murder in Genesis 4: 23), and the Seth line which included Enoch and
ended with only eight persons who were deemed worthy of survival in the Great
Flood, described in Genesis 7.
shows that from the Garden of Eden to the Flood Yahweh dealt with only one
person or some of the descendents of that person. When there was interaction
between the line of True worship and the line of False worship, the result
tended toward death of one or of the other. This continues through Shem, Abram
and Lot, to Jacob and his family (Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 18: 22-19;
battles Genesis 14 and 34 as examples) with the first large scale organized
false worship evident at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11).
the entire Bible whenever those in True Worship dealt or
"fellowshipped" with those in False Worship the result was less than
desirable. (Many times it proved disastrous.)
At the end of the book of Genesis the family of Israel had moved into Egypt
where, as shown in various places (especially the Golden Calf incident in Exodus
32) they had assimilated some of the local religion. So where was the True
Worship organized? It was with Jethro the high priest of Midian, the one who
became Moses' father-in-law. Why was Moses led to this man do you suppose?)
when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the
face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
was here that Moses was re-educated and finally commissioned by Yahweh - Exodus
2: 16 through 4. Once again Yahweh left Himself a witness; when Israel failed He
chose a leading family of a relative of Israel until the time was right to
transfer His worship back to where He Yahweh intended it to be.
From Genesis to Malachi Yahweh's worship was centered in Israel - Aaronic
Priesthood - various judges - various prophets. Anyone who dared to attempt to
control or to start an opposing organization (by their own authority) was
severely dealt with. Whenever True Worship lost it's cohesiveness (always due to
sin) Yahweh had His written word as a witness, allowing a righteous ruler to
re-establish it (see Josiah's reform in 2 Kings 22 as an example). At no time
was another religion, people, coalition or blending of religion recognized by
the Almighty; He recognized only His appointed system.
An argument sometimes put forth for "fellowshipping" with others is
the incident of the 7000 "prophets" unknown to EliYah in 1 Kings 19:
18. There are several problems with using this passage in this way:
(1) Nowhere are they called "prophets." Verse 18 reads "Yet will
I leave me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal,
and every mouth which has not kissed him." T.S.S. These are people who are
totally loyal to Yahweh.
fact this goes against the idea of "fellowshipping" with those in
(2) It was a prophecy for the then future.
(3) This does not deal with those at the center of organized True Worship (at the Temple in Jerusalem) but with the actions of True worshippers living away from the center. They remain separate from B--l worship.
Everywhere Yahweh instructs His worshippers to separate themselves from, make no covenant with, make no marriages with, have no fellowship with those in false worship (a.k.a. "Babylon") especially those who claim to be in the Body:
7: 3, 17: 2-7; Numbers 16: 20; Jeremiah 51: 6; Romans 16: 17; 2 Thessalonians 3:
6-15; Revelation 18: 4 for a few
examples). Amos 3: 3, asks us if we can walk (commune, fellowship) with those
with whom we disagree; the answer being "No." If we
"fellowship" with people we are supporting them and therefore are as
one of them.
example of worshipping Yahweh with a blending of True and False worships is
shown in 2 Kings 17 especially verses 32 - 41. No doubt these people felt good
in their worship and could "fellowship" with each other without major
problems; they were rejected by the Almighty as both Bible and history show.
To save time let us go to Paul's writings. If anyone should have been open to
fellowshipping with those of differing viewpoints it should have been him.
However, his letters were to, and concerning the workings of, the Apostolic
Assemblies, the developing new center of True Worship. In his letters he
admonishes those who would "fellowship" with those in false or pagan
worship: 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18. Yes, even to the point of not associating with
"evil companions": 1 Corinthians 15: 33.
OK, this will separate us from those who are "evil" within True
Worship, and from those outside (except for witnessing and the necessary
interactions of everyday life), but what about "fellow believers" who
just (?) have somewhat "different understandings" of the Truth?
know that in any group some are "further advanced" than others, and
that those weaker members (but growing) in the Faith must be supported by the
stronger. This does NOT mean we are to allow just anyone into our fellowship or
to allow just anything to go on!
is the way and narrow the gate": Matthew 7: 14. Paul had terrible problems
with people coming in and doing as they saw fit, even at the Memorial Meal of
the Messiah's Sacrifice, even to the point of causing schisms: 1 Corinthians 1:
13; 11: 17-34 for examples. No, even the doctrines of headship and of head
coverings had to be addressed first, in 1 Corinthians 11: 1-16.
This brings us to today. Look at the websites for some Sacred Name groups, their statements of faith (if you can find one!) and their pictures, they tell a story. Can the ONE Body, ONE Spirit of 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 be in a group in which some insist on head coverings while others refuse?
allow women to wear pants to services while others feel it is wrong? Some shave,
some don't? Some men or women have long hair while some have short? Some are
"charismatic" while some reject it? Some wear tzith-tizth while some
don't? some ...; well you get the picture. In the name of "fellowship"
joy- popping chaos reigns, rather than Yahweh's word:
Corinthians 14: 33.
such a setting will Yahweh be pleased? Will He bless? Will His Spirit reside at
such an event? No! There is no unity; and if Yahweh's Spirit is not there then
Satan's spirit must be a possibility considered.
In conclusion: - through all of time as we know it, there has been only
ONE true Body, ONE true worship; all others being false by default. Yahweh
always leaves Himself a witness in One person, or ONE family, ONE group, or if
all else fails in His written word for later revival.
one body, and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your
calling; one Master, one faith, one baptism, one El and Father of all, who is
over all, and through all, and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
no time are there two or more equally recognized groups with divergent doctrinal
views; Yahweh is one: Deuteronomy 6: 4 and He needs only ONE group/family/person
at a time.
Those who claim that all is well if we only use the Sacred Name forget Matthew
7: 21-23, and that only a little leaven will leaven the whole lump; they have
their reward now; but know this - they cannot be the One True Body;
theirsí is a dysfunctional, Schizophrenic body that only leads to
Since there is only ONE True Body, it will be the one that worships Yahweh in truth and in spirit; it will not be well received by weak personalities who desire only companionship and the feeling of being a part of a larger non-judgmental group; but, will strive to remain separate from "Babylon." UNITY in the Truth will be evident everywhere in it; not acceptance of "it can't be wrong if it feels so right."
What I question is this fact! You have only one Bible and from that one source of information there are how many denominations? Almost more than you can count! Should this be the case? You tell me!
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