Have you ever stopped to think whether the doctrines you hear in your church are actually coming from the word of the creator? In Traditional Anti-Torah Church Doctrines, author Cornie Banman offers an analysis of doctrines to help Christians ascertain whether a doctrine comes directly from God or originates from man.
Banman explains how and why traditional Christendom has rejected the Ten Commandments and how that belief has inevitably created an anti-God messiah. In Traditional Anti-Torah Church Doctrines, he shows how:
• A subtle and powerful philosophy of anti-Jew doctrines has indoctrinated traditional Christians into believing the Messiah's first coming was to abolish the Ten Commandments
• The philosophy of a few church fathers has undermined the Ten Commandments by elevating manmade traditions to commandment status
• An anti-Jew philosophy plays a key role in abolishing the commandments and exposes its foundation
• The God of Abraham has given mankind a simple formula to test and measure all doctrines against his word
• Anyone can use that test against all doctrines to see whether they are inspired by the God of the scriptures or by the gods of this world.
• A person who's snared by deceived indoctrination can get back into alignment with God's true word
Illustrating his beliefs with biblical evidence, Banman provides guidance for testing and measuring the instructions coming from your church with God's truth in a simple way.
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Traditional Anti-Torah Church Doctrines
The Curses of Our Fathers
By Cornie Banman
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WHERE DID THE CHURCH TRADITIONS BEGIN?
We need to start way back in time, a few millennia ago or so. In the book of Genesis God told Abraham—a man who had great and absolute faith in Him—that He would give him much property in which He would raise up many people through his seed, by which He would bless the whole world: "For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth" (Gen. 13:15–16; read also Gen. 12:3, 7; 15:5–7; 17:7–8; 18:18; 22:17; 24:60; 26:3–5; 28:13–14; 32:12; Ex 32:13; Deut. 9:5–6; Acts 3:25; Rom. 4:17; Gal. 3:8, 17; Heb. 11:12). God made an eternal promise and covenant with Abraham: "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting <'owlam> covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting <'owlam> possession; and I will be their God" (Gen. 17:7–8; read also Gen. 26:24; 28:13; Rom. 9:8; Gal. 3:17; Heb. 11:16).
God foretold Abraham that his descendants would be oppressed in a land of strangers from among whom He would later redeem them with great substance. Abraham had a son Isaac, who had a son Jacob. And because of Abraham's faith and obedience to God's laws and commandments, which God knew he would also teach to his children (Gen. 18:19), God transferred the covenants and promises to his descendants: "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge
In Exodus chapters 1 to 11, we read of how the Egyptians forced brutal labor upon the Israelites for a few centuries. Four hundred thirty years, to the day (Ex. 12:40–41), after God made the covenant with Abraham (Gen. 17:21; Gal. 3:17), He demonstrated His sovereignty and mighty powers while He delivered the Israelites, Abraham's children of promise, out of the Egyptian bondage and slavery. God set appointed times for the special events that pertain to the fulfillment of these covenantal promises (Gen. 15:13; Gen. 17:21; Gen. 18:10, 14; Gen. 21:2; Acts 7:6; Rom. 9:9; Gal. 3:17) because the whole of these plans reveals to us how He is restoring His kingdom back into the state in which it was before the archangel Lucifer, called Satan, the devil (Rev. 12:9; 20:2), rebelled against God, thus defiling it.
It's interesting to note that the 430 years go back to the day after Isaac was born, which was also exactly, to the day, one year after Isaac was promised to Abraham and Sarah: "But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time
After about four centuries of being enslaved, the Israelites were glad to be redeemed from that bondage. But they soon forsook the God of their father Abraham and worshipped the Baal gods of the pagan nations around them. The whole book of scriptures is full of testimonies and examples of these accounts: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them" (Deut. 31:16). After their forty-year journey through the wilderness and desert, Moses reminded them of exactly that fault: "Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you" (Deut. 9:24).
The gods with whom they flirted were always pagan deities from the heathen world around them. The heathen gods continually enticed them with worldly lusts and desires of the flesh in order to seduce them away from the God of Abraham, who delivered them from bondage. This type of flirting, which started with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden still continues today, inspired by that same satanic spirit. And we are still descendants of that same Adam (Gen. 5:3; 1 Cor. 15:22, 45).
God made a covenant—a binding agreement, or contract—with the Israelites in Exodus 19–24, which was agreed upon and ratified by blood. This married them to the eternal God. He became their husband (Jer. 3:14), and likewise they became His wife. He established them and bought them (Deut. 32:6). This God—the God of Israel, which is the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob—is a sovereign God with endless power, and He is jealous when other gods get His credit. He calls it adultery or whoring when that happens, and He warned them about that:
Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. (Ex. 34:11–16)
Mankind's fear of man, which has developed a tremendous selfish desire to serve man rather than God, seems to be the overall theme of most of the Old and New Testament scriptures. The prophets and writers of the Holy Scriptures have great and terrible warnings for us and for future generations for following the traditions of men because they come directly from the god of this world—Satan, the devil.
God promised that He would at a certain time send a Redeemer who would destroy Satan and his influences (Gen. 3:15). That Redeemer—the Messiah—was manifested about two thousand years ago to remove the penalty of sin for repentant believers: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Although there are many prophecies in the Old Testament about that Redeemer, there is much more prophesied about His Second Coming than there is about the first. The Second Coming is when He will come to rule this earth while opening the way to unprecedented peace and prosperity. The Jews—Israelites—of old were eagerly looking forward to the events of His coming, but because of their self-righteous and prideful hearts, they ignorantly overlooked the events and purpose of His First Coming. Therefore they overlooked the need for what was prophesied to be delivered by His First Coming. After all, they didn't need to be delivered or redeemed from the penalties of sin, because as you can read in John chapters 5 through 10 (you need to read these six chapters to understand this vital point), they claimed that they were already free because they were Abraham's descendants, and because of the fact that they were circumcised in the flesh.
As a result of their boastful, control-mongering pride, they preached their traditional doctrines as divine commandments wherewith God's commandments were automatically forsaken: "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition" (Matt. 15:6; read also Mark 7:6–9). That's what kept their hearts uncircumcised, wherefore God blinded/ veiled their hearts: "But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ" (2 Cor. 3:14; read also Deut. 29:4; Isa. 29:10; John 12:40; Rom. 11:7–8). When one realizes that the New Testament does not abolish or contradict the Old, but that, rather, through it God reveals events that fulfill His great salvation plan and the hope of mankind by the manifestation of its prophecies, God removes the veil.
So the Pharisees argued that this professing Son of Man was not their promised Messiah, because according to their understanding of the prophecies of His coming, He would come as their Jewish Lord and King. After all, He was born to be the king of the Jews. Therefore, they thought that, if He were the promised king of the Jews, He would come and bring peace to and for Israel, as was prophesied that He would do. They believed He would come and prove to them that He was the true Messiah of which the prophets had spoken and written. According to their understanding, he had come to literally be their Jewish king, and as such He would judge the Romans and whoever else was in opposition to their beliefs, and kick them out of existence forever!
Yes, one of His great promises is that He will rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to remove wickedness from this world; but He will do so at His Second Coming. He clearly stated that His First Coming was not to make peace but war: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household" (Matt. 10:34–36). These are trials with which we will be tested until He returns: "I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" (Luke 12:49). He is looking forward to the time when all will be fulfilled, after fire will kosher this earth together with the whole universe as we know it—"And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 4:3; read also Isa. 47:14)—for to fulfill the establishment of His Father's holy kingdom (Matt. 5:18).
Peter wrote about an end-time fire by which the earth together with its surroundings will be koshered and made holy: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10). Joel prophesied that there will be war on this earth until the Messiah returns: "Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears ... for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision" (Joel 3:10, 14). After His return, the Messiah will deliver peace and salvation, which the Jews of His day expected of His First Coming: "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isa. 2:4; also read Mic. 4:3). After the Messiah returns to put an end to the deadliest war to ever have occurred in this world (the Great Tribulation) and lock Satan away, people's efforts, through love for one another, will be focused on peace and prosperity the likes of which the human mind cannot even imagine.
Even the Messiah's chosen disciples, also yet deceived and blinded, believed that the Messiah had come at that time to rule the earth: "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6; read also Matt. 24:3; Luke 19:11; 24:21). Not until the Messiah presented Himself to them after the resurrection did they begin to understand the true gospel of the kingdom of God on earth, of which the prophets of old have written. Only then did they begin to understand what the Messiah had meant when He spoke to them—that He was expounding on the order of the fulfilling of the setting up of His Father's kingdom here on earth—which is spelled out in the Law and the Prophets (or, as it is called in Hebrew, the Torah)—instructions with which they were familiar in the carnal and physical manner. Now they began to understand that the crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah—as vital, holy, and essential as those events were—were merely the beginning of the prophetic events that must be fulfilled in order for the Messiah to restore and set up God's holy kingdom: "And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? ... And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:32, 44–48); thus a Torah test. He removed the veil from their hearts so that they could understand that the Old Testament prophecies were in the process of being fulfilled. Torah prophecies were brought to their remembrance, causing them to understand and thus believe.
The Messiah always spoke in parables because the uncalled people weren't supposed to understand him:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear [He unveiled their hearts]. (Matt. 13:10–16; read also Isa. 6:9–10; Mark 4:10–13; John 12:40; Acts 28:27)
After receiving the Holy Spirit during the next Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4), His called-out ones began to understand the spiritual aspects of those events.
God blinded the Pharisees for a purpose—they were not yet called. Thus, still to this very day, they cannot understand. And most of them will remain veiled from the truth until God calls them; and He will, in His time. We will see more of this as we progress along.
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Table of Contents
1. Where Did the Church Traditions Begin?, 1,
2. The Torah Test, 13,
3. Hebrews—Abraham's Descendants, 41,
4. God's Laws for All Mankind—Designed for Eternity, 63,
5. God's Laws in Today's Congregation, 109,
6. God's Commandments and Laws in the New Covenant, 167,
7. Paul Keeping Laws?, 240,
8. The Core of Corruption in the Traditional Religious Circle, 287,
9. The Doctrine of Balaam, 305,
10. Traditional Christendom vs. Jewism: Wall-building, 313,
11. What Does All This Mean?, 339,
12. Reversing the Curses, 349,
13. Hebrew/Greek/English Concordance, 362,
The Ten Commandments of the Lord, 378,
The Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto, 381,
About The Author, 385,