Whole Bible Christianity, The Book

Our book Whole Bible Christianity has finally been published! It is on Amazon at this link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997501413/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1DQVER67Q2HMX&coliid=I1RPTLB6JQO1FI

There is a Look Inside feature, you can flip between the front and back cover, and it is only $19.50. If you would prefer, we will have the entire text on a web page when we update our website so you can read it online.

The book has about 800 direct quotes from the Word, around 1,500 entries in the Scripture Index, and is about 340 pages. One of the many uses of the book is as a handbook for whole Bible Christians everywhere who need a reference to help counter attacks against a whole Bible lifestyle. Chapter 7 deals with a bunch of the objections to following God’s living oracles, and chapter 8 has a list of blessings from doing what Jesus says.

Let us know what you think, and make sure to post a review on Amazon if you would be so kind.

Shalom
Bruce

Distractions, Part One

Just about the time you think you’ve found the missing pieces to connecting with God through a complete and whole Bible, all kinds of distractions are thrown at you to slow you down. I found the pure light of the source, and so many are out with their wet blankets trying to cover it up again. Maybe it’s just man’s natural perversity. Show him a narrow gate and a hard way to life and he has to go to work on the gate to make it wider and easier. Distractions turn into detours into the wide, easy way. Below is a partial list of some of these distractions.

 

Judaism. Judaism is the collection of rulings and interpretations by rabbis of the Bible, also known as the oral law. It is assumed by many that somehow Judaism is a superior belief system to every other. This is a popular but not biblical view. In real life Judaism is no better or worse than other belief systems. There are good things about it, and bad things. I see Judaism in the Word described as hard hearted, idolatrous, disobedient, flint headed, and so on. Just because someone is Jewish or follows Judaism does not make them any more right than any other pagan.

 

Hebrew only. This is a belief that somehow Hebrew is a holier and more pure language than any other. Since the New Testament manuscripts are written mostly in Greek, and these people think Jesus and the apostles spoke and wrote only in Hebrew, they conclude the New Testament is a translation from a lost, imaginary Hebrew original and therefore suspicious. If we just had this Hebrew original, goes the thinking, then we would have a better understanding of the New Testament. In the meantime, the Greek manuscripts are sniffed at as if they were something that dogs dragged in. Literally.

 

Hebrew is a nice language. However, it’s just a language. It is no holier or more meaningful than any other. Language is not the problem with obedience to God. Israel had tablets written by the finger of God and still didn’t follow them. All through history Israel is marked largely by disobedience, though they had the “holy” language of Hebrew. Obviously the language has nothing to do with abiding in God’s Word.

 

Two houses. This one is a little hard to follow but I’ll try to simplify. When Israel (the northern 10 tribes) was taken into captivity by Assyria, they were scattered then intermarried and migrated up through what we know as Europe today. Over the centuries they lost their identity, and according to the theory there is no specific record of their return to Israel. The southern tribe of Judah (actually Judah and Benjamin) from where we get the name “Jew” kept their identity even though they went into captivity about 150 years later. According to two house people there are specific records of the return of the Jews to the Land (and it is assumed it was only the southern tribes). In Ezekiel 37 God says these two sticks will be reunited one day.

 

Two house theology has hijacked this prophecy. Believers in this distraction think that Gentiles who want to return to a whole Bible including Torah (first five books of the Bible) in their walk with God must be (somehow) descended from the ten tribes lost in Europe (or thereabouts). They think it is their job to reunite themselves to modern day Jews (bring the “two sticks” of Ezekiel 37 back together). So they try to be as “Jewish” as possible. Never mind that God said He would do it (nowhere are disciples told to do it), and that no one can tell which tribe they are from now (so there is just one stick). Followers of God are supposed to make disciples, not repair sticks.

 

Distractions pop up like squirrels at a picnic (think the Disney move “Up”) and all they’re doing is detouring from the narrow way of returning to the whole Bible. Not worth it, people. Read the Word, abide in it, and stay on the path.

 

End of part one. Next up, Bible Codes, ID forms and the mark of the Beast, two Laws, and two bodies.

Whence Cometh Whole Bible Christianity?

We didn’t set out to “create” whole Bible Christianity. We stumbled across it as we were searching through many existing church ideas and congregations for truth over the years. In some ways we were forced to whole Bible Christianity because in our search for truth we were rejected by the standard church on a regular basis. “If you’re not being ministered to here then you need to find a place where you can be ministered to” is a fairly common way to tell people to hit the road.

The love that many in the church preach lasted only as long as we agreed with the power structure. “Unconditional love” and “tolerance” are for those who don’t make waves or rock the boat with pesky questions like “Where does that teaching come from in the Bible” or “Why aren’t we doing what the Bible clearly says to do?”

At one time we thought the Messianic movement had a great chance of reaching a lot of disaffected people with the message of the whole Bible. Sadly they haven’t been up to the task. They have become so distracted by genetics, Judaism, language, divine invitations and the like that God’s Word is getting neglected as badly as in the church. In some ways they make the craziest people in the church look orthodox by comparison. Even the people closest to sticking with the whole Bible get lost in Jewish tradition.

So in a way it is the existing structure of church and Judaism that has led to our rediscovery of whole Bible Christianity. We don’t want a separate movement, but they do. We want access to God without intermediaries telling us their version of truth and chastising us if we deviate. In reaching for God we don’t want our hands slapped by people who see a threat to their power. We’re tired of getting our hooves torn off, being maimed and malnourished. It isn’t our fault that we’ve wandered away from dry and grassless desert hungering and thirsting after soul-satisfying food and drink. We’ve found green pastures beside still waters in whole Bible Christianity, and we ain’t goin’ back.

Our True Identity

‘Whole Bible Christianity,’ chapter 10, ‘Our True Identity’

In Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus resists a little bit giving help to a Gentile woman (a Syrophoenician is a Canaanite) asking for healing for her daughter. He tells her it’s not right to give the bread of children to dogs. She has an amazing response, saying that even dogs get crumbs from the table. Jesus is so impressed with her faith He heals her daughter. Her faith was shown by her humble submission and obedience.

At first it might seem off-putting that Jesus would regard her (or me) as a dog. But I think this was more of a statement of where He was focusing His work at that time (“to the Jew first and also to the Gentile”) rather than a judgment against either the lady or me. Although Canaanites were historically pretty ‘doggy’ too (Ephesians 2:12, Hebrews 11:6). Those who by nature do what God requires, even if non-Jewish, belong to Him because of their faith, and aren’t dogs at all. But even if it’s true that my identity (in the eyes of some) is that of a dog in the kingdom, I’m okay with it. He made me and can assign me any place He chooses. I’d much rather be a dog in heaven than a lion in hell.

The Messianic Movement

More from the book ‘Whole Bible Christianity’

The Messianic movement began within Judaism as a group of Jews who had realized that the long-awaited Messiah was in fact Jesus (people like Peter, James, and Paul). In a way, most practicing Jews have always been ‘messianic’ in that they look for God’s Messiah. The Messianic movement really goes back to the beginning with whoever trusted God and His Promise. But the modern Messianic movement accepts Jesus as the Messiah, and maintains Jewish heritage and practice (sort of).

There are factions within this group just as there are in Judaism. It had grown a lot since the ‘70’s, but seems to be shrinking in the last few years. This might be due to an emphasis on Jewish traditions and trying to be as ‘Jewish’ as possible. But it’s clear to me, in view of the large number of non-practicing Jews, that even Jews are not all that interested in Judaism, messianic or otherwise.

The Messianic movement had such great potential. Through some of the individuals and a couple of good organizations such as First Fruits of Zion, I learned much about the unity of God and the Word. Messianics had a chance to unite everyone in a type of whole Bible belief, but like the Pharisees in Judaism they traded it for bickering and chasing unbiblical doctrine for the sake of power and influence.

Instead of a return to the Bible as one faith and one law that applies to everyone, now they’ve got a race to see who can be more Jewish orthodox and hand out “divine invitations.” Instead of one God, many deny the deity of Jesus. Instead of one Body they’ve got two houses. It’s a mess, and they’ve drifted away from where they had such a bright future in terms of bringing back believers to the whole Bible. Idiots. And I say that in the best way possible, because I still like a bunch of them.