CONTENDING FOR FAITH
~ The Received Text ~
ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS
In the cult of King James Onlyism, the King James Version is perfect and inerrant and even defines its own words; there is, therefore, no need to consult Greek or Hebrew texts or language resources. In fact, according to Gail Riplinger, it is rank heresy to consult a Greek or Hebrew text, dictionary, concordance or other Bible resource to understand the meanings of the words in the KJV. However, in the very first chapter of his 1999 book, A Testimony Founded Forever, Riplinger’s mentor, James Sightler, referenced the Jewish Talmud by citing the “Targums“, which are Aramaic translations or interpretations of the Hebrew Old Testament, as authoritative sources of Bible interpretation.
Dr. Sightler referenced the Targums in order to redefine the “Testimony” in the Ark of the Covenant.
“The translators saw fit to capitalize Testimony in Exodus 16:34, but it is not capitalized elsewhere. Why was this done?...
“Notice in Exodus 16:10, just a few days before Aaron laid the pot of manna before the Testimony: ‘And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.’ So the Testimony before which the manna was laid was the glory, the Shechinah, the guide and stay of the Israelites and the proof before the world of God’s presence with them in the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. In Exodus 16:33 and 34 LORD and Testimony are used as equivalent and interchangeable. This equivalence is the reason Testimony had to be capitalized...”
According to Sightler, because Aaron laid the pot of manna before the Testimony, and a few days later the glory of the LORD appeared in a cloud, therefore, the Testimony was the glory, the Shekinah, who is the LORD. This is a non sequitur, fallacious reasoning, but it set the stage for Sightler’s Talmudic deception:
“The word Shechinah is not in the Bible, but is found in the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan. Jews and Christians have believed that the Shechinah, when the Tabernacle was completed, dwelt between the cherubims over the mercy seat. In Exodus 25:21-22 we read: ‘And thou shalt put the mercy seat above the ark: and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.’ Here is a passage which connects the Testimony, the Shechinah, the word of God, and God’s meeting and communion with His chosen people.” (p. 5)
Notice Sightler's sleight of hand: He admits that Shechinah is not in the Bible but he says Christians believe it was the “Testimony” over the mercy seat because Jews believe that deception based on the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan. However, in the Old Testament, in Exodus 31:18, 34:1, Deut. 10:1-4 and other verses, the “testimony” is definitively identified as the “tables of stone” upon which God rewrote the Ten Commandments, after Moses broke the first tables.
“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” (Exod. 31:18)
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” (Exod. 34:1)
Dr. Sightler never mentioned these verses which define the “testimony” as the tables of stone. Instead, he referenced the Talmudic Targums which redefine the “testimony” as the “Shechinah” — a pagan goddess!
“The goddess is best known as Shekhina, a Talmudic term describing the manifestation of God’s presence on earth.” (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Based on the Talmud, instead of the Bible, Sightler asserted that the Shechinah is the “Presence of God” and the many other manifestations of God in the Old Testament. However, Shechinah is a pagan goddess and the Bible clearly identifies the testimony as the “tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Well did Jesus say to the Scribes and Pharisees, “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” (Matt. 15:6) Today there is much false teaching in Charismatic/Pentecostal churches about the manifestation of the Shekinah Glory being the Presence of God, which it is not. Shekinah is a pagan goddess and a great deception from the Kabbalah.
Targums, Talmud & Kabbalah: Traditions of Men
Dr. Sightler did not identify the source of the Targums in which ‘Shechinah’ replaces the Ten Commandments in the Ark of the Covenant, but simply assures the reader that “Jews and Christians” endorse his false teaching. The source of the Aramaic Targums was the Babylonian Talmud which was written in Aramaic in Babylon where God had exiled the kingdom of Judah for their rebellion against His Law (586 BC). Many Jews preferred the Babylonian religion and stayed in Babylon rather than return to Jerusalem and it was in Babylon that apostate Jews compiled the Babylonian Talmud from 589 BC until 1038 A.D.
“The Talmud...is the central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law (halakha) and Jewish theology... The term ‘Talmud’ normally refers to the collection of writings named specifically the Babylonian Talmud (Talmud Bavli).” (Wiki: Talmud)
“The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a break, through all the centuries, from the Pharisees. Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important single piece of that literature...and the study of it is essential for any real understanding of Pharisaism.” (Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, 1943)
It is a common misunderstanding that the Talmud is a Jewish commentary on the Old Testament. However, the Talmud was derived from the oral traditions of the Pharisees which Jesus condemned. A Messianic Jewish website sets the record straight:
“While the NT is the most natural continuation of the OT namely the fulfillment of OT prophecies about the Messiah, historians admit that between the Judaism of the Rabbis, reflected in the Talmud, and the OT there’s hardly any connection. Consider what Israel’s greatest expert in the Sages’ literature has to say: Professor Avigdor Shinan from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“Our theology is not the theology of the OT. The tradition that we follow today is not the tradition of the OT, it’s the tradition of the Sages. Shabbat laws, kashrut laws, you name it, it’s not in the Scriptures, not in the OT. In the OT, there is no Synagogue no Kaddish, no Kol Nidre, no Bar Mitzvah, no Tallit. Everything that somebody would define as Jewish and look for its root; it’s not the OT it’s the Sages’ literature. That’s where everything started. Where is Judaism in the OT? Moses was not called a Jew. Abraham, was not called a Jew. David, neither. Only Mordechai, ‘Mordechai the Jew’, and that’s at the end of the OT during the Persian time.” (Prof. A. Shinan)
“The famous Jewish orthodox writer Chaim Schimmel writes in his book ‘The Oral Torah’: ‘Jews never lived according to the actual words written in the Torah, but according to the traditions of the rabbis.’”
The Aramaic Targums are falsified records of the Torah that were written by Jews who remained in Babylon after the exile. Of these, the Targum of Onkelos is the official Aramaic translation of the Torah:
“Targum Onkelos...is the primary Jewish Aramaic targum (‘translation’) of the Torah, accepted as an authoritative translated text of the Five Books of Moses and thought to have been written in the early 2nd-century CE. Its authorship is traditionally attributed to Onkelos, a famous convert to Judaism in Tannaic times (c. 35–120 CE). According to the Talmud, the essential content of Targum Onkelos was already known in the time of Ezra the Scribe (immediately after the Babylonian Exile). However, it was later forgotten by the masses, and rerecorded by Onkelos. (Wiki: Targum Onkelos)
“Targum Onkelos (or Unkelus) is the official eastern (Babylonian) targum (Aramaic translation) to the Torah... According to Jewish tradition, the content of Targum Onkelos was originally conveyed by God to Moses at Mount Sinai. However, it was later forgotten by the masses, and rerecorded by Onkelos.” (Targum Onkelos)
According to the Babylonian Talmud, what did Onkelos write about Jesus Christ?
“The presence of Jesus the Nazarene in boiling excrement is one of the references to Jesus in the Talmud. Onkelos raises up Yeshu by necromancy, and asks him about his punishment in Gehinnom. Jesus replies that he is in ‘boiling excrement.’... Onkelos the son of Klonimus...desired to convert himself (to Judaism)...he brought Yeshu (forth by means of/in) Séance... He (Onkelos) said to him (to Yeshu); the judgement of that man is how/what? he (Yeshu) said to him (to Onkelos) ‘in excrement (that is) boiling’... — Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 57a”
According to The Jewish Encyclopedia, “Onkelos translates ‘Elohim’ in Gen. ix. 27 by ‘Shekinah’.”
According to Chabad.org, “The word Shechinah is feminine, and so when we refer to G‑d as the Shechinah, we say ‘She’.”
The term ‘Shekinah’ is found frequently in the Targums replacing the name of God. The lame excuse for substituting a pagan goddess for Elohim is that the name of God is sacred and ineffable (not to be uttered).
“SHEKINAH, a Hebrew word meaning ‘that which dwells’ or ‘the dwelling.’ It is one of the expressions used in the Targums in place of ‘God.’ In the Targums. - The word ‘Shekinah’ is of constant occurrence in the Targums or Aramaic paraphrases of the Biblical lections that were read in the synagogue-service to the people. Great care was taken by the scribes in these renderings to mitigate the anthropomorphic expressions applied to God in the Scriptures, and by paraphrase, the use of abstract terms and indirect phraseology, to prevent such expressions from giving rise to erroneous views as to God’s personal manifestation in the popular mind. Whenever, e.g. any indication of local limitation or action was implied or expressed, in the Hebrew text, of God the Targumists were careful to substitute some expression involving the use of ‘Shekinah.’ In these connexions ‘Shekinah’ thus becomes the equivalent of ‘God’ or its synonyms. One or two examples will make the Targum-usage clear. Thus Ex. xxix. 45 (‘and I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God’) is rendered in the Targum (Onkelos): ‘And I will cause my Shekinah to dwell in the midst of the children of Israel, and I will be their God.’ All expressions implying God’s local presence are similarly rendered: thus e.g. Habak. ii. 20 (‘Jehovah is in. His holy temple’) is rendered ‘Jehovah was pleased to cause His Shekinah to dwell,’ &c. ‘To see’ God is similarly paraphrased. Thus Is. xxxiii. 17 (‘thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty’) is rendered (Targum of Jonathan): ‘Thine eyes shall see the Shekinah of the king of the worlds in His beauty.‘ So too ‘hiding the face’ when used of God is regularly paraphrased ‘remove His Shekinah’ (Is. lvii. 17, viii. 17, lix. 2; Jer. xxxiii. 5; cf. Is. i. 15, &c.).” (Encyclopedia Britannica)
According to The Talmud, the Targum of Onkelos, cited by Dr. Sightler as proof that the “Testimony” was “Shechinah,” was based on the teaching of first century Jewish Rabbis of the Sanhedrin:
“The Aramaic translation of the Torah used in the synagogues was composed by Onkelos the convert based on the teachings of Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua.”
What were the teachings of Rabbi Yehosha and Rabbi Eliezer in the Talmud?
“Rabbi Yehoshua stood on his feet and said: It is written: “It is not in heaven’ (Deuteronomy 30:12). The Gemara asks: What is the relevance of the phrase ‘It is not in heaven’ in this context? Rabbi Yirmeya says: Since the Torah was already given at Mount Sinai, we do not regard a Divine Voice, as You already wrote at Mount Sinai, in the Torah: ‘After a majority to incline’ (Exodus 23:2). Since the majority of Rabbis disagreed with Rabbi Eliezer’s opinion, the halakha is not ruled in accordance with his opinion. The Gemara relates: Years after, Rabbi Natan encountered Elijah the prophet and said to him: What did the Holy One, Blessed be He, do at that time, when Rabbi Yehoshua issued his declaration? Elijah said to him: The Holy One, Blessed be He, smiled and said: My children have triumphed over Me; My children have triumphed over Me.
“Rabbi Joshua believes in the process of hard debate when creating halacha. He says that, ‘the torah is no longer in heaven’, meaning that God had already given the torah to the Jewish people. Because of this, it is up to the rabbinic scholars to interpret and discuss the halacha that is written in the torah. This also means that God no longer has any authority in halachic discussions between Rabbis.
“In essence, this is an example of the student surpassing the master. The heavenly voice, who we will assume is that of God, is filled with joy at the prospect that his sons have embraced the process of discussing halacha so intently that they no longer need or want divine interference...
“Rabbi Eliezer was excommunicated because it was believed that the rabbis needed to establish the importance of accepting the rule of the majority.”
OHR Torah Stone, an Orthodox Jewish organization that partners with Reformed and Christian Zionist leaders, upholds the authority of the Rabbis and the Talmud over God and the Old Testament:
The Second Tablets and the Role of Divine Intervention in the Halachic Process?
“What is God’s reaction when the rabbis don’t follow His opinion?
“This story teaches that the halachic process is in the hands of the rabbinic authorities and even God can’t interfere with it. God made the choice to give it to the people.”
According to the Talmud, God gave the Law to Moses and then entrusted the exposition of the Law to Jewish Rabbis who had the God-given authority to write commentaries that fully contradicted the laws God had given. In short, the Talmud is a manifesto of Jewish rebellion against God’s Law, Jesus Christ and Christians. Why then did James Sightler reinterpret the Bible for Christians according to the Talmud. Is Sightler Jewish? His student, Gail Riplinger, uses Kabbalah to find hidden meanings in the Bible, just like the Rabbis. Is Gail also Jewish? (Chapter 1: Gail Riplinger’s Primer on Kabbalah)
Sin in the Camp
In Kabbalah, “Shekinah” is the female goddess/wife of God, who was worshipped as Asherah, the Canaanite fertility goddess, feminine deity of Judaism, and consort of Baal.
“Shekinah is the English spelling of a grammatically feminine Hebrew word that means the dwelling or settling, and is used to denote the dwelling or settling divine presence of God, especially in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Shekinah is held by many to represent the feminine attributes of the presence of God. It is the shakti - female energy of Hindu gods. The nearest Christian concept to the Shekinah is that of the Holy Spirit. The Shekinah is referred to as manifest in the Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem throughout Rabbinic literature...
“Judaism is a monotheistic religion, strongly connected to a patriarchal God -Yahweh. It may surprise many people to discover that a goddess was associated with Judaism from its conception, and continued to play an important part, in various forms, to the present. The goddess is best known as Shekhina, a Talmudic term describing the manifestation of God’s presence on earth.
“While the Bible does not mention the name Shekhina, she is nevertheless bound to extremely old traditions, and closely relates to the ancient goddesses. Particularly significant is the Canaanite goddess Ashera who, at the beginning of the Israelites’ settlement in the land of Canaan, was often referred to as Yahweh’s Consort.
“The Kabbalah greatly elaborated on the theme of the feminine aspect of God. She would appear as the powerful Matronit, the controversial Lilith, and finally, as the glorious figure of Shabbat Hamalka - Queen, Bride of God, celebrated every Saturday by Jews all over the world as they light the Sabbath candles. And by tradition, the candles must always be lit by a woman. Naturally - Ashera, too, was served chiefly by priestesses.” (Shekinah)
The Shechinah’s powerful radiance induces ecstatic/erotic worship in Orthodox Judaism. Star Trek’s famous Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and his Jewish Rabbi described the effect the Shechinah had on their Hebrew congregation:
“Leonard Nimoy’s first sexual encounter happened in a synagogue. The Cohanim, the high priestly tribe of the Hebrew people, get up to bless the Hebrew people. This was an Orthodox synagogue... When these gentlemen get up to bless the congregation, the prayer that they’re saying is in Hebrew and they were loud ecstatic shouters. It was almost like a revival meeting, a gospel atmosphere...and during that prayer, the Shechinah, the feminine deity comes into the sanctuary to bless the congregation. Being a deity, she gives off this radiance, this powerful, powerful light that could be injurious if you look at it, and that’s why you cover your eyes and don’t look, to protect yourself.”
“Nimoy: ‘… it makes people uncomfortable, the idea that God is a woman…’
In the Talmud and Kabbalah, which is Jewish Gnosticism, sexual perversion is the ideal state of man. In Gnostic doctrine, Adam was created androgynous but separated into male and female when he became materialistic. To return to their original state of ethereal divinity, mankind must transcend the material realm and unite male and female to become androgynous. This pagan ideal accounts for the imposition of transgender and homosexual deviance as social norms today.
“According to Kabbalistic theory, the original divine unity was shattered at the beginning of Creation so that God’s masculine aspects (the Sefirot, called Tiferet and Yesod) were separated from the feminine, the SHEKHINAH. Our task is to bring together – through prayer, study of Torah, and performance of the mitzvot (commandments) – the ten separate Sefirot, thereby restoring that original divine unity...
“In modern times, Jewish feminists have embraced and elaborated on the image of the Shekhinah, contending that it serves an important counterweight and alternative to the predominantly patriarchal, male imagery of traditional Jewish texts and liturgy.” (The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, pp. 154-155)
Another perversion in the Kabbalah is the Shekinah as the “Sacred Prostitute” which the Jews adapted from the Babylonian goddess worship, whose depravity they are now bringing into the Church via the Talmud:
“The temples of the goddess have provided for the sacred prostitute for more millennium than is known. The story of the legendary King Gilgamesh dates back to 7000BCE and explains how the sacred prostitute tamed the hairy beast who was sent to rob the King, turning him into a civilized companion. The Greek historian Herodotus writes in the 3rd century BCE of the Babylonian custom that compels every woman of the land once in her life to sit in the temple of the goddess of love and have intercourse with a stranger who must provide a payment for the temple. The practice is recorded to have taken place in Egypt, Lebanon, Greece and Rome and the commonly known vestal virgin was not a virgin at all, but rather devoted her life to become a ‘bride’ in a ritual marriage in the temples of Hestia or Vesta. A virgin was considered to be one who was married to no man, but who lived according to her own choices...
“The esoteric teachings of Judaism, known as the Kabbalah, openly use sexual language to describe the Shekhinah which is the feminine presence of God in the manifest universe. From God emanated ten Sefiroth, which were abstract entities, the last and tenth of these representing the indwelling presence of God in the universe. The sexual union of the Shekinah with God was known as the sacred union of King and Queen or the Heiros Gamos. This then became the procreative life force or the mystical marriage and it was written in the Zohar that Moses had intercourse with the Shekhinah on Mount Sinai...
“It is only recently that a reinterpretation of various texts reveals that Mary Magdalene was indeed the consort and most favoured companion of Jesus. These recently discovered apocryphal writings from the Nag Hammadi library deliver up to us texts such as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Sophia Pistis and the Gospels of Thomas and Philip which reveal insights into the role of women and Mary Magdalene herself, at the very nascent beginnings of Christianity. The Gospel of Philip speaks of Mary Magdalene: ‘The companion of the savior is Mary Magdalene. The savior loved her more than all the disciples, and he kissed her often on her mouth.’
“Qualls-Corbet reminds us that in our spiritual search we all seek an image of the feminine which relates to the sexual, erotic aspects of the goddess. Ancient man did not find an incompatibility with love of the erotic and spirituality, but the Church Fathers wished to negate the very elements necessary for the renewal of life.” (”In Search of the Sacred Prostitute”)
During the Tribulation period, multiple sources foretell that the “Shechinah Glory” will manifest between the Cherubim in the Temple of the Antichrist. It is not unreasonable to assume that James Sightler had this phenomenon in mind when he wrote that the Shechinah who “dwelt between the cherubims over the mercy seat...will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims.” Because that is precisely what Onkelos and the Rabbis meant in the Targums and Talmud: “Onkelos translates ‘Elohim’ in Gen. ix. 27 by ‘Shekinah’.” Will an idol of the Canaanite goddess be the “abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (Matt. 24:15 )?
King James Only Christians are strongly discouraged from consulting Greek or Hebrew resources to understand the Bible, yet their leaders, Gail Riplinger, James Sightler and James Knox, consult the Talmud, Targums and Kabbalah as authoritative sources to teach what the King James Bible means. For example, the “testimony” in the Holy of Holies is not the “tables of stone” but the Shechinah, the Canaanite goddess. These Kabbalists are the modern Pharisees whose “traditions” to whom Jesus was referring when he rebuked them for their private interpretations which nullified the word of God: “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)
James Sightler’s father, Dr. Harold B. Sightler, was a contemporary of Pastor Jack Hyles who laid the foundation for the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) network. Jack Hyles founded Hyles-Anderson College which bestowed on Gail Riplinger her honorary doctorate. The Hyles-Anderson Alumni website displays Jack Hyles’ brazen words, “Don’t come to me with your stinking only the originals are inspired. You’re not intellectual. You’re retarded.”
Hyles’ Independent Fundamentalist Baptist empire was built on a foundation of sinking sand—sexual scandals and cover ups—that infected nearly every church in the IFB movement, and the cover-up continues to this day.A commenter on an expose of Bob Jones University wrote that Jack Hyles was a frequent speaker at Harold Sightler’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, chapel and Bible conferences. Also, that Sightler was complicit in the cover-up.
“I attended Tabernacle Christian School in Greenville, South Carolina in the 60’s. Harold Sightler was the pastor of the Church, Rod Bell was the Principal, and Melvin Aiken was the Assistant Principal of the school. Jack Hyles often spoke in chapel and at Bible conferences then. Jack Hyles was young, nice looking and funny, had a beautiful wife, and I enjoyed his sermons. A welcome relief to the rest of the stodgy old speakers.
“For a couple of years in the late 60’s, Dr. Hyles did not appear in chapel or at Bible Conferences. There was talk, even back then, of an adulterous relationship that put him out of favor with Tabernacle. I was personally shaken by this revelation of a man I respected.
“Fundamental circles have been critical of the Catholic Church for fostering and hiding the indiscretions of Priests. It is disappointing to know that we are capable of the same obfuscations.
“As the harboring of homosexuality and pedophilia in the Priesthood has severely damaged the reputation of the Catholic Church, so will the ruin of the fundamental movement be if we continue to ignore the sins of the leaders of our church.
“If a 13 year old boy in Greenville, South Carolina knew the sexual indiscretions of a minister in Hammond Indiana in the late 60’s, it is not a ’local church matter’. Why did it take 20 years for John R. Rice, Harold Sightler, Bob Jones Jr. Rod Bell, Walt Hanford, Oliver B. Green, Jack Van Impe and many others, to bring this man to account. Surely they knew more than this 13 year old boy.
“Fundamental Pastors would do well to temper their exhaustive examination and battle over the version of the Bible they are teaching from, and use any version of the Bible to examine the pastors who are preaching. Bible translations, ancient and modern decry; Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Greenville, South Carolina
Amazingly, in his endorsement of Gail Riplinger’s 2009 book, Hazardous Materials, James Sightler compared the theology and practice of fundamental Christians and their churches to the New Testament churches.
“Why is there today a body of fundamental, believing Christians and churches whose theology and practice is exactly the same as that of the early New Testament churches? It is because the true church has always had the scriptures, in translated vernacular form, to search and study and draw sustenance from, to bear witness to and provide the guidance of the Holy Ghost who gives understanding to believers in the true churches.” (p. 1)
Perhaps Dr. Sightler had in mind the theology and practice of the Judaized Galatians and the Corinthians’ tolerance of fornication? Independent Fundamental Baptists continue to make excuses for Gail Riplinger who is twice divorced and married to her third husband in open adultery:.
“It is actually reported that there is fornication among you... And ye are puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he that had done this deed might be taken away from among you.” 1 Cor. 5:1-2
Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) Network
“At the Niagara conference the first of fourteen articles of the confession of faith which was adopted stated that inspiration extended to the smallest word ‘provided that such a word is found in the original manuscripts.’ Charles Hodge in an 1859 article in Princeton Review had spoken of ‘immediately inspired originals.’ I believe the term ‘original autographs’ was born in these events. If Princeton could be said to be the presiding physician at this birth Plymouth Brethrenism was the midwife. Original autographs has proved itself to be the term with a mission, and that mission is the destruction of the KJV, which, after more than a century of attack, still carries majestically on, far superior to any of its rivals.” (p. 137
“Among Plymouth Brethren, purposes were orthodox and evangelical, but at the same time the conclusions of higher criticism regarding the contrast between Paul and Jesus were accepted, although for different reasons. Included among the reasons was the maintenance of a radical distinction between Israel and the church. Nevertheless a higher critical camel was allowed into the evangelical tent. For the Brethren the only gospel that might be considered to have predated Paul’s writing, Matthew, is dismissed as a Jewish book belonging to the Old Testament period. Paul’s writing of I Thessalonians is considered effective first in chronology, and Paul is presented as the first to receive and preach the revelation of Jesus as the son of God.” (p. 143)
James W. Knox: Postmodern Bible Critic
“And the Lord said unto Moses,? Being still with him on the mount:
“write thou these words; expressed in the preceding verses, from Ex 34:11, as he before had written in a book all those laws, contained in Ex 21:1 called the book of the covenant, Ex 24:4 and which perhaps might be destroyed, as well as the two tables were broken; and therefore upon the renewal of the covenant here, there is a repetition made of the principal laws before given, which are ordered also to be written in a book, which may very well be called by the same name, since it follows:
“for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel, with Moses, as their representative and mediator, and with them represented by him: what is above related carries in it the form of a covenant between them, God having declared on his part what he would do for them, and what laws and rules he required to be observed on their part; which Moses assented to in their name, and was ordered to write them down, that he might repeat them to them.”
“and he wrote on the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments; not Moses, for these were tables of stone, which he could not write or engrave upon without proper instruments, which it does not appear he had with him on the mount; but it was God that wrote them, who, in Ex 34:1 says he would write them, and from Deut 10:2 we are assured he did. (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)
The Originals Are Not Necessary by James Knox @ Antioch Baptist Church, TN
“Orthodox Judaism is at war with the Old Testament. This is the primary thesis of this essay. But, unlike Reform Judaism, which is infected with the same biblical higher criticism that has undermined mainstream Christianity, Orthodox Judaism claims to accept the Old Testament as the inspired Word of God. How, then, can anyone rightfully say that Orthodox Judaism is at war with the Old Testament? Only by accepting Jesus’ words literally:
“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:43-47). The thesis of this book is simple: the Jews of Jesus’ day, like their spiritual heirs, did not believe Moses’ writings….
“Here is how Weiss describes the effective use of the Talmud: “With one hand you acknowledge God’s existence. At the same time, you want to have some maneuverability. Studying critically is contending with God’s writ—acknowledging it but using criticism to alter it. Man is powerless vis-a-vis God and powerful vis-a-vis His Torah. There he can assert his independence by offering an interpretation different from the one God intended.”
“How the Dead Sea Scrolls Authors Rewrote the Bible, Literally”
“By comparing textual differences among various copies of the scrolls discovered in caves at Qumran, and then comparing those with later canonical versions of books like Exodus and Jeremiah, Zahn concluded that the scribes who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls believed they had a literary license to change Scripture. Indeed, she wrote, they saw themselves as partners with the deity in the process of revelation.”
It is no coincidence that the books of Exodus and Jeremiah were targeted for revision by Rabbinic and Essene scribes, who heard a “heavenly voice” and claimed that God gave them literary license to be partners in the process of revelation. Are these not the same books with which James Sightler and James Knox took liberties to reinterpret using Rabbinic Midrash thereby casting doubt on the authenticity and authority of the Ten Commandments as handwritten by God and also the book of Jeremiah, which recorded the apostasy and judgment of the Jewish nation, which book Pastor Knox presumed to be a copy of a copy of the original? Recall that James Knox omitted Jeremiah 51:60 which identifies God’s command that “a book of all the evil that should come upon Babylon,” not the entire book of Jeremiah, to be “read in Babylon and cast into the Euphrates.”
An extra biblical Temple Scroll also rewrote and added new laws to the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus:
“It contains a plan for a gigantic temple, with all the altars and furnishings. Then it contains all these laws that are basically taken from the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus and rewritten, revised and put in a new order – along with some new laws that we’ve never seen before.
“It’s interpreting all these earlier traditions. It’s interpreting biblical law. But it presents itself as the words of God speaking to Moses on Sinai.... How does this thing get written centuries after the Book of Deuteronomy was written? This was a time when Torah was already seen as authoritative and sacred, which we used to assume means you can’t go in and change it. And yet here’s this text that claims to be more authoritative than the Book of Deuteronomy. You can still write a text and attribute it to God speaking directly from Mount Sinai.”
The conclusion of the KSU professor was that the Dead Sea Scrolls present a different Christianity and Judaism than is found in Scripture:
“Zahn said the evidence of rewriting in the Dead Sea Scrolls “teaches us things about what early Judaism and early Christianity might have been like that are not in line with traditional Christian and Jewish ideas, especially about Scripture and about the origins of Scripture.”
A preview of the nontraditional Judaism and Christianity of the future is the subject of a book authored by Roman Catholic John Bergsma, PhD, professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville:
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity
“The Dead Sea Scrolls bear witness to the eschatological expectations of the Qumran sect of Essenes ad that these expectations anticipated several developments in the early Church that 19th Century Protestant minimalists (and their more recent descendants) considered to be “Hellenistic corruptions” that had crept into the Church in the 2nd through the 4th Century. Studying the Scrolls shows that celibacy, ascetic practices, and the idea that the New Covenant promised in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel was imminent (among other ideas) were clearly present in the century or so before Jesus. There is also plenty of circumstantial evidence that the Essenes helped to inspire these ideas in the minds of Jesus and many of his disciples. Textual studies in the Scrolls and the NT seem to show some direct relationship between the Essene sectaries and the nascent Christian movement.”
According to a Coptic-Orthodox source, “Gnosis… is a key word in the scrolls of the Jewish Essene sect found at Qumran.” The Syriac Peshitta was compiled from Gnostic Aramaic manuscripts and has been used by Gnostic Syrian churches since the early Church era. The Essenes, which appeared in Judea during the Hasmonean dynasty (the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks) and continued through the Herodian dynasty, abruptly disappeared after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Robert Graves stated in The White Goddess that the “Alexandrian Gnostics...were the spiritual heirs of the Essenes after Hadrian had suppressed the Order in 132 A.D.” (p.150)
Gnosticism was developed in the Alexandrian School of Philo, a Jewish apostate, who synthesized Christianity with pagan beliefs in order to paganize Christian doctrine. Jewish students of the Alexandrian School, such as Valentinus and Basilides, infiltrated the early churches with their Gnostic doctrines and nearly succeeded in taking over the Church of Rome. It was in Antioch of Syria that the Gnostic heresy took root through the Jews, which prompted Paul to take the matter to James and the church at Jerusalem to determine whether Jewish Christians must continue to obey the Law. (Acts 15) Prominent King James Only teachers, such as Gail Riplinger, James Sightler, Peter Ruckman, James Knox and many others, claim that the manuscripts which were used in Textus Receptus were used by the church in Antioch of Syria and that these Aramaic manuscripts predated the Greek manuscripts which were translations of the Aramaic. This, of course, is untrue. For the facts, read our report, “The Syriac Peshitta: The Plot to Replace the Greek New Testament.”
TALMUDIC JUDAISM: PHARISAISM
It may seem impossible that the Independent Fundamental Baptist network of churches, which are ultra conservative with regard to modest dress, traditional values, sexual morality, separation and exclusivism, dispensationalism and aggressive evangelism, would be conduits for Postmodernist and Kingdom Now theology. It is not only possible, it is the modus operandi of fronts for Talmudic Judaism to present a facade that is the opposite of what they actually are. The fact that American Fundamentalism held the line against modernist higher criticism, renders it practically unassailable to suspicion of the postmodernist heresy. However, based on the evidence, we should not be surprised to find that the KJV Only Independent Fundamental Baptist network is stealthily undermining belief in the foundational texts of the King James Bible they profess to uphold.
In her book, The Plot Against Christianity, Elizabeth Dilling documented that the Talmud contains the traditions of the Pharisees and that the very name ‘Pharisees’ means ‘separated ones’...”
“Pharisaism became Talmudism... But the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered. When the Jew...studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating the arguments used in the Palestinian academies. From Palestine to Babylonia; from Babylonia to North Africa, Italy, Spain, France and Germany; from these to Poland, Russia and eastern Europe generally, ancient Pharisaism has wandered’...
“In Rabbi Finklestein’s history of the Jews, he states: ‘The TALMUD derives its authority form the position held by the ancient academies.’ (Pharisee) ‘The teachers of those academies, both of Babylonia and of Palestine, were considered the rightful successors of the older Sanhedrin... At the present time, the Jewish people have no living central authority comparable in status to the ancient Sanhedrins or the later academies. Therefore, any decision regarding the Jewish religion must be based on the TALMUD as the final resume of the teaching of those authorities when they existed.’ (The JEWS - Their History, Culture, and Religion, vol. 4. p. 1332)... (p. 9)...
“The TALMUD’s basic law is that only the Pharisee ranks as a man, or human being. All others rank as animals: ‘the people who are like an ass—slaves who are considered property of the master’ This attitude resulting from such teaching has been resented by the ‘asses’ in all countries and centuries. Such resentment, however, is always publicized as ‘persecution of the Jews.’...” (p. 10)
Elizabeth Dilling confirms that “the Talmud reverses every one of the Ten Commandments, the teachings of Moses and the Prophets” which precisely describes the formerly cited Talmudic attacks on the Ten Commandments by James Sightler and James Knox:
“Without some knowledge of the written form of the Tradition of the Pharisees, the Babylonian Talmud, one is unable to intelligently judge whether Jesus Christ was fair and just in his acid denunciations of Pharisaism, or not. One needs proof, offered by the irrefutable Exhibits from Jewish authorities herein, that the Talmud reverses every one of the Ten Commandments, the teachings of Moses and the Prophets, and enshrines their opposites under a ‘whited sepulchre’, and Old Testament disguises for murder and ‘all uncleanness’, as Christ charged. Murder of non-Pharisees is always permitted; theft, sodomy, incest, rape are all permitted, and the righteousness of grown men violating baby girls under three is a favorite topic for discussion in book after book of the Talmud. On the contrary, Our Lord’s treatment of little children is like the Light of Heaven compared to the filth of Hell—embraced by the Talmud.” (p. 10)
Are the leadership of the Independent Fundamental Baptist network the modern day Pharisees? The Greek word “Pharisee” means “separate” and separation from those who disagree with IFB teachings is a fundamental doctrine of the IFB Statement of Faith. Independent Fundamental Baptists claim to be descendants of the Anabaptists, a separatist denomination affiliated with the Mennonites, and before them the Albigensians, Cathari and a succession of heretical, crypto-Jewish sects. The interested reader can learn more about Baptist Successionism in Section III: The Real History of “King James Onlyism.”
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Eph. 4:14)
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” (Titus 1:10)