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Deceitful Use of Holy Scripture
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"Saichel (Hebrew for common sense)" is a gift; "chakam (intelligence)" is an triumphant achievement.

"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the SCRIPTURES." [2 Peter 3. 16]

It is essentially necessary and critically vital, that every CHRIST-minded-person study and use the Holy Scriptures, for they establish our only real authority, the very WORD OF ALMIGHTY GOD HIMSELF. [Matthew 5. 18; John 10. 35; 14. 26; 2 Timothy 3. 15-17; 2 Peter 1. 19-21]   It is just as important, however, that we not use the SCRIPTURE deceitfully, for this can be even more dangerous then ignoring them altogether.

Many cults and self-centered people twist the SCRIPTURES, trying to make them fit their own opinion or hoping thereby to give authority to their peculiar opinion, instead of allowing the LORD GOD to say what HE means, which HE does, in HIS WRITTEN WORD.  Such distortion and mutilated twisting of HOLY WRIT has generated numerous cults and heresies, numerous both in the past and all too prevalent today.  In essence, this was YESHUA'S position of the Pharisees:  "In vain they worship ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." [Matthew 15. 9]  "Because these people approached ME with their mouth and honoured ME with their lips, but have kept their heart far from ME, and their worship of ME has been a commandment of men, learned by ritual. Truly, I shall further baffle that people and the wisdom of its wise shall fail, and the understanding of their prudent men shall vanish." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 29. 13 - 14 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

In the same way, perhaps even worse, is claiming to receive new (additional, latest, changed, another) SCRIPTURE or new (additional, latest, changed, another) authoritative insight on existing SCRIPTURES that the ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT ONE warned:  "You shall not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it." [Deuteronomy (Devarim) 4. 2 Tanakh, Torah]  "Do not add to His Words, lest HE accuse you and you be proved a liar." [Proverbs (Mishle) 30. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Cults and heretics twist, distort, add to and take from the Word of God, but just as deadly are the ones who try to explain away the SCRIPTURES, THE WORD OF LIFE.  "If any one takes away from the words of THE BOOK of this prophecy, GOD shall take away his part from the BOOK OF LIFE, from the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this BOOK." [Revelation 22. 19]

This act of distorting, twisting and denying GOD'S HOLY WORD was the very lie of the Devil which brought sin into the world . . . "Did GOD really say?? are not going to die!" [Genesis (Berepooh) 3. 1, 4 Tanakh, Torah]   No wonder the HOLY BIBLE has a very severe warning against distorting, twisting and corrupting HIS HOLY WORD!   "I know that whatever ELOHIYM has brought to pass will recur evermore: NOTHING can be added to it and NOTHING taken from it. ELOHIYM has brought it to pass that men revere and fear HIM." [Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 3. 14 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

"You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, BEWARE lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked." [2 Peter 3. 17]  As believers, we emphatically must be aware of and on guard against such deceivers that change or simply ignore SCRIPTURE, as it is our very life that is at stake. 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Be blessed as we bid farewell to Shabbat!  May the ALMIGHTY ONE, WHO separates the holy from the secular, forgive our sins, guide our life, fill our upcoming week with HIS DIVINE PRESENCE.  Refresh yourself and others through HIS wisdom & discernment, love & kindness — that some of the sweetness of Sabbath be experienced daily. 
 If you perceive something so important to be willing to sacrifice your own life for it, then your life has weight and purpose and direction; because until you know what you are willing to die for, you have not yet begun to live.
Tov Shavua — Have a good week!

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  


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