“For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3, CJB)
The times in which we live is more troubling and uncertain than any other period in modern history. From a lack of faith to the embrace of great evil and a spirit of lawlessness, we have moved from a culture based on Judeo-Christian values to deception, oppression, and an alignment with willful, demonic cloaking. Of this, the prophet Isaiah echoes a warning,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter!” (5:20)
Of our problem, “demonic cloaking” is the best definition where today Satan has deceived many in thinking that the present, and aberrant, “social justice” movement is in fact true justice and a benefit for the world. However, only a brief and honest examination of this movement reveals that this is nothing more than an anti-Messiah last-days deception, rooted within the Marxist Hegelian Dialectic. Whether it be Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, Cancel Culture (etc.), the single objective of these inter-linked groups has been founded oppression, bigotry, murder, the destruction of Western civilization and a worldwide enforcement of demonic socialism and Marxist indoctrination.
Some promoting these lies have slipped into the “church” (Jude vs. 4) like Eric Mason in his book, the “Woke Church” where he advocates a merging of Marxist and Christianity and promotes such unbiblical ideals as bring consistent with the historical, biblical faith. However, through his text, Mason offerings no proof for his claims, but instead only present divisiveness and hate for non-African Americans and a call for white guilt over imaginary offenses.
In the end, every aspect of such movements like BLM holds no more semblance to truth or even the historical Civil Rights Movement than one could measure out by offering a link between biblical orthodoxy and that of the occult. In part, this is why I and Rev. Dr. Brad Long wrote our new book, “Exposing the Trojan Horse of Black Lives Matter,” which will soon be released. From the beginning, Satan has worked from the position of demonic cloaking where beginning in Genesis he promised Eve,
“It is not true that you will surely die; because God knows that on the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4b-5, CJB)
So, it is today, that many in the Body have been deceived by the false and unbiblical social justice movement, which in turn has nothing to do with God’s instruction in Isaiah 61, or our callings as Christians and Messianic Jews to true biblical justice as most definitively taught by the late and honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - who himself was pro-life, biblically sound, pro-Israel and strongly conservative both politically and religiously. In truth, if MLK was alive today he would be BLM strongest opponent, while Black Lives Matter has hijacked selected elements of his message to their own ends.
For those who have falsely taken in by this Marxist agenda within the Body of Messiah, the means is two-fold, where first, individuals have come under complete demonic deception, or in that deception it is now being revealed that many of these individuals were ever part of the authentic Body of Messiah in the first place. Disturbingly, many years ago someone told me that he could be a Christian and either a Socialist or Marxist, with no ideological conflict, yet from 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are both challenged and questioned,
“… how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship dies light have with darkness?” (CJB)
Even today, many of the most influential leaders in the Body use their positions and pulpits to teach this false gospel of wok-ism, a call for relevance, and political correctness, while denying Yeshua with every syllable they speak. In their end, every aspect of such a message is foreign to both Scripture and is an affront to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah.
With this call to faithfulness, we must also acknowledge and walk out the reality that God has never (nor will he ever) call is to be “relevant” to a world that is hostile to the Good News of Yeshua. Certainly, missiological experts will speak accurately of the need to contextualize the Gospel, but this is not what the woke church is calling us to do. Instead, what they are offering is a dismantling of the truth one and for all given to God’s people and its replacement with a Marxist, liberal hybrid which offers no power to save. Such terminology as relevant or tolerant nevertheless reveals how far one such “leaders” and their message is from Yeshua and the Kingdom of God in the first place. Their message is a false gospel.
It is of this great evil and spirit of compromise in the Body that Bonhoeffer warned in the Cost of Discipleship stating,
“Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religions are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented ss the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without a price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap …?"
It is for this reason that we must admit that the message of BLM and the radical-Left has no more to do with the truth or liberty than that of Gerhard Kittel and his theological apparatus which justified the death of six million Jews as untermenschen, or less than or non-human.
Yet for the sake of the truth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Niemoller, Karl Barth and the Confessing Church opposed the Nazi regime and in turn stood for holiness, righteousness and truth, regardless of the outcome! With this same level of passion, today, we must stand for the truth and be counted for what is right, and that which brings Adonal honor and glory. Yet even greater than standing for truth and opposing the evil around us, we must also commit to prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit to expose this demonic cloaking so that revival in our land and around the world might come!
Dear friends, we are all a part of this great, last-days battle for our nation and for all the nations and peoples of the world - so let’s be a people of prayer, one’s committed to the truth of God’s Word and in declaring the truth of Adonai no matter the final outcome or risk of persecution!
May We Live Without Fear and May we all Be Found Faithful,
Rabbi Mark Rantz
Beit Hallel Messianic Congregation
October 6, 2021 | 30th of Tishrei, 5782
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