Transcript: Episode 0058

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Welcome to the Stone Choir podcast. I am Corey J. Mahler, and I'm still woe. On today's Stone

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Choir, we're going to be continuing the series we're doing on the current state of religion.

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Last week, we talked about defining religion in terms of a source of right and wrong and morality

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and why it's important to use that view when you're looking at religions, because

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many of us simultaneously hold multiple religions in our heads. So we made the case last week

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that there's a whole lot of that going on that's causing problems in the church.

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And we said that this week we're going to specifically be discussing Judaizing and

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Gnosticism, which are two of the earliest false religions that attacked Christianity in its very

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earliest days. As Corey and I were doing the prep for this episode, we realized that there's more

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than enough just on Judaizing for an entire episode, so this will be in two parts. Next week

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we'll be about Gnosticism exclusively, and then the following week we'll be talking about apostasy.

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Before we get into this warning to parents who listen with kids, one of the subjects we're going

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to talk about is circumcision. We're going to go into some of the obvious details because it's

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necessary to discuss what's going on there, and you can decide if you want to listen to that before

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your kids do. This episode is, as always, a continuation of previous episodes, and I want

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to make this point again, particularly as we're getting into the second full year of Stone Choir.

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This season, and so far, is such a thing exists for us. There's going to be a lot more episodes

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that are syntheses of parts of previous episodes, so what I mean by that is that we're going to treat

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every previous episode that we've done essentially as axiomatic for the purposes of arguments that

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we make in future episodes. This episode on Judaizing, obviously, is going to assume for

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the sake of argument that you've already heard and at least understand, even if you don't agree,

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with what we said in the four parts we did on the Jews. It is the first episode of Stone Choir

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you're listening to. Stop. I'd say start from the beginning. If you refuse to start from the

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beginning before listening to this one, if it's interesting, at least go back to Hebrews, Israelites,

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and Jews and listen to that four-part series because this will not be the complete arguments

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from that episode. They're made there in totality. We consider that a done deal. I give that warning

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because we're going to say some things that just assume all the facts previously entered

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into evidence. We're incorporating those by reference, and if you're not coming along with

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the previous thoughts, if you don't know what's there, we're going to be taking a lot of shortcuts

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in the future because we don't waste your time just repeating the same things over and over again,

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so we're going to just assume that you at least know what we're talking about when you say some

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of those things. One of the key things that we've said frequently throughout Stone Choir,

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and it's going to be a key part of this, particularly in framing this episode on Judaism,

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is that it's crucial for our understanding of Scripture and for understanding our place

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as Christians in history to verbally acknowledge out loud that Adam was not a Jew. Noah was not a

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Jew. Abraham was not a Jew. We made the case in those episodes for why that is true. The reason

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that we're mentioning here is that one of the fundamental elements of the Judaizing tendency

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that occurred from the very earliest days of the church, and it's roaring back in the last two

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centuries in particular in America, is there's this notion that we have inherited from kind of

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ambient morality in the world around us that, well, I'm a Christian, but I'm the Christian

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in the Judeo-Christian, and the Judeo came first, and that was really the older, more authentic

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version. I've got Christianity, but I'm the lesser cousin here, and there's a senior member from way

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back, the Jew who has more real stuff. They fundamentally have more Jesus-y stuff than I have,

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even though Jesus came after their period. I can't really be a Christian unless I Jew up the

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stuff that I have today. That's really what happens with Judaizing in all its forms and

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everything we talk about today. It's fundamentally, sure, we're Christians, but can we make this more

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Jewish? Wouldn't that make it more authentic? The reason I mention Adam and Noah and Abraham is that

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the assumption that the Old Testament is Jewish and that the New Testament is Christian,

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it's blasphemous for one. Let's just get that right out of the way. That's utterly false.

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The entire history of Christianity before the birth of Christ pointed to the birth of Christ.

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That was its purpose. In Genesis 3.15, when Adam was given the proto-gospel, he was told

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that Jesus would come to fix his sin. He wasn't told explicitly, not in a prophetic manner,

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that could be as easily understood as the later prophecies. Most of those prophecies

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that are recorded for us began with Moses. However, we know there were many believers

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in God, including Noah, most notably historically, who didn't have the written versions of those

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things either because none of it had been written down yet. The tendency that Christians have today

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to think, well, I need more Jewish stuff in order to be a better Christian, what it really

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is doing is espousing a belief that comes from the Talmud. I'm going to give you a few paraphrases

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of things in the Talmud, just to give you an idea of what Jews have been taught,

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including in Jesus' day. In this four-part series now, we're doing about the ending with apostasy.

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The next episode is going to be about Galatians 3.28. One of the excellent points that Corey

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has made in the past elsewhere is that once you know about the Jewish prayers that come from the

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Talmud, you understand that Galatians 3.28 is Jesus rebuking the Talmud before it had been written

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down because the Talmud was a recording of oral tradition. It was writing down things that they

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had been passing from generation to generation. There are things in the Talmud that were written

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down generations after Jesus that were already practiced in his day. These things have existed

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for thousands of years among these people, not all of them, because Mary was also a Christian.

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She was obviously a Judaite. She was of that people. But when the angel came to her and said,

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you're going to bear the Son of God, she wasn't out of left field. She was amazed it was her,

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but she wasn't amazed at what's this Messiah stuff. I don't know what that's about. She

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knew exactly what it was about because she was a Christian. She was a Christian expecting the Messiah.

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What she didn't expect was that God would come to her personally to be the vessel for God to be

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born. The Talmud, as it existed in that day and then was written down, and is the basis for the

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modern Jewish religion, says things like, Jews may use subterfuge to circumvent a goi as a non-Jew.

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All children of the goyim are animals. The goyim are not humans, they're beasts. If you eat with

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a goi, it's the same as eating with a dog. Even the best of the goyim should all be killed.

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The common theme that these all have is that Jews are human, and the goyim, that's us,

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that's everyone who's a non-Jew, is less than human. Now think about that in the context of

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saying that Adam is a Jew. If Adam is a Jew, then isn't it consistent that we are less than Jews if

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we don't have the Jew stuff along with our religion? But Adam was not a Jew. Adam was all men. Every

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single homo sapien on the planet has Adam as his father. No matter what we've said about any other

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race, any people on the planet, they're all children of Adam, which is why we all die,

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because we inherit Adam's sin, because he is our father. We inherit the sin of that father,

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that first father, the first biological father. He's our first father, he's obviously

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God the Father in heaven. The first Judaism tendency that's permeating all of Christian

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testimony today is that, well, Adam was a Jew, Noah was a Jew, Abraham can be a Jew,

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because that's the case, then Muslims are Jews, because Muslims trace back to Abraham just like

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the Jewish tribes. It becomes incoherent when you actually look at what's trying to be claimed,

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but it's consistent with the Talmudic belief that the Goyim are not humans, they're beasts,

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they're less than us, us being the Jews. So everything that we're talking about here today in

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terms of Judaism tendencies is something that we see from the very earliest days of the early

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church, where their Christians and the attack that Satan took against Christ's church as it was

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being born was, sure, okay, you have this gospel stuff now, you know, Jesus rose from the dead,

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and he forgives your sins, and blah, blah, blah, but did you know you still have to have this stuff

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from the Jews? And that was the fight in the very earliest church. We have to keep the Jew stuff,

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the Christian stuff isn't complete by itself. It's very common today, and so all the examples

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that we give in this episode will reinforce that there's an inherent notion in many people's minds

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that Christianity is incomplete unless it's more Jewish than it is today, which if you understand

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that Judeo-Christian is an oxymoron, obviously it falls apart. Judeo-Christian is like saying

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Satan, oh Christian, they're opposing religions. It's not a continuum. It is not one and then the

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other. Noah and Adam and Abraham were Christians because they believed in the promise of the Messiah.

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You and I believe in the promise of the Messiah. The key difference between us and them is that

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they had an expectant hope in the promise. We have a hope in a promise already fulfilled. We hope in

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the resurrection, we hope in the return of Christ, but we already know for a fact that he came once.

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So that's the only difference between our belief in theirs, as they were hoping in a prophecy

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that had yet to be fulfilled. We have a hope that the prophecy which has been fulfilled in Christ's

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birth, death, and resurrection does what God says it was going to do. The reason that those miracles

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occurred was so that we would all have confidence. Yes, if I can do these things in space and time,

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you can trust my promises that the things that I'm doing are for the forgiveness of your sins.

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That's the Christian faith, and they held it, and we hold it in common.

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So when Judaizing occurs in the church, it's a subtle attack against that, and we see right from

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the very beginning, the one time in the New Testament where the word Judaizing is literally

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used is in Galatians 2. Paul writes, But when Cephas, that is Peter, came to Antioch, I posed him to

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his face because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with

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the Gentiles. But when they came, he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision

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party, and the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him so that even Barnabas was led astray

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by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel,

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I said to Cephas, Before them all, if you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew,

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how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews? This is the ESV, but the word that's used there,

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the underlying word that we transliterate, is he saying, How can you force the Jews,

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or how can you force the Gentiles to Judaize? Interestingly, that word does appear in the

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Old Testament in the Septuagint, which we'll get to towards the end in Esther chapter 8 verse 17.

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It's said that the people there were in fear of the Jews and they Judaized. Same thing, it was

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adopting the previous Jewish practices of the Mosaic law in order to what? In order to earn

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salvation, because when Jesus showed up and the Jews were holding the Mosaic law, they were

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following the rules, they'd forgotten what the rules were for. A lot of us preaching was like,

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these rules weren't to save you. These rules are God's will, they're my will for you, the

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will of the Father for you, but they don't save you. They didn't understand that. All they knew

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was the rote performance of the thing. They didn't understand that it wasn't for their salvation,

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it was simply what God said to do. If they believed in God, they would do those things.

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But it was the belief that always mattered. It was Abraham's faith that was credited to him,

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his righteousness, not his doing. It was his belief, belief in the promise. From the very

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beginning, the very first instance of Judaizing being explicitly highlighted has to do with

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circumcision party, has to do with Peter himself. One of the most beloved apostles of Christ was

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sinning against the church as a Judaizer. This is why we said in the past episode,

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this was the ground floor heresy in the church. We're going to get into this today,

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that whether or not that's a gospel issue depends on how you understand true teaching

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and false teaching. Paul was deeply concerned when he saw what Peter was doing, because it was a

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false confession. That was the issue. When Peter Judaized, when he refused to eat with non-Jews,

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his confession was false. He was confessing a false religion. Even though he was doing what

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the Jews had been told to do before, when God said it is finished on the cross, that was it.

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He was talking about those rules. Much of the angst spilled in the New Testament

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is specifically saying, no, you didn't understand it all. The separation of those people for a time

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with these rules was not for their salvation. It was to preserve the promise of the Messiah.

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When that had been fulfilled, when Christ had lived that perfect life,

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that none of them ever could, then it was finished. From then on, everything that every

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believer has is Christian practice. From Peter to today, whenever we see people Judaizing,

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they're fundamentally exposing a false confession.

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And so to start off this section of the episode about circumcision specifically,

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but obviously more generally about Judaizing, we will read through Acts 15,

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verses 1 through 29, which relates the text that Woe just mentioned in his intro.

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But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers. Unless you are circumcised

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according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved. And after Paul and Barnabas had no

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small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed

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to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.

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So being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria,

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describing in detail the conversion of the nations, and brought great joy to all the brothers.

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When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders,

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and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belong to the party of

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the Pharisees rose up and said, it is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the

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law of Moses. The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

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And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them,

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Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you,

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that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

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And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as

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he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.

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Now therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples,

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that neither your fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved

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through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will. And all the assembly fell silent,

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and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done

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through them among the nations. After they finished speaking, James replied, Brothers, listen to me.

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Simon has related how God first visited the nations, to take from them a people for his name.

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And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

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After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen,

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I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,

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and all the nations who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from

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of old. Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the nations who turn to God,

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but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols and from sexual immorality,

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and from what has been strangled and from blood, for from ancient generations Moses has had in

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every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.

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Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men

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from among them, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsobus

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and Silas leading men among the brothers, with the following letter. The brothers, both the

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apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the nations in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia,

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greetings. Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words,

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unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, it has seemed good to us,

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having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

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men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore

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sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.

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For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us to lay on you no greater burden

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than these requirements, that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood,

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and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these,

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you will do well, farewell. Now you may note that when I read from the ESV or other translations

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that use the word Gentiles, I drop that word, I change that word to a more accurate translation

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to be clear. And the reason that I do that is because Gentiles itself has become a form of

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Judaizing in the modern church. We'll get into that more later in the episode, but I just wanted

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to point out that that is something that I do. At least I attempt always to do that when I am

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reading from these translations, because the underlying word is, in fact, nations or heathens.

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We have these words in English. There is no reason we need to use a Latin derived word such as

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Gentiles. I'm not saying the word is necessarily wrong, because if you understand what it means,

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the word is fine. But in the modern context, it tends to be misleading and can be used

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for Judaizing, and that is why I personally do not tend to use it.

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I think it's conspicuous when you look at this passage that,

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again, it was the Pharisees who came and said, look what these people are doing.

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The Pharisees didn't attack the gospel. They didn't say, no, Jesus didn't rise from the dead.

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They didn't attack anything that we think of as Christianity today. The Pharisees came to the

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church and said, what are these people doing? If they're going to convert, if they're going to be

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believers in the one true God, they need to be circumcised, because they didn't understand what

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circumcision was. They didn't understand the purpose. They didn't understand what Jesus had said and

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done, and so they were burdening consciences with something that was false. The reason we're beginning

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with this is that circumcision is really the Judaizing heresy that is the most prevalent

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in the New Testament. You see it in numerous epistles. It comes up all the time. That first

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quote was from Galatians. This is from Acts. I have quotes from Philippians, from Titus, and that's

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just a small portion of where these fights were occurring, where the so-called circumcision party

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would show up and burden consciences and say, you must obey the Mosaic law.

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The reason that the Holy Spirit worked through the apostles to put an end to that,

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that false teaching was that, again, they didn't understand what circumcision was in the first

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place. They didn't understand the sealing a baby boy into the covenant of God with the act of

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circumcision, or for adult converts, which happened as well. It wasn't an act onto itself. It was a

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public confession, and with Christ's death and resurrection, Christians had a new confession.

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The confession was in the risen Lord. The confession no longer needed to be in terms of

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circumcision, which was pointing forward. That's why it was happening everywhere, because, as I said,

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Satan didn't care about the gospel. His first attack on the church once it was established,

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he didn't go after what we call the gospel. What did the teachings of demons that Satan

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brought to bear do? They said, no, no, no, you have to do this stuff. You have to do what Moses

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said to do. What could be more of a believing thing than to say, obey God? That's how Satan attacked

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by saying, hey, obey God, do this stuff, because it took what God said to do entirely out of context

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with complete disregard for what God actually made clear about the practice. It tried to burden

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consciousness to say, well, you have a Christian confession, but you haven't done the thing yet.

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This is something that, in various shades, you will find in all the other Judaism practices that

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we see to this day. There's a constant myriad churn. There's always some new form of this sort

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of thing, but it invariably says, hey, sure, you got the Jesus stuff, all right, but did you know

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the Jews stuff from the olden days will make it even more authentic? I think this is an interesting

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thing for us to talk about on Stone Choir, because it sounds kind of like, well, we talk about a lot

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on the show. Like, hey, we have this stuff in the church, but what about the old practices?

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There are two crucial differences. One, we are not claiming that doing one thing versus another

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saves you. There's never the claim of any Christian that doing saves. The doing is the fruit of

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salvation. If we have saving faith, then we obey God. That's why there are some who believe before

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they're baptized. A believer's baptism is entirely a real thing. They're examples in Scripture.

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That does not mean that baptism does not also give the Holy Spirit to those who do not yet have faith.

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I did a whole episode on baptism about that. It can be both one thing and the other at the same

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time. When we talk about things that used to be church belief and practice, like, for example,

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head coverings, it's not to burden consciences. It's certainly not to say, if you don't cover your

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head, you haven't earned salvation. That's not a phrase that can even come from our lips, except

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ironically. It's an impossibility for a Christian to believe that entire vein of thought.

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It's also important to know that sometimes the argument is simply true. Sometimes we do lose

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things that we used to have, like head coverings. Like, God said to do it. He didn't say, if a

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girl covers her head, she will be saved. He just said, do it because it's proper order. It was never

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a matter of salvation, but it was a command from God. When we point back, it's not trying to make

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people do something that will prove that they're faithful or to earn their salvation. It's just

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to say, this is what believers actually do. It's what the Christian life actually looks like,

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which is a very clear distinction from circumcision, because there were many who were not circumcised,

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who became believers. Again, one of the earliest controversies in the church. It was a question

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to be settled. They sat down and discussed this for a while. It was an important question,

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2000 years ago. It's not an important question, because God settled it. So when the Pharisees

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asked it, regardless of what their intentions were or their ignorance, God answered. He said,

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that was for them, that is over. Someone can believe in God and not be circumcised.

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And so it went away entirely. It ceased to be a practice among Christians.

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We should point out that not only is circumcision not a Christian practice, but the modern practice

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that we call circumcision and the ancient practice in the context of the Near East, which would be

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the practice of which the Jews, the more accurately named Israelites or Hebrews partook,

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these practices are not the same. Now, there are a number of different circumcision practices

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across the world. There are some that are particularly barbaric amongst certain island

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peoples and some parts of South America. But we're talking about the Near East here. And in the Near

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East, the circumcision practice of that area and of those peoples. And this is the part where if you

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are concerned about your children listening to materials that are technically explicit,

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you may wish to skip or listen to it, screen it before allowing them to.

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That practice is fundamentally different from what we see today. The practice today is the total

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removal of the foreskin, which is actually a relatively significant chunk of tissue. The

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practice back then was simply either a cut in the foreskin or the removal of the tip of the

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foreskin. This is one of the reasons that we see in Scripture, when adult converts even

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are circumcised, they recover fairly quickly. If someone removes a significant portion of

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your penis, you are not going to recover from that quickly. If it is the ancient practice,

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you can recover a number of days and be back at work or even go fight in a battle. That's possible.

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That is why in the narrative related to Dina, we see that they attacked them immediately afterward,

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because it was a relatively short window in which they would have had this advantage

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due to the recovery period. These are very different practices. And the reason that this

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matters is because the modern practice has arguably been designed maliciously. It is designed to do

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something to the child. It is designed to do something to that boy who is circumcised. It's

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mutilation to be frank. It is gentle mutilation. We're used to hearing that particular phrase,

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that term with regard to female so-called circumcision, but it is the same when it comes to males for

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the modern version of circumcision. It is more comparable to what we see in some of the most

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demonically oppressed part of the world, and these parts of the world practice truly heinous

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things that are somehow even worse than circumcision, but it is comparable to them with regard to its

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goal, with regard to what it does to the circumcised. There are a number of effects to this, and we

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have very good studies on this. We know these things to be true. This has been researched

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quite significantly. You will typically not hear of these things in the U.S. context because

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the overwhelming majority of those in the United States are circumcised.

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That is not the case in the rest of the Western world. You basically do not get circumcised in

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Europe or Australia or New Zealand or the UK, any of these places. The rest of the European world

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does not practice circumcision. It is something that was imported into the U.S. culture because

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it's Judaizing. It's part and parcel of a number of other things, and we'll get into some of those

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later in the episode as well, but to speak of some of the consequences of circumcision.

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When performed on an infant, and we will distinguish between infant circumcision and

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adolescent or adult because there are different consequences for those, it is more significant

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with regard to infants and adolescents for a number of reasons. But infant circumcision,

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often you will hear the argument that, well, the child will not remember the pain,

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one that is a morally abhorrent argument, if you actually think about it,

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because that would justify doing almost anything to an infant because the infant won't remember,

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and the Talmud has some things to say about that, certainly.

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But the problem with this argument, beyond being morally abhorrent, is that it is false.

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Studies performed on infants, those who were circumcised in infancy, and those who were not show

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circumcision actually causes a fundamental change in the brain. It causes site-specific changes to

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the brain, usually with regard to pain or centers related to trauma in the brain, but it also causes

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a brain wave change that sometimes does not return to a baseline and certainly does not do so quickly.

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It causes a spike in all of the various body chemistry that relates to anxiety,

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because it is seen by the body, rightfully, as an attack on the body. Of course, an infant

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can't do anything in response to an attack, so the infant just has this stress response,

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this trauma response, but crying is all the infant can do, of course, which the infant does.

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It is also notable that this procedure is often done with minimal, if any, anesthetic.

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And yes, infants can feel pain. If you start your argument or you start trying to make an

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argument that an infant doesn't feel pain, congratulations, you're on the exact same

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road as the people who try to argue for abortion. You're making roughly the same sort of argument

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they make with regard to, well, if an infant can't feel pain, then whatever we do is obviously moral.

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That is abominable and Christians should never argue that. But beyond the alteration of brain

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waves and also certain parts of the brain even, not so much structurally necessarily, but

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in regards to later on psychological responses in the adolescent and adult,

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and this leads into my next point, we do see increases in pain sensitivity, anxiety,

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and a number of other problems, including attention problems in infants,

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in the adolescents who were circumcised as infants. There are longitudinal consequences

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to the modern practice of circumcision. Again, this is a fundamentally different procedure

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from what is described in the Old Testament. It is not the same thing that is being done to boys

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today that was done to them in that part of the world historically.

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Now to distinguish between infants and adolescents. It's difficult to say if it's

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worse to circumcise an infant or an adolescent. However, one of the salient differences that we

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see, and part of the reason it's difficult to distinguish obviously is that adolescents can

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actually remember what happened consciously, not unconsciously, because there's a difference there.

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You can remember things in your unconscious or subconscious mind that you may not be able

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to remember in your conscious mind. And notably, your body also remembers things

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that your mind does not necessarily store. One good example of that would be when we went

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over the issue of promiscuity, a woman's body remembers after a fashion her sexual partners,

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even if she may have forgotten them. But that aside, the issue of a child who is circumcised

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in adolescence is that the studies done on those who were circumcised in adolescence has shown that

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the majority of them fulfill all of the diagnostic criteria in order to diagnose them with post-traumatic

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stress disorder. Circumcision, the modern practice, inflicts very real harm on children.

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It is something that should not be practiced. It is a barbaric practice that is inexcusable,

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and it is Judaizing. It is attempting to participate in a Jewish right. And many of those

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doing it are supposedly Christian. This is inexcusable. This is not something that is permissible

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for Christians to do. Now we know that some of those who are listening will be fathers. We

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know for certain that some of you are fathers, and that most likely, because much of our audience

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is American, most likely you had your son circumcised. We are saying you should not have done that.

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However, do not beat yourself up over it. Do not worry about it, really.

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You do need to repent because it was sinful. It was not something you should have done.

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But repent, lay it at the foot of the cross, and be done with it.

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This is difficult for many people to do, particularly in the U.S. context. This is a

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major problem. We have this issue of looking at sins that have physical consequences,

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consequences in time, and many people want to defend those. So for instance, we spoke of promiscuity

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in previous episodes. There are those who will want to try and defend those actions in the past,

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because if you recognize them as sin, except they were sin, repent. That repentance does not

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cure the physical consequences. The same thing is true here. If you repent of the fact that you had

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your son circumcised, his foreskin is not growing back. That's not how this works. There are very

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real consequences to our sins in time that will not be restored, that will not be undone,

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until the second coming, until we are in paradise. We have to live with those things in this life.

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But we do not carry them around as conscious baggage. Now, there are, again, real consequences

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that stick with us, and those are baggage in the sense that our sin does burden us.

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But we are not supposed to carry our sin around as a burden, because Christ took

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that on the cross and we are forgiven. So again, you repent, but you don't beat

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yourself up over this. That's not the point of the episode. That's not what we're trying to do

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by talking about circumcision. The goal here, as is the goal with many of the things we discuss

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on our episodes, is to get people to stop participating in something that is sinful.

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Just because you did something that was sinful, or you were burdened by something that was sinful,

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or you were harmed by it, does not mean that you allow it to perpetuate through additional

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generations. You can have it stop with you, or in this case, you can have it stop with your sons.

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Don't carry forward the wickedness of past generations. That's the goal. We can actually

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create a better future, a more Christian future, by getting rid of these pagan or Jewish practices.

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The goal is to end the wickedness. The goal is not to beat up on those who either willingly,

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wittingly, unwittingly, however it was, participated in something that was wrong, that was sinful.

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The goal is to get the practice to stop, to get Christians to recognize that there is

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a Christian response to this, and there is an anti-Christian or Jewish response to this.

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And as we've pointed out in some of the readings from Scripture so far, and there are many others,

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the New Testament is very clear. Circumcision is a Jewish practice. It is Judaizing.

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It is not something that Christians should be doing. It's not because, as Woe already said,

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it's not because it's a gospel issue, although ironically, as soon as you say

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that this isn't a gospel issue, you've made it a gospel issue by making it into a works issue.

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And so you've suddenly imported works righteousness into the discussion by saying it's not a gospel

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issue. What we are saying is that it is a practice in which Christians should not participate

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because it is Judaizing. Does participation in it damn you to hell? No. If you are circumcised,

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are you going to hell? No. Not what we're saying. If you try to make it part of the Christian religion

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and say this is something that you must do to be saved, now you have made it works righteousness,

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now you have rejected Christ, now you are severed from Christ in the words of the New Testament,

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then you are in danger of hellfire. But the ultimate point, the foundational point that we

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are trying to make by discussing circumcision is that it is one, a harmful practice, and that it is

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two, impermissible Judaizing in which Christians should not be engaged. I want to add just one

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additional specific scientific point to why and how it causes harm. As Corey said, this is male

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genital mutilation. This is the amputation of not only a body part without anesthetic. As Corey

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said, the foreskin is a sizable portion of what is amputated today. It has nothing to do with the

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scriptural practice. It has nothing to do with what Moses was commanded. The foreskin itself,

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when it is removed, that is functionally like a clitorectomy, which is a barbaric,

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disgusting practice that we often find in the Muslim world. A foreskin has about 30,000 nerve

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endings. The foreskin has significantly more nerve endings than the rest of the penis. And so when

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it is removed without anesthesia, obviously the pain is indescribable. And thankfully for those of

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us who have been victims of it, we can't remember. But as Corey said, not only do our bodies bear

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the witness of that barbaric amputation, but there are permanent, in many cases,

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psychological and what do you call the brain? It's not mental. We are permanently changed by

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what is fundamentally a practice of torture. The actual process of circumcising an American boy

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today, they're often put on a cruciform slab where their arms and legs are bound, just like Christ.

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They're not given anesthesia. And a part of their penis is amputated that has as many endings as many

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other parts of the body combined. Of course, this is going to do tremendous harm. It's a fundamentally

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wicked and evil practice. As Corey said, once the damage is done, it was done to me. I don't

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remember. I don't know what life would be like without it. And we'll make explicit that this is

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not sour grapes about my foreskin. I don't care. The point is, we should not be permitting these

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things to happen in the world. If you participated in something evil, if you've been the victim of

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something evil, you don't look at it and then try to baptize and say, oh, I guess it was okay.

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It's actually fine. Let's just keep going with more of that. Because you don't want to confront

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whatever evil happened in the past. If something is evil, this is plain evil. Forget scripture

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entirely. What I just described and what Corey described is per se evil's far too shallow word

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for what it is. It's fundamentally a primitive version of what's done in MKUltra. The MKUltra

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torture program was designed to achieve many of the same effects that are achieved on every single

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American boy who's circumcised. As Corey said, the number of European males who are circumcised,

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over 90% of them live in the United States. It's almost exclusively an American practice

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among whites. About 90% of Jews are circumcised. About 80% of Muslims worldwide are circumcised.

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So the only people who have participated in this barbaric practice are Americans,

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Jews, and Muslims. That by itself should be an indication that there's something religious

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going on here. Because what is that? That triad? That's the Abrahamic religions. That's what we're

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told today. Oh, it all came from Abraham. Isaac had Ishmael, and then we get the Muslims down the

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road. Jacob gave birth to the Jews, and then the Jews gave birth to the Christians. Circumcision

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unites us all. No. What's interesting when you look at this specific history of it in the United

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States, it did not exist when this country was founded because it never existed among Christians.

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It was expressly banned. It was, frankly, it's something that should be a death penalty

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matter today, in my opinion. I think if you're going to harm infants like that,

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you need to talk to the hangman. The practice when it was introduced in this country,

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part of it, it became very widespread once Jews began coming into this country at the end of the

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19th century, beginning of the 20th century. But it was already being pushed a few decades prior by

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post-Christian Judaizing Americans. This country, when you look at things like the

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history of the Burntover District and other places, there has been a sort of Judaizing,

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apostatizing development of entirely New Pagan religions that was unique to the United States.

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Some of it got exported back to England, and it's made it to a few other places.

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Many of these things, the reason that almost exclusively happens in the U.S., is that it was

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exclusively a U.S. thing. Once we started it, and originally one of the theories was,

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it's going to improve hygiene, it's going to improve mental health, they said it was going

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to prevent masturbation. Then when Jews started showing up, well, it was a way to normalize

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their population intermingling with ours, because they were all going to be circumcised.

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If you have these people who are trying to insinuate themselves into American life,

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but they all have this one fundamental difference, well, that's going to mark them as being a part,

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which was part of the original point. All of the Levitical laws were specifically to separate

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the Hebrews from their Pagan neighbors. The promise of the Messiah would be preserved and

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fulfilled in time. They were kept apart from their Pagan neighbors, so they wouldn't apostatize.

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That was no longer necessary once Jesus came. Not that the circumcision is not specifically

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a Levitical law, but it fell into the same bucket for the purposes of it was ended,

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is clearly ended in Scripture. When it reemerged in the US almost exclusively in the 1800s,

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and then it took off in the 20th century when Judaizing just became the norm,

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that's, sorry, 19th century and the 20th century, it began in the mid to late 1800s,

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and it really took off in the 20th century to point that at its peak in the 20th century,

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it was something like 90% of males in some places were circumcised. Thankfully,

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it's began falling in recent years, but mostly it's been falling because of illegal aliens coming

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here who don't practice it. So as we have non-whites who have not been subjected to the Judaizing

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tendencies, they just don't do it because its religious practice is not part of their religion.

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So while mathematically it's a good thing, and it shouldn't be happening to anyone regardless

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of religion, that should be a law for everyone. It's also the case that it's declining in large

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part mostly simply because we're being overrun by aliens. It's also starting to taper off,

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thankfully, fewer and fewer zoomers in the latter generation have been subjected to it.

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And it's a good thing. It should be illegal. It should be impermissible. And a Christian

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government would prevent this because it's torture. It's antithetical to everything that any decent

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person would hold. And the obvious implication is that that would ban Jews, wouldn't it?

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Because if the Jews today still say they have to be circumcised to be Jews, which they do,

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they have their bris, that's part of them still practicing the religion that Jesus fulfilled

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and then set aside. And they never gave up because they never understood God. They never knew God in

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the first place. So it's absolutely the case that to ban circumcision would be to make Jews illegal.

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That's necessary. A Christian country should do that.

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It's a shocking thing for some people to hear, but if it's evil, why do you permit it? Do you

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permit it because it's their religious practice? This is the fight that then happened with peyote

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and these other things where, oh, Indians have always been doing it, so we have to let it go.

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Or now Satanists are saying, well, abortion is part of my religion. It's a sacrament.

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They're absolutely right. Abortion is a satanic sacrament. It's part of their religion. That's

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true. What is not true is that it should be tolerated. It should be persecuted to the full

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extent of the law in addition to being prosecuted. I mean, both of those. It should be stamped out

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because it's wicked. And so this is the most extreme example of Judaizing tendencies

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that's particular to the United States, but it's also, as we said, it has the most

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texts spilled in the New Testament condemning it. I'll finish with a passage from Titus 1,

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the very beginning of what's a pastoral epistle. This passage here is being shared to an overseer

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to say, look, this is what you're going to be facing. And here's what is written.

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For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the

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circumcision party. They must be silenced since they are upsetting whole families by teaching

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for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own said,

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Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons. This testimony is true. Therefore,

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rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths

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and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure,

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but to the defiled and the unbelieving, nothing is pure. But both their minds and their consciences

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are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable,

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disobedient, unfit for any good work. This is the sort of thing that Cory and I say about some of

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the evil men that we see online, and everybody loses their mind. Is it un-Christian to express

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these sorts of sentiments? No. And it wasn't that Paul gets a special get out of jail free card,

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and it wasn't that we have a capricious God, and so whenever the Holy Spirit transmits these things,

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well, I guess it's not sin when God does it. This is a necessary part of the Christian faith

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to rebuke and condemn evil actions and those who are spreading them, and those who are perpetuating

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them. Because this circumcision party, which sounds like the worst party in the world,

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was pervasive. You found it everywhere in the early church. These Judaizers showed up everywhere,

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and they never reviled the cross, not directly, but they reviled the cross by despising the sacrifice

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that Christ had made. Because when he said it was finished, it included circumcision. Like,

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no, no, no. We got to keep doing that. We got to hang on to these things. We have to have this

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Jewish stuff in the church. The defining battle of the very first century of the Christian church

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was against Judaizing, and what we see today is it's roaring back. And next week, we're going to

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talk about Gnosticism, which was the second false religion that came roaring into the church,

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attacking it from every direction, and that's exactly what we have today. We're going to tie

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together many past episodes that deal with elements of the Gnostic faith, the Gnostic religion,

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of those days that are now, again, pervasive. Because why would that happen? Satan knows that

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the old tricks work, the lies that men believed before. We keep gobbling them up, and it's only

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when men will speak, as Paul speaks here in Titus, as the Holy Spirit speaks, and says,

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they profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They're detestable, disobedient,

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unfit for any good work. This is a sort of revulsion and hatred of evil that Christians

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are commanded to have. It's necessary to hate evil. Now, in the Acts 15 passage, when the Pharisees

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came and said, you guys need to be circumcising, the immediate response in that day, because the

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subject had not yet been broached, was not hatred. But by the time we get to Titus being written,

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it's clear, this question had been settled by God once and for all time. And when people keep

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coming back and reinvigorating the old question, knowing that it's going to do harm, you're permitted,

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and in fact, you're commanded to have a hateful response to it. Now, that doesn't mean you

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necessarily actually speak hatefully. I'm not advocating that. But if our response to this

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sort of wickedness is not animated by vehemence, there's something wrong with us.

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There is one more passage that I want to briefly add to this section on circumcision,

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because this is something about which I want you, the audience, to think.

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And I'm going to read briefly from Romans 4.

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It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal

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of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to

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make him the father of all who believe, without being circumcised, so that righteousness would

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be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised, who were not merely

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circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he

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was circumcised. I want you to think about what that passage assumes about two distinct groups,

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and whether or not they are circumcised, and then compare that to what we are doing

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in the modern U.S. I would actually recommend you read the entire book of Romans,

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but at the very least perhaps meditate on that part of the book.

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The next example of Judaizing that we're going to tackle is actually a very modern one, which is,

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I think, a great example, because no one today knows it's modern. I didn't know until someone

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asked me the question, and the question was, is the use of the word Yahweh something that is good

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or bad? Somebody asked me, and my first response was, obviously, that's garbage. That was my

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instinctual response. Yeah, it sounds like bunk. That sounds like Judaizing, as I just instinctively

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knew this sort of pattern replays over and over throughout history. So when someone is using this

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Jewish-sounding word to speak of God, when in many other contexts that's not how we talk about God,

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my instinct was that's crap. But I didn't know anything about the history, so I started digging

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into it a little bit, and what I found was astonishing. So some months ago, I think about last

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June, I did a thread on Twitter. We will link in the show notes that thread, so I'll have the

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screenshots that I dug up, and we'll flesh it out a little more fully than we're going to do here,

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but because a lot of you guys are not on TwitterX, I want to just give this example because it's

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another great way of illustrating that these tendencies, they're pervasive. We all want to

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Jew up our Christianity. We want to have the more authentic version of our faith,

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and that means making it seem less Christian and making it seem more like the old Hebrew stuff.

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We need those Hebrew roots. We need the Judeo back in our Christianity. That's the impetus in

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the American church, and we've talked to some length in other places that that's just by itself,

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it's evil. The specific example of Yahweh is particularly astonishingly bad. So the first

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thing I did, before we get into it, I want to make one thing very clear. Yahweh, I'm talking about

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the six letters, Y-A-H-W-E-H. It's pronounced in English, Yahweh. It's not synonymous with the

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tetragrammaton. That is Y-H-W-H. So the first thing that we have to understand when we're talking

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about this subject is a reminder of something we talked about in a couple of the earlier episodes

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about Jews, which is that Hebrew is a very primitive language. It is fundamentally deficient

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in numerous ways. One of the most glaring is that Hebrew literally has no vowels. There are no vowels

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in the Hebrew language. They're spoken because we don't know how to speak without vowels.

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Basically, the vowels are the meat of a word, and the consonants are like the bread on either

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side of the sandwich. But you have to have a vowel in order to have a word. Hebrew doesn't have any

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vowels. It has 22 letters or all consonants. This is fundamentally defective for a written language

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because there's so much ambiguity. Imagine that I had written down this sentence.

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You should turn off the, and then I write, L-D. You know when you're reading it that L-D

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is a word, but I've left out the vowels. I've left out the vowel sounds. Now what can L-D mean?

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I could mean lead. I could mean lid, lude, load, lod.

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All those have very different meanings. Those are all fundamentally different words,

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and maybe in context you might be able to guess which one I was talking about.

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But the problem with the Hebrew language being so deficient and lacking vowels entirely

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is that without the direct oral transmission faithfully, it's entirely possible for someone to

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alter what a word means. Because if you just have the consonants L and D, any of those words are

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possible, and sometimes context doesn't tell you which one it is. They could in some cases be two

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or three of them. And so it's only with faithful oral transmission of the knowledge of which words

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it is you're reading, which existed for a long time. I'm not trying to call into question whether

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the Hebrews were faithfully transmitting scripture, because the rabbis would teach their pupils,

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here's the words, here's how you read it, here's how to pronounce it, here's what the word actually is,

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because language is fundamentally spoken and then secondarily written.

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So the question of Yahweh versus Y-H-W-H, the tetragrammaton, is that because in Hebrew,

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the word, and that this is a word that was given to Moses from the burning bush, God said I am,

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that's how you revealed his name, he said his name is I am. Y-H-W-H means I am. We know this

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to be a fact. What we don't know, what no one knows, is what the vowel sounds were in Y-H-W-H.

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And so one of the earliest episodes we did on A Name No Man Knows where we talked a little

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bit about secret names. There are secret names of God where he specifically says there's a name

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that no man knows for Jesus Christ. That's fine, that's God's business. It's not supposed to be

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some sort of esoteric knowledge that we should chase after and desire greedily. I want to know

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the secret name, I want to know how to pronounce it. What that's fundamentally doing is turning

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what God said into a black magic incantation. And the reason that I can say this is that when we

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look elsewhere in Scripture, in the other places where God said I am, he said I am, not in English,

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but he said in Hebrew and he said also incidentally in Greek. In the New Testament, I am is also said

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in fact one of the times when the Jews tried to murder Christ was when he said before Abraham was

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I am. And he said it in Greek, he said ego and me. If the tetragrammaton, if the Y-H-W-H were some

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special sound that had a power all its own, Jesus would have used the special magic word,

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but he didn't. What did he say? He said in Greek, I am. And they knew what he was talking about

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because they tried to murder him on the spot. Why? Because even the sentence before Abraham was I am,

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which was a confession that he was God, he was saying I am God, which is why they tried to

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murder him because if he was lying, it would be utter blasphemy. That's something I would never

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say because it would be blasphemous. I'm not even joking about saying it because it's facially

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untrue. When he said it, it was true because he's God. The interesting thing about the sentence

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structure before Abraham was I am is it doesn't work. It doesn't work logically to human minds.

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It would make sense to say before Abraham was I was. It would still have been blasphemy,

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but it would not have hearkened to what the theophany of the burning bush said.

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It would not have pointed back to that. And so when Jesus said I am, he said exactly what

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God said. So that illustrates that it's not a secret noise. It's not a special

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hidden name. It's just how I am was spelled. And Christians left it alone because one of

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things we'll get into in this thread a little bit is that the Septuagint was the Bible of Jesus

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Day. The Old Testament was 100% Greek. Almost no one could read Hebrew and no one spoke Hebrew.

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It was a dead language. It was not being spoken. So in the New Testament, when Jesus' words are

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recorded in Greek, it's not a translation of what he was actually saying. They're the words

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that he said, which is why there are the few places where you have Aramaic sayings. It's like,

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you know, why does he say Eloi, Eloi, Lama, Thessabic Thani? Well, he said that because

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that's what he actually said because he also spoke Aramaic. And so when the words of Jesus

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uttered out loud were in Aramaic, that is what is recorded in Scripture. When it records his

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Greek words, it's not that he was speaking Greek or he wasn't speaking Hebrew and they translated

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into Greek. He was speaking in Greek. That was his natural language. He spoke both when he was

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preaching in the crowds. He spoke in Greek. Later on in the year, we're going to be doing an entire

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episode specifically in the Septuagint. So we're not going to belabor that point today. But it's

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very important that his Bible, Jesus Bible, which incidentally is a pretty big deal. If the Bible

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that God is using to preach from is written in Greek, it should be good enough for us to say,

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yes, we can trust this. It has the imprimatur of God to say, this is my word. I'm using it to teach.

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And what we find in the Septuagint is that it simply translates, I am. And other places where

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it translates as God. So this all highlights that there's no magic, secret word. There's no

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secret noise that we need to utter or invoke in order to have some more Christian experience.

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But that's the Judaizing tendency to say, I need some of the sounds more Jewish than what I'm doing.

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If I just say God, or if I say I am, I mean, I understand what that means. If I say Yeshua,

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or if I say Jehovah, or if I say Yahweh, now we're talking. That's that really authentic

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Jewish stuff. I need more of that. That's the problem. And so when I dug into the history of

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Yahweh, not YHWH, don't care about that. Don't care about vowel pointing. Where did Yahweh come from?

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Well, the first place I looked was on Google Engram's search for frequency. Because if Yahweh

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is the good name of God, if it's what everybody knows today, it's common probably in a lot of your

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churches for pastors and others to say Yahweh. Because it seems sincere. It seems authentic,

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authentic. It seems like something that's really, really legit. And so people do it in good

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conscience. I don't think that they're acting maliciously when they do it. But my question

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was, what's the genealogy of this thing? Is this godly or is it a turd? And what I found was that

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the word literally did not exist until the mid 1800s. And it was kind of hanging around in the

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background in terms of frequency on Google Engram's. And it was kind of on a slow upward

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trajectory until after about 2005 or so. Right around 2010, 15, 14 years ago, it goes vertical.

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Everybody suddenly is saying Yahweh out of the blue. Well, that's a really big red flag to me.

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Because that's not a natural pattern. That means if something changed in the zeitgeist,

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people were behaving in one way and then they started behaving another. Now, in some cases,

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that's just an interesting thing to notice. But when you're talking about God's name,

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and suddenly God's name explodes 14 years ago, yeah, that's going to concern me a great deal.

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So I dug into it and I started looking at the very earliest instances in the Google Engram's

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repository of where Yahweh was first used. And the thread is going over what I discovered.

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I'm not going to go into it too much here, but the gist of it is that, as I said,

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it was never done in church history until around the Middle Ages. And then one of the first things

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that happened was that the vow pointing. So, you know, we mentioned that the Hebrew has no

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vowels. Some of you probably are familiar with vow pointing. If you see what's called Hebrew

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today, it's not, but it's what it's called. You'll often see that there are dots and lines. So it's

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look like broken Morse code is scattered around. That's the vow pointing. That's adding the vow

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sounds to the written text so that someone who isn't receiving the orally transmitted teaching

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knows how to pronounce it, knows which words they are. Because, again, this primitive backward

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language has no, often has none of context, even know what word you're talking about. So,

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the vow pointing has only existed for about 11, maybe 1200 years at the outside. It's a brand

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new thing. It's a brand new because, you know, in America, most of you know, he's living in a 1200

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year old house, but 1200 years is new for Christianity. And so what happened was the

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Maserites, the Jewish scholars in Europe and elsewhere in the Middle East,

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they wanted to solve this problem. They finally started adding vowels to the old language because

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there had been an effort, even though it was dead, they were beginning to try to repersonate it.

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They were bringing it back, trying to preserve it, trying to preserve that part of their tradition.

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Incidentally, they also wrote the Talmud and Aramaic. And so it has vow pointing as well.

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The very first instance that we have of vowels on so-called Hebrew is the Aleppo Codex, which is

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about 1100 years old. It could happen, they say maybe about as early as about 750 was the first

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time that the vowels were added. And something that happened in the 12th century because they

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still wouldn't add the vowels to Yahweh, they left it alone. And so around the 12th century,

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the Maserites transliterated the vowels from Adonai, which is another name for God,

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onto the consonants of the Tetragrammaton. The Y-H-W-H had the vowels from Adonai superimposed

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on it. And that's where the word Jehovah comes from. So they invented Jehovah about 800 years ago.

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And after a couple hundred years, it got picked up medieval Europe because

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contact with the Jews who were passing around their Hebrew texts and saying,

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this is scripture, this is more authentic than what you have, some of them fell for it.

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Uncritically, like, well, okay. It was kind of the beginning of Judaizing, resurging,

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and the Christian church was already happening before the Reformation. And it's a tragedy that

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happened because they were uncritical. No one ever considered the fact that the genealogy of even

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the vowel pointing, never mind the so-called Hebrew text of scripture that was a thousand years

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newer than the Septuagint, every single vowel pointer had been invented or had been transcribed,

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had been not transcribed because there was no transmission, had been given to the Christians

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by men who were in hell. Every single man who was involved in the creation of vowel pointing for

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the Hebrew language is in hell because 100% of them were Jews. They were evil, wicked, God-hating men.

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And even in the Middle Ages, they were called Christ killers. And yet when the church started

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looking at, hmm, I want to learn more about God's word, okay, great. Let's turn to the Jews. What?

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They went to the people that they called Christ killers and said, tell us more about our God.

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And so what did the rabbis do? They started passing off their Hebrew text and saying, here you go,

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here's the vowel pointers, and the Adonai tetragrammaton mashup of Jehovah was passed on. And

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so it began to plant the seed in people's minds that, I am, is not sufficient. The words that

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God used isn't enough. You need the sound. And I realize this is kind of a fiddly point for some

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people, but the word and the sound isn't the same thing. You can have synonyms where different

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words mean the same thing. Totally different words, different sounds. The sound of whatever

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the tetragrammaton is, it's the name that God gave. I don't mean to diminish its importance.

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What it is not is a magic spell. It's not something that because I don't know how God

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pronounced it, I'm missing out. I do not have less of the Christian faith because I don't know how to

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pronounce Y-H-W-H. And so what happened in the 1800s, there was a man named Wilhelm Gethenius,

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who was a linguist, he was a scholar, who was digging into some of these questions,

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and he came up with Yahweh, Y-A-H-W-E-H, the six letters, that sound. He said,

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I think this is the sound that it probably was. Fine. People have been arguing about for a while,

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just as a peripheral academic exercise. It's an interesting question. I wonder,

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personally. I like to know. I don't care. Again, I'm not missing out on anything, but

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it's a reasonable question. And it's one thing for a man to speculate. But what Gethenius did was,

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for one, he was already practicing critical scholarship. So he didn't believe that Moses

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was the scribe of the Torah. He didn't believe that Genesis was literal. And so he came up with

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Yahweh, in part, by thinking that the Hebrews were influenced by their neighbors. And so he got to

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the pronunciation Yahweh with Job and with Jupiter because those were also preeminent gods in those

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places where the Hebrews lived with their neighbors. And he thought, well, there seem to be some

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similarities between Y-H-W-H and Job and Jupiter. I bet they were all influenced the same way.

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And so he sort of mangled some of the phonetics of those words, stuck him into the Tetragrammaton,

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and ta-da, we have Yahweh. If he had been a proper Christian, he could have still made the

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connection between the Tetragrammaton and Job and Jupiter. Because as a Christian, it's entirely

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believable that those would be related, not because there's some God and we don't know his name,

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but because the worshipers of Jupiter and Job still remembered something of God,

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but they didn't know God. So they knew something about how to call upon him,

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but they didn't know who they were calling upon. So the mythologies, all the things that they believed

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about Job and Jupiter were evil, but they at least were pointing to the king of gods.

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They got that one detail, right? That's entirely permissible for a Christian to believe,

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but he didn't believe that. So he said, yeah, I think it's Yahweh. He wrote it in a book,

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he published it a few years later, he actually retracted. It was a footnote, effectively.

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About 30 years later, 20 years later, a man named Alexander MacArthur III

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discovered this book. And when he saw Yahweh, he didn't see a pious or unpious,

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depending on how you want to interpret it, speculation about how to pronounce this word.

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It doesn't really matter. When he saw Yahweh, he discovered a key to reinterpret all of Scripture.

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So he went nuts. He wrote a whole book, wrote 179 page books. I read the whole thing.

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Either screenshots in the thread where you can read some of the clips I found.

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Basically, what he believed when he discovered this word Yahweh,

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one, he was a unitarian. He was not a Christian. He had some insane

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heretical beliefs about the Trinity. He denied the Trinity. It was just a disaster.

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He believed that the Septuagint was a shoddy translation

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by men who didn't know Hebrew at all. He said they're really bad at Hebrew.

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So he had fallen completely under the spell that the Masoretic text

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that dates back, in his case, about 800 years, that was the real Bible.

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And the 2000-year-old version that we have in Greek, that was somehow botched.

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Because he believed that, he believed that the translators of the Septuagint were influenced

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by Greek pagan philosophy. And so one of the things that the Septuagint does,

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is it will just translate, God is God. And he rejected the word God. It's Theos in Greek.

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He rejected that. He said that that was Greek philosophy and pinging upon the true religion.

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So he found it impermissible that the Septuagint said God.

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That's kind of weird, because Christians have always invoked the name of God.

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He says that's a pagan practice. No one's permitted to do that. So when he found Yahweh,

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what he decided was that it didn't mean I am. He effectively said that Hebrew had a tense that

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it doesn't have. It doesn't have a future tense. He believed that Yahweh was he who is to come.

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Which is a really weird thing, because what he wanted to do by taking this Yahweh sound,

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like, and I realize it's kind of getting off into the weeds, but that's the point of this.

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When we say Yahweh today, this is what we're inheriting. One guy makes up a word, says,

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I think it might have sounded like this. Another guy discovers it. He invents a new

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way of interpreting that word. And he sticks it back in the rest of the Bible. And so,

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according to McCordier, if Yahweh or Yahweh means he who is to come, he wanted to treat that as a

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prophecy of the Messiah. And so the book that he wrote was entitled Yahweh Christ or the Memorial

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Name. And basically, he used Yahweh as a decoder ring for the entire Bible. And he reinterpreted

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all the passages, contrary to how they'd ever been interpreted by Christians in the history of the

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church in a way that was forward-looking. Now, this becomes really creepy when it gets adopted

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by others. When he published this book, it was roundly panned. I clipped some of the reviews of

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it. It was despised, rightfully, even by some places that weren't particularly very Christian.

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They still found this utterly outside the faith. So it didn't really go anywhere too much until

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a cult discovered it. After he wrote this, he published it. It didn't really take off because

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it was pop theology. It was garbage and it was blasphemy. Unfortunately, it was discovered by a

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man named John Thomas and the Christodelfians. They were a Unitarian cult. And when they found it,

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they became ecstatic because this was this key of Yahweh, of decoding the Old Testament, the New

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Testament, and then pointing to a future incarnation. They believed that this was consistent with their

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beliefs, which was really bad news because these guys were a full-blown cult. They called themselves

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Antipas, which means basically the adversary working against it. You can see in the thread how

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creepy some of the stuff is. They're disturbing people. They denied that the devil existed.

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They denied that there's immortality of the flesh. They weren't remotely Christian, but they loved

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Yahweh. And so they popularized it because Unitarianism, unfortunately, was taking off.

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They got enough attention that it entered not the mainstream, but it became widely known enough.

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They were just sitting there. I didn't figure out where later on Yahweh became adopted more

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broadly, but it became normal where people suddenly stopped thinking that I am has significance,

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which it does, that confession of Jesus saying before Abraham was I am. That's a profound confession

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of who he is as God, that God is eternal. When McCordier made Yahweh a future promise, he effectively

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turned it into a prophetic word, which is a problem because he wasn't talking about the

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Second Coming of Christ. He was talking about a new incarnation. And my personal belief,

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after digging through this, I think that when you read through it, it should creep you out.

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And I believe that Yahweh is an invocation of the Antichrist. I think that the way these men

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who expounded upon Yahweh and they used it as a decoder ring for the Old and New Testament,

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the ecstatic terms in which they describe Yahweh as he who is coming,

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it screams Antichrist to me. I think when you look at it side by side with some of the passages

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in Revelation, I think that's what they're talking about. And you can take a look for yourself,

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I don't know. It's my personal opinion, but it's really creepy. Even if you don't agree

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that it's an invocation of Antichrist, it's still really creepy who was attracted to it.

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None of them are Christian, like maybe Gisenius was. He was in rough shape. McCordier was absolutely

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not. The Christodelfians were absolutely not. And then yet later on, in the 20th century,

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somebody else digs it up and says, oh, Yahweh, that's the original name of God. That's the Jewish

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name of God. Now we have it. Now we have that sound that we're going to use. And now we have a more

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authentic version of Christianity than we have when we just said God or I am, depending on context.

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So by itself, it seems meaningless. But when you know the genealogy of who was attracted to it

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in the last two centuries, again, it didn't exist before two centuries ago. It did not exist.

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It was 190 years ago that Yahweh was invented. And yet today, in our churches and our synods,

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we see men using this, again, with ecstasy, because it's authentic. And what's really weird is that

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even in the LCMS there are guys who claim to be theologians who will talk about God in the New

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Testament and will refer to God as Yahweh in the Old Testament. That's coming incredibly

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dangerously close to confessing a heresy all by itself, to divide God into two parts like that.

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We have Yahweh in the Old Testament and then God in the New Testament. That's not a Christian

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confession. And yet that's a completely normal way for guys to be talking today. And since Corey

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and I began delving into some of these subjects, even just a little bit, we have directly seen pushback

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in the Missouri Synod at the highest levels to double and triple down on this stuff.

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They're pushing Hebrew even harder. They're overtly attacking the Septuagint, which, again,

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was the Bible of the early church. That's unequivocally true. There's no Hebrew Bible used.

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There didn't exist. The Hebrew Bible that they're using, that they're saying is authentic,

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is just over a thousand years old. And the continuity, such as it is, between what they're

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using from their Masoretic text and what goes back to Jesus' day was exclusively in the hands

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of the Christ killers who deny God. Incidentally, there are specific changes that were made in

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their Masoretic text to remove a few of the key prophecies about God in the Hebrew text.

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The Masoretic text has prophecies removed to not refer to Jesus Christ. That's what they did

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with a Bible, so-called, that these men want to hold over against the Septuagint.

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Now, Corey and I both think that there's some value in comparing them, but for someone to

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deliberately attack the Greek to support the much newer Hebrew, again, it's Judaizing.

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Why are you doing that? Because it's Hebrew and therefore it's older. That's simply not true.

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It's not older. You're always not older. You're always less than 200 years old.

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That's what we find with some of these things. Some of the newer forms of Judaizing are,

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they're just fabrications. They're taking things that seem Jewy, sticking them in Christianity

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when they have no basis in the Christian church. And that's why it's something that

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Stone Choir was concerned about, because what are you doing? Why are you importing stuff that

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has no basis in church history? And then what's going to be the fruit of it when you have

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Christodelfians, Unitarians, people who deny that there's a Satan saying,

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yeah, Yahweh is coming. Yahweh is to come. That creeps me out. That makes me viscerally

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uncomfortable. These guys want to preach about it. There's a conflict of religions going on here.

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That's why the first episode we talked about, where are you getting your morality from? Where

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are you getting your theology from? If you're getting it from people who call themselves the

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adversary, and you're Unitarians who deny God, you're rowing across the river to hell.

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For anyone in our audience who happens to be inclined toward languages, or perhaps we even

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have a philologist in our audience, you may have noticed something about the word Yahweh, or

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Yahweh, if you want to say it as the Germans would. The vowel sequence that is added to

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the consonants is simply what one would expect if you were adding vowels to a German word in the

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one case, or an English word in the other, which is a little curious that it just happens to have

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obtained the vowels that fit the languages, the target languages. It's a minor point, but it is

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a curious thing to have happen, because if you were going to say this more clearly, perhaps for

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those who are not linguistically inclined, if you were given those four consonants and told to

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pronounce them as an English speaker or a German speaker, what we now have is exactly what you

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would do. Just think about it. Think of the four consonants, pretend you don't know what vowels

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are added to them today, and then add vowels in your head. You're going to add a and e,

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because that's just the natural way English and German work when it comes to this sequence of

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consonants. But I want to point out something about the names of God that are given in Scripture,

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a fundamental fact. God gives us a number of different names in Scripture. Obviously,

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one of the biggest instances of this is in Exodus, Exodus 314, in which God speaks to Moses and says,

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in English, I am who I am. For those who are intending to clip that, no, I don't mean that God

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spoke to Moses in English. I mean to say that I am who I am is how we render it in English.

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God gives his name as I am, ego e mi, ego sum. These are all things

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that are eminently translatable. You can readily translate I am who I am into basically any language.

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But two of the other names God gives us that we have in Scripture are God and Lord.

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God, Lord and I am are all eminently translatable. I think you would find it very challenging to

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find any language into which you could not translate these. God gave us names for himself

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that we can use in our own language. He didn't give us a special name, a special combination of

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sounds that we have to use. He gave us a word that can be translated and he did cause it to be

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translated because he gave it here to Moses in whatever language it happened to be that he

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was speaking to Moses here because obviously we don't know. Moses knew more than one language.

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We don't know which one God used. It was recorded in Hebrew at one point. It has been translated

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into Aramaic. It has been translated into Greek. God caused it to be translated into Greek with

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the Septuagint. And so we know that this was a word God gave us to be translated because if,

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as Woe said, if it was not meant to be translated, if God had intended for this to be this specific

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set of sounds is my name and you will use this as my name, Christ would have given it to us

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as his name when he spoke of it in the New Testament and it would have been translated

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as that sequence of sounds. It would not have been translated as a concept.

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It would have been transliterated in order that you could pronounce it the same

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in your tongue as it was pronounced by those who used it in another. But that's not the case

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because you have God which you can translate into German easily. Got. You can translate into Latin.

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Deus. You can translate it into Greek. Theos. The same thing is true of Lord and I am.

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God did not intend us to use some magical sequence of sounds as his name.

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And we should be very hesitant. We should be very concerned when someone tries to say

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that we have to use this sequence of sounds because as Woe mentioned, that's magic. That's

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name magic. That is something that we see in the Talmud. That is something we see in paganism.

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That is something we see in mysticism in the occult. We see this all over in the anti-Christian

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world. It is not something that exists in Christianity. And so I want to bring up a version

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of this that we see with regard to the New Testament. Because in addition to those who say

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we have to use the word Yahweh for God, at least in the Old Testament or where it appears in the

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New Testament, we have those today who in another form of Judaizing will tell us that

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we have to call Christ Yeshua. Because yes, that is His name if you speak Hebrew or Aramaic.

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His name is Yeshua. That's not the name we use in English. That's not the name that's used

01:26:50.480 --> 01:26:56.160
in the New Testament because the New Testament is recorded in Greek. And that's Jesus. It is not

01:26:56.160 --> 01:27:04.960
Yeshua. In English, we say Jesus. Jesus. Depending on which language you use, you use a different

01:27:04.960 --> 01:27:13.520
name, but they are all Jesus. And so no, if you are an English speaker, you do not have to say

01:27:14.080 --> 01:27:21.040
Yeshua. That is Judaizing. We are not Hebrew speakers. We are not Aramaic speakers. We are

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English speakers. In English, His name is Jesus. In whatever your mother tongue happens to be,

01:27:31.840 --> 01:27:36.960
use the name Jesus. Whatever it happens to be translated as, it's Jesus if you speak Spanish.

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Use the name for Christ in your language. Because again, it is not a magic spell. It is not if you

01:27:47.280 --> 01:27:54.480
say these sounds in this order, something necessarily happens. It's not ex opera operato.

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Again, we'll come back to that because we will always return to this point.

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Things that are of the devil. Things that are evil. Things that are black magic or the occult

01:28:06.800 --> 01:28:14.640
often are ex opera operato. You do the thing. You get the result. You ask for demons to join you.

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You're probably going to get demons. That's how evil works. That is not how God works.

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The things of God depend on faith. And so it is not that you utter this particular series of sounds

01:28:31.280 --> 01:28:40.400
and then God does something because you said the magic word. No. You pray to God. Using the names

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God has given us in your language. Because again, we have shown amply that God intended for his name

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to be translated, gave it in a way that can be translated and even caused it to be translated

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in the case of the Septuagint. You use that name and you use it in faith. Because the things of

01:29:02.560 --> 01:29:09.360
God depend on faith. They do not occur simply because you did the sequence of things or made

01:29:09.360 --> 01:29:14.880
the sequence of sounds. That is black magic. Christians need to avoid it.

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Just to reiterate the point one more time, the Septuagint, the Bible that Jesus used,

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translates Y-H-W-H, the tetragrammaton, as either I am or God. It shows up a bunch of times and the

01:29:29.600 --> 01:29:37.520
Greek Bible never once plays any games with sounds. It either translates the word or just

01:29:37.520 --> 01:29:43.200
calls them God because they're synonymous. I am his God. That's a permissible thing to say.

01:29:43.920 --> 01:29:48.400
And when God inspired the translation of the Septuagint, that's what he did.

01:29:49.120 --> 01:29:55.360
And it's what Jesus preached from and it's what Paul cited. It was almost universal. Over 90% of

01:29:55.360 --> 01:30:02.960
the quotations in the New Testament of the Old Testament are either directly or consistent with

01:30:02.960 --> 01:30:09.040
the Septuagint. And a significant portion of the quotations are not consistent with the Masoretic

01:30:09.040 --> 01:30:14.880
text. We'll do a future episode where we specifically talk about those details because it's fascinating.

01:30:14.880 --> 01:30:23.040
And it's another example of the widespread abandoning of the Greek Septuagint as the

01:30:23.040 --> 01:30:28.960
Old Testament basis for Scripture. The early church held that universally. Everyone did.

01:30:29.520 --> 01:30:33.360
It was the only one. For centuries, before Jesus and after Jesus,

01:30:33.360 --> 01:30:39.280
it was preserved. And then as eventually not everyone spoke Greek, so they needed another

01:30:39.280 --> 01:30:46.960
vernacular. And in the West, they shifted into Latin. And unfortunately, Jerome had some very

01:30:46.960 --> 01:30:54.240
deep-seated problems. In fact, he had significant contact with Talmudic scholars who did some very

01:30:54.240 --> 01:31:00.720
real damage to some of his theology. He ended up using some of the Hebrew text for the Vulgate.

01:31:01.760 --> 01:31:07.120
And then on down the road, everyone sort of fell into the same view that is widely held today,

01:31:07.120 --> 01:31:13.840
that the Hebrew is more authentic because it's older. Simply not true. And also, it's not consistent

01:31:13.840 --> 01:31:19.520
when you look at the mechanisms of translation. It's not consistent with what was done in Scripture

01:31:19.520 --> 01:31:26.160
itself. So the fundamental point there is not just that word. And again, I've probably used it at

01:31:26.160 --> 01:31:30.400
some point, although I'm kind of viscerally. Even before I knew what was going on, I really didn't

01:31:30.400 --> 01:31:36.640
like the word. I probably said it unironically. I won't again. Now that I know, that's part of a

01:31:36.640 --> 01:31:42.720
lot of what this is about. We often act in good conscience, not knowing that we've done something

01:31:42.720 --> 01:31:48.080
that's an error. And the Christian response when you find out you're in error, as Corey was saying

01:31:48.080 --> 01:31:53.360
at the beginning, is not to double down. It's not once you find out that you've made a mistake

01:31:53.360 --> 01:31:59.680
that was an innocent mistake, but it was nevertheless a wicked thing that you did. You didn't know it.

01:31:59.680 --> 01:32:04.160
You didn't know where it came from. You trusted someone who taught you. You repeated what they

01:32:04.160 --> 01:32:10.400
said. It turned out it was bad. The Christian response is repentance, metanoia. Turn away

01:32:10.400 --> 01:32:18.320
from it, condemn it, point to it and say what I did was sin. I reject my sin. I reject this sin

01:32:18.320 --> 01:32:24.560
is not mine anymore. I'm not going to do it again. You shouldn't do it again. If you are living a

01:32:24.560 --> 01:32:30.160
life where that never happens, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you're not a Christian

01:32:30.160 --> 01:32:37.040
because we all sin knowingly and unknowingly. And when you find out the Christian response is be like,

01:32:37.040 --> 01:32:42.880
that's awful. Lord, forgive me. That should be a part of the regular Christian daily life.

01:32:43.520 --> 01:32:48.240
Lord, forgive me what I didn't even know I was doing wrong. But you, Lord, know everything. So,

01:32:48.240 --> 01:32:54.240
of course, you knew about that too. When we double down on our error, that's when, as Corey said,

01:32:54.240 --> 01:32:59.600
we get into real trouble. Because then it's not just this translation issue versus a sound and

01:33:01.120 --> 01:33:05.600
the circumcision. As Corey said, circumcision doesn't damn. It shouldn't be happening.

01:33:06.080 --> 01:33:12.800
I think it's the criminality of the torture involved is certainly damnable. But that's

01:33:12.800 --> 01:33:19.360
not what's in the minds of those who are typically permitting it. Nevertheless, once you realize

01:33:19.360 --> 01:33:23.200
what's going on, you have to respond as a Christian. And that means to flee from evil.

01:33:24.160 --> 01:33:30.560
In order to head off some potential questions in the future, particularly for myself,

01:33:31.520 --> 01:33:39.120
I want to point out that the phrase I am who I am has been translated slightly differently

01:33:39.120 --> 01:33:46.160
in different languages. And again, this is a case where we have this between the Hebrew

01:33:46.160 --> 01:33:51.600
and the Greek, again, the Greek Septuagint being an inspired translation. We have this

01:33:51.600 --> 01:33:59.120
in other languages as well. And so those who know German may decide to ask me questions because

01:33:59.120 --> 01:34:05.600
Woe mentioned the future tense. And arguably Luther's translation is future tense in the

01:34:05.600 --> 01:34:10.640
German, although I will comment more on that in a second here. In English, it's I am who I am,

01:34:12.160 --> 01:34:15.520
which I don't have to translate for you because you are an English speaking audience.

01:34:16.800 --> 01:34:28.880
The Greek is egoemi haon. I am the one. The Latin is ego sum qui sum. I am who I am. So exactly

01:34:28.960 --> 01:34:33.200
the same, incidentally as the English. Luther translates it,

01:34:40.400 --> 01:34:46.640
You really shouldn't take that necessarily as a simple future. Bear in mind, this is 500 years

01:34:46.640 --> 01:34:50.800
ago for this translation, you're making the transition from Middle High German to modern

01:34:50.800 --> 01:34:56.400
German, which Luther incidentally spurred with his translation of scripture. And I translated it,

01:34:58.960 --> 01:35:05.040
because it is more emphatic. It is God making an emphatic statement of I am,

01:35:05.040 --> 01:35:11.600
which is how we would translate it in English. And you'll see this incidentally later in the

01:35:11.600 --> 01:35:17.600
exact same verse, because later in the same verse, God gives a shortened version of his name. And he

01:35:17.600 --> 01:35:22.960
does this in any of the various languages and translations we have, because he doesn't repeat

01:35:22.960 --> 01:35:30.640
I am who I am when telling Moses to say, well, who sent you? Who sent you? When they are asked,

01:35:30.640 --> 01:35:36.800
when Moses is asked, who sent you to us? Why should we believe you? Well, what does he say?

01:35:36.800 --> 01:35:43.040
He says, I am has sent me to you in the German. Ich werde sein hat mich zu euch gesannt.

01:35:43.920 --> 01:35:50.240
And incidentally in the Latin, it doesn't even use the exact same terms, because it says qui est

01:35:50.320 --> 01:35:52.880
misid me advos. So qui est.

01:35:55.600 --> 01:36:00.720
This difference across the translations is not something about which we have to worry. There

01:36:00.720 --> 01:36:07.200
are minor differences in emphasis in the way that you relay concepts in different languages.

01:36:08.720 --> 01:36:15.280
These translators were faithful to the original in translating in a way that worked in the target

01:36:15.280 --> 01:36:21.920
language. And so Ich werde sein is not the same thing as what was saying about the future tense,

01:36:21.920 --> 01:36:29.840
because it's not saying I am the one who will come. It says I shall be. It's an emphatic statement of

01:36:29.840 --> 01:36:36.320
I am the one. It's really if you want to extrapolate out of this, what you can take away from this

01:36:36.320 --> 01:36:42.320
name is God is saying that he is the root of all being. Because as we would say philosophically,

01:36:42.320 --> 01:36:50.160
he is being. He is being itself. That is again going back to the transcendentals. That is one

01:36:50.160 --> 01:36:56.160
of the five transcendentals. Being and unity are fourth and fifth, whatever order you want to place

01:36:56.160 --> 01:37:02.640
them. God is being. God is the fundamental ground of all things. That is what he is saying here.

01:37:02.640 --> 01:37:09.120
That is his name, because that is his essence. Because again, God is his essence. Because God

01:37:09.120 --> 01:37:13.200
is simple. You cannot have a division in God. And so that is how you should think about this,

01:37:13.200 --> 01:37:18.080
regardless of the language that you are using. So I just wanted to head off those potential

01:37:18.080 --> 01:37:28.640
future questions and answer them here and now. So next we'll deal with a relatively modern issue

01:37:28.640 --> 01:37:37.760
actually. This came into specifically the Lutheran Church in America in relatively recent years.

01:37:37.760 --> 01:37:42.800
And by relatively recent, admittedly, I mean a century ago, but we're talking about things

01:37:42.800 --> 01:37:49.600
that span millennia, not things that happened yesterday. So put yourself in the right mindset

01:37:49.600 --> 01:37:55.040
for recent. I was just talking about Luther's translation, which is from the 1500s. And we're

01:37:55.040 --> 01:38:03.360
talking about the Septuagint, which is considerably older. But we're going to talk about the right

01:38:04.000 --> 01:38:12.000
of baptism as it was practiced historically in the LCMS, in the Lutheran Church in America.

01:38:14.800 --> 01:38:23.280
And until the early 1900s, essentially right around the time of the First World War, which

01:38:23.280 --> 01:38:26.560
you should bear in mind some of the things we've talked about previously, historically,

01:38:27.120 --> 01:38:29.440
with some of the currents that were happening around that time.

01:38:31.440 --> 01:38:41.120
A curious thing was dropped from the right of baptism. The right today, as it now stands,

01:38:41.760 --> 01:38:48.400
is essentially just do you renounce the devil? Yes. And all his works? Yes. And all his ways?

01:38:48.400 --> 01:38:53.680
Yes. It depends on the specific setting you have in the rubrics as to what exactly

01:38:53.680 --> 01:38:57.520
the language is. But basically you're denouncing the devil, his works and his ways.

01:38:58.720 --> 01:39:03.760
In the older version, and we'll go right ahead and say this is more appropriate,

01:39:03.760 --> 01:39:10.960
there was an additional renunciation and that additional renunciation applied to specific groups.

01:39:11.840 --> 01:39:16.640
Now it could be used conditionally depending on the relevant group.

01:39:17.280 --> 01:39:24.480
If you came from heathen, pagan parents, you could be asked to specifically renounce

01:39:24.480 --> 01:39:31.520
the old heathen ways. And this is a carryover incidentally from very early on. This was part

01:39:31.520 --> 01:39:38.000
of the baptism rite in Germany, in the German lands, when they were first converting to Christianity.

01:39:38.720 --> 01:39:44.560
They were asked to renounce the ways, the false ways of their pagan ancestors, the worship in

01:39:45.200 --> 01:39:48.560
groves and the worship of false deities of the pagan gods.

01:39:50.560 --> 01:39:55.680
In the American context, you also have the Unitarians. There's the separatist group, which is

01:39:55.680 --> 01:40:01.200
really a specific sort of Lutheran historical matter that isn't relevant today. But obviously,

01:40:01.200 --> 01:40:05.040
Unitarians are still relevant. And so if you came from a Unitarian background,

01:40:05.040 --> 01:40:10.560
you would be asked to specifically denounce the blasphemy, the heresy of Unitarianism.

01:40:11.520 --> 01:40:17.520
But for the sake of this episode, the most salient one is that they were asked to renounce

01:40:18.240 --> 01:40:25.440
the Jewish unbelief and blasphemy. This was part of our baptismal rite,

01:40:26.720 --> 01:40:36.160
up until the 1900s, up until right around World War I. But you can see why this would have been

01:40:36.160 --> 01:40:42.560
dropped. But the fact that it was dropped is Judaizing. Because what you're doing is you're

01:40:42.560 --> 01:40:50.480
trying to minimize the fact that the Jewish unbelief and blasphemy is something from which

01:40:50.480 --> 01:40:58.800
a convert to Christianity needs to sever himself. He needs to say that my past, in Judaism, was a

01:40:58.800 --> 01:41:04.800
wicked and evil thing, because they deny Christ, they do not believe in Christ, they blaspheme

01:41:04.800 --> 01:41:14.080
Christ. I am renouncing the devil, and all his works, and all his ways, which include the Jewish

01:41:14.080 --> 01:41:21.760
faith. This is something that should be included today. We should have this in our baptismal rite.

01:41:22.400 --> 01:41:26.960
It isn't necessarily the case that every single candidate should have to say this, because, for

01:41:26.960 --> 01:41:33.760
instance, if you happen to have a pagan background, you probably don't need to renounce Judaism. You

01:41:33.760 --> 01:41:39.600
probably don't have a Jewish background as well, although you may. You should renounce what is

01:41:39.600 --> 01:41:46.160
relevant to you, because you are converting to Christianity. You are renouncing your old unbelief

01:41:46.160 --> 01:41:54.400
and blasphemous ways. But this isn't what modern Christians want to hear, and modern pastors are

01:41:54.400 --> 01:42:00.160
made uncomfortable by this. Because you have people who want to say, well, the Jews are just our

01:42:00.240 --> 01:42:06.880
older brothers, they're the old version of Christianity as it were. And as we have gone

01:42:06.880 --> 01:42:13.360
over repeatedly, that is not the case. Christianity does not derive from Judaism.

01:42:14.240 --> 01:42:23.200
Judaism is younger than Christianity. Judaism is a wicked offshoot that denies the divinity of

01:42:23.200 --> 01:42:33.600
Christ, that denies the sacrifice of Christ, that denies the resurrection. Judaism, quite frankly,

01:42:33.600 --> 01:42:39.440
is a pagan religion, but it is a pagan religion that is a perversion of the Christian faith.

01:42:40.080 --> 01:42:45.280
The faith of Abraham, the faith of Adam, the faith of Noah, all of these.

01:42:45.280 --> 01:42:52.160
Judaism is not related to them, because they were not Jews, they were Christians.

01:42:53.520 --> 01:42:58.400
And so we see even today, relatively recently, in the recent past in our own country,

01:43:00.560 --> 01:43:06.560
this sort of Judaism has crept into the church. We had the right belief previously,

01:43:06.560 --> 01:43:14.480
we had the right praxis as well. When you get rid of these safeguards, that's when the Judaism,

01:43:14.480 --> 01:43:18.240
the Judaizing, when all of these problems start to creep back into the church,

01:43:19.360 --> 01:43:25.040
because you've removed the guardrails. And all Satan looks for is that little opening.

01:43:25.040 --> 01:43:28.720
He's a rat, he just has to find that little opening and he'll squeeze himself right through.

01:43:30.160 --> 01:43:33.680
And that's what we gave him by dropping this from our baptismal right.

01:43:35.040 --> 01:43:40.720
We'll have the link in the show notes to this recent discovery, but again, this was the LCMS

01:43:40.800 --> 01:43:48.640
baptismal right in German in 1922, just over one century ago, any Jew who wanted to become

01:43:48.640 --> 01:43:56.240
a Christian. As a condition of baptism, baptism was denied to every Jew who would refuse to

01:43:56.240 --> 01:44:02.400
renounce Jews. It is important to read how this, you will, you can see the link in the show notes

01:44:02.400 --> 01:44:09.440
with the translation, how it's actually phrased. The public confession is not simply a

01:44:09.440 --> 01:44:15.440
confession of personal guilt for having been a Jew in the past. It says,

01:44:15.440 --> 01:44:20.800
due to renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways, especially the Jewish

01:44:20.800 --> 01:44:27.440
unbelief and blasphemy, for a Jew to become a Christian and to make this public confession

01:44:27.440 --> 01:44:34.880
is to denounce every other Jew, is to publicly damn all Jews, to say they are of the devil

01:44:35.440 --> 01:44:41.120
because they are unbelievers and they are blasphemers. To make that a necessary precondition

01:44:41.120 --> 01:44:48.800
for someone to become a Christian is the true Christian faith. It is a precondition. No Jew

01:44:48.800 --> 01:44:53.920
can actually be a Christian unless this is their confession. Whether or not a church makes them

01:44:53.920 --> 01:44:59.840
say it, the reason this was necessary because there are many who will pretend they will try to

01:44:59.920 --> 01:45:06.480
slide in, but I can name pastors in the LCMS today who would refuse to make this confession

01:45:06.480 --> 01:45:11.120
that was the public confession of the LCMS 100 years ago because they don't believe it.

01:45:11.840 --> 01:45:18.080
Do they not believe it because politics changed or because of the Holocaust? Well, yeah,

01:45:18.960 --> 01:45:25.600
it's not about Christianity anymore for any of them. Christianity is no longer in view when these

01:45:25.600 --> 01:45:36.320
subjects come up. I think the crux of the entire Judaizing heresy is that it sets aside Christianity

01:45:36.320 --> 01:45:41.040
by bits and pieces and by degrees and says, well, yeah, you have your gospel, seven-year Jesus stuff,

01:45:41.040 --> 01:45:48.080
but not this. We got to have this older thing, this more Jewish thing. We have this thing that's

01:45:48.080 --> 01:45:53.920
more Jewish than what we have because that's going to be more authentic. I reject and denounce

01:45:54.480 --> 01:46:02.000
the unbelief and blasphemy of all Jews. I despise the wickedness of these people who murdered Christ

01:46:02.000 --> 01:46:06.800
and dance in his blood to this day. That's my confession because a Christian confession,

01:46:07.840 --> 01:46:14.000
and so in the church I'm despised, it's a despicable thing to say. According to Christianity, no,

01:46:14.000 --> 01:46:19.920
it's a necessary precondition of Christianity. It's a necessary precondition to enter the kingdom

01:46:19.920 --> 01:46:25.760
of heaven. That's what denying baptism to someone who refuses to say that means. That's literally

01:46:25.760 --> 01:46:31.680
what it means. This is not a small point, this fact that this is buried in an agenda for a baptism

01:46:31.680 --> 01:46:39.440
right, and that's a one-off thing, whatever. This is a choke point that excludes. This is the narrow

01:46:39.440 --> 01:46:46.000
path versus the wide way to hell. That's precisely why it used to be done, why it was the Christian

01:46:46.000 --> 01:46:51.680
confession. It still is the Christian confession. It's just one that's by and large rejected.

01:46:51.680 --> 01:46:59.280
As Corey said, these sorts of things function as guardrails because if, for example, the LCMS

01:46:59.280 --> 01:47:05.040
to this day required every Jew who would enter into fellowship with us and say, I am a Christian

01:47:05.040 --> 01:47:10.640
just like you, if they had to denounce all Jews as children of the devil for their unbelief and

01:47:10.720 --> 01:47:17.920
their blasphemy, which is active, Jewish blasphemy is active. They don't simply blaspheme by existing,

01:47:17.920 --> 01:47:24.080
the way they live their lives and the things that they say blaspheme God Almighty. Christians must

01:47:24.080 --> 01:47:30.400
condemn that, and for a Jew to become a Christian must condemn it as a first party. But even then,

01:47:30.400 --> 01:47:37.600
the way this is phrased isn't, I repent of my being a Jew. They have to say, I condemn all Jews

01:47:37.600 --> 01:47:42.960
as a radical difference. It's not a small little personal, I'm here for Jesus thing.

01:47:42.960 --> 01:47:48.400
It's every Jew is going to hell unless they also repent as I am, and unless they also

01:47:48.400 --> 01:47:54.080
denounce all Jewry. That's a big deal, and it would have prevented many of the problems that

01:47:54.080 --> 01:47:59.040
we see in our church today because most of the people who are hanging around today would have

01:47:59.040 --> 01:48:05.040
long since left. They would hate this because it's not Christian. Well, was it Christian 100

01:48:05.040 --> 01:48:09.680
years ago because that's really the question? It's the Stonequire question. If it was Christian

01:48:09.680 --> 01:48:14.560
100 years ago, when did it stop being Christian? If we were Christian 100 years ago, when did we

01:48:14.560 --> 01:48:22.000
stop? Well, we stopped and we started rejecting basic Christian beliefs. Keep all this in mind

01:48:22.000 --> 01:48:25.280
in view of what we said in the first episode about, where are you getting your morality?

01:48:25.280 --> 01:48:30.720
This is another part of it. Where are you getting your beliefs? If you're getting them from people

01:48:30.720 --> 01:48:36.560
who murdered Christ, who hate God, who blaspheme him with everything that they do in their lives,

01:48:37.280 --> 01:48:43.680
if this is the source of some of your theology, how much room is left for God? And can you have

01:48:43.680 --> 01:48:49.840
competing religions at the same time? That's what we're dealing with here. The situation that we

01:48:49.840 --> 01:48:56.960
face today is that we are trying to hold multiple competing religions simultaneously. We're trying

01:48:56.960 --> 01:49:01.840
to take these things that came from evil men, whether it was thousands of years ago, or hundreds

01:49:01.840 --> 01:49:08.560
of years ago, or decades ago. We're taking things that come from evil and we're trying to baptize

01:49:08.560 --> 01:49:14.720
them. I was reminded earlier as I was thinking about this, how much a lot of these Judaizing

01:49:14.720 --> 01:49:23.520
problems are captured by what Tolkien did with the One Ring. Remember, Sauron poured his malice

01:49:23.600 --> 01:49:30.960
in his hatred and his evil into this talisman that was the Ring. Part of his soul, his essence

01:49:30.960 --> 01:49:36.160
as an evil being, was put into the Ring. And it was fine because it was a weapon for him,

01:49:36.160 --> 01:49:43.600
but then he lost the Ring. And so when he lost access to that part of his wicked power, he was

01:49:43.600 --> 01:49:50.320
diminished. But what happened with the Ring? The Ring was captured by Isildur. He found it,

01:49:50.320 --> 01:49:59.600
he wore it, he used it. He died because of it. There was the covetousness of men for that power

01:49:59.600 --> 01:50:04.240
because they misunderstood what the power of the One Ring was. That was basically what Lord of the

01:50:04.240 --> 01:50:10.480
Rings was about. The covetousness of that power, believing, oh, this power of the Great Enemy,

01:50:10.480 --> 01:50:15.280
if only I took it into my hands, I could use it for good. That's what they all wanted to believe,

01:50:15.280 --> 01:50:21.040
that they could take this evil thing and use it for good purposes. What they did not appreciate in

01:50:21.040 --> 01:50:29.840
the essence of the story of the Ring was that it was itself evil. It did not cease to be evil

01:50:29.840 --> 01:50:34.960
because it was no longer in the possession of Sauron. He had put his malice into it,

01:50:34.960 --> 01:50:42.640
and whoever wielded it possessed his malice, and the malice acted on its own. When we look at these

01:50:42.640 --> 01:50:49.120
evil things, now, it's saying Yahweh is evil as the One Ring. I mean, it's more evil because it's

01:50:49.120 --> 01:50:54.880
real and the Ring's made up, but it's not simply a question of degrees. It's a question of genealogy.

01:50:54.880 --> 01:51:01.760
Where did this thing come from? If you found the One Ring and you knew that it had all of the devil's

01:51:01.760 --> 01:51:06.080
malice poured into it, would you pick it up knowing how powerful it was and say,

01:51:06.080 --> 01:51:10.560
I'm going to use this for good? Or would you know this thing is pure evil and I can only

01:51:10.560 --> 01:51:17.120
possibly use it for evil because it has not only evil intent, but it has a life of its own.

01:51:17.760 --> 01:51:25.200
Evil ideas have a life of their own. We cannot co-opt hell. We can't take Satan's things and

01:51:25.200 --> 01:51:32.000
use them for our purposes. We can only use things from God for godly purposes. When we use evil

01:51:32.000 --> 01:51:37.760
things, things from hell, things that are teachings of demons, which we'll talk about a lot next week,

01:51:38.160 --> 01:51:46.080
we can only possibly use those things for evil. The genealogy of the practice of modern

01:51:46.640 --> 01:51:54.800
amputation circumcision is pure evil. There's no godly outcome for it and it is a false confession

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to do it. To say Yahweh is itself an evil thing. It didn't exist for nearly 2000 years and then a

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pagan unbelievers made it up and turned it into something that they used for evil purposes.

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What has happened in the last few decades really, Christians discovered the Yahweh ring and picked

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it up and said, I'm going to use this for good. Why gives this more authentic? It's more like

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that old-time religion. It's Judeo. I need more Judeo and less Christian. Well, that's exactly

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what they're getting. When you start talking about Yahweh and you stop talking about God,

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which is incidentally what all these people do, that's what you get. You lose God and you're going

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to get Yahweh. You're going to get a face full Yahweh, but it's not going to be what you thought it was

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because you can't use an evil thing for good purposes. All these things follow the same pattern.

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We can get into Seder meals today, but it's the same thing. It's a completely new made up way

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for Christians to adopt evil pagan practices because it seems more authentic. Why? Because

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Jews do it. The purpose of those things is always to deny Christ small degrees, but it's to say

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what we received in the church, what we received in Christian history is not as good as the other

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thing, as the secrets, as the mysteries that were lost. We're going to pick them up and we're going

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to adopt them all and we're going to make Christianity this brand new, more powerful thing

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by making it even older. When we on Stonequire talking about adopting old beliefs, it's consistent

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with Scripture. If God had said, yes, keep circumcising, we'd disagree, but the very first thing

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that happened in the early church was it got shut down. It was said, you never understood in the

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first place. You never knew what you were doing with this, and today you're using it for evil,

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and you can only possibly do evil with it. These tendencies that we have to just adopt

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random crap and think it's going to be hunky dory are a threat to souls because nobody takes it

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seriously. Nobody cares where they get their ideas. Oh, Yahweh, that sounds fine. I remember that

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Tetragrammaton thing in some translations where it won't translate it. It would just say Y-H-W-H,

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which is also dumb. The point of Scripture is you're supposed to be able to read it.

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The Septuagint did. It said God or it said I am because that's what it is. You don't need special

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incantations, and it's fine to acknowledge. In the ESV, when the Tetragrammaton is used,

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they will translate Lord in all caps. That's fine too. God and Lord are synonymous. Lord,

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as we said before, is a synonym for master. That's how you should think of God as your master,

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and you will answer to your master for what we do with these things. Me included, I'm preaching to

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you here. We're all guilty of something. When we take seriously where we're getting these ideas,

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we're going to be armored against the very sort of errors that Satan exploits. As Cory just said,

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Satan just needs a little crack. As we said at the beginning, the Judaizing attack that

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Satan leveled instantaneously in the church was about circumcision, which was from God. God said

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to circumcise, Jesus sends into heaven, and then Satan says to circumcise, circumcise, circumcise,

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the Pharisees show up and say circumcise, there's a circumcision party running around and telling

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everybody to circumcise. Isn't that what God said? They shut it down. God said, no, you didn't

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understand. You weren't obeying. You weren't believing. It was pro forma garbage that is ended

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because it served its purpose. It is no longer mine. When they hang on to things that are no

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longer from God, they're necessarily from the devil. That's why stuff matters. It's not just

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matters of opinion. I think I can do this or that or the other thing. If something has evil

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origins, we must excise it. We can't permit it to be among us, because even the things that seem

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small, like Yahweh, suddenly you have to start saying Yahweh when you're talking about the

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Old Testament God. Then the Old Testament God is the really mean one. The New Testament God is

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the loving one. You know what? That Yahweh God, he was pretty tough and he had a lot of rules.

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This new Jesus-y New Testament God, he's a lot more loving. That division suddenly pops into

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people's heads. It's very difficult for him to get away from, because most people don't have the

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mental sophistication to keep all the stuff in their heads at once. You just learn Yahweh. You

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think, yeah, that's the old thing. Okay, great. Then someone separately sets Yahweh against Jesus.

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You're like, well, yeah, like Jesus is better than Yahweh. Suddenly, there's no God in the Old

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Testament. That's what Martin Luther King, Jr. believed. That's what Bonhoeffer believed.

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They believed in the demiurge. They thought there was evil before. Then something new came

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in the New Testament, that he who was coming would arrive. It's bad news for Christians,

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but it's what these men will preach. These tiny errors that seem like just fiddly academic garbage,

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it's always a building block for Satan. We have building blocks too. They're ones that God gave

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us. When he says, do this, we should do it. When he says, stop, we should stop. When he says,

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to believe it, when he says, I am and I am God, that should be the end of it. If it's good enough

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for God, it's good enough for me. I hope it'll be good enough for you too, because that's what

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all this is about. I am glad you mentioned the Seder meal, because I had three points with which

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I wanted to end, and that was one of them. But on the topic of Seder, because of course I can't

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leave it untouched, I would just recommend that all of you go and read Hebrews 7,

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and then bear in mind two things, both while reading it and after reading it. One, Christ is

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the perfect Passover lamb. He completed the shadow of the things that were to come,

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and we have a Passover meal, a better one. We have the Lord's Supper. But do go and read

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Hebrews 7. I recognize I'm giving reading homework in this episode, but I think that's fine.

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And then second, of the three points. I mentioned that I would comment on the word

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Gentiles and why I do not use it. And just very quickly, we get Gentile from Latin. Gens is the

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Latin word, the G is pronounced that way, and Latin that means clan or tribe. And then Ile is the

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adjectival suffix. So it just means of or belonging to the same people, nation, clan, Gentilus,

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which we get Gentiles in English. And so if you understand the Latin, it makes perfect sense,

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because it is translating ethnos or ethne, if it's in the plural, nations or people,

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in the ethnic sense, in the racial sense. And so if you understand the Latin, underlying the word,

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it makes perfect sense. But very few modern readers know any Latin. And so it is a misleading term

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to the modern ear, because it sets up this false distinction between the Jew on the one hand

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and the Gentile on the other. And that is alien to Scripture. We will get into that more in another

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episode when we deal with Galatians, but there is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ. And that is the

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point. And that is my third point here. The term Jew has become extremely misleading for a number

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of reasons. It's used in a number of senses in Scripture. It's used in a number of senses in

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our everyday lives. But it is important, setting all of that aside, it is important to keep in mind

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what exactly is meant by Scripture. And the best way to keep that in view is to keep the Gospel in

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view. Yes, we speak of the law quite a lot on this podcast, because part of this is the

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and then what of Christian life? You believe and now what? Now what do you do? How do you

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live your Christian life? What should you do or not do? But all of it is in light of the Gospel.

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And what is the Gospel? You are saved by faith, which is a free gift, due to Christ's perfect life,

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His work, death, resurrection. That's the Gospel. You aren't saved by your blood,

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and that's true whether you're Jewish or German or French or Japanese or

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any of whatever other ethnicity I could list. No one will be saved by his own blood.

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Everyone who will be saved will be saved by Christ's blood.

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And so when you see the word Jew in Scripture, which probably shouldn't be translated Jew because

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the underlying word in the New Testament is Judahite, which is useful for a number of reasons

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partly because it reminds us that the 10 northern tribes are gone at this point in history, but

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that is a topic for another time. When you see the word Jew in Scripture, don't think that this is

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some special group that is set aside, they get special treatment, and God has some special

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relationship and they have another way to paradise because that's Christian Zionism,

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which is another Judaizing heresy, but we did an episode on that so you can go and listen to that.

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But think of the words of Romans 3 because you'll hear these words many times from

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Christians so-called Zionists. Then what advantage has the Jew or what is the value of circumcision?

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Much in every way. And of course they'll end there, they won't mention the rest of it because it

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gives the value. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.

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That is a magnificent blessing from God to be entrusted with his word, and the ancient

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Israelites, the Hebrews were greatly blessed with that, granted for them because they were unfaithful,

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it wasn't much of a blessing. But if they had been faithful, it would have been a great blessing.

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They at least had the ability to read God's word because they physically had it.

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Which again, without faith, is of no blessing to you, is of no good to you, it is in fact worse

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to have the oracles of God and reject them than not to have them.

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But you'll notice that the Christian Zionists never goes on, and reads verse 9,

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What then, are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all

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both Jews and Greeks are under sin. Which is to say that all are under sin.

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This is one of the ways, in Hebrew, in Aramaic, in a number of these Shemitic languages in this

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region, they speak of the totality of a thing. They speak of the totality by listing two opposite

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ends of a spectrum. And so when it says that God created the heavens and the earth,

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that's saying that he created all things, he created the universe. And so here when it says

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both Jews and Greeks, what that means is all men, all men are under sin. For all have sinned and

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fallen short of the glory of God. In Adam all men fell. And so Christ as the second and better

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Adam, is the redemption of all mankind. Yes, of course there is the objective justification,

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but there is the subjective which is faith. If you have faith, then you are numbered amongst

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the elect, then you are saved. Again it all comes back to faith. It is not your bloodline,

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whether it be Jew or Greek. And that is the point. Any time you see anyone arguing that there is some

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special character of the Jews, or that they have some special route to God,

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or special relationship, whatever it happens to be, look at the actual words of Scripture.

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What then are we Jews any better off? No, not at all.

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Any time you see someone rejecting those words, you are dealing with someone who is

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Judaizing. And if you listen to that person, if you believe what he is saying, your soul is in

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danger. Because these are things that Satan attempts to bring into the church, to steal away

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the gospel, to bring back in works righteousness, to get you to attempt to work your way to God,

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or find some alternative route to God, instead of the only way God is given. What does Christ say?

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I am the way, the truth, and the life. He doesn't say that he's one way of many,

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which is what we hear from so many today when they speak about all paths lead to God. No,

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they don't. Most paths lead to hell. For broad is the way that leads to hell. For narrow is the way

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that leads to paradise. And so be on your guard. As a Christian, that is your duty,

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particularly as a Christian man, that is your duty, because you have a duty to instruct and to lead

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your wife if you have one, and your children if you have them. But also others entrusted to your

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care, because if you're an uncle, you have duties to your nephews and nieces. You have duties with

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regard to your parents and your siblings, and all those entrusted to your care in whatever capacity

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in your life. And so you need to be on your guard against these heresies that have been with us from

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the beginning, as we covered at the beginning of the episode. This was a problem starting with the

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apostles. This has always been one of Satan's tactics. Judaism is one of his favorite tactics,

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and it will undoubtedly be so until the end, because it's effective. Because in a sense,

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all of this is a form of Gnosticism. It is that desire that is inherent in

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some men at least, many men most likely, to have a secret knowledge, a secret way,

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to have something, some connection, some ability, or path, or whatever it happens to be,

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that elevates them above everyone else. And that is not what Scripture says.

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Scripture says all have sinned. Scripture says the only way is Christ.

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That is what Christians believe. That is what Christians have always held,

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and that is what we as Christians have to defend. And part of defending that is pushing back

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against the rampant Judaizing that we see in the church today, because it is destroying the church,

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and too few men are fighting back against it.