“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
Syncing with Yahweh
In practical terms, what does “syncing with Yahweh” mean?
It means that you won’t be in sync with most of the world. It means that you won’t be politically correct most of the time. And it means you will experience ridicule and sometimes persecution.
Recently, 150 evangelical leaders signed a statement reaffirming the traditional Christian teaching on marriage. In this statement, they reasserted that man-woman marriage remains the biblical teaching, despite what the popular culture promotes. As is expected, they were bombarded with criticism. But what was perhaps less expected were the hundreds of Christian pastors, writers, and theologians who have joined the criticism.
In a counter-statement called “Christians United,” over 1,000 religious leaders, pastors, writers, theologians, educators, and activists from most major Christian denominations in America claimed that counter-cultural gender identities and sexualities “reflect the magnitude of God’s creative work,” according to the Huffington Post.
Christians United strongly condemned the “Nashville Statement” written days earlier by a coalition of 150 evangelical leaders, which doubled down on the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Nashville Statement also reaffirms that God created two distinct sexes, and that sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful.
Among the men who signed the pro-LGBTQ Christians United statement was Brandan Robertson, a pastor and gay activist. According to Robertson, it is time that Christians hear from a different moral authority on queer identity.
LGBTQ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, but it’s a misnomer. The assemblage keeps growing as new groups of sexual deviants are added to the list.
It started out as LG. Then it grew to LGB. Next came LGBT. And now it’s LGBTQ. Collectively, I refer to them and other groups that are sure to follow as the SoSDs—a Smorgasbord of Sexual Deviants.
According to the article, the number of so-called “Christian” leaders that went with the crowd was almost 10 times as large as the number that followed Yahweh. Paul refers to those who don’t go with the flow as the “faithful remnant”. (Romans 11:5)
Paul didn’t invent that terminology:
- “Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.” (Isaiah 10: 22)
- For thus says Yahweh, “Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Yahweh, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’” (Jeremiah 31: 7)
You can bet that the religious leaders who didn’t go along to get along will experience ridicule and persecution. That’s what the children of Yahweh can expect when they follow Him.
Yahweh is Sovereign but only a remnant knows it. Most of the world won’t follow Him. If you follow Him, you will be in the minority, so getting into sync with Yahweh is not for the faint of heart.
When I wrote Must Jewish People Convert to Christianity to be Saved?, I sent a copy of it to a Christian acquaintance, and he lambasted me. In particular, he was disturbed by my assertion that with the exception of Revelation the New Testament isn’t Scripture.
I don’t know him that well, but I have known him for more than a decade. I have visited with him in the U.S., Israel, and Jordan. The first time I met him was in Dallas, Texas following a presentation I made on the Name “Yahweh”. He was blessed by it. He told me so.
At that point, Yahweh had brought him along, and I was confirming a message he had received already. Obviously, he wasn’t ready to deal with the fact that the New Testament isn’t Scripture.
The proof that the New Testament isn’t Scripture is in the New Testament. That’s how I proved the point in Must Jewish People Convert to Christianity to be Saved?.
Primarily, my acquaintance was concerned that by telling believers the truth I would cause many of them to lose faith.
I thought, That’s odd. He thinks that telling people the truth will cause them to lose faith, but the Messiah said, ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ (John 8: 32) He was talking about focusing on Yahweh’s word instead of man-made religious doctrine. That’s what I did.
Next, my acquaintance hurled a few personal insults at me and ended by telling me that I needed to fall into line behind a preacher he’s familiar with. The preacher’s name is not important. It could have been anyone with whom my acquaintance was comfortable.
I responded to that barrage of insults by saying essentially that I was following the leading of Yahweh’s Spirit. Why would I turn away from Him to follow anyone’s teachings?
Yahweh’s people are into religion too much. Even those who are beginning to understand that religion is a huge part of our problem revert to a form of religion when they settle into their new understanding.
I’ve seen it happen many times in so-called “Messianic” groups. The first thing they do is set up a religious structure that’s almost identical to the one they left. When I see it, I just shake my head.
We don’t need more religion. We need more faith.
Specifically, we need the faith of Abraham. It’s a faith with legs that are willing to go where Yahweh leads without regard for the cost or for what other people think. See The Trilogy.
A few days ago in a SnyderTalk comment, I used Noah as an example:
Have you ever wondered what Noah’s neighbors thought about him?
It took Noah about 100 years to build the ark. At that time, there was no rain. A water vapor canopy covered the earth and watered the ground. Aquifers and springs produced flowing water that combined with water from the vapor canopy to form rivers and streams.
The ark was huge. Noah built it on solid ground. There was no way to move it. The ark stuck out like a sore thumb.
For about 100 years, Noah and his family dedicated themselves to something that made no sense to their neighbors. People living nearby must have enjoyed watching the action. With each passing year as the boat grew in size, what Noah and his family were doing became more laughable.
Imagine the ridicule that Noah and his family endured. They were the butt of all sorts of jokes, but they persisted.
When the rain came, only Noah and his family survived. I hope you get my point.
This is not an academic discussion. The world is about to change in ways that we can barely imagine. Those who have the faith of Abraham are going to make it through just fine. Those who don’t have the faith of Abraham won’t.
We had better stop playing religion and start syncing with Yahweh. He is our only hope.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.