Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
This is not our judgment, it is the Lord’s. All we are required to do is apply this standard to our lives and declare it. That being said, I would like address a very pressing issue that has been brewing about in the Messianic movement that is not only dangerous, but so insidious as to pollute an entire segment of the Messianic community. This is not an issue that I am speaking about from a second-hand source. I am very aware from a first-hand perspective of the details concerning this subject.
There is a movement in the Messianic community that has made its allegiance with the Roman Catholic Church. They have for a number of years been meeting with priests and representatives of the Vatican in an attempt to form some ungodly alliance. Some of the leaders of this movement are Mark Kinzer, Daniel Juster and Rich Nichol. In the past I attended a number of these meetings trying to understand their reasons for this alliance.
Not once in the year that I attended were any topics discussed that ever dealt with the Catholic Church’s biblical inconstancies. I tried to address some of the pertinent issues like: icons (idols); prayers to Mary and the saints; the clergy’s sex abuse scandal; the persecution and murder of the Jews for 1,700 years; the adoration of the Eucharist; indulgences; confession; salvation by infant baptism; last rights; the Pope as the “Vicar of Christ” on the earth; Encyclical authority of the Pope. The list could go on ad nauseum. Every time I tried to address any issue, I was dismissed as “one who came to bring dissension”. All they wanted to do was pretend that all was just fine in Roman land and sing “Kumbaya”. The meetings consisted of lunch, schmoozing, and prayer.
I brought forth the issue of praying in agreement with someone I could not agree with from a Biblical perspective. I argued that we should deal with some of these serious theological issues before we could ever agree in prayer. How could I pray in agreement with someone who breaks so many Biblical commandments? I was dismissed as an impediment to their unity.
Scripturally speaking, I have no choice but to call out the Catholic Church according to its fruits, past and present. The Catholic Church seems to find it appropriate to pray with anyone of any faith all in the name of ecumenism. This Pope has prayed with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Non-Messianic Jews, Messianic Jews, etc. He has made these meetings very public for all to see. Based upon the Catholic Church’s Doctrines and actions for the last 1,700 years, I can only conclude that they are a pagan cult and that I have nothing in common with them. Therefore, how could I pray with them or have any spiritual fellowship? How in the world any of these so-called Messianic Leaders could have anything in common with the Catholic Church is beyond my understanding.
“9I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves”
When the Catholic Church calls itself the Mother Church, and truly believes that they are the organization that the Lord ordained to represent Him on this earth, and act like they have for the last 1,700 years without being accountable to anyone, then I would say that this passage above applies to them in every way. It is pretty clear that their history, doctrines, and actions reveal who they really are.
Knowing their past history, this actually becomes an obstacle for the Jewish people to come to their Jewish Messiah as they associate Catholics with idol-worshiping pagans. This ends up being a total misrepresentation of who the Messiah really is and what our faith is all about. Even when I was a boy going to Hebrew school I thought “Jesus” was the founder of Catholicism. I never thought of Him as a Jew.
Here is just a brief synopsis of Catholic persecution of the Jews. Unfortunately, I cannot say their behavior has changed at all when they won’t even call Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel.
325 A.D.: TheCouncil of Nicea separated the celebration of Easter from the Jewish Passover. They stated: "For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people...We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews...our worship follows a...more convenient course...we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews...How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded."
337 A.D.: Christian Emperor Constantineus created a law which made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian punishable by death.
379-395 A.D.: Emperor Theodosius the Great permitted the destruction of synagogues if they served a religious purpose. Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire at this time.
528A.D.: Emperor Justinian (527-564) passed the Justinian Code. It prohibited Jews from building synagogues, reading the Bible in Hebrew, assembling in public, celebrating Passover before Easter, and testifying against “Christians” in court.
613 A.D.: Very serious persecution began in Spain. Jews were given the option of either leaving Spain or converting to Christianity. Jewish children over six years of age were taken from their parents and given a Christian education.
1096 A.D.: The first Crusade was launched in this year. Although the prime goal of the Crusades was to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims, Jews were a secondary target. As the soldiers passed through Europe on the way to the Holy Land, large numbers of Jews were challenged: "Christ-killers, embrace the Cross or die!" 12,000 Jews in the Rhine Valley alone were killed in the first Crusade. This behavior continued for eight additional crusades until the ninth Crusade in 1272.
1099 A.D.: The Crusaders forced all of the Jews of Jerusalem into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building.
1189 A.D.: Jews were persecuted in England. The Crown claimed all Jewish possessions. Most of their houses were burned.
1229 A.D.: The Spanish Inquisition starts. Later, in 1252, Pope Innocent IV authorizes the use of torture by the Inquisitors.
1290 A.D.: Jews are exiled from England. About 16,000 left the country.
1306 A.D.: 100,000 Jews are exiled from France. They left with only the clothes on their backs and food for only one day.
1320 A.D.: 40,000 French shepherds went to Palestine on the Shepherd Crusade. On the way, 140 Jewish communities were destroyed.
1492 A.D.: Jews were given the choice of being baptized as Christians or be banished from Spain. 300,000 left Spain penniless. Many migrated to Turkey where they found tolerance among the Muslims. Others converted to “Christianity” but often continued to practice Judaism in secret.
These persecutions were all endorsed by the Catholic Church. The persecutions of the Jews continued in a serious degree all the way up until the Second World War. With the continuance of their pagan practices and sexual scandals, why would anyone trust that this leopard all of a sudden is going to change its spots? Tell me, who should I trust? Is the word of some deceived so-called “Messianic Rabbis” more reliable than the history and bad testimony of a religio-political mafia-styled organization? The Catholic Church is an organization guilty of the murder of more Jews than anyone in history? You be the judge. Just judge them by their fruits.
1stCor 6 Watch your allegiances.
14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership has righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Messiah with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of YHVH with idols? For we are the temple of the living Elohim; just as YHVH said,
“I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their YHVH, and they shall be My people.
17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
“And do not touch what is unclean;
And I will welcome you.
18 “And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
It is and always has been about who we make an allegiance with. But we are not to confuse that with our call to be a witness.
As I said above, the Catholic Church has made allegiances with some of the most nefarious characters in all of history. In an excellent article entitled, Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwall, June 5, 2000, it chronicles the refusal of Pope Pius the 12th to act on behalf of the Jews in light of the Nazi’s final solution to destroy all of world Jewry. It is a must read to put perspective on this ungodly alliance of these so-called Messianic Rabbis and the Catholic Church. The article can be found at, http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican55.htm.
One more point I want to stress before I conclude. Nothing has or ever will change with the Catholic Church. If we look at just a few statements made in the second Vatican documents known as Lumin Gentium, we can clearly see with whom the Catholic Church makes its modern day allegiances. I am including in the quote the full paragraph to keep it in context. I also posted the commentary on this quote by the unnamed person who submitted it in the website,
From Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, article 16:
“Finally, those who have not yet received the Gospel are related in various ways to the people of God. In the first place we must recall the people to whom the testament and the promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh. On account of their fathers this people remains most dear to God, for God does not repent of the gifts He makes nor of the calls He issues. But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham along with us, adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind. Nor is God far distant from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, for it is He who gives to all men life and breath and all things, and as Saviour wills that all men be saved. Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel. She knows that it is given by Him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. But often men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. Or some there are who, living and dying in this world without God, are exposed to final despair. Wherefore to promote the glory of God and procure the salvation of all of these, and mindful of the command of the Lord, "Preach the Gospel to every creature", the Church fosters the missions with care and attention.”
“Specifically regarding the passage that pertains to Islam, it's interesting to note that the authors of this document have written that the Mohammedans “profess to hold the faith of Abraham” (indeed, a good deal of Abraham’s history in the Qur’an differs markedly from the accounts in the Septuagint). But in any case, I wonder about the phrase “along with us [they] adore the one and merciful God.” If there is only one God, how can anyone believing that God dispatched a definitive revelation to an Arabian shepherd some six centuries after the time of Christ be said to believe in the same God as Christians? In my light, the two concepts appear to be manifestly dissimilar (and certainly not unified).”
My simple thought about this is that the Catholic Church is the master of doublespeak. They will say anything to win allegiance with anyone whom they feel they can consume under their authority. Is this the group we should align ourselves with? The group who in one sentence calls Islam the people “who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.”
Do Muslims worship the same Lord as I? If not then Catholicism has now implicated itself in the worship of a generic “one size fits all” god who embraces all faiths, including Islam. This is not the Lord I serve. I serve YHVH and the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua. His claims are exclusive and there is none like Him.
“Yeshua saith unto him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.’”
I don’t hear any mention of the Pope, the Catholic Church, or Mohammed here.
So in conclusion, the leadership and community of Messianic Congregation Sha’ar Hashamayim, in no uncertain terms, wholeheartedly reject this ungodly allegiance with the Catholic Church, and we will call out any one as a false prophet who does.
Messianic Rabbi Henry M. Morse and the Elders of Sha’ar.