Sunday, May 11, 2008

BRANDAN KRAFT'S VIOLATION OF REVELATION 22:18-19


"We think the book of James is trash...I personally cannot find anything of redeeming value from the book of James"
(Brandan Kraft - July 19th, 2007 (Kraft posted the following quote on his forum in a thread titled, "James Exposed." The remark was made in Brandan Kraft's first post on the very first page of the thread).


Brandan Kraft wrote:

"There are other topics in James that I also find questionable such as chapter 5. What is James' primary beef with rich people? It's almost like it has gnostic roots."

“Nicholas, it has [been] posted numerous times on here, I don't think anyone here resents anyone for embracing the book of James as "canonical." Yes it is in the canon, but reprobates put together the "Canon." The "canon" as everyone calls it is an invention of men. Usually, it's the supporters of the "canon" that resent the dissenters. They can't stand that we think the book of James is trash. I don't think there was any conflict here, and I agree, there is a lot of inspired writing out there that is not in the canon that in my opinion is authoritative. You'll even find some of it right on this website.
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In the same post the heretic Brandan Kraft writes:

“I personally cannot find anything of redeeming value from the book of James or from the account of his life found in the gospels and the books of Acts other than the fact that it simply reminds us that we will never be free of the leglizers until Jesus returns. We are experiencing the tribulation that began with "certain" followers of James. . . .”

(Brandan Kraft - July 19th, 2007 - "James Exposed.").

"To say James is authoritative because it's in the bible is about as dumb a statement that can be made because the BIBLE is not authoritative. The BIBLE is a COLLECTION of books that a group of men DECIDED was authoritative."

"I despise the book of James!"
(Brandan Kraft - Myspace profile)

What does God's word say about this heresy and hatreed towards his word?

Revelation 22:18-19
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Below is an excerpt from a short study or Revelation 22:18-19, the link to the full article is at the bottom of this page.



Already in Deuteronomy 4:2 God said, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you”.

God anticipated that the children of Israel would tamper with the Word of God. But Deuteronomy 4:2 is not as strongly worded as Revelation 22:18-19, because Deuteronomy 4:2 only concerns the commandments of God.

We also read in Proverbs 30:5-6 the equivalent of Revelation 22:18, where God says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar”.

And as you know, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone”.

What is the main problem with adding or taking away from the words of the Bible?

There Is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)


In the second letter of Peter God addresses the problem of false teachers who quietly shall bring into the church damnable heresies.

Why will they do that?

It is because there is money to be made in those heresies, and moreover, “There is no fear of God before their eyes”.

2 Peter 1:20

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2 Peter 1:21

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Verse 20 says that we may not approach the Bible with our own interpretation. We may not come to our neighbor and say, “Whatever the Bible means to you is the truth for you”, for the next verse says that the words in the Bible are words from God. God spoke in old time through the mouths of holy men of God, and what they said and what they wrote are words that were given them by God the Holy Spirit.


Therefore we may not invent an interpretation that comes out of our own mind, or invent an interpretation that came from the culture of those days. It must be an interpretation that harmonizes with the remainder of the Word of God, for God cannot lie. And thus we must approach the Bible with awe and respect, and with fear and trembling, as if God was speaking to us personally.

A passage that is often quoted in support of 2 Peter 1:21 is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, where God says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”.

What it all boils down to is this:
God spoke the words of the Bible, and we better listen carefully, or else we may be guilty of contempt of God. At any time that we encounter a passage that we must understand, or a problem that we face in our life we must ask:

What did God say?

What is God’s opinion about this matter?

Holy men of God spoke and wrote the words that God moved them to write. In the Old Testament God’s words were written in Hebrew, and in the New Testament God’s words were written in Greek. We have in our hands the KJV, which is as close as possible a word by word translation out of the Hebrew Masoretic Text and out of the Greek Textus Receptus. These are the two most reliable documents of the Word of God.

Which God Are We Worshipping?
(John 1:1, Revelation 19:11-13, James 3:1)


John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Here in this verse the Lord Jesus Christ is called “The Word”, the Logos. Moreover, when God says “the Word was God” He underscores that Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but He is fully God.

In many other parts of the Bible God identifies “the Logos” with the Word of God, the Bible. And thus we come to recognize that the Bible, the Word of God, is identified with the Lord Jesus Christ. God confirms this conclusion in Revelation 19:11-13, where Christ appears as the Judge of all the world, and He is given the name: “Word of God”

Revelation 19:11-12
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

What does this tell us about the Word of God?

It tells us that the Bible, the Word of God, from cover to cover, is a description of the Lord Jesus Christ. And now the adding or taking away from the Word of God enters into the equation. The Bible is our Authority. Not only is it a description of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it also has become the Authority that we obey. If then we would add or take away from the Bible we would produce another authority over us, and thus another god which rules over us.

Let us consider a vivid picture of our actions:
When we add to the Bible by claiming additional messages from God, like the Roman church has done through the centuries by adding the utterances of the saints as if they were inspired by God, then we have changed the face of Christ.

Every time we add another message from God, it is as if we have produced another lump on the face of Christ, and thus we have produced another god, which does not look at all like Christ.

Every time we take away from the Word of God it is as if we have gouged out a piece of flesh out of the face of Christ, and thus we have produced another god, which does not look at all like Christ. And thus we would engage in the sin of idolatry. The sin of idolatry is the sin that God hates most of all.

Revelation 21:8 says that idolaters have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. And the false teachers who have created these idols, who lead others with them into Hell, shall receive the hottest place in Hell according to James 3:1. And thus we can see that the doctrine of Revelation 22:18-19 is a most useful doctrine, for it gives us the discernment to know right from wrong. This is the sharp edge of the sword of the Spirit. This is the most useful tool God has given us to defend ourselves against the wiles of the Devil and against all the evil forces that try to persuade us to come to their side. Even if one day we would stand all alone, we would still see right from wrong. Praise God that He has given us this tool of discernment.


AMEN.

To read the full article please click below.

http://testallthings.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/a-short-study-of-revelation-2218-19/

ROBERT HIGBY'S ATTACK AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD


"So to Calvin; every word enshrined in the books of Esther, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and James are as sacred and certain as the person and work of Jesus Christ himself."

(Robert Higby - 27th December 2005 - Calvin's 66 book canon)


"The present writer does not believe the Christocentric hermeneutic supports Ecclesiastes or the Song of Songs as having canonical authority."
(quote taken from - The Biblical Canon Study #3: Identifying the Old Testament Canon (study #2) - October 2005)


Here is what Higby says about "Song of Songs" in the same study.

"The Song of Songs is merely a discourse of human love and romance...It is simply the poetic view of two individuals on what constitutes great romance and sex; nothing more. It is not even a standard as to how all must view what constitutes great romance and sex."

Now Higby moves on to attack Esther.

"The doctrine of revenge present in Esther is against the whole of Old Testament revelation, let alone New Testament revelation. Therefore, Esther is to be rejected as canonical."
(Robert Higby - October 8th 2005 - From the thread titled: The multi level canon)

And...

"Esther 9 adds to the law, it is as simple as that. The Law of Moses, according to Christ himself, is not to be added to. Also, the feasts of Lev. 23 are the complete and inspired prophetic picture of Christ's Messianic work. To institute new feasts AS JEWISH LAW, especially ones based on questionable historical acts, this is forbidden."
(Robert Higby - October 19th 2005 - the Multi level canon.)

Robert Higby wrote:
"The main theological problems with Mark 16:9ff are two, as I see it:

1. The ’signs’ that are predicted to follow those that believe have not really been manifested as such, at least to some degree (the drinking of poison and avoiding death, etc.) and

2. Mark 16:16 teaches that ’he that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved,’ whereas Paul and John clearly teach that genuine belief with an AMEN (faith alone) evidences salvation. The water may be a testimony to the gospel but the lack of it does not negate eternal life! "


For a biblically accurate teaching of Baptism in Mark 16:16 please read the following article.

http://testallthings.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/what-baptism/

Robert Higby even has some issues he'd like to deal with regarding 2 Peter, 3 John and Jude.


Robert Higby wrote:
"There are some very minor issues with 2 Peter, 3 John, Jude, etc. but they are not worth a major argument and I would prefer to deal with the largest issue first."


This third quote is further proof that he rejects Esther, Ecclesiastes and James and his reason why.

"My personal rejection of Esther, Ecclesiastes, and James is the false doctrine that they contain; the same reasons for rejecting other apocryphal works."
(Robert Higby - January 4th 2006 - 'Calvin's 66 book Canon')


And finally we finish with Higby's "trouble" accepting 3 John as scripture along with 2 Peter and James.

"For me, the remaining 4 NT books that were originally antilegomena remain an open issue for study. I have the most trouble with 3 John, as it has no attestation of existence until the 3rd century (like James and 2 Peter) and gives no definite gospel testimony. Plus we do not know anything about who the characters mentioned in that book actually were historically."
(Robert Higby - July 21st 2007 - From the thread 'James Exposed')

Here is what God has to say against such heresy.

Revelation 22:18-19
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Psalm 138:2
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

2 Peter 3:17-18
...Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.