Friday, July 29, 2005

On Seedline: Proper Discernment Guidelines

If Identity Christians sported a bumper sticker, John 8:44 would be an easy candidate, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire”. Judeo Christians simply do not comprehend the significance of this passage until they admit modern Jewry is NOT God’s chosen race. It is extremely difficult to explain the prophetic identity of True Israel to evangelical Christians without first proving the false identity of modern Jewry, i.e., that today’s Jews are not of Judah but ‘belong to their Father, the Devil’. Indeed, even in our own movement, the biblical exegesis of John 8:44 has produced acrimonious debate, resulting in camps split between ‘one’ and ‘dual-seedline’ doctrines. Nonetheless, in the course of this debate, scriptural basics which both arguments rely upon have been sadly missed and, perhaps, intentionally overlooked. Yet, if we understand these Bible essentials, we can begin to bridge alleged differences and unite on what’s really important.

What is a bible essential? If we are going to call ourselves ‘Christian’, our main bible essential must be Jesus Christ? I think we’d be a laughing-stalk (or, worst, false teachers) if it were otherwise. No one can approach the Father except by Christ. Likewise, neither can we entertain questions of the Kingdom until we understand the name of Christ. When Christ gathered His lost sheep, he wanted his sheep to remain wary and separate from false teachers and doctrines. Therefore, we should examine ourselves and be certain we do not falsely testify. The Bible instructs us to test the validity of a claim by what a testimony might say about Jesus.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come is sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matt 7:15-16)

“By Jesus let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Heb 13:15)

“I tell you no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed’, and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’, except by the Holy Spirit." (1 Cor 12:3)

“Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22)

“…do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you recognize the spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” (1 John 4:1-2)

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, they glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)

“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself? Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see” (Luke 24:38-39)

“Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will”…And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all” (Heb. 10:9,10)

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9)

Though not exhaustive, the above verses provide direction for our study. We should never allow our teachings to render Jesus Christ a mere afterthought following “seedline”. When this occurs, we are definitely ‘running ahead’ of ourselves, loosing touch with Christ and what, by necessity, should come first. We ought remember: seedline is no substitute for Christ’s birth, sacrifice, and resurrection. It is always the Father who is perfect and makes things possible--not genetics. Let’s review some bible fundamentals which both Dual and One Seedliners can’t deny, and proceed from there to explain how seedline doctrines may be reconciled without denying the supremacy and centrality of Jesus. Truth shall be known to the extent it returns, proclaims, and glorifies the work of Christ. Let’s not ‘run ahead’ with matters which, at best, are contingent upon the Work of our Lord.

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