Israeliteindeed’s Disgraceful Teachings, Now About Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

Friends,
Yesterday I wept. I wept because of Israeliteindeed’s disgraceful writings. Even though I have continually taught that people filled with the Spirit of God can, and sometimes do, turn off the path of Truth and entangle themselves in the world (its idolatry, immorality, and/or lies), even to the point of becoming so defiled and deluded that God destroys them (1 Cor. 3:16,17 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12 // Heb. 10:26-31 // 2 Peter 2:20-22 & 3:17), it is frightening to watch someone so endangering themselves and their listeners. (1 Tim. 4:16 & 6:20,21)

If I had not so enthusiastically endorsed Israeliteindeed’s blog in past years, I would ignore the posts she has written over the last year as I ignore most other blogs filled with false doctrines. However, I did endorse her and so now, since she continues to promote doctrines contrary to what God’s Word teaches, I feel obligated to make sure that all my readers are aware of this.

Since last June, Israelitindeed began writing posts defaming the nation of Israel. I attempted to reason with her, but she rejected my admonishments and instead went on in the same vein for the next ten months. With often untrue and inflammatory words and statements, she has diluted, twisted, and opposed the Truth repeatedly.

Yesterday Israeliteindeed posted against Memorial Day and those of us who use it as a day to think soberly and gratefully about all who have sacrificed their lives that others may be free. Here is something she says in her article:

There was a time when days like this gave me vaguely fuzzy feelings for reasons I did not fully understand. Somewhere, someone had “died for me,” and because they made theultimate sacrifice, I was now “free.” It sounded pretty amazing. Sentimental parallels have been drawn between these combat soldiers and Jesus. I now know that this is as appropriate as drawing sentimental parallels between Jesus and the antichrist.

It is unfortunate that Israeliteindeed, by italicizing the words “ultimate sacrifice” in her statement, seems to be denying the common meaning of the phrase, which is that any physical life given up unto death on behalf of another is considered an ultimate sacrifice and that such a thing does not necessarily have to do with purchasing another’s eternal salvation. It is also unfortunate that Israeliteindeed says she “knows” that any sentimental parallels between soldiers sacrificing their lives to uphold freedoms on this earth with that sacrifice which Christ bought for us is as inappropriate as drawing sentimental parallels between Jesus and the antichrist.

Jesus Himself made parallels. For example, in commanding us to love each other as He has loved us (John 15:12), He goes on to say, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (v. 13) The Lord gives no reason for such a sacrifice, but is instead emphasizing the fervent love which would compel such. Furthermore, when answering a question about how to inherit eternal life –that it is through love toward God and man (Luke 10:25-28)– Jesus goes on to give the parable of the good Samaritan, revealing that we are to sacrifice for anyone whose need God makes us aware of. These examples Christ related were earthly and between humans, but they are there not only to help us understand Christ-likeness, but to point us to the revelation concerning the love and sacrifice God made for mankind.

What are we to think about the numerous types and parallels given to us in the Old Testament that “served as copies and shadows of what was to come”? (See Heb. 8:5) It was God Himself who used the sanctuary, the consecrated bread, the gold-covered ark of the covenant, the law, the blood of animals for the reminder of sins, the priests, and all the other imitations (6:13-10:22) to foreshadow “the realities themselves.” (10:1) Truly, Scripture does not oppose people making parallels using Christ’s love and sacrifice (His commitment and concern for the humans He created) to try to remind others of the sacrifice one group of humans has made for another group of humans. Neither does Scripture refuse us the freedom to use the sacrifice of those who died defending earthly freedom to point to the One who died to ransom mankind from their loss of spiritual freedom. In spite of what Israeliteindeed believes, making such parallels is not inappropriate.

“But these examples are not explicitly about war or bloodshed,” someone may say. Yet we can compare such parallels with other verses and discern Christ’s doctrine. For He has told us, “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” (Mark 13:7) In Mt. 10:34-36 we see Jesus saying that He has not come to earth to bring peace but a sword and to turn even family members against one another. We cannot deny that this includes through war, for it is the Lamb (Jesus) who opens the seal that summons the rider who “was given a large sword” (Rev. 6:4) and who “was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.” (Same verse) And as we know from the whole counsel of Scripture, lack of peace is the consequence for the lack of truth, justice, and righteousness.

Let no one mistake what God’s Word says: The Lord Himself is a warrior (Ex. 15:3) and He will march out like a mighty warrior, raise the battle cry, and triumph over his enemies. (Isa. 42:13) And in that day when He gathers all nations against Jerusalem (Zech. 14:2), “the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.” (v. 3) As long as we live in this age when the evil realm is still trying to advance, there is an appropriate “time for war”. (Ec. 3:8) As Rom. 13:1-7 teaches us, governing authorities are God’s servants who bear the sword in order to squelch anarchy and to protect the welfare of the country’s citizens. So just as a hired policeman is required before God to wield the sword against law-breakers, so is a soldier required before God to protect the freedoms of the country he has been hired to protect. If anyone dies while carrying out his duties of protecting justice and the good of others, he should be considered a hero, and a day set aside each year to gratefully honor the bravery and sacrifice of such individuals is certainly appropriate. In spite of what Israeliteindeed teaches.

Israeliteindeed has written shamefully over the last year. While writing tenderly to, and about, a society that has, for decades, propagated hatred and terrorism, whose general citizenry hates the Lord, His Word, and His chosen race (so much so that they continually demand that every Jew be annihilated), she speaks untrue and harsh words against the Israelite nation that has every right to defend itself. This, plus how she so often speaks against the U.S.A., warrants the suggestion that she move to another country where she can learn, first hand, how many privileges citizens of America (and of Israel) have compared to the rest of the world’s countries. If she would move to North Korea or Iran or China or Saudi Arabia or Haiti or Nepal or Cambodia or Russia, or virtually any other country on the planet, she may then come to recognize how full of the world’s philosophies, pride, and ignorance her writings are, and how void of the Spirit of God.

May none of the rest of us ignore the warning of 1 Tim. 6:20,21: “Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.”

May everyone, this Memorial Day, think soberly about all who have died to purchase and uphold our freedoms, particularly the freedom to worship God and proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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