Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Gerald Flurry, pastor general of the Philadelphia Church of God, and his son Stephen Flurry, vice-president of the Philadelphia Church of God, are HYPOCRITES! Their own words condemn them, that they use against FOX 25 (regarding their special report on the PCG), when they turn right around and engage in the same character assassination, strong innuendo, half-truths, and yellow journalism at it worst, against me, David Ben-Ariel, their public enemy #1!
Why have hypocrites Gerald and Stephen Flurry targeted me?
1) Because I wrote Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall without their approval and exposed how they contradicted their own teachings about being enamored with "men of stature" - by demanding I must be a minister to write Beyond Babylon and
2) because I blast the failure of the PCG to get out the warning message to the entire world and become a household word, instead of squandering precious tithe monies in their own backyard, their local neighborhood, of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Gerald and Stephen Flurry, hypocrites, are leaders of a professing Christian organization and yet have no fear of God or shame in being bald-faced LIARS. Don't they know that liars will not inherit the Kingdom of God? As professing Christian ministers, don't they know that one of the top ten commandments is against bearing false witness? It's that serious! It is one thing to be mistaken, but another to continue the deception, as they've done.
I call upon Gerald and Stephen Flurry to REPENT of their lies and hypocrisy and lack of good stewardship, and wholeheartedly hope and pray they come to recognize my God-given constructive criticism of the Philadelphia Church of God and leaders isn't to be scorned, hated or despised, but appreciated and respected (Proverbs 27:6). As Paul questioned, "Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16).
Fox 25 Special Report on Philadelphia Church of God
Gerald Flurry's Outrageous Attack Against David Ben-Ariel
Is David Ben-Ariel a Terrorist?
The Temple Mount Faithful is not a terrorist organization!
Is Gerald Flurry a False Prophet?
Star Witness testifies against Gerald Flurry
Edward Abington, Jr.'s State Department letter
As believers, are we permitted to use and support the use of force? Or are we restricted to 'turning the other cheek'? more»
Onward Christian Soldiers!
Why did ancient Israel have an army? Was it because they didn't have faith? Did they believe in themselves instead of trusting God? Did they insist on fighting their own battles, rather than let God wage war for them?
Separation of Church and State? Says Who?
God calls upon our Israelite family of nations to RESTORE HIS LAW AND ORDER, and we'll receive blessing to the degree we love and obey and He will bless our NATIONAL EFFORTS that reflect national repentance, learning to go by God's Word as LAW, trusting in His wisdom, rather than leaning to our own understanding with all our different political parties of men.
God's One Government Has Two Branches!
The Sabbath-keeping Church of God (that remains faithful to the plain truth of the Bible that Herbert W. Armstrong taught) has heard a lot about government, but many seem to have forgotten that God's ONE government has TWO branches: Church (Priest) and State (King).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
However, too many professing Christians remain in denial that traditional Catholics and Protestants are spiritual drunks and whores (intoxicated by Catholic concoctions), drug addicts (under the heavy influence of Rome); traditional Christians and Catholics are spiritual practicing homosexuals, REPROBATES having a perverse spiritual preference for tradition over truth, for abominable baptized paganism, counterfeit Christian holidays they've accepted (following Constantine, not Jesus Christ), falling for accursed Rome's replacement theology that would replace the biblical Sabbath and holy days and dietary laws (we are commanded to keep) with their idolatrous traditions and unclean doctrines of demons.
Abominable traditional Christians, Protestants and Catholics speak out against bloody abortion and "homosexual marriage," and other grievous national sins (as they should - Matthew 23:23), but they remain willfully blind to their hypocrisy, failing to recognize the seriousness of their proud and stubborn religious sins, their whitewashed paganism, their heathen customs pretending to be Christian, woefully neglecting to call upon all to confess and FORSAKE BABYLON, not just Sodom.
It is necessary for all of us to get our house in order: "We The People" need to repent as individuals and as a nation (2 Chronicle 7:14), or the serious consequences for disobedience to our Great Creator God will leave our homes desolate and our land forsaken, an easy prey for the German-Assyrian eagle prepared to strike (Daniel 9:11).
British-Israelites and Jews in Grave Danger
Death to the American, British and Jewish Peoples?
Will Germany Launch a Nuclear Attack on America?
By Wyatt Ciesielka
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
America remains at the center of an economic and moral meltdown. As we have long warned, our moral meltdown will cause our economic meltdown, and without real repentance our sins will ultimately contribute to our prophesied destruction. Even well known “Wall-Street insiders” are now beginning to make this connection! When famous hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt spoke at the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit, his condemnation of a nation without a “moral compass” was scathing and largely accurate.
Mr. Steinhardt has business credibility. His investment firm has returned a stellar 24.5% after fees for almost three decades. But it was not his success that Mr. Steinhardt spoke of. Instead, he condemned “those whose deeds crippled the US economy,” and stated that “what we really needed a long time ago was a recognition that there were villains apace. The evils of the financial system should have been recognized long before this” (Reuters, December 10, 2008).
Mr. Steinhardt’s comments appropriately identified that “evil” does indeed have crippling consequences. And his speech seems even more relevant since the world has learned of Bernard Madoff’s alleged $50 billion investment fraud, now considered “the biggest financial fraud ever,” surely an example of the “evils” Mr. Steinhardt spoke of.
The Financial Times reports that although many of Madoff’s investors were uneasy, the money kept pouring in as people pursued a big return. One financial firm had even “explicitly warned its clients of the danger that his [Mr. Madoff’s] brokerage ‘could abscond with those assets,’ but still attracted $2.75 billion of investor capital” (December 22, 2008).
It is not a new lesson. It appears that many people were suspicious but chose to “look the other way,” pursuing (fleeting) riches over ethical principle.
And now, that money has evaporated along with the billions of other dollars of America’s wealth that continue to slip away through a collapsing stock market, failing companies and crashing home prices. In fact, as the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors reported, November’s home sales price drop was the largest ever recorded and was probably the worst decline since the Great Depression (CNNMoney.com, December 23, 2008).
Indeed, immorality has serious consequences. God is allowing the pride of our power to be broken (Leviticus 26:19), but as a people we continue to “love the world [and] the things of the world” without understanding that “the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17).
As a nation, the overwhelming majority rejects God’s commanded Sabbath and His biblical Holy Days. Many commit, or condone adultery, lie and murder and covet; millions of unborn babies are aborted each year; alcohol and drug abuse is a national disgrace and the popular trend seems to be “do what feels good instead of what God says is good.”
But are we without a “moral compass” as Mr. Steinhardt suggested? Emphatically, “No!” The Bible is our “moral compass” and God’s word is truth! And is there a Church that God has preserved that has long taught these truths, that submits to God’s law and His form of government, that powerfully preaches repentance of sin and that God will protect through the coming turbulent times (Luke 21:36, Revelation 12:14)? There certainly is!
It is time to stop being “dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11; Isaiah 6:10). It is time to notice what is happening around us and to believe and do what the Bible really says, because there is a great God and our sins are not hidden from Him! He knows our sins and our spiritual harlotry. Our national punishment is only beginning (Hosea 5:1-3)!
Please watch Mr. Roderick C. Meredith’s excellent Tomorrow’s World program, A New Government Is Coming!, and read his article Do You Really “Watch”? for more insight.
About the Gaza War (Women in Green)
Monday, December 29, 2008
- Ron Paul
WE ARE BROKE and have been for years! With Obama, that fraud and foreigner occupying the White House, a Black African Marxist, this isn't going to be BAD BUSINESS as usual, it's going to see the United States go from a first class country to a Third World nightmare, exploited by the German-EU (destined to deal us the death blow). The government will collapse, with our economy, and like a black hole, suck everything into it.
1) The United States should stop rewarding terrorism, promoting lying visions of peace, giving hard earned American dollars to our sworn enemies, the Nazi Muslims, and
2) The United States should stop filling the coffers of the treacherous and corrupt Israeli oligarchy that hates Jews of faith and Christian Zionists and sells out Israel to their German- Jesuit EU masters (whose jackboot will soon stomp Jerusalem and whose "peacekeeping troops" will soon occupy Israel).
3) We must end all aid to Israel, to Arabs and Jews, except for precious little monies earmarked for specific groups and accountable organizations that we trust will actually receive it and use it for its intended purposes, and that should be very limited since the American taxpayers don't want their hard earned tax dollars to be at work in foreign countries, but hard at work right here at HOME in the good old USA. How logical!
4) The government of the United States should stop being in the back pocket of globalists, should stop working for the Military Industrial Complex that works to keep the blood money flowing, the pot stirred (in Israel and other created hot spots around the world), and instead encourage our Jewish brethren (we are Joes, British-Israelite descendants of Joseph, specifically through his son Manasseh who was prophesied to become a single great nation) to follow what Meir Kahane wisely advised the nation years ago, to enforce peace through strength, defeat their sworn enemies and drive them out or destroy them, as necessary, and liberate the biblical territories now Arab-occupied and immediately annex them as should have been done in 1967.
5) The government of the United States must forcibly be reminded (throw out all those who disagree, refuse to reelect them), they are to be SERVANTS of the people, "We The People," not of the elitists, not of the globalists, not of the dysfunctional "family of nations," not of the accursed UN or black hole of Black Africa. Is that too much to ask? Is that too much to expect and demand?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
For the record: Some might misunderstand that just because I used the term "WE" in one of the FOX 25 segments on the Philadelphia Church of God (and I often employ it in articles about the Church of God), that somehow I am saying I'm a part of the PCG or whatever organization I'm writing or talking about at the time.
However, when I use the "Royal We," it is in reference to the collective Sabbath-keeping Church of God that agrees on the biblical basics, like the gospel of the Kingdom of God (the Kingdom of God-Beings to rule Earth from Jerusalem!), the seventh day Sabbath, the holy festivals and dietary laws, as well as gladly recognizing British-Israelites as Joseph.
Others might question how I can feel led by Christ against an organization they believe He also heads. I am led by Christ to expose error and encourage repentance: both in the Church and Nation. Didn't Christ head the Worldwide Church of God? Didn't He direct it? Does that mean the leaders must always follow His lead? Or in all things? If Christ truly led the PCG (and I believe He leads but Flurry doesn't always follow), they would agree what I say is biblical and stop wasting money in Edmond, Oklahoma. Tithes are not meant for a performing Arts Center! At least Mr. Armstrong had a special building fund that I used to gladly contribute to so we could pay off Ambassador Auditorium.
Didn't Yeshua say, "we Jews" when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well? Did that mean He agreed with everything the Jews believed or the Pharisees taught? Didn't Yeshua rebuke their errors, even as He rebukes the errors of the Church of God in different eras? How does He do that but through men? Didn't He head those churches He inspired constructive criticism of?
Did John the Baptist or Jesus, or Peter, James and John, as well as Paul, oppose the religious authorities' position or their idolatrous traditions and hypocrisy, decrying their proud and stubborn refusal to repent, while still considering themselves strictly Jewish? They continued to identify with the Jewish people and religion: Paul continued to refer to himself as a Pharisee spiritually (Acts 23:6), and Peter made racial reference to the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers..." and called the Jews "brothers" and stressed how salvation was to begin with Jews first (Acts 3:12, 17, 26).
I do offer constructive criticism of the PCG, and others, and I believe God has inspired Beyond Babylon. The PCG never said it contradicts Scripture but wouldn't give it a proper hearing due to politics at play. Beyond Babylon's biblical truths are inspired and inspiring, although it's not a "thus saith the Lord" book, as there is no book on Earth other than the Bible that can honestly claim that. Unlike Gerald Flurry, I've never claimed an angel gave it to me, as he strangely claimed about Malachi's Message.
By the grace of God, I know who I am and what I am doing, and it is in accordance with the Word and Will of God. Whether within individual lives or the lives of leaders of organizations, just because God directs doesn't mean folks will always follow in every aspect. I believe Flurry follows in some ways and fails to in other ways. That's why God raises up individuals throughout history to take His Work to task - whether it's the priesthood, the religious authorities or the Church of God leadership today. Nothing new under the sun.
40. To: eleveneleven (#37)
All of your postings are attempts to promote your book and your name.
Have you never read of "the sword of the LORD and of Gideon"? (Judges 7:18). I'm sure he had his detractors on the sidelines too, who refused to focus on the message, who miserably failed to see how some are a means to an end, and that we direct all attention to the plain truth we dare to share and glorify God: believe it or not.
The shepherd David's attitude was also harshly misjudged, and his motivation cruelly questioned, when he loved and obeyed his father who had sent him to take food to his brethren (1 Samuel 17:17-18, 28-29), but it didn't stop him from doing what he knew God had led him to do; and Yeshua was even falsely accused many times, but stood his holy ground and testified "wisdom is justified of her children", knowing some folks are just never happy with how God chooses to work and don't approve of the "credentials" of those who He sends (Luke 7:35).
I live in Cairns, Australia. I started reading your literature about one year ago. Although I didn't agree 100% with all you were saying , I agreed with the majority and was suitably impressed. I felt at the time , this is the sort of message God's church should be behind and it also came to my mind, this is sort of message the two witnesses of Rev. 11 would be proclaiming, or a least a big part of it.
... I first started listening to HWA in the late 50's and have believed the basic church doctrines since that time...
I started checking through the web sites to try and find where Christ was working. That was when I came across your website, I read Beyond Babylon and downloaded most of the other literature you had...
I have never written to anyone in this manner before... I agree with you that the Two Witnesses need not necessarily be ministers and from where I'm standing you have pretty good qualifications for the job. I know God has already chosen and that they will be made know to the Church and the world soon...
The true Church is set apart by truth , old truth and new truth (we must continue to grow in grace and knowledge)...
Well, David, I hope you can understand what I am trying to say here. I have to consider the possibility I have been led by the Spirit to write to you . I hope it will have a positive outcome and that we will meet sometime in the near future.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I totally agree, it's funny that most Christians try to follow Christ and celebrate the wrong celebrations and the Jews celebrate the right days and don't follow Christ as they should. I think we should celebrate the feast days, Passover and such. The Bible doesn't say anything about celebrating his birth, but his resurrection, which we don't even do that right, that's all pagan too, the word Easter is Latin for Ishtar, the goddess of heaven. Even the day of the 25th is pagan in nature being the pagan day of worship of the birth of the sun god being the shortest day. Let me know what you think.
Jon, I agree!
The Plain Truth About Easter
There is no Santa and Christ was NEVER in Christmas!
Jews to Receive Jesus as Israel's King!
An enormous controversy has predictably arisen following Breyten Breytenbach's letter to Nelson Mandela. The letter in question is a rambling, incoherent piece of writing, proving once and for all that Breytenbach has finally lost the plot.
It rambles from a hagiography and ode to Breyten's demi-god, Mandela, interspersed with bitter complaints about crime, but then in almost the same breath expresses sympathy for the perpetrators of violent crime, such as the poor, "thin like praying mantises" (sic) savages of between 9 and 15 years old who stoned to death a girl aged 11, ostensibly because she was HIV+. One wonders why Breytenbach doesn't have the same sympathy for the Skierlik shooter, Johan Nel?
Breytenbach clearly views Mandela as a demi-god, a kind of elderly holy man, who can do no wrong and who, according to Breytenbach, almost single-handedly halted a possible revolution. The former is of course complete hogwash; the monumentally incompetent Mkhonto we Sizwe, the ANC's so-called military wing (primary targets: defenseless civilians) couldn't defeat a girls' soccer team, let alone liberate one square inch of South African territory when faced with the then mightiest army on the continent.
Breytenbach idolizes Mandela as a victim of circumstances and of nefarious businessmen who are exploiting his name, as well as corrupt, criminal politicians who, according to Breytenbach, are destroying Mandela's legacy.
What seems to be totally lost on the seemingly increasingly befuddled Breytenbach is that Mandela, far from being a Gandhi-like figure who eschewed violence, was in fact a violent revolutionary who planned a Communist-inspired revolution in South Africa. This is in fact why he was jailed on Robben Island. Far from being Buddha, Mandela continued preaching violence even after his release from prison. Read here how Mandela and Mbeki seemed to approve of the chant "Kill the Boer" at a funeral, and view this video to see and hear Mandela chanting violent anti-white hate songs.
Far from being a saint, Breytenbach's demi-god, Mandela, is one of those directly and personally responsible for the increasing crime, mayhem and violence in South Africa. Far from being out of control and disloyal to Mandela, the ANC regime, one of the most corrupt kleptocracies on earth, is a monster in whose creation Mandela played a pivotal role.
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Friday, December 26, 2008
Re: There is no Santa!
Dec 26, 2008
Who exactly are you to be telling other people how to worship?
Who exactly are you to tell me what to post? For the record, I'm a Bible believer who dares to share the plain truth of the Bible and history. Obviously it disturbs you. Remain in denial, if you please, but thankfully others will let the truth set them free. It's their choice to make, not yours.
You tried that with the Israelis, and where did it get you?
Yes, the Bolsheviks appreciate truth apparently as much as you do. The Hellenists even fiendishly work for their enemies and make areas of the Jewish homeland Judenrein and expel innocent Jewish men, women and children from their homes to please Hamas and the Germans and Jesuits. Not to mention murdering Yitzhak Rabin and blaming it on the right. Strange, isn't it? They expel Jews and not Arabs who are sworn enemies.
Never fear, the King of the Jews, Israel's King will return and save Israel from the lying peace process and from the German-Jesuits whose occupation and disaster they invited. This GOOD NEWS must reach the cities of Judah and will, so help me God.
...about how you've got the inside track and first class tickets on the train to heaven.
You're silly! If you knew the Bible, or anything about Yeshua, you would know "the meek shall inherit the Earth" and that I teach the plain truth of the Bible, which those in the noble spirit of the Bereans recognize and appreciate.
Congratulations to The Atlantic Times on its first-anniversary issue!
As reported by "This week in Germany," the English-language paper was launched "to stop the drifting apart of Europe and America, and especially Germany and America … and to build on common ground while learning to live with our differences," said the paper's executive editor, the renowned journalist Theo Sommer...the paper has featured scores of articles by prominent leaders and experienced journalists from both sides of the Atlantic..."Our basic message, in print and online, has been, and will be: We are still friends, and we must remain friends," said Sommer. "So let us not confront each other with swollen necks, but let us reason together."
Noble aims that are praiseworthy indeed! Mr. Theo Sommer is definitely to be commended for his efforts. However, based upon the stark testimony of the two witnesses of history and the Bible, Germany and the United States are going to continue to have some very serious disagreements that will ultimately destroy our friendship, alienate our countries and find Germany leading the European Union in a blitzkrieg nuclear attack against the United States!
Before that horrifying "Time of Jacob's Trouble," "the Great Tribulation," the British-Israelites will trust the Assyrian-Germans with their security! Our Anglo-Saxon-Celtic fools will increasingly rely on blind alliances with Germany and Europe that will be broken to pieces like so much shattered crystal!
Ephraim (Anglo-Saxons) also is like a silly dove, without sense— They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria (Germany).
Herbert W. Armstrong, chancellor of Ambassador College and founder of the Worldwide Church of God and editor-in-chief of The Plain Truth magazine and broadcaster of The World Tomorrow radio and television program, warned the world for years that a European combine, driven by Germany, would thresh the nations. He dared to make such bold proclamations when Germany was in rubble after WWII and divided.
Germany is destined to lead the European Union against the American, British and Jewish peoples, a divine instrument to punish us for our intolerable sins that rise up against Heaven (not that they're without sin):
5 Woe to Assyria (Germany), the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
6 I will send him against an ungodly nation (the Anglo-Saxon-Celtics and Jews),
And against the people of My wrath
I will give him charge,
To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 Yet he does not mean so,
Nor does his heart think so;
But it is in his heart to destroy,
And cut off not a few nations.
It is not in Germany's mind today, or its present peaceful people, to wage war against us, but that will all change overnight, after a head-on collision with the Islamic leader of a confederation of Muslim states, their mahdi, whetting Europe's appetite for more blood and morphing the EU into THE BEAST. They will destroy all Muslim opposition with a vengeance.
Whereas most Germans are not aware of vile intentions of influential Germans under Jesuit influence to revive the unholy Roman Empire of the German Nation, the Fourth Reich, to embark on a new crusade into the Middle East, Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall bares their grand design before the world: the German-Assyrians will strike again!
The Atlantic Times, regardless of whether or not they believe any of this prophetic scenario possible, owes it to their readers to address this issue that is most serious to a growing number of Bible-believing Christians and many Jews. Can we trust them to deliver?
Re: davidbenariel-YOUR RELIGION IS RACIST!
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Kenneth Kaunda, we were told was not a Zambian. If you go to Uganda, Yoweri Museveni is believed by some to be Rwandese. Idi Amin was alleged to be Sudanese.
Jomo Kenyatta also has some issues. Ugandan's, those from Bunyoro believe him to be Ugandan. He's daddy is supposed to be Omukama Kabalega - a Bunyoro King who is alleged to have met Jomo's mummy when the British were taking him to exile - I think in the Seychelles. Few Kenyans will believe that, but if you have a book called 1000 years of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, there is a similarity between Kenyatta and Kabalega few will deny.
John Okello who toppled the Sultan of Zanzibar was Ugandan.
I could go on. Even Kabalega who ruled Bunyoro had non-Bantu or Lwo Ancestry. The Kabaka of Uganda is said to have Lwo ancestry - a claim that was made by non-other than Museveni last year. Yet, he leads Buganda Kingdom.
What Museveni did not tell us that even his own Bahima - which he shares with Kagame was external to Ankole - just like the case of Buganda and Bunyoro.
I have head that the British Royal Family has German linkages.
Raila Odinga, though Luo is related to one Nabongo (King) Mumia of Wanga. And someone gave me a good reason to believe that Moi is also related to Mumia. Moi is from the Kalenjin ethnic group.
What is Ojo trying to say? I have a friend/colleague who has studied leadership and lineages to the extent that he makes predictions so that a few even imagine he is a prophet. You might need to know that he is not mupostori.
He taught me some rules, which though they sound silly, I am trying to digest. It is not what I have been taught in my Church or elsewhere. But in life at times you realise that what you think you know you actually don't. As a kid, I was the good psychologist who believed that dreams were a product of imagination and memory. Today, I see dreams so very differently - from the old fashioned way of Joseph and Daniel.
My friend, a veterinarian, tells me, that:
1*Leadership follows certain lineages
2*Leadership is a like a birthright, you can actually buy it from someone who has it
3*People do not usually govern themselves. Some blood that is external will usually come to rule you
4*Although we now use elections instead of royal families, leadership is like a railway line - you will still end up electing the same person - who has the birthright.
Might his rule number 3 - which he so brilliantly illustrates have something to do with Obama? Might his rule number 1 explain why the Eritrean and Ethiopian presidents are cousins, just like the Ugandan and Rwandese presidents share the same clan. Which is also supposedly the maternal clan of the Congolese President Kabila?
I am not in any way suggesting that he shouldn't be. In fact, as you see, God would like to teach the BenAriels of this world a few lessons. They wonder. An immigrant president, not from Israel or Japan or Britain, but Africa! With time, I believe, they like most of us will only begin to understand what is happening. Don't be in a rush, observe!
A Mountain Cannot be Shaken by the Wind
Your introductory remarks were interesting, and they seem to indicate that the reason why that fraud and foreigner Obama continues to disrespect the Constitution (and those who strive to uphold it by demanding proof of his citizenship) - it's no big deal! IT'S AN AFRICAN THING!
I know what's happening, as God's Word reveals it: any time a Gentile unnaturally rules over a White Israelite land, DISASTER LOOMS! Haven't you learned this lesson yet in raped Rhodesia, now Zimababwe ruins? And look at besieged South Africa going the same way to perdition!
White Israelites are under the curse for our idolatry and immorality, evident in Gentile tools aiding and abetting our self-destruction, reducing us to primitive conditions and a savage state of near extermination.
MILITANT MINORITIES have a dream: supremacy. They only clamor for "equality" as a stepping-stone for their real goal: replacing those in the positions of power with their own kind.
- The Curse of Jeremiah Wrights
This indicative email exchange explains what I'm talking about. It was between Daryle Lamont Jenkins, of One Peoples Project, and myself, David Ben-Ariel, author of Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall.
DBA: Sphinx Organization isn't Racist?
DLJ: You lost me here. Why was this sent to us?
DBA: Aren't you against hate, discrimination, racism?
DLJ: Yes, we are.
DBA: IF that's true, then why haven't you heard or done anything about the racist Sphinx Organization? Do you narrowly focus on people of white color's real or imagined hate, racism, discrimination and shamefully ignore it when they are the victim of hate, discrimination and racism? It appears that's the way it is with all the self-righteous groups "monitoring hate." I hope your group isn't hypocritical like others have proven themselves to be.
What do you say?
DLJ: Never heard of the Sphinx Organization, but you don't have a problem with us going after white racists, do you? Because with so many of them being ignored while racists of other colors immediately get routed and prevented from going further - along with those of the same color who aren't racist - we think it would not be wise to continue giving white racists a pass.
DBA: You've heard of them now. What will you do about it? Turn a blind eye because they're representative of "respectable" racism against white people? I sincerely hope not. Who said to give "white racists" a pass if they're doing something illegal and aren't just hounded by liberal dogs for exercising their freedoms of speech and religion? I'm opposed to blatant hypocrisy and DOUBLE STANDARDS those who "monitor hate" horrible exhibit. Racism isn't a one way street. Why pretend it is? Will you look into the racist Sphinx Organization?
DLJ: Well, here's the thing: If the Sphinx Organization isn't doing anything illegal and are just being hounded by conservative dogs for exercising their freedoms of speech and religion and we do nothing, will you be upset about that? Because the white racists we go after do more than that, and when they don't we leave them alone. You don't want us to change our policy, do you?
DBA: The racist Sphinx Organization is ILLEGALLY discriminating against children of white color and taking taxpayer's monies to fund their hate, their discrimination, their racism. Are you comfortable with that? It appears so, and I was hoping at least one group that smugly "monitors hate" would have the decency, the honesty, to condemn it as righteously as they would if it were a racist white organization. What are you going to do about the racist Sphinx Organization's illegal and racist practice of discrimination? Turn a blind eye? Do you have a conscience? Do you exercise double standards? HATE hurts everybody - including the children of white color who the racist Sphinx Organization practices discrimination against.
DLJ: Found something interesting: A guy posting by the name of "David Ben-Ariel" has a lot of hateful things on the Internet against Muslims. Not just those who engage in terrorism, but those who are good citizens who never engage in such things. There was one line I found that said "Muslims constantly use our freedoms and way of life against us to help advance their goal of an Islamic world. They are already all over YouTube and now they plan to invade Facebook to spread their propaganda." The same can be said of Christians, but I don't think Mr. Ben-Ariel would be anywhere as vitriolic. I hope you are not associated with that, because as you said HATE hurts everybody, and you would not want to be what you say the Sphinx Organization is about.
DBA: Apparently you not only fail to expose and condemn black racists and reverse discrimination, you're careless in what you read and attribute to folks. I didn't write that quote you falsely attribute to me about Muslims, but I do agree with it since it's true. Why do you hate truth? Won't you let it set you free? Unlike you and your ilk, I discriminate between what is good and evil, what is to be hated and what is to be loved, based upon the black and white of the Bible - not the replacement theology the Politically Correct Cult spews. It is good to hate evil, but it is evil for folks like you to hate that which is good and misrepresent it as evil.
I believe I'll post your hypocrisy for the whole world to see how typical "hate monitors" are with their glaring double standards and hate for white people.
DLJ: If you notice, I didn't attribute that quote to you. I specifically noted that it was something I found with presumably your name on it. Still, you defend it as being truth. So in other words, it is not hypocrisy you are fighting, but rather people who will get in your way whenever you want to promote your hatred. Feel free to post whatever it is I say. There's a lot of stuff on the website and on the forum that you might want to use as well. Just know that in the end yours is just a tactic used by so many of your ilk to attempt to get a pass for your garbage, and it has never worked.
By the way, have you ever been critical of those conservative commentators who have never gone after white racists when they are going after racists of color at the same time?
DBA: Are you a racist? Don't you go after black racists? Condemn black racism? Like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam? And why do you present the Black Panthers in a favorable light on your site?
DLJ: I am not a fan of the Black Panthers, especially not the guy in Philadelphia. You misread that. And Jeremiah Wright is not what real racists like Sean Hannity and other conservatives made him out to me. If he was this controversial in the past, he most certainly would have been blown out of the water years before Bill Clinton let him into his White House. The only thing that made him so was propaganda by people who wanted to win an election. Nation of Islam - well, maybe you should ask Robert Novak about that one. I will take issue with NOI's conservatism.
Nope. No black racist here. In fact if you actually bothered to look at the website, you would see that OPP does go after several African Americans. Southern Poverty Law Center does too. You are trying to justify your own hatred, so in truth the shame is all yours :).
DBA: So Daryle, will you check out the apparent racism and discrimination of the Sphinx Organization, and if not, why? If not, that is clearly a double standard and rank hypocrisy and I hope such isn't the case.
DLJ: I don't think you are too concerned with the racism, only that you're not be allowed to be racist yourself.
DBA: Even if that were true, it's totally irrelevant to the hate, discrimination and racism of the Sphinx Organization. Just as I sadly expected, you've FAILED to answer the question. It appears that gives me my answer and it's ugly.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Free speech, David Ben-Ariel, Christmas, New Year, and Iraq
One of the features highlighted by the current debate about free speech (cartoons et al) is that the principle allows people to say a lot of things that you may not agree with. And if you're uncomfortable about that, then I fear that the only advice I can offer is, Get used to it. Or, better yet, make use of the now-numerous opportunities to put forward your own two pennorth.
It is in that spirit that I offer a connection to a writer whose views I by no means share, but who illustrates rather nicely what can be done through the internet and by the use of such companies as PublishAmerica.
David Ben-Ariel is a 46-year-old with extremely strong views on religion, and he uses various blogs and books to express his views in forcible terms. You might start, for instance, by looking at his eponymous blog, David Ben-Ariel, on which he plugs his book Beyond Babylon. This is a book that you can read online if you wish. There are also links to countless other articles and blogs.
David also has a blog called Christmas is an Abomination. (I agree with that bit, by the way.) He provides considerable evidence to make the point (which was grumpily referred to here in 2004) that, whatever else it may be, 25 December is certainly not the day when Jesus Christ was born. David quotes a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon, preached on 24 December 1871, in which the Rev. declares that 'if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Savior was born, it is the 25th of December.'
Neither does the New Year celebration meet with David's approval. It is, he declares, a pagan abomination in which the Devil takes a delight. Wrong time of year entirely.I could go on. If you are puzzled by the war In Iraq and the mysteries of the Middle East, then David's links will prove useful, because without too much trouble you can find a book written by 18-year-old Ryan Mauro, Death to America -- the Unreported Battle of Iraq. In this book, the 'secret agendas of Europe, Russia, and all the world's powers' are explained by 'one of the nation's youngest geopolitical analysts.'Such is the power of ideas, which can now be made readily available for the enlightenment of all through the digital media at our disposal.
Good luck, kids.
Posted by Michael Allen at 8:58 AM
Toledo City Paper, December 7, 2005 by Aaron Shapiro
"Beyond Babylon: Europe’s Rise and Fall"
Author: David Ben-Ariel
David Ben-Ariel was born in Bowling Green and currently lives in Toledo. His focus is not local however, as he tends to divert his energies to writing about World War III and the coming nuclear holocaust. Ben-Ariel subscribes to the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong the founder of the Worldwide Church of God and as a result Ben Ariel uses his writings to warn of our impending doom.
The Washington Times
Inside the Beltway
By John McCaslin
American author David Ben-Ariel tells this column that he will soon release "Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall," describing the book as "staunchly pro-Israel/ American." As a result, he predicts, the book's subject matter "will become a national debate and an international controversy." Not surprising. Mr. Ben-Ariel of late has referred to the "mindless mantra that mesmerizes fools for peace at any price and rings hollow because the Jews are going again, slowly but surely, through the lying peace process of phased destruction." "The only ones (thank God for the precious few) who are making any fuss about it, dragging their heels rather than go like sheep to the slaughter, are roundly condemned by their own leaders and American administrations and worthless world opinion as 'enemies of peace,' 'obstacles to peace,' and other name brands because they don't want to 'rest in peace' but live and prosper."
I've only heard of this Church of God this year. Have you? You may be interested in the following I've taken from their website:
Who We Are
This section of the web site describes the fundamental beliefs on which the church is based. more...
Updated End Time News
Added the new article “What Does God Say About Clean And Unclean Meats?” to the Article pages of the site
Added a new request to the Prayer List page of the site
Added a new request to the Prayer List page of the site
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
There is no Santa and Christ was NEVER in Christmas!
Submitted by David Ben-Ariel
Mike, why are you repeating the mantra that amounts to whitewash for a pagan hollow day? Do you still believe in Santa too? Let's be honest with ourselves. Apparently those who pretend to care Yeshua was born, the King of the Jews (how ethnocentric), the King of Israel (how racist!), prefer the helpless "baby Jesus" or "crucified Christ" rather than the outspoken and forceful Rabbi who overturns the tables of those who exploit religion for profit and who condemned traditions that contradict the commandments of God and who said He upheld the Law and the Prophets (even making them more binding by including their spirit or intent or attitude - not just the letter of the law) - the same Law and Prophets that condemn the vain attempts to modify pagan holidays to worship the true God.
If folks truly loved God and were appreciative of His Son, grateful for His life and example, they would accept the gracious gifts of the biblical Sabbath and festivals that portray God's plan of salvation for ALL mankind. After all, Yeshua, the disciples, the apostles, and the early Church of God faithfully observed and celebrated them with God's blessing. Every one of them reflect aspects of Christ. Instead folks have exchanged the gifts God has given mankind (through Israel), for cheap counterfeits, baptized paganism, whitewashed holidays, as misled to do by Romanizers pimping their accursed replacement theology.
Besides, what's "merry" about what God condemns? Don't you believe the Bible that whitewashed pagan hollow days are abominations? Aren't you a Bible-believing Christian? National captivity won't seem too merry. Merry national captivity? Merry catastrophe? Think again and have the change of heart God calls upon our nation to experience or suffer the serious consequences!
And for the record, I used to love Christmas and enjoy it with family and friends, because I didn't know better. Once I discovered the truth, that God condemns and hates modified pagan holidays as ABOMINATIONS, I forsook Babylon and quit keeping the unclean holidays, trusting Father knows best (Isa. 55:7-9).
Even if some sincerely mean to glorify and worship God and Christ on Christmas, they're sincerely wrong and their worship REJECTED - according to the Bible. Once God brings this light, this truth, to our attention, we're responsible to let it set us free from religious error and popular sin, not revert to traditional darkness.
And were you aware that our Puritan forefathers outlawed Christmas, and that it was also outlawed in England for awhile too? They recognized Roman Catholicism and its holidays aren't Christian, regardless of how some keep trying to force Christ into something He wants no part of and was never involved with! That's the plain truth.
We need more Black firemen...
Submitted by David Ben-Ariel on Wed, 2008-12-24 14:34.
Reminds me of the incident several years ago, perhaps I can find it (from The Blade, not one of my great blogs some are bigoted against), where various Blacks were agitating we "need" more Black firemen.
When the fire department attempted to recruit more Blacks, they confessed few were interested, others failed the drug tests, the background checks, and even with the unfair practice of ADDING POINTS to their test scores because they're Black (going by color of skin, not content of character or qualifications!) they weren't making the grade!
The Sphinx Organization's discriminatory practice against children of white color, is very racist in its assumptions that all white children have rich parents, that all white families listen to classical music, etc.
END THE DISCRIMINATION! Let the racist Sphinx Organization stop receiving taxpayers' hard earned money to fund their programs, especially when most of that money comes from white people who are being forced to support discrimination against white people! Where are the masses of black ministers (white ones are too cowardly to speak out, fearful of the PC fascists branding them "racists") to condemn this hate? this discrimination? this racism that they say black folks have suffered from ,and should understand how even just a "little" racism, discrimination, hate, goes a long way.
Let the racist Sphinx Organization favor Blacks and Hispanics, if they please, but stop doing it with taxpayers' money and pretending they're promoting "diversity" when they're purposely excluding children of white color! Hypocrites!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sphinx Organization isn't Racist?
How I wish to God it was merely a misconception on my part that children of [White] color are being discriminated against by the Sphinx Organization’s exclusive programs for Black and Latinos! Why do I remain unconvinced? Consider the following, review the evidence, and come to your own conclusions and act accordingly:
Re: Heil Obama!
Behold the mindless masses who blindly worship and adore their Marxist Messiah! Their NIMROD saviour from reason and sanity and personal responsibility.
"Let the White Man's Burden be doubled or tripled," they pray to their god of darkness whose shadow covers the land.
Cry, the beloved country!
Obama in the Flesh
If Obama's the Messiah...
Black Day in America: Obama Wins, America Loses
Obama is illegitimate!
There are a great many people who don't think Obama will do anything but make things worse. I am making connections between those people who have their eyes open, in the hopes of working directly to make things better. There are many things that can be done to make our own lives better, and reduce or try to avert the coming problems. If you would be interested in talking more, let me know. There are many viable solutions if people work together. Either way, be well and good luck.
Albany, New York
Less than half of average rainfall so far this winter; officials expect severe water restrictions come spring more»
It was during a time of terrible drought that the Almighty sent the prophet Ahab to that troublemaker, Ahab.
Soon one in the spirit and power of Elijah (who is dead and buried) will confront the Ahab of Europe and the Jezebel of the Vatican.
The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11
Will the Church of God Welcome the Two Witnesses?
Two Witnesses to Testify in Jerusalem Against Europe
How ignorant can that fraud and foreigner be?
Abraham Lincoln was a White Supremacist
"I will say, then, that I AM NOT NOR HAVE EVER BEEN in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the black and white races---that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the White and black races which will ever FORBID the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race."- Abraham Lincoln
23. To: 22rifle (#15)
AIDS from his fudgepacking activities
You wouldn't even know my former name was David Hoover (it's not like it's some dark, dirty secret to mature minds!) if I hadn't written about it in God-given Names and From Toledo to Jerusalem. Do try to get out more often so that those who legally change their names aren't such a shock to your system.
You also wouldn't know I have AIDS if I didn't write about it, but you reveal the difference between night and day: those who learn from information (and are the better for it) and those who abuse what they've been told and turn around and act hateful (that I make reference to within Scarlet Letter: A Christian With AIDS).
Your woeful/willful ignorance is appalling. In your dark mind, you must imagine everybody with HIV or AIDS has the disease due to "fudgepacking activities." You also expose how stereotypical you are about homosexuals. Do all heterosexuals have the same sexual preferences? You need to read and glean from God and the Gays so you can quit embarrassing yourself.
Monday, December 22, 2008
As a realist, I'm as "racist" as the Bible teaches us to be
Submitted by David Ben-Ariel on Mon, 2008-12-22.
1. David Ben-Ariel calls for racial segregation and for blacks to return to Africa
Is that racist? If it's racist, is it wrong? If it's wrong, says who and why? Didn't president-elect Obama faithfully attend an Afro-centric church that believes the same, as well as Louis Farrakhan and many other black brothers? (Even though they apparently don't like to practice what they preach).
2. David Ben-Ariel claims Africa is a "chocolate continent" created by God where blacks belong
That comment was based upon New Orlean Mayor Nagin's comment about his city being a "Chocolate City." Was that racist too? Oh my! Where's your outcry? Do you exercise double standards? Are you racist against whites to prove how you're not racist to non-whites?
3.David Ben-Ariel claims races and nations need to be relocated within boundaries God has set.
The ethnocentric Bible teaches that, so if that's racist - I'm glad to be as racist as God! No apologies there, no sirree...
4. David Ben-Ariel claims blacks and other "militant minorities" belong under benevolent white Israelite rule..
Only in our White Israelite nations. Haven't they proved it's necessary? Are you in denial of this plain truth? It's unnatural for blacks to rule in White Israelite inheritances, whether it's South Africa (going to hell in a handbasket) or raped Rhodesia now Zimbabwe ruins or Obama, that fraud and foreigner, about to occupy the White House. Think about it and be honest with yourself.
Furthermore, have you visited South Africa or "Zimbabwe?" I was blessed to visit South Africa and "Zimbabwe" before the ANC rot began to set in and the famine struck occupied Rhodesia (due to racist theft of farms from the whites who worked them and produced food), spending three of my seven weeks in Africa with colored friends in Cape Town.
I would like to let you know, I have read some of your articles and posting...
I have enjoyed you sharing your experiences & views.
Thanks Lou, that's great to know. More on the way!
I don't believe I've written before. I've just ordered your book Beyond Babylon.
I have been fortunate enough to read some of your material on line (I originally googled Philadelphia Church of God, and your name came up via google alerts).
I believe you are the modern Herbert W. Armstrong.
God bless you in all your work.
Port Chester, New York
Thank you Mike for your life-giving encouragement and support!
Re: The Mormon Book of the Dead
You're some stupid "White" person who doesn't know what crap of culture you come from. Being Native American, LDs & Lamanite I know where I come from and where I'm going. Stupid white people like you haven't a clue what religion or culture is.
Salt Lake City, Utah
I am a Native American since I was born here, of the tribes of Joseph and Judah. You sound insanely jealous and hateful toward legitimate Israelites. God help you to get over it.
Reflections on Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Re: Will Germany Launch a Nuclear Attack on America?
how lame to use such a misleading headline and act like youre doing it in the name of god.
obviously germany is not going to launch a nuclear attack on america. you seem to be so arrogant, you probably think "america" means the United States.
prayers are appreciated, huh? well i pray that you spare people of having to view more ads like this in public forums
You're either willfully or woefully ignorant of the Bible and history, and your rash judgment harms you. You need to read and heed Beyond Babylon or suffer the consequences.
Re: Will Germany Launch a Nuclear Attack on America?
Ignorance is bliss. Let's keep Germany ignorant of your existence, shall we?
Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to national security and international affairs, which is why Beyond Babylon warns the world. Germany wants to keep folks in the dark, but I'm bringing it all to light. Expect Beyond Babylon to become a household word in Germany. It is destined to become a national debate and an international controversy.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Living Church of God: Commentary
Commentary: Zimbabwe's nightmare ... a lesson for us
It is too easy to be overwhelmed by the statistics and not consider the agony. It is too easy to dismiss the headlines as something happening "far away." But today, men, women and children just like you are suffering and dying in Zimbabwe in a hopeless, hellish nightmare. Click here to read more.
I read more and was disappointed, grieved, to see how horribly shallow the article was with this bottom line paragraph:
Zimbabwe’s nightmare is a lesson for us. It is a lesson in compassion, and underscores the urgent need for Christ to return. This is why we pray earnestly that “Thy Kingdom come” (Luke 11:2). But, Zimbabwe is also a picture of our future. Disaster has overtaken Zimbabwe. Do we think we are immune?
What a nightmare that the Living Church of God, who are supposed to be Children of Light, would keep folks in the dark about the real lessons we are to learn from raped Rhodesia, and why disaster has overtaken Zimbabwe (and soon the United States) - White Israelites have lost their God-given country to Gentiles and need to repent to receive national forgiveness and restoration.
Why does the Living Church of God contribute to this famine of information when they have plenty to share to help relieve it? It is cruel to withhold this vital knowledge! Why does the Living Church of God fail to share the plain truth that could set folks free? Where is the compassion in that?
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Re: "Doggerel #89: "I'm Going to Show You... In My Book..."
Beyond Babylon decries the idolatry and immorality, physically and spiritually, of the British-Israelites and Jews - and yes, British-Israelites includes Aussies and Kiwis too! - and compares it to a form of spiritual AIDS, our countries' weakened immune system, our defenses down, inviting attack. (As an aside, I have AIDS now)./
Before Publish America published Beyond Babylon, my friend Carl Brown (fellow Bible believer) and I did everything ourselves from my typing and writing, copying the pages at Kinkos, cutting them, ordering nice covers and then putting it all together, time consuming and expensive, a hard labor of love, which, including postage, brought it to around $6-$7 per book to mail (if I remember correctly and more when mailed overseas), which we did freely to many, as funds were available and donations offered (thank you, to those who blessed us with financial and prayerful assistance), making the most of what we had, doing our best to get the Word out, trusting if we're faithful with the little we had, in God's good time He would increasingly bless us with more and helpers, co-workers.
Before that I simply printed out and mailed out the pages of Beyond Babylon, then someone suggested making it available online when I didn't have a clue about the Internet, but found out quickly and spent around $150 a month using AOL, Prodigy, CompuServe and others, always moving forward, expanding my horizons, reaching out in every way possible, slowly but surely, but never giving up.
Publish America was the first to say yes to BB. Of course I would prefer some big name publisher, with great royalties and advance payment, great publicity and such, but God usually doesn't work that way, does He? After all His Son was born in a barn, in a manger, not the Marriott or Hilton or Sheraton, and Herbert W. Armstrong taught that what God does always starts small and seemingly insignificant.
Excerpt from Is All Animal Flesh Good Food? by Herbert W. Armstrong:
Paul's letter to the saints at Rome is often quoted as supposed proof that any kind of flesh food is good to eat. But is this what Paul really taught?
Turn to the beginning of the 14th chapter of Romans. Notice what the apostle is writing: "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye"--don't dispute with him and sit in judgment on him because of his weak understanding of the faith, Paul continues. "For one believeth that he may eat all things, another who is weak, eateth herbs [vegetables only]" (Romans 14:1-2).
Of whom is Paul writing? Of those who were vegetarians, as well as those who believed in eating both flesh foods and vegetables.
Paul was confronted with the same problem that we encounter today in carrying the Gospel to the world. You would be surprised at the number of people who do not eat meat or even any animal products--milk, butter, cheese, eggs. Some have meatless days or days on which they will eat fish only. These are all people who, because they are weak in the faith, abstain from those clean meats which God originally sanctified or set apart in His Word for man's physical nourishment.
The question confronting Paul was not that Christians at Rome contended that all unclean animals had now been cleansed by God--the common false assumption of today--but the real issue, according to verse two, was over the vegetarian belief held by some that no meats whatsoever should be eaten.
Paul was straightening out the brethren on this matter, telling them that none of those clean meats which had been created by God to be received with thanksgiving should be refused. He pointed out to them, however, that it would be wrong for the vegetarians to eat meat if they had doubts about it, thereby defiling their weak consciences. For he wrote, "...Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:22-23).
We must follow what God has revealed to us to be right according to the Word of God. This does not mean that our consciences always tell us what is right--not at all. We have to continually study to learn what is right and wrong. But God thinks more highly of a vegetarian who might sincerely and conscientiously deny himself the clean meats, because he does not know the full truth, than He does a person who would do the right thing according to the letter, but who really believes in his heart that he is doing wrong.
So "to him"--the vegetarian--"that esteemeth anything to be common, to "him"--the vegetarian--"it is common." That is, it seems so to him. But it is not common in fact, nor to us, for we know that all clean meats are good for food. That is why Paul wrote: "I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing common of itself" (Rom. 14:14).
Notice that in this verse Paul used, according to the margin of the King James Version, the Greek word for "common," not the Greek word for "unclean." Why?
"Common" Does Not Mean "Unclean"
Many have carelessly assumed that Paul is writing about unclean meats in this 14th chapter of Romans. He is not! He is writing about the difference between vegetarians who regard that clean meats are common, and those who know that clean meats are of themselves not common.
In the Greek there are two different words used which are often carelessly translated "unclean" or "common." Notice that in Acts 10:14 both of these words are used. The Bible does not repeat itself foolishly. Therefore these two words mean entirely different things.
The Greek word for "unclean" is akarthatos. It means "unclean and impure by nature." The Greek word for "common" is koinos, which means "polluted through external misuse." (See any of the Lexicons.)
Paul used the Greek word for "common" throughout Romans 14:14. He did not use the Greek word for "unclean." In other words, Paul knew that no clean foods which God has sanctified are by nature polluted, but vegetarians who were weak in the faith--weak in understanding God's Word--thought meats should not be eaten. To such a vegetarian--"to him," not to others--that meat seemed to be polluted. His conscience defiled the meat for him; he would become upset if he were to eat meat. But that does not make the meat polluted in fact or for everybody else.
Notice Paul's conclusion: "For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure"--that is, all things that God sanctified and gave us to eat are clean --but it is evil for that man who eateth with offense. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth..." (verses 20 and 21).
Paul is not recommending eating unclean meats! Quite the opposite. He is recommending not eating any meat at all in the presence of a vegetarian brother if he is offended!
When Is "Clean" Meat "Common"?
The only circumstance in which clean meats are ever common or polluted is when the clean animals have died of themselves or when the blood has not been properly drained. That is why the apostles and elders who gathered at Jerusalem forbade the use of meat from strangled animals and meat with the blood in it (Acts 15:20). This is New Testament teaching for today!
Such animal flesh was called "common" because it could be given to strangers or aliens in Old Testament times if those people wanted to eat it. They were the common and polluted people--the Gentiles--not the chosen and clean people, Israel (Deut. 14:21).
In New Testament times, clean meat offered to idols was prohibited if it had been polluted by strangulation or if the blood were remaining in it. Otherwise the meat was permitted to be eaten if it did not offend anyone.
Paul devoted the entire 8th and 10th chapters of I Corinthians to instructions on not raising the question of meats offered to idols. "But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake" (I Cor. 10:28). In other words, if clean meats offered to idols were not polluted, you could eat of them unless it offended someone. Under those circumstances the meat became common, not to you, but to the other person who raised the question about idols. Notice:
"Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other" (verse 29).
That is why Paul said in Romans, "But to him that esteemeth any thing to be common [margin], to him it is common" (Rom. 14:14). ..
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