Continued from Part 1; Chacteristics of the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement
5) Stresses Judaism and Hebrew culture and beliefs, even if they go against proper context of the scripture
Here is one of the slickest tricks of this movement. Judaism and their correlating practices are very strict, adherent to the law. They not only practice the law but push others to celebrate the celebrating of holy days and feasts. They use the excuse that what are known as holidays in this country were set in place by the Roman Catholic order to replace the ‘holy days,’ including the Feast of Tabernacles, the Passover, the Feast of Trumpets and Unleavened Bread.
They also cite the inconsistencies, the corruption, the deception and the gross error of the institutional ‘christian’ church as yet another reason why one should celebrate holy days and feasts…and not the holidays of modern-day.
And even though they are very adherent to the feast schedule of their Hebrew calendar (they don’t recognize the modern-day Gregorian calendar year with 12 months and so on), one can still see the corruption, the deception, the hatred and the error in the BHI movement.
I have known some BHI believers that have gone as far as to say it is sinful not to celebrate or recognize holy days, which goes in direct contradiction of the scripture that says:
One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.
Which leads me to the next characteristic of BHIers…
6) BHIers tend to have strict dietary laws, and pushes their strict dietary laws onto others.
It is funny that BHIers push celebrating feasts, which is modernly known as a buffet-style type of event where one can eat to their heart’s content, but will simultaneously push a doctrine that strictly prohibits one dietary intake, based upon the strict dietary laws of Judiasm. They don’t believe in eating pork, or any shellfish or fish that feeds on fish that feed off of the groundfloor of any body of water, including shrimps, crabs and lobsters. They view these and other things as ‘unclean.’
Many BHIers are strict vegans, while others are at best moderate vegans, who splurge every now and then to some form of meat or protein.
When you are around a BHIer, and you are eating pork, or any other thing they deem as unclean, they will rebuke you. Or they will try to teach you, sometimes while sitting right at the table while you are trying to enjoy a meal! They will try to teach you how what you are eating is wrong, its unclean and how you should change your eating habits.
Now, on the surface, this sounds innocent enough, even health-conscious.
But let’s go to the scripture, and not rely on what modern-day culture has to say about this.
Above Paul said if a mans eats, its unto the Lord. And if he doesn’t eat a thing, that is unto the Lord as well.
The Judaizers (much like the BHIers) would like to relegate that the Kingdom of God boils down to what one eats or drinks, and this simply is NOT true.
In verse 17, it states:
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
BHIers would make one think that partaking of certain foods is sin…when the Word says:
For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offence.
BHIers are stuck in the levitical order, and in Judaism, that entraps people in a whole bunch of rules and regulations and still judge after the flesh. They judge after human flesh, animal flesh, fish ‘flesh,’ etc., and therefore cannot accept or receive the fact that the levitical order is DEAD, OUT OF ORDER, done away with. Everything that was instituted within that levitical order is no longer necessary in the KINGDOM OF GOD.
As a matter of fact, according to scripture, it is a doctrine of devils to push dietary laws and lifestyles on people with claims that by somehow restricting your diet will somehow bring you closer to God.
1 Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and KNOW the truth.
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Now am I saying all who are practicing vegetarians are practicing a doctrine of devils? Of course not.
What I am saying is that if you PUSH this as a doctrine, if you make claims that by restricting one’s diet that that somehow gives you a closer connection to God, or power with God, then you may be embracing/teaching a doctrine of devils!
If you choose to live that way, I say do YOU. Just don’t push it on others. All that God made IS good..not WAS good. The Word says to refuse NOTHING, as long you it is received with THANKSGIVING. That’s SCRIPTURE!
Whatever perceived ‘uncleanness’ in the food -according to the WORD-is set apart, taken away, by PRAYER and THANKSGIVING.
Our grandparents and great grandparents didn’t have access to the healthiest of foods, organic foods, or lived a vegetarian lifestyle. Yet they outlived us. Many cite it was because the lifestyle was not as stressful, but I vehemently disagree with that!
You wont convince me that living in slavery days and even post slavery, in an America that was violently racist, was NOT stressful!
A little history lesson, then I am moving on:
Blacks didn’t have access to the healthy stuff. We were given scraps, the leftovers from whatever the slaveowners and their families did not want on their tables. The chitterlings, the hammocks, the pigs feet.
This was during and post slavery.
Yet I still maintain blacks outlived us.
It wasnt because of their diets. It was because whatever they had to eat on their tables, they received it WITH THANKSGIVING!
They sanctified those ‘unclean’ meals with prayer.
THAT’S how I believe our ancestors outlived us. THATS how I believe our ancestors could live with 1000 times more stress than any of us today has ever had to deal with, yet they lived for many, many years.
But that’s another blog, for another day…
7) BHIers believe that the Black Hebrew is going to literally return to Israel before Jesus Christ of Nazareth returns.
BHIers believe that black people are the chosen ones, that blacks are direct descendents of the tribe of Judah, the Israelities.
The most popular celebrities to embrace this movement (much to their demise) was the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Back in 2003, on their own spiritual journey, Bobby and Whitney made the trek back to Israel. The media was not allowed to cover much of what went on there, but it is reported that Whitney was ‘re-baptized’ in the Jordan River by Black Hebrew Israelites. Houston reportedly made claims that going back to Israel-which she called her ‘home’-healed her then troubled marriage to Brown and restored her waiving faith in God, as well as helped her overcome her drug addiction (which she died of earlier this year).
With all due respects to Houston and her family, one can’t help but honestly look at all of this and conclude that that trek back to what was perceived as Houston’s ‘Hebraic roots’ did nothing to help her with her struggles.
Upon her death earlier this year, many BHIers in Israel mourned her death, viewing Houston as some sort of icon. They stated Houston believed her time in Israel was some sort of spiritual retreat.
As a matter of fact, it may have served to only hurt her…
This is what error does. It misleads and gives false hope.
When one does not know their GODLY heritage, they are forced to replace it with a lie. Which is a satanic heritage!
Many BHIers erroneously believe they are supposed to make a trek back to Israel….
8) BHIers replace names God with ‘Yahweh’ and Jesus Christ with ‘Yeshua’ in the Bible.
There is actually a bible that replaces every instance of God and Jesus with the Hebrew terms available to anyone who decides to follow the doctrine of the BHI. There has been much debate over this issue. And all I will say is this: it seems innocent enough that BHIers would want to use the terminology that is modernly translated as God and Jesus Christ. The problem lies in the fact that in doing so, they have unbeknownst to themselves replaced God for another god. A god that they can accept as their God and not one that they believe was forced upon them by ‘the white man’s religion.’
While on the surface, this seems like just an over-appreciation for one’s roots and heritage, underneath is something much more sinister and deceptive taking place.
The enemy knows that there is salvation in NO OTHER NAME, so he has forever been trying to blurry the name of our saviour in the ears of believers. He has made many to believe that the integrity and authenticity of the scriptures have been tainted so much so by what they call ‘the white man’s religion’ that now GOD needs man to keep up the integrity of HIS WORD.
God knows how to make sure that HIS WORD will NEVER PASS AWAY. GOD WILL MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF HIS NAME!
When man attempts to do this of his own strength and volition, it no longer is of faith that we are saved, but then of works.
I would beware of anyone who has hopped on the Yahweh/Yeshua train in the guise of being on a spiritual journey. Most are on this train really not knowing of its destination, or its origins.
They just recognize it as trendy. They see others embracing things, teachings, using certain cliches and terminologies, and never bother to question or research to find out why it is they believe what they believe or practice what they practice.
Some key points before I close:
***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT TARGETS MINORITY BELIEVERS (MOSTLY AFRICAN AMERICANS) WHO ARE DISGRUNTLED AND FED UP WITH THEIR LOCAL CHURCHES AND HAVE SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY ITSELF.******
***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT WILL ATTEMPT TO ISOLATE YOU FROM THE INTEGRITY OF THE SCRIPTURES AND EVEN OF FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF THE LAND***
***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF THE PAST 100 YEARS. THOSE WITHIN IT ARE MASTERS OF DISGUISE, OFTEN APPEARING TO BE PROPHETS***