Why I Am No Longer a Christian

Allow me to preface this by stating that I am a believer in Christ, I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and I know it because He has testified of that fact to me directly and personally, as scripture teaches He will do (Romans 8:16).

I have often stated that the reason I wrote the book “From Christian to Believer” was because everyone in America is a “Christian,” but there's a big difference between calling oneself a Christian and being a committed believer. My rejection of the label “Christian” actually goes much deeper than that, and it is something with which I now refuse to identify myself altogether.

As my journey into spiritual truth has progressed, I have learned about many of the counterfeits of Satan that are commonly embraced by mostly well-intentioned people who have been taught things that are just not true (as I had been for five decades). I have discovered that names are one of the chief avenues of the enemy's attack, and, with so many centuries having passed since the counterfeits were given their false names, most people have no idea just how ungodly those things they erroneously think identify them with the Creator and His Son actually are. They have been taught a counterfeit belief system that is a mixture of paganism and scripture, and have been so desensitized to the paganism, their feelings lead them to believe that what is evil is good.

We are told in scripture that there are power and salvation in the names of the Father and the Son, and yet, most in the church have no idea that their names are Yah and Yahoshua. They use fake names for them, and many don't even understand that the names that appear in most of their English translations of scripture never even existed when the scriptures were written. And yet, they falsely believe there is some sort of power in those fake names.

Because of their hatred of an entire group of people (Jews), the pagan Constantine and his Roman cohorts stripped the true faith of its foundations, and created a false religion (Christianity) that assembles on the day reserved for worship of the sun, and which calls itself the daughter of Baal, since “church” is actually derived from Circe, an ancient goddess who is the daughter of the sun god. The true believers are the ekklesia, or “called out assembly,” and that has no etymological relation to “church.”

But, why would I ever decide no longer to be a “Christian”? To understand, it is necessary to fully grasp the true meaning of the word. Just as the enemy has crafted counterfeits with false names like “church,” “Christmas,” and “Easter,” he has deceived countless millions into calling themselves adherents of a pagan religion—Christianity. The apostles and New Testament believers never called themselves “Christians,” as that was a term that was meant to cause shame. It was a term used by the world, not by believers.

Many today falsely believe that the term means “follower of Christ,” but it does not. The term, in its original usage, meant “little messiahs.” It was a mocking, ridiculing term that was first used by the world in Antioch (Acts 11:26), and Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4 that, even though believers were being derided with the shameful name “little messiahs,” they should count it an honor to be hated and mocked like Christ was. He equated being called a “Christian” with being called “murderer,” “thief,” “evildoer,” or “busybody.” This was certainly not a term the believers ever called themselves.

True believers who are indwelt by the Spirit are the bride, and the bride's name is Israel. Most in the “church” don't possess the spiritual understanding to see what is physical and what is spiritual. Thus, most don't even realize who Israel actually is. Yes, the physical nation of Israel has significance, as it is the foreshadow of the bride—a picture presented for Yah's children. But, Israel means “rules as God,” and that is what the bride will do in eternity, as the wife of the King of Heaven.

That is not an earthly, physical, attribute, as Paul tells us in Romans 2:29, but a spiritual one. The true Jew is one whose heart is circumcised by the Holy Spirit, and the true Jews are who make up the true Israel. The physical foreshadow is the earthly nation, the real spiritual substance is the bride—those who are indwelt by the New Covenant, who is the Spirit.

Some false teachers even peddle the heresy that there are two covenants—one for Gentiles and one for physical Jews—but, that is spiritual rubbish, as Paul tells us in Galatians 3:28 that, in Christ, there is neither [physical] Jew nor Gentile. The foreshadow is physical, but the real substance is spiritual.

So, since the term “Christian” was adopted by those who embraced the pagan religion that was codified in the fourth century by Constantine (Christianity), and is not a term that either the Father or the Son EVER use to describe Yah's children, I will do with it what the Spirit of Yah has led me to do with ALL of the counterfeit traditions of men—reject it.

Just as I am not a part of the “church,” I don't recognize the SUNday as Yah's weekly Sabbath, I don't participate in the false holydays invented by churchianity—Christ-mass and Easter/Ishtar, I am not a “Christian,” but a Spirit-indwelt believer in Yahoshua the Messiah—a member of the ekklesia, who is the bride that will be gathered to the Bridegroom on the Feast of Trumpets, and who will be the priests and kings who reign in heaven for all eternity--she is Israel (rules as God), because of her marriage to the Lamb, the King of heaven.

Written by Dean Haskins and James Finnegan for Way of the Tabernacle. Reproductions with proper attribution are allowed and encouraged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But now in Yahoshua the Messiah you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to Yah through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. Ephesians 2:13-16