Home Church Resources

The inherited churches have lost their firm foundation. Our faith must be rebuilt on a foundation of truth. The present teachings on being “saved” provides little or no foundation, leaving new born believers untaught and abandoned to a faith of their own imaginations. This blog is written for the purpose of providing the Home Church Movement (whether they are Messianic/Hebrew Roots or not) with the resources needed to rebuild that firm foundation in The Messiah/Christ of the Bible.

The average church goer upon deciding to go it at home usually has no idea where to start. They have never been told that there are standard books that are in every theological library. These books are must reads for those hoping to understand the historical grammatical contexts of any passage. The great thing about computers is that most of these books are old enough to be in the public domain and are free for the downloading. No longer does one have to spend a small fortune in books to have an extensive theological library. (See: Bibliography)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim. 2:15


Unequally Yoked

What accord has Christ with Belial?

11   Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide.  12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  13 In return — I speak as to children — widen your hearts also. 

14   Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you,  18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 

7:1   Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2Cor. 6:11-7:1

The RSV here uses “mismated” instead of the old English “unequally yoked.” The one verse is usually used to warn young people not to marry outside the faith. However the text is not addressing marriage. For the most part, marriages were arranged in the first century Roman Empire. It is addressing paganism within the congregation. The Greek word hererozugeo has more the idea of do not attempt to work together with unbelievers or do not become partners with unbelievers. They have not part in the work of the congregation, they cannot and should not try to make disciples.

There is great danger in working with those who interests and designs are the opposite of sound Bible teachings.


The average English Bible reader never asks what iniquity means. They just have a vague understanding that it has something to do with sin. The English word iniquity is the translation of the Greek word animos, means to be lawless. The post-modern church has when these lawless verse come up, taught that they are generally about civil law. The civil law at the time was Roman law, and other than paying taxes, Roman law held in distain.  The early church encouraged their people to break Roman law any time it conflicted with God’s law.  This leads us to the only conclusion that animos is one who breaks Torah or a Torah Breaker.

Torah roots from yara which means to throw or shoot. It is the instructions as to how to hit the mark we are supposed to me aiming for. You have heard that sin is missing the mark. Iniquity is saying there is no mark, or the mark in no longer valid, or here this is a way around the mark.


Belial seems to pop up out of nowhere in the English translations. In English Bibles it appears only this one time. However belial is a Hebrew word that is used of worthless people of the worse sort.

12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell there, 13 that certain base fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of the city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, 14 then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently; and behold, if it be true and certain that such an abominable thing has been done among you, 15 you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, destroying it utterly, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. Deut. 13:12-15

Take heed lest there be a base thought in your heart, and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye be hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and it be sin in you. Deut. 15:9

As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, base fellows, beset the house round about, beating on the door; and they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.” Judg. 19:22

Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gibe-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brethren, the people of Israel. Judg. 20:13

Do not regard your maidservant as a base woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 1Sam. 1:16

Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they had no regard for the LORD. 1Sam. 2:12; c.f. Psa. 41:8; Psa. 101:3; Prov. 6:12

These are the false believers that lead others astray.


The Bible clearly states that, “we are the temple of the living God.” There is no need for one of bricks and stone. The word here for temple is naos not hieron. The Greek word heiron is the brick and stone building and its surroundings. Naos is the room at the back or where the Holy of Holies was. The word heiron is only used in the Gospels and Acts except one verse 1Cor. 9:13. The rest of the epistles and The Revelation speak only of the naos. We are not the whole temple, just the naos. The room at the back were one meets God. We are the ark of the covenant. We are the seat of God. That is why the physical temple is not needed and the ark will never be found.

And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again. Jer. 3:16


The church has a long history of idolatry. They have rewritten the second commandment from “Thou shalt not make any graven images” except the Roman church can make all they want and at Christmas even the Protestants can have them.


Touch nothing unclean, does not mean to causally touch something, hapto means to hold onto, seize in the hand, or light a fire.

And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” Mark 5:30

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matt. 5:15

The Greek work akatharton can mean ritually unacceptable or evil supernatural spirit.

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mark 9:25

In other words we are not to bring into our naos the fire of evil spirits. These are to be removed from our lives. The holiday spirit is not the Holy Spirit.

There is so much belial in the post-modern church that few know what the truth really is. Few read their Bibles. Fewer still pay attention to the cultural, historical, grammatical context. In our Bibliography is a list of books necessary for sound Biblical studies. Most of these book are in the public domain and free to download.

The Adoption of Sons?

As an adopted person this particular passage has always intrigued me. But recently I have been even more reflective.

. . . to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Gal. 4:5

Last year just after my 59th birthday my biological family had the records open and made contact. I have three wonderful brothers who come with nieces and nephews not to mention cousins, it’s like being re-adopted. All this has made me think of what it means to be part of a family. There are some odd personal things; like I now have two brothers named David, my biological brothers and I all hate sweet potatoes and yellow squash, and my biological brothers and I can finish each others sentences, in spite of not having known each other.

Then there are traditions and customs that bind the family together. In my biological family I have little in common, no common history, no common stories. My guidelines, principles and rules come from the parents that raised me. Which brings me to my point, what does adoption of sons mean?

There is this teaching in theology called Justification. (See Also: Chapter 11 of our doctrinal statement on Justification) It is the explanation on how we have come to be adopted into God’s family and how one is given the grace to be considered justified before God.

And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. Rom. 5:16

The problem is in the dispensational teachings that that we are under grace and that the Law has passed away, which is now taught in this post modern church have gone too far, and has lead the people into believing that they have no responsibilities to God.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? Rom. 6:1

I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose. Gal. 2:21

You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8

They misunderstand what it means to be adopted.

Israel’s Adoption

We don’t think about it much because the Old Testament does not use the word adoption but God chose Israel to be His son.

And you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my first-born son, Ex. 4:22

“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. Deut. 7:6 (c.f. Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4)

It is an act of grace on God’s part that He sovereignly chooses His own. This adoption symbolizes our new relationship as a justified member of our new spiritual family. [John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8; 2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13]

We become children of the living God. [1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15]

What makes Hebrew Roots or Messianic different is that we then ask, How then are we to live?

Adopter or adoptee?

The post modern church gives lip service to the teaching of Adoption but practices it in reverse as if believers are the adopter and not the adoptee. They insist that God must conform to their culture and traditions and refuse to adopt His culture and traditions, preferring to call His teaching “Jewish” instead of “Biblical.”

The regular churches have decided to take their old pagan traditions and change the names to Biblical ones. The Messianic Hebrew Roots movement sees this as a departure from the true teachings of the Bible. We have decided that if we are adopted sons of Abraham we should learn the traditions and customs of our new family. We no longer wish to be partners  with those old traditions handed down by our pagan ancestors. These ancient traditions came from the worship of demons. We no longer want to commune with demons through maintaining the customs and traditions of our former families.

No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.   1Cor. 10:20 -21

. . . but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more? Gal. 4:9

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. Col. 2:8 

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, Col. 2:20 

Testing Spirits

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1 

Human traditions can have spiritual deception in them. The Messianic /Hebrew Roots community seeks to identified and removed these deceptions or spirits from our lives.

The source of all things must be determined. If they source from the Word of God, one can be fairly certain that they are of God. If they source from the Babylonian Mystery Religions they are suspect.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1Cor. 6:12 

If it is not helpful why indulge in it? We seek to walk with Messiah not some long forgotten pagan god renamed and mix into our dogma.

So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. Gal. 3:7

In The Mystery Religions

Some details may get lost due to the way translators translate. One of those things is the Babylonian god Mene.

FYI: The mystery religions always teaches the same thing where ever they are found, it is always the same, everyone is worshiping the same pagan gods under different names.

The Last Judgment (detail) by Rogier van der Weyden

The weighing of ones soul by the moon is goes back in ancient Babylon. The god of weights and measure as well as of the moon is named Mini/Mene. Mini would weigh the soul of the deceased to decide the fate of the soul. This story is retold in many mythologies around the world, In Egypt it is Anubis who performs this task, in Greek mythology the Scales of justice are erected near Cerberus, in Romanism it is the Archangel Michael who has been given the balances of God’s justice.

The “weighing of the heart,” from the book of the dead of Hunefer. Anubis is portrayed as both guiding the deceased forward and manipulating the scales, under the scrutiny of the ibis-headed Thoth.

All these false conceptions has landed in the Congregation and must be swept out.

This is what the hand writing on the wall was about. It was God stating that not Mini but God Himself who decided the fates of men.

24   “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.  25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.  26 This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;  27 TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;  28 PERES, your kingdom is divided and

Statue of the god Anubis. 1.55m tall. White Marble. Gregorian Egyptian Museum; Room IV. Vatican Museums. http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/x-Schede/MEZs/MEZs_Sala04_07_014.html

given to the Medes and Persians.” Dan. 5:24-28

As well as in Isaiah where Mini is translated as Destiny

But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny;  Is. 65:11

FYI: There is a language connection between ancient Babylonian dialect that is called by scholars “Chaldee” with the ancient language of the Britons from which English is partly derived. “Fortune” in this Isaiah passage in the Hebrew is “Gad” or “God” from which we get our English word God. We didn’t have a word for Deity so the early translators used one of the ancient Druid god’s personal name to translated the Hebrew ELOHIM. In doing so they forever changed the English language.

Babylonian concepts are every where we look. This is why we are commanded to come out of Babylon.

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; Rev. 18:4 

Psa. 1

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.  

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;  

6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

The Babylonian Church

There is the inherited church which has been contaminated by the Babylonian Mystery Religion, and then there is the Congregation of the Lord. A people struggling to remove all of Babylonian thought that has for centuries plagued the Church.

The Lord told us this was to happen in the symbolic book of The Revelation. The information is presented in a way that only those that studied the language of the prophets would ever figure out. It was meant to be hidden, it was meant to be a secret.

The great mystery of The Revelation is the woman. Everyone who reads the prophets knows that the woman comes in two-forms, the faithful wife and the unfaithful whore.

The faithful woman was given a little help to flee from Satan and escapes into the wilderness.

14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.  15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. Rev. 12:14-15

However the next time we see her she is a fully corrupted whore.

3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.  4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication;  5 and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations.”  6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Rev. 17:3-6

The study of how this happened will be our long term search. We know from the epistles of the New Testament that the corruption had already begun in that first century. But from history we know that this whole scale corruption came into being at the time of Constantine. When he made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire, He put an end to the persecution of Christians. Which at first glance seemed a good thing. But the repercussions were anything but good. As everybody who wanted to be somebody in Constantine’s government, chose conversion to Christianity.  Constantine even bribed people to convert. This brought all kinds of un-repented pagans into the church. Many of their practices and beliefs were renamed with Christian names to make them acceptable to the Christians.

Over the centuries it only got worse. After the fall of Rome the light of learning was taken from the Western World, which left people with superstition and unfounded beliefs. Just as The Revelation predicted we entered the Dark Ages.

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, Rev. 6:12 

No light of learning was even available, except in small isolated persecuted congregations. Then the light began to return with the Reformation. But the cleaning out of our temple was incomplete and the process started by them must be re-instituted with every generation. Our problem is that for every pagan idea or influenced we remove, there is always someone dragging another one in the back door.

Our struggle continues. For we are to present ourselves as a pure white bride for our king. Whatever comes from Babylon must go. To find what is of Babylon we must study Babylon in all her forms and in all her mysteries.

We will seek what is Babylon so we may put her back in her ephod and send her back to where she came from. [Zechariah 5:5-1]

Where did we get Priests?

The only priests in the New Testament are those that served in the temple in Jerusalem. There were no priests among the brethren. So how did the early church moved from a simple pure faith to one with priests?

The Bible gave us episkope depending on the English translations one is reading that is either presbyters or bishops. Then there is diakonos which is translated either as deacons or elders. [1 Tim. 3] These were not spiritual leaders but rather guardians of truth, organizers, and servants.

A fictionalized portrait of Lucian taken from a seventeenth century engraving by William Faithorne

Oddly enough it was the heathen Lucian (born about 120 died about 180 AD) in his satires that gave the Christians priests. In “De morte Peregrini,” describes the unwearied care of the Christians for their “imprisoned brethren” the “heaps of presents” brought to them; and the “testimonies of sympathy” even by messengers from great distances; but all, of course, in Lucian’s view, out of mere good-natured enthusiasm.

So our priests come from a misunderstanding by the unbelievers around them.

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.  43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant,  44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

We were each to be our OWN priest. But there are always those who would lord of others claiming special calling or gifts.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1Pet. 2:9   

Constantine’s Conversion?

Messianic/Hebrew Roots people frequently discus Constantine the Greats conversion to Christianity, whether it was genuine or faked. Since so much of the Church’s departure from the teachings of the Bible stem from this period.

There are two references to Constantine’s Conversion in Phillip Schaff’s The History of the Christian Church.

He has a full quote from Lactantius who was an eye witness to the events at the Milvian bridge, as he was Constantine’s son Crispus’ tutor.

Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died, Chapter 44

The other is in vol. 3, Nicene and Post-Nicene Christianity A.D. 311-600 .

Read them both and you can decide for yourself if he was a true convert or a cleaver politician.

Sin is missing the Mark

Archery target with arrow

The Law or Sin

I’m sure if you spent anytime in church you have been told that sin is missing the mark, and so it is.

The Hebrew word chata’ means to sin, and roots from the word to miss the mark, go wrong. No training or knowledge is needed to miss the mark. We are all perfectly capable of messing up our aim.

However what you most likely weren’t told was that the Law or rather the Hebrew word Torah means instruction, and roots from the word to throw or shoot. It is hitting the mark. No one ever picks up a weapon and hits the mark on the very first try. All need to be trained in the proper handling and firing of any armament.

So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. Gal. 3:24

The church calls for repentance but never really explains what that means. “Keep the faith” they say. Well, how do I do that? “Just believe in Jesus.” What exactly does that mean? In fact the only concrete rule they ever come up with is tithing.

Torah is the mark. It was designed by God to point to the true way to walk, with God and man. How can one repent, which means to turn and go the other way, unless one knows where the other way is or where the new mark is? How do we love God? There is a whole bunch of rules in Torah on what He expects from His children. How do we love our neighbors? There is also a whole bunch or rules on what that is like in Torah as well.

Faith is taught by example. The stories of Noah, Abraham, Joseph etc. are all in the Torah. One cannot begin to understand being “justified by faith” without a working knowledge of the Torah. It is a mark we simple cannot begin to see let alone hit without instruction.

Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Luke 24:44 

We must study the Old Testament to find Messiah. There is just no other way. Messiah’s teachings were all based on what had been written about Him. He explained what the Torah truly required to follow God, and He called the teachers of his day “Torah-breakers” a condition that the Church has fully embraced to their own detriment. While they preach of a coming lawless one, they do not see their own lawlessness.