Atticus Finch wrote:I've seen his show on TV a few times. It makes me feel like I'm at some bizarre cult meeting in a farm house.
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Atticus Finch wrote:I've seen his show on TV a few times. It makes me feel like I'm at some bizarre cult meeting in a farm house.
WOW first post you must have a Shepard's Chapel Radar ring.Katabole wrote:Greetings everyone. I grew up as a Roman Catholic (RC). Over the last 15 years I have been a member of the Shepherd's Chapel church. In response to the initial question and for those who read this to understand me better, I will just clarify some of the distortion that surrounds our church.
This is a link to our statement of faith:
At our church we use and study the Companion Bible, which is a King James Bible, with side columns written by Dr. E W Bullinger. Here is a link to it:
We also use Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Here is a KJV link with a built in Strong's. Just click on the highlighted word to see what the word means in it's original language.
We also use other study tools, including Greene's Interlinear Bible, the Massorah and Smith's Bible Dictionary. This is a link to the dictionary.
At Shepherd's Chapel, we study the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse. We believe this is based on what is stated in Isaiah 28:10, as the true method of studying God's Word.
Isa 28:10, For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little:
As for the questions asked on the original post, I will respond as honestly as I can based on what the Bible says and not what what my personal opinion is, just to clarify and dispell myths:
We do believe in the Trinity of God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.
We believe Hell is a concept and not a place. In most places where the English word Hell is transliterated from Hebrew and Greek in it means grave. We believe that the "lake of fire" mentioned in the Book of Revelation is a figure of speech and not to be taken literally as a place. We believe that at the very end of this second age, before the third age begins, that God will annihalate Satan and all those who follow him.
We believe that the "Rapture Theory" is a false Biblical teaching, and that God is against it. This is based on what is stated in Ezekiel chapter 13, where God states He is aginst those that teach his children to fly to save their souls and reiterated by Paul in 2Thess 2:4. We believe that Jesus' explantion of the first one taken in Matthew 24, is taken or deceived by the antichrist, and the one left are Christians who will not be deceived when the antichrist comes, disguised as and claiming to be God.
We do not believe in a physical ressurection. The Bible says we have two bodies: one physical, one spiritual. We believe this is Biblically sound, based on 1Cor 15:44. We believe that when the physical body dies, it returns to the ground it came from and that the spiritual body, returns to God who gave it. This is based on Ecc 12:7 and 2Cor 5:6-8.
We believe that all souls are God's, based on what is stated in Eze 18:4. When a person dies, their soul or spirit body, returns to God, it's righful owner, in the heavenly dimension. We believe that this heavenly dimension is split into two parts by a gulf as described in Luke 16, in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. We believe everyone goes to heaven, the good, bad and ugly. Only at the end of the second age will God destroy those who follow Satan.
We do believe that the Old Testament Kosher laws are still in effect, based on what Jesus says about the law in Matt 5:18. We do beleive that God created these creatures, that they are beautiful animals but that they were never meant to be eaten. God created these animals as scavengers to clean up the filth of the earth and to eat them would endanger your health, based on Leviticus 11. There are other animals which God created to be eaten and received. Some will claim that Peter's vision of unclean animals in Acts, which God tells him to partake in, nullify's this but we believe that God is using the analogy of unclean animals to represent non-Israelites which became believers and is reminding Peter that Christ's death on the cross, was for all people, not just Israelites.
We do believe that Eve and Adam had sexual relations with Satan. We believe the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" is Satan himself. A study on the prime root of the Hebrew word for tree should help to alleviate any confusion on this. We believe the 'serpent' is also speaking of Satan. It is the Hebew word "nakhash", meaning, shining one. We believe that Cain is the son of Satan and Eve. We believe that Cain killed Abel to destroy any chances of Christ being born, because from Eve down through the generations, Christ would be born. We believe that Cain had children, which would later be known as the "Kenites", a Hebrew word meaning sons of Cain and mistranslated as Judah and metalsmiths. We believe these Kenites over time, moved back into the land of Israel, infiltrated the Israeli priesthood and lived in the district of Judah and they lived there for so long, they called themselves Jews when they weren't Jews at all. This is based on 1Chron 2:55. We believe that Jesus had a discourse with their descendants many years later in the temple, as described in John 8, when he calls them the children of the devil and he calls them that because that is what they literally are. We believe that it was the Kenites in the crowd that shouted to Pilate to crucify Christ. And Jesus says that all the righteous blood from Able to Zechariah were slain by the Kenites, according to Matt 23:35 and Lk 11:51. We believe the Kenites are used by God to fulfill the negative part of His overall plan.
We do believe that the Kenites are the tares in Jesus' literal explanation to the disciples, in the parable of the tares of the field. He first tells the parable, then He expalins it literally to the disciples. When He explains it literally, he says the enemy that sowed them is the devil and that the tares are the children of the wicked one. If Jesus explains something literally, there is no reason to try and explain it further and he says that Satan had literal children in this parable. There can be no other possible explanation.
We do believe that Satan's fallen angels impreganated women at the time of Noah and the sole purpose of the flood was to destroy their offspring, the giants or geber, which is translated in the English as the word man in Gen 6. The world had become corrupt at this time and it took Noah 500 years to find a wife. It was another attempt by Satan to thwart Christ being born. We believe that God has sentenced Satan to death according to Eze 28 but that he hasn't been executed yet. We believe that 7000 of these fallen angels return with Satan before Christ's return and that when Christ returns to the earth, they will be the first ones destroyed, for they have already been judged according to the Book of Jude.
We believe that in the Genesis account of creation, there were two seperate creations of man. One on the sixth day and the other on the eighth day. This is based on the different words used for the English word "man", one found in Gen 1:26, which is the Hebrew word 'haadam', meaning mankind or humankind and the other used in Gen 2:7, the Hebrew word, 'eth haadam', meaning, "the man Adam." Our church has been accused of racism on this subject, but that is not true. It based entirely on what the words actually mean in their original languages. Many people of different races attend the yearly Passover celebrations the Chapel hosts. If this confuses you, I would suggest using a Greene's Interlinaer Bible to look up the differences on the words used for man, for yourself.
Being born again, as used by Jesus in John 3, in actuality means being born from above. The Bible clearly speaks of three ages, in 2 Peter 3. God created all souls in the beginning. All souls were created by God, all souls were with God, all souls came from God. God destroyed that first age as documented in Jeremiah 4 and created this age; the second age. God created man and gave man the ability to reproduce. In each of the children that were born, God placed a soul that was with Him in that first age. When the physical body dies, the soul God placed in the physical body returns to Him. Many Chrsitians do no understand that the flood Peter is speaking of in 2Pet 3, is the flood that destroyed that first age, not the flood of Noah as it has been incorrectly taught.
Some say that the Chapel teaches what is known as "British Israelism." Israel consisted of twelve tribes. Many try to compound the House of Israel with the House of Judah but they are two seperate houses. We believe that after the Assyrian army captured the Northern Kingdom of Israel and it's ten tribes, circa 710 BC, that the descendants of those tribes migrated from the cities of the Medes where they were placed, crossed the Caucusus mountains and became the caucasian peoples of Europe. This is based on what Adam's name means, translated, not transliterated, which means, "ruddy complected or blood close to the face." We believe that God created all the races on the sixth day and it was very good. But he created the Adamic line of peoples so that he could be born through that bloodline. There is nothing racist or white-supremist about this whatsover because this is what is stated from the meanings of those words in the original languages. We believe that according to Gen 49, God promised to always have a monarch on the throne of Israel, according to Jacob's blessing of Judah. After Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon conquered the southern kingdom of Judah, he killed all of the son's of the last king of Judah. The daughters or princesses, however, were taken to Egypt by Jeremiah the prophet. The palace of the daughter of the king of Judah was discovered by archaeologists in the late 19th century in Egypt. Jeremiah was given an order by God to plant in Jer 1 and there is enough evidence to point out that Jeremiah brought these daughters to Ireland, where they formed the Irish line of kings. From Ireland, they migrated to Argyleshire, then to Scotland. Documantation of Scotland's royal blood line can be found on the Scottish declaration of Independence from 1320. The last king of Scotland was James VI, who became James I of England. Queen Elizabeth the Second is a direct descendant of James I, and another reason why we use the King James Bible at the Chapel. When Christ returns to the earth, all thrones, including the monarch of Britain, will abdicate to Him because He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
People were not alive in pre-existence. We existed as souls in the beginning with God in our spiritual bodies. We did not have physical bodies. Job 38 : 7 and Rev 12:4 should help to document that we existed in that age, before we were born as humans.
There was an Earth Age prior to this one. The Bible makes perfectly clear that the earth is millions of millions of years old. This is what is stated in Gen 1:1. The destruction of that age is described in Gen 1:2. The English word was, should be the the word "became." According to what God states in Isa 45, He did not create the earth void. It "became" that way after the rebellion of Satan. This age is relatively young compared to that first age.
Pastor Murray is a passionate Christian. He cares about people and believes that many people in this generation are being deceived because they not only don't read the Bible, but don't read it with understanding, which is part of the great apostacy, right before Christ's return. And the Bible says to, "rightfully divide the Word." He does not ask for money and I have found him to simply be the best teacher I have ever found of the Word. He has been accused of many false teachings by other Chrisitans. When he said to check out the words for yourself, I did and found he was telling the truth. He is not perfect, for only one was born that was.
We also believe that we are presently living in the Biblical "time of the end". This is the only reason that Jesus says to learn the parable of the fig tree in Matt 24 and Mk 13. There are only four things Jesus says to learn in the Gospels and he says to learn that parable, twice. No, we will not know the day or the hour, but he tells us the parable, to let us know the season. The answer to the parable is this: When Israel becomes a country, that is the sign to know when the beginning of the last generation starts and that happened in 1948, when Israel became a country, for the last time it was a country was circa 710 BC, right before the Northern Kingdom known as Israel was conquered by the Assyrian army.
Thank you to those who set up this site. It is good and refreshing to meet like-minded individuals who believe in God.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.