Doctrines of Demons
by Christine Egbert
1st Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons…”
Sadly, many theologians have cast Yah’s instructions–His Torah commandments–as the enemy of grace. Torah, they claim, is bondage. A curse! While professing they believe the entire Bible, they denounce the bulk of Scripture. How? They denounce Torah. They claim that the Torah’s commandments, God’s instructions for loving Him and loving our fellow man, were nailed to the Messiah’s cross. They demean the entire TaNaKh, an acronym for the Torah (first five books of Scripture), the Neviʾim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings), as being OLD. Yet Paul, himself, in his second letter to Timothy, chapter 3, declared in verse 15 that this Holy Writ we call “Scripture is able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Messiah.” In verses 16-17, Paul wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be perfected, completely furnished unto all good works.” And make no mistake, when Paul wrote these words there was no New Testament. The books compiling the New Testament weren’t ratified until the 3rd Council of Carthage in A.D. 397.
Yet those who denounce God’s instructions in the TaNaKh brashly denounce its authority as doctrine. Nevertheless, for every verse taken out of context to denounce the Torah and its commandments, there are thousands that extol Torah’s greatness.
In one chapter alone, Psalms 119, there are 176 verses that tell of the many blessings bestowed on those who keep Yah’s Torah. 119:43-45 says, “Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your judgments. So shall I keep Your Torah continually, forever and ever, and I will walk at liberty for I seek Your precepts.”
Still, in spite of the thousands of verses found in the Bible that extol the Torah, most Christians today believe the Torah was nailed to Yeshua’s cross. They’ve been taught to see obedience as legalism. They, therefore, accuse those of us who, out of love for Yeshua, keep the Torah (as best we can while living in the diaspora) of attempting to earn our salvation. Yet, Paul, in Romans 8:7, said that only those who have the Holy Spirit are able to subject themselves to God’s Torah. A fleshly mind can’t!
Is the Torah Only For Jews?
Are the commanded weekly 7th day Sabbaths, annual Feast Days, and dietary laws that declare what is and is not food for mankind ONLY for the JEWS? What does Scripture say? “There is only ONE LAW for both the native-born and the stranger dwelling among you.” (Exodus 12:49).
Romans 2:12-13 says: For as many as have sinned without Torah will also perish without Torah, and as many as have sinned in the Torah will be judged by the Torah, for not the hearers of the Torah are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the TORAH will be JUSTIFIED!
Many claim that in the New (renewed) Covenant, we need only to love God and to love our fellow man. And while this is true, they fail to recognize that “loving God” and “loving one’s fellow man” are the two categories into which ALL of God’s instructions (His Torah) fall. First John 5:2-3 & 2nd John 1:5-6) tells us HOW we are to love God and man. We do it by keeping Yah’s TORAH. God didn’t write His Torah on our heart and mind so that we could go on breaking His commands!
Acts 15:19 is often cited as proof that Gentile believers do not need to keep the Torah of Moses, which is actually the Torah Lord YHVH gave to Moses. Let’s read it.
“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to 1. abstain from things polluted by idols, 2. from sexual immorality, 3. from things strangled, and 4. from blood.”
One must read the very next verse, verse 21, to realize that the author of Acts expected these new believers to attended Synagogue every Sabbath, where they would (over time) learn all the other instructions for living (TORAH) which YHVH gave to Moses. Verse 21 says: “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
The four instructions listed in verses 19-20 were preliminary, and they are all found in Leviticus. They were given so that these new believers, fresh out of paganism, could have “table fellowship” with God’s people, who were Jews. Why? Because all four of the things listed in the passage as being forbidden were things commonly practiced in pagan temples. But make no mistake, Acts 15:19-20 did not, and does not, give Gentiles the right to break all God’s other laws. Peter wasn’t granting them the right to murder, to steal, to covet, to mix the sacred with the profane, nor to eat those things God calls abominable. Yeshua said that until heaven and earth pass away not one jot or tittle would pass away from the Torah. God’s Torah, His instructions for living, are eternal, and the four listed above come from what is known as the heart of the TORAH (Leviticus 17, 18 & 19!)
WARNING AGAINST LAWLESSNESS (TORAH-LESSNESS)
For some reason many ignore Yeshua’s warning in Matthew 5: 19 which says that those who break and teach others to break the least of God’s commandments will be least in the Kingdom, and that those who keep and teach others to keep them will be great!
Why do so many ignore scripture’s warning against lawlessness? Have they not read the biblical definition of sin? It’s transgression of the Torah! (1 John 3:4) The Antichrist is called the Lawless one! (2 Thes 2:9). Titus 2:14 says, Yeshua redeemed us from all lawlessness (anomia in the Greek) to purify a special people for Himself who are zealous for good works. God sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh, so that the righteous demands of the Torah might be fulfilled in those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit? (Rom 8:3-4).
Yeshua came ONLY to do his Father’s will and to speak His Father’s words. In Leviticus 11: 7-8, Lord YHVH declared that swine is not food for mankind. The Most High reveals the end from the beginning, and He doesn’t change (his mind)! (Num 23:19) Many claim that Yeshua nullified His father’s dietary laws in Mark 7:1-23, ignoring the fact that Yeshua wasn’t even talking about what is food (which animals can and cannot be eaten). He was talking about a hand washing ritual instituted by the Pharisees. It wasn’t a Torah command. Eating bread without first cermonilley washing one’s hands does not defile a man.
Many falsely accuse Paul of teaching that Christians no longer have to keep the law because we are under grace. But Paul never made that claim. Paul said, “Sin (a violation of God’s Torah) shall not LORD IT OVER YOU, for you are not under Law but under grace.” Then in the very next verse Paul asked: “Shall we sin (violate Torah) because we are not under Law but under grace?” Paul answered his own question with, “Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin (violating Torah) to death, or obedience (keeping the Torah) to righteousness?” (Rom 6:14-16)
Romans 2:12-13 says: “…as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the law will be justified.” Now that is a verse you seldom hear on the lips of those who claim Yah’s Law has been done away with.
End of The Law Or The Goal?
The word translated as “end” in Romans 10:4 is “tello.” According to Strong’s Greek dictionary “tello means “to set out for a definite point or goal.” A more accurate, less biased, translation reads, “Christ is the goal of the Law!”
Peter warned (II Peter 3:16-17) that Paul’s epistles are often hard to understand, and the unlearned (in the Torah) and the unsettled pervert them as they do other scriptures to their own destruction. Peter then warns the reader not to be led away by the “error of the lawless“.
The Lawless love to take Paul out of context, especially in the book of Galatians. But no where in Scripture does Paul ever teach against keeping the Torah, and he categorically said so in Acts 25:7-8, when certain non-Messianic Jews falsely accused him in court.
Throughout the New Testament, Paul teaches against the “tackenot” of the House of Shammai, which dominated religious thought during the first century. Shammai held that salvation was only for the Jews! A Gentile, Shammai taught, must convert and be circumcised in order to be saved.
But Scripture teaches that we are saved ONLY by God’s grace through our faith in the Messiah! Then, once we are saved, once we are in Covenant with the Most High, and HIS Torah is written on our hearts and on our minds, and we have His Holy Spirit leading us, we are to walk by His Spirit, for then we are able to “fulfill the righteous requirements of the Torah.” It’s obedience, not legalism!
Yeshua said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” The mind of the flesh is enmity towards God. It’s not subjected to the Laws of God. And those in the flesh are not able to please God. (Rom 8:7-8)
In Matthew 22:40, Yeshua said that all of the commandments hang on love God and love your neighbor. Blind guides will try to persuade you that obedience to this can be met by having a warm mushy feeling toward God and your fellow man. And after that, do whatever you wish because you are not under the law but under grace. But that is perversion!
I John 5:2-3 says: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
And II John 1:5-6 says this: “And now I beseech you lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we have had from the beginning (from WHEN? The beginning), that we love one another. And this is love, that we WALK (keep, act upon) in His commandments. This is the commandment that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
According to Scripture the only way to love God and to love your fellow man is to keep God’s commandments. And you don’t do it to get saved! You can’t be saved by keeping the law! You keep it because you are saved and love God. Without God’s Spirit in us, we have no desire to keep God’s instructions. In God’s way of thinking, saving faith is not mere mental assent. Saving faith gives one a heart to obey. There is a connection between disobedience and unbelief.
Consider the following passage:
“Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who having heard rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Heb 3:15-19)
In this passage the writer of Hebrews equates disobedience with unbelief. Who cannot enter His rest? Those who disobeyed. Why? Because of their unbelief. God expects those who have faith in Him to obey Him. It’s that simple. Does that mean true believers cannot struggle with sin? No! Of course not. But there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between struggling against sin (confessing it, despising it, praying for more of God’s grace so that we can overcome it) and claiming God’s GRACE as an excuse to keep right on sinning. And, believe me, God knows the difference.
God’s LAW is eternal. When we keep it we are blessed. True saving faith in Yeshua gives us a new heart that wants to keep God’s commandments. This is a sign that we are in the remnant!
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah.
Rev_22:14 Blessed are they that DO His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Contrary to that doctrine of demons that claims Yeshua freed us from the Torah, and that those who keep God’s Torah are in bondage, Scripture says this:
1st John 3:7 “He that does righteousness is righteous, even as He (Yeshua) is righteous.
And King David, that man after God’s own heart, had this to say:
“Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah (instructions) of YHVH. Blessed are those keeping His Testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart. They do not work evil. They walk in His way. You have commanded us to carefully keep Your Precepts. O that my ways were fixed to keep Your Statutes! Then I should not be ashamed, when I look to all Your Commands. I will thank You with integrity of heart, in my learning the judgments of Your righteousness.” (Psalms 119:1-7)
Now, I will close with Peter’s admonition: In all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things abound in you, you will not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. Those who lack these things are shortsighted, blind, forgetting they were purged from their old sins. Let us, therefore, with diligence make our calling and election sure. For if we do these things, we shall never fall, and an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Messiah, shall abundantly be provided to us. (2 Peter 1: 5-11)