by Christopher (From Schtix and Stones)
Whether we realize it or not we have issues in the Hebrew Roots. One of the main ones are the fact that we have people who "dig the culture" of the Hebrew Roots, but wish not to make an everlasting commitment to the Father and to His Torah. Some of this I have seen before in my college days so I see the coalition here.
We must be in diligent prayer for one another and pray that the culture warriors at some point willing accept, and through acceptance, living the truth of Torah and Messiah. I was conversing with someone a few days ago, who said they came into the Hebrew Roots by liking the culture, how the women wear head coverings just like back at Woodstock and they also wear dresses like back in Woodstock, and the language has really helped him out at parties to meet women. Cause when someone brings up the Bible this person can go to the pseudo-intellectual route cause hippies love those whom they see as gurus and the women submit to them. This reminds me a lot of Charles Manson. Now, I wish not to mention the individual's name cause I do not think Yahweh is limited to miracles. But when we were talking he had told me he had just taken a couple bong hits, so he was telling me everything unknowingly.
One of the statements he made was, "I am not the only one, dude, there are tons of us and many of them I see I your facebook friends. We simply want revolution in all ways of life, economic, cultural and religion is the best way to carry onward a revolution and to bring people to your point of view" (in essence control them). I was shocked in what I was bring told, but I also could not believe how blind I was to it. I have indeed seen many people leave the Hebraic Roots because of certain teachers, and disagreements, but mostly over them not wanting to commit and it tends to happen around the mid-20s in most cases. And I see what they had been advocating for, a great deal of the time...politics and marijuana. And I have heard some that will have you rolling in the floor in terms of this and what some think is in the Bible. For Instance:
Genesis 1:29, in terms of the seed bearing plants, really?? At what point did Yahweh say to smoke it? At what point did Yahweh say to put it in brownies? Fact is He didn't. Also, there are many seed bearing plants that are poisonous, are we supposed to partake in them? The logic is way way way off on this 1:29 argument for the stoners.
Another one I get is that pot is good and pharmaceuticals are bad, so in essence considering that one thing is bad, does that automatically make the other thing then......ugh ugh....ugh....ugh....ugh good? Nice try Stoney Schlomo.
They also bring up their favorite greek word, "Pharmacia", so that apparently makes an endorsement to marijuana when the Scripture says to stay away from "pharacia"? As a matter of fact when we see what the word means we see it is especially damaging to the pro-marijuana stance, cause it includes, "Mind altering substances". Ugh oh....guess the attention span seemed to have drifted off in the excitement of a flawed analysis.
Yahweh gave us common sense as well correct? That 1+1=2 and not 3, Amen? Now I would like for a single pro-marijuana advocate to tell me of one person addicted to crack, heroine, or meth whom did not ever have a joint in their entire life. And lets refer to Ecclesiastes 10, where it notes, "a fly dropped into the perfume causes the entire bottle to stink". What does that entire chapter say? It is saying that you do one stupid thing or endorse one stupid thing you will then endorse many stupid things, and make many stupid choices that every choice you make can cause a snowball effect of things in your life. So the fact remains, marijuana is a gateway drug, in 100% of cases of heroine addicts crack heads, coke heads, and meth heads. This is a FACT!!!
Another ridiculous argument is that marijuana does not cause any deaths, like cigarettes and alcohol. Wow I would love to see the people whom ran those numbers cause in New York and Illinois alone, over 2.5 million have died on a yearly average of drug violence. Ya wanna know why the reporters on the news when a celebrity dies, and they do not know why, they always ask if it were drug related? Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brittney Murphy, Heith Ledger the list goes on and on and on.
If you have ever been in a line in the convenience store at times you will smell the marijuana on the person in front of you, notice as well how they struggle to count their money to pay a cashier. Notice many of them look older than they actually are because of the damage this drug has not only done to them mentally bu physically as well. Slurred speech is prominent after long time use because of the massive damage done to the brain this is proven, motor skills are compromised and in many cases of prolonged use of only a year, many of these things are permanent or semi-permanent. Does Yahweh endorse us treating our body this way? Of course not.
Then there is the pain argument, for medical marijuana. Let me ask you, in terms of pain....did Yeshua scream, "Give me a joint" during his hanging on the tree to dull the pain? No sir he did not. Also who is our allegiance to? Who do we put our problems in the hands of? Do we place it in the hands of the Father or in the hands of something that has been proven to be the jumping off point to a life of hardship, abuse, and erosion of morality that is based in the Torah. Either we trust the Father or we don't that is the bottom line. And in Scripture it speaks of a generational curse, my diabetes may have come from a generational curse, my brother Todd is autistic, my brother Chad is very attention deficit, and I am a diabetic. Do we not think that the promise of a generational curse is real? Do we chose to not trust his Word when he speaks of this? If not then we are only a Culture Warrior for the truth and not one of Yahweh's Warriors. The things that happen in our lives are either A) Because of our own sin, or B) that of generational sin. Notice Yeshua proved these things are not by accident. He never said..."Be healed!!!". He instead said, "Your sins are forgiven" "open your eyes" "pick up your mat and walk" etc. Brethren if you are relying on marijuana for pain from cancer or from something else, what you need to do is spend your time breaking the curse that Yahweh mentioned to Moshe in Leviticus that comes from sin of past generations. And not advocating for the demon of addiction.
We are to live by His Word brethren and put our trust in His Word, at times we try and twist his Word to validate what we want his word to say, the pseudo-intellectuals have done an amazing job at this in the churches, and now the same pseudo-intellectuals are doing it in the Hebrew Roots and we must wake up to this. Yahweh does not change His mind, He is constant brethren, and we are in danger of adopting the same doctrines of Babylon. Rashi wrote about this very thing on sorcery. Rashi wrote, "The Egyptians distributed mind altering potions from the plants within the land, the potions of drink, of food and of smoke, was a requirement for the ancient Babylonian sacrifices". It is time to wise up people.
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah at Beit Geulah in Morganton, NC (www.BeitGeulah.com)