July 2014 Newsletter
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          Introduction to the "Doctrine of Balaam"

What surprises us first of all is that this doctrine of Balaam is less a
teaching of Balaam, albeit example, and more what Balaam did and said in
rebellion against God.
The Bible mainly talks about good and sound doctrine, but also about bad
and false doctrine. The doctrine of Balaam is specifically mentioned in
Revelation 2:14 as “the doctrine of Balaam”, which was being held by some
church members in the first century church of Pergamos, and unfortunately
which now again raises it ugly head in 5 major Christian Fables. What
surprises us most is an expanded concept of “doctrine” itself as this
doctrine of Balaam is less a teaching of Balaam, albeit example, and more
what Balaam did and said in rebellion against God.
Americans and others don’t mind when teaching criticizes unsound doctrine
and the falling away in general, or when teaching criticizes the false
teachers of today as the prime source of the 5 major Christian Fables of
the great apostasy {Falling Away} of today in general terms without
reference to their own pastors and evangelists. Of course in the nature of
“like the priest, like the people” and vice versa, since as in the 5 steps of the
Falling Away of II Timothy 4:3,4, it requires itching ears church members to
“heap up to themselves teachers with itching ears”, for any Christian or
church members to admit today that they have been led by pastors and
evangelists of false teachings {Christian fables} is to admit that they are
itching ears church members; therefore just as guilty of high treason and
rebellion against the great God the Universe who wrote the Word and way
of God in the Bible as those of whom leadership they accepted.
NOTE: According to Numbers 16, not only was the leadership of Korah
and his gang from the congregation guilty of rebellion against God and thus
slain as a pit opened up to swallow them and their families, but also 14,700
more of the congregation were slain by a plague for their following corrupt
leadership.
In short, the purpose of the Bible study series on Christian fables--that is to
prove that all churches and denominations right now are head over heels
into the Falling Away by way of illustrating the present control in their
churches of the 5 major Christian fables of the Bible--can not be achieved
without some recognition of the background of false teachers that have
created again recently these unsound doctrines of the 5 major Christian
fables. {Granted there are far more than 5 fables of unsound doctrine in the
church today, and even more fables at large in the word; but these five are
chosen because they first arose in first century Christianity, were
specifically dealt with in chapters, verses, and books of the Bible, hopefully
to kill them before they became a spreading cancer among God’s people,
but which have in the last 40 or so years risen up their ugly heads to actually
turn the heads of all churches, coming to the fourth stage of the Falling
Away, “the turning away from truth”, and the fifth and final stage, “being
turned aside to fables”. (II Timothy 4:3,4)

7-1: MOMENT OF BALAAM SANITY.   What makes your presently
beloved ministers and teachers go bad is for “pay and personal gain”,
in the words of John Mc Arthur? For some background and
understanding, we turn to the story of Balaam, and in particular one
verse from Numbers 22:18, with a conviction from Balaam about
faithfulness to the Word of God before he went mad and bad, one
might call it a “Moment of Balaam Sanity”.

“Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though
Balak were  to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go
beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.” (Numbers
22:18)

At this moment, Balaam was dominated by courage and conviction--
1. He could not hedge on God if paid a whole house of silver and gold.
2. Balaam refused to go beyond the Word of God in rebellion and fables.
3. The word of God is to be “no more and no less”, not spiritualized as to
what you would like for it to mean, but just let it say what it is trying to say in
plain English. In the words of hermeneutics today, the science of biblical
interpretation, it would be said to do exegesis--reading the exact meaning
out of the Bible--rather than isogesis, to read meaning into the Bible.

7-2: Where have the 5 major Christian fables of today gone beyond the
Bible as the Word of God to do less or more?

NOTE: Consider this only an introduction, the Bible details will be supplied
later in the joint Bible studies on Balaam and Christian Fables.
1. The Christian fable of the “secret rapture” has both added and subtracted
from the Bible, adding an unnecessary second coming of Christ to the
Bible, also adding much confusion to eschatology, and subtracting from
Christians a conviction that we are now in the Falling Away.
2. The Christian fable of “the gospel of prosperity” has subtracted away
from the Bible all taught on “having food and raiment, be content”, all of the
Bible on the dangers of money and wealth, of either having or wanting, and
above all has overlooked greed and covetousness. Selfishness and “pride
of life” are the most overlooked lusts of ministers. Generally you can find in
all 5 major Christian fables of today, this false gospel of prosperity in
common, the overwhelming desire for big pay and big personal gain.
3. The Christian fable of “The Religion of the Seared Conscience” that
controls approximately one-half of Christianity today has almost too many
additions and subtractions to name, and the Vatican leaders of such have
long ago gone beyond the sanity of Balaam to Balaam’s insanity for “the
wages of unrighteousness”. However the two greatest additions mentioned
in the Bible to both identify them, and if possible correct them, is the
commandment from leaders not to marry and to abstain from good meats.
4. The Christian fable of “Messianic Judaism” has tried to add back to the
New Testament what Christ subtracted from the Old Testament to apply to
the New Testament. Adherents try to restore the works of the law,
ordinances, rules and regulations that Christ did away with when He nailed
them to the Christ. How can we forgive such makers of fables when the
Great Jerusalem Circumcision Conference met and settled this issue as
covered in Acts 19, verified by the Apostles Peter, Paul, and James.
NOTE: You will find in each of these 5 major Christian fables of today, a
common element where the false teachers have refused to either recognize
or obey the authority of these writing apostles of the Bible. And most of the
fable adherents have the same mental problem of those Paul tried to
correct in I Corinthians 14 of the “Pentecostal Problem” {Christian Fable
#5}, which is, they think the Word of God either came to their church only,
or the Word of God came out of their church! In some ways this is the
equivalent of more or less on the Bible; and like Balaam they do it for pay
and gain.

7-3: While you can go to the webpage on “Christian Fables” for an
outline of that Bible study series, there is a similar webpage outline of
the corresponding Bible series called “Balaam”, to be briefly
introduced below. I am not saying that there is more in the Bible about
Balaam than about Jacob, but there is far more in the Bible about
Balaam than we realize until we cast our mental tents on the subject.
And by the way, most of it is bad and a constant warning to those who
would advance Christian fables for pay and personal gain.

NOTE: Find these two correlated Bible studies currently underway by going
to the two different outlines on Bible pages of www.biblecombibleman.com
and also reading your email and Google Plus circles’ posts
(1) Progress chart on the “Christian Fables” Bible sessions at www.
biblecombibleman.com/ChristianFables.html.
(2). Progress chart on Balaam at
www.biblecombibleman.
com/BalaamDoctrine.html.
           Some Bible to expect on Balaam --
I. Balaam’s Donkey talks to him to prevent Balaam from being killed by the
angel of God, and the historical Old Testament story of Balaam as
recorded in Numbers, chapters 22 and 31.
II. Deuteronomy 23:4,5: an Ammonite or Moabite up to the tenth generation
of his descendants forbidden to enter the assembly of the LORD because:
(1) because they did not meet God’s people with bread and water on the
road when they came out of Egyptian bondage; and (2) and they hired
Balaam to curse the children of Israel.
III. Joshua 13:22: the children of Israel killed by the sword Balaam of Beor,
the soothsayer before Moses gave to Reuben his inheritance in the land.
IV. Joshua 24:9,10: Balak the king of Moab arose to make war against
Israel, calling for Balaam to curse them; but God would not let him, instead
forcing Balaam to bless Israel by delivering them out of Balak’s hand.
V. Nehemiah 13:2: On the day that the assembled people read from the
book of Moses, they found it written that no Ammonite or Moab should
ever enter the assembly of God because they had not meet the children of
Israel with bread and water, and they hired {personal pay and gain for
Balaam} Balaam to curse the children of Israel. God turned the curse into a
blessing.
VI. Micah 6:5: God asks the people what has He done to you, and how has
He wearied you, then among other things reminds them of some of their
past history with Him whereby He “redeemed them from the house of
bondage”, also what king Balak counseled against them and what Balaam
answered to the king.
VII. II Peter 2:15,16.
“They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way
of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
but he was rebuked for his iniquity; a dumb donkey speaking with a
man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.” (II Peter 2:15,16)
VIII. Jude 11.
“Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run
greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion
of Korah.” (Jude 11)
IX. Revelation 2:14.
“But I have a few things against you, because you have there those
who hold THE DOCTRINE OF BALAAM, who taught Balak to put a
stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to
idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14)

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