Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Have a blessed 2020!

To all who come to this fountain to drink:

May the God of Salvation - Jesus Christ - bless you all today and in 2020 as we grow together in Grace and knowledge. Much work to be done!

I love all of you especially those of you who use this site for the glory of Christ. May it continue to bless you and your ministry for Christ.

Servant and author at the Churches on Trial - started by Brother's Jim Elsman and Hubert Lindsey fellow ministers of the Gospel.

Happy New Year in Christ.

---Rick Roehm

Friday, December 27, 2019

At the closing of 2019 - God bless you all

This past year I haven't been as active here as I am at Holy Hubert Facebook - but the Lord continues to bless this site richly.

Our library and simple system of Theology has great merit! It is used around the globe for the cause of Christ. Many souls are blessed by this ministry.

As we near the New Year of 2020 we encourage all who come here to take hold of Christ and the vast wealth of knowledge that is found at this site.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you life as much as He blesses ours.

Hope to write more next year if God allows.

Stay steady and enjoy - Churches on Trial - all for the advancement and cause of Christ across the nation and around the globe.

Glory to God in the highest.

Rick Roehm

Sunday, October 27, 2019

So glad this Theological library is here

For many years I wrote and built on this Blog to get it layed out for future use. Jesus was always the motivating factor.

Churches on Trial stands on its own. People come to it (daily) from around the globe and utilize its vast wealth of Biblical knowledge.

Brother Hubert Lindsey's labors and doctrinal teachings were not in vain.

I sill have much more work to be done concerning publicizing Brother Lindsey's teachings but much is available here at present.

Most of my time goes to the  Holy Hubert Group Facebook  where I daily minister Christ and keep revived the timeless teaching of Brother Hubert Lindsey. Social media is making it possible!

Anyway just wanted to say Hi to everyone and let you know this ministry is still alive and vibrant in Christ.

God Bless all of you and be blessed with our outreach and ministry for the cause of Christ.

To Christ be the glory!

---Rick Roehm

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Christian Library

It's been a while since I've last written

I'm still living under the shadow of the Almighty. Spend much of my time at Holy Hubert Facebook ministry.

My intent is to "scatter" and "spread the Gospel" around the globe. This Churches on Trial Blog is very active and alive - around the globe - reaching and teaching people about Christ.

God permitted this writer to build an archive and library many years ago - with much effort to keep the ministry of Brother Lindsey alive and active. It's working!

Praise God! It's lifting up, building, and fortifying many with the truth of God's Word and the blessing of the Holy Spirit's presence.

God bless you all for using this sight and ministry for the cause of Christ. Keep it going. Use it! Learn from it! And share it!

Appreciate all of you.

With love,

Rick Roehm

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Origin of Spiritual Israel

When Jesus withered the fig tree He pronounced Judgement upon Israel, their nation, and their Temple. This Judgement included the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD, The inquisition that slaughtered more Jews than Hitler, and the curse upon the nation of Israel that still remains up to this present hour. That curse led to the Roman dominion over the Jewish nation. Roman political dominion mixed with the Roman religious world. Leaders such as Titus, Constantine, and Augustine may come to mind through history. These fore fathers in Rome among others advocated the religious concept of “Spiritual Israel” that has mixed up the truth of the Holy Scripture since 90 AD. The mixed up concept of “Spiritual Israel” and certain theologies that have spawned from its poison…have plagued the religious world for 2 millennia.

The reason I write and publish this information about such teaching is because this is where and how the subjects of Jew and Gentile, Law and Grace, and the Church and Israel got mixed up after the death of a Saviour. During those years of Roman dominion in government and religion the Word of God was translated from Hebrew and Greek into Latin a predominant language in Rome and Europe for centuries. The Word of God, the Bible, and all of its books were canonized during these years by many religious men who were influenced by Roman government rather than the Spirit of God. The Roman religious World in the name of Christianity mixed with the imperial power of the Roman government conquered Jews that would not convert to Christianity, for hundreds of years. Erroneous doctrines formed and these have plagued society since their origin.

The following evidence will give you a slight glimpse of where, how, and why “Spiritual Israel” originated and who was behind it. This poison has since plagued the religious world for two millennia and still exists today in spiritual principles and concepts that rob Israel of her promises and crust the faith of the weak. Why? There is no foundation. As you have noticed in my past Blogs I have concentrated on the four Gospels and the Kingdom message given to Israel in those years. When Spiritual Israel was birthed, formed, and taught it has wrongly divided the truth behind what was promised to Israel and “spiritualized”. Hundreds of erroneous teachings for centuries have stemmed from this poison. This spiritualization took the Bible especially the four Gospels from their authenticity and tainted them with application to the Gentile World. They mixed Old with New, they mixed Law with Grace, They took what was written to Israel and made it applicable to the Gentile. This has done great harm to the name of Christianity and caused many people to lose their in two millennia.

The following information I have researched and collected over the years. All of you as students and advocates of God’s Word may find the following of interest. The damnable doctrine of “Spiritual Israel” has caused more harm to the cause of Christianity than anything I’ve ever known in life. I will begin with a couple of quotes from Saint Augustine.

“For the Christian, it is enough to believe that the cause of all things, whether in heaven or on earth, whether visible or invisible, is nothing other than the goodness of the Creator.”

Augustine, Enchiridion, 3.9

No Christian shall do the Jews any personal injury, except in executing the judgments of a judge, or deprive them of their possessions, or change the rights and privileges which they have been accustomed to have. During the celebration of their festivals, no one shall disturb them by beating them with clubs or by throwing stones at them. No one shall compel them to render any services except those which they have been accustomed to render. And to prevent the baseness and avarice of wicked men we forbid anyone to deface or damage their cemeteries or to extort money from them by threatening to exhume the bodies of their dead.[1]

Two millennia of Jewish persecution

Anti-Judaism: 70 TO 1200 CE
Persecution of Jews by Roman Pagans:

70: The Roman Army destroyed Jerusalem, killed over 1 million Jews, took about 100,000 into slavery and captivity, and scattered many from Palestine to other locations in the Roman Empire.

113: Jews in Cyprus, Cyrene, Egypt and Mesopotamia revolted against the Roman Empire. This caused “the death of several hundreds of thousands of Romans and Jews.” 1

132: Bar Kochba led a hopeless three-year revolt against the Roman Empire. Many Jews had accepted him as the Messiah. About a half-million Jews were killed; thousands were sold into slavery or taken into captivity. The rest were exiled from Palestine and scattered throughout the known world, adding to what is now called the “Diaspora.” Judaism was no longer recognized as a legal religion. 2

135: Serious Roman persecution of the Jews began. They were forbidden, upon pain of death, from practicing circumcision, reading the Torah, eating unleavened bread at Passover, etc. A temple dedicated to the Roman pagan god Jupiter was erected on Temple Mountain in Jerusalem. A temple of Venus was built on Golgotha, just outside the city.

200: Roman Emperor Severus forbade religious conversions to Judaism.

Persecution of Jews by Christians:

Initial persecution of Jews was along religious lines. Persecution would cease if the person converted to Christianity.

306: The church Synod of Elvira banned marriages, sexual intercourse and community contacts between Christians and Jews. 3,4

315: Constantine published the Edict of Milan which extended religious tolerance to Christians. Jews lost many rights with this edict. They were no longer permitted to live in Jerusalem, or to proselytize.

325: The Council of Nicea decided to separate the celebration of Easter from the Jewish Passover. They stated: “For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people…We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews…our worship follows a…more convenient course…we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews…How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded.”

337: Christian Emperor Constantius created a law which made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian punishable by death.

339: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offense.

343-381: The Laodicean Synod approved Cannon XXXVIII: “It is not lawful [for Christians] to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.” 5

367 – 376: St. Hilary of Poitiers referred to Jews as a perverse people who God has cursed forever. St. Ephroem refers to synagogues as brothels.

379-395: Emperor Theodosius the Great permitted the destruction of synagogues if it served a religious purpose. Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire at this time.

380: The bishop of Milan was responsible for the burning of a synagogue; he referred to it as “an act pleasing to God.”

415: The Bishop of Alexandria, St. Cyril, expelled the Jews from that Egyptian city.

415: St. Augustine wrote “The true image of the Hebrew is Judas Iscariot, who sells the Lord for silver. The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Jesus.”

418: St. Jerome, who created the Vulgate translation of the Bible wrote of a synagogue: “If you call it a brothel, a den of vice, the Devil’s refuge, Satan’s fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disaster or whatever you will, you are still saying less than it deserves.”

489 – 519: Christian mobs destroyed the synagogues in Antioch, Daphne (near Antioch) and Ravenna.

528: Emperor Justinian (527-564) passed the Justinian Code. It prohibited Jews from building synagogues, reading the Bible in Hebrew, assemble in public, celebrate Passover before Easter, and testify against Christians in court. 3

535: The “Synod of Claremont decreed that Jews could not hold public office or have authority over Christians.” 3

538: The 3rd and 4th Councils of Orleans prohibited Jews from appearing in public during the Easter season. Canon XXX decreed that “From the Thursday before Easter for four days, Jews may not appear in the company of Christians.” 5 Marriages between Christians and Jews were prohibited. Christians were prohibited from converting to Judaism. 4

561: The bishop of Uzes expelled Jews from his diocese in France.

612: Jews were not allowed to own land, to be farmers or enter certain trades.

613: Very serious persecution began in Spain. Jews were given the options of either leaving Spain or converting to Christianity. Jewish children over 6 years of age were taken from their parents and given a Christian education

692: Cannnon II of the Quinisext Council stated: “Let no one in the priestly order nor any layman eat the unleavened bread of the Jews, nor have any familiar intercourse with them, nor summon them in illness, nor receive medicines from them, nor bathe with them; but if anyone shall take in hand to do so, if he is a cleric, let him be deposed, but if a layman, let him be cut off.” 5

694: The 17th Church Council of Toledo, Spain defined Jews as the serfs of the prince. This was based, in part, on the beliefs by Chrysostom, Origen, Jerome, and other Church Fathers that God punished the Jews with perpetual slavery because of their alleged responsibility for the execution of Jesus. 5

722: Leo III outlawed Judaism. Jews were baptized against their will.

855: Jews were exiled from Italy.

1050: The Synod of Narbonne prohibited Christians from living in the homes of Jews.

1078: “Pope Gregory VII decreed that Jews could not hold office or be superiors to Christians.” 6

1078: The Synod of Gerona forced Jews to pay church taxes.

1096: The First Crusade was launched in this year. Although the prime goal of the crusades was to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims, Jews were a second target. As the soldiers passed through Europe on the way to the Holy Land, large numbers of Jews were challenged: “Christ-killers, embrace the Cross or die!” 12,000 Jews in the Rhine Valley alone were killed in the first Crusade. This behavior continued for 8 additional crusades until the 9th in 1272.

1099: The Crusaders forced all of the Jews of Jerusalem into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building.

1121: Jews were exiled from Flanders (now part of present-day Belgium)

1130: Some Jews in London allegedly killed a sick man. The Jewish people in the city were required to pay 1 million marks as compensation.

1146: The Second Crusade began. A French Monk, Rudolf, called for the destruction of the Jews.

1179: Canon 24 of the Third Lateran Council stated: “Jews should be slaves to Christians and at the same time treated kindly due of humanitarian considerations.” Canon 26 stated that “the testimony of Christians against Jews is to be preferred in all causes where they use their own witnesses against Christians.” 7

1180: The French King of France, Philip Augustus, arbitrarily seized all Jewish property and expelled the Jews from the country. There was no legal justification for this action. They were allowed to sell all movable possessions, but their land and houses were stolen by the king.

1189: Jews were persecuted in England. The Crown claimed all Jewish possessions. Most of their houses were burned.

References:
“A Calendar of Jewish Persecution,” at “HearNow,” a Messianic Judaism web site. See: http://www.hearnow.org/
Randy Felton, “Anti-Semitism and the Church,” at: http://www.haydid.org/
Fritz B. Voll, “A Short Review of a Troubled History,” at: http://www.jcrelations.com/
“Classical and Christian Anti-Semitism,” at http://www.virtualjerusalem.co.il/
Max Solbrekken, “The Jews & Jesus: Mistreatment of Jews: Christian shame,” at: http://www.mswm.org/
Fritz B. Voll, “A Short Review of a Troubled History,” at: http://www.jcrelations.com/
Bob Michael, “Jews as Serfs,” at: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/

Friday, January 11, 2019

A man without Christ - powerless

The human soul is the part of man that chooses and decides. The human soul is naturally out of harmony with God.

 God said: Isaiah 55:8...For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Without a broken human will - man is naturally out of harmony with God. The natural man chooses and decides right living - but does wrong anyway. Without strength. Without power to do right. Human involvement falls short. When the human will is broken by the ministry of the Holy Spirit - a new birth can take place. The new birth involves the operation of God.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year - 2019

Enjoy our audios and wonderful library of Theology - all in a great system to help you retain and grow. Appreciate you stopping by. ---Rick Roehm