Author: (((Rabbi B)))

The Ingrate and the Heretic

Our Sages teach: Why do the Scriptures exact such retribution from ingrates?   Because ingratitude is a semblance of the denial of God.  And one who denies belief in God is, in essence, an ingrate.  A person who denies the good that his friend has done for him will tomorrow deny the good that God his Creator has done.   In this teaching, ingratitude is equated with heresy.  The most basic meaning of ingratitude is to cover, as in covering a pot.  An ingrate seeks to cover, to deny the fact that good has been done for him, to minimize another person’s kindness towards him. ...

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The Seven Stages of Apostasy: Stage 7 – Denial

John 1:1-3   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  Stage 7 – Denial of God Himself Let us assume God exists and let us assume that God is God, the independent Creator, Lawgiver, Ruler, and Supreme Judge in history.  Let us also assume that creation is the result of His will, and that it is God’s will that men should serve Him by freely obeying and fulfilling...

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The Seven Stages of Apostasy: Stages 5 and 6 – Persecution and Denial

1 Kings 12:27-30   “If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn back to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Judah.”   Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!”  And he set up one in Bethel, and the other...

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The Seven Stages of Apostasy – Stages 2, 3, and 4: Scorn and Contempt

Part One can be read here. James 2:14-19   What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?   Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me...

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The Seven Stages of Apostasy – Stage 1: Neglecting the Study of God’s Word

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10   The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of the Adversary, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  Apostasy always begins with neglecting the study of God’s Word.  The seed which will eventually blossom into apostasy is sown in theory, not in practice.  This seed of corruption is sown when a man fails to nourish his soul and forgets that man does not live on bread alone, but on...

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