11/1/16

Community (John Seventeen)

Disciples of Messiah

Hear therefore, the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart: This is he, which received seed by the wayside! But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it, yet he has not root in himself, but endures for a while: For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word and he becomes unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth; some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matt 13:18-23)

And, behold, one came and said unto Him: Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And He said unto him: Why do you call Me good? There is none good but One; that is, God! But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. He said unto him: Which? Jesus said: You shall do no murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. Honor your father and your mother. You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. The young man said unto Him: All these things have I kept from my youth up, what do I yet lack? Jesus said unto him: If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven; then come and follow Me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then said Jesus unto His Disciples: Verily I say unto you that a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. And again I say unto you; it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying: Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them: With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then Peter answered and said unto Him: Behold, we forsook all and followed You; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them: Verily I say unto you who have followed Me; in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory; you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (Matt 19:16-30)   (Plus all of John Seventeen)

Shalom Koinonia Ekklesia!
I'm a disciple of Messiah Yeshua; a Monk of YHVH; a Tekton; an oracle (1Pe 4:8-11). I am no one special; I do not suffer from a savior complex (i.e. an evangelist); I have no unique revelation from The Man Upstairs! I've never audibly heard from the incorporeal realm. However, I am a devout student of scripture (since the late 1980's), especially of the Red Letters of my Master, Messiah Yeshua. I'm not a leader seeking a followship; I seek only friends (John 15:5-11, 12-17).

The destination of Father when referring to Father Adonai, has nothing to do with human gender. Father was once used as a term of endearment; we all have earthly fathers, and in the past – before the ravages of the end-times prostituted and distorted everything – people associated their father with positive characteristics; hence the association. But the bibliolatrous were prophesied to be among us (1Jo 2:15-17, 18-21; 4:1-4); they were rampant then, and they're even more so now; the agents of Satan posing as Christians now outnumber the Redeemed by millions to one (Matt 10:16).

Messiah Yeshua made it clear that gender is only an earthly trait; a way of procreation, not domination; not a weapon to lord over someone (Matt 19-all; Matt 22:28-30). I am not patriarchal, considering biblical patriarchy to be demonic at its core. All Spiritually transformed, saved/redeemed, Heaven-bound, daily-dying servants of a Master, Messiah Yeshua (the Elect of YHVH); we have all been so profoundly and thoroughly humbled by this status; this honor; this duty; that the idea of lording anything, anywhere, anytime, over anyone, is simply not in our Christ-mind (1Co 2:11-13, 14-16). We are all equal partakers in, and the benefactors of, a holy and royal Priesthood (1Pe 2), with only One Lord-Leader. If you need to be a leader or a follower, you are still nowhere near the Cross of Christ.

This is a single-page outreach; a notice on a virtual pin-board, intended to locate others, fully dedicated to such discipleship, and for the purpose of fellowship foremost: But this will also be an attempt to create (or join) a Christ-centric Intentional Community within the USA. I've previously attempted this; posting at IC.org and building a web presence, set to find other devout disciples of Messiah, here in the US, but ultimately nothing happened. It may never happen, but trying is a success in itself.

I email corresponded with a few hundred people between 2004 to 2011, but they were perhaps (and I don't like saying it, but) too Americanized; too in debt to the world; too long in (metaphorical) Sodom. I could tell they wanted to escape, knowing of the cultural (and social) darkness they were already deep within, but ultimately, they could not escape. They initially were attracted to perhaps a romanticized ideal of living like the original disciples; living a true and genuine Christ-centric existence; a 1st Century modeled lifestyle; a Christian Intentional Community. Eventually however, worldliness pulled them back into business-as-usual, and I never heard from them again; the parable of the sower all over again.

I decided that the Internet was probably not going to yield those I was hoping to yoke with (my eternal family), but this is not to be critical of anyone; it's just that I am certain we earthlings are well into the end-times (the calm before the storm part), and also; that those driven deeper into a spiritual coma, just by living in UnGodly Sodom Annexed, makes it too compromised for there to be too many Heaven-dedicated people here, aside from many Amish, Hutterite, or other more conservative Anabaptist-inspired groups, as well as some who attend the Peace churches, as well as many other individuals and familial groups, sparsely spread out among the world, myself among them. They (and I) are already living in some form of Christ-centric lifestye fellowship.

Many Amish are still a bit too legalistic for me, though I Love them anyway (I have friends among them); the same with Hutterites and Messianic groups too: The now-pandemic sin of religion, grants far too much space for such things as bigotry, dominion, legalism, and social class; why Messiah exposed the religionists as frauds; why the veil was rent. Religions are the breeding-ground for Satan, who drive men by their pride/ego, dragging god/bible along with them. Indeed, for anyone to abuse scripture, simply to lord anything over anyone; this is patently antiChrist. People mock Yahweh (Gal 6:7-8) by pretending to have a personal relationship that is verily non-existent, with many who can display an award-winning facade (Matt 24:22-25).

Notwithstanding; I thought I'd try this again, primarily because of the encouragement of a few people (here and abroad), a few years back and again recently, who was not able to do this (living too far away), but thought it was a great idea anyway. In other words, soon after I let it go, I was contacted by those few who encouraged me to keep the former website going. I'm now using Blogger as well as other web hosts.

Let me repeat myself: I am not seeking a followship; I am not a leader and I am not seeking one. Relationally, I am a brother and friend (John 15:10-15), and do not believe in hierarchy in any form. I serve only one Master: Messiah Yeshua (1Co 1:10-13, 14-18). Consequently, I do not like money, and consider mammon economics (in general) to be economically exploitative, culturally corrosive, and spiritually evil (Matt 6:19-24; Luke 16:13-15; John 3:19-21). I've taken vows of poverty, obedience and fidelity, but only unto YHVH (Gal 1:1-5).

Like my Master, I am non-religious and non-patriarchal, believing that Messiah Yeshua considered women as equals in every way. In other words, I'm not a Pauline Christian, nor am I bibliolatrous. I am a New Covenant disciple of Messiah Yeshua, with the Sermon on the Mount as the core for life, and the paradigm of lifestyle; thus, I aspire to no human-created Creed.

There will not be one person (from Earth) in the Kingdom of Heaven, who arrived by human-imposed guilt or shame or coercion. Trying to impose religious rules, as righteous as they may be, upon a free-will created person, will bear no fruit, and could even backfire. The masses are dedicated to the darkness they were in, before (John 3:19-21), and no amount of coercion can/will deliver them from it. The Gospels (and Acts) are first because they are the core and the sum; everything thereafter, was merely what happened because of it, and thus, no doctrines or directives should be spun from them. The Hebrew Bible was a preface and prequel of things to come: Messiah! Propitiation! The Indwelling (of the Holy Spirit)!

If you arrived here and you're in a hurry to take a step in another direction in this life, I doubt you will see this through; that's been my experience so far anyway. I commend your initiative; however, I assume this is a major step for you, worthy of much research time, reading, and some prayer time, before proceeding. Now, you can email anytime; I/we seek a unity with those I/we truly believe I/we will be spending eternity with (John Seventeen Christians), and so there's little that could occur here on Earth that would be a barrier to that reality. Oneness does not require proximity.

But a Q & A is fitting here, since emails were mostly made up of questions, pertaining mostly to theology and lifestyle paradigms; here are only some of them.

Why do you think a commune is better than living separate with {church-business} services?
To be frank, I see all organized religion as cultic, in that they put a human and/or an idol, on a stage or a pedestal; a place where only my Master belongs. Thus, I never say: my pastor says this or does that! Instead, I say: my Master said or did this and that! We, the Elect of YHVH, are our own minister or priest; we neither follow nor lead other humans: Christ lives in us, and does so because of us. We die daily (Luke 9:23-25); not for a few passing weekend hours and how-u-do’s, then right back to business-as-usual (Luke 17:26-30).

Though the assumption of a commune denotes a bunch of 70s-style hippies shacking up together, the literal official definition does not: Commune: a French word appearing in the 12th Century from Medieval Latin communia, meaning a large gathering of people sharing a common life; from Latin communis, things held in common. These exact words are found in the book of Acts (Acts 2:41-47; 4:31-35). From a purely communal standpoint, I like what some US groups are doing; the Bruderhof and the Hutterites. But they too, have demonstrated a more bibliolatrous theme, which I do not share: They too, did not begin that way either.

The goal (here) is not a survivalist camp: Like the Amish, this is more about self-sustainability, and possessing firearms designed only to kill humans, should speak for itself; if it does not, you are not Christ-centric. Holding all possessions in common is not the best model either, especially here in these end-times, because there will be those who will only come around for a season; perhaps escaping something that ends up only being a temporary setback in their (otherwise lifelong) worldly pursuits. And everyone in one big house is also not good; in fact, spread out tiny homes are a better option.

What would prevent this from becoming another cult-like commune?
Ironically, it is the church-businesses that are really cult-like. All cults have human leaders (one person or one small group): popes, pastors, priests, reverends, bishops, ministers, boards, and the like. And because this is to take place in the US, it is not wise to have one large location owned by one (or a few), and then a bunch of other followers joining some leader (that's just creepy). Also, as a Pescetarian who will occasionally eat wild fowl (turkey mostly), I think it wise to be within decent walking distance to a (public) fishing source: oceans or big lakes, as well as the opportunity to grow most or all plant-based foods.

But to negate any cult status, which will be assigned by the headhunting Xians, logic dictates that each individual or familial group hold the land title to their own property, and we all, buy property that is connected or nearby, just as the Amish do. We build Community, agreeing that if anyone, along the path of time, decide to re-enter the worldly realm, they agree to sell whatever they leave behind, to others purpose-driven to live within a Messianic Community.

One idea mentioned years ago was to buy a cluster of lake lots somewhere; that makes sense. Even living among the Amish is a great idea, as they have established buggie routes. But regardless of where, the Community would surely help one another; again, this is to be modeled after the Amish, but without any official joining of any church, because it is a spiritual family; it is to be grafted into the Elect of YHVH from among all generations (Romans Eleven).

Why do you use uncommon or unfamiliar words?
This typically means Christianese, which I do not copy-mimic-parrot, because I have been disenculturated by the overwhelming force of the Indwelling Holy Spirit. Out of respect for my Master, and from all my time invested in getting to know Him, and the truth that He promised to those who diligently seek Him, I came to see that blindly following my enculturation was not the will of YHVH, for anyone, anywhere, anytime. And I believe wise men still seek Him!

The infinitesimal Elect of YHVH are called out ones (1Pe 2:9-12; 2Co 6:14-18); we, who are destined to the Kingdom of Heaven, abandon the average lifestyle, and trade everything in, to become bond-servants; pilgrims; aliens living among the masses on Earth; we are devout disciples of Messiah! We labor by the sweat of our brows daily; we build and grow and make; we live (or hope to live) a simple lifestyle, without money debt, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for mans mammon, and then spend all our free time, in and for Messiah Yeshua, the Lord Jesus Christ.

In that new role, we spend much time, not in employment or consumerism or secular entertainment; instead, we are new creations, and thus abandon (most or) all of the former life. With this time freed up, we seek and knock daily for YHVH-truth, and those who do that soon learn that blind enculturation is but the byproducts of a Satan-driven race of humans being; those on Broadway (Matthew Seven Christians). We do not copy our culture any longer; we become Christ-centric (not culture-centric); Christ-like in every possible way: Was blind but now I see! Life slows down considerably, and the peace that was once unknown, will now define you (Phl 4:4-7; John 14:25-27).

We, the Elect of YHVH (Matt 24), eventually learn all about our colored Jewish carpenter (Tekton) and virgin-born Savior, and also how the 1st Century fellowships lived, via the Messiah Scriptures. The closest we can get (today) to being accurate in our word-choices, is (first) to read from our Messianic Jewish brethren, mostly in Israel, but also in other parts of the Middle East.

Why do some spell YHVH as g*d (or G-d)?
This is possibly an outward imitation of reverence of/for our Heavenly Father, who, among all Christ-centric individuals ruled by the mind of Christ (1Co 2:10-16); we acknowledge YHVH as Abba Father; we have a personal relationship with YHVH, via the Indwelling Holy Spirit (the Ruach HaKodesh): Yeshua was Adonai and The Holy Spirit is Adonai. But some do think that The Name is too Holy to even say out-loud: It's the distant god idea, but this only (though unintentionally) exposes the absence of a real and personal relationship; indeed a marriage. (See: Names of God for more details).

Messiah Yeshua was YHVH-in-the-flesh, which means that my Lord & Master was the corporeal manifestation of YHVH in Person, and yet, He (Yeshua) calls me friend (Matt 23:8-12; Luke 12:1-5; John 15:12-17). That's still hard for me because I'm a mere servant of my Master (and the disciple is not above his Master); I still feel uneasy referring to Him as friend. We humans were created with a YHVH-shaped place within us; the innate drive to worship YHVH.

However, Satan uses the things of this world (Matt 4:1-5, 6-11) to distract the masses from worshiping YHVH, and so they redirect that energy toward earthly temporal things, and thus with cult-like fervor; things such as the cult of politics, the cult of sports, the many consumer cults, and indeed, the cults of (all) religion. Rather than Messiah Yeshua being the center of one's corporeality, He is relegated to a few hours weekly, at best.

Nevertheless, this is what it means to have a personal relationship, if it be that such a relationship actually exists beyond the imagination (Rom 8:5-11). The Pharisees were the fake religionists of His time; they too, presented an outward show of humility, even though most of them died with no conceptualization of YHVH, and thus, of the prophetic Messiah who stood before them.

I never see the word "Him" when referring to our Heavenly Father: Why?
Because YHVH is not a physical being, and gender is only about procreation on Earth (Matt 22:24-30; Gal 3:22-28). Trying to be accurate about this, therefore, has nothing to do with attempting to de-gender scripture (which I've heard is an issue among the pope protesters, of the which I am not privy to). Gender is irrelevant in all things for the disciples of Messiah (and for Messiah Himself), but it has been magnified by the Pauline Christians (Xians): Typically because there's one or more Godless people (mostly men) exploiting god-religion-bible to increase their lordship over others.

Will rules be written and imposed? What about shunning (or discipline)?
We, as disciples of Messiah, live by only one rule: The Golden Rule! I have sayings that go back 2 decades for me, but will share them again, here: All Saved women dress modestly, but not all modestly dressed women are Saved. All Saved men labor with their hands, but not all hard-working men are Saved. All Saved people live simple, but not all simple-living people are Saved. In other words, there are characteristics and lifestyles that all Saved people share and follow (sooner or later), and without anyone coercing them to do so.

If a person copies some certain way of living, just to be accepted by other humans; they are not in a personal relationship with YHVH (not yet anyway). No one will enter the Kingdom of Heaven because they were shamed (or guilted) into dressing or working or worshiping or living a certain way. We will be judged by YHVH, not by what we were coerced to do, but by what we voluntarily wanted to do, and wanted not to do: We will be judged as individuals based upon our character, and not as parts of a collective, like simply being born Amish or Jewish or whatever (Rom 3:1-6, 7-12).

The intent of the Amish Ordnung was that pressuring family members to live a righteous lifestyle will eventually drive them to the Cross volitionally; to create and live a Christ-centric lifestyle that the young can be influenced by, as opposed to the treacherously Godless world around them. This may have (partially) worked in the past, but as we have moved deeper into the end-times, the effects and the impact of the Godless world is now overwhelming and thus experienced almost everywhere (Luke 17:20-25, 26-29, 30-33). Read also about my shared view on Torah Observance. Hint: I Sabbath 365 days a year.


The following Wiki pages help to expound upon the ideals expressed or viewed by the times we live in; the end times. How the early disciples lived; their lifestyles, differed from ours, just as it differed from time/place globally. We live in a complex time, and having a broader perspective is important; it is too easy to simply consume what is placed before us, without delving into other offers; without meditating on differing points of view.

Therefore, this is a list of Wikipedia links (see the "see also" sections too), which I did not write but have read, and see within them a theme if you will, and so I provide them, not because I necessarily agree with all that is conveyed (therein), but because of their generic ideals, as it applies to these end times, and how we, the Elect of YHVH, are to try to navigate herein. Even the worldly see things that many Xians are oblivious to. To study is part of that transforming process of dis-enculturation and dis-indoctrination. We do not study to increase our value unto a fallen world; we surely do not seek wisdom only to use it to make more mammon-$: That's the worldly way of things.

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