Satan is the great liar and counterfeiter. We are
not ignorant of Satan's
wiles. The Derech Hashem is not a secret society, not a subversive
cult. See Ac 9:2; 26:26. Everything is preached in public before
everyone's conscience in the sight of G-d, the Ruach Hakodesh convicting
sinners and turning them from wickedness and bondage to G-d with signs and
wonders following the Hebrew-Bible based preaching. Let me say a word
about the finances of AFII. This has to do with cults, so bear with me. Our typical supporter who give $25 (we have a
grand total of 150 people on our mailing list) gives nothing in the
summer. The typical supporter of our ministry is a senior citizen living
on a fixed income who loves the Jews and doesn't throw our prayerletter in
the trash and has about 10 years to live (outside the nursing home) and
sends literally $25. I don't know why this is everybody's favorite amount.
I do well to pay the basic utilities and expenses of our ministry with
what comes in. Our ministry is on a wing and a prayer. If one particular
donor didn't send us $200 a month I literally don't know how I would pay
the Con Ed and the other utilities. I take no salary. Excuse me, I take
$500 a year. I am not poor-mouthing. I just want you to know what you are
dealing with when you deal with AFII. You know that cult organizations
often have millions of dollars to proliferate their lies. Here’s our total
donations (and I take no more than $500 a year salary from AFII): starting
when the organization began, 1979 20,358 1980 42,232 1981 45,124 1982
23,999 1983 25,982 1984 37,138 1985 66,246 1986 51,986 1987 75,816 1988
53,262 1989 33,727 1990 29,849 1991 25,487 1992 15,286 1993 12,848 1994
16,504 1995 13,109 1996 20,102 1997 32,389 1998 36,467 1999 28,356 2000
21,048 2001 27,102 2002 23,526 2003 39,054 2004 47,837 TOTAL $964,834 We
thank God for every one of these dollars. G-d willing, it will be a million
dollars total next year. My salary has only been $500 times 25 or $12,500
for 25 years of labor. But in the last days, cult leaders, greedy for gain, will
arise. See this Scripture:
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come
times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud,
arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman,
implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous,
reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of G-d." (2 Tim 3:1-4)
Many of these people will be anti-charismatics and will spend all their time inveighing
against the gifts of the Holy Spirit instead of doing what they are supposed to be doing which is kiruv efforts for Moshiach.
Meanwhile, they may tell people to leave their congregations
and give their tithes and offerings to them, "having the form of religion but denying the power of it.
Avoid such people." (2 Tim 3:5) Note that people who do this may not be saved. Otherwise,
why would we be told to avoid them?
How do you start a cult, one might ask. Answer: by focussing on anything except the Savior in the
Name of the Savior (even, yes, possibly even in the Name of the Savior). For example, the Ruckmanite Cyber Cult
has managed to create a cult around the wonderful King James Bible. By focussing on those ancient Elizabethan
words to the exclusion of everything else (even the Greek text or the Textus Receptus) and by attacking and slandering everyone
who doesn't want to join their cult, they show they have a divisive and hateful spirit and need deliverance ministry
at the very least, and possibly do not even know the way of truth at all. As wonderful as the Textus Receptus is,
as marvelous as the KJV is, these are not divinely perfect and cannot be lifted up as if they were, so as to upstage
our Savior, who is perfect. Only G-d and His original inerrant autographic Holy Scriptures are perfect. No fallible human translator or his work is perfect. Those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible know that no one particular translator is perfect, neither is his particular translation
perfect, neither is his translation's particular underlying Greek edition constructed from the total material available perfect (only G-d is perfect),
and the easiest way to learn this lesson is to try translating the Bible yourself. Man makes an idol out of the work of his hands. The Bible is inerrant.
The autographic text of Scripture is G-d-breathed and error-free; moreover, this text is assertainable
from available manuscripts, meaning that translations are the Word of G-d to the extent that they reflect
the autographic text. However, although the Bible in its inerrant pages is without error, particular fallible human translators and their particular translations are not.
If any of the pious men who worked on the KJV ever conceived that some glazed-eyed individual would one day create a hate-filled and haughty cult making an idol out of them and their supposedly
perfect translation work, I'm sure they would have asked to be relieved of their translation labors. G-d's work is without error; but translators are not the original inerrant autographs of Scripture. The translator will NEVER be able to say proudly that he or his translation work is perfect.