|Let Him Not Eat!
The following is a compilation of excerpts
from our book entitled
"Let Him Not Eat!"
We hope to have the book available on Amazon books soon
“...For even when we were with you,
this we commanded you,
that if any would not work,
neither should he eat....”
2 Thessalonians 3:10
An Apostolic Commandment!
First of all, let's settle one issue; this is not a
recommendation, it is an apostolic commandment!
Second, there are about as many views on this passage
as there are commentators. Some of the absurd ideas concocted about
what Paul meant in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15, (the
instant passage) are beyond belief; and some
are downright dangerous. It has become idiomatically en vogue
in these Last Days;
especially among my generation, the “Me
Generation”. Since our coming of age and
taking full leadership of the nation and the church, it has revealed
an alarming trending attitude. We intend to show the effect this has
had on the interpretation and application of the instant
passage. So-called Conservative
Christians, love using it to rationalize
their refusal to help the poor and disadvantaged....
But what did the Apostle Paul mean by this passage,
and what is it actually saying to us; Don't feed him; Don't let him
eat; He should refrain from eating; Starve him; What? Also, what does
our response to the instant passage say about us as the church within
We cannot reach our conclusion merely on what we
think it should say. It cannot be based on anyone's individual moral
compass. It certainly cannot be forced into the mold of what we want
it to mean. It must be based on sound principles of interpretation;
grammar, history, culture, context, and it cannot contradict other
scriptures properly translated, interpreted, and applied; and we must
have Holy Spirit illumination. Unless we agree to those rules, we
cannot agree on anything regarding scripture.
I searched several New Testament translations and the
following shows they certainly do not agree:
four popular translations
used some ABSOLUTE
form of “Shall Not”
thirteen used some PASSIVE
form of “Let Not”
eight used some VOLUNTARY
form of “Should Not”
Now that creates quite a conundrum. They cannot
ALL be right; but they can
ALL be wrong....
This is deadly serious! This is an Apostolic Command!
So to use Paul's own words to the Corinthians, regarding the things
that he wrote in his epistles, “...the
things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord....”!
Not a Novice or aspiritual
Since I was a pre-schooler, I have attended church.
Coming from a Baptist heritage, flavored with Nazarene teachings,
with a broad Pentecostal Holiness experience. My academic credentials
are rooted in scholarly men, not the least of who were products of
Dallas Theological Seminary
in its heyday. My supernatural credentials are directly rooted in
William Branham's ministry, as well as my extensive Pentecostal
experiences. But I never remember the instant
passage being abused as it is today, until
after Ronald Reagan’s first term as president....
Wholesale Last Days Error
The error in the instant
passage is not isolated. I have heard
atrocious interpolations like the “Be Angry
and Sin Not” error from Ephesians 4:26-27;
and their contradictory interpolation of “Make
no Friendship with an Angry Man” error from
Proverbs 22:24. Renowned Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest correctly
translated the first half of Ephesians 4:26 as “…be
constantly angry….” So, these
knuckleheads are teaching to be constantly
angry, yet make no
friendship with an angry man? I mean give me
a break; they can't have it both ways! No wonder unbelievers think
the bible is filled with contradictions! The knuckleheads provided
the rope for the textual hanging!
But consider these other errors and misapplications:
the “Impossible to
Renew Them” error from Hebrews 6:4-6;
the “Forsaking the
Assembly” error from Hebrews 10:25;
the “Sin Willfully”
error from Hebrews 10:26;
the “Great Falling
Away” error from 2 Thessalonians 2:3;
Paul's “Thorn in the
Flesh” from 2 Corinthians 12:1-10;
the “Taking the Name of
the Lord thy God in Vain” error from the
second of third of the Ten Commandments
(depending on which manuscript you read);
the countless other misinterpretations and
misapplications of foundational scriptures;
the little cherry on the top of this heretical
parfait is the “Let Him Not Eat”
error from 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15.
Again, these passages are not merely addressing
but they are related to foundational truths!
“Error” is bad
enough, but “Heresy”
is worse. I'm anyone’s judge, but I am called to be a Watchman
on the Wall!
To their polar extremes, many of these scriptural
abuses have created destructive lifestyles from both liberal theology
and legalistic theology. Some have resulted in license to sin; and
others have been instrumental in placing people under a life sentence
of condemnation. Neither extreme is correct! Legalism has caused some
to give up and turn away from the faith out of nothing more than
sheer hopelessness. Those who so mislead will pay a price for their
heresies. The Apostle James warned that “...not
many should leap out into the teaching ministry, because teachers
come under a stricter sentence....” James
3:1 (my expanded translation).
We should be enraged about bible teachers misleading souls!
Paul cried out against those who did that saying “let
them be ANATHEMA!” The late pastor Gene
Scott is the only man I have found that had the courage to publicly
teach what Paul was literally saying there. In fact, he brazenly led
his congregation in a confession of it to make them feel the impact
of Paul's contempt for those who taught legalism. Scott led his
people to confess with him the literal translation of 1 Corinthians
16:22; Scott said roughly, “...if any man
love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let his be God-damned...
Maranatha....” Scott was correct in his
application of the Greek word Paul used, “ANATHEMA”.
It is tantamount to declaring something damned by God. That is not
taking the Name of the Lord thy God in vain, necessarily; otherwise
Paul of all people would never have written it. There are some things
and people for which God does damn from heaven. As Jesus said, anyone
who believes not on the Son is damned already!
But I digress....
It was legalism wrought in
hypocrisy for which Paul rebuked Peter.
Today, some are placing burdens on others that no one can bear; not
even the “burdenizers”,
those who are placing the burdens. I cannot count the number of
Pentecostal preachers I have seen preach these hard legalistic
doctrines, only to themselves collapse under the burden.
One dear brother, I'll never forget. He was around
fifty years of age, sold out to Jesus Christ, skinny as a rail from
oft extended fastings, and a mouth filled with dentures. He preached
with remarkable power. His sermon delivery was with such Pentecostal
passion sometimes his teeth would fly out mid-sermon; But with a
microphone in one hand, he'd catch his teeth in mid-air with the
other hand, and push them back in his mouth, without losing his
stride. Some thought it was his so-called “Shtick”,
but it wasn't. It was not affected in any way, or put
on so to speak.
But this extraordinarily consecrated spirit-filled
anointed preacher woke up one day to a church that satan had cut
asunder in more ways than a Benihana chef. The devil had ensnared him
and then exposed him for a secret sin; and no one came to rescue him
from the devil's snare. He had been having sexual encounters with a
14-15 year old girl in his congregation.
As often is the case, everyone began to hurl their
fiery darts such as; they always knew there was something about him
that wasn't right, and other similar pejorative remarks. Over the
decades, I've heard it all fired at the wounded soldiers.
Without question he sinned, and he should have been
removed from his pastorate. But someone should have filled his seat
and kept the church together; and he should have been restored and
when ready, returned to ministry.
But the legalism that brother preached finally broke
him; and when he lay wounded in the miry ditch, his years of
legalistic teaching was the very ammunition his followers fired into
his wound soul to finish him off….
I've seen them come back broken, ashamed, having
spent a life in bars, destroying marriages, driving children to turn
away from God, solely because they preached a different gospel.
Sadly, some never came back, and went to their graves without being
It seems humans have the hardest time finding
balance. Either it's so extremely legalistic, they cannot even keep
their own improvised versions of the Law; or it is so extremely
liberal that even satan himself will eventually be saved.
Don't laugh; back in the late 1970s I actually had a
charismatic friend say that to me. After a service where there was a
great move of the Spirit, he was touched by the sweetness of God's
Holy Spirit. He came up to me and said, “...Brother
Gerry, God's love is so indescribable that I believe in the end, even
the devil will be saved....”
But for every story like that of the destructive
results of liberal theology, I could tell you ten heartbreaking
stories of Pentecostal men of God, who utterly failed God, their
followers, their families, and themselves by foisting a legalistic
burden on everyone that they could not even bear themselves….
These weren't evil people! These were men and women
who were zealous to excel in pleasing our Father. But they lacked the
credentials to check their own teachings against God's holy word.
They were so sure they were right; they dismissed doctrinal
correction as head knowledge!
But in the end, they corrupted the message of truth; they mis-led
their followers, and led so many lives shipwrecked.
As Jesus said, “…if the
blind lead the blind, they both fall into the ditch….”
That is part of what Paul is talking about in the
context of the instant passage; leading silly
souls captive, subverting
entire households, by means of false
Think about it, in these Last
Days as we call it, we have televangelists,
radio preachers, conservative talk, and other media communication
sources entering households and leading them into captivity by words
that sound, taste, and go down as sweet and smooth as honey. We will
cover this further in later chapters….
As stated, in our book by the current working title
of “Why Scholarship Matters”,
we intend to show how every form of teaching has a spirit behind it.
It's not just a compilation of marks on a sheet of paper; there is a
living spirit behind it. Well false teachings as a demonic presence
behind it. We are warned repeatedly in scripture to be careful who
and what we let into our house. The Apostles warned about allowing
these people and teachings with these demonic spirits into our house,
even bidding them god speed!
Jesus and His Apostles issued warnings; actually they
were in effect curses on anyone who corrupted their teachings. This
is why James warned literally “...not many
should leap out into the teaching ministry, because teachers come
under a stricter sentence....” James 3:1
(my expanded translation).
As previously cited, Paul writing to the Galatians
warned “...though we, or
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed...as
we said before...if
any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received,
let him be accursed....”
Anyone familiar with the etymology of the Greek word
will know the gravity of Paul's warning. In fact, he did everything
one can do in 1st
century Greek to give the strongest most powerful emphasis his point,
he repeated or double stated
it; he bound himself to the curse, and even bound any angel from
heaven to this pending imprecation. This kind of statement is at
least rare, if not totally unique, to Paul.
We have an entire book under way on the subject of
“Corrupting the Message”.
The instant passage
(2 Thessalonians 3:10-15),
does not mean anything close to what it is being heralded by
Republican elected officials, conservative talk, and Christian
leaders across our nation. On judgment day, their ignorance of the
true meaning of “Let Him Not Eat”
will not be an excuse. After all, ignorance of the gospel message
will be no excuse to those who never accepted Jesus Christ as
The popular view
of Let Him Not Eat
butts up against everything that Moses taught, the prophets taught,
Jesus taught, and His Apostles taught about helping the poor and
disadvantaged. To accept that view would mean that believers would be
commanded to not let the likes of Jesus or His disciples eat! It
actually butts up against nearly 300 passages of scripture regarding
how we treat the poor and needy….
The same Apostle Paul commanded the Romans to
“...feed your enemies....”
Yet he's going to tell the Thessalonians regarding a brother to
“...let him not eat....”;
and then five verses later command them to “...count
him not as an enemy...but...as a brother....”
What? Do they think this is some cruel joke? Paul
says to one group feed the enemy; and the other group, starve the
brother? These leaders will pay dearly for misleading so many, when
they are held to account in the Day of Judgment! That
is Thus Saith the Lord!
By all appearance, Let Him Not
Eat has become the conservative
mantra. When it comes time to vote on any
genre of government assistance for the poor and needy, the
mantra kicks in. I have heard it declared
many times on television by members of Congress who claim to
represent our Lord Jesus Christ! At least once, I heard it declared
on the floor of the House of Representatives; in the grossest
hypocrisy imaginable for anyone claiming to be a Christian....
Technically, using the instant
passage in that way and for that purpose is
actually an act of “…taking the Name of
the Lord thy God in Vain….”
There is an horrible spirit behind it that has
actually caused a movement to develop out of all this. It has become
one of the most popularly “abused passages”
among those who confess they love the Lord
Jesus Christ with their lips, yet the way
they treat the poor and needy, they show that their
hearts are far from it….
Before you reach the end of this book, we hope you
will see why we believe this is one of the deadliest heresies in the
church today; and potentially lethal for our nation's existence. In
this writer’s opinion, it is far more dangerous to our nation than
homosexuality, or any
of the national security threats
we currently face. If not corrected, it is certain lead us to divine
destruction. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when....
A few years ago, I heard a pastor say, “...the
Lord will deal with the church, the same way the church deals with
the poor....” I wish I had been the one to
come up with that phrase. I believe it is prophetically true!
The research on this book “Let
Him Not Eat” is nearly completed. As
stated, this article is merely a compilation of excerpts from the
manuscript. We intend to offer all the proof we have to show why we
believe the popular view
of 2 Thessalonians 3:10-15 is wrong, heretically
wrong! We intend to also show what the true
and correct meaning is, and what the Apostle
Paul's purpose was in writing it. Further, we want to give evidence
of the Holy Spirit's warning that this awful
heresy could bring about the destruction of
our nation as we know it, and our way of life as American Christians.
Please pray that we can get this completed and printed, and then find
a way to get it into the public stream, ASAP!
Let me reiterate, while all who know me well, know
that I am of the mind that the importance of academic
scholarship cannot be over-stated. However,
regardless of the level of academic
scholarship, without Holy
Spirit illumination a risk of error will
always be present; as well as an unacceptable risk of heresy.
Both academic scholarship and Holy Spirit relationship are needed.
As stated, we are writing books addressing this, and
other dangerous errors currently being embraced….
But I digress....
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