Where did the “little god” teaching originate?
Where have we heard this lie before? From the very beginning, in the garden, from the master deceiver himself, the father of lies, Satan, that brought about the fall of man. “Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gn 3:5). However, turning to the source of truth, the Most High God, The I AM has this to say in response to that lie….., “that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he : before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me [emphasis added]” (Is 43:10).
We are Not “Little gods”!
Richard Wurmbrand, Teaches Belief in the “I” of Self?
Can this be possible?! Richard Wurmbrand was an intellectual, and known as a rather “quirky” writer. But can this writing of his from his book, “Victorious Faith”, be interpreted any other way, since this is in his own words?
This may come as a shock to those who have been devoted followers of the Wurmbrands, and Voice of the Martyrs, but a deception is still a deception, no matter what kind of clerical robes it comes dressed in. That Wurmbrand quoted Luther in saying, “The Christian is Christ”, is to perpetuate the age old, yet New Age LIE that self is god, or that god and self are one, and united. No, no, no! We may be Christians, but we are not Christ. We may love God, but we are not God. God may occasionally use a mere mortal servant of His to be his mouthpiece, or even a donkey for that matter, but it does not mean that every word that comes out of a man’s mouth is God breathed. We must test the spirits. And what Richard Wurmbrand is saying here is NOT of God, nor God breathed. It might as well be Kenneth Copeland saying, “When God says I AM, I AM too”. And any fool should know that Kenneth Copeland is not God, or for that matter even a casual facimile, except to his slavish devotees, who, for whatever crazed reason they may be operating under, have deluded themselves into becoming.
In any case, this issue about Richard Wurmbrand, the originator of Voice of the Martrys, servants of the Persecuted Church…….and the allegations of perpertrating the false mystical teachings apparent in the book, “Victorious Faith”, under discussion on this page, the bombshell has been dropped, and is no doubt going to bring about a firestorm. I have no idea what the ramifications and outcome of all this is going to be, but it’s very unlikely that VOM is going to be very pleased that some are speaking against the icon of Voice of the Martyrs, whom many have regarded as a literal saint because of his sufferings. But folks, suffering does not equate sainthood. And it’s past time that we set aside our idols, which can become a snare to us if we are not very prudent to seek out the truth in these last days.
And….please pray for me, as I am just a messenger who desires with all my heart that the Body of Christ will be freed from all forms of spiritual deception and blasphemy in these last days. Even after all this time since Tom White’s death, I still get daily inquiries, and search terms wanting truth about Tom White’s suicide and wanting to know WHY there has not been a full fledged investigation into Tom White’s death and also into the Voice of the Martyrs organization. Why indeed!
RICHARD WURMBRAND TEACHES THAT SALVATION IS BELIEF IN THE “I” OF SELF– THE GOD IN YOU– THE ATMAN WHO IS THE FALSE CHRIST OF INDIA
Friends, this is absolutely a kick in the stomach. Pastor Wurmbrand, who has blessed thousands with his zeal and devotion to Christ in the past, is now teaching the Hindu teaching of salvation in the Atman, in YOU as a manifestation of the Brahman, Iswara, or, in his case, in the Christ. This is NOT the Christ of the Bible, but is a devil from India. I am sorry to have to put this here, but you MUST be aware that ALL men who teach and stand in a large place before the saints are today suspect until proven innocent. I realize I risk being put there, but never mind, I want YOU to learn self-defense in the Holy Ghost. I give this just as I got it by E-Mail, and thanks to brother Michael A. Drurey for getting it for us.
Subj: Richard Wurmbrand
Date: 97-06-14 20:14:24 EDT
From: email@example.com (Michael A. Drurey)
To: SteveVanN@aol.com (SteveVanN@aol.com)
Steve this was taken from the first 6 or 7 pages from Victorious Faith
by Richard Wurmbrand. I had forgotten how bad this book really is. The
rest of the book is the same with numerous references to his sympathetic
view of Catholicism. This stuff is straight from the pit.
From Victorious Faith by Richard Wurmbrand
My book is not the expression of opinions and sentiments of a man. I hate stuffy- as well as inspired- sermons in which clergymen express their views and their standpoints. I also hate political rallies at which good or bad opinions are expressed. I would prefer that nobody open his mouth unless he knows a truth, an objective truth.
In times of old, there were men among the Jews called prophets, who, when they wrote or when they spoke, began with the words, “thus spake the Lord”.
I write the present book with the full assurance that I am only a voice. Through me, God Himself speaks.
Some will laugh at this assertion at the beginning of a book. [ Editor: Thus… ]
I always like it when people laugh, even at me. Laughter is healthy. Doctors recommend it. There is so little reason to laugh in this world. Why should people not laugh at me? Take it as foolishness if you like, but through this my book, God speaks to you.
How do I know that? Is not God Someone other than me, Someone totally different from me? My means of communication with Him can sometimes work well, but can also be troubled: I might misunderstand Him.
Jesus on the cross cried, “Eli, Eli” (the Hebrew words for “My God, My God”). Those beneath the cross believed they heard the name of the prophet Elijah. Such misunderstandings are daily occurrences.
How then can I have the assurance that what I, Richard Wurmbrand, write is exactly what God wishes me to convey? How did the prophets know?
A great confusion of spheres has taken place. The sphere of grammar and the sphere of religion are different from each other. Every pupil in school, who, when asked to conjugate a verb, replies that God is love and that whosoever believes in Him is born of God, will get a bad mark, even if the teacher is religions. Religion has no place in an examination on grammar.
But neither has grammar any say in religion. In the sphere of practical life we have to conjugate verbs, and for this we need personal pronouns. We have to distinguish between properties: between my house, my book, my wife, and that belonging to another. And so we have to use “I”, “you”, and “he”. But please leave pronouns in the realm of grammar, to which they belong: do not introduce them into religion!
When Jesus Christ met Saul of Tarsus, a great persecutor of the Christians, on the road to Damascus, He asked him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutes” thou Me?” Saul could have answered truthfully, “I never persecuted you. I persecuted your disciples”. But Jesus, though omniscient, does not know that He and His disciples are different persons. He feels Himself persecuted as often as His disciple is hurt; He weeps with every disciple who weeps, He rejoices with every disciple who rejoices.
Jesus says that at the last judgment the wicked will hear the reproach, “I have been hungry, sick, or in prison and you did not visit Me”. And He then explains that as often as one of
His little brethren suffered hardships, it was He Himself who passed through suffering.
The Lord Jesus is our leader in religion. But He might not pass an examination in grammar because He uses interchangeably the personal pronouns “he” and “I”.
The Christian religion consists in becoming inebriated with love. Inebriated men confuse things and persons. The distinction between “I”, “you”, and “he” disappears. Therefore, when I speak, if I am inebriated with love for God, God speaks through me.
Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “I am the Truth”. And for 2,000 years this assertion of His has been falsified and quoted as meaning that Jesus said, “He is the truth”. But He never said that He is the truth.
He said, “I am the truth”. If you make Him a “he”, even with a capital H. you have lost the truth.
What can Jesus, the “he”, the God embodied in a carpenter of 2,000 years ago in Palestine, tell you about modern techniques, about socialism, democracy, or military dictatorship, and which of these to prefer, about whether or not we should accept the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin or the philosophical implications of Einstein’s theory, about whether we should be fundamentalists or modernists?
What can Jesus, the man who lived 2,000 years ago in Palestine, tell you about the theory of evolution ? Can He tell you to marry George rather than Steve? Can He guide you in any practical matter?
Jesus never wished to be “he”. As a condition for His being the truth, He must always remain an “I”. I am the truth, not he is the truth. If I wish to have the truth and to be the truth, Jesus must be for me an “I”.
It is not true that He must become an I. He is an I. Luther says, “The Christian is Christ”. This is the fact, though you may not realize it yet. When my eyes are opened, I say with St. Paul, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”. Then I become sure of my own thoughts. I write a book, which means that God speaks through my book.
Men of God have always thought like this.
Luther wrote: “I have to distinguish between myself and my calling. I consider myself as the smallest. But my calling is untouchable . . .
Nobody should have a high opinion of his own person, but everyone should mightily praise his calling to the glory of God. Even more. The man who holds the office has not even to prove what he says, he has to be listened to as God Himself”.
To become a Christian means to become Christlike. In what sense? Not everybody is a Jew as Jesus was, not everybody a carpenter, not every disciple of His a male. In what sense then can I become like Him ?
He lived a human life with the full assurance that He was right. In His time, like today, there existed hundreds of religions. In Galilee alone many nations and many religions met. He never chose any of these religions. He believed that man must choose His. Palestine was divided into many groups: the Zealots, the Herodians, the Essenes, etc. Jesus never chose among them. He spoke about earthly things, but others had to accept what He said. He never accepted what others said. He knew Himself to be the embodied truth. To be a Christian means to become Christlike, that is, a man without doubts about the message, a man who knows that Christ is not a “he”. When this man speaks, Christ speaks.
Putting the realities of spiritual life in human words, I will have to use the personal pronouns, but my words will be transparent. Through them, you must grasp the reality behind them: It is the Lord who tells you “Come unto me”. You have to come to him by seeing to it that he is no longer a “he” for you.
I have to make it very clear again. I do not call you to come to him. The sacred words are “Come to Me”. Do not come to him, which means, do not have in the future a “he” as an object of worship and do not be content with this.
The whole idea of subject and object is an illusion [ Editor: In Hindi, read, “Maya” ], which has been strengthened in us by linguistic structures. These will oblige me, too, to “misuse” pronouns. But I do so, conscious that what we call the “I” is only a temporary meeting point of different forces, which continually change their intensity and direction. Learn to think outside the categories of “I”, “you”, and “he” [ Editor: Read, “Empty your mind.” ]. The thinker, the thought of, and the act of thinking are one.
There is one all-powerful “I”. The ten commandments start with the words “I am God”. Within this only God, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17 :28). We form the inward life of God. We are not exterior to Him.
God continually contradicts the notion of an “I” of ours as opposed to His. Jeremiah does not wish to accept the call to become a prophet. He says to God, “I am a child”; but God answers, “Say not, I am a child . . for I am with thee” (Jer. 1:6-8). Significant are the words of God, “Say not I . . . for I . . .” Where His “I” intervenes, the state of our “I” does not count.
Zacharias, when told by the angel that he would have a son, the future John the Baptist, says to the heavenly being, “I am an old man”. This objection is cancelled with the words, “I am Gabriel” (Luke 1 :18-19). For a man to speak in terms of an “I” when he hears a voice from heaven is senseless. It again “not ‘I’, Zacharias, but ‘I’, the angel”.
God calls a man “a fool” (Luke 12 :16-20). This was the man who thought only about his earthly riches. It would have been easy to recognize him as a fool. In three verses of the Bible, he uses the words “I” and “my” nine times, not knowing that this “I” was meant to die on that very night and the “my” to pass into the possession of others.
We will come back to this idea later on. To come to God is just another way of saying to come to yourself, to your real being, to the One whose image and likeness you bear, to the only real “I”.
Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena: “I am He who is, you are she who is not”.
In my church in Bucharest, I had a Russian member who did not know one word of Romanian, the language in which all services were conducted. He was never absent from church. During the sermon, he would read his Russian New Testament.
I felt a responsibility to him. I called him one day and said, “Look, I am your pastor. I would like to know what you understand from this book. Choose a part of it at your convenience and explain it to me !”
He read to me Chapter 1 of the first epistle to the Corinthians and then interpreted, “The apostle writes that Paul had planted the gospel and a certain Apollo had watered, but God gave the increase. From this he draws the conclusion that neither Paul, nor Apollo are anything, but only God. Now, if St. Paul and Apollo are called just nothings, how much is your worth, Brother Wurmbrand ? God has called the things which are not. Be happy to be just a nothing”.
I embraced and congratulated him for understanding the Bible better than I.
Jesus says, “Come unto Me”. Accept the call ! Do not be one of the ice-cold hearts which very often are as hard and as unfeeling as the stones of the prison floor on which Jesus might have slept, after being arrested in the garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus says, “Come unto Me!” and not only to pompous Church services. The great inquisitor in Dostoievsky’s The Brothers Karamasov said to the Lord, “We have improved upon your work”. Jesus in His humility is thankful for improvements.
I could not endure any more of this stuff. But if you wanted to read the rest of this book I am sure you could order it. If this is not sufficient let me know.
Michael A. Drurey
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I say this carefully– According to the fruit Richard Wurmbrand is giving us in the end of his life (It is not how a man beginsbut how he ends that tells us about him), I thus must tell you Richard Wurmbrand has gone from the North to the East (Amos 8:12), and he is a blasphemer and a false prophet. He must be considered a publican and sinner, and his home church and pastor ought to send him out to be physically worked over by Satan, his true god. Wurmbrand has gone to Rome and filled his cup in the recent past, and now he has finished the journey and is now in an Ashram in India as to theology.
We now see that the Hindu Yogic and Kundalini self-worship has reached well beyond the Brownsville and Toronto Blessing people– Hindu thinking is all around us and in our most Fundamental churches. Watch out for it, and blast it and its teachers every time you see it. Rub it raw, then fill the wound with salt, and rub it in again. What kind of salt are you anyway.
Richard Wurmbrand is a fool for he has said there is no HE who is God.
Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
Richard Wurmbrand clearly has a devil controlling his mind.
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