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Like tithing, intercession is one of those topics in the Church which a majority of teachers are teaching you wrong about. It’s a big problem when your shepherds lie to you, because lies end up creating problems in your personal relationship with God. Bad teaching about tithing inspires Christians to disrespect God and/or fear that His acceptance of them is not something they can count on. Bad teaching about intercession does major damage as well.
We have three Creators: Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Church confuses you about the identity of your Gods by teaching you that your three Creators are one mysterious blob called the Trinity. We can always count on the Church to make a complicated mess out of something simple. The simple truth is that we have three separate and distinct Gods who are equal to Each Other in every way. You see, Gods can be equal to Each Other without having to be one mysterious blob. Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are not just different “expressions” of the same Being, as Trinitarians try to say. They are three separate Beings.
How would you like it if we said you weren’t really your own person, but just one personality of a single human with an identity disorder who sometimes presents as you, sometimes as your mother, and sometimes as your father? Wouldn’t it be annoying if every time you said something, we blew it off as just part of your weird disorder? Well, Jesus doesn’t appreciate it when we say that He’s just another version of Yahweh. Jesus is most certainly not another version of Yahweh. Jesus is Jesus. He has His own thoughts, He has His own will, and He wasn’t having a psychotic episode in Gethsemane when He cried, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” You see, the Trinity theory grossly insults our Creators because once we start talking like They are just “expressions” of a single Being, then we are forced to devalue what They say. Yahweh wants us to view Jesus’ death on a cross as an epic sacrifice on His part. He wants us to view it like a Father voluntarily sacrificing His only Son. Well, if we’re going to say that Yahweh and Jesus are really the same Being, then obviously no one sacrificed anyone. Yahweh just showed up as an alternate Personality named Jesus, and then He went around pretending to talk to Himself by another name.
One of the main reasons Jesus walked among us in human form for so long was to demonstrate the soul attitudes which please our Makers. Jesus said over and over again that obeying and honoring Yahweh was His top priority in life. The people who saw Him doing this believed that Jesus was a human being, just like them, and that’s what made the demonstration so powerful. Later on, when it finally dawned on people that Jesus was actually God and not just another human, they still had a fine example of the kind of submission that pleases our Makers. Jesus’ role playing is of vital importance, yet if we’re going to say that Jesus is Yahweh in another form, then the whole exercise becomes meaningless. Suddenly Jesus is not showing us the correct way to treat our Gods, He’s just acting like a nutcase who has an obsession with His alter ego. Are you seeing the problem with the Trinity theory? It’s demeaning. It invalidates who our Gods are and reduces Them to one three-faced Mystery who goes around saying pointless things.
The Trinity theory was invented by foolish Church leaders centuries after Jesus walked the earth. None of the New Testament writers believed in the Trinity, so what did they believe? Well, the New Testament writers were Jewish men who grew up believing that Yahweh was the only God in existence. Many of them never changed that belief, even after they claimed to be Christians. The apostle Paul and the author of Hebrews are fine examples of this. Instead of accepting Jesus and the Holy Spirit as the magnificent Gods that They are, Paul and the author of Hebrews continued to promote Yahweh as the only true God. They then promoted Jesus as Yahweh’s right hand Man. They taught that Jesus outranked the angels, but that He just didn’t qualify as Yahweh’s equal. Don’t believe it? Let’s look at an example.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind: the man Christ Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom for all people. (1 Tim. 2:6)
Here Paul says that there’s only one God, and that God is Yahweh. As for Jesus, He is not God, but merely a human who is constantly interceding between Yahweh and the human race. Does this sound right to you? If it does, then guess what? You’re on your way to Hell. You see, under the New Covenant, there’s no room for downplaying the Divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our Gods demand that we reverentially submit to all three of Them as Gods before They will accept us. 1 Timothy was one of the last letters Paul wrote. That means he’s calling Christ a human being towards the end of his life. Is this a good sign about where Paul ended up in eternity? Not hardly.
You cannot get saved under this Covenant by rejecting the Divinity of Christ—period. The fact that you find New Testament Jews doing this throughout the epistles does not change Yahweh’s requirements, it’s just a shocking example of how adamantly the early Church leaders rejected the Divinity of Christ. But the fact remains that under the current Covenant you only have two options: submission to three Gods, or spending eternity in Hell. This means that when you buy into this rot about a Trinity which was cooked up by some delusional Catholic bishops back in the 4th century AD, you’re playing a dangerous game. The Trinity doctrine insists that God is one. Is merely submitting to one God good enough to get you saved under this Covenant? No, it is not. We have three Gods. If you have a problem with this idea, you need to do some serious praying on the matter (see The Trinity Doctrine: Is it an obstacle to salvation?).
So if this is supposed to be a post about intercession, why all this discussion about how many Gods we have? Because the identity of your Gods and the doctrine of intercession are intimately connected. As soon as you buy into the idea that Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit are interceding for you, you are actually treating Them as lower ranking than Yahweh. This is the mindset behind biblical intercession, and this is the same mindset we are still using today.
So what is the point of using an intercessor? One reason is to help make communication possible between two humans who can’t communicate. Maybe a couple wants a divorce, but they can’t talk to each other without getting into a screaming match. Or maybe your friend Sarah was really hurt by her boyfriend Mike, and she’s not talking to him. So Mike asks you to give Sarah a message for him. In these cases a third party is called in to help make communication possible between two people who are too upset to speak directly.
Another common use for intercessors today is when there’s a cultural barrier. You’d like to visit Italy, but you don’t speak Italian. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you bring a friend who can speak both English and Italian, and that friend will then mediate for you with other Italians. Or your American company wants to do business with a company in China. When it comes time for the meeting of company representatives, you bring along someone who has studied Chinese culture so that you can make a good impression on the Chinese businessmen that you’re meeting with. In all of these examples, a third party is called in to intercede between two parties who are having difficulties communicating with each other. The two parties might want to communicate, but there are obstacles in their way that they can’t overcome on their own. The husband is just too upset with his wife. Sarah has been too hurt by Mike. The Italian cab driver can’t decipher your hand motions. The Chinese businessman could be offended by your body language. These examples illustrate that a mediator or intercessor is essentially acting as a problem solver. But these examples don’t quite capture how biblical intercession worked.
Suppose you want to send a letter to the American president. The fact is that you can’t. The American president isn’t willing to directly communicate with you, so the best you can do is send a letter that will be intercepted by someone else. That someone else will then decide if your letter is worthy of the president’s attention. If it’s not, they’ll throw it out, or send you some polite brush off. Now before the American president became the president, it was an easy matter to communicate directly to him. You could just send him a letter, he’d find that letter in his mailbox, and he’d read it. So what changed? Rank. The American president is the president, whereas you are just a lowly citizen. Even though the man hasn’t changed, his attitude towards you has. Now that he is holding the highest position in American society, the president is closed to the idea of receiving mail from regular citizens. Instead, he’s chosen an inner circle of people who are allowed to speak to him directly, and those people act as intercessors for the rest of the American public. This is the kind of interceding that Paul is talking about when he says that Jesus intercedes between humans and Yahweh. It isn’t that Yahweh couldn’t talk to us, it’s that He’s refusing to on the basis of rank. Yahweh is so far above us in Authority, power, and everything else, that He simply refuses to directly associate with us lowly dots. And once Yahweh makes Himself unapproachable like this, if we’re going to get any message through to Him, we need help. We need to figure out who Yahweh’s inner circle of friends are—the folks who He allows to speak to Him directly. This is when we get into the idea of Jesus and the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf. You see, according to guys like Paul and the author of Hebrews, Jesus is the handy go-between who hooks us up with the Almighty yet aloof Yahweh. The Holy Spirit is useful here as well, and Paul even goes so far as to suggest that the Holy Spirit actually changes our prayers to make them acceptable to a holy God’s ears.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Rom. 8:26)
According to Paul, Yahweh gives the Holy Spirit some kind of brain scan to find out what we humans are praying for.
And Yahweh who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for Yahweh’s people in accordance with the will of Yahweh. (Rom. 8:27)
Every time Paul refers to God, realize he’s only thinking of Yahweh. Jesus is not God to Paul, He’s just a human mediator. Paul presents the Holy Spirit as a non-human errand boy who runs interference between us and Yahweh. But notice how clearly Paul is separating Yahweh from the Holy Spirit. If Yahweh was the Holy Spirit, there would be no need for intercession. But no, Yahweh is the distant, glorious King who we human specks mustn’t dare to approach directly. So we need Jesus to mediate and we need the Holy Spirit to fix our prayers for us. Paul says we are too ignorant to know how to pray right, but happily the Holy Spirit is there to fix our mistakes.
What is wrong with this kind of talk? Well, teaching like this is encouraging you to view your Gods as having differing ranks. Yahweh is the superior One, while Jesus and the Holy Spirit are lower ranking, yet more accessible, errand boys. Equality among your Creators becomes a lost concept, and if you don’t think They are equal in rank, that is going to affect your submission to Them. After all, if you view God Almighty like just another human, you’re hardly going to take submitting to Him very seriously. If you listen to Paul, then you’re not going to view Jesus as anything more than some really cool Prophet dude who got a major promotion for a job well done on earth. Sucking up to Jesus would definitely be attractive in hopes that He could hook you up with power on the other side. This is what the disciples James and John were trying to do when they asked Jesus to guarantee them positions of high honor beside Him in eternity (see Know Your Bible Lesson 60: Greedy Disciples). But sucking up and reverential submission are two different things. We have to submit to Jesus as God Almighty in order to obtain salvation. We can’t just be admiring Him as some special human who scored with God.
When Yahweh first introduced the concept of intercession back in Moses’ day, He made it clear that it was an issue of rank. The reason Levite priests had to process your sacrifices for you was because the Almighty Yahweh was unwilling to receive an offering directly from you. As a regular Jew, you were not allowed to enter the Holy Place or Most Holy Place, you weren’t allowed to look at the Ark of the Covenant in an uncovered state or touch certain holy objects inside the Tabernacle. As a regular Jew, Yahweh said that you had to keep a respectful distance from Him when it came to offering Him sacrifices. There were two key reasons to offer sacrifices: obtaining God’s forgiveness for your sin, and expressing your love for Him. We rarely hear about that second reason in the Church today. Instead, when you hear about sacrifices, you’re taught to think of a negative sin problem. But this was not how things actually worked. Sacrifices were also acts of worship, and there was nothing negative about that (see Know Your Bible Lesson 6: The Sacrificial System).
Now because Yahweh set up this system of priestly intercessors, we think it was only natural that people came to view Him as a rather distant, inaccessible God. Today, we are still perpetuating this mindset in the Church. Ever wonder why the common Christian prayer pattern is to start with “Dear Father” and end with “In Jesus’ Name”? We pray to God the Father because we view Him as having superior rank over Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We end with “In Jesus’ Name” because we are calling on lower ranking Jesus to carry our prayer to Yahweh for us. Today, this would be like writing a letter to the American president which you start with “Dear Mr. President.” But then when you mail it, you write on the envelope “The President, c/o Secretary John.” That c/o means “in care of”—it means “give this letter to Secretary John, who is taking care of the president’s mail.” This is what we’re doing when we pray. You send a message to God the Father, but you think you have to send it to Him through Jesus, otherwise it won’t reach its destination. Then Jesus’ Name quickly becomes the magic fix that you slap onto everything you do. “Make the demon go away, in Jesus’ Name. Please help my mother get well, in Jesus’ Name. Please show me what to do, in Jesus’ Name.” You’re not praying to Jesus, you’re just treating His Name like the stamp you put on a letter to get the mailman to pick it up. If the mailman sees a letter without a stamp, he won’t take it. In the same way, Christians are taught to think that if they don’t use the “in Jesus’ Name” sign-off, their requests won’t be put in God’s priority inbox. Are we revering Jesus as God Almighty when we use His Name like this? No, and this is what’s wrong with intercession. Intercession causes us to rank our Gods, and then grossly disrespect Them.
Once we accept that Yahweh is the superior God, while Jesus and the Holy Spirit are merely His Assistants, we are quick to accept all kinds of irreverent rot as truth. After all, if Jesus is just a human and not God Almighty, then surely He won’t reign forever. He must just be reigning temporarily as some perk from Yahweh, but surely one day He’ll be shoved back down into His rightful place as a lowly creature and the one true God will reign supreme. This is what the apostle Paul teaches.
And when everything is subject to Christ, then Christ Himself will be made subject to the One who put everything under Him, so that Yahweh may be all in all. (1 Cor. 15:28)
How irreverent is this? And yet this is the fool who we’re all taught to admire in the Church. This Christ bashing rot is what you go around promoting as “Divinely inspired wisdom” because you never question these foolish pastors who teach you that the Bible is “inspired, inerrant, and infallible.”
Paul doesn’t believe Christ is God. Paul thinks Christ only received the promotion to being “the Son of God” after Christ resurrected from the dead.
…concerning Yahweh’s Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,… (Rom. 1:3-4)
And who raised Jesus from the dead? Jesus said He raised Himself. But obviously some mere mortal can’t pull off a stunt like that, so Paul teaches that it was Yahweh who raised Christ from the dead. It had to be Yahweh—He’s the only God around. This is why Paul says:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that Yahweh raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom. 10:9)
Well, no, you most certainly will not be saved if all you’re doing is using an ancient Jew’s definition of a “Lord.” That’s like calling Jesus “Sir” or “Boss.” That’s not at all the same as calling Him “God.”
And of course if Jesus is just a human, then we can start talking about His limitations. Here is where the author of Hebrews makes the obnoxious claim that imperfect Jesus actually had to bumble around on earth maturing through suffering before He could really understand what it meant to obey God.
Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by Yahweh to be high priest… (Heb. 5:8-10)
Does it bother you to hear Jesus being bashed on like this? It certainly should. Jesus is not some really good student of pain who earned a big gold star from Yahweh. Jesus has never been less than perfect, so this garbage about Him having to be made perfect is utter rot. Are you seeing why it is so insulting to God to say the Bible is inerrant? To say that there is no false teaching in the Bible is the same as saying that Christ started off as some imperfect bumbler who didn’t have a clue about what pleases God until He was educated by suffering on earth. What’s His grand prize for being such a good learner? He now gets to play the role of high priest in Heaven. According to the author of Hebrews, Christ now sits around mediating between us and the God who He had to learn how to obey. Does this sound right to you?
How did we get to the point where we so grossly insult our Gods without even realizing what we’re doing? How did we arrive in this deluded place where we say that Christ bashing fools like the apostle Paul and the author of Hebrews were actually speaking the words of the Holy Spirit? We won’t see the day that the Holy Spirit insults His Peers like this. So where are we going wrong? It’s simple: we’re depending on spiritual rebels for our spiritual education instead of on our Gods. It’s quite obvious that something was going very wrong between Paul and God when you look at how he describes Christ, Yahweh, and the Holy Spirit. The man was clearly out of touch with the real Gods. So was the author of Hebrews. And once a man doesn’t even know God, is he going to accurately explain how God operates? Not hardly.
Before his supposed conversion to Christianity, Paul was a Pharisee. Pharisees were renowned spiritual rebels, hence we find Jesus speaking hatefully towards them all throughout the Gospels (see Know Your Bible Lesson 62: Woe to the Pharisees). Like many Bible teachers today, the Pharisees intentionally mangled the meaning of Scriptures. They invented their own delusional ideas about Yahweh’s history with Israel and they rewrote His Old Covenant for Him. As Jesus explained, the Pharisees didn’t want people to get into a right relationship with God. Instead, they wanted to keep people in a state of spiritual ignorance. So while they set themselves up as experts on Scripture in Jewish society, their real intention was to prevent souls from ever learning truth. This is why Jesus said:
“Woe to you, teachers of religious law and you Pharisees—hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter, either!
Woe to you, teachers of religious law and you Pharisees—hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of Hell that you yourselves are!” (Matt. 23:13-15)
Notice that last part about Pharisees pouring great effort into making a single convert—a convert to what? To Judaism, of course—the national religion of New Testament Israel. True Judaism is an adherence to Yahweh’s Old Covenant, which was the right thing to do before the revelation of Jesus. But were the Pharisees really teaching their new converts to adhere to the Old Covenant? No, according to Jesus, they were turning new converts into “children of Hell.” In other words, they were teaching them to be hardened spiritual rebels. How? By encouraging souls to stubbornly defy God while at the same time pretending to care about Him.
The Pharisees were very popular in Jesus’ day, just as many idiot Bible teachers and pastors are enormously popular today. You can’t become popular unless a bunch of people make you so by admiring you and hanging on your every word. This is what you are doing today when you blindly believe anything some Christian teacher tells you instead of asking God for wisdom. If you are serious about knowing God, you can’t just park your brains and swallow whatever some mortal tells you about Him. Whether you’re reading the Bible, a blog like ours, or listening to someone pontificate about spiritual things, you need to be praying in the privacy of your own heart for the Holy Spirit to guide you. If you refuse to seek His wisdom and acknowledge that God is the only Authority on God, then you can be sure that He will intentionally set you up to be led astray. This idolatrous mentality of exalting human beings as infallible sources of truth is why the Church is in the mess she’s in today. Why do we have so many spiritual morons manning the pulpits of our churches and pumping out books that are filled with blasphemous lies? Because we’re getting spanked by the real Gods who are fed up with us treating our Bibles and our human leaders as superior to Them. No one is superior to our Gods, and no one can stand in as a substitute for Them in your life.
So then, 2,000 years ago, Jewish leaders were lying to their people about how Yahweh views human beings and today we are perpetuating many of those lies. Our understanding of how intercession worked under the Old Covenant is extremely flawed. It’s commonly believed that no one could get right with Yahweh unless some human priest assisted them by processing their sacrifices. This is an absolute lie.
THE PURPOSE OF INTERCESSION UNDER THE OLD COVENANT
The truth is that Yahweh has always invited people to directly communicate with Him in their hearts. He never taught that human mediators were needed for a soul to simply talk to Him. Instead, He taught that He was personally involved in every life and that He was readily available to any soul who wanted to find Him. It was only in the physical rituals of bringing sacrifices to God that Yahweh insisted on the presence of mediators. Why was this? Because He was trying to teach the little brats reverence—a concept which they never had much use for.
We have to realize that the massive mob of Hebrew slaves that Yahweh first introduced His Covenant to were a bunch of hardhearted demon worshipers who wanted nothing to do with Him. Sure they’d stand around acting interested when Moses was chewing them out, but then they’d go into their tents and start worshiping the family idols.
Bringing animal sacrifices to God was not at all unique to Judaism. In ancient times, all the pagans sacrificed. Priestly mediators were nothing new, but people also sacrificed to their demon gods directly. When Yahweh first kicked off the sacrificial system, the Jews were going out into the fields around their tents and making sacrifices to a variety of gods.
“If any native Israelite sacrifices a bull or a lamb or a goat anywhere inside or outside the camp instead of bringing it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to present it as an offering to Yahweh, that person will be as guilty as a murderer. Such a person has shed blood and will be cut off from the community. The purpose of this rule is to stop the Israelites from sacrificing animals in the open fields. It will ensure that they bring their sacrifices to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle, so he can present them to Yahweh as peace offerings. Then the priest will be able to splatter the blood against Yahweh’s altar at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and he will burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to Yahweh. The people must no longer be unfaithful to Yahweh by offering sacrifices to the goat demons. This is a permanent law for them, to be observed from generation to generation.” (Lev. 17:3-7)
By centralizing the sacrifices and limiting the handling of them to a small group of trained priests, Yahweh was trying to cut down on the idolatrous shenanigans and separate the worship of Him from the worship of other gods. Baal, Marduk, Egyptian gods, the sun, stars, and planets—there was no end to the beings and objects which the Jews worshiped and sacrificed to. They built temples to these gods, sacrificed animals and human children to them, and went through all kinds of religious hoopla. If Yahweh hadn’t invented a formal system of rituals for the Jews to follow in offering sacrifices to Him, He would never have received very much respect in their minds. Even as it was, most Jews only ever went through the motions of worshiping Yahweh when they really didn’t give a flip. This is why we find Yahweh complaining over and over again in the prophetic books about being disrespected by His people.
Yahweh says: “These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” (Isa. 29:13)
THE LIMITS OF INTERCESSION
So then, priestly intercession was a key part of the sacrificial system. But the question we now need to ask is this: how important was the sacrificial system? Could you get into a good place with Yahweh without it? What most Christians don’t realize is that the sacrificial system was either totally corrupted or entirely shut down for most of Israel’s history. What we find in the Old Testament are many examples of souls sincerely following God and being approved of by Him even during times when the sacrificial system wasn’t running. This means that the whole idea of bringing sacrifices and having priests intercede for you wasn’t nearly as important as we’ve been led to believe.
As we learned from that passage in Leviticus, Yahweh required that all sacrifices be processed in one place. Eventually that place became the Temple in Jerusalem. Well, there were a ton of Jews and most of them didn’t live in Jerusalem. And there were a ton of priests, but a lot of them were rebellious creeps. What happens when Jewish priests who are supposed to be interceding between people and God start sleeping around with a bunch of Jewish women and stuffing their own guts with portions of animal sacrifices that were supposed to be given to God? If you’re a sincere little Jew who comes to the Tabernacle to offer your perfect lamb to Yahweh, and you see one of the sleazy sons of the high priest Eli messing up your sacrifice right in front of you, that would be very upsetting. Is Yahweh then going to reject your sacrifice because the priest messed it up and pretend like He has no idea about what’s happening? No, He’s going to say that you are righteous in His eyes and then He’s going to condemn the creep who is messing with you. The high priest Eli and his two sleazy priest sons made Yahweh so angry with their abuse of their roles that Yahweh actually announced all three of them were going to go to Hell while the men were still alive on the planet (see Three Priests who Went to Hell). So the next time someone tries to tell you that spiritual leaders have special protection from God, no, they don’t. It’s more like spiritual leaders get in extra trouble with God when they intentionally abuse God’s flock (see Can Christian leaders claim special protection from God?).
For most of Israel’s history, the sacrificial system was non-functioning. Before the formation of Israel, there were no priests interceding between Yahweh and people. In Genesis, we find Yahweh hanging out with Adam and Eve in the Garden and showing up to eat a meal with Abraham. We find Noah staying faithful to God even when the whole world is defying him. Where were Noah’s intercessors? He didn’t have any. And by the time we get to the days of Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel, the Temple in Jerusalem was jam packed with demonic idols, so there was no way those men could have offered sacrifices to Yahweh even if they wanted to. In the days of Malachi, the priests were totally corrupt and dragging wheezing disease bags into the Temple, as if Yahweh wouldn’t notice that they were offering Him the worst of their flocks.
“But you dishonor My Name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile Yahweh’s table. You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve Yahweh,’ and you turn up your noses at My commands,” says Yahweh Almighty. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks Yahweh.
“Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great King,” says Yahweh Almighty, “and My Name is feared among the nations!” (Mal. 1:10-14)
Yahweh is not a some blind fool who is so busy running the universe that He doesn’t notice when people are trying to dump garbage onto His altar.
“Listen, you priests—this command is for you! Listen to Me and make up your minds to honor My Name,” says Yahweh Almighty, “or I will bring a terrible curse against you. I will curse even the blessings you receive. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you have not taken My warning to heart. I will punish your descendants and smear your faces with the manure from your festival sacrifices, and I will throw you on the manure pile and you will be taken away with it!” (Mal. 2:1-3)
A face full of poop: that’s what God says He’s going to give these snarky priests who are daring to publicly defy Him. Well, if the priests are ticking God off to this degree, what about the sincere souls who are living in this day and wanting to be in a right place with God? If all of the available intercessors are spitting in God’s face, where does that leave the souls who want to be right in His eyes? Here’s the key point that you need to understand: a lack of intercession has never prevented people from being able to succeed with God. The prophets Ezekiel and Daniel were hauled out of Israel as slaves and stuck living miles away from Jerusalem. Then the Temple was totally burned down and left in rubble for 70 years—so much for obeying those sacrificial laws. And yet a lack of intercession and sacrifices has never stopped anyone from finding, knowing, and succeeding with God. So when Yahweh commanded His people to bring sacrifices for their sins, did He want them to do it? Of course. But if they couldn’t do it for some reason, did He then announce that they were cut off from Him? Not at all.
God has always judged us by our soul’s response to Him and only our soul’s response. Eli and his sons didn’t get thrown into Hell for doing a sloppy job as priests. They were damned because they were defying God on a soul level and refusing to repent out of it. It is the same today. One preacher teaches lies about God to his flock in order to manipulate and control them. Another preacher teaches lies about God, but he honestly doesn’t see the error in his ways and in his heart he is sincerely trying to honor God. On the outside, both men are preaching the same message, and that message is wrong. But is God going to respond to these two men the same? Certainly not. The guy with the snarky soul attitude is going to be in big trouble with God, but the guy who sincerely cares is going to be rewarded for his obedience, even though he’s technically doing it wrong.
Obedience and rebellion are soul attitudes, not external behaviors. God has always judged people based on how their souls are responding directly to Him. Human mediators have nothing to do with it. You can have some holy man pray for you today, but nothing he says is going to get you back into a good place with God if you’re harboring some rotten attitude. Your relationship with God is a personal, direct thing. Priests have never had the power to get people in or out of alignment with God. Under the Old Covenant, priests were commanded to go through a bunch of God honoring motions, and they got in big trouble when they refused to view honoring God as a serious thing. But priest or not, each soul had a direct, personal relationship with God, and we find Yahweh responding to souls directly all throughout the Old Testament.
Once we understand how limited and non-essential the role of human intercessors was under the Old Covenant, we can see how wrong the New Testament writers are to insist that there is some desperate need for Christ and/or the Holy Spirit to intercede between Yahweh and Christians today. No, there is not, because there has never been a need for anyone to intercede between humans and God. There have only ever been certain intercession rituals in which priests went through certain God-ordained motions as a means of honoring Him. So when the author of Hebrews acts like it is some great relief to have Jesus perpetually interceding for us in Heaven, he’s talking like a fool. Yahweh has never been the aloof, inaccessible God that the Jews make Him out to be. He’s never been unapproachable. He only became so in their minds because they chose to ignore what He was actually teaching them.
INTERCESSION & YOU
It was very useful for the religious leaders in Jesus’ day to teach the people that Yahweh was some distant, unapproachable Being, because then they could get the people to feel dependent on them. In the same way, many leaders in the Church today are shoving this intercession garbage on you as a means of setting up barriers between you and God. Once you think you can’t pray to God directly, but that you have to send messages through Mary, angels, your dead parents, or (heaven help us) St. Paul, then what is going to happen to your confidence in God? It’s hard to feel secure that He got the message once you have to start depending on middlemen. What if Mary isn’t in the mood to answer you? What if Gabriel is too busy duking it out with Satan somewhere to hear you? What if St. Paul is actually in Hell and your dead parents are unable to hear you? In the Old Testament, Yahweh emphasizes that He is a ragingly jealous Being who detests it when His people pray to anyone other than Him. So what do we have today? Christian leaders teaching us that it is right and proper to pray to angels and dead people instead of to God directly. And then we have dingdongs in the New Testament reducing Jesus and the Holy Spirit to mere messengers who exist as buffers between us and the inaccessible Yahweh. Given all these layers of lies, is it any wonder that people think “the God of the Old Testament” is some moody, brooding Figure who is too intimidating to talk to? This is where you end up when you rely on creatures to teach you about your Creators instead of going direct.
The truth is that you don’t need intercession. No one has ever needed intercession. Before Christ came, we only knew about Yahweh. Now we know about Christ and the Holy Spirit as well. Today we are supposed to be praying directly to all three of our glorious Creators. We are supposed to be revering Them as three equal Gods, not as one Superior Being with two impressive yet lesser Assistants.
We have three Gods, and They all act like Gods in our lives. They do not act like one God and two Intercessors. Jesus is not some human who won some temporary honor from Yahweh. The Holy Spirit is not some mysterious Ghost who sits around groaning on our behalf. Yahweh is not some distant King who considers Himself too holy to get involved with His own creations.
We have three Gods, and They are all intimately involved in every aspect of your life at all times. You should not be asking your pastor what God’s will for you is, you should be asking God. You should not be confessing your sins to a priest and then asking him to forgive you on God’s behalf. Your priest cannot do bumpkus to alter God’s view of you. Your relationship with God is personal. When you refuse to deal with God directly, that doesn’t change the fact that He is dealing with you directly, nor does it change how He judges you. It is your soul’s response to God that you will be judged by, and you’re not going to be responding to God well when you’re busy praying to Mary or admiring angels or talking to dead people or fawning over some priest. So stop with the middlemen. Stop asking other Christians to pray for you as if they have the power to control the way God interacts with you. Whenever you invite some other human to try and fix your relationship with God, you’re acting like the wife who tries to fix the tension between herself and her husband by asking another woman to climb into bed between them. Does this make sense? Not hardly. Intercession always leads us astray.
Now that Yahweh has changed Covenants and thrown out the entire sacrificial system, there isn’t even a place for intercession rituals anymore. We need to do better than the New Testament preachers who refused to let go of the old ways and accept Jesus as the magnificent God that He is. We need to realize that our lame Church fathers have put together a spiritual manual for us that leaves much to be desired. You aren’t going to get a correct understanding of how the New Covenant works by relying on the teachings of men like Paul who rejected what Yahweh was doing. If you want to know the truth about who your Gods are and what They want from you, you need to throw out all forms of intercession and start going direct. Ask Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to help you know Them better and to have Their total way with you. It is only by going direct that you will ever gain an accurate understanding of truth.
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All About Tithing
SAINTS: Who is your soul having sex with?
Lifting Each Other Up in Prayer
Intercessory Prayer Teams: Don’t Go There
Prayer Warriors: Disrespecting God & Proud of It
Unintentionally Leading God’s Flock Astray (Help for Pastors & Priests)
The Laying On of Hands
The Great Offense of Paul: Rejecting the Divinity of Christ
In Jesus’ Name, Amen: How does God feel about the traditional Christian sign-off?
The Power of a Righteous Man’s Prayer