Christian Bookstores And Synagogues

31 Mar

Last year a young man opened a Christian bookstore in a small town not far from where I live. My wife and I were excited because we always had to travel 20 miles to get to the nearest one. We went and checked it out. It was quite cramped. Unlike those mega bookstores, it carried only a few Bibles (mostly NIV) and other Christian materials. I picked up a couple of books and after leafing though a few pages, I was troubled in my spirit. Through discernment, I knew these books weren’t of God. Although the author never gave his religious affiliation and was quite vague throughout his books, the beliefs expounded in them were very much those of a Jehovah’s Witness or Christadelphian. The latter is a group that shares some beliefs with Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was disappointed because this young man, a born again Christian, frowned upon those huge Christian bookstore chains that were out to make money.

 

He wanted to do something good for the community and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, he couldn’t see that some of the merchandise he was selling where from adherents of false gospels. Whenever I come across heretical materials, I destroy them. I don’t put them in the recycling box because someone could pick it up, read it and be deceived.  Sadly, the owner of this Christian bookstore did not have biblical discernment. He couldn’t recognize good Christian books from bad ones. Within a year he went out of business. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. The owner now runs a Dollar Store. He still sells Bibles and a few books in a back room.

 

Three doors down is a thrift store which is run by young couple who told us they were sabbath keeping Christians and they observe the Jewish holy days. They even close their shop for an entire week during the Feast of the Trumpets, as well as on Saturdays. The church they attend is in someone’s garage. It’s a synagogue and is called the “Syna-Garage.” More and more Christians are now worshiping with Jewish people in an attempt to show peace and unity. Is there anything wrong with this? Is this a form of apostasy? Is it a slap in God’s face for Christians to revert back to the Old Covenant?

 

I don’t see a spiritual purpose for those who are born again to keep Jewish festivals, which were teaching instruments until the Christ should come. The yearly feast days were prophetic and pointed toward the coming of Christ and His sacrifice. They were to be celebrated at the temple in Jerusalem with meat, drink and animal offerings. When they were fulfilled through Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection, there was no need to continue the feasts. To continue observing the feasts is indicative that one does not believe they have been fulfilled.

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