"The Kabbalah - the REAL Origin of the Trinity Doctrine."
Pastor K. Kirkland Valdez Apostolic Church, Valdez, Alaska
[An abridged article from "The View from the Lighthouse" newsletter, July 1998.]
Louis Berkhof, in his "History of Christian Doctrines," says the first perversion of Christianity was a form of Jewish Christianity: "marked by theosophic speculations and strict asceticism," "Circumcision and Sabbath were held in honor; ...magic and astrology were practiced among them. In all probability the epistle to the Colossians and 1st Tim. refer to this heresy." (p. 44) Not only Colossians and 1 Timothy, which Berkhof refers to, but history also verifies his conclusions.
Here we have the first apostasy of Christianity, opposed by the Apostle Paul. Those who understand the Mystery of iniquity should recognize Berkhof's observations in the following verses as identifying marks of the Jewish Kabbalah. Observations such as: theosophic speculations, strict asceticism, circumcision and Sabbath keeping, magic and astrology.
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." (Col 2:16-18)
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called." (1 Tim 6:20)
Don't miss this - the apostasy in the early Church and the endtime antichrist apostasy or "falling away" are, at its foundation, both linked to Gnostic Jewish Kabbalism!
Historically, following Jewish Gnosticism, Berkhof described the second perversion of Christianity as Christian Gnosticism. He says "It's original form was rooted in Judaism, but it ultimately developed into a strange mixture of Jewish elements, Christian doctrines, and heathen speculative thought." (Pg 45) Others who have noted this are:
We need to pay special attention to what Berkhof tells us next. Here is where Kabbalistic Gnosticism subverted the course of original Christianity. He said some of Gnosticism's peculiarities were ... "absorbed by the Church and in course of time came to fruition in the Roman Catholic Church with it's ... philosophy of a hidden God who should be approached through intermediaries (saints, angels, Mary) and it's emphasis on asceticism."
An observation from someone outside the fishbowl of Christianity can prove interesting. such as Albert Pike, the high prophet of Freemasonry, on the origin of Trinitarianism, for instance. On such subversive matters, and with the secret avenues he had at his disposal - he was in a position to know.
In his secret book "Morals and Dogma" it says Kabbalist "Jews were the direct precursors of Gnosticism," their Kabbalist doctrine being derived from their long history of "intimate relations" while in Babylon. If you go to the index and look up "Trinity" you find this: "Trinities of the Kabbalists the origin of the Christian Trinity."
Many pages of his ponderous book are devoted to how the Sephiroth trinities of the Kabbalah, the mysterious "three in one," got transposed into Christianity as the Trinity. Indeed, and my own independent research has came to the same conclusion.
Some Oneness researchers, such as William Chalfant, have noted something very odd about the one who played the key role in the development of Trinitarian theory - he was a Jew! Not a Christian. His name? Philo of Alexandria. Pike has inside info on him too; Philo, he says, was a Kabbalist "initiate of the mysteries."
In the following quotation, Ted Pike, in his book "Israel, our duty our dilemma," has perceived also the confusion that has been introduced into Christian theology by Jewish gnosticism. He, however, only calls it "a subtle influence." Being Trinitarian, he, as would be expected, reports the damage done to Christianity as only Catholic "asceticism, celibacy, and monasticism." The author singles out the Pharisees, who are actually Masonic-like Kabbalists, the most bitter enemies of Jesus Christ. Note especially the last few lines:
No wonder Jesus said "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees!" Matt. 16:6.
As vast an impact upon Christianity as Gnostic Kabbalism has made, yet it is but one of the many subversions of the Great Whore, "Mystery Babylon the great." Not only in religious matters but also in politics, economics, and occultism - "... for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived," Rev. 18:23.
Note: Many have rightly noted the powerful influence of Greek philosophy and the pagan "trinities" of the world in the development of the Trinity doctrine. The Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, & Shiva, for instance, during the early centuries of the Christian era (the Hindu trinity's origin is Babylon, where it was incorporated by the Jews into the Kabbalah, during their long stay in Babylon. The names of Brahma, Vishnu, & Shiva being transposed into Jewish names of the "sephiroths"). But God bypasses these, his ire and wrath, instead, directed towards an apostate, occult, religious whore - the REAL culprit.
K. Kirkland, Pastor - This article is Copyright © 1999, All rights reserved.
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