THE PHINEHAS HOODS:
A Biblical Examination of Unscriptural Vigilantism


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The following was reported on March 21, 1997 in The Times [St. Petersburg, Florida] newspaper:

"…according to CHD [Coalition for Human Dignity] research director Robert Crawford. 'The Phineas [sic] Priesthood is an honor that is bestowed on a Christian Identity believer who commits a racist or anti-Semitic or anti-gay murder."1

Any honest person who is familiar at all with the Christian Israel movement knows that statement is about as accurate and truthful a representation of Christian Identity as it would be to say that frogs have fangs and eat infants while they sleep in their cribs. Nevertheless, there are some - a very few - who have self-appointed themselves as God's so-called "hatchet team," thus giving the media and their controllers the opportunity to malign all who adhere to the Christian Israel truth, even though such people come form a wide variety of religious persuasions. One such self-appointed modern-day "Phinehas priest" declared:

"Frequently I have heard various forms of the question put to me, 'Why did you become a Phinehas priest?', though most do not even know what it is. The Phinehas priesthood was established in perpetuity by Yahweh, as described in the Bible at Numbers, chapter 25. When Israel had flagrantly disobeyed Yah's laws of purity, they were plagued with killing diseases, but when Phinehas took personal initiative to execute Yahweh's judgment, the plague came to an end, and Yahweh stated that there would be an everlasting priesthood in Phinehas' name. So a Phinehas priest is a MAN who acts on personal initiative [author's own capitalization and underscoring] to execute Yah's judgment on violations of Yah's laws which are adversely affecting His people."2

Another man wrote:

"As the Kamikaze is to the Japanese, as the Shiite is to Islam, as the Zionist is to the Jew, so the Phineas [sic] priest is to Christendom. 'Only the fool ignores the Phineas [sic] Priest of God!'….

"In Denver, Colorado an anti-Christian radio announcer stepped from his Volkswagen and was greeted with a hail of gunfire. In North Carolina, men entered a homosexual porno- parlor, shot the occupants and burned the parlor down on top of them.

"In the Midwest, interracial couples jogging together fell one after another before the carefully spaced shots of a distant sniper. In Seattle, a bomb exploded in a porno movie theatre. In Washington State a Brinks car is held up and money taken to finance further acts against the establishment.

"In Louisiana, Vietnamese fishing boats are set aflame. In Chicago, a pedestrian draws a pistol and shoots down two assailants. In D.C., a White prostitute and her Black pimp are found shot to death.

"It makes little difference whether you agree or disagree with the Phineas [sic] Priesthood. It is important that you know that it exists, is active, and in the near future may become a central fact in your life."3

Still from another author:

"For lack of a better term, the Phinehas Priest is God's commando…. Basically, Phinehas was given a license to kill."4

Phinehas hoods! "Do you not mean the Phinehas Priesthood?" No, I do not! Certainly most of our readers have heard of the Phinehas Priesthood. "Do you mean individuals today who have taken it upon themselves to execute the judgments of God upon violators of God's law?" No, I do not! I mean the Phinehas Priesthood as found in the Biblical account of Phinehas in Numbers 25:

And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people [of Israel] began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they [the Moabites] called the people [of Israel] unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people [of Israel] did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto [the Moabite god] Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh5 was kindled against Israel. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before Yahweh against the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, [Zimri] the man of Israel, and [Cozbi] the [Midianite] woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel…. And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Vex the Midianites, and smite them: For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake. (Numbers 25:1-18)

With recent events and with certain authors promoting a "Phinehas priesthood" for today, it is imperative that a distinction be made between the Phinehas Priesthood in Numbers 25 and the Phinehas hoods of today. No matter what some have preached and written or what others have claimed, there is no God-ordained Phinehas Priesthood in existence today. One promoter of the "Phinehas priesthood" declared:

"It is blasphemy to deny the existence of this [Phinehas] Priesthood, and it is near blasphemy to deny its purpose."6

Blasphemy? We shall see. If indeed there is a Phinehas priesthood today as some claim, then the authorization for such a priesthood must be found in Numbers 25. Does Numbers 25 authorize those who claim to be Phinehas priests today and sanction their acts of vigilantism? Or, is Numbers 25 just a handy passage on which certain disgruntled individuals hang their hat in order to "justify" their own unlawful deeds of the flesh?

Those who promote a Phinehas priesthood for today use the following portion of Numbers 25 as the basis of their doctrine:

And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. (Numbers 25:10-13)

There it is - "an everlasting priesthood!" That is how the Phinehas covenant has been conveyed in English; however, is that what everlasting means in Hebrew? The Hebrew word translated everlasting is "olam," which can mean everlasting in certain contexts. Nevertheless, in most instances olam simply means age-lasting. In this particular instance, there really is no way to determine whether olam is meant to be understood as everlasting or age-lasting.

Someone might point out that since olam is translated "for evermore" and is used with the phrase "unto all generations" in Psalm 106, everlasting is implied rather than age-lasting. However, the phrase "unto all generations for evermore" is not declared about the priesthood of Phinehas, but rather about the righteousness of Phinehas:

Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. (Psalm 106:30-31)

What is said of Phinehas in Psalm 106 is similar to what was said of Mary Magdalene after she anointed Yashua's 7 feet and wiped them with her hair. Mary's deed, recorded in the gospels, would be recounted as a memorial unto her from that point on whenever and wherever the gospel would be preached.

Nevertheless, for the sake of discussion, let us ascribe to the word "olam" the meaning of everlasting and thus a perpetual priesthood. Even if this is presumed it must not be overlooked that even if this priesthood is in existence today, not just anyone can be a Phinehas Priest, as some claim, and not just anyone can be a Phinehas Priest by performing a "Phinehas act" (whatever that is). Consider carefully what is actually stated in Numbers 25:

Wherefore say, Behold, I [Yahweh] give unto him [Phinehas] my covenant of peace: And he [Phinehas] shall have it, and his [Phinehas'] seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. (Numbers 25:12-13)

The priesthood was not bestowed upon just anyone or upon someone who performed a "Phinehas act." That is not what the scripture says, or does it say what one self-proclaimed "Phinehas Priest" of today claimed:

"…Yahweh stated that there would be an everlasting priesthood in Phinehas' name." 8

Beware of the eisegetes, that is, those who read something into a passage that simply is not there. Anyone, who is honest with Numbers 25, can see that this everlasting or age-lasting priesthood was bestowed only upon Phinehas and his blood descendants. Consequently, there is absolutely no justification or authorization for anyone to claim himself a Phinehas priest unless he can trace his lineage back to Phinehas, which of course, is impossible.

An author who promotes a "Phinehas priesthood" for today chided others who teach that a "Phinehas act" makes a "Phinehas priest":

"Anyone who actually believes that merely performing 'Phinehas- appearing acts' makes him a Phinehas Priest, would be committed to the same mental institution for the same reason as the person who believes that barking, scratching his ear with his foot, eating food out of a bowl on the floor, chasing cars (or dogs of the opposite sex), and turning around in a circle three times before sitting down makes him a dog."9

Well said! However, in spite of that, this same author persisted in claiming that there exists today a Phinehas priesthood. Although he admitted that it is impossible for anyone to trace their lineage back to Phinehas, he claims that if someone meets seven prerequisites that such a person is indeed a Phinehas priest:

"So it is with the Phinehas Priesthood: many are called, but few are chosen. Therefore, in summary: In order to be a legitimate and licensed Phinehas (i.e. Being given permission to do that which is otherwise unlawful), one must be:…"10

Never is anyone given permission to "do that which is otherwise unlawful." In his first epistle, the Apostle John defined sin in the following fashion:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law [of Yahweh]: for sin is the transgression of the law [of Yahweh]. (1 John 3:4)

Consequently, this author declared that God permits certain individuals to sin! Not so! Since Yahweh is the only lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12), then lawful is determined by Yahweh's law. Thus, that which is unlawful is transgression of Yahweh's law, and no man has been given permission to transgress law of Yahweh.

On the other hand, man and his government often make legal what Yahweh has declared unlawful and illegal what Yahweh has declared lawful. Any Christian Israelite (not just a "Phinehas priest") has Yahweh's sanction, and, in most cases, the obligation to do that which is illegal according to man when Yahweh commands otherwise. Cases in point: Shiphra and Puah (Exodus 1); Amram and Jochebed (Exodus 2); Moses (Exodus 2, 5-14); Rahab (Joshua 2); Gideon (Judges 6-8); Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3); Daniel (Daniel 6) and Peter, John and the rest of the Apostles (Acts 4-5).

In other words, if man and/or his government demands that we, as Christians and subjects of the King of kings, transgress Yahweh's law in order to keep man's "law," we must then choose at that moment who is to be our king. If our king is Yahweh/Yashua, then in performing that which is lawful or refraining from that which is unlawful, we must then do that which is illegal according to man. However, at the same time, that does not mean that Yahweh sanctions all acts of vigilantism against wicked individuals or a tyrannical government. There is no privilege given to anyone, as the previous author implies, to do that which is otherwise unlawful. Instead, consent is only given to do that which is illegal but only if such action is in harmony with the laws of Yahweh. However, to do that which is unlawful would make such a person a sinner, and sin is never condoned in the Bible.

The same author continued with a list of the seven requirements he uses to determine whether someone is a true "Phinehas priest" today:

"…one must be: 1) a pure-blooded Israelite; 2) a redeemed Israelite; 3) who is first and foremost a Levitical Priest [This particular author believes the Levitical Priesthood is still in place today in spite of the fact that Hebrews 7 informs us that the Levitical Priesthood was superceded and replaced.]; 4) who has served with honor; 5) who is a direct descendent of Phinehas; 6) who walks in obedience to God and His Law in holiness of life, being filled with the Spirit of God, by the evident fruit in his life; 7) who continues to serve with distinction as a Levitical Priest, which is his first responsibility; any Phinehas missions are strictly in addition to his main duties of being a spiritual leader."11

Although there are no such provisions found in the Bible, according to this author it takes those seven requirements to be a Phinehas priest. Concerning requisite #5, that in order for someone to be "a legitimate and licensed Phinehas" that one must be "a direct descendant of Phinehas," this author himself later admitted that it is impossible for anyone to prove such a claim to Phinehas ancestry:

"Without a doubt, I believe it would be safe to say, that no one today can prove by genealogical records that he is a descendent of Phinehas."12

That admission did not deter this author, however, from promoting a "Phinehas priesthood" for today. He also wrote:

"He [a "Phinehas priest"] does not have the right to do whatever he likes; he may only perform God sanctioned missions. Whereas the Levitical Priest received his orders through an earthly High Priest, in my opinion, the Phinehas Priest receives his orders directly from God Himself through the person of the Holy Spirit."13

That reasoning may initially sound good, but in reality such a claim is rather nebulous and open-ended. This author also declared that true "Phinehas acts" are proven if:

"…the Spirit of God which moved him [the person claiming to be a "Phinehas priest"] into action."14

The same author also wrote:

"So, one may still wonder, 'How can I know if I am a true Phinehas?' or 'How can I tell if someone else is truly a Phinehas?'

"A true Phinehas will know in his heart/spirit (confirmed by the Holy Spirit) whether he is a Phinehas or not. This may sound like a weak answer; but there is more: a true Phinehas will know without a doubt that he is a Phinehas-and he will act without hesitation or fear: for he will be eaten up and controlled by the zeal and righteousness of YaHWeH…."15

This author is absolutely right: His explanation is a weak answer! He earlier postulated seven strict qualifications, but when it comes right down to it, there is not a nickel's worth of difference between his position and those he chides who declare that a "Phinehas act" makes a "Phinehas priest." Does he think that those who perform such acts are going to claim that they were inspired by Satan? Those who perform such vigilante acts believe emphatically that they are doing God's work, that the Holy Spirit has prompted and guided them and even promoted what they are doing or have already done.

In most instances, a claim of being Spirit led is extremely subjective. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines subjective, in part, in the following manner:

"…3 a) peculiar to a particular individual… b) arising from conditions within the brain or sense organs and not directly caused by external stimuli… c) arising out of or identified by means of one's awareness of his own states and processes… d) lacking in reality or substance…."16

Those are pretty good definitions for what most people identify as being Spirit led. If something is determined as being correct or proper simply by one being convinced that what he believes or thinks is Spirit led, then we would have to admit that there have been hundreds of thousands of people who have been Spirit led into becoming Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. Of course, one might inquire: "Led by what spirit?"

I am not saying that there is no such thing as being Spirit led; indeed, the Bible speaks of and even requires that we be Spirit led. Anyone can claim to be Spirit led, but there is one sure-fire way to know whether you are or are not. This is accomplished by determining your actions according to the perfect Word of God. For example there are multitudes of people who claim to be Spirit led but they deny the Biblical plan of salvation (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:36-42, 22:1-16, 1 Peter 3:21, etc.) and who have substituted it with the man-made doctrine of "praying the sinner's prayer" and being baptized as "an outward sign of inward grace." Neither of those man-made doctrines can be found anywhere in Scripture.17 The point is that a person can think and believe with all his heart that he is Spirit led and yet be sadly mistaken.

This same author went on to declare:

"…there may be very serious consequences which may result from unordained behavior, and not only might we bring judgment upon ourselves, but we very well might bring judgment also on those around us-even those whom we love the most. …one treads on very dangerous ground if he elects himself to be a self-appointed Phinehas while presuming to know the mind of YaHWeH. …Unless the Spirit of YaHWeH actually takes hold of a person, he had better not do anything which is not lawful for him to do…."18

"Before anyone does anything, he better make sure it is God's Spirit speaking to him, and not his own carnal spirit (which can only bring sin and death)."19

I could not agree with this author more, and there is only one way to accomplish that: One must make absolutely certain that what he believes and does is in harmony with God's Holy Spirit-inspired Word! Do the teachings of those who promote a Phinehas priesthood for today harmonize with God's Word? One book written regarding the "Phinehas priesthood" is entitled Vigilantes of Christendom - The Story of the Phineas [sic] Priesthood. By that title, the author obviously equated the action taken by Phinehas with vigilantism. Additionally, an imprisoned self-proclaimed modern "Phinehas priest," once again, declared:

"When Israel had flagrantly disobeyed Yah's law of purity, they were plagued with killing diseases, but when Phinehas took personal initiative to execute Yahweh's judgment, the plague came to an end, and Yahweh stated that there would be an everlasting priesthood in Phinehas' name. So a Phinehas Priest is a MAN who acts on personal initiative [author's own capitalization and underscoring] to execute Yah's judgment on violations of Yah's laws which are adversely affecting His people."20

The author of The War Between the Children of Light and the Powers of Darkness, wrote essentially the same thing:

"…when it comes to the duties of the Phinehas Priesthood, it is quite possible that the Phinehas Priest receives his orders directly and solely from the Holy Spirit, and does not consult with any other Priests."21

"The fact that a Phinehas Priest may quite possibly work alone, without the collusion of others, seems to be supported by the nature of the Priesthood and the historical account in Scripture from which it was ordained by God: Phinehas acted on his own, without consulting anyone; it was spontaneous and swift; not premeditated."22

Did Phinehas receive "his orders directly and solely from the Holy Spirit?" Were Phinehas' actions "spontaneous without consultation and/or premeditation" or "on personal initiative?" Let us once again look at the Biblical account and let it answer those questions for us:

And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they [the Moabites] called the people [of Israel] unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people [of Israel] did eat, and bowed down to their [the Moabites'] gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel. And Yahweh said unto Moses…. (Numbers 25:1-4)

Note first, that it is not recorded anywhere that Yahweh or the Holy Spirit spoke to Phinehas as the previous author claimed. Instead, Yahweh instead spoke to Moses who was the head under Yahweh of the civil body politic, the theocratic government of his day. Did Moses himself proceed vigilante style to carry out Yahweh's directive? Not at all. As the earthly head under Yahweh, Moses gave government orders to the judges of Israel:

And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto [the Moabite god] Baalpeor. (Numbers 25:5)

What happened next?

And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel…. And when Phinehassaw it … [he] took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, [Zimri] the man of Israel, and [Cozbi] the [Midianite] woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. (Numbers 25:6-8)

Where in this passage of Scripture is there any authorization for vigilantism or for equating vigilantism with Phinehas and his descendants? There simply is no vigilantism of any kind in Numbers 25. What is described was clearly a government action by the theocratic body politic in force at that time.

The previous author claimed that since Moses' directive was to the judges of Israel and because Phinehas was a priest, therefore Phinehas' actions qualified as vigilantism. However, this author also admitted:

"The Priests could act as judges in some cases…."23

Even if Moses' directive was not specifically meant to include Phinehas (which there is no way to determine for sure), what Phinehas did certainly does not qualify as a spontaneous or personally initiated vigilante action. Phinehas was simply following orders, Yahweh's orders given through Moses. Additionally, there was nothing in Yahweh's orders to indicate that the judges had sole responsibility to carry out Moses' orders. There is no Biblical evidence that Phinehas was a judge, but he certainly may have been since the priests often performed as judges (Deuteronomy 17:12; etc.) and since he was the first to arise and carry out Moses' command. If anything, it would appear that Moses had been given the authorization himself for vigilante action, but instead Moses understood that it was to be executed through the civil body politic.

So much for Biblical sanction for vigilantism from Numbers 25, and, so much for a modern-day Phinehas priesthood. However, by example, the Scriptures do sanction two other forms of vigilantism: 1) If an existing government does not execute justice concerning someone's personal belongings, specifically one's family and possessions, by the example of Abraham in Genesis 14, that person, most specifically the head of one's family, has the right to take matters into his own hands, and to retrieve and/or judge the perpetrators of the crime. Never the less, it should also be understood that although such a response may be sanctioned by God, the existing government may still harshly judge those responsible for such vigilante acts. In other words, in such a situation one had better first count the cost before taking the law into his own hands.

2) By the example of Moses in Exodus 21, if a person is a witness to a crime as it is being perpetrated, such as robbery, rape or murder, that witness is permitted and even expected to do whatever is necessary to halt the criminal in his tracks. In such a situation, there will be little or no time to call 911, and vigilantism is justified and Biblically authorized in such instances.

Although the foregoing examples are Biblically sanctioned forms of vigilantism, nearly all other forms of vigilantism (that is, taking matters into your own hands) usurp theocratic judicial procedure. Yahweh requires that all crimes be adjudicated by a judge, confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses, and in capital cases that the execution be carried out, not by one individual, but rather by the whole community led by the victim's next of kin.

Vigilantism, except in a few instances, transgresses prescribed Biblical procedure and, thus, is criminal in behavior itself. In other words such people are Phinehas hoods, not a Phinehas priesthood.

Finally, there is one last thing about Numbers 25 that is frequently misrepresented and needs to be corrected. Many teach that one of the sins punished in the Phinehas incident was miscegenation, that is, race mixing. One author wrote:

"Phinehasexercised the command of YaHWeH in putting miscegenators (blood-mixers) to death…."24

"From the account given to us here in Scripture, it seems that the duty of a Phinehas Priest is putting to death race-mixers and idolators [sic] when the civil authorities do not do their job."25

From that mistaken premise, the same author assumed that it is therefore permissible to expand upon what Phinehas presumably did to include the same judgment upon other sins as well:

"I feel it may be safe to assume [It is instead extremely dangerous to assume what this author goes on to speculate.] that the very thing for which God rewarded Phinehas, then also became the very purpose of the Priesthood thereafter. It may also be possible that the Priesthood duties could also be expanded to include dispensing God's judgment on other types of perverts who are not punished by the so-called 'law of the land': prostitutes (and those who frequent them), rapists, child molesters, incest offenders, murders, Sodomites, etc. Although there is nothing so stated in Scripture, such would be possible if God so lead [sic] a true Phinehas to stand in the gap so God would not have to judge the whole community for the unchecked iniquities among them."26

This author is on very dangerous ground by subtly promoting acts of vigilantism in areas that Yahweh, Himself, never sanctioned. Additionally, perhaps it is God's intention to judge the whole community because of their transgressions.

This author is correct in that the sin explicitly denounced by Yahweh in Numbers 25 was that the Israelites had joined themselves to the pagan god Baalpeor. But there is nothing in Numbers 25 that speaks of race mixing. Race mixing requires the presence of two different races. The men in Numbers 25 are identified as Israelites, and the women are identified as the daughters of Moab and/or Midianites. Both the Moabites and the Midianites were blood relatives of the Israelites. The Moabites were the descendants of Lot, Abraham's nephew (Genesis 19:30-37), and the Midianites were descendants of Abraham by Keturah (Genesis 25:1-2).

If the sin in Numbers 25 had been race mixing then one must be prepared to accept that Moses (as recorded in Numbers 31:18) promoted race mixing. At the time the Midianites were punished for their sin in Numbers 25, Moses spared the Midianite virgins for the Israelite men, as permitted by God's law in Deuteronomy 21:10-13. In other words, Israelite men were allowed to take virgin, non-Israelite women of the same race (such as the Midianites) for wives, except from the forbidden lineages of Moab, Ammon and Caanan. The idea that Numbers 25 involved race mixing is just another mistake taught by those who promote a Phinehas priesthood for today.

To all of what has been stated in this treatise, someone may want to respond: "Well, at least they [the Phinehas hoods] are doing something!" Yes, that is true, but for which side? Most acts of vigilantism violate Yahweh's judicial procedure. Additionally, Christian Israel's enemies use such unlawful acts of idiocy to malign us and our Christian Israel message. In some cases, these enemies use such incidents of vigilantism to promote and initiate legislation that takes away more of our liberties and further enslaves us.

When we run ahead of God, that is, without God, it ends in utter failure. God has brought the present government and its curses upon us because of our sins, and no acts of vigilantism are ever going to change the tide. Yahweh, through the Prophet Isaiah, warned us that actions in transgression of Yahweh's law may very well make matters worse for the descendants of Jacob/Israel27:

Woe to the rebellious children, saith Yahweh, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that … add sin to sin. (Isaiah 30:1)

The answer to our problems, in capsulated form, is right where it has always been:

If my [Yahweh's Christian Israel] people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I [Yahweh] hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

As the people of God, we must repent of our sins! There are no vigilante shortcuts! There are no Phinehas priests! May Yahweh raise up more righteous men to preach the gospel of the kingdom so that our people will repent of their sins and serve Him as the KING of all kings! Amen.

ENDNOTES


1. Mike Wilson (Times Staff Writer), "Reputation for racism taints church's welcome," The Times (St. Petersburg, FL: March 21, 1997) p. 8B.

2. Walter E. Thody, "Why Phinehas Priests in America?," 2 Real MEN, #4 (Atlanta, GA: 1997) p.1.
Since The Phinehas Hoods first appeared in the Kingdom Journal (published by Pastor James Bruggeman, PO Box 6388, Asheville, NC 28816), Mr. Thody has repented of calling himself a Phinehas Priest, although he has not repented of his unlawful actions: "…[Walter Thody, formerly Ralph Baker] founded an alleged Phinehas Priesthood group in 1990, which name was erroneously used, but for which activity no apology is made, and is currently serving cumulative sentences of life plus 125 years … for allegations of bank robberies related to funding of that group." Walter E. Thody, Author Biography, 1998.

3. Richard Kelly Hoskins, Foreword, Vigilantes of Christendom: The Story of The Phineas Priesthood (Lynchburg, VA: The Virginia Publishing Company, 1990) p. v.

4. Robert Alan Balaicius, The War Between the Children of Light and the Powers of Darkness (Mountain City, TN: Sacred Truth Ministries, 1997) p. 191.

5. Where the Tetragrammaton (the four Hebrew characters that represent the personal name of God) has been improperly rendered as "the LORD" or "GOD" in Scripture, the author has taken the liberty to correct those passages and insert God's personal name, Yahweh, as should have been done by the English translators.

6. Balaicius, p. 191.

7. "Yashua" is the English transliteration of our Savior's Hebrew name, and is preferred by the author.

8. Thody, p. 191.

9. Balaicius, p. 125.

10. Balaicius, p. 129.

11. Balaicius, p. 129.

12. Balaicius, p. 174.

13. Balaicius, p. 129.

14. Balaicius, p. 123.

15. Balaicius, pp. 178-179.

16. "subjective," Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co., 1975) p. 1159.

17. For a fuller explanation concerning the Biblical plan of salvation, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism and God Accepts No Substitutes can be ordered on two sixty-minute cassette tapes from Mission to Israel Ministries, PO Box 248, Scottsbluff, NE 69363. A $4.00 donation for each tape or a $6.00 donation for both tapes is suggested. These two tapes are available free of charge for anyone who cannot afford to send a donation.

18. Balaicius, p. 162.

19. Balaicius, p. 143.

20. Thody, p.143.

21. Balaicius, p. 138.

22. Balaicius, p. 139.

23. Balaicius, p. 142.

24. Balaicius, p. 121.

25. Balaicius, p. 142.

26. Balaicius, pp. 142-143.

27. God's Covenant People: Yesterday, Today and Forever, a 465-page book written by Evangelist Ted R. Weiland, provides a documented dissertation regarding the identity of Israel with today's Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic and kindred peoples. To obtain a copy, write Mission to Israel Ministries, PO Box 248, Scottsbluff, NE 69363. Hardcover - $23.00, soft cover - $14.00 ppd.





















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