To the Editor:
I was born on Oct. 1, 1931 to farm parents in Williamson County, Tenn. during the great depression. My mother was Methodist, and my father was Baptist, and I tell folks that I grew up Metho-Baptist. The Baptist back then could have been called Calvinists -- believing in salvation by the sole grace of Elohim ("God") -- and the Methodist Church was founded on the opposition to Calvin¬ism, but being ordinary farm people, we weren't concerned about doctrines, but about its down-to-earth practicality and how it affected our relationship with the various aspects of life.
From the Baptists I received a profound dependence upon Divine Providence, and from the Methodists I learned to live in a pure state of mind, body and soul. I fell far short of both these aspirations throughout my life, but by the watch-care of the Ruach HaKodesh ("Holy Spirit"), I was always to re¬turn to my moorings, thanks be to Him!
As I went on into life, I tried other religions, but I had come to understand the true history of "Christianity" and knew that it represents a departure from the original Messianic Faith that was in Judaea before Jerusalem and everything in it was destroyed by Titus and the Roman army in 69-70 C.E. (Common Era) -- that Faith that was the mentor and guide for all Congregations throughout the Middle East and the Greco-Roman world -- that Faith that Sha’ul (Paul) commended the Thes¬salonian brethren for following:
"For you, brethren, became followers of the Messianic Communities ("Churches") of Elohim ("God") which in Judaea are in Messiah Yahshua ("Jesus Christ"), etc. (1 Thes.2:14).
The New Covenant Writings ("New Testament") were written before the destruction of Jerusalem, however, after that destruction, the "Headquarters" of the New Covenant-Messianic Faith and Practice overseen by James, the brother of our Master no longer being in existence, Gentile Congregations throughout the Greco-Roman world fled from Jewish oversight, and went back into their indigenous Gentile, pagan culture, throwing out everything “Jewish" (the Seventh Day Sabbath, the Fulfilled (made complete) Torah, and Festivals, and the understanding of Yahshua's teachings within the context of Hebrew tradition), and gradually adding elements from paganism (the Mithraic Sabbath -- the SUNday, Easter, Christmas, etc.), so that "Christianity" became the preserver and carrier of Mithraic sun-worship down through .its approximate 2,000-year history!
It can't all be blamed on Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, High Priest (Pontifex Maximus of Mithraic sun-worship), who called the Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E., nor on the Council itself, for "Christianity" (see Acts 11:26) began being a syncretist religion long before that time.
Almighty Yahweh ("Lord") has opened my mind and freed my will to reconstruct and write about the earliest Messianic Faith and Practice From Our Hebrew Heritage, and I have written two books on the subject: 1.The Messianic Faith and Practice From our Hebrew Heritage; and 2. The Psalms [Tehillim], Translated, Arranged and Pointed to be Cantillated to the Eight Psalm Tones. I am working on a third book: The Good News Canticles.
In closing, I will add, that Almighty Yahweh our Heavenly Father has given me this material, that it might be used to re-establish on this earth the all-perfect Messianic Communities of His Only Begotten Son, Yahshua the Messiah, our Redeemer before his coming again. Blessed be they, the Tri-Unity Divine Nature, and may the readers of this letter be blessed.
Malcolm P. NicholsLebanon
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