Once upon a time I was in a very large Christian cult called the Shepherd’s Chapel. By God’s grace I am no longer in bondage to this ministry’s deception.
Maybe you are a student of Arnold Murray, or maybe you have seen him on T.V. and wondered about his teaching. Or maybe you know someone who is in the death grip of this religious fantasy. If so then this blog is specifically for you.
I am going to share my personal experiences with you of how the Lord Jesus delivered me from the clutches of this incredibly intoxicating system of false religion. We are going to be exposing these teachings one at a time… and there are a lot of them!
The goal being to help you get free and help you better appreciate who Jesus Christ is, what He has done for us and the liberty that we have in him.
So to quote everyone’s favorite Christian Identity teacher, buckle up, “we’re about to kick some butt and take dragon!”
If you’re caught up in this and notice a tingling sensation in your brain as you’re reading the posts… don’t worry, it just means the Holy Spirit is deprogramming you from false religion!
According to Shepherd’s Chapel murder is a quasi unpardonable sin. Murray asserts that premeditated murderer (a criminal homicide) can not be forgiven in the flesh. There are two grievous errors in this position…
1. The sin is too great for Christ’s blood to atone for on earth and…
2. A person’s sins can be forgiven for sins after death…
I call the 2nd point the Second Chance error… and it can be found all throughout Murray’s teachings, specifically in reference to the tribulation and millennium. It is a smooth teaching, smoother than God will allow.
Let’s take this to the next step logically then – a women after a period of deliberation has her child aborted (i.e. premeditated murder), so she cannot receive forgiveness in the flesh. She must die and settle before her child before Christ will grant forgiveness according to Murray.
This is sheer biblical lunacy. Every sin can be forgiven through the blood of Christ if the sinner truly repents – the bible has many examples.
I leave you with the example of David who was as the bible records, “a man of blood”. David’s murder of Uriah was premeditated, no doubt.
Psalm 51 is a record of God’s having forgave David after he turned to Him in repentance. It wasn’t required that David die before God washed his sins away.
The teaching that murderers must die in order to be forgiven is popular with carnal man but it is base heresy, plain and simple.
“To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.” – Genesis 4:26 ESV
In Genesis 4:26 we are told that men began to call upon the name of the Lord, but what does that mean?
Murray’s interpretation of Genesis 4:26 is insightful – he asserts that at this time men began to blaspheme God and take God’s name in vain. Murray’s premise on Genesis 4:26 derives from Bullinger who as we know teaches the Genesis 6 hybrid doctrine. In a moment we will look at his appendix on this.
A correct understanding of this passage will reveal who the “Sons of God” were.
The sons of God were a tribe, they were primarily the sons of Enos but more specifically they were an antediluvian covenant people who began to intermarry with non-believers. This is a famous motif in Moses writings.
These men who called upon the name of the Lord were the “Sons of God”. They subsequently began to fall into apostasy and the flood resulted.
As a parallel in the New Testament believers are warned NOT to marry unbelievers…
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – 2nd Corinthians 6:14
This would apply in many ways but specifically in marriage. Perhaps Jesus warning in Matthew 24:37-38 is referring to this very type of apostasy…
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,”
The apostasy that precedes Christ return will feature this same sort of sin that happened in Noah’s day and it has nothing to do with angels and women having sex and siring devil babies…
Do you see how absurd that is? To assert that it to completely miss the essence of Jesus warning.
Jesus isn’t referring to angels and women intermarrying here because if He wanted to clarify the issue he could have right here in one or two words. No, we are talking about marriage in the simple sense and somehow the apostasy was the result of it.
Enoch was a “Son of God”. Noah and his sons, were the “sons of God”. Luke calls Adam a “son of God”. But especially Noah as we find that he was the main person who did not fall into the prevailing apostasy at the time. That is why he was “perfect”. Has nothing to do with genetics.
Keep in mind the Torah was for the Israelites and was given to them AS they were entering into the promised land where they would have to abstain from intermarriage or cease to exist.
Genesis 6 was an object lesson from Moses to the Israelites to abstain from intermarriage with the godless pagan nations whom they were about to be in contact with.
Bullinger’s View on Genesis 4:26
Here’s what Bullinger has to say in Appendix 21 about the meaning of this phrase…
ENOS. (GENESIS 4:26.) – “CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.”
“Then began men to call upon the name of Jehovah.” If this refers to Divine worship it is not true: for Abel and Cain both began, and their descendants doubtless followed their example.
What was really begun was the profanation of the Name of Jehovah. They began to call something by the Name of Jehovah. The Authorized Version suggests “themselves”, in the margin. But the majority of the ancient Jewish commentators supply the Ellipsis by the words “their gods”; suggesting that they called the stars and idols their gods, and worshipped them.
The Targum of Onkelos explains it: “then in his days the sons of men desisted from praying in the Name of the Lord.”
The Targum of Jonathan says: “That was the generation in whose days they began to err, and to make themselves idols, and surnamed their idols by the Name of the Word of the Lord.”
Kimchi, Rashi, and other ancient Jewish commentators agree with this. Rashi says: “Then was there profanation in calling on the Name of the Lord.”
Jerome says that this was the opinion of many Jews in his days.
Maimonides, in his Commentary on the Mishna (a constituent part of the Talmud), A.D. 1168, in a long treatise on idolatry, gives the most probable account of the origin of idolatry in the days of Enos.
The name Enos agrees with this; for his name means frail, weak, sickly, incurable. The sons of men, as “Enosh”, are so called for a similar reason (Job 7:17; 15:14. Psalm 9:20; 103:15. Daniel 2:43). See Appendix 14.
If Jonathan, the grandson of Moses, became the first idolatrous priest in Israel (see notes on Judges 18:30), what wonder that Enos, the grandson of Adam, introduced idolatry among mankind.
Moreover, what “ungodliness” did Enoch, “the seventh from Adam” have to prophesy about in Jude 14, 15, if purity of worship was begun in the days of Enos, instead of profanation in calling on the Name of the Lord?
Surely this is sufficient evidence that this profanation of the Name of the Lord was the reason why Enoch was raised up to prophesy against it.
It would seem to me that idolatry began at the fall – it is speculation to pin the blame for the origin of idolatry on Enos. Enos came from a line of godly pre-flood patriarchs. It would be much more appropriate to assign the origin of idolatry to Cain and his descendants.
I acknowledge how some commentators have viewed this passage but if we are to resort to that then my first question would be, how have other commentators understood this passage?
The Septuagint translators didn’t view this passage that way.
This view of Genesis 4:26 would be the natural interpretation for those who accept the hybrid theory of Genesis 6 as the one I suggested would end all dispute about who the “sons of God” were.
The transliteration of Enos name lends nothing to the argument. There are much better transliterations than what Bullinger gives us.
Bullinger citing a passage from the pseudipigraphal book of Enoch (Jude is citing Enoch) does nothing to strengthen his argument either, it rather reveals the origin of his bias in this regard.
There are several good interpretations of what “calling upon the name of the Lord” could refer to but my position is that this is what distinguished the “Sons of God”…
From the LXX:
“And to Seth, to him also was born a son, and he called his name, Enos. This one hoped, therefore he called to himself the name of the Lord God.”
The KJV agrees with this translation.
Enos far from being the first idolater, hoped in the promise of God, the seed to come.
Lastly, consider this passage: Deut 28:9-10 NKJV
9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.”
Moses using the same idea of a covenant people as in Genesis… the covenant people in those days were destroyed.
“All the great doctrines of the Christian faith were known, believed, cherished, and recorded in the stars from the earliest generations of our race, proving that God has spoken to man, and verily given him a revelation of truths and hopes precisely as written in our Scriptures, and so fondly cherished by all Christian believers” – Joseph Seiss
By that Mr. Seiss is referring to what we commonly know as the Zodiac signs, the constellations that make up the wheel of zoo animals, the circus side show for demonic freaks. You know, where we get our daily horoscope.
I’m Aries by the way. My sign according to the Gospel in the Stars somehow denotes the Crowned Lamb. I’m feeling really special right about now.
Before we get started, lets see how the new agers understand the wonderful sign of Aries…
“Every beginner in astrology knows that the conventional astrological symbol for this sign is exactly the same as the letter Upsilon in the Greek alphabet. This correspondence, moreover, leads to much else, because the Ram, or Aries, is the Lamb in Gnostic Christianity; and we shall find… that the Hebrew interpretation of this ogdoad (group of 8) of initials gives us a plain intimation that the Founder of the Rosicrucian Order is none other than this same Lamb, and it even names ‘Lamb’ by the Hebrew equivalent to one arrangement of his initials…” (The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order, p. 40)
Consequently the Count Saint de Germain founded this order and he never dies, he’s coming to liberate humanity they say…
Ah, so the Gospel in the Stars that Murray promotes exalts and prepares the way for Antichrist… oops I didn’t mean to bring that up, let’s put that on the shelf for later!
Didn’t mean to spoil this for you stargazers out there, let’s start again. So some would have us to believe that all sorts of wonderful biblical knowledge is locked away in pagan zodiac signs…
Really? I guess we can throw our bible away and take up astrology. But were all the great doctrines of the bible originally encoded in the stars only later to become lost? Is the pagan zodiac really just a corruption of this pure protoevangelium?
Who could ever help us crack this code and reverse engineer the pagan zodiac? Murray has some suggestions on his booklist…
The Gospel of the Stars, far from being the protoevangelium is no evangelium but rather another evangelium and therefore accursed.
“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” – Galatians 1:8 NASB
I would like to submit to you that the Gospel in the Stars is very contrary to the gospel. I acknowledge that though many well meaning people have promoted this teaching it is still nonetheless heretical and essentially antichrist.
This notion was introduced into Christendom in 1862 in a book called, Mazzaroth: or, the Constellations by a woman named Frances Rolleston. E.W. Bullinger a was a very close associate.
The basic premise is that the story of redemption was given to Adam by God. Adam and progeny encoded this story with the constellation signs. Eventually this wisdom devolved into the pagan zodiac and said wisdom became all but lost, until 1862 that is…
According to Murray and those teaching this error, the following verse is talking about the secret hidden biblical knowledge that can be extracted from the pagan zodiac…
(Psa 19:1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
(Psa 19:2) Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
(Psa 19:3) There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Now we will need the aid of deft religious experts to help us decrypt the pagan zodiac… where will we turn?
Really this passage is about the glory of the heavenlies that God created in and of themselves. It is not making any reference to secret knowledge hidden in the pagan zodiac.
So that is the basic assertion – the story of redemption was originally given to Adam, who then because paper was lacking encoded this information within the stars which later became paganized. The reality is the pagan zodiac was always pagan and godless and never had a hint of truth in it…
E.W. Bullinger, God rest his Anglican soul, embellished Rolleston’s teaching with a book of his own to help popularize this whopper. Coincidentally, theologians of the 19th century must have really been bored – they didn’t have T.V. so they had to invent their own religious fantasies.
It must have tickled Murray’s heretical sensibilities to no end when he discovered the Gospel in the Stars. I used to own the book by E. Raymond Capt. that Murray endorses…
Where Did the Zodiac Constellation Signs Originate?
The truth is the Zodiac is explicitly condemned by the bible. It is at the heart of Babylonian mystery religion and sun worship.
It was invented at the tower of Babel and was part of the initial mystery religion. The tower of Babel itself was an observatory and was created to help facilitate this system of false worship.
When God scattered the people at Babel the people took this religion with them and started new civilizations based on the same general outline – like Egypt for instance.
The Israelites, too, were enamored with Babylonian mystery religion due to the influence of surrounding cultures…
“This is that Moses…to whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and IN THEIR HEARTS TURNED BACK AGAIN INTO EGYPT… And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifices unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the HOST OF HEAVEN: as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to Me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the STAR OF YOUR GOD REMPHAN, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” – Acts 7:37-43
The system of false worship initiated at the tower of Babel is the reason why all the curses of destruction pronounced in Deuteronomy came upon the Jews during the Babylonian captivity.
It reeks of ‘666’. In fact the number ‘666’ derives directly from sun worship and the zodiac. The sun passed through each house of the zodiac per day; each house has 3 rooms for a total of 36 rooms – this is where the magical square of the sun comes from and where we get the number ‘666’.
(Zep 1:4) I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
(Zep 1:5) And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
So the Israelites were punished for worshipping God and Baal. This is the direction Murray and others are leading people by advocating the “Gospel in the Stars” which is no more biblical than the moon being made of Swiss cheese.
The wheel of zoo animals IS the host of heaven… there’s a gospel in there somewhere? Sure there is. Fact is these characters in the zodiac represent demon gods. And you want to reconcile this idolatry with the story of redemption?
(Deu 5:7) Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
(Deu 5:8) Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
(Deu 5:9) Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
But you say, “it preaches real good, brother Tim, real good…” – indeed it does, my friend, indeed it does. Like hot pig slop in a bucket. And we’re about to have a real hog-slopping good time.
(Deu 4:19) And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
This is what the pagans and the Israelites did…
And that is what the zodiac is – a wheel of zoo animals, a system of sun based false worship… a circus side show for demonic freaks…but hey, I got an idea, let’s Christianize it – because Lord knows, if you take any demonic swill you can find and dress it up in Christian terminology Lord knows what kind of boon you’ll strike.
That’s what Rolleston, Seiss, Murray, Capt, Bullinger and those like them promoted…
A Christianized version of pagan idolatry. Kind of looks like something a Romanist would do. It origins were in hell – not some mythical protoevangelion. You know what they say about putting lipstick on a pig?
The pagan zodiac is the pig… the Gospel in the Stars is the lipstick – have fun with that and let me know how it works out for you. By the way, here’s the venerable Count Saint Germain, ruler of the Age of Aquarius, a true astrological turd in pig’s clothing…
Looks like someone’s gonna need a lot of lipstick!
(Gen 6:2) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
According to Murray, the antediluvian world was swarming with hybrid monstrosities sired by a demonic host. The madness was so widespread that only Noah’s family had pristine DNA, uncontaminated by Satan’s fallen angels. Though this fantastical idea isn’t found in the bible, Murray will cite the book of Enoch as proof of the debauchery.
It was because of these hybrids and not because of the wickedness of man that God sent the flood, albeit it was a local flood according to Murray. Or a universal one if you must (the Kenites and other races fit the definition of other flesh, right?) – Murray taught both simultaneously as every text in the bible has three levels of meaning.
Sound confusing? Put it on the shelf then for later.
Back to the story, I mean the bible. You see, Jesus needed a flawless gene pool in order to effect redemption…
Satan and his host knew the gig was up. They devised their own plan to counter God – he would have to convince the angels to rebel and begin to use their procreative parts to corrupt the gene pool of man. They almost succeeded in their devices until one man came along…
(Gen 6:9) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
According to Murray’s theologian of choice, E.W. Bullinger, the word “perfect” explains everything. It has nothing to do with Noah’s moral constitution. No, it means physically perfect… Noah’s mug be buff – and his DNA had absolutely no trace of devil blood.
Forget the fact that Noah was “just” and walked with God, this dude is only into women with an uncontaminated gene pool… that’s why Noah found grace.
God didn’t destroy the world because the wickedness of man was great… no, He destroyed them (collateral damage) because He gave those pesky fallen angels procreative parts and they began to make diligent use of it, and it repented Him because of that.
So God hatched a brilliant strategy, he would send a local flood (or a universal one to cover all possibilities) to wipe out these hybrid monstrosities and humanity will live happily ever after until the next influx of fallen angels decides to procreate.
According to Murray, the last days will feature fallen angels having sex on an unprecedented scale…
(Mat 24:37) But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(Mat 24:38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark…
Okay, okay… it says here they simply were eating and drinking – that’s really a euphemism for something else more sinister if you catch my drift…
And who knows, if you don’t agree with the Chapel, you may either be a Kenite or the result of one these illicit unions…
But are fallen angels really able to do this? Did God by some strange act of providence give these evil beings procreative parts? The answer is an EMPHATIC NO!!!
(1Co 15:40) There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Celestial beings DO NOT HAVE the procreative function! How is that so difficult to understand?
(Luk 20:34) And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
(Luk 20:35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
(Luk 20:36) Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
Whatever Genesis 6 is talking about I can assure you of this: it has NOTHING to do with fallen angels having sex and siring monstrosities.
Pastor Arnold Murray passed away a little over a year ago handing the reigns of his lucrative ministry to his son, Dennis Murray. For as long as I can remember Dennis has been teaching an almost identical doctrine alongside of his father.
As much ire as I express towards the Chapel on this blog I want to state that I genuinely like and respect Dennis Murray. I believe he has been led astray from a very young age and I feel bad for him… I pray that God has mercy on him.
But that will NOT keep me from speaking out against his teaching.
Most of the time you will see him going over the more mundane historical books of the old testament. Don’t let that fool you! He’s a carbon copy of his father and will simply continue to propagate the errors that his father set forth.
He does say that they do have differences of opinion but I can assure you they amount to very little. Why risk ruining something that works?
He will simply continue to build upon the false foundation put in place by his dad.
Let’s start with a simple statement by Dennis Murray…
In a message Dennis stated, “God’s elect have no free-will. I have no free-will. We just serve God on His terms.”
This is a denial of reality.
Quite an intriguing statement that Dennis Murray makes here… According to the chapel, the elect have no free will… only the non-elect have free will. The elect are not the redeemed as a whole but they are a smaller group of 144,000. So if you’re not part of this group that fought alongside God in the first earth age then you are not elect…
This small group of elect earned the right to be saviors at the end of the age and they have no free will… they came here with the purpose to be delivered up to witness against the antichrist during the abbreviated 5 month tribulation. They earned their salvation in the first earth age due to their performance!
They were justified in the world that was as a result of their efforts. Now they come with a mission… and have forfeited their free-will in advance.
If you are caught up in these delusions I plead with you to snap out of it!!! Repent, turn to Jesus Christ and away from these false teachers!
The Chapel teaches that there were two distinct creations of man. The 6th day creation, or the “ethnos” and the 8th day “Adam” of who Christ and the Hebrews were to come…
One thing we really need to grasp is that this interpretation of the bible IS inherently racist. It came from racist origins and leads to racist conclusions. Not coincidentally, this notion of a 6th and 8th day creation can be found in the Kabbalah and in the writings of Helena Blavatsky, famed theosophist…
We will find other curious similarities between Babylonian Kabalistic mystery religion and what the Chapel teaches but that is a different discussion for a different day…
Teachings like the one we’re going to address are a significant contributor to the Christian Identity movement. Christian Identity falls under the umbrella of Christian Dominionism. It is beast religion and satanic to the bone.
Murray’s “Eth Ha Adam” teaching is a perfect example of how theology is used to support a political end – and this is merely one example. Murray habitually distorts the scripture in a way that is elitist and bigoted. That is why certain hateful types gravitate towards Murray like moths to a flame.
We’ll find this particular doctrine expounded in his Genesis series. There’s so many lies in that one set of tapes – it baffles the mind. According to this position God created mankind in general on the 6th day, the indigenous races. Then on the 8th day God created Adam, where fairer skinned folk come in. This is British Israelism 101.
Pandora’s Box opens up from here… how did the races survive the flood? Was the flood global or local? These are themes that Murray addresses over and over. Secretly Murray taught a local flood but to risk alienating people he also taught that Noah took the different races on the ark.
God says take two of each flesh, he reasons that the Kenites and other races were included in this commandment.
But what does the bible teach? Does it teach that the races were created on the 6th day and that on the 8th day God created the fairer skinned people?
How did Paul the Apostle understand this issue? Did he believe in two separate creations of man like Murray teaches?
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” – Acts 17:26
The answer is no. He believed that all men descended from Adam and Eve.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” – Genesis 3:20
So who are you going to believe? Murray twisted and distorted the whole of scripture to fit his man-made system of religion. If you are one his student’s and you claim to have a love of the truth then it’s time for you to begin to radically question and reject almost everything this man has taught… your soul depends on it.