Dennis Murray Takes Over Shepherd’s Chapel… Now What?

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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 Word “Easter” IS NOT Derived from Ishtar – the KJV is Right!

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According to Murray, the word “Easter” should not be in the bible. He reasons that since the word Ishtar (or Astarte) and the word “Easter” sound the same then the KJV translators were in error. Thus proving that the KJV lacks inspiration.

It’s mere presence is just one more proof of the inter-generational Kenite conspiracy.

He implicates those pesky and subversive scribes for placing that word in there in place of the Passover, who knows what else they changed!

let’s take a look to see if it should be in there…

Part of Murray’s standard bag of tricks is taking words that sound similar to words in another language and haphazardly using that as an etymological proof for his wack-a-doodle theology. You see him do this with reckless abandon to prove British-Israelism.

And since he’s been studying the Hebrew and Greek since Moby Dick was a minnow, who are you to question him?

But does the word Easter derive from Ishtar? No. No. NO!

The origin of the word “Easter” has nothing to do with pagan fertility rights. The correct etymology of comes from the German word for “east” which is “ost”. Easter in German is “Ostern”. It is a Christian word.

Our word “east” refers to the direction in which the sun rises, hence the similarity in east and Easter…

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;” – Malachi 4:2

The word “Easter” is the perfect Christian word referring to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Greek the word for Easter is pascha or the Hebrew Passover, the day that Jesus was crucified. The KJV translators knew what they were doing.

Easter Does NOT Refer to a Pagan Holiday

My recent position was that Easter referred to a pagan holiday. That position can be seen reflected in the comments below. When I am wrong I admit it.

The main point from the start is, the KJV is inspired and “Easter” should be in the bible. I will give my old argument (which is common) for this and show why it’s not correct.

In Acts 12. James the brother of John was killed by Herod. When Herod saw that it pleased the Jews and he proceeded to take Peter.

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. – Acts 12:3-4

Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread. The days of unleavened bread, they argue, compasses the week AFTER the Passover.

They reason, if Easter should be interpreted as Passover then why does it say Herod intended to bring him out after if Easter if it is to be  translated as the Passover. They use this text to support their position…

“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.” – Leviticus 23:5,6

By their reasoning, Passover had already taken place once Herod arrested him so Acts must have been referring to the pagan observation.

Struggle as I might I could never find anything in any historical account to suggest that there was a separate pagan observance also referred to as “Pascha”.

“Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.” – Luke 22:1

So as we can see, the whole feast including unleavened bread is called the Passover – and this is what is happening in Acts 12:4. Pascha refers to the whole feast that lasts a week and begins with the Passover on the first day.

There was a pagan festival that was celebrated by the ancients that took place on the Spring equinox that eventually came to be associated with the Christian Easter but there is nothing to suggest that the Christian Easter derived from paganism.

So why do Christians commemorate the resurrection day, Easter, on different days of the year each year?

Easter, a Christian observance was recognized from the earliest times of the church. Another article would have to be written to explain why but it has nothing to do with paganism.

It was determined long ago by the Catholic church for Easter to be observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It mostly had to do with Sunday worship – as Passover fell on a different day of the week each year.

Early on Christians observed Easter on the Passover.

So is there anything wrong with commemorating on this day? No. On Easter we commemorate the Lord’s resurrection not a pagan deity. And besides that we never celebrate Easter on the vernal equinox, the day of the pagan observance.

Murray uses false teachings like the ones concerning Easter to try to implicate that regular Christians are part of the Babylonian system… because they observe Easter, eat sugar coated peeps, chocolate bunnies and let their kids go Easter egg hunting! It’s really a sinister plot!

Do You Want to Know Who the Kenites Really Were?

 

 

Land of Midian, where the Kenites dwelt
Land of Midian, where the Kenites dwelt

“Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the sons of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.” Judges 4:11

The Shepherd’s Chapel is a doomsday cult. Let that register. One of Murray’s claims to exegetical infamy is his further development of the hateful serpent seed doctrine where xenophobia runs rampant. When taken to its logical conclusion it portends a type of apocalyptic religious helter-skelter.

As far as I know, he is the first person to force the connection between Satan’s literal offspring, Cain and tribe referred to in the Old Testament as the Kenites.

As we shall see, this connection is a fraudulent one and when it collapses the façade falls off this doctrine of devils.

Murray tells us that Jethro was no Kenite – but the text tells us otherwise. Murray can’t concede this because it would have Moses marrying a literal Kenite, as Moses married Jethro’s daughter. Murray considers this sect anathema but the scripture actually speaks highly of them. It is even possible that the modern day Druze people are descendants of the ancient Kenites.

To begin with, let’s take the first text I quoted from Judges 4:11 in its simplicity:

“Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, from the sons of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.” Judges 4:11

Hobab is the son of Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses. The sons of Hobab are called KENITES! Very simple. Kenites include and are not limited to the sons of Hobab. It is possible Kenite is another word for Midianite.

It is much more probable they were a sect of the Midianite people. They were a tribe and/or guild of “smiths”, they worked with metals and probably made weapons too meaning they were responsible for lot of bloodshed…

How do we know they were smiths?

In Aramaic the name for the Kenites was “Qeni”, meaning smiths. This was what they referred to themselves as. Moses it seems in a play on words in the Hebrew called them once in Numbers “Qayin” meaning “Cain” and elsewhere “Qeyniy” meaning apparently “sons of Cain”. For Murray to uphold his Kenite/Serpent Seed doctrine he has to prove that they are literal genetic descendants.

But Qeyniy doesn’t have to mean a literal descendant of Cain.

Why did he do this? Did they literally descend from Cain? There was a good reason for why Moses likened the Kenites to the sons of Cain.

We find in Genesis chapter four that one Cain’s descendants, Tubalcain, invented working with iron. He was a “smith”…

And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. – Genesis 4:22

Tubalcain probably played a big role in God judging the antediluvian world as we can only assume that iron and bronze weapons were made available because of his innovation.

Maybe this is why Moses called them Qeyniy and the fact that their Aramaic name was Qeni.

After the flood it would have been widely known who the patriarch was that invented ironwork. Jethro’s family and his sons were part of a larger tribe that included many “smith’s” and Moses identified them with Tubal-Cain (and Cain) in the Hebrew. There is a define affinity between the Qayin and Qeyniy – Moses meant may have even meant to call them “sons of Cain”.

TAKE NOTE because this where the Chapel goes flying of the rails. Just because there is similarity of Cain’s name and the Kenites, this does NOT mean that they were direct descendants of Cain. They were killed in the flood… CAIN’S descendants ALL perished!

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. – Genesis 6:7

I am offering a good scriptural explanation for the reason why we find similarities in Cain’s name and the tribe of Kenites. It would seem natural that a tribe of smiths would find identification with the originator of the craft.

Here’s another text to consider:

From the KJV

And the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people. – Judges 1:16

From the NLT

When the tribe of Judah left Jericho—the city of palms—the Kenites, who were descendants of Moses’ father-in-law, traveled with them into the wilderness of Judah. They settled among the people there, near the town of Arad in the Negev. – Judges 1:16

The Kenites are the “smith’s” who are identified with Cain by Moses because Tubal-Cain invented metallurgy… or because of some other similarity with Cain. Many of the Kenites were descendants of Jethro the Midianite. Jethro himself also being a Kenite.

But let’s delve deeper to how Murray does his Hebrew semantic magic with the aid of the Strong’s… he will cherry pick portions of Strong’s entries to get the result he needs, he does it time and again…

this particular word has two different meanings
this particular word has two different meanings

In the English language a word typically can many have different meanings. For instance, “POT” (and no I don’t smoke it). POT can mean many different things. When I say the word “POT” what am I referring to? The meaning of it’s is context dependent.

I say, “A chicken in the pot for all my readers…” – you know instantly what kind of pot I mean. You don’t somehow try to read into my words that I’m talking about pot that you smoke unless you are a dopehead.

So here in the Hebrew text we have a word, “Qayin” with two meanings. It’s first usage in Hebrew is in reference to CAIN. Later on it is used one time to refer to a tribe – the same Hebrew word is used…

Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. – Numbers 24:22

In this passage “Kenite” is Strong’s 7014, “Qayin” – but here it is 100% obvious it is not referring to CAIN. The meaning of the word is context dependent – it is referring to the tribe.

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The word “Kenite” is used 13 more times in the OT as Qeyniy. Although there is an affinity between Qeyniy and Qayin it in no way proves that this is a tribe that literally descended from CAIN. Yet Murray forces an invalid association between texts and word meanings as he does so often.

Murray will often say that Jethro was a Midianite who lived in the land of the Kenites and that Jethro was not a Kenite in spite of what the text says. The reality is that the Kenites were Midianites who lived in the land of Midian and Jethro himself was a prominent Kenite.

THE KENITES WERE A SECT OF THE MIDIANITES and NOT descendants of Cain. Jethro himself was a Kenite in spite of what Murray says. 

Do you want me to precede further in decimating this doctrine? I promise you for Christ’s sake if I do anything I will continue to tear this system of deception to pieces to the glory of God.

When you begin to see how Murray has bent and distorted the true meaning of the text and how he convinced multitudes to follow his teaching even after his death you will stand in awe of the religious deceit of man and then despair of it.

Arnold Murray Has Passed Away…

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Pastor Arnold Murray has died. I respect the man and revered him as great teacher for many years. The time came when Lord Jesus Christ opened my eyes to the deception he was teaching…

As a person, I truly liked Pastor Murray – he was likable in many ways. As a teacher I enjoyed studying with him in my youth but now in retrospect I deplore what he did… I forgive him for leading myself and others astray.

I was once an ardent student of the Chapel, hanging on Murray’s every word. I began studying with Murray in early 1994. Around 2005 Jesus Christ began to fully deliver me from spiritual bondage.

The repercussions of internalizing Murray’s teaching affected my life personally in a very negative way. That having been said, I take responsibility.

He will be held accountable for his end of the deal and the bible has some very stern words about these things.

Arnold Murray was a false teacher and deceived many. Even now from the grave through the religious legacy that he left behind people are ensnared.

Part of my calling here is to expose his system and help others break free. May God have mercy on his soul.

At this point many will cry out, “you’re being hateful, you’re being judgmental!”

I don’t hate Arnold Murray, Dennis Murray or any of his followersbut I do hate the demonic system of falsehood that they put forth. And yes, I will continue to attack it – and if you can’t see the difference in the two it’s because you don’t want to.

God is removing a tremendous stumbling block from the feet of His church. And yes, the Shepherd’s Chapel continues on leading people astray and I am at war with it.

You see, I was once in this cult but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ I am free from it. I have a furious hatred for false religion…

This blog deals specifically with the Chapel deception and helping people break free.

Many think that because of his passing this ministry will begin to wane in influence but nothing could be further from the truth.

In the years to come as America begins to deteriorate and descend into civil unrest the Christian Identity movement will rocket into the heavens in terms of it’s influence. The Shepherd’s Chapel ministry represents the most significant aspect of this movement.

As with all successful false religions there are always those who are only too willing to pick up the torch and proceed. Dennis Murray is waiting in the wings to take this thing over and his doctrine is identical to his father’s.

All that being said I like Dennis despite his falsehood. I feel really bad for him because of what he has been brought into by his father.

It would be like being raised in a home where everyone is Muslim. You would naturally believe whatever you are taught to believe… but he is not without excuse. I’m sure there have been many occasion’s in the past where he could have separated but he did not.

I am quite interested now to see how the Chapel will evolve and if the doctrine will change any.

I hope for Arnold Murray’s his sake God granted him salvation despite his heresy and false teaching but I truly believe he died in a lost state. But if it makes you feel any better I will leave questions regarding the eternal state of his soul up to God. I forgave him. End of story.