From my internet radio broadcast on 11.02.15 – Colby Braden, devout follower of Murray up until a few years ago gives an amazing testimony of deliverance and shares incredible insight into the nature of the Chapel’s deception.
We put this in-depth expose together to help liberate Chapel students from the snare of false religion… please listen and share!
An .mp3 version of the broadcast is available at the following link…
After this post I will no longer be discussing Chapel related issues on this site – this blog will be devoted to the bible, gospel related items and other important things that I feel are necessary to share. I may recycle some of the old content to the top from time to time but what needed to be said about the Chapel has been said.
In April of 2005 the Lord Jesus Christ delivered me from the Shepherd’s Chapel system of theology. I was 28 at that time. I had been dealing with a lot of conviction due to my involvement with it and the spreading of false teaching.
It became very clear to me that I had been deeply deceived by this ministry.
It hurt me pretty badly in my younger years leading to complete atheism and unbelief, followed by periods of mental instability where I would return to my studies with the Chapel only to fall back into unbelief. If you read the site you will see that I first became a devout student in March of 1994.
The Lord Jesus Christ warned me in a vision when I got saved in February 2003 to stay away from the teaching. I remember wanting to reorder some of the tapes – I remember the Lord specifically warning me to stay away, but I couldn’t. I could only think of the bible in the way that Murray had taught.
In September of 2003 I started to study with Lance Knight, a former Chapel disciple and talented teacher of the Chapel system. Though I still held to Murray’s teachings I couldn’t endure listening to him any longer so I studied exclusively with Knight.
Also around that time I began to study with R.C. Sproul and that’s when the bands of false religion began to weaken significantly. I knew something was wrong with Murray’s teaching but I couldn’t quite nail it down.
In November of 2004 a teaching series on the Holy Spirit and Justification by Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul broke the Chapel system into thousands of pieces. It was then that I began to realize that Murray was teaching deadly heresy… but how could I let the Chapel go? It was all I knew…
I began to come under terrible condemnation – I would stay awake for night on end – every time I fell asleep I would have terrible demonic nightmares… I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, it was one of the worst times of my life but the Lord Jesus Christ continually reassured me of my salvation and eventually my peace and sanity were restored.
I say all that to say this: I harbor nothing in my heart towards Murray and his followers; I hope the best that I can for them and that is to know the truth and be set from their captivity. There was a time when I was embittered and angry about the Chapel continuing to deceive people but that is over. I forgive him and his hostile followers as of a long time ago.
Deception is a two-way street, it takes two parties… if you are following the Chapel you consented to the deception just like Eve in the garden. I repented for my part in spreading this madness long ago and God had mercy.
On this blog I did my part by warning those of you still following this idolatry. I know many of you are stiffened with pride and will never awake from your trance until Judgment Day – but you will wake from it and then it will be too late.
My efforts to warn Chapel followers in peril is done – we will move on… the articles will remain, some of the older ones will be edited and reposted from time to time.
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” – Luke 21:20
The previous verse is taken from the Olivet discourse and it has a parallel passage in Matthew…
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” – Matthew 24:16-17
This is an amazing reference to an event fulfilled in 70 A.D. but in the Chapel system of dispensational futurism adherents are always exhorted to look toward the future instead of the true fulfillment of the text. A time when Satan will come down from heaven as Antichrist and commit the abomination of desolation while the elect do great exploits. This is a religious fantasy that will never transpire.
According to Murray, Satan will come and enter into a sordid marital covenant with the church and “defile” the bride of Christ – this being one of the chief reasons for the millennium. From beginning to end this interpretation is spectacular foolishness and I feel for anyone bound up in it.
What I would like to submit to those of you who believe the abomination of desolation is a future event is that it has already happened.
Kind of anti-climactic, huh? Not really when you understand – truth is much more interesting than religious fantasy.
In the book of Daniel there are actually what appears to be three separate types of the Abomination of Desolation so let’s clarify because this is where a lot of the confusion emanates…
The first can be seen by the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes when he first desecrated the Jewish temple in 167 A.D. – Daniel refers to this in Chapter 8, 11 and 12. This desecration of the temple would point to the next one that Jesus was referring to…
In the second desecration we see Jerusalem surrounded by the Roman armies and desecrated according to Christ’s word but also in fulfillment of the prophecies of Daniel 9.
The third desecration is referred to by Paul in Thessalonians when the son of perdition is referenced…
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4
Paul is explicitly referring to the “Willful King” of the later part of Daniel – this is another view of the little horn. The temple in the New Testament doesn’t refer to some rebuilt temple in Jerusalem but the body of Christ. There is no other power on earth that seeks to usurp the authority of Jesus Christ and put themselves at the head of the body other than the papal power.
“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 to the beast and his system? 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.
Most people are not aware that in 1978 Arnold Murray published a bible with commentary called the Shepherd’s Bible. He never finished or published it on a large scale. It was basically an expansion of all the pet doctrines of Christian identity with a few twists and new additions, repackaged for mass consumption.
So successful was the system early on that Murray chose a different route than that of a study bible. Murray decided to leave off finishing that work and base a teaching ministry around it.
In the early 1980’s he invested a large amount of money to initiate a satellite ministry which featured the teaching’s encapsulated in the study bible.
In this article I’m going to present Ephesians chapter 2 from that study bible and have a look at some of his notes. His remarks on the text are in blue, my response in red. One thing we will realize is that Murray’s system didn’t change at all over the years. He found a successful system of false religion and ran with it…
Shepherds Bible. Ephesians Chapter 2
vs. 1 – And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
** Or, He quickened your mind. Those that stood loyal to Yahveh during the spiritual battle in the world-that-was are born of woman in this world-that-is, without conscious memory of what went before. But these things are caller to your remembrance by people such as myself and other students that teach and reach you because you were chosen before the foundations of the world. We simply call them to your mind.
+ Out the gate notice what Arnold Murray does. Clearly verse one is talking about salvation, regeneration and redemption of sin for all mankind. AM says being quickened has to do with cognizance of what took place in the first earth age by a small group. He equates salvation with this “special insight” into the world that was. In the AM system salvation for “the elect” in this age is earned by past life loyalty in the Katabole. The other “gentiles” come into grace via free will. What he is teaching is pure false religion and heresy.
vs. 2 – Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
** In other words, in times past, you went along with the crowd and you were obeying Satan. Now understand. Up till now Paul has been talking about salvation and redemption through Christ’s blood that was shed for us on the cross. Now here Paul speaks of the prince of the power of the air.
He’s talking about the one that’s going to come back saying he is the Christ. II Thessalonians stipulates that this one, the protecting cherub or Satan, will come back before Jesus, the legitimate Christ, returns. So you see the importance of knowing who you are, who the false Christ is, and which Christ will be the Savior. These things fall into place and come to mind for the elect.
+ The infinite vainglory of man. In the AM system the focus is on the antichrist, great tribulation, Satan and the triumph and exaltation of the “elect”, a small group of people whom Murray has conveniently defined as those who can understand his teaching. The bible teaches that ALL the saints, the redeemed of jew and gentile are the elect.
vs. 3 – Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
** In other words, we were born into this world in ignorance, so that every soul would have a choice, either here or in the millennium. That’s why this world is. It is so all His children that were led astray would have a chance again to love Him from their own heart. You will if your of the elect choose Him now in this world. Or, you will be taught YHVH’s full truth during the millennium and make your choice then. For those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ in the millennium, it’s good-bye.
+ In the AM system everyone receives a second chance in the millennium. And this world is here now because of what happened in the first earth age? RELIGIOUS MADNESS! Murray also equates loving God with salvation – that the sinners love for God is what saves him. This is heresy as well.
vs. 4 – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith He loved us,
** Because of His mercy, they’re going to know the whole truth. He loved His children, even before this world, and He doesn’t want to destroy any of them.
+ This is more vainglory and delusion. When he says they are going to know the truth he is referring to millennium where deluded chaps will have truth drilled into their heads. But Murray is arrogantly referring to truth as he conceives it. An allusion to the false doctrine of annihilationism is made here as well. God, because of his mercy won’t send anyone to an eternal hell and will give everyone a second chance in the Murray millennial bootcamp.
vs. 5 – Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
** He quickened us how? By letting us know who we are. The greatest gift is knowing who you are and who the children of Lucifer, the Kenites are. Whereby you will know when and where the false Christ will appear. By the grace of Jesus Christ you are saved.
+ This passage is talking about the regeneration that takes place when a sinners transgressions are washed away. Murray reframes it into salvation via discovering who we are. And who is going to teach us that? Murray, that’s who. We are saved by grace through gnostic insight into who the Kenites are, who the elect are and when the false christ appears…
vs. 6 – And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
** Or, He raised us to a higher level of thinking. To a higher level of knowledge whereby we would know where and when these things would happen, so that we would not be deceived.
+ And Murray is going to reveal this higher level of knowledge to us – the knowledge of the correct sequence of end time events for the purpose of not being deceived.
vs. 7 – That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
** Many people don’t realize the scope of His love that is evidenced by the millennium. If there were, not to he a millennium, no one other than the elect would have an opportunity. The purpose of the millennium, during which it is your destiny to teach, is to give His full truth to those who have been misled. You shall teach and love and guide His people.
+ He turns this into more tripe about his false millennium. The age to come is talking about the eternal state, not the millennium.
vs. 8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
** What does that word faith really mean? In the Greek, it means divine influence on the heart. It isn’t a thing totally of your choice. God brings this divine influence and touches your heart because of your loyalty be fore the foundations of this world. Now understand this, because it clarifies the meaning of grace.
This is not the gift of man. It takes the divine influence of the Spirit to bring about the salvation of the elect. This word is addressed to the elect, or “saints”, to those of His people (Israel) who were led astray by Lucifer and to the ethnos. This is the reason some scholars have trouble with this.
+ Faith presupposes free-will and faith is also equivalent to repentance. Murray alleviates his hearers from the necessity of belief and repentance for salvation. God magically influences them because of their performance in the first earth age rebellion.
Murray talks about teaching on different levels and we see example of it here. That’s just a clever way Murray can have the text mean one absurdity and another absurdity that totally contradicts the first one. He will resort to any kind of lie and device to make the scripture say whatever he needs it to.
vs. 9 – Not of works, lest any man should boost.
** Now this says you are not saved by your good deeds, yet this is what most churches in our day teach. But what does the Word say? We were just told man can’t take any credit but that it is divine influence that saves. Now remember we are talking about this age and salvation prior to the millennium.
In that dispensation, it shall be different but this is addressed to those of the elect that are here on earth now. Let us keep our times and people straight and then it becomes clear and simpler to understand. You do understand if you are elect and you follow Christ your deeds could be none other than good. The point is these works are not your salvation.
+ What church teaches salvation by works? A cult? Most christian churches do not teach that. Murray teaches that man is saved by works in the millennium and that the elect receive divine influence due to first earth age performance. His gospel is a gospel of works through and through.
vs. 10 – For we are His workmanship, created, in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
** You should be able to see there is no choice involved here. God “before ordained” and “unto good works” refers to the fact that you should help His people. He hasn’t chosen you because you are something special. He chose you because you were loyal in that pre-foundation spiritual battle, and it is His purpose that you shall help the rest and lead them.
+ That is a complete butchering of the meaning of that text. And how should those who are ordained demonstrate good works? By spreading Murray’s teaching to all who will listen. To Murray, those are the good works “His people” have been ordained to.
vs. 11 – Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
** Understand this is talking of the lost sheep of Israel and also to the physical ethnos, which means races other than your Nordic, Anglo-Saxon Adamic people.
+ It doesn’t take long for the racist Anglo-Israelist to rear it’s ugly head. See how condescending it is. The “gentiles” are poor saps who are not genetically similar to the British Israelists. Murray’s thinks he’s a Hebrew you see. The reality is that Murray is as gentile as he can be.
vs. 12 – That at this time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, find without God in the world:
** In other words, you didn’t have a chance or a prayer. You had no adoption into Israel. You had nothing. You were Gentiles. All the covenants of the Old Testament were made to Israel. For the deeper students, I add that I realize God made a covenant with the city of Jerusalem, also a covenant with the Kenites that they should never want for a man to lead them but here I’m speaking of the old powerful covenants made with the nation, Israel.
So you understand that Christ is the only door for the ethnos, for the Gentiles. He is the only door for you. He is the only door for everyone. Even the Kenites because He is the fulfillment of the covenant.
+ Sounds like the dual covenant theory for bigoted british-israelists. The gentiles are saved by grace through their free will and the elect (all of whom are Israel of the flesh) are saved by divine persuasion because of how good they were in the age that was.
vs. 13, 14 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are mode nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
** With His blood, He broke down the middle wall, whereby the ethnos (nations in the Greek, Rev. 21:24-25) if they accept Jesus Christ shall live in their own kingdom with their own rulers or kings and queens. These terms are used in the earthly sense. They shall of course be in YHVH’s kingdom and Jesus Christ shall be the King of kings. This middle wall of partition also means the present division of beliefs. Those who accept Jesus Christ shall be in unison, understanding the full truth at that time.
+ No, those who accept Christ are in unison now. They don’t need to wait for Murray’s teaching in the millennium. He makes an artificial partition wall.
vs. 15 – Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
** What ordinances are we talking about? The blood of Christ replaced the blood ordinance. Now for you students who think that He did away with the law, you had better re-read the 5th chapter of Matthew where it says, He didn’t even change a tittle – the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet – of the law. It speaks here specifically of the blood sacrifice tying together His total plan of salvation… fulfilling both the Old and the New Testament and bringing salvation to the entire world for all those that would choose it.
vs. 16 – And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
** You call it the body of Christ, the church, Christianity. Call it whatever you want but it’s Jesus Christ. It’s His body, His blood: through Him, the temple is made. It’s not made with hands.
vs. 17 – And come and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
** Those that were far off, or were not included in the covenants. And those that were nigh, or Israel, His people.
+ Murray teaches British Israelism. He doesn’t believe that he was at one time far off since he believe that he is part of Israel. Reality, Murray is a gentile.
vs. 18 – For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
** Christ is the only door to the Father is what it is saying.
+ Shepherd’s Chapel teaches modalism, that Christ is an office – the same person as God the father.
vs. 19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
** Saints used here again means the pure and holy, or the elect in relationship to the Gentiles. You are in a sense the saints of the Gentiles, in fulfilling that promise made to Abraham that he would be a blessing to all nations. You shall be the teachers of that blessing which is the truth. The word fellow-citizen in the Greek means a fellow Christian or one of the same belief and not necessarily of the same race or color.
+ The saints, the elect are ALL christians both JEW and gentile. It’s simply an elitist, arrogant theology.
vs. 20 – And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;
** Note both the apostles and the prophets speak of Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone, again tying together both the New and the Old Testament.
+ The prophets spoken of here are the new testament prophets of the early church, the importance of whom he excludes. It is not referring to the OT prophets but rather the NT ones.
vs. 21 – In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
** In other words, it’s the full cycle… the whole building, the whole foundation, and we see the beauty of His salvation unto the whole world including the saints and including the Gentiles.
+ Gentile christians are saints. Murray’s definition of a saint are the 144,000 that believe as he teaches.
vs. 22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
** Or, the Gentiles, whom I’m teaching, are a part of this, is what he is saying.
In Chapel theology gentile Christians are almost subhuman. He asserts that they are not chosen. The bible says they are. Murray has invented his own religion.
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 wrong, even racist as it implies the majority of humanity didn’t come Adam and Eve.
Further, the teaching itself comes 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…
There are other curious similarities between Babylonian Kabalistic mystery religion (a.k.a. Theosophy) and what the Chapel teaches such as the ineffable magical name of God ‘YHVH’.
But back to the “two Adams” teaching, it is 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 and is under the spiritual control of the Roman whore.
Christian Identity adherent gravitate towards Murray like moths to a flame on account of teachings like this…
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.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5
My first experience with Shepherd’s Chapel was in early 1994 – I was 16 at the time. I happened across a study on the local channels one morning, with Murray teaching in his common manner. At the end of each study he does a Question and Answer session.
A question came up about the dead sea scrolls. It was about the Gospel of Mary. In some of the fragments there was a reference to a secret relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Murray deftly explained the problem away.
You see, at that time in my life I was tormented over this issue with the dead sea scrolls and particularly this Gospel of Mary Magdalene – but Murray adequately assuaged my doubts and I began a frenzied period of bible study with the Chapel to learn more.
At the end of the broadcast they advertised the free “Mark of the Beast” tape and introductory letter with recommended study tools and other information. I took them up on the offer. At the time I felt like I had discovered gold and began to assimilate the Chapel doctrine rapidly.
Before long I was poisoned. My struggle to break free from the grip of this cult would drive me into atheism, occultism and mental insanity. In December of 1994 in an effort to separate myself from all of this I renounce all belief in God and became an atheist. A period of rebellion and vacillation between atheism and belief in God would go on for the next 9 years.
During those periods of brief belief I would invariably gravitate back towards Shepherd’s Chapel only to rebel again. These stints of religious faith were characterized by fascination with Shepherd’s Chapel themes, insanity and hospitalization.
On this blog I have detailed many of my experiences along the way and the freedom from false religion that only Jesus can give…
On February 14th, 2003, the Lord Jesus Christ saved me from the atheistic path of perdition I was heading. Almost immediately I began to drift back into Shepherd’s Chapel teaching. I got the mark of the beast CD and started to collect and study the Chapel’s material all over again.
Initially I remember the Lord convicting me to stay away from him but I was unable to do so… I just couldn’t see the bible outside what I had learned from Murray.
Within a short period of time I had a job and was tithing regularly and buying reams of study material from the Chapel – such was my commitment to Murray’s teaching. I would passionately share the teachings with others…
This period of time was characterized by astounding mental delusion and instability but God kept me from completely breaking down into madness.
I couldn’t conceive of anyone else having the depth of insight into the true meaning of scripture and I wanted more than anything to be one of the 144,000… I mean who wouldn’t? I would come to find out later that Murray’s insight was merely a gnostic façade.
You see, genuine truth from God’s word is for all – not for a select group of elite believers like the pastor from Arkansas taught. Murray’s stock response to those that would question his wisdom was that they weren’t the elect, that they were blinded and that only a small group of select students could understand.
In Fall of 2003 I for the first time became aware of Lance Knight’s ministry. Lance was a student of the Chapel and had a rather large following. He produced his own teaching material and taught the Murray system with a flair and charisma that the old man simply didn’t have.
In Spring of 2005 Lance had an “awakening” and repudiated the Shepherd’s Chapel and began to teach a new doctrine that I can only describe as Latter-Rain like.
For a time I would continue to study with him but it would soon become apparent that he was more deceived than before he come out of the Chapel. His heresies began to multiply and that’s when I cut anchor and began to turn away from man’s teaching and put my trust in God.
I would begin to radically reject the Shepherd’s Chapel and Lance Knight. In April 2005 I remember taking all of my study material to the dump and throwing it away. I even had a pricey companion bible – it went as well.
It would take several years to fully break away from the elements of Murray’s system of deception but the dye had been cast. Because of his lies I would never see him in a favorable light again.
It’s hard to understand the harm that cultic religion causes when you’re in it… when you come out of it then you begin to see.
My foray with the Chapel began in early ’94. It would unleash madness and instability in my life that will take some time to recount for you here. By the grace of our Lord Jesus it no longer has any hold or influence on me. I pray the same takes place in your life whether it be with ministry or any other false teacher that may have a foothold in your life…