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Jacob Prasch: A Closer Look

 

Amos 3:3 

"Can two walk together except they be agreed?" 

Jacob Prasch and others in the Hebrew Roots , favour and promote the Midrash. As discussed in Part II: The Bible and the Talmud, it was noted that The Haggada of the Midrash are composed of Jewish fables. Each article in the series has added to the understanding of what Midrash is, including Part V: The Kabbalah, which shows Genesis Rabba, recommended by Mr. Prasch and others, to carry a false account of Adam and Eve and so on.

Further discussions and information about Midrash were shown in the rest of the series including the concept that the vehicle of choice for mystics (kabbalists) to bring their gnostic view into harmony with their own traditions was allegory or midrash found in Part VIII.

God issues this warning in the Scriptures found in Titus 1:14:

" Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth."

Since the posting of the To Embrace Hebrew Roots Series in January, 1999 it became apparent a further evaluation of Jacob Prasch, his teachings and endorsements other than Midrash should be undertaken. We were particularly interested in Jacob and his organization, which was revamped after those writings, because Moriel was one of the Messianic organizations this writer had originally been invited to be a part of before beginning to research the various groups. For updated analysis of the Hebrew Roots Movement see the series: The Spreading Hebrew Roots.

Jacob Prasch, calls himself a "conservative Pentecostal minister with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches.”  Though queried several times, Jacob has not answered nor clarified whether that Full Gospel Fellowship is the same as Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International. 1

The late Reverend Gordon Lindsay and a group of men founded the Fellowship in 1962. According to information on their Upcoming FGFCMI Conference 2 in July, 2000, called “Alive, Anointed and Ablaze” speakers included  Jim Baker and Rev. Loren Cunningham, Founder of YWAM and other ecumenical people and organizations. The 2001 Conference speakers include John Kilpatrick of Pensecola and others. Regional conferences include women "Reverends" as speakers.

Jacob Prasch had on his old Moriel "Good Sites" web page, the hotlinks, endorsement and promotion of ‘Jews for Jesus’ and the ‘Messianic Jewish Alliance of Australia’, the latter which has since been removed. 

We’ve shown in articles such as LCJE  and EJECT: Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics & Catholics Together , & Part 2, that the MJAA, Jews For Jesus and other Messianic organizations are Ecumenical.

Jacob defined false “Discernment Ministries” in terms he finds acceptable and then listed ones in his February 2000 Newsletter,  that “operate valid discernment ministries to alert the church and give understanding to the many,” although the list is slightly different than his Moriel Links,

“… There are those pretending to be watchmen, alerting the church, allies in the cause of truth calling themselves ‘Discernment Ministries’; but who are largely a collection of charlatans, frauds, and deceivers with their own agenda who already betray the cause. “

“These people have much in common and tend to imitate each other.  Many are borderline psychos akin to the conspiracy theorists operating along the same kind of line. They postulate things on the basis of conjecture, and those not agreeing with them are branded as false or even ‘New Agers, in disguise…. The second thing that defines the false watchmen of this category is their ceaseless propensity to defame and slander true watchmen…. One thing the Body of Christ needs in these Last Days are true watchmen. We need people who are bible based and who operate valid discernment ministries to alert the church and give understanding to the many… We may not agree with every aspect of their ministry, but we stand by them all as comrades in Christ’s cause. [Bolding added] 3

The Berean Call  (Dave Hunt & Tom Mc Mahon)

World Challenge (David Wilkerson)

Discernment Ministries (Jewell Van der Merwe)

Jacata Ministries (David Lister)

Believers In Grace (Bill Randles)

National Payer Network (Mark Haville)

Belfast Berean (Mark Mc Alister)

Al Dagger Ministries (Al Dagger)

The Sentinel (Jacky & Bill Alnor)

Vanguard (Siam Bayhro)

CWM (Philip Powell)

Eddy Cheong Ministries (Dr. Eddy Cheong)

St. Matthews Press (Philip Foster)

Intercessors For Britain (Ray Borlaise, Stuart Dule)

PWM (Clifford Hill & David Noakes)

Ed Tarkowski Ministries (Ed Tarkowski)

Spirit of ’88 (Michael De Semlyn)

Living Word (Gary Hall)

Bread Upon The Water (Bill Brehm)

Christian Voice (Stephen Green)

Cross Roads (Trish & Jon Tillin)

Light For The Last Days (Tony Pierce)

Cecil Andrews Ministries (Cecil Andrews) 

Come Let Us Reason (Mike Oppenheimer)

Jacob elaborated, "In these Last Days we don’t need those who totter and send mixed signals, but watchmen who sound a clear alarm. Neither do we need watchmen who are not watchmen sounding false alarms."

Some of the very people Jacob Prasch lists as “comrades,” having ‘discernment’ and to be trusted are involved with, at the very least, the Ecumenical movement as discussed in the articles LCJE and EJECT

Many provide research material and are deemed experts on various issues. In fact when we quote them, it is because they are either using first hand sources, or we wish to present the common information circulated about particular topics. It is NOT an endorsement of the source. Many appear to have provided well- researched material and as having presented all the pertinent facts. However, as our documentation will show, all pertinent facts are not being presented.

Jacob has declared many times in the same Newsletter, that those he does not endorse are not scholarly sound. In fact, those he endorses are declared to have the academic skills necessary to disseminate information. Any others are declared false watchmen, among many other names.

"....there is much going on of a conspiratorial nature. But investigating such things requires both a sound biblical position, and sanctified journalistic skills...Two thing seem to characterise these false watchman. The first is that they are ‘would be’ Christian academics who are merely theological veneers with no real background in any scholarly sense in the matters in which they profess expertise. One need not be an intellectual to be a minister or have discernment , but one must have the qualifications to know what one is talking about...would be laughed out of any academic forum, but sincere believers not trained in academic theology can be sucked in by their endless production of nonsense , often bordering on pure idiocy. The second thing that defines the false watchmen of this category is their ceaseless propensity to defame and slander true watchmen....I am additionally perfectly open to considering serious scholarly arguments from academically qualified Christian sources concerning their theories of Textus Receptus etc. (again, we refer our readers to our own audio on the subject)...are not scholars. Neither are they watchmen. They are mere fakers who only wish they were and pretend to be...Again the psuedo academic pretence of these people is at times laughable...While no scholarly source would...attribute any credibility to such people, the average well meaning Christian unfortunately just may..."

It's strange that Jacob, declared a minister and academic,  would rally accusations about lack of academic scholarship against anyone. 

Are we as Christians wishing to align with or seek approval of "academics," or the world's standards of what they perceive as acceptable before God? 

Are we to desire whatsoever, the approval of men? 

Rather, shouldn't our desire and focus to be obedient to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? 

We do recall what Paul has said about who we are in Christ with God-given gifts, elitism and intellectualism in 1 Corinthians 1: 4-7 

" I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1 Corinthians 1:19-22:

"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

v. 27-29: "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to not things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence..." v. 31 "...He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

Paul wrote that he didn't come with excellence of speech or wisdom, but with weakness, fear and trembling and then said: I Corinthians 2:4-5 

"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

In the end, the question that must be answered is: If these people are so astute and discerning and to be endorsed, why are they supporting one another? 

 

Next Section: “Comrades” Who Should Know Better

Footnotes:

1. http://www.fgfcmi.org/about.html

2. http://www.fgfcmi.org/2000conference.html

3.  MORIEL JOURNAL & PRAYER and NEWS LETTER; Feb 2000; THE FALSE MACCABEES,RUCKMANITES,  CONSTANCE CUMBY, AND THE CYBER-CULT

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