Polygamists and Other False Teachers
Wolves to lead astray the Sheep
False Teachers have always abounded in the body of Messiah, both in the gentile church and within Messianic Judaism.
2Kefa 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
The warnings are clear throughout the Brit Chadashah that false teachers and false prophets would arise to lead astray the sheep. We have seen this all through history but perhaps it has been more obvious in the 20th century. Men like Jim Jomes who would rather kill their sheep then allow them the freedom to think for themselves or men like David Koresh who fed fears of a pending apocolypse until he created his own personal apocolypse and took his sheep with him into hell. These stories were not front page in the 17th century. But today they are broadcast before all the world.
A common telltale thread to these neoheritics is some form of sexual deviancy. Victor Paul Werwille of the Way International taught teenage girls to offer their bodies to men to get them to pay for his tapes classes. David Koresh took each girl of his compound to wife at puberty. The shadows still reak with Jim Jones sexualdexploits amongst his sheep. And everyone knows the polygamous perversions of Joseph Smith Jr. and Brigham Young.
Polygamy degrades women, and defies the natural order of the creation and the sacredness of marriage. G-d created Adam and Chavah (Eve) not Adam, Eve, Betty, Sue, and Debbie. From Adam to Itzak seldom is the concept of polygamy mentioned. And then Yakov the surplanter found himself surplanted and tricked into taking 4 wives. It is easy to see how those who claim Torah Observance could say that multiple wives is consistant with Torah. After all Moshe did not condemn the practice and G-d did not judge Yakov harshly for it. Or did he? There is no better model of a disfunctional family in all of scripture than Yakov, his four wives, and 12 sons. Wives launching plots against other wives, sons selling sons into slavery. Yes, Polygamy worked so well for our father Yakov. It worked well for his grandfather Avraham as well. The Jews still pay dearly today for his taking Hagar as a wife and producing a fleshly seed outside of the promise of G-d.
Furthermore, Y'shua himself teaches:
Matthew 19:4-5 And he answered and
said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning
made them male and female,
Notice that both male and female and wife are singular in this passage. It is apparent that the Living Word sees marriage as monogomous in nature. Shaul takes it one step further in saying:
1Timothy 3:2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;
While some would like to interpret this verse as meaning not divorced, the clearest exegesis is simply... Monogomous!
So therefore without doubt we can say the the Messiah and his Apostles teach that in the body of Messiah a man should have one wife and certainly he who would be a teacher in Israel should have one and only one wife.
"I thought only the Mormons were Polygamous?" Actually the LDS, though a cult with false prophets and teachers at their origin are no longer polygamous. Subsequent revelation (brought by threat of war with the United States government) forced the LDS to repudiate Polygamy and to excommunicate any Mormon who practices it openly. However Polygamy seems to have foind a new home in the Messianic Fringe.
New Covenant Church of G-d
Also called the Brit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh is a worldwide well funded movement that is British Israel, Sacred Name, Deity Denying, and most importantly unabashadly Polygamous. The main page at http://www.nccg.org greets you with a warning that they are a hate group... and you will not have to read very far to see that they consider themselves Israel and the Jews to be accursed of G-d. The logo on their main page is the Seal of the House of Windsor, a seal that contains the hidden message that the Royal Family of England is the descendancy of David and the future source of the Messiah. Much of the content seems to be consistant with Christian Identity (a hate group indeed) but on close examination it is more similar to that of Herbert W. Armstrong and his anti-semitic Worldwide Church of God.
Of particular note for our purposes is the emphasis on Polygamy. The page entitled Four Wives Haven tells the story ofpolygamous Israelites living in the heart of Europe in a country where Polygamy is illegal but multiple co-habitation is permitted so long as they dont tell people they are married. They proclaim that this is G-d's best plan for Israel as demonstrated in the lives of the Patriarchs. One man named Stan, Four Wives of mixed race, and Seven lovely children. All to beautiful midi music.
The HEM Page proclaims the Holy Echad Marriage. The perfect union of one man and four wives as prescribed by Torah and lists congregations of Polygamous Israelites all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Can I throw up now?
They claim that polygamy is normal and that 83% of the marriage customs known in the world are polygamous in origin. That only 17% of the worlds marriage customs are monogomous. It almost makes me wonder if drugs are a sacrament to this group. Finally they have a web ring for Messianic Polygamists to show you how prevelant this problem is.
Yakov Seedeater / Bill Klimek
For the last 3 years Bill Klimek, a former protoge of Sacred Name Guru Moishe Konichowski, has been a particular thorn in the flesh of the Messianics on Paltalk. Under the name of Yakov Seedeater, he teaches Lunar Shabbat, a doctrine by which the day of Shabbat changes every month according to the timing of the new moon, British Israelism, often from books by Herbert W. Armstrong, that Jews are Cows and Ephraimites are Sheep, and has quite often been found to support the idea of polygamy as acceptable by G-d. Anyone who opposes his heresies is immediately condemned by him and his flock of followers as a reprobate, a drunkard, and a fornicator devoid of Torah and an enemy of Israel. In the past when Rabbi Yossef has attempted to discuss these bizarre doctrines he has been called a homosexual, a pedophile, and even been labeled a convicted hate criminal by this cult. These are the time tested tactics of the antichrist as formerly employed by the likes of Joseph Smith Jr., Jim Jones, and even David Koresh.
While researching the New Covenant Church of Christ, we found a web site on the Polygamy Web Ring which seemed to proclaim the same doctrines as Mr. Klimek, www.malkhutyahwehavodah.org proclaims Lunar Shabbat, British Israelism, and most importantly Polygamy as the plan of G-d. We suspect that this site will disappear shortly after this article is published but you can always google for "malkhut yahweh avodah" and should be able to find a cached page for up to a year. We have snapshotted images of that page and the research which shows it to be the work of Bill Klimek here and in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act in order to preserve this blatent attempt to sollicit the breaking of U.S. State and Federal Laws pertaining to Polygamy.
Within this site their are numerous articles, one being called "Lawful Marriage, Sex, Family, and Divorce"... an excerpt from this article reads...
"The scriptures throughout the Bible reveal that our Creator allows both monogamous and patriarchal (polygynous) marriage relationships. A polygynous marriage is where a man marries more than one wife but not vice-versa."
"The nation of Israel was built on the marriage of one man to four wives. Jacob, the son of Isaac, had four wives (Genesis 32:22, Genesis 35:22-26). These four wives are the mothers of the twelve tribes of Israel. Their names were Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. Jacob was renamed Israel by God Almighty. Other Biblical Patriarchs such as Abraham and King David had patriarchal families. Furthermore, our Everlasting Father is symbolically depicted in both monogamous and patriarchal relationships (Jeremiah 3). There are laws regulating a marriage with more than one wife (Deuteronomy 21:15). Forbidding marriage is also a "doctrine of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1-3). Because patriarchal marriage is a lawful form of marriage according to our Everlasting Father, forbidding it is a "doctrine of demons.""
Clearly this is Polygamous... at one point indicating that polygamy is G-d's prefered structure for the family unit.
There are references on the site to Bill Klimek's public site and to those of other two-house teachers but no where is the author indicated. A related Yahoo group is moderated by a Yakov Levi. Internic reports the domain name is owned by Yakov Levy of 229 2nd ave. #302, Spokane WA:
Which amazingly is the ADDRESS of one Bill Klimek, also known as Yakov Seedeater and possibly Yakov Levi, now why does he love the name Yakov so much... does he also want 4 wives...
Yakov Seedeater is clearly a false teacher, proclaiming such heresies as Lunar Shabbat, and British Israelism and constantly condemning others for refusing to accept his heresies. Based on the evidence presented here, We believe he is also the Polygamy teacher, Yakov Levi.