The Day of Atonement

At a friends place on Saturday night for a prayer meeting we were browsing through some free-to-air Christian satellite television channels and we watched a bit of a Morris Cerullo program featuring Steve Munsey. Munsey was flogging a gold and silver replica of the Ark of the Covenant and a book about the Day of Atonement. A day he said is coming up at the end of September and a day he claimed is the most important day of the Christian year. Munsey said if you got the Ark and book you would receive 7 Blessings of the Atonement (seemingly Munsey blesses you through the book), the cost about US$200.

Hasn’t this guy heard of the Birth, Baptism, Crucifixion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, of Jesus Christ?

It is sad that people get sucked in by shonks like Munsey.

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5 Replies to “The Day of Atonement”

  1. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law, not change it. The feasts are God’s days and at no point does Christ ever dismiss their relevance. While the other feasts are regularly observed by Christians, somehow this feast has become irrelevant? It is understood that a tthe moment of Christ’s death upon the cross that the curtain blocking the holy of holy places was torn, which would indicate that man is free to approach God directly, but never once in the New Testament does it state that this feast, observed for thousands of years, was suddenly unimportant, while the other feasts remain just as important.

    And to hint that God is unable to bless those who recognize this feast, would seem to indicate that you don’t value the importance of any of these feasts. Passover is just as old of a tradition, so do you find this event just as irrelevant?

    I am given the impression that while you are quick to state that which you don’t believe, you are slow to point out that which you do. Are you claiming that all the ancient feasts are now unimportant, or just this one feast? Please explain yourself before pointing the finger at others.

  2. I’m sorry but I cannot support this view against Atonement, while Pentecost and Passover as still recognized, and all three deems holy and to be eternal celebrated from generation to generation. Christ’s death and following resurrection perfectly align with Pentecost and Passover, so its a give-in that Christians continue to observe these Holy days. Yet the Atonement held just as much significance as traditionally the day of judgement and the bridegroom.

    This belief that one of God’s three Holy day, to be celebrated till the end of time, has become unimportant due to some theory.

    Jesus specifically states in Mathew 5: 17-20 Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. {18} For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. {19} Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. {20} For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

    1. Jerry,

      Get off your high horse. This post was not about atonement. It was a criticism of the prosperity gospel movement, criticizing those who capitalize off of heresy. Atonement is not about God blessing me me me me me my self oh me. It’s about God becoming one with humanity (and creation), through the forgiveness of sin.

      You gotta learn to actually read posts.

  3. Based on the original post, I still believe it is wrong to suggest that giving to a church is evil, or not biblical. I also firmly believe that it is time for the ‘poverty’ movement to end, due to its lack of scriptural support. On the contrary, in every example provided in the bible the faithful were rewarded for their diligence and faith. Should people just throw their money at the first fool that says give. No, as we are to use discernment, yet we still need to give of ourselves in order to be blessed, be it in money, time, or effort. In fact there is only one time in the Bible that God makes a promise he challenges us to test.

    Malachi 3:10-11
    10) Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. And test Me now with this, says Jehovah of Hosts, to see if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you, and pour out a blessing for you, until there is not enough room.
    11) And I will rebuke your devourer, and he shall not decay the fruit of your ground against you; nor shall your vine miscarry against you in the field, says Jehovah of Hosts.

    And the feast of God are also accompanied by like promises, which is why I am having difficulty with your position. You ask me to ignore too many verses.

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