What’s up guys it is The Myriad here! I hope everyone is having a great day, after all, every single day is a gift. If you are not feeling like that is the case, I understand because life can be very difficult sometimes. Nevertheless, everyday is a gift. You know what is also a gift (or present)? 119 Ministries!
If you have never heard of 119 Ministries, that is okay! The probable reason being that they have only been around for about six years. Since starting back in 2010, 119 Ministries has sought to point people across the world back to what God’s word TRULY says, despite traditions, opinions made by theologians, or misinterpretations of the Bible. Surprisingly, they are not located in the United States, but in Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica. The reason being is that it is simply less expensive to operate out of Costa Rica than it is in the United States. Through a cheaper way of living, they can produce hours of high quality content that seeks to further God’s Kingdom.
Their overall theme or motto is, “Test everything.” Even the name 119 Ministries is a direct reference to the book of Psalms, chapter 119, which speaks into great depth about following the law that God has made. Indeed, it doesn’t take long for one to realize that 119 Ministries is serious about obeying God and keeping His Law. This is probably the second biggest element they emphasize (the first being the truth of the Word and the focus on it alone). They openly reject many special occasions and holidays that many Christians consider sacred, such as Easter and even Christmas. Why you might ask? 119 argues that these events are never mentioned in the Bible and therefore they are pagan in origin. They insist that by partaking in such things as Christmas, believers are actually paying homage to pagan gods and traditions. Instead, they choose to commemorate special feasts and gatherings that the Israelite’s remembered. 119 Ministries even has a calendar that lists all of the feasts and celebrations that God’s chosen people had. (>>>Creator’s Calendar<<<) Take a look! It’s pretty cool!
Other areas of interest for 119 Ministries is proper terminology for God and the Law. They also have a local outreach for the poor and homeless, but unfortunately I cannot seem to find any credible information on this aspect of 119 as they mention it only one time. Proper terminology however, is very interesting. 119 Ministries insists on calling the Lord by the name that He has given to us, “Yahweh,” and referring to Jesus as, “Yeshua.” The ministry also focuses, as stated previously, greatly on the Law set by God which is called, “The Torah,” or simply, “Torah.” The reason for this proper terminology is that 119 Ministries claims to actively study the Word of God in the Hebraic language, the original language it was written in. Which means these names and terms are more appropriate and accurate than the transliterated names the English language has. This is quite an undertaking as some words simply do not translate from Hebrew into English. So for 119 Ministries to take an extra step in studying what the Bible originally said does set them apart from other ministries. In studying the original form the Bible was written in, 119 assures that they acquire the most accurate representation of what God’s Word truly says. This is where they get the proper name of God and His Son as well as discover what misinterpretations man has interjected into preaching the Word.
So far, so good, but with every ministry there is bound to be some form of undesirable reputation. Unfortunately, I did not have to dig very far to see that 119 Ministries has garnered more than just a hint of this. For a starting point, 119 Ministries is part of a movement that is titled, “Hebrew Roots.” And before you think it no, I am not condemning this movement. Back to the point. “Hebrew Roots” is supposed to symbolize a return to many of the Old Testament and Old Covenant teachings and beliefs (this is why many of the feasts celebrated though they are not the only reason). This is fine in a certain way, but unfortunately 119 Ministries seems emphasize too much on this fact. They push it too far, the keeping of the Old Covenant, and seem to reject parts of the New Covenant. An example of this would be when God says that certain kinds of animals are unclean and should not be used for food. But after the New Covenant is made, God gives Peter a vision where He prompts Peter to kill and eat an unclean animal. When Peter refuses, claiming that he would never do such a thing and eat an unclean animal, God tells him to not call unclean what God has made clean. Yet, 119 Ministries seems to hold to the Old Covenant where God forbid the eating of certain animals, but in doing so they are forsaking a part of the New Covenant. Now, it would be perfectly acceptable to not eat what was once considered unclean (the Bible does speak of this in the New Testament). But it is not right to TEACH, that by the eating of certain animals you are breaking God’s law. That just isn’t right whatsoever.
119 also holds to the idea of interpreting lunar cycles and certain colors of the moon. This is mentioned in the Bible. Most notably when the wise men sought to find Jesus, they followed a star. But you should also know that there is something else called Astrology which attempts to predict happenings and events by viewing the stars and other celestial bodies apart from God’s divine influence. 119 has once again put too much emphasis on the viewing of certain types of moon, particularly “blood moons” and proclaimed it as a symbol of the last days. From what I have seen, man’s prediction’s of the last days have been hilariously inaccurate to say the least. We should always be prepared for the end of this earth. One last thing, the ministry openly claims that they do not have any credibility…(okay???)…and they simply study the Word and teach what they believe to be the truth. This is not cause for a massive alarm, but it is rather odd. Why mention this in your mission statement? It simply acts as an unnecessary flame to spark a ridiculous argument. If you are asked, then give such information out. I could go into more detail, but I do not think it is in the best interest of time. It does not take that much digging to see some of the “claims” leveled against this ministry. Some are downright strong, going as far as to accuse 119 Ministries of being wolves in sheeps’ clothing for not teaching the truth.
Okay we’ve reached the end. Ohp! Never mind! Money-wise 119 has a very detailed annual earnings and income chart located over here (>>>FindTheCompany<<<). Nothing really fancy. Except for the fact that they only made about $350,000 U.S. dollars in 2014 and compared to most groups they expended an astronomically small amount of money (hooray for Cost Rica!). Their expenses are mainly on employees. Nothing appears to be out of the ordinary in this sector. They seem to be good stewards with the resources given to them.
A final word guys, use discretion and Godly wisdom when it comes to ministries like this. I do not think 119 Ministries is a complete lie or that they are out to ensnare Christians in legalism. In fact, I think they have made certain parts of the Bible a lot clearer than what they once were, and they encourage people to not fall into what very well could be pagan traditions. But they seem, at the same time, to be giving over to Hebraic traditions and laws, (which there are a myriad of by the way:). Yes, it does not SEEM like a bad thing, but if God has laid out something else through the death of His OWN SON, we should be more than glad to agree. (Just a hint). Through all of this, I am not trying to say the Old Testament has not a place anymore. If you interpret that from this blog…well…that’s not what I’m saying at ALL. The Old Testament is just as important as the New Testament, and the New Testament is just as important as the Old Testament. The WHOLE Bible! is the Word of God! But any ministry that puts more weight on one than the other has failed to see the significance and the beauty of a much larger picture. That is it!
Check them out here>>>119 Ministries<<<