Some disturbing trends are beginning to show up among the Breslov and Chabad chassidim. They appear to be going the same route that the Yeshu followers traveled in their day. (Not that they're the only ones, but they're the most visible.) It doesn't seem to be enough for them to bring Jews to repentance. They appear to feel compelled to missionize the goyim as well. But, how far are they willing to go? Will they bend the Torah so far as to break it in their eagerness to present Xians as "righteous among the nations", mislabeling them as "Noahides"?
I get no joy from discussing this. I wish I didn't even know about it. But, since it's been put out there,so to speak, there's no way I can let it pass without a response.
Rabbi Lazer Brody wrote a blog post today entitled Pidyon Nefesh for Non-Jews. It quotes a letter from one Robert Ogabu of Johannesburg who wrote:
"I don't know if you remember me, but I am one of members of Reverend Philip Banda's community in South Africa. I'll never forget the blessing you gave me. ...I'm enclosing a clip that someone took when you were here with us - it really strengthened our faith."
Meet "Reverend" Philip Banda, aka "Prophet" Philip Banda. He's the "founder and overseer" of Impact for Christ Ministries (IFCM) and "is renowned for his dynamic soul-winning ministry."
Here is more from his website...
The Prophet, as he is popularly known, preaches a straightforward, confrontational and uncompromising Gospel of truth and God's love that inspires many to repentance and pursuance of God's righteousness.
Through the Holy Spirit performance of miracles, deliverance from demonic powers, healing to the sick, restoration to the broken, salvation of souls, etc. this God's man continues to take the message of God's saving and healing power to the people and help many to establish a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ - that is: "to point people to Jesus", as Prophet Banda would often say.
From the "About" section of his website...
Who Are We?
Impact for Christ Ministries is a revelation of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, governed by Him as the Head, according to the enunciation of the Holy Scriptures, the working of the Holy Spirit and the ministrations instituted by Jesus Himself. We are a ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, where His name is lifted up high and His limitless power demonstrated - 'Doing the works of Jesus Christ and greater works than He did for those who believe in Him'.
To glorify God , to proclaim the Kingdom of God by preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. To minister to the needs of the total person. To develop, equip and release believers into ministry. To extend the influence of the church beyond its boundaries and abroad.
Well, you get the idea - classic Xianity with the false deity at the head. The following clip was included in the rabbi's blog post. The letter writer, Robert Ogabu, identifies this as Banda's "community" so I suppose we can gather that they share the "Prophet's" beliefs and goals.
This all begs the question - why is Rabbi Brody there and what is he hoping to accomplish? Some of them are wearing kippot and they're writing to ask if they can perform pidyon nefesh and they're being advised that Rav Arush will be happy to do it for them with donations to his 'ministry':
...Rav Shalom Arush will gladly do the pidyon for you; he uses the money for spreading emuna around the world, which brings our emuna books, CDs, and ourselves to such faraway places as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and South Africa, as well as the West.
From the IFCM's Facebook page...
After 14 years of delivering the oracles of God, 14 years of prophetic teachings, 14 years of Godly direction, wisdom, confrontational and inspirational messages. Prophet Philip Banda has often been asked when he was going to write a book, finally the wait is over.
On the 7TH of November 2014 Prophet Philip Banda launches his first book, “True Christianity is Irresistible”True Christianity is Irresistible” is a compilation of 75 teachings given by the man of God Prophet Philip Banda over the years. Teachings on how you can be the best Christian that God wants you to be.
The following clip is a capture from a promotional video which was made to advertise their 2015 Israel Tour which starts TOMORROW!
Rabbi Shalom Arush himself visited South Africa and addressed a conference which was purported to be Noahides. However, you can see from this Breslov-made video that it included Philip Banda and presented him as the "President" of a "congregation", not as the "Prophet" of a church that he actually claims to be. (See Rabbi Shalom Arush in South Africa and here also.)
|Philip Banda shares the dais with Rabbi Arush at the "Noahide" Conference.|
|I don't think Rabbi Arush has a clue who this man really is.|
|Banda wearing kippah and tzitzit!|
"God established that there must be no unity between Israel and the nations." (And that's talking about the best of them, how much more so with the idolaters!) They must not mix or mingle together. The walls separating them must never come down. Rather, there must be separation, borders, a division. This separation, indeed, serves the purpose of unity, but genuine unity of a world under Divine sovereignty, for a united world of falsehood is not G-d's will." (Source: Or HaRa'ayon, the chapter on Havdalah)