In this blog, I showed that in the Scriptures and History (Dead Sea Scrolls) the term “The Way” was a term referring first to Essene Judaism and later to Nazarene Judaism and that the term was originally used in the Tanak to refer to the Torah itself.
There are however Christian groups which have hijacked the name “The Way” not to refer to Torah Observance or to a form of Judaism, but to their anti-nomian form of Christianity. Chief among these is a group known as “The Way International”.
The Way International is an anti-nomian Christian sect. They are dispensationalists, heavily influenced by Bulinger. As such, like all dispensationalists, they teach that the Law (Torah) is not for Today. This particular group actually classes water baptism as a practice that was done away with in this new “age of grace”.
Among their other beliefs, they deny the deity of Messiah. They see the term “Holy Spirit” as meaning two different things depending on context. Sometimes they see it as the Spirit of God, while on other occasions they see it as a gift from God distinct from the giver Himself (God). The Way also maintains a belief in the doctrine known as “Soul Sleep.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says concerning The Way International:
Charges of anti-Semitism brought more unwanted publicity when followers were urged to read "The Myth of the Six Million" and "The Hoax of the Twentieth Century." Both books cast doubt on the Holocaust.
Six ex-followers have told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazettethat Wierwille and other Way leaders had taught that the Holocaust was a myth concocted by the Jews.
- The Way: After a family breaks up, questions arise about the group; By MARY HARGROVE; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff Writer
The true Way of YHWH is the Way of Torah:
Behold, I set before you this day, a blessing and a curse:
he blessing, if you shall hearken unto the commandments of YHWH your Elohim,
which I command you this day.
And the curse, if you shall not hearken unto the commandments of YHWH your
Elohim, but turn aside out of THE WAY which I command you this day, to go after other
gods, which you have not known.
But there is a counterfeit anti-Nomian “Way”, as Proverbs warns us:
There is a way which seems right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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