Texe Marrs, president of Power of Prophecy Ministries and RiverCrest Publishing in Austin, Texas, is a controversial preacher and author of several "conspiracy" books. The reason The Refiner's Fire is challenging him is because of his anti-Semitic, hateful stance against not only the Jews, but also "Messianic Judaism" in general. Below, we examine some of Marrs' theology.
By the way, Marrs has myriads defending his stance and insisting he's not anti-Semitic and "loves Jews." If that's the case, his writings certainly don't show it. Take a look at his description of this book of his (kicked off of Amazon.com) entitled, Holy Serpent of the Jews.
Today, we are on the threshold of a horrifying new epoch of Jewish history. Now, comes the Holy Serpent, slithering from his fiery abode in hell to wreak havoc upon humanity. Jesus once declared, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers. How can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
Amazingly, the Jews have proven to be exactly what Jesus prophesied. They are the People of the Serpent, unregenerated hypocrites whose religion is unparalleled in its treachery, its wickedness, and its unbounded filth. The Kabbalah and the Talmud, authored by the rabbis, are the very code of hell, the doctrines of devils.
On the surface, the Jews appear to be pious, humanitarian, charitable, and good. The very picture of saintly human beings, they are said to be exalted and true, God’s Chosen. But appearances are deceiving. The evil spirits of those who once worshiped Moloch, who fashioned a golden calf in the desert, and who tortured and tormented Jesus Christ are back, and the whole world is in jeopardy.
Some of the hateful rhetoric espoused by Pastor Marrs can only be described as mind-boggling. On one of his sites he made the following comments:
- The Jewish race is not God's Chosen People and...The Jewish race is not Abraham's seed, and not heirs to the promise.
- Who, if not the Jews, are God's Chosen People? Why, Christians of course! Christians are God's Chosen People.
At this point we would ask Pastor Marrs to show us the exact scriptures where YHWH ever said Christians were to "replace" the Jews as God's Chosen! After all, His Son never came to bring some religion called "Christianity." He didn't come to bring ANY religion; He came to proclaim the Kingdom of God:
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.
So, while His death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story! God isn't just in the business of "saving" people; as Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come! If "Jesus abolished Torah at the cross" then why was EVERY believer completely Torah observant for one hundred years after Yeshua's death, including the Apostle Paul who was "caught" being Torah observant 29 years after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:23-24)! Was Paul a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another; or were his teachings, perhaps, misunderstood?
Perhaps Marrs also needs to be reminded that Christianity has not only changed the Name of our Savior, but also the dates of His birth, death and resurrection. Christianity has totally ignored the commanded SEVENTH DAY Sabbath and the Feasts, all of which foreshadow Yeshua, and instead adheres to man-made "holy days" - both of which are steeped in paganism!
Marrs personifies the rampant anti-Semitism espoused in some churches - take a look at some of his rantings....
Entire congregations of Baptist, Pentecostal, even Presbyterian and other denominational churches are "going Jew!" Their pastors demand to be called "Rabbi." Their people are wearing Jewish garments and are into Yiddish songs and dancing in a circle. Meanwhile, some are working on a "Christian Talmud," a book of laws and traditions for all Christians to obey. Of course, the "Rabbis" of these churches are demanding their followers honor all the old Jewish holy days, including Purim, Rosh Hoshanah, Yom Kippur, etc. In some instances, Jesus is being changed into a mere "Rabbi" himself, or one of many ancient Jewish "sages." Meanwhile, Jews who convert to Christianity are not Christians, they are said to be "completed Jews." Many in this fast growth, pro-Zionist movement predict it will eventually sweep away all vestiges of the "old, obsolete Christianity," replacing it with a new form of "Judaic New Age holiness."
"Going Jew!" How anti-Semitic can one get? If Marrs would don the mind of Messiah for once in his life and put aside his hatred for "the Jews," he might actually learn that Messianic believers don't sing "Yiddish" songs - they sing Hebrew songs. Hebrew and Aramaic, just as a reminder, were the languages of our Messiah Yeshua. Also, that "dancing in a circle" happens to be Davidic Dance which is a physical expression of praise, thanksgiving and joy to Elohim (God).
Despite the fact Marrs appears to be a well-educated man, he seems to have failed to grasp that, as a gentile, he is "grafted in" to the Olive Tree (Israel) and therefore cannot change the tree in any way. The root supports him (Romans 11:18); not the other way around! His "religion" was spawned from Catholicism which had originally perverted the Word of God as taught by Yeshua. Every believer for at least 100 years after Messiah's death, was Torah observant....
We, at The Refiner's Fire, suggest that Marrs consult the Holy Spirit to help him understand what the Bible actually says about "the Jews":
Genesis 12:3 - "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Deuteronomy 7:6-8: For you are a people set apart as holy for ADONAI your God. ADONAI your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. 7 ADONAI didn't set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people - on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 Rather, it was because ADONAI loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that ADONAI brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt.
In the above Scripture, YHWH is speaking to Abraham who was a Hebrew (which means "to cross over") and the Jews - NOT to the Gentiles! Nobody has replaced them. This "replacement theology" that Marrs is teaching is a satanic deception! The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who fathered the Tribe of Judah, from where the term JEW was derived), are YHWH's Chosen and the Texe Marrs's of this world cannot change that fact, no matter how much they try to twist Scripture!
All human beings are God's creation and no one can Biblically claim the distinction of being "better" than anyone else. Historically, the world slipped away from its relationship with God, and eventually the entire world was submerged in idolatry. Abraham re-discovered the idea of one God, and chose to accept the challenge to change the world through an understanding of monotheism and morality.
Through his dedication and willingness to give up everything for God, he was "chosen" - and all his descendants after him - to become the teachers of morality and "being set apart/holy." Abraham chose God, and thus God chose Abraham, and that is why the Jews are God's "Chosen". That does not make them "better" than the rest of God's creation, but they do have the distinction of having been chosen to carry news of YHWH and His Torah into the world (Genesis 49:10, Micah 4:2). Not to mention, YHWH caused Yeshua to be born into the Tribe of Yehudah/Judah!
There are a myriad websites on the 'net that try to debunk this fact and make Jews out to be "bad guys and weirdos" - from the likes of the KKK and other "white supremacist" hate groups, to "Christians" like Texe Marrs who support the idea of "replacement theology"....
It obviously hasn't occurred to them that, had their supposed "enemies" the Jews not be dispersed into the nations, then the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would have remained tiny Israel's secret. Had the JEWISH Apostles and disciples not preached the salvation of Yeshua, the Gentiles would never had had their "new" religion of Christianity!
Marrs' jab, "Meanwhile, Jews who convert to Christianity are not Christians, they are said to be 'completed Jews'" again shows he doesn't have a clue what the Messianic belief is all about. First of all, a Jew should NEVER "convert to Christianity" with its off-the-mark teachings about the Hellenistic "Jesus" who came to abolish all His Father's Divine Instructions to mankind; they only need to become Torah observant believers in Messiah Yeshua. That is all ANYONE needs to do....
Secondly, what's wrong with being called a "completed Jew"? Well, for starters, rather than to poke fun at them, a true Christian would rejoice in the fact that the spiritual eyes of a Jew have finally been opened to Messiah! A Christian who pokes fun at someone and belittles them can only be called a hypocrite. And why are "completed Jews" not called Christians? Because they are Torah-observant as God commands! They realize He gave us a NEW COVENANT, not an excuse to stop obeying Him!
Marrs' article All Hail the Master Race starts out with the following nonsensical, supposedly Jewish quote: "Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."
He continues: If I asked you what group of people embrace a set of doctrines like this, what would your answer be? Most of you would probably answer, "The Nazis." Today, in fact, it is Jews who make all these poisonous claims to racial superiority. No, not all the Jews. But, as I will document, a huge number of leaders among the Jews ascribe to these wicked and dangerous theories of racial and blood superiority.....
Now, please ask yourself: Why would a supposedly educated man like Marrs make such a horrendous statement? First of all, Jews aren't a "race"...Race is a genetic distinction, and refers to people with shared ancestry and shared genetic traits. You can't change your race; it's in your DNA. But you CAN convert to Judaism or FROM Judaism. People of various races can be Jewish. So, the Jews are not a "race" but a "nation of people"....
Jesus a Bastard," says Jewish Talmud
Even the leaders of Israel My Glory, a fanatically pro-Zionist, supposedly Christian ministry, have made note of the bizarre views of the Jews as found in their own book of laws and traditions, the Jewish Talmud. The organization's magazine (Dec./Jan. 1995/1996) published a revealing article detailing many of the hate-filled Talmudic beliefs of the Rabbis and their Zionist followers....
...God is not a racist. He has no use for haters. In the Holy Bible, our Saviour totally refutes and condemns the heinous and unconscionable Master Race theory, confirming to us that there is nothing holy in men's flesh and blood: "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 15:50).
In the Bible, King David flatly told the unrighteous Jews that even though by tradition they claimed they were gods, "ye shall die like men" (Psalm 82:1-8).
The Jews fervently believe their blood is divine, and that only the Jews comprise a Holy Nation. They view themselves as "God's Chosen," a special Master Race. Their Zionist leaders smugly view other peoples as vermin, as inferior and of little value. The Jews and their leaders are sadly mistaken. They are in dire need of instruction and repentance.
Moreover, our God is preparing for them a great surprise. Unless they repent of their racism and sins and turn to Jesus Christ, these elitist Jews are going to a place where there is a lot of room. Indeed, Proverbs 27:20 and Isaiah 5:14 assure us that Hell is never full, and is always being enlarged. Thus, there is plenty of room amidst the flames for the ungodly Jews whose arrogance and pride cause them to esteem themselves the Master Race
And the above proves what? That Gentiles who haven't got a clue should just keep their mouths shut about something they know nothing about - because most of what they "quote" from the Talmud is some junk they got from the internet from someone who hates "the Jews"....
For those who don't have a clue (such as Marrs), here's some interesting info: The Talmud is nothing more than rabbinical commentary on the "oral law" - something that doesn't even exist, because the Bible tells us that Moshe (Moses) wrote down EVERYTHING God said. (This renders Marrs' rant invalid, since he's fighting against something GOD never ordained!) Talmud is merely the ancient sages trying to figure out exactly what God mean when He said such and such. It isn't Scripture; it's merely oral musings of the rabbis that were eventually written down in what's called Talmud.
Ironically, the Talmud (thanks be to YHWH!) shows evidence of Messiah at 30 C.E. in ways most Christians have never even thought about! What a shame that Marrs is driven not by his God-given intellect, but by carnal rage against YHWH's Chosen People.
At Two Scorpions in a Bottle Texe Marrs writes:
Both Judaism and Islam reject the world's only true religion, Christianity. Judaism's holiest book, the Jewish Talmud, declares that Jesus was a blasphemer who, today, as punishment, is burning in hell in fiery excrement. The Koran, the holiest book of the Moslems, is more charitable and kind to our Saviour. The Koran teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God, but does portray Him as a lower-level prophet and messenger. However, this in no way makes Islam any less evil, or less satanic a religion.
...In sum, both Judaism and Islam have a hellish, war-making and destructive theology that is far, far removed from that of Christianity. The New Testament urges Christians to be peacemakers. ("Blessed are the Meek"-Jesus) and to love their enemies. The Talmud and the Koran both say, in essence, go out and seize. Plunder!
If there is a distinction in theology, the more favorable, more altruistic intent would have to be on the side of Islam. The Moslems are commanded to make Allah (not God-Allah) the focus of their lives. The Jews religion and theology persuades them that they collectively are God!
Truly, what we have here, on international display, are two deadly scorpions coming up out of a bottle. It would have been best to keep both the scorpions in that bottle but, stupidly, America has removed the cork on the bottle and the two have now come forth, boldly springing into action before our eyes.
The TRUE religion is Christianity? If that were the case, then ALL Christians would be Torah-observant, and celebrating the BIBLICAL feasts and the God-ordained seventh day Sabbath! Christianity is a continuation of Judaism and was never meant to be a separate form of worship. Messianic Judaism, which he tries so hard to debunk, honors those Jewish roots because we adhere to Torah.
Unlike Marrs, we haven't forgotten the fact that Yeshua was a Torah-observant, Biblical feast and Sabbath keeping, synagogue-attending/teaching, kosher JEW who said He came NOT to abolish but to fulfill/establish/confirm Torah (God's Divine Instructions in Righteousness). Unlike Marss, we haven't forgotten that, without God's original teaching, NOBODY would know what God expects of us! We wouldn't know that sin is transgression of the law (1 John 3:4)! Today's decadent world provides ample proof of what happens to people who ignore God's Torah...
Marrs has also made the following comment:
First, please understand that the New Testament and the Old Testament harmonize. The whole counsel of God is consistent.
In the Old Testament, in Genesis, the land was promised to Abraham's seed. Galatians 3:26-29 in the New Testament identifies Abraham's seed as those who are Christ's, whether Jew or Gentile. In other words: Christians.
Whoops! Not hardly! Where does that verse say anything about "Christians"? While that verse DOES tells us we are all ONE in Christ, it does NOT mean that suddenly God's promise to Abraham or the Jews have been negated, or that the Jews have in any way been replaced! As a "grafted-in" Gentile, you will get to partake of the promise, but that's all. If you are a Gentile, then you're not a Jew; you are simply part of the whole who GETS to reap the benefits of God's promise. Period. End of story.
Let's discuss IN CONTEXT the passage Marrs is quoting, using our article challenging Christian assertions about the Book of Galatians:
Galatians 3: 23. But before faith came, Torah was guarding us while we were confined from the faith about to be revealed. 24. Torah was therefore a tutor for us, going towards the Mashiyach that we, by faith, might be made righteous. 25. But since faith came, we are no longer under tutors.
26. For you are all the children of Elohim by faith in Y'shua the Mashiyach. 27. For those who have been immersed in Mashiyach have been clothed with Mashiyach. 28. For there is neither Jew nor Aramean, nor slave nor free, nor male nor female, but you are all one in Y'shua the Mashiyach. 29. And if you are of the Mashiyach then you are seeds of Awraham and inheritors by the promise. (AENT)
 In this regard "Torah" can be compared with any righteous values a soul voluntarily imposes upon himself. However, as a spiritual relationship is established with YHWH and His Mashiyach, a soul is elevated to much higher levels of spiritual awareness and accountability. Therefore, it is a complete farce when Christians claim to follow Mashiyach, but willfully violate Torah according to their denominational authorities. See Matthew 7:23.
 In the most ancient manuscripts in the Peshitta, taraa is 'tutors'; however, it was translated as the singular 'tutor' in Greek. Although the word taraa has the same spelling for both singular and plural, there are times such as here, when the grammar of the sentence does not directly reveal whether it is singular or plural.
To correct this problem, the earliest scribes of the Peshitta inserted two dot plural markers called a syame above such words, as in this case. A Greek redactor could easily miss these and mistake a singular word for a plural, or vice versa. Aramaic texts are unanimous for when the syames appear, making these readings highly reliable. That being so, what we have here is the true tutor, Torah, being contrasted against false tutors, the Pharisees, who put their oral tradition above the written code of Moses and the Prophets.
Such is a common refrain of Y'shua as well in places such as Matthew 15. Unfortunately, this passage was twisted into a "proof text" by anti-Torah Christians who wanted to distance themselves from the Faith of Avraham, Yitzak and Ya'akov (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).
Marrs goes on to insist the Land was NOT promised to "the Jews" and insists that "Christians are now the Israel of God"....Really? Genesis 15:18 promises that the Jewish people would have their own country: On that day YHWH made a covenant with Abram, He said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates..." This is talking specifically about the entire land of Israel and ONLY Abraham's descendants! Because of the blood of Messiah, Gentiles have a chance to be "grafted in" and will end up being able to enter through one of the twelve gates (Revelation 21); thus they are part of Israel, spiritually.
Ezekiel 36:8-10 says Israel would be restored as a nation and repopulated with its people: "'But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt." The prophet Ezekiel said that the Jews would return, rebuild and repopulate their fallen cities. In 1948, there were about 600,000 Jews living in Israel. Today there are around seven million! Many more Jews throughout the world are returning to Israel each year.
God even made one of His major end-time prophecies comes true (and in ONE DAY! Isaiah 66:7-8) in 1948 when, because the world briefly felt sorry for the Jews because of the Holocaust, and consequently returned Israel to them. God used the idiocy of HITLER to make one of His end time prophecies happen!
Marrs has many more unbiblical and anti-Semitic assertions, but enough is enough. You get the gist....