For those who aren’t aware, Pastor Tony Smith is among the more notorious heads of the black Hebrew Roots Holiness cult movement.
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Titus 1:10,11 (KJV)
He is pastor to The Way of Yah congregation located in Georgia. The black Hebrew Roots Movement is like pharisaical holiness on steroids with replacement theology and racial superiority stamped right in the middle of their rebel flag. Unlike other false teachers such as Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar, Tony Smith has a smooth, authoritative preaching delivery with pretext-based heresies that can easily deceive and slay new born babes in Christ.
As the scriptures saith, the devil’s ministers appear as ministers of righteousness. It is no surprise that the devil’s preachers appear near spotless on the outside before letting the light of God’s holy words expose their ravenous fangs. I have heard a lot of Smith’s preaching throughout the last several years. I have never seen a heretic go from heresy to outright blasphemy in the pulpit at such a fast rate. Five years ago, Pastor Smith believed that salvation must be received through water baptism; but now, Smith has regressed to outright blasphemy by proclaiming that the name Lucifer is really Jesus!
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
There is nothing new under the sun. Heretics like Pastor Tony Smith ultimately reach such blasphemous forms of heresy by first rejecting God’s commandment to rightly divide the word of truth. They then reject all Pauline epistles as doctrine for the body of Christ. Finally, they pervert all Old Testament promises to the Jew by stealing and applying them to the church, black Hebrews, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah Witness, and all other cults.
The Apostle Paul continuously warned the body of Christ about false teachers coming out from among the flock. Tony Smith is no Sabbath keeping, temple worshipping, law keeping Jew. Even if he was, he false teachings still do not override what the Apostle wrote through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool ) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, inperils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:16-28 (KJV)
Tony Smith teaching that you have to be a Jew to be saved:
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Romans 10:12 (KJV)
Tony Smith teaching that Christianity is false:
“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26 (KJV)
Tony Smith attacks the King James Bible and the Apostle Paul:
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” Ecclesiastes 8:4 (KJV)
“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:15,16 (KJV)