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Heresies of Martin Richling

John Henry

Beware of Martin Richling! He teaches Christ was the first created being by God the Father.

First of all and preeminently the Lord Jesus having been “begotten” has to do with His resurrection. He is “the firstborn from the dead” (Col 1:14, 18), or “the first begotten of the dead” (Rev. 1:5).

Psalm 2:7: “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, THOU ART MY SON; THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE.”

Acts 13:32-35: “And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, THOU ART MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE. 34 And as CONCERNING THAT HE RAISED HIM UP FROM THE DEAD, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

Colossians 1:14-18: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD; that IN ALL THINGS HE MIGHT HAVE THE PREEMINENCE.”

Biblically, “the preeminence” always belongs to the “firstborn” of the family. Jesus is “the firstborn from the dead” and therefore has the preeminence” above all.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23: “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS; AFTERWARD THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S AT HIS COMING.”

Psalm 2:7-8: “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, THOU ART MY SON; THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

The Father and the Spirit call Jesus God:

Hebrews 1:1-8, 10-13: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, AND THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, THOU ART MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, WHEN HE BRINGETH IN THE FIRSTBEGOTTEN INTO THE WORLD, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But UNTO THE SON HE SAITH, THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOR EVER AND EVER: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. … 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, SIT ON MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL?”

The Father clearly calls Jesus Christ, “God” in verse 8 above:

Psalm 45:6-7: “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Likewise, Peter quotes a Psalm of David that

Acts 2:32-36: “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, SIT THOU ON MY RIGHT HAND, 35 UNTIL I MAKE THY FOES THY FOOTSTOOL. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (cf. Matthew 22:43-44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43)

Similarly to Hebrews 1:8 above, Acts 2:34-35 quotes another Psalm verifying the fact that Jesus is God:

Psalm 110:1-2: “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.”

Secondarily in importance to Christ’s resurrection is that He was “made flesh” (John 1:14). The Word is not a created being! God prepared a body for Him. The phrase, “Being made” in Hebrews 1:4 above does not have to do with His deity, but rather with His humanity.

Hebrews 10:4-6, 9-10: “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. … 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

“The light created there in Genesis 1 is Jesus Christ.” — Martin Richling

If Martin Richling is the voice in the video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5_KCkK2ryc – then he is definitely a damnable heretic of the worse sort, because he takes away the only Person who can save anyone in God’s plan of salvation making God who incarnated Himself in human flesh to give His precious blood and sinless body for whosoever will trust in Him. This is heresy similar to Origen and the JW’s!!!

The word of God clearly teaches that my Lord Jesus Christ is God, and whoever says that He was not is a liar.

Micah 5:2: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to BE RULER IN ISRAEL; WHOSE GOINGS FORTH HAVE BEEN FROM OF OLD, FROM EVERLASTING.”

Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:21-23: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.”

John 1:1-3, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. … 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 8:58: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” (cf. Exodus 3:14)

Jeremiah 23:5-6: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Philippians 2:6-7: “Who, BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, THOUGHT IT NOT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

1 Timothy 3:15-16: “… thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Revelation 1:8, 18: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, THE ALMIGHTY. … 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

1 John 5:7: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

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  1. Annemarie
    August 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Sir, I agree with you.

    This is the original audio http://www.bibleguardian.com/lessons/lesson31.Romans5.mp3
    For confirmation listen from 28 minutes to hear what Martin Richling says about Jesus.

    Recently Martin Richling also made a video http://youtu.be/-Vgw8gknEpA In this video he doesn’t mention anymore that God created Jesus when he created the light in Genesis 1. Now he says that Jesus came forth from God. So seemingly a bit different from the audio.

    But his core belief remains that Jesus has a beginning and is not equal with God the Father in power or knowledge, only in relationship.

    Martin Richling denies and tries to hide that he believes and ‘teaches’ the same heresy as JW. He may say that Jesus is ‘god’, but it’s clear that he means another.

    Martin Richling as well as JW believe that Jesus is not eternal God and not God Almighty.

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      You are incorrect in that you say that MR teaches the same heresy as the JW’s and again that is incorrect because I heard him specifically teach that according to scripture, Jesus is God. Of course he does share scriptures showing different rank and position between the Father and His Son.

      • September 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

        David, you’re being deceived by this heretick Richling who pretends Jesus is God, but ranks Him lower than full deity. It’s an old arianism maneuver with a fresh twist and it is 100% blasphemy my friend. Wikipedia offers this quick summary: Arianism is the nontrinitarian, theological teaching attributed to Arius (c. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt, concerning the relationship of God the Father to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Arius asserted that the Son of God was a subordinate entity to God the Father. Deemed a heretic by the Ecumenical First Council of Nicaea of 325, Arius was later exonerated in 335 at the regional First Synod of Tyre, and then, after his death, pronounced a heretic again at the Ecumenical First Council of Constantinople of 381.[2] The Roman Emperors Constantius II (337–361) and Valens (364–378) were Arians or Semi-Arians.

        As inconvenient as it may seem to you, David, this is precisely what Richling and his JW brethren teach, that Jesus is a god (John 1:1) and NOT God!

  2. nikol
    September 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

    100% agree with you brother.,.martin richling is heretic person

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      I disagree with you because I have only heard him teach scripture rightly divided and he also teaches salvation better than anyone I have heard.
      As far as this topic, he clearly teaches that Jesus is God but he does point out scriptures which clearly show rank and position between the Father and His Son. And to be honest, though I also would have previously fought against the idea of Jesus being created, he does show scripture that makes his point and shows that though He is God, He is lower than the Father.
      JESUS IS GOD, THE WORD MADE FLESH.

      • September 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

        David, you’re being deceived by this heretick Richling who pretends Jesus is God, but ranks Him lower than full deity. It’s an old arianism maneuver with a fresh twist and it is 100% blasphemy my friend. Wikipedia offers this quick summary: Arianism is the nontrinitarian, theological teaching attributed to Arius (c. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria, Egypt, concerning the relationship of God the Father to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Arius asserted that the Son of God was a subordinate entity to God the Father. Deemed a heretic by the Ecumenical First Council of Nicaea of 325, Arius was later exonerated in 335 at the regional First Synod of Tyre, and then, after his death, pronounced a heretic again at the Ecumenical First Council of Constantinople of 381.[2] The Roman Emperors Constantius II (337–361) and Valens (364–378) were Arians or Semi-Arians.

        As inconvenient as it may seem to you, David, this is precisely what Richling and his JW brethren teach, that Jesus is a god (John 1:1) and NOT God!

  3. Keith Farnham
    April 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    A recent follow-up email to Mr. Richling (I am awaiting a response). This heretic is not worth the time or effort, but I engaged him after reading some of his attacks on Bible-believers I know. I had originally asked him about his position on Jesus Christ’s existence in eternity past. We shall see how long the Spirit of God is going to tolerate this man.

    Martin,

    I reviewed your website and looked for your testimony. I expected to read about a prison conversion, but instead found a contrived paragraph that was cobbled to fit into your “Symptomatic Theology”. I would enjoy actually learning who approached you and what their background was.

    Also, you seem to enjoy dropping the claim that you “…read the Bible eight hours a day”. Personally, I am not impressed. A common house fly could dart across the pages of an open Bible and grasp a better understanding of the Scriptures than you have apparently obtained. Your “Establishment Principle” is a good example of your lack of Biblical discernment and interpretation. (However, it’s great marketing to help you establish yourself as “unique”. Reminds me of the strategy the rock stars and Hollywood types employ….dress and act outrageous. I bet it captivates those young minds that are impressed with your Wizard of Oz routine?) I would suggest you try reading the Bible for fifteen minutes a day and spending the next seven and three-quarter hours trying to apply what you just read. (James 1:22-26)

    Actually Martin, your argument “…the book I have in my hand” is an empty one. You holding a KJV in your hands does not correlate to you being an expositor or a defender of it. And that’s because you have no real understanding of hermeneutics or exegesis. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the KJV you have in your hand….it’s the psychopathology of the person holding it that I take issue with. It’s your Symptomatic Theology.

    One other observation about your website. I noticed you take a very “gracious” approach when it comes to donations (and surprisingly, not one threat of extortion). Apparently anyone can send you money regardless of their belief or position. That’s quite a departure from your fiery stand and quixotic attacks on Bible believers. Which begs the question, “Why is it you find so much time and pleasure in accusing the brethren?….(Rev. 12:10, 2 Tim. 3:1-3) Could it be that you are bearing the fruit of your father? “Wherefore by their fruits shall ye know them.” Matt.7:20. You don’t attack the various cults (your father’s children)….no, you go after the bible believer. (Acts 13:10)

    Martin, have you heard of the “Restoration Principle”? It is taught in both the Old and New Testament. It states that one who wrongfully steals from another must recompense the victim in multiple. (Proverbs 6:30-31, Exodus 22:4, Leviticus 6:4-5, 2 Samuel 12:6, Luke 19:8, etc.) So I ask you, after your alleged conversion, did you go back to all the people you extorted, robbed and whichever crimes you were not convicted of and restore those individuals? Did you? The Lord knoweth.

    And now Martin, I’ll repeat my original question: “When did Jesus Christ create Himself?” (John 1: 1-3, Colossians 1: 16-17)

    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

    And this is why you can read the Bible 16 hours a day and never grasp the deep things of God.

    I’ll be praying for you, Martin.

    By His Grace,

    Keith

  4. wieslaw stopa
    November 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Revelation 3:14 These things seith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Martin R is correct.

    • November 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      No, Richling is not right; he has misinterpreted according to his disposition, not in accordance with the Word of God.

      The expression, “the Beginning of the creation of God” does not mean that He was the first Person to be created; He was never created. Rather, it means that He began all creation. It does not say that He had a beginning, but that He is the Beginning. He is the origin of the creation of God. And He is pre-eminent over all creation.

      Greek scholar AT Robertson writes: The beginning of the creation of God (hē archē tēs ktiseōs tou theou). Not the first of creatures as the Arians held and Unitarians do now, but the originating source of creation through whom God works (Col_1:15, Col_1:18, a passage probably known to the Laodiceans, Joh_1:3; Heb_1:2, as is made clear by Rev_1:18; Rev_2:8; Rev_3:21; Rev_5:13).

  5. DS
    June 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Seems like this is a rather old post/comments thread, but I just stumbled across this guy on youtube. It’s a bit shocking to me that any Child of God could believe that Richling is truly a born again Believer, and not just an angry religious charlatan using the Word of God to feed his own ego (and perhaps wallet). His anger is palpable and unrelenting, and always seems to be aimed squarely at actual Christians who – unlike himself – DO have a good grasp on Who Jesus is, and the inscrutable, unfathomable Grace of God towards His Kids. Keith Farnham made the observation above, and I think it is a telling one, that he constantly condemns real Christians, but doesn’t seem to direct all that venom of his towards the cults. Before I even discovered his history as a dirty ex-cop (through a very quick google search – no wonder his videos disallow comments!), it seemed pretty obvious that this man is deeply troubled and dangerous. I, of all people, know better than to hold a Brother’s history over his head, having a pretty bad history myself, but in this case it seems like not a single thing has changed. There’s an axiom, a maxim I’ve learned to be true: Those who try to make you feel guilty, are the ones who have the most to feel guilty about – and it’s usually the very thing they accuse you of. Well, the shoe certainly seems to fit exquisitely here. If this man ever understood that he was forgiven for all his sins, past, present, and future, he would have much more joy in life and wouldn’t be taking every opportunity to condemn God’s Kids. Reverend Ike played a more convincing “Christian” than this man. At least Ike, for all his insatiable greed, seemed happy.

    • June 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Well stated brother. And thanks for the transparency about being a sinner with a past. You found the right blog!! Shalom bro … Dr Mike 2 Tim 2:2

  6. Steven
    October 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    The people writing these message are right about this man. and I must say that they are intelligent in there writings. He actually called me Satan when I sent him an e-mailed, called him out on his heretic hit parade list on Preachers, I said Martin let the Lord decide who is a heretic because i am sure he did not make YOU all authority on this matter. I e-mailed him on my phone and I did not have my glasses, I spelled Lord with a small L by mistake and he proceeded to call me Satan because of not using a capital L…Then he attacked me because i guess I wrote my name using a little s instead of a Capital S..My name is Steve. In fact he decided to use a whole 16 minute radio broadcast on me, titled (Deceived Steve) on his morning broadcast that you could probably listen to if you wanted to a couple of days ago which I think a whole 20 people actually listened. He called me a Wus, a fool and other choice names in e-mails back to me. This man is straight up a hypocrite. He lied on his broadcast about me and it was a lot to do about nothing in him trying to prove his point. He claims to have read the Bible 300 times. I said to him Martin has anybody actually seen you read the Bible 300 times? and if you have actually read the Bible 300 times, so what, apparently you have not learned anything about grace or humility.

    • October 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Thanks bro Steven. Your experience with this grievous wolf may help someone else. Keep following the Lord Jesus friend. Shalom in Christ …

    • Keith
      October 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Steve,

      Satan is an expert on the Bible and he can quote it verbatim. That does not make him a bible-believer nor does it mean that the Author of the Word reveals its true meaning to him. That said, Mr Richling could read “Gray’s Anatomy” 1000 times and it wouldn’t make him a doctor.

      Richling is just another self-promoting false prophet who craves an audience. We should take heed to the Apostle Paul’s admonition in
      Romans 16:17 : “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. ”

      By His grace,
      Keith

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