The following is a list of James Trimm's
unrighteous behavior, the proof of which is documented on the following pages
of the Truth About James Trimm.
The following is a list of James Trimm's unrighteous behavior, the proof of which is documented on the following pages of the Truth About James Trimm.
Trimm states the Nazarenes (N'tzarim) were the first believers in Y'shua, and they also were a Jewish sect. He sites verses from Acts 11:19 and 24:5. Acts has nothing to do with "Nazarenes". 24:5, "For we have found this man to be a destroyer, and an exciter of agitation among all the Jahudiy, and in all the land: for he is a chief of the doctrine of the Natsoriy, and he willed to pollute our temple; and having apprehended him." This statement was made by Tertullus, a lawyer hired by the Yahudiym, to make their case against Shaul, when he was being tried before governor Felix. Tertullus is the first to call the believers Nazarenes. Mind you, he is a prosecutor in trying Shaul. At no time does Shaul ever call himself a Nazarene or the believers Nazarenes. Neither do any of the followers of Yahusha' or Yahusha' himself. In fact, in the book of Acts, 5 times, Shaul calls the believers or the belief, The Way [derek](19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14,22). Trimm's basis for his Nazarene theory comes from two early church father quotes. The first a quote by Jerome, who lived from the mid to late 4th century. His other quotes come from Epiphanius, also from the mid to late 4th century. Quite a long time after the original events to get an accurate statement about a "sect", but then Trimm is not known for accuracy.
James states, "Nazarene Judaism maintains a belief in Y'shua as the Messiah. We do not leave the Jewish identity, heritage and culture to 'convert' to a new or foreign religion." First, James is not Jewish. In fact the original "Beit Din" of SANJ was composed of James Trimm, not Jewish but posing as Jewish. Michael Detwiler, also not Jewish though he claimed to be. He paid and received a false conversion by a Rabbi that was not even recognized as a Rabbi by any sect of Judaism. The man is notorious for giving false conversions for a fee. He has "converted" others that are claiming to be Jewish and calling themselves Rabbi's. Yaakov (James) Hartley, also not Jewish, but posed as Jewish and was the first to leave SANJ when I first started investigating and reporting on it. Steve Heiliczer, Jewish. Eric Sandquist, not Jewish and Michael Calpino, not Jewish, but he never claimed to be. Not only were the bulk of them not Jewish, but the frightening thing was they were posing as Jewish. Yet he has the gall to say that "We do not leave the Jewish identity."
Then he compounds it by saying that they are not converting to a new or foreign religion. James has created a religion where one did not exist. He has placed characteristics on the "Nazarenes" that were not there or attributed by those who were. He most certainly has created a new religion. He states, "Nazarene Judaism is a spiritual Renaissance." Renaissance means a rebirth. I don't see where it was born in the first place and from all that Trimm lists of what they believe, it is more of spiritual syncretism than anything.
James makes the
ironic statement, "Nazarenes refrain from
calling themselves Christians. The first use of the term Christian was in
The farthest back that I can find, the term Yahwist is an English derivative of the German term "Jahwist". It was used by 19th century writers who theorized that the books of Mosheh were written by 4 different types of writers, Yahwist, Elohist, Priestly and Deuteronomist, only they used Jahwist, being German of course. The Yahwist writers are those who supposedly did not use any form of El/Elohey/Elohiym, in the place of the name YHWH. Scholars, dealing with the Documentary Hypothesis, are the more dominant users of the term Yahwist. More recently, certain people associated and adopted the term to apply to themselves for using the name YHWH, rather than a substitute. I cannot find any substantiation for the term being used of any early group of believers. Despite this, Trimm uses the term, almost synonymously for that of Nazarene, to denote any early believing group that he chooses to label such, despite the fact that the earliest writers did not.
James is fond of
determining what he feels is the best, the oldest, the original, the ultimate
of any subject that he is discussing. Then, of course, he applies whatever is
best, to himself. If the oldest group of believers is
designated Nazarene, then he is determined to resurrect this group. Not only to
resurrect it, but he built a Nazarene Beit Din, based on Judaism's use of a Beit
Din. Then he appointed himself as Nasi - Prince of
this created Beit Din. All of his adoptions are based
on those that are of Jewish origins, because James is so fond of quoting that
everything from the tribe of
A sect is defined as a body of persons adhering to a particular religious faith; a religious denomination. Also, Any group or faction united by a specific doctrine or under a doctrinal leader. This is what James is all about, taking something that the Scriptures clearly speak of as wholeness, echad ( unity ), a oneness in one beyth, the Beyth YHWH, with YHWH as the authority and splintering it. James "resurrects" a supposed sect of the earliest believers in Yahusha'. He created a doctrine to go with this sect and he set himself up as a leader of it. He does not try to bring about unity with other believers, but constantly sets up limits as to why others are excluded. He has insulted others for not being Jewish, while lying that he is. He has insulted others for not being "Yahwists", implying that he is ever so righteous for using the name YHWH, regardless of the fact that his behavior causes him to bear the name YHWH for nothingness and he uses the name as a club to bash those that don't use it. He has chosen certain aspects of Judaism and insults those that do not hold to idea of Talmud being equal to Thorah. He insists that Yahusha' was Pharisaic and therefore he is too and those that are not, are of course, lesser. James does not even deny, but boldly proclaims that he is trying to reconstruct the "ancient sect of Nazarene Judaism." Not wholeness, not shalom, not unity in YHWH, but sectarianism.
There is a
saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Many who have studied the reasons of those that get into any
form of mysticism, have deduced that one of the main reasons is a desire for
power. The power to control your life, those around you, your
future, etc. Trimm firmly believes in the Jewish
form of mysticism called Qabbalah. Qabbalah is defined in "A Comprehensive Etymological
Dictionary of the Hebrew Language", by Ernest Klein, as Post Biblical
Hebrew meaning receiving, accepting. He further defines that it was not until
the times of Mishnaic Hebrew that Qabbalah
became known as Jewish mysticism. Trimm not only
believes in Qabbalah, but has a website dedicated to
it, http://www.ihms.net/kabbalah/ .
He has also written a book, which he sells on his SANJ site called, "The
Middle Pillar: A Jewish Perspective on the Godhead." This is also
one of the subjects "studied" at Trimm's
"yeshiva". While Qabbalah is too
large of a subject to cover in just a paragraph, I
want to list some of the components of Qabbalah.
Encyclopedia Judaica lists cosmology, angelology, and
magic, magical elements, secrets of names, numerology, magical incantations,
demonology, pantheism, transmigration of the soul, ecstasy,
magic of letter combinations, amulets and charms, alchemy,
astrology, etc. All Qabbalah is,
is a substitute for a real relationship with YHWH, which they cannot achieve
without a pure heart. They say they are seeking YHWH, but all they are doing is
building a tower to the heavens under the name Qabbalah.
They will no more reach YHWH with Qabbalah, than
James Trimm writes numerous articles, forum posts, books and such. The net is littered with his work. In all of his writings, a common pattern soon becomes quite obvious to anyone checking his quotes and references, on the small amount of writings even bearing references. The pattern is that James Trimm constantly misquotes. He picks and chooses parts of verses, peoples quotes, and authors quotes ( yes authors are people too). He does this because if he were to quote an entire sentence or passage, the context would obviously be different than what he is trying to promote. James is banking on the fact that no one will check him out. Many of those following him, do not even realize how deceptive and manipulative he is. They accept him at face value, taking him to be a Jew, who has a doctorate, is a rabbi, leader of a Beit Din and yeshiva, who is an Aramaic and Hebrew expert. Research has proven otherwise, as well as the fact that the only thing he might be a master of is word manipulation. Truth is a foreign language to Trimm. Responsibility in writing is obviously not a concern of his because it does not evidence itself in his writings. He must not take the warning in James 3:1 too seriously, because he teaches deception on a regular basis, without fear of YHWH.
In all of James writings, two other patters become evident, that of borrowing, or as I like to term it, Plagiarism; and that of syncretism. James likes to copy other writers works and say that he wrote it or he translated it. Again, evidence has shown that James is not too terribly original. On the book of Mormon forums, James sought to get a copy of the Book of Mormon, where the copyright was expired, change the church terms to Semitic ones and sell the book as a Semitic Book of Mormon. He solicited funds and names for the book, when I exposed that he was Rabbi Yosef and his Book of Mormon ties. James had been saying that he was translating the Peshitta. His updates of Aramaic examples that he had translated were nothing but plagiarisms of authors on the Semitic NT. He even wrote on one forum that he had copies of John Wesley Etheridge's translation of the Peshitta, as well as James Murdock's, both, the copyright was not active. I suspected this was the foundation for his translation of the Peshitta, but recently found the base text that he did plagiarize. The base text is the translation of the Peshitta by The Way International. His so called translation of Matthew was a plagiarism of Hugh Schonfield's with the church terms changed to Semitic ones. After seeing that James had written on David Koresh's writings on the seals, years ago, and someone well versed on Koresh's writings mentioned a similarity in a post by James on the seals, I am curious if I delve into that subject, am I going to find that James plagiarized David Koresh as well.
Since I had
first written this outline, James has stepped from what I would
call a self made sect, to what I now believe should be termed a cult. James
Trimm has now likened himself to a prophet,
requesting tithes be sent to him because he is a Torah teacher and has even
stated that the Nazarenes, his Nazarenes, are the 144,000 in Revelations.
In light of all the previous information, I feel that James is not only a danger to Messianic Judaism, but to any seeking to understand the what this relationship with YHWH and His son is all about. Those not feeling comfortable with Christianity, yet feeling a drawing to Hebraic roots are very susceptible. Since I do not find the majority of his followers to be of Jewish origins, hence all the false conversions and out right lies of being Jewish, I feel that the greatest threat is not to Messianic Judaism, as representing Jews of a Messianic faith, but those that are not Jewish, those that should be grafted in, and are just learning of the Hebraic roots of their faith, only to stumble on Trimm's site or the copy cats sites of his followers, trying to convert them to his form of perversion. His followers are very aggressive and becoming more prolific since the Messianic community has not taken a united stand to expose and refute Trimm and his teachings. All it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. Trimm will not disappear by inaction, but by truth being aggressively spoken against all his lies and deceptions. "It is written..."