The Hebrew Roots Movement – Origins and Beliefs

The Hebrew Roots Movement – Origins and Beliefs

The arguments by the Hebrew roots writers are deeply flawed and propelled by non sequiturs. My impression is that the arguments are old and deeply flawed, almost as though the point is “hey, look at us over here – we can argue as poorly about Christology as the Zeitgeist folks.”  – Michael Heiser


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“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29

In 1995, I purchased a Star of David which I have worn ever since, because I believe that the the follower of Jesus Christ has their roots smack dab in the middle of Israel and the Jewish people. You will do well to note that when Jesus started His Church, there were no gentile believers or converts. Every single one of them was a Jew. As a result, I have a deep and abiding love for the Jewish people, and for the only piece of ground on this earth that God has ever called holy, and that is the literal, physical nation of Israel. This should be the mindset of every true follower of Jesus.

I shall build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it

Jesus came to this earth as the promised Messiah to the Jews. and in accordance with the Hebrew prophets, He was rejected and put to death. Speaking of the coming Messiah, the prophet Isaiah said this:

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he wasbruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:1-3


By HIS stripes we are healed…

So when He was rejected, as He must needs be, He turned to the gentiles…and the gentiles received His word with gladness. Thus was born the Church, made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers, following not the Law of Moses, but rather the teaching of Jesus. Because of their rejection, God hit the “pause button” on the Jews, and did not allow the final week of Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks to continue. Paul talks about this mystery in the book of Romans where he says this:

“I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.” Romans 11:11

Paul further goes on to say that the day would come when God would once again turn His full attention back to Israel, and redeem them:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:25,26

These are the true roots of Christianity and the Christian’s relationship to the Jew. But there are those who seek to pervert that relationship, and add layers of law and works to it where none exists in the Scriptures. This new movement is called Hebrew Roots, and while it uses words and phrases from the bible and Jewish culture, there is nothing either Jewish or Christian about this group as you will see.

Why haven’t I heard about the Hebrew Roots movement?

As a rule, this spreading wave of false doctrine is not being addressed by the church. This is due to several reasons:

• There is a fear of appearing anti-Semitic
• The depth of the movement’s doctrinal heresies is not generally known
• There is within the church in general a reluctance to address false doctrine

The movement usually hides their beliefs and presents itself as simply seeking to educate Christians concerning their Jewish heritage. As they become acclimated to the Jewish orientation the more aberrant doctrines are slowly introduced.

Some of the warning signs

• All Christians must adhere to a kosher diet
• The Sabbath can only be observed on Saturdays
• The Jewish festivals and holidays must still be observed today

The root of their symptomatic heresies is hermeneutic (having to do with the methodology used to interpret scripture) in nature. The Protestant Reformers used a grammatical-literal hermeneutic when interpreting scripture. In other words, it means what it says unless there is a significant reason to believe otherwise. This movement uses a grammatical-historical hermeneutic with a twist. Their underlying assumptions when approaching any scripture are:

Whatever God has ever commanded of those who seek Him (i.e., the Jews, their ancestors, their descendents, and Christians) is still in effect today (including the Levitical law)

Gentile followers of Christ were “grafted into” the Jews which they interpret to mean that Gentiles must assume Jewish customs if they really want to mature and please God


Like all cults, the Hebrew Roots Movement have their own “version” of the Bible, which of course, is the only version you
are allowed to use.

Based on those unquestionable assumptions, they then decide how they can best interpret a given scripture to support those beliefs. The farther down this rabbit hole they go, the more bizarre their doctrines become. Many see the New Testament as inferior to the Old (or a conspiracy by the Catholic church). More still say that Paul’s teachings are contrary to Christ (since they have trouble with his obvious statements against their beliefs) and, therefore, reject his epistles as scripture. Some say that the only reason we aren’t still sacrificing animals and stoning people for their sins is because there is no Temple and no Sanhedrin. But when they are restored then these will resume. Others go so far as to eventually reject Jesus as the Messiah and simply say that He was just a Rabbi. The inevitable outcome of following this train of thought is to put people back into bondage to the Law.

The proof is in the Scripture

“But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses. ¶ And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.” Acts 15:5

The issue of how to treat the gentile believers is not a new question in our day, the Apostles themselves dealt with this issue on more than one occasion. Acts 15 shines ample light on not only the question, but the answer as well. As we read in Acts 15, we see the bible “heavyweights” like Paul and Barnabas called on the carpet along with the rest of the apostles to figure this out. And as with most issues in the church, the whole problem started with a small handful of troublemakers:

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1

A few bad apples…

Now, we are not told who these troublemakers are, but it was sufficient to throw a monkeywrench into the whole deal:

“When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.” Acts 15:2

And deal with it they did…”And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men [and] brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. Act 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us; Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:7-9

They acknowledged that while e gentile does not become a Jew when believing on the Messiah, the line of division between them no longer exists. From God’s perspective then, there is no difference between a Jewish and Gentile believer in Christ. But they didn’t stop there, they continued on to answer this question in a most resolute and final way.

The Apostles settle this question once and for all

“Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.” Acts 15:10-12

Peter is so bold that he stuns them all into silence, and uses this time to allow Paul and Barnabas to recount all the awesome ‘miracles and wonders that God had wrought among the Gentiles by them’. Just when you think it can’t get any more intense that it already is, James steps in begins to wrap it up:

“And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men [and] brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. ” Acts 15:13-18

Then, the knockout blow:

“Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.” Acts 15:19-21

In an amazing display, James through the Holy Spirit, tells us once and for all what God expects from Gentile believers…and it is not to be placed under the Law of Moses. There exists no evidence in the New Testament that mandates that any Gentile believer observe Jewish holidays, eat kosher foods or worship only on the Sabbath day. What was the reaction from the entire assembled group of elders? They said this:

“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell [you] the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” Acts 15:24-29

Did you catch that line? Go back and reread the Apostles themselves saying that they never gave any such commandment for Gentiles to be placed under the Law of Moses. Never. Ever. Do you believe the Bible? Don’t take my word for it, look it up and read it for yourself…

The believer in Christ is not called to law, but to freedom in Jesus. And for those who still need further proof, Paul provides it in Galatians 2:

“But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:11-16

Conclusion

The roots of Christianity grow deep in Jewish culture, and it is highly recommended that all Christians learn about the Jewish feast days, holy days and other customs. They will only deepen our appreciaton and understanding of our common ancestry that we have, Gentiles together with Jews. But to suggest that any Gentile believer who follows Jesus must be placed under Old Testament law is nothing but bondage, and it’s a bondage that the Bible speaks against not only in the verses quoted here, but in many other places as well. Regarding the freedom we have in Christ, let me leave you with this verse from the Master himself:

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

(Acknowledgement: the sections titled “Why haven’t I heard…”, and “A few warning signs” were taken from Cyshift.com)Read Part 1: Origins and Beliefs Of The Hebrew Roots Movement
Read Part 2: 
Hated For Christians and the Apostle Paul

Comments

  1. First, I want to say that while I do not consider myself a “Hebrew Roots” person because I really can’t say I know exactly what that is or what it teaches. If they reject Paul’s teachings then I definitely disagree because I think Paul’s teachings are rich with OT and law reference and anyone who fails to see that… I don’t even know what to say to that.

    I do believe that at the core of our faith started with Hebrew roots since it was the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus was preaching which he called “the gospel of the Kingdom” because it’s obvious all over the gospel that what he was teaching is all found in the OT. Also, when Paul preached in Berea, the Bereans tested everything he said against scripture to see if it was true. (Acts 17:11) Now what would they be testing it against since the only scriptures were the Old Testament? So Paul had to be teaching the Old Testament scriptures. this would include the creation, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, the prophets, the idolatry of the Israelites, the prophesy of a coming redeemer and the eventual return of Him to play his role as Messiah and defeat the physical earthly enemies of Israel, etc. which are our enemies as well now that we are grafted into the same vine as Israel per Paul in Romans 11.

    First I want to address something you said right off the bat though. You said “Thus was born the Church, made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers, following not the Law of Moses, but rather the teaching of Jesus.”

    First, the commandments are not from Moses, they are from God. In Exodus 20 God speaks DIRECTLY to the people which were a mixed multitude BTW. After the first 10 commandments VERBALLY from the mouth of God, the people are so fearful that they tell Moses to hear the commandments for them and tell them what God says, but they don’t want to hear from God directly because it is too scary. So God proceeds to give Moses the rest of it and says “tell the people…” So lets not be confused about WHO the commandments are from. These are NOT Moses’s commandments. Second, Jesus taught God’s commandments because they are also HIS commandments because nothing that has been made, has been made without Jesus. (see John 1:1-3) What do you think he is teaching when you read the 4 first books of the NT? And what do you think the WORD is? The WORD is GOD’S word. Jesus taught God’s word.

    This is the 3rd misunderstanding: Stephen said in Acts 7:38 KJV “This is he, that was in the CHURCH in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai…”

    Now, I realize not every version of the Bible has translated this word “Ekklesia” to mean church in this particular passage, but as you can see-the word IS Ekklesia and means “church.” Feel free to check out the Greek on Biblehub to verify that I am speaking the truth.

    So the CHURCH started at Mt Sinai. The church at Mt Sinai was given the commandments of God. Roughly 1500 years later (if I’ve done my math right) one the very same exact day that God gave the commandments to the church in the wilderness, he gave the Holy Spirit to the church as well. I can’t even imagine the amazement of the disciples as they were celebrating the “Feast of weeks” or Shavuot or Pentecost and all of the sudden, the same exact day they are celebrating the giving of the ten commandments to the church, they now get the Holy Spirit to share the gospel about Jesus with the men who were in town to celebrate Pentecost.

    God does everything big on his appointed days. If you notice-in Genesis 8:4 God brought Noah’s ark to rest on the 17th day of the 7th month which was Abib. (This was on the civil calendar which changed later to actually be the first month and the month of Passover which was called “Nissan”) It just so happens that Jesus also raised on this day which was the 17th day of the 7th month of Abib on the Civil calendar or the 17th day of the 1st month which was Nissan after the change was made. Also, the Israelites passed through the Red Sea on this same day.

    So as you can see God continues to recycle his appointed feast days again and again which is why the Bible also says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.”

    Not coincidentally, the Ark opened on Feast of Trumpets which was 150 days after it came to rest.

    Now Jesus did fulfill the Spring feast days in his death and resurrection which are Passover, Feast of unleavened Bread, first fruits and then Feast of Weeks when the Holy Spirit came. But “fulfill” does not mean “end” it means to “fill up, give more meaning to, come into being, happen”. And quite frankly it HAS to mean that because Jesus said that until there was a new Heaven and Earth and ALL was fulfilled, (accomplished) that not one jot or tittle would be removed from the law. If you believe that ALL has been fulfilled, the Jesus is a liar because we are not living on a new earth or new Heaven and many of the things that are still to come are not yet fulfilled.

    Another thing I want to say is this…

    Abraham was a Gentile basically, (although related to Noah) but he was called by God from out of his land “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” (Gen. 26:5)

    And what does God promise Abraham? That he will be a father to a great nation. Now, first we know that anytime the word “nation” is used in the OT we are generally referring to the word “Goy” which is a slang that Jews use to describe anyone who is not from the tribe of Judah. Goy includes us. (again, feel free to reference the original Hebrew to confirm I am being truthful here) So right off in Genesis 12:2 God promises Abraham that ONE great nation would come from him. Whether Jews like it or not, we are ONE nation (there is no Jew nor Greek) as the people of God and we are all “Goy” (a nation) together as descendants of Abraham, which explains why Paul says that the seed of Abraham is by promise not by birth because the promise is to Abraham AND his SEED and that SEED is Jesus. (Galatians 3:16)

    But getting back to Abraham…How did Abraham, the man living in a pagan land know the ways of God so that he kept his charge, his commandments statutes and laws? And speaking of that how did Cain and Able know to sacrifice to God? And how did Noah know which animals were clean and unclean? And how Did Moses know how to judge between the disputes and make known God’s statutes and laws (Exodus 18:16 and 20) BEFORE God gave his commandments the the people in Chapter 20 of Exodus?

    So can we just agree that even before Mt Sinai God had commandments, statutes and laws and Cain and Able knew them, Noah knew them, Abraham knew them, and Moses knew them ALL BEFORE Mt Sinai? I won’t dispute that more may have been added at Mt Sinai, but I would only be guessing. I read the interlinear Bible as well since it has the Hebrew and Greek words above it and I look them up in my concordance to find definitions and I can tell you that the word for “Moving thing” in Genesis 9:3 when God tells Noah every “moving thing” shall be food for them is the word “remes” (Strong’s #7431) and the same word is used in Psalm 104:25 when referring to things in the sea so its possible that God gave Noah the things of the sea to eat which would make sense, since it would take a few generations for the animals from the ark to multiply enough to replenish the earth especially if they started eating them. But I can’t say for sure. I am merely using logic on this. Plus another thing people often don’t realize is that Noah took one of every “kind” on the ark, not one of every species. He took one kind of cat family animal, one KIND of horse animal, etc. The animals we have today have evolved through MICRO-evolution, not MACRO-evolution. (just so you don’t think I believe we evolved from some other species). But animals do evolve due to adaptation and mating. So it’s quite possible there were no pigs or shrimp or whatever. We just don’t know…I home school and we use a Christian based science curriculum and this is what it teaches about the “kinds” but I looked it up and studied it later because it peaked my interest. I am having a very hard time finding any pig or swine found in the same rock layer as the millions of humans that would have been buried in the flood. So to my estimation, it is quite possible that Pigs as we know them today did not exist at the time of Noah. But I didn’t mean to get all scientific…

    So anyway, my point is that God has always had law. However, everyone of these men had to have sinned which by Biblical definition IS Transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and yet they were still found righteous in God’s eyes. So the law has always been a list of instructions, but God has always had mercy for those who love him despite the fact that they broke his law. David himself wrote Psalm 119 which might as well be called “ode to the law” because its 186 verses about how awesome the law is and how it is even LIBERTY (obviously liberty from sin) and yet I think we both know David wasn’t the most Holy all the time.

    Now, me personally, I keep the feast days and we enjoy doing them as a family. We make them fun and enjoyable and learn a lot about both the OT and the new things that Jesus brought to them and some of them still have dates to be filled in the return of Jesus (likely the feast of Trumpets) and the Day of Atonement for Israel and the day when we all begin to tabernacle with God and Jesus forever. (Feast of tabernacles) And we try to keep the commandments as we are aware of them but honestly, there just are not that many to begin with. When people say “Do you keep all 613?” I know this is a person who does not have the slightest idea of what the law is. I study the whole Bible so I understand the law a lot better than many, but it would be too much to go into here. First of all-since Jesus is now the high priest and mediator in Heaven, that wiped out a lot of laws, then was also the sacrifice which wiped out tons more, then we don’t have the Levitical system anymore so that wiped out a lot of offering laws since there were several different offerings. Really we’re down to very few laws. Now, the Jews don’t think so, since they reject Jesus.

    James 4:17 says this: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

    Now personally, I think this is what it all boils down to. For me, because God has given me more understanding about his commandments, I am responsible for more, but like I said “we try to keep the commandments as we are aware of them” God started with the Sabbath with me. Really, once I got my interlinear Bible and started reading it along with my King James and NASB (yes, I literally have like 2-3 Bibles out in front of me when I study and I study several hours a day because Bible Study is seriously what I live for besides Jesus and my family, of course. Some people like crafts, sports, watching tv-I don’t do any of that. My love is Bible study.

    But once I got the interlinear which has the original Greek and Hebrew, I realized that several verses in the Bible that have to do with Sabbath are translated incorrectly. Now before you think I switched to a Sabbath church, I did not. I still attend a Sunday church but we honor Sabbath according to the actual Bible (NOT by the Jewish tradition) every Friday Sundown through Saturday sundown. Jews took the actual biblical commandments and added to them (forbidden in Deut. 4:2) and made the Sabbath a burden to the people when it was for rest and holiness.

    If you look up for instance Acts 20:7 it literally reads “Mia ton Sabbaton” which means “One the Sabbath” or First Sabbath. YET it has been translated in the KJV and others to say “on the first day of the week”. This gives some false understanding that the Sabbath was moved to Sunday, when in fact, that is not what it says. Just to reiterate it even more-why is it the FIRST Sabbath? Well if you look at the verse before it-we see that they sailed from Philippi after the Feast of unleavened bread. The feast of unleavened bread starts the count of 7 Sabbaths plus one day till we arrive at Pentecost. (50 days in total from the first Sabbath AFTER the feast of unleavened bread) They arrived in five days. So this would have put them arriving right before the 1st Sabbath in the count of 7 plus a day till Pentecost. So that is why it is called the “First Sabbath” or “First of Sabbath” If you notice too in Acts 20:16 (just a few verses later) Paul is hoping to make it to Jerusalem by Pentecost. So as you can see-all of this takes place around Passover which is part of the feast of unleavened Bread and Pentecost.

    Now why was this changed in translation? I don’t know if it was intentional since the Sabbath had already been switched to Sunday in Rome and so by the time the Bible was translated, the translators took it upon themselves to name Sabbath as the first day of the week or if it was intentional, but either way, it is absolutely incorrect. It is this way in every instance of the Bible that calls the Sabbath the first day of the week and yes, that includes the day Jesus rose, which had to be in the twilight time BETWEEN ending of Sabbath and beginning of Sunday which starts in the evening. So two things are clear here-the Sabbath was not changed by the early church and Troas, where Greeks lived were having Sabbath on the true Sabbath and the feast days were still in effect because we know that those traveling in the boat celebrated Unleavened Bread and Paul was trying to get to Jerusalem by Pentecost.

    Does that mean I think you have to celebrate these days or you are sinning…well not according to James 4:17 because unless you know you are suppose to do something and don’t do it, then it is not sin for you. But since I really do understand these things after studying them out, it IS sin for me not to honor these days.

    Is my salvation dependent upon them? No, because my salvation is not dependent upon the law at all, just like it wasn’t for Noah, Abraham, Moses, David etc. We can be righteous in God’s eyes even when we are not perfect. God is not looking for perfection. He is looking for people who are willing to serve him and love His son Jesus and look to Him for salvation.

    But the beauty in the sacrifice at the cross and the coming of the Holy Spirit is that the New Covenant has come to us. The New Covenant is written out for us plain as day in Hebrews 8.

    “For this is the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel (that’s us too)
    After those days says the Lord,
    “I will put my laws into their minds,
    and I will write them on their hearts, (through the Holy Spirit)
    And I will be their God and they shall be my people,
    And they shall not teach everyone his fellow Citizen,
    And everyone his brother saying ‘know the Lord’
    For all will know me,
    From the least to the greatest of them,
    For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
    And I will remember their sins no more.” (Obviously because of the cross)
    (Hebrews 8:10-12)

    Then the writer of Hebrews goes on to say that the first covenant is obsolete. Why? Because THIS is the New Covenant. This one offers us a way to keep God’s laws in our hearts and minds because we get the Holy Spirit and this new covenant gives us a way to be forgiven for our sin because of Jesus.

    Luke 22:20 Jesus says “this cup which is poured out for you is the NEW COVENANT in my blood”

    Now, if you know anything about ALL of God’s covenants, they ALWAYS require a sacrifice of blood to seal the covenant. This new covenant could not be given to us UNLESS there was a blood sacrifice. Now let’s not forget that every disciple at that table knew this New Covenant was coming someday because it was foretold in Jeremiah 31:32-34. Now, they probably wondered what in the heck he was referring to with the cup since it hadn’t happened yet, but believe me-once he was sacrificed and the sun and moon grew dark and the earth quaked and lightening flashed, they definitely realized what Jesus had meant.

    1 Cor 11:25 Paul also explains that Jesus brought the New Covenant. Also Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:6 Jesus made us “adequate servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit, for the letter kills but the spirit gives life” I know-now you are thinking “See-the letter kills!” Well, that is correct. the letter kills because man is unable to keep it without the Holy Spirit. That was the problem in Israel. They were incapable of keeping God’s laws because they did not have the spirit. A few times God ordained people with his Spirit to accomplish his work (ie Moses, Aaron, Joshua, etc) but the Spirit was temporary in man to accomplish his work. Now God gives us his spirit to accomplish his work as we are called to preach to the nations. (Gentiles, Goy)

    Paul says so many good things about the law. He tells us that we UPHOLD the law, that the law is good, the law is righteousness, “It is not the hearers of the law who are just but the DOERS who are justified” (Romans 2:13) and so many more verses that support that Paul holds up the law. BUT Paul also realizes that when we are living by the Spirit that we don’t even need the law. Do you need law to tell you not to steal? Probably not. But if you are a thief, then you need the law to help you understand. But probably the Holy Spirit in you keeps you from stealing. But what if you are a Christian but you struggle with gossiping? I mean, Christians do gossip sometimes. Are they living by the Spirit when they do those things? No. But according to the law this is a sin and sin is transgression of the law. So when we gossip or sin, then we need to refer to the law, when we are living in the Spirit and hitting the mark and not transgressing then guess what? You don’t need the law because you have the Spirit guiding you into righteousness.

    I could go on for a book, but I won’t. I think you THINK you know correct doctrine on some of these issues, but your words tell me that you have not studied these things out such as the church starting at Pentecost in the New Testament, such as thinking the law is slavery (which I didn’t even go into) such as thinking that we are still Gentiles, such as thinking God’s days can be changed etc.

    The saddest thing about all of this is that people twist Paul’s words to say things he never said and Peter even warned that this would happen in 2 Peter 3:16 and people reduce God’s commandments to say that Jesus only gave two commandments and true, he narrowed them down to two and in those two are ALL of the commandments because ALL commandments are about loving God and loving our neighbor, but I am guessing you may not even know or understand the commandments because the first five books of the Bible seem to be of little importance to most Christians today.

    But Revelation 14:12 says “Here is the perseverance of the SAINTS (that’s all who believe in Jesus) who keep the COMMANDMENTS of GOD and their faith in Jesus.”

    Also about the New Heaven and New Earth in Revelation 21:27 he says “no one who practices abomination and lying shall ever come into it.” Abomination means “detestable things”. What is detestable to God? Well we have an entire 5 books at the beginning of the Bible to tell us.

    I do not think that it is a REQUIREMENT to honor the Sabbath on Saturday or keep the feast days or eat the clean foods or any other part of God’s perfect law (James 1:25) because salvation is a free gift to those who repent and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:15) But as God opens your eyes to things you should be doing, if you refuse to do them because of denominational bias or man-made tradition tells you to reject them, then you fall under James 4:17 and speaking of James…read the book of James and tell me God does not care about the commandments at all. If he doesn’t then James is sincerely mislead…but then again so would be Paul and Peter and John and well, Jesus too….IF…God really abolished all of his commandments.

    • His Heavenly Armies says:

      Hey MD, As with a lot of the articles on this site (most), this is a re-post from another site. In this case the original article was written by Geoffrey Grider of NTEB< ---link. I recommend that you take up this detailed discussion with him directly. I provided a re-post because the Hebrew Roots movement is infiltrating the church at an exponential rate. It is a heresy and it is putting people back under the law as Paul clearly warned about in Galatians. My purpose is not to teach or argue doctrine, but to shine light on dangerous errors so people can sort it out for themselves under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
      Yvonne

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