Addressing the Hebrew Roots / Sacred Name Movement

Addressing the Hebrew Roots / Sacred Name Movement

HHA | 12/2/2014

Christine Pack | Sola Sisters

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1-3)

The Hebrew Roots Movement/Sacred Name Movement are a fast-growing works righteous movement which are a modern day form of “Judaizing,” the heresy that the Apostle Paul had to address several times in his ministry. From an article posted at The Berean Call by Richard Fisher, the movement is described this way:

“(The Hebrew Roots Movement) is a very modern movement that insists that we must resurrect first-century Judaism (our Jewish Roots) and the milieu and lifestyle of first-century Jews and impose them on both Jewish and non-Jewish believers. This is not just an academic study to better understand Scripture and its setting but is rather a movement of restoration that claims that the church has moved off its Jewish foundation and must return to a more Jewish way of life to be authentic.” (online source)

Also, to gain a better understanding of the heresy of Judaizing, please listen to this excellent talk by Phil Johnson of GTY. (Incidentally, when Phil Johnson gave this talk, the Hebrew Roots Movement didn’t even exist, so you will not hear Phil mention this movement by name. But if you listen to his excellent talk, you will have a very biblically grounded understanding of the markers of this fast-growing, modern day Judaizers movement.)

It’s important to note that when someone is going into Hebrew Roots, you will notice one or more of the following:

– dietary changes (going back to the Leviticus food laws),

– a heavy emphasis on Jewish festivals (with the implication that those who observe Christmas/Easter are sinning),

– a rejection of the Apostle Paul’s writings,

– a denial of the Trinity, and

– the usage of “Yeshua” instead of “Jesus” when speaking about Jesus

Now, someone doing some of the aforementioned things, or holding to those beliefs, doesn’t necessarily mean they are whole-hog into HRM………but, it could mean that, and these are good markers to bear in mind. HRM/Sacred Name followers often claim that they are just exercising their liberty and freedom in Christ, but this often quickly escalates into those things becoming law, and binding upon themselves and other Christians…….. meaning, when it gets to that point they think they (and you!) are sinning if they (and you) don’t do these things.

Below are some excellent resources for getting up to speed on how to biblically respond to those ensnared in Hebrew Roots.■ Debate Between Christian Apologist Chris Rosebrough and Hebrew Roots Leader Jim Staley■ The Sabbath, The New Covenant and The Hebrew Roots Movement (Stand Up For The Truth)

■ What is the Hebrew Roots Movement? (Got Questions)

■ Who Were The Judaizers? (Got Questions)

■ Torah Fulfilled: Why Christians Don’t Keep the Sabbath andOther Mosaic Laws(Fighting For The Faith)

■ Are you a Sabbath Keeper or Sabbath Breaker? (Fighting For The Faith)

■ Should Christians Keep Kosher? (Word of His Grace)

■ The Hebrew Roots Cult (Cy Shift)

■ An Examination of the Hebrew Roots Movement (Fighting For The Faith)

■ A Discussion About the Hebrew Roots Movement (Chris Rosebrough)

■ Joyfully Growing In Grace Website

■ The Sacred Name Movement Debunked (video)

■ Who Were The Judaizers? And What Do They Look Like Today? (Phil Johnson, GTY)

■ Bewitching Believers Through the Hebrew Roots Movement (The Berean Call)


  1. It seems the point of this article is to dismiss Scripture and instead keep following the pagan traditions and doctrines of organized religion. Let’s see what the Scripture has to say about that…

    ‘If anyone [anyone includes Christians] says, “I know Elohim,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ – 1 John 2:4

    They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men. Leaving the commandment of Elohim to keep the tradition of men. – Mark 7:8

    ‘For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.’ – Matt 5:18

    ‘And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of Elohim and hold to the testimony of Yahusha.’ – Rev. 12:17

    ‘Here is a call for the endurance of the saints who keep the commandments of Elohim and the faith of Yahusha.’ – Rev 14:12

    ‘And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning [it never passed away].’ – 2 John 1:6

    ‘We know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and obey His commandments.’ – 1 John 5:2

    ‘And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking blamelessly in all the commandments of Yahuah. – Luke 1:6

    ‘The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders.’ – 2 Thess 2:9

    ‘Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Master, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them “I never knew you, depart from me you workers of LAWLESSNESS.’ – Matt 7:23

    But Yahuah is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. – 2 Thess. 3:3

  2. His Heavenly Armies says:

    Hi Rebekah,

    This is the first I’ve read about the “House Of Yahweh” and “Yisrayl B. Hawkins” (where your link sent me). After doing a just a couple of Google searches, I’m sorry to have to say that this looks like a cult. While I am apt to agree that the organized CHURCH has it’s share of paganism, true Christianity, based on the complete surrender to and abiding in Jesus, does not. Your mixing of Krishna, Zeus, and Jesus sounds like something out of the Zeitgeist film , which has caused a lot of confusion.

    You quoted Matthew 5:27, but only the first half of it. Jesus said in Matthew 5:27:”Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Jesus FULFILLED the law. Jesus fulfilled the law of Moses by satisfying the demands of it. By doing that He paid the debt which we each earned. There is nothing we can do to add to what Jesus, the lamb of God accomplished on the cross at Calvary.

    This much I know Rebekah; There is a mountain of evidence to back up not only the historical existence of the man, Jesus, of Nazareth, but also that He was who He claimed to be: the son of God. Whether you call Him Yehashua, or Jesus, merely speaking His name has the power to stop demonic attack and alien abduction experiences, because it is WHO he is which is of consequence, as the demons know VERY WELL who he is. His is the ONLY name under heaven which wields this power. And He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and He IS God. He came to seek and save that which was lost (us). He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. There is no other name under heaven by which men will be saved. But our salvation is “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” You may be interested to check out Stand To Reason on the topic of how the Old Testament applies to Christians:

    God bless you Rebekah. I pray that the Holy Spirit reveals the true Jesus, the Savior of the world to you. His yoke is easy and his burden is light!

  3. I suggest you go to
    Christianity is full of paganism . God is not a name but a title and the Creator is not one. His proper title is Heavenly Father and Creator and His Name is YHWH pronounced Yahweh.
    He is not a god. There are many gods of which He is NOT ONE .
    Satan is the god of this world. Satan is a god.
    The name Jesus Christ comes from Constantine , emperor turned Pope. He created that name from two gods, Chrishna and Zeus . Do some research then believe the TRUTH.


    Believe His words.

    Revelation 22:14 says ….outside will be those that profess to love BUT PRACTICE BREAKING THE LAWS (commandments)
    Believe Yahshua’s words here too.

    Sin is the transgression (breaking ) of the LAW. 1 John 3;4
    Righteousness is keeping Yahweh’s Laws. Deuteronomy 6:25

    May Yahweh bless your understanding,

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