Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Hebrew Roots Movement exposed

My husband preached a couple of great sermons on the increasingly popular "Hebrew Roots Movement."

Please watch them below.








P.S. My apologies for the long blogging absence. We are wrapping up the school year this month, while also taking extra time to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors this time of year. Blogging regularly shall resume soon, I hope. 


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  1. Awesome, can't wait to listen :) We have been tagging along with my husbands work trips this month and I have caught a bit of the "Christian" channel in the hotel and wow..it's like anything but. I don't know what exactly is the Hebrew Roots movement (yet!) but I am guessing it has something to do with the "pastors" dressing up like rabbi's I have been seeing.

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  2. Are you still doing your study of US States? If so, which state are you leaving off on? :)

    Andrea

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  3. The only people with Hebrew roots are those with Jewish heritage, anyone else is a pretend Jew and teaching a false doctrine and is a laughing stock.
    I know several people who are Jews by birth and Christian by second birth and they will also tell anyone this is a sorry sad religious practice that hinders them as they try to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews.

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    1. Anyone who is grafted in to Jesus Christ has Hebrew roots, but thank you for reminding me (the adopted kid) that I'm not part of the family. Good thing you're not the final authority.

      I just want to follow Jesus. Jesus was Jewish, but didn't submit to all the Jewish laws. He submitted to the Father's laws. Jesus commanded us to keep the Father's commandments (Matt 23:2-3). God filled me with His Spirit to cause me to keep his statutes (Ezek 36:27). The Hebrew-roots interpretations of Paul supports what God and Jesus said instead of making Paul into a teacher of lawlessness.

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  4. he also left out that in the time of Christ they spoke not only Greek but Aramaic and those were the languages the New Testament were written in. Jesus even though he was a Jew would have spoken the languages of the land in the time he was born.
    As for dietary laws, God told Peter not to call what he had cleansed common or unclean. He needed the Jewish apostles to be able to change their dietary habits to sit with and witness to the non-Jews of the time so He "cleansed" the unclean foods.

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    1. If God made pork clean then why is it still to this day so toxic and filled with deadly parasites? Why is every verse in the whole bible that mentions swine doing so in a negative manner? IWould Jesus waste perfectly good food by casting demons into a heard of swine when so many hungry people could have been fed? Would it really be necessary to eat unclean animals in order to have fellowship with people who do? Do not meat eaters and vegetarians often enjoy meals together? Wasn't it the Jews own man made laws that were keeping the Jews from table fellowship with the Gentile believers? Isn't this what Peters said was the meaning of the vision? I think these are good questions and deserve serious attention from anyone who desires to understand the context of the scriptures.

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  5. This is a great message but I do disagree with Steven on one point. Everything we learned and know about Jesus is not just in the New Testament because there are many many passages that are about Jesus specifically in the Old Testament Isaiah 53 is one that comes immediately to mind.
    He was given many names Emmanuel, Prince of Peace...
    Of course maybe the Hebrew root people don't read the word of God enough to know this :-D

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    1. You are sadly mistaken my friend. The reading of the Old Testament as well as the new is constantly read and re read to gain as much truth from the Word of God as possible. Study in groups where every line and word is talked about. Individual study is also a very common practice. Get you facts straight before you comment!

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    2. Rick is right. One thing that is for certain within Hebrew Roots is that we question everything and study to find the truth. We don't follow opinions much and we don't allow others to tell us what to believe. Once you find out you have been wrong about so many things you become very very careful to study diligently and not jump to conclusions. We don't all agree with each other but we allow others to learn and grown at their own pace and share their perspectives. The truth is that we are all wrong about many things and when Jesus comes back he is going to tell us the right way, so we all need to remain humble and teachable.

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  6. Getting a MA doesn't mean you're calling yourself Master it means to master as in I have mastered. No one who gets a graduate degree is referred to as Master so in so lol. It is ad advanced degree and has nothing to do with idolatry.

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  7. I love his statement about the apostles living like Jews. I know true born again Jews and they do not follow traditional Jewish observances. They state that they are bought by the blood of the Lamb and those observances are nothing but empty rituals.

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    1. Most born again Jews keep the empty, ritualistic, Pagan traditions like everyone else.

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  8. Excellent sermon. I even liked the funny tangents, especially when Pastor A. talked about the fad in the 90s when kids used to wear their clothes backward!

    I do have a question. Although the Bible makes it extremely clear that we are no longer COMMANDED to follow Mosaic law, most of the Christians I know that occasionally practice some of these traditions simply as a way to experience life under the original covenant and draw closer to G-- by learning about this way of life first hand. Assuming one is saved and does not believe that these practices have anything to do with their salvation, would it be sinful to do so? I know that we are to avoid the appearance for evil. Should we also avoid the appearance that we believe works salvation?Excellent sermon. I even liked the funny tangents, especially when Pastor A. talked about the fad in the 90s when kids used to wear their clothes backward!

    I do have a question. Although the Bible makes it extremely clear that we are no longer COMMANDED to follow Mosaic law, most of the Christians I know that occasionally practice some of these traditions simply as a way to experience life under the original covenant and draw closer to G-- by learning about this way of life first hand. Assuming one is saved and does not believe that these practices have anything to do with their salvation, would it be sinful to do so? I know that we are to avoid the appearance for evil. Should we also avoid the appearance of believing works salvation, so to speak?

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  9. I am a born a gain Jew, raised in the Messianic movement. Though I found the sermons to have many excellent points, there were a few inaccuracies as well. I have never, in my life, heard any Messianic person connect the name "Jesus" to any sort of pagan worship. There are many who say "Yeshua", and many who don't. What does it matter? Pastor Anderson said himself that English, Spanish, German, and Greek translations of the name are all fine. In Israel, Jewish Christians say Yeshua. Isn't the important thing that we praise our savior? Isn't the SAVIOR the point, regardless of language?
    Anyway, there are other points but in the end what bothered me bout the sermon was his attitude about Messianic practices (some he mentioned were incorrect, others I have seen, but they are uncommon). I almost turned it off. If I had given in to my offense I would have missed the parts of the message that I found to be enlightening. What is the purpose in mocking Christians who have been misled? How is that edifying? How is that reaching out? Before I continue, I want to state that I know I am not, in any way, bound by the law. I agree with Pastor Anderson on that point. My family does celebrate the feasts, but NOT because we think we have to. We celebrate because it is family tradition, like most families celebrate the Fourth of July, or my husband's Family (from Denmark) celebrate Chris Kringle day. Also, the feasts all demonstrate the plan of salvation, all point to Jesus. We take the Sabbath as a time to be together with family and worship, don't you do that on Sunday? Just because a practice is not necessary, does not make it meaningless. We also hang mezzuzot (little boxes) on our door posts as commanded in the Torah, which contain an inscription of Deuteronomy Chapter 6, Verses 4-9 and Chapter 11, verses 13-21. It's there as a reminder. It is an element of Torah observance, and though not necessary, it still remains an excellent reminder of scripture! I pray in Hebrew and English, don't you ever speak German and don't you teach it to your children? Hebrew was not a vernacular language for many hundreds of years, it is true. But it WAS used . . . all Torahs have always been in Hebrew, as well as prayers and sermons. Hebrew was little-used, because it was considered holy, but never truly dead. There are a lot of cooky people in the Messianic movement, no doubt. I stopped attending the congregation I grew up in because of people like that, but there are also a lot of people like me, who see no reason to throw our cultural heritage out the window just because it is no longer necessary. It's part of our History, who we are, and I think it can be beneficial to gentile Christians to learn more about it if they are interested in understanding Jews so that they can better minister to them.
    Rivkah H

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    1. I agree that he could speak more "gently"... But he was not saying that Jewish believers should not observe their holy days in remembrance of Christ (like we do with Christmas)... He was saying that there is a "movement" that is actually requiring NON-Jews to observe the Jewish laws and practices of the Old Covenant. I know this first hand because many of my friends and family have gotten pulled into this movement. Please research it under The Hebrew Roots Movement, or The Sacred Name Movement, and I think you will understand our concerns. It can ultimately under mind the finished, atoning work of Christ. It definitely relegates the New Covenant SECOND in importance to the Old Covenant. Some even question the New Testament's validity... God bless you and continue to celebrate Jesus as Yeshua. You are Jewish. You have that right and privilege.

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  10. I don't understand. Why is the Hebrew version of the word Jesus wicked, but the English version of the word Jesus is okay? If we have to go by what it was as it was written, shouldn't we all be using the Greek version? And if we aren't using the Greek version, why would it matter if we choose Hebrew or English?

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    1. The Hebrew name of Jesus is NOT wicked. He is just weary (as am I) of hearing "religious" minded people using that name in such a way that denotes superiority. Trust me. I understand how he feels. You would just have to be around this element long enough. The "Law of Love" which should guide our hearts with the advent of the New Covenant, is not highlighted among these individuals, only law and commands. I liken it to this... Do you want your children to "perform " for you because you have given them a "to do list"? Or do you want them to honor you through a spirit of love and respect? The O.T. contains the "to do list"...that the sitter "the law" was given UNTIL the parent (God among us) arrived to impart His Spirit (at Pentecost) to ENABLE us to walk in His love DAILY... moment by moment, as we remain in Him. "Love does NO harm to it's neighbor." (In thought OR deed). Against such (Love) there is no law.... Why? It's not necessary. True love is pure, mature in it's conduct, and needs no sitter... "Walk according to the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh"... Galatians and Ephesians make all this PERFECTLY clear. So these people question Paul himself, in essence, attacking the messenger... Wow, I think Paul proved himself to be a worthy instrument for God... He is ONE anointed man that I would "touch not"...

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  11. well thanks for you opinion-- i have enjoyed some of the teaching -- also of jim staley, and michael rood-- and have found that the rule is - eat the hay, and spit out the sticks

    and when we function as a temple of the holy spirit -- there really are signs following-- because everyone has their "commentary"

    and singular truth

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  12. Why do you never respond to comments?

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    1. Because I have more pressing things to do with my time? If I were to start responding to all comments, I would have to stop blogging.

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    2. danger danger danger...the gospel is not being preached and souls are being lost due to the hebrew roots movement...their focus is on the torah and not on salvation...christ died to save lost sinners not self righteous judaisers...but they will tell you that you have to observe the torah and know hebrew to be saved...but there is not one verse in the Bible that says that...but the Bible does say this...phil 2:11 "and that every tongue (glossa=language/dialect) shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father"...many people around the world have professed their faith in Jesus Christ...they call on him in many languages and dialects...Malachi 1:11 "my name shall be great among the gentiles"...but the hebrew roots movement teaches that none of those people are saved because they don't use his hebrew name...as if his name had some magical power...this is a damnable lie....jesus is the object of our faith not his name...Rev. 7:9 "After this I beheld and lo a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds and tongues (glossa)...stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palms in their hands"...this verse is not speaking of the self righteous who followed the hebrew ordinances but those who were washed in the blood of Jesus and forgiven of their sins...those who were bornagain...the hebrew roots movement doesn't teach that you must be bornagain to enter the kingdom of heaven...in fact they say paul is a liar...but despite what they say there will be a great multitude of believers in heaven...thank god for evangelists who preach the gospel to the world...repent you judaisers!

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  13. It's easier to follow the Torah than to follow Jesus.

    My husband and I attend a Hebrew Roots church sporadically. There is a problem in these churches. It's easy to follow the Torah. It's hard to follow Jesus.

    He said, "Turn the other cheek. Love your enemies. Pray for those who use you despitefully. Go the second mile." The Sermon on the Mount is full of these impossibly hard sayings. Yet, who follows them? Only one on the narrow path. Torah or not.

    I think the Torah is interesting. But I am not convinced that it will save me.

    I am only a home-school Mom who has a lot of opinions...but....it seems to me that Jesus raised the standard for us far above the written Torah. He was more concerned with the condition of a person's heart than whether they were following the letter of the law.

    His standard was/is much higher. Adultery begins in the heart. Murder begins in the heart. When He said he fulfilled the law and He meant it! Now I can follow Torah if I want to. And some of the laws are practical and make sense. Some I have no clue about. But I think the more narrow way is to follow the Master and His teachings. Just my opinion.

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    1. Paul says returning to the law is to return to slavery. Once the house is paid for, the contract fulfilled, you don't continue to make payments.
      When Moses repeated in Deuteronomy, "the man who does these things shall live by them." was pointing to Christ as the ONLY man who followed the law perfectly. It doesn't say "men," or "the people," or "the ones," in plural terms, but in a singular term, ONE MAN. In converse terms, "the man who DOES NOT do these things shall die." Since Jesus did these things, He lives, and gives His believers the Spirit of life. The requirements are to 1: repent of sins; and 2: believe in Him. It may benefit us to know the law and the prophets for spiritual benefit but it is of NO EARTHLY GOOD to follow a contract that is annulled. It is for our benefit to follow the law of LOVE which is the New Covenant.
      Since Christ Jesus did them perfectly, the only man in history

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  14. I have been involved in the hebraic roots movement in Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia for the last three years and have endured nothing but heart ache and confusion ever since. The leader of the movement is very controlling and uses punitive methods of punishment to get her followers to follow Torah correctly, making her own rules as she goes along. It is bad enough that she takes the feasts and insists we need to follow them, otherwise we do not know the Messiah, but to make her own rules on top of the Jewish feasts is going to far and bizarre.If we questioned anything she says that threatens her, we are accused of attacking her.I found myself so immersed in the Torah and feasts that I lost the Messiah along the way and felt I had lost my salvation. I now need intensive therapy to help me deal with the aftereffects of being involved in fellowship that I consider nothing but spiritual abuse. I have seen nothing but division and hate from some of these folks for they state the Christians are still stuck in Babylon and the Jews killed their Messiah. They are very judgmental of the world and choose to have nothing to do with it, claiming they have the way, the truth and life. I am not speaking on behalf of other hebraic roots movements, only the one I was involved in. I am not the only one who has been hurt, there are others. I have not seen much grace or forgiveness in this movement and unfortunately their behavior is being observed within the community, as this is a small country town and people talk. There is no love in this movement and until I experience differently, I cannot say I would recommend this movement to anyone.Jesus mixed with all kinds of folk and loved unconditionally. I find this movement hateful, judgemental and damaging to relationships and the community.

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