The Hebrew Roots Movement? Who or what are they? I hear you ask. A good question, for in my travels across worldwide cyberspace or the cyber-aether as it should accurately be called, I occasionally get asked by mainstream Christians if I am a member of this group, but why, when I am white, not black, and who are these people? All will be revealed.
However, in the meantime, I must admit to an identity mistake I made, in thinking that this Hebrew Roots lot were none other than the Black Israelites or Black Jesus mob. These lunatics are officially known as The Black Hebrew Movement and/or The Black Hebrew Israelites, so an easy mistake on my part, to make, especially when I had never heard of this other Hebrew Roots Movement, only the Black Hebrew Movement. (See link No. 1 below)
So, with the intro over, let’s have a Holy Scripture or three to get us off on the right track:
Ephesians 2:8-9 (MCV) For by Grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves (That is, neither The Grace or The Faith are of ourselves): they are The Gift of God: 9 Not of works (not through obedience to The Commandments or The Law), lest any man should boast.
1 Timothy 1:9 (MCV) Knowing this, that The Law is not made for a righteous man (the saved man), but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, (for those of the Hebrew Roots Movement) for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
Hebrews 7:19, 22 (MCV) For The Law (The Commandments) made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Hebrews 7:22 (MCV) By so much was Jesus made a surety (guarantee) of a better [testament.] Covenant (The New Covenant).
Now we’ll have a close look at these Hebrew Roots people and see what they are all about, for they have a web page, and the first thing that confronts us is this extended title:
“The Hebrew Roots of Christianity” – 21st century Christians meet the 1st century Faith of The Early Church.
They then go on to say:
“The Hebrew Roots Movement is a general term used for an emerging grassroots spiritual awakening taking place worldwide with Christians returning to the original first century faith, beliefs, and understanding of the Scriptures as taught by the Messiah, Early Church and Apostles. Hebrew Roots is not a denomination or church, but rather a mindset seeking to emulate Jesus (Y’shua) as much as possible.” (All emphasis theirs)
Now in this opening paragraph I can see why these mainstreamers think (albeit mistakenly) that I am a member of this movement, because they use the word ‘Y’shua’ when naming Jesus Christ, as do I, only I write it this way ‘Yashua’ and not ‘Y’shua’ so that’s quite a difference for these people that obsess and rent their clothes about Yashua Messiah’s name. LOL. I use it for the simple reason that it separates me from the fakes and fraudsters out there who call themselves Christians, but are, in reality, just politically motivated religious liberals (Cultural Jew Marxists and Zionists) who pose as Christians, and call themselves Christians.
OK, so for me, this name thing is a trivial matter, for I am more interested in the doctrines and teachings of this movement, not what wretched mainstream Christians think of them. So let’s take a look-see and see if they measure up to The Grace Filled Word of God, that is, Scriptural Truth.
Here is their next sub-heading:
Description of the End-Times Church:
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” Revelation 14:12 ESV.
Now there are three things that jump out at me here as warning signs, and that’s just from this tiny sub-heading, so it doesn’t bode well for what I might find further on, on this website. However, let’s deal with these three crucial things first:
1. “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God.”
OK, someone is calling for the endurance of the saints. Who might that be? The owner of the web page? The Father? Yashua Messiah? Paul from his grave? (See link No. 2 below)
Well straight away we can rule out Paul, for he is dead in his grave, but what about Yashua Messiah, is He calling for us to endure, or does He already know that we will endure through these end times, due to the POWER He has given us? Have we not been given The POWER of The Holy Spirit to endure to the end? In contrast, who, who are without The Holy Spirit, will endure through these end times? Answer NONE!!! not a single one, not a single sentient being will endure through these end times, unless they are protected by The Father and delivered through them like the 144,000 of Revelation 7.
However, what are these Hebrew Roots Movement people suggesting here? Are they suggesting to us that it’s ALL DOWN TO YOU AND ME? through…..and wait for it…..YOUR/MY abilities, YOUR/MY strength and YOUR/MY will and resolve at
keeping obeying The Commandments? Are they actually suggesting that obedience to The Law (The Commandments) will save them and see them through to the end? How does that work? Don’t even go there until you have read this:
Galatians 3:10-14 (The Amplified Bible) 10 For all who depend on The Law [seeking justification and salvation by obedience to The Law and the observance of rituals] are under a Curse; for it is written, “Cursed (condemned to destruction) is everyone who does not abide by all things written in The Book of The Law, so as to practice them.” 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing] before God by The Law, for “The righteous (the just, the upright) shall live by Faith.” 12 But The Law does not rest on or require Faith [it has nothing to do with Faith], but [instead, the Law] says, “He who practices them [the things prescribed by The Law] shall live by them [instead of Faith].” 13 Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the Curse of The Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross)” – 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might also come to the [
Gentiles] Nations so that we would all receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit through Faith.
We then get:
2. “and their faith in Jesus.”
If they’re endeavouring to OBEY The Commandments (The Law) for justification why would they need Faith in Yashua Messiah? Notice how it’s THEIR faith and, notice, too, how this is almost begrudgingly tacked on as an afterthought: “Oh I suppose we ought to make mention of good old Y’shua, if only for old times sake, eh. We don’t want people thinking we’re a bunch of Commandment obeying legalists or Judaising mongrel dogs, do we? – oh no, that won’t do at all!”
Now please take note of what I am about to say here, for if these people are attempting to emulate the first century Church of God, this sub-heading should have read like this, that is, IF these Hebrew Roots Movement people are the real deal:
Description of the End-Times Church:
“Here is reassurance and comfort for the saints, that is, those who have the faith OF Jesus and their faith in Him, who will endure to the end.”
3. These people have quoted the ESV – always a bad sign in my opinion, so let’s set the record straight using the KJV – WOW!:
Revelation 14:12 (KJV) Here is the patience (patient endurance) of the saints: here are they that keep (hold onto or hold as precious) the commandments of God, and The Faith OF Jesus. (Brackets mine) (See link No. 3 below)
Notice: Here is the patient endurance of the saints – this is a statement of Truth or fact, not a call to be patient and enduring – THEY ALREADY ARE PATIENTLY ENDURING. Here they are, recorded in a vision given to John, patiently enduring, keeping (holding onto as precious) The Commandments, and likewise holding onto the Faith OF Jesus, along with their own faith in Him.
I trust you can now see how blasphemously wrong they are in just this opening sub-heading. So let’s see what else they dish up:
“The 1st Century Church, the apostles, AND Paul ALL obeyed God’s Laws
When the Jerusalem Council heard Paul’s report of his work they all glorified God and said:
…how many thousands … have believed. They are all zealous for the law… Acts 21:19-20
Oh so Paul and all his learners
disciples OBEYED God’s Laws did they? Well lets see what Paul actually said:
Galatians 3:2 (KJV) This only would I learn of you, Received ye The Spirit by the works of The Law, or by The Hearing of Faith?
Galatians 3:5 He (Yashua Messiah) therefore that bestows to you The Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth He it by the works of The Law, or by The Hearing of Faith?
Right, lets copy and paste ALL of Acts 21:19-20 from The KJV including verse 18:
Acts 21:18-20 (KJV) And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the
Gentiles nations by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified The Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of [Jews] Judean Israelites (not Jews) there are WHICH BELIEVE; and they are all zealous of The Law. (re gentiles see link No. 5 below)
So what are the brethren actually saying to Paul here? Are they emphasising and reinforcing the observing of The Law or pointing out The Truth that even though these Judean Israelites (not Jews) were zealous for The Law, they had repented and BELIEVED!! No one can truly believe IF they are endeavouring to save themselves through obedience to The Commandments – The Law. Either you’re under His Grace, with The Law written on your heart, or you’re cursed under The Commandments – The Law.
So did the 1st century Church, The Messengers (apostles) and Paul who was also a Messenger OBEY The Commandments. Not on your life, they lived under Yashua Messiah’s Grace, with The Commandments written on their hearts. However, we need to know which Commandments were written on their hearts. These Commandments:
Matthew 22:35-40 (KJV) Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, 36 Master, which is The Great Commandment in The Law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and Great Commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these Two Commandments hang all The Law and The Prophets.
Not a Living Bible fan, as such, but there are times when it can be quite useful as in this example, but they do slip up when using the word ‘obey’ in verse 40. (See link No. 4 below)
Matthew 22:33-40 (The Living Bible) The crowds were profoundly impressed by his answers— 34-35 but not the Pharisees! When they heard that He had routed the Sadducees with His reply, they thought up a fresh question of their own to ask Him. One of them, a lawyer, spoke up: 36 “Sir, which is the most important command in The Laws of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ 38-39 This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ 40 All the other Commandments and all the demands of The Prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you
obey voluntarily follow them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others (by default).” (Brackets mine)
So there we have the Hebrew Roots Movement all trussed up and ready for the oven like a turkey. Here’s hoping they repent and are swift about it for the end times are upon us NOW!
Philippians 3:2 (MCV) Beware of Judaising mongrel dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the circumcision.
You have been warned in love, so steer well clear of these Hebrew Roots Judaising blasphemers.
In Yashua Messiah’s name,
1. Blacks and Their Black Jesus and Those Behind it:
2. Is It Hard To Be Saved? Parts 1 through 4:
3. When Did The Biblical Word ‘KEEP’ Become ‘OBEY’?:
4. Do Born of God Christians Have to Obey and/or Learn Obedience?:
5. What Is The Word ‘GENTILE’ Doing in The Bible?: