Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Different Gospel?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Yeshua,

I have lately come across many websites and posts that declare that the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movement are heretical in nature and that they teach that we are saved by observing the Law. I am saddened by this message. Those that are condemning this movement are stating broad generalizations that simply are not true for the majority of believers in the Messianic or Hebrew Roots movement.

While there may be some that teach that the observance of the Law is necessary for salvation, most (and certainly this blog) teach that salvation is only by grace through faith in Messiah Yeshua. The only difference is that those in the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movement understand that observing the Law (as expressed in the Torah) is the evidence of salvation. We love God and therefore desire to obey His commandments.

The real shock to me, however, is that there are those who believe that observing the Torah is sinful! This is ludicrous! If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, how can God decide one day that something that was holy and commanded is now sinful? This would make God fickle and capricious. The thoughtful believer knows that God must be consistent or He would not be God. It is time to reexamine the traditions of belief that have come down to us and compare and contrast them to the whole Word of God, the Bible.