I hope this is the last post in the Hebraic Roots Movement series…
Although the journey to searching the truth in regards to the HRM doctrines was perilous, and at times downright painful, I thank the Lord for leading me through it.
My faith only strengthened and I have developed an even more acute appreciation for God’s Word and its power to reveal to us his truths.
The conversations I want to focus on in this post are a few of the ones I had with HRM believers and some that I’ve had with my Heavenly Father.
In my last post I talked about how HRM associated ministries use Christmas and Easter as stepping stones into the HRM. I watched a video called “Sunburned” explaining the pagan origins of Christmas and Easter.
Another one of my friends made a comment on my last post, saying how her interest was also peaked after she watched a video on Halloween origins.
After watching the “Sunburned” video, I started following two HRM ministries on Facebook (119 Ministries and Passion For Truth) and was a witness to many comments like “Christmas can be a hard time for us and our families, but we should use this opportunity for spreading the truth.”
I began listening to a few teachings produced by 119 Ministries and Passion For Truth. My Facebook friend also did not waste her time suggesting several teachings unique to the HRM doctrines.
As I’ve mentioned before, red flags kept popping up in my head – numerous Scripture verses that kept coming up in my memory. I would bring them to the attention of my Facebook friend. However, the one response that I kept hearing was this:
“You misinterpret these verses because you have a Western mindset. You need to have the HEBRAIC MINDSET in order to understand the Scriptures rightfully/correctly.”
What? Really? This entire time I was reading my Bible wrong? Was I saved by a wrongfully interpreted Gospel? Is everything I believe in a lie?
Oh yes…. This was the first argument I heard, as I presented the many verses I believed were CLEAR that a Gentile believer in Jesus is not under an obligation to keep the Torah…
You see, the HRM leaders focus on making believers doubt their theology.
From convincing a believer to start doubting his or her teachers/pastors because these teachers/pastors were educated in Western seminaries, (therefore their interpretation of the Bible is Western = wrong), to persuading a believer to trust the HRM teachers’ (“Hebraic mindset”) interpretations of the Bible verses, because THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE IT RIGHT…
They are the true remnant of the one true body of believers in Yeshua/Jesus. Everybody else is wrong…
At this point, I asked this Facebook friend of mine to give me some time to think and pray. She graciously agreed.
This is where the real journey started. An intense time of searching the Word with prayer and fasting.
I did not want to seek the council of my pastor because, at this point, the seed of doubt on his correct interpretation of the Bible had already been planted. Moreover, I already knew his answer and did not want any biased opinions.
It was just me, my Bible, and the Holy Spirit…
Days and weeks of praying for The Lord to guide me to a clear answer.
And He kept leading me to revisiting passages like Acts 15, the entire epistles to Galatians, Hebrews, and Romans…
A clear answer was given to me by the Holy Spirit’s guidance and through God’s Word…
I contacted my Facebook friend to share with her my answer and with hopes of convincing her that HER beliefs and doctrine are false.
All I kept hearing back was that I misinterpret and twist what the Scriptures say because of my “Western mindset.” If only I start having the “Hebraic mindset” I would understand what God was really saying through his Word…
….So…. God allowed the NT to be originally written in Greek. He also allowed thousands of years to go by with the majority of Christian believers – those who were persecuted and martyred in different parts of the world – and only now there is a “true remnant” that will see Him, while everyone else who ever placed his/her faith in Jesus but did not believe in keeping the Torah will perish… Right…
I could go on forever, mentioning all the other erroneous HRM doctrines like the “Two House” theology, that believers in Jesus become Israel, and the ridiculous belief by which they claim that the name Jesus comes from Zeus, and how they believe that the only correct name for God is YHVH (or variations of Yahweh and Yeshua). You can also read this article from Watchman.org explaining the HRM.
However, since this post is getting quite long, and since I do not want to focus so much on a false doctrine, I want to finish by mentioning a few profound truths I have discovered during this journey.
The “Grace only” believers, as the HRM followers often call us, do not believe we can sin all we want after being born-again.
A true born-again believer is known by his or her fruits. And what are the fruits of the Holy Spirit living in a born-again believer? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Unfortunately, I failed to see these fruits in the HRM believers I have been conversing with… My last conversation with them was especially disturbing…
I felt compelled to comment on a Facebook post made by my HRM friend, where she said this in regards to a “grace only” friend she just blocked:
“I tell you, these grace only people are the most cowardly, the most nasty people I’ve ever met. Figures. Had to block one of them just now. Enough of spreading satanic filth already. Lurking around in the dark behind every one of my posts like a creep, commenting with unsound, unbiblical nonsense…if you are ANTI-TORAH and if you don’t want to see me post anything about the Torah, please remove yourself from my friend’s list…this is where I draw the line. Much appreciated…thank you.”
Long story short, I commented that I am just sad to see the HRM people taking on the role of God and deciding that only the “Torah-keeping” believers will be saved.
The fruits of many of her HRM friends were evident from this point on. One said that I am “just plain not agreeing with the Father” since I have done my research and chose to reject the truth, and that I am “serving the Satan.”
In response to me saying that I am firm in my beliefs because I have done much prayer and reading the Word by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, one HRM believer said, “funny, how these people blame the Holy Spirit for the lies that they listen to… I would think that would be the same thing as Blasphemy… especially when its not the Holy Spirit… since the Holy Spirit does not give mixed messages to people. I am just going to make a point to realize that these people will be the ones who throw us into courts and jails.. they will side with the wicked and cast stones at us cause we speak the truth of what it says in the bible.”
My Facebook friend agreed with him saying, “You are right… This is what we are up against, satanic deception at its finest.”
Then they both agreed on this, “they are already getting pastors to teach their congregations that is okay to report your fellow church member or neighbor to the police… & this is happening in mainstream churches… so the mainstream is getting ready to cast the Torah Keepers in prison or jail… those who actually see what is happening will leave… while the rest would be willing to throw their own family members before the judges and courts thinking they are doing God a favor. I will find that scripture… but it talks about family members betraying one another and that…”
Sorry to break it to you, friend. I have no intention of throwing anyone in jail…
And the finale… “What makes you think your special Tanya Feygin.. where you think you can ride on Jesus’ cloak and not do anything? Self-righteous.. you think your words will save you… God see’s your heart… Jeremiah 17:9…. ‘The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?’ — that is what he says about your heart..& everyone to be exact… I am only united with those who obey the Father in heaven… the others are NOT my family. Yahweh is separating the goats from the sheep… & those who reject the Torah/ the feasts/ Sabbath/ laws & commands are the GOATS.”
“It’s okay… Tanya is deceived, she wont hear anything that is being said.. All we can do now is pray that the Father do whatever needs to be done to deal with her.
My Facebook friend: “That’s why I don’t bother anymore. Just not worth it.”
HRM believer: “exactly there are other people who need to hear the truth joyfully… lets waste our time with them, let the unclean fools stay unclean. he he.”
And that is another reason, my readers, why I felt led by the Holy Spirit to write about my journey… To expose the HRM further and to warn any believers in Jesus that they are after you…
One of my readers made this comment in regards to the HRM:
“My experiences on the 119 page were not good. I had some real questions without intent to attack and was called a pig, lost, and a rebel towards God. I will say I have some friends who are Torah followers that are great people as well.
What I have noticed though is that when the obsession with law takes hold it tends to dominate every aspect of their faith. I’ve seen very little mention of reaching the lost. Usually what I see is pointing out the lost and the wrath of God that’s reserved for them. It’s a sneaky tactic of the enemy. He gets people to obsess so much about the law they lose sight of faith, grace, love and perhaps the person of Christ. The law becomes their idol. I wish I could have better things to say but this is what I personally have noticed.
To put it real simply, some folks believe Christ died so we could be freed from the condemnation of the law, while others believe He died so that we can now be perfect law keepers. I came to the realization that no matter how perfect I was I still would be a miserable failure without the atonement of Christ.”
All this put aside, no matter how much the HRM believers will attempt to justify their zeal for keeping the Torah, the fact remains the same: they diminish Jesus’ sacrifice. They say you need Jesus + something.
To me Jesus is everything…
Links to more resources:
Frequently Asked Questions About Hebrew Roots http://www.seekgod.ca/hr/hrfaqs.htm
What Is The Hebrew Roots Movement? http://www.gotquestions.org/Hebrew-roots.html
Jews For Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/havurah/v04-n01/jewishroots
Bewitching Believers Through The Hebrew Roots Movement http://www.thebereancall.org/content/january-2014-bewitching-believers-hebrew-roots
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