Messianic Judaism 4


So far we’ve examined:

  • The Messianic is incorrect in his assertion that the Bible is mistranslated
  • The messianic is attemtping to do something that requires a great deal of study and education without it, and is beling misled by others as they do it – the attempt to establish doctrine by referring to the original languages
  • The Messianic considers himself Sabbath observant by not working on Saturday.

Moving on, let’s start looking more in depth in the erroneous teaching that Christians must keep the law.

Messianic Judaism started from a movement in which “A place where Jews could feel comfortable in their Jewish identity.”

It then progressed to “a place where Jews could feel free to keep the Torah as they wished, without criticism from Gentiles.” That should have raised red flags. A warning from a brother about a slavish need to return to the bondage and burden of the Law should be heeded. We can go astray on our own too easily. That’s one of the reasons for a local church. Others in the church can approach us if they see us getting off target.

It now is, “a spirit-filled called out assembly of Torah Observant Messianic Jews and Gentiles.” Those are the words of the late Reverend David Hargis, who repented towards the end of his life of much of the errors of the Messianic movement. He rejected the “Messianic Israel” cultishness of Batya Wooten, when he’d championed it for years. Reverend Hargis, from what I’ve seen of his writings, apparently spent his last years subjecting the same Messianic Judaism to Biblical Scrutiny that he had for years championed. He had worked tirelessly for years to make Messianic Judaism well known among Christians, and succeeded. I do not know if Reverend Hargis ever turned from the Torah Observance movement or not, but I do know he made a number of enemies among the Torah movement by rejecting one by one many of the cultish doctrines.

Reverend Hargis’s description of the Messianic movement has been adopted by countless Messianic Synagogues. The Torah Observance went from “cultural identitiy” to “mandatory Torah Observance.”

The standard torah Observant thinking is startingly reminiscent of Seventh Day Adventism or Roman Catholicism – We are saved by grace, but must keep the Torah. When you start probing the Torah Observant Messianic, you see they say one thing and mean another.

“So, you’re saved by faith?”

“Yes.”

“But you have to keep the law to be saved?”

“Yes.”

“Isn’t that saved by works?”

“No, we’re saved by faith.”

“Huh?”

What many Messiaincs mean is, you-re saved by faith for a period of time – but if you fail to keep the law, you will lose that salvation. This could be defined as Hyper-Armenianism. The Bible is clear we cannot lose our salvation – it is not ours to lose.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (KJV)

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 (KJV)

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18 (KJV)

Eternal life is eternal life. Saying one must do works to maintain salvation is in essence saying one is saved by works!

Who saved you, the Lord Jesus Christ, or you? If you believe you must keep the Law to save yourself, then you are believing in salvation by works. YOU must do something to save yourself – NOT the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Messianic Judaism 3


So far, we’ve shown:

  • The Messianic is incorrect in his assertion that the Bible is mistranslated
  • The messianic is attempting to do something that requires a great deal of study and education without it, and is being misled by others as they do it – the attempt to establish doctrine by referring to the original languages
  • The Messianic considers himself Sabbath observant by not working on Saturday.

Let’s continue on that last thought, as debating a Messianic rests on this. They will continually refer back to the Greek, and more often, the Hebrew.

“We need to return to the original Hebrew thought!” they say over and over again. It is a subtle form of Judaiolatry – the making an idol of Judaism. A quick dash around WordPress.com’s Messianic blogs reveals that many Messianics are reading books by Conservative Jews. It is interesting how the Messianics almost could class themselves in the manner of Judaism – There’s Messianic Conservatives, Messianic Reform, Messianic Orthodox, and oddly enough, Messianic Chassids. The motivations for the various kinds break down to different motivations. I’ll borrow the descriptives used by Traditional Judaism to define the Messianics – because that’s how they do it.

For instance, the Messianic Conservative is the most common kind, wearing Yarmulke on Sabbath and Holy Days – but not during the week. Some will move beyond this into a Messianic Orthodox-lite, wearing Yarmulke seven days a week.

The Messianic Conservatives will wear tsitsis, the ritual tassel. Many will simply wear them wrapped around belt loops. Depending on the preference of their Shul (Messianic Synagogue), they may or may not wear the tekheles, the blue fringe. The rest will wear the tallis katan, an undershirt that has the tsitsis at the four corners. And so on.

Getting back to the Hebrew-greek issue, we’ve already shown that the average Messianic Rabbi lacks a Seminary education. They have had precious little in training in Greek and Hebrew. I would say I, as a Baptist Seminary student, have had precious little Greek and Hebrew – and I’ve had 6 to 12 times more training in Hebrew than the average Messianic Rabbi! I would not attempt something like that with less than a doctorate in Hebrew, and another in Greek.

“But a doctorate would take years! I need to do that now!”

Then you had best get started now. Brother, it’s like this. You’re playing with the word of God. You need training in it. What are the verb tenses in Hebrew? What does the word “Po’al” have to do with tenses in Hebrew verbs? What letters are considered “weak” or “defective”? What do those terms mean? It’s not saying Hebrew is a broken language – which letters drop off, and under what circumstances? How do you spot if a word in Hebrew is feminine tense? I’ll give you a hint – look at the last letter in the root word.

If you can’t answer these simple questions, then you are years away from being qualified to do exactly what you’re doing! The blind lead the blind, and both fall into the ditch!

The one Christian who is the most qualified to answer those questions would be Michael Brown of F.I.R.E. – and he does not keep the Torah. He is Jewish, and has a doctorate in Hebrew. If he is Jewish and has the knowledge you’re looking for, and still doesn’t keep the Torah – that is what Police Officers call a clue.

Face it – Hebrew is fairly easy (well, for me) to learn, until you begin getting into the grammar of it (I understand the overwhelming opinion of the students at my Seminary is that Hebrew is unbelievably difficult, with or without the grammar).

It takes almost no training to look at a Strongs’ in Wordsearch, and find that this English word equals that Greek word. And if you have E-sword, you may have fond a module that gives corresponding Greek words for Hebrew words. Before you jump on that, salivating, here are some questions:

  • Who did that module?
  • Do they know koine Greek?
  • Do they know Hebrew?
  • What is their source material?
  • Is this some word they did, or were they relying on the work of others?
  • If they did it themselves, how did they derive that for instance, Euaggelion in Greek means besorah in Hebrew? I’m not saying its wrong – but to create that module would take years of research and training. I simply am asking how they determined this?

Now that you have these resources, and supposing they are accurate – it is not as smiple as looking up a Strong’s definition. for instance, a word can mean “to pant”. It can also mean “to offer a sacrifice by fire.” Huh? If you don’t understand, it’s not as simple as picking and choosing which of the seemingly conflicting meanings you like!

Do not do what takes years of training and education to do. If you insist on this kind of work – fine! Get the education first. I’m telling you, having had a year of Greek and Hebrew, it’s not as simple as you think, and you’re completely wrong in all your conclusions. The Greek manuscripts of the Textus Receptus support the doctrine that Christians do not have to keep the Torah.

Messianic Judaism 2


The Doctrines of the Messianic Jew.

Again, I’ve got to spend a few minutes and say that diagnosing exactly what the doctrines of the Messianic Jew are, is like writing definitively on what the doctrines of an Independent Baptist is. You could say an Independent Baptist is a follower of Michael and Debbie Pearl – but many (including myself) are not.

You could say that the Independent Baptist is King James Only, which I am. But many are not.

You could say that Independent Baptists believe in Church Successionism and Baptist Brider-ism – but I and many others am not.

In the same manner, many Messianics will read these blog posts and think, “That’s not what I believe at all!” But many do. And the historical pattern of Messianic Judaism is to lead many into apostasy. This is why we’re dealing with it.

The essential doctrine of most Messianics is an insistance upon the Renewed Covenant, or Brit Chadeshah in Hebrew. This can be found In Hebrews 12:24 and Jeremiah 31:31. The Messianic will insist that this is best translated “Renewed Covenant”.

My first two questions will be…”

  1. Have you ever studied Koine Greek in a Bible College or Seminary? Was it a full 2 semester course or longer?
  2. Have you studied Biblical Hebrew in a Bible College or Seminary? Was it a full 2 semester course or longer?
  3. If you have not, is your language skills acquired from simply looking up definitions of words in a Strong’s Concordance or a Vine’s Lexicon?

The Average Messianic will say yes to #2 (Many Messianic Synagogues offer a basic Hebrew course that is a few weeks long, giving one a familiarity with Hebrew.) When pressed as to “Was it a full 1 year, 2 semester course?” The answer usually changes to “No.”

The Average messianic will probably not answer question number one. So, you know what that means – ask them again. The answer, you’ll find, will be “no”. They’ll admit to some self study. The third question will show that the self study is limited to just that… elementary original language word study using a concordance or lexicon.

It’s time for logic.

“The translators of the King James Bible were all experts in Hebrew and Greek, and had read many works in those original languages. One of them had read the entire Old Testament in Hebrew by the time he would have been old enough to enter kindergarten. Do you think your language skills in Greek and Hebrew are the equivalent of theirs?”

The answer of almost anyone alive today would be “No.”

“So, with your 12 week course in Ulpan (modern) hebrew, and your 2 hours of self study using the Strong’s, you think your language skills can correct their work?”

This, I guarantee, will start a fight. You’re challenging one of the cardinal doctrines of the Messianic – that David Stern’s notes in the Jewish New Testament are correct.

This is the issue. Stern has made the mythical “deliberate mis-translation” of the New Testament a cardinal doctrine. It’s not new – the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons have made this a cardinal issue as well.

When we address Jehovah’s Witnesses, we immediately address the translation issue – because the JW makes that a major point in his selling pitch. Since the Messianic does the same, we must address that as well.

Hebrews 12:24 uses the words νέος διαθήκη neos Diothekay. Neos (Ne’oss – rhymes with Floss) is the Greek term from which we get the English New. It is translated new 11 times, younger 7 times, young man twice, new man once, young women once, younger man once, and young once.

So, using skills one can acquire during a 2 hour self study using a Strong’s concordance and a Vine’s Lexicon – one can verify that νέος means “New” or “Young”. IT does not mean “Renewed”.

The issue is Jer. 31:31. The word “Chodesh” means “new”, but can sometimes imply “renewed” or “Replenished”. Should Jer. 31:31 be translated “Renewed Covenant”?

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer 31:31-34 (KJV)

Note verse 32 says “Not according to the covenant I made with their fathers.” This contradicts the Messianic assertion that “Chadeshah” should be translated “Renewed.” Instead, it is correctly translated new.

If it was “Renewed”, the covenant would be exactly the same! In addition, the Lord maintains He will “Remember our sins no more”. If we must still keep the Torah, then the sin offering is mandatory – and thus it is not the new covenant.

How can the Lord “remember our sins no more” and still require a sin offering? The Lord Jesus Christ is our sin offering once and for all, according to Hebrews.

“Well, all of the law is still binding upon followers of Yeshua, except the sacrifices.”

And, can you cite that by any verse from the New Testament? The verse must specifically say just that. The Messianic is now stumped, as this is a cardinal doctrine of the Torah Observant Messianic – but they have no verses in the Bible that specifically says exactly what they believe!

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Heb 10:7-14 (KJV)

Note that Hebrews 10:9 says “He taketh away the first…”. The previous verses specifically mention the Law. Thus, the LOrd Jesus Christ “Taketh away the First Covenant”. Why? “That he may establish the second.”

In other words… Christ, having redeemed us from the law (Gal. 3:13), has once and for all, put the law aside. “Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Heb 10:18 (KJV).

There is no more need for the Law.

Messianic Judaism 1


What is Messianic Judaism? This is about a complicated question as asking, “What’s an Independent Baptist?” There is a great deal of variety in Messianic Jews and Gentiles, in practice and belief.

Messianics (Hereafter referred to as “Messianics”) have few congregations, some towns having no synagogues, others having two or three, usually small in number. The congregations are usually Gentile, with anywhere from two to five Jews  – and sometimes none – in the average synagogue.

The average Messianic is Gentile, Charismatic, listens to CCM with a Jewish flavor, and reads the “Jewish New Testament” translation, although a few other translations such as the Amplified Bible will be used. They usually wear a yarmulke (women included), and will wear a Tallis (prayer shawl – again, women included) during services, and often at home while praying. Few Messianics, on the other hand, wear Tefillin – the Phylacteries.

The Rabbi usually is not Seminary trained, knows some Hebrew and little to no Greek. Training ranges from diploma mills ordination to merely an experienced Messianic who’s had hands laid on them after only a few years.

Beliefs

Again, we’re talking about the AVERAGE Messianic. Since the Manny Brotman era (80’s to early 90’s), most Messianics have undergone a radical shift in emphasis. Most Messianics back then were either Baptist style or Charismatic, the latter being predominant. Thanks to the “Jewish New Testament”, the emphasis changed radically in just a few years to Holy Name-ism, Sabbatarianism, and Torah Observance/Galatianism (We’ll be referring to these as TOM – Torah Observant Messianics).

Holy Name-ism

Holy Name-ism is the belief that we are saved only through the pronunciation of the correct name of God. Holy Name-ists cannot agree on which is the Holy Name of God, thus reinforcing the point that we do not know the correct pronunciation of God’s name!

Many are Yahweh’ist, others prefer Yahveh, and a few out on the fringe prefer Yaohuah (?). There is no evidence that the Yaohuah pronunciation is anything more than someone’s imaginative attempt, fueled by the egocentric belief in their intellectual superiority to determine something nobody else can. This may have been fueled by mental illness, by the way, as this kind of mindset usually is indicative of certain kinds of disorders.

Almost all Messianics are Holy Name’ists to a degree or another. All Messianics do refer to the Lord Jesus Christ by the name Yeshua or Yahshua, and a few Yehoshua. And of course, the fringe “Yaohuah” group insists on the nonsense “Yaohushua” for Jesus.

Few Messianics question whether or not they are worshipping a different Jesus, while that is the first conclusion a God-fearing, blood washed, saved Baptist would come to, upon hearing this.

It becomes more evident as we look at the average Messianic again. The Average Messianic will tell people as he tries to explain his religion, that only in the name Yeshua can we be saved. Calling the messiah be a German/Greek name that cannot be pronounced in Hebrew will not save you, they say. Many go so far as to say that the blessed name of Jesus is actually pagan, Je-Zeus or some other nonsense.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matt 7:18-20 (KJV)

Many great Bible teachers (most of them Baptists, I’ll go so far as to say) have been saved by praying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have won souls to the Lord, converts that have gone on to bear fruit in their own lives. Men like David Cloud, D. A. Waite, John R. Rice, Frank Norris, J. R. Graves and many others have prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. Yet according to the Holy Name Messianic, they can’t be saved – because they didn’t pray in the name of Yeshua.

Now, the minority group speaks up. “No, you can only be saved in the name of Yahshuah.” “No, it’s Yaohushua!” And the fight breaks out.

Matt. 7:20 explains we will know them by their fruits. It seems more evident from the yardstick supplied by the Bible that the average Messianic is not saved, as the focus in Messianic circles turns inward, not outward. There is little or no attempts at soul winning in Messianic circles, and the converts (few in number) usually quickly disappear – although they do get one or two lasting converts per synagogue. Usually Messianics turn to recruiting for their synagogues from believers attending other churches – a warning flag.

Compared to the average Independent Baptist church, with a healthy soul-winning program focusing on repentance rather than getting to a quick prayer, the Baptist churches are getting people soundly saved.

While numbers of converts can’t be taken as a sign of God’s favor and blessing, the lack thereof – and lack of focus upon – can be seen as a sign of no fruit. And Biblically, it tells us that the Holy Name-ist is drastically incorrect.

Sabbatarianism

Many Messianics are Sabbatarinist, believing correctly on the sixth day Sabbath. Like traditional Judaism, they observe it from sundown Friday Night to Sundown Saturday night. This gives them the added benefit of being able to find space they can share in most churches on Saturday mornings, or even Friday night services.

They may argue with a Baptist, for instance, that they should meet on the Sabbath – ignoring the Baptist’s explanation that Christians meet on the first day of the week as Baptists have done for over 2000 years

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. Acts 20:7 (KJV)

Christians do not meet on the Sabbath – they meet on the first day of the week. Sabbath observance stopped after the resurrection, as we see the appearance of the risen Lord Jesus Christ on the first day of the week (John 20:19), and we see Paul telling the Corinthians to take up a collection when they gathered on the first day of the week (1 Cor 16:2)

However, the average Messianic is inconsistent about their Sabbath observance. To the Messianic, taking Saturday off from work and going to synagogue constitutes observing the Sabbath. Most will scoff at Orthodox Judaism’s observance of a true sabbath – no turning on or off lights, no tearing toilet paper, no driving cars, etc. The Messianic will make excuses about riding in a car on Sabbath, claiming it doesn’t constitute making a fire – and yet, they know full well that a car has spark plugs that ignite the gasoline. Or Diesel engines, that compress the gasoline so quickly it ignites.

The Messianic will spend money on the Sabbath, ignoring the commandments that one should not buy nor sell on the Sabbath. If the Messianic wished to worship on the seventh day, that would be one thing – but claiming to be Sabbath Observant when you are not, and trying to convince others to do the same, is hypocrisy.

Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt 15:1-9 (KJV)

Sabbath observance is not for Christians. This may indeed be the reason why the Lord rose on the first day of the week, was to keep Christians from getting caught up in observance of the Law. Sabbath observance is for the Jews only, until they come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will deal with this in much more detail as we deal with Galatianism and Torah Observance in detail.

Suffice it to say, there is no doubt a good reason that only 9 of the 10 commandments are found in the New Testament. The Sabbath is indeed forever – But Christians and converted Jews are not required to observe it. Should Christians willingly observe it? No. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Gal. 5:9). “Want to” rapidly becomes “Have to”. We deal much more with this in the next section, and indeed on the later page on Galatianism we go into the role of the law in salvation, how one is saved, and why the Law is useless after one is saved.

Torah Observance

The average Messianic pays lip service to the 613 commandments contained in the pages of the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy). They sing songs about loving them, talk about keeping them – but in reality, obey precious few of them. Again, there is a great deal of hypocrisy in the Messianic movement.

The observance of the Torah is a concern of major proportions. It’s only a quick step from “Wanting to observe the Torah” to “Teaching others they must keep the Torah.” A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (1 Cor. 5:6, Matt. 13:33, 16:6, 16:11-2, Luk 12:1,m Gal. 5:9).

The Messianic will wear a yarmulke, a tallis while praying, avoids eating shellfish and pork and considers that Kosher, eats packaged matzoh, and often will celebrate Jewish holidays, dropping observation of Christian holidays. They consider this “Torah Observance.” They neglect all the other commandments, many of which cannot be observed outside of Israel and cannot be observed without the Temple, which will not be rebuilt until the Tribulation.

There are commandments of Shatnes (not mixing wool and cotton), clothing, ritual cleanliness, ritual immersion (the mikveh – a baptismal, including a smaller section for immersing of plates, utensils, glasses, etc), circumcision, warfare, farming, the Jubilee year, dwelling in Israel, holy feast days, Sabbath observance, criminal codes, laws of inheritance, marriage, and many many other laws. All of these are no longer in effect for saved people.

The Messianic will reject any attempt to explain to them that the law is done away with if one is saved. Indeed, in their case if they are Jewish, they probably need to go on observing the law – because the odds are good they are not saved to begin with. If they are Gentile, they should not be observing the commandments of the law, which was given only unto the Jew. It could be argued that the Gentile, if he is not saved, is violating the eighth commandment “Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:15). And indeed this is the position of Orthodox Judaism, the Chabad Lubavitch group of Chassidic Jews, and the Jews for Judaism counter-missionaries. They contend that Gentiles keeping that which is reserved for Jews is stealing.

If the average Messianic understood the true weight of the Law, they would quickly realize the futility of Torah Observance. However, partially keeping only seven or eight commandments in no way imparts the whole weight of the law.

The law is a Juggernaut, a large, weighty, impressive piece of Holy Legislation that utterly convicts. The person attempting to keep the law with a pure and whole heart ends up pleading like King David,

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Psalms 51:1-3 (KJV)

With repentant eyes, the sinner sees the Lord Jesus Christ, freely offering forgiveness. He accepts it, and thus is sealed and saved for all eternity, free from the horrible bondage to conviction and guilt that the Law brings.

But the Messianic turns from the open hand of the Lord Jesus Christ, saying “Who is this Jesus? I know only Yeshua, the law personified.” And thus unknowingly quotes the ancient enemy of the Jewish people, P’aro (Pharaoh in English)

And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go. Ex 5:2 (KJV)

Caught up in his ideology, the Messianic turns from Jesus, denying Him for a counterfeit, and openly advocating saved Christians to do the same.

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi…

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in… Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves…

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Matt 23:47, 13, 15, 33 (KJV)

On the next post, we will examine the teachings and doctrines of the Messianic, his bibles, and their origins.

If you are a Messianic, we implore you to read these pages prayerfully. pray, check your salvation – are you truly saved? What is your witness? Can you point to the time you repented of your sins and were born again? What is the fruit of your repentance?