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?”
“But you have to keep the law to be saved?”
“Isn’t that saved by works?”
“No, we’re saved by faith.”
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.
- Messianic Judaism 1 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Messianic Judaism 2 (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)