Yesterday, we talked about Colossians 2:16 and how Messianics turn it on its head to justify keeping the Torah.
Look, I don’t really have too much problem with saved Jews wanting to occaisionally wear their yarmulkes. Or if you get the urge to want ot wear your tallis when you pray. I can see that, okay. Or Passover. Pesach is fun, most definately. I enjoyed it. And it teaches so MUCH about the Lord Jesus Christ.
But once you understand the Gospel message, there you go it’s taught you. It’s done.
Should you keep Pesach after you’ve been saved? Here’s the short answer, and it’s two whole letters… “No.” May you keep Pesach if you get the urge? Sure, I suppose, if you want to. But again, it’s taught you the basic Gospel, you get it, you’re saved. Can you keep it because it’s fun, and you get to show off singing Dayeynu in an Elvis imitation? I suppose. Help yourself.
There’s a danger in wanting to keep any of the Law. Because there’s a mindset invovled in it, and the Messianics are living proof. Once you start wearing a yarmulke and going to a synagogue on Erev Shabbos, or on Yom Shabbos (Saturday), you start getting this mindset that you HAVE to, or you can lose your salvation.
This is known as Nomian Armenianism, or would be if anyone tried combining Nomianism (the heresy one must perform the works of the Law to be saved) and Armenianism (the teachings of Armenius).
Now, Armenianism has five basic doctrines… The first four, no problem. The last one is the problem, the concept one must maintain your salvation or risk losing it. How is this not salvation by works??? It’s a major problem.
And Messianic Judaism is actually taking it to whole new level, as many of the Torah movement insist that we are saved by Jesus Christ, but must maintain our salvation by the keeping of the Torah, or we’ll assuredly lose it and burn in hell forever, because we ate a cheeseburger! Mwahahahahahaha!!!!!!
As you can see, this is a total corruption of basic Christian doctrines. It’s almost as if many in the Torah movement are not saved, and are completely blinded as to what the plain meaning of the word of God says. It seems that many of the back row Baptists in your average Southern Baptist church have a better grasp of the Bible than do these Torah movement Messianics, who spend countless hours looking up Strong’s numbers, and spend a great deal of time trying to justify twisting of scriptures!
If it seems that way, then you’re seeing it right. That kind of blindness to Scripture can only come from a veil over one’s eyes. Only someone who is not saved has that kind of blindness. I mean, I may be wrong, but that’s the way it looks to me.
|16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Colossians 2:16 (KJV)||Therefore, let no one judge you [Goyim] in eating and in drinking or in respect to a yom tov (yontev) or a rosh chodesh or Shabbos; (Col 2:16 OJB)|
|17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2:17 (KJV)||Which are a shadow of the things to come in the Olam HaBah; but the reality, the substance, is Moshiach. (Col 2:17 OJB)|
|18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:18 (KJV)||Let no one deprive you of the prize by delighting in his mystical asceticism and his veneration of malachim and delving into his chazonot (visions) and being vainly puffed up by the machshavot (thoughts) of his basar (old nature unrenewed and unregenerated by the Ruach Hakodesh), (Col 2:18 OJB)|
|19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Colossians 2:19 (KJV)||And not holding on to the Rosh, out of whom all the Moshiach’s Guf, being fully supplied and being be’ichud (united) together through the joints and ligaments, grows with the growth of Hashem. (Col 2:19 OJB)|
|20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Colossians 2:20 (KJV)||Als (Since) you died with Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach to the ikkarim (basic principles) of the Olam Hazeh, why, as though you still belonged to the keyam (existence) of the Olam Hazeh, do you (Goyim) chain yourself to chumra legalisms?(Col 2:20 OJB)|
|21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Colossians 2:21 (KJV)||“Do not touch; do not taste; do not handle.” (Col 2:21 OJB)|
|22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Colossians 2:22 (KJV)||The things referred to are all destined to deterioration with use, according to the humanly contrived mitzvot and the humanly contrived chukim (laws) of mere Bnei Adam [i.e., non-Biblical teachings and humanly contrived religious tradition]YESHAYAH 29:13], (Col 2:22 OJB)|
|23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Colossians 2:23 (KJV)||Which things have a superficial appearance of chochmah in self-imposed religion and mystical asceticism and severe physical mortification, but are of no value against the indulgence of the basar (the old nature unrenewed and unregenerated by the Ruach Hakodesh). (Col 2:23 OJB)|
As you can see, the Orthodox Jewish Bible adds a GREAT DEAl, including kabbalistic phrases and concepts to the words of the Bible, forcing the verses to mean something other than what God intended.
I don’t know if Goble understands some of the words invovled, as they are most definately kabbalistic. The Guf is not the word for head, as used by Chassidic Jews – the Hebrew word “Rosh” is always used. The Guf is the heavenly nursury of Jewish Kabbalah, where pre-existent souls await birth. It’s a concept that can be found nowhere in Scripture.
But in the side by side comparison above, you can see that Goble adds words in every verse! For starters, in verse 21, he says “Als (Since) you died with Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach to the ikkarim (basic principles) of the Olam Hazeh, why, as though you still belonged to the keyam (existence) of the Olam Hazeh, do you (Goyim) chain yourself to chumra legalisms?(Col 2:20 OJB)
The Bible says “wherefore” which means “because of”. Goble says “Since” which is “After a specified point of time.” not too bad, but it’s a changing of words and meaning. “melech Hamoshiakh” is “king Messiah”. Well, that’s not what the words of the Bible says. It’s good – I like calling him King Messiah, but it’s NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS!
“living in the world” is changed to “still belonged to the keyam (existence) of the Olam Hazeh”. The word “Existence” is added, as is “hazeh”, which means “that is”. I know Goble is trying to differentiate between “Olam Haba’a” (the world to come) and Olam Hazeh (the world that is) – but that’s NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS!
We need to have MUCH MORE REVERENCE for the word of God. This is the Bible, the thing that God dictated word for word, letter for letter. Are we not afraid to meddle with this? The Bible makes it VERY CLEAR we are NOT to tamper even with the smallest parts of the letters. Shouldn’t we be fearful of having to explain to God how and why we treated His word so loosely, so carelessly as to change the very meanings, to add things and take them away?
So, the danger we see is that wearing the yarmulke and going to a Erev Shabbos or Shabbos day service leads to a believe you MUST keep the Shabbos. And by changing out the Bible to a Messianic (and thus “pro-torah” one), one begins to read verses that are altered and twisted to read the opposite of what they actually say!