Messianic Judaism Answered 12

So, we dealt with Matthew 5:17, Jer. 31:31, and with Romans 10:4. And surprisingly, we’re running low on Messianic proof texts.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)

This is another proof text, they claim, implying that any who did not keep the law are the workers of iniquity. Indeed, Stern translates the phrase “You who practice lawlessness”. Stern tries to say “But you don’t HAVE to keep the Torah” – and then translates his paraphrase deliberately to read as if you DO have to keep the law!

Saying one thing and doing another can be construed to be lying. What does it say about you if you’re claiming your doctrine is one thing, but your actions betray another? And by writing a commentary on the Bible and a translation or paraphrase, you make yourself out to be a teacher of the Bible.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 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. Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV)

The issue being above, those crying “Lord, Lord!!!” are not castigated whatsoever for not keeping the law. They instead actually claim to have kept the law! (“In thy name many wonderful works?”)

The issue, as I keep pointing out, is the mental gymnastics anyone who claims the Torah is required for Salvation has to perform to be able to cite certain verses, and ignore many others. I’ll state this with certainty – there’s not one Torah Observant Messianic that is 100% convinced they are correct. They have left the established position, and are advancing cultish views. If they’re reading their Bibles, they’re being unsettled by the issue of salvation by faith through grace alone.

42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. Luke 18:42 (KJV)

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:12 (KJV)

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:11 (KJV)

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31 (KJV)

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16 (KJV)

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21 (KJV)

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:11 (KJV)

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30 (KJV)

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31 (KJV)

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? Romans 8:24 (KJV)

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (KJV)

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Romans 3:22 (KJV)

24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Romans 4:24 (KJV)

8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Romans 6:8 (KJV)

13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV)

22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:22 (KJV)

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Ephesians 1:19 (KJV)

13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 (KJV)

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 1 Timothy 1:16 (KJV)

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39 (KJV)

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 (KJV)

So, let me hit you with an argument I guarantee none of the Messianics have considered…

If the Lord Jesus Christ demanded that we keep the Torah, don’t you think He’d have specifically mentioned it many times?

If Paul taught we need to keep the Law, don’t you think he’d have been specific to mention it many times? Paul often dealt with contrastive thought don’t you think he’d have used as an example those who specifically kept the law, versus those who do not?

Don’t you think that a great deal of time would have been spent on HOW to keep the Torah, as very little details on how to do it are given in the Bible? The Lord specifically admonished His disciples to beware the leaven of the pharisees – don’t you think if He’s opposed to the Oral Torah that Paul would have immediately began compiling a Mishnah for Messianics???


THe whole Messianic argument falls immediately flat here, as many Messianics are quick to point out (or were…. in the mid 90’s, when the Torah movement really began, there was a lot of weirdness as several Messianic so-called Rabbis began attempting to re-invent Judaism – you had mezuzot, the small parchment scrolls to be placed upon doorframes being manufactured and sold as small laminated squares in print too tiny to be read) that if we do not accept the Oral Torah, there’s almost no explanation of how to obey the commandments! There’s the enigmatic “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk” command (repeated some three times in the 5 books of Moses), and then there’s the “bind them on thy forehead…”

So, how do I bind the Scriptures on my forehead? Well, as a former Chassid, I’ll tell you it’s the tefillin, a box, with the parchments inside, and straps. You tie it on your forehead. And the other one is on your weaker arm.

But if I reject the Oral Torah, the Mishnah and Gemara, I have absolutely NO IDEA how to do this! So… wouldn’t Paul have spent a little time talking about this? Why spend so much time writing difficult writings that appear to say we shouldn’t keep the law, if we’re supposed to keep it?

Might the reason actually be that we AREN’T supposed to keep the Law?

It’s so typical of cultic behaviour that people are emerging in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century saying, “I alone have unlocked the Bible!” Doesn’t it EVER reach these people that somebody in times past would have READ their Bible, and arrived at the same conclusion if it were true???

No, that thought NEVER seems to occur to people!

Shouldn’t that tip you off that you’re caught up in heresy???


Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???