“Open Fire” by Paige Patterson


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A Southern Baptist seminary president said Nov. 29 that Baptists who adopt Calvinistic theology and practice ought to consider joining another denomination.“I know there are a fair number of you who think you are a Calvinist, but understand there is a denomination which represents that view,” Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said at the close of Tuesday’s chapel service. “It’s called Presbyterian.”

As a former Southern Baptist, I can say this is “open fire” almost at the very last second before losing the convention forever. There are too many Presbyterians in the SBC holding teaching positions. As I said before, if you’re Calvinist… go get your own convention. There is no such thing as a “Calvinist Baptist”. There is only a Baptist with confused soteriology, or there is Presbyterians.

Other posts on the same topic…

What’s Wrong With Baptists?

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage

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Messianic Judaism Answered 54 – Is Jesus God?


This is apparently an area where we could say, “Two Messianic Jews, three opinions.” Very often it’s not the Jews who come to faith in Christ who have a problem with this – it’s the Gentiles who have adopted a Jewish identity, who tells their families, “I’m Jewish now” and takes on Hebrew names, dropping Barbara for Batya, Linda becomes Yaffa, Joel becomes Yoel, Marky Mark becomes “Yitzchaq, etc.

And their family watches and wonders, “Should I be worried about this?”

uh… I would.

Okay, so, the words written here will not apply to all Messianics. MANY have no problem with the Deity of Christ. But it becomes really obvious that the more Jewish your identity becomes, the more and more and more you have trouble believing in the Deity of Jesus Christ.

Worry no more. I can explain it. And… I’m really not going to explain anything new, anything you didn’t already know.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

okay, let’s get this straight right off the bat. If you have not studied Aramaic in an academic setting, spare me all your interpretations of Memra’. There’s a lot of speculation about the meaning of the word Memra’ and what it boils down to is… “I don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, and here’s my excuse. I’m going to baffle you with obscure wording until you leave me alone.”

Certainly Avi Ben Mordecai is such a person, speculating about the meaning of Memra’. All I’m going to say is, the same kind of speculation goes on from people who don’t know Greek, don’t understand how it works, and try to tell me fanciful things based on their lack of understanding, when I took the class for a year, did my homework, studied my flashcards, and passed all my tests. Trust me when I say what I had was bare minimum, and does not qualify me as an expert. If I’m not an expert and I had to pass 5 tests, then you aren’t one either.

The citing of Aramaic (when you haven’t studied it) to support your argument is a classic case of one of Henry Thouless’ 31 Examples of Faulty Thinking, “Use of technical jargon”. I haven’t referred to that book in over a year and a half, so longtime readers should admire my restraint…

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58 (KJV)

14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 (KJV)

It’s not hard to understand.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:18 (KJV)

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

If you understand that Jesus Christ was pre-existent, that He is Lord, that He is He, that He is equal with God… behold, you’re getting to understand…

…that Jesus Christ is obviously God. In Human flesh.

“I don’t understand it! It’s too hard to understand!!!”

So… you can perfectly understand God? Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it isn’t so!

What’s even more incomprehensible is how people try to do textual juggling to try to justify the claim they want for some reason to make… that Jesus Christ is “just some guy who was really good.”

No, the Bible makes that clear. “If you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.”

Unless you believe he’s just some cool dude who kept the law perfectly, you’ll die in your sins??? Nope. The text just can’t read that way.

If you believe not that Jesus Christ is God, one third of the Trinity, God in Human Flesh, Eternally the Son of God… ye will die in your sins.

Okay, that seems to make more sense if you compare John 8:24 with John 1:1, John 5:18, and John 8:58.

There’s a lot of verses I could cite. And since I’m sure some Messianic will come across this page sooner or later, I’m sure in the comment section I’ll have to finally list all of them.

Trust me when I say I posted all of them in the Jehovah’s Witness section.

Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, the Son of God. This cannot be used to mean some cool torah observant guy who was really frum and God as a reward made him become God. That’s impossible, and doesn’t conform to the Psalms, to Isaiah, etc.

Try this… read your Bible. Believe what it says. Thanks.

Messianic Judaism answered 53 – Can the Law save you?


Can keeping the Law of Moses save you?

No careful reader of the New Testament can fail to observe the fact what doctrinal strife obtained at the very opening of the Christian dispensation. This controversy was concerned mainly with the question of whether law or grace furnishes the governing principle for Christian conduct. Although the New Testament contains specific and lengthy warnings against both the legalizers and their teachings, and their systems are therein proven to be opposed to the doctrines of pure grace, their successors from generation to generation to the present time have ever sought to discredit the grace of God. Their messages, though steeped in error, have often exhibited great zeal and sincerity; but zeal and sincerity, greatly to be desired when well directed, fail utterly in God’s sight as substitutes for a consistent presentation of the truth.

Lewis Sperry Chafer, Grace: An Exposition of God’s Marvelous Gift, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 73.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Romans 3:19-21 (KJV)

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 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 3:21-22 (KJV)

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:3-6 (KJV)

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:1-4 (KJV)

That’s the bottom line. The law is of the flesh. If you are still of the flesh, not yet born again, then you need the law to educate you about sin and death – because that’s what the law brings.

The blood of bullocks could not take away sins – merely cover them. So, we need to be born again, to repent of our sins, understand our sinful nature, and ask Jesus Christ to save us. Belief is of the spirit, not the flesh.

The law is of the flesh and brings death. The spirit brings belief and gives eternal life.

The law is what YOU do. The Spirit is what God does.

Messianic Judaism Answered 52 – Grace


What is Grace?

Grace is best known among christians as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”

The funny thing is, Torah Observant Messianics have absolutely NO PROBLEM with that. They INSIST you must be saved by grace through faith. The only thing they insist on, is that you must be Torah Observant to KEEP your salvation.

As I’ve pointed out many times, in essence, it’s saying, “Well… sort of…” when you bring up salvation by grace through faith.

So…

What is grace?

“God’s forgiving mercy.” Matthew George Easton, “Grace,” in Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature, (London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1897), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 306.)

“It is the gift of God.” (Mark Water, ed., Encyclopedia of Bible Facts, (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 415.)

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

As I’ve pointed out recently, Salvation is permanent. Once you are saved, you remain saved. If it’s not your salvation, you can’t lose it. I see nothing CONDITIONAL in John 3:16.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17 (KJV)

As I’ve explained in the articles on how salvation works, the issue is… if you’re born once, you do not need to be born again… unless you have died.

If you repent and accept Jesus Christ, your sins are nailed to that cross. Through Him, you have died. And when He rose from the dead, you rose with Him.

That’s being born again. If you have died, you have died to the law.

notice the “but” in John 1:17. “the law… but…”

So the law is not added to Grace… grace is instead of.

If you’re Torah observant, you’re doing something that either you have died to… or you’re showing strong evidence you were never saved to begin with. Pray about that.

Messianic Judaism 51 – Eternal Security


I’ll make my yearly disclaimer that when I’m talking about Messianic Jews, very often I’m talking about the majority. Dan Juster disagrees with me and refuses to acknowledge there’s something extremely rotten in Denmark. Juster maintains that the cultishness and doctrinal issues in Messianic Judaism is confined to an overly vocal minority… I point out again that if you do a search on issues like “sabbath for Christians” “should Christians keep the law” and “Yeshua”,… you quickly start running into a very large number of Messianics, all of whom apparently are Greek Scholars, Hebrew Scholars, experts in Judaism and Judaica, etc.

MY experience in this is… the vast majority of Messianics are law oriented. In other words – I’ve never met a Messianic who wasn’t a law keeper. The attitude about it always ran from “you probably should” to “you’re not saved if you don’t.”

It would be marvelous, I would think, to run into a Messianic congregation where the attitude is, “we just like yarmulkes and the music, and the traditions. Should you keep the law? Absolutely not!”

So. There you go.

Doctrinal stance among messianics tend to be Armenianist & Charismatic. I’ve dealt a little with this. Armenianism to a certain point is not too bad. I’m not a Calvinist by any stretch of the Imagination. Theologically, you could call me a traditional Independent Baptist.

However, the burden of trying to keep a law that man cannot keep to keep yourself saved… is terrifying and crushing.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

How long is that life? Everlasting. When does that end? uh… never.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47 (KJV)

Same questions.

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37 (KJV)

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 6:39 (KJV)

Anyone who fears they can lose their salvation needs to do a serious doctrinal study of the Gospel of John and 1st John. The two verses in John 6 above show quite seriously that we will not be cast out, and that of those who are saved, not one will be lost (“I should lose nothing…”).

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Jude 1:1-2 (KJV)

How about that??? “To them that are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ…” Preserved!

I think the issue was forever settled for me when a man was giving a sermon, and he made an aside that clearly was not in the text of his sermon. “You can’t lose your salvation, it’s not yours to lose.”

Not yours to lose. Think about that.

If you are set free, ye are free indeed. Baptists have stood for centuries and proclaimed “once saved, always saved!” The Messianic ignores it.

I’ve just come to the understanding that there is NO teaching of doctrine in Messianic assemblies. None. I mean, you get Judaism 101 lessons, peculiar to the preference of the Rabbi over that congregation. And you get the same brainwashing that “you need to keep the law, and here’s all the out of context verses, translated our way, that prove it…”

But the important stuff is never taught.

This one’s kind of important.

This is a short article, by no means exhaustive. But it’s important. You want a specific verse that says you cannot lose your salvation? Here it is.

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 10:28-29 (KJV)

Messianic Judaism Answered 50 – How Salvation works


Salvation.

Messianics really confuse themselves and everyone else when they  start talking about salvation. What it boils down to is your saved by faith through grace, and you’re not. You’re not saved by works but you are.

Essentially, take the statement of faith of any Messianic synagogue,  and you’ll see that their statement of faith boils down to Jesus paid it all… but somehow you have to keep paying for it yourself.

Essentially, it’s lying by telling the truth, and telling the truth by lying.

Let’s boil it down even further… this is the answer they hem and haw around. “can you be saved by faith through grace, never keep the Torah once, and still go to heaven?”

What they want to tell you is, “No.” but they understand if they say that, they’re going to be recognized for the cult they are! The Messianic knows that telling people they have to be saved by works is a heresy. But that’s what they believe.

So, let’s examine the Messianic understanding of salvation, then we’ll look at the Biblical view of salvation. They’re not the same.

The Messianic view of salvation is very tricky, because it changes in the life of the Messianic. At first, they wholeheartedly believe in salvation by faith through grace. Then they add in Torah, because it’s fun. Okay, STOP THERE!!!

It’s not fun. At first, yeah, it’s cool. I remember getting all nutty about getting mezuzot, a menorah, channukiahs, tallis, yarmulkes. I mean, hey, I remember as a kid talking with someone I knew who talked about Passover, and it blew his mind when I said i was Jewish too. He answered, “but your family doesn’t do anything!!!” Well, there’s a lot of that in America. Canada and England too. At least in Israel you have Israeli’s who’ll choose, “I’ll do this, but that’s all.” You get some Jewish identity from doing a couple of things, at least.

So to get into this stuff, get a bunch of yarmulkes, mezuzot for every doorway, etc was cool at first. If you just bought the stuff because it was cool, hey, great, stop there. Because once you start using it, you now are obligated to keep the Law.

All 613 commandments.

10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:10-12

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal. 5:1-4

Eventually, this becomes your mindset. You have to keep the law to maintain your salvation. Eventually, it becomes, only Jews go to heaven, and you must keep the Law.

The mindset keeps changing.

This originally is Armenianism, the need to maintain your salvation because, well – you can lose it. And many, many messianics live in fear they’ve lost their salvation because the crushing burden of the law collapses in on you.

Really? You can’t lose your salvation – it’s not yours to lose.

We are saved because… well, we are utterly powerless to save ourselves. We have violated God’s law. We have all sinned. All we like sheep have gone astray… none are righteous, no, not one.

So God had mercy on us and came to earth to die. God the Father sent God the Son to die for us, that we could live.

By paying the penalty for our sins Himself, by taking the penalty upon Himself who knew no sin, He rose from the dead. Guiltless. Free. Death penalty paid. Sin wiped out.

free.

And He smiling, gave that to us. Free! All you have to do is believe! Repent, accept, believe!

BORN AGAIN.

If you are born once, you will die twice.

If you are born twice, you will die once.

If you are born again, you have died. The law is wiped away. Sin is wiped away.

The blood of Jesus is applied to you, to walk in mercy.

Here’s the problem – if you are born again, you can’t give that birth and death back. “Um.. I died in error, and I’d like to return that…”

If you are saved, you are saved indeed. Done deal. Neither death, nor life, nor principalities nor powers, can separate us from Christ. I paraphrased that, but I know all of you have read it before.

You can’t go to something like Torah Observant Messianic Judaism, espouse that kind of nonsense, start deriding the deity of Christ, and be saved.

That’s why i’m writing this. Too many gentiles are getting caught up in this stuff. You’re chasing something that is deadly, And if you join the ranks of so, so many Christians who deny the deity of Jesus Christ… you were never saved to begin with. Don’t worry about losing something you never had!

Come out of Messianic Judaism. Get saved.

Before it’s too late.

Messianic Judaism 49


The Law Argument.

Messianic Judaism makes a HUGE emphasis upon the issue of Bible translation. They point out that the bible is “deliberately translated to make it sound like you do not need to keep the Torah.”

It’s the first argument they reach for, and they’re quick to grab their strongs and show you how right they are.

Let’s get some things straight. Strong’s is a tool. It is designed for people who know how to use that tool. If you don’t understand the construct of Koine Greek, yeah…

…probably you shouldn’t use it in that way.

for the layman with no Greek training, hey, Strong’s is great for what you use it for. Looking up a word to see it’s meaning… sure. After all, it’s a dictionary.

Okay, Messianics, get ready for some Greek questions.

  1. How can you tell, when looking at the New Testament Textus Receptus, the emphasis in the sentence? What subject or object is the most important? You learn this in Greek Class number 5 in Seminary… how can you tell?
  2. What do the different suffixes mean?
  3. How can you spot the object in a Greek sentence? How can you spot the subject?
  4. How can you tell the difference between a simple verb and someone’s name that is the same word?

These are elementary Greek questions. Two months into your Greek class, you should know these. And Its two months in, because the first month is just learning how to recognize the Greek letters.

I bring all this up because every Messianic acts like an expert in Koine Greek. A comment debate with a Messianic was interesting because (although he professed to be seminary trained and claimed two years of Greek study) he was making elementary mistakes in Greek that anyone with two months of Greek training would not have.

I’m not calling him a liar, I’m just saying he’s either making it up or… playing mental games, claiming owning a Strong’s for two years as being “greek training”. Or slept his way through the two years of Greek class.

Here’s the issue. The word τέλος Telos. For you Grerek experts, what’s the name of the last letter in that word?

Strong’s will tell you that Telos means end, goal.

The root word is tello (to set out for a definite point or goal) James Strong, Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, (Austin, TX: WORDsearch Corp., 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “5056”.

Look it up!

The Messianics constantly point that out.

Yes, Tello means goal. They are right. But τέλος is not τέλο. There’s some difference. What’s the difference? What, you didn’t pay attention in Greek class?

Depending on whether its the action of the object or subject, it could be Telos’ or Telon’. It’s the simplest form of a verb, in the manner that “Run” becomes “ran”. “I ran to the store.”

In other words, I did it. It’s done.

Telos can mean highway tax, toll, continually, finally, uttermost.

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4 (KJV)

τέλος γὰρ νόμου Χριστὸς εἰς δικαιοσύνην παντὶ τῷ πιστεύοντι.

What’s the first word? What’s the rule in Greek about which word in a sentence gets the emphasis?

The word is τέλος, not τέλο.

Messianics constantly tell people the verse should be translated “Christ is the goal of the law for all who believe.”

If it were τέλο, and not at the beginning of the sentence, they might be right. But… τέλο as well as τέλος both have the meaning of “finally”.

16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 (KJV)

What’s the last word in that sentence?

uttermost. What is it in the Greek?

κωλυόντων ἡμᾶς τοῖς ἔθνεσιν λαλῆσαι ἵνα σωθῶσιν, εἰς τὸ ἀναπληρῶσαι αὐτῶν τὰς ἁμαρτίας πάντοτε. έφθασεν δὲ ἐπ ̓ αὐτοὺς ἡ ὀργὴ εἰς τέλος.

Spot it there at the end of the sentence?

τέλος. Telos. Uttermost.

8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:8 (KJV)

I sure hope David Stern translated that verse “Whose goal is to be burned” if he’s maintaining that τέλος,is really τέλο… because that word is…

ἐκφέρουσα δὲ ἀκάνθας καὶ τριβόλους, ἀδόκιμος καὶ κατάρας ἐγγύς, ἧς τὸ τέλος εἰς καῦσιν.

I put it in bold so you can see it.

Did any of you Messianics ever look up who was on the translating committee for the King James Bible? These 47 men were giants in the areas of foreign languages. One man wrote a Arabic language primer that formed the foundation for all Arabic studies today!

They not only knew koine Greek, but Attic Greek as well. And they did not read them from printed copies… but from handwritten originals. They compared the words in those handwritten originals to Greek writings from the same period to verify their usages.

I will boldly say this – there is not a man alive today with the knowledge and skill that is the equivalent of those 47 men. I applied my rudimentary Greek skills, from one year of Greek classes in seminary, to the Textus Receptus, and let me tell you, the examples I tried, the translators of the King James did it better.

I have never found an example in Greek that the King James translators did not translate correctly. in every case, they did it not only correctly, but better choices of wording than I did!

Hebrews 6:8, according to the context of the sentence, shows that τέλος Telos should be translated “end”. You know, the way it is in the King James.

So, how should Romans 10:4 be translated? Just the way it reads in the King James Bible. Theologically, I’m going to go out on a limb here, but i’d have to say that the Messianics do not know what they’re talking about.

Yes, it can mean “goal”. It can mean “highway tax”. It can mean “uttermost. It can mean “end”. It can mean “finally.”

How do you choose which meaning? Context.

how do you read Romans 10:4 in context? Simple… read Romans 10.

1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. Romans 10:1-21 (KJV)

There’s the whole chapter. Don’t skip over it!!! Read it.

The chapter is contrasting law (“do”) and faith (“believe”). This conforms to what we’ve read in many other places, that law is always contrasted with “sin” and with “believe”.

notice it?

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4 (KJV)

Here’s how you read that. notice the bold is showing direct object (Christ) and subject (every one that believeth). “Law” is contrasted against “Believe”… and the operative verb is end.

If we change that to “goal”, the contrast disappears. The entire verse is pointless.

And what about Romans 10:9? It says all we have to do is confess and believe! That would contradict 10:4 if we translated it according to how Messianics want it! The heart believeth unto righteousness and the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

All you have to do is believe and confess. That’s it.

No Tefillin. No Tallis. No yarmulke. No Sabbath. No kosher. Just faith and belief.