Redeeming the Time


16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:16-20 (KJV)

Christians,

This is the time. Seriously. I am becoming more and more convinced that the Rapture of the Christians is nearing. Many of you have blogs… this is the time to get serious about this.

Contend earnestly for the faith. Witness to the lost. Try to reach those who call themselves Christians, whose entire claim for a hope in Heaven but who actually claim nothing but a wet forehead as a baby. Try to reach those who think they are a god, and can speak things into existence. Try to reach those who believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s faithful servant on this earth. Try to reach those who believe that Joseph Smith was visited by an Angel who used to be a man named Moroni. Try to reach those who believe they have to keep the laws of Moses to be saved. Try to reach those who think “the Sunday Sabbath is the number of the beast”. Try to reach those who think Hinduism is the way. Who think their Buddhist faith will get them reborn if they redeem enough karma points. Try to reach those who think the vibration of cosmic crystals will allow them to ascend into a higher order of sentient being. Try to reach those who think, “My whole family is Baptist, so I guess I go to heaven too…”

You’re going to get arguments. You’re going to offend many. You’re going to risk a lot of heartache just to finally reach one person – but that one person will avoid Hell forever, and that’s the point.

And you may be planting a seed for when (after we disappear) they may wake up and realize, “This was real, and I just missed it.”

But if you do nothing… they all are lost. Condemned.

Redeem the time, for the days are evil.

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.

Messianics and Tefillin


Messianics make a big deal about Torah observance. It is mandatory to maintain your salvation, many of them teach.

But VERY few Messy’s wear Tefillin. They’ll argue with you, tell you it’s Oral Torah and therefore not Scriptural, and one Messianic even dismisses it with the description “monty Python-esque”.

Tefillin
Tefillin

8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. Deuteronomy 6:8 (KJV)

Okay, so… how do you do this? If Tefillin are not the literal fulfillment of this verse, how do you do it?

Uh… you have to bind something as a frontlet between your eyes. What is it?

You’re supposed to bind the law of Moses to your hand. How?

Well, you could make a little leather case, and put small pieces of parchment in it with the sections of Scripture that mention this binding. Sound good? they’re supposed to be frontlets. Okay, so flat in shape, maybe square. They have to fit on your forehead and on your arm, after all.

so… uhhhhh… they keep falling off.

Okay, let’s add leather straps.

Behold… Tefillin.

Here’s what it boils down to, as I have said time and again. If you’re going to claim that everyone needs to keep the Torah, fine. You first. And no waffling. Messianics are really good at waffling, making excuses, and when something they don’t want to do is inconvenient, or begins to look like the Torah might be a burden to them after all…

They start saying nonsense like calling it “pagan.” Brother, I just answered that!

What it is is a bunch of Gentiles running around telling Jews we don’t know how to be Jewish, and requiring other Gentiles to keep what they themselves will not keep.

Wow, sure sounds like the Pharisees that Messianics are so quick to criticize!

If you live for one year as a Jew, a real Torah Observant Jew – no lighting fires on Sabbath, etc… and QUIT MAKING EXCUSES WHEN ITS INCONVENIENT….

You’ll suddenly understand the Books of Romans, Colossians, and Galatians… and very probably Hebrews a whole lot better.

Messianic Judaism 48


Under redundant, see redundant.

The redundancy argument is also known as arguing in circles. If you are supposed to pick me up for a ride at 8:00 and show up at 8:40, and I tell you, “you’re late…”

The correct answer IS NOT a blank stare and… “No I’m not!”

This is a direct quote from a Messianic website – it will absolutely blow your mind.

“Did you know, for instance, that obedience to Torah has nothing,  whatsoever to do with “works” or being “under the law?” Works is being an elder at your church, or driving the church bus, or being part of some church ministry…”

Uh…. under “redundant…” if this was a Hovind seminar, he’d probably tell you the “jump frog!” joke at this point, repeat the quote from the Messianics, and would repeat “jump, frog!” at the end of it.

I’m not as polite. This is as skewered an argument as I can find.

Let me define works for you – because apparently the person writing this has no idea what works is, or is deliberately arguing something false for the purpose of getting you to believe what he’s telling you is true.

Works is defined in relation to Salvation, Biblically. Driving the church bus will not save you.

Messianics believe that “you have to be saved by Jesus Christ, but if you don’t keep the Torah, you won’t be saved.”

uh… THAT’S works.

16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16 (KJV)
 Ergon Nomou… works of the law. Blows that whole argument out of the water!

Works are defined not as good deeds, but rather, the attempt to earn or maintain your salvation.

How are you saved? I’m going to deal with this in detail very soon. Suffice it to say the Messianic way is a complete contradiction.

If Jesus Christ saves you, how saved are you? The Messianic maintians, “not very”. you have to keep doing it.

Wait. How can I possibly be at all involved in my salvation? It’s a gift – all I have to do is accept it.

If I have ANY power whatsoever to have ANYTHING to do with my salvation, it becomes MY salvation, not the Lord’s.

That’s not the Jesus Christ of the Bible – that’s a different Jesus.

“How is keeping His commanded Seventh Day Sabbath “works” or “being under the law?” … How is keeping His commanded seven Feasts “works” or “being under the law?” There’s a valid reason to keep each one: They are our “dates” with God!”

Well, first, the Sabbath was never commanded to Gentiles. The sabbath was binding on Jews only.  The law was binding until you are born again. To be born again means you have died. Once you’re died to the law, it becomes works to resume doing it again, if you at any time think it keeps your salvation, maintains it, or keeps you from losing it.

Your welcome. glad I could explain it.

Over the next few days, I’ll detail more on WHAT salvation is, how it happens, and warning signs if you are not saved (hint – if you’re trusting in anything other than Jesus Christ, big time warning…)

Messianic Judaism 47


Today’s one is a little bit harder.

It reminds me of the standard cult tactic part one and two. Part one is the revealing of information over time – that is, you’re not told everything up front

to be a messianic, you’d think they’d have to tell you, “well, you’ll have to buy all this Jewish stuff, get rid of your Christmas stuff, celebrate only Jewish holidays -but our way – and tell your families goodbye.”

But of course, if they told you all that right off the bat, you’d bite your lip and say, “uh.. maybe I’ll try the Jehovah’s Witnesses… they cost less. I don’t have to spend as much money.”

It basically starts off with you having to buy a lot of stuff. Nobody comes out and tells you this. You just join, and everyone (even the women) have a really nice tallis. Of course, if you can’t afford the $200 tallis from Source for Everything Jewish, or the $119 one from Holylandmarketplace.com, you can always buy the rayon one that someone in the “synagogue” sells, with awkward Hebrew letters cut out and glued on with Elmer’s Glue. $35.00

There’s the Shabbos candle holders. I beg your pardon, Shabbat. Heaven forbid you should speak Ashkenazi Hebrew around these people, they’ll flip out on you. I had Gentiles correct my pronunciation time and again!

You have to get candle holders for the Shabbat candles. Of course, you could get the ones from the thrift store, but NO, everyone gives you that look down their nose if you just buy the $3 wood ones. You need to buy the expensive ones. $19 from messianicjewish.net. Wow the prices have actually come down from the ’90’s!

You get the idea. Eventually, the $89 manorah, the $59 hannukiah, the tefillin set at $139, etc.

So, you buy this a little at a time.

You get your Complete Jewish Bible, and of course you need to get the commentary, because you simply can’t read the bible foryourself.

Next, they spring the surprise on you.

No more Christmas. Like everyone else who gets it wrong, they assume because it’s called Christ-Mass that it’s got to be some evil, pagan thing. Listen, I’d love to hear from other Jews if they feel the same way, but the one thing that had me question my Judaism more than anything else was all the Gentile Hooplah! “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!” “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” “Keep Christ in Christmas!”

The whole while, you’ve got a voice saying, “Jesus is the Messiah. Judaism is denying its Messiah. Christianity is the truth. You’re going to die without your own saviour.”

It used to really bother me. REALLY. And when I got saved, I felt more at ease with it than anything else. Of course, it’s like a cardinal sin to say that if you’re Independent Fundamentalist Baptist, but I can point you to a sermon by Marc Monte that will answer ALL the controversies…

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

So, the Messianics urge you to get rid of your Christmas stuff, and get Jewish stuff instead.

Next, they advise you, “You’re going to have to avoid your family during Christmas…”

DING DING DING DING

The warning bell just rang. “Is this a cult?” Yes, run as fast as you can from it!

Finally, having successfully indoctrinated you against the holidays you were used to, family time during holidays, a new identity (Did I mention they push SO HARD for Gentiles to take on Jewish names? Like Batya Wooten. Gentile, but took a Jewish name once she got into the whole Messianic thing)

THen finally it comes. “You really are going to have to avoid your family, if they’re coming between you and the Torah. They’re just going to drag you right into the church.”

And… that’s a BAD thing???

Actually, your family will put up with your odd little Hebrew-isms. They probably think it’s neat, but a little weird. Will they drag you to church? no, they’re probably thrilled you’re doing something with God.

But the Messianics are calling for the cult like separation.

It doesn’t happen with every synagogue, I’m told. But I’ve heard the stories over and over again.

It’s hard not to accuse the Messianics of being a cult… when they just keep ACTING like one!

Messianic Jews and Kosher pt. 2


Make sure, before you comment on this one, you read part 1!

I used to keep kosher. I was a Chassidic Jew, and I used the standard ChK kashrus as my hecksher.

To do that, I had to have two refrigerators – a small one (“Apartment size”) for meat, and the larger one for pareve and dairy.

I had three sets of dishes – meat, milchig (dairy) and Pesach (passover). The Pesach dishes were all sealed off for most of the year, and only brought out for a little over a week – then put right back.

I had meat pans, dairy pans… silverware with different colored handles to differentiate between meat and dairy.

All the meat I ate was at LEAST Glatt kosher,  but preferably ChK. And that was far too loose for my Chabad Rabbi, who got on me about “You need to stay in hecksher!” It was killed according to Jewish law, the blood covered over by dirt or straw and dirt combined, based upon the practice of the shochet (butcher). Jewish prayers were said before it was done, and the shochet had knives that were so sharp that they can take off a finger and you wouldn’t know it.

Then I left my Judaism, and gave my life to Jesus Christ because, well, he’s the Messiah. He died so that I can live. and when He rose from the grave, I rose with him.

Messianic Jews like to say, they eat kosher. They have one set of dishes, unless they’re in a higher income bracket, and can afford finer dishes. They don’t differentiate between meat and dairy.

3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing. 4 These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, 5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois. 6 And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. 7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you. 8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase. 9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: 10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. 11 Of all clean birds ye shall eat. 12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, 13 And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind, 14 And every raven after his kind, 15 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 16 The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan, 17 And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant, 18 And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. 19 And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten. 20 But of all clean fowls ye may eat. 21 Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. Deuteronomy 14:3-21 (KJV)

There it is. “You shall not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.” Prove to me that the cheese on your burger did not come from the calf’s mother. It is the UTMOST of cruelty in the eyes of God to take the offspring of an animal, and boil it in the very substance that is supposed to nurture that infant to life.

That’s why Jews refuse to eat any dairy and meat together. It’s in your Bible, in a section on kashrus.

You claim you keep kosher, and all Christians need to keep the law to keep from losing their salvation. And then… you don’t keep it either!

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 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, Matthew 23:1-5 (KJV)

As I pointed out last time, very often Messianics will avoid outright pork… but will eat food products that may have pork products in them. A quick glance at the ingredients. “Nope! No pork.” but sometimes trace elements of pork or pork lard are used in “natural flavorings”. Look at the ingredients on a bag of pork rinds some time. It doesn’t mention pork at all in it. I guarantee there’s some in it.

They are not careful at all about what products are on one plate, and then other products on it. Last time I put up verses showing that, if you’re going to claim to keep the law, you have to pay strict attention to what touches your plates. There are detailed laws in Leviticus about “if something unclean touches something, then it is unclean.” Go ahead, read the first eleven chapters. You’re in for a rude shock.

There’s detailed verses on this. And Messianics don’t care. As long as they’re not sitting down to a meal of outright pork, that’s fine. Turkey pepperoni is okay. Except pork fat is used as an ingredient, under the label “natural flavorings.” Oops. And then you’re putting it on a cheese pizza.

My point is simple… Messianics have NO CLUE what it means to keep the law. I’ve challenged it before. Live ONE YEAR truly Torah Observant… and you will FINALLY understand the Law.

3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Galatians 5:3-4 (KJV)

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:24-25 (KJV)

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21 (KJV)

16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16 (KJV)

Read these words carefully…

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)

“Should not perish, but have EVERLASTING life.”

How long?

“ever lasting.”

You cannot lose your salvation – it’s not yours to lose. You have died to the law. Keeping kosher will not get you merit points in heaven.