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.

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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 and Kosher


There’s more to kosher than just avoiding of pig meat.

Messianic Judaism makes a great deal about Kosher, Tallis, Yarmulke, and Shabbes. Amazingly enough, they manage to violate all of them while insisting if you don’t, you’ll go to Hell!

Leviticus 11 speaks of keeping Kosher.

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. 4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:1-8 (KJV)

That’s as far as most Messianics go.

almost all of them ignore this part…

24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. Leviticus 11:24 (KJV)

I know for a fact that Kosher restaurants put lettuce on a light box to make sure they are not eating insects. Now, that’s kosher.

I’m bringing this up to contrast what we call kosher and what MJ’s say is kosher.

Christians are under no obligations to  keep kosher. I’m going to say that right off the bat, as kosher is part of the law. I’ll be explaining the law and salvation in a few days, but here’s a short point that should shock any Messianic into awareness….

Millions of people have read the Bible over the last 2,000 years. Millions of people have come to the conclusion that the Bible tells us we are saved by grace through faith. The bible tells us that none are righteous, no not one, and that none can be made righteous by works of the law.

So… uh…. why are you so convinced that nobody found the truth until the 1990’s? It wasn’t until David H. Stern’s Jewish New Testament and his flawed translation from the Greek, that suddenly everyone’s so concerned about “see not touch not taste not handle not!”

You read the King James and it says salvation by faith through grace. You read the modern Bible per-versions and even they agree that we are saved by grace and not through faith.

David H. Stern comes along and you never bothered to think – “hey, maybe this guy is mistranslating the Bible!!!”? That never occurred to you?

The translators of the King James Bible sat down and consulted all kinds of Greek manuscripts. not printed ones, handwritten ones. In different handwriting styles. If you learn anything about the history of Greek texts, you become aware that – hey, the very handwriting style in it tells you what era it’s from! (it’s also conclusive proof that Sinaiticus is a forgery as it’s written in Attic Greek, and not Koine Greek – and in the wrong handwriting style for its age).

So, for CENTURIES people have read that we no longer need to keep  the Torah, and one man comes along and says otherwise – and you don’t smell wolf fur under that sheep’s clothing?

OK, for the sake of argument, let’s assume you’re right. Here’s what you need to do to get your house kosher.

First, stop buying regular grocery store meat. It’s not properly shechted… it has to be drained from the animal and covered with dirt. Modern beef processes do not do that.

Another point is you have absolutely no guarantee that the meat you’re eating is not also done in a plant that processes pork. If that’s the case, then the meat you’re eating is unclean.

All of the plates, pots, pans, silverwear, cups and glasses need to be taken to a Jewish mikveh and immersed.

32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed. 33 And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it. 34 Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. 36 Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean. Leviticus 11:32-36 (KJV)

There ya go! That’s the Torah!!! According to you, you gotta obey it, or you’re gonna lose your salvation, or it’ll turn out you didn’t have it.

Your stove has to be heated to red hot. If you’ve got breaks in the vinyl or plastic in your dishwasher, and any of the metal is exposed, and you put dishes that had unkosher things in it… you’re doomed. Throw the thing out. It’s a pain. My old Rabbi just locked his, and did dishes by hand. You can’t kosher it without taking those parts out and replacing them.

Hey, you’re the one who says every other Christian is wrong, and we have to eat kosher! You first.

Oh, and cheeseburgers? Not kosher. You can’t eat meat and cheese. Bottom line.

All your food has to be kosher. Check for a reliable hekhsher.

Or you could read your Bible, and see we are not saved by works lest any man should boast.

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)

One Year Ago Today…


Messianic Judaism Answered 7

We saw over the last two days how simply wearing a yarmulke and attending a messianic synagogue can develop an atmosphere of feeling that this is MANDATORY for believers. And this is the trap that Messianic Judaism has laid for itself.

This could be avoided by simply using a King James Bible to keep people grounded in strong doctrine. I assume that if people are READING their Bibles, they won’t be as easily led astray. Alas, too many people are reading heretical translations, expecially the pro-torah “translations” of the Jewish New Testament and the Orthodox Jewish bible. In truth, very few Messianics to my knowledge even own Goble’s paraphrase, so I’m going to deal the most with the Jewish New Testament.

Remember! If you’re a grace oriented Messianic (like David Sedaka and Dan Juster), I’m really not dealing too much with you. If on the other hand you’re a Hebrew Roots/Shomer Torah (Torah Keeper), then… this article is about ____________________________________ (write your name in there).

There’s a lot of subterfuge involved in David H. Stern’s mis-translation. He comments in the foreword that we are not REQUIRED to keep the Torah, but should want to and feel free to… and then he goes ahead and translates the verses to make it sound like we are REQUIRED to keep it.

Stern claims that mandatory Torah Observance is a heresy (and he’s correct) but then goes ahead and translates his “bible” to read as if it IS mandatory. He can protest what he likes, but the facts remain that those who read his mis-translation end up believing that if they do not keep the Torah they will lose their salvation. Why? Because Stern deliberately translates it that way.

Crucial to the Messianics is the cry that “Messianic Judaism is Judaism! Without Torah, it is Messianic Christianity!” And there’s an implied slam that I have abandoned the faith of my fathers by becoming “Assimilated” into Gentilism. This is an argument they call “Reverse Galatianism” – which is bizarre, as it reveals a complete lack of understanding of the book of Galatians.

Which is so far not too surprising, as I’ve already shown that Messianics are quite adept at turning Scriptures upside down and willingly changing their meanings in the worst kind of Eisogesis.

One can almost imagine messianics gathering to pray the Shemonah Esrei (18 blessings) and including the 19th blessing, the curse against the min (heretics) – meaning assimilated Jewish believers like me who believe in grace and that we are freed from the law.

What it is is Jewiah enodolarty, the worship of Judaism as an idol. Messianics are enamored of Judaica, and Jerusalem, and Jewish sounding music.

And what’s REALLY sad is how many of these so-called “torah observant” messianics are placing themselves under the yoke of the law – then bringing an additional curse on themselves by not keeping it!

They pride themselves on eating kosher, as they munch on non-schected (ritually slaughtered) beef, topped with cheese (Jewish dietary laws forbid the consuming of meat and dairy products together at the same time). No care is given whatsoever to where the meat comes from, or often whether or not it contains beef from the rear of the cow or bull, which is forbidden under Jewish dietary laws. They are not concerned with whether or not the meat processing plant also kills and processes pork – as long as they eat beef or turkey sausages, they’re okay in their minds – neglecting to note that most turkey sausages are flavored with pork to give the pork taste.

This dodges the entire idea of Kashrus, which is to impart to the believer (once they are born again and abandon unecessary things like Kashrus) the idea we must be careful in our daily walk to maintain a level of holiness, ot not let the world pollute us, to keep the world separate from us, to not let it defile us.

Instead, Messianics slavishly align themselves with a Torah they do not actually keep.

And yet, many swagger around wearing yarmulke, and often homemade tsitsis made of colored string (those are the “Fringes” you read about in your KIng James Bible), wrapped around the belt loops on their blue jeans. The implication to Jews when they seee someone wearing yarmulke and tsitsis is that this person is shomer shabbos (sabbath observant). If you’re shomer shabbos, you’re keeping yontiff (Jewish holidays) and kosher as well.

Are you really keeping the law? Let’s see…

  1. To know there is a God Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
  2. Not to even think that there are other gods besides Him Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  3. To know that He is One Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
  4. To love Him Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
  5. To fear Him Deuteronomy 10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
  6. To sanctify His Name Leviticus 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
  7. Not to profane His Name Leviticus 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
  8. Not to destroy objects associated with His Name Deuteronomy 12:3-4 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. (4) Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.
  9. To listen to the prophet speaking in His Name Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; (16) According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. (17) And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. (18) I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. (19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
  10. Not to test the prophet unduly Deuteronomy 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

First one, well, I’d say Messianics got that one down. Good. Second? Doing pretty good there, as well. Third? As I’ll demonstrate as we get into the Oneness issue, a lot of Messianics actually trip up on this one. So, many of those who boast of Torah Observance actually fall short only three commandments in.

Before you panic, no, I have no intention of going through all 613 commandments, unless I get like, maybe 50 or more requests. I’ll just hit some of the highlights, because I’m trying to show that what you and David Stern are doing is hypocrisy, the advocating of something you yourself do not do. And i’m trying to show the impossibility of “Maintaining your salvation” by “Torah Observance”, which is impossible for falle man to keep. If that’s really how we have to “maintain our salvation”…. we’re lost, every last one of us.

Fourth Commandment… do you place the Lord your God above you at all times? When you wake hungry and needing coffee in the morning, do you always put on tallis and tefillin first thing, and begin praying, putting the Lord first? Do you spend much time in prayer? Or are there days when you put yourself first, and the Lord second? Sorry, this is a commandment that when you really think about, every Christian fails at miserably. We’re fallen men. We cannot very easily place the Lord above ourselves for very long. Sooner or later, you start thinking about yourself.

Fifth Commandment… to fear the Lord. You do this at all times??? I have to spend a moment or two thinking about Hell, Judgment, etc. to really get there.

sixth commandment….to sanctify his name. Have you cast reproach upon the Lord by a poor witness, ever? How about the time you got angry with someone else for their driving? Okay, that never happens. You never failed to love and honor the Lord in everything you do…. good job. Always keep all 613 commandments perfectly, never failing once. Since you started this torah observance stuff, you never ate a cheeseburger, or non kosher food. You never broke the Sabbath. You’ve always put all other human beings ahead of yourself. Good job! And now, I suppose, you’re ready to climb up on your cross and die for everyone, right?

The point here is, we’re only five commandments in, and suddenly you’re getting uncomfortable. Are you starting to understand that claiming that keeping the Torah is mandatory for keeping salvation is placing a heavy, heavy burden on yourself that no human being in history has ever been able to keep…

Seventh commandment… not to profane His name. Hmmm… see above.

eighth commandment… ever accidentally tear a page in your Bible? I accidentally pulled out that blank last page in my Bible a couple of weeks ago. No? Okay, have you ever dog-eared a page in your Bible? Or underlined a verse? According to the Rabbis’, that’s desecrating a Holy writing, and it’s an averah (sin).

Ninth Commandment…. to listen to the prophet speaking in the name of the Lord. It doesn’t take too much to see it’s Jesus Christ we’re speaking of. Oneness Messianics fall short here, as oneness messianics do not believe in the Trinity, as I mentioned in the 3rd Commandment. And Holy Name-ists, the ones who make the sarcastic “Yay-Zeus” comments, are worshipping a different Jesus Christ. So, all those are violating this one.

It’s really funny, but so far, the Grace Oriented Messianics are actually doing a better job of keeping the Torah than the Torah Observant ones!

Jet’s jump on to the Sabbath…

87. To rest on the seventh day Exo 23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

88. Not to do prohibited labor on the seventh day Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

89. The court must not inflict punishment on Shabbat Exo 35:3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day. Note – Clearly this says absolutely nothing about the Bet Din inflicting punishment for breaking the Sabbath.

90. Not to walk outside the city boundary on Shabbat Exo 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.

91. To sanctify the day with Kiddush and Havdalah Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

92. To rest from prohibited labor Leviticus 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. Note: The RaMBaM cited Lev. 23:32 – however, this verse in the Hebrew Bible refers only to Yom Kippur.

A lot of Messianics actually do pretty good on these. Except numbers 87, 88 and 92. Ever go out to eat after Shul? Um… you’re making the Shabbos Goy work. If it’s an averah for a Jew, it’s one for the goy too, by your doctrine.

Ever write anything on the Sabbath? What about tearing toilet paper? Start your car? That is kindling a fire. Turn on or off lights? That creates a tiny spark as the light engages – that’s a fire. All these are prohibited labours.

“But we don’t have to keep the Sabbath any more! The LORD put it aside!!!”

You are absolutely CORRRECT, good sir! You do not have to keep the sabbath any longer! Nor do you have to keep kosher, tefilin, tallis, yontiff, any of that. The law is put aside for everyone who is in CHRIST!!!

Now, here’s where I’m going to dumbfound a lot of you… if you believe with a whole heart that you MUST keep the Torah, and you are Jewish, you are absolutely correct…. you MUST keep the Torah, and perfectly! Because if you can read the King James Bible and still believe in mandatory Torah Obsesrvance (and this is my challenge) – you’re not saved. nobody that is saved, and has the Holy Ghost in them to grant them understanding of the Scriptures can possibly read the king James Bible and believe it tells you to keep the Torah.

And you’d better keep it perfectly, and hope that somehow overcomes your fallen nature, so that you can somehow earn your salvation! Impossible? I know! Then, you’d better learn who the Jesus Christ of the Bible is, and seek Him earnestly to be saved.

I repeat, if you can read the King James Bible, and believe it teaches that Torah Observance is mandatory, you do not have the Holy Ghost giving you understanding of the Holy Scriptures. And if you do not have the Holy Ghost… you are not saved.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)

Messianic Judaism Answered 42


Well, I’m thinking that about does it for now.If you are a Messianic, everything I’ve written here should be giving you some very serious pause. I’d strongly recommend you come out of this movement – it’s riddled with heresies and traps to lead Christians astray, and to try to trick unSaved people who think they’re Christians into denying Christ.

I’ll put it this way – there’s enough doctrinally wrong with a movement that most people dismiss as just a Jewish form of Christianity to get me to write 41 articles exposing it… which is far more than most cults!

Come out of it.

If you HAVE denied Christ, it’s proof that you probably never were saved. You need to GET saved.

Do you understand that all we like sheep, have gone astray? That we are all sinners, caught in rebellion against God?

This is a difficult point to face, as Messianic Judaism tries to get you to keep the Torah. But you CANNOT keep the Torah. Anyone attempting to keep the Torah is condemned to attempt to keep the entire Torah. And as I’ve demonstrated, most Messianics do not even keep the Sabbath, let alone Kosher, or the laws of Shatnes (no mixed fibers), or any of the myriads of other laws.

What about the laws of sin offerings? Peace offerings? The mandatory offerings on the High Holy Days? Messianic Judaism does not do that, along with traditional Judaism, because there is no temple.

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10 (KJV)

If you are trying to keep the Law, you are required to keep all of it.

1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 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. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Galatians 5:1-6 (KJV)

“What should I do? I realize I denied Jesus Christ!!!”

Simple. In one word – repent.

If you denied Christ, you could not have been saved in the first place.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. John 8:47 (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)

You cannot earn your salvation. It is impossible. If you have broken one commandment, you have broken all of them.

But there is good news. Jesus Christ died for your sins. All you have to do to be saved is REPENT and believe. That’s it.

I don’t give a sample prayer. You have to do it from your own heart. Jesus is waiting, and ready to forgive you. But I wouldn’t make it wait one more minute.

“Well, you’re a false teacher! You teach against the Torah! I’m staying in the Messianic movement, and following Yaohushuawawa, because he’s the real messiah!”

Good luck with that. Remember, when you find out you were wrong, it will be too late. And you’ll be hearing my words forever. Hell is forever, and horrible. once you’re there, you’re there.

Do NOT die and still be in a state of rebellion against Jesus Christ. Do NOT die being a denier of Christ. because I’m telling you, Hell will be bad enough. But if you’re a Christ Denier, and die in that state, Hell will be worse for you than many others.

Repent.

Messianic Judaism 41 – Cultic Influence


Almost done for now with Messianic Judaism. We’ve tackled a lot of subjects. If you’re late to this, I suggest you go to the categories on the right hand side of the page, choose Messianic Judaism, and start from the very first ones.

One area that needs to be investigated is the tie in to cults. I haven’t addressed Seventh Day Adventism yet (I’m getting there), but its nearly surprising how many Messianics recycle the same arguments for the Sabbath day as the SDA. I don’t know, and have not been able to trace the SDA influence in Messianic Judaism. Trust me, should I find it, I’ll return to this subject and address it fully.

There’s a number of law-keeping cults out there. The Boston Church, Worldwide Church of God (Armstrong) used to be – the splinter groups that broke off from Tkach all still preach it. The Way International is “Torah Observant.”

There ARE ties between some of the Messianic teachers and some of these cults. Michael Rood was formerly associated with The Way, International, until he left and began calling himself a Messianic. Amazingly, Messianics seem to be Biblically illiterate and showing a remarkable lack of discernment. There’s been ample evidence showing Mr. Rood to be still teaching Way International heresy, but simply calling it Messianic Judaism. Why? There’s precious little difference between The Way International’s teachings and what Messianics espouse, or will accept.

No,w let me get something out of the way, speaking of The Way. I’ve read a lot of expose’s on some Messianic Torah Teachers, and I’ve noticed a lot speaking of James Scott Trimm being a member of the Way, International, or being associated with it. To quote James Trimm, “I have never been a part of The Way International.” If I had uncovered any connection, I’d have listed it here.

The only thing that alarms me about his denial, is that he is using The Way International’s Aramaic-English lexicon for his Messianic Bible paraphrase. If the tree is rotten, the fruit is as well. Legally, this concept is known as “Fruit of the poisonous tree”. It certainly applies here. I suspect it was the first Aramaic English lexicon he could find.

What’s so bad about The Way, International? They promote Torah observance… but they also deny the deity of Jesus Christ. It’s a christ-denying cult. Messianics should be staying FAR AWAY from all teachers who deny Christ.

I’ll say this – it’s just about impossible to find a Messianic teacher whose statement of faith says, “I believe in the Trinity, composed of god the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. I believe Jesus Christ is fully God and Fully man, pre-existent as the Son of God from before time.”

Instead, Hebrew and Aramaic terms abound. Even James Trimm has to use the word Memra, and most refer to the word “Torah” when talking about Jesus Christ, as if He is the physical embodiment of the 613 commandments.

Really.

The concept is one of isolating the “thou shalt’s” of the bible and worshipping them. In reality, while any Messianics blithely mouth praises to “Yeshua”, in reality, most of them are worshipping the laws of Moses. The rampant denial of Christ in the Messianic movement is sometimes open, most of the time concealed in complicated explanations that amount to, “No, I don’t believe in Jesus.”

Why do you HAVE to use the word Memra’? Yes, it’s an Aramaic word that means “word”. Yes, the book of John refers to Jesus Christ as “the word”. But I have to ask, why are you using words that fewer than 10% of Christians will understand, and can’t simply use English words?

Why do they have to be complicated statements of faith? Why not just a simple, “I believe in One God revealed in three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy ghost?” Why not simple to understand statements of faith?

The more complicated the wording of the statement of faith, the more it can hide. I have to assume that if you’re complicating it, you’re trying to lie. You’re denying a belief in Christ, but you know if you do it openly, that many will reject you rightly as a false teacher.

Here’s from the statement of faith of Barukh Hashem Messianic synagogue:

“We believe In one God, existing from all eternity as the Father, the Son, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).”

Am I making too much out of this? Well, prove to me it’s not a denial of Christ. It does not say “one God revealed in three persons” but “one God, existing from all eternity as…” the wording is important.

How? Well, this could be a Modalistic statement of faith, claiming they believe in Patripassionism, that God the Father died on the Cross. The modalistic belief is in God the Father leaving heaven, and coming to earth, suffering, dying, and then rising, leaving earth, and returning a month later as the Holy Spirit.

It’s a heresy. And all who believe this way are denying Christ. You won’t be seeing them in heaven. And yet, it’s one of the most popular heresies in the Messianic movement, besides the law keeping stuff.

What else does Barukh Hashem believe?

“We also believe that Rabbinic Judaism is the living link that ties contemporary Jews with their biblical past, and that Messianic Judaism can and must draw upon the wealth of that tradition in developing its way of life and thought. Furthermore, we affirm the riches of insight into the mystery of Messiah and His will found in the Christian theological tradition, and acknowledge the need for the Messianic Jewish Synagogue to draw also upon this wealth.”

Uh… there’s so much wrong with that I don’t know where to start.

Rabbinic Judaism is a false system. I know, I was there for years! The Rabbi gives the speech (sermon) while the Kohen stands by idly, waiting to give the aaronic benediction at the end of the service. He just got first Torah reading, but he’s been replaced.

nothing about that in the Bible at ALL. As a matter of fact, those “apostolic writings” you refer to in your statement of faith, the New Testament forbids the leaven of the pharisees. Remember them? That’s the Rabbis. I was a Pharisee, I know!

I was unable to contact Avi Ben Mordecai to get him to answer simple questions about his belief.

From Avi Ben Mordecai’s statement of (lack of) faith…

Avi is not one to argue doctrine.

Then you’re not called to the ministry. You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We are COMMANDED to earnestly contend for the faith! We are commanded to keep our doctrine without spot. As David Cloud points out, a spot is a little thing! We have to keep our doctrine PURE. If you refuse to contend for the faith within Biblical parameters, then you’re usurping someone elses’ pulpit.

Is Avi’s first statement about God? Yes… his god. The Torah.

We believe in the validity and application of the laws of the Bible as they are taught in the Written Hebrew Torah, Prophets and Writings. These ancient documents of Israel represent “true” Judaism according to Hebrew Scripture; laws and teachings that are developed in commentary through the original autographs of the “New Testament.”

Notice Ben Mordecai believes in the preservation and inspiration of the Old Testament… but doesn’t believe in the inspiration and preservation of the New Testament. He mentions the “autographs”, the “Original texts” of the New testament.

Stating a belief in the inspiration of the “original manuscripts of the New Testament” is the same thing as saying, “I don’t believe in the inspiration of the texts we have now.”

To the Messianic, the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew, something we have no proof of. It’s claimed by one of the early christian writers that Matthew was first written in Hebrew, but then re-written in Greek. There are phrases in some books that can only have been written in Greek.

Look, it’s really simple. I’ve said it before, and obviously it hasn’t sunk in yet. If God wanted the original texts preserved, we’d have them today. He preserved the Textus Receptus greek manuscripts, keeping them in constant use among the churches for 2,000 years.

God CHOSE for the Greek to be the inspire,d preserved manuscripts. The Messianics believe in texts that don’t exist, and in one they say, based upon a single statement about a single book that it had originally been written in Hebrew. It’s possible that Matthew may have sat down and begun to write out notes in hebrew. But when God took over, Matthew wrote it in Greek.

And we have the Greek today. Quit claiming allegiance to a single book that no longer exists, and to 28 other books that you pretend was written in Hebrew but there’s no proof of, nor any verbal statements, or visible fragments.

From Avi’s statement of faith… (I fixed his spelling errors)

Q: Do you believe that the NT letters and narratives were transmitted under the inspiration and guidance of the the Ruach HaKodesh?

A: As transmitted through the original autographs, Yes.

Q:Do we have original autographs today?

A: No, we do not. What we have today is a series of highly edited early church additions, subtractions, and changes. There is truth in the “New Testament” documents that we do have. However, the truth can only be determined by comparing its words and teachings to what we have written in our Hebrew Bible, in Hebrew, and then judging these documents by what is written down for us in the Leningrad Codex and in the biblical texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Ah, I see. We have to rely upon Avi Ben Mordecai, in all his wisdom, to find the real meaning of the New Testament for us! All before him are liars and thieves! Why, we should be anticipating Ben Mordecai to be crucified for our sins any day now!

this is typical cult leader stuff. “You cannot find the truth anywhere but here!”

Q: What do you believe about Yeshua and his teachings?

A: According to Scripture, Yeshua was known to be the Sent One like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-19/Acts 3:19-23/John 7:16). He was also known to be the Son of Yah (John 10:36/Isaiah 43:10-11) in Judaism’s esoteric texts such as the Zohar, who came in the Name of YHWH (Matthew 23:39), all according to the ancient and well established Messianic prophecies, such as Psalm 2:7 and Isaiah 53 (according to the Targumim). Scripturally, these references have their basis in the whole of Hebrew Scripture starting with Isaiah 11:2 as this specifies that YHWH was to choose one from the stem or root of Yishai (Jesse) to be greatly endowed with the eternal and divine attributes of the Name YHWH and one that would have a delight in YHWH; would have the fear of YHWH; would not judge by what he sees but by what is in the Written Law of YHWH, through the Ruach or Spirit of the Law.

He goes on like this for several paragraphs. See how COMPLICATED it is? What DOESN’T Avi say?

He doesn’t use the word “God” when talking about Jesus Christ. “sent one”, “son of Yah”, “came in the name of YHWH”… but not “God in human flesh.”

Avi Ben Mordecai, one of the more respected Messianic Torah Teachers, is a heretic, a christ-denier.

From Avi’s statement of faith…

Do you believe in the Trinity?

A: No and Yes. The “Trinity” as it is taught in Catholicism and Christianity is totally pagan and I cannot possibly accept such a concept. However, there is a “Trinity” as in the image of a Divine Family of Father, Mother, Word.

Heretic. The Bible does not even come close to any such teaching.

Here’s my question to James Trimm and his almost-answer…

My question – “Will a Christian that does not keep the Torah go to heaven, in your view?”

His answer…

Of course we are a sect of Judaism…. so this is really not a very applicable question.

We maintain that the original followers of Yeshua were a sect of Judaism, and that Yeshua came to be the Jewish Messiah of Judaism, not to create a new anti-nomian religion known as “Christianity”.

We do not believe that one can earn salvation by Torah observance. As we read in the Mishna:

Antigones of Soko received [Torah] from Simeon the Righteous. He used to say, “Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of wages, but be like servants who serve their master with no thought of a wage – and let the fear of Heaven be upon you.”

(m.Avot 1:3)

We do, however, maintain that Messiah is the Torah incarnate (the “Word” made flesh) and thus if one rejects the Torah, one is rejecting the substance of who the Messiah is.

What that boils down to is.. “no.” James Trimm does not believe a Christian who does not keep the Torah is saved. Please note he quotes from Pirke Avot, the core book of the Mishnah. It’s a great quote, mind you! But it’s nonetheless from the Mishnah, not from the New Testament, which is very telling in my opinion.

His statement of faith (which he sent me) says something different.

IV. SALVATION

We believe that through the death of Messiah, because of his blood covenant with us, we receive salvation by way of inheritance. This salvation comes by faith through grace alone and is not earned by Torah observance.

V. TORAH

The Torah of Truth the Almighty gave to His people, Israel, through Moshe. He will not exchange it nor discard it for another until heaven and earth pass away. We believe that Torah observance is man’s moral obligation and expression of love to YHWH. The Torah is freedom and not bondage. The Torah is the way, the truth and the light and is for all of our generations forever.

My statement to James Trimm…

Many messianics state their position parroting David Stern’s “Messianic Jewish Manifesto” that Christians are saved by faith through grace – but must maintain their salvation by mandatory observance of the Torah.

His reply:

I certainly do not agree with that

Which apparently is something different from what he just said above. He said specifically he views Jesus as the living embodiment of the Torah – if you reject the Torah, you reject Jesus. But his answer to a direct question summing up the very position he just summed up, he says he can’t agree with!

Mr. Trimm does state he considers his cult, the Nazarene Judaism, to be a sect of Judaism, and is not Messianic. This is why many Messianics have cut ties with Trimm.

In the interest of fairness, he objected to my earlier statement about his constant fundraisers as being an Ad Hominem attack. I do apologize, and I’ll go so far as to say it was good to have an exchange with a Messianic who seemed to have an “I don’t care what you say, here’s my position, thanks” attitude. It cut out the nonsense right off the bat. Trimm seemed to be almost amused when I told him I considered him a heretic and a false teacher. No problem – it was obvious he felt the same about me.

So, I’m left to wonder if Mr. Trimm is simply summing up his beliefs poorly, unable to find the rights words, being dishonest, or doesn’t quite know what he believes, as he’s said one thing here and one thing there.

His statement of faith about the Trinity?

We believe that YHWH is Echad (one). We believe that YHWH reveals Himself in the K’numeh or Gaunin of Avi/Abba (Father/Daddy), the Memra (Word), and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).

Okay, again, he’s not saying, “I believe in one God revealed in three persons. I believe Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, second person of the trinity.”

I don’t know if Trimm considers himself a trinitarian, a modalist, patripassionist, or Heinz 57 Theology. He is unable to state his beliefs in simple, clear, “go feed the cat”English, and resorts to Aramaic and Hebrew to sum up his position.

Here’s a GREAT way for Messianics to start clearing house. Simply start getting together (there are Messianic conventions where Messianics meet and talk), and decide amongst yourselves a very simple rule –

Any Messianics who cannot answer a simple “Yes” to the questions I posited a week or so ago – “Do you believe in the Trinity? Do you believe Jesus Christ is fully God and Fully Man, pre-existent, the second person of the Trinity?” Should be ordered to leave. Cast out as a heretic, and told, “we’re sorry – we’ll be praying for you.”

Go ahead. I’m waiting. i’ll even hum a little tune while you go do that.

I’m telling you, it’s going to eliminate probably about 70% of the Hebrew Roots – Torah Observant movement.

Then I’ll be glad to help the rest of you come to a Biblical understanding of the New Birth, and your freedom from the Law. Look, it only takes a simple understanding of what it is to be born again, to throw away the heavy burden of the Torah.

Messianic Judaism Answered 40 – Bible Canon


Just a few short articles left!

This one is going to be a little surprising.

on nazarenespace.com, James Trimm lists in his own profile books he considers canonical. Here’s his list…

Tanak (Old Testament), Ketuvim Netzarim (New Testament), The Apocrypha, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jasher

Favorite version of Scriptures:Hebraic Roots Version

I’ve got to wonder. more than wonder. This is upsetting.

You REALLY consider these books to be Scripture???

The Old Testament and the New Testament, sure. But I blame Wescott & Hort for Mr. Trimm’s confusion. You see, once you question the inerrancy and preservation of the Bible, you immediately bring in the questioning of translation, and once that’s in, “…what else did the Church hide???”

He’s one of the few that accept so many – but it’s amazing how many Messianics accept Enoch blindly as part of Canon. He’s not the only one, that’s one of the more common.

Now, Mr. Trimm has been accused of claiming the Book of Mormon as well on some web sites, but he now denies accepting that. Okay, then, we should accept it if someone was in error but now has repented of that error. I can find no endorsements of the Book of Mormon in Trimm’s writings, so I can’t say if the charges are accurate.

It’s like this, people – the Bible is clear cut and settled. God not only inspired it, but kept it in use in His true churches, and not in state churches or Roman Catholic. Jesus Christ said the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it – and yet, everyone that claims additions to Canon are claiming exactly that. claiming the gates of Hell prevailed against the Lord’s churches for 1900 years until these books were found in questionable translations, under questionable means.

The rules for Old Testament canon – did the authors of the New Testament quote it? Did the Jews accept it as canon? Is it “Thus sayeth the Lord”? Does it conform to all other books of the Bible?

The rules of New Testament canon – do the early christian authors quote it? Did the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ use those books? Can it be found on the early lists of books considered canon?

Simple rules. and the ways of confirming it are very simple – get a Waldense or Albigentse Bible and look at the books in it. Pretty simple. How abaout Catharists? Sure!

So basically, what you’re saying is, these christian martyrs who paid for their beliefs with their own blood were all duped, and you personally know better?

It’s pretty simple, folks… get a King James Bible.