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