Torah Cult of the Hebrew Roots Movement: Responding to Wolves in Old Testament Mosaic Law Clothing
Published on Aug 23, 2020
A free written transcript of this message is available at https://media-cloud.sermonaudio.com/text/92619532122082.pdf. Trust in Christ Jesus alone & in His righteousness alone rather than in Old Testament Mosaic Torah law keeping for your salvation before a Holy God (Romans 3:22, "the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:"). For a free written transcript of our previous video on this subject called "Divine Curse of the Hebrew Roots Movement - Replacing Jesus with the Old Testament Jewish Torah" go to https://media-cloud.sermonaudio.com/text/108151527437.pdf. On YouTube the original HRM video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdTxde_shDQ.
Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV; websites: http://www.BibleQuery.org, http://www.HistoryCart.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) presents Rob Zins, Th.M, Dallas Theological Seminary (website: http://www.CWRC-RZ.ORG) to discuss the modern day heretical Judaizing movement infecting Christianity worldwide called the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM). Rob Zins is author of "On the Edge of Apostasy," "Romanism," & others. Write us at [email protected] for a free copy of his outline called "Hebrew Roots Movement" & a copy of the paperwork used in this sequel video here as well.
This presentation features Rob Zins dealing with many comments, questions & arguments that he has received from Hebrew Roots followers since the release of his first video on the HRM. Hebrew Roots cultists make the same fatal theological mistakes as followers of Seventh-day Adventism in many regards (see our playlist "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess" with 47 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5316CC6F66F24283 ) or those in Roman Catholicism (see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 190 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715 ).
Question: "What is the Hebrew Roots movement?"
Answer: The premise of the Hebrew Roots movement is the belief that the Church has veered far from the true teachings and Hebrew concepts of the Bible. The movement maintains that Christianity has been indoctrinated with the culture and beliefs of Greek and Roman philosophy and that ultimately biblical Christianity, taught in churches today, has been corrupted with a pagan imitation of the New Testament gospels.
Those of the Hebrew Roots belief hold to the teaching that Christ's death on the cross did not end the Mosaic Covenant, but instead renewed it, expanded its message, and wrote it on the hearts of His true followers. They teach that the understanding of the New Testament can only come from a Hebrew perspective and that the teachings of the Apostle Paul are not understood clearly or taught correctly by Christian pastors today. Many affirm the existence of an original Hebrew-language New Testament and, in some cases, denigrate the existing New Testament text written in Greek. This becomes a subtle attack on the reliability of the text of our Bible. If the Greek text is unreliable and has been corrupted, as is charged by some, the Church no longer has a standard of truth.
Although there are many different and diverse Hebrew Roots assemblies with variations in their teachings, they all adhere to a common emphasis on recovering the "original" Jewishness of Christianity. Their assumption is that the Church has lost its Jewish roots and is unaware that Jesus and His disciples were Jews living in obedience to the Torah. For the most part, those involved advocate the need for every believer to walk a Torah-observant life. This means that the ordinances of the Mosaic Covenant must be a central focus in the lifestyle of believers today as it was with the Old Testament Jews of Israel. Keeping the Torah includes keeping the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week (Saturday), celebrating the Jewish feasts and festivals, keeping the dietary laws, avoiding the "paganism" of Christianity (Christmas, Easter, etc.), and learning to understand the Scriptures from a Hebrew mindset. They teach that Gentile Christians have been grafted into Israel, and this is one reason every born-again believer in Jesus the Messiah is to participate in these observances. It is expressed that doing this is not required out of legalistic bondage, but out of a heart of love and obedience. However, they teach that to live a life that pleases God, this Torah-observant walk must be part of that life.
The Hebrew Roots assemblies are often made up of a majority of Gentiles, including Gentile rabbis. Usually they prefer to be identified as "Messianic Christians." Many have come to the conclusion that God has "called" them to be Jewish and have accepted the theological position that the Torah (O.T. law) is equally binding on Gentiles and Jews alike.
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