Through our current Christian traditions and the common teaching of replacement theology we have created a new Christian culture not only in America, but throughout the world. This new Christian culture has allowed for various interpretations, beliefs, and practices. Thus, the “religion” of Christianity ranges from one end of the spectrum to the other. Unfortunately, when churches have loose and various interpretations of God’s word that are changed in order to fit an ideology, the truth gets lost and men’s doctrines are taken as authoritative. Deceptive teachings then become preferred as the truth is usually shunned or discouraged.
preach the word; be ready in and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:2-4
What Are Deceptive Teachings?
Within the Christian communities there are many unanswered questions. As a result, many have turned away from the church, are misled and misguided to believe false doctrines, or are following a much more liberal frame of thought. Or worse, many have turned away from God altogether. As if agnosticism and atheism wasn’t bad enough, what’s most disturbing is convincing a lost individual that they are following God when in fact they are being deceived into following the world.
A great example of deceptive teachings is the mind over matter sermons, or better known as the “prosperity gospel.” This doctrine has been taught to stadiums full of people seeking truth, and they suck it up like sponges. Do not be deceived, these sermons are designed to be attractive to people’s worldly desires, such as money and financial success.
The sermons heard in many of these churches are for the purpose of making people feel good about themselves; to lift them up with the hope of gaining wealth or worldly possessions under the guise of Christianity. This type of teaching is incredibly deceptive in that it creates a justification for one’s worldly desires claiming that we “deserve” the best in this life because God wants us to be happy. We cannot warn Christians enough about the deception in this form of teaching.
Do not be convinced that satan is holding you back from material things you may long for. It is us through our fleshly desires who pursues satan, as the worldly things belong to him. Pursue the world and you will get what you asked for. Jesus specifically warned us to “not love the world nor the things in the world”
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the doctrine of the pre-trib rapture theory, known as dispensationalism. While this has been a controversial issue, it goes without saying it is an important one. We do not believe in the pre-trib rapture theory for one simple reason; it cannot be backed up with scripture. This teaching is a very popular throughout many seminaries. There are arguments that claim scripture alludes to a pre-trib rapture, however there is much more evidence that is directly contrary to this thought, evidence which is not stretched or taken out of context. If the words of our Messiah are not taken seriously, then scripture can be open to various interpretations based on one’s own ideology or desires – as with the case of dispensationalism and the prosperity gospel.
With that said, in regard to the pre-trib rapture, scripture does state we will be gathered at some point in time, as in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This indeed means that we will be gathered but it does not mean we are going to be taken before or rescued from any type of tribulation that befalls this earth. In fact, it states the opposite when Yeshua Himself says in Matthew 24:29-31:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
If there is any question of when we are to be gathered, the answer can be found by reading scripture. The above scripture gives no allusion. It is very clear.
The bottom line is that the one thing each of us so desperately seek is not being found within most churches or from their leaders – truth! Additionally, many find themselves not feeling fulfilled or feel there is something missing within their own spirituality.
Once you receive the Spirit you are made alive, born again, but not of the world. You are born to that which is contrary to satan and because our flesh is sin, the Spirit wars with the flesh. The struggle then shouldn’t be for prosperity, but for righteousness through repentance and obedience.
The answers are right in front of our faces, but we have turned to man to guide us rather than our Creator.
What we aim to do is show you, which the Holy Spirit has put on our hearts to do, that we have been ignoring some of the fundamental aspects of our Bible. These aspects we believe are the key to understanding the problems many face within Christianity. While many feel Christianity needs to “relate” more to the world in order to gain more followers, we have been shown that’s the exact opposite direction we should be taking.
What is Judeo Christianity?
In a nutshell it is the belief, trust, faith, and acceptance that Yeshua is our Messiah; recognizing the word of God as being accurate, real, and the ultimate truth and authority. By understanding what the New Covenant is and that God’s promises do not change, you can begin to see things more clearly.
Firstly, there could not be Christianity without Judaism. And most importantly, without a Jew by the name of Yeshua we would not have the opportunity to obtain eternal life. Judeo Christianity is the understanding of how the Torah is still relevant to the New Covenant.
Is Judeo-Christianity Just Another Term For Hebrew Roots?
What separates us from the Hebraic Roots movement (HRM)? It is true that we strongly believe in holding to the commandments and laws of God. However, we reject oral laws which include traditions that have no Biblical basis. Traditions are fine, as long as they do not nullify the word of God.
We have found that many of the HRM churches take a Messianic Jewish standpoint and combine it with evangelicalism. While we do not disagree with some of those aspects, we remain cautious. It can be very easy to mislead people if you are lax with some laws and dogmatic with others. It sends a confusing message in our opinion, and sometimes you find that in the HRM. In other words, it’s inconsistent. However, it is the closest belief to our own and we do not discourage anyone from at least checking into it more closely.
What Did Jesus Say About The Commandments?
Our Savior at no point transgressed against Himself or His Father. He specifically told us to do as His Father commanded or we would be the least in the Kingdom. So, we must ask ourselves – would Yeshua practice what He came here to change?
One reason the commandments were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai was so that those who were chosen by our Father would be sanctified from the rest of the pagan world around them. This would eventually lead to a Savior being born that was sent to not only save His people, but the entire world. Satan tried hard to thwart this plan, yet he can never defeat God’s plan.
We can see that Jesus showed His people how these commandments were supposed to be kept. In Matthew 5:27-28 He says:
You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery”, but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Jesus pointed out their unfaithful hearts and taught what a pure heart toward the Father’s commandments should do and desire – this was the the way God intended for them to be kept all along.
We read in Isaiah that their heart had turned away from God and they were only serving Him with their lips. The prophet Isaiah also tells us that the law would be magnified for righteousness’ sake, and this is exactly what Yeshua fulfilled. He did not come to change or do away with the law of God, but to magnify and fulfill it.
Oral Law vs. God’s Law:
We can see even today that men feel the need to add to the laws of God. Ultimately, this can lead to the truth being buried under doctrines of men.
Prior to Jesus there were many oral laws that had become mandatory tradition, many of which were turning people to sin and disobedience rather than righteousness. These are the things that Jesus spoke against, as we read in Matthew 15:1-9:
Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” he is not to honor his father or his mother. And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’
We nullify the Word of God by changing what He made perfect. In the new covenant, God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to seek those things that please Him – which would naturally include obedience. This means keeping the commandments the way He asks and not the way we have been told from generation to generation.
If you think Judaism is the only one guilty of these things, think again.
Changing Sabbath is a primary example of Christian ordinances that were contrary to the word of God. Easter, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday (just to name a few) are all traditions added later for the purpose of replacing what God had ordained. Even in early Christianity many who practiced the Passover rather than Easter were called heretics. These man-made ordinances of the so-called “Christian” church didn’t add to God’s laws, they changed them completely.
We should never mistake our Messiah’s or Paul’s condemnation of traditions and ordinances of men for abolishment of God’s. Instead, we should read and understand what Yeshua said to do.
What Do Cheeseburgers Have To Do With It?
A great example of how certain oral laws can hold people in bondage and cause Gentiles to reject the Torah is the strict Jewish kashrut (dietary laws in addition to the Bible) of not eating cheeseburgers. This kashrut is because of what Deuteronomy 14:21 says, “…you shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.” However, cheeseburgers do not fit this description and should not be forbidden.
Although Deuteronomy 14:21 is a very clear commandment conservative Jews take it further by saying that no dairy can be combined with any meat, period. You’d be surprised how many Jews struggle with this and yet it is an unnecessary stumbling block.
Should A Christian Observe Feasts and Dietary Laws?
A Christian obeying the dietary laws and keeping the feasts may not be a salvific issue, however to replace them with our own is another story altogether. For example; if one were to say that they don’t feel the need to observe God’s ordained feasts, yet feel it is essential for them to keep a religious holiday ordained by man, what would be the justification? Are we not also ignoring the laws of God for the sake of our own traditions?
On the other hand, teaching that someone has to observe God’s dietary laws in order to be righteous and clean can ruin a Christian mind, unsettle the soul, and cause unnecessary stumbling blocks that have nothing to do with our salvation.
Choosing not to eat the things that God said are unclean or observing Passover and Shavuot should not be based upon the belief that it makes someone righteous. Because the most observant individual can still do wickedly, and following these things can by no means erase wicked deeds. If you chose to do them, do them wholeheartedly. Enjoy and appreciate the fact that each of us are given an opportunity to observe them and that they are truly a blessing.
Most importantly, these issues should always be discussed with God first and foremost. Diligently pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in these decisions so that you stay focused on doing His will rather than your own.
What Is The New Covenant?
With sin comes death, and through the law we are all guilty of transgressing against God. What this means is that under the old covenant we were all guilty of breaking the law through our sinful flesh, thus guilt offerings, sacrifices, and atonement were necessary.
The good news is that an eternal guilt offering was made on our behalf by our Messiah through the shedding of His blood. After His resurrection we were given the opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit through our faith, which writes the law of God on our hearts. Shedding the flesh of the heart and making us born again through faith is the only way we can overcome death because of our transgressions.
Paul told his people what this new covenant meant, but they just couldn’t accept that what they had been taught, their traditions, was contrary to the word of God. To let go of that was too hard for most. They accused both Yeshua and Paul of not obeying their law. But, what the new message brought was freedom from their bondage through the resurrection of the Messiah.
With the law comes death and without the Spirit we are guilty, because if you live by the law alone then you will be judged by the law. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Part of the New Covenant that Jesus commanded us to do was baptism, both by water and the Holy Spirit. He tells us in John 3:5 when responding to Nicodemus:
Jesus answered, truly, truly, I say to you that unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Christianity has lost its identity. The division among believers is such that we can no longer really define what it means to be a Christian other than believing that Jesus is the Son of God.
Denomination means that there is a doctrine present. These doctrines are guidelines as to what and how someone should believe. We feel this goes against what Jesus taught, and thus we do not hold to a specific denomination. We feel that the Word of God is the only doctrine a Christian should hold to.
When God said that His laws would be written on your heart, He wasn’t kidding. However, this did not mean the laws were automatically written on every man’s heart without seeking Him first. It means that through baptism and one’s faith in His Son we would receive the Spirit which would compel us towards sincere obedience.
In other words, once you accept Jesus as the Messiah and are baptized He will write those laws on your heart so that you are compelled to keep them, not for fear of man but of God. Therefore, the freedom you have obtained through His mercy is not from the laws, but from sin and death.
We are not supposed to change the word of God to fit what is common, nor does it mean that grace covers a blatant disregard of what He has commanded us to do. For if by grace Gentiles are grafted in by their obedience, then how much more will they be discarded by their disobedience being they were grafted in from the wild olive tree?
Through knowledge comes understanding, through understanding patience, and through patience wisdom. Without knowledge and understanding of His word, you may lack faith that will arm you against deception. And without faith our works are dead.
“….. I say, isn’t it that God has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Israel, from the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. God has not repudiated his people, whom he chose in advance. Or don’t you know what the Tanakh says about Elohim? He pleads with God against Israel, “Adonai, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I’m the only one left, and now they want to kill me too!”
But what is God’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.” It’s the same way in the present age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Now if it is by grace, it is accordingly not based on legalistic works; if it were otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.) What follows is that Israel has not attained the goal for which she is striving. The ones chosen have obtained it, but the rest have been made stonelike, just as the Tanakh says,
“God has given them a spirit of dullness —
eyes that do not see
and ears that do not hear,
right down to the present day.”
And David says,
“Let their dining table become for them
a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a punishment.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can’t see,
with their backs bent continually.”
“In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Israel’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Israel in its fullness bring them!
However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!
Now if the hallah offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole loaf. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you (Gentiles) — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree (Israel) , then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.
So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you! So take a good look at God’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in. For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree! ~ Romans 11: 1-24