An Important Response

http___www.hebraic-roots.com_wp-content_uploads_2017_01_writings-paul-warningRecently, a Facebook friend posted his opinion on God’s law and another Facebook friend shared it; hence, how I happen to see it in my news feed. Now that I have seen such erroneous thinking/teaching, I am required to speak up (Ezekiel 33:8-9).

I have copied and pasted his post to speak the truth in love as toxic viruses can quickly spread throughout the body of Christ and unfortunately, has been since the 4th Century when the Roman Catholic Church persecuted Messianic Jews and Grafted-In Israelites (former Gentiles) for being worshipers of Spirit AND truth according to God’s whole word.

You will find the Facebook friend’s comments in blue italics and my response in bold red lettering. Until Jesus/Yeshua Himself returns, we will continue to teach and correct one another in love (Hebrews 8:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Then Yeshua teaches us all (Isaiah 2; Micah 4). Amen!

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The Facebook Post:

7 Signs that a church may be law minded and not grace minded

They insist you must try your best to keep the Big 10 in order for God to be pleased with you.

A Spirit-led believer or body of believers, who acknowledges the sanctity and holiness of God’s laws/commandments (John 17:17), acknowledges and respects His authority and His omniscience. Those willing to humble themselves by repenting from sin or radically turning away from sin by obeying God’s written word understand that the definition of sin is lawlessness/without God’s laws/rejection and rebellion to God’s authority. “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” I John 3:4

lawlessBreaking God’s law is to sin and the consequence to breaking God’s law is eternal separation from being in covenant with Yahweh. But just as God provided grace over and over again to His people throughout the ages (i.e. parting of the Red Sea, Noah’s Ark, saving of some prophets, etc), He provided the blood of grace and His Ruach HaKodesh / His Holy Spirit or put another way the Spirit of Holiness within our hearts/minds. Yahweh made a way to restore His family. If one indeed believes in the salvation of Yeshua/Jesus,who died for our lawlessness/sins, and if they have received His Spirit of Holiness/Holy Spirit ,and consequently becomes circumcised of the heart (Deut. 10:12-22; 30:6-10; Romans 2:28-29), then the Spirit writes God’s Torah on our hearts and causes us to walk in obedience to God’s ways (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:27), which is His will and His written voice – His laws (Deut. 30; John 10). For the Spirit of Holiness brings us into more and more truth (John 14:15-18; 1 John 2:24-27). What is truth? God’s laws…God’s word (Psalm 119:30,42). For YHVH/Yahweh/God does not change nor lie (Malachi 3:6), but culture and man’s doctrines do.

First problem as gentiles ( non Jews ) we were never under the law , so why now? The only covenant that we were ever offered was the new covenant of grace. Ephesians 2:12-13

FALSE. Anyone who aligns themselves with the One True God, Yahweh and His Son, Yeshua, are considered “grafted-in Israelites” (Romans 11), part of the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13), and of Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3:29). Anyone who sojourned with the natural Israelites were required to submit to the Torah (see verses below). Conversely, those WITHOUT CHRIST, were considered Gentiles//unbelievers//disobedient//sons of disobedience and are NOT apart of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise (original covenant and renewed covenant). Therefore, they do not inherit the promises of the covenant. See Ephesians 2:11-13; Galatians 3:29. Furthermore, *anyone* who follows Yahweh (and His Son) follow one law: the Torah. The Torah, God’s laws are God’s Kingdom’s constitution. 

  •  “The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.” Exodus 12:49
  •  “There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:16
  • “You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the sons of Israel and for the alien who sojourns among them. ” Numbers 15:29 

In fact, Yahweh frequently tells His chosen people, those in covenant with Him (Deut.7:6-11; 1 Peter 2:9), to not learn the way of the Gentiles (other nations), rather, learn His ways, His will, His truth, His heart: His commandments/His Torah.

  • “not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:5
  • “And do not pray like the Gentiles…do not be like them..” Matthew 6:7-15
  • “This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations…” Jeremiah 10:2 (also see Deut. 12:4,29-32; 13:1-8)  
  • “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and LAWLESSNESS, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14 {Note the antithesis to being right with God (righteousness) is lawlessness (not obeying God’s laws).}
  • “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. ” Ephesians 4:17-24 

Again, if you have accepted God’s grace for your lawless deeds/sin, then you are no longer a disobedient rebellious Gentile, but rather an immigrated citizen of spiritual Israel/ an Israelite GRATEFUL for His grace and therefore, you will not want to take for granted or abuse that grace nor grieve the Spirit of Holiness (Ephesians 4:30) by continuing to defile yourself with the unclean/unholy deeds (sin). Or as James says, don’t just look in the mirror (God’s Torah) and then walk away, but be doers of the word..keep the law!

Second problem . The law is the ministry of death and condemnation. Why would I want to be under that kind of ministry?

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Why not be under the ministry of faith righteousness instead of the law? One brings condemnation and death and the other brings peace and greater glory !

When reading 2 Corinthians 3 in it’s entirety, it is repeating what the Prophets all spoke of regarding the new covenant – we will have the Holy Spirit who will cause us to walk in God’s laws for the law in of itself cannot save you – the purpose of the law is to teach us what Abba (Father God) considers holy vs unholy, what is love vs hate, what is good vs evil, what is clean vs unclean. Why does Romans 8:5-9 proclaim that the carnal mind or flesh rejects God’s laws (out of a rebellious hardened heart), but a heart circumcised by the Spirit of Holiness will embrace the spiritual, holy, and good laws of Abba and therefore, need not be in fear of His discipline or wrath for some.

Furthermore, according to Romans 8:15, when we receive His Spirit, our hearts cry out “Abba, Father”. Why? Because we accept His authority as our ultimate Father figure and are in relationship with Him. The parable of prodigal son infers similar sentiments – notice the rebellious-know-it-all son lived an unholy lifestyle even dwelling with swine (an unclean animal forbidden by Yahweh to even touch or handle let alone eat – see Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 or how Yeshua feels about swine when He returns – see Isaiah 65-66). Upon coming into any father’s house, but especially Abba’s House, we must submit to His household rules // kingdom constitution. Likewise, anytime we enter another nation or kingdom, we must obey that nation’s laws.

It is interesting in 2 Corinthians 3:17, the Spirit is referred to as a Spirit of Liberty for we see these same references to obeying and doing God’s Laws as liberty in James 2:12 and Psalms 119:44-48. Why? Because being Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered children of Yahweh or Bride of Yeshua/Christ betrothed/in covenant with Him, we will want to obey or honor our wedding vows for in doing so, there is true liberty. Torah was meant for our GOOD and not burdensome (Deut 5:29; 6:24-25; 10:12-13; Romans 7:12,14; Matt.5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 John 5:3). Rather, disobeying God’s laws is bondage to sin or as us sailors say, stuck in irons (Read my post ‘Sailing in The Spirit’!).

Third problem. The law is an all or nothing deal . It wasn’t try your best and God will understand.

No ! It was Keep it all (613 laws) or be cursed ! Jesus delivered me from the curse of the law .. so why go back to a curse ? Galatians 3:10-13

torahWhile it is true if you break even just one law, you have sinned or missed the mark and therefore, cursed yourself, for the context of all of Scripture is that you would be cursed by various consequences to your rebellion including eternal death or eternal separation from God (see Deut. 30 and pretty much all of Deuteronomy, for example). Afterall, Torah means “to hit the mark” and “instructions for life”.

Grafted-In Israelites do not obey God’s commands/His laws/His written voice/word to EARN their salvation, for Paul explains in Galatians you cannot ever be ‘good-enough’; rather, BECAUSE of His grace, BECAUSE of His shed blood, and out of heart of gratefulness, we WANT to obey God’s instructions for life for He is a good, good Abba, who loves us and does not want to see us suffer unnecessarily by thinking we know best and our ways trumps God’s ways for our lives (Isaiah 55; Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

Also, we know (because we take the time to study and abide in His word) that the Torah is for our own benefit not for our harm and certainly aren’t burdensome (see above references). Rather, the 613 commandments are Laws of Love – each law falls in the category of love God or love others or both (Mark 12:30-31). Most legit believers follow much of the Torah without even trying simply by loving. The Torah teaches us what love is and what love looks like; hence, Yeshua, the Living Torah in the flesh (John 1). This is the fruit Jesus referred to (Matthew 7) for the law is not evil as some have been deceived in believing thanks to the roots of the Roman Catholic Church and ultimately Satan, but the Spirit and truth of the law produce love, joy, peace, patience, etc.

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We believe as the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Holiness guides each of us into more truth of God’s word, we will bear fruit of obedience to God’s ways (word) reflecting our circumcised heart (Deut 30).

 It is a sad day when so-called believers view God’s instructions for reproof and for righteousness as evil and cursed or put another way, fail to believe God is true to His word. Remember, the only Scriptures the Apostles had access to was the Law and Prophets (2 Timothy 3:12-17; 4:2-4; 1 John 2:4-7), which they encouraged one another to continue in.

Moreover, our covenant relationship with Yahweh/Yeshua comes down to a circumcised repentant heart. For if one is truly circumcised of the heart through repentance for their lawless deeds/sins, they will not want to go back to that same sin for that would be intentionally sinning and nullifying God’s saving grace bringing on a worse judgment (see Hebrews 10:26-39). 

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“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:26-27 (but please read the rest of the passage as well)

Ponder this: How can you embrace grace while rejecting the law defining what is holy and what is sin? What is right and wrong? You can’t. So to do away with the laws of God, you have nullified your own doctrine. By saying anything before the cross is irrelevant or done away with, then you have made Christ’s testimony, His sacrifice on the cross, and His victory over death, useless – a waste of time, ink and paper, moreover, a waste of perfect flesh and blood. For without God’s holy, spiritual law and the human element of failing to fulfill/uphold/establish/honor it, there is no need for a remedy. No need for a Savior. Bye, bye, grace. It’s all or nothing. 

Fourth problem. The law makes Christ of no affect in my life .. why would I want Christ severed from my life ? Galatians 5:3-5

False. See last paragraph above. When reading Galatians, Romans, and all the epistles, written by a Messianic Jew, within context from a Hebraic mindset verses a Western Greek mentality, Paul distinguishes that there are two primary “laws” he is speaking of the holy, good, and spiritual “law of God” (Romans 7:12,14) and the consequence/curse of breaking God’s laws, which he often refers to as “the law of sin and death” or “the curse” (Romans 7:22-25; Galatians 3). In fact, Paul specifically clarifies, in Romans 3:31 that the law is NOT done away with due to our faith in Yeshua, but rather, we uphold and establish the law. Furthermore, Galatians 3:15 and vs 17 bluntly says you cannot undo a covenant or add to it. If that were the case, then all the covenants would be dismantled – do women still have pain in childbirth (Adamic Covenant), do you have an ark built (Noahide Covenant)? Because if God’s covenants are done away with, by man’s opinion, rather than being built upon for better promises, then the entire world can flood at once.

  • “Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. ” Romans 3:31

Yeshua/ Jesus even demonstrated this to us by raising the standard on the adultery commandment saying if you even look at another lustfully you have committed adultery; Yeshua also reprimanded religion for ADDING to God’s laws, something the rabbis over the centuries did through the oral law. Likewise, Scripture and even Jesus/Yeshua rebukes those who take away from God’s word/ God’s laws (see Deut 12:32; Revelation 22:18). Jesus/Yeshua declared not one part of the law will be done away with until there is a new heaven and new earth and anyone who teaches God’s law are irrelevant, done away with, or evil will be considered LEAST in His kingdom (if they even are there in the first place). Have the new heavens and new earth been created yet? Of course not! See Matthew 5:17-19.

In fact, in the millennium reign of Yeshua/Jesus, He TEACHES US the Torah/God’s Laws, see Isaiah 2, Isaiah 51, Micah 4, and notice in Zechariah 14 (after Christ returns), we keep the Feasts of Tabernacles. Ezekiel 36 – 48 corroborates such truth – the laws, the Holy Holidays (feasts of the LORD), and the Sabbath – even the sacrifices are reestablished in the millennium!

So is it possible that God’s word is true when it says over and over again that YHVH doesn’t change nor lie and that His commandments are forever? Not to mention, Amos 3:7 says, God does nothing without telling His servants the prophets first and there is no record of any true prophet of Yahweh/YHVH/God predicting God’s laws will be done away with. However, there is plenty of Scriptures warning of false prophets and false teachers in the latter days deceiving people into thinking God’s laws are done away with while leading others into error and even destruction.

  • 2 Peter 3:15-18 :” Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. 16 He speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
  • 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stability18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Fifth Problem . The law wasn’t t given to help us overcome sin, but it was actually given to help sin overcome us!

The law gives strength to sin not freedom from it . Only grace sets us free from the dominion of sin .. Romans 7:9-11 Romans 6:14

WHAT?! False. The law defines what is good verses evil – breaking God’s law is sin (I John 3:4). Again, totally twisting Scripture and misapplying which law Paul is referring to – context is everything (see previous comments).

The Spirit of Holiness, if one has it and submits to it, will obey what is holy: God’s laws. See above Scriptures provided and below.

Sixth problem .We are suppose to be dead to the law not alive to it! We cannot bear true fruit unless we see ourselves dead to the law and married to Christ.Rom 7:4. Also flirting with Moses is cheating on Jesus !

WOW. Again, false and twisted. This is why Peter warned that people who do not know the law and prophets will twist the word leading people to error. Please study the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Ezekiel and actually all the prophets for they **repeatedly** express that cheating on God is not obeying His commandments taught by Moses! In fact, He calls out and even divorces the House of Israel for doing so and disciplines the House of Judah for following in their Big Sister’s mistakes (See Proverbs 1 – 7; Isaiah 50:1; Jeremiah 9:13-16; Jeremiah 11; Book of Hosea; Ezekiel 16,20,22,23). That’s why it is called a new or renewed covenant with the House of Israel for through Jesus/Yeshua paying the penalty of breaking the law by shedding His blood on the cross as the perfect Passover lamb, the woman (House of Israel) can lawfully remarry (and by default, Gentiles/Grafted-In Israelites) can remarry Yahweh/Yeshua and be back in a holy covenant (as the Book of Daniel refers to it as). See Romans 7. Therefore, upon believing Yeshua is the Messiah (Isaiah 53) who died for our lawlessness and therefore, the consequence of said lawlessness, we are considered dead to the law of sin and death aka the curse – freed from the bondage of sin and now given an empowering life or gift called the Holy Spirit who will cause us to obey God’s laws by teaching us them to us and reminding us about them if we are in covenant with Yahweh through Yeshua. Or put another way, if we are betrothed to Yeshua, whichever analogy one prefers, they both convey the same message: relationship.

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See Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 36:27; Hebrews 8:8-13.

Furthermore, notice not only is the “renewed/new” covenant NOT with the Gentiles, but only the House of Israel (including us grafted-in Israelites) and House of Judah. Second, notice the job of the Ruach/Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is to write God’s Torah/law on our hearts and minds causing us to obey Him. Otherwise, we walk in a spirit of UNholiness or an UNholy spirit… in bondage.

Seventh problem . The law was given to point us to Christ, but once in Christ then we are are no longer under the law , for we are now in Christ and Christ now lives in us. We are under a new law called the law of the spirit of life in Christ. The law was for the old nature , not the new .

Again, false. The law was given as a tutor..as instructions – all of which points to Christ and our failure to obey, a need for a Savior a need for a solution making a way for us to be in covenant with Yahweh.

Ever since the fall of mankind..ever since Satan twisted God’s word/command making Eve (and Adam, by default) believe in a twisted version of God’s word, much like the false teachers of today do, people have believed God’s commands aren’t to be obeyed and there are no consequences to our rebellion. Thankfully, with the Spirit of Grace, we not only have forgiveness, but true repentant, obedient hearts respectfully want to honor our Heavenly Father..Abba. Not to earn sonship or daughtership, but because we have been graciously adopted in, we want to abide in Him, His House, His Kingdom as His will and word repeatedly speak of. Jesus/Yeshua says to those who think they know Him to depart from Him, you who practice lawlessness (Matthew 7). 1 John 2:4 says if you know Him and don’t keep God’s commands, then you are a liar.

Lastly, consider this:

how-to-know-god_833_460_80_c1Why is the Anti-Christ/Anti-Messiah and THAT spirit referred to as the “lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)? Why does the “lawless one” or beast /harlot system/mentality spoken of in the Books of Daniel, Thessalonians, and Revelation persecute the saints who KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND HAVE FAITH IN YESHUA (Revelation 12:17 ; 14:12), but don’t mention any other group? Why does the Book of Revelation refer to “saints” as those “who keep God’s commands and have the testimony of Jesus”? Why doesn’t it read the “lawless one” makes war with those who believe in Jesus and only want His grace? Rather, the beast/proverbial Babylon/the proverbial adulterous world (remember cheating on Yahweh/Yeshua above) just want to persecute those saints/those spiritual virgins/those House of Israel/grafted-in Israelites/the spotless Bride of Yeshua who recognize they’ve been saved by grace from lawlessness to a lawful lifestyle of holiness! Because true saints, full of the Spirit of Holiness, have both the Torah and Jesus in their hearts. Because when we are worshipers of Spirit (John 3:3-6) and truth (Psalm 119:30,42), the atmosphere changes..the world is turned upside down for the glory of the One True God, Yahweh, our Abba! The 12 Apostles changed the world because they understood the importance of God’s law and grace..His truth and Spirit transforms people! THAT is the good news and the ultimate true love story. That is what grace is about. 

To learn more, explore the above passages more along with Jim Staley Teachings, Psalm 119 Ministries, and Flip Flop Fellowship’s YouTube channels.

And do yourself a favor, rip out the man-made page that says, “New Testament” for it all is relevant and critical to your soul. 

Shalom.

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