Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
One huge heresy sweeping the churches, is Hebrew Roots or Hebrew Roots influenced teachings, that combine Jewish traditions [that have no biblical standing] with Christianity, to make one big stew pot of confusion. From Lew White, to the Nazarites, to many others: some of which are preaching openly a return to Torah law instead adhering to the gospel of grace, there have been troubling developments.
Before I get started on this one, I do believe the Jews were God's chosen people, that many Messianics who adhere to the gospel of grace are fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and subscribe to this verse:
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
This verse also points to Jesus Christ in that Jesus was a Jew and we are all blessed by Him. The world has oppressed the Jewish people for centuries: the Holocaust was basically an updated Inquisition done by Rome. This is why, I do not trust any secular govt entity when it comes to Jewish people, betrayal always looms on the horizon, as persecution of Jews and Bible Christians has occurred over and over through out history.
I do not subscribe to the false teachings by the Catholic church and others, that the Jews are saved under the first covenant so no evangelism is necessary for them. I believe they need Jesus Christ as much as I did when I was born again. This is something that the Pope and Catholic bishops on down to John Hagee has taught.
John Hagee [see at link] in fact preached this:
"I'm not trying to convert the Jewish people to the Christian faith... In fact, trying to convert Jews is a waste of time. Jews already have a covenant with God and that has never been replaced by Christianity." (Houston Chronicle, April 30, 1988, sec, 6, pg. 1).Life gets even weirder, when some people tell you books of the Bible do not apply to you based on your DNA, or when American people of European ancestry who were raised Catholic start calling you "Goyim" as a result of some of these false teachers. In my case, Jewish blood is actually negotiable considering the history of a great-grandmother:I simply do not know either way but it should not matter: the scary thing is how many think it should matter. While many of the Jewish claims of ancestry are true, some of these groups have people who never were raised Jewish or grew up not knowing anything Jewish, claiming oddly making new claims for "being a Jew". There is a lot to appreciate about Jewish culture and Praise God for every Jewish person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior but the focus on racial history or recreating one is a bit worrisome. This verse is shunted aside:
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
One thing people do seem to forget is much of what is called "Jewish", it does not mean it comes straight from the Torah or Old Testament, or that it even has anything to do with the Judaism that formed the root of Christianity. Talmudic Judaism is another creation altogether, that developed through centuries, adding many traditions, legends and rabbinical teachings and much of this same for other false religions of the world that reject the Lordship of Christ adding in Babylonian Mysteries and the same things that have infused Catholicism as well. Talmud writings do deny Jesus Christ same as the Koran and writings of other false religions: [research this for yourself]
"The Editio Princeps of the complete Code of Talmudic Law, Maimonides' Mishneh Torah -- replete not only with the most offensive precepts against all Gentiles but also with explicit attacks on Christianity and on Jesus, after whose name the author adds piously, 'May the name of the wicked perish'... Dr. Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p. 21
Christians who want to explore the Jewish roots of the Christian faith; which can be a very interesting and enlightening experience such as studying the prophecies in the Old Testament that point to Jesus need to be careful. Where things go wrong, is when outside traditions without scriptural backup, and other things that were developed in the past are brought in as gospel "truth" and added to God's Word. If someone is mindful of non-biblical Catholic traditions, and came out of that false church or any other, they need to remember that false traditions can come from all sorts of places. Adding to God's Word, Psalm 30:6 leads down a false path.
to be continued: