As we have watched those we love who proclaimed Jesus as Lord and held close fellowship with their brothers and sisters walk away to follow the HRM or Hebrew Roots Movement, we realized that many Christians do not understand fully the work of Jesus Christ in their lives. What we have seen in our experiences with the HRM is that many times they ‘evangelize’ Christians and tell them that if they do not obey the Mosaic Law, they are not pleasing God and therefore in danger of committing the unpardonable sin. Out of fear and misunderstandings, these Christians willingly submit themselves to the bondage of the Mosaic Law and the old covenant (Galatians 4-5). One must remember that righteousness (to be made right with God) cannot be found in the Law, but only through Jesus Christ and His establishment of the New Covenant (Galatians 2:21).
We believe the Bible is clear, if Christians want to experience the Jewish feasts, or abstain from certain foods, or dress in certain clothing, or consider one day more important than another, there is nothing wrong in doing so (Romans 14:1-23). Romans 14:10-11 helps us to understand that a midst all these personal beliefs, we are to love one another and cause no division among the body of Christ (Titus 3:10, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 12:25). What we are proclaiming, is the teaching that a Christian MUST obey the Mosaic Law in order to maintain their right relationship with God, so that they do no commit the unpardonable sin, is false teaching (Galatians 1:6-10, Galatians 3:1-7). This site is dedicated to the understanding of Jesus Christ’s completed work in establishing the New Covenant for all those who believe in Him.
“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV
The Conflict in Discussion
Those who have come in contact with the Hebrew Roots Movement often struggle in giving a reason for the faith that is within them (2 tim 4:1-4) against the seemingly convicting attacks upon the Christian faith from an HRM follower. This is for several reasons.
1 – Most HRM followers read from Bibles that have been translated especially for the HRM Movement.
2 – Re-definition of terms. When in discussion with HRM followers, the words you are using often have a completely different meaning to the HRM believer. Although you do not realize this at the time, they do for they have been effectively trained in changing word definitions.
3 – The meaning of Hebrew and Greek words are often changed. The word “fulfill” is one of those examples.
4 – Emotional attacks are common, not only towards the believer, but also on God’s Church, pastors, Bible teachers, or Christian doctrine. They often use emotional logical fallacies such as Scare Tactics, Sentimental Appeals, as well as Ad Hominem arguments.
5 – Even when you do show them the truth within God’s Word, the Bible or even the logical fallacies within their arguments, they will continue to counter attack with other arguments for their beliefs.
6 – HRM believers who are deeply ingrained in the movement ultimately deny Paul’s writings, the book of Hebrews and the work of the Holy Spirit. Without any of Paul’s writings (who was a Jew of Jews, converted to Christianity and wrote most of the New Testament proclaiming we are no longer under the Mosaic Law) or the book of Hebrews, the HRM believer can more easily substantiate his or her doctrine. Although, Jesus Himself proclaims the power and the completeness of His sacrificial death and resurrection as the New Covenant in fulfillment of the Law, the prophets and the Psalms (John 5:39-40, Luke 24:44).
The Quick Answer
Those who are in the Hebrew Roots Movement are highly skilled in their beliefs and truly believe their call from God is to convince Christians they are not obeying God or following Jesus unless they observe the Torah. It is best for Christians to make their stand on the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:6-9) and His offer of salvation through the New Covenant which is free to all who believe.
1 – Signs of an HRM believer include observing the Sabbath on Saturdays, teaching one must observe the Torah or the Law of Moses to please God, one must use God’s and Jesus’ Hebrew names, observance of the Jewish holidays, and observance of the food laws in the Torah. They will also challenge Christian doctrine and beliefs when given the opportunity.
2 – When you recognize these signs or they acknowledge they are an HRM follower, unless you are extremely knowledgeable and skilled in God’s Word, proclaim, and not defend your faith. A statement such as, “I trust in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. I believe in His New Covenant that He offers freely to all who believe which means Jesus is my High Priest with a new law (Hebrews 7:11-12).”
3 – Continue to read, study and memorize the Bible. Grow as a Christian. Ask God for more of His Spirit for His well is deep and without end. Pray for those you know who are caught up in the Hebrew Roots Movement. Protect yourself from the lies and doubts in the sufficiency of Jesus Christ that the enemy so desperately wants you to believe.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless the reading of His Word to your understanding as you seek Him with all your heart (Luke 11:10, Hebrews 11:6).