Hebrew Roots Heresies

hebrew-rootsBecause of the many heresies of modern Christianity today, many believers have fled from the apostate denominations only to find themselves ensnared in Hebrew Roots heresies. What is the Hebrew Roots movement? According to House of David Fellowship:

Hebrew Roots is a movement emerging around the world that advocates returning to the understanding of the Scriptures, perspectives, and beliefs of first-century faith. We are removed from Protestant Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Messianic Judaism because of core belief differences.

Indeed it is good to be removed from Protestant Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Messianic Judaism because of doctrinal differences. But what are those differences? In the movement’s favor, the Hebraic Roots movement avoids pagan traditions such as Christmas and emphasizes fruits, good works and obedience. However, their zeal for the Torah and allegiance to Moses has caused them to usurp the supreme authority of Yeshua Hamaschiach (Jesus Christ) in the New Covenant. Is the Torah the foundation of Christianity? Did Yeshua teach His followers to observe the Mosaic Law? Is it sinful to transgress the Law of Moses? Are Christians obligated to keep the Sabbath, observe the Jewish Feasts and eat a Kosher diet?

The primary heresy in the Hebrew Roots movement is that Christians must keep the Torah. One of the primary beliefs of Hebraic Roots, according to Our Father’s Festival, is “adherence/obedience to the Torah.” Likewise, in Foundational Truths for Torah Communities, Tim Hegg says “Our lives should be characterized by obedience to the Torah.” In A Reasonable Argument for Keeping the Torah, Glenn McWilliams says, “I would suggest to my Christian brothers that they re-think their position on the Torah and Yeshua and repent and join us in keeping the Torah.” [Read more…]

Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up – DVD

Real Heretics - DVDDVD NOW AVAILABLE. This 90 minute documentary, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, is a fascinating overview of the early Christians (A.D. 90 – 299): Who they were. How they lived. What they believed. And how the Christianity of that era was lost. This eye-opening video challenges Christians today to return to the simple holiness, unfailing love, and patient cross-bearing of the early Christians. Includes a challenging comparison between the early Christians and today’s evangelicals.

The chapters include:

  • Who were the early Christians?
  • Separation from the world
  • A love without condition
  • A childlike trust in God
  • Divorce – a Roman plague
  • High fashion and low modesty
  • Roman R-rated entertainment
  • To the Romans, all persons were not created equal
  • Prosperity – a blessing or a snare?
  • Did the early Christians enjoy better health?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said, “Do not swear”?
  • Is war morally wrong?
  • Are humans capable of obeying God?
  • Can a saved person be lost?

Order your copy here. This video is also available for free on YouTube. Penned in a free-flowing readable style and combined with sound scholarship, the original full book Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up by David Bercot is available at Scroll Publishing.

The Faith Once Delivered

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saintsFor certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4)

jesus-sermon-mountWhat is meant by “faith once delivered unto the saints”? This Christian faith has been once for all delivered to the saints, nothing to be added to it or taken from it. God’s supreme revelation through Jesus Christ concerning the teaching of the Christian faith is finished. In the context of Jude 1:3, faith is not referring to the belief, trust or confidence which Christians have in God, but to the embodiment of doctrine which was given to the church by Jesus and the apostles. There is a body of Christian doctrine that is called “the faith once delivered.”

Our only infallible source of authority is Jesus. Anyone who claims to have a new revelation from God in order to add to the faith once for all delivered to the saints is against Christ. Jesus also gave unique authority to the apostles. Jesus said to the apostles, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Jesus told the apostles that the Spirit would guide them into all truth. In other words, the apostles were guided into all truth through the Holy Spirit when they wrote Scripture.

John the Apostle wrote, “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father” (1 John 2:24). Continuing in the Son and the Father is dependent upon the apostolic faith remaining in us. There was an established faith which was taught by the apostles “from the beginning.” Deviation from that apostolic faith to something new is a departure from the faith.

[Read more…]