For a lot of Christians the Hebrew Roots Movement teaches false doctrine. It teaches us to return to the bondage of the Law of Moses. It teaches us to keep the Sabbath, which puts us further into bondage. It teaches us to follow Judaism and leave Jesus Christ alone. Also, it teaches us the mysteries of Kabbalah.
I admit the Hebrew Roots Movement does teach the above things. However, it depends on the teacher you select to sit under and what information you receive. It’s no different than studying under a teacher who teaches different doctrines in Christianity.
Is There a Pure Religion?
Recently, I had a conversation with a lady who studies as a Jehovah Witness. We had a long conversation about why Jehovah’s Witnesses was a pure religion which practiced the great commandment of Jesus, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
“Well, then I definitely don’t believe Jehovah’s Witnesses is a pure religion because receiving love by them has not been my experience,” I told her, along with some personal examples of what happened.
She was in disbelief by what I said. So her husband tried to explain that just because some people acted like that doesn’t mean the whole religion is bad. I told him he proved my point. You see, they had been trying to tell me that only Jehovah’s Witnesses was the true and pure religion while everyone else was defiled based on how they acted – not in love.
While I was trying to tell them, for me, there was no pure religion because there were always problems within religion because every religion consisted of people. However, I do believe the Father, who is in heaven, has many disciples all over the world in various situations and in various religions (those with the basic belief Jesus Christ is the Messiah and have accepted him as such in their lives).
All Religions Teach False Doctrine
Personally, I have studied more religions than most people would even dare to think about. So when I make my comments they are mostly based on experience. Therefore, I can say with confidence there is false doctrine being taught in the Hebrew Roots Movement, just like there is in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the rest of the religions around the world.
I say this for two reasons. The first reason is because the scriptures told us it was going to happen. These are just a few verses speaking about false prophets, teachers, and apostles.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11 KJV)
The second is because human beings are the ones teaching the principles of their beliefs. And being human means being open to the temptation of fame, glory, and power. A lot of people have found that being a religious leader affords them plenty of benefits so they start churches without God’s consent to receive those benefits. To be honest, it’s not always easy to spot these types of leaders because they are charismatic and helpful.
Sometimes, even those who received God’s approval end up falling away from the truth because of the money that came along later in their ministry. They found out with money comes power, fame, and glory. Everyone wants to know them and be like them. People seek them out for their advice. Eventually, they realize if they preach a certain way, it’ll keep them in the lime light and before they realize what’s happened they are teaching false doctrine.
Testimonials of False Doctrine
I have read many testimonies to how people have come to the “light” and now realize how a particular religion teaches lies. Below are just a few examples. The first one involves myself.
When I was a teenager a friend of mine used to take me to church with her. We learned about the Bible together and she was a strong believer in my teenage mind. She was always trying to teach me something about Jesus and the Bible.
When I spoke to her as an adult I was surprised to find out she left Christianity. When I questioned her as to why, she replied, “I went to Egypt one summer. I learned a lot about my black heritage. Jesus is a white man’s god and has nothing to do with me. White man taught us about Jesus to keep us in mental slavery because they knew they wouldn’t be able to keep us in physical slavery.”
She continued to tell me all she had learned to which all I could reply, “Wow!” I tried to explain why her thinking was wrong, but she had found the truth. For her Christianity didn’t only teach false doctrines, it was completely wrong and shouldn’t be followed under any circumstances.
For everyone who feels like her, there is at least one person who feels the total opposite when it comes to Christianity.
Another testimony involves a woman I read about on the internet. Her testimony speaks of going from one doctrine to another taught by deceptive teachers. Her last move brought her to the Hebrew Roots Movement. Unfortunately, she had a false teacher and now believes the whole movement is wrong. You can read her testimony and judge for yourself.
She is no different than anyone else who has been led astray by false teachers. There will always be false teachers in every area of life. Their goal is to build followers who cater to them and not to God Almighty.
Studying is Our Burden
It is our job to weave through the truth and the lies. It is our job to evaluate whether someone is teaching false doctrine or not. This is why we are told to “rightly divide the word of truth.” The burden of being diligent to be approved by God is on us, not the teachers.
Maybe we need to be more like David, who said, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” (Psalm 119:99 KJV) David mediated on what God had done for him, for his family, for Israel, and for the world. His thoughts were wrapped up in God and his word. This is all Psalms talks about – God and his word. I believe Psalm 119 sums it up best. Read it. Then read it again in another translation to see what David was saying.
Please understand my heart. Every religion is considered false by someone. It doesn’t matter what you believe. There will always be someone to tell you that you are wrong. The scriptures tell us to be fully persuaded in what we believe.
Every teacher out there is not a false teacher. We are all learning. There will be times when you will not agree with your teacher. That doesn’t make him false. It just means you two have learned something different about the subject. So if there is something you don’t understand then ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth of the matter. He will because it is his job to lead you into all truth concerning Jesus Christ.
In the meanwhile, the scriptures tell us to follow after righteousness and holiness. Therefore, follow Yeshua (the living word of Yahweh) and his commandments.
Next time, we’ll talk about identifying false messengers. Until then, “You must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:11-17).
Be blessed and grow in understanding.
Our Heavenly Father, who is in heaven,
Help us to follow you and your ways only, growing in understanding. Teach us to walk in the spirit and the truth.
In Yeshua the Messiah’s name, Amen.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14 KJV)
“Indeed, this is what you were called to; because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 CJB)
“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6:11 KJV)
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV)
“But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction. Many will follow their debaucheries; and because of them, the true Way will be maligned. In their greed they will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their punishment, decreed long ago, is not idle; their destruction is not asleep!” (2 Peter 2:1-3 CJB)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5 KJV)
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)