Comment by Vic:
My previous post by John Muncy about “DNA music” was not appreciated by some an I removed it as not to use this site to discredit a man whom I have lots of respect for. Lets hope that this post can salvage his reputation and proof that he is not a new age heretic. 🙂
I remember my last time while flying to Israel I met a very interesting man. We were both talking about how excited we were to be going to the “Promise Land” and how great it will be to check out all the great places referred to in the Scriptures. He appeared to be a devote believer, so he said, and yet before long I found out that he believed the Apostle Paul was the worse thing that happened to the followers of Christ. He said that all the writings of the Apostle Paul – which make up the majority of the epistles – are wrong. I WAS DUMBFOUNDED! Little did I know I had encountered my first devotee of the “Hebrew Roots Movement”, a cult within the Christian Church.
In this man’s own words, he stated that Christians don’t really know the “real Jesus” nor do they understand the Bible. Conveniently, just like Mormonism, and all other cults, the Hebrew Roots Movement have their own “version” of the Bible, which of course, is the only version you are allowed to use.
There are several groups out there teaching their lies. One such group is from California, called “Last Trumpet Org Ministries”. They are one of the leading groups attempting to delegitimize the Apostle Paul, and while they may be the most overt, they are not alone in this teaching. Other groups, like “El Shaddai”, which was started by Mark Blitz, also condemn the Apostle Paul as herectical and his writings “deceive” the Christians.
One very clear aim of the Hebrew Roots movement is to drag you away from Mount Calvary and the finished work at the cross of Christ, and to keeping dragging you back before the cross, all the way back to Mount Sinai and place the yoke of the Law, (what they love to call the “Torah”), around your neck after Christ has freed you from it.
Here is Mark Blitz quoted directly from his website:
“My goal is not to convert Jews to Christianity but to bring non-Jews to a better understanding of YHVH through a better understanding of Torah. I think most Christians do not know YHVH as He really is but know Him as they have tried to create Him in their image rather than understanding they were created in His image. Many Christians believe they have a relationship with YHVH but they don’t. The time is coming when the Jewish people will recognize the role Yeshua played and they will then fulfill their mission in taking Torah to the nations. They will straighten out the Christians theology in what Yeshua was really saying. There will be Christians who will be saying what can these Jews know about Yeshua when in actuality you will have the correct understanding. In Christianity as you probably know there will be an antichrist and false prophet who deceive the world.”
No wonder these guys hate the Apostle Paul so much! He warn of their exact lies! He warned of those even in his day, that tried to force believers back into the Law and Paul stated that is was a “yoke of bondage”. Jesus Himself took that yoke of the Law off of our backs. Without a doubt, the “other gospel” that Paul warned against is rooted in the “Hebrew Roots” and “Sacred Name” movements.
These cults peach another gospel, a “gospel” without biblical salvation. You will be hard pressed to read or hear them say, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31) That is not their focus. They want you to obey Torah. These cults actually have no “gospel” – no “good news”. It basically teaches you must “convert” to Judaism, and obey the Torah.
Again, from Mark Biltz”s website:
“I can’t speak for everyone but only for myself. First I would say that there probably really is no central goal of the Hebrew roots movement. Everyone is there for different multiple reasons. As long as you have humans and religions you will have multiple motives. I find some just want to build kingdoms to themselves not unlike some of the Pharisees and Sadducees and many Christian ministers of today. Here I am speaking of many of the leaders. Also, just like the multiple denominations in both Judaism and Christianity you can’t lump the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movements into one motivation. The central goal is to know YHVH and to make Him known. My goal is not to convert Jews to Christianity but to bring non-Jews to a better understanding of YHVH through a better understanding of Torah.”
As you just read, the “central goal is to know YHVH”? But, simply “knowing YHWH” (God) can only be a reality through Christ, who said He was the only way to God. (John 14:6) John 17:3 states very clearly, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
God’s FREE GIFT of salvation never came by “understanding” or keeping the Torah, it comes through Jesus Christ. Jesus said He was the door. He is the entryway to the Father, not the Torah. The Torah has no power in and of itself, other to accuse you as “guilty” before God. The Torah will not and cannot save you. The Torah only proves that we are sinful by nature and will never attain salvation by our deeds. Keep the Torah all you like, but if you are not SAVED, you are lost in your sins. The Bible is crystal clear on this.
I know this is going to be very offensive to a lot of people, but remember, it offended people in Jesus’ day as well. The followers of Torah were infuriated for the teachings of the Lord Jesus! They hated Him! So much so they killed Him for teaching it. And, of course, this is why they hated Paul so much! They killed Paul for teaching it. But it’s the truth, like it or not.
Salvation is through a person – Jesus – and not through keeping the Law or following the Torah. Paul said the Torah is good and it has its place. It’s important to remember, the Torah makes up less than 10% of the Bible. The Bible starts with the Torah, but it points to the Person of Christ in the end. The “greater than Moses” was one of His descriptions. The goal of the Bible is to lead you to Jesus, not lead you to the Torah. The Torah simply lets you know your lost condition; the solution to that problem is in the finished work of Jesus at the cross.
I hope this post helps you to see the real ambition of “Hebrew Roots” and the “Sacred Name” movements, and how serious their teachings deviate from the Scriptures. I hope this ultimately helps you to understand that the purpose and goal of God’s Word is not to lead you to the Torah, but to lead you to the One who wrote the Torah – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
He is the central theme of it all!
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. ” Acts 4:12
Blessings upon you all today! – John Muncy