I see at the heart of the Hebrew Roots movement a deep dark pit that some are falling into, and in doing so they are falling away from Jesus altogether – they decide that he was not the Messiah, and become Jewish, and lose their salvation.
Now I am not saying that Jews won’t be saved – they will know Yeshua when He returns, and God isn’t going to allow anyone He has chosen to not see that – I feel sure of that.
The issue is this – my experience tells me that Yeshua IS the Messiah, and I worry that it’s the very lack of prayer and experience of God through the powerful name of Jesus, that has caused some Messianics to fall away. They simply have not experienced the power of His name.
When I have had times of darkness I have taken authority over demonic forces in Yeshua’s name and done so with success – they have stopped their actions against me in that moment and retreated. Now if there’s a legal right or a legal ground for them to do what they are doing, they will either carry on, or stop and then start again, but I have witnessed the power of Jesus’ name and the authority it confers on me as a believer – I know that God is real, and I have seen Him act. I am in relationship with God, and if you are in relationship with God, then knowing His son is a big part of that.
So what is messing up the faith of those who are falling away into Judaism?
I think it comes from churches which don’t encourage true relationship with God individually, but tend towards a Pastor or congregational style of leadership – if you aren’t taking the Word of God seriously, reading it yourself and asking God to speak to you through it, and if you’re not in daily communion with God – then you might be persuaded by ‘lack of evidence’ that Jesus was not the Son of God!
Orthodox Judaism and idolatry of Judaism. Controversial, maybe, but a LOT of Christians who get into the Law start to try to emulate the Jewish traditions with are not in the Torah, or which are exclusive to them – buying prayer shawls or saying shalom to everyone, or going to a synagogue – you will not find Jesus there, and as He is the door, and NO-ONE comes to the Father except through Him – well it’s not worth doing those things.
Orthodox Jews do not have it in their best interests to prove that Yeshua is the Messiah, do they? Of course not. If you want a more balanced view on Judaism and the Trinity, listen to Michael Heiser, who has studied the ancient manuscripts without an axe to grind. I have nothing against Jews remaining Jewish, but if they are wrong and you are following them, and not God, then that is unwise. I understand the counter argument, that if Jesus is not God then you shouldn’t be worshipping Him, that would be true, so worship God THROUGH Him – follow His example, and live the life of Christ – do His deeds, and walk in His footsteps (which means to do as He saw His Father in Heaven doing).
Praying to Jesus and other activities – I am not sure about this practice of praying TO Jesus – we are to pray through Him, yes? In His name. Can anyone point me to a scripture where Jesus points to Himself as to be worshipped or prayed to? I always see Him doing everything to point us to God the Father. Correct me if I’m wrong.
The main thing to realise is that Judaism doesn’t have the answers, any more than the Christian church with it’s pagan Easter and Christmas do. The answers are in the book – read the bible, and pray that God will reveal His truth to you through the Holy Spirit.
God Bless you