This is NOT a teaching. I... am NOT a teacher. This is MY opinion based on MY understanding.
What is Hebrew Roots?
Many that are drawn to the "Hebrew Roots" movement are believers in Messiah, who are either discovering for themselves that keeping "Biblical Law" ( a misnomer in itself ) to be for all generations, or who are being led by internet rabbis to do so. The appeal to this revelation stems from a deep hunger for Truth, and a discontentedness in living the lie within pagan Christianity. Sadly, the reality is that they are true Judaizers who are keeping Jewish customs (Proto-Canaanite customs) and hijacking Israelite culture. Most don't really know the difference between His Way, and "Jewish culture". Indeed they seem to believe being His "set apart" is being in the culture, but not of the culture, rather than in the world and not of the world. Being countercultural is not the same as keeping oneself unstained by the world, or uncultured. This apostasy is not intentional though. When a believer in Messiah in virtually any time period since the Messiah has sought depth of understanding in scripture regarding the OC (Original Covenant), they turn to sages and rabbis. This sadly is the "root" of "Hebrew Roots". They are turning to, and being yoked with non-believing persecutors of Messiah. Are these self-titled "Torah teachers/ministries" aware of the manipulation being worked through them? Probably not. Is it any surprise then that they offer rabbinical teachings formats, and pollute the True Faith with vain Jewish (Kenite) customs that originated within Canaanite paganism? Behind many of these newer "Hebrew Roots" teachers are characters such as Monte Judah (author of The Greater Exodus, and co-conspirator in the false doctrine "The Second Exodus"). The financial scam artist behind Passion for Truth was closely supported by Monte Judah by his own admission. Yes, false prophets, and doctrines abound in this cult-like race to Judaiz the True Faith. Some of these "Torah teachers" are physically trying to regather Ephraim and Judah into the land of Israel in order to bring about the appearance of Messiah. Scripture is clear about who gathers His sheep, and it's not teachers or Rabbis.
There seems to me very little difference between Hebrew Roots and civic Christianity in format. The corporate body of believers is not rooted in Messiah, but rather the collective beliefs of the congregation (the lies we defend). If you could imagine taking any pervasive denomination, and simply add Davidic dancing (pagan circle dancing) and a Hebraic version of contemporary praise music, that's how I perceive these "Ministries". Much like how Jerusalem from the fifth century BCE until the first century was increasingly Hellenized, the modern Hebrew Roots is Judaized. They simply replace rapture doctrine with Second Exodus doctrine. Additionally they teach false doctrines such as the Saturday Sabbath (as opposed to the Biblical Sabbath according to the Creation Calendar) contrary to the Roman Sunday. Smells a bit like controlled opposition. Both the Hebrew Roots, and civic Christians are keeping the Gregorian Calendar forced on the world by Pope Gregory. Ultimately Hebrew Roots is an extension of Zionism, and one could argue they are simply an extension of the right-wing Christian Israel supporters such as John Hagee. Israel (the descendants of Jacob) should not be polluted by those in the heathen capital of the world, the nation-state of Israel. Jerusalem is, and ever has been, the mother of harlots.
Truth does not come through state established organizations, or corporate ministries. There is only one Truth in this world, and you can't donate to it's cause with your greenbacks. The enemy is clearly using this movement to allow adherents to be distracted from finding His Truth. The pop-culture documentary "The Way" is a powerful tool to this end. For people who study Scripture, and understand what it means to be truly set-apart, this documentary may elicit a righteous indignation. Many within "Hebrew Roots" often defend the religious institution of civic Christianity, promote their movement through the worldly culture (mingling the Holy with the profane), many are section 501c3 compliant, and all seem saturated with pop-culture memes. Many have promoted eschatological nonsense, and made false prophesy relating to "blood moons", "shemitahs", and other Jewish superstitions. Bible codes... sorry... Torah codes, numerology, and Israel worship are everywhere in this movement. The hyper grace doctrine is very much a part of this movement. They use the term "love your neighbor" without any regard to what the Father's definition of Love is. "Love" is not tolerance according to the Father. "Love" is not acceptance according to the Father. Your neighbor is NOT all people within the known world. Study this out in Messiah's teachings.
What to watch for:
- Anything that promotes the "Seal of Solomon", aka "Star of Rephiam", aka "Star of David" is brandishing the seal of Kabbalah.
- Any reference to the "Shekinah".
- Any holidays, observances, appointed by men.
- Beware of any effort to re-establish the Jewish/Edomite/Canaanite temple in the land of Israel.
- Any teaching that hinges the Sabbaths/Appointed Times on a man-made calendar (Julian,Gregorian, Babylonian).
- Beware of anything that glorifies the Jewish culture.
- Beware of anyone who refers to themselves as a "teacher", or "rabbi".
- Beware of anyone who sells "Christian" or "Hebrew Roots" products/teachings.
- Beware of "Ministries" (section 501(c)(3) organizations who's income depends on their organization, donations, memberships, products, etc.)
- Any form of worship involving a cross, or other physical symbol of Him
- Beware of spiritists.
- Beware of "Torah Codes", "Bible Codes", numerology, or any other form of divination and sorcery.
THE WORD OF THE FATHER IS NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY TO BUY AND SELL, OR PROFIT FROM!
Biblical Law and Feasts
Yes, without a doubt, we are still to keep His commands and His appointed times. This should be done according to the Biblical Creation Calendar as is clearly evident from Scripture. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Search it out for yourself in the Word. Don't lose heart, and don't lose the momentum you have with your new understanding of how His Word should be applied in your life. Be obedient to His Word and pray for discernment. Seek Him in His Word, not in a state sponsored ministry! Find fellowship with other believers, but leave your doctrines at the door to share together in Messiah our love for the Father.
Be cautious! Many of us came from civic Christian backgrounds blindly believing the doctrines of the church. What I see within the Hebrew Roots movement is more of the same... megalomaniac, cult of personality Torah teachers espousing fear based false doctrines. There may be an intention to build up a false restoration only to tear it down by slowly revealing the shame and apostasy within the "Hebrew Roots". This could elicit a "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" kind of response in the would be believers. Don't be fooled! Don't seek out large crowds of like-minded believers. Don't get caught up in a movement (even if it has a cool little movie). Listen to what the Word says:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and THE WAY is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it." Matthew 7:13-14
Is This Divisive?
I sure hope so. The Truth/Word/Messiah is the sword that divides Turth from lies.