I am sure many are rejoicing with great glee at this news, but for those of us who have been down this path, it’s heartbreaking to hear. The CEO of World Net Daily has come out as a stated follower of the Hebrew Roots Movement, calling one of its most prominent teachers his “pastor”, and selling the movement’s books in the online store.
As I listened to Joseph Farah begin the description of his journey in a recent interview, I heard him explain the very same quandary my husband and I were in nearly two decades ago. We could not reconcile the the Sabbath of the Ten Commandments given to Israel with traditional Christianity. We asked God some questions, and we proceeded forward on His answers. Yes, Saturday is the Sabbath! Then we discovered the other 603 commands. What we didn’t do was ask the right questions. He didn’t give us answers to questions we didn’t yet know how to ask, but allowed us to learn as we walked. For many years we believed we were in the truth and those who had “just Jesus”, but not the right Law, were lesser Christians. Many speculated that if you had the correct Jesus (who never went by that name incidentally) you would observe the Torah. It gradually became a definition of a real Christian for us (but we didn’t claim to be Christians anymore either)… demanding different fruit than the Holy Spirit gives. And the genuine fruit of the love of Christ in our lives, sadly lacking as well.
God finally and dramatically revealed to us what the Sabbath and the Law meant, and our relationship to it. He had let us experience the alternative with full force, but when we were finally able to listen, we found humility, grief, and shock that we had missed what was so simply in front of our eyes. But only He was able to show us.
The real root of the HRM is not about being like Jesus, but is rather a misunderstanding of the role of Law for those in Christ (we are dead to it, and alive to the Law of the Spirit in Jesus – a higher law… see Romans 6-8) and the misunderstanding of Gentile believers becoming part of Israel instead of “in Christ” as the One New Man, together with our Israelite brothers and sisters. See this article about who we are really grafted into. The paradigm and premise drawn by the HRM is at complete odds with the true witness of Christ (when He is allowed to speak for Himself) and the entire New Testament. This explains why so many take the logical step and just convert to Judaism. As one Jewish believer in Jesus stated…
It is my observation that among those adapting Jewish customs Christians who leave Jesus far outnumber Jews who turn to Him.
Farah sounds so sincerely convinced. I know he is because I’ve been there. But I also know without a shadow of a doubt that he is knocking on a door with death on the other side. It breaks my heart to see anyone falling into this, let alone someone who has influence over so many other sincere, God-loving people.
Friends, we must be like those on the mountain with Jesus when He revealed His glory. . Moses and Elijah disappear, and we see JESUS ONLY. “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him!” This is the voice of the Father. He does not point us to Moses, but to Christ.
I plead with the readers of World Net Daily to see our testimony, and the in-depth research of the others on my Resource Page above. But most of all, I pray you see Jesus only, not the counterfeit that seeks to bring all people under an obsolete covenant that had a distinct beginning, and found its end in Jesus. (Galatians means exactly what it sounds like it means!) I am one voice, rescued from a ship destined to sink, begging you not to board. If you do, I pray that it will only serve to later enable you to see Jesus like you have never seen Him before. I am so thankful this was true for us.
I will post the testimony of my 18 year old son who “grew up” in the Sabbatarian/Hebrew Roots atmosphere. He has only recently begun to share with me the reality he lived in, and it grieved me greatly to learn what I put my kids through without realizing it. I am so thankful for his love for Christ in spite of what we put him through. God is merciful!!! Stay tuned!