This is an excerpt from messiahfellowshiponline.com that describes their perspective which is one i progressively seem to be moving towards and seems to give a clear response to the misunderstandings and accusations that naturally arise in response to a growing enthusiasm for understanding Hebrew perspectives. These responses have occured in my own thoughts as i’ve wrestled with the revelation of the number of holes there appear to be in our western evangelical understanding of Bible history and a God-inspired worldview. I appreciate seeingÂ groups of people coming to the same conclusions and trying to walk in a place of balance that seeks to embrace the truthÂ about Torah observance and yet avoid legalistic adoption of regulations:
Who we are AND who we are Not!
Though itâ€™s been stated (mostly by those who do not know us), but also by those who think that they know us, that we â€œhave become Jewishâ€ or â€œMessianicâ€ or â€œlegalisticâ€ etcâ€¦ the truth is we have not become any of those things!
Have we become Jewish?
The facts are that JESUS / YESHUA (HIS Hebrew Name) was born into the Jewish tribe of Judah. HE came to fulfill prophesy given through over 4000 years concerning HIS Life, HIS Ministry and HIS commitment to the Covenant people of YHWH, who ended up being referred to as the JEWISH people! Contrary to popular belief today, JESUS walked in PERFECT harmony to The Law given by YHWH (GOD ALMIGHTY), though HE did break their traditions and man made laws on several occasions! Even though we do not believe that we have been grafted into ISRAEL (thus becoming Jewish), we do believe that we have been grafted into â€œthe Vineâ€, MESSIAH, by faith in HIM and what HE did and is doing in/through HIS People (all who place their trust in HIS Atoning work on the cross). So really, as we experience being â€œin HIMâ€, it stands to reason that we will take on HIS characteristics, virtues and values more and more as we obey HIS Word and â€œwalk just as HE walked.â€ (1 John 2:6)
Have we become Messianic?
Some have also mistakenly labeled us â€œMessianic.â€ This must be because we have distanced ourselves from the unbiblical practices of â€œSunday Sabbath keepingâ€ as well as the traditional holidays of â€œtraditional Christianityâ€ and have begun to observe the biblical Sabbath and the biblical Feasts of YHWH. Most Christians make the mistake of calling HIS Feasts â€œJewish Feastsâ€ because for almost 1700 years that is what has been taught, thinking that â€œall of those people for all of those years couldnâ€™t be wrong!?â€ Or could they? Speaking absolutely biblically, for 1700 years MANY, if not most were wrong! But not all! Nowhere in the Scriptures do we see a mandate from GOD, HIS SON nor the HOLY SPIRIT to change HIS Sabbath or HIS Feast Days, or to relegate them to ONLY be observed by Jewish people! (See Leviticus 23 / Isaiah 56 / Mat 5:17) So, because we began to take HIS Word literally and to observe HIS Feast Days (including the 7th Day Sabbath), many folks have come to the conclusion that â€œif they havenâ€™t become Jewish, then surely they must be Messianic!â€ We chuckle about this, but seriously we are no more interested in the extra and/or unbiblical, traditional practices of Messianic Judaism than we are interested in the extra and/or unbiblical, man-made traditions of professing Christendom! This error seems to come from a general misunderstanding of biblical obedience consists of altogether, which leads us to discuss a third accusation; that we â€œhave become Legalistic.â€
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