September 9, 2013 – What are Christian Roots?

I watched this video out of curiosity because apparently some ‘new movement’ of faith is beginning.   If you are curious, watch it too.  It’s only five minutes long.

What is Christian Roots?

My Response  …

If you happened upon this blog and have not seen the video, click here to watch  Foundation of Faith

The Hebrew Roots movement is about those who have chosen the prophets, including Moses, as their foundation of faith.

The Christian Roots movement is about those who have chosen the Jesus as their foundation of faith.

The Scriptures

The Hebrew Roots movement sees the importance of Torah, the first five books,  for living out their physical lives.  They find the Torah, the teachings and instructions of God to be valuable for guiding their lives.

The Christian Roots movement sees the importance of the New Testament for living out their spiritual lives and considers the Torah, old laws that have been removed by the grace of God.

Tribe of Judah

The Hebrew Roots movement understands the Jewishness of Yeshua.  Some in the Hebrew Roots movement tend to have a lop-sided view of the Old Testament and ignore the House of Judah,  Yeshua’s literal brothers and sisters, for the House of Israel, forgetting that the nation of  Israel was comprised of both political houses.

The Christian Roots movement, though they my intellectually know that Jesus was Jewish believe he  started a new religion called Christianity separate from his Jewish heritage.   This religion may read the Old Testament, do not embrace that part of the Scriptures even though that is the only Bible Jesus had and the only Scriptures he taught from.   Even in the New Testament, if a festival or tradition is called “Jewish”, most Christians don’t know what it means, avoid it, ignore it or chastise it.

Holy Days

The Hebrew Roots movement celebrates the Feasts of the Lord and rejects all of the church holidays rooted in paganism.

The Christian Roots movement celebrates all manner of holidays adopted by the church from pagan rituals celebrating pagan gods and goddesses.  Most of these holidays were incorporated by Constantine and eventually the Roman catholic church and continue today into Protestant as well was non-denominational churches.  Biblical Holy Days are considered fulfilled by Jesus and not necessary for teaching and sharing God’s plan of redemption.

Dividing Wall

With the mindset of many in the Hebrew Roots movement, there is a wall of partition that now separates them from the nations, part of the promise given to Abraham.  They see themselves as the part of the House of Israel and have difficult with the word, gentile.  This new wall of partition keeps them from being able to reach those of the nations with the deep truths they are learning from the prophets.

With the mindset of many in the Christian Roots movement, there is a wall of partition that separates them from the Jews who gave them their own Savior.  As one of the nations who are grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel (taught by the Apostle Paul),  there is great responsibility given to the nations for  making the Jew envious, but the dividing wall of hostility keeps this from happening.

Foreigners

Ephesians 2 corrects those who would deny that there are those of the nations; those who were foreigners and strangers to the promises and covenants given to Israel who are now part of the commonwealth of Israel.   It also speaks to all of those who would neglect Judah who is also part of the commonwealth of Israel.  It is important for all to remember that a grandson of Judah, Yeshua, made strangers and foreigners heirs with all of Israel.

The Foundation

Ephesians 2 corrects both views regarding the foundation of faith.  It is  built on both the apostles and prophets.  There is no old testament without the new and no new testament without the old.  To use only half the Bible is not a foundation; it is only half the truth and a half truth is a lie.  Without a foundation, no one can build a building.

The Cornerstone

Ephesians 2 corrects the view about the Messiah’s place in our foundation of faith.  He is the cornerstone.  Without a cornerstone a building cannot rise.

The Messiah was born a Jew, circumcised on the eighth day and given the Hebrew name, Yeshua.  He grew up in a Jewish household with Jewish parents and Jewish brothers and sisters.  He lived his life as a Jew in the land of Israel, taught as a Jewish Rabbi, died as the King of the Jews, was given a Jewish burial.  He rose from the dead as Jew, ascended into heaven as a resurrected Jew and he will return as a Jew to the Mount of Olives and take up his throne in Jerusalem as the permanent King promised to King David who was a Jew.  It would the “Christian Roots” of faith is very Jewish.

“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).

The Commonwealth of Israel

Ephesians 2 talks about the ‘commonwealth of Israel’ and the ‘wall of partition’ being destroyed by Yeshua.  Those of the nations could never enter the Temple and worship the God of Israel.  They had to stay ‘outside’ as strangers and foreigners.  Their ‘place’ was Solomon’s Colonnade where Yeshua threw out the money-changers so that the nations would have their place of prayer.   Israel, which included both Houses – Judah and Israel – entered into the Temple area known as the Court of Israel.  Between the ‘commonwealth of Israel’ and Solomon’s Colonnade was a ‘wall of partition’, a barrier which separated the two peoples.  Yeshua brought down this wall so that the nations could enter the Court of Israel and worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with Israel – Judah and Israel – and become fellow-citizens with God’s people.

In Yeshua, the cornerstone, the whole building of God is joined together on the foundation of the apostles and prophets and becomes a holy temple.  If we do not join together as one in Messiah building on the foundation, becoming one commonwealth of Israel, we have missed the Hebrew and Christian Root movements altogether.

Ephesians 2

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—  remember that at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.  But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,  and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2:11-2).

Final Thoughts

Let me close by saying that the responses of Christians given in the video grieved my heart deeply.  I was actually in shock and disbelief that no one really knew the Word of God – even the New Testament on which they based their ‘roots’.    No one had the complete foundation and their cornerstone had nowhere to go to begin building their spiritual temple.  It kind of just hung out there.

The dividing wall between Christians and their Biblically Jewish heritage was so apparent that I could literally see their black leather Bibles torn in two – the one part ‘for the Jews’ hanging by a few binding threads and the other, smaller portion for ‘them’ kind of flopped over their hand, looking good, but waiting to be actually read (except for one young man who was really trying to put it together for himself.)   I went to bed feeling like my soul and spirit had been cut with a knife.  I could only pray for their spiritual eyes to be opened to the fullness and completeness of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

We don’t need a Christian revival as some of the men were saying.   Even a Hebrew Roots revival, which at least brings people to understanding that more than half of the Bible isn’t obsolete, aging and discarded isn’t what is needed.   We need a Biblical revival, built on the foundation of both the apostles and all of the prophets.    We need Noah, Moses and Isaiah as much as we need Matthew, Peter and Paul.   We need a Biblical heritage revival that began in the beginning with Adam and Eve, continued with eternal covenant promises to Abraham, (the first Hebrew) and continued through his lineage to Isaac and Jacob,  down to Israel’s son, Judah,then to David and to Yeshua.

If you happen to be one of those who would answer the questions as those in the video, I challenge you to tear out the pages in your Bible that say Old Testament and New Testament and begin to see your Bible as one book.   If you consider yourself born again, read John chapter 3 and see what you were born again into – a religion that didn’t exist or a kingdom.   As a member of the Kingdom of Heaven, you have a great responsibility.   Begin reading in Genesis about how that Kingdom came about, how the King was chosen, what the rules the King uses to guard and guide his Kingdom and how a child of the Kingdom would live and act  – both in this physical world (Prophets) and as a new spiritual creation in Messiah, preparing for the Kingdom to come (Apostles).

©2013 Tent Stake Ministries

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