Years ago, when I first started studying apologetics, it seemed as if information about various false teachings would come across my path a short time before I needed that knowledge. After this happened so many times as to be seemingly against all odds to call it coincidence, I came to realize that perhaps the Lord was leading me to the apologetics ministry. While it has been some time since the last incident, I never doubted that the idea of coincidence would not hold water and that it certainly had to be by the Lord’s design.
Well, it happened again!
Over the past few years I have read some things about “Messianic Christianity,” including the book, “Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity,” by Stan Telchin, and sold through Jews for Jesus. But I didn’t realize this movement went beyond that - until last week. Last week the new issue of Personal Freedom Outreach’s The Quarterly Journal arrived, and it has a front-page article on “The Hebrew Roots Movement.” The article gives some basic divisions in this movement (I’m not going to explain them - I’ll let you buy the journal):
- The Messianic Movement.
- Third Questers.
- Dual Covenant Groups.
- The Hebrew Roots Movement
- Autonomous Entities
- Eclectic System
The article was very interesting in that it demonstrates how far some will go to keep “Jewishness” in Christianity, to the point of often demanding legalistic adherence to the Mosaic Laws.
Today I received a telephone call from a retired pastor friend who wanted to know what I could find out about Skip Moen, who is part of the Hebrew Roots Movement - what the movement teaches, etc. (My friend, at almost 80 years, still does prison ministry, Bible studies, etc. - but he never had a computer). A quick look on the Internet demonstrated that Skip is indeed part of this aberrational movement, and I already had information as to the teachings from this movement from that journal! So it becomes just a matter of copying the article for my friend to study.
I’m not convinced this was just a coincidence!