“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
Is Torah observance a requirement for born again Christians?
There is a growing movement in body of Christ that claims to be a true, Holy Spirit-led return to God’s law. Some have even dubbed it an “awakening” (as if it is a true revival among Christians), but in reality it is an old deception that the Apostles battled in the beginning of the New Covenant Church. This so-called movement has become a big part of the end-time apostasy/falling away.
Like any Christian cult, it does proclaim some Bible truth and it preys on unlearned or dissatisfied believers who have a genuine desire to do all they can to please God. It also uses the shortcomings and errors within more traditional Protestant churches to legitimize itself as a “better way” or for some “the only way” to walk with Jesus the Messiah (oops..I mean Yeshua Hamashiach...if you have trouble with the English version of His name).
For many in this deception, it all started with a legitimate desire to better understand the Jewish/Hebraic roots of the Bible. For others, they want to do everything they can to please their involvement began with a but sadly, much of it has devolved into a new legalistic cult. This new “Torah cult” is really not new (it can be traced all the way back to the first and second centuries AD), but it is really more diabolical and deceptive than the alien deception, the Zeitgeist lie, or the cults of Mormonism and Jehovah Witnesses. It is the deception that a born again Christian (or anyone for that matter) must obey the Old Testament laws and rituals to be righteous before God. Some of them even state that keeping the Old Testament laws, rituals, Sabbaths, and feasts are REQUIRED to be saved from the consequences of sin and make it to heaven. They take verses in the New Testament about “doing His commandments” and twist them to mean the Old Testament commandments. They simply refuse to put those verses in the proper context of New Testament commandments and what the New Testament says is no longer required for the true born again believerl in Jesus Christ.
As the Holy Spirit through Solomon stated, As the Holy Spirit through Solomon stated, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).
There was a sect called the Ebionites that broke away from the Apostles after the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 which clearly stated that Gentile believers were not required to keep the law of Moses or the Sabbath. This group believed Jesus was the Messia