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Please study these articles and pray that the Lord will reveal His truths and mysteries to you. I am not attacking the Hebrew teachings, but I do want the mind of Jesus Christ with in us, to guide us and lead us and I desire that He will renew our minds so that we will be Christ like... 

The more that I learn of this and the more that I study this, the more concerned that I feel down deep in my spirit, I see a  deliberate wedge between the body of Christ and those who are following the Hebrew Roots and I do not like what I am learning. I have many friends who are following this and I have studied enough that I am not liking the superiority attitude  that is dividing us into two separate groups.

In what the Lord has shown me, if the Hebrew and the Greek and the King James Bible are not in harmony and supporting each other, then there is something horribly wrong.

I see more and more doubt casting against the King James Bible, and I'm seeing more bashing against the Word of God... The Lord is well able to keep His word pure and undefined but the Hebrew mind set is tearing it down constantly... 

I was told that I need to have a Hebrew mind set, but The Lord says that we are to have the mind of Christ...

The Ten Commandments are our school master to show us that we have sinned before a Holy and Rightous God, and that we must answer to Him for our sin... The Ten Commandments are to show us how to get to the foot of the cross, we must repent and turn from our sin and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from Gods wrath...

Here is a heavy thought ; when our Lord said "if you love me you will keep my commandments" what was He referring too. Just the two Commandments or  the Ten Commandments or all of His Commandments...

Our Lord was totally obedient to the Old testament laws and statutes, and festivals - why were they changed with-in a few years of his Resurrection and who changed them and why???

Why were the festivals changed into our holidays that we celebrate today and who do they represent and why???

Do our holidays actually glorify our Lord or do the actually come from pagan deity's that have nothing to do with Jesus Christ???

These are just a few of the questions that have caused me to study this issue in the word of God...

Remember, this web site has been put together to force you to study the Word of God for your self, you won't be able to ask most of your ministers because most of them have been "cemetery" taught and will reject the words that are here...

The Lord has shown me, that our interpretation of wide gate / narrow gate was wrong, we were taught that the wide gate was written to the world, but the Lord said that the world does not read his words and that the wide gate is written to the church and the narrow gate was written to the few, that will search His Holy Scriptures and who are obedient to His words...

Question: "What is the Hebrew Roots movement?"

The premise of the Hebrew Roots movement is the belief that the Church has veered far from the true teachings and Hebrew concepts of the Bible. The movement maintains that Christianity has been indoctrinated with the culture and beliefs of Greek and Roman philosophy and that ultimately biblical Christianity, taught in churches today, has been corrupted with a pagan imitation of the New Testament gospels.

Those of the Hebrew Roots belief hold to the teaching that Christ's death on the cross did not end the Mosaic Covenant, but instead renewed it, expanded its message, and wrote it on the hearts of His true followers. 

They teach that the understanding of the New Testament can only come from a Hebrew perspective and that the teachings of the Apostle Paul are not understood clearly or taught correctly by Christian pastors today. Many affirm the existence of an original Hebrew-language New Testament and, in some cases, denigrate the existing New Testament text written in Greek.

This becomes a subtle attack on the reliability of the text of our Bible. If the Greek text is unreliable and has been corrupted, as is charged by some, the Church no longer has a standard of truth.

Although there are many different and diverse Hebrew Roots assemblies with variations in their teachings, they all adhere to a common emphasis on recovering the "original" Jewishness of Christianity. 

Their assumption is that the Church has lost its Jewish roots and is unaware that Jesus and His disciples were Jews living in obedience to the Torah. For the most part, those involved advocate the need for every believer to walk a Torah-observant life. This means that the ordinances of the Mosaic Covenant must be a central focus in the lifestyle of believers today as it was with the Old Testament Jews of Israel.

 Keeping the Torah includes keeping the Sabbath on the seventh day of the week (Saturday), celebrating the Jewish feasts and festivals, keeping the dietary laws, avoiding the "paganism" of Christianity (Christmas, Easter, etc.), and learning to understand the Scriptures from a Hebrew mindset. 

They teach that Gentile Christians have been grafted into Israel, and this is one reason every born-again believer in Jesus the Messiah is to participate in these observances. It is expressed that doing this is not required out of legalistic bondage, but out of a heart of love and obedience. However, they teach that to live a life that pleases God, this Torah-observant walk must be part of that life.

The Hebrew Roots assemblies are often made up of a majority of Gentiles, including Gentile rabbis. 

Usually they prefer to be identified as "Messianic Christians." Many have come to the conclusion that God has "called" them to be Jewish and have accepted the theological position that the Torah (Old Testament law) is equally binding on Gentiles and Jews alike. 

They often wear articles of traditional Jewish clothing, practice Davidic dancing, and incorporate Hebrew names and phrases into their writing and conversations. 

Most reject the use of the name "Jesus" in favor of Yeshua or YHWH, claiming that these are the "true" names that God desires for Himself. 

In most cases, they elevate the Torah as the foundational teaching for the Church, which brings about the demotion of the New Testament, causing it to become secondary in importance and only to be understood in light of the Old Testament. 

The idea that the New Testament is faulty and relevant only in light of the Old Testament has also brought the doctrine of the Trinity under attack by many advocates of the Hebrew Roots beliefs.

As opposed to what the Hebrew Roots movement claims, the New Testament teachings of the Apostle Paul are perfectly clear and self-explanatory. Colossians 2:16,17 says, "Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." Romans 14:5 states, "One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind." 

Scripture clearly indicates that these issues are a matter of personal choice. These verses and many others give clear evidence that the Mosaic Covenant laws and ordinances have ended. Continuing to teach that the Old Covenant is still in effect in spite of what the New Testament teaches, or twisting the New Testament to agree with the Hebrew Roots beliefs, is false teaching.

There are aspects of the Hebrew Roots teachings that certainly can be beneficial. Seeking to explore the Jewish culture and perspective, within which most of the Bible was written, opens and enriches our understanding of the Scriptures, adding insight and depth to many of the passages, parables and idioms. 

There is nothing wrong with Gentiles and Jews joining together in celebrating the feasts and enjoying a Messianic style of worship. Taking part in these events and learning the way in which the Jews understood the teachings of our Lord can be a tool, giving us greater effectiveness in reaching the unbelieving Jew with the gospel. It is good for Gentiles, in the body of the Messiah, to identify in our fellowship with Israel. However, to identify with Israel is different from identifying "as" Israel.

Gentile believers are not grafted into the Judaism of the Mosaic Covenant; they are grafted into the seed and faith of Abraham, which preceded the Law and Jewish customs. 

They are fellow citizens with the saints (Ephesians 2:19), but they are not Jews. Paul explains this clearly when he tells those who were circumcised (the Jews) "not to seek to be uncircumcised" and those who were uncircumcised (the Gentiles) "not to become circumcised" (1 Corinthians 7:18). There is no need for either group to feel they must become what they are not. Instead, God has made Jews and Gentiles into "one new man" in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:15). 

This "new man" is referring to the Church, the body of Christ, which is made up of neither Jew nor Gentile (Galatians 3:27-29). It's important for Jews and Gentiles to remain authentic in their own identity. In this way a clear picture of the unity of the body of Christ can be seen as Jews and Gentiles are united by one Lord, one faith, one baptism. If Gentiles are grafted into Israel, becoming Jews, the purpose and picture of both Jew and Gentile, coming together as one new man, is lost. God never intended Gentiles to become one in Israel, but one in Christ.

The influence of this movement is working its way into our churches and seminaries. It's dangerous in its implication that keeping the Old Covenant law is walking a "higher path" and is the only way to please God and receive His blessings

Nowhere in the Bible do we find Gentile believers being instructed to follow Levitical laws or Jewish customs; in fact, the opposite is taught. Romans 7:6 says, "But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code." Christ, in keeping perfectly every ordinance of the Mosaic Law, completely fulfilled it. 

Just as making the final payment on a home fulfills that contract and ends one’s obligation to it, so also Christ has made the final payment and has fulfilled the law, bringing it to an end for us all.

It is God Himself who has created a world of people with different cultures, languages and traditions. God is glorified when we accept one another in love and come together in unity as "one" in Christ Jesus. 

It's important to understand that there is no superiority in being born Jewish or Gentile. We who are followers of Christ, comprised of many different cultures and lifestyles, are all of value and greatly loved because we've entered into the family of God.

Spiritual Warfare – Believers Neutralized and Powerless

Posted on 05/15/2012 by Justice Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

The devil has cleverly neutralized the Christian world. They have become academic believers without the power of God. They are scholars and they have different books and translations of the Bible. They think that they are wise because they have Scripture knowledge but they don’t have the power of God.

 The power of the Gospel is in preaching the Words of Jesus, faith in Jesus, believing His words and DOING THEM. Repent and be baptized and obey the Words of Jesus and then He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and you will be guided by the Holy Spirit.

 Your relationship with God is a SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP it is not an academic relationship through preaching’s and reading, a lots of media and books and listening to videos and to people. You need to be listening to the Holy Spirit of God and He will put His wisdom IN you, but you can only get that if you PRAY and God wants to communicate with you.

 But if you don’t OBEY and PRAY you will not receive anything and you will not have a relationship with the Living God. There is only ONE WAY and that is, after you have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, BELIEVE, REPENT, turn away from sin, turn away from serving yourself. OBEY JESUS, go and read His Words in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, like you have never read them before and BELIEVE it and DO it. Be BAPTIZED IN WATER and HE will give you the BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, with speaking in other tongues and you need to be guided by the Holy Spirit or else the devil will defeat you every time.

The devil works on your MIND, your INTELLECT, and he will defeat you with a clever story all the time, because you are on the level of the FLESH and he is on the level of the spirit. You need to be guided by the Holy Spirit of God and then you will overcome the devil.

And that is why believers are defeated. They cannot stop sinning because they are listening to the devil. You’ve got to OBEY, the HOLY SPIRIT will tell you STOP and then you OBEY and if you DO NOT OBEY you will PERISH.

The POWER is in TRUSTING and OBEY the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. Get on your knees and cry out to Jesus and say:”LORD, please reveal Yourself to me!” GET SERIOUS and put away your Books and get on your KNEES and cry out to the Living God UNTIL HE ANSWERS you and then you will get to know Jesus for real or else you will just be defeated by satan.

May Jesus bless you.

Hebrew Language, Name & Commandment Confusion

Posted on 05/15/2012 by Justice Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

There is a lot of Hebrew, language, name and commandment confusion going on amongst believers. There are people who are confused and they and they are confusing many other people, that is not bringing them closer to Jesus. It is all about the Hebrew names of God and Jesus, Yeshua and Elohim.
Our relationship with God is a spiritual relationship, it is not a language relationship, it is not a Hebrew language relationship, we are not becoming Jews.

 Those who have accepted Jesus and obey Him, have the power to become children of God (John 1:12) not to become Jews. And they do not take on Jewish customs and they don’t need to learn the Jewish language, they need to learn to worship in Spirit and in truth! That is what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman.

We read in John 4:23 He said:”But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24“GOD IS SPIRIT, and those who worship Him must WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH.”

Now how can that be? How can you worship God in spirit and in truth? There is only one way and that is, you must have the Spirit of Christ, you must have the Holy Spirit, and only if you have received the Holy Spirit, can you worship God in spirit and in truth. The Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost as promised by Jesus and all those who believed and were baptized in water received the baptism in the Holy Spirit with SPEAKING IN TONGUES! 

Why speaking in tongues? Because they were given a heavenly language, by which they could worship God, a language, a tongue which neither they themselves understand, nor the devil understands but they are SPEAKING MYSTERIES TO GOD!

 That is why you need the baptism in the Holy Spirit WITH SPEAKING IN TONGUES, so that you can worship in spirit and in truth, as Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:2:”For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.” He is not speaking Hebrew, he is not speaking Japanese or English or French or Italian. He is speaking mysteries to God! 

Therefore you don’t need to know the Hebrew language, YOU NEED TO BE FILLED IN WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD so that your spirit can speak mysteries to God!

Paul also further writes in Romans 8:26,27”In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” How does that work? 

He (Jesus) has poured out His Spirit inside of the Spirit filled believer. The Spirit of God that dwells inside of him intercedes together with my spirit unto god, according to the will of God, because I don’t know exactly what to pray. Neither do I know what I am praying when I am praying in tongues, but the Spirit of God intercedes together with my spirit and thus I am worshiping God in spirit and in truth. 

My mind is unfruitful, my mind is not thinking, not in Hebrew, not using Hebrew names of Jesus, but my mind is unfruitful, it is not thinking, but my mouth is speaking the words, the utterance that the Holy Spirit puts in me so that I can pray mysteries according to the will of God as He has planted inside of me. That is why you need the Holy Spirit of God!

There are others who teach/want believers to keep the commandments, the Ten Commandments. We are to obey the words of Jesus. The words of Jesus are the commands of God! They are not Jesus’ words by Himself. Jesus came and He gave to us the words of the Father, because Jesus did not speak on His own initiative. Whatever the Father told Him to say, He said! It is not His own words, it is not His commandments, it is the commandments of the Father.

That is why the Father said:”This is my beloved Son, hear Him, listen to Him!” 

We do not become Jews and go and keep the commandments of Moses. We are led by the Spirit of God which reminds us of the words of Jesus. The Spirit of God does not speak with two tongues, He speaks in one accord! That is why Jesus also said the Holy Spirit will remind us of that which Jesus told us. John 14:26“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

 Why is that? Because the Spirit that He gives to dwell in us KNOWS the words of God, He implants it in us and He reminds us of the words of Jesus. We do not walk by the Book (Bible), we walk by the Spirit of God and that makes you a child of God. Those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14) and those who hold on to the scriptures, they are the pharisees. We need to worship God in spirit and in truth and we need to be led by the Holy Spirit. We must be spiritual people or else we are not children of God.

Paul writes in Romans 8:9” However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Do you have the Spirit of Christ? Have you received the Holy Spirit? Because He will guide you into all truth.

Having a Holy Bible is not enough! You need the Holy Spirit and He (Jesus) will give you the Holy Spirit, IF you repent and you are baptized in water and you ask Him for the Holy Spirit! He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with Fire and He will guide you by His Spirit!

Our relationship with God, is not becoming Hebrew, it is becoming a son of God being led by the Spirit of God.

May Jesus bless you.


Fallacies of the Hebrew vs. Greek Mindset Teaching

Edited by mark

At the risk of being accused of having a Greek mindset myself, I feel compelled to write in order to correct a wrong.

The purpose of this study is not to refute the existence of the difference between the way a "Hebrew mind" thinks verses a "Greek mind". 

It is obvious that differences exist based on one's rearing and education. 

The purpose of this study is to show that, as it relates to Almighty Yahweh's people, the Hebrew and Greek mindsets have no bearing on learning Biblical truth. 

This study will also point out some of the fallacies of this teaching and how it actually causes division within the Body of Messiah.

Below are four quotes from a prominent Messianic leader that sum up the teaching in question.

"When we read the Bible with our Greek mindset, we inevitably misinterpret it because the human authors of the Scriptures were Hebrews, not Greeks. The eternal, inspired words of the Almighty are clothed in a Semitic worldview, not the garb of the Greek philosophers."

"It is easy to see, then, that as we strive to return to a Torah perspective, it is necessary that we jettison our Greek worldview and seek to read and understand the Bible from the Hebrew mindset in which it was written."

"Indeed, if we fail to read the Scriptures from the Hebraic perspective in which they were written, we will inevitably misinterpret them by importing a Greek dualism and contorting the sacred text into a system of linear logic. In so doing, we not only miss the message itself, but we change it into something God never intended."

"The Scriptures, however, written by Hebrews from a Hebrew perspective, speak differently."

Within these four quotes lies fallacy #1

  • That Scripture was written from a Hebrew mindset/perspective and clothed in a Semitic worldview.

How do those statements harmonize with the following verses?

"All scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Timothy 3:16

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of Elohim spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." 2Peter 1:20-21

"Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of Elohim." Romans 3:2

"The Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me [David], and His word was in my tongue." 2 Samuel 23:2

The first four quotes above give place to man's influence upon Scripture whereas the next four verses quoted above place all influence upon Scripture as being from Yahweh. They are His "oracles" (utterances) given by "inspiration" (divinely breathed) through the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Yahweh would not and did not allow man to influence the writing of Scripture in any way. He always exercised sufficient control and guidance over the men that He used to write Scripture so that the result was not only accurate and true, but it expressed Yahweh's view and perspective, not man's.

Even though the men who wrote Scripture down had life experiences and influences that formed their worldviews or perspectives, the operation of Yahweh's Spirit was still required to make the words they wrote, "alive, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

The clearest supposed example of a Biblical writer's views or perspective entering Scripture is found in the Apostle Paul's writings where he gives his opinion without having a direct command from the Master.

"But to the rest speak I, not the Master:"

"Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Master: yet I give my judgment, as one that has obtained mercy of the Master to be faithful."

"But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of Elohim." (1 Cor 7:12, 25, 40)

. It is evident that Paul could not quote a teaching from the Master on these issues. He, therefore, gave his personal opinion/judgment/advice as a Spirit-filled apostle. His counsel, however, was inspired and so became part of Scripture

We do see man's influence upon the interpretation of Scripture, but not upon its inspiration. It is because man can influence the interpretation of Scripture that we see false doctrines and divisions within the Body of Messiah. Had man influenced the actual writings of Scripture, it would be full of true contradictions, not just supposed contradictions. Scripture would have many errors in the text if man's worldview or perspectives influenced it.

Let's look at one of the same author's quotes again.

"It is easy to see, then, that as we strive to return to a Torah perspective, it is necessary that we jettison our Greek worldview and seek to read and understand the Bible from the Hebrew mindset in which it was written."

And another from the same author:

"Unwrapping ourselves from the Greek mindset which characterizes our western culture is a difficult task but a necessary one if we hope to understand the Scriptures on their own terms."

Herein lies fallacy #2.

  • The Bible must be read from a "Hebrew mindset" in order to rightly understand it.

If that were the case, then all Gentile converts would first need to "jettison" their Greek worldview and unwrap themselves from their Greek mindset and then develop a Hebrew mindset to understand Scripture. Is that what occurred in the lives of Gentile converts as revealed in the New Testament?

Ephesians 4:17-23 reads:

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Master, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of Elohim through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Messiah; if so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Yeshua: that you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind;"

It is clear that unconverted Gentiles were walking "in the vanity of their mind", in "ignorance", and having no "understanding". However, after learning of Messiah and receiving him as Master and Savior, they began to be "taught by him" in spite of their Greek mindset. Their mind was being renewed from a darkened, vain, ignorant, carnal, unconverted Greek/worldly mind to something else. What mind was being developed in the Greek minded Gentile converts of Ephesus? The same mind that was being developed in Gentile converts of Corinth and Philippi.

"But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Elohim: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the [Yahweh], that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Messiah." (1 Cor 2:14-16)

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Messiah Yeshua:" (Philippians 2:5)

Many Gentiles were given the Holy Spirit before converting their minds, allowing the Holy Spirit to be the one that converts/renews their mind.  If, indeed, the "spiritual" things cannot be rightly discerned prior to developing a "Hebrew mindset," how then could they learn about the One True Elohim, Messiah, the Holy Spirit, etc.? 

They obviously learned those truths through the work of the Holy Spirit upon their Greek mind. 

The Apostle Paul wrote:

"Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12: 1, 2.

Paul did not mean believers were to renew their minds by changing their Greek mindset to a Hebrew mindset. Believers are to renew their minds through reading and meditating on Scripture, praying, obeying Yahweh's commandments, walking according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, etc.

We read nothing in Scripture about developing a "Hebrew mindset". We are to develop the mind of Messiah. The mind of Christ.

Some may say, "True, but Messiah had a Hebrew mindset". While it is true that Messiah Yeshua was raised in a Hebrew culture and surrounded by the Hebrew mindset, he did not have a Hebrew mindset any more than the Gentile converts had a Hebrew mindset. Yeshua had the mind of his Father Yahweh, being taught by Him directly.

" And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of Yahweh: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:" (Isaiah 11:1-3)

"Yeshua answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me." (John 7:16)

"Then said Yeshua unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things." (John 8:28)

"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." (John 12:49-50)

"Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, He does the works. . . He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (John 14:10, 24)

Yahweh, being neither man nor the son of man, cannot possibly have the mindset of men (i.e. Hebrew, Greek, American, Chinese, African, etc).  

He has His own mindset, the mindset to which He leads all of the people in which He chooses to allow His Holy Spirit to dwell.  Obtaining and/or developing this mindset need not come through immersion into Jewish culture and/or custom (i.e. observance of traditions and the like).  It is obtained and developed in different ways for each individual, each being directed in their own perfect path by Yahweh's Spirit.  There is no one path for every person except the common link of every path being directed by Yahweh.  Some people develop the mind of Yahweh through the aid of their parents' teaching; some through personal Bible study; some through the evangelism of others; some through a radical and powerful move of the Spirit. 

We saw how the Gentiles, lacking a Hebrew mindset, were not hindered from learning truth. What about the Hebrew minded Jewish converts to Messiah? Were they aided by their Hebrew mindset that was developed through years of being raised in the Hebrew culture?

In Acts 15:5, we learn about "certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed". These men, being Pharisees, were about as Hebraic minded as one can get. Yet, we find they did not understand Yahweh's way of salvation. They were believing circumcision and keeping the law of Moses were necessary in order to be saved (Acts 15:1, 5, 10-11) The Apostle Peter rose up and proclaimed that salvation comes "through the grace of the Master Yeshua Messiah" (vs.11) not through law. The Apostle Paul proclaimed the same in his writings (Romans 3:24; Eph 2:8-9; 2 Tim 1:9)

The Pharisees that believed did not understand that truth yet because the Holy Spirit did not yet teach it to them. After the Holy Spirit used Peter to teach it to them, they undoubtedly had their minds enlightened in that area.

We also know how the Hebraic minded Sadducees taught there is no resurrection (Matthew 22:23). They had other erroneous doctrines as well, which is why Yeshua told his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:11-12) Both Hebraic minded sects had false doctrines. Why? Because both sects failed to understand the whole counsel of Scripture through the Spirit's leading. Just as their Hebraic mind did not aid the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Greek mind did not hinder the Gentiles from learning truth.

In Acts 18:24-25, we learn of a Jew named Apollos who was "mighty in the Scriptures" and "instructed in the way of the Master". Yet, it was necessary for Aquila and Priscilla to expound unto him "the way of Elohim more perfectly". He needed to learn deeper truths even though he was very Hebraic minded. Notice, also, that he was taught "the way of Elohim", not the Hebraic way.

The Holy Spirit does not have to teach a person directly, but can do so through other believers. Yahweh placed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the Body of Messiah for that very purpose. The saints holding those offices would learn truth from the Holy Spirit and pass those truths on to others.

This brings us to fallacy #3.

  • The Greek mindset will lead to misunderstanding Scripture and the Hebrew mindset will aid us in understanding Scripture.

We have already seen how the Gentile converts of Ephesus did not need a Hebrew mindset in order to understand Scripture. They were developing the mind of Messiah, not the Hebrew mind. How were they developing the mind of Messiah? Was it by first developing a Hebrew mindset? No. It was through being taught by the Holy Spirit.

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26)

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you." (John 16:13-14)

"But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim has prepared for them that love him. But Elohim has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Elohim. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Elohim knows no man, but the Spirit of Elohim. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Elohim; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Elohim. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (1 Cor 2:9-13)

"But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him." (1 John 2:27)

When we learn truth, it is not because we are Hebraic minded, but that we are receptive to the teachings of the Holy Spirit. The same holds true for teachers that teach from a supposed Hebrew mindset. They do not learn truth because of their Hebraic mindset, perspective, or worldview, but because of the influence of the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that teaches truth to all believers regardless of what mindset developed within them. This is not only true of major doctrinal truths like monotheism or the Sabbath, but of minor truths as well. For example, if someone learns about a particular Hebrew idiom such as "heart" meaning "mind", he did not learn it because he had a Hebrew mindset, but because the Holy Spirit taught it to him.

To say that one learned a particular Scriptural truth because he had a Hebrew mindset is to exalt man and diminish the influence of the Holy Spirit.

The mind that is not taught by the Holy Spirit, whether Greek or Hebrew, can be a dangerous mind because out of it comes false doctrine. There are several false doctrines that have risen from the Greek mind; atheism, evolution, and Scripture being full of error and contradictions are a few.

False doctrine has also arisen from those with Hebraic minds. Among them are; circumcision for salvation, only Yahweh can forgive sin, healing on Sabbath is forbidden by Yahweh, forbidding to pronounce the Creator's name, Yeshua is not Messiah, Yeshua is Yahweh, believers are under a "renewed" covenant rather than a "new" covenant, and the modern Hebrew calendar.

Christians have been accused of teaching false doctrines because of their Greek mindset. These accusations come from those professing to have a Hebrew mindset. Herein lies the divisiveness of the Hebrew vs. Greek mindset teaching. It creates a division in the Body of Christ.

The Master Yeshua broke down the "wall of partition" separating Jews and Gentiles and made both one new man in him (Eph 2:11-22). Yet, that wall is being rebuilt and creating a separation between the "superior" Hebraic minded believers and those with the "inferior" Greek mindset who do not believe as they do.

Some might say, "But Christians are not part of the Body of Messiah". It is not for them to say such things and judge another man's servants. To their own Master they stand or fall. Saying such things exalts one's self over others even if they don't realize it. Claiming one is Hebraic minded and those who do not believe the same are Greek minded not only reeks of self-exaltation, but detrimentally and needlessly labels others.

It is actually not the Greek mind that leads believers in Messiah Yeshua into false doctrine, but resisting the teaching of the Holy Spirit and failing to apply good Bible study methods and hermeneutic principles under the Spirit's guidance. Reading into the text, not checking the Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic texts for incorrect translations, not being aware of added words that change the meaning of a passage, taking verses out of context, not understanding Hebrew idioms, and Satanic deception, all lead one into false doctrine.

The same author quoted at the beginning of this study provides us with an example of this when he writes;

"We also noted the Cathedral mentality that pervades Christianity via the Greek world-view. Despising the physical world and our earthly existence, many historical Christianities teach that the hope and final goal of salvation is to escape from life in this fallen world to eternal life in a celestial realm. In contradistinction to this, the Hebrew perspective anticipates the eternal reign of God within our physical world and accepts the divinely ordained mission of preparing for His ultimate reign by expanding His kingdom through the proclamation of the gospel."

Here is a chart the author provides to understand the differences in view:

Cathedral Mentality

Tabernacle/Temple Mentality

The goal of salvation is to escape this world and go to God's dwelling place in heaven

The goal of salvation is to prepare a place fit for God's dwelling here, among His people

The kingdom of Heaven exists in heaven, not upon the earth

The kingdom of Heaven is God's reign among people here upon the earth

The Messiah is coming in order to take us away from this world

The Messiah is coming in order to reign over us in this world

Message: "Get your ticket now or you might miss the train"

Message: the Kingdom of Heaven is coming! Get ready to receive and serve the King.

The Hebraic minded person looks at the false teaching of eternal life in heaven and says it is the result of Christianity's "Greek worldview". Christianity would probably look at the Hebraic view (that eternal life will be on earth and no one goes to heaven except Messiah Yeshua) and say it is the result of not being led by the Holy Spirit into understanding.

I believe both views are in error. It is clear to me that the Christian view arose because the New Testament shows believers in heaven. The Hebraic view arose because the New Testament shows the Kingdom will be on earth. A deeper study utilizing proper study principles in conjunction with prayer for the Holy Spirit's guidance will result in the belief that there is a group of believers that will go to heaven for a short time and then return to earth with Yeshua to set up and rule the Kingdom on earth.

There are many more examples to show how Christian doctrine is not the result of a Greek mindset or worldview, but of poor study habits through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. For the sake of not allowing this study to become overwhelming, I won't go into the other examples.

In conclusion, I am in no way opposing the deeper study of Scripture, Hebraic culture, and/or the ancient texts to better understand truth. I simply want believers to understand that the reception of truth does not come from being Hebrew minded or from having a Hebrew perspective or worldview. It comes from the Holy Spirit through the grace of Yahweh.

The labels "Hebrew mindset" and "Greek mindset" should not be used in reference to believers since they tend to cause division and offense within the Body of Messiah. Even those who are Torah oriented, if they disagree with the Hebraic view in a particular doctrine, will be accused of being Greek minded. This should not be. Rather than labeling people, we should be educating people. We should not be explaining why people don't agree with a particular Hebraic viewpoint by accusing them of being Greek minded, but instead, explaining why their understanding of Scripture is erroneous. We should be explaining the Scriptures more perfectly to them (planting seeds of truth) and allow the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts and minds to the acknowledging of the truth. May it be so.



It is not the mindset of Hebrew or Greek, we are to have the mindset of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yahweh...