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Welcome to Joyfully Growing in Torah! Here you will find links, content, and resources to help you combat the lies and propaganda of those who would attempt to scare Christians away from obeying certain commandments of God that they don’t like. The first five books of Moses (aka the Torah) will be our foundation of truth that we build upon, rather than taking the back 1/4th of the Bible and attempting to create our doctrines in a vacuum. Deuteronomy 13 will be our litmus test for truth, as Scripture commands, and if anything contradicts it, it will be discarded and rejected as a lie.


Was Jesus on Mt. Sinai? Does it matter?

JGIT:

An excellent article that dives into the implications of Who Messiah actually is. Most Christians would agree that Jesus/Yeshua is God, but then they turn around and deny that He is the Author of the Torah.

Originally posted on natsab:

Here is an interesting question that reveals a theological/doctrinal conundrum for most of Christendom.

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Was Jesus on Mt. Sinai?

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How to Spot a Goat

JGIT:

An excellent rebuttal to an recent article entitled “How to Spot a Legalist”. I thought it was worth sharing and spreading further.

Originally posted on Psalm 19:14:

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Sheep and Goats (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently read an article with the intriguing title “How to Spot a Legalist.” The article begins by discussing how “legalists” will tell you that salvation comes by grace and then adds to it by telling you a list of do’s and don’ts to follow. The author then goes on to say, “21st Century Pharisees have replaced circumcision and keeping of the law with a more accepted evangelicalized list of do’s and don’ts. These pious sounding party poopers are getting Christians to doubt their salvation, get discouraged in their salvation and trying to prove, keep and/or earn their salvation. They are robbing believers of the joy that was once theirs in Christ and replacing it with the heavy yoke of legalism (Acts 15:5-11)” One of the problems I have with that statement is the only time that following the commands of God become…

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Poll: 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas

According to CNBC, a recent poll found that 45% of Americans would rather ignore Christmas altogether this year, citing “financial pressure”. Now I don’t know about you, but last I checked, Christmas was supposed to be about JESUS, not buying overpriced junk for people you don’t really even like that much. Anyone ever wonder why so many people who couldn’t care less about the Messiah celebrate His birth (supposedly)? This is yet another piece of evidence supporting the growing idea that Christians should have nothing to do with Christmas, and that’s not even going into its clearly pagan origins and practices. If Christmas is really about Jesus, then why do we have to fight so hard to convince ourselves of that every year?

The fact is, folks, that Jesus never had anything to do with Christmas, and neither should we. When you even have atheists “celebrating His birth”, something is terribly wrong. Even if Christmas had nothing to do with paganism at all, the fact that the unsaved world runs around celebrating it is proof that Jesus is nowhere to be found in it. We need to be celebrating the holidays that HE ordained and stop pretending that X-mass is honoring to God. The world runs far, far away from His holy days, which is a sure sign that we need to be running toward them.

Jesus isn’t going to be instituting Christmas when He’s ruling the Earth for a thousand years, I can promise you that. For more information on the historically pagan origins of Christmas, see HERE.

You can find the referenced CNBC article HERE.


Eric Bissell – Paleo Hebrew

A friend of mine has recently brought this gentleman to my attention, and I want to take this opportunity to help him spread the word! Eric Bissell is just an ordinary Joe who the Father has blessed with tremendous insight into the original language of Paleo Hebrew, which the modern Hebrew script evolved from. Basically, the Paleo script is a bunch of pictures that represent ideas, similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics. This 10 minute video is just an introduction to who Eric is, and what he does. He has almost 60 hours of seminars available on Youtube HERE.

Enjoy the video, and check out his stuff! He is truly blessed by Yahweh!


JGIT:

While I obviously don’t agree 100% with the author’s approach to “gentile” believers only being “invited” to obey God’s Torah, I do find the rest of the article to be spot on.

Originally posted on The Corner Tassel:

Update: I’ve toned down the rhetoric in this post.

I was with John MacArthur until the end of this post.

Most of it is focused on the tendency of many “young and restless” Reformed Christians to wear their beer on their sleeve–or, at least, their liking for beer and other alcoholic beverages. Or their love for a good cigar. Or profanity. Or tattoos.

I’m a former drinker, smoker, and cusser. I’ve learned not to get all legalistic over these issues, but I still struggle with Christians who are not just OK with these practices, but offer sympathy to you if you’re not.

I drank heavily for about 11 years, smoked heavily for about 17 years. I don’t like to be around people who drink now, or people who smoke. It’s not that I’m better than them. I just don’t care to see people get drunk or smell their…

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The Holy Spirit or Just a Sock Puppet?

I found this quote today and thought it worth sharing.

If your “holy spirit”

a) tells you anything contrary to scripture
b) tells you it’s okay to indulge a sin this one time, it’s atoned for
c) tells you whatever you feel comfortable with is okay, your conscience is the guiding light
d) tells you that no one should judge you no matter what you do
e) tells you that it’s most important that you be happy
f) tells you to rest firmly on the teachings of men, even though you can’t find their equivalent in scripture
etc.

then there’s a really good chance you really don’t have the Holy Spirit, but rather have a “holy spirit” sock puppet, which is really your personal ego reaffirming itself.

-taken from a commenter at wnd.com

I think that just about says it all, doesn’t it?


Answering the Critics: seekgod.ca

Today we are going to take on one of the oldest websites that attacks Christians who teach obedience to God’s Instructions (Torah). It’s called seekgod.ca, and it’s run by a woman named Vicky Dillen. This woman has over a decade’s worth of anti-Torah content to browse through, so we cannot possibly cover it all, nor would we wish to. We are simply going to take a look at one of her more egregious articles and demonstrate from Scripture and with logic why her reasoning and conclusions are invalid.

The article we have chosen for this purpose is one of her infamous “FAQs and Myths”, with the heading:

Myth. The Vision of the Sheet which Peter had, found in Acts 10, refers strictly to people, and does not include food, like Christians believe. We are to keep kosher, and not eat certain foods because that violates Torah.

Seeing what she calls a “myth” right off the bat is rather disturbing , but we’ll get to that. Let’s dive right into her article.

The biblical feasts were given to the children of Israel at Sinai. The different commandments served to make the Israelites a holy and set apart people to the nations around them. However the New Testament tells us that the law was only to be in place until the New Covenant promised to the people would be ushered in.

Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Hebrews 9:8-15 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9. Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

The Biblical feasts were indeed given to the children of Israel; what Ms. Dillen fails to recognize is that they were also given to the Gentiles who sojourn with Israel (Ex. 12:49, Lev. 24:22, Num. 15:16) . That would be you and me, according to the apostle Saul in Romans 11 and Ephesians 2.

Another critical error that Vicky espouses is her insistence that the Law of God was only valid for humans until John the Baptist showed up. I’m sorry, but according to her interpretation of these verses, that means that Jesus already fulfilled ALL prophecy and there’s nothing left for Him to do. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see the New Jerusalem or Jesus walking us down streets of gold yet. This absurd theological interpretation has a name; it’s called preterism, and it’s unfortunately gaining popularity in Christian circles. Some mainstream Christian leaders have even referred to this doctrine as “a cult”, and after reading Vicky Dillen’s writings, one can see why.

It also tells us that the Old covenant did not have the ability to make anything perfect

    Hebrews 10:1-4 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

    Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

If Vicky would employ proper hermeneutics here, she would see quite clearly that Hebrews is not talking about God’s Law at all, but rather the covenant with Aaron and the sons of Levi regarding the human High Priesthood. This type of loose, contradicting interpretation is the result of refusing to employ the basic hermeneutical principles of historical context, textual context, and the absolute truth of previously written Scriptures, particularly Deuteronomy 13.

The word “commandment” in Hebrews 7:18 is singular, not plural. There is no possible way you can interpret this verse to mean ALL of God’s Commandments are abolished unless you have an anti-Torah agenda to push. Again, the context of Hebrews is the human High Priesthood, not the entire Torah. Understanding this is critical to not making interpretational errors and not having Scripture contradict itself.

The Law merely convinced us of our inability to make ourselves righteous and instead that we have need of a Saviour and Redeemer..

    Romans 10:4-5 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

The word translated “end” in this verse is “teleos”, which means “goal”, not “termination”. She is partially correct, God’s Law does convict us of our own inability to be righteous in our own strength, but that is not all that the Torah does. If Jesus truly were the “termination” of the Law as Vicky claims, then we would have no more definition of sin, and thus would not need a Savior at all, because Scripture says that sin is the transgression of the Law (1 John 3:4). Thus the Torah defines what sin is, and defines what holy, righteous behavior God expects of His children.

If we as believers wish to abide by all the ceremonial and ritualistic commandments of the Law are we saying that the blood of bulls and cows is worth more than the blood of Christ? IF one insists on keeping food purity laws then they are regarding as unclean what God cleansed.

God told Noah, and it’s something that changed for the Children of Israel who came under the Law of Moses:

    Genesis 9:3-4 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 Again, a lack of hermeneutical principles is Vicky’s undoing. Are we really expected to believe that “every moving thing” in this verse literally means “you can eat anything that moves”? Taken to its logical conclusion, this would include poisonous tree frogs, dung beetles, and even other humans. Surely this is not what God meant. Let’s look at the Hebrew for clarification.

John H. Walton, a Christian Hebrew scholar, makes some very careful observations that we need to pay close attention to:

“The noun (remeś) and the associated verb (rmś) each occur seventeen times in the Old Testament, ten times each in Genesis 1-9. This word group is distinct from both the wild (predatory) beasts and domesticated flocks and herds. Neither verb nor noun is ever used to refer to larger wild animals or to domesticated animals. In no place is remeś a catch-all category for all creatures. It is one category of creature only. The division of the Hebrew terms used up to this point in Genesis reflects the nature of the animal…” (John H. Walton’s, The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), pp 341-342.)

As you can see, even mainstream scholars agree that Noah could not literally eat everything that moves. We don’t have time to go into great depth here, but for those interested in further information on this topic, please see the following resources:

http://tnnonline.net/torah/gen_9_3-7/Genesis_9_3-7_Why_Meat.pdf

http://119ministries.com/noah-could-he-eat-all-things

Jesus also clearly taught that it was not food that made a person unclean.

    Mark 7:14-22 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: 15. There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 17. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19. Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20. And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Yes, “food” does not make a person unclean. However, Jesus’ definition of  “food” is quite different from Vicky’s. Jesus abided by His Father’s dietary instructions, because to break them or to teach others to break them would have made Him a sinner. If we believe Jesus is the Word of God and part of Yahweh, then we must also believe that He wrote the dietary instructions in the first place. Jesus was talking about bread in this passage from Mark, not ham sandwiches. Ham sandwiches have never been considered to be food nor were eaten by any Biblical author or any person who is described as righteous by the Bible.

The vision of Peter in Acts makes it clear that God cleansed what He had previously deemed unclean to those in the Sinai Covenant. Please note that although it is taught in Hebrew Roots circles that non-kosher meat is not considered food, when God lets down the sheet of unclean animals, He calls the now clean animals, food.

    Acts 10:13-16 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

Peter, a Jew, recognized that the food shown in the vision was unclean according to the Law, which was why he protested. Yet God doesn’t commend him for refusing to eat the food, nor does He reassure him that He was only joking or testing him. Instead God says that He has now cleansed the food. That is- it is no longer unclean.

And here we have an outright falsehood from Vicky. God never once says “These unclean animals are food” in the text of Acts 10. That is Vicky’s wishful thinking coming into play. She is correct, Peter did indeed recognize that the animals were unclean; what she fails to tell her audience is that this was ten years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Clearly, Peter didn’t get the memo that Jesus died to make pigs clean. See http://joyfullygrowingintorah.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/did-jesus-die-for-pigs-too/

If we persist in saying that we have to continue to make clean and unclean distinctions in our food we are essentially telling God that He really didn’t cleanse it.

    Acts 10:15. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

We can conclude that not only did the vision of the sheet include food but people also. The end result of Peter’s understanding came after he had gone and stayed with Cornelius, a centurion and Gentile.

    Acts 10:27-28 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

    Acts 10:34-37 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37. That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

    Acts 10:44-46 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

And it is here that Vicky’s conclusion is undone by the very Scriptures that she quotes to prove her point.

Acts 10:27-28 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Acts 10:34-37 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 36. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) 37. That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

Right here, we see Peter give us the interpretation of the vision. Ironically, it has nothing to do with food, contrary to Ms. Dillen’s wishful false teaching. God gave Peter this vision because it was a law of the Pharisees and elders that Jewish people were forbidden from eating with Gentiles. God is telling Peter that this is hogwash, and was never part of His plan. All men are not to be called common or unclean, not animals. Neither Peter nor God ever once extrapolate this simple vision into ham sandwiches and baby back ribs. I’m sorry, but it just isn’t there.

From here, Vicky goes off on the usual “Paul says we can break God’s Laws” rant, as well as proclaims more false teaching such as “Jesus nailed His Law to the cross”. Her credibility is destroyed on the Acts 10 point alone, but she further damages her cause by teaching false doctrine on top of lying about what the Scriptures say. There is no need to go into the rest of her fallacies in this article; it is sufficient that we dealt with her falsehoods and false teaching regarding Peter’s vision. The rest of her points have already collapsed under the weight of the truth of God’s Word.

I hope you have found this educational, and that our findings will remind people to be very wary of any doctrine being taught by those who teach against God’s Instructions. Until next time.

(the original article can be found here: http://www.seekgod.ca/hr/hrfaqs3a2.htm#kosher)


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