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.
We’ve all heard the excuse “You can’t keep the Sabbath perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try!” from those who reject God’s Word. But let’s apply that line of reasoning to the rest of life, and see if that holds up:
“You can’t play softball perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”
“You can’t love your neighbor perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”
“You can’t stop lusting perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”
“You can’t obey your parents perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”
“You can’t obey American laws perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”
As you can see, once broken down logically, this line of reasoning falls apart almost instantly. Why do we apply broken logic to commandments like the Sabbath that we would never use for anything else? No parent on earth would tell their child not to try to obey them because they can’t be perfect, so why do we think that our Heavenly Father operates any differently?
An excellent rebuttal to the lie that obedience to God equates to “spiritual adultery”; a simply blasphemous concept.
Adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.—James 4:4
I recently saw a picture that made me heart sick. It was the same picture as above only on the back of the black t-shirt were the words “The Law” and under the bench was the scripture address Romans 7:1-6. The implication of that picture is that the people who want to follow God’s Law are committing spiritual adultery. My first thought was, “Wow! How blasphemous!” How can the desire to walk as our Savior walked and follow the teachings, instructions, and commands of the Most High God be spiritual adultery? So, I did what I always do when something strikes me as off…I went to the Word (and I had a little fun with some photo editing).
First of all, Yeshua the Messiah is…
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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.
An excellent rebuttal to an recent article entitled “How to Spot a Legalist”. I thought it was worth sharing and spreading further.
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 a heavy yoke and therefore burdensome…
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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.
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!
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.
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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