As I’ve posted material here on JGIG, my oldest child has been reading along. She asked me how I was able to see the mistakes, as she put it, in Hebrew Roots/Messianic Judaism doctrine. The answer is that it wasn’t me, it was the Word.
As a school child, part of my schooling was Scripture memorization. Portions from both the Old and New Testaments, in the King James Version. As an adult, I use the NIV, though not exclusively, but still love the language of the KJV passages I learned. In the busy-ness of adulthood and now parenthood, I must confess, there is not much time for Scripture memorization! Now I have more of a map in my head of where to find Scriptures relevant to a discussion or study.
But back to the Word . . .
As I was exposed to the teachings of the HR/MJ movements, the teachings that I was hearing were not matching up with what my heart had hidden deep within me – the Word. It is not the ‘teachings from pastors or church fathers’ or the ‘brainwashing of the modern church’ which cause me to disagree with the teachings I have discerned as false, it is the Word in my heart! I’d see a teaching and the thought process behind it (which more often than not seemed reasonable on the surface), but it wouldn’t sit right in my heart. The words of Scripture would come to mind, I’d go look them up, and sure enough, error was revealed in whatever particular teaching by a plain reading of the Word.
So if you have children, encourage the memorization of passages of the Word. Passages, not just verses. Context is sooooo important as our children will be exposed to all manner of teachings/teachers/perspectives as they grow into and become adults. I have a renewed goal in our home toward that end after that little conversation with our oldest . . .
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