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Hebrew Roots Movement – Are They Judaizers?

As often happens on forums, questions come up to try to clarify the Law/Grace issue.  The following is a post posed by one person trying to sort out if there are differences between those who are part of the modern ‘Hebrew Roots Movement’ and the Judaizers that Paul spoke about in his letter to the Galatians.  Following is her inquiry and my response:

Originally Posted by LabbyLove –>
I’m trying really hard to understand this Hebrew Roots information that I get in bits and pieces. You know I struggle with the Sabbath and what to do with that law…

Anyway, if you follow HRM or are VERY familiar with its teachings, then would you please tell me what the DIFFERENCES are between people who follow some laws some as dietary, circumcism, sabbath, passover observances, etc., (which I think are HRM) and those that were named Judaizers in Paul’s day.

Did Judaizers believe that you had to follow the laws in order to be saved, or once you were saved by Jesus Christ that you had to follow the laws? Did they equate following the laws with gaining salvation, or were they okay with people becoming Christians, but felt they needed to follow Jewish laws to be in line with God’s will? What if they didn’t follow the laws, did they feel salvation would be lost?

It seems the Gentile Christians were told after the Council at Jerusalem that they only needed to follow the four rules set before them by the apostles, thus freeing them from following all of the mosaic law. Trying also to understand what Paul is saying in Galatians about all of this.

My impression is that HRM differs from the original Judaizers in that they don’t feel it’s necessary, but helpful or loving to follow some of the law? Do I have that right?

From JGIG:
Hi LabbyLove,

Bank tellers, when trained to identify counterfeit money, are trained first to become thoroughly familiar with genuine money.  They handle it, examine it, study it, becoming so familiar with it’s look and feel that when a counterfeit bill comes across their path, something will feel/seem ‘off’ enough to them that they will examine it further.

That’s how it was for me when the concepts/teachings in the Hebrew Roots Movement came across my path.  The perspective was fascinating; the motives of its followers seemed to be pure.  After all they were just doing what they were doing because they love and want to obey and please God, right?  Yet something seemed a little ‘off’ to me, so I determined to learn more.

As a Christian I understood how the Feasts of God, Sabbaths and other observances in Mosaic Covenant Law pointed to Christ and for some to decide to celebrate them now in order to learn the beauty of how the Law points to Christ did not disturb me at all.

I have Jewish/Hebrew Christian friends who maintain their heritage and traditions of Feasts and Days and dietary observances.  They see the beauty of God’s provision of the Law for Israel and take great joy in celebrating Jesus, the Fulfillment of what the Law pointed to.  It is no longer Law to them now, however.  Their lives revolve around the Reality in Christ, not around the shadows of the Law.

Then I started hearing things like, “If you really love God, you will keep His Laws – all of them”, “If you don’t keep God’s Law, you’ll be called least in the kingdom”, “If you’re really saved, you’ll keep the Law”, “Jesus is coming back for the Bride – if you don’t keep the Law you aren’t part of the Bride” . . . and more. You may have heard similar things said in a more ’round-about way.

As I heard those things and heard more teaching from those who had chosen Torah observance, many Scriptures came to mind.  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 hidden 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.

It seems that you may be experiencing some of the same from what you say here:

It seems the Gentile Christians were told after the Council at Jerusalem that they only needed to follow the four rules set before them by the apostles, thus freeing them from following all of the mosaic law. Trying also to understand what Paul is saying in Galatians about all of this.

My impression is that HRM differs from the original Judaizers in that they don’t feel it’s necessary, but helpful or loving to follow some of the law? Do I have that right?

Judaizers, in one form or another, have been around since the infancy of the Body of Christ.  They come in many forms . . . the sect that Paul addressed directly in the letter to the Galatians, those who have more concern about religious observance than about abiding in Christ, and more recently, those in the HRM streams of thought who preach adherence to Mosaic Covenant Law in addition to the simplicity of the Gospel.

In short, and in principle, a Judaizer is anyone who adds to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To be saved or to stay saved, it’s Jesus + (insert pet theology here).  While the term Judaizer definitely lends itself to the Law and traditions given to Israel, the spirit behind Judaizing takes many forms and its intent is to take the believer’s focus away from the complete work of Christ and abiding and resting in Him and to put the believer’s focus and efforts into what they must do in order to be pleasing to God and remain in His good graces.

So while the ‘mechanics’ of Judaizing or legalistic movements may be different from group to group and age to age, the underlying intent of the Enemy is the same:  To take your focus off of Jesus and to turn your focus back to yourself (what do I have to do to please God, what do I have to do to receive status in the kingdom, what do I have to do to stay saved, what must I do to be a part of the Bride, etc.).  The focus becomes very much on the flesh, and very little on the Spirit.

As you read through the writings to the Body of Christ after Pentecost, you will see over and over how God shifts focus from the Law and the flesh to Jesus and the Spirit.  It is not that Law ceases to be, it is that our relationship to Law changes.  We die to the Law in Christ, and the Law becomes obsolete in Christ.  The message is clear.

If someone has to start telling you that the Scriptures don’t really say what they clearly say and then they have to build linguistic or theological contraptions to make their point, then red flags should start going up.

Be careful, as you consume HRM information in bits and pieces, that you don’t become as the metaphorical ‘frog in the pot’.  Bit by bit is how many become deceived; if given the whole picture up front, many would reject false belief systems outright.  For some, other elements come into the picture, such as discontent with churchianity, woundedness, etc.  Read HERE for the progression of how it goes for many who choose Torah pursuance.

Keep the Law to be saved?  Keep the Law to stay saved?  Keep the Law to prove you’re saved?  Keep the Law to be blessed?  Keep the Law to not be cursed?  You can only please God by keeping His Law as given to Moses?  The only way to know and to stay in the will of God is to keep the Law?  You’ll be the least in the kingdom if you don’t keep Mosaic Covenant Law?  Yep, you will find a number of or all of those beliefs and more in the HRM.

I know you asked for a simple list of differences, and I’m sorry I could not do that for you. 

The key is actually simpler than a list.

You just need to stay in the Word and become well grounded about who you are in Christ.  Even if you were to just go through the New Testament and read through, paying special attention to every time the text says, “In Christ”, “Through Christ”, “Because of Christ”, “In Him”, etc. and keep in mind the HRM teachings you have under your belt thus far, you might find some confusion clearing up and begin to see the difference in focus between what you’re seeing plainly written in the Bible and what you hear from HRM sources.

You may also begin to see why one of the tenets in the HRM is that Yeshua is the Living Torah.  That is a key false teaching in the HRM designed to take your focus off of the Living Christ Who did the work of the Cross, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the sending of His promised Holy Spirit and to put your focus on Torah instead.  It is the attempt to replace the Living Christ with the written Law.  Did Torah do all the things that Christ did?  No!  Then how can Yeshua be the Living Torah?  Torah is a partial revelation of God’s Word.  Yeshua/Jesus is the FULL and LIVING expression of God Who bled and died and rose again to fulfill the promises of God.

I’m sorry this is so long.  There were several points I thought important to make.  It sounds like as you’re reading things like Acts 15 and Galatians for what they plainly say, you’re seeing some disconnects in what you’re learning from HRM sources. Those I know (and I know quite a few now) who have come out of the HRM, tell me that that’s exactly how it happened for them:  When they just sat down with the Word and read what it says to the Body of Christ, it was clear to them that they truly were not under Law but under Grace.  There are some testimonies from some former HRMers HERE, as well a more information about the HRM if you want to take a look.

When one’s focus remains on the finished work of Christ and who we are in Christ, so many things become so clear.  May God grant you wisdom and discernment as you consider all of these things.



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If you or someone you know is in the HRM or a related Law-keeping sect and are questioning what you believe, a clear presentation of the Gospel can be found HERE.  For more resources regarding the Hebrew Roots/Messianic movements see the Post Index and the Articles Page.  General study helps, discernment, and apologetics sites can be found HERE.  Good, foundational studies with a special emphasis on Old Covenant/New Covenant Truths can be found HERE.  Be sure to check out the other testimonies on the Testimonies Page, as well.   Make use of the tabs with drop-down menus found at the top of this site – there’s tons of info there, and it’s very navigable.  May God guide and bless you as you seek His Truth.



14 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting this. I was reading something on this in a book I read recently in comparing the letters Paul wrote to the Corinthians vs the letters he wrote to the Galatians. Even though the Corinthians appeared to be quite needing some further guidance due to the things they had been doing Pauls letter to the Galatians seemed to have gotten him riled up a bit more. What was it that caused Paul to write the Galatians with a bit more wrath? They were trying to get under the Law. The Jadaizers had entered the church and were trying to get the Galatians to begin following the Law.

    Gal 3:1-5(NASB)
    You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain— if indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

    Gal 2:21(NASB)
    I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.

    Gal 3: 23-29(NASB)
    23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

    My experience is that so many in the Torah movement only see Moses and Torah and never see Abraham, Joseph that predate the Moses/Mt Sinai/Law time frame. They say God is the same today and forever but for some reason only see God and Torah and nothing before or after for that matter. Faith was being taught long before the Exodus. It was by Faith, not works, that Abraham received his Blessings. It was by Faith, not works, that Joseph received his Blessings. It is by Faith, not works, that we receive God’s gift through the Grace of his Son Jesus for our Righteousness.

    And even today there are those who are still shut off from wisdom but that’s more due to false teaching than anything else. How do you deal with someone who wholeheartedly disagrees with Pauline epistles yet considers themselves saved?

    The one thing I have learned is you have to be very careful with how you approach some people for the words you use can possibly do more harm than the false teachers who are passing on this HRM stuff. They have to be treated with Love and respect. Let the Word stand on it’s own and Pray for their wisdom and knowledge. And lastly lead by example.

    • Good observations, Bama.

      As for your question, “How do you deal with someone who wholeheartedly disagrees with Pauline epistles yet considers themselves saved?”, there isn’t really any key to ‘dealing’ with them; all we can do is keep presenting the Truths and the simplicity of the Gospel and pray. 2 Corinthians 3 tells us this:

      14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

      Grace and peace,

  2. I am stunned to realized that most of Christians today refers to the old testament as Moses.

    the Law is so embedded into our inner self, that even thousands of years have passed, the same thing happened in Galatians is happening today.

    I just recently realized, that the old testament is not about Moses or the Law.

    the old testament is about “the promise” to Abraham. no 10 commandments or whatsoever and yet God calls Abraham righteous and God’s friend.

    I am not against HRM, but am against any kind of work done in order to credit Justification before God. anything added to Faith unto righteousness and justification must be put to death.

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

    – Galatians 3:28-29

    – grace and peace

  3. Dear JGIG, warm thanks to you for this wonderful post!

    It is hard to add to your words and the prior commentors but ne thing that also really worries me is the fact that some HRM people are teaching that the Galatians WERE NOT saved, that the reason Paul was rebuking them was because they were striving to be saved/justified through the keeping of the law.

    However it is only saved people who receive the Holy Spirit and Paul’s words of rebuke to these Galatians are crystal clear that he was speaking to saved people – Bama’s scripture quote is so worthy to repeat:
    Gal. 3:2-3 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
    So these ‘already saved’ Galatians had been bewitched by the Judaizers who were preaching a different gospel, in this case it is very obvious the different gospel that the Judaizers were teaching was that you must keep the law even after one has believed on Christ and is saved. Although, as Romans teaches, Christians must not look down on one who wishes to celebrate a certain day which would include Jewish feast(s) in the Mosaic Law, it is definitely heresy, in fact as Paul lets us know under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it is another gospel if anyone teaches that you must keep the Law after coming to faith in Christ. Worse yet, one who does teach this heresy, as the Galatians were sure to start doing as they themselves had been taken in by it, they would would actually become Judaizers themselves, and be accursed!

    But praise the Lord for His Word of warning and teaching to the Galatians through the Apostle Paul as God protects His own and brings them back into line with His Word!

    • Hi Gracie,

      Welcome to JGIG =o).

      You make some really good points. Yes, the HRM line is that the Galatians were relying on the Law for salvation, when that clearly was not the case as revealed by the Scriptures you shared. There are some parts in Galatians that one could take that way, and there may have been some who were looking at the Law as a means to salvation, but that is not the main thrust of the letter; it was written to believers who were either looking for blessings via Torah observance or trying to maintain their position with God/salvation via Torah observance. Regardless, Paul makes clear in no uncertain terms that Grace + Law is NOT required nor is it a means to sanctification when he wrote:

      Galatians 2:21
      21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

      Grace and peace,

  4. Along these lines, I have recently read the argument that the Jerusalem council (in Acts) was not limiting Gentiles to four laws, but establishing a starting place for them. You may have written on that before, so forgive me if I am repeating something. How would you respond to that comment? Thank you, and great post.

    • Bryan, I have not yet addressed the Acts 15 issue (the Jerusalem Council account) here at JGIG, as a simple reading of the text along with the balance of the New Testament sinks the HRM position on the issue.

      For the reader here, the HRM assertion about Acts 15 is that the four things that the Apostles exhorted Gentiles to abstain from were a point of departure, a starting place, as Bryan termed it, for Gentiles and that the Gentiles would be expected to learn Moses (the Law) over time, as Moses was preached every Sabbath in the Temple/synagogues. That assertion makes some really big leaps and ascribes things to the text that the text does not support. For instance, the assertion that the issue was not regarding Old Covenant Law, but the traditions of man that had been added to the Law. The text does not support that assertion: “5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, ‘The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.'”

      Another leap is that all new Gentile believers would be receiving their teaching in the Temple or synagogues. We know from reading the New Testament that that was not the case, as many believers met in homes – in fact, when reading through the New Testament, that was the most common meeting arrangement, and then later, Apostolic letters were addressed to churches, such as those in Galatia. The Greek word used for bodies of Christians is ekklesia, not synagōgē or hieron (Temple). In fact, as time went on and the Apostles preached Jesus as the Son of God, Him Crucified, Risen, Ascended, and having sent His Holy Spirit to those who would put their faith and trust in Him, they were kicked out of the Temple/synagogues and persecuted for what they were preaching! Leadership in the Temple/synagogues even had them arrested at times! So the idea that Gentiles believers in Christ were welcomed in and learned how to observe the Law over time (a Law ‘keeper’ told me that a new Gentile believer would learn to be Torah compliant within a year or two) just doesn’t wash with accounts depicting the Body of Christ and how they fellowshipped and matured in Christ.

      So what was Acts 15 dealing with? Jews who were trying to put Gentiles under a law they were not under and Gentiles who were offending Jews as they came out of the world/paganism. The Jerusalem Council was laying down guidlines for the Gentiles so they would not offend the Jews, and laying down the law about the Law to the Jews, that they were not to impose the Law on the Gentiles. The premise, the discussion, the conclusion, and the Jerusalem Council’s letter are clear on the matter: “28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.


      The language is pretty clear there.

      A common retort by Torah folk is usually something like, “Oh, so I guess it was okay if the Gentiles wanted to go around murdering, stealing, and having s*x with animals, then, right?!”

      Well, if they think that the Holy Spirit is going to lead them to do such things, then they haven’t really understood and accepted the Gospel and put their faith and trust fully in our Lord Jesus Christ:

      Galaians 5:16-26
      16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

      19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

      22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.


    • Bryan I suppose some could make a stretch and read that. The only place the HRs fall on to try and justify their position is on one sentence in Acts.
      Acts 15:18-21 with verse 21 being their key phrase.
      18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

      Even now I’m not quite sure what is meant exactly by that one sentence. However one just needs to look a few chapters more in Acts to see what Paul is teaching.

      Acts 21:20/21(NKJV)
      20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 21 but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

      Seems pretty clear to me Paul is teaching to not follow and “Any” of the Law customs.

      Something else has become clear to me, just today as a matter of fact. Many in the HR movement seem to live and breathe anything Jewish. They love their Jewishness. I got this from being around a past girlfriend who was big into Law keeping. As was pointed out by Jgig after a time many of the new converts to Christianity, especially the Gentiles, were simply banned from the Synagogues. This eventually drove Christianity out of Israel. How were they supposed to get Torah training then?

      So I would like to ask any HR people…why do you desire to be like Israel and more specifically people of the Jewish faith? Why do you feel you need to keep the Law to be made Righteous? Seems to me the ones who did that 2000 years ago were the very ones who denied Christ was the Messiah. So if the ones who knew it(the Law) best 2000 years ago denied Him what makes anyone think that ones who try and follow the Law today will do any better? They are just trying to revive Phariseeism for a better term. And we know what the Pharisees stood for 2000 years ago. Of course I know their answer, the Holy Spirit is now here to help them.

  5. Thanks, that helps a lot. God bless.

  6. Just as I thought – silence. Or have you used a sharpie to blot out those passages and many more. Let’s face it – the fales teaching isn’t by those who want to obey God – it’s by the likes of you, who ignore God’s Word.

    As for Bama – read the Word – Try Romans 11 – “remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you”. We don’t want to look and act as Israel – we have been told to obey God’s commands and are grafted into God’s family and because of our love for the Father, we actually OBEY Him – novel idea. We figure if Yeshua submitted to the Father, we can too.

    Here’s a project for you guys – read Mathew 7:23 – now read the 2 verses that preceed it (21-22) for context. Now look at the Greek word used for “lawlessness” or whatever English word is used at the end of verse 23. It is the Greek word “anomia”. Now here’s your homework – look up Strongs 458 – Anomia – what is the definition?

    God is speaking to those who think they are his own – but they are missing one thing – what does “Anomia” tell us they are missing?

    The ones in Matthew 7:23 are those who…see for yourself – look it up – then stop telling people it is okay to disobey God.

  7. […] JGIG puts it, “while the ‘mechanics’ of Judaizing or legalistic movements may be different from […]

  8. Very excellent and sound biblical information presented in this article as well as good additional feedback in the posted comments.

    I am of Jewish heritage by birth, but by faith in the gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4) I have become a member of the Body of Christ in which there is NO distinction between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14-16) and have a HEAVENLY hope (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6) as opposed to Israel’s EARTHLY hope (Matthew 6:10 cf. Daniel 2:44; Revelation 11:15).

    Ironically, it was an elderly Jewess in Israel who showed me the blessed truth of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15) between the ministry of the 12 apostles to Israel (Matthew 19:28) and the Pauline “dispensation of the grace of God” for the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1-2).

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