One popular and widely shared teaching from Jim Staley is ‘Identity Crisis’, considered to be one of the ’gateway’ videos that gets folks more interested in the Hebraic Roots of their faith. This page will address that teaching specifically as well as some other related teachings from Jim Staley.
Since I receive so many emails and private messages asking about the Hebrew Roots Movement teacher Jim Staley and Passion For Truth Ministries, I’ve put this page together so that folks can send out a link to an examination of ‘Identity Crisis’ and other related Staley teachings. A link to this page will also appear on the Articles Page here at JGIG.
There are a lot of teachings produced by Passion For Truths’ Jim Staley and there is no way logistically to evaluate them all. A more practical approach is to take a few key teachings and find out how they fare when placed alongside the simple Truths of the Gospel as portrayed in the whole of the Scriptures:
- Who Jesus is
- What He came to do
- What that actually accomplished, and
- Who those who believe in Christ are in Him.
Another gateway teaching by Jim Staley that draws believers into the Hebrew Roots Movement, ‘Truth or Tradition’, will not be addressed here, since there are other resources which well address the issues raised in that video.
Two such excellent resources are Exit and Support Network and Ralph Woodrow’s ‘The Babylon Connection?‘, both of which do a good job sorting out truth from fiction regarding holidays. The Articles Page here at JGIG also has holiday-related articles listed under the letters “C” and “E” (which also has Two House/Ephraimite Doctrine articles). As you navigate through that page (for which there is also a tab with a direct link at the top of this page) the articles are clearly titled.
Another reason I’ll not be dealing with the holiday issue here is that it really is a secondary disputable issue; I have no desire to convince folks to observe or not observe seasons or days, but am content, in the spirit of Romans 14, to leave their practices in such matters to their consciences. The resources above are offered to help believers sort out the issues.
Jim Staley’s ‘Identity Crisis’ teaching, however, is not a teaching regarding secondary disputable matters, but goes to the very core of the Gospel and is a teaching that twists the Truths of who believers are in Christ.
A relative sent me Jim Staley’s ‘Identity Crisis’ video link on YouTube many months ago, saying that the Lord woke them one night and felt that the Lord was prompting them to send it to me. They had no idea that I’d ever heard of Jim Staley or that I was very familiar with his teachings. Following is a detailed response to the teaching as well as some of some of Staley’s related teachings, edited and expanded for this venue.
Public Evaluation of Public Teachings
One more thing I’ll address here: Many who follow Jim Staley and Passion For Truth Ministries will take issue with this page. They will write to me or on their own sites or on their Facebook pages about how I ‘should have gone to Jim personally if I have a problem with him’.
Folks, this is not an issue where I feel that Jim Staley has personally sinned against me. He is a preacher/teacher out there claiming very publicly that he has Truth. Jim Staley aggressively markets his brand of Law-keeping world-wide, and there are thousands of PFT DVDs and CDs that get passed around in the Body as well as PFT having a strong presence on YouTube and other online audio/video outlets. Passion For Truth Ministries also has a strong presence on Facebook.
The search terms ‘Jim Staley Cult’, ‘Jim Staley false teacher’, ‘Jim Staley heresy’ and similar phrases are the most used search terms after this site’s name that bring people to JGIG, sending them to the Identifying False Teaching article, where a commenter asks about Jim Staley specifically. As much as I hate to put the spotlight on any one teacher, it has become evident to me that the time has long since come for a few of Staley’s core teachings to be examined here at JGIG.
The comments function on this page has been turned off. This page is for educational purposes and is published on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. For those of you who think that’s unfair, note that Passion For Truth has not allowed comments on their videos for, as of this writing, about a year. You will, however, find a contact form at the bottom of this page where you can give feedback that will be sent to my email.
This page has information that anyone can check out for themselves. I provide links to each of the teachings in question as well as many time stamps and transcriptions for specific issues raised. I encourage folks to watch the teachings referenced in total to get a feel for context and tone. I have no interest in it seeming like I’m trying to railroad someone by taking their words out of context.
Note that in the past, once he becomes aware of scrutiny regarding his teaching materials, Jim Staley has been known to have his staff edit out clips that have been addressed, take down and repost videos under different URLs so that original links will no longer work, or mark certain videos as ‘private’.
Other folks concerned about the teachings of Jim Staley have taken to YouTube, using clips of Staley’s teachings and evaluating them in video form. Staley has had many of those videos successfully removed claiming copyright infringement. Videos that remain are those that post ‘fair use’ laws in their introductions.
All that to say this: Jim Staley seems to not like being challenged. I note these things here so that if you as readers click on a link that does not work or go to a time stamp that does not say what’s transcribed in the article below, consider the possibility that the URL/content may have been altered by PFT.
Let me be clear: I have no beef with Jim Staley personally. This page is about examining his teachings and theology, seeing how they measure up when placed alongside contextual Scripture and proper interpretive practices and the simple Truths of the Gospel.
For those of you who are aware of other issues with Jim Staley and are wondering if those issues will be addressed here: No, they will not. This page is only about examining Jim Staley’s teachings. At the end of the page there are some ‘More Concerns’ regarding the origins of PFT Ministries and his leadership style.
May God grant you wisdom and discernment as you read the following:
Related, off-site articles:
These off-site resources are offered with the understanding that the value of these resources outweigh any disagreements I may have with those sources. Lots of good information below; as always, read/listen with discernment.
- Identifying a Cultic Church
- Defining Spiritual Abuse – An Index
- Narcissism in the Pulpit – Reposted from Power 2 Serve, no longer an active site. The posting of this article is not an endorsement of the site where it appears.
- Understanding Mind Control and Exploitive Groups
- God’s Covenants with Man
- Dismantling Legalism In the Messianic Jewish Movement Today
- Are Gentile Christians Part of the Lost Northern Tribes of Israel? – Free Audio Download. Given from a Lutheran perspective. The value of the presentation outweighs any disagreements I have with the denominational views present therein. Also refer to Hebrew Roots Movement – Believers are Grafted Into and Become Israel? Um . . . No. in conjunction with this teaching.
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 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.
Other related articles available at JGIG:
- Millennial Prophecy – Measuring Unrevealed Prophecies in Light of Revealed Truths
- Gateways into the Hebrew Roots Movement – An Examination of ‘Identity Crisis’ and Related Teachings of Jim Staley
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