“In the Last days, many shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Devils…” (I Timothy 4:1)
If you want to see shocking apostasy on display, look no further than what is called the Noahide movement.
Noachides, are gentiles who do not want to convert to Judaism, but are intrigued by it, attracted to it, and open to it’s vigorous criticism of Christianity. Since all living men are descended from Noah and one of his Sons, Rabbis teach that Righteousness for Gentiles comes by subscription to one of the seven General laws for all men. It is shocking how appealing this has become to many who had been Christian at one time.
I have been involved as a Pastor and Author in the defense of the Faith for about thirty years now critiquing the errant Spiritual Warfare movement the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola phenomenom and have written books on how to discern false Prophets and false movements.
But I have not seen apostasy as blatant and dangerous as what I have been seeing coming out of the so called “Noahide Movement”.
What is it about this movement that I find so disturbing?
I have recently been witness to the open testimony of “Pastors” calling themselves “ex Christians”, referring to our LORD as “JC man”, and in effect denouncing the cross, the deity of Christ, the need for the blood of Jesus, being born again, and the New Testament, in the name of the Torah of God!
Here is a link to just one example of a “testimony” of a former Pastor who has renounced Christianity, and become “Torah Observant”.
I have no problem with the recognition of the fact that Jesus Christ is Jewish as are the Bible, the Apostles, the epistles and the majority of the early church. Our religion is thoroughly Jewish and an appreciation of it is very important to take into account if one wants a deep and rich understanding of our faith.
Furthermore, I believe that the near ignorance promoted in many churches of the so called, “Old Testament” has set many up for this apostasy, which will damn the souls of all of those who take it as far as the former pastor whose testimony I have linked above.
It is one thing for Christians to come to an appreciation for the Jewish roots of our faith. It is another to “go Torah”, study under Rabbis such as Tovia Singer, and others, ( Who have launched direct, intense and devastating assaults on nearly everything we Christians believe. What is the end of this Journey?
For some, the end is an interest in Jewish roots, the feasts of the LORD, Sabbath observance, perhaps going Kosher, calling Jesus “Yeshua” etc. But for an increasing number of others, the end is much more ominous… Joining the Noahide community, (which means reconverting as a “Righteous Gentile”), seeking Righteousness by subscription to the, “seven Noahide laws”, (instead of Righteousness by Faith in Jesus), and renouncing Jesus as LORD and Savior.
I don’t recommend everybody listen to the testimony above, I shared it because it is a perfect illustration of the phenomenom I am warning about. Here we had a very “successful” evangelical Pastor, whose spiritual emptiness in the world of shallow church; growth, success, etc, led him to Rabbis, the Torah, and neo Judaism. (The Judaism of today is not the same Judaism as that of the Prophets and of Jesus).
The comments afterward scared me as much as the testimony. They numbered in the hundreds and frequently began “Since I left xtianity…”, or made reference to “jc man”,
Here are some examples (No names)
I said the exact same thing when I left xtianity for Torah Judaism: I was born again – again! That’s exactly what it felt like. I’d been a xtian from age 18 to 62. It only took a few study groups & videos for me to see the truth. Baruch Hashem!
This is 2018 and for 4 years i struggled – the same struggle. All my life i have been a so called christian and i am tired. I need to be home with the Adonai that is echad. Thank you. This is happening to many christians. Hashwm is doing a great work.
…this testimony was very inspiring. I have went through close to the same discoveries that He went through coming out of Idolartry ie Xtianity! it’s great to hear such amazing stories of devout Gentiles seeking Truth, finding truth in Torah and Judaism!
There are hundreds more of these. It all sounds so appealing and nice. It sounds a lot like Christian testimonies that we have all heard over the years, and rejoiced in. Until you really realize what each of these testimonies entails; the repudiation of Jesus…His deity…his claims…his sacrifice as a propitiation… .
Much of this apostasy is an indictment of the increasingly shallow aspect of modern evangelicalism, the “seeker sensitive movement”, church growth programs, teeny bopper worship leaders, etc, etc, leaving serious minded seekers of God empty and disillusioned as this response to the apostate pastor’s testimony heartbreakingly relates,
…When you talk about reading the book on the ‘pastor’s guide to building a church’ and you felt sicker the more you read it. I had a similar experience but in a different way. I was attending church for 2 years and by the 3rd year, I found I couldn’t sit in teachings anymore because I would literally feel so sick in my stomach. I would feel like I wanted to vomit. All I saw was a promotion, a business, an entertainment venue. I had this overwhelming feeling like they were desecrating the word of G-d and it made me sick. I had to walk out. In fact, I walked out of a conference by a mega-church that I’d paid $300 to attend. I walked out not even half way through the 1st of of 3 day conference and gave my tickets away. I’ve been in the Messianic movement for 7 months but i’m just now seeing the truth about who HaShem really is. That Jesus is not the Messiah whether you call him Jesus, or Yeshua. He’s still not it! Only the Jews have the knowledge of HaShem. There is only one G-d!
We are living the book of Hebrews again. People who had at one time converted to Christ, knew Him, and many who had actually served in the ministry, are being persuaded to cast all of that aside, in the name of “Hashem” and the “Torah”.
Hebrews has very powerful warnings to the apostates,
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”
( Hebrews 6: 4-8)
I will be explaining what the Noachide movement is, and talking about the new breed of super enthusiastic, aggressive Rabbis on the scene today, who are attacking Christianity on every level, they call the Apostles and the Jesus into Question, accuse us all of AntiSemitism, discredit the Bible and accuse Apostles of daring to distort the test of scripture.
I see this movement as being potentially devastating to the many, who for various reasons are disillusioned with “church as usual” or as it has developed to be, with shallow and humanistic preaching, and are at a point where the newness and mystique of “going Torah” could send them over the eternal precipice forever. Jesus is LORD.