Who really are the Judaizers? “Judaizers” Those who attempt to make Jews out of the Christians.
Why do real Christians refer solely to the Messiah Greek name as “Jesus” when the Messianic Jews falsely call him by his Hebrew name only … Most Jews are devil followers and they do basically they still hate Jesus the name above all names
” Judaizers Those who adopted Jewish religious practices or sought to influence others to do so.
] (“to judaize”) appears only once in theSeptuagint ( Esther8:17
) and once in the New Testament ( Gal 2:14
). In theSeptuagint this verb is used in relation to the Gentiles in Persia who adopted Jewishpractices in order to avoid the consequences of Esther’s decree ( Esther 8:13
), whichpermitted Jews to avenge the wrongs committed against them. The Septuagint not only usesioudaizo
]to translate the Hebrew mityahadim
(“to become a Jew”), but addsthatthese Gentiles were circumcised.In Galatians 2:14 it means to “live like Jews” (RSV, neb, NASB, Phillips),”follow Jewish customs” (NIV
), or “live by the Jewish law”(Barclay). The context for this reference is the episode in Antioch when Paul condemnsPeter’s withdrawal from table fellowship with Gentile Christians. Peter’s actions areviewed by Paul as a serious compromise of the gospel of salvation by grace through faithalone, lending support to the position that sought to impose Jewish ceremonial law on theGentiles. Thus, Paul interprets Peter’s withdrawal in terms of its effect in compellingGentile Christians to live like Jews.
The term “Judaizer” has come to be used in theological parlance to describethe opponents of Paul and Barnabas at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) and those who soughtto preach “another gospel” in the churches of Galatia ( Galatians 2:4 Galatians 2:12 ; 6:12 ; cf. Php 3:2 ). In thissense, “Judaizers” refers to Jewish Christians who sought to induce Gentiles toobserve Jewish religious customs: to “judaize.” It appears that theseindividuals agreed with much of the apostolic kerygma but sought to regulate the admissionof Gentiles into the covenant people of God through circumcision and the keeping of theceremonial law. Insisting that “Unless you are circumcised … you cannot besaved” (Acts15:1 ), these “believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees” ( Acts 15:5 ) posed aserious threat to the gospel of grace and the uNIVersality of the Christian mission.
Paul’s Galatian epistle portrays the Judaizers as having come from the Jerusalem churchto his churches in Galatia, stressing the need for Gentiles to be circumcised and keep thelaw, both for full acceptance by God (legalism) and as the basis for Christian living (nomism[novmisma]).They understood keeping the law not only as the means by which the blessings of theAbrahamic covenant could be appropriated, but also as the regulative guide for Christianlife within that covenant relationship. Although the Judaizers appear to be concerned withbringing the Galatian Christians to perfection through the observance of the law, Paulcharges them with being motivated by a desire to avoid persecution ( Gal 6:12-13 ).Amidst the rising pressures of Jewish nationalism in Palestine during the mid-firstcentury, and increased Zealot animosity against any Jew who had Gentile sympathies, itwould appear that these Jewish Christians embarked on a judaizing mission among Paul’sconverts in order to prevent Zealot persecution of the Palestinian church. ”
There have always been those who balk at the idea of God’s salvation being offered freely to those who believe. They falsely want to offer personally some kind of payment for it.
.They falsely view Christ’s death as being insufficient without the active and continued cooperation of the one being saved
. but there is nothing we as sinners can do to pay off the debt we owe to God.In the early church, those who taught a combination of God’s grace and human effort were called “Judaizers.”
The word Judaizer
comes from a Greek verb meaning “to live according to Jewish customs.” The word appears in Galatians 2:14
where Paul describes how he confronted Peter for forcing Gentile Christians to “Judaize.” Paul says, “If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6
). Praise the Lord, “Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1
The doctrine of the Judaizers was a mixture of grace (through Christ) and works (through the keeping of the Law).
This false doctrine was dealt with in Acts 15
and strongly condemned in the book of Galatians. At the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15
, a group of Judaizers opposed Paul and Barnabas. Some men who belonged to the party of the Pharisees insisted that Gentiles could not be saved unless they were first circumcised and obeyed the Law of Moses. Paul made the case that, in Christ, there was no longer any distinction between Jew and Gentile, for God had purified the hearts of the Gentiles by faith (Acts 15:8–9
). He said it plainly in Galatians 2:16
: “A man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” To add anything to the work that Christ did for salvation is to negate God’s grace. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, not by returning to the Law. “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21
There are many groups today with beliefs/practices very similar to the Judaizers of the New Testament
. One of most prominent would be the Hebrew Roots Movement
and the Sacred Name Movement
The teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement are virtually identical to those of the Judaizers whom Paul rebuked in Galatians. A primary focus of the Hebrew Roots Movement is to put followers of Christ back under the bondage of the Old Testament Law. As opposed to what the Hebrew Roots movement claims, the New Testament teachings of the Apostle Paul are perfectly clear and self-explanatory. Colossians 2:16
says, “Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.” Romans 14:5
states, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” Scripture clearly indicates that these issues are a matter of personal choice. These verses and many others give clear evidence that the Mosaic Covenant laws and ordinances have ended. Continuing to teach that the Old Covenant is still in effect in spite of what the New Testament teaches, or twisting the New Testament to agree with the Hebrew Roots beliefs, is false teaching.
The Sacred Name Movement
developed from the Church of God (Seventh Day) in the 1930s. The Sacred Name Movement falsely teaches that only “Yahweh” is to be used as the name for God
and only “Yahshua” is to be used as the name for Jesus. According to the Sacred Name Movement, the use of any other name is blasphemy. In addition to a strong emphasis on the use of the original Hebrew names for God and Jesus, the Sacred Name Movement also teaches that followers of Yeshua must obey the Old Testament Law, especially the commands regarding the seventh-day Sabbath
, the kosher food laws
, and the Jewish festivals
. The Sacred Name Movement fails to understand that the Savior did not come to expand Judaism or the Old Covenant. The Savior came to fulfill the Old Covenant and establish the New Covenant. Messiah’s death and resurrection fulfilled the requirements of the Law and freed us from its demands (Romans 10:4
; Galatians 3:23-25
; Ephesians 2:15
). The Old Covenant was but a shadow (Hebrews 8
). The New Covenant, established by our Savior/Messiah, is a fulfillment, not a continuation. Our salvation is not dependent on our ability to properly pronounce God’s name in Hebrew. Our relationship with God is not based on our obedience to the Old Covenant that our Messiah perfectly fulfilled.
According to the Messianic Jews Jesus was a Torah observant, tallit wearing, synagogue attending, Sabbath and feast-keeping, kosher Jew who observed the 7 holy days too.. and yet this was never substantiated in the New Testament and why?
God told the Jews only to celebrate the Biblical feasts FOREVER (Leviticus 23:21, 31, 41, Exodus 12:14), yet this too next was never substantiated in the New Testament and why?
Where in new Testament Scripture does Jesus or the Apostles tell any Christians to observe the original, seventh day Sabbath (Gen 2:1-2) It does not and why not? They clearly did not observe it..
Messianic Jews do lie and state that all of the Jewish believers in Jesus regulatory continued meeting at synagogue (or the Temple) for the Sabbath. when clearly the Jews had kicked them out of them…. so all of the Christians met on Sundays instead.. The Old Testament law was never intended by God to be the universal law for all people for all of time but only for the Jews till Jesus came..
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Christians insist that “the law” was abolished. You won’t find anything in new testament Scripture to show that Torah was not abolished. None of the Old Testament law is binding on Christians today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4;Galatians 3:23–25; Ephesians 2:15). In place of the Old Testament law, Christians are under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40).
Does Scripture command us to celebrate the birth or resurrection of the Messiah via Christmas and Easter? Does it command us not to do so? It does not. It is quite easy to spot a Judaizers as they strongly and falsely object to celebrating the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Bible in several places states that God’s Word is FOREVER. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). Does that mean all of God’s commandments and Covenants never change are forever? God himself never changes only. Jesus Christ the Word is same, yesterday, today and forever.
I am persuaded that the “accursed gospel” (Galatians 1) of the Judaizers is the number one problem plaguing the weakened, apostate Christian Church. If a man or woman buys this lie, he will be sucked into believing every lie! This is the leaven that spoils the whole. The Judaizer Lie is the very Lie and Abomination that the Antichrist, the Son of Perdition, will someday soon declare from the pulpit of a rebuilt, unholy, last days Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem (see II Thes. 2).
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