Over the course of the next however many weeks or months the good and sovereign Lord will allow, I want to deal with a movement that calls itself the Hebrew Roots movement.
God has been kind enough to me to bring me close to the movement but not get swept away within it, and as well as using such movements to really get me to dive into scripture and be like a Berean. Which is exactly what much of the Hebrew Roots desires us to do.
I studied, read, and listened to hours of material within the Hebrew Roots movement. I pray and hope I accurately portray and show their best arguments. I am not apart of this group, nor claim to be. I speak as one who has never been on the inside and as one who held much to their views intellectually for two years. This does not make me qualified in any way to be classified as “once among.” I was not, never have, but believed and agreed with much of what they said for a while. It was something Jehova brought me through, showed me, and led me out of, much like Israel as it passed through certain countries.
I also want to lay a disclaimer that I am no professional Theologian, debater, and would only say I have an introductory knowledge in many areas of Theology and Biblical hermeneutics. This does not mean I cannot be useful to my fellow believers as I write my findings and studies and argue with the best arguments. That is also one of my prayers, that I will learn as well as be useful to those among my circle of friends, family, and those in social media.
Part of my own beginnings in this movement had to do with a pastor within the movement who was sharing with my mom and I his understanding of the end times. From what he said I couldn’t argue with it because it made sense. Thus I read the websites and people he listened to. I remember asking him before he told us about his theology, “so, you’re a pastor?” To which he replied, “Yup, I get pooped on a lot.” If you don’t get it, try this: “So, you’re a pasture?”
At that time I had been learning a lot from men like John Piper and Paul Washer. Reformed theology was being planted and poured into me via YouTube as I attended a church that was progressing towards liberalism. To me, the Hebrew Roots had such a sway on me because it was so opposite of what I was seeing in the church I had attended, and it was doing exactly what John Piper and Paul Washer were telling me to do, read the Bible and study it. I felt as though I was being fed, seeing great examples, and that I was actually going on the right path, even if some of it was not in line with Piper and Washer’s beliefs.
This is where Hebrew Roots found me, dissatisfied with the church I attended, hungry for the word of God, and being taught about a sovereign Lord who wanted me to know and love all of His word not just some.
Next time, I’ll talk a little bit about my own weird theological background (Mormonism, Jehova’s Witness, and Gnostic beliefs wrapped in one) and how that also had an influence on my being a liberal Christian, and how Hebrew Roots seemed to be the opposite of what I always thought.