Izzy here. An article came out this week in several online Jewish newspapers about the Hebrew Roots movement. I thought it was worth mentioning for a couple reasons.
One reason is because it talks about the dangers of exploring the Hebrew roots of your Christian faith and falling right out the other side into non-Messianic Judaism. That does happen, although not as often as the article suggests. That's why I hammer so hard and so often on "Yeshua-centered" Hebrew learning experiences. That's why the mantra of the Holy Language tribe is "following Yeshua in a Hebrew way". Because it's all about Messiah! If it wasn't for Yeshua, most of us would never have been drawn to Hebrew anything. And you don't thank Yeshua for introducing you to his language and people by walking away from him. This is a big deal to me, and it's something that sets us apart from most of the other Hebrew teaching groups out there - we are boldy and unashamedly Yeshua-centered.
Another reason this article is worth mentioning is that it describes me as the "leader of the Hebrew Roots movement." I couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably when I read this, because it's so inaccurate. Yes, I direct Holy Language Institute and yes, we have students who are involved in the Hebrew roots movement, and we even have a show on the Hebraic Roots Network. But for some reason I don't think that qualifies me. Not to mention, I'm a Messianic Jew and a member of a synagogue so technically I don't even belong to the Hebrew Roots movement. I would more describe myself as 'in but not of it'. In, because I have many students and friends in that world and teach at Hebrew roots venues. Not of, because I don't want to be idenfitied with some of the weirdness and false teaching, and because, as I already mentioned, my home is the Messianic Jewish world.
Having said that, in case you're wondering, at its core I do see a genuine move of God in the making in the Hebrew Roots movement. I think the article actually summed it up quite well: "Hebrew Roots adherents—not to be confused with Jews for Jesus, whose followers consider themselves Jewish and are known for intense proselytizing—are Torah-observant believers in Jesus, whom they identify by his Hebrew name, Yeshua. On the surface, many of the movement’s members look like observant Jews, keeping kosher (at least as outlined in the Bible), Shabbat, and holidays. They are generally pro-Israel and try to visit the Jewish state as often as possible. But their religion centers on Jesus."
Cindy is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
When I was saved years ago my very first prayer was that God would show me truth.
With all that was being taught from all the denominations I wanted to be sure I was not being misled. It was not in a church that I was saved. I believe it was miraculous (it always is, but this is personal to me).
I was in my home one night, after many nights of anguish and reading the Bible, I finally gave up and said, "God if you're real please show me how to be saved." I went to sleep expectant, knowing that I truly meant what I said.
The next morning, kind of early, I got a knock on my door. It was a couple wanting to share the gospel with me. I was floored. And, haha, they were floored too when I asked them politely to come in. They knew that I had not been receptive in the past.
They said they felt led to stop at my house...and I knew they were! I could hardly wait for them to stop talking, because I knew when they started sharing God's love with me that there was no way I could refuse!!
I wish I could say that I had spent all those years since faithfully serving the Lord. But sadly, I fell into worldliness, broke Yeshua's heart, and wrecked my witness. I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2011 and was told that I only had a few months to a year at the most.
If anything will shake you up it's being told that you have no hope and were going to die. Strangely (maybe not so strange) I did not fall apart, I felt that it was up to God whether I lived or died, not some white coat wearing doctor (however good they are).
When I was alone, I prayed that if it was His will, that I'd like to live and make something better of my life, not that it would make up for what was lost, but that I would not be ashamed at His coming. I'm so thankful for His tough love- affliction that brings repentance, t'shuvah! I've now been cancer free for about three years.
I had been praying for a while that Yeshua would help me find others who believe the Hebrew way. After leaving my church of about 20 years, I have been alone (but not without Yeshua) at home with my computer and watching Shabbat services and Hebraic Roots Network.
But before I left, I had found Holy Language and went through the free videos, that really sparked my interest, then afterwards I found the other sites. I confronted my pastor and it didn't go very well.
It actually came out that they believed in replacement theology, you could call it RT Lite because you're told that they do not, but in their teachings it's obvious they do. Schizophrenic is the word! I love them and pray for them, please pray for them too please.
Elohim brought me along through a few different churches, many false teachings, and revealing things all along the way (I would have to change my thinking several times). He finally got it through my head that the faith is a Jewish faith and it's still the same.
I know I'm finally on the right track. I never want to go back and I will keep going forward to find my purpose in Yeshua. Don't look back! Being a part of the Holy Language Tribe has really given me a way to serve Adonia and "follow Yeshua in a Hebrew way" as the motto goes.
As far as hobbies and such, I have a lot. I knit, crochet, spin yarn on a spinning wheel, teaching myself guitar, and taking a family herbalist course (due to a lack of natural options in the hospitals here).
I used an herbal tea formula that has been passed down from Ojibwa Indians in Canada and it's working because I had to stop chemo and my doctor said keep on taking it. It should be no surprise that herbs can help our bodies...God created them for just that purpose.
I can be contacted on facebook at cindy.marentette.
Are you following Yeshua in a Hebrew way? If so, the Holy Language tribe would love to hear your story, and we would love to help you tell it! Here's how.
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