Messianic Legalism, Christian Liberalism or something else?

legalism vs grace Christianity

NB: This is quite a long post so, please excuse me as I process some thoughts.  This post also links to earlier ones on Grave verses the Law here and here.  There are also some interesting links at the end of the post.  Shalom x

I’m spending Shabbat (Sabbath) at home today, as I have done off and on since January 2014. I was on a journey and knew I was being called to sit at the feet of Yeshua.  My beliefs were slowly diverging from that of the congregation I was in, as they were moving ever deeper into a place of legalism I was seeking and needing to experience a different truth and intimacy with YHWH. The thing that I really miss about that congregation was the love and sense of community there, there is a definite hunger for the people to have a deep knowing of who YHWH is however the enemy is at work there also.  Just before I left YHWH used Eke and I to preach on several occasions, messages of the love, grace and restorative power of YHWH over the man-made doctrines and legalistic rituals found in many Messianic and mainstream churches. However, when it was time to leave I left but with that congregation still holding a piece of my heart.

I recently heard that a ‘law’ had been passed in the church, I have no idea whether it’s true or not. The law is that they should not say God, Adonai (I think) or amen. I was asked if I wanted to go back there to visit, my answer of late has been no – I don’t want church politics, or ambitious striving to be seen/heard, my Sabbaths are waaaaaayyyy too precious to me – to blink and ask myself where the day has gone to. So today, I’m at home again and I’ve been reading God’s Word and reflecting about the struggle of grace vs the law within the Messianic church and the wider Body of Messiah. Continue reading Messianic Legalism, Christian Liberalism or something else?

What is Faith? And do you need more of it?

A few days ago on Facebook somebody posted this quote as their status:

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It actually annoyed me because these are the type of quotes people put without sitting down to examine for themselves what faith according to scripture really means.  Most of the stuff that we Christians have accepted as truth are just things passed down from generation to generation, from one teacher to another – it’s things that have been recycled and maybe even up-cycled without looking at the components or the underlying foundations. Continue reading What is Faith? And do you need more of it?

Dealing with Peripheral Nerve Hyperexcitability (CFS, BFS, Isaacs)

I really need to offload that’s why I’m here, I need a place to process what I have been going through without any expectations.  I’m mainly writing this for me but if it helps anyone else out there that’s great.

I have so many emotions going around me at the moment, I’m grateful and thankful because on May the 6th I finally received a diagnosis of actually having an autoimmune illness after nearly 6 years of being looked down on by doctors, people in the church and family members.  To be honest I feel justified and vindicated, I thank God for this small victory. Continue reading Dealing with Peripheral Nerve Hyperexcitability (CFS, BFS, Isaacs)

Do not be conformed to the things of this world … putting it to the test

And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

We all struggle with changing our behaviour, our thoughts and our beliefs so that they match up with the Word of God, it’s our human nature.  Human beings tend to behave and think in ways which they feel has the most benefit for them, our behaviours and thoughts are easily modified and swayed by others particularly if it is the reigning norm.  God calls us sheep and indeed we are, we have a tendency to follow others maybe because we think that they know better/more than us or maybe because we don’t want to be seen as being odd.  Human beings like to fit in, we like to belong and feel a part of something bigger than us, it makes us feel more comfortable and secure.  But whether we change our thoughts, beliefs or behaviours because we think that someone else knows better than us or because we want to fit in, we are still being influenced by outside forces, psychologists call this behaviour conformity. Continue reading Do not be conformed to the things of this world … putting it to the test