Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement


Recently it's come to my attention that the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM) is growing in popularity through Facebook pages like Jesus Christ is KING (JCK), which has over 2 million likes. This page is deceptive in that it does not say straight up that they are with the HRM and posts a lot of innocent looking inspirational quotes, but mixed in with those are many posts that are legalistic and based on dangerous and false theology.

Some of their false theological beliefs are:
  • we must observe the Sabbath
  • we should observe OT feasts
  • we should observe OT dietary laws (such as not eating pork)
  • we should avoid holidays such as Christmas
  • the NT is not the inspired word of God but is based on a lost Hebrew version
  • unorthodox or heretical views on the Trinity
One of the key leaders in the HRM movement, Jim Staley, has a Facebook page 'Passion for Truth Ministries' which currently has 145,853 likes. As with the JCK page it is insidious in the way that it posts a mixture of truth and error.

Below is an example of a post from 'Passion for Truth Ministries' that in about 2 months has had 14,646 shares. As you can see it's good advice, but it's fluff like this that gets them a big following so that they can hook people into other false doctrines.


It is also a fact that Jim Staley has been arrested for fraud, but this hasn't stopped the JCK page from posting his teaching videos on their page. Jim Stanley also claims special revelation from God that goes beyond what the Scriptures say and distorts its meaning. (See also Missouri Secretary of State: News Release and Passion for Truth's Jim Staley Admits to Cheating Elderly Investors).

Here's a meme that was shared on JCK that is highly ironic - wolves warning everyone to beware of wolves. Matthew 7:15-16 says "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"




For a brief summary of the HRM see this article - What is the Hebrew Roots Movement?.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 1
This video clearly explains what the HRM is and why it is dangerous:
Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement!.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 2
(Note - he oversimplifies the issue of divorce and taking to court - remember Paul took the Romans to court - so it's not always wrong to sue).
Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement #2.

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement Video Part 3:

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement #3.


In discussions about this I was surprised to see one HRM follower arguing that we are under the law and that she thought that was a good thing. It's like these people have never read anything in the Bible other than the Old Testament and the Gospels. (For more on this topic see: Are Christians under the Law?)

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5 comments:


  1. Below is an example of a post from 'Passion for Truth Ministries' that in about 2 months has had 14,646 shares. As you can see it's good advice, but it's fluff like this that gets them a big following so that they can hook people into other false doctrines.facebook

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    1. Thanks for your comment. The link isn't working, but I know what you're talking about even though I'm not sure exactly which post you're referring to.

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  2. Thanks Brendan for exposing this cult.

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  3. hi,
    the HRM would quote Isa 56:1-8 to prove the Law was not given specifically to jews only but to all people(nations)

    is isaiah 56 agreed with their claim?
    part of verses is shown below..
    sa 56:7  Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

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    1. A text without a context is a pretext for a prooftext. Verses like that when taken in context (which includes the overall context of the Bible and other verses elsewhere make it clear that while the gospel is for all nations and the Law of God has principles for all nations in terms of the moral guidelines and civil law that the ceremonial laws that were specific to Israel have been rescinded. For example in Acts it makes it clear that we no longer have to follow the dietary laws from the Mosaic covenant.

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