Disproving the Hebrew Roots Movement

by Dale Partridge

There is a growing group of people leaving the church to join what’s called the “Hebrew Roots Movement.” This is a cult-group committed to the Torah and the upholding of Old Testament practices like keeping sabbaths, feasts, and the dietary laws.

The Scriptures stand firmly against this group as they attempt to dismantle the covenant of grace and run back to the burden of the Law. Unfortunately, many Christians are deceived to join this movement due to their biblical and theological illiteracy. In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge confronts the beliefs of the Hebrew Roots movement and disproves their position with Scripture.

This Episode’s Question

“Pastor Dale, over the last year, I have had two friends join what they call the Hebrew Roots movement. I feel very unsettled with their interpretation of the Scriptures especially the New Testament Scriptures but I don’t feel fully equipped to disprove their doctrines. Would you be willing to shed some light on this movement and offer some insights for defending biblical Christianity against their false teachings?”

Casey-Twin Peaks California

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Scripture References

  • Acts 15:5-11

    “But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, m“It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses. 6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

  • Galatians 5:1-4

    “It was for freedom that Christ set us free (free from what? From the jurisdiction of the law. That is, we who have faith in Christ are no longer condemned by the law); therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look! I, Paul, tell you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who has himself circumcised, that he is obligated to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by the Law; you have fallen from grace.”

  • Hebrews 8:13

    “In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”

  • Romans 7:6

    “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.”

  • Romans 8:1-4

    “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

  • Romans 1:16

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

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