I am about to lose a lot of my Hebrew Roots friends because of the tone they are using when presenting the truth about this time of year. Their goal in presenting facts and histories of the pagan festivals is not to get their friends to repent. The recurring theme in their posts seems to be that they have knowledge and that knowledge somehow makes them better than everyone sitting around them. They openly condemn people and not their practices. I refuse to associate with people who drag the Hebrew Roots into slander and then have to clean up their mess down the road when I encounter their victims of abuse.
Keep in mind, the people that Yeshua rebuked on a daily basis were the ones who knew the Torah but had no interest in restoring people to YHVH in righteousness and simply wanted to parade their righteous acts in front of others. I see that more and more and I have seen more than one person who was interested in the Hebrew Roots turn away because of the personalities they encounter than because of the truth. We bear a great responsibility to present the truth in a way that YHVH would approve of.
So how should we present this truth?
"But stay away from stupid and ignorant controversies — you know that they lead to fights, and a slave of the Lord shouldn’t fight. On the contrary, he should be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and not resentful when mistreated. Also he should be gentle as he corrects his opponents. For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins, acquire full knowledge of the truth, come to their senses and escape the trap of the Adversary, after having been captured alive by him to do his will." 2 Timothy 2: 23-26
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
We who boast about what YHVH has done for us through his Word are guilty of hypocrisy if we learn about the purity of spirit spoken of in Torah and then ignore the Apostles' direction in how to present that truth. As you step away from the feast of the Baalim that the world still celebrates this time of year, when questioned about your decision respond in kindness gentleness and humility in order that you may be seen as someone a person can trust to be gentle with them as they walk out their faith and continue purifying themselves.
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