Introduction and FAQ
Welcome. Thank you for coming to my page. Here is what you should know. My name is Kevin, and I have been in the Hebrew Roots Movement for a few years now. People have a lot of questions and accusations against Hebrew Rooters, so I thought I would write an article detailing my beliefs.
- What Is the Hebrew Roots Movement?
- What Do We Believe?
- Do We Believe in Works Based Salvation?
- Do We Believe You Must Speak Hebrew to Be Saved?
- Are We Jewish?
- Are We Messianic Jews?
- Are We Muslim?
- Are We Seventh Day Adventist?
- Do We Believe That White People or Black People Are The Real 12 Tribes?
- Where Can I Learn More?
What Is the Hebrew Roots Movement?
The Hebrew Roots is a movement that advocates the return and adherence to the walk of faith and obedience to the Torah by seeking a better understanding of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
What Do We Believe?
Like all belief systems, those who claim to be Hebrew Roots have varying beliefs. Some of us believe in different interpretations of scripture just like denominations in Christianity. But I will sum up the general beliefs.
-We believe in the Old and New Testament
-We believe in God and Jesus. But some of us use different names for him. Some will use the traditional names. Some call will say the Lord's name is Yahweh, Yahuah, Yahuwah, Yehowah, Jehovah, Yahveh, Jahveh, Ahayah, Ehjeh, and more. Instead of God, we may use Elohim. Some of the names used for Jesus is Yeshua, Yahushua, Yahushua, Yehoshua, Yehowshua, Jeshua, and many more. I myself do not want to make a statement on what their real names are as I am still learning myself.
-We believe that the New Covenant did not get rid of the laws of the Old Covenant (Matthew 5 17). Rather it upholds those laws and brought about a better one, where the Savior takes the place of the offering and death those under the law deserve. We follow the dietary, ceremonial, and moral laws of the Old Testament.
Do We Believe in Work Based Salvation?
Source: my article Is the Law Done Away With? Part 2
James 2 14-26. What does this mean? It means what good does it do to have faith, but to not be a worker for the faith? Your works must reflect your faith. Otherwise, there was no use for that faith. Even evil spirits believe. But they work iniquity. They do not do righteousness. Having faith without works makes you just like a demon. Is it not better to be better than a demon? How much more should we shudder than a demon does?
We read that Abraham was also justified by works. But many will quote Romans 4 1-8 and say that Abraham was justified by faith. He was. But faith is only the first step. Faith and works must coincide. When we take both the scripture that says he had faith and the scripture that says he had works we see that his faith worked with his works and his works perfected his faith. This is what we can call perfected faith. This is why Paul said we do not do away with the law by faith in Romans 3 31.
Do We Believe You Must Speak Hebrew to Be Saved?
No, but we do believe that one must study the scriptures from a Hebraic perspective and do their best to properly translate it. You do not have to speak Hebrew, but it helps to understand it.
Are We Jewish?
This question comes from Torah adherence always being related to Judaism. It depends on what you mean by asking if someone in the HRM is Jewish because of the word Jewish can meat different things.
- Being descent from someone who is, or claims to be, of the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
- A member of the religion of Judaism.
For option 1, there are Jews who are HRM, whether they are Ashkenazi, Sephardic, etc. The majority of us have no problem with the Jewish people believing what we do, but we do not as a whole claim that they are the chosen people. I make no claim as to who is a Jew and who is not given that the 12 Tribes were scattered all over the world.
Are we religiously Jewish? No. But wait, don't we follow the same law Jews do? Yes and no. We believe in the Old Testament and the Torah like Jews do, but they tend to have a lot of different interpretations regarding the Old Testament and also tend to uphold the Talmud as an authoritative source, which HRM does not. And most religious Jews do not believe in the Savior, which contradicts the majority of Hebrew Roots beliefs.
Are We Messianic Jews?
This coincides with the last question, and the answer is no. Being a Messianic Jew generally means you still follow Judaism, which for the most part holds the Talmud and other books as an authority over scripture. We see these sources as either partially true or not at all true. We also differ in the many traditions Judaism has.
Are We Muslims?
This is another question we get asked because, like the previous question, some of our beliefs are automatically equated with another religion. We do not eat pork, some of our women wear head coverings, and we believe in one deity. This is similar to some of the beliefs in Islam. But this is an association fallacy. These are just some similarities. We are of two different religions.
Are We Seventh Day Adventists?
I can understand this comparison because we have many similar beliefs, mainly the belief in keeping the Sabbath, and many Seventh Day Adventists also claim to believe in keeping the other parts of the Torah such as the dietary laws. The main difference is the debate over whether or not Ellen G. White, the founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, was really a prophetess or not. While some SDA may say they are Hebrew Roots, not all Hebrew Roots are SDA. Again, while we have most things in common, everyone in the Hebrew Roots movement cannot be grouped together with having all of the same beliefs.
Do We Believe That White People or Black People Are the Real 12 Tribes?
Just to clarify on something; Hebrew Roots is not the same thing as Hebrew Israelite, Anglo Saxon/British Israelite, or Christian Identity Movement. We just have a few similarities such as Torah adherence and the belief in Christ (though many of the adherents to the three religions I mentioned reject either the Torah or Christ). Check out my articles "Are Black People Israelites?" and "Are White People Israelites?"
To answer this question we generally believe the 12 Tribes to be of a bronze/olive complexion. We also tend to believe that ancestry to the 12 Tribes may be found in any skin color due to the Tribes being scattered throughout the world so many times.
Where Can I Learn More?
My page is full of articles. Please feel free to look there for any questions you may have. If you cannot find your answer let me know and I may write an article on it. I also recommend the following ministries.
And remember, no doctrine is above questioning, whether it is theirs, mine, or someone else's. Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.