What Is A Torah Observant Christian?
RAS posted a comment · Nov 29, 2020
Beginning with Adam, for over 2500 years until Moses, there is no given biblical account of Sabbath keeping by mankind. The only indication at all of the Seventh day being made holy before Moses, comes in the book of Genesis where God rests the seventh day after he ceased his work and sanctified that day. After that there is no recorded occurrence of man keeping the Sabbath until the law is given to Moses. Therefore, any belief that the Sabbath was instituted and kept from Adam until Moses rests purely upon assumption. If you rely upon the one scripture in Genesis that gives us knowledge of the seventh day as being a day of rest and being sanctified to say it was established as an institution, you must remember that Genesis is the First Book of Moses. Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and all others who were faithful to God did not have Genesis. Among all those who lived from Adam until Moses, not only is there is no instance given that the Sabbath was ever observed, there is no evidence that the Sabbath was even made known unto man until it was revealed by Moses. Therefore, not only to believe that during the first 2500 years of history the Sabbath was observed, you must rely on assumption, to believe humanity even had knowledge of the Sabbath during that time, you must also do so by assumption. For the revelation of the seventh day in Genesis is attributed to Moses who came later. To all who believe Sabbath observance is salvational, for something so necessary, it is interesting that God would require us to assume it was both given and observed as an institution over the first 2500 years of biblical history with no evidence of either. If you wish to truly keep the Sabbath, walk in the Spirit of the Lord.
jboyette36 posted a comment · Nov 23, 2020
Dr. Brown seems to have many false impressions. I've been involved with various factions of the "Torah Observant" flavor of Christianity for over twenty years and his generalizations are not accurate. While many people who have known only "dead religion" are attracted to the TO mindset and ultimately do deny the faith, protestant Christianity as a whole hardly has a good retention rate in this generation. Just like in the Acts, there are again thousands of faithful believers who are zealous for the Torah. The two are not mutually exclusive. Yes, Yeshua must remain central, and for thousands of TO Christians, He is. As I am raising third-generation Torah Observant children, they speak of Yeshua constantly. Although they know that keeping the Sabbath holy is good, He is their focus. They know we do these things to please Yeshua and be obedient to Him. Also a question that needs to be answered is, "Why is this phenomenon occurring all around the world?" I personally know many circles where families or churches came to be TO based on their own study of the Bible alone with no TO evangelism. A comparison to the Protestant Reformation is not unwarranted. It certainly appears that the TO mindset is here to stay. Those, like Dr. Brown (and myself), who desire to make sure that Yeshua stays central would do better not to ostracize, but to embrace. To maintain the connections and relationships that allow for speaking of Yeshua and the power of the cross. Yeshua Himself said that he who is forgiven much, loves much. Those of us who recognize the Torah as binding see ourselves as having owed a greater debt. We have been forgiven so much! The love and zeal stemming from that forgiveness has been my primary experience in the TO Christian movement.
RAS posted a comment · Nov 14, 2020
Excellent video on the subject. We don't observe the shadow of things to come because the shadow ended at the feet of Jesus. To say you must keep any part of the old covenant for salvation is to say Jesus fell short of fulfilling the whole law. Jesus is the Sabbath, he is the Seventh, the completeness and fullness of the Godhead bodily. To walk in his rest, ceasing from your own works is the Sabbath rest. All is fulfilled in Christ. That said, if people choose to keep days, times, years and festivals as a remembrance of those things which are past whereby they can increase in knowledge and understanding of those things, or as a memorial to their heritage, I see that as being profitable, but not salvational. In no way do works bring righteousness, but good works follow as the fruit of righteousness. Nothing but the blood of Jesus takes away sin; nothing but the resurrected spirit of Christ gives life.