With me and others working to share the truth concerning the scriptures, if you soften your heart and begin to accept the truth, you're not home free and safe from influence and being snagged by a blind denomination.
It can actually allow you to be more susceptible to those groups that appear nearer to these truths, and appear to be the actual truth, but are really still behaving in ways that are out of line with the Bible.
For example you may understand and accept from this website that you must obey the commandments and keep the testimony of the Messiah together, and then go and search for such, and the search returns groups that claim to do those things, and then you innocently and happily join yourself to them, and allow them to teach you.
Beware however, there are some who are closer to obeying the truth in the Bible, but have not yet learned to reject certain traditions of man and stop holding to them like they're from YHWH.
They're holding to traditions, and not submitting fully to the Word, otherwise they would not be behaving in such ways.
They may have learned some truth and accepted it, but have not opened their heart and submitted to all truths and still resist other parts of the Bible.
The ones I am touching on here are now commonly calling themselves things like "Messianic Jews", "Messianic Judaism", or even just "Messianic".
Since they may call themself Messianic, then that now mixes them up with others calling themselves Messianic that are not carrying these faults.
This is why I will not call myself "Messianic" to others.
I have people in my life that I am trying to share the scriptures to, and they may think I am "Messianic", yet see a whole host of others called "Messianic", and they're not doing the same things I am trying to encourage others to do.
An example that comes up often is tassels.
I know the people of YHWH wear tassels and share this fact, and there are many people who are claiming to be Messianic yet not keeping certain commandments including the wearing of tassels.
Why do they not wear tassels? Because some man told them they don't have to, so they don't instead of seeing it's part of YHWH's will and performing it.
A man who is taking pride in his flesh, while wearing his tassels, may tell gentiles they don't have to do it because it's only for Yisrael(a misconception), even though he doesn't know who is and who is not a literal descendant of Yisrael, and the fact is gentiles become grafted into Yisrael and part of the people, and also YHWH has clearly told the gentiles to learn the ways of his people.
Yahushua the Messiah wore them, and their benefit of reminding us to obey YHWH is for all people, not only a single race.
Now, these group leaders I am talking about are similar to Pharisees who verbally will say they have accepted that Yahushua is the Messiah, though they have not turned away fully from the doctrines and traditions of men, and have not been obeying the Messiah's instructions fully.
They're holding still to traditions that Yahushua the Messiah himself talked negatively about.
So, since this denomination is mixing in Pharisee teachings with their denomination, the section on page 8 about the Pharisees can also be worth reading over.
Now there are of course varying degrees in the people, in how much of the traditions they're keeping and mixing in with the Bible.
I'm just speaking generally so you can get an idea, and realize these groups are a tradition keeping denomination as well.
The Messiah has told us about the traditions of the pharisees and we have plenty of teachings awakening us to the fact of what is a tradition from men and what is from YHWH.
Now you can have traditions that are fine(e.g. tying style of tassels), but it's not fine when you teach them to be from YHWH and what you must/should do, and especially when some go against truth and what is really correct(e.g. calling men "rabbi", or men wearing a hat, or honoring of an idol, etc..).
You will see them in this denomination making use of the term "rabbi" even though the Messiah told us not to.
So I find the title "Messianic Rabbi" hard to witness, since the 1st part is claiming to follow the Messiah, and the 2nd part is ignoring the Messiah, it's like a title of contradiction.
When I talk about this simple issue with these men that want their fellow brothers and sisters to call them "rabbi", instead of everyone being treated as if they're on the same level of authority as brothers and sisters and fellow students, I basically get the common response that you get from Pharisees and other denomination teachers, which sounds sort of like; no no, that's not what it means, keep following these traditions and don't worry about it again.
Not in those exact words, of course, but they've provided me no real evidence to back up their actions of following traditions over the clear words.
If people refuse to obey the Messiah on this simple easy to follow point, and even will defend it, then they're showing to you they're probably not the most trustworthy when it comes to handling the scriptures, and that they're behaving just like the other denominations, who have set a tradition and are not willing to question it or allow the body to be refined and grow.
Those not paying much attention to the Messiah when he told us that, may not be fully understanding how we all truly have one "rabbi", and we're not worthy of such a high status, we are all full of ignorance and sin, and simply brothers and sisters who need to look towards the true "rabbi" who is loving and gracious to guide and help us, so that we can be pleasing to our Father YHWH.
Matthew 23:8 "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers"
Rabbi is a word meaning greatness, literally it can be interpreted as "my greatness" or "my great one".
If one learns the scriptures, and shares to others about what is in the scriptures, they're sharing and this is considered "teaching", yes, but they're no authority, and neither are they the true teacher.
We have to watch out and not set ourselves up higher than we really are, and then mislead others into following us more intensely because they think we are indeed higher than others, or more worthy and deserving of certain things than others.
So let me remind you, don't esteem me highly, I make mistakes and I am no perfect being, remember we esteem YHWH and his Messiah, and those are the ones we look toward to teach us and their words outrank everything.
What men have to say that is not straight out of the bible, we need to look at it in the correct light, as something from a fellow brother or sister, not infallible golden speech from a prophet or "god".
Go and learn from the Word, not from mere men.
Allow men to assist you and share to you, but don't neglect your own studies.
Men are certainly helpful to others, think about Paul sharing to the pagan civilizations and ultimately leading to a large scale repentance.
Though these men who teach others like this should be merely helps to you, to lead you to the higher teachers, merely workers for their master, not workers who want the seat of power that their master has, and not tyrants who are going to take you on as workers for them(taking your money as well), and they themselves deciding how much of the Word you're going to have today or this week, like someone controlling your food supply and not giving you as much as you want, forcing you to be unsatisfied.
James 3:1 "Not many of you should become teachers my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness"
These denominations are snaring people, and encouraging them to look at traditions and what others are doing, and what the denominations says is all you have to do to be in the faith, instead of encouraging the people to rely on the Bible, the Word, and searching it diligently to learn and constantly improve from taking counsel of it and asking it how they should behave.
Such habits is what keep people enslaved to a denomination and it's shortcomings, and going along with it.
Do not esteem men and commandments and doctrines of men as if they're an authority like the Bible.
To the people and teachers who have joined this denomination of "Messianic Judaism", sincerely ask yourself if you love YHWH and Yahushua in humility, or if you're loving the idea of being "jewish" and/or loving traditions, and looking a certain way, gaining something or anything, and ask yourself if you're allowing such things to blind you from any truth.
This is certainly what can happen if you allow "jewish pride" to seduce you.
Awaken your heart to what is good, and get out of such circles of pride and flesh that refuse to let go of what we were supposed to come out of and be free from.
For some, it is a matter of pride that allows this denomination to thrive.
Sure, it's nice to be a Hebrew, but when you sacrifice good to dwell in the fact that your flesh is "jewish", then you're not really much of a true "jew" that is part of YHWH's people.
Hebrews are only holy and special because of YHWH who called them to be set-apart, and they're rejected when they do not obey him.
They were not chosen because they were better physically than any other race, if that was the case, YHWH could make any race he chose powerful.
The evil powers know very well that you can seduce people into following ways of thinking if you make them believe they're better than they really are, or that they're better than others.
This is prevalent in modern governments, and religious denominations.
The people are so used to these teachings they don't even realize it.
If you're an American, did you realize your government constantly tells you that you're better than others?
If you're a modern Christian, did you realize your denomination constantly tells you that you're better than others?
Anyway, pride is a powerful motivator, so within "Messianic Judaism", if a leader tells a young boy or girl that they're special, that soul may get hung up on their "jewishness", and then not make the best decisions from putting their importance on that, instead of putting importance on truth, and they may want to stay attached to that leader trying to make them feel good.
Again let me remind everyone, your flesh can't save you, and has nothing to do with being righteous!
Elohim doesn't say, oh you're a Jew, come into the Kingdom of the Heavens.
We're even given examples telling of gentiles rising up in judgment and condemning sinful Hebrews.
Romans 3:9 "What then? Are we Jews any greater? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin"
Those flat out disobeying the Messiah, are showing a lack of love for the Messiah;
John 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commandments"
John 14:21 "Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him"
John 14:23 "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me"
1 John 2:2 "And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments"
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
The denominations like this can carry some of the same evil teachings that Judaism does.
1 such evil they may carry is telling people they're gentiles and that the Law of YHWH is only for literal children of Yisrael.
(I help dispel that false teaching on page 1 if you missed it)
So when you factor this in, this is why we should take this denomination seriously as a threat to people's lives instead of just ignoring it.
It bothers me that people are trying to mislead our children, just because they want to "play Jew" and be honored in their life.
(I say this, myself being a Jew!)
If you come across these groups, take a clear look at your supposed "teacher", are you listening to contradictory things from an arrogant, prideful, teacher who is saying they're holier and that others can't join his exclusive club and they're out of luck and can not be of such a great status?
Are they revering enemy kingdoms of the kingdom of YHWH?
Keeping commandments of men?
Disobeying commandments of YHWH?
Disobeying what the Messiah said?
Telling others to not do the commandments of YHWH or else they're being a silly joke and worthy of mockery?
Like, haha I am a jew, you're not, stop thinking you're a jew, you can't be what I am?
Some of these teachers are actually openly doing these things, so what profit is there in following them?
Why would you put yourself under them and lead others to being under them?
Such people encourage to be like them, and not better, because they do not want the light to come near them because it exposes them and makes them uncomfortable.
This may be about the flesh to them, and they're into these things for their identity, to increase their self esteem and feel special and high up, and they don't want that damaged.
I myself am from the same race as most of these, yet I am more than content to eat crumbs with any people or creature even from the master's table, and YHWH has scattered us, so how can we be prideful when he has broken us? How can we be arrogant when we were put to shame?
We have been broken because we have not been righteous, why would we try to set ourselves back up in positions of honor when YHWH has not done it and taken it from the people.
The people who are worthy of praise are those who love what is right and despise what is evil, not someone born into a certain race and show off flashy traditions of men.
When Yisrael is truly regathered to be with YHWH, people from every nation, tribe of people, and language, will be with them.
Again, remember not all of the things I mention apply to all people in this denomination! There are many varying teachers!
Be thankful for any good that may have came out of such denominations for you, but the bottom line here is hear the Word of YHWH for yourself and read the entire Bible, and do what you think you should be doing based on that truth you learned and wrote on your heart.