SANDRA JEFFERY answers ...

These popular Evangelical teachers are wonderful in presenting their topics, teachings and discussions. The only difference between themselves and Messianic teachers is that they preach a doctrine that is largely void of its Jewish roots. By this, what is meant is that the Jewish customs and feasts are not generally taught and understood by themselves or their listeners, which makes the New Testament somewhat confusing and not as rich in content in certain instances.

An example of this is with C.S. Lewis, one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century, in his writing of June 5th in ‘A Year with C.S. Lewis’, where he quotes Jesus saying after his resurrection to Mary, ‘Don’t touch me; I have not yet gone up to the Father.’ John 20:17. C.S. Lewis points out that he does not understand this remark of Jesus, and states that it raises awkward questions in us. If he had studied the ‘First Fruits’ observance that is solely devoted to first things, he would have known that Jesus was raised on the first day of this feast and that he was to present himself to God after his resurrection as the first fruit of the dead. He had to remain pure, just as the High Priest had to be pure before presenting the first-fruit before God in the Holy of Holies for acceptance. Just as the High Priest could not be touched by anyone before performing this ritual, neither was Jesus to be touched by anyone before presenting himself to God. We are cheated of clearer understanding here and in other instances of the New Testament when we don’t understand the roots of these Jewish festivals and customs. These Evangelical teachers are dehydrated in this respect, but great teachers all the same….

RABBI GUTMANN answers ...

It would be difficult for me to answer specifically in comparing "Messianic teachers" with those whom the questioner describes as "popular Evangelical teachers like Chuck Swindoll, Woodrow Kroll, John McArthur" as I cannot recall either hearing or reading teaching from these named individuals. The choice of these teachers clearly reflects the spiritual and doctrinal environment of the questioner. Another person may have named T. D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Matthew Ashomowola and Colin Dye as "popular Evangelical teachers" or others, of course. Apart from any "teacher's" view of Israel and the Church, I could not comment, except to say that the Messianic movement readily produces teachers, but far too little preachers! Hebrew, rediscovering the original Jewish church founded by Yeshua, Last Days etc. are all important matters. But God chose the "foolishness of preaching" to bring the lost sheep, both of the House of Israel and the "other" Gentile sheep, to the knowledge of His salvation. Preaching is not only for the benefit of the unsaved either!

RABBI CRAWFORD answers ...

Mainstream teachers in Christianity will not under any circumstances teach the true Sabbath or the true names of the Father or the Son. Because of these deficits, they are in rebellion and ignorant men. For this reason, I believe they cannot teach you much if anything. If you are a Sabbath keeper and know the names of the Father and the Son, then you already know more than them, or publicly profess more than they do- why do you want to listen to them?

RABBI JOSEPH KRESEFSKY answers ...

Ah, an easy one – they believe that Y’shua did away with the commandments – they believe that we, as Believers, are no longer obligated to keep the precepts and teachings of the Torah. They believe this because it is what the church fathers taught and as a result, it has flowed down through the generations of the church. The church will take a verse that Y’shua spoke, specifically Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them”, and they’ll say, “See, Jesus did away with the law.” How this verse equates to Jesus doing away with the Torah/Law I’ll never know. Y’shua clearly says, “I did not come to ABOLISH the Law or the Prophets – but to fulfill them.” Yes, fulfill them – He came to show us how to live them out – not how to live without them!

Let’s keep going with this for a moment...they will claim that all we are obligated to keep now is the Ten Commandments. Can anyone show me from within scripture where it says that? That is a mad-made doctrine – G_d never said it, nor did Y’shua! Further, if it were only the Ten that we are to keep, which it is not, but if it were, how come they do not keep Shabbat and how come they continue to produce images of things that represent G_d when these things are strictly prohibited in the Ten Commandments? When you present these concerns to the church, you will usually receive a response of, “that’s only for the Jewish people to follow.” So wait, Y’shua, who was Jewish, did away with the Law but these Ten He still upheld, and of these, only eight are required to be kept by the church? That doesn’t make sense! If Y’shua is G_d and G_d is Y’shua and G_d is the same yesterday, today and forever – and G_d said that these commands are for generation to generation, from everlasting to everlasting, then how...better yet, why would Y’shua do away with something that Abba said would be forever?

We don’t keep Torah for salvation – there is only one way to salvation and that is through Y’shua – we keep Torah because of our love for G_d. John 14:15 – If you love me, keep my commandments.