Torah Thumpers and Christian Bumpers
In social media, we often have numerous people telling us how to live. They use memes and scriptures, and videos. Not only are the memes inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking, they are also at times rude and vulgar, religiously arrogant, and politically insulting. They insinuate that everyone who doesn’t believe like them or think like them is an idiot and lost. We are all guilty and now as they happily show us our post from years past on Facebook, we can look back and think, “Wow, I really posted that!” That’s where I was at in 2008?” Thats what my bumper sticker said? Yes.
Then there’s those who shun everyone on their friend’s list who might be a false teacher, false prophet, false follower, and especially if they post something from the “world.” If you post anything from Oprah or a famous author or actor, forget about it! If you post a quote from Tozer, Wigglesworth, or others from the past, long before we had a highway of Hebrew and research at our fingertips to see truths behind passages we never saw before…forget the man Tozer, many would say because after all he was a Sunday morning preacher. What could he teach us? He may be teaching someone something that’s way more than they had yesterday and when the Father leads them further and opens their eyes as He did ours, they will be right where they should be.
I used to see pastors from Christianity trying to save the world and now I see the Torah thumpers trying to save the world and enlighten people to Torah, which is more precious than gold according to scripture and I am not denying that– I’m just tired.
I’ve reached the point where I have to decide what vocabulary to use when around certain people because if they say “Jesus” instead of “Yeshua” and I say Yeshua, they may not know who that is. Or if I say Jesus instead of Yeshua it’s assumed by a whole host of people that I’m still “one of them.”
I’ve had people at book events that asked me who Yeshua is and they were wearing their Baptist church T-shirts and had just come from a meeting. In order to teach and reach people, it’s easier to use their language or you can turn them off quickly. What I find more harmful is the people who stick their nose up in the air as if they came out of their mother’s womb Torah scholars.
Many even act as if you have the plague and ignore you if they think you may or may not have the full knowledge of the truth. As I was watching a show about false prophets the other day it reminded me of why I wrote the books I wrote. You cannot take a person who has had a lifelong journey in Christianity and help them unlearn everything abruptly they were taught that was false. If you were to throw them into some of these Messianic assemblies, they’d be so lost they wouldn’t know what to do. Milk before meat. And still, some of the Messianics are more Christian than I care for.
I know people who were involved in Sunday churches who after reading my blogs now surpass me in Torah and knowledge, but Yahweh or Yah or God or whatever you call Him, led them past my teachings first and I also would appreciate them correcting me on anything I may be saying or teaching wrong.
As I was praying about this I remembered some verses that I wanted to share.
“Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, BEING ACQUAINTED ONLY WITH THE BAPTISM OF JOHN; and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” Acts 18:24-28 NASB.
Yes, this man had knowledge and was MIGHTY in verses, but he still needed teaching further about Yeshua/ Jesus and the Torah. They didn’t tell him to be quiet and wait a few years to speak or to go and sit under so and so, no, it was simple. Why then have we made it so hard? And why aren’t women like Priscilla esteemed today? Why do some think a woman can’t be a teacher? It’s mostly from twisted Pauline doctrine.
If you see a brother or sister in error shouldn’t you go to them gently and present the scriptures to them? Or point out what is wrong as Paul did to Peter.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.” 2nd Timothy 4:2.
If the Christians hadn’t told the Jews that Jesus/Yeshua threw out their Torah, the whole foundation and sacred marriage vows of their faith, they may have been able to open their eyes to more and if Torah Thumpers used more compassion and patience and love, they may be able to reach more Christians as well. Remember, Apollos was mighty in scripture, he just needed a few instructions.
There was also a woman at a well and Yeshua told her that she worshiped what she did not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews, he said. This woman gets a quick lesson at a well.
“From that city, many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.” John 4:39-40 NASB.
Samaritans were further along than Christians in many ways but still you get my point hopefully.
“For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” Galatians 6:4-6 ESV.
I post scriptures on social media almost daily. Usually, it’s what I opened to that morning while reading that spoke to me or from the Torah portion. This can be rather annoying for many who have totally opposite beliefs or are New Age, Atheist, or agnostic. The rules for social media seem to be keep scrolling.
Some folks have a motto of if they quote something from “The World,” shun them because they must be false and involved in falseness… What about the people Yeshua/Jesus ate and drank wine with? What about what Paul said about those outside of Torah. I think we need to remember that there are those who do WORKS and have LOVE that is even greater than those who know and have knowledge of Torah and all the scriptures. Paul lets us know that.
“For God does not show favoritism. All who have sinned outside the framework of Torah will die outside the framework of Torah; and all who have sinned within the framework of Torah will be judged by Torah. For it is not merely the hearers of Torah whom God considers righteous; rather, it is the doers of what Torah says who will be made righteous in God’s sight. For whenever Gentiles, who have no Torah, do naturally what the Torah requires, then these, even though they don’t have Torah, for themselves areTorah! For their lives show that the conduct the Torah dictates is written in their hearts.” Romans 2:11-15. He says all this after he says to not judge.
Instead of talking about the people, why not gently tell them they have spinach stuck in their teeth or a piece of toilet paper stuck to their shoe? What if that was you?
We have both arrogant and rude Christians and Torah Thumpers, and I am guilty of being both at some point or another. I started teaching about the Feast and topics about Torah back in 2010 at my Sunday morning church. I led the class and taught on Thursday evenings at times. If someone would have looked at me pulling into my Sunday morning church with a Christmas tree on display they might have thought I wasn’t as far along as I was, but I was right where I needed to be and still have further to go. But hopefully, we will all get there and thankfully we will all become a bit more humble with our teaching methods and the personal matter of circumcising our hearts.
“But you, dear friends, keep in mind the words spoken in advance by the emissaries of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. They told you, “During the (Last days) acharit-hayamim there will be scoffers following their own godless passions.” These are the people who cause divisions. They are controlled by their impulses, because they don’t have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in union with the (Holy Spirit) Ruach HaKodesh. Thus keep yourselves in God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to give you the mercy that leads to eternal life.
Rebuke some who are disputing; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and to yet others, show mercy, but with fear, hating even the clothes stained by their vices.”