Review of The Way Documentary – Hebrew Roots

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2 thoughts on “Review of The Way Documentary – Hebrew Roots”

  1. Shalom! I stumbled across your site and this post of yours when I wanted to show a brother of mine the video that Luke and Kayte are making. We are a part of the same home fellowship and thus, I am uniquely qualified to respond to your critique, especially since some of the footage you dissect was shot in my home. To give you some background, I was raised Catholic but left the Catholic church after my confirmation and when a priest at the parish I attended could not answer questions I asked (i.e. why do we bow to statues and have graven images when Exodus 20 prohibits us from doing so?). Though it was not needed, the priest gave me his blessing to leave the Catholic Church. I began attending a Bible believing church when I was in college and I learned more about the Bible, memorized Scripture, and began my career as a pastor and worship leader. I attended seminary and subsequently worked in churches from 1990 to 2014. I worked in non denominational churches, Presbyterian, Calvary Chapel, and the last church was an Evangelical Free Church. I am ashamed to say, but do admit, that I taught others what I was taught, and in turn, they taught others. It was not until 2012 that my wife discovered the name of our Father and Yeshua, our Messiah. She began a journey that led her to study the Word 8 to 12 hours a day. Before responding to you, I looked through additional posts on your site to find out your beliefs and surprisingly, we share similar convictions.

    We started to throw out everything we were taught (Sunday worship. celebrating Christmas, all foods are clean, etc.). This is what Brad Scott was referring to. He was speaking to Christians. I know him quite well and have spent time with him at Sukkot, at a youth camp, and at a conference. I also know his wife. As former Catholics and as former Christians, my wife and I threw out everything we believed and started to build a theology based on only what the Bible says, nothing more and nothing less. As a result, I was forced to leave the church because I refused to used the word “Easter” in my vocabulary and in services. I began to lead songs of worship using the name of Yeshua and our Father’s name, YHVH, and while it was tolerated and my pastor and some of the elders wanted to “work with me” it became very clear that we had to part ways when at a planning meeting for a potential Passover Seder, the pastor wanted to serve Easter Ham. It became obvious that we no longer held similar beliefs. We too loss friends, we loss income, and became ostracized by some.

    We attended some Messianic congregations, but soon realized that many so called “Jews” were steeped in tradition and not following Torah, but adding to it. We began to ask questions, such as why the Feast of Trumpets is referred to as The Jewish New Year when Exodus 16 says that Abib is the first of the year. We only attended a few times as the evidence of following the Talmud over Torah surfaced, so we left.

    We began to follow the Acts 2 model of meeting in our home (from house to house) and in our study of Scripture, we believe we should refer to ourselves as the First Century Sect of the Way. The men in our fellowship wear tzitzits with blue thread. Luke, the man in the video, is wearing tzitzits. I know this because my daughter makes tzitzits for the men in our fellowship. The fact that you cannot see them because he is sitting down does not mean he is not wearing them. I do not see you wearing them in any of your videos, but that does not mean you are not wearing them.

    You make assumptions in your posts, saying that we idolize Jews. This is definitely not the case. I have gone head to head with Rabinnical Jews, declaring to them with a loud voice, “Well did Isaiah prophesize of you…inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of me.” We do not idolize Jews. In one of your posts, you share that you have been in your current faith for approximately 15 years. Our home fellowship has not even been meeting for two years. We are learning as we walk and some things that we did not practice a year ago, we now practice because we are growing in our faith. You and I have different interpretations of Scripture.

    For example, I see no instruction in the Torah or the Hebrew Scriptures (i.e. Old Testament to many) for women to wear head coverings. 2 Peter 3:15-16 tells us that Paul’s writing are difficult to understand and that some twist them. I, like you, believe that the Catholic Church influenced our Scriptures, especially the New Testament. If one reads I Corinthians chapter 10 and stops at verse 33 and continues in I Corinthians 11:17, there is a perfect flow of thought. This leads me to suspect that the part on head coverings may have been added. Similarly, we may have a different understanding of Leviticus 19. In regards to beards, Luke actually has a beard. You can see it if you zoom in. It’s light in color and well…he just can’t grow a thick beard. Nonetheless, I do not believe the Torah teaches that one must have a beard, but rather, not to disfigure our beards / cut the corners (i.e. shape it to a goatie). The Hebrew word is “shachath” which means to ruin. If shaving one’s beard is a sin, when one takes a Nazarite vow and shaves his head, is this sin? Yah would not contradict Himself, but then again, you know this already.

    Additionally, if we are not to marry other races, why did Ruth, a Moabite, marry outside her of people? Why in Jeremiah was the Ethiopian shown favor (Jeremiah 39:15-18)? Why are the eunuchs given a name better than that of sons and daughters (Isaiah 56:4-5)? Why does Paul say there is no difference between Jew and Greek (Romans 10:12; Galatians 3:26-29)? Timothy was the son of a Gentile and a Jew (Acts 16); why was not he condemned? It is because Yah makes us, who were not a people, His people….we shall be called the sons of the living Elohim (Romans 9:25-26)! Nonetheless, Luke and Kayte met in college, fell in love, and married one another when they were Christians, prior to following Torah.

    Likewise, what is men’s Biblical clothing? What is women’s Biblical clothing? If I were to wear clothes that were worn when Leviticus 19 was written, I just may be wearing a dress! There are clothes made for men and clothes made for women. We believe that men should wear clothing made for men (men’s cut, i.e. no skinny jeans) and that women should wear clothing for women (one young woman in the still image of the video was wearing a skirt, the other is my daughter who is only 10). There are other women in our fellowship who wear only dresses and one who wears a head covering, but that is her conviction, yet we maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We have individuals in our group who are passionate about flat earth, and those who are not, but we learn from one another and teach one another. We also have those coming out of the SDA church realizing that though they observed the Sabbath, they did not observe Yah’s appointed times and are now beginning to do so. We learn from our differences and we teach new believers without insulting them by calling them names (i.e. stupid, ignorant, etc.), which is something you obviously do.

    It is apparent by your tone that you are angry, but as you know, Scripture tells us to be angry, but not to sin (Ephesians 4:26; 4:31-32). I was shocked to hear the “f-word” , violating the aforementioned cited verses. I encourage to look within so that the root of bitterness you display does give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:26-27: 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:[f] do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.”

    Hebrews 12:14-17
    14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

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