"Words, especially names mean everything as they literally mold our characters and behaviour. We are never called "christian" by YHVH it was something pagans called our forefathers. At most Christian is a translation of what should have been ''Messianic'' and because of translation a new entity was birthed...Messiah Yeshua came ONLY for the lost sheep of the house of YISRAEL who would repent and once again keep Torah. He did not come to save ''Torahless'' Christians. He clearly says depart from me you workers of Torahlessness).
I have not met a single person who identifies as christian who has gone through the process of ''starting'' a relationship with the Elohim (God) of Yisrael and His people as set out in Acts 15. All those the converting gentiles spoken of in the 1st century writings did complete this process and went on to do Exo. 12 aka Pesach (Passover-not pagan easter) and became as natural born Yisraelites. In Scripture only those who have authority over you name you. The people in the book of Hebrews chapter 11 or the entire Old Testament were not Christians!"
WHY WE CAN NOT SAY WE ARE CHRISTIANS
Though we truly love our Christian friends, were once Christians ourselves and are similar to Christians in morality we can not consider ourselves Christian for 4 main reasons:
We can't say we are Christians because we say and use the Name (Yahovah Elohim or Yahweh Elohim)
as the Torah command says to do in Ex.20 ("do not make the name of YHVH invalid"). Generally speaking, Christians do not use the Name, but call him only by titles: Lord and God. Christianity has continued propagating the "ban on the Name" that the Jewish religious leaders started a long time ago. The Jewish leaders deemed the Name too sacred to say and thus sought to change Torah by disregarding one of Yahovah's laws and making up their own law / takanot). Yahweh himself told us we must use his name. Yahshua said he would not be seen again until we cry out and say his Father's name, "For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahovah.’” Matt. 23:39
We also honor the Messiah by using his actual name "Yahshua" (which means "Yahovah saves"). Calling him by his actual name helps us see the plans and purposes of the God of the Old Testament as the same as the plans and purposes of the God of the New Testament. The name "Jesus" has no inherent meaning at all. It is not just a transliteration of his Hebrew name. He has one name and we all must learn it. All meaning to "Jesus" has been devised by reverse engineering.
We can't say we are Christians because we do not keep the pagan calendar of feasts and festivals (Christmas, Easter and Sunday observance)
that is part of the Christian faith. Instead, we reject the Christian holidays and keep the Biblical Feast rhythm that the King of the Universe Yahovah commanded Israel to keep, his Son, our Rabbi Yahshua kept and that every great person in the Scripture record kept.
It is no secret that the roots of the pagan holidays of Christmas, Easter and Sunday observance come from Babylon which was the birthplace of sun-god worship and paganism. But despite the fact that Christianity, in general knows this they continue in their sin by breaking the Torah commands in Ex.20 to have "no other gods in my face" (honoring another god's holy day will do that) and to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it keep it holy" (Sunday is not the Sabbath day. The 7th day of the week is Sabbath or Shabbat).
Christians treat Sunday and the man-made holidays as if they are holy Shabbats, of which they are not. The instructions in the Torah say that we can not make a day holy. Yahovah made the 7th day of the week and the 7 annual High Sabbaths holy. To keep the pagan feasts is to align with the pagan ways and commit idolatry (whether you know it or not). This is the sin of our youth that Yahshua came to pay for (the sin of adultery / idolatry). Yahovah Elohim was and still is disgusted with Israel participating in adopting pagan traditions and then say that they are doing it in honor of him. The call has always been to repent from sacrificing to idols (idolatry / adultery) and turn back to him and make sacrifices to him by keeping the demands of his Holy Days rhythm. Christians kneel before the Christmas tree each year and make extensive offerings to it –– whether they know it or not they are making sacrifices to the demons behind those celebrations.
We can't say we are Christians because the Biblical / Hebrew definition of GRACE is different from the Christian definition of grace.
The poster child verse for the Christian view of grace is Eph. 2:8-9. But it has been totally taken out of context to read that it is okay now to sin because grace covers all our past, present and future sin. But actually it says that we are saved by grace THROUGH faith (faith being the action of fidelity; Fidelity comes from the Latin root fides, which means faith). See Brad Scott's study on "faith: https://www.wildbranch.org/teachings/lessons/lesson7.html
Misunderstood is Matt. 5:17-20. Again, it is not read in it's entirety and thus whole sermons are created from the false idea that because Yahshua fulfilled the law so we don't have to keep the law. But this is not what it says and not what the rest of the Scriptures testify to.
The Scriptures as a whole does NOT say by grace alone you are saved. It does NOT say that eternal salvation is achieved through reciting a sinner's prayer whereby Yahovah then apply's sloppy grace to cover any sin we knowingly commit in the present and future. The Scriptures makes it clear that we can not continue sinning (sacrificing to idols) after we come to Yahshua and expect to inherit eternal life. Sin being defined as breaking the Royal Law, 1 John 3:4
There is plenty of Scripture that says the call on our life is to repent and turn. Repent of what? Return to where? Repent of dis-obeying Yahovah. Return to him and his ways (found in his Words he spoke from the mountain and interpreted by his Son Yahshua). Hebrew understanding of repentance is not just a belief, but it is an acting out of that belief. It is an action. Teshuvah is a verb. Your deeds must match what your words say. Our continued obedience, our deeds (our "good works") prove to Papa and the evil one that we are aligned with the King of the Universe, YHVH. Yohannan said to "produce fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matt3:8). Faith alone can not save us (James 2:14-26). We are told by Rabbi Yahshua t
But just as the LGBTQ community flys their flag and thumbs their nose at the Creator under the rainbow –– his sign to not destroy the Earth with a flood again, the Christian community flys their flag and thumbs their nose at the Creator under the banner of grace.
We can't say we are Christians because the New Covenant did NOT do away with the Royal Law (found written down in the Old Covenant).
Christianity teaches the only books that really matter are found in the New Testament. But the Scriptures, the life and teachings of our Messiah and his name itself reveals that the God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament. He does not change. We look at the testaments as a seemless story. We must read the first of the Book to understand anything in the second half of it. Christianity ignores the beginning of the book because it has no idea what to do with the demands of the covenant that the Old Testament testifies to.
Yahshua did not come to start a new thing called "Christianity." He came to point us back to Father Yahweh and what he said to do. He said that in the end many people will come to him and say they did great things in his name and he will say, that he never knew them! He calls those people "torah-less" people (Matt.7:21-23). Gentile means out of covenant-person.
WHAT ABOUT GRACE?
My study on grace led me through Mathew, Romans and James. Now that the blinders have come off, It is so clear that grace means a way has been made for us to obey so that we can live and have eternal life!
Christians teach that the Fathers grace blanket covers our current and future sins, no matter what we do. They sing about, preach about and talk about this grace like it is the best thing to hit the planet. Now their sins are forgiven. But what sins? And does that mean we can go on sinning? They know they have been set free, but from what and to do what?
The error is believing that even when we discover what is right and what is wrong (according to Yahweh) and then we deliberately chose to dis-obey and do the opposite what he asks (rebellion) we are covered by his grace –– period. Nothing required. But this is not true.
Yahshua said to the woman caught in adultery (idolatry) "go and sin NO MORE." John 8:11
He meant it. She was supposed to change. She wasn't supposed to keep sinning. Neither are we. Mercy allows us to come back to YHVH for forgiveness to start again. But it is super that grace does NOT mean we can keep sinning (breaking the Royal Law, 1 John 3:4) and get away with it.
"If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no further sacrifice for sins remains, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and r
aging fire that will consume all adversaries.…" Heb 10:26
What part of that verse is unclear?
Clearly, grace means that a way (a path) has been made by which we can walk whereby we are empowered to NOT sin anymore. This is the way of Yahshua (the Path) with the indwelling of the Ruach who MOVES us to obey.
"I will put My Ruach ha'Kodesh within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and
you will be careful to observe my ordinances" Ez. 36:27
What Law would be be moved to obey? YHVH's Royal Law! After talking about how Abraham was justified by his obedience James writes,
"You see then that a man is justified by
works, and not by faith only." James 2:24
"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can faith save him? ... Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:14-26
The New Testament writers are trying to tell us what was done away with and what remains (dividing between the Old and New Contract) and they are trying to tell us that faith (head knowledge) alone can not save us.
Remember that in the Hebrew understanding of faith: faith is more like fidelity––not having other lovers, but being faithful to one spouse. Fidelity to YHVH requires action on our part. It requires us to teshuvah (repent). We must turn back to YHVH to understand what grace really is. Once we do that and get eyes to see we can truly celebrate grace and mercy that is given to us by the Father. In his mercy he forgets and forgives us from the sins of our youth (all those years we spent breaking his Law, knowing it or not) and in his grace he has given us what we need to turn and keep his Royal Law and have life now and ever afte (Ex.19-24)!
Christianity flaunts and expresses their freedom from the Law by keeping Sunday and all the pagan holidays. This is rebellion and will be their demise unless they repent. Please repent, people!