Our Spiritual Metamorphosis


Over the past few years my family has gone through some very extreme changes… in every way. Not only our lifestyle- from city living to the country, but our diets, our political views, our friends and relationships, our clothing, our budget, our priorities, and most recently, our Biblical standpoints.

My husband and I grew up in the Baptist church. We never questioned much of what we were told, just went along with the pastor’s interpretation of Scripture. But this journey we have been on has revealed many things to us. Not much is as it seems. For so many years we have been foolish and naive to have simply believed everything that our leaders told us. For once in our lives we have begun to question everything. Everything. And we are doing the research for ourselves instead of relying on somebody else to give us the answer.

It started with discontent with our home church. We’d been there for many, many years, and we love the church family. But things just weren’t right to us. I won’t go into all of the details of why we left. Simply put, we longed for more.

A search for a simpler worship and fellowship brought us to a small home church gathering. We never could have imagined the difference this move would make in our spiritual journey. Since attending these studies, it has been as if a dark veil of misinformation has been lifted. We are considering things that we never before dared to even question. And we are feeding our ravenous curiosity with nothing but Scripture.

There are many deep theological discussions that I would love to lay on the table, but I still have so much to study and learn before I know what I truly believe any more. Doctrines that I thought were solid are now crumbled before me. Jerry and I both have a lot of Scripture searching to do.

We have been learning about the Lord’s Feasts, and their significance. (If you have no idea what the Feasts of the Lord are, or why you would benefit from keeping them, there is an awesome series we have been watching.) And we have had the privilege of observing Yom Teruah with neighbors and new friends. We are keeping the Sabbath, and have moved our studies to Saturdays instead of Sundays. We are considering not eating pork (or other “unclean” meats), which would really be a sacrifice considering we’ve been raising a pig for butcher!!

Right now we are hesitant to label ourselves, or cling to one group’s philosophies, but if you are curious about what we are studying, then you would be interested in learning more about Messianic Judaism.

Yes, we still believe… we KNOW… that Christ (Yeshua) was the Messiah, God’s Son, and that he gave His life as the perfect sacrifice so that through Him we would be made clean. We do not doubt this, nor would we ever. We are only now reading Scripture through Hebrew eyes, learning within context of the time and culture. It is amazing how much depth you miss when you read the King James from a Greek perspective.

So, this is where we are. Learning. Seeking for truth. Drawing closer to our Father. We have a long way to go.

I’d love to know your thoughts.


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

37 Comments

  1. I just wanted to share with you some thoughts , have recently just discovered your site and have enjoyed it very much. I also am a new homesteader and learning all that I can. When I came across this post I felt compelled to respond since I also just recently became very dissatisfied with the watered down, prosperity gospel that was being preached in most churches.
    A wonderful website is http://www.apostasywatch.com … he offers his teachings FREE online…as he feels if God gives him a message for the body…he shouldnt prosper from it. I have found the teachings inline with scripture, they are definitely not for the spiritual baby, as they are the true meat of the word.
    I also considered messianic judaism…but God showed me that the early church, new testament gentile converts were never told to keep the feasts or any part of the law

    Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE, and be not entangled again with the YOKE OF BONDAGE.
    Gal 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
    Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a DEBTOR TO DO THE WHOLE LAW.
    Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; ye are FALLEN FROM GRACE .

    Act 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
    Act 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
    Act 15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Act 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
    Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you NO GREATER BURDEN than these necessary things;
    Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

    May God Bless and Keep you by showing you all truth.

    • Vicki you have much to learn about the Torah. The subject matter of Sha’ul’s Galatians letter is not circumcision in general, but specifically proselyte circumcision. All based off Abrahamic precedent (See Romans 2-4); being a Torah keeper and uncircumcised until Genesis 17; yet still declared righteous in Yahweh’s eyes in Genesis 26:5. Of which Sha’ul speaks against at the time of immersion and oath of the prospective proselyte. The rabbis of the era he lived in, as well as Orthodox Judaism today hold many spurious understandings of the value of physical circumcision in general with respect to the Written Torah; as well as for the proselyte. If you do not study what they believed you will never come to a full understanding of Galatians. Which 99.5% of the religious world is erroneously engrossed in and are led astray.’ Many passages of the Scripture declare how good and perfect the Torah is. You have been duped in your upbringing by whomever. Personally I am not a Messianic Jew, and certainly not a nominal Christian.Although well intended, attempting to intimidate others with typical scare tactics and links by individuals trained to do just that is evil. You are attempting to lead Kendra and her husband away from Torah and that is very bad. Messiah’s true name is Yahshua, not Yeshua. Yah is the poetic version in the Psalms of Yahweh the Father some 50 times. Matthew 1:21= Yah shall save= Yahshua; Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 1:4—compare with Numbers 13:16. Don’t go to Judaism in any way for the Name; they have a moratorium against pronouncing it and have for millennia been deceiving people so.

  2. Kendra,
    I am amazed at the number of responses here that do not understand scripture! Peter’s vision: FOLKS, read the rest of the chapter! Visions and dreams are NOT taken at face value they must be interpreted and Peter interpreted his. God did NOT change anything in HIS LAW. He said all PEOPLE were declared clean! In Malachi, God clearly states that HE DOES NOT CHANGE. It doesn’t matter what the early church fathers thought they had the right to do. GOD MOST HIGH spoke his law to roughly 2 million people on Mt. Sinai. Did He ever say it was ok to change it? No. What man has the authority to do so? Only Yeshua could have. But even He did not. HE said in Mt. 5:17, “I did not come to destroy the law but to fill it full.” He went on to talk about what would happen to those who changed even one tiny part and taught it to others. Galatians and Romans and Acts 15 must be read completely and with the understanding of who wrote them, who they were writing to and what they were writing about.
    When the Apostles agreed to hold new Gentile converts to only 4 laws (Not eating blood, fornication, idols, and things strangled) READ THE REST OF THE CHAPTER… They stated WHY that was all they had to do, because “Moses is taught every Sabbath in the synagogue.” They expected them to begin learning and keep on learning. The 4 requirements were the BEGINNING not the be all end all. That was where Gentiles started. Then, as they stayed in the cycles of the Father they would learn and grow and be expected to continue keeping more and more. Paul talks repeatedly about keeping the commandments.

    Brad Scott, Bill Cloud, and Rico Cortez all know the language and culture of the bible and will help you along the way.
    I hope I was not too brusque.

  3. Kendra, You must remember that although the Jews were God’s chosen people, they denied Him and still deny him. God tells us t NOT lean on our own understanding. For how can ANY mere mortal understand God on their own.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi said it best when he said, “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into”. This means you can’t possibly grasp everything their is to know about God in one sitting. Faith is supposed to be an evolving process where the answer to one question only leads to more questions and so on. Stagnant faith is like stagnant water. Good for you for asking questions and searching for more. The Bible says, “seek and you shall find” It does NOT go on to say that once we find, we are to stop seeking.

  5. The New Testament writings were written by Jewish believers, and the early church was Jewish, so good on you two for getting back to our roots. I would also seek out the writings of reputable Bible-believing Christians who have done the homework of researching history, literature and archeology to flesh out a passage. Be wary of those preaching something theologically new fangled or faddish, because they are probably in it for money or fame – (or just very confused). R. Marvin Wilson is a thoughtful, Bible-believing Christian who wrote a book called Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, which has been well-received.

    The Messianic movement is somewhat divided on observance of the Sabbath and keeping kosher, and it’s the same debate the early church had at the beginning – understandably so. Some said “we’ve worshipped on the Sabbath for thousands of years, and so did Yeshua – so why change now?” Others wanted to commemerate the day of the Lord’s rising, and the latter became the standard practice. Similar to what to eat, the early church was torn between historical practice (which was deeply ingrained in their culture) and Christ’s teachings, which on their face seemed to indicate that it was not necessary to observe strict dietary laws/Peter’s vision.

    In the end, “nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’” Mark 7:19, Matt 15:10-11.

    However, believers should have fellowship with those who wish to keep themselves from certain foods and worship on their particular day. What is important is that we do what we do with a good conscience and for the right reasons and based on a Biblical foundation, and that in the end, we not judge either other on disputable matters.

    Romans 14:5-7, 13: “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God . . . (13) Let us not therefore judge one another any more.”

    Colossians 2:16-17: “Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day– things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.”

    All the best to you and your household. Good blog, btw.

    • Mike, same as Vicki, you err because you do not properly understand Torah and you use lawlessness as a way to self help your end goal: To lead Kendra and her husband away from Torah.

      First of all Yahshua was not raised on Sunday morning absolute bunk! He was raised on late day 7th day weekly Shabbath making 3 days and 3 nights as a true prophet of Yahweh! Placed in the tomb on Wends.late day, raised by his Father Yahweh on Shabbath at end of the day, making himself the human manifestation of the barley omer offering. No justification for Sunday keeping except pagan and apostate teaching of which Yahweh warns Israel about in Devarim 32 for future generations.

      Peters vision had nothing to do with the unclean animals in consumption, but rather were reflective of seeing the vision 3 times corresponding with the 3 messengers from Cornelius, that rabbinic authorities considered unclean and having no hope essentially and said vision was sent for encouragement for Peter to go with them. It has nothing to do with eating unclean foods. Have you not read how the body is a temple and the dietary code from Deut 14 and Lev.11?

      Matt 15 and Mark 7 also have nothing to do with the dietary code of Torah. To teach otherwise is SIN and that separates us from Yahweh (Isaiah 59). What was the question that Yahshua was answering? Smoking dope? NO! It was WHY DO YOUR DISCIPLES NOT FOLLOW THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS, THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS,THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS, THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS,= MAN MADE TEACHINGS. AND NOT RITUALISTICALLY WASH THEIR HANDS BEFORE EATING BY SAYING THE RABBINIC BLESSING!!!! Yahshua answered it is not eating with dirty hands that would be sin and then gives more answer but I believe you get the point. Do you not know that eating the unclean animals and teaching men so is sin and he could not be Messiah.

      Romans 14 Assine interpretation! Parallel to this:Judges 21:25 ‘IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS NO KING IN ISRAEL; EVERY MAN DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES. Do you realize how silly your interpretation is, not based off Torah?

      Here is what Colossians 2:16-17 actually says Mike:
      16 Let no one (Outside the Covenant Law) therefore judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths –

      17 which are a shadow of what is to come – but the Body of the Messiah -Can judge each others behavior, that is better than Yahweh punishing us or worse! Lev. 19: 17‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Reprove your neighbor, for certain, and bear no sin because of him.

  6. Best wishes with this newest phase of your spiritual journey! As a recent convert, I know how much energy goes into figuring out all those details. My thoughts will be with you all during this transition.

  7. Kendra,

    Good for you, continuing to seek and discovering something new. I know other people who found new paths as you describe, and too often their peers saw them as “losing faith.” Me, I wish we all navigated our course with such diligence.

    For what it’s worth, I’m reading “The Origin of Satan” by Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels, one of her several books on the Gnostic Gospels (the twenty-or-so gospels that the early church did not incorporate into the New Testament). I mention this not to endorse everything Pagels says, but because she writes about how Judaism and early Christianity intertwined, so you might find it interesting.

    Brian Kaller

  8. I would encourage you to look up the scriptures in the new testament about what happened with Peter, the sheet and his dream. What God cleans is CLEAN! Also, there is a verse in new testament about being thankful for all we eat. It is important to PRAY before we eat. I struggled with the pork thing UNTIL I found this verse: 1 Timothy 4:4 For Every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving
    also read Colossians 2:6-8

    • Ann, the context of 1 Timothy 4:4 and the entire passage you left out!
      4 Because every creature of Elohim is good, and none is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

      5 for it is set apart by the WORD OF ELOHIM (= THE BIBLE and Lev 11 and Deut 14 tell us what is acceptable and not acceptable to eat.) and prayer. (Praying will not structurally change Scripture is a fact!)

      Whose work are you Christians giving to Kendra and her husband? Certainly not Yahweh the Father’s. I think you know whose work is in the alternative!

      6 Therefore, as you accepted Messiah יהושע the Master, walk in Him,

      7 having been rooted and built up in Him, and established in the belief, as you were taught, overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

      8 See to it that no one makes a prey of you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary matters of the world (Ann, are you supposing that Lev 11 and Deuteronomy 14 with respect to the dietary code is tantamount to verse 8????), and not according to Messiah (Matt 5:17-20 and Luke 16:17 and Isaiah 8:16 and 20).

  9. I do enjoy learning about the Jewish customs, and we had a retired independent Baptist (Jewish) pastor show us a Sedar recently. I think it is wise to show these things and delve into them. I also think there is a reason that God chose for the original New Testament to be written in Greek.

    As far as whether people ought to adopt practicing the requirements and traditions of the Jews, my understanding was no, based on Acts 15. Especially the part where the apostles said that the people telling the Gentiles that they had to “keep the law” were causing trouble and “subverting their souls”. The only thing they said they would require was for them to “abstain from meats offered to idols..blood.. things strangled..and fornication”. That hardly seems they were asking Gentiles to become Jewish in their Christianity. As a matter of fact, Paul chastized Peter for withholding fellowship from those not keeping the Jewish ways. Paul would not have done that if it was wrong for these people NOT to be keeping the customs.

    If this is something people feel led to do, then fine. If it is something they feel all Christians should be doing, I don’t see where the scriptural justification is.

  10. Kendra,
    This is amazing! Not only have I , recently, started this same journey, but I have been meeting people myself and have heard of friends of friends that have gone thru this same thing. The amount of people blows my mind! I, sometimes, wonder if there is a “reason” for it.

    Anyway, my husband and I felt the same about our church. We wanted more. I was getting tired of the “feel good” sermons and the series. We wanted to dive into the Word itself. That is why we have it and what we are supposed to be doing. In the Old Testament, when the Feasts are referred to, YHWH tells us that we are to keep them forever. Now, He already knew His Son (Yeshua) was coming. So, wouldn’t He have, then, stated the Feasts were to be kept until His Son came? Instead, He said forever. And the holidays that we, as Christians, celebrate have pagan roots. And we know how YHWH feels about paganism. So, should we even celebrate them? Look up Constantine and the history of the church. Dec 25th is not the actual birth date of Christ but the date of a pagan “holiday” that the church took on to use as their celebration of Yeshua’s birth. He had to take on some of the pagan dates in order to practice. Very interesting stuff.

    As for the diet, I admit it is a difficult change. But, who would I rather please? The flesh or my Father? We have recently come across this: When Yeshua came and freed us from the law, He was freeing us from man’s law, not His Father’s law. He came to “fulfill” His Father’s law. Definitely one to prayer about.

    It is so very interesting how differently the bible appears when looked at from a Hebrew perspective (the one it was written from)! And, yes, Jesus’ true Hebrew name is Yeshua. And God’s true name is YHWH.

    May YHWH have his hand upon you on this journey as you seek out His Word. It may not always be easy but as long as you know you are pleasing your Heavenly Father, that is all that matters. I am so excited for you!

    Shalom

    • Dawn Marie- A few months ago I had never even heard of the term “Messianic Judaism”. But since stumbling into it, I have been amazed at how large the movement is, and how many people around us hold these beliefs… even my midwife (I had no idea)! I agree, that it seems the Lord is calling His people back to Him, calling them away from a sleeping “church”. Thank you for what you have written. You are so right.

  11. Kendra,

    Over the years, beliefs and religion has fascinated me, I too have had to come to terms with how God works in my life. Messianic Judaism has been one that I am interested in.

    The link was very eye-opening and plan to do some research myself. One thing that is different w/ Jews and Christians: Jews want their people to study, learn, question and grow. In some (not all) Christian denominations following w/ faith and blindness is encouraged. I think God gave us brains to question and grow.

    Looking forward to reading the spiritual journey your family is on.

    Michelle

  12. Kendra – I want to encourage you to continue to question for yourselves & to seek out the answers in the Bible. I’ve always been told to not just believe what’s being taught up front, but to check it against the bible myself. I know I hold different views from others on small issues (eg woman having long hair) – that’s fine – I’m sure even the disciples did, however it’s the larger issues that are important, so make sure you have them down pat & you know exactly what YOU believe (not someone teaching you). Also I think everyone should read Romans through for themselves – it is a great book that really joins the old & new testament.
    I hope God guides you in the path He wants you to go.
    God bless you
    Renata:)

  13. Kendra,

    I love seeing people who are dedicated to learning how to fulfill God’s plan for them.

    Just curious as to why Saturday rather than Sunday. We celebrate Sunday as the our Sabbath because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday. This did away with of the old ways of the Jews. The pork comsumption also falls under this rule. The disciples began to get together and discuss whether or not to allow the gentiles to join with their customs (one of which was eating pork) or make them adhere to the Jewish ways. The decision was that under the new covenant these old ways became obsolete.

    The only trouble I see with reading the scripture for yourself and deciding what it means is that it is so difficult to intrepret. You must have a lot of knowledge of the customs, language, and translations of the language it was originally written in. You can take 3 different translations and get 3 different ideas from the same passage. Also 3 differnt people can take three different meanings from the same passage. Frustrating!!!!

    I try to seek, learn, read and hope that I am following God’s plan for me and my family. I pray for the same for you and your readers.

    I hope that my “preachiness” above doesn’t offend anyone.

  14. Thank you for posting this, Kendra.
    If you ever have time for a follow up post, I am very interested in how you honor the teachings in Galatians as you seek to re-instate the Torah in your lives.

  15. hmmm. just re-read that post. I did not mean to say for YOU to stay under Grace, Kendra, I meant to say that it was one of the main things I had to learn to do as I am one of those people who would love to just have a list of things to check off to ensure my salvation… Blessings.

  16. My own journey to find the Savior has gone through many phases, too, but one thing I know for sure… He is able to complete that which He started and He loves me.

    Personally, the Torah and Feasts studies have given me great insights into what His Word is trying to say to me. My mom taught Hayesod class from FFOZ and I really enjoyed learning from that, too.

    The main thing I had to learn was NOT to try to become a Jewish convert – you might find it interesting to look up “righteous Gentiles” and to stay under Grace.

    You might enjoy readubg http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/The_Mitzvah/the_mitzvah.html

    Blessings,

    julie ashley

  17. Coming to the foot of the cross as an adult held a very big advantage for me. I was encouraged by my pastor to see for myself. To check his sermons against scripture and feel free to question what he said. I was amazed when this “spiritual leader” admitted he didn’t know for sure on something and had handed it down as it was handed down to him. (I honestly don’t remember the topic, but I do remember that.) I do believe there is freedom and significance to Jesus fulfilling all of the ceremonial laws and requirements. I fear those who would be bound by legalism would miss out on the abundance found in Him, but I also see that for some, keeping the old Mosaic rites and rituals would be a comfort and feel they were drawing near to the Lord.

    All that to say, good for you and your husband for seeking the place where your hearts can grow closer to God.

  18. I encourage you to always question, until you feel it in your bones that you are on the right path. My beliefs differ from yours, but I can honestly say that after many years of soul-searching, I am quite content and at peace with my relationship with God. Blessings on your journey, Kendra. daisy

  19. Interesting post Kendra. I think you’re verbalizing what a lot of folks are experiencing. You’re said it right though, the Scripture is where the truth is to be found, waiting like nuggets of gold, all of which require a little digging on our part, but oh the reward.

    We’ve homechurched for a long time. I’m at a point, where I no longer refer to myself as Christian, but as Messianic. This is not a rejection of the Lord Himself, and the perfect sacrifice He became for my and the world’s sin. It is because the term “christian” has come to mean simply “church goer” or “American.”

    I think those with sensitive spirits are drawn to our hebraic roots because of the Lord’s spiritual timetable. I believe the Church age is coming to an end and the Lord is beginning to turn His heart back to Israel, in preparation to fulfill His promises to them.

    I agree about keeping a perspective and balance in all this. For us as the bride of Christ & the true church, the Jewish traditions and law are attractive, but not commanded. We need add nothing to simple gospel of salvation, which comes through faith and Him alone. But our lifestyles do need to reflect that.

    I’m babbling. Sorry! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Good for you! I was lucky enough to have a deeply religious mother who encouraged me to find my own path when I began feeling dissatisfied, as a teenager, with the United Methodist tradition I had been raised in. It’s been ten years since I was confirmed as an Episcopalian, and I never regretted the switch for a moment. Finding a faith tradition you feel comfortable with can make all the difference in having a closer relationship to God through worship, and those answers are different for everyone. May God bless your faith journey!

  21. I haven’t ever learned under messianic jewish thoughts, but I bet it would be VERY eye opening…to see things from the perspective that most of the Bible was written in!
    Can’t wait to hear more of what you learn! =)
    God’s Word is so full!

  22. Although we know that the sabbath is on Saturday and not Sunday my family does not keep the sabbath. However we do try to follow a biblical diet. As I study and read about nutrition I am always amazed at how eating biblically is so much better for your health.

    Take the meat and dairy issue. Beef is high in iron but if you eat it with a dairy product your body doesn’t absorb that iron.

  23. There isn’t one “religion”, “denomination” or “church, except for the bride of Christ. The website I have sited also has a facebook page. Don and Pam have very good teachings and can be a wonderful source for study and discussion. No that our Lord Christ Jesus is discovered by those who have never seen a bible or been inside a building. I long to homestead on my property in retirement. The cycles and season our God has put into motion along with the feasts that are to be memorials forever are to remind us of who He is and will always be. The “church” from ACTS must have appeared to the Jews and you may feel you appear to those family members you are now leaving. Pray for them that they may find the deeper truths you are now seeking. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His countenance shine upon you!

    Todd

  24. Kendra,

    I SO wish that I could meet you in person, that we could sip lemon-aid and chat while we watch the roosters fight.

    My husband and I have been in a similar situation to where you are. We started out Southern Baptist. My husband used to be a preacher. We both went to an SBC Bible college. But, we too are the type of people who question everything! At first, we just ignored the questions. But, then we pursued them. We did not “dabble” with Hebrew roots, we jumped right in. That was well over a year ago. Since that time we have left that movement (we left Torah keeping). I know that from where you are right now, I probably sound like an apostate. I understand. I have been in your shoes.

    I wrote a series on my blog about our spiritual journey into and out of Hebrew roots. The first post is here –
    http://coveredbyhishand.blogspot.com/2010/07/everything-old-is-new-again-part-one.html
    I hope you will read it. Feel free to email me with any thoughts or questions.

    Bethany

    • Bethany,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! I can see what an incredibly burdensome lifestyle that was for you and your family! Wow. I just have to say that, although it seems very easy to fall into this “legalism” and many have gone that way, my husband and I do not share these burdens. We truly enjoy keeping Sabbath, though the only thing we do differently than any other day is fellowship, and my husband does not do any work for wages. Yes, I still cook, and wash clothes if I need to, care for the animals, and even garden. We do not feel the need to stop all productive activity whatsoever for the entire day. We do set that day aside for rest and studying His Word, but we aren’t dogmatic about not doing anything else at all.

      I can see how the diet could become burdensome too, if you are constantly worrying about every single thing that enters your mouth. For us, we view the dietary laws of the Old Testament, not as applying to us today for salvation, but as wisdom from the Lord who knows what is good for us and what is not. Tons of current scientific research will validate the claims that pork is bad for you. God knew this… from the very beginning He knew that He did not intend for us to consume these animals. Why would we want to eat something that is bad for our health? Having said all that, I must confess, we do not stick to a Kosher diet. We simply do our best to avoid pork. We aren’t seafood eaters, so we don’t even have to worry about shellfish. I think your motives behind a change in diet are key. It is definitely not a salvation issue.

      I think there are different facets of this movement, some more legalistic and dogmatic than others. We are not feeling pressure to keep Torah… though I cannot say that that won’t come. We are still very new to this. We will have to be extremely careful about not forgetting grace, and what Christ did for us. But as for keeping the Feasts of the Lord (not because we *have* to, but because we want to!), and referring to Christ as Yeshua (which was what his friends, family, and followers would have called him back then, no?) I do not see these as burdensome or as something that ostracizes me from my friends and family.

      I do appreciate you guiding me to your link, and for your graceful and gentle rebuking to those caught up in trying to keep an impossible law. I don’t know where these studies will lead us. But I am grateful for warnings on where we need to draw the line!! And I am so happy to hear that you got out of that! You were definitely in bondage. I know we are not immune to being misled. We just have to pray for wisdom and discernment, and study for ourselves.

      Your friend.

  25. It has made a significant difference in my life to learn the Bible, verse by verse, book by book. Really Really amazing! Our Pastor always encourages us to find for ourselves, research, store the Word in your heart and you will not be fooled. The Bible, and the Bible alone will give you the answers 🙂

  26. I commend you. We too are in a season of discontent with the status quo of our Southern Baptist roots – seeking cautiously, and testing the word as we reach out to find that there is more to life in Christ than what we had ever imagined.

    Please keep sharing as you grow,

    Kim

  27. May YHVH watch over and bless you in your journey Kendra. It will seem super overwhelming, as I am sure it already does sometimes. I know it still does for me. So many things to look at and question from what we were taught.

    Shalom!

  28. Our views are different, but this was an interesting post to read, and I commend you for sharing something so personal and powerful for you here. Thanks!

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