Over the weekend, Dr. West posted some information that he had gathered from somewhere concerning a group of Pentecostals which require their Deacons to be circumcised. This feeds into the false notion that we have to obey the Jewish ceremonial Law; however, Paul, under grace, gave us true circumcision:
In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:11-14 NKJV)
Paul, himself a circumcised Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, wrote as well,
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; (Philippians 3:3-5 NKJV)
In Romans, to a congregation of Jewish and Gentile Christans, Paul wrote,
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. (Romans 2:28-29 NKJV)
There is a warning, of course, in Paul’s words – that we are not to turn back to the Law. Grace has given us freedom of the Law, yet so many people are willing to forsake the Grace of Christ for a dead religion. Is it me, or it this an every increasing heresy faced by those that profess Christ? The turn to heresy is not an immediate action – it starts small, like a cancer, and spreads faster as it picks up steam. It eats up anything good, leaving only the bad. It starts as a new take, perhaps, on an old doctrine, or even better a new doctrine that hasn’t been seen in a long time, that the Church ‘needs to get back to.’
I have noticed a pentecostal place that has over the past 30 years loosened their doctrine so that now, they have dropped any semblance of their former self and has now started to look to this ‘Hebrew Roots’ movement. Last weekend, they brought in Manhu.org. It started earlier, with a fascination of the Jewish things and now it has spread to the Manhu. I do not intend to let this heresy enter into the congregations that I love, so when I can, I will point these things out.