Torah Statement

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. (Psa 19:7 NIV)

The Torah, given to Israel at mount Sinai, is the constitution of the Kingdom. It is the definition of righteousness, individually the definition of a perfect man, nationally the definition of a perfect nation. It was entrusted to Israel for a season, but its authority was intended to expand as the kingdom expanded universally. The Torah was intended to be interpreted and adapted by worthy men of each generation without violating its original intent. The Torah is the shadow or form of perfection, it does not include the power to keep it perfectly. With the coming of Yeshua and the Holy Spirit, God offered a model and a door was opened for the necessary power to fully comply with the Torah's requirements. The coming of the Grace and Truth in no way abolished the Torah.

We find in neither doctrine nor practice of the NT the diminishing or abolishment of Torah as the authoritative standard of individual, community, or governmental life. To the contrary, in example after example, we see the Torah as the fabric of culture and the essential framework of the progressive outworking of God's prophetic purposes. The need for a well defined culture of righteousness, and the continued fulfillment of God's strategic prophetic master plan is even greater in today's world than it was in the days of Messiah. The Torah was given for both purposes and as such must be (reestablished as) the foundation of the believing community worldwide. We see no Biblical or logical reason to distinguish between Jew and Gentile in this regard as both have equal roles and equal responsibility to live within and work towards a universal and soon coming Kingdom of God. The purest earthly model and example of a Torah based sanctified walk is firstly demonstrated in the life of Messiah and further characterized by the lives and activities of the twelve Jewish 'foundations' of the kingdom incorporated on earth, commonly known as the church.

Neither is there NT. evidence that supports the division of Torah into distinct sections for the purpose of affirming or terminating. It may be helpful for theological discussions to distinguish natural subsections in Torah such as moral, ceremonial, dietary, sacrificial, etc., and some individuals might need to deal with each in tern, but there is no clear NT, or logical reason to not treat them as they were in Messiah's day - in total - a comprehensive picture of the kingdom.e4

With all this said, it is recognized that there are wide ranging views and opinions held by Godly and sincere people regarding these issues of life and theology. There are many, many practical and difficult issues to confront and resolve, even for those unified in a worldview as stated above.

Christian opponents of a Torah centric life and culture constitute the majority today which must be assumed to be the sovereign work of God. But it should be everyone's concern that the truth of this matter be resolved. A growing body of research has examined, clarified and resolved virtually every Torah abolishing NT passage or theology, replacing them with a theology consistent with the entire Bible and the character of the original Messianic community (church). For a growing number of people all reasonable argument against a Torah centric life have been satisfied.

The validity of keeping Torah is not predicated upon convenience, comfort, or culture. Matters of individual choice or preference as often expressed in discussions with phrases like: 'I don't like...', I'm not comfortable with ...', 'people will ...', are not appropriate in determining the truth of these issues. The question is: 'what is in God's mind', 'how does God see this', 'what is the reality of this issue'.

The erroneous theology of Torah-lessness has been broken, but not the desire. In times past ignorance of this issue was acceptable - today it is not.