Defending One Torah Theology
“…do not let anyone take away from you the position you have in Messiah. All who are in Him are true sons and daughters, being chosen by Him to bear His name to a watching world. Whether Jew or Gentile, we are equally important and necessary in the family of God, for we have all been purchased with the same price, ‘with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Messiah’ (1Pet 1:19)”
– Tim Hegg, An Assessment of the “Divine Invitation” Teaching, pp. 68-69
A clear difference of perspective has evolved within Messianic Judaism of our times. Some have taken the position that Messianic Judaism should be reserved primarily for Jewish people, encouraging non-Jews to remain as faithful members of the Christian Church. Others have taken a middle position, teaching that the Torah has a primary application to Jewish people, but that Gentiles are invited (and even encouraged) to espouse some of the Torah in solidarity with Jewish believers.
At TorahResource, we believe the Scriptures (both Tanach and Apostolic Scriptures) are clear in stating that the people of God are one people, and that the Torah (the teaching of God) is applicable to all who are in Yeshua, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or station in life. This position has become known as “One Torah,” which TorahResource affirms without reservation.
The following selection of articles were written in support or defense of One Torah Theology.
This article is primarily a critical review of “One Law and the Messianic Gentile,” Messiah Journal 101(Aug 2009), 46–70, published by First Fruits of Zion. Tim Hegg investigates the Divine Invitation teaching put forth by FFOZ. Divine Invitation teaches that the Torah is for the Jewish people. Gentiles, on the other hand, are not obligated, but invited to keep the Torah. This theology separates the body of Messiah into two groups. Hegg shows this teaching to be biblically baseless.Read More
Within the Messianic movement there are those who are teaching Bilateral Ecclesiology. This theology teaches that God has one people separated into two groups. The Jewish believers should be in their own groups keeping Torah, and the Gentiles should be in the Church. As a result, many have found themselves feeling like outcasts. In this article Tim Hegg shows bilateral ecclesiology to be man made. Hegg shows the Bible does not instruct us to build the body of Messiah in this way.Read More