Messiah is a sword, not a flower child. He is calling His own to separate the wheat from the chaff. I am not trying to be critical of individuals who have been deceived by the hippie Jesus doctrine, but critical of the doctrine itself. It is extremely pervasive in our overly sensitive, hyper tolerant culture. This does not mean that I am trying to be insensitive, either. Love and compassion are essential teachings of Messiah, and the basis of the Torah. Somehow the hyper grace movement managed to convince everyone from the emergent church to the pope in Rome that the Messiah abandoned all standards of sin (sanctifying sin) to just love on everyone. Since most civic Christians simply read their prescribed church doctrines into Scripture, this doctrine is easily confirmed for them. We must pray for discernment on this.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. -1 John 3:4
There are so many false concepts revealed by religious doctrines, and sadly the religious perspective of Messiah as a hippie who not only tolerated, but somehow reveled in the sin of others, is no exception. Often the example of Messiah dining with the hated tax collector Zacchaeus is summoned up as proof of this hyper grace. It's widely understood that Zacchaeus changed his way.
“Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of Him before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him. -Mathew 21:31
These "tax collectors" and "prostitutes" the Messiah mentions repented and were baptized. They changed their wicked ways, and came back into covenant with the Father. Messiah came to remove the condemnation of men based on human standards of sin, not remove the judgement of sin by the Father’s standard.
The concept of not judging others pervasive in our hippie Jesus culture did not come from the teachings of Messiah our Savior. There is a vast difference between the concept of not condemning other Believers, as though we were the Most High, and not judging sin in the world. How can we identify sin without judging what is and isn’t sin? The adulterous women who would be stoned but for the defense of Messiah was told that she was not condemned, implying a judgement was clearly made that she had committed a sin, and was told by Messiah “Go. From now on sin no more." Note he did NOT say “Go, and sin as much as you want because I’m gonna do away with sin”, or “Go, and sin because no one can judge what sin is anyway”. Had Israel maintained a righteous Biblical judicial system under the order of that was ordained, her sentence (along with the stoning of the adulterous man) would have been Righteous. However, Israel could not condemn this women for her deed because a.) the adulterous man was absent, and b.) the proper system for judgement was not in place. Having said that, if the righteous system had been established amongst Israel at this time, there would likely have been no sin committed by these TWO parties, and likewise no need for the Messiah. For me this creates the standard by which Grace can be fulfilled in Messiah. In another instance: Later Messiah found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." John 5:14 Wait… did the Messiah just judge someone?
When the Apostles speak of being in sin, they are speaking to the ignorance of how to keep His Commands (deceived by those still deceiving most today), and the apostasy that all of Israel was in before Messiah. The (l)aw of the Pharisees put fences around the True Law to prevent people from writing the Law on their heart. In Messiah we are free from THAT (l)aw to keep His (L)aw of righteousness. Messiah taught us the True Law. This is why they called Him "Teacher/Master", not G-d. Look up the meaning of the Greek word translated to L-rd. Messiah taught the Law with His Father's authority, not the religion of men. There is no longer any sacrifice once you truly know Messiah, and are born from above. Believing in Messiah does not equal receiving the Holy Spirit. We can live without sin. The Father did not demand an impossible expectation. The problem is that christians don't know the difference between what is sin, and what is religion (just as in the time of Messiah).
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 raging fire that will consume all adversaries. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think one deserves to be punished who has trampled on the Son of the Heavenly Father, profaned the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and insulted the Spirit of grace? -Hebrews 10:26-29
The deceived twist scripture to appease their selfish desire to be tolerated in their defiance of His commands. For instance, they will take a small nugget of scripture like "If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”( in John 12:47) to be a complete teaching, and example of Messiah. The reality of this verse is teaching about how Messiah does not judge by His own judgement (judgment as practiced by Pharisees - judgement of human standards), but rather a judgement by the Father’s standards: "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." John 9:39 If there is no judgment, there is no need for salvation, is there? When confronted with homosexuality many christians quote Levitical law, but when I ask “why don’t you keep the Father’s Sabbath” (or the dietary laws) they respond that “the law is done away with”. I see this as a double-mindedness.
It’s important to note that Messiah did not teach anything new, he just abolished the teachings of what the Pharisees claimed was implied in the Law, and the ordinances of the oral tradition. This is why he said “You have heard it said…. but I say to you”. He came to restore the Father’s perfect Word that had fallen into the clutches of religion.
"Don't assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Mathew 5
The commands of Messiah “‘Love the Father with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” came directly from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:5 & Leviticus 19:18). This is why He was such a problem for the religious institution of the day. He was the Word (the only Word at the time being the Torah) made flesh. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. “ John 1:14
Homosexuals, adulterers, and sinners of all types are welcome to come to Messiah, but there is a condition of that salvation, and it’s not some silly chant or the hokey-pokey:
"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Teacher, Teacher, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' “And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' -Mathew 7:22-23