A couple of things came together to start this series. First, Cris Putnam has been posting a series on his blog (Logos Apologia) about what he calls “Confusion About Sunday Worship.” I agree there’s a lot of confusion on the subject, and I think many of my Hebrew Roots brethren are a bit too strident on the subject, but I think Cris is a bit blind to the confusion on his own side. I’m hoping to answer his objections.
Second, I still occasionally get email with questions that come out of things I wrote for Hebrewroot.com between four and ten years ago. That site is no longer under my direct control, and in fact belongs to a ministry that I’m far less involved in than I used to be due to some differences in direction, and while there’s nothing on there that I would be embarrassed to stand behind today, my knowledge has grown quite a bit since I last wrote. Moreover, I’m told by several visitors to that site that it’s raising red flags with their virus protection (which is why I’m not linking it here; since I’m not sure whether they’re false flags or not).
So what I’m going to do is post updated editions of my old material here on the Return of Benjamin, both to preserve the data in the event that Hebrewroot ever goes down, and to give my best foot forward in the ongoing debate on the Torah within the Body of Messiah.
And this most certainly is a debate within the Body. I’ve candidly lost patience with those on both sides who want to make this a salvational issue or who carelessly sling around accusations of heresy. Cris hasn’t done that so far, though his tone is a bit acerbic–doubtless stemming from his own frustrations with those nominally on my side.
Since his first post is so short and focused on a broad theological issue, I’ll go ahead and answer it here:
Confusion About Sunday Worship — Logos Apologia