Baptism vs. Mikveh vs. Circumcision

This is one that I've been meaning to post for a while, but hadn't gotten around to.It is very common in most Christian denominations to regard Baptism as a New Testament replacement for circumcision. And since Israelite children were to be circumcised on the eighth day, this becomes justification for infant baptism.First of all, the …

Blessing God for Our Troubles

A few hours ago, my father's sister was found dead in her apartment. I don't know for certain the cause, though a heart attack isn't unlikely. My Aunt Sandy was a kind, but often lonely woman. Most of my memories of her involve family get-togethers during the holidays. Her husband, my Uncle Glenn, passed away …

Welcome to the B’rit Chadasha Pages!

What in the world is a B'rit Chadasha?Glad you asked! B'rit Chadasha simply means "New Covenant" or "Renewed Covenant" in Hebrew. So why don't you just say "New Covenant" then? What's with all the confusing Hebrew terms?That's a fairly easy one to answer: I'm wierd.I'm a Goy (Gentile) by birth. Nevertheless, I worship a very …

The Proper Use of Tradition Within the Scripture

One of the frequent objections to Messianic Judaism is the accusation that we follow the traditions of the Jewish rabbis—men who did not even know the Messiah and who were without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The charge is partially true; Messianics do use a lot of Jewish traditions in our worship, such as …

Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 3: Loving ADONAI your God

"That's Jewish! You're trying to earn your salvation! That's the Old Covenant, we're under the New! Those old rituals were just the carnal shadows of the things to come!"It's an objection that rings down through the ages, but is it really true? Did the Messiah do away with all shadows in the ceremonial commands? Let …

Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 4: Torah in the New Testament

In previous entries (see below) we saw that the Torah was not replaced in the New Covenant, but was written on our hearts by the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. We saw that Yeshua put His personal endorsement on every last letter and penstroke of the Torah, and we have seen that when it is …