“So Christ has truly set us free! Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in SLAVERY TO THE LAW!” Galatians 5:1 NLT
“But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are NOT UNDER OBLIGATION TO THE LAW OF MOSES.” Galatians 5:18 NLT
As it was during the time of the apostle Paul, we are seeing over the last years an uprising of false Christian teachers who want to enslave and force believers in Christ to follow the Jewish laws, traditions and regulations, as is written in the Old Testament book of Torah, in order to be in right standing with God and receive blessings!
The apostle Paul said that some so-called believers, false ones, really, were secretly brought into their meetings!
“They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.” Galatians 2:4-5 NLT
For this reason, the apostle Paul had to rebuke the believers in Galatia, when he told them:
Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the Law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it? I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 3:1-5 NLT
Paul also said about these false teachers who insist on keeping the law, that they are rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others.
“They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money.” Titus 1:10-12 NLT
And yes, lots of money is being made with this false “must keep the Jewish Laws and traditions doctrine.” As the Bible says:
“In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money.” 2. Peter 2:3 NLT
These false teachers always seem to invent a new hyped-up formula for blessings, with the catch that you ultimately have to give to their ministry. They cleverly use the Old Testament Jewish feasts, celebrations, and the observance of certain days to make you sow money seed offerings to them with the promise of a special blessing or breakthrough to come in your situation. These are some of the feast offerings mentioned: Festival of Lights offerings, Festival of Lots offerings, Rosh Hashanah offerings, Passover Feast offerings, Sabbatical Year offerings or Day of Atonement offerings, among others. And we should not forget all the Jewish books and miscellaneous artifacts of worship that are being sold in the churches nowadays.
As in his days, we also need to heed the warning of the apostle Paul, who commanded Pastor Titus to reprimand the believers and tell them that,
“they must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.” Titus 1:14 NLT