English-speaking devotees in the Hebrew Roots movement eschew the name of Jesus. They replace the name of Jesus with Yahoosha, Yehoshua, Yahshua, Yeshu, and many other variations. One variant for Jesus’ name used by many Hebrew Roots movement adherents is Yeshua. They have been taught that, as a Jew, Jesus’ actual name in Hebrew should be Yeshua. Jews indeed render Jesus’ name in Hebrew as Yeshua. Although Jews often drop the “a” and call him Yeshu, which is an epithet against him.
A little known fact is that one of the names used for Jesus by the Hebrew roots movement, Yeshu, is used by Jews as a curse against Jesus. Tuvia Pollack, writing for Kehila Times, reveals that “the name Yeshu can be seen as an abbreviation of ‘Yimach Shmo Uzichro,’ may his name and memory be blotted out.” Jesus is regularly cursed in the Jewish Talmud by the name of Yeshu. Indeed, there is an ancient Jewish text that is called the Sefer Toledot Yeshu, which presents a blasphemous attack on Jesus by rabbinical Jewish authorities. The Sefer Toledot Yeshu alleges that Jesus was an illegitimate child, whose miracles were by means of sorcery, who taught a heretical form of Judaism, seduced women, and died a shameful death.
The Talmud, which calls Jesus Yeshu, as an epithet, is the authoritative religious book in Judaism. The Talmud memorializes the traditions of the Jews. Jesus upbraided the Jews for replacing his laws with their man-made traditions.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. … Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Mark 7:9, 13 AV)
The practice of English speakers to call Jesus Yeshua is part of a sinister scheme. It is a devilish stratagem by Judaizers to corrupt the gospel of grace.
The religion of the Jews is a mixture that, on the surface, appears godly but is, in fact, a wholly leavened loaf of heathenism. “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. . . . Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6, 12) Paul also warned about the Judaizers who were trying to inject their Judaic doctrine into the church. He warned: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9)
Changing Jesus’ name to Yeshua is a subtle way to change the doctrines of the gospel. Rabbi Mordecai Griffin founded Lapid Judaism, which is part of the Hebrew Roots movement. Rabbi Mordecai reveals that changing the English Jesus into the Hebrew Yeshua is to change who the Messiah is. He let the cat out of the bag and disclosed that Yeshua of the Hebrew Roots movement is NOT Jesus. He states that Jesus means nothing.
When we say that we beleive in Yeshua as the Messiah is THAT the same thing as saying that we believe in “Jesus”?? Yeshua means “salvation”. Yehoshua (the longer form of the Messiah’s Name) means “HaShem Saves.” The name Jesus literally means nothing. It has no meaning what-so-ever.
Rabbi Griffin reveals that calling the Messiah (Christ) Yeshua is for the purpose of bringing Christians back under the yoke of the Jewish law. Rabbi Griffin states:
Lapid Judaism exists to restore the original faith of Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel. Our mission and vision is to restore Yeshua-centered Judaism to the world. To accomplish this mission, we intend to bring complete and lasting transformation by making true disciples, strengthen families, building communities and proclaiming Yeshua as Messiah expressed in an authentically Jewish Torah observant lifestyle.
When Rabbi Griffin uses the word Torah he is including also the traditions of the Jews memorialized in the Talmud.
Lapid Judaism is a way to corrupt the gospel of grace and change it into subjugation under Orthodox Hassidic (a.k.a., Chassidic) Judaism.
Lapid Judaism, as a movement, is defined as Yeshua-Centered Judaism. It is a return, restoration and revival of the original faith of Moshiach and His Talmidim (disciples). Lapid is a tradition with its roots in the Orthodox tradition and its soul linked to the Chassidic movement.
Hassidic Judaism is Phariseeism. Indeed, Rabbi Griffin reveals that the Yeshua of Lapid Judaism is a Pharisee.
Jesus the Pharisee? Was Jesus (actually It’s Yeshua) from the Pharisees? Yeshua the Messiah was a Pharisee. He taught as a Pharisee, lived as a Pharisee, affirmed the religious practice of the Pharisees, and supported both the Written and Oral Torah as a Pharisee.
What more proof does one need to understand that Yeshua of the Hebrew Roots movement is NOT the Jesus of the Bible? Changing Jesus’ name to Yeshua is a change in who Jesus is. Yeshua of the Hebrew Roots movement is a devilish Pharisee. Jesus Christ states his unequivocal opinion about the Pharisees that they are vipers and children of hell.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, … Ye fools and blind: … Ye fools and blind: … Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! … Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! … Thou blind Pharisee, … Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!… Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:13-33 AV)
For more information about this and the corruption of the gospel through profane modern Bible versions, read Hoax of Biblical Proportions.