People forget what is important (the weightier things) because they are distracted by the chaos and Gnosticism of the Hebrew Roots, Messianic Jewish, and Observant movements.
Many people in the broad Messianic and Hebrew Roots communities have forgotten that the work of the Messiah is the most important thing. --J.K. McKee, Messianic Apologetics
Titles and labels aside, we need to heed Revelation 2:1-7 with a sober mind and honest heart:
2 1 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Ephesus, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs: 2 “I know what you have been doing, how hard you have worked, how you have persevered, and how you can’t stand wicked people; so you tested those who call themselves emissaries but aren’t—and you found them to be liars. 3 You are persevering, and you have suffered for my sake without growing weary. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place—if you don’t turn from your sin! 6 But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do—I hate it too. 7 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden.” ’1
23 “Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah—justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to—without neglecting the others!2
We must, in all haste, "remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before," before it is too late.
- 1David H. Stern, Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the (Old Testament) and B’rit Hadashah (New Testament), 1st ed. (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1998), Re 2.
- 2David H. Stern, Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B’rit Hadashah (New Testament), 1st ed. (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1998), Mt 23:23.