International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS)
IAMCS recently wrote a position paper addressing what they consider to be the “errors as well as the inherent dangers” of “One Law theology”. For sure the paper makes some valid points and insightful observations. It is titled One Law, Two Sticks: A Critical Look at the Hebrew Roots Movement. However, in their zeal they overstate their case in regards to One Law theology and Messianic Jewish Scholar Tim Hegg. They use a ludicrous red herring fallacy known as straw man to try and discredit him. I was totally surprised that they would lower themselves to such a lame argument. It seems as though they did not have any real basis in Scripture to refute the clear teachings that Tim Hegg has presented over the years so they opted for this debate tactic, which is designed to mischaracterize their opponent’s position in a way that is then easy to “knock down” (any one can knock down a “straw man”)! It is important to note that when people resort to “straw man” arguments, it is usually because they have already lost the debate and have become desperate to make a case that cannot be made with any true integrity. Thus I have renamed their article for clarity: One Law, Two Sticks, And A Straw Man!

The Straw Man?
The authors of the IAMCS article allege (beginning on pg 54) that Tim Hegg is teaching a “gospel of obedience to law, the very antithesis of the true gospel”. Now, if you have read Tim Hegg’s books and position papers you can only laugh at this allegation. It is immediately clear that this is a classic red herring known as the “straw man” argument. The sad thing for me is that I expected so much more from these leaders in IAMCS. Using a “straw man” argument to refute Tim Hegg was and is disappointing. I was and am embarrassed for them.

Tim's Response
Click here for Tim’s response. Tim’s maturity and integrity is graciously seen in his response. He is forthright, respectful, and concise in addressing this red herring. Tim offers a plethora of citations and bibliography, which vindicates his long held conviction that we (Jews and Gentiles) are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Yeshua the Messiah, apart from any and all works of the Law. So why did they malign his character via this allegation? Good question. I wish I knew. Suffice it to say, it did not nor will it win the debate. At the end of the day, the IAMCS attempt to use a pitiful red herring to discredit Tim Hegg, will be seen by all for what it is – an attempt to move away from the respectful and scholarly aspects of the debate and into the realm of the dog and pony show of poppycock and straw man arguments. I personally find that boring and unproductive. It does not engage any meaningful dialogue or debate.

Where Do We Go From Here?
Pray! Yes, pray that the leaders of IAMCS return to respectful, honest, dialogue. We may have to agree to disagree on sincerely held beliefs, but attacking someone’s character via red herrings has no place in our work of bringing together Messianic Jews and Messianic Gentiles for the Glory of God. In spite of what they have attempted to do to Tim’s character and standing as a Biblical scholar, I still love and respect them. They are brothers in Messiah. We are all one in Messiah whether we like it or not. May God soften our hearts as we dialogue on matters that we are passionate about. May God’s love and truth rule and direct our hearts towards each other as we join together in advancing the Kingdom of His Son, our King – Yeshua, Son of David