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Repairing the Breach Paperback – November 6, 2016
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Peter G. Rambo, Sr., M. Div. was reared on the missionfield in Colombia, South America. Called to ministry, he joined the US Army after graduation from Erskine College before answering His Lord. After nearly ten years in the pulpit of a conservative Presbyterian denomination, he began asking some hard questions of the roots of Christianity and exploring where traditions had infected the doctrines we inherit. His journey has culminated in seeking to understand Scripture in the context and culture in which it was originally written leading to a very deep and fulfilling praxis.
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But what happens when these disciples of Jesus Christ discover that what the Bible says is not exactly what they thought was right? They experience a crisis of faith. Surprisingly this crisis is not driving Christians away from their Savior, but it is dramatically reorienting their faith walk. They still embrace Jesus as their Savior, but call Him by His Hebrew name and title: Yeshua the Messiah. Moreover, they begin to honor and follow the Torah (Law) of Moses, the same godly standard of conduct which Jesus/Yeshua taught and modeled in His life.
In other words, these Christians are transforming into Hebrews through what has become an accelerating Torah Awakening.
This crisis of faith is the focus of Repairing the Breach, the first book by former pastor Peter G. Rambo, Sr. Having weathered the crisis himself, Rambo offers helpful observations from his experience. It is not a journey he undertook on a whim, and in fact he was not looking for any kind of faith-altering investigation. As he explains, his quest for understanding of End Times prophecies turned into an exploration of the “false traditions of Christianity”.
This is where it gets interesting – and potentially dangerous. “False traditions” could be interpreted to mean fraudulent origins. If that is the case, then perhaps Christianity is just another manifestation of what Karl Marx called the “opiate of the masses”. That, however, is not what Rambo means. He is referring to the traditions which have crept into Christianity from a number of directions (including pagan religions), and which have diluted, diverted, and obscured the original faith contained in the Bible.
The contents of Repairing the Breach explore those false traditions, examining them in relation to the plain sense of Scripture. This has been Rambo’s practice since 2013, when he began documenting his findings on his blog, natsab.com. The book is a compilation of Rambo’s blog posts, providing both a no-nonsense exploration of the subject, and insight into the author’s own spiritual journey. As he discovered something new about his faith, whether a deeper meaning in the Scriptures that he had missed, or the consequences of erroneous beliefs he had held in ignorance, Rambo recorded the finding in heartfelt prose. Having lifted that prose directly from the blog, he retains the freshness of his discoveries – a very important quality for readability and for relevance to those seeking direction as they walk the same path.
That path, as Rambo explains, leads back toward the faith that has been consistent from Abraham to Moses and the prophets, and to Yeshua and the apostles. What he and thousands of Hebraic believers have learned is that Yeshua did not come to establish a separate religion called Christianity, but to teach correctly the eternal precepts God had delivered to humanity through Moses. In fact, Rambo demonstrates how it was Yeshua Himself, as the “Memra de Yeya” (Aramaic for Word of the Lord), Who was with the Father at Mount Sinai and delivered the Torah to Moses.
That itself is a paradigm-shifting thought. Repairing the Breach is full of such thoughts. Rambo even devotes an entire chapter to verses from the Old and New Testaments that challenge Christian (and even Jewish) paradigms. One of those is I John 3:4 – “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” In regard to the common Christian perception that Jesus did away with the Law, Rambo says,
"The Law, the Torah, defines sin. Breaking the Law is sin. Therefore, lawlessness IS sin.
"‘Doing away with the Law’ is doing away with the definition of sin, and indeed, the act is sin itself!
Rambo has the credentials to make such a statement. As the son of Presbyterian missionaries, he grew up steeped in the Reformed branch of Protestantism. His training at a conservative seminary prepared him to explain and defend the Reformed theology he practiced all his life, and that was his job as a Presbyterian pastor for over ten years. Such a man is not a likely candidate to walk away from traditional Christianity, and that is what makes Rambo’s case so compelling. It also makes for convincing theological investigations in the interest of correcting misunderstandings of Scripture which have translated into centuries of Christian practice.
What Rambo has done is the same thing Martin Luther and John Calvin did: examine the doctrine and practice in light of Scripture and seek to reform those aspects which do not conform to the Word of God. That is why Rambo begins his book with a chapter called “Reformation”. His “Reformation Thought” blog posts examine such questions as the Name of God (YHVH rather than Lord), what “grafting in” really means, the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Christian thought, and exactly what the Torah is.
From there he goes on to examine what is often the first issue confronting Christians: what to do about the Sabbath. Rambo’s chapter on the Sabbath provides sufficient proof from Scripture for the continuing relevance of the Seventh Day Sabbath, and challenges the reader to weigh the evidence and decide what to do about it. He then moves on to investigate the presence of Yeshua throughout the Bible, from beginning to end. Another chapter focuses on “Doctrines of Men”, including a critical examination of the Westminster Confession, the bedrock of Reformed Theology. This leads into a look at the Apostle Paul, evaluating what the Scripture says of him against the commonly held Christian understanding.
The thread that ties this together comes in Rambo’s chapter on the Kingdom of God, and his final chapter, “Repairing the Breach”. In them he makes the case that the Kingdom of Heaven, which Yeshua said His followers should seek, is nothing less than the Kingdom of Israel. Does this “church age” kingdom replace the Jewish people in God’s esteem? Absolutely not! Rather, Yeshua makes it possible for people from all nations to join with Jews in the restored Kingdom of Israel which Messiah will rule in the coming age. Ultimately, the breach between Jews and Christians is what must be repaired, and those who embark on the Torah path their Messiah modeled become repairers of it.
Peter Rambo’s book is especially useful for those new to Torah, or considering the Torah path. His short, readable chapters contain much meat, but in bite-sized pieces that contain far more nourishment than one might suppose at first glance. His heart is to help believers walk more consistently in the example of their Messiah, and thus step into a new dimension of their Kingdom calling. He covers some of the same ground that other authors and teachers have covered, but his packaging and delivery fill a gap between the weighty theology of J.K McKee and the introductory survey of Warren Bowles. Repairing the Breach is a refreshing resource that Torah keepers – both new and well-seasoned – will appreciate and will want to give to friends and family.