Torah Perspective is a blog that I began in 2005. It sprang from the realization, in 1998, that the holidays practiced by Christianity – Christmas, Easter… – are pagan in origin. From that I became a Seventh Day Sabbath keeper, and then all of the Biblical Feasts as outlined in Leviticus Chapter Twenty-Three, and on into eating according to the dietary commandments of The Torah of Moses.
A few years ago I decided to take the site down. I trashed hundreds of articles I had written, and didn’t put the site back up for quite awhile. I rebooted it in late 2018. A lot has happened since the reboot of Torah Perspective. In fact, my perspective on Torah has changed.
Hello, my name is Banner Kidd. I was born again in 1987 and began to see through the lies that the enemy had sown in traditional Christianity after about 10 years of frustration. What I read did not line up with what was practiced. And I grew tired of living a life built on sand, with no power. After seeing the lies in the traditional pagan holidays practiced by the professing church, and coming out of those. On the way out of the paganism I began to walk a path that, in my opinion, led me away from the simplicity of the Gospel/The Good News of the reign of Elohim/Kingdom of God.
I recently left the assembly I was a part of for nearly twenty-seven years. I was in leadership there for eighteen of those years, serving as an elder, and even longer in the worship ministry. When I left I believe I came out of a fog and began, almost immediately, to see more clearly. I see my need for Messiah more and more. I only stand in Him. My entrance into the kingdom of the Father is only in and through Him. I see Him in all the Feasts in the Torah of Moses, and in the Sabbath. But I believe what the Apostle Paul wrote, that, “by works of Torah no one is saved.”
Life is all about change, especially for the taught one of the Christ, Jesus, or Messiah Yahoshua. I was once a staunch critic of the name “Jesus.” I am no longer. Truth is that the name doesn’t seem to fit, as it is a relatively new addition. But, likewise, I haven’t seen any compelling evidence that anyone really knows how to pronounce the name of the Savior. The vowel points supplied by the Masorites, are not part of the original Hebrew language. I believe the day will come when we will all know His true name. Until then, dogmatic declarations and condemnations upon those who call Him Jesus is not warranted.
Turning to Him, as 2nd Corinthians 3 tells us, opens up the Torah and gives understanding, that applied by belief through favor/grace, brings constant change. It’s change that makes one more in the image of Yahusha, clothed in Him, and made ready for the coming wedding day. And the Torah of Messiah, as Scripture cites, is about the Living Word, alive and active, speaking into our innermost being. It is the work of the Spirit, and it’s not the role of men to mandate, dictate, and heap burdens on anyone.
To some professing Christians, the fact that I observe Sabbath and the Feast Days of Leviticus means I’m becoming Jewish. To some in the Hebrew Roots movement, the fact that I say we aren’t saved by keeping the Torah of Moses means that I’m going back into traditional Christianity. Neither are true. I’m aware that I might have a problem being accepted by some on either side of the divide.
Bottom line; I simply want to hear the Voice of the Master of the Sabbath, who is in fact the Master of All. I want to hear His Torah/Instruction. I want to read the the Scriptures without any preconceived notion from either side. I want to see it for what it really says, not what it doesn’t say, or that has been “read into it.” I want to hear the narration of the Spirit of God Himself when I read the text, and not through either tradition.
I was born in coal country, East Kentucky, in 1955. My family moved to Indiana in 1965. I was raised from 10 years old in Northeast Indiana. I’ve lived in this area my entire life, since 1965.
I’m a musician, a songwriter, a jingle writer, a voice over actor (mostly radio commercials), a teacher of the Word, formerly a teaching elder at the assembly we once attended, a Christian Radio Station Manager and on air announcer, and a worship leader.
My wife, Karen, and I are the parents of four children. We raised three daughters and a son. Sadly we lost our oldest daughter to cancer in June of 2020. We have two grandsons.
I’m available to come share my testimony of what Papa Yah has done in my life, and to share songs and fellowship. If you would like to know more, please contact me.