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Anti-Semitism in the Church
A Required Response to the Charge
that Messianic Judaism is Apostasy

by Messianic Pastor/Theologian Ari Levitt
MA, MDiv, ThM, ThD, DMin, MBA, NS, CNHP
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Ms. Nero’s Article Continues My Response

This is not to say that Jesus started a new religion because He didn’t.[21] There is a sharp difference between Judaism and Christianity, but they do not overlap – Christianity transcends, it is superior.[22]

[21] Ms. Nero fatally contradicts herself at this point, even within the same paragraph. Her entire argument thus far, and in the last clause in this paragraph, has been that “Jesus” did start a new religion, one that is transcends and is superior to Judaism. (This is called “Replacement Theology” and it is blatant heresy!) She now emphatically states that He did no such thing, which has been the main thrust of my discussion so far. In the very next sentence she claims that there is a sharp difference between Judaism (the “religion” that Yeshua practiced throughout His entire earthly life) and “Christianity” (the religion that “Jesus” started — or maybe didn’t start). Thus informed, the reader should probably, therefore, disregard everything in the left column above this line.

If it were true [and is absolutely is not] that:

(a) Judaism is “old,” “what was,” or “inferior”; that

(b) Christianity is “new,” “what now is,” or “superior” to Judaism; and that

(c) “Jesus” is the founder of Christianity,

… then “Jesus” must have started a “new” or “superior” religion, one which neither He Himself nor any of His Shliachim [Apostles] followed, since, as we have already pointed out above, Yeshua and all of His Shliachim lived as Torah-observant Jews until the day they died. Let me emphasize this in the strongest possible terms: for Yeshua, Sha'ul (Paul), Kefa (Peter), Yochanan (John), and the other writers of the Apostolic Scriptures to have lived one way while teaching another way of life would have been the ultimate hypocrisy.

[22] There is absolutely no difference whatever between true Biblical Judaism and true Biblical “Christianity” — they are exactly the same, except the proper modern term for “true Biblical Christianity” as it was practiced by those who wrote the Apostolic Scriptures is that sect of Judaism known as HaDerek, “The Way,” or “Messianic Judaism.”

The “difference between Judaism and Christianity,” to which Ms. Nero continues to erroneously refer, lies not between true Biblical Judaism and true Biblical Christianity. As we have repeatedly pointed out, they are exactly the same thing. The only differences that exist are between

(a) man-made Rabbinical Judaism, which accepts the non-Biblical oral traditions as equal to, or even superior to, the Bible, and

(b) man-made apostate Christianity, which accepts the non-biblical traditions of the Gentile “church” as equal to, or even superior to, the Bible, and which denies its historical and theological connection to Israel.

God changed[23] His way of having a loving and saving relationship with mankind through what now is, thus making Judaism outdated. The parable of the Householder who planted His vineyard was also “the nail in the coffin” for Judaism. After God The Father, the vineyard owner saw that Judaism wasn’t working and sent His prophets and His Son whom they slew, then He decided to …

[23] The God of the Bible doesn't change.

Don't delude yourselves, my dear brothers. Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who made the heavenly lights; with Him there is neither variation nor darkness caused by turning. (James 1:16-17)

“But because I, ADONAI, do not change, …” (Mal. 3:6a)

“…miserably destroy those wicked men, and…let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons….The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:33-43).[24]

[24] When Yeshua spoke of “those wicked men” in Matt. 21:41 (and elsewhere), He was not talking to faithful Israel, but only to the corrupt religious leaders in Jerusalem. Ms. Nero has taken the parable she cites totally out of its Biblical context. When you take Scripture out of context you can prove anything you want to prove. For example, in two different places the Bible says, “There is no God.” Check it out for yourself. Go ahead, I'll wait here till you get back.

In Matt. 21:23, Yeshua is speaking to “the chief kohanim [priests] and the elders of the people” who were challenging His authority to teach and perform miracles. They said, “By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?” The context clearly demonstrates that they were more concerned about their authority over the people than they were about serving their God. They also presumed that only they, and not HaShem, was qualified to declare who the Messiah is!

Historically we know that the “chief priests” were members of the sect of the Sadducees, who were most “liberal” in their theology, denying the existence of angels or other spirit beings, and denying everything supernatural. Since they denied the supernatural, then they could not possibly have accepted a “supernatural” Tanakh (Bible) or a “supernatural” God who gave it to men. They held office only as political appointments from the Roman government, and derived their authority over the people not from God, but from Rome.

It was to these unbelieving priests, not to God’s faithful Israel, that Yeshua said:

“Therefore, I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you [unfaithful priesthood] and given to the kind of people that will produce its fruit!"” (Matt. 21:43)

How can we be sure that Yeshua was speaking to the priests? Let’s stop taking sentences out of context and let Scripture interpret Scripture:

“As the head cohanim [priests, who were nearly all Sadducees, and who accepted only the Torah (the five Books of Moses) as authoritative] and the P'rushim [Pharisees, who held the Oral Tradition as equal to the Scriptures] listened to His [Yeshua’s] stories, they saw that He [Yeshua] was speaking about them. (Matt 21:45)

The same admonitions apply equally well to the corrupt religious leaders of apostate Christianity today. The Kingdom of God will be taken away from them and given to those who “bring forth fruits” of righteousness. Since “fruits” are those outward signs that identify the nature of the tree, then living in obedience to the teachings of a Holy God [the Torah] are the “fruits” that identify a righteous member of God’s Holy Community.

That was the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple, the death of about one million Jews, and their dispersion. Judaism is passé, therefore there is no “Completed Jew” in Christianity as the Messianic Jewish Movement proclaims.[25]

[25] The destruction of the Temple in 70 CE ended the authority of the Sadducees over the people and re-assigned the “priesthood” to all Believers and their authority to His shliachim. It had absolutely nothing to do with God rejecting His Chosen People. Ms. Nero also neglects the historical fact that the destruction of Jerusalem resulted in multiple tens of thousands (Acts 21:20) of Messianic Jews being dispersed throughout the world. It is through their spreading of the Good News of Messiah that Ms. Nero was able to hear about Him, even though she has so obviously and blatantly rejected His true message.

I must agree with Ms. Nero, however, that there are no “completed Jews” in Christianity. “Completed Jews” identify themselves as Messianic Jews, not as “Christians.” Those Jews who identify with Christianity have deserted the God of Israel to become part of the Roman Cult that calls itself “the Church.”

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