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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

Messianic Jewish Movement
And Its Mandates

Are Messianic Jews “Completed Jews” or are they really just Hebrew Christians? The name Jew is short for Jehudi meaning people of Judah (praises God) [sic]. God did not initially call the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Jews, but called them Hebrews, and later Israel (Jacob). To God they are Hebrews or Israelites, and Judaism is their religion.[26] Judaism connotes religion and not a race of people.[27] Judaism is of the Old Covenant and it rejects Jesus Christ as Messiah.[28]

Messianic Judaism’s Only
Mandate is Obedience to God

[26] Again Ms. Nero’s ignorance of just about everything is abysmal. She obviously knows absolutely nothing about Judaism, either Messianic or traditional (Rabbinical), yet she feels that she can authoritatively state what their “mandates” are. She insists on writing her own dictionary with her own definitions, and ignoring the historical and linguistic facts and the existing common definitions of words.

An ethnic group is defined by what they call themselves, not what others call them. That‘s why “African-Americans” have been called by so many different terms over the past 50 years. A polite person in a polite society attempts to refer to an ethnic group by the term they choose to apply to themselves.

First of all, the name “Jew” is not short for Jehudi, but for Yehudi, and the patriarchs’ names were Ya'akov and Yehudah, not Jacob and Judah, respectively (there is no letter “J” or “jay” sound in either the Hebrew or Aramaic languages so the words she claims are their names are impossible to pronounce in their own language!).

The English word “Hebrew” is a poor transliteration of the Hebrew word yrb[ (`Ibriy), meaning “one from beyond” or “one who crosses over,” and was first applied to Avraham when he “crossed over” from Ur into Ca'anan. In its original use it was not a name assigned to either an individual or an ethnic group by HaShem, but rather only a description of a person’s resident status — “y’all ain’t from around here, are you?”

The term “Israelite” refers to the ethnic group who are the physical descendants of Ya'akov, whom ADONAI later renamed Yisra'el.

When the kingdom that had been united under David was divided under his grandson Rechav`am (Rehoboam), the northern kingdom was called Yisra'el, and the southern kingdom was called Yehudah. After the Babylonian and Assyrian “captivities,” those few Israelites who came back from Assyria were absorbed into Yehudah, and the entire ethnic group of the descendants of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov have referred to themselves as Yehudim, or “Jews” ever since.


[27] The word “Judaism” refers not only to our form of worship, but to our entire ethnic identity (as discussed above at note [9]).


[28] The simple fact that Messianic Judaism exists is proof that not all Judaism rejects Yeshua HaMashiach. God has always had, and will always have, His faithful remnant.


Messianic Judaism is a misnomer with regard to a Jew believing that Jesus is the Messiah.[29]

 

[29] This is obviously part of Ms. Nero’s personal anti-Semitic dictionary; her private definitions are not a part of any recognized grammatical usage by either Judaism (either Messianic or non-Messianic), by Christianity, or by history.


The Rabbinical Jew[30]

To say that one is a Rabbinical Jew[31] is to say that one is practicing Judaism, the Law without change to it, and is a believer that the Messiah is to come for the first time. [sic]

 

[30] Again her absymal ignorance of Judaism is demonstrated. A “Rabbinical Jew” is actually a Jew who follows both the Torah and the Oral Tradition (to a greater or lesser degree, depending upon which “branch” or “denomination” of Judaism is involved). Many, but not all, “Rabbinical Jews” believe in a coming Mashiach (Messiah). Many, but not all, believe that there are actually two Mashiachs to come: Mashiach ben Yosef and Mashiach ben David. There are four primary “branches” or “denominations” of Rabbinical (or better, “traditional”) Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed, and Reconstructionist. A Gentile may “convert” to any of the four forms of Rabbinical Judaism by accepting circumcision and mikvah (a ceremonial immersion), by adopting a Jewish/ Hebrew name, and by demonstrating an earnest desire to live a Jewish lifestyle, as long as he/she does not believe that Yeshua ben Yosef (the “historical Jesus”) is Israel’s Mashiach.

At present, unfortunately, the vast majority of ethnically Jewish people are secular, and not religious at all. A “Secular Jew” is one who is a physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov, and who can believe anything he/she wants to — including a total rejection of the God of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov — and still be considered a Jew by most other Jews. However, as soon as he/she believes Yeshua is the Messiah he/she is no longer considered a Jew by most other Jews.

In the broadest possible application of the definition, a “Messianic Jew” could be considered any physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov who who simply believes in “a Mashiach” — either one who has already come or one who is yet to come. However, that is not how the term is used in common practice. The coming of a promised Mashiach is one of the Thirteen Fundamental Principles that Rambam established to define Judaism.


[31] Ms. Nero again refers to her personal anti-Semitic dictionary for the definition of the term “Messianic Jew.” She has changed the common and accepted definition of the term to serve her own warped antisemitic agenda. The common and accepted definition of the term “Messianic Jew” as used by those who first “coined” the term and who presently use it to refer to themselves is “a physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov who has received and accepted Yeshua HaMashiach as Israel’s Messiah and as his/her personal Redeemer and Savior, and who continues to live a Jewish lifestyle.” Most Messianic Jews (I certainly can't speak for everyone) would probably consider a Jew who comes to faith in the Messiah, and then abandons his/her Jewish lifestyle to live as a Gentile, a “Hebrew Christian.”


The Completed Jew[32]

To say that one is a Messianic Jew is to say that one is completely assimilated into Christianity as a Jewish convert, and believes the Messiah did come in Jesus Christ, but continues traditional Jewish practices while attending a Messianic congregation. (This is the Messianic Jewish Movement (“MJM”).)[33]

Messianic Judaism promoting the “completed Jew”[34] is not Biblically decreed in its separatist format, and neither are its tenets New Covenantally sound. In fact, this movement is just another schism in the Body of Christ[35] — The Church that is already apostate in its doctrines.[36] MJM walks according to the tradition of Judaism[37] including several Messianic Yeshivas set up to teach and ordain candidates to be Messianic Rabbis.[38]

 

[32][34] A “Completed Jew” is a physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov who has entered into the B'rit Chadasha (God's Renewed Covenant with Israel, Jeremiah 31:31) through a personal relationship with Yeshua HaMashiach. He or she may choose either to worship and identify himself or herself as a Jew or as a fully-assimilated Gentile Christian. That cannot alter his or her DNA, which alone determines his or her Jewishness. Although I personally know many assimilated Jews, I do not know, or know of, a single one who considers him- or herself no longer Jewish, which would be a violation of the laws of biology.


[33] Ms. Nero ignorantly presumes to define a movement about which she obviously knows absolutely nothing! If Ms. Nero knew anything at all about either Jews or Judaism, she would know that the term “assimilated” refers to a Jew who has dropped all pretense of living a Jewish lifestyle and who has completely adopted the lifestyle of the Gentile community in which he/she lives. To say that an “assimilated” Jew continues traditional Jewish practices is utter nonsense.


[35] This is exactly the point of the Messianic Jewish Movement: to repair the “schism” (“wall of separation”) between Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Israel’s Messiah and to correct the errors of apostate “Christianity.”


[36] I would find it amusing if it weren’t so terribly pathethic. Ms. Nero brands the entire Messianic Restoration Movement as “apostate” and then brands all of the Christian Church as “apostate” with the exception of herself and a tiny handful of other TBASUCs.


[37] As I either have, or will have, explained thoroughly in this response, Messianic Judaism accepts only the completed cannon of Scripture — the Tanakh and the Apostolic Writings — as divinely inspired.

Though most Messianic Jews view the Oral Tradition as a very valuable commentary on the Tanakh, they do not consider it authoritative or divinely inspired. All Messianic Jews are totally free to decide for themselves, with the guidance of Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), how much or how little of the Oral Tradition they choose to follow, and which parts of that Tradition are either in agreement with or contrary to Scripture.


[38] Messianic Yeshivas are little more than “seminaries” for the Messianic Movement, and are absolutely essential to adequately train congregational leaders to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” and avoid the anti-Semitic dogma and Replacement Theology now being taught by nearly all Gentile Christian seminaries. (I used to be both an administrator and Professor of Theology in an extremely good evangelical Christian seminary — I know precisely what I used to teach and what they continue to teach!) Besides Messianic Yeshivas there is nowhere else to receive training in how to adequately present the Good News of the Jewish Messiah to the children of Israel who have been persecuted in the name of the “Gentile God Jesus” for over 1,700 years by people like Constantine, the Inquisitors, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Adolph Hitler, and Ms. Nero.

CLICK HERE for a short chronological list of only some of the atrocities that have perpetrated against the Jews, nearly always in the name of the Gentile God “Jesus” — Who in no way resembles the Messiah as presented in the Bible.

CLICK HERE for an excellent discussion of the Jewish roots of Christianity, anti-Semitic roots that invaded the early Church and have remained, and the need for repentance and reconciliation.

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