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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
Page 6

Ms. Nero’s Article Continues My Response

MJM in the Body of Christ returns to their [sic] Jewish heritage and practices in Judaism and believes that the rest of the Body of Christ should as well and they’ve been mandated by God to see to it.[39]

1. The Jewish Voice Broadcasts’ [sic] aim is to “teach Believers about their Jewish roots.” (That instead of urging them on about righteousness and holiness that the Church needs. [sic])[40]

2. One website I visited says, “Christians roots are in Judaism so you should be learning from the Messianic Jews about your ancestry.” (That instead of urging them on about righteousness and holiness that the Church needs. [sic])[40]

3. Messianic Judaism is “…seeking to put Messiah back within His Biblical and Jewish context” (The Messianic Times. “What is Messianic Judaism And Who Is Yeshua” by David Chernoff, p 2, Summer 2001). I suppose[41] by “Biblical context” they mean, making sure non-Jews understand that Jesus was a Jew and some of Judaism should be in the churches. How necessary to salvation is putting Jesus into Biblical context? It’s not important.[42] What is important is putting Jesus – THE WORD – THE BIBLE on the fleshly table of your heart and letting Him live His life in you to the fullest. Yes, He was born a Jew, so what? He had to be born something. It’s not what ethnic group He was born into as much as it is why He was born.[43] (To shed His precious blood for forgiveness, regeneration, justification, sanctification, peace, joy, and for ruling and reigning with Him in the Millennium.)

[39] Ms. Nero's obvious intent appears to be to bring discredit to the Messianic Jewish Movement by quoting a few isolated sentences totally out of their context and then jumping to conclusions that could not possibly be reached by any process of normal logic. Even if she were to find something on a “Messianic Website” that claimed to be a “mandate” for the entire movement, it would be completely without authority, as there simply exists no “central authority” for Messianic Judaism except the Bible. I would sincerely hope that nobody would judge the entire Messianic Jewish Movement by the content of a few websites (especially not by mine), any more than they should judge all Christians and Christianity as a whole from Ms. Nero’s obviously outer-fringe and obviously non-Christian website.

Messianic Judaism (for the most part) carefully avoids terms like “should,” “must,” “have to,” and “ought to.” We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that there is but one way to salvation—faith in the completed atoning work of Yeshua HaMashiach, the Jewish Messiah—and that God’s redeemed people, whether Jew or Gentile, should live a lifestyle that reflects their condition of being “a new creation,” declared by God to be righteous. We believe that Jews who have received the Jewish Messiah as their Savior are entitled to continue to live their ethnic lifestyle to the extent that they so choose, as long as that lifestyle is in agreement with the teachings of Yeshua and His Emissaries as recorded in the Apostolic Scriptures, and that any Gentile Believer in Messiah is also entitled—though by no means required in any way—to live a lifestyle that demonstrates that he or she is grafted into the covenants and people of Israel through faith in Israel’s Messiah.

[40] The Messianic Jewish Movement is not monolithic and has room for a considerable variation in belief and practice. There is no central governing body that decrees dogma for the movement, and there is no broadcast or telecast that speaks for the entire movement. Neither is there any mandate, in either Judaism or Christianity, that every broadcast or telecast must be devoted exclusively to the teaching of the Gospel message.  Each speaker or writer (including this one) is conveying his/her own opinion and following his/her own mandate, and not that of the entire movement. If Ms. Nero had spent more time actually reading about Messianic Judaism instead of fanning her racist paranoid fantasies about what she obviously perceives as some kind of “Jewish menace,” she would have known that one of the key teachings of Messianic Judaism is a call for all Believers in Messiah, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to return to holy righteous living as embodied in the Torah and as practiced and taught by Yeshua and the writers of the Apostolic Scriptures.

[41] Again, if Ms. Nero had bothered to read the entire context of the material she quotes, she would not have to “suppose” anything — she would know what Messianic Judaism means by the phrase “put Messiah back within His Biblical and Jewish context.” In the two paragraphs immediately above this one, she falsely states that Messianic Judaism is not concerned with teaching righteousness and holiness, when one of the main distinctives of the movement is to encouorage a lifestle of righteousness and holiness through yeilded obedience to God’s Torah. This obedience to Torah is in no way intended to gain God's favor or to “earn” salvation, but because the God of the Bible has called His people to holy living as defined in the Torah.

[42] The primary point of the true Gospel Message is not individual salvation.

At no place in the four Gospel accounts is it ever recorded that “Yeshua went up on a hill, and He sat down, and began to teach His disciples, ‘believe in Me for the forgiveness of your sins, so that you can have a personal relationship with Me and go to heaven when you die.’”

— D. thomas Lancaster

 The True Gospel is all about the establishment of the eternal Kingdom of God on earth! Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist), Yeshua, and all of Yeshua’s Apostles shared the same, simple, 9-word message: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”

Now she says that it is “not important” to put “Jesus” into the proper Biblical context. Without the Biblical context of both the Tanakh and the Apostolic Scriptures, one has absolutely no chance at all of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” as all followers of Messiah are commanded to do. Because “the Church” has taken the historical Yeshua of Nazareth out of His proper Biblical context they have created a “Gentile Jesus” who is a False Prophet and a grossly distorted caricature of the historical Messiah presented in the Bible! The very reason that the religious leaders of Israel failed to recognize Messiah when He appeared — and the very reason that Ms. Nero is in such ignorance about Biblical truth concerning Israel’s Messiah — is exactly that they tried to take Him out of His Biblical and historical context, and in so doing they failed to understand even the simplest teaching of the Scriptures.

Yeshua said to them, “Isn’t this the reason that you go astray? because you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God? … You are going far astray!” (Mark 12:24-27)

[43] Ms. Nero is again badly mistaken, because she knows neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. The salvation of every Believer is totally dependent upon exactly which ethnic group into which Messiah was born. Not only is His ethnic group critically important, so is the particular family of that ethnic group. Both Mattityahu (Matthew) and Luke are careful to detail His genealogy to prove His Messiahship. Had He not been born of this exact ethnicity and genealogy, He would not have been qualified to be the Messiah-King of Israel. If He had not been born a descendant of Judah, He could not legally be the “Lion of Judah” (a term for the Messiah); if He had not been born a descendant of David, He could not legally be the King of Israel.

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