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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

It appears that “teaching Believers about their Jewish roots” has such high priority in the Messianic Jewish Movement. Could it be because they are very concerned about Replacement Theology, which is nothing but jealousy?[44]

[44] The two primary reasons that Messianic Judaism is extremely concerned about Replacement Theology is simply that:

  1. it is a vile heresy that has been used for 1,700 years to keep Jews out of fellowship with their Messiah, and
  2. all Believers in Yeshua are mandated to speak out against heresy.

In order for Gentile Believers to properly understand why Replacement Theology is heresy, they must first correctly understand what the Bible teaches about the relationships between God, Israel, and the Gentiles. They must come to understand that the leaders of the Gentile “church” have been lying to them for the past 1,700 years. Just as Lucifer attempted to set himself above God’s throne, so Lucifer’s children have attempted to set themselves above God’s chosen people.

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By the term “God’s chosen people” do not suppose that I mean to imply either ethnic Jews or the State of Israel. Rather, God’s chosen people are those physical descendants of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov who have come to faith in Messiah in exactly the same way that Father Avraham did — “Avraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” — and those Gentiles who have been adopted into the family of Avraham through exactly the same kind of faith. These are the true Bride of ADONAI. Lucifer’s children are those who claim to be “Christians” but who deny the children of Avraham their rightful place in God’s plan and who fit the following description:

… self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power. … always learning but never able to come to full knowledge of the truth. … They are people with corrupted minds, whose trust cannot pass the test. However, they won't get very far; because everyone will see how stupid they are, … (2 Tim. 3:1-9)

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For those not familiar with the term “Replacement Theology,” it is the heretical teaching that God, Who cannot lie and Who never changes, has arbitrarily cancelled the “everlasting covenants” that He made with Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov, and with “their descendants forever,” and has transferred those promises to the Gentile “church.”

The “adopted” children of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov have effectively stolen the birthright of the natural-born children, and have driven the natural-born children out of the Holy Community. It was the Council of Nicaea which stole Israel’s birthright from them and gave it instead to an apostate Gentile “church” — according to them, in 325 CE the “church replaced Israel in God’s plan” — but God had nothing to do with it!

Please read the complete article
Replacement Theology.”

Replacement theology is particularly detestable to Jews because it is the theology that many government and religious leaders have used for over 1,700 years to excuse their attempts to exterminate the “Jewish vermin” from the earth. It is the excuse for every atrocity that has been committed against the Jewish people from the Inquisition to Hitler’s “final solution.” It says that God, Who hates divorce, has divorced His bride and married another. (Isa. 49:18; Isa. 61:10; Isa. 62:5; Ps. 60:5; Ps. 108:6; Ps. 127:2; the entire book of Hosea, the entire Song of Solomon).

Secure your position with Christ in holiness, and don’t worry about the rest. There are no “#1s” in True Christianity, and perhaps that is the problem with the Messianic Jewish Movement – they feel they know best because salvation began with them – “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” – the Jew first. Do they feel they know best since:

  1. they are Jewish
  2. Jesus was a Jew, born to a Jewish woman
  3. Jesus attended synagogue
  4. Jesus was a Rabbi
  5. Jesus taught the Torah/Law
  6. Jesus kept all the customs
  7. Jesus kept all the feast days
  8. the Bible was written by Jews
  9. the first Apostles were Jews
  10. the first Believers were Jews[45]

[45] For the purposes of most (but certainly not all) of the scores of various forms the “Messianic Restoration Movement” (which I personally believe is a much more accurate term than “Messianic Jewish Movement”) takes, “Messianic Judaism” embraces any person, Jew or Gentile, who desires to recognize Yeshua ben Yosef (the “historical Jesus”) as Yeshua HaMashiach, Israel’s Redeemer/ Messiah, who accepts the completed atoning work of Yeshua as his/her kiporah (atonement) and accepts the Lordship of Yeshua over his/her life, and who strives to live his/her life in obedience to all that Yeshua and His Shliachim (Apostles) taught and practiced.

 Since Yeshua and the Shliachim were all Torah-observant Jews who taught others to be, this of necessity includes adopting a Biblically (as opposed to Rabbinically) kosher lifestyle, which means obeying all the mitzvot (commandments) of Scripture (but not the Oral Tradition) as the proper guide to faith and practice (for sanctification, but not for salvation).

The goal of Messianic Restoration is not separatism, as Ms. Nero contends, but rather of “restoration of all things, about which God spoke by the mouths of His holy prophets from ancient times” (Acts 3:21).

The Bible teaches that Temple worship and at least some of the Levitical sacrificial system will be restored under Mashiach’s rule in the Kingdom period. The Bible teaches that in those days, the Gentiles will grasp the tzitzit (fringes of the prayer shawl) of the Jews and say, “We would go up to the Temple to worship Mashiach with you.” The Bible teaches that the Kingdom of Israel will be restored as a political entity, that the national borders of Israel will reach from the Nile River to the Euphrates River, that Yeshua will physically rule from His throne in Jerusalem, and that a resurrected and glorified King David will rule as co-regent.

In the Kingdom Age all who worship Yeshua will worship Him under a restored form of “Judaism.” The Messianic Restoration says, “Why wait till the Messianic Kingdom appears on earth? Let’s start now so we will be ready when He returns!”

Yes, that is all true. But, the Messianic Jewish Movement does not have a mandate from God[46] to distinguish themselves from other Christians as Jewish Believers, while teaching them of their Jewish roots. MJM believe they do; but they don’t.

“Messianic Judaism is a religious movement with the belief ‘that God wants the Jewish people to remain a distinct and obedient nation until the end of time.’ Messianic Jews retain their Jewish symbolism, heritage, culture, and seasonal days of celebration and many details of religious observance” (“Messianic Judaism A Controversial Religion” at mess_jud.htm.)




[46] Ms. Nero claims that “the Messianic Jewish Movement does not have a mandate from God to distinguish themselves from other Christians as Jewish Believers, while teaching them of their Jewish roots.” [Yet she apparently believes that she has a mandate from God to destroy Messianic Judaism.] If the Gentile church were living in obedience to the Scriptures, that might be true. But when “Gentile Christianity” teaches that “Judaism is dead” and that obedience to the Scriptures (that is exactly what the term “Torah-observance” means) is “passé” or “not for today,” the Scriptures do, in fact, provide a separatist mandate from God for Yeshua’s covenant people:

Moshe went up to God, and ADONAI called to him from the mountain: “Here is what you are to say to the household of Ya'akov, to tell the people of Isra'el: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you will be a kingdom of cohanim [priests] for me, a nation set apart.’ These are the words you are to speak to the people of Isra'el.” (Exod. 19:3-6)

Now, therefore, make confession to ADONAI, the God of your ancestors; and do what will please him by separating yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign women." (Ezra 10:11)

Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B'liya'al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God — as God said, “I will house myself in them, … and I will walk among you. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore ADONAI says, “Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters.’ says ADONAI-Tzva'ot.” (2 Cor. 6:14-18)

Yeshua said: “Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot (commandments of Torah) and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:18-19)

So the eleven talmidim went to the hill in the Galil where Yeshua had told them to go. When they saw Him, they prostrated themselves before Him; but some hesitated. Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age." (Matt. 28:16-20)

More about the mandate here.

The Messianic Jewish Movement sees themselves [sic] as separate from other Born Again Christians, and to be distinct they express their Jewishness in their congregations, and that’s not the Holy Spirit. [sic] They justify their Jewish distinction [sic] from the rest of Christianity by believing that Jesus did not come to destroy Jewishness. Well, He didn’t come to destroy their Jewishness anymore than He came to destroy my Blackness[47] or any other “ness.” But, Jewishness, Blackness, and any other “ness” goes on the back burner when it come to The Church – The Body of Christ – Born Again Believers. “Ness” has no place in The Church but the Holy Spirit does so that we are all “one.”

The Messianic Jewish Movement has even gone so far as to change the titles so that they will not be identified with non-Jewish Christians.

“A problem facing the Messianic leaders is that while the term pastor is an excellent job description, like the term church, it never gives the impression the title holder is Jewish (Return Of The Remnant by Michael Schiffman. Lederer Messianic Publishers, Baltimore, MD, p 52, 1996.)

The crux of the matter with Messianic Judaism is their desire to impress others (Jews) that they are Jewish, Jewish, Jewish. MJM wants to impress upon other Christians that, “Hey, we were first, and we know best.” My dear people, being Jewish is not your salvation. Up front, this tragic way you’ve surrendered yourselves to is the root cause of you not seeing yourselves as “… Christians in Jewish clothing, but Jews worshipping their Messiah” (Ibid. p.50). MJMs, you are Hebrews – Hebrew Christians. This is what has brought you to put heritage (tradition) and culture (customs) before the New Covenant[47a] of Christ Jesus, that is, unless you have a different covenant that is not in The Bible, which has ended in your “spiritual arrogance.” [sic]

The Messianic Jewish Movement does not see itself as separate from truly “born-again” Gentile Christians; it does, however, see itself as separate from a pagan apostate “Church.” Messianic Judaism is inclusive in that all who truly “hunger and thirst after righteousness” are welcome, but the Bible defines “righteousness” as living in yielded obedience to God’s standards that are recorded in His Torah. It is our position that those who reject God’s Torah also reject (intentionally or unintentionally) the God of the Torah!

Yeshua’s mandate to His people is to teach all men to obey all things that He commanded, and He commanded the whole Torah, ignoring “not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke.” If Yeshua lived and taught Torah observance and Synagogue worship, then whoever teaches that they are “passé” or no longer important “shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.” If the “Gentile church” refuses to practice and teach what Yeshua commanded, then the Messianic Restoration is required by God to “come out from their midst and be separate.”

[47] Here is exactly the crux of the entire matter. Ms. Nero correctly points out that Yeshua didn’t come to destroy either Jewishness or Blackness. But in order to be accepted as part of a Gentile Christian church, Mary is not required to give up her “Blackness.” Which is fortunate, because as far as I know, only Michael Jackson has been able to give up his blackness. [Lighten up! It's a joke, for crying out loud!] However, she would require all Jews to give up their Jewishness and become Gentiles in order to have fellowship with her warped version of the Body of Messiah.

Ms. Nero continually decries the fact that Messianic Jews will not admit they are just “Hebrew Christians.” What she refuses to understand is that we do not wish to be associated with the heresy and apostacy of the Christian Church which has transformed the Jewish Messiah into a Gentile god who persecutes the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and who bares nearly no resemblence to the true Jewish Messiah. The “Jesus” of the Gentiles is a false prophet who cannot possibly be the Messiah of Israel.

[47a] This is the crux of the heresy of Replacement Theology. Ms. Nero speaks of the “New Covenant of Jesus Christ,” while the Scriptures speak only of the New Covenant which is made not with the “Church,” but with “the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law [Torah] within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they [Israel and Judah, not any “Church”] shall be My people.” (Jer. 31:31-33, NASB)

Any Gentile who wishes to partake in the promises of this Covenant must become a part of “the house of Israel and Judah.” Conversely, any Jew who turns his/her back on “the house of Israel and Judah” turns his/her back on the New Covenant.

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