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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 8

Ms. Nero’s Article Continues My Response

Them And Us

All that are Christ-like are Christians and are called by no other name unless they are denying Christ.[48] [Return to 73]

 

[48] Those who are “Christ-like” have a deep, abiding love for His relatives, the Jewish people! Yeshua was a Jew, and as a Jew He had a deep and abiding love for His own people. Those who hate the Jewish people are not at all Christ-like. Only Believers in Mashiach who are not Jewish and who speak English call themselves “Christians.” Since all non-English-speaking Believers in Mashiach have a different word in their native language that they call themselves, then according to Ms. Nero they are “denying Christ” because they don’t refer to themselves using the same English word that Ms. Nero choses to use. What total and complete arrogance! [Not to mention ignorance!]

You Jewish Believers in Jesus don’t want to be identified with Christianity[49] so you figure that by calling yourselves Messianic Jews and the rest of us “Gentile Christians,” you will not be directly associated with Christianity. (Remember, the Jews see the Christians as being responsible for the Holocaust, Inquisitions, and Crusades.[50]

 

[49][54] I can’t speak for other Messianic Jews, but CLICK HERE to find out why after over 35 years as a Christian Pastor [in Ms. Nero’s vocabulary I suppose I would actually have been a “Hebrew Christian Baptist Pastor”], I no longer think of myself as “Christian.” It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with denying “Christ,” but everything to do with separating myself from the rampant paganism that “the Church” has embraced. The Ruach HaKodesh through Rav Sha'ul instructs true Believers to separate ourselves from such as these:

15What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B'liya'al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What 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." 17Therefore 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 Corinthians 6:15-17)

But we are also interested in separating ourselves from people like Ms. Nero who obviously are consumed by hatred for the Jewish people while saying that they follow the King of the Jews!

[50] The Inquisition and Crusades, as well as nearly all of the rest of the persecution of the Jewish people over the past 1,700, including the current wave of “Christian” anti-Semitism as demonstrated by Ms. Nero’s venomous, inflammatory, and hysterical ramblings, were (and still are), in fact, either directly performed or at least sanctioned by the official, organized “Christian church,” claiming that they derived their authority from a false Gentile “god” named “Jesus” that they have created in their own image, and who bears no resemblance at all to the historic Yeshua of Nazareth, Who is the true and only-begotten Son of God and Israel’s King Messiah. The Holocaust was the direct fruit of the poisonous seeds of hatred of all things Jewish planted by Martin Luther and carried out by his kinsmen of the Third Reich. Where were all the “true Christians” who stood by silently while it happened?

We must also consider how just many “Christians,” congregations, and even entire denominations are standing against Israel in the current “Palestinian” terrorist-led BDS movement.

Those who stand against Israel also stand against Israel’s King Messiah!

But what the Jews didn’t know then, and still don’t know, is that ALL THAT SAYS [sic] I’M A CHRISTIAN IS [sic] NOT A CHRISTIAN. Those were pseudo-Christians that [sic] didn’t walk as Christ walked[51], and were rebellious and filled with hatred for anybody that was different than they.[52]

 

[51] As we have repeatedly pointed out above, the historical Yeshua of Nazareth walked as a Torah-observant Jew, as did all of his Talmidim. If you are not following Torah, you are not walking as Yeshua walked!

[52] People just like Ms. Nero has proven herself to be. It is impossible to be a true follower of the King of the Jews and foster such virulent hatred toward the Jewish people!

So-called Messianic Jews, you don’t have boldness and spiritual guts enough to not care about other Jews telling you that you are no longer Jews, even if it means in a sense denying Christ. God forbid! Repent! You are no longer Jews practicing Judaism, but you are Hebrews/Israelis practicing Christianity as others are of other nationalities and ethnic groups practicing Christianity -- CHRISTIANS.[53] If you don’t want to call yourself a Christian, go ahead, but you’ll have to answer to God for that.[54] No matter how grave the persecution is for being called a Christian, for Heaven sake don’t deny being a Christian by calling yourself a “Messianic Jew” or a “Completed Jew” – that is outright denying Christ as you transition yourselves out of the New Covenant and back into the Old Covenant.[55]

 

[53] A Black person who believes in Messiah does not stop being Black. An Hispanic person who believes who believes in Messiah does not stop being Hispanic. An Asian who believes in Messiah does not stop being Asian. An Eskimo who believes in Messiah does not stop being an Eskimo. An Irishman who believes in Messiah does not suddenly lose his red hair and freckles and stop being Irish. Then why and how does a Jew who believes in Messiah stop being a Jew??? Jewishness has to do with genetics, not with any belief system!!

[54] It is Ms. Nero and those like her who will have to answer to HaShem for their participation in the pagan practices of “the Church.”

[55] Again, Ms. Nero demonstrates her ignorance of the Scriptures. The New Covenant has nothing to do with either Christianity or “the Church.” The New Covenant is made strictly 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, …” (Jeremiah 31:31, NASB)

It is those who distance themselves from the Commonwealth of Israel who are cutting themselves off from participation in the New Covenant.

The Word of God says a Jew is one inwardly and not outwardly (Romans 2:29)[56], and also it is [sic] neither Jew nor Greek (others), but all is [sic] one before God. This means, those former Gentiles and Jews that have now taken on the Son of The God of Israel are all Christians (Christians in Jewish clothing or Hebrew clothing).[57]

Since Gentiles have been grafted into the Olive Tree as sons of God and spiritual Jews[58] wearing their new name (Christian), they are no longer heathens, and therefore should no longer be referred to as Gentiles or Gentile Christians[59] as a means of separating them from Messianic Jews who believe Jesus as their Messiah. If this grafting in makes both Jew and Greek one and the same, and the Olive Tree is not a half-breed, but is a full olive tree[60], then all believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah are Christians – One Body of Christ – no Gentile Christians; no Messianic Jews.

 

[56] Once again she errs, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power thereof and insists on quoting a single verse taken totally out of context! Rav Sha'ul (Romans 2:29) clearly was chastising those physical descendants of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya'akov who seek the praise of men by putting on all the outward signs of being a Jew (circumcision, kippot, tallitot, tzitziot), but neglect the inner aspects of a true, saving relationship with HaShem, which would earn the praise of God!

But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

[57] Rav Sha'ul taught that it is not circumcision or uncircumcision of the flesh that makes one a true Jew, but rather faith in the Jewish Messiah and a pure condition of the heart (see 56). Rav Sha'ul never, ever called a Messianic Believer a “Christian.” In fact, nobody was ever called a “Christian” before the fourth century. In Antioch the Yeshua-followers were called “Messianics” as a derogatory slur (discussed previously). Here again, a couple of words are taken totally out of context to try to prove a false assumption.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28, NASB)

Since there clearly are still Jews, “Greeks” (non-Jews, or Gentiles), slaves, freemen, males, and females, Rav Sha'ul was clearly talking about class disctinctions within the Body of Messiah, and not the the total erasure of ethnic, gender, and social disctinctions. All come to Messiah on a level playing field. However, being ethnically Jewish still has an advantage for the true Believer:

Then what advantage has the Jew? What is the value of being circumcised? Much in every way! In the first place, the Jews were entrusted with the very words of God. If some of them were unfaithful, so what? Does their faithlessness cancel God's faithfulness? Heaven forbid![1] God would be true even if everyone were a liar! - as the Tanakh says, “so that you, God, may be proved right in your words and win the verdict when you are put on trial.” (Romans 3:1-4, CJB)

The Jewish people have a mandate from HaShem to retain their ethnic distinctive and to serve as a light to the nations:

“I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations (Goyim, Gentiles), …” (Isaiah 42:6, NASB)

“ …It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations (Goyim, Gentiles) So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6, NASB)

Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.’ Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will also go.” So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD.’ Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.””’ (Zechariah 8:18-23)

The Mandate that HaShem has given to the ethnically Jewish believers in Messiah are that they are to preserve their ethnic identity so they may serve as a “Light to the Gentiles” to lead them from their paganism into a true relationship with the LORD of hosts through His only and unique Son, the Messiah of Israel. In the Kingdom Age and thereafter, it will be the responsibility of the ethnic Jews in Messiah to lead the Gentile Believers up to the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem “to entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts.”

If we were to lose our ethnic distinctives and assimilate into the Gentile world, we would be in violation of that mandate. [Return to 46]


[58] Gentiles are never, not ever called “Spiritual Jews” in Scripture. That is only the heresy of “Replacement Theology” speaking. Non-Jewish people who believe in Messiah Yeshua are grafted into the Olive Tree and are sometimes referred to as part of “Spiritual Israel,” but only as they participate in the people and the Torah of Israel.


[59] If these Gentiles are no longer heathen, why do they insist on continuing in the pagan practices which have contaminated the Church? For someone who obviously hates Jews so intensely, Ms. Nero certainly seems to be trying to call herself a Jew! “Gentile” is simply the proper term for any person who is not a direct physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov. It is no more possible for a Gentile to become a Jew (except by adoption) then it is for a Jew to become a Gentile. Genetics simply does not work that way!


[60] She obviously knows as little about botany and horticulture as she does about theology and the Bible. When a branch is grafted into a tree, it does not become the tree — it is still just a branch. The branch becomes a part of the tree; the tree does not become part of the branch. The branch draws its life from the tree; the tree does not draw its life from the branch. Gentiles who are grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel become part of “Spiritual Israel” through adoption, but they are still genetically non-Jews, or Gentiles. They do not become physical descendants of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov and therefore do not become Jews.


“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27-28).[61]

Christians (former Gentiles/heathens), you are new creatures in Christ and you bear a new name, Christian, meaning like Christ Jesus. Being like Jesus you cannot be a Gentile because a Gentile cannot at the same time be ...

“... a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew [sic] forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous [sic] light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).[62]

There are no Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians that believe Jesus is the Messiah. [sic] There is no such [sic]. [63]

 

[61] Rav Sha'ul is referring to the fact that the opportunity and process of salvation is the same for male or female, bond or free, Jew or Gentile. Messianic men are still men; Messianic women are still women. Messianic slaves are still slaves; Messianic freemen are still free. Messianic Gentiles are still Gentiles; Messianic Jews are still Jews. Salvation does not set aside reality. But within the Holy Community there are no longer any social distinctions.

[62] Kefa (Peter) was quoting from Exodus 19:1-6, in which God used the words “royal priesthood” and “holy nation” in reference to Israel, not the “Gentile church.” His letter was written to Jewish Believers [“Messianic Jews”], not to Gentiles. Gentile Believers can ONLY be “royal priesthood” and “holy nation” when they are “grafted in” to Israel through faith in Israel’s Messiah!

[63] I cannot believe that she actually wrote, “There are no … Gentile Christians who belive that Jesus is the Messiah.” Since everybody who knows anything about religious statistics knows that there actually are tens of millions of “Gentiles” (the actual English term for anybody who is not a Jew) who believe that “Jesus” is the Messiah (the technical term commonly used for these people is “Christians”), and that there actually are now hundreds of thousands [perhaps millions by this time, 2019; this article was originally written in 2001] of Jewish people (Jews) who actually believe that Yeshua is the Messiah (which makes them “Messianic”). Ms. Nero obviously has a serious problem dealing with reality, and simply creating new definitions for commonly-used English words does not make these people cease to exist.

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  1. “Heaven forbid!” is an ancient Hebrew idiom that Rav Sha'ul often uses. It means “Are you out of your ever-loving mind?!" [RETURN]

Page originally posted on 30 August 2001
Page revised on Friday, 13 September 2019
Page revised (minor) on Monday, 1 February 2021

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