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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 9

Ms. Nero’s Article Continues My Response

Jesus Said This About Them And Us – Oneness

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-21).

The Church of Jesus Christ is one harmonized unit – The Body of Christ. With Christ being the Head of the Church, there can be but one body that makes Christianity “one.” Jesus only had one body to give up on the cross so how can there be a body for Messianic Judaism and another body for the rest of Christianity – separate and unequal. Jesus only is the Head of One Church – Christianity. It’s bad enough that all that calls [sic] itself Christian, is not [sic]; but for Messianic Judaism to see itself other than Christian because of their heritage, is anathema – it’s accursed – it’s damnable heresy.[64]

  

[64] The real “damnable heresy” (to use Ms. Nero’s term) is that for the past 1,700 years, Jew-hating Gentiles like Ms. Nero, using the supposed authority of the King of the Jews, have tried to take away from the Messiah’s kinsmen (Israel, the Jews) the very covenants that God made with Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov and with their physical descendents forever, and usurp those covenants for themselves. Believing Gentiles who are supposed to be “fellow heirs” to the covenants of Israel are adopted, or grafted, into the family of Abraham, and are the adopted brothers and sisters who have systematically stolen the birthright of the natural-born sons of Israel. This is the whole crux of Replacement Theology that is rampant in “the Church.”

They conveniently “forget” that prior to about 50 CE (the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15), in order for a Gentile to be able to worship the one true God, he first had to become a Jew by submitting to the covenant of circumcision, the mitzvah of mikvah (proselyte immersion), taking a Hebrew name, and then offering a sacrifice in the Temple — he or she had to “become” a Jew in order to be accepted by God. And it wasn’t until about 135 CE that “Christians” could be found anywhere but in the Synagogue, because that is where Believers in Mashiach congregated for worship. For all the talk in the “Gentile church” about their desire to be “a First-Century church,” it is only Messianic Judaism which actually practices as a true “First-Century church.”

It was the “Gentile Christians,” not the Messianic Jews, who created the rift between the Synagogue and the “church.” Gentile Believers left the Messianic Synagogue to form “the church” — exactly the opposite of Ms. Nero’s claim.

If “The Church of Jesus Christ is one harmonized unit” as Ms Nero claims, why are there currently over 43,000 [as of 2014] separate and distinct religions (denominations) who all call themselves the “Christian Church”?


Messianic Judaism is an age-old trick of Satan’s to get the Jewish people out of the will of God. They are deceived into taking hold of the traditions of the Pharisees and incorporating them into Christianity. [65]

 

[65] [67]As repeatedly discussed above and in many other articles on this web site, true Messianic Judaism actually rejects the authority of “the traditions of the Pharisees” and accepts as authoritative only that which is written in the Scriptures. Ms. Nero insists on making totally unfounded allegations. [Return to 67]

In fact, the “Gentile church” — with its pagan practices that include the setting aside and replacing the God-ordained Shabbat with reverence of the day of the sun-god (Sun-day), its observance of the Feast of Ishtar (Easter) with all its fertility symbolism as a replacement for the God-ordained Feasts of Passover and First Fruits, and its observance of Christ-Mass, complete with tree-worship and “Saint” Nicholas, as a substitute for celebrating the actual date of Yeshua’s birth during the Feast of Tabernacles — is in actual practice much closer to the Babylonian Mystery Religion that Constantine dressed up with “Bible words” and made the official religion of the Roman Empire in 325 CE than it is to the form of faith and practice that was established by the Shliachim who wrote the Apostolic Scriptures!

Ms. Nero seems to feel that when a Jew becomes a Believer in Mashiach, he/she should instantly give up all the traditions that have enabled Israel to survive as an identifiable ethnic group for the past 4,000 years, and be content to “become a Gentile” and to live and worship alongside the very same Gentiles who have been persecuting them for the past 1,700 years, and who continue to do so (as Ms. Nero currently does)! This is precisely the same as demanding that Ms. Nero’s entire ethnic group give up their identity and become members of the Ku Klux Klan!

Ms. Nero refers repeatedly in her tirade to her “Blackness,” and it is to that issue to which I would like to briefly turn some attention. Ms. Nero insists that a Jew should be able to find meaningful worship in a congregation of so-called “believers” who insist that everything that Yeshua believed, practiced, and taught is “damnable heresy.” Forced to worship on Sunday instead of on Shabbat as commanded by the very finger of God in stone on Sinai, he is told that the wearing of the tallit is an abomination, even though Yeshua wore a tallit and Rabbi Sha'ul was by profession a tallit-maker. He is told that to respect the Torah scroll is an abomination, even though Yeshua respected the Torah scroll. He is told that he must give up the covenant of circumcision that the faithful children of Avraham have obeyed for over 4,000 years. The Jew is told, in effect, that his very Jewishness is an abomination. In fact, he is told that to live exactly as Yeshua and His Apostles lived is an abomination.

I would like Ms. Nero to consider how much of a meaningful worship experience she could have if she were told that the only acceptable “format” for worship is to wear a white robe with a red cross on front and back, a white hood worn over the head with eye-holes cut in it, an axe-handle or baseball bat carried in one hand and a rope tied in a hangman’s noose in the other hand, while dancing around a flaming cross in the middle of the night, chanting epithets against Black people and proclaiming that Blackness is an abomination. I am absolutely certain that she would not find that a very worshipful experience.

By comparison, that is exactly what she is expecting a Jewish believer in Mashiach to do. And I would remind her that Black people have been persecuted for only about 200 years, compared to the nearly 3,000 years that Israelites have been persecuted. The wounds go correspondingly deeper.


What they are doing is equally as wretched as what the early Church in Rome did by incorporating paganism into Christianity and controlling and manipulating the other churches[65a] thus producing the rotten fruit of Catholicism. To think, Messianic Judaism loath [sic] Catholicism when the both [sic] of them are the gates of hell attempting to prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ – The True Church, that is.

“That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6). [65b]

 

[65a] The “the early Church in Rome” was the only church that existed from the time that Constantine created “the Church” or “Christianity” in 325 until the great East-West Split of 1054, when the Eastern Orthodox Church split with Roman Catholicism.  There was no ”other church” for the Roman Church to “control and manipulate.”


[65b] How interesting that she cites Ephesians 3:6. In its correct historical context, this sentence means that Gentiles should be given entrance into HaDerek, “The Way,” or First Century Messianic Judaism, which is exactly the point that I have been trying to make. Here is how that sentence is translated in the Complete Jewish Bible:

… that in union with the Messiah and through the Good News the Gentiles were to be joint heirs, a joint body and joint sharers with the Jews in what God has promised.


The same body is the oneness Christ prayed for in His prayer to The Father (John 17:11). Oh, and that’s not “Gentile Christians” because those Gentiles/ heathens who become Born Again Christians become new creatures in Christ and fellow heirs. Gentile/heathens cannot at the same time be Born Again hristians [sic]. Please, if a Gentile is a heathen, how can he remain such if he becomes Born Again and he walks with God? Heathens don’t walk with God, for that’s what a Gentile denotes.[66]

 

[66] Again, I must remind the reader that Ms. Nero has re-defined the word gentile to mean “heathen.” It is true that in the first century, if you were not a Jew then you had absolutely no knowledge of the one true God, you worshipped idols, and you were certainly a heathen, which is simply a synonym for “pagan.” The true and actual meaning of the Hebrew word that is translated gentile is “nation,” which generally (but not always) referred to nations other than Israel, so “non-Jew.” So, if a Christian is not a blood descendant of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov, he or she is, in fact, a Gentile Christian, no matter how much she wants to redefine the English language.


Call to mind that there is but One Head – Jesus – with one body – Church, and One Spirit (Ephesians 4:4). That One Spirit is the Holy Spirit and He is not operating as one spirit for Messianic Jews and one spirit for non-Jews. In that One Head, all fullness should dwell (Colossians 1:19) and that does not mean one group holding to the traditions of Judaism and the other group isn’t [sic] but is steadily being reminded that they must get back to their Jewish roots, or should I say, tradition that is out of the Jewish roots (Colossians 2:8).[67]

   

The Messianic Jewish Movement believe [sic] “they’ve got it just right” because of them [sic] being Jews and Jesus was a Jew, but that’s just not so because … [68]

(1) the New Covenant includes “anybody” that will love and obey God; [69]

(2) the New Covenant was written in Greek instead of Hebrew as an indication of God doing a new thing and in a totally new way; and [70]

(3) God divided the time equally by giving 2,000 years without The Law; 2,000 years with The Law through the Jewish people[71]; and 2,000 years with His Word through Christians (Jew and non-Jew) and His Holy Spirit; and the last 1,000 years will be with His Son ruling and reigning on earth.

 

[68] The Messianic Jewish Movement now includes about the same number of non-Jewish believers as Jewish believers, so being an ethnic Jew really has very little to do with what the Movement believes.

[69] Even though the “New Covenant” is a covenant that God made exclusively “with the house of Israel and the house of Judah” (Jer. 31:27,31) and has absolutely nothing to do with “the Church,”  both the “Original Covenant” and the “Renewed Covenant” have always included anybody who would love and obey God (Num. 9:14; Num. 15:15, for example). However, one of the primary tenets of “the Church” is to take joy in wanton disobedience to God’s Torah!

[70] The “New Covenant” (better translated as “Renewed Covenant”) is a covenant that God made “with the house of Israel and the house of Judah” (Jer. 31:27,31) The “Church” is in error when it refers to the Apostolic Scriptures as the “New Covenant” or “New Testament.” Some Bible scholars believe that the Apostolic Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew and then almost immediately translated into Greek for distribution to the Messianic Synagogues in the Diaspora. [more links]

[71] It is a common misconception among Gentiles that the Hebrew term Torah means “Law,” and that it was something that was given to the Jews for a rule of life until it was replaced by “grace.” The truth is that while the Torah (the first five books of the Tanakh that were delivered “face-to-face” to Moshe [Moses] by ADONAI) contain some laws as Israel’s national “Constitution,” the term Torah is better translated as “divine instruction.”

If one believes that God personally delivered the Torah to Moshe, and that Yeshua is God,[1] then it is necessary to believe that it was Yeshua Who delivered Torah to Moshe! The Torah is therefore the “words of Yeshua!” And Yeshua said about the Torah, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35) and “For most assuredly, I tell you, until heaven and eretz pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the Torah, until all things are accomplished.” (Matt. 5:17).


No dear people, it’s not about going back to your Jewish roots and taking whom you refer to as the “Gentile Church” back with you – it’s not that at all. God is love and all He’s ever wanted from any human being, Jew or non-Jew, was love. Adam and Eve weren’t Jewish and all God wanted from them was love – not Jewish tradition. God wants people to love Him and His Son and He’s looking for anyone, not “special ones.” He made that clear in the Old Testament when He made the stranger, the non-Hebrew, one with the Hebrews.[72]

"Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burn offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:3-7).

God is no respecter of persons and because He is not, the only roots The Church of Jesus Christ, Jew and non-Jew, have to: [sic]

• Renounce Christmas, Easter, and Sunday Sabbath.

• Get back to Saturday Sabbath

• Recognizing [sic] that the Ten Commandments is [sic] God’s Moral Law, His Word, the whole of The Bible, His High Holy Standard, and that they were not nailed to the cross with Jesus.

• Celebrate the yearly Sabbaths for they are a type and shadow of New Testament events of which four have already come to pass thus leaving the three fall feasts to come to pass.

• Stop esteeming Jews because God gave them The Law to carry to the world. Be grateful, yes. Love them, yes, but lifting them up is detrimental to them. That’s the very thing that has helped give them a “big head” and not see [sic] themselves as Hebrew Christians.

 

[72] Apparently Ms. Nero did not bother to actually read the Isaiah passage that she cites. It says that God joins “the stranger” to the people of Israel only under the condition that the stranger becomes as the Israelites, takes hold of the covenant, keeps the 7th-day Shabbat, offers sacrifices in the Temple, and walks in obedience to Torah — exactly what non-Jews who identify with Messianic Judaism strive to do. This is best expressed in the words of Ruth:

But Rut said, “Don't press me to leave you and stop following you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die; and there I will be buried. May ADONAI bring terrible curses on me, and worse ones as well, if anything but death separates you and me.”

And so the Gentile Ruth followed Naomi and she became a Jew, the grandmother of King David. Unless Ms. Nero is willing to embrace Messianic Judaism as Ruth did, she cannot apply Isaiah 56:3-7 to herself.

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  1. If you agree that Yeshua (“Jesus”) is God and that God is one and that God personally delivered the Torah to Moshe, they you are forced to agree that the Torah is the “Words of Yeshua.” If you insist that Yeshua is God but deny that it was Yeshua Who gave the Torah to Moshe, then you have more than one God, have moved into polytheism, and serve a god who is not the God of the Bible. If you deny that God gave the Torah to Moshe, then what in the world are you doing wasting your time on this website? [RETURN]

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Page revised (minor) on Monday, 1 February 2021

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