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Developing a
Systematic Messianic Theology

“The purpose of careful theological formulations is not to put barriers in the way of people who are seeking salvation, but to define clearly the truths upon which genuine [Biblical] faith rests, so that people will not be misled by false doctrines.” [Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah's Witnesses. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1989, p. 18.]
 

This document originated on the website of the Messianic Bureau International, which to the best of my knowledge has totally ceased operation since about 2010. If I were personally compiling this list I probably would probably have tried to couch it in somewhat “kinder and gentler” vocabulary, but I believe that at the core it is relatively accurate from an historical perspective and it serves to show how closely related the historical errors of both groups are. I have added a few comments as notes at the bottom of the page.

It should be noted that at least a few of the “errors” on the “Christian” side of this list apply only to the Catholic Church, and since the Reformation no longer apply to most of Protestant Christianity. However, since this is a list of historical (not necessarily present) errors, it is appropriate for them to be on the list, as the Roman Church was the sole “custodian” of Christianity from its inception in 325 until  the Reformation of 1517, and very few non-Catholic Christians have separated themselves from the Roman traditions and returned to what the Messiah and His Apostles actually practiced and taught.

If you are familiar with the content of this website, you will know that I was a bivocational Christian pastor for over 35 years, and personally taught much of the error that I now try to correct.


Major Errors of
Historical Christianity and Judaism

Adapted from http://messianic.com/messianic-statement-of-faith/61-major-errors-of-historical-christianity-and-judaism.html (no longer on the Internet)

Written by Messianic Bureau International “Administrator”
Saturday, 28 March 2009 16:02
Last Updated by MBI on Saturday, 04 April 2009 15:23

The following points out historical institutional errors,
which have been followed unknowingly by many.
Errors of Christianity Errors of Judaism
1. Accepted the church councils as Divine Authority 1. Accepted the sages/oral tradition as Divine Authority
2. Changed dates of Scriptural Holy Days
  • Changed Seventh Day Sabbath to Sunday
  • Changed Passover to Good Friday
  • Changed First Fruits of Barley (Resurrection Day) to that of the goddess Easter (Ishtar, Astarte, Asherot)
  • Changed birth of Messiah from Feast of Tabernacles to the pagan solstice Saturnalia (Christmas)
2. Changed dates of Scriptural Holy Days
  • Changed New Year from Nisan 1 to Tishri 1
  • Changed Passover from Nisan 14 to Nisan 15;[1]
  • Canceled celebration of the First Fruits of Barley;[2]
  • Added a day to Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashana) and to Shavuot (Pentecost)
3. Claimed Torah (God’s Law) was not valid anymore as a standard for Christians 3. Claimed Talmud was equal with Torah in importance and authority
4. Depicted Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) as effeminate, non-Jewish, and breaker of Torah[3] 4. Depicted Messiah Yeshua as false, non-Jewish, and breaker of Torah
5. Turned the glory of Messiah over to Popes; Mary as the “Queen of Heaven” 5. Turned the glory of Messiah over to common men like Bar Kochba and Sabbatai; made the Sabbath the “Queen”
6. Gave more importance to Paul’s words than Yeshua's words[4] 6. Gave more importance to Maimondes words than Moses’ words
7. Messianic Jews forced into Gentile assimilation 7. Messianic Jews forced to leave the Jewish community
8. Replaced Israel with non-biblical concept of church[5] 8. Replaced the blood atonement with non-biblical reliance on prayers[6]
9. Anti-Semitism: Called Jews “Christ-killers” and relegated them to a rejected people 9. Anti-Messianism: Called Messianic Jews “self-haters” and relegated them to non-existence

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Notes:

   1. I think this was probably done before Yeshua’s time. That would go a long way toward explaining why Yeshua and His disciples celebrated the Passover Seder the day before the Paschal lambs were being sacrificed in the Temple. I have heard a number of explanations for this apparent “discrepancy” in the Gospels. Some teachers claim that their meal was not a Seder, yet both Yeshua and his disciples clearly refer to it as “the Passover meal.” I have dealt with this issue rather extensively HERE. [RETURN]

  2. My personal theory of why they stopped celebrating Barley First Fruits was because that was the day of Messiah’s resurrection, of which Barley First Fruits was the prophetic type. To continue to celebrate the holiday would give support to the fact of the resurrection, which proves that Yeshua is the Messiah. [RETURN]

  3. The “Jesus” of the Church is a gross caricature of the historical Yeshua of Nazareth. According to the Church, “Jesus was a good Christian boy who went to church every Sunday.” [HERE] The Church teaches that He abandoned the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and started a new religion. He blatantly violated Torah and taught others to do so; He “nailed the Law (Torah) to His cross.” That presents Him to the Jewish community as a false prophet who must be rejected as Messiah! [RETURN]

  4. I once was having a discussion with a member of a church I was pastoring and was discussing a particular teaching in one of Kefa‘s (Peter’s) letters. That person told me that whatever Peter wrote was irrelevant because Paul, not Peter, was the “Apostle to the Gentiles” and therefore Gentile Christians should accept only Paul’s writings as authoritative. [RETURN]

  5. This is the heretical teaching known as “Replacement Theology.” [RETURN]

  6. Since sacrifices can only be offered in the Temple by the priesthood, and since the Temple and priesthood were destroyed in 70 CE, and since the Church — the authority on “Jesus” — clearly teaches that “Jesus” was an apostate false prophet and therefore cannot be the Jewish Messiah, they are left with no other alternative. [RETURN]

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