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The Early Church Fathers, Anti-Semitism & Anti-Judaism, the Messianic Jewish Movement, and the Recovery of Truth

jsperling's picture

Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Jimmy Sperling. I am a Messianic Jew residing in Sacramento, CA and attend a Messianic synagogue (Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation). That means that I am a inheritor of two faith traditions. It also means that I hope to bring some rediscovered and recovered truth and light to speak truth about the intertwined history of Israel and the Ekklesia.

Only when we can tell the truth as both persecuted and persecutors will we find common ground.

Let me face one of the issues head-on. Do you want Jews in the Kingdom of God, or are your more interested in becoming a gentile Borg? (YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.) Are you refusing to take the admonitions of Scripture to heart? It seems to me that the reason that the Brit Hadasha does not mention "Gentilizers" is that it would never occur to Rabbi Shaul even in his worst nightmares that gentiles who named the name of Yeshua would ever insist on turning his teachings on their head and requiring Jews who believe in Yeshua to renounce their culture and identity in order to believe.

fi11222's picture

As a Christian I am a Jew

Dear Brother,

As a Christian I feel I am a Jew (a son of Abraham through Faith). I am simply a Jew who chose one strand of Judaism over several others.

And I think this choice is THE choice, for all Jews and ultimately for all men. Israel is the chosen people but that does not mean there is no evil in its midst. This is precisely what the old testament repeatedly says. And also Jesus.

More precisely : Pharisaism is evil. Pharisaism replaces Faith by ritualitistic practice. In so doing, it erects a wall of apparent godliness behind which all forms of Idolatry and vices develop freely (the "room full of pictures" of Ezekiel 8).

Therefore, as a Christian, and hence a Jew, I cannot be anti-Jewish. It would make no sense. But I can, and I must, be anti-Pharisaic. And it so happens that Rabinic Judaism, which is what most people commonly associate with the word "Judaism" today is a direct descendant of Pharisaism and therefore still contains most of what makes it evil, namely an emphasis on ritual at the expense of Faith (despite, of course, protests to the contrary).

Against the LORD, indeed, "RESISTENCE IS FUTILE". So Pharisees are ultimately doomed, I believe. And this is why we are so excited to welcome you Messianic Jews as brothers, as it shows that God is still making water sprout even out of the most barren and dried-up patches of desert.

Praise be to the LORD and his only begotten son Jesus the annointed.