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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.

undercoverdave's picture

Libraries have been written on this topic.

There is so much writing on this topic, and I won't pretend to fully understand the whole issue while I do have strong beliefs.

One thing I think it helps to distinguish is the difference between Judaism as a religion and Jews as a physical race.

Just to throw some scripture in the mix, take a look at Romans 11 (actually 9-11).

Rom. 11:28-29 Concerning the gospel they [Israel] are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Now if the Israel they are speaking of includes all those ingrafted who are believers, it would not refer to them as enemies. It is speaking of natural Israel, or the natural descendants of "the fathers," meaning those descendant from Jacob. They are enemies to the gospel, yet beloved of God, and I believe it is from that understanding that Paul prays Romans 10:1, that all of Israel would be saved. He also understands that the salvation of Israel coincides with the return of Christ, but that's a bigger topic.

Also, to call yourself a Jew because you are a Christian may be accurate in a spiritual sense, but it is also very arrogant and offensive to unbelieving Jews to whom we should be loving and sensitive. It is good to understand that you are "grafted in," but we should not be arrogant against the "natural branches," even if the natural branches are being pruned back due to unbelief.