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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

I think this is destructive...

While it's important to understand our position as gentiles as branches grafted into the promises of Israel, I think it can often be a point that is used as a divisive tool of the enemy. We need to guard our hearts and lips against division and teach in love while not battling over terminologies.

In the sense that we are joined to the historic faith of the Hebrews, you could say that we are one with them, although if they do not accept Yeshua as Messiah then we are divided, although we must love them for their ancestors. Also, due to the fact that Judaism as a religion and as a culture in general has rejected Yeshua, it is important that we make a distinction between that unbelieving part and the believing part. We do not wish to join ourselves to unbelieving Israel, but to believing Israel.

To call Gentiles Jews can be offensive and not really accurate, although we are one with believing Israel spiritually.

Also, in case you are trying to make a case for the God of Christians and the god of Jews who do not accept Yeshua being the same -- I would say that they do not know Him unless they know His Son. I would also argue that Abraham and the other patriarchs had a faith in Him even though they did not see Him bodily, and that is the distinction between belief and unbelief.

So we do worship the one true God, the God of Abraham, but I question, do the Jews (that don't believe in Yeshua)?

Now if we can agree on God's Son, let's not fight on who is labeled as a Jew (although we do want to be accurate). I pick love over accuracy, while I will push towards accuracy of terminology through love.