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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

It's true...

{ Now, if some modern Jews are offended by Christians calling themselves sons of Abraham (as Paul, a Jew, did) it may be that THEY are arrogantly mistaken about their own relationship to God. If God chose to make Israel his people it is not because of some merit on their part but because it was part of God's plan of salvation to have a people his own, from whom a redeemer would ultimately come for the benefit of all mankind : "salvation is from the Jews". }

It's true, it is an arrogant thing for them, but guess what? They're not saved, and so arrogance is natural to them. Now, from their perspective of arrogance, how are they going to respond to someone who usurps their place? Not very good, right? That is why we must come to them in the humility of Christ, with gentleness, meekness, and self-control. While we are technically sons of Abraham in the spiritual sense, and thus take part in the inheritance, and they are not -- it does not help them any for us to boast ourselves over them, in fact I think that is a very un-Christ-like thing to do!

It definitely is a truth that you should believe, but you must be careful. It's like you don't just walk up to someone and yell in their face, "YOU'RE GOING TO HELL, HAHAHAHA!" It might be true, but it's not a right way to present it.

I'm sure that you weren't attempting to be arrogant like that, but I just want to make you aware of how it appears, so you can be more gentle.

Later I'll go into God's promises towards natural Israel that the remnant of Israel will inherit.