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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

The scandal

True, the gospel is a scandal. But I would present it in a way that does not deprive them of their identity, rather to call them to their true identity! Tell them that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Jewish Messiah that Isaiah spoke of, and quote Isaiah 53. Tell them the greatest scandal of all, that the Messiah was accursed by being slain on a tree, yet He rose again to show his power over death.

Make the issue be more about Him and His spiritual kingdom, and maybe his coming physical kingdom (Ephesians 1:10!), and not about you, unless it comes up, and then it should be done in humility.

Notice how the Syro-phoenician woman of Mark 7 responded to Jesus. This is our position, as dogs who get the crumbs... yet those crumbs are so glorious, it's salvation!