The Messianic Jew.
The article on the International Christian Embassy has brought again
to our minds the need to be loyal to Jesus Christ and His Truth. Despatch
acknowledges the sincerity of those who call themselves Messianic Jews,
but the extremists are sincerely wrong. Maranatha Revival Crusade, June,
1995, has come right out with the Messianic Jew connection at last,
which really clears the air. People must be allowed to decide for themselves
whether they want to support this new doctrinal emphasis or not.
As for ourselves we are CHRISTIANS, praise the Lord. In the June edition
of Prophet Alert The Messianic Movement was the leading article.
Despatch will not deal with this in any depth, space is short, but we must
comment again. We deplore the hurt that any feel personally over any comments
we must make, but beloved of God these are serious matters which must be
Despatch Comment...Can the reader see that this new movement is becoming large and it is supernatural? If this is not Judaism, what else is it?
Despatch Comment...Strange, I thought THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH began at Pentecost.
Despatch Comment...The KJV says, þThou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God...þ Christ, the anointed One, is also Messiah, but is now the Head of the Body, the Christian Church.
Despatch Comment...Restoring what? The Old Testament age? Hasn't the Church of Jesus Christ had the truth till now? Is M.R.C. seeking to draw us all into THE LATTER RAIN revival? Obviously yes. Yet, that is delusion, a part of the Dominionist, fake laughter revival. (See Despatch Vol.7:2, 1995)
Despatch Comment..If so, then why do they need a þnewþ movement? Why like Jacov Prasch do they not simply bear the reproach of Christ and accept that we are all Christians? We are ONE NEW MAN, the Christian Church. Jews are no different than Gentile believers, we are neither Jew nor Gentile we are CHRISTIANS. (Ephes. 2:15-18)
Despatch Comment...So, here we have it. This þnewþ movement is for the Bride, the Christian Church, not just the Jewish converts. The Church needs to recover something which was lost, buried, we must be þrestoredþ, they say. But, the Bride already has þher fullnessþ and we do need to be rooted back in Abraham in the Messianic Jews to be restored.
Despatch Comment...Are we to believe then, that the Christian Church does NOT place an emphasis on the whole counsel of God? We are supposed to believe that we need this Messianic Movement to bring us back to this? I find that suggestion highly objectionable. Those who faithfully teach the Word of God in the Christian Church have always emphasised the whole counsel of God and they did not regress into the O.T. dispensation to do so! The New Testament is NOT concealed in the Old. The New Testament is the New Covenant which is þbetter thanþ the Old. Read the whole of the book of Hebrews to see that. The Old is a mere shadow of what is to come in CHRIST JESUS our Lord. I do not believe that the Torah has anything to do with the N.T. believer - GOD said we are no longer under it. It was þa curseþ which Christ Jesus delivered us from. NOT because the Torah was evil, it is righteous, Holy, but because WE are sinners who are under the Legal curse because we cannot KEEP the Law. Never could, never will! Praise God, Jesus Christ has kept it for us! (Galatians 3:10-13). Let Jesus Christ be glorified, not Abraham.
Despatch Comment...The Messianic Movement does NOT have a correct understanding of the Torah - in the New Testament sense, under the Christian Age doctrines. That is the whole point, they are seeking to bring Christians who are under Grace, back under Law, O.T. law. The Christian of the N.T. is NOT lawless, he is under the NEW LAW in Christ Jesus. To walk in the Spirit, for a Christian, is receiving the righteousness of Christ, and in His strength alone, obeying the commands of God. ALL given to us by God in the N.T. instructions. To go back to the Torah is BONDAGE, forbidden by God because Christ has instigated the New Covenant. (Matt. 22:37-40; 1Cor.1:30,31; Romans 13:8-14; 11 John 6; James 1:25,2:12; Gal. 5:14)
Despatch Comment...We Christians are citizens of Heaven, not in the earthly Commonwealth of IsraeL! Jews come into the Body of Christ, NOT Christians come into the Commonwealth of Israel. The passage in Ephesians is speaking about us all coming into the household of God. Once, in the O.T., the Lord God had a chosen people, a nation which was Israel. The Gentiles were not a part of God's Covenant then. NOW in the New Testament we are all God's people when we trust in Christ. HE is the One we have come into, HE is our peace, HE has abolished the enmity. We are One in Him and in His Body, the Church, NOT One in the Commonwealth of Israel. M.R.C. "Alert"...
Despatch Comment...Of course Gentile believers don't become Jews. Jewish believers become CHRISTIAN when they are born-again, Australians become Christians, Indians do as well when they are born-again. Where you live geographically is NOT the subject under discussion. Indian believers may live in India, but they do not call themselves born-again Hindus. Australian and Indian is not a religion, þJewishþ is. Abraham was a man of faith, we are of Abraham only in that respect. (Gal.3:6-7). We Christians are faith alone people, so too was Abraham. Christians are all Children of God in Christ Jesus, not in Abraham, and CHRIST is the good Olive Tree of Romans 11:24. The Jews are the broken off branch of verse 20.
Despatch Comment...Neither is the Christian Church, any who are born-again in Christ Jesus are IN.
Despatch Comment...The Sabbath was the sign of the Mosaic Covenant, there is NO Christian Church doctrine which directs us to keep the Sabbath. (Exodus 31:12-17). In fact, the N.T. Christian is told NOT to be in bondage to keep Sabbaths. That does not mean we do not rest, worship or study, but it is not a Sabbath which is kept as under O.T. Law. (Col. 2:16-17). We are not Jewish, we are Christians who worship together in Christ Jesus.
Despatch Comment...Despatch has dealt at length with the culmination of the New Age and false Church merger, under the Vatican, World Council of Churches and the New World Order hierarchy, being massively, falsely, JEWISH, with the FEASTS taking pride of place. The danger of all this is cooperation with them! The fearful delusions which are riding on the Feasts can hardly be grasped by the reader. JUBILEE, FEAST OF TABERNACLES are the false amalgamation of the whole evil system in the year 2000. Basically, the Feast of Tabernacles will be the celebration of the Dawning of the New Age, and Jubilee is a socialistic redistribution of the planet's goods and property. (Write for Despatch Vol.7:2 if you do not understand.) The Bible says we should preach the Gospel to every person, Jew or Gentile, NOT hold Jewish Feasts.
Despatch Comment...The sad part in this is that the Body of Christ is divided, and God does not want that. The first Christians were Jews, but they left that behind and gloried in Christ Jesus. They were not fulfilled Jews or completed Jews, they were believers in the Precious Lord Jesus. The whole of the book of Galatians should be read carefully for the reader to see that this is true. It is a shame if Jewish converts reImages under bondage, it is even worst if bondage is brought into the very Church of Jesus Christ, and presented at that as though it was some sort of revival!
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)
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Recently I've been aware of a growing movement that I sense is slipping back into legalism - the modern Messianic congregations. There seems to be an underlying pride that sets them apart from converted Gentiles. They practice much Jewish tradition woven into the Christian service. What do you think?
Many congregations of Jewish believers are very Biblical; but others have, as you suggest, fallen into legalism by putting themselves to some extent under the law of Moses. Calling themselves completed Jews (an unbiblical term), they think it helps to adopt Old Testament Jewish customs. In contrast, the Bible says there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Gal. 3:28) in the church, but Christ has made from Jew and Gentile þone new manþ (Eph. 2:15).
Paul rebuked Peter for going back to Jewish separatism and for compelling "the Gentiles to live as do the Jews" (Gal. 2:14). The entire epistle to the Galatians argues against any Christian (Jew or Gentile) observing the Old Testament law. We have a higher standard: to be like Jesus by letting Him live His life through us. Jewish customs have no value in Christ's Church.
The freedom we have in Christ from the law of Moses and from Jewish legalism and customs was difficult for the first Jewish converts to accept. The apostles and elders gathered in Jerusalem to consider this issue and under God's guidance declared that the Gentile believers were not under the law (Acts 15).
What about Jewish believers? There is no difference (Rom. 10:12) between them and Gentiles in Christ, for He has þbroken down the middle wall of partitionþ (Eph.2:14) between them having þblott[ed] out the handwriting of ordinances [the law] that was against us ... nailing it to his crossþ (Col. 2:14). Jews may honor their ancestral heritage (in the passover, etc.) but must not mix Jewishness with faith in Christ.
Messianic congregations who are trying to act Jewish need to heed Paul's
exhortation: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath
made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage [law]"
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