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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Messianic Jews ?


Today an Israeli friend showed me an article in a popular Israeli Newspaper where a female reporter went undercover in a Messianic Jewish group. The report was very unbalanced and used very emotive language but nevertheless many of the negative points are true about such groups, that are in reality not so much Messianic Jews but Evangelical/Charismatic Protestants that use, what I would say are, inappropriate evangelisation tactics towards the Jewish people. They seem to only adopt some Jewish and Israeli ways in order to get Jews to join their particular group. Needless to say many of these groups and people are negative towards orthodox Judaism and Catholicism.In fact they hate Catholicism much more than Rabbinic Judaism. Of course there are other Messianic Jews who truly do embrace a Jewish spiritual way based on Torah and mitzvot and are not just using them as a Jewish dressup in order to lure Jews into their groups. Seeing people as only a number or soul to be converted by love bombing, is to me very demeaning and hurtful- to become friends with people only in order to get them to do what you want them to do (whether in politics or religion) shows a shallow understanding of friendship.

I find it sad when any Jew is lost to Torah and mitzvot by falsely pitting the grace found in the Messiah against them. Torah and mitzvot are vessels for the grace and light of God. If my becoming a believer in Yeshuah as the Messiah means I as a Jew abandon Torah and mitzvot then something wrong is going on- I am becoming gentilised. A sad chapter in the Church's history was the forced gentilisation of Jews who embraced the Faith in Yeshuah ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ). There are many thousands of Jews and many millions of Catholics of Jewish ancestry in the Catholic Church. I see an important role for Torah Observant Hebrew Catholics to reintroduce these lost Jews to their inheritance in Torah and mitzvot and their vocation as Jews in the Church to be a light to the Gentiles. Of course Rabbinic Orthodox Judaism may like to see these lost Jews return to their fold by abandoning Jesus, Mary and Joseph. However most of those Catholics of Jewish origin or ancestry will never abandon Jesus, Mary and Joseph but they may want to reconnect with Torah and mitzvot as Jews in the Church and embrace their Jewish vocation of being a light to the Gentiles. This will help the whole Church to see that Yeshuah, Miriam and Yosef are Jewish and cannot be understood fully when divorced from Jewish culture and belief.



Note: Many Messianic Jewish organisations are not insincere in their Jewish beliefs and are not automatically anti-Catholic such as the group that Mark Kinzer represents called the Messianic Union of Jewish Congregations. Many Catholics who are not up-to-date on the Church's teachings on Judaism also see the Hebrew Catholic movements as ways to get the Jews converted to Gentile Catholicism rather than as a movement for Jews already in the Church to live out their vocation to create a space for Jews and Judaism in the Church. Catholics believe the Jews as a collective will embrace faith in Jesus as the Messiah at a future time. In fact many Hebrew Catholics are not in favour of any active evangelisation of Jewish people as a group at his stage of salvation history until we can reform the mother-form of Judeo-Christianity which will make it possible to bring the Jews and Judaism into unity of belief and fellowship without losing the rich Israelite inheritance preserved by Rabbinic Judaism.

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8 comments:

northerngardener said...

I stumbled upon your blog and am now very confused.

How can a Catholic be a Jew? How can a Jew be a Catholic? It would seem that the acceptance of Jesus as Messiah would preclude holding both positions.

I know that in the first few Christian centuries there were Christians who held to Jewish observances ("Jewish Christians" in the Catholic vernacular), but they eventually ceased these practices, as they believed or grew to understand that is was no longer necessary from traditional Catholic interpretations of certain passages of the New Testament.

Is this similar to what you are talking about? Has there been a revival of these groups?

Sorry, I'm not trying to sound stupid, but I've seriously never heard of such a thing!

Aharon B said...

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_Catholics

Anonymous said...

Shalom Aharon. As a Messianic Jew who attends a catholic church I found your blog very interesting. We had heard about the Association of Hebrew Catholics and know many Torah Observant Messianic Jews but never Torah Observant Hebrew Catholics! Would love to hear about your journey and how you became a Catholic. Keep up the good work. Also, nice picture of Rabbi Jeff Forman of City of David Synagogue in Thornhill, ON. Canada. We live near them and they are good friends.

Anonymous said...

I was there in the march! Actually I am the one with the brown hair to the far left of the photograph! What an amazing day it was!:) I am truly sorry if people felt like we as a group were coming in to Israel to try and persuade people to believe one thing from another like evangelists. To be completely honest, I can say that I came to Israel to learn more about the beauty of the Land, the different belief systems within the land, and to march with the Jewish people in celebrating Israel's anniversary.

Aharon said...

I am sorry if you got the wrong impression. the picture with this blog entry is not meant to say that the Messianic Jews and their supporters in the photo are part of these negative evangelicals I mention in the blog. It is just a picture of Messianic Jews and their supporters at a march in support of Israel. I heartily approve all such marches.

Anonymous said...

The man in the picture looks very angry.

Anonymous said...

The man in the picture is very angry. I have had the misfortune of attending his church for a time and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. It is a cult.

Anonymous said...

Number one... Jews as Christians... CAn be... God set aside the law cause no one can be saved by it for salvation through the law means to follow thoroughly... Jesus, God's son, and person of Grace was the answer....

Thus it was the JEWS who God sent his son for first and foremost...


A true Christian must love jews for it is his obligation to love his Master's People.

But' gentiles need not necessarily follow the Books of the laws of moses for God, as I've said, set them Aside...


Number two.... How can catholics call themselves christians when the very fact of their faith is paganic in structure in which it does not follow God's onl exiting authoritive system of law which is Qoute en qoute, The Bible!!!!

READ THE BIBLE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!!

READ THE FOUR BOOKS OF LAW THEN SEE FOR YOURSELF WHAT SACRILLIAGE TO THE LORD'S NAME YOU HAVE DONE!!!!!!

THEN READ THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO KNOW WHAT SACRILLIAGE TO JESUS' NAME YOU HAVE DONE!!!!


I WAS CATHOLIC!! I STUDIED IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL!! I KNOW WHAT CATHOLICS TEACH!!! BUT IVE FOUND ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE TRUE WORD OF GOD....

LEAVE YOUR VAIN RITUALS AND REPENT!!!


I LOVE THE JEWS!! I LOVE JESUS!!! I HATE SATAN AND HIS PLOYS TO CLAIM SOULS!!!! THE BIGGEST DECEPTION IS THE CATHOLIC HIGH PRIESTS DECEPTIVE MOVES!!!!