Recently, we have had a spirited discussion concerning the place of Jews and Gentiles in relation to Torah and each other. Here is a related timely article that addresses a paper we previously mentioned. I absolutely encourage every reader to take the time to read and process this article!!
One Law, One God, One Body
A Critical Look at Why There is a Hebrew Roots Movement
Several years ago, the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) published a pamphlet entitled Defining Messianic Judaism. It was an attempt to define and justify the actions of certain Messianic Jewish leaders as they separated themselves from “Gentile believers.” They explained themselves by saying that Messianic Jews have a “unique” calling in the LORD that Gentile believers are not part of. It was a racist document that offended many believers in the Messianic movement (both Jew and non-Jew).
That document has been followed this year by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the International Alliance of Messianic Jewish Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) publishing a document entitled One Law, Two Sticks: a Critical Look at the Hebrew Roots Movement. It has very little to say about the titled subject of teaching the Torah to all people or the prophetic restoration of the Two Houses of Israel. Instead, the bulk of the document is an effort to find fault with independent Messianic teachers. It presents a “rogue’s gallery” of those they take issue with. The actual authors of this document are listed merely as being the “Steering Committee” of the IAMCS. It is strange that they weren’t proud enough to mention their own names, so allow me to supply them
to you as listed on the IAMCS website.
Rabbi Frank Lowinger, IAMCS Chairman,
Congregation B’rith Hadoshah, Buffalo, NY
Rabbi David Chernoff,
Beth Yeshua, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Charlie Kluge,
Gesher Shalom, Orlando, FL
Rabbi Eric Lakatos,
Tikvat Yisrael, Cleveland, OH
Rabbi Joel Liberman,
Tree of Life, San Diego, CA
Rabbi David Schneier,
The Messianic Initiative, Paris, France
Rabbi Robert Solomon,
Yachad Ministries, Roswell, GA
Rabbi Michael Stepakoff,
Temple New Jerusalem, Tampa Bay, FL
Rabbi Michael Weygant,
Rosh Pinah, Oklahoma City, OK
I am not sure that everyone listed here actually wrote or contributed to any part of the paper in question. Many times, documents published under several names are written by one or two and then endorsed by the larger list to add credibility. It would be interesting to actually question each person on the Steering Committee to see if they really participated in the drafting and fully understood the gravity of this paper. I know some of these men from earlier years and I am saddened that they are part of this.
While I am not going to pick apart their paper, I will use this opportunity to present a Biblical argument for why believing Gentiles are to join believing Jews and are part of the commonwealth of Israel. (Continue reading at LionLamb.net)
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