I’ve heard it said many times that Messianic congregations have a majority of gentiles. And that most of them came out of the of the charismatic movement. And so, they have dragged with them the spiritual habits en-grained from their previous life.
Using tallis and shofar’s as a vehicle to carry the anointing of God. Belief that there is an anointing that comes forth when the shofar is blown. That it is Gods voice that comes forth through the shofar.
What we are mainly dealing with here is a romanticized view of Hebrew/Jewish life, mostly from charismatic Christians. Many are/were disillusioned within their current/former denominational beliefs and are seeking a new wave of God’s Spirit. The Toronto type revivals of the past and moves of God they experienced have faded, and now they are finding a new move of God ‘outside’ the Church. Found in the lives of my fathers. And have fallen in love with all things Hebrew/Jewish.
The progressive stage of this romance is to step out of Christianity all together and start seem themselves as Jewish. And so hijack the established Messianic Judaism of my fathers. A movement founded on the revival of Jewish people. A revival based in Jewish people coming to saving Faith in Messiah Yeshua. Not about Gentile people coming to observance to Torah commands given Yisrael.
What I see here is another charismatic view of a Hebrew tradition. A romanticized view of how God moves through his children. And like many who have fallen in love with someone for the first time, they are awed at the very presence of it. But they are missng the TREE for the forest. They seem to want to be Romans because they are in Rome.
It will be until they have let the relationship with this view run it’s course. And like the old ‘rain’ that they grew tired of and left for greener pastures, they will come to an end with this romantic view of Judaism. Or become entrenched in another movement just like the one they left.
I’ve been dealing with this issue for years upon years. One year, for about a year it actually sucked me in too. But thanks to Ted Pearce being a willing vessel of God. I was readjusted back to my former self and strengthened by the experience to firmly speak the Word of God as given the disciples.
I was born with a gentile mother, raised reform, wandered aimlessly as most secular Jews do till Yeshua found me. Even still I did not become Christian. But seeking brothers in Messiah I found myself fellowshipping with them. And trying to find where I fit in the body of Messiah. No church seemed like home. I even did the baptism in a big southern baptist congregation. But it wasn’t for me. My relationship with God was always one on one, and these places, even though some mentioned this, did not really live that out. They all placed their own ‘traditions’ as the way to this one on one relationship. That didn’t fool me because I already knew God one on one without ‘their’ ways.
So there I was stuck in the middle of Christianity and Judaism, as every Messianic Jew is. A Jew who becomes a new creation in Messiah Yeshua. Not Jewish by tradition, not Christian neither. And then I got married, to a Christian. A pentecostal holy fire charismatic Christian. LOL yep.
So I entertained her traditions and we started to attend Vineyard congregations. Whoooooooooooooo whoo….let the fire fall, and the gold dust. And the oil, and the prophetic dancing and marching. Latter rain, Toronto, Bob Jones, the terroooorrrr of the Looorrd~~
Yep, I pulled her out of that after I dived in to save her. There was one thing God was teaching me then, ‘my presence is real, and it is powerfully inside you’. Amen.
In a year I had confronted the pastor about all his false teaching, and we left. They married us too. oy I made them marry us under a huppa and had a ‘real’ MESSIanic Hebrew marriage. Cross in Star ring and all, smash glass (good name for a band no? )
It was then that I ran smack dab into Messianic Judaism. Realizing I was a Jew who believed in Messiah since 18 I realized ‘I’ was a Messianic Jew. And started to embrace the movement. Which back then consisted of other Jews who found the freedom in Messiah’s Words. A true Jewish revival.
But as this movement grew I noticed more and more Christians coming out of the failed Charismatic movement and making a home in the Messianic movement. Started with the Jesus movement of the 70’s. But took 30 yrs to culminate in what we no see as ‘Messianic Judaism’, ala Gentile Torah observance.
I came through this, so as to be aware of it and help others understand it. In my experience, the Messianic movement of today is where all those who came out of this charismania have flocked to. They have hijacked a Jewish revival and turned it into a RE’new’ed revival of charismatic proportions. Fits right in with the likes of the latter day rain, and the New army of God. They are being fooled again, with the same lies, only this time they are draping themselves in the Torah given through Moses. And some even go further and embrace all Talmud as inspired, more than the New Testament.
All this because they romanticize all that is Hebrew/Jewish, because they have fallen in love. Not with Messiah, and his Words. But with the view of Messiah in the 1st century. If he lived under the law, by God I will too!!
Let’s pray for those who have believed the lie, that there is another way to please God outside of following His Son. Who has not lead them to this way of life, but calls them to follow Him, in all ways, in all days. May they have their hearts broken, and their eyes opened. As all His children experience. Amen
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