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Dismantling Legalism In the Messianic Jewish Movement Today (MLC)

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By Marshall Beeber (The Messianic Literary Corner)

Dismantling Legalism In the Messianic Jewish Movement Today (MLC).

The greatest threat to the Messianic Jewish (Hebrew Christian) Movement in the 21st Century is the de-spiritualization of it’s ranks by legalism in the form of mandatory Torah observance. I believe  the reason for “Torah observant legalism” overtaking the “gospel of grace” is from unbiblical compromise and conformation to a false spirit of religiosity among Messianic Jewish leaders. To make the situation worse, grace oriented Messianic Jewish (Hebrew Christian) leaders have themselves been polarized by various secondary issues. To reverse the stemming tide of legalism before the entire movement is lost, we must put aside our differences and work together for the common goal of the gospel.

Today almost all dissenting teachers have been ostracized from the movement. Those that remain but disagree have learned a certain “politically correct” posture to take regarding legalism and have therefore been neutralized. Both the UMJC and MJA are now supportive of Sternian doctrine. Major ministries like Jews for Jesus and Chosen People Ministries spend little effort in combating this legalism, despite their Grace oriented teaching. They have both largely capitulated their efforts in maintaining basic doctrinal integrity within the MJM as a whole. It looks like the battle against legalism is being lost! But the legalist leaders have not yet faced the repercussion of their folly , nor the full opposition of their Grace oriented Messianic Jewish and supportive Christian brethren. It is my intent to structure a logical and persuasive campaign to cause Grace oriented Messianic Jewish brethren to rise to the cause, rather than shrink away in defeat.


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5 comments on “Dismantling Legalism In the Messianic Jewish Movement Today (MLC)

  1. Messianic Jew Boy
    January 29, 2013

    From being involved I don’t find legalism in the Messianic Jewish circles but find it in gentile circles such as Hebrew Roots and Two House.


    • David Shimshon
      January 29, 2013

      Then we have different perspectives. I have experienced legalism in every corner of Messianic Judaism. It even hooked me for a year. But God recentered me. And this blog is a testimony to that. In fact, I wish God would move me past all this ‘observant’ tripe and bring me into the reality of Messiah in me.

      As I like to say, You show me your Faith by your observance to the Law of Moses. I show you my Faith by the fact that God lives within me.

      As long as we focus on observing the law given Moses we will miss the mark of Yeshua within us, living to the glory of God.

      This was the problem with the unbelieving Jews in Yeshua’s time. They focused so much on ‘doing’ the law that they missed the coming of the law giver. And rejected ‘His’ words, and so rejected God Himself. Even though they had the law of Moses read to them every shabbat.


      • Messianic Jew Boy
        February 4, 2013

        Umm you’re preaching to the choir. I just gave you my experience. And either you are not listening or assuming I’m taking a position.


  2. Aaron
    February 10, 2013

    Loved the article… Nice to see some other grace-based Messianic Believers somewhere.


    • David Shimshon
      February 15, 2013

      Thank you Aaron! I agree, it is nice to find an island in the rising seas of legalism within the movement. Be blessed!


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