One Misunderstanding Many Christians Have About Messianics

I never touched a sprig of broccoli until I was about 30 years old.

I did not like the vegetable. Why? It is green, and it is a vegetable. Like grass. If it was green, I did not like it. The fact that I had not actually tasted it was not relevant. I do currently enjoy “the Brock.” But all other greens are merely tolerated.

My criteria for judging the green tree of tinyness was that it resembled others in color only. Yes, I had a color-blind palate. Why do we enjoy pointing the finger at something wrong? Many times, it makes us feel more “right.” Maturity happens when we enjoy being right more than feeling right.

Let me step back to look at the idea of Messianic believers in Jesus/Yeshua. There can be a lot said about the concept, but for sake of this article, I define them as “people who worship and live out a Hebraic expression of the faith.

There are many misunderstandings, but right now, I must mention a biggie that is misunderstood “bigly.” (Sorry, I have been waiting for another opportunity to use/force this new word. That will probably do it for me for a while.) But before I walk through this, let me ask you what you think about Jews. What do you even think of the word “Jew?”

Pick any people group that you simply would not see yourself relating to: Black? White? Mexican? Eskimo? Polish? Jew? Pick one.

Now say these words out loud, “I am a ______.” Hear your own voice and ask yourself how that felt. Did you immediately start listing inner reasons why you are “surely not that?” Did you feel a twinge of distaste?

We often speak of other people groups with, at least, a tad bit of disdain. Many times while we are claiming loudly that we are not racist. We often look upon the customs and norms of them as backward or silly.

That’s how many Christians have been conditioned to feel about Messianics – distaste. Perhaps even disdain.

I recently met a pastor who seemed a bit confused about the fellowship that I keep. Most Christians I have talked to believe that Messianics adhere to a doctrine of works for Salvation, where a man is not saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

I personally have never met a Messianic who believes that theology. 

Disclaimer: I am beyond even trying to convince another of my doctrine. Who needs that kind of heavy weight? I’m not that good at persuasion.

Perhaps Messianics are your broccoli. I didn’t like broccoli because it was green. What I saw was greenishness.

Many Christians don’t like Messianics because they see “Jewishness.” Was green a good reason for me to not like Broccoli? No, but it was for me. Is Jewish a good reason for many Christians to not like Messianics? No, but it’s reason enough for some.

Don’t believe me? Look at the history of what the church has done to the Jew. For a good (really good) reference, read Constantine’s Sword By James Carroll.

Would it shock you that all the apostles of Jesus the Messiah (plus Apostle Paul and Mother Mary) were Messianic Jews? They believed in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus.

Would it shock you that not all people who claim to be called Christians do not believe a gospel of grace through faith? 

Would it shock you that people like Moses, Joshua, David, and Sampson were saved by grace? Did any of them keep the instructions, the law perfectly?

I hope this helps, at least a little, to take away that notion that Messianics are putting their faith in their own works for Salvation (English word for Yeshua).

Maybe, one day, we will all like broccoli. And we will all understand the importance of Messianics at the table.

Below is a slide show which supports this article. If you think this can help unify the Body of Messiah, please share this article. The video version of this teaching will be found on Youtube on the “Basically The Deal” channel.

 I Corinthians 12:12-13 – For just as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of the body, although they are many, are one body, thus also Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free persons, and all were made to drink one Spirit.

 

Here is the video version for sharing. The recording had some skips in it. Hope the message made it through.

 

3 Comments

  1. By George Austin Posted on January 19, 2017

    Good article. Glad I found you. Actually, I stumbled upon you in Slideshare. You did a teaching called…well, why am I telling you this? You know what you did. Something about lizards!

    Anyway, come visit us. I say us because we’re Messianics located in Merritt Island, Florida. I have to assume the Tallahassee you reference is the same one I call the Capitol.

    I am the social media guy for TorahCLass.com. We started as a Sunday School class in a big Southern Baptist church. The class kept growing until we were asked to leave…too much Hebraic-ness. That was about 5 years ago.

    Now we have lots of teachings on our site. The lead pastor teaches verse by verse but with the historic, linguistic, and cultural context included. Many testify that they learn more in a few months than they did in years in “church”.

    And you’re right. No Messianics I know think that by obeying the Torah we’re “earning” our way to heaven. We’re all saved by grace, then because we seek to please our Father, we obey.

    I’d love to hear more from you. Please get in touch.

    George Austin
    George@SayitwithPower.com
    on behalf of TorahClass.com and HolyLandMarketPlace.com

    • By pbassnet Posted on January 20, 2017

      George, Thanks for the encouraging note and for reaching out. We would love to come visit. I know we will be in Satellite Beach in April, but maybe Abba will take us closer before that. Does Robin Sampson attend? I think I saw her mention that she was moving to Merritt Island. I’ll check out the web site as well. Thanks again. Blessings.

      • By George Austin Posted on January 23, 2017

        Hey Paul,
        Satellite Beach is about 25 minutes from our place on Merritt Island. So, let me know when you’re coming so we can meet.

        Also, Robin Sampson does attend here. She’s a friend. Sadly, she’s been having a rough go of it health wise though. But, she’s always a joy to be around.

        Glad to know you’re there! Stay in touch.
        Shalom,
        George

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