Jews Attempt to Rip Southern Baptists
I had a hard time believing what I was reading when I read this article.
I want to explore a couple of thoughts, and hopefully won’t seem anti-Semitic. Firstly, it seems that “political” Jews have been nothing but troublemakers for centuries. The Bible is rife with these individuals–theological and political. I wonder sometimes if such behavior can be traced to Maccabean times, since once one reads the Apocryphal books of 1 and 2 Maccabees, the language sounds a lot like the one the ADL’s representative used. We certainly know that these Jews did a lot to ensure that Jesus was crucified. I think these sorts of Jews do the Jewish people a grave and serious disservice. They’re like the fanatics that give Christians a bad name.
Second, I wonder a bit at the whole concept of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship. Let me post a quick excerpt for those of you who won’t read the article:
The fellowship is made up of about a dozen congregations in the United States. Its Web site says its mission is “to encourage Jewish believers that their ethnic and historical heritage need NOT be lost upon their commitment to Yeshua (Jesus).”
On the surface this sounds great. It even sounds like what the early church was–effectively a group of practicing, strongly devout Jews who believed Messiah had come. It is wonderful that new Jewish believers can enter into the joy of the Lord without feeling they are abandoning their heritage and practice. But for some odd reason I keep thinking of the Judaizers. This was a group in the infant church (during the time of the book of Acts) that said you had to become a Jew first before you could become a Christian. This made it difficult for Gentiles (non-Jews) to become Christians, because of such things as circumcision and ritual diets and such, not to mention the whole deal about following the Law of Moses. I’m sorry, I like my pork. Fry up that bacon!
I don’t know, maybe I’m reading too much into this. Especially since it’s pretty clear this is a Jewish Christian group, not a Gentile Christian group. But anyway, more power to them if they want to witness to their Jewish brothers and sisters about the glorious Savior, Jesus Christ. And shame on those rabbis who want to act like children about other people sharing their faith. Totally immature, they are.