Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity: A Loving Call to Unity  -     By: Stan Telchin
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According to Stan Telchin, some people within Messianic Judaism say it is not Christianity. This growing movement is confusing both Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus. By insisting on rabbinic form - and pressuring Jewish believers to maintain identity by joining messianic synagogues - proponents are dividing the church. Well-respected in synagogue and church circles, Telchin examines the issues in light of Scripture - and offers a firm but loving message to all who love Israel and Christ. 144 pages, softcover, Chosen.

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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Baker
Publication Date: 2004
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ISBN: 0800793722
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The apostle Paul wrote that all believers--Jewish and Gentile--are to serve the Lord together as "one new man." But a growing movement today seeks to keep that from happening.

As Stan Telchin explains, proponents of Messianic Judaism are confusing both Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus and dividing the church. Their insistence on following rabbinic form and their statements that Jewish believers need to be in Messianic synagogues in order to maintain their identities are unbiblical. Telchin discusses the growth of this movement, its unscriptural doctrines, and its ineffectiveness in Jewish evangelism.

Those who have been swept up by the nostalgia and beauty of "Jewishness" or who have been hurt by division in the Body or who love Israel will find their hearts and minds freed by this firm but loving message.

Author Bio

Stan Telchin, a Messianic Jew, is the author of Betrayed! and Abandoned. He pastored a nondenominational church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for fourteen years. Since March 1994 he has been proclaiming Jesus as Messiah around the world--working now under the umbrella of Jews for Jesus. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Sarasota, Florida.

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  1. Rick
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A thoughtful critique on a hot topic
    August 25, 2012
    Rick
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Stan Telchin is a Jewish believer, former pastor, and long time supporter of Jews for Jesus who is well informed and well qualified to speak on the topic of Messianic Judaism. This work provides a poignant, first-hand account of what it means to be a Jew in America and a brief overview of the origin and development of Messianic Judaism. Theologically, Telchin writes from a main-stream, dispensational perspective, however Torah-observant individuals who follow Covenant Theology will still find his observations very informative and his questions worthy of consideration.

    Telchin's main thesis is that Messianic Judaism is an ineffective method for evangelizing Jews and that it is a divisive and spiritually unhealthy influence within the larger Christian community. He claims that the leaders of Messianic Judaism want to be accepted by a Jewish community that has largely rejected God and His Word. He points out that most Jews do not regularly attend a synagogue (62), but those who do are strongly opposed to Christianity (104) and abhor Messianic Judaism (70). Only 4 percent of Jews were evangelized by a Messianic congregation, while most Jewish believers are converted by a Gentile friend, and they attend churches (66).

    Telchin also observes that the leaders of Messianic Judaism are more focused on maintaining Jewishness than they are on maintaining the integrity of Scripture. As a result, they are separating themselves from the rest of the body of Christ (98). While a church should reflect the culture of its people, most American Jews are assimilated and outwardly indistinguishable from American Gentiles (116). Yet, Messianic Judaism has created a liturgy that never before existed and is forcing it upon Jews and Gentiles alike (68). Rather than creating a comfortable place for Jewish believers to worship, most of the people attending Messianic congregations are Gentiles, who are being encouraged to wear head coverings, prayer shawls and fringes. Often, Jewish believers find this environment to be artificial, contrived and unappealing (83-84).

    Telchin is concerned that Messianic Judaism is catering to Jewish elitism, pride and separatism (154). A kind of reverse anti-Semitism exists in the form of anti-Church sentiment (85). The actions and attitudes of their (primarily Gentile) followers seem to indicate a belief that if Jewish people really are saved, they should belong to Messianic synagogues and follow rabbinic form. Therefore, Telchin concludes that Messianic Judaism has lost sight of the fact that God has not called us to an ethnic identity and that He has called Jews and Gentiles to a spiritual identity as one new man (150).

    Even if you don't agree with Telchin's point of view, his criticisms are worthy of consideration. Rather than lashing out, Messianics should see if there is room for improvement.
  2. Shari
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book
    December 27, 2011
    Shari
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    Quality: 5
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    I was curious about the Messianic movement and this was a good book to explain it to me and why it is not Biblical. My brother has sadly gotten into this and I see him doing exactly what the author tells about in this book. He is trying to find Jewsih blood in our family line and thinks he is superior to all of us. It is sad and this book has really helped me to understand.
  3. LoveroftheWord
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    Man's word or God's Word
    October 24, 2010
    LoveroftheWord
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    If you prefer the traditions of man over the Word of god, then this is the book for you. On the other hand, if you prefer to use God's Word as the standard for living you are better off with a different book. How long will we continue to search out words that tickle our ears and tell us what our flesh wants to hear? No teaching, doctrine, or denomination trumps the actual written Word of our Creator. We don't have to compromise the Word of God for the sake of unity. Unity should come from a common desire to serve the Father in spirit AND truth.
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    Let's follow Yeshua, not this book.
  5. Carla "Goldencat"
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    Carla "Goldencat"
    This book is logically laid out, and illustrated with short "case studies" which provoke the reader to form their own answers to the ethical/spiritual issues raised. A foreword by Moishe, a founder of Jews for Jesus, is also informative. The book is meant to stimulate independent thought and discussion - not "bottle-feed" the audience answers. It has helped me ask the right questions to understand both the ethnic and religious Jewish mindsets, and act with more sensitivity. We all face the challenge of embracing our Hebrew roots while walking with Jesus. Messianic Jew and Born Again Gentile will form one Olive Tree as the Children of God. This is the awkward beginning of that realization.
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