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.
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.
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.