Referenced Messianic Jewish Review Blog

The official blog of the Referenced Messianic Jewish Review. The Referenced Messianic Jewish Review studies the history, composition and theology of the Messianic Jewish movement.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Simple To Remember

It is simple to remember why Jews don't accept Jesus as the Messiah. Just check out for the answer:

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Hey You Went There, Too?!?

Most, if not almost all, Messianic "Jewish" leaders are ordained Christian pastors and ministers. Many have also attended Christian evangelical schools. For instance, here is a list of Messianic leaders who graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a school of the Evangelical Free Church of America:

Murray Tilles: Executive Director/Missionary of Light of Messiah Ministries

John Fischer: Leader of Congregation Ohr Chadash and Professor and Chairman of Department of Judaic Studies, St. Petersburg Theological Seminary (This is a Christian seminary)

Dan Juster: Co-founder of Tikkun Ministries and Director of The King's Jewish Voice (This is part of the Christian Pentecostal seminary, The King's University)

Michael Rydelnik: professor of Jewish Studies in the World Missions and Evangelism department at Moody Bible Institute

Jeffrey Feinberg: Leader of congregation Etz Chaim and faculty member for the Master's of Divinity degree with a concentration in Messianic Judaism at the Denver Seminary (This is a Christian seminary)

The following Messianic leaders are currently studying at or took some courses at Trinity:

Jhan Moskowitz: North American Director of Jews for Jesus

Wes Taber-Missionary for Life In Messiah/AMF International

Overall, real Jewish leaders do not attend Christian divinity schools.

On a sidebar, I've noticed that Dan Juster has taken to calling himself a "rabbi" recently. This is pretty interesting since Juster is not even Jewish.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Verses of Atonement: 2 Chronicles 7:14

This is the fifth part of a series on atonement. In case you missed the previous posts, here are links to them:

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the Messianic movement claims that atonement can only come through sacrifice. This claims is false. So, I am listing other Biblical means of atonement to prove that the Messianic movement is Biblically wrong in their claim. Following Solomon's consecration of the Holy Temple, G-d says the following:

2 Chronicles 7:14: "if My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

So, we see that atonement can be achieved by praying, being humble before G-d, seeking G-d and ceasing to sin. No mention of atonement is made, which is particularly interesting since G-d makes this statement after King Solomon has made many, many recent sacrifices.