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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.
Monday, January 31, 2011
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Monday, January 17, 2011
All In For Jewish Conversion
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Southern Baptist Messianics
There is an old joke that it is not called paranoia when others really are plotting against you. The Southern Baptist Convention has been extremely active in attempting to convert Jews to Christianity using the Messianic movement. Specifically, the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship is their evangelical branch to the Jewish people. Below is point 3 from the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship May 29, 2010 news update, documenting a major meeting between multiple Baptist and Messianic organizations to co-ordinate conversion of the Jewish people.
For sake of ease, let me review the acronyms that they use:
SBMF = Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
SBC = Southern Baptist Convention
NAMB = North American Mission Board, an umbrella body of the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelical outreaches to various groups
UMJC = Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations
SWTS = Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Below is the aforementioned point 3. This is their exact words:
#3. The SBMF Leadership Team And Several Members Meet With Other Messianic Ministries In A Meeting Sponsored And Funded By the North American Mission Board.
Meeting Title: “Consultation On “Messianic Congregational Planting”
On May 18th and 19th several of the SBMF Leadership Team, several Messianic ministers from outside the SBMF and several local SBMF ministry leaders met at the North American Mission Board offices in Alpharetta, Georgia. Brothers Mark Hobafcovich and Jorge Sedaca serve NAMB in the Church Planting Group. BrotherMark Hobafcovich approached SBMF President Mike Saffle and SBMF Vice-president Ric Worshill several months ago and proposed a plan to have several Messianic leaders come together, in prayer and fellowship, to build new partnerships and work together to start new congregations. This process started an interdenominational resource called the “Messianic Mission Network” and bring us together to serve the Kingdom with one mind, one heart and one spirit.
This was a peer-learning consultation. Selected leaders from the invitee list presented position papers on the subject and gave a message about their papers.
1. Sharing of models and strategies for Messianic Congregational Planting in North America
2. Utilize the findings to provide for a framework for implementing a Messianic congregation
3. Publish the findings through write-ups and white papers on extending the love of God through the sharing of the Gospel with the Jewish people in North America.
The guests in attendance from outside the SBMF were:
Anatoliy Odnoralov, SBC Church Planter Strategist, CO.
Ben Volman, Chosen People Ministries. (CAN)
Daniel Richard Muller, New Covenant Forum, Formerly from Jews for Jesus Toronto
Greg Dangar, Dangar Associates-Pro. Accountants
Murray Tilles, Light of Messiah Ministries. Atlanta, GA.
Rudy González, SWTS Prof. & Dean of the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies
Russ Resnik, President UMJC
Sam Nadler, Word of Messiah Ministry, NC. SBMF Affiliate and Minister Trainer
Yegor (Greg) Zhelezny, Joy of Freedom Publishing - Congregation Hope of Israel
Mike Saffle, SBMF President
Ric Worshill, Illinois
Jay Isbell, Bessemer, AL.
Bruce Stokes, SBMF & UMJC Officer, CA.
Randall Clarke, Chatham, VA
Hal Garrett, Walnut Ridge, AR.
Bob McDonald, Lake Villa. IL.
John Denson, Detroit, MI.
Jeff Dumont, Byron, GA.
Robin David Rose, Dallas, TX.
Pastor Bill Ratliff, Woodstock, GA
Steve Kaplan, Atlanta, GA.
Jay Fielding, Marietta GA.
Mark Hobafcovich, Alpharetta, GA. NAMB Host & Urban Church Planting Consultant
Jorge Sedaca, Alpharetta, GA. NAMB Co-host & Church Planting Resource Development
Leroy A Fountain, Alpharetta, GA. NAMB Church Planting Consultant
Betsy Rogers, Alpharetta, GA. NAMB Ministry Assistant
Jason Kim, Alpharetta, GA. NAMB Metropolitan Missions Team, Coordinator and Regional Focus
The forum discussion was in reference to congregational planting techniques. Dr.Rudy González opened the discussion with an inspirational teaching about “To The Jew First”. We discussed several methods of ethnic missions work to the Jewish people group. The presentation papers will be available by download at a later date.
In a nutshell, the Southern Baptist Convention is targeting Jews for conversion in a co-ordinated campaign with multiple Messianic organizations. So why would anyone think that the Messianic movement is Jewish?