The Messianic Times reported in their July/August 2005 edition that a number of Messianic Jewish leaders are attempting to convert Gentiles to Jews! This type of “conversion” is wrong for so many reasons: It violates the clear command of Scripture: “Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised … Let each man remain in the calling in which he was called” (1 Corinthians 7:18-20). It encourages Gentiles who are dissatisfied with who God made them to be, to despise their God-given identity. It encourages Gentiles who are envious of the Chosen People to deal with their envy in the wrong way – by attempting to become Jews, rather than realizing that all of us who are joined to the Messiah are complete. Jews and Gentiles have equal access to the God of Israel. He is equally our Heavenly Father. We are all His sons and daughters. We are brothers and sisters. We are fellow citizens of the New Jerusalem and co-heirs of eternal life. We all share His Spirit! What more does anyone need? The focus of the Judaisers is wrong. Instead of focusing on being filled with the Spirit of Yeshua and preaching the Gospel to all nations, the focus becomes one’s ethnic identity.
The Judaizing offenders: The “North American Halakhic Council” (never heard of it before) which consists of approximately a dozen confused men, most of whom are leaders in the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. Specific men in error: Paul Saal, Rich Nichol, Stuart Dauermann, John Fischer, Derek Lehman; and confused Gentile “convert” Sam Richardson. Important background information: in 1983 the UMJC’s theology committee presented a paper concluding that conversion within a Messianic Jewish context is unscriptural. Will the UMJC aggressively correct this very serious error in their midst? I have my doubts. What should be done? These men should be rebuked and publicly disavowed by all who care about doctrinal soundness. Their ministries should be isolated. Refuse to attend conferences where these men are held in esteem or recognized as legitimate leaders. Don’t support them or the organizations that tolerate them (UMJC, Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, and Hashiveinu).