Is There Such A Thing As Messianic Jews?

Not far from where I live there’s a Messianic Fellowship building of worship where both Messianic Jews and Christians congregate on the sabbath. These Christians observe Jewish holy days. One of them owns a 2nd hand shop and always closes it on certain feast days like the Feast of the Trumpets. These so called Christians are similar to those Gentiles in the New Testament who were referred to as devout god-fearers. They put themselves under the Jewish law and would follow synagogue teachings. The Bible tells us that these God fearers were not saved (born again). Cornelius and Lydia are two examples. They were devout and worshiped God, yet Peter and Paul had to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. They came to believe and were later baptized. It is not enough to be religious or even to believe in the existence God and have a form of worship, for even demons believe in the one true God and tremble. They of course do not posses salvation.

Why would any Gentile, especially those who claim to be Christian, want to put themselves under the law in this age of grace? The law was never meant for them. It was given to the nation of Israel to show the Jews what sin is and how far they have fallen.That man cannot save himself. He needs a Messiah. The law was never meant to be permanent as no  one can keep the whole law. It was to pave the way for God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who alone saves us.

Most Messianic Jews still keep the Old Testament practices such as the sabbath, kosher laws, circumcision, holy days, etc. This is mixing the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. The Bible tells us the two are mutually exclusive. They no more mix than do oil and water. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law. He paid our sin debt in full. In  Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. We are all one. To accept Christ as Savior and at the same time adhere to law keeping is offensive to God. Its denying Christ’s complete atonement at the cross.  God sent His only Son into the world who is now our High Priest forever. His blood alone forgives sins. If you call yourself a Messianic Jew because you believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, then you cannot continue with the Old Covenant.

It begs the question: Have Jews ever asked themselves why there has been no Temple since 70 AD? Why hasn’t God brought back animal sacrifices? How do they handle the fact that they haven’t been able to deal with their sins? Why is there no more physical priesthood in the line of Aaron? The answer is simple. Christ fulfilled all that through His perfect  blood sacrifice. He satisfied all the demands of the law. The main function of a priest was to act as mediator between man and God.To kill animals and spill their blood to cover sin.Yet, Christ in this age of Grace is our sole Mediator.With the shedding of Christ’s blood we have remission of sins. Therefore, the temple is obsolete because now the body of the born again believer in Jesus Christ is a temple where the Holy Spirit indwells

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is the New Covenant. Christ did it all for us, By accepting Him as Messiah we have peace with God. Salvation is the work of God, not the work of man. Its a free gift. Accept it. Don’t try to earn it through a myriad of works, rules and law keeping. You’ll never make it.

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Is Mormonism Necessary?

Is Mormonism necessary? Did they really restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Did this Gospel ever become lost, and if so, when? The Mormon church’s very existence depends on whether or not there was ever a complete apostasy in the entire known world. The Gospel of Jesus Christ would have to have left the earth and plunged the world in darkness after the death of Jesus’ apostles. Did this actually happen?

According to the Holy Bible the answer is a resounding no! Over and over we read of God’s promise that His word shall endure forever. (Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.) We read that God always had a faithful remnant throughout biblical history. In Matt. 16:18, Jesus Christ said that the gates of hell will never prevail against His church. Some faith groups have put their own spin on this,  but the bottom line is that Christ meant what He said. Satan cannot stop the church. What church?  The church which is made up of born again, regenerated believers in Jesus Christ and in the Word of God.

Even way back in the time of Elijah in 1Kings 19, where we read about how Elijah ran away from Jezebel and cried out to God that there was no one left who still believed in God. God responded that He left for Himself a faithful remnant of 7,000 men who refused to bow the knee to baal.

The Mormon church makes the claim that there was a complete apostasy after the death of Jesus’ apostles. Yet these apostles never did teach the New Covenant of grace. Their ministry was to the nation of Israel. They were slow to understand that grace had replaced law keeping. That salvation comes through the finished work of the cross. These truths were revealed to the apostle Paul, who spent 3 years with our risen Lord, whether in visions or face to face we do not know, but Christ revealed the mystery hidden throughout the ages of His Gospel, the death, burial and resurrection. It is only by Christ’s shed blood that we find forgiveness and by believing on Him we can have salvation.  Paul taught that law keeping had ended. Christ Himself took the laws and ordinances and nailed them to Calvary’s cross. The the plan of salvation is the same for  Jews as for  Gentiles. It is by faith alone in Christ alone. Salvation cannot come by being a member of a certain church. It is not found by obedience to church rules or performance of rituals.

Even during the Tribulation God will still have a faithful remnant. One third of the Jews will survive.  There will be 144,000 young Jewish men who will be preaching and witnessing to the multitude. Will these Jews be preaching the Mormon gospel? No, of course not. They will preach that Christ the Messiah is coming to establish His rule and reign, not in North America, but in Jerusalem.

In the Holy Scriptures, God reassures us that His word will endure forever. In fact, God views His word above His own name. He watches over it carefully to bring His promises to pass. (Psalms 138:2: “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”)

For these reasons and others, we see that a total apostasy is impossible. Sure there were apostasies in New Testament times, but the Bible tells us that  ‘some’ or ‘many’ had apostatized. Never does it say it was complete. God always has a faithful remnant. Therefore, the Mormon Church cannot justify its existence.

Is Mormonism Old Testament?

Does Mormonism adhere to Old Testament principles? Crazy question? I don’t think so. Take for example the priesthood.Where in all of the New Testament do we read anything about a need for the priesthood today?  The apostle Peter mentions a royal priesthood made up of all true believers of Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament the priesthood was for Israelites only. One had to be a levite . This means no non Jews. The majority of Mormons are gentiles although they won’t admit this. The office of high priest was given to Aaron and his sons. It was never mean for the church (the body of Christ) The high priest was  a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah. who would ultimately fulfill this office forever.  After Jesus died on the cross, the priesthood was rendered defunct and obsolete. It was inferior. Why? Because priests are men and men die, and need to be replaced over and over again. Only God the Son qualifies. So, its baffling as to why the Mormon church (not unlike the Roman Catholic Church), made this error by resurrecting a dead system.

Another example are Temples. The Mormon church has temples all over the place. Where did the apostles ever teach this? Where did the apostle Paul ever teach it? In God’s word we read that temples ceased when Jesus Christ ushered in a brand new Covenant. After his Crucifixion, the temple veil was torn in half from top to bottom, signifying the end of temple rituals. Acts 17:24 tells us that God does not dwell in temples built by hand.

Mormons also have a countless number of laws and ordinances that they must follow. Ask them exactly how many they have and you usually will not get an answer. This is reminiscent of Jews who gave themselves 613 laws which they must obey. Yet God never instituted nor requires this. In fact, Jesus said it places a yoke around people’s necks. Mormons again do not understand this dispensation of God’s grace. We are saved by grace and not of works. It is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8). If you work for a gift than it ceases to be a gift, but rather becomes something you earned. You can’t work for salvation. Mixing law with grace is wrong.

Seems the Mormon church has failed to understand that Jesus Christ finished the plan of salvation. He doesn’t need any help from man. His blood sacrifice was more than sufficient to pay for the sins of the world.