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EJECCT: Part 1

Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics

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Catholics Together 

 1 Corinthians 3:11   

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” 

 

1. Origins of Hebrew Movement in Pentecostalism

2. Origins of MJAA in Jesus Movement

 

In 1997, Dean Cozzens  of Open Church Ministries 1 published a prophecy titled The Hebrew Movement, which revealed that God foreordained four major moves for this century. These were: 

1.The Pentecostal Movement  

2.The Faith-Healing Movement  

3.The Charismatic Movement 

4.The Hebrew Movement.

According to Cozzens, in this prophecy, the Hebrew or Messianic Movement is the final stage of empowerment before the Church is "thrust into His glory." Sadly, many Christians who have been sufficiently processed by the first three movements are being moved along the same conveyor belt of "new revelations" which is now carrying them through a full curriculum of "Hebrew Roots" teachings concocted by unconverted Jews and those feigning support to the Jewish people themselves. 

Miles J. Stanford’s excellent article on “Messianic Judaism”2. is a reasoned response to Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s book, Hebrew Christianity, which identifies as well  the errors of the Charismatic and Messianic movements. 

"When the doctrinal divisions of the Word of truth are taken for granted, as with most dispensationalists today, a theological vacuum occurs. Another, more serious, cause of this vacuum is a result of efforts to blur, if not obliterate, the doctrinal distinction between Israel and the Church, Law and Grace.

"Dispensational vacuum is naturally filled on the left by the non-dispensational Charismatic element, and on the right by the  anti-dispensational Covenant movement.

"Due to its lack of dispensational protection, the Messianic Jew movement in the States has fallen prey to both of these detrimental factors--tongues, and law. The entire movement is based upon the latter--the legal aspect of the Word. The charismatic integration is mainly due to the Jews for Jesus influence."

Because of this common denominator of nondispensational error, it is no surprise that the Messianic Movement is deeply involved with the World Ecumenical Movement and many other deceptions. Recalling our previous articles, Joint Prophecies of Rick Joyner & Rabbi Cohen at Messiah'99, and Stephen Strang at Messiah'99, we are reminded that they were invited speakers for conference sponsored by the The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).

To recap that event, in July of 1999, the MJAA sponsored Messiah'99, a conference held in conjunction with the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance and the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues. The Messiah '99 Brochure announced that conference speakers would include Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries, Stephen Strang, editor of ‘Charisma’ Magazine and Stephen Katz, a recruiter for Jews for Jesus.  These speakers were presented as being among "Over sixty of Messianic Judaism's most respected teachers conducting Workshops, Panels, Teaching, Preaching. . ." One of the themes of Messiah '99 was "Messianic Unity in Diversity." Reflections on the fruit of this conference revealed the ecumenical agenda of the MJAA

This is not the first time Rabbi Cohen, Rick Joyner and Stephen Strang have been on the same speaking platform. For example, at Israel's Jubilee Celebration 3 held in 1998, sponsored by the Christian Alliance for Israel, they shared the same platform with the following "guest speakers, "special guests" or " worship leaders,"  including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

** The Christian Embassy is a "...ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ ... ministering to a crucial group of people-- ambassadors and diplomats to the United Nations. These representatives to the U.N. are on a mission from their country to the world, to tend the fragile "City of Man." Their diplomatic call is a profound responsibility: often, it is a call to address atrocity; always, one to establish justice...The Christian Embassy has been presenting the gospel to the U.N. community since 1980 providing a biblical world view and a Christian perspective on issues facing the diplomats. In short, the radical mission of the Christian Embassy is no less than influencing the world for the Kingdom of God. "

 

Bill Bright declared, in a bid to show the need of a Biblical worldview and kingdom of God on earth mentality, that, "...The diplomats to the United Nations, as the appointed voice of their government, are in a position to change the course of history. The Christian Embassy is in a position to change the lives of the diplomats. One life radically changed by Jesus Christ could result in tens of thousands of others coming to know the Savior. Please join with us in helping to fulfill the Great Commission through our work at the United Nations." The Christian Embassy New York.4

 

UPDATE: January 8, 2001 a "Jerusalem March" was to take place. The march was slated to end at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and those involved were to form a "human-chain" around the Mount. Those involved were Israelis not supporting the peace talks of Bill Clinton, Barak and Arafat. Endorsing and engaging themselves also in the March were those affiliated with the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Their misguided purpose comes from the thought that Christianity has "it's roots" in Israel. They wish to show solidarity to Israel, since they have the goal of demonstrating " worldwide Christian support for a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty and open to all faiths." For Further update in the Temple Mount see: The Legend of Hannukah

 

The 'root of Christianity' is Jesus Christ. We have no enduring on earth city or country.

 

Revelation 22:16:  " I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Hebrews 12: 22,28 " But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  28. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Hebrews 13:14 "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

 

Colossians 3:1-2 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

END UPDATE

The problem is, we are not going to change what God Himself has declared will happen. That is, there will be apostasy and a great falling away--and those who love the Lord Jesus will be hated by all nations--not approved of nor embraced. As for the U.N.'s "always" there to "establish justice", their bid is to control and direct all nations with a common and agreed unity and with the same parameters. In other words, one-world laws for every nation. That will not include benevolence to true Christians.

William Greene, PhDin the Miami Christian University Papers writes an informative  article on the history of the Messianic movement and the formation of the Alliance.  Greene's "The Ascendance of 'Messianic Judaism' in the Context of 'Hebrew Christianity' in the twentieth century identifies over 90% of Messianic congregations as Charismatic.

 “…Over ninety percent of the Messianic congregations in the United States are "charismatic" in their theological orientation (believing in the gifts [charisms] of the Holy Spirit: tongues, healing, etc.), with one-third having been created by the charismatic Assemblies of God denomination. The meeting halls … look similar to other synagogues, with the Israeli flag and the American flag at the front on either side, a Star of David, a menorah, and (in some cases) a Torah scroll behind a curtain… these congregations are not "overtly evangelistic." They see their purpose as being for fellowship and worship "in a fashion more conducive to the Jewish heritage" than would be the case in a traditional Gentile Christian setting.”6

The “Alliance”

According to Professor Greene, all Messianic congregations fall under one of four possible umbrella organizations, with each connected to the MJAA. One organization which exercises the oversight of Messianic congregations is the Assemblies of God denomination.

“There are four umbrella organizations available for these congregations: the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS, a charismatic outgrowth of the MJAA), the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC, 7 an independent charismatic group formed while the MJAA was hesitant in forming the IAMCS), the (non-charismatic) Fellowship of Messianic Congregations, and a smaller grouping within the Assemblies of God denomination. The UMJC, currently based in Denver, was formed in June of 1979 by thirty-three congregational leaders from the U.S. and Canada. It was not designed to be a hierarchical control mechanism, but instead "as a loose confederation to aid in fellowship and education." Beginning with only nine charter members, the number had risen to twenty-five by 1982. In 1986, the IAMCS was formed by the MJAA, and is much more structured than the UMJC, granting only associate membership until a minimum number of congregants is reached and other standards are adhered to.” 8.

Leadership and sponsors of the Messiah’99 Conference  were the  'Messianic Jewish Alliance of America' (MJAA), 'Young Messianic Jewish Alliance' (YMJA) and the 'International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues' (IAMCS). 

Dr. Greene notes that the, “… Chicago-based American Messianic Fellowship (AMF), established by the Christian Zionist W.E. Blackstone in 1887, called the movement "utterly unscriptural," stating its belief that "while still a Jew by birth, in spiritual condition the believing Jew is now a Christian and totally removed from the religion of Judaism."77 “9  

In his joint "Prophecy" with Rick Joyner, Rabbi Cohen stated that the Messianic Movement did not start until the “Jesus Movement.” Dr. Greene records there is a slightly longer history. According to Dr. Greene, the original Hebrew Christian Alliance of America [HCAA] was established in 1903 and became the MJAA in June of 1975. It was in that year also that a small splinter group, the Jesus Movement, removed the Hebrew Christians from their original identification with Christianity to the Jewish Identity position which Messianic Jews hold  today.

“The early Hebrew Christians were mainly "fundamentalistswho held a pro-Jewish and pro-Zionist position…. planned…[a] conference to organize a Hebrew Christian Alliance of America (HCAA), which took place [in] July…1903…. The "driving motive" of the early HCAA was deemed to be evangelism, which was seen to fall "squarely on the shoulders of Hebrew Christians."… In 1923, the HCAA had established a "Chair of Jewish Studies" at the Moody Bible Institute, …a position held today by Dr. Louis Goldberg…. In 1934, the First Hebrew Christian Church was established  under Presbyterians in Chicago. It had a Christian worship service with a Jewish "flavor," and was headed by David Bronstein (later, under the leadership of Daniel Juster in the 1970s, the name was changed to Adat Ha Tikveh and made more "messianic")." … This did not mean, however, that Hebrew Christians were moving in the direction of modern Messianic Judaism (the establishment of a totally separate identity for Jewish believers); in fact, back in 1917, the HCAA had taken a strong stand against such a movement, and had promised "that the Alliance stand on this issue would never change... 'to be absolutely free from it, now and forever' .'"  The HCAA was to remain a fellowship of Jewish believers, who nevertheless maintained their ties to Christian churches….”

“In 1966, under the auspices of the HCAA, the Young Hebrew Christian Youth Organization (YHCYO) was begun; in 1967, it became the Young Hebrew Christian Alliance (YHCA…in 1975, the YHCA was renamed the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance of America [YMJA] …Many of today's leaders of the Messianic Jewish movement have come from the YHCA, energized by the "Jesus movement" of the late 1960s and early 1970s. An obvious "generation gap" grew between the older "denominational" Hebrew Christians and these younger "Messianic Jews." The upcoming generation wanted to change the styles of worship and evangelism to a more Jewish context. It was also at this time that "Jews for Jesus" …began. …” 10

Note: Daniel Juster is Governing Council - Apostolic of TIKKUN International. 11 Tikkun Int. believes that the Jews will be restored when the Church is restored.  Zech. 12: 8-10 and 14:1-4 states the Jews will believe and be restored when they see Jesus.

 

It is perhaps noteworthy that one organization promoted on the MJAA web site is the "Institute for Christian Leadership 12-- RETURN TO GOD 13: Hebraic Roots." ICL links to Congregation Emmaus, a Messianic Congregation 14, which is associated with the Messianic Jewish Alliance and Foursquare International, which has much influenced the American Assemblies of God. The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel was founded by twice-divorced Aimee Semple Mcpherson as the American extension of British-Israelite Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance of Great Britain.

 

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Footnotes:

1.http://www.openchurch.com/

2.http://withchrist.org/MJS/messianic.htm

3.http://www.israeljubilee.com/

4.http://www.ccci.org/embassy/index.html

5.http://mcu.edu/papers/mess_jud.htm

6. The Ascendance of "Messianic Judaism" in the context of "Hebrew Christianity"; A History of the 20th Century Movement in America of "Jewish Believers" or "Yeshua Ha Mashiach" (Jesus Christ) by William Greene, Ph.D.; http://mcu.edu/papers/mess_jud.htm  

7. http://www.umjc.org/

8. op cit. The Ascendance of "Messianic Judaism" 

9. Ibid

10. Ibid 

11. http://www.tikkunministries.org/index.htm

12. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/rtg/rtg-home.html

13. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/rtg/rtg-home.html

14. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/rtg/rtg-sw/rtgsw04.txt

 

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