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Toward Jerusalem Council II

 

James 3:13 -18

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

 

In the previous articles of The Spreading Hebrew Roots series, the influx of kabbalah into the "mainstream" Messianic movement was discussed. It was also noted, that despite protests from various members of the Mainstream, their defined "fringe" elements are also a part of the Mainstream.  Discussion and material has been presented from across the spectrum of beliefs within the various sects of the movement, from the MJAA to kabbalists and Christ deniers. We've seen how kabbalism has even infiltrated MJAA leadership, as shown in the article David Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA, and throughout the rest of this series.

It seems only fitting to conclude this series with the completion of focus on the Mainstream, which includes the activities of the MJAA leadership, UMJC and so on. The MJAA and UMJC had been previously discussed in the section Paths of The One World Religion, and in particular the series: Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics  &  Catholics Together. The MJAA or Messianic Jewish Alliance of America is considered the flagship organization of the Messianic movement. The UMJC is The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations.

Sometimes when this writer reads the doctrine of those in leadership, the thought runs through my mind, "What were you thinking?" Because, the doctrine clearly does not even come close to measuring up to the test of Scripture. Such is the case as I have read the vision and path traveled in developing the movement now called "Toward Jerusalem Council II". 

While the online record of the movement discusses God's leading, although the constant reevaluation and changes, seems to indicate lack of God's leading, the reality of what is of God must match the Word of God. Why? Because what we do and believe must be found in obedience to Him. 

God will not contradict Himself. 

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Perhaps the issue comes down to what Bible or paraphrase people are reading to get their foundational doctrines. That could explain the varied beliefs and lack of Biblical truth. Many in this movement have acquired David Stern's Complete Jewish Bible, or the ISR, or James Trimm's HRV New Testament, or similar fare and extra-Biblical revelation which is found to be contrary to Scripture. 

It's common for most in these groups to reference David Stern's Complete Jewish Bible (CJB), which is not a literal translation of the original with Hebraic terms substituted. The Tanakh portion is actually a paraphrase from the Jewish Press Society 1917 English translation. The Jewish New Testament is based primarily on the United Bible Societies ' The Greek New Testament." (3rd Edition New York: American Bible Society, 1975). Interestingly Stern's Bible seems to compare closely to the NIV, which is translated from the same base texts. That is, the Westcott and Hort, Nestle Aland translations, etc. which most new Bible translations are based on.

On Westcott and Hort, etc. See: The Clapham Sect, The Ghost Society & The Word of God; Bible Versions: Topical Comparison Charts; etc.

David Stern, incidentally, received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary

From one Messianic site that readily promotes Stern's The Jewish New Testament and his Commentary:

"...At the moment, we cannot recommend Stern's Complete Jewish Bible. Stern admits his translation of the Tanakh portion has errors. What happened was that after the phenomenal success of his New Testament and Commentary, he was under quite some pressure to do a translation of the full Bible. He took the 1917 public domain text Jewish Publications Society Tanakh and rapidly updated the language. Unfortunately, and Stern admits this, he rushed the project. There are places where the translation is opposite what the Scripture says...." http://www.beth-tfilah.org/reading/reading.htm

The ISR uses the Textus Receptus [NT] and the Masoretic text [OT] as it's base text. Those are the same base texts for the King James Version. 

The ISR sources are also stated as being, "... The Old Covenant is based on the Massoretic Hebrew and Aramaic text, according to the 1937 edition of Kittel's Biblia Hebraica. The New Covenant is based on the Textus Receptus, being modified with the use of such other texts as the Nestle-Aland and Shem Tob, as seemed appropriate. ..."

Unfortunately, the ISR inserted their "choice" of sacred names, and then went on to use corrupted Alexandrian texts as well as Shem Tob Matthew, which ends up in a pseudo "corrupt" KJV version. The ISR omits the reference to the Messiah's Deity [Theos/God] from 1 Timothy 3:16. They clearly did not follow the Received Text on this and other very definitive passage that illustrates the Deity of The Messiah. 

For those important verses such as Colossians 2:9, the ISR appears to have switched to the Alexandrian text, which is what the Westcott and Hort, Nestle Aland and other base texts are and which most new Bible translations are based on, such as the NIV, which has been used extensively in MJAA documents, for example, such as their Statement of Faith. 

Surprisingly, Colossians 2:8-9 is actually not used in relation to the Deity of Christ, in the MJAA statement of faith. The NIV states:

Colossians 2:8-9
8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 

Colossians 2: 8-9

KJV - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

LITERAL - Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

It really does matter where one obtains their doctrine. 

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

The Vision

Romans 12:10 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 

The Vision of this movement is found in these statements, which include dominionist theology: 

Toward Jerusalem Council II
Vision Statement

Toward Jerusalem Council II is an initiative of repentance and reconciliation between the Jewish and Gentile segments of the Church. The vision is that one day there will be a second council in Jerusalem that will be, in an important aspect, the inverse of the first council described in Acts 15. Whereas the first council was made up of Jewish believers in Yeshuah (JESUS), who decided not to impose on the Gentiles the requirements of the Jewish law, so the second council should be made up of Gentile Church leaders, who would recognize and welcome the Jewish believers in Yeshuah without requiring them to abandon their Jewish identity and practice. 

 

The initiative is led by an executive committee of 14 leaders, seven Jewish and seven Gentile, with both the Jewish and Gentile members being broadly representative of the different international movements and churches, historic and modern, that confess Yeshuah (JESUS) as Lord and Savior.

       This vision is stated in simpler terms as this:

  • To make known to Church leaders and Christian scholars the restoration of the Jewish segments of the Church (the Church of the circumcision).

  • To foster repentance for the sins of the Gentile Christians and the Christian Church against the Jewish people, especially for the suppression of the corporate Jewish witness to Yeshuah, the Messiah

  • To foster intercession for all the Churches of the nations to abandon all forms of replacement teaching concerning the calling and election of Israel and to recognize the place of the Jew in the body of Messiah

  • To encourage the messianic Jewish community in and out of Israel to enter into this vision or reconciliation and restoration and thereby foster unity among the different streams and organizations within the messianic Jewish community and movement.

The Executive Committee will seek to do everything possible to forward a convocation of a second Council of Jerusalem. This can only happen under the special leading of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can show us how a Council recognized by all churches, denominations and movements can be possible.

Within this process toward a second Council of Jerusalem there would be a gathering in Jerusalem as representative of churches/ denominations and continents as possible for the purpose of issuing a call to the whole Christian world for the recognition of the church of the circumcision at a second Council of Jerusalem.

We are doing this so that God may be honored in the reconciling work of His Son through the healing of the original schism in the Body of Christ, that between the Jewish and the Gentile components.

The ultimate purpose in unifying the Body and restoring the Jewish believers to their rightful place is the hastening of the coming of the Lord Yeshua in glory and the full accomplishment of His work of redemption in the Kingdom of God

If their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
Romans 11:15

http://www.tjcii.org/vision.html

 

What will their acceptance of Jesus Christ be, and their being grafted in again? There will be great rejoicing that the prodigal son has returned, the lost has been found. The fatted calf will be slaughtered and there is great celebrating. Just as there is great rejoicing for every soul that comes to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

We are not to glory in anyone but the Lord.

 

2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

1 Corinthians 2:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Members of this Council, in essence, are desiring to set up a world council for those who claim to be Messianic or Christian. It actually has nothing to do with the Body of Christ, but in a brief summary, is an ecumenical initiative, joining denominations and religions to honor race, the persons in leadership and the decisions of this select council. For more on this aspect of the ecumenical movement please see: Paths of The One World Religion > Introduction: Lausanne & LCJE ; EJECCT:  Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics  &  Catholics Together ; Hashivenu and FULLER; Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism; Dark Angels; Unite, Whether Biblically Obedient or Not; EJECCT: Part 2 ; Apostles, Prophets & The International Fellowship of Christians & Jews; Evangelicals & Catholics Together

 

They have stated, "The second Council will be the inverse of the first Council described in Acts 15. At the first Council, all the leaders participating were Jewish (the apostles and the elders, verse 6). They decided on the terms of admission to the Church of Gentile converts."

 

God had already determined the 'terms of admission' to the Body of Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with race or elevation of status of particular individuals. God is not a respecter of persons.

 

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Some of those who have been in leadership of this movement include:

John Dawson, Co-Chair, USA >>International Reconciliation Division -AD2000 And Beyond: United Prayer Track; Youth With A Mission/ YWAM, International Director for Urban Ministries; See: The Call D.C Plus; C. Peter Wagner

Evan Thomas, Co-Chair, Israel

Jonathan Bernis, U.S.A.  >>> MJAA Executive

Robert Cohen, U.S.A. >>> MJAA Executive

Brian Cox, U.S.A. >>Episcopal priest

Reuven Doron, Israel

Johannes Fitchtenbauer, Austria >>>a Catholic deacon ; founder of an ecumenical charismatic community

Peter Hocken, England >>>Roman Catholic priest 

Daniel Juster, U.S.A. >>> Former MJAA, now UMJC

Russ Parker, England

David Rudolph, Cyprus

Wayne Wilks, Jr., U.S.A. and Eastern Europe >>director of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI)

Marty Waldman....

Deeper reading of their documents reveals these statements:

"...The vision is for the unity of Jew and Gentile in the one 
body of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel

....The TJCII vision is for the restoration of this unity, where the Jew and the Gentile become one in the body of Messiah without losing their identity,... Once again, there is a Jewish partner within the mystery of the Church, with whom the Gentiles can talk, pray, and listen to the Lord. There is a Jewish partner in Messiah, who confronts us Gentiles with our sin. There is a Jewish partner with whom we need to be reconciled within the one body...."

....TJCII is a single-issue initiative. It is directed toward the 
recognition by the Churches of the Jewish expressions of the Church, and of their proper honoring by Gentile believers. It has no other goal. ...

The Vision and Story of Toward Jerusalem Council II>http://www.tjcii.org/Booklet01.pdf http://www.tjcii.org/news.html

There has always been a "Jewish partner" in the Body of Christ. Our "identity" is to be a reflection of Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with culture, heritage, ritual, self importance or lust of the flesh. We are "one new man" in Christ, the moment we accept Jesus Christ. The desire to be recognized as something "special" is not of God, whether it comes out of the mouth of a Gentile, Jew, Greek, Brit, or American. This self focus is bent on self destruction. Paul challenged his fellow Jews:

Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Our focus is to be Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. For by God's grace and mercy are we saved, in spite of who we are. Jesus said:

Matthew 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

This writer can not help but wonder, since all those involved in this movement are claiming spiritual and organizational leadership, with this desire for elevation, status, reconciliation, all due to race---exactly what were your views towards those of other heritage or culture? 

Have you said you loved God while hating or looking down on others? That would be a clear contradiction of the Scriptures. 

1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

I have yet to see anyone who is currently 1500 or so years old, who can lay claim to the sins done to others, by others. I have yet to see anyone but Jesus Christ, able to take the sins of all of mankind. 

If the purpose of this "Council" is to say that someone in the past 2000 years mistreated someone else for religious or other purposes, that would include every nation and every 'people group' in the World. Are we also going to deal with the persecution of Believers by all manner of people in all nations, including Jews who, being fervent in their beliefs, viewed those Jews who accepted Jesus Christ as Messiah, as heretics?  That of course would also include the Apostle Paul before God opened his eyes. 

No, that is not an anti-semite statement. If people want to disobediently dredge up things of the past, and lay claim to, or hang on to what others have done, I suggest they read Gibbons, Josephus, read about Nero, and other historical writings. It hasn't exactly been a party for those who have sincerely lived for Jesus Christ, Jew or non-Jew. 

Personally, I think most have enough of a problem looking after their own current lives and studying to show themselves approved before God, through obedience to Jesus Christ, without going through the vain motions of obtaining forgiveness for the sins committed by someone else, hundreds of years ago, over which they had no control or say. And then expecting forgiveness from someone, who was also not alive during said activity, and who also did not know the people involved. 

People can only feel ashamed if they actually felt those sins and hate filled activities were good, and that is an issue between them and God, because, quite frankly, no one is alive today from hundreds of years ago. 

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

This desire for special status, reverence and approval of men is not found in Biblical truth.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 

We're to bear each other's burdens because of love of the brethren, but we bear our own works and burdens before God. The only distinction towards others is to be whether they are of the Lord Jesus Christ or not.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

Historical Vision

Luke 18:14 

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

According to their History, the TJCII was started by Marty Waldman:

....In February 1995, Marty Waldman,...As a  Messianic Jew, Marty Waldman was convinced that the Messianic movement represents a resurrection of the Jewish church of the first generations after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The word the Lord put in Marty’s heart concerned the Lord’s desire for the full reconciliation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua (Jesus).  The heart of this vision is that one day there will be a second Council of Jerusalem. The second Council will be the inverse of
the first Council described in Acts 15. At the first Council, all the 
leaders participating were Jewish (the apostles and the elders, verse 6). They decided on the terms of admission to the Church of Gentile converts. The leaders gathered in Jerusalem were led by 
the Holy Spirit to be very generous in imposing the minimum 
conditions on the Gentiles:..." The Vision and Story of Toward Jerusalem Council II >http://www.tjcii.org/Booklet01.pdf

They--these Jewish Believers, since the distinction is desired to be made-- actually understood the issue was about Jesus Christ. They also understood that if Peter and Paul could sit with the Gentiles, and not be defiled by "breaking" Jewish traditions which were regulated by other than Biblical writings, to put unnecessary burdens on any Believer was not what God wanted. 

Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they....24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
...28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? 

Matthew 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Waldman continues with how he sees the desired movement and Council:

"...In this vision, the reconciliation of Jewish and Gentile believers would not be simply an acceptance of one another, but of the Gentiles recognizing and honoring the rightful place of the Jews. It would mean honor instead of contempt, humility in place of pride. The younger brother would honor the elder brother, the firstborn. The Gentiles would heed the warning of Paul: “If you do boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.” (Rom. 11: 18)

....Marty Waldman sought the advice and discernment of other Messianic and Christian leaders. Among those he consulted was his old friend and colleague in the Union of Messianic Jewish 
Congregations, Dr. Daniel C. Juster,...

The vision of a second Council of Jerusalem resonated profoundly with Dan Juster, who as one of the scholar-teachers of the Messianic movement, was acutely aware of the need for the Churches to recognize the “resurrected church” of the Jewish believers in Jesus. ... Dan Juster had been at a gathering of leaders in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on black/white reconciliation, addressed by John Dawson. Dawson, ... an international leader for many years in Youth With A Mission, had in the 1990’s concentrated his ministry on reconciliation, developing a body of teaching on how to reconcile groups in conflict, particularly ethnic conflicts. For this purpose, he had founded the International Reconciliation Coalition (IRC)...."

There is no reconciliation necessary between those who love Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are clear:

1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

This statement, "Gentile believers would not be simply an acceptance of one another, but of the Gentiles recognizing and honoring the rightful place of the Jews." 

John 5:44 Jesus said: "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

Aside from putting a wall between Jews and non-Jews, brick by brick, this writer was looking for the Scripture that supports the elevation of, or giving special honor or recognition, due to race or genealogy. 

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

As brothers and sisters in the Lord, we're to give respect and esteem one another, knowing that we all belong to God as "God's building," with no part of that building any more or less important than the other.

1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

As brothers and sisters in the Lord, we're to give respect and esteem one another, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."  

That means every single person who belongs to Jesus Christ is to esteem every other person --- no race excuse. Gentiles or non-Jews are being told to specifically esteem their Jewish brothers and sisters, something which does not need to be said, as we are to esteem others, regardless of race. But if this concept is to be upheld, are not Jewish Believers also to esteem non-Jews and other Jewish individuals, above themselves, according to the Word of God? 

Apparently not according to leadership in these organizations. 

James 2:3 "...And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

What is "the rightful place of the Jews."? 

Isn't it, as part of the Body of Christ, walking side by side with others, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, knowing that without Him, we are destined to eternal torment?

What is taking place is the requirement of respect, honor and elevation of status based on heritage. There's an old saying. Respect of a person is earned. We have raised our children to not be racist, to look at people always as individuals. But here we have what appears to be the attempted implementation of a caste system based on race, "for the glory of God." 

Jesus clearly addressed this in Matthew 23:

 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Mark 9:35 And He sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

 

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