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Local Rabbis upset over Messianic Jews evangelism efforts

August 3, 2011

Local Rabbis upset over Messianic Jews evangelism efforts 
Oregon Faith News Note:

The Orthodox Jewish community of southwest Portland is being warned by two local rabbis about Messianic Jews using deceptive tactics to proselytize members of their community. According to Rabbi Tzvi Fischer of the Portland Kollel and Rabbi Kenneth Brodkin of Congregation Kesser, Jewish Christians are posing as Orthodox Jews and then targeting homes and work places to spread the belief that Jesus is the Messiah.

While the rabbis acknowledge that Christians are significant supporters of Jews and Israel, they express dismay that Messianic Jews are becoming involved in Orthodox Jewish congregations under what they see as false pretenses and consider it abusing people’s trust. Among other things, the rabbis are hosting classes to help Orthodox Jews understand the important differences between Christianity and Orthodox Judaism.

The Jewish Review has the fulls story, read it here.

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James the Just August 3, 2011

I am a Jewish (by faith) believer in Christ and you cannot use deceptive means to spread the seed of the Kingdom of Heaven. You cannot do it. These tactics simply will not work.

moishe August 3, 2011

I was raised a Christian with many close Jewish friends, and have learned now that I am Jewish by heritage. I have been drawn to Orthodox judaism because of the seriousness and dedication of its followers to living as HaShem has called them to live. I too believe still that Yeshua is Messiah, but to deceive anyone, especially an Orthodox Jew, about this is repugnant and unholy. That said, I am learning Hebrew and Talmud, and really really want to know more about such deep faith. I have been welcomed by the Orthodox, but I’ve also been open about my journey and the adventure I believe G-d has me on. It is in the best yeshiva tradition to openly wrestle together (as haverim), and I have experienced this to my great joy. Seems like a much holier approach than deception.

stevec August 4, 2011

For over 30 years now people have hurled the accusation of deceptive at we who are Jewish and believe that the promises in Tenakh are true and have been fulfilled in Y’shua (Jesus). So instead of evaluating the real issue, false charges continue to obfuscate what really matters – The TRUTH that our Messiah has come.

But don’t take our word for it, we urge you to find out for yourself. Get copy of the New Testament. Read the first book, Matthew, and ask God to sow you if these things are true or not. You’ve got a brain. Repetition of a lie over decades leads some to believe it is true, but others fell for that a long time ago. Now you owe it to yourself to search for the truth in the right place.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

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