Watch this Spanish-language TV report on Colombia’s Messianic Jews from Dora Glottman for Colombian TV station Canal Caracol which was broadcast yesterday:
Listen to Raul Rubio of Kehilat Yovel in Bogota from 2:48:
“To deny Yeshua, we’d never do it, we couldn’t deny our faith, we believe he died for our sins, his blood cleanses us from all sins, and converting to Judaism would be to deny our faith.”
Why does Rubio even need to say this?
Because, according to the report, although there are 50-or-so Messianic congregations in Colombia, seven evangelical-Christian and Messianic congregations have converted to Judaism in the last few years, following a popular trend in Latin America at the moment: for Christians to convert to Judaism.
Clearly then the Messianic movement has its positive and negative leanings.
Messianic Judaism is at its best where it provides a space for Jews to worship Yeshua as Jews, to celebrate the Biblical festivals and to maintain a Jewish identity.
Messianic Judaism is at its worst where it deviates from the centrality of Yeshua’s actual message, and begins to pay more attention to yiddishkeit symbols than to the actual words of Yeshua.
Messianic Judaism is at its best when it treats Yeshua as the Ultimate Rabbi, and at its worst when it treats Yeshua as one of many rabbis.
It must be said that the phenomenon of Christians passing through Messianic Judaism as a half-way house before converting to Judaism seems pretty worrying to me.
We have a better Moshiach, a better Temple and a better Torah then Judaism does, and if people aren’t recognising this, then we need to start asking some serious yet basic questions of why we’re actually here.