This post is the second in a series related to a comment responding to a Facebook video, one of my Red Door Diaries, where I highlighted the Messianic Jewish Movement’s general failure to attract other Jews to Yeshua-faith. In my previous blog I responded to the first section of her response. Today, I respond to the second section. To gain a context for the discussion see the original video HERE–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ5FmR7mUlQ&t=28s
What follows is the second part of her comment, and then, my response.
2. What About the Messianic Jewish Movement’s Predominant Gentile Influx? – What happens theologically to this understanding if it’s actually overwhelmingly non-Jews whom the Ruach HaKodesh is calling in? What is God saying then about purpose?
Your premise is hard to prove, and I think debatable. Is it the Ruach HaKodesh, the Divine Spirit, that is bringing so many Gentiles into the Messianic Jewish Movement? In some cases, I would guess yes, but in many cases, and here I would say, the majority of cases, no.
I say this because, as I have already stated, I believe this movement has a divine purpose–to be a sign, demonstration, and catalyst of God’s consummating purposes for the descendants of Jacob. I think it incontrovertible that only a minority of Gentiles joining the movement are doing so to facilitate that purpose, for which they deserve honor and thanks. So my premise is not to say that all Gentiles who join the movement are here due to the activity of the Holy Spirit, but that we can assume that this is certainly true of those who come to the movement to serve this Divine purpose.
Whether others drawn to the movement are drawn by the Holy Spirit, I have no business saying. I am not God. But I can say three things in this regard.
- First, Gentiles are joining this movement for a wide variety of reasons. Therefore broad brush generalizations are counter-indicated.
- Second, many join the movement for semi-cultic and sectarian reasons, as for example, believing that the church as a whole is apostate, not keeping Torah, celebrating the Feasts of Israel, nor keeping the seventh-day sabbath, and that Messianic Judaism is God’s elite religion for the world. Such adherents cannot reasonably be assumed to be here due to having been drawn by God, since he is not known to further a semi-cultic and sectarian agenda.
- Third, the responsibility for there being a wide variety of both reasonable and unreasonable causes of Gentiles joining the movement falls on the shoulders of the leadership of the movement and its congregations, where I believe purposes are pursued which are either pragmatic, naively conceived, at variance with the purpose I have stated, or largely unaddressed.
In all cases it is utterly unacceptable to engage in any sort of Gentile-bashing and denigration of their presence and contribution to this movement. What is called for is concerted prayer and discussion as to what God intends for this movement, and honesty with ourselves as to whether and to what extent our agendas match his.
Can anyone doubt that he holds us accountable to ask and answer such questions?