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Anti-Semitism in the Church
A Required Response to the Charge
that Messianic Judaism is Apostasy

by Messianic Pastor/Theologian Ari Levitt

The article in the left column of the following pages, to which we make our response in the right column, is is exactly the kind of blatant ignorance and venomous anti-Semitism that has driven our Lord’s Jewish brethren out from fellowship with Gentile Believers in Mashiach for the past 1,700 years. Before there can ever be the unity within the Body of Messiah for which He so fervently prayed, this anti-Semitism simply must be stopped, and the Gentile “church” must, as a body, forever repent of this practice.

On August 23, 2001, I received the following email from:

Mary Nero
1209 N. Haskell Apt. J
Dallas TX 75204

“This e-mail serves as notice that you are the subject of a message I very recently wrote
and published on my website at ...
In The Lord,
M. Nero,”

Ms. Nero’s article is published here in its entirety. I have not obtained her permission to duplicate it, and in light of the email message she sent me informing me of its existence, I do not feel any obligation at all to obtain such permission. [She did not obtain my permission to publish on her web site a private email that I sent to her.] She has branded Messianic Judaism as “apostate” and has thrown down the gauntlet by telling me personally that I am the subject of her article, thereby declaring that I personally am “apostate,” as is the entire Messianic Jewish Movement. Such a challenge demands a carefully-considered response, and with the help of Ruach HaKodesh I shall attempt to provide as adequate a response as I am able, as is required of me by Scripture:

“ … remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you — yet with humility and fear, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame.” (Kefa Alef [1Peter] 3:15-16 CJB)

Click on the bracketed numbers [#] to jump between Ms. Nero’s comments in the left column and my response in the right column. Her article is so totally full of error and hatred that it will be many months, if ever, before my response is complete. In the meantime, I will be working on it as time (and my stomach) permits. I will not be giving this project a very high priority, however, because anyone who reads her article with a spirit of discernment will readily perceive it for what it really is … the venomous ravings of either a demoniac or an anti-Semitic bigot who claims to be a “Christian,” while despising the brothers and sisters of the Master she claims to follow. Her knowledge of the Scriptures, and of the history of “Christianity” and Judaism, particularly of Messianic Judaism, is woefully lacking. If you have the stomach for it, you can read HERE some of the responses she received from this “notice” and her remarkably ignorant comments on those responses. I cannot tell whether they are the simple ravings of a hate-filled lunatic, or the spewing of one demon-possessed. Because what she says is often totally unintelligible, I certainly suspect the latter. The last time I worked on this response was Wednesday, 03 August 2016 at 11:18 AM.

Her numerous grammatical errors have not been corrected, are quoted exactly from her website, and are marked with the standard indicator “[sic]” (which should not be interpreted as a commentary on her obvious mental and spiritual condition).

The “Jesus” that Ms. Nero portrays simply never existed! He is a “false messiah” created by Gentile revisionist historians to “prove” the superiority of Gentiles over Jews. He bears extremely little, if any, resemblance to Rabbi Yeshua ben Yosef who appears in the pages of the Bible as Adonai Melech haMashiach, the Son of God, Israel’s Messiah and Savior of the World, Who will soon return in glory to reign over the world from his throne in Jerusalem. Maranata!

As you may note from the tone of some of my comments, from time to time I grew so disgusted with her nonsense that I came quite near to losing my temper (along with my lunch), and for that I apologize. The only reason that I am going to submit myself to the unpleasant task of completing this project at all is that she raises almost every possible objection to Messianic Judaism — both reasonable and (mostly) unreasonable — and by answering her objections I feel that I will have written a fair apologetic for the Messianic Jewish Movement.

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If you would like to learn the truth about what Messianic Judaism believes, I would encourage you to read the following books (in addition to most of the content of this web site):

Messianic Jewish Manifesto by David H. Stern

Take Hold: Embracing Our Divine Inheritance with Israel by Arial and D'vorah Berkowitz

Jewish Roots by Dan Juster

Paul the Jewish Theologian by Brad Young — provides excellent insight into the thoroughly Jewish matrix through which Rav Sha'ul viewed the Messianic Judaism over which he was so influential

There are a number of other excellent books on the subject of Messianic Judaism located on the same page with the above four suggestions.

The reader should note that in deference to the sensibilities of our non-Messianic brethren, we employ the time reference CE (Common Era) as opposed to AD (Anno Domini).

This document wound up being so long that it took over 2 minutes to download with an average 56K dialup connection, so I divided it into several smaller documents for faster loading.

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