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Old 11th April 2003, 03:34 PM
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Messianic Jews and Calvinism

I was just wondering what most of you believe concerning predestination, election etc. or what the general consensus (if there is one) would be?

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Well I am not a Messianic Jew, I am a Messianic Gentile believer.. but I will answer what MY PERSONAL opinion is of predestination and election.

I do believe some people are predestined or elected. But I do not believe that of all people.. in other words. I believe the Jews are elected and certain men in the bible were such as Peter, Paul, James, John, and other Apostles, prophets, and holy men.. and also predestined to do a certain work for the Lord.

But I do not believe everyone that simply believes in Yeshua as Messiah is preordained to or elected to.

This is a good discussion. I would be very interested in reading what a lot more Messianic Jews and Messianic Gentiles believe about this.

As far as a general consenus of what is accepted on this issue since I have seen Messianics say different things reguarding the issue (I have seen some accept it and other rejected it), I cannot say if for sure there is an actual general stance in the Messianic faith on the issue.

But I do know that in Orthodox Judaism it's not accepted. I can give you a source quote from Maimonides (Jewish philospher) if you would like on this very subject.

Anyone else with any info on that ? I would like to know as well..

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Hi again Twells, I am not sure if these will help.. but they seem to offer some position about election.. It's from the MJAA (Messianic Jewish Alliance of America) If you want to know more about exactly what the MJAA is go here :http://mjaa.org/about.html

Here are two position articles about election.. I think.. LOL!

site http://mjaa.org/position/ephraimite_...-rabbinic.html

and here: http://mjaa.org/position/ephraimite_...supersess.html
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In the words of Justin Martyr (First Apology, Chapter 43):

We have learned from the prophets, and we hold it to be true, that punishments, chastisements, and rewards are rendered according to the merits of each man's actions. Otherwise, if all things happen by fate, then nothing is in our own power. For if it be predstined that one man be good and another man evil, then the first is not deserving of praise or the other to be blamed. Unless humans have the power of avoiding evil and choosing good by free choice, they are not accountable for their actions - whatever they may be.... For neither would a man be worthy of reward or praise if he did not of himself choose the good, but was merely created for that end. Likewise, if a man were evil, he would not deserve punishment, since he was not evil of himself, being unable to do anything else than what he was made for."
Deuteronomy 30:19

I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live
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The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life
The verses typically take out of context to support predestination aren't about who is going to be with the Lord, but rather the fate of those who choose of their own will has been predestined. The destination of the followers, not the followers themselves is what is pre-determined.

Predestination has always been against Judaism (as the deuteronomy verse shows), and I know of no instance where Nazarene/Messianic Jews every broke away from that.
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Here is something else from the MJAA, I don't know if all Messianics would agree with this or not.. I am just posting it to give another aspect:

Again it's from the MJAA site:

"We believe that salvation has always been "by faith," and that works of law, or righteous acts, have never saved anyone"

"Man's only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah "

"For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of God"

Those quotes are from this page: http://mjaa.org/StatementOfFaith.html

Twells it sort of seems like the MJAA does accept predestination and election from that but I am not sure since it doesn't come right out and say it.

So I am not sure but does anyone think this means the MJAA supports predestination or election. Or are these to vague to actually say for sure ?

I would appreciate anyone's input on the matter.

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Today at 09:17 PM Talmid HaYarok said this in Post #4



The verses typically take out of context to support predestination aren't about who is going to be with the Lord, but rather the fate of those who choose of their own will has been predestined. The destination of the followers, not the followers themselves is what is pre-determined.

Predestination has always been against Judaism (as the deuteronomy verse shows), and I know of no instance where Nazarene/Messianic Jews every broke away from that.


Thanks Talmid, this is exactly what I was wondering about. I learned as I stated in my first post that Orthodox Judaism doesn't accept it, but I wondered about Messianic Judaism because it seems different Messianics believe different things sometimes reguarding certain subjects. I didn't know whether or not though originally it was accepted or if it wasn't.

I was wondering do you have any sources or anything from a Messianic organization or any other type of source book, net, article that states it's (the Messianic faith's) exact original stance on predestination and/or election ?

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Well there are the works of Justin Martyr, the Clements, and some of the other early Church Fathers. Back in that time the Nazarene Sect was still one with the Gentile Christian Church.

I know of nothing from an early Nazarene source. The best I can do is say that Rabbinics didn't hold it as one of their heresies that they held against Nazarenes. Something I feel fairly certain we'd have recorded if it was one of their complaints. Given the climate of early Rabbinics and Christians agreeing on this issue I can see little reason to believe why the Nazarenes would be any different and their is certainly no evidence to prove it.

It certainly goes against all the traditional teachings of Messianics today too (Yes, I know some believe it anyways, but their reasons aren't tradition) whether from Europe, the Middle-east, or Ethiopia.

The nail isn't in the coffin, but its pretty well shut anyways IMO.
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Yes, but where do you get info on your perception of the tradition of Messianics.. because you have some claiming one way is "Messianics tradition" and then another way saying something else is..

Nevermind.. I will ask you in the thread I opened for you.. it is probably more appropriate there.

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Today at 09:15 PM MissytheButterfly said this in Post #3

Hi again Twells, I am not sure if these will help.. but they seem to offer some position about election.. It's from the MJAA (Messianic Jewish Alliance of America) If you want to know more about exactly what the MJAA is go here :http://mjaa.org/about.html

Here are two position articles about election.. I think.. LOL!

site http://mjaa.org/position/ephraimite_...-rabbinic.html

and here: http://mjaa.org/position/ephraimite_...supersess.html

Thanks Missy and Talmid HaYarok for the replies and links.

Ive been looking into the issue Arminian/Calvinism for awhile and I considered myself a  Calvinist for a while. The only problem is that is sucked all the joy I had in my faith right out. I dont consider myself one now and looking into the issue again. (just to let you know where im coming from.)

I came across a article by JP Holding on www.tektonics.org concerning the TULIP. Ive always liked Holding because he always trys to include the first century (or previous) Jewish-Christian views into what he's discussing. The article that I thought was interesting discussed the greco-roman client-patron relationship. He basically argues that Pauls audience would have thought the idea of God giving them their faith as he gave them grace, nonsensical and wouldnt have understood it.

Its made think a lot about how Christianity has developed doctrinally by Augustine, Calvin, Luther etc. - men who were seperated from the Apostles and the original audiences  by hundreds of years and an even farther difference in their mindset.

 
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That's what gets me all off track TWells.. because of the different spins that seem to have been put on Christianity from all the different doctrines. You have biblically one way(at least the way I see it in the Bible).. then you have people like Calvin, Luther, the Roman Catholic church, etc and they all seem to believe a little differently so I am like... what the heck is Christianity ?


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