David Parsons: «Christian Zionists must preach Jesus is God»

Christians engage with new-found Jewish friends, most eventually run into certain theological «obstacles», such as the Torah’s ban on idolatry.

Media Director David Parsons at the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.

At some point, the question arises as to whether, in worshipping Jesus, are we violating a central tenet of the Hebrew Scriptures and the core of Rabbinic Judaism’s ethical monotheism, the Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4 : «Hear O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one»

Some Christians have responded by attempting to «water down» the divinity of Jesus, perhaps in part to make him more palatable to Jewish people. But in the process, they actually wind up leaving monotheism. By taking Jesus outside the oneness or echad of God and yet still revering him, they end up with one God and perhaps a semi-deity. In doing so, they devalue the uniqueness of the person of Jesus and compromise his atoning work on the Cross. Some are even departing from the faith…

In the Gospels, John begins with a theological statement that: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God… and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1 and 14)

Jesus himself declares that “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).

We also have Thomas revering the resurrected Jesus as «my Lord and my God»– to which he notably receives not rebuke but affirmation! (John 20:28)

Source: ICEJ.org

My comment:

I have meet Christian Zionists who do not want to talk about Jesus with Jews, because they feel it might hurt them. I have also encountered claimed to be Messianic Jews who have entered into Arianism in the name of «Y´shua». They preach that the Son of God was a nice man, but not the Creator.

I have listen to their message to secular Jews, that if they return back to the Torah, they will be blessed. Since those who love Y´shua will keep his commandments.

This is another gnostic gospel. This in not the true gospel of grace as it was understood by the Jewish Apostle Paul. Such preachers have made the gospel of «Justification by Faith alone» null and void.

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