Do Messianic Jews have to follow Church Doctrine to be saved?

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Christian Living, Uncategorized
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…“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself… Do this and you will live.”
Luke 10:25-28

I don’t want you to misunderstand the meaning of this article. I am not trying to put forth a debate for or against the Trinity, but I have heard many times over the years, (from pastors as well as laypeople) that one has to believe in the Trinity in order to be fully saved. According to orthodox Trinitarian doctrine, if a person claims to be a Christian but does not believe in the Trinity, he is not saved. Is that really the truth? Not from the evidence I have found in the Bible. In fact, the evidence in Scripture is that a person can be saved without even knowing about the Trinity. In Acts 10:1-4 we read: ‘While Apollos was at Corinth; Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied.’

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” As a result of the jailor’s conversion, his entire family also believed and was saved! In both cases people were saved solely on the result of believing on the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus and NOT on their belief in the Trinity!

The doctrine of the Trinity is that the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and together these “three Persons” make one God; and these three are co-equal and co-eternal, the Son having been “eternally begotten” of the Father, and Jesus being simultaneously 100% God and 100% man. This goes against the Jewish belief that God is one, based on Deuteronomy 6:4.

For two millennia, Jews and Judaism has been subjected to contempt because of supersessionism theology. (Also called fulfillment theology or replacement theology) Loosely, this means that whatever God once had promised to the Jews was no longer relevant and that the Jews had been replaced by the New Israel. (i.e.; Christians) Many still believe that by rejecting Jesus (and the belief in the Holy Trinity) God’s promises to the Jews were transferred to the New Testament Christians.

After Auschwitz, Catholics undid supersessionism with Vatican II and Nostra Aetate that says in part: “The Church, therefore, cannot forget that she received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant. Nor can she forget that she draws sustenance from the root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles. Indeed, the Church believes that by His cross Christ, Our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles making both one in Himself.”

Although protestant denominations have never completely disavowed replacement theology, it was effectively shelved in the wake of the Holocaust and led some to a new era of understanding and mutual respect of the Jewish people. Calling Jews Christ killers or rejected of God means that the leaders of that church respect nothing about Jewish striving, and have not changed their attitudes toward Jews a bit since their founder, Martin Luther, called for the burning of synagogues.

Years ago I enjoyed being involved in a Bible study until a woman, after a short discussion with one of the people there, found out that they didn’t believe in the Trinity. She then shouted out, “Who doesn’t believe in the Trinity?” After an uncomfortable pause a few hands slowly went up. “The Trinity is the foundation of our faith!” She exclaimed. I then replied, “I thought that believing that Jesus is the son of God, who was crucified for our sins, was resurrected from the dead and sits at the right hand of God and will one day return and rule over the earth was the foundation of our faith.” Sadly, that Bible study group ended soon after.

In discussing God’s wonderful plan of salvation in Ephesians 2:8-10, the apostle Paul sums it up in three verses, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We need to get back to the basics of God’s Word. We need to teach others to simply just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith and God will work out all the other things for each individual. Simply believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works and no Church Doctrine can save you. Remember, God does the saving… All of it!

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