In the earlier post (Down the Rabbit-Hole I Go Again...) in which I expressed a small rant concerning Charisma magazine (a so-called “Christian publication) rejoicing over Judaism having a revival in Russia, I pointed out in one of my comments that we, the Church, should be concerned that so many Christians here in the west today, are beginning to equate Judaism with the same saving power as faith in Jesus Christ.
What I actually wrote was,
This for me personally, was an important topic–the fact that judaism is being applauded at a website on which 100′s of thousands of readers gather to read; many of them possibly young believers just starting out on their faith-walk. and it’s not only charisma mag which is celebrating the growth of judaism. the hebrew-roots movement, along with dispensationalist-christian zionism is a blatant heresy within america’s churches today–and i personally believe it’s growing; if not growing, its at the least becoming bolder….more public.
This is important. it’s something all christians ‘should’ be standing together against, for it has the potential to send those who follow it, out into eternity, forever lost.
There is a growing christian population in america today which is beginning to see judaism in the same light as christianity. I see it every day; this does not surprise me, for i have noticed over the years a steady (and growing) stream of believers who embrace both, equally; and this should concern every born again believer in the west.
You can tell I was adamant about this for I was so caught up in typing, cap’s fell by the wayside. aha!
Anyway, this evening I read something which was interesting. Perhaps interesting, because I’d always wondered about the term in the past: The term being ‘Judeo-Christian’.
Did you know this is a fairly recent term?
The term Judeo-Christian gained currency in the middle of the 20th century,
“Judeo-Christian is a term used since the 1950s to stress the common ethical standards of Christianity and Judaism, such as the Ten Commandments. It has become part of American civil religion and is often used to promote inter-religious cooperation….”
“The earliest use of the term “Judeo-Christian” in the historical sense dates to 1829 in the missionary journal of Joseph Wolff, and before that as “Judeo Christian” in a letter from Alexander M’Caul dated October 17, 1821. The former appears in discussions of theories of the emergence of Christianity, and both are used with a different sense from the one common today. “Judeo-Christian” here referred to Jewish converts to Christianity….”
Or that only America refers to itself as “Judeo-Christian or uses the term Judeo-Christian values and/or traditions?”
The rightwing considers America’s “uniqueness” to be rooted in its Judeo-Christian values. Take radio host Dennis Prager, who writes,
“[o]nly America has called itself Judeo-Christian. America is also unique in that it has always combined secular government with a society based on religious values. Along with the belief in liberty—as opposed to, for example, the European belief in equality, the Muslim belief in theocracy, and the Eastern belief in social conformity—Judeo-Christian values are what distinguish America from all other countries.”
You may be asking, what has this to do with the fact of many Christians here in the west (granted, most are Christian Zionists and/or dispensationalists) applauding Judaism’s inroad into Russia, or the growing number which are now equating Judaism in the same light as Christianity?
I believe it has a lot to do with it.
Judaism, like any other religion which does not accept Jesus as the Son of God, is a non-saving religion: if you follow it, you are lost. Would you accept the term ‘Islamic-Christian?’ Of course not–and rightly so. Neither should the two words “Christianity”and Judaism” be united in any form. One denotes the way to eternal life, the other to death.
I’ve never forgotten the words of the late Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, concerning this term;
The Judeo-Christian Tradition: This term is intended to bond Christians and Jews in a common effort. The Jewish community is content to allow Christians to believe there is such a thing as a Judeo-Christian tradition, because it can be useful in the area of Jewish-Gentile relationships. Nevertheless, in the final analysis, most rabbis would insist there is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian tradition. There is a separate Jewish tradition and a separate Christian tradition. Both are based upon intrinsic beliefs. These beliefs sometimes overlap, but sometimes they are diametrically opposed. Those who would like to pretend that a Judeo-Christian tradition exists generally do not have the slightest idea of what “tradition” means. – (Politically Correct Words That Obscure the Truth, by Moishe Rosen)
Overlap, yes. As can some Christian beliefs and a number of other religions. Let us not forget, Islam believes and teaches Jesus was a great prophet. But denies He is the way to eternal life: as does Judaism.
My point is this; is it any wonder we have Christians here in America today, who are applauding the rise and spread of Judaism and who are confused or deceived concerning the True Gospel, in light of many politicians AND preachers of the Gospel, having used this term, Judeo-Christian, which unites a religion which will save no one, with the One and Only True Faith for the last 50-60 years? I’ve heard preachers use this term from the pulpit, 100’s of times. I wager you have too.
I read a lot online and as pointed out already, the rise in the number of believers I’m coming across daily, who are now equating Judaism in the same light as Christianity, is staggering. They see no difference folks! If I’m to be frank, many actually appear to love Judaism more then the Christian faith. Don’t know if this can be laid at the doorstep of the Hebrew-Roots movement, the rise in the number of Messianic Churches springing up, Christian Zionism, dispensationalist eschatology/theology, or all of these combined.
But it is a phenomena we certainly need to be aware of….