Jews for Jesus Affirms the Messianic Jewish Movement and the Messianic Congregational Movement
(July 31, 2012) In a statement released today, the Jews for Jesus Council (its global leadership body) issued the following statement of clarification on its position on the Messianic Jewish Movement.
Moved by a desire for unity, and in the interest of mutual affirmation, we want to correct a long standing misimpression to the contrary: we affirm both the Messianic Jewish Movement as a whole as well as its Congregational component, as being legitimate and credible expressions of God’s work today. We have been, and will continue to be supportive of both.
We also recognize that the book, “Some Messianic Jews Say, Messianic Judaism is Not Christianity: A Loving Call to Unity” to which we had inadvertently been connected at the time of its release in 2004, has been a source of great consternation and hurt to some in the body. We truly regret that Jews for Jesus was ever associated with this book. We have never endorsed it, published it, carried it, sold it, nor do we have any copies for distribution at our disposal.
It is our hope that as we look to the future, Jews for Jesus and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America will find ways of working together for unity and the salvation of our people Israel.
Said David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus,
“Truly, we’ve never felt anything other than affirmative of the messianic movement, and have acknowledged that sentiment in our Jews for Jesus Newsletter lead article in the past, “Why I love Messianic Congregations” (September 2004) and in subsequent public statements such as “Jews for Jesus and Messianic Congregations” which appeared in the Messianic Times (January/February 2009).”
Messianic Jewish Alliance of America President, Paul Liberman, said, “The people at Jews for Jesus are our brothers and sisters. We are grateful to God for restoring our relationship with them.”