Monday, 2 January 2012

Messianic Judaism

I have been attending a Messianic congregation for 6 months now after leaving the Seventh Day Adventist church. I am really enjoying the fellowship and the new things that I am learning.

So how is being a Messianic different from being an Adventist? We go by the Bible only and not the Bible and Elen G. White. We keep the Biblical festivals such as Passover, etc. instead of Christmas and Easter. We are allowed to drink alcohol in moderation. We are allowed to wear jewellery. We have a good relationship with other church denominations. We are allowed to drink coffee and tea.

The services resembles more like a Jewish synagogue than a traditional church service. There is a lot of Hebrew spoken. I am glad that God has called me out of the Adventist church and fellowshipping with Messianics.

A common misconception is the idea that embracing Messianic Judaism makes me Jewish. I am not Jewish. Jews are the ethnic group that are the physical descendants of Abraham. I am a Gentile (non-Jew) who now practices Messianic Judaism, but I am still a Gentile. I am now an adopted son of Abraham's people and I am glad to be a part of it.