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An Open Letter to Jews for Jesus Ministry

David Brickner, Director
Jews For Jesus
60 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Dear brother David:

I was very disappointed to read of your official statement for Jews For Jesus released 7/31/12, “Jews For Jesus Affirms the Messianic Jewish Movement and the Messianic Congregational Movement.”

Instead of uniting the Body of Christ as you claim, you are endorsing yet another wall of division and sectarianism that I believe God hates, and giving the devil further support in keeping the church fragmented and confused.

As you are well aware, the Messianic Movement and its corresponding denominational organizations such as the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) have been dividing Jewish believers in Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah from other gentile Christians since their modern development in the 1970’s (see: http://messianic.wikidot.com/the-history-of-the-messianic-movement). The apostle Paul, a Jewish believer in Jesus, condemned the formation of such clickish groups within the church. Already in the early church of Corinth, members where forming factions, and isolating themselves from other believers in Jesus simply because of petty differences. Some were saying, “I follow Paul,” another “I follow Apollos,” and another, “I follow Cephas (Peter).” Paul rebuked them by declaring, “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).

The absurdity of denominationalism.

Church history well documents the fact that the majority of Christian denominations have been started over minor contentions in doctrinal differences, or simply in church leadership. When followers of Christ have disagreed on such trivial matters as the correct method of water baptism or the proper length of a woman’s hair, tragically, severe arguments and schisms in the church have ensued. Too often, the result has been the emergence of another denomination. Rather than patiently and lovingly working out their differences for the sake of unity, followers of Christ have cut themselves off from one another and formed their own churches which they might label “Baptists,” “Methodists,” “Pentecostals,” “Messianics,” and so on. This constant sub-division within the Christian church has inflicted untold harm to the cause of Christ, as well as created great confusion, with over 41,000 churches and organizations today – all claiming to be “Christian.”

I believe the late Moshe Rosen, the founder of your organization, understood the harm of sectarianism and was hesitant about “affirming” the Messianic Movement. Unlike you, David, I believe we should endeavor to get along with our Messianic brethren and cooperate with their efforts to reach the lost for Jesus [Yeshua] Christ [Messiah] without endorsing or “affirming” their sin of sectarianism, nor their tendency to become modern-day Judaisers.

Stan Telchin, who was a converted Jew, had valid criticisms of the modern Messianic churches. His biblical position of “One New Man” in Christ eliminated the need for Jewish believers to isolate themselves from Gentile believers by forming their own “Messianic” churches. Stan was absolutely right in his teaching that a Jewish person who comes to faith in Christ does not have to give up his Jewish identity. He can continue to worship alongside Gentile followers of Jesus without leaving the traditional Christian church. If he wishes to keep the Saturday sabbath, or keep a kosher diet, or follow the original biblical feast days, that’s a matter of personal choice and conviction.

Stan Telchin’s book, “Some Messianic Jews Say, Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity: A Loving Call To Unity” contained great wisdom and anointing from God. I am ashamed of you for not supporting it’s message. Furthermore in your statement, you even disavowed any association with Stan’s ministry or publications. I also noticed you timed the release of your statement after the death of your founder, Moshe Rosen, who was a long-time friend and supporter of Stan Telchin. It is obvious to me that you are more concerned about offending your Messianic donors than in proclaiming the truth. This is blatant compromise for the sake of men-pleasing and the pursuit of filthy lucre on your part, and the part of your Jews For Jesus Global Council, in my opinion.

For what it’s worth, you’ve lost my humble financial support and the respect I’ve had for your organization in the past. Until I am convinced of your repentance, all I can do is continue to pray for you, and the Jews for Jesus Global Council.

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
http://www.RealJesus.net

RELATED MESSAGES:
“Where Is The True Church Today?”
https://yehudafm.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/where-is-the-true-church-today

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Comment from David Yohannon Zav:ALL I CAN SAY IS AMEN! THERE IS NO DISTINCTION IN MESSIAH. AND AS YOU POINTED OUT, WE HAVE BEEN ADMONISHED ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE SUCH “MADE WITH HANDS” DISTINCTIONS. THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORD THAT REFLECTS TRUTH AND WISDOM. THE “RUB” IS IN THE PRACTICE BETWEEN BELIEVERS. OUR LOVE-WALK, ACCEPTANCE OF ONE ANOTHER WHERE WE ARE AT ON THE JOURNEY, COMMITMENT TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP INTO MASHIACH AND A FOCUS UPON THE ONE WE CLAIM TO BE FOLLOWING SHOULD GUIDE US INTO BEING TRULY SPIRIT-LED WITH EACH OTHER.”


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In Memory of Stan Telchin

Stan Telchin

I was saddened to hear of the death of my friend Stan Telchin. He passed away June 4th,  , 2012 in Lakewood Ranch, FL. He was 87.

Stan was a renowned author, public speaker, and missionary to the Jewish people. He wrote a number of books that were a great benefit to the Christian church and taught extensively on how to win Jewish people to Jesus. He often addressed the misconception that Jewish people are “automatically saved” by virtue of their Jewish heritage. Nothing could be further from the truth! Jewish people, like all nationalities in the world, have to come to a personal faith in Jesus as their Messiah, Savior, and Lord of their lives to be saved.

At one time, Stan Telchin was a prominent Jewish businessman with all the trappings of material success. Yet he was just as lost as any non-Jewish person: he didn’t believe in Jesus as his Messiah. In fact, he had been taught the lie that “you cannot be Jewish and Christian at the same time.”

When his daughter came to faith in Jesus and became a committed Christian, he was determined to prove her wrong. But after months of studying the Hebrew Scriptures as well as the New Testament, Telchin also came to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. You can read his most interesting conversion testimony in his book, “Betrayed.”

After serving as pastor of Living Word Fellowship in Gaithersburg, Maryland, from 1980-1994, he established Stan Telchin Ministries and began to travel all around the world giving his testimony and teaching Christians how to reach Jewish people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, reflected, “Stan had a huge impact on the field of Jewish missions. He will be greatly missed.”

Even while Stan was in failing health in recent years, his books remained a strong witness to Jewish seekers and will continue to keep on making an impact on the lives of Jewish people in the years ahead.

Thanks for a job well done, Stan. Rest in Peace in the Lord.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
www.RealJesus.net
RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com

COMMENTS:

Comment from Lorena Rene L Francis  – I met Stan through his brother Joe who I was a care giver for. Stan’s wish was that his brother accept Jesus as his Savior before his death which was close at hand. About 48 hours before his death, Joe asked us to call Stan,he wanted to talk with him. And at that time the two brothers prayed together and Joe accepted Jesus as his savior. It was a beautiful and touching moment and I felt blessed to know both men. Stan Telchin was a wonderful man who loved his Jewish Tradition and loved Jesus.

Comment from Mary Thomas – Loved his books and his testimony! Can’t wait to meet him someday on the other side! My condolences to his family.

Comment from Heather Bester – I pulled out his book a few days ago to re-read again – I plan to read it with my 13-year old son this time. My condolences to his family. I love his testimony!

FOR FURTHER READING:

Betrayed
By Stan Telchin
How do you feel when you are successful, 50 and Jewish, and your 21-year old daughter tells you she believes in Jesus?

Abandoned
By Stan Telchin
Why the Jewish people really need Jesus and how we can develop a faithful, loving witness to them.

Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity – A Loving Call To Unity
By Stan Telchin
Stan Telchin explores in depth the heart and soul of Messianic Judaism. He exposes the motive behind its creation, its controversial doctrines and its ineffectiveness in Jewish evangelism.

Stan’s Lament Over His Brother’s Death
http://www.telchin.com/pdf/1999-06-NL.pdf

Stan Telchin – In Memoriam
http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/blog/stan-telchin-in-memoriam

Stan Telchin’s Television Interview on 100 Huntley Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxHfD0PbXmA