This is weird, or would misleading
be more accurate terms?
On June 26th the Standing with Israel
newsletter section of Charisma Magazine
ran a feature article by messianic “Rabbi” Baruch Rubin entitled: Messianic Judaism Recognized in Israel and Elsewhere
The text of the article reports that, The Messianic Action Committee (MAC) “under the name Action Committee for Messianic Judaism in Hebrew, has been officially recognized as an Israeli not-for-profit organization. This means that the government of Israel now officially recognizes Messianic Judaism!”
Well, Jewish Israel
felt that the Christian rabbi was pushing the envelope a bit far, because attaining non-profit status in Israel is not analogous to being recognized as a branch of Judaism. So we decided to investigate the misleading report.
It was odd that no other messianic or evangelical publication was reporting this “good news” that emanated from Charisma Magazine
- the premier publication of the Strang Communications Company
You know, Stephen Strang - the publisher of Pastor John Hagee’s books and a Regional Director of CUFI
(Christians United for Israel). The same Strang who signed the WEA statement
calling for continued efforts to evangelize the Jews. The same Stephen Strang who chose to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary with a Charisma
cover story celebrating the messianic missionary community in Israel and hailing them as “brave Christians celebrating the love of Jesus in Israel”
The Christian “rabbi” Baruch Rubin regularly contributes to Charisma’s
Newsletter section. On June 30th
(five days after the original post), Ruben’s article was still featured alongside the posts of recognized writers like CUFI's David Brog, and organizations like the International Christian Embassy (ICEJ). And no other outlet had picked up what was billed as monumental news in the messianic world (wow! non-profit status!!).
It was even stranger when we discovered that the confused Christian “rabbi” had recycled one of his old articles:
The following article represents some of my thoughts over the past ten years, or so. Some of the material may be a bit outdated—just overlook the references to time, and listen for the heart in each story.
But how old is this news?
At least 7 years old, as Shelomo Alfassa reported it
on May 14th 2002:
“Calling it a “significant breakthrough”, messianic Judaism has been officially recognized by the Registrar of Non-Profit Societies, which is a department within Israel’s Ministry of Interior. There you will find this Christian group with an official sounding name Vaad Poala Lma'an Yahadut Meshichit (Action Committee for Messianic Judaism).”
By the way, Shelomo’s old article, "When the High Court Welcomes Messianic Jews"
is well worth a read, and very timely (unfortunately the numbers have changed in seven years in Israel from "5,000 converts from Judaism in over 38 groups" to an estimated 10,000-20,000 and 120-150 groups)
How low will the messianic propaganda machine go? Well, Jewish Israel
feels if messianic Christians are so desperate as to start scraping the bottom of the recycle bin for news – any old news - to promote their worn-out charade, then the tide may be turning and that would be truly good news for the Jews.