Should believers who follow the God of the Jews, Jesus, be called Christians or Messianic Gentiles? Christianity lost her Messianic roots. The Jewish Christian movement (Christianity) had been claimed by those who opposed its core doctrines and practice what it forbids.

The question does not appear to make sense since the appellation 'Christian' refers to the followers of Jesus of Nazareth in the Greek language during the time of the book of Acts. As a matter of foreign language, the equivalent of the word 'Christian' in Hebrew is 'Messianic' in accordance with the Hebrew root 'Messiah'.


Acts 11:26 KJV
(26)  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
However, as the years have gone by, the term Christians have been incorporated within religious organizations with no Christian Jewish core as their foundation. The problem with that is that the world which is targeted to hear the voice of Jesus through Christianity gets swayed here and there by the winds of adulterated Christianism or Christianity. The more powerful the purported Christian organizations are the more repulsing Christianity becomes because the organizations clash with core Mosaic teachings of the will of God. That is the work of the Adversary, but most people do not know any better.



2 Corinthians 2:17 KJV
(17)  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Worst, those fake Christian organizations will flourish because of the penchant of the world to cling more easily to false doctrines that have the power to itch most ears:


2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV
(3)  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
(4)  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Therefore, the time has come to call on all believers in the God of the Jews and the Gentiles, Jesus, to use the seal of Matthew 5:17-18 that He has left us to ascertain the foundation of any so-called Christian or Messianic organization, whether it is fro the Jewish or Christian perspective.



Matthew 5:17-18 KJV
(17)  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
(18)  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
In other words, according to Jesus, any religion that diverges from the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms or embellishes itself the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms, that religion must become compliant with the seal of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-18. The seal implies that what Jesus requires of the world from Moses until today and tomorrow does not change in any way, unless it is had been fulfilled. How immutable is the Torah, the Prophets and the Psalms? Jesus declares that it is easier for the earth to vanish than one dot on the 'i' in the Old Testament to change or cease to be in force.

What is the concrete application of Matthew 5:17-18? Take any doctrine or behavior of a believer, and throw it into Moses. If it does not check out, the organization or the person is not Christian or Messianic because they are in violation of one of the rules of the Torah of Moses, unless it is a rule that calls for something that had been fulfilled by Jesus or only applicable in Israel or in Jerusalem with the erected Temple with the full priesthood system performing the ceremonial rites prescribed by Moses.

Keep in mind, Matthew 5:17-18 does not allow Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms to be adapted to be politically correct with any ethnicity or culture or customs. Matthew 5:17-18 teaches that the will of God the Father which was transmitted to Moses by Jesus will be wholly the same for everybody within the globe. 

Since the appellation 'Christian' brings so much ambiguity and to bring the attention of the believers to the Jewishness of Christianity, it is time to refer to those who believe in Jesus as Messianic Jews or Hebrew Christians. Messianic is the word that the word Christian translates in the translations. 

Examples of application of Matthew 5:17-18 to guide with the divisive behaviors of mankind. It is worth noting that Jesus did not destroy Egypt which was the backdrop for the codification of Mosaic laws concerning prohibitive human behaviors.



Leviticus 18:1-5 ASV
(1) And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
(2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am Jehovah your God.
(3) After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do; neither shall ye walk in their statutes.
(4) Mine ordinances shall ye do, and my statutes shall ye keep, to walk therein: I am Jehovah your God.
(5) Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and mine ordinances; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am Jehovah.
Leviticus 18 catalogs the reprehensible behaviors that the Israelites, hence mankind in general, must not engage into in order not to incur the wrath of God, which they brought upon the inhabitants of the promised land. None of the reprehensible behaviors could have been fulfilled at the cross by Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus was not intended to reverse the prohibitive will of the Father which was given to Moses by Jesus (YHWH).

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