It was good to see in a recent newsletter by Batya Wootten of the Messianic Israel Alliance that she is taking to task the anti-Christian spirit among many messianic/Hebrew Roots believers.
Such a spirit is a plague in the messianic movement. It breeds arrogance among entire congregations and destroys family relationships unnecessarily and separates messianics from the rest of the Body of Christ.
Here are some of the things that Wootten says in the email:
Even so, there is an anti-Christian spirit that runs amok in the Messianic movement – which sin is no more acceptable to the Almighty than is the sin of anti-Semitism. And, it is a sin that is keeping us from being able to properly tell of the whole powerful Passover story.
At this time, many Believers have walked away from the Messianic movement. They would rather walk away than fight to address its mistakes. One of the many reasons for their departure is that, in the hearts of millions of Christians, Easter has nothing to do with “Ishtar.” For them it is about the Resurrection of the Only Begotten Son of God. Moreover, they serve a God who first looks on the thoughts and intent of our hearts (1 Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 21:2). And, when gentle people are told that their practices are “pagan,” most are afraid to, or do not bother to, speak up. They instead vote with their feet, and thus, our numbers dwindle. …
Therefore, it is time for us, those who supposedly “know better,” to look in the mirror and ask ourselves some serious questions: Has meanness in the Messianic movement driven potential converts away? Has hostility and a condemning attitude toward the Church led to us losing out on an incredible blessing?
The answer, as Wootten says, and I agree, is yes. I’ve even held that attitude myself in the past, but have repented of it.