by Abbot Tryphon
The “Messianic Christians” are a heretical group whose claim of reestablishing ancient “Jewish Christianity”, is a denial of the Orthodox Church’s claim to be the very Church founded by Christ Himself. These people are simply attempting to reestablish a Church that has already existed, unchanged, since 33 A.D. Like other “denominations”, they are but a feeble attempt at resurrecting ancient Christianity, as though God had allowed the “gates of hell” to prevail against the Church establish in the first century.
It is the consensus of the Orthodox Church that Christ’s “coming in judgment” upon the Jewish authorities for rejecting Him, led to the Temple in Jerusalem being destroyed in 70 AD. This marked the end of Temple Judaism, which was the central aspect of Jewish worship. There has not been a Jewish temple since Herod’s Temple was demolished nearly 2,000 years ago by the Roman General Titus. Without the temple, and the sacrifices that took place within the temple, the relation of the Jewish people to God became severed, and the nullification of the Mosaic law took place.
The Messianic Jews of today are not an ancient tradition, and the Messianic Judaism of today is not the “Messianic Judaism” of the Jewish Apostles. The modern trend is only about 70 years old and draws from those faulty Masoretic Scriptures, while rejecting the Church’s Holy Tradition. Some Messianics even utilize the Talmud, and attempt to follow the Mosaic Covenant that was nullified by the destruction of the Temple. They are no different than the newer Protestant denominations that are seeking a “revival” back to the traditions of the Early Church. Although their motives may be pure, like the other denominations, they are historically uninformed and in schism from the Ancient, Apostolic Church.