Poster boys and girls for the promotion of messianic Judaism to convert Jews to Jesus/ Yeshua come and go. The last couple of years ago it was ‘Rabbi’ Itzkak Shapira and his Kosher Pig book and now we have messianic ‘Rabbi’ ‘Pastor’ ‘Mottel’ Baleston presently being touted by ‘One for Israel Ministries’ with their latest bunch of videos of how Mottel and others met Jesus/ Yeshua. In a recent e-mail campaign by One for Israel ministries referencing ‘Rabbi’ ‘Pastor’ ‘Mottel’ Baleston: “Testimony of a Jewish man goes viral with almost 5,000,000 views!”
The common thing present in the videos by One for Israel Ministries is how the folks in the videos simply ended up believing in Jesus/ Yeshua based on their alleged experience and/ or encounter with him. The common thing absent with the videos sampled so far is any rational investigation into the validity of Torah Judaism as the first postulate before comparing the first postulate with the claims of the New Testament. After all it can never be said that the ‘old’ Testament is not true and the ‘new’ Testament is true but this just does not enter the picture for messianic Jews apparently. It is fair to say if truth and facts do not matter for you then you deserve to be in this cult of deception known as Messianic Judaism.
I say a cult deception because like other cults and so-called religions Hindus, Buddists and Mormons would say that you do not understand the specialness of their encounter with their divine because you have not put your exclusive faith in their particular brand of the divine. Part and parcel of experiencing a particular brand of their divine is to exclude other brands of the divine encounter as not genuine or at the very least they are significantly inferior.
Specifically in reference to Messianic Judaism, Paul admittedly never met Jesus according to the flesh, but rather relates that in a series of visionary experiences or revelations, a “heavenly Christ” came to him with a message that would become his gospel.
The series of visionary experiences or revelations of a “heavenly Christ” gave me a sense of déjà vu back to a time a number of years ago when my wife and I received a visit from the Mormons. Those clean-cut missionary guys were most anxious for us to take their “another Testament of Jesus Christ” and pleaded with us to just pray to G-d to see that it was indeed true. They stressed that we would feel it in our hearts and the experience would convince us of the truth of the book of Mormon.
Using Mormonism as an example, how can a Christian can easily write off the book of Mormon because it is based on Joseph Smith’s visions and yet accept a version of Christianity by Paul who also had a number visionary experiences or revelations of a “heavenly Christ”?, I just cannot compute it, I cannot compute because neither Joseph Smith or Paul never actually met Jesus in the flesh. What sort of calculation goes on in the Christian mind?
The bottom line is that part and parcel of the Messianic / Christian experience also includes to override any blatantly obvious inconsistencies from what ultimately plops out of the organs of Messianic Judaism/ Christianity.
Specifically with the ‘Rabbi’ ‘Pastor’ ‘Mottel’ Baleston video, we are first introduced by a barrage of untruths about Orthodox Jews which demonstrates his ignorance of Jews and Judaism. In the video he paints an all too familiar picture of the Orthodox Jew lacking spirituality and brains by virtue of the long beards, black clothing, being vegetarian, shaving all your hair off, wear a white robe and praying in the direction towards India of all places! In other words it’s the classic lie of the New Testament that Jews are so caught up in the stereotypes of their cultural standards which prevent them from having a real relationship with G-d. So what is it that our poster boys and girls are selling?
Paradoxically in the best traditions of the hypocrisy of so called Messianic Judaism, ‘Rabbi’ ‘Pastor’ ‘Mottel’ Baleston relies on a big beard and all the other outward Jewish symbols and trappings to give an air of ‘authenticity’ for what he does.
More worrying than ever towards the end of the video in a zombie like manner, he insists that the changes in his life are not from himself. It is like as if he has been taken over by a body snatcher who is now the puppet master of his life and choices. In a stealth like way of this video we see here the subtle presentation of the well entrenched Christian idea of original sin, whereby a person is unable to make choices or let alone for that matter can even come to point where they can decide to make a choice.
To quote the master of Twistinaity Paul:
26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” Rom 11 NKJV
Now compare where it comes from in the same Christian bible translation:
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 59:20 NKJV
See how they are completely opposite? In the twisted version, Paul makes his case for a divine messiah who does it all for you on the basis that a person is incapable of doing anything (cf John 6:44). The correct version as per Isaiah 59:20 has individual persons turning from their transgressions! In contradistinction to Paul’s twisting of scripture we have a clear indication in the following which says we can turn from our own transgressions ourselves!
6 And the LORD said unto Cain: ‘Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.‘ Gen 4
Mastery over sin is possible, indeed as keeping the law is possible too (see Deut 30:11-14 and Paul’s distortion in Rom 10:6-13).
The vehicle by which we may connect with Hashem is available to all, in essence we have to do it Hashem’s way. Any other way such as distortions, blandishments of scripture and/ or the overriding the rational faculties of OUR G-d given brains with emotional experiences of the divine are simply……….