Flogging a Dead Horse

In a resurrection of a previous two part article fired down previously we have a question re-posed as “Who Is Doing The Harming?” by Israel Medad in regards to yet another Christian of the we do not proselytize camp by the name of  Laurie Cardoza-Moore. Laurie Cardoza-Moore heads up the web-site Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN). Part of the prestigious major donors and international advisory board is Jay Schottenstein one of the main contributors, along with his family, to the Schottenstein Edition of the Babylonian Talmud. So we have some big hitters here!!

Laurie Cardoza-Moore is no stranger to the messianic Judaism camp which includes El Shadai Ministries:

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Laurie Cardoza-Moore

But of course you may say what harm does it do, so what that she appeared at a messianic service, after all she is a Christian is she not? The problem of course is a two edged one. On the one hand a question hangs over her; does she really advocate that her organization does not have the agenda of converting Jews to one of the many brands of Christianity out there which includes the likes of El Shaddai Ministries too?

On the other hand in the confusion it is forgotten in just a stones throw away that we have the likes of El Shaddai ministries and HaYovel who all have the insane belief that they are part an parcel of:

the prophetic RESTORATION of the land of Israel that is happening TODAY!…….. We give thanks to God Almighty who, by His great mercy has allowed us to take part in the restoration of Israel!

Moreover, the holy ground created by this neutrality of non-proselytization is such that we are, if we are to be deemed as ‘good Jews’ will not even mention the odd slip up of missionary zeal that sometimes plops out[1],[2] of the various organs of these pro-Israel/ Zionism groups. The nerve of the pro-Israel/ Zionism groups even extends to demanding the removal[3] of the word ‘missionary’ from one of their videos which plainly demonstrate their missionising agenda.

In other words we Jews [just the ordinary types] are supposed to play along with the double standards of these pro-Israel/ Zionism groups. Further, the muti-million dollar success[4] of the HaYovel and others should also make us keep our mouths shut too to the sometimes well hidden missionizing agenda of these groups, less the money dries up!

The problem of course is that Cardoza-Moore’s own theological stand comes with some extra heavy “biblical” baggage:

“The Bible is clear from Genesis to Revelation that God will keep His Covenant with His people, all Israel. The Apostle Paul confirms that truth in the book of Romans, Chapters 9 -11. Christians are grafted into that Covenant through Jesus. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:29, “If you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” The promise Paul was referring to is the same promise God made to Abraham in Genesis, and then repeated it to Isaac and Jacob. Paul further stated in Ephesians 2:11-13, that we, Gentiles in the flesh, were once outside of the commonwealth of Israel, but because of Jesus’ shed blood, we have been brought into the commonwealth of Israel.”

Yisrael Medad blah blahIn the Torah, there are many references to “the strangers who dwell among you” or “righteous strangers.” Israel society has always made provisions for non-Israelites to worship the G-d of Israel allowing either full conversion to Israeli citizenship or for people to selectively choose what they may wish to observe of the Torah [whilst dwelling with the people of God] short of circumcision/ full conversion and citizenship. Such a system to allow non-Israelites to worship the G-d of Israel is even identified in the New Testament with the non-Israelites referred to as G-d fearers. G-d fearers are referenced in the New Testament’s Book of Acts in Acts 13:16, which describe the Apostolic Age of the 1st century CE.

The evangelical paradigm, however, introduced by Paul according to the New Testament, with the coming of Jesus, changed everything! Now, according to the prevailing evangelical paradigm, all of these Jews AND non-Israelites were fundamentally lost, unless and until they accept Jesus as their personal savior. The evangelical paradigm still to this day requires Jews AND non-Israelites to accept Jesus as their personal savior or they are doomed [See Mark 16:16, John 3:18, 5:24, 1 Corinthians 1:18].

Moreover, the evangelical paradigm asserts that full citizens of Israel, to the exclusion of any previously held beliefs and parameters of Israeli citizenship are now changed. Instead, Israeli citizens are only believers of Jesus and his ‘does it all, once and for all’ sacrifice.

In contradistinction the bottom line has always been that non-Israelites (who do not want to convert fully) are allowed to reside as residents of the nation of Israel by believing in the G-d of Israel AND forsaking idolatry which in today’s terms means forsaking Jesus/ Yeshua.

The New Testament in an idolatrous attempt via Paul which annuls and ‘upgrades’ the revelation of the will of G-d (Torah) by its promotion of Jesus and the receiving of the Holy Spirit turning Shavuot into Pentecost, the ‘old’ into the ‘new’ testament etc…

Ruth however, did not ‘upgrade’ by virtue of belief in a divine/ human messiah for her citizenship because no such thing is mandated in the Torah. Rather Ruth chose the requirements of law for citizenship as shown in the Torah (i.e. 613 commandments):

12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. Deut 10

The promise of Paul is a new manufactured promise and is NOT the same promise God made to Abraham in Genesis. It is very important to understand what Paul has created:

In Galatians 5:1, Jesus has freed all believers from something Paul calls “a yoke of slavery”. In context this verse is the culmination of Paul’s allegory on Christian freedom (4:21-31). In Paul’s allegory the yoke of slavery is the burden of the whole Old Covenant.

“Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says?” (4:21).

Yisrael Medad idiotWhat “law” is Paul referring to? He continues, “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman” (v.22). Where is this written? In one of the five books of Moses that contains all the law. This story is not from some ceremonial section of the law of the Old Covenant. It is found in the book of Genesis chapter 16. In Galatians 4:24 it is as clear as crystal that Hagar represents the Old Covenant established at Mt. Sinai which covenant means slavery for its children. “These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.” In v. 28 Paul says that his fellow believers are not children of this Old Covenant yoke of slavery, but are the children of New Covenant freedom. In v. 30 Paul tells Christians to “cast out” Hagar who represents the Old Covenant of slavery. What does this accomplish? “Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman” (v. 31). Christians are free from all the laws of the Old Covenant not just the ceremonial ones. The “yoke of slavery” referred to in 5:1 must be the same yoke of slavery that Paul has been referring to in 4:21-31 and that is the whole Old Covenant. “These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.” Were only the ceremonial commandments from Mount Sinai? No, the Ten Commandments and all the other commandments were from Mount Sinai. Hagar represents the entire Old Covenant and Christians are to cast out that entire covenant in order to become children of freedom.

In sum, Laurie Cardoza-Moore and The Apostle Paul’s claim that “If you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” is fundamentally wrong because Paul advocates the rejection of the Torah by the new belief in Jesus. Paul additionally changes any previously practiced parameters and criteria of Israeli citizenship and replaces them with new parameters which graft gentiles in to Israeli citizenship. Gentiles and apostate Jews are BOTH deceived if they think they are full Citizens of Israel by being believers of Jesus/ Yeshua.

I think we all know who is doing the harming to the Jewish people!!

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[1] see http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/comment-confusion-on-jewish-press-icej-idf-article

[2] http://jewishisrael.ning.com/video/avi-mizrachi-speaks-at-the-ticej-2014-feas

[3] http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/jewishisrael-s-counter-missionary-of-the-month-award-goes-to-miss

[4] The results of the 2014 harvest labor of Hayovel volunteers was 438 tons of grapes which should produce at least 258,000 bottles of wine. Since 2004, they harvested over 2000 tons of grapes and olives which represents 156,000 work hours, saving labor costs of $1,100,000.

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