Warning: This is a Long Post on Gentiles in MJ

Since my professor, Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann, is reading this blog, I do hope I don’t get into trouble for posting a school assigment on the blog. I wrote this paper as one-fifth of my final exam for Messianic Jewish Spirituality, a course in preparation for ordination in the UMJC (umjc.net) through the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (mjti.org). This paper is longer than one of my usual posts, but I do hope you will read it anyway and interact.

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Jewish and Gentile Roles in Messianic Judaism

Derek Leman

Messianic Jewish congregations who are serious about being a Judaism need to find models to distinguish the roles of Jews and Gentiles in the Congregations. This is a matter of integrity as well as theology.

For those who have already made a commitment to a binary ecclesiology, a term coined by Mark Kinzer in Messianic Judaism: Genus and Species as well as in Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism, we are already comfortable seeing Messianic Judaism as the Jewish wing of the body of Messiah. It would be easy to simply say,

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5 Responses to Warning: This is a Long Post on Gentiles in MJ

  1. Dr. Alon Barak says:

    Shalom Shalom Derek

    I want to thank you for this work and applaud all you do for Messiah Yeshua. You are a good and great young man.

    I hope that we can huddle together in Chicago for a few moments together. I think there is one very significant missing component. This is the issue of history.

    It didn’t take long for the gentile world, welcomed into our messianic community, to change it completely and entirely to a non-Jewish church. This is a historical truth well known to the larger Jewish community as well as the scholars in the UMJC. Fear of historical repetition is the issue not addressed.


  2. The veil is being lifted– Gentiles are just now discovering (after years of wrong teaching) obedience to Torah. Just as Jews are now discovering Yeshua (after years of wrong teaching). Patience is the answer.

    I am in favor of full inclusion of Gentiles as we are grafted into God’s family. Jewish identity is important –there are special rules for Priest, women, and Jews. But it has to be in the Spirit of love–not to the point Jews act like a superior step brothers.

    (Is there a specific Scripture on a gentile being circumcised to eat Passover? I had all my boys circumcised on the eighth day.)

    I disagree and cannot respect the “Jews-only-need-apply model.” Where is the love? The main thing is what Messiah taught 1. Love God. 2. Love others.

    I’m not crazy about Gentiles wearing prayer shawls–I think they can but should avoid it when trying to talk to Christians. I have been to a few large homeschool conventions where Gentiles dressed like Jews are avoided–he message of Hebrew roots is not accepted and Gentiles miss out on our heritage.

    Love your blog. Thank you. I look forward to more on this topic. Please consider adding FeedBlitz so we can get email notices of your blog entries.


  3. Sean Emslie says:


    I appreciate your boldness and willingness to deal with the intermarriage issue, which sadly is either a non-issue with most leaders in our movement (of which many current rabbis having non-Jewish spouses) or at the other end of the spectrum openly encouraging intermarriage which can be seen in articles written in Missions literature (“we are one in Messiah, therefore there is only two believers in Yeshua marrying”).

    I agree that if I am one day in the role of rabbi, I could not and would not endorse a marriage between a Jew and a non-Jew that is not seeking conversion to Judaism, we can’t allow for a built in point of disunity and confusion into a marriage from day one. Also for our identity as a Jewish movement we should value and promote the future of the Jewish people, we need to take this issue seriously, the survival of Jews (especially in the US) is dependent on Jewish babies being born to Jewish parents that raise them as Jews.

    I know there are those who would argue for leniency or open acceptance of intermarriage on the grounds of “pastoral care”, not wanting to make life difficult for congregants, but I would say that true pastoral care must also put the survival of a distinct Jewish people, a flesh and blood witness to the G-d of Israel ahead of making life uncomfortable for the people in the flock.

    A great post, keep up the good work and hopefully see you this summer in Beverly Hills.



  4. michael says:

    Hey derek,
    I enjoy your perspective. My question is, (if you even check this blog anymore as it is 5 months old) Why not just stick to the present view, that the jewish mother privides jewish identity? That way we could “provoke them to jealousy” instead of enable their blindness to what G-d has made clean?

  5. Rich Rodriguez says:

    Shalom Derek –

    Thank you for your informative article and sharing your opinions and thoughts about the inclusion of where you think the Gentiles belong among the Jewish community. I am a Gentile who was led to a Messisanic Jewish Congregation recenlty. After much prayer and seeking Adonai for direction and truth He answered my prayer. I have read Romans 3:29,9,10,11 and have received a clearer understanding of Hashem’s plan for both the Jews and the Gentiles. Coming from a Christian church where I did not see the respect and love for His Word and the fear of Adonai it grieved my spirit and it made me seek Him and by the power of His spirit I was brought into the Jewish faith. I actually love the way that Adonai is worshipped and reverenced in the Messianic Jewish Synagogue. I have a deep love for Adonai and His Word says in John 8:32, “God is spirit and worshippers must worship Him spiritually and truly.” I am so thankful that He is an awesome and gracious Father who loves each one of us. Adonai says in Matthew 7:7,8 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps asking receives; he who keeps seeking finds; and to him who keeps knocking, the door will be opened.” Gentiles are also included in His awesome plan through no other but the Messiah Himself. As Galatians 3:28,29 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua you are all one. Also if you belong to Messiah, you are a seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.” In response to your comment and I hope I am not misquoting you, about the Gentiles that they should not be allowed to be Rabbis? I don’t agree with that statement becasue Yeshua said in John 14:12, yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in Me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father.” I appreciate your comments and I wish you all the best in your spiritual journey.

    Blessings In Yeshua’s Name!

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