If you don’t know what Two-House is and if you are not in Messianic Judaism, you may just want to skip this post or pay it little attention. We have a discussion going on in broader MJ circles that is, as all testify, wearying. The thing is, it is a vital issue for us. At stake is whether MJ is going to be about renewal of Judaism in Yeshua or a Torah-revival enforced on Christians by those who would tell Christians their practice is inadequate. Needless to say, I think MJ is about a renewal of Judaism in Yeshua.
So, after all the controversy of recent weeks here at Messianic Jewish Musings, Two-House teacher J.K. McKee posts a video and friend and fellow blogger Judah Himango posts it on his blog. If you listen to the short video you will hear that:
(1) Those who believe in bilateral ecclesiology (myself for example, it means that there ought to be a branch of the Yeshua community for Jews and a branch for non-Jews, it means that MJ and the Church are united but distinct) hold this position because we have insecurities as leaders.
(2) That us bilateral folk ignore or downplay the unity of Jew and Gentile theme in Pauline letters.
(3) That the solution is for all Jews and Gentiles who love Yeshua/Jesus to give up Christianity and join the Messianic movement, complete with Torah observance.
His position ignores this fact, agreed upon by practically all Pauline scholars: Paul’s letters indicate freedom from Torah practices such as the Sabbath and dietary law. So, if there is not Jew/Gentile distinction, as these teachers claim, then Paul’s prescription is not for all Yeshua-followers to keep Torah, but for all to live as Gentiles.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too, claim that the Jew/Gentile distinction is erased and also claim that Paul teaches Torah observance in his letters.