In the Messianic Jewish Community, there are a few umbrella organizations that oversee Messianic Jewish Congregations. In recent months, there has been an increase of discussion concerning Gentile status in the community, who should observe Torah, and Jewish identity. ..

While some lean heavily toward creating an authentic Messianic Jewish community to be recognized by the Traditional Jewish community even if it means tossing out the Gentiles, others lean heavily toward an evangelical community including Gentiles even if it means throwing out the Torah. These are the two more extreme positions and there is everything in between. But across the board, there is a struggle to hold on to a Jewish identity. In some congregations, it is openly discussed; while in others, it is mostly understood but taboo in conversation.

The future unity of the Messianic Jewish community rests in the leadership peacefully reasoning together to establish the oneness we were commanded by Messiah Yeshua to be.

Rabbi Bradley Gray and I, along with the Beit Chesed family, are very grateful to be a part of CTOMC which stresses the oneness of Jews and non-Jews in the Messianic Jewish community. CTOMC is a younger organization than those longer established, but the core beliefs held have been in practice by many congregations throughout the greater Messianic community. These core values are mainly faith in the Mashiach, Torah observance, Gentile inclusion, and a loyalty to Israel.

In response to the recent discussions, I have written an essay titled "Separate But Equal: Really?" regarding the views of Gentiles in the Messianic Jewish Congregation. The document is in PDF form due to its length. Click on the title below to read the entire essay.

Separate But Equal: Really?