The other day, I drew attention to the beliefs of one of our Messianic leaders, Mark Kinzer. In particular, the belief that we ought to welcome Yeshua-denying Jews in our midst.
mean, lazy, stupid fine blog readers assumed I was taking a dump on one of our scholars.
- Derek Leman implied I was a kindergartener who can’t write about Yeshua’s divinity myself.
- Gene Shlomovich said I was trying to cast doubt on Kinzer’s devotion to Yeshua.
- Michael Schiffman said I was bordering on Lashon Hara and going on a witch hunt.
Since you all read me totally wrong, and in the worst possible way, and assuming the worst of me, let me make it plain as dirt:
Mark Kinzer is a disciple of Yeshua who upholds 2 principles that define us in the Messianic movement:
- The deity of Yeshua
- The legitimacy of the Torah
Or in layman’s terms, Yeshua is God, and God’s commandments are in effect, and these two things are the core of Messianic Judaism.
I affirm both of those.
Praise God for faithful disciples like Mark Kinzer.
Kinzer holds a number of beliefs -- Bilateral Ecclesiology and the Documentary Hypothesis, for example -- that I categorically reject. (I’m not alone.)
But he’s a disciple of the Lord, and I don’t lose sight of that.