We desire appreciation for our retention of the Jewish roots of our Christianity and the ways God used us, as a people, in working out man’s salvation.
Not long ago a girl came to us from a very troubled Jewish home. She had accepted Christ, had joined a Pentecostal church, hut was still very confused about her Jewish identity. We discovered, too, that she was diagnosed an incurable schizophrenic. She had undergone the voltage of shock treatments during ten years of intermittent hospitalization. She had lived in hospitals and was on such a high level of medication, her psychiatrist warned she would never be cured.
Her experience was amazing. We invited her into our congregation, which at that time was in Chicago, and the community reached out to her with open hearts and hands. We listened to her, prayed for her deliverance from satanic oppression. We prayed for her parents, who, when she had a relapse, blamed us for making her illness worse. The psychiatrist, however, convinced them to let her continue in the therapy she was receiving through fellowship with loving Jewish believers. It took time, but eventually she greeted the love and listening with noticeable health. When she was nearly free of all medication, she left for a year’s study at Moody Bible Institute, and was completely restored to her parents.
This true story, one of many in which our congregation has played a part, might have been just another page in the diary of some well-known, mainstream denominational church, whose fruits are known by traditions of soul winning and legacies of people healed of their hurts by faith in Christ and Christian discipleship. Instead, this page is from the diary of a modern messianic congregation—something many evangelicals might ...1
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