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Here's something from James Pyles blog (link). He takes me to task for something I said about rescuing Christians from anti-Judaic doctrines. And he actually makes a good point. Here's the relevant portion from his blog:
"I see church as a less than ideal environment for anyone who wishes to follow Torah…I see the need for rescue missions but for everyone in churches…I think they all need to be rescued — rescued from anti-Judaic doctrines…I see those anti-Judaic Christian doctrines as negatively affecting both Jews and gentiles. There is only one faith and it’s a Jewish faith — it’s the Judaism proposed by Yeshua and the authors of the New Testament.
-a comment from Peter
on Gene Shlomovich’s blog post
One Law Gentile Has a Change of Heart
Peter suggests that Christians need to be rescued out of the church and returned to…what?
Well, let’s go back a step. Rescued from what?
rescued from anti-Judaic doctrines…
So you get a small army together, raid a local church during Sunday services, scoop everyone up in a big net, and fly them via helicopter to…where? A late Second Temple era “ekklesia?”
But they don’t exist and frankly, we don’t know how to replicate one. Even if we did, is that our goal? To transport all 21st century Christians back in time twenty centuries to the first “churches” established by Paul in the diaspora? To what end?"
The idea of a rescue mission is to send in a team to evacuate or protect people and transport them back to a safe, home base. Pyles is saying that the One Law movement either does not constitute such a "home base" or that it is futile to try to recreate the congregations that Paul planted in the first-century because our information about them is limited.
So do you think Pyles has a point?
Or how about a situation where there's a town that has no One Law congregations. Why bother sending out search and rescue missions to the churches if it's not possible to transport the people to a One Law congregation?