MembersProtestantism and Modern Messianic Jews

Nonconformist Jewish believers in Yeshua (JBY), particularly Hebrew speakers in Israel, progressively reevaluate the theological legacy of Protestantism.

By Gershon Nerel |
Christians attend the week of prayer celebrations at the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Jerusalem on January 29, 2017. Photo by Sebi Berens/Flash90 Photo: Sebi Berens/Flash90

One example is the central doctrine of “justification by faith alone,” which became a motto of the 16th century Reformation. Another Protestant slogan—“salvation by grace alone”—totally negated the idea that human salvation depends also on good deeds. In other words, faith and grace exceed the observance of concrete commandments.

 

However, in the teachings of the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) one finds much emphasis on the diligent deeds and practical efforts of individuals. For instance, when the Lord predicts His glorious return to this world to establish His millennial kingdom, “He will reward each according to his works” (Matt 16:27). Almost the same words of the Son of God appear in the Book of Revelation: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward with me, to give to every one according to his work” (22:12).

 

The Lord even stipulates that only if believers keep His commandments, which involve faithful action and concrete practice, they will...

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