John Macarthur's Spiritual Mentor was a Jewish Rabbi
John Macarthur's father, Dr. "Jack" Macarthur, in addition to being the director of the foundation which started Fuller Seminary, was in Henrietta Mears' inner circle and was involved at the highest level of the world ecumenical movement. The goal of the ecumenical movement is to create a one-world religion for the worship of Lucifer. Christians have been falsely led to believe that the one-world religion will eradicate Christianity rather than transform it. (See John Macarthur's Ecumenical Roots and What is the Church Growth Movement?) According to an interview with Phil Johnson of Grace To You, John Macarthur stated that at his father's request, he went to Talbot Theological Seminary (now known as Talbot School of Theology) "just because of him [Dr. Charles Feinberg], to be my mentor, my professor and [to take] every course that he offered." (1) Dr. Feinberg was Talbot Seminary's first dean (1952-1975) and according to John Macarthur, was a Jewish rabbi. In reference to his time at Talbot Seminary (I believe in the early 1960's), John Macarthur stated, "Charles Feinberg..., just a converted rabbi, basically, studied fourteen years to be a rabbi." (2) Why are Jewish rabbis heading Christian seminaries? Do you believe a Jewish Rabbi would personally tutor a Gentile? According to Wikipedia "In 1930, he [Charles Feinberg] converted from Judaism to Christianity through the ministry of Chosen People Ministries." According to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Feinberg was a charter member of the ETS), "Charles Lee Feinberg was born on June 12, 1909... He was reared in an orthodox Jewish home and prepared for the rabbinate for fourteen years prior to his conversion to Christ in the fall of 1930."(3)
The curriculum for being a Rabbi involves studying the Talmud, the textbook of all rabbi's and the basis of Judaism. The Talmud is extremely anti-christian and greatly slanders the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Feinberg studied the Babylonian Talmud and cited it in his writings.
Though John Macarthur refers to his spiritual mentor, Rabbi Feinberg, as a "Jewish Christian," (4) Rabbi Feinberg's son, Dr. John Feinberg, referred to his father posthumously as "an orthodox Jew" (5). Of interest, according to the Lockman Foundation website, Dr. Feinberg was an original translator of the corrupt bible version, the NASB, the version from which John Macarthur currently preaches. Click here to read more about this corrupt bible version and the false Greek text from which it was translated. There is also evidence that Rabbi Feinberg was a Calvinist. "...or the treasury of notes in the New Scofield Bible written by an elite group of Bible scholars which included Charles Feinberg, who incidently, was a Calvinist." To those who have studied the truth about John Calvin, a crypto Jew, and the Protestant Reformation, it wouldn't come as a surprise to learn that an orthodox Jewish rabbi was a Calvinist. Click here to read a most enlightening article regarding evil Calvin, Calvinism, and the Rosicrucian roots of the Protestant Reformation.
Christian researchers have found definite connections to Freemasonry at the highest levels of the
leadership of the reformed movement (located in Edinburgh, Scotland). Interestly, the motto for FIRE (Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals), which numbers Phil Johnson, the Executive Director of John Macarthur's Grace To You, as a member, is nearly identical to the motto of Phoenix Freemasonry. (See John Macarthur's Ecumenical Roots)
The following references the curriculum for Master of Divinity in Messianic Jewish Studies at the Charles Feinberg Center in partnership with Talbot School of Theology. The Feinberg program is approved by the Rockefeller-funded Assoc. of Theological Schools which is the accrediting institution of Talbot School of Theology.
Where do Messianic Jewish Rabbi's get their training?
Do they attend a Yeshiva University or Bible College? I'd be interested in hearing the answers.
I'm a Messianic Jew and know a good amount about Messianic training. Unfortunately only some of the avenues of education can be presented here. There are many more.
In-depth education from an accredited University is required to become a Messianic Rabbi. They need as much education as a Conservative or Reform Rabbi does. Here's some facts about their education.
Here are just some of the courses offered in Colleges having Messianic courses. These would be for those interested in a degree or Smichah program:
Pastoral Holistic Ministry, Pastoral Holistic Counseling, Theology/Religious Studies, All Messianic Missionaries and Rabbis know about Hebrew Synagogue forms of worship and liturgy, Shabbat observance and laws, Holy Day observance and laws, Extra biblical observances, Kosher laws, Life cycle events, Talmudic study, Zohar, Midrash Rabbah, Lawful forms of rabbinic interpretation of Scriptures, Rabbinic teaching methods.
Most importantly, Messianic rabbis must know about Oral Law and how it should be used in the messianic community. Here are some very accomplished and recognized Messianic Leaders. I'll let their education speak for itself - each one has a short bio:
http://www.messianicword.com/rabbis.html / dead link
Here's the criteria for one being ordained a Messianic Rabbi, as stated by one particular synagogue:
"The calling of a person to the Rabbinate is a serious and humbling experience. No one should enter into this calling lightly, or for selfish gain. Do to the preponderance proliferation of many self proclaimed "rabbis," it is important that a firm definition and qualifications be established.
The Union of Conservative Messianic Jewish Synagogues does not agree with the popularly practiced procedure of a Christian Pastor becoming a Messianic Rabbi with no formal training or Jewish Heritage.
Would established mainline Churches would accept a Rabbi without any formal training on Christian Theology? Not Likely! Then why should Jewish Synagogues, Messianic, Reformed, Conservative, or Orthodox accept someone not properly trained.
CRITERIA FOR RABBI:
Jewish by birth or conversion
Have lived a predominately Jewish Lifestyle for a minimum of 3 years (preferably more, this includes secular Jews who have been away from the community)
Full identification as a Jew
Formal Yeshiva Training which must include: Torah, Talmud, Shulkan Aruch, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, and Jewish Lifestyle / see Shulkan Aruch below
For UCMJS rabbis, formal acceptance of UCMJS Halacha
CHARLES FEINBERG CENTER. . .
The Charles L. Feinberg Center is an accredited Master of Divinity program in Messianic Jewish Studies. The program is designed to train those with a call to full-time Jewish ministry as Messianic congregational leaders, outreach workers or educators.
These unique training needs are the focus of a program emphasizing biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek exegesis, and the understanding of rabbinic texts. Essential matters of theology and practice are treated through intensive study of Jewish law, religion, culture, sociology and history.
Students are encouraged to explore this rich heritage, and to develop effective methods to reach and serve today's Jewish community. Practical areas of Jewish ministry are addressed through courses in apologetics, Jewish-Christian relations, pastoral care and counseling.
The Master of Divinity program is a professional degree designed to be completed in three years of full-time graduate study.
•Tuition scholarships and financial aid
•Graduate classes in Messianic studies
•A summer program offered in Los Angeles and offer full-time studies offered in New York City
•Messianic Jewish studies integrated throughout the curriculum
•Specialized library of over 10,000 works in Manhattan for Messianic Jewish studies and an extensive research library on the Southern California campus.
•Practical field training through mentoring and internships
•Professors with academic and Jewish ministry experience
•Opportunities to attend lectures and cultural events, and take classes at Jewish institutions in Southern California and New York
PARTNERSHIP AND ACCREDITATION:
Talbot School of Theology, a graduate institution of Biola University, is partnering with Chosen People Ministries to provide this Master of Divinity program in Messianic Jewish Studies.
MBI YESHEVA. Why?
To receive a quality Messianic Jewish education
To prepare for professional Messianic Jewish ministry
To have your Messianic ministry certified and recognized
To secure a Messianic Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree
THE MESSIANIC BIBLE INSTITUTE - YESHIVA:
Was formed to serve the unique need of those who feel especially called to Messianic studies and leadership, but cannot attend on-site classes.
MBI Yeshiva is both a Bible Institute and a Yeshiva. Ye
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"The Shulchan Aruch (Hebrew: שׁוּלחָן עָרוּך [ʃulˈħan ʕaˈʁuχ], literally: "Set Table") also known as the Code of Jewish Law, is the most authoritative legal code of Judaism. It was authored in Safed, Ottoman Eyalet of Damascus, by Yosef Karo in 1563 and published in Venice two years later. Together with its commentaries, it is the most widely accepted compilation of Jewish law ever written.
The halachic rulings in the Shulchan Aruch generally follow Sephardic law and customs..."
The Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law, studied by Rabbinical students in the Yeshivas and Messianic Jewish schools such as the Feinberg Center, where students are "encouraged to explore the 'rich heritage'" of rabbinic texts and Jewish law and take courses at Jewish institutions. The Shulchan Aruch was authored by Yosef Karo, a Kabbalist, which is often quoted in his works:
"Isserles, like Yosef Karo in the Shulchan Aruch, often quotes Kabbalistic sources and opinions in his various works, and writes of his great joy upon finding that his ruling concurred with what he later found written in the "words of the Zohar which were given at Sinai...".
"The Kabbalah is sephardic. The Talmud is Ashkenazi."
"An important body of customs grew up in the Kabbalistic circle of Isaac Luria and his followers in Safed, and many of these have spread to communities throughout the Sephardi world:..."