Hello and welcome to my web-site! Are you curious about Messianic Judaism and their congregations? Wonder what it is all about? Beit Tikvah is a Messianic congregation in Newcastle, Washington that is looking to spread the Messianic Jewish faith. However, in reality, they are fully a Christian congregation and not Jewish at all. I will demonstrate this, using information from their site and other Christian sites. Each time, reference links will be provided so you can see the evidence for your own eyes. |
Beit Tikvah presents its congregation and its beliefs as being authentically Jewish. In truth, they are full members of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. A real Jewish synagogue would never be part of a Christian denomination! Here is the link to their listing in the Foursquare directory:
Beit Tikvah is also listed on the Seattle District of Foursquare Churches. Here is the link with the listing, they are listed under "Newcastle":
We can see more of the Foursquare connection in the Beit Tikvah "Brief History" section of their webpage. In the beginning of the section it says:
"The congregation has shown steady growth from its founding in 1982 by Murray and Kay Silberling."
Here is the link to the quote, so you can see it with your own eyes. It is the first sentence on the left-side:
Murray and Kay Siberling have another Foursquare gospel Messianic congregation in California. Here is the link to the Siberling congregation in the Foursquare Gospel directory, you will see Murray Siberling listed as the "Pastor":
Again, would a real Jewish synagogue be founded by someone who works for the International Church of the Foursqure Gospel? Of course not!
Seattle Pacific University and Beit Tikvah
Beit Tikvah has a great deal of connections with Seattle Pacific University, a Christian evangelical school. Hylan Slobodkin, the leader of Beit Tikvah, sends his children to college at Seattle Pacific University. Here is the link where Slobodkin discussed this, the information is in the 3rd paragraph:
Further, Slobodkin spoke at Seattle Pacific on Messianic Judaism on May 20, 2004 as part of Christian Faith Exploration. Here is the link to the proof, he is under Thursday :
Robin Cowan, a 1969 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, is a member of Beit Tikvah and teaches "Messianic dance" at Beit Tikvah. Here is the link to the proof, she is listed under "1969":
So, what type of school is Seattle Pacific University (SPU)? Well, according to the SPU web-site:
Clearly, this is not a school that a real Jewish rabbi would send his children, or a real Jewish congregation would be connected to. Here is the link to the quote, the quote is the first sentence under the heading "Our Christian Mission", the second main section of the page:
"Seattle Pacific University occupies a position within the Christian community that is clearly evangelical, genuinely ecumenical, and guided and informed by a Wesleyan heritage and partnership with the Free Methodist Church"
Other Christian Connections
Beit Tikvah has even more Christian connections. On August 13, 2004, they hosted Sam Rotman through the Christian Training & Development Services (CTDS). Here is the link to the proof, they are the last concert stop listed:
According to CTDS, their goal is to
"CTDS is an apologetics ministry dedicated to equipping Christians to defend their faith using Biblical and scientific evidences and to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will do this by (1) Speaking in churches, schools, and organizations worldwide; (2) Creating educational materials at all levels; (3) Training others to teach and speak on creation with confidence; and (4) Proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Obviously, this is not a group that real Jewish synagogue would host. Here is the link to the quote, the quote is from the "Our message" section:
Beit Tikvah also hosted the Promise Players Clown Ministry for their Purim celebration. Here is the link to the proof, the evidence is under "7 Sunday":
What type of organization is the Promise Players Clown Ministry? Well, on its site it says:
"The Promise Players began in 1982 when Chuck and Sheila Amos moved to Bellevue, Washington from Tucson, Arizona. They began to use and teach clown, puppet, ventriloquist and Christian illusion skills they learned while in Arizona to individuals and groups who were interested in reaching others for Christ in a special way. The groups have varied in size over the years with the core ministry team consisting of the Amos family. In December 1995, the Amos' were called into full time ministry, and have been committed to that call ever since."
Would a real Jewish synagogue invite a group like the Promise Players to their Purim Carnival? Never! Here is the link to the quote, it comes from the section "Ministry Profile", about half-way down the page:
Interestingly, if you look at Beit Tikvah's beliefs, they are completely Christian. Here are Beit Tikvah's beliefs and the Denver Seminary's beliefs-the Denver Seminary is an evangelical Christian training school. You will notice that they are nearly identical. Beit Tikvah's beliefs are essentially a shorter version of the Denver Seminary's beliefs, with a "Jewish twist" at the end. In truth, a real Jewish group would not have Christian beliefs:
Beit Tikvah's beliefs
Denver Seminary's beliefs
Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus
There are many reasons why Jews do not accept Jesus, and the links below are some of the better explanations on this topic. Of course, if you have questions that are not covered on the links, you can always e-mail me with your questions.
An Answer from Rabbi Stuart Federow Click Here
An Answer from Rabbi Shraga Simmons Click Here
Ask the Rabbi from Ohr Somayach Click Here
An Answer from Rabbi Tovia Singer Click Here
There are a number of groups that provide Countermissionary Counseling. Here are links to a few of them:
Jews for Judaism
Alternatively, you can call them at 800-477-6631 with general questions about missionary claims.
Torah Life and Living
Great Sites, Priceless Information
Here are a number of great sites that counter missionaries and explain the differences in belief between Judaism and Christianity/Messianic "Judaism", including addressing the Biblical verses that missionaries try to use against the Jews and explaining why the missionaries are incorrect.
Jews for Judaism
Jewish Isaiah 53
The Jewish Home
Isaiah 53 Truth