Messianic Church Growth Mirrors Rise of Charismatic Movement
Messianic congregations are on the rise in the United States and Canada.
According to ChristianSourceLists.com, there are 272 Messianic churches in the US and 12 in Canada‚ÄĒand that figure does not include small house church fellowships.
Given that there were only a handful of congregations in North America distinctively identified as Jewish Messianic congregations 50 years ago, this is a notable rise.
Of the total number of Messianic congregations in the US today, nearly half are in five states: Florida (28); New York (26); California (26); Pennsylvania (20); and Texas (20). And the three cities boast the most Messianic worship centers are Manhattan (12), Miami (10), and Philadelphia (8)....
One would hope this would be Concomitant Variation (sp?) where two events seem to vary the same way though there's no causal effect of one on the other, if I remember my logic courses of many years ago. we should be Combating Charismatic Theology.
Some Messianic congregations can have problems of also being legalistic.
M.J. Stanford wrote: Here is the sad key to the Messianists, their true attitude and aim. They are actually Judaizers. They are backing into Christianity. They do not want to know where they are going, but only where they have been.... The experience will be similar to the fierce and adamant hatred that erupts from the charismatics when their tongues-toys are rejected, and eternal security is injected. Such reactions and attitudes toward vital truth and those who share it are certainly not of the Holy Spirit.