FAQ: “How Are You Different from ‘Jews for Jesus?’”
Firstly, “Jews for Jesus” is the trademark name of an organization based in San Francisco, California, founded in the 1970’s by a Jewish-born Baptist minister named Moishe Rosen, z”l. It functions primarily as a Christian church-auxiliary evangelical organization, taking the New Testament message specifically to Jewish people,. Christian churches, who are by and large mystified as to how to reach Jewish people, and feeling utterly stymied, pay Jews for Jesus out of their church budgets or by individual gifts, to go to the Jewish people on their behalf.
“Two-Testament Judaism” ( or, “Messianic Judaism”) is a non-centralized, spontaneous world-wide movement of Jewish people and supportive others: the individuals, congregations and associations in its sphere have these distinctions:
- Faith is lived in authentic Jewish context: Jewish national identity, synagogue identity, and faith practice are believed to have endemic value, and are commanded by New Testament writ not to be abandoned in favor of a non-Jewish identity (see Acts 21:18-25).
- Jewish perpetuity is actively fomented as an endemic value, not a mere tool for outreach or as a 2nd-tier concern.
- Any activity weakening Jewish identity or perpetuity is avoided.
Dozens of organizations are within the Messianic / Two-Testament Jewish sphere, and no one organization can claim definitively to represent “it” – just as no one denomination of Jewish people or Christian doctrine officially represents all Jews everywhere, or all New Testament faith everywhere.
Jews for Jesus primarily functions through literature and street-evangelism campaigns conducted either by visiting teams or from permanent stations located throughout the United States and the world.