12. When a Jewish person gets saved, should they continue going to their Temple or Synagogue, or should they begin going to Church?
In most cases Jewish believers don’t have to worry about this, because the decision is made for them. When they make it known that they are followers of Jesus as Messiah, they are no longer welcomed at their Temple or Synagogue. However, I have known some who do not tell those in their Synagogue of their faith and they continue going there. Is this what they should be doing? Before I answer the question, this can also include those from a Gentile background as well. Should a Catholic continue going to their church? How about a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness? How about someone who was brought up in a very liberal denominational church? It’s true there are many ramifications when this question is considered and it really is an important issue. Scripture clearly teaches that when people become true followers of Jesus as Messiah they should begin fellowshipping with other true believers. This is clearly taught and we have examples of this in Scripture.
Acts 2:41-42 – “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
This plainly seems to be the pattern after one became a believer in Jesus as Messiah. If you look up Acts 20:7 and I Cor. 16:2, there is also mention of believers meeting on the first day of the week. The important thing to consider is that the Bible was truly taught and true fellowship occurred. This needs to be the same criteria that we take into consideration when seeking a place to worship. So getting back to our original question, should a Jewish believer continue going to their Temple or Synagogue, or should they begin going to a place that teaches the truth. I think the answer is obvious. However, before we leave this, lets consider, why would a person want to stay in the place they went to before they were saved? One major reason is because of family members and the negative impact it would have on them if they left. This is probably the most common response I’ve heard from those who decide to remain in their existing situation instead of seeking out true believers. They will say something like this, “If I leave my Temple, what will my parents say?” “If I leave my Synagogue, what will my children think?” These are very common concerns that new Jewish believers have. I understand them, because I had similar fears myself. All I know is that, if a Jewish believer chooses to stay in their Temple or Synagogue, they will not grow as they should. They will be disobedient to the clear teaching of Scripture and will not have the testimony that they hoped they would have had. This is also true for those from a Gentile background. They too need to begin worshipping the Lord in a place that is characterized by the truth. Believe me, I know this may be difficult in many circumstances. It was for me. But, it paid off in the long run. We can never go wrong doing what is right even if it is hard and people get upset. I know God’s grace will get them through.