View From The Pew​

Jan. 25, 2020

Submitted by Mark Johnson

Romans 11:18 says,“…remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”

There are over 800 references in the Old Testament through to the New Testament regarding the roots of Christianity.

When we understand the history of the disconnect of the church from her Jewish roots, we’re better equipped for God’s reconnect. Replacement theology teaches that the Christian church has fully replaced Israel and the Jewish people as God’s chosen. It also teaches that all promises and prophecies have been transferred from Israel to the church, and therefore the state of Israel and the Jewish people no longer have an active role and are simply a political accident.

This identity theft has robbed the church of an understanding of the deep and rich covenant heritage they have in their faith; we’re interpreting Scripture based upon a Hellenized Greek filter instead of reading it through the eyes of one who understands the culture of the people who were speaking and being spoken to. Replacement Theology makes God a liar and keeps the church blind to the prophetic fulfillment regarding Israel–which is happening before our very eyes. 

The apostle Paul warns: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:25 NKJV).


The comments above are an excerpt from an interview with Rabbi Curt Landry conducted by Jonathan Petersen of (The entire interview can be viewed here.) Landry makes a good argument as to how the Church and the Scriptures were, and are still, being hijacked by anti-Jewish powers and influences. Simply put, the roots of Christianity are Jewish, therefore the nurturing sap of the plant is Jewish, and thus, the fruit produced should, and unquestionably have, a very Jewish flavor. Yet, most present day believers are not quite sure just what the "Jewish" Jesus and all those "Jewish" Apostles have been teaching to us non-Jews for nearly two millennia. As Landry points out above, present day believers look at the world with definitively Hellenized lenses -- a Greek philosophocial perspective (and thus far more in a  Roman way than Jewish.)

Landry's interview is, of course, bent towards promoting a recent book of his authorship; Reclaiming Our Forgotten HeritageHaving read only some excerpts and not the entire book itself, I cannot make a judgement on the book either way. However, and as some of you who know me and my particular perspective on the Scriptures might suspect, I am fully and wholeheartedly in agreement with Landry, at least fundamentally.  It is my conviction that we as 21 Century non-Jews cannot fully or clearly understand Jesus and his mission and that of his Apostles unless we understand 1st Century Jewish culture, Mosaic Law, customs, practices, history, idioms, biases, beliefs etc, etc, etc.

​And so, I present above the excerpt and then the link to the full interview of Rabbi Curt Landry in the hope that others might be encouraged to seek out a deep and fuller  understanding of what is to be Christ-like - what is means to know and be like the Jewish Jesus!

​​​​It's not a secret...

...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week?  Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9

"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "  And more:

"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."

To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...​

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​The ​North Salem United Methodist Church

"View From The Pew" is here for you!  With this spot you, the user of this site, may write in to have posted a spiritual, social or biblical thought, an observation or an idea on just about any topic at all. The intent of this is to give voice to our membership - you.  Here it is hoped you will be encouraged to share your thoughts, feelings and/or understandings with us, your brethren.  An exchange of ideas and an understanding of the thoughts and views of others will undoubtedly edify and strengthen our church community.

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​The Lynchpin Commandment!

So, you know the Ten Commandments, right? But do you know which commandment is the lynchpin of them all? Do you know the one commandment that ties together all the other nine, and without its presence and position in the lineup, there exists a void and separation between the remaining nine other commandments?

If you would like to learn what that all important lynchpin commandment is, just...​

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A Bit of NSUMC History?!

We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church.  To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...

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A Wholly Methodist
Seventh Day Worship Service!

Yep! That's right!. Every Saturday afternoon (the 7th day of the week) a Sabbath worship service is conducted in the Hope House of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church located at 6 Pleasant Street right here in Salem.

This Sabbath worship service is open to all wishing to commemorate God's own Holy Day. And, to remember His Fourth Commandment that, like the other nine, was etched in stone as an "eternal" remembrance. So, let us so “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." 

(Ex. 20:8 NIV)

Please consider joining in Sabbath Day worship with other Methodist at the Hope House at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. And, with that being said:

See you there?!

BTW, to hear the score of "Jesus Christ Superstar" from the 1970 London, England production of the opera, please click here and scroll down to the last selection presented.

Music by: Leonard Cohen.  

Words, Arrangement, and Vocals by Thomas H. Elroy, Director of Music Ministry for Disciples Mission Christian Church, Saint Anne, IL

Sunday Sermon January 19, 2020

A New NSUMC Ministry!

That's right! We have a new ministry at the NSUMC. Due to the kindness, obedience and generosity of the North Salem United Methodist Church Council there now exists a Benevolence Ministry that has been blessed and charged with lending a helping hand to those in our community and to those of our fellowship here at the NSUMC when things might take an unexpected, unfortunate turn.

The mission of this ministry to provide assistance, as we might be able and as funds are available, to any who find themselves with an urgent need on an immediate, short-term basis and/or until bigger and more established charities can brought in to provide aid should a situation prove to be long term.

Of course, such a ministry is only as effective as the resources at its disposal. So with that, available funds are always an ongoing concern. That is where YOU can help make a difference in this new ministry at the NSUMC. Please consider making a donation from time to time to the NSUMC Benevolence Fund. A dollar here and a dollar there might be enough to help someone where there is no other immediate help available.

To make a donation of any amount to the Benevolence Fund, please see the NSUMC Lay Leader, Mark Johnson, the NSUMC Finance Secrectary, Tom Kinney, or drop an envelope into the collection basket with the words: "Benevolence Fund" written across it so our counters know where to direct it.

Please consider helping this new NSUMC ministry and let us all take part in fulfilling the directive of our Lord Jesus when He said:

 "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it (a kindness) to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’' (Matthew 25:40)