Posted in Featured ArticlesLatest News, on August 12, 2018 There is nothing like a declaration! Words carry great power. Printed emphatics have started righteous movements or ended evil regimes. History affirms the importance of published affirmations. Luther’s 95 theses published and pounded to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg is a classic example, as well as the “Declaration of Independence,” and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King. These have stood the test of time and have become game-changers. When the opportunity to sign and endorse the “Seven Affirmations of Toward Jerusalem Council II” was presented to us, we responded with a wave of approval. The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute maintains the conviction that the Gospel is “to the Jew first” (Rom. 1:16). We believe this was not only a historical priority, but it is a present priority, knowing God’s covenantal faithfulness to Israel and the apostolic pattern in the Book of Acts. Who is TJCII? We heartily support pastors and leaders to consider prayerfully applying “to the Jew first” in their context or missions’ strategy. We also encourage churches to make it a goal to set aside a tithe of the tithe (1%) for the Messianic Jewish community and Jewish outreach. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt. 6:21 NIV). Hearts follow where treasure is sown. We also encourage pastors and leaders to sign and endorse the “Seven Affirmations of TJCII.” Pastor Robert Morris and the Gateway Church eldership have signed it, as has leadership at The King’s University (TKU) at Gateway. TKU was founded by Pastor Jack Hayford and is an accredited educational institution also offering a Bachelor’s, MDiv, and DMin in Messianic Jewish Studies. We know of no better document than the “Seven Affirmations of TJCII” for Gentile Christians to affirm the Messianic Jewish community and God’s restoration among them. We believe TJCII is a key instrument in God’s hands to help Gentile believers reconnect to Israel and the Messianic Jewish community. Click Here to Sign The Seven Affirmations! Wayne Wilks Jr. is a founding member of the TJCII International Leadership Committee. He is President Emeritus of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) and an Associate Senior Pastor of Jewish Ministry at Gateway Church.