Arnold Fruchtenbaum, director of Ariel Ministries, recently spoke at several Lodi churches. At least twice, he used the term “heretics” when referring to the community of believers known as Beth Hallel.
Beth Hallel, a fellowship of Jews and Christians, has met in Lodi for nearly 10 years. We are part of the Lodi community and have taken part in community events, including the Family Faith Festival.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum has had no personal contact with our community of believers, so he must have accepted malicious gossip as truth. Why would anyone say such a hateful thing about a community of Jesus the Messiah?
Beth Hallel has a positive relationship with a number of Christian churches in Lodi and Stockton and has been invited to use the facilities of two fine Lodi churches. Many of our family of believers worship with Beth Hallel on Saturday and at a Lodi or Stockton church on Sunday.
We would like to be a positive influence for good in Lodi, Stockton and vicinity, but it is difficult when we are the target of malicious lies.
Historically, whenever a group of believers are called heretics, it isn’t long before some of the adherents are burned at the stake. I certainly hope that none of Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s supporters would even consider that.
Armon ben Binyamin (aka Cliff Shirk)
Beth Hallel Messianic Fellowship