Ramblinman wrote:At the Messianic congregation I visited, I never felt that it was dead ritual in some foreign language. They did a great job explaining the significance of every aspect of the worship. The Hebrew and Engllish text were side by side and we had formal and informal Hebrew lessons on a weekly basis. The worship was the most joyful I have ever experienced, but always always on solid biblical standing.
Obviously our practice varies by congregation. I have friends on both ends of the spectrum. Thursday night I went to a Shavuot ("Pentacost" for those who know Greek) celebration at a friends house. He had a minyan of men over and we prayed the entire afternoon and evening services in Hebrew, had dinner, and spend the entire night discussing the Scriptures. (I brought up the subject of our immersions not being valid by Orthodox standards since obviously we conduct them with the person being clothed.) At sunrise we prayed the entire morning service in Hebrew. I'll confess that praying the Hebrew services at 60 miles an hour doesn't do much for me.
Yesterday I went to a multi-congregatonal Shavuot celebration that was much more on the Charismatic side of the spectrum. I'm a bit more comfortable with that style of worship.
And most congregations have solid doctrine (at least in this part of the US, but they don't generally preach the "clothes line",
Obviously most of our congregations are going to hold to something fairly close to Orthodox Tzinut (modesty) standards. (I use this as a proof that most consider rabbinic tradition to have validity to those who claim that they don't follow the rabbis.) Also, fullfilling the command of tzitzit is impossible apart from clothing.
don't teach "pastor is king" and don't practice shepherding (although moderate discipleship is encouraged).
Again, this will vary by the congregation. I've seen some horror stories of people who have been adversly "shepherded" with various Messianic congregations. I tend to resist such things, and can find the door by myself.