Fists and new testaments were reportedly flying in Rehovot last week.
that messianic missionaries were attempting “to convince passersby to convert", which outraged Orthodox residents and provoked a fight. Ynet correctly emphasizes in their article that the messianic movement “has its origins in American Evangelistic churches and its purpose is to convert Jews to Christianity.”
But the messianic publication Israel Today
puts quite a different spin on the Ynet report, claiming that, a " group of Messianic Jews who were passing out pamphlets in the central Israel town of Rehovot last week were violently attacked by ultra-Orthodox local residents."
(I note that they cited, but did not link to the Ynet article) and "sharing one's faith with consenting adults is not illegal in Israel."
("consenting adults" - sounds a bit pornographic to me, but then again, missionizing Jews in Israel is nothing less than obscene!).
The only real violent incident I've ever seen involving messianic Christians and Orthodox Jews can be viewed here
(and in the three images of this post). It's Eddie Beckford - the missionary from Arad - sporting that "Jesus loves you" T-shirt who is throwing the vicious punches, and hitting below the belt.
Meanwhile, Haaretz reports
that messianic Christians are taking the fight to Israel’s High Court in yet another attempt to change Israel's Law of Return. Messianic attorney Michael Decker (son of Pastor David Decker
) who works for Messianic attorney Calev Myers
questioned "whether we are a state governed by law or by Halakhic authorities." He added that he believes he has "no way of losing the petition" because these cases are tantamount to "a person being refused a driver's license for believing in Jesus."
And to make a clean sweep of the mess...ianic news in Israel's English press, the Jerusalem Post
recently reported that at least one messianic in Israel foresees days of "forced conversion" of the Jews.
"Days are coming when the Jewish people will be forced to realize that Yeshua is the only solution to all our troubles."
Is that a prophecy or a threat?
Either way, anyone who speaks like that about the Jewish people deserves a special place in hell
- even if he is a war hero and one of "Jesus's Zionists"