Review: The good, the bad and the ugly

The Jewish people know that when it comes to fighting the Christian missionary onslaught in Israel, education and public awareness are two very important keys to winning the battle. Unfortunately, evangelical messianic Christians are using the same powerful public relations tools available in Israel - in Hebrew - to confuse and catch Jewish souls. Here's a recent rundown of the good, the bad, and the ugly taking place in lecture halls, in print publications, and on television.

The Good:

Last Monday evening (April 26th), Jewish Israel gave a presentation at the OU Israel Center. "The evangelicals: a match not made in heaven" attracted a concerned audience and provoked quite a bit of interest and questions. Rabbi Sholom Gold, Jewish Israel's Rabbinic Director delivered the opening remarks. Jewish Israel will be posting the Hebrew address which Rabbi Gold presented at last February's
Rabbinic Conference in Jerusalem.

Last Wednesday Yediot Aharanot, a leading newspaper in Israel, ran an extensive feature on Christian missionaries. Jewish Israel's Academic Rabbinic Advisor Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf was interviewed in an adjunct column to the main article. Rabbi Woolf told Jewish Israel that Yediot's reporter "didn't convey the full texture of my position". And he reiterated that, "the most prominent evangelical supporters of Israel are, simultaneously, the most egregious missionizers among Israeli Jews. The embrace of these evangelicals is extremely dangerous and deleterious." Similar views can be heard by former missionary Gavriel Sanders.

The Bad:

Unfortunately that same lengthy Yediot feature also quoted Orthodox -bashing
messianic attorney Calev Myers*, and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin - the Chief Rabbi of Efrat who holds rather unorthodox views on the subject of Jesus, covenantal relations, evangelical support and interfaith endeavors.
*[note: Yad l'Achim recently informed Jewish Israel that their lawyer Yoram Sheftel has indeed
filed a claim against Calev Myers in Beit Mishpat HaShalom in Tel Aviv ].

The Ugly:

Israel's Channel 23 Educational TV recently saw fit to grant a prime time interview to messianic missionary Asher Intrater of Revive Israel Ministries. The program was hosted by Rino Tzror.

"The primary goal of Revive Israel Ministries is to help foster revival in the land
of Israel. Our ministry is focused on the basic methods of 1) personal
evangelism, 2) discipleship training, and 3) congregational planting. We believe
in the simple and direct preaching of the gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) in the
anointing of the Holy Spirit."

A partial transcript of the show can be
read here and the show can be viewed here.

Yad l'Achim's Founding Chairman Harav Shalom Dov Lifshitz filed a complaint with the station.
Rav Lipschitz said: "As long as the missionary law in Israel isn't amended, the missionaries and their accomplices, from right and left, will continue to do as they please, with no one to stop them."

Jewish Israel concurs.While authentic Torah Jews use precious energy and resources to protect the integrity of Am Yisrael and preserve their Jewish heritage in Eretz Yisrael, evangelical Christians masquerding as Jews are chipping away at the very foundations of Judaism and calling for a Christian revival in Israel. As long as a Christian-conceived, American brand of
freedom of religious expression reigns in Israel - and continues to dominate print, electronic and cyber media - attempts at Jewish education will not be sufficient to stem the tragic tide. Effective counter-missionary legislation must be urgently enacted in the Jewish state

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Comment by Jewish Israel on May 5, 2010 at 12:23am
Why is that some Jews think grafted/one-new-man theology is a better deal than replacement theology? Either way the Jews get devoured spiritually
Comment by Patty Abbatoy on May 4, 2010 at 11:17pm
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that evangelic missionaries, who claim to be strong supporters of Israel, are such aggressive missionaries. I love Israel for what it represents to them. The missionary activity is merely slick anti-Semitism. A desire to steal Jews away from their religion. You don't get more anti-Semitic than that.

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