The Galilean Resort’s Missionary and Rabbinic Hechsher

Last week, Jewish Israel reported on plans for the establishment of a five-star resort, "celebrating" the Christian faith, which is being built on prime real estate on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Galilean Resort is being heralded as "an historic opportunity to establish the world Christian spiritual center at the very birthplace of Christianity."

David Zwebner and Anne Ayalon are the founders of the enterprise, with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and David Nekrutman serving as educational adviser and director respectively. Theological programming and activities are in the works, designed to encourage "a sense of ‘oneness‘ with the Jewish people" and to foster an "understanding and reconciliation between Jews and Christians".

In our last post, Jewish Israel noted that the project enjoys a staggering Jewish-Christian list of endorsements, including Orthodox rabbis, Torah observant academicians and entrepreneurs, and mega-preachers and missionaries (including a famous advocate for Jews for Jesus).

In this report, Jewish Israel explores and exposes the evangelizing agenda of certain Christian personalities whose names appear as endorsers on the list which Jewish Israel found in the Advisory Board section of the Galilean website.

Jewish Israel continues to alert the Jewish people that these Christian leaders are fully committed in their mission of bringing the gospel of jesus christ to the Jewish people. We hope that Rabbi Riskin and the rest of the Jews involved in this project will take the following report into consideration and will bear in mind that their continued theologically–based endeavors with these missionary personalities poses an existential spiritual threat to the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.

Robert Stearns

At the close of Jewish Israel’s report last week, we made mention of missionary Robert Stearns, who last month was the featured speaker, along with two known "messianic" missionaries at IHOP’s Israel Mandate Conference. We posted the video promotion of that conference, which placed a heavy emphasis on bringing the gospel to the Jews in Israel. Stearns makes no secret of his aspirations to bring about a messianic Christian restoration in Israel. Like all devout evangelical Christians, he is striving for a state where Jew and Gentile will become ‘one new man’ in jesus.

Morris Cerullo

The number two name on the Galilean resort's endorsement list is Dr. Morris Cerullo, of World Wide Evangelism. Dr. Cerullo should certainly get a "lifetime achievement award" for his forty-plus year effort to bring Jews to jesus. On his website, under the category Jewish World Outreach, Cerullo features a detailed timeline which boasts of his blatant proselytizing efforts. He meticulously records the vast numbers of Jews who have reportedly received "salvation" as a result of his targeted campaigns.

In the year 2000, missionary Cerullo raised the ire of the American Jewish community over his massive advertising deception concerning a missionary film he produced entitled "the Rabbi". Headlines were blaring, "Missionaries dupe Jewish newspapers across country" after eighty Jewish newspapers inadvertently carried ads for Cerullo’s made-for-television film which was broadcast on stations throughout the United States. The film was about a self-described "messianic Jew" who gradually convinces his Orthodox family that he did not abandon Judaism when he took "yeshua" into his heart.

In our last report we noted that Rabbi Riskin was on record as stating, "If I were to discover that any who I have a connection with whose raison d'etre is converting the Jewish people, all ties with them would be severed."

Jewish Israel feels that Dr. Morris Cerullo’s activities fill the criteria that Rabbi Riskin himself set for severing connections with missionaries. However, if that’s not sufficient, we can continue…

Bill Sutter

According to the accountability profile on, Bill Sutter’s organization, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, repeatedly states that Jewish evangelism is a major part of their mission and purpose:

Friends of Israel was established in 1938 to proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and the world that God so loved.

The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. (FOI) is an independent, fundamental, evangelical faith-mission which exists in order to be an advocate for Israel and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus the Messiah to both Jewish and Gentile Persons.

The Gospel: Although "friends of Israel," FOI is careful not to compromise the Gospel. FOI clearly teaches that Israel as a nation is currently in a state of unbelief, and that its citizens, like all people, desperately need to hear and believe the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah (Christ). To this end, FOI publishes materials and conducts seminars designed to help believers effectively share their faith with Jewish persons.

The MinistryWatch profile adds the commentary, "FOI does not confuse the Gospel message with Zionism. Evangelizing the lost sheep of Israel remains a priority".

In our last report, we noted that exposing devout Christians to Torah concepts could strengthen individual belief as well as the church leaderships' commitment to jesus and their desire to bring jesus to the Jews via missionary activity. We note that Friends of Israel has a popular university accredited Institute for Jewish Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University.

So, will FOI be using the information they glean from Torah scholars to strengthen their case when targeting Jews? Based on what Tovia singer wrote about the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministries, the answer is a resounding "Yes". Excerpt:

The Philadelphia College of Bible offers a Jewish Missions Program, which, according to its website, "equips the student with the necessary understanding and tools for ministry among God's chosen people. The first year of study is completed in [Mcquaid's] Friends of Israel Institute of Jewish Studies."…

…Rabbi Singer, of and , notes that the Philadelphia College of Bible does "an excellent job in preparing their students for proselytizing the Jewish people. [It is] one of the few that trains and gives degrees in the science of converting Jews."

Jay Sekulow

Just beneath the name of Rabbi Raphael Shore on the Ayalon-Zwebner list, is the name of messianic attorney Jay Sekulow of Jews for Jesus fame.

Sekulow served on the board of directors Jews for Jesus and gained fame as their General Legal Counsel while defending the right of Jews for Jesus to proselytize. He has faced the U.S. Supreme Court 13 times in defense of that missionary organization – which most certainly targets Jews. You can read more about Sekulow’s views of J4J and the Godfather of Jewish Evangelism (Moishe Rosen) in Stephen Strang’s Charisma Magazine.

Sekulow is currently serving as Chief Counsel of Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has managed to make "spreading the gospel" into a religious freedoms issue. For those who may not know, The American Center for Law and Justice is just another name for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc..

Sekulow has also used his position and influence in Washington to pressure Israel on her internal investigations and internal affairs.

Michael Little and Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

In the center of the endorsement list, sitting amongst the names of numerous rabbis, are the mention of Michael Little and Pat Robertson, CEO/President and Chairman respectively of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

According to their profile, "CBN was founded in 1960 by Pat Robertson to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world as a witness unto all nations (Matthew 24:14)." The lengthy profile says nothing of the State of Israel, support for Israel, or Zionism. But the word "Israel" does make the mission statement:

"The mission of CBN and its affiliated organizations is to prepare the United States of America and the nations of the world for the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. In the fulfillment of our mission, as to calling and message, our Biblical role model is John the Baptist. As to wisdom, it is Solomon. As to ministry to Israel, it is the prophet Ezekiel. In all that we are, do, and say, it is Jesus Christ."

CBN and their Christian World News program regularly run reports on Jews for Jesus and messianic Jews, and boast about the growing Christian messianic restoration in Israel . CBN frequently features rather one-sided stories of purported church persecution in Israel by the "Ultra-Orthodox".

CBN plays and pumps the messianic numbers game. Just last month, CBN reported that there are 20,000 messianic Jews in Israel. That’s up from CBN’s prior claim of 10,000- 15,000 in December of 2008.

This enthusiasm for Jews embracing Jesus has been a consistent theme of Robertson’s. In 1990 he penned in his book, The New Millennium, "So many of the Israelis I have met with have been quite willing to talk about Jesus, to listen to the Gospel, and to receive Christ as Messiah." In 2004, Judy Balint reported that Pat Robertson addressed a mixed crowd at the ICEJ Feast of the Tabernacles at the Jerusalem Convention Center. He reportedly "… turned the auditorium into a church, as he exhorted the throng to get down on their knees in prayer, urging them to, ‘Pray for Jesus to come back again, so the rule of Jesus Christ may descend…Jews need to begin to cry out for their Messiah, he said. I've met wonderful Jews... here in Jerusalem, who are all saying 'Yes, Jesus you are our Messiah.'"

Both Michael Little and Pat Robertson endorse the endeavors of Maoz Israel, an evangelical ministry in Tel Aviv which supports the messianic movement in Israel and aggressively proselytizes and targets the Jewish people for conversion.

John Hagee

Pastor John Hagee is also on the Galilean endorsement list. "The mission of John Hagee Ministries is to aggressively fulfill the commission that Jesus Christ gave to his followers to go into the world and make disciples of all people. Our purpose is to bring the lost to Jesus Christ and to build up and encourage those who are already believers. We pledge to our viewers & supporters to take the Gospel to all the World and to all Generations."

When the Daystar Television Network announced its plans to broadcast in Israel in 2006, Marcus Lamb’s studio guest, Pastor John Hagee, declared:

"It’s just all I can do to keep from getting up and dancing. It’s a joy and it’s a dream come true. If we are able to preach the gospel without reservation [in Israel]... it’s a major breakthrough." Hagee noted that the Bible "talks about the gospel going forth from Jerusalem, and if this is in fact the announcement that the gospel can go forth without any limitations, without any editing and so forth... This is a first."

Hagee then proceeded on the air to make the first $1000 pledge towards Daystar's endeavor.

Inescapable Conclusion

Christianity, by definition , is all about the gospel, all about evangelizing, and all about a pagan deity named jesus. It would simply be naive or deceptive for any Jew to try and portray evangelical organizations and their leaders as having abandoned their mission to the Jews. For Torah observant spiritual, business, and community leaders to aspire for a state of "oneness" with Christians, via theological dialogue, and to advance the founding of a "world Christian spiritual center" in Eretz Yisrael, is simply beyond the pale.

The current conduct of those in the Orthodox Jewish community who are encouraging interfaith endeavors with the evangelical world demands to come under immediate scrutiny.

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Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on July 1, 2010 at 5:49pm
Ellen, I fully agree with your assessment, that “There need to be teams of highly trained personnel - with the right attitude and temperament”.

I also watched the video of Reb Lock’s session with the missionary and agree that his approach was appropriate and “very Jewish.” He cited several of the missionary’s premises and dismantled them; an excellent strategy, by the way.

Ironically, there is a good primer for such a strategy on the Campus Crusade for X site that would go a long way in preparing Jews to confront missionaries on the street. The link is

It is the “Four Spiritual Laws” (l’ havdil) that every missionary has tucked away in his/her psyche, and it comprises the steam that drives their train. The reason I know this is that I used these “laws” effectively for more than forty years as a missionary in high schools, on college campuses and military bases.

A Jew does not need to waste time pouring over the mishigash of the message, but it would serve well to become familiar with the obvious weaknesses and stam errors of the spiel. Most important is the fact that it is so completely non (even ANTI) Jewish that it lacks any support whatsoever from the T’N’K. This a real problem for the missionary, because according to their chief spokesperson “the apostle Paul”, their message is supposedly “according to the Scriptures”, i.e. the “Old Testament”. It plainly is not, and therefore lacks any legitimacy.

Wisdom would dictate, however, that before a Jew would attempt to employ this strategy, he/she would become familiar with what the T’N’K specifically states in counterpoint to the claims of “the 4 laws.” In this regard, Ellen, your emphasis on being highly trained is well-placed.
Comment by ellen on July 1, 2010 at 10:27am
one does get the feeling that we Jews are caught on the last Jihad/Crusade spectrum. But why do we have to be pawns in a "Judeo-Christian" v.s. "Islamo-fascist" conflict? We're a lot wiser than that. We should jump out of that flat doomsday scene and search for creative solutions on our own terms.

As far as directly confronting missionaries, Jewish Israel doesn't work on the streets. There need to be teams of highly trained personnel - with the right attitude and tempermant.
I thought Gutman Lock's approach was brilliant, appropriate and very Jewish.
Comment by ShoshanaTunk on July 1, 2010 at 1:43am
Yes, you are right, it is our fault. We should make our leaders very aware of the dangers inherent in dealings with missionary groups in the Land of Israel. I have already sent emails to several MKs. What else can I do? I am appalled by Rabbi Riskin and other rabbis who encourage this fifth column to destroy Jewish souls. What can I do to enlighten them?
Comment by Sharbano on July 1, 2010 at 12:24am
Do any of the leaders even bother to check out what they display on their websites. I barely started going through it and came across This:

The ministry of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism is multifaceted. Including outreaches through Crusades,

And this was the first site I looked at.

I remember when Bush used that term and was called on the carpet for it and ceased using it. Is there any difference between the Xtian word "crusade" and Islam's word "jihad". Apparently the video "The New Xtians" has it right at the end. Maybe it's time to confront these organizations and Show them how phony their religion truly is. I've been considering this for a while now.
Comment by Jewish Israel on June 30, 2010 at 7:39pm
Yes, Mordechai Yaacov, we did have to delete you previous "offering". But thanks for this one.
Shoshana, some of us are far more appalled at, and disappointed in, our Jewish leaders than we are at the Christian leadership. The responsibility of drawing lines in any dealings we have with another faith or nation is cleary on us. If we can't say "no" or draft guidelines, legislation and rules of conduct, then whose fault is it?
Comment by ShoshanaTunk on June 30, 2010 at 6:35pm
I am absolutely appalled that these Christians / Messianics have the audacity to try and turn Jewish people against the Torah which is essentially what they are doing. It is the words of the Torah which will go forth from Jerusalem not the gospels which are so inconsistant and full of mistakes that I cannot understand anyone believing them. It is bad enough that these Christians are persuading Jews to believe in a pagan deity based on Dionysius and encouraging them to idol worship but it even worse that they believe that the New Teatament is the truth when it very obviously is not given the amount of mistakes and inconsistencies in it. It is also in direct opposition to the Torah which commammds us not to worship any created being, but to worship the One G-d who is spirit.
Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on June 30, 2010 at 6:22pm
“The current conduct of those in the Orthodox Jewish community who are encouraging interfaith endeavors with the evangelical world demands to come under immediate scrutiny.”

(I’m really going to try to be nice…I really am. I realize my last offering may have been a bit over the top for some, but, given the content of this latest post, it appears to have been amazingly accurate in its analogy.)

“Immediate scrutiny?!” (Boy! This IS going to be difficult.)

If those among us with haruach hanavi Oded don’t speak plainly and starkly to those in the camp courting the reptiles who prey on our nests we can expect nothing but the fate promised Asa when he courted the strategic favors of Ben-hadad, King of Aram.

Oded made the statement to Asa earelier that “ HaShem is with you because you are with Him! If you seek Him He will make Himself accessible to you, but if you will abandon Him He will abandon you!” Later, however, he declares “For HaShem’s eyes roam throughout the land, to strengthen those whose hearts are sincerely with Him. YOU HAVE BEEN FOOLISH IN THIS, from now on you will have wars!”

Chas vesholom that Israel would be so relegated. If, however, there are any Jews…especially among our so-called leaders… who believe that protection or provision for Israel is available from the evangelical xian camp, than it’s the only fate that can be realistically expected.

Chas vesholom!

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