Relationships between Christians and Jews have frequently been turbulent down through the centuries. It is unfortunate when highly visible church leaders in this country make brief comments which can easily be misinterpreted by outsiders. The first article below, broadly accusative of evangelical, deserves an answer! Uri Marcus from Jerusalem, a Messianic Jew supplies some answers.
Anyone who reads the Jewish Bible, the Tanach, will soon see that God's chosen nation have given the world the great prophets of God. Internally within Israel there were always plenty of false prophets and false messiahs too! Not all Jews have been godly Jews but that only makes the godly Jews of history all the more weighty and important in their influence for truth.
From a secular point of view the contributions of the Jews to science, philosophy, law, economics, politics, education have always been enormous and way out proportion to their small numbers. God has preserved the Jews longer than any other nation and blessed the world through them mightily.
From a Biblical point of view the contributions of the Jews are infinitely greater. The Jewish Apostle Paul reminds us,
"...to them belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Messiah. God who is over all be blessed for ever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but 'Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.' This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants."
Israel today surely is the most pluralistic society in the world. Jews have returned to the land from every quadrant of the planet bringing with them the cultural treasures and knowledge of the countries which hosted them in the Diaspora. Israel today is mostly secular, and those who are religious are highly diversified and frequently divided in outspoken opposition to one another.
But God has not finished His restorative work in His chosen people. The Tanach tells of the coming "time of Jacob's trouble" which will involve the most difficult testing Israel has ever endured. Yet Israel will be saved out of this time and will emerge as the chief of the nations! Jeremiah says this:
Alas! that day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. "And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD of hosts, that I will break the yoke from off their neck, and I will burst their bonds, and strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. "Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, says the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for lo, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, says the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will chasten you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished. "For thus says the LORD: Your hurt is incurable, and your wound is grievous. There is none to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they care nothing for you; for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant. 15 Why do you cry out over your hurt? Your pain is incurable. Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you. Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who despoil you shall become a spoil, and all who prey on you I will make a prey. For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD, because they have called you an outcast: `It is Zion, for whom no one cares!' "Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the palace shall stand where it used to be. Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who make merry. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small. Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all who oppress them. Their prince shall be one of themselves, their ruler shall come forth from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? says the LORD. And you shall be my people, and I will be your God." Behold the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this.
True Christians are those who enjoy a personal relationship with the God of Israel through Yeshua. We who follow Yeshua recognize his Jewishness. We love his land and his people and see ourselves privileged to be "wild olive branches grafted into the true olive tree." (Romans 11)
The Jewish followers (disciples) of Yeshua gave us the New Testament which gives a good bit of additional information after the future of Israel in the plan of God. The book of the Revelation (Chapter 13) clearly describes a great religious leader arising on the scene in Israel in the last days. Whether he is a Jew by blood or not is not the issue. He will mislead the people and make a false peace treaty with the political-military powers of the Western World and therefore sell Israel over in a terrible covenant of death spoken about beforehand by Isaiah. (Isaiah 28). This last great false prophet who will soon arise in the Holy Land is surely the man Yeshua warned Israel about two millennia ago,
For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God within you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
The actual truth about God, Israel and the future of mankind is a bit more complicated than is usually portrayed in the media. The times in which we live--the time of the final redemption being just before us--these days are full of deception and misleading rhetoric. Just as Jewish people need to take time to understand why Christians believe as they do, so also it is important for Jews to recognize that a lot of what seems to be Christian is not. Just as true Israel was, in the end, represented by a small believing remnant, so also it is with the professing Church Yeshua founded. With these brief comments in mind I hope the following exchange will be helpful to both sides. ----Lambert Dolphin. August 14, 1999.
Jewish Reactions to American Evangelical Christianity
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Yom Chamishi (Fifth Day - "Thursday"), 1 Elul, 5759 (August 12, 1999), Root & Branch: Many are still unnerved by Reverend Jerry Falwell's announcement that the Evangelical Christian's Antichrist is "a male Jew". History has shown that insensitive theological concepts such as this can stir up latent Jew-hatred ("anti-Semitism"). The American Jewish Congress observed that Falwell's declaration will have "an inevitably incendiary and degrading effect on Christian attitudes towards Jews." [PRNews wire]
This is only the tip of the iceberg. What do Evangelical Christians fully believe about Antichrist and the Jewish people? Seemingly they love Israel. Falwell rallies pro-Israel support among Evangelical Christians. Their ardent professions of love for the Jewish people and Israel are buttressed by the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to Israeli causes.
But Evangelical Christians' beloved Israel must become a CHRISTIAN Israel before their Second Advent scenario can take place. Their love REQUIRES a built-in proselytizing agenda. A sense of urgency became obvious in the resolution of the Southern Baptists (the largest Protestant denomination) to "target" the Jewish People for conversion.
Many Jewish leaders were surprised since the Southern Baptists are so supportive of the State of Israel. But, unfortunately, the theology of most Evangelical Christian churches requires this "target agenda"--open or hidden. Two of the largest Evangelical Christian denominations--Southern Baptists and the Assemblies of God--are the MAIN sponsors of the 270 so-called "messianic" synagogues in the United States.
Why are Jews on the target agenda, but not Muslims, Hindus or other non-Christian groups?
This target agenda renders the pro-Israel stance of these Evangelical Christians suspect. Why are Evangelical Christians pouring millions of dollars into flying plane loads of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel and into financially assisting Jewish communities ("settlements") in Judea and Samaria? Many Evangelical Christians believe that Jesus will not return until all Jews are regathered from "the land of the North" (Russia) and until Israel occupies all of Judea and Samaria.
Why don't Evangelical Christians tell Israelis why they are so anxious for Israel to build the "Third Temple"? The Evangelical Christian concept of the return of Jesus cannot be realized until an absurd episode takes place. Many Evangelical Christians believe that a superman world dictator--Falwell says a male Jew--will sign a treaty with Israel, rule from Israel's "Third Temple" and declare himself to be a god.
In the meantime, Evangelical Christians believe that up to one third of Israeli Jews will be converted to Christianity. Then the Evangelical Christians' three-and-one-half year scenario will follow, during which two thirds or more of all Israeli Jews will not only be killed but damned to eternal torment because they never accepted Jesus.
Additionally, before the Evangelical Christian Second advent scenario is over, EVERY Jew on the earth living at that time, who is NOT a Christian, will be SLAIN and suffer eternally. Further, every Jew who ever lived since the time of Jesus who did not accept Jesus is already damned eternally. What kind of "Christian love" is this? How absolutely self-serving and cruel.
These Evangelical Christians are very sincere but their theology and prophetic scenario for Israel and the Jewish people are abominable. Why are they so supportive of Jewish communities ("settlements") in Judea and Samaria and of the work of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem? They hope that this outpouring of Christian "love" will in due time inspire many of the Jewish residents ("settlers") in Judea and Samaria and other Israelis to accept Jesus "before it is too late".
Ironically, while Evangelical Christians finance the immigration of Jews from the C.I.S. to Israel, hundreds of thousands of evangelical dollars are backing missionaries targeting the Jewish people in the former Soviet Union. Thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union are being converted. These missionary efforts are most unfortunate--imagine Jews worshiping three gods.
Between the covert Evangelical Christian missionary activities in Israel (there are over 40 so-called "messianic" synagogues in Israel) and the immigration of Christian Jews to Israel, the Evangelical Christians expect to have Israel honeycombed with missionaries. Their covert one-on-one approach will be, "We can help you to be a better Jew by accepting Yeshua."
Some other Christians accuse these Evangelical Christians of "Zionistic sadism". Evangelical Christians essentially expect, as already discussed, a "final Holocaust"--more destructive than Hitler's. The details of this "final Holocaust" are specified in the following quotes from the book recommended by one of the leading Evangelical Christian churches rendering financial assistance in Israel--"BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION" by Richard Booker (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers), pp. 112-118:
***(begin Booker quotation)***
The Jews' Final Holocaust
What is this terrible tribulation that awaits the Jews? Moses said it would take place in the "latter days". It is the last seven years of this age just prior to the coming of Messiah Jesus to earth. The Bible says this will be a time of suffering such as the world has never known.
The tribulation period begins when Israel signs a peace treaty with the one we know as the Antichrist. The word Antichrist not only means one who is against Christ but also one who takes the place of Christ. The Antichrist will deceive the world into believing that he is the Christ who can solve the world's problems and bring peace among the nations, particularly the Middle East.
By this time hundreds of thousands of Jews will have come to accept Jesus as their Messiah. This will come about through the preaching ministry of 144,000 Jewish evangelists whom God will call especially for the purpose of preaching the gospel during the tribulation period. These followers of Jesus will know the Antichrist is not the Messiah.
The Great Tribulation
The Antichrist will march his troops into Israel and for a short period of time will occupy Jerusalem. Every nation will support his retaliation against Israel for their disturbing world peace. The Antichrist will kill two-thirds of all the Jews. THIS COULD MEAN THAT UP TO TEN MILLION JEWS WILL BE KILLED [Rawson: emphasis ours]. The Antichrist will plunder the beloved city of Jerusalem, and one-half of the citizens will be forced into exile. ***(end Booker quotation)***
Horrific! Falwell's JEWISH Antichrist will holocaust Jews who do not accept Jesus! It is inconceivable that Evangelical Christians can look the Jewish people in the eye and tell them they are their friends, yet have such a deceptive diabolical agenda for them. This agenda is both unthinkable and unscriptural Pro-Israel Evangelical Christians made a big point that the Holocaust must be remembered. In view of their theology, why was it so terrible? Evangelical Christians believe that the vast majority of those six million murdered Jews who were not Christians passed straight to eternal torment! According to this view, God will be doing for eternity what Hitler did to each one of these victims for a short period of time! How can these Evangelical Christians claim such friendship for Israel when their theology is so hateful to the Jews? How can ANY of the Christian churches replace God's eternal purpose for the Jews with their own revisions?
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Pastor Kenneth Rawson of the Bible Students Congregation of New Brunswick, New Jersey recently elaborated that...
"Many are still unnerved by Reverend Jerry Falwell's announcement that the Evangelical Christian's Antichrist is 'a male Jew'".
The term "Anti-Mashiach," which is used throughout the NT, does not necessarily imply that this figure, whenever he will rise to power on the world scene, will be recognizably Jewish.
With all the renegade Gentiles parading about in Christian circles these days, claiming to be prophets, apostles, miracle workers, Elijah and what have you, the world seems ripe enough to accept almost anyone, Jew or Gentile to take up the holy calling of "saving" humanity from itself.
There is only one obscure passage in the book of Daniel which leads Christian fundamentalists to conclude that the Anti-Mashiach's identity is a Jewish identity. However, Israel's 80% secular left-of-center composition today would have no problem accepting any world charismatic personality who would claim to have the formula for world peace. The rest of the nations, in comparison, couldn't care less if he were Jewish or not, so long as he could get the job done, and work a few miracles on the side.
With the plethora of Christian "Lost Ten Tribe" hunters and their ridiculous theories which abound today, during this generation's thirst to discover their roots, where "Jewishness" as a lifestyle amongst the Gentiles is enjoying the popular vote, and establishing a pseudo "Jewish" identity has become a relatively positive thing to do, it wouldn't be hard for any Anti-Mashiach candidate to say, "Yes, I am Jewish too, and I have Jewish descent." Untold millions would buy this deception is a hot New-York minute.
Most Gentiles never realize that our Sages long ago foresaw this problem, and set into motion a system of checks and balances based upon the Torah that would insure that "Jewishness" was something more than a just religious experience. It was determined that being part of the chosen nation involved factors way beyond the control of any single human being or his decisive capacity. To be a Jew involves not only being part of a religious system, but it is also includes a blood-line connection to a race of people and a nationality to boot. For those who were "once of Jewish stock" but are no longer, due to the assimilation process, we say of them that they simply gave up their seat on the bus at some point in their genealogical past. It is simply impossible for this seat to be reclaimed. Converting to the Judaism is about a close as a Gentile can get to "being Jewish," but it still falls way short of laying claim to a true Jewish identity.
The church, in feeding her flock with a spiritual starvation diet for the past 2000 years, is now paying the price evidenced by the increased numbers of those who once filled her pews, but now are abandoning them along with the connections with their faith in favor of establishing what they view as "greener pastures" on Jewish Turf. This is a tragedy, at very least. The church, with her confused identity, has all along missed her call to align herself with the Torah. Instead, she has recently begun to get comfortable with aligning herself with Judaism-- yet another rabbit trail leading down to more meaningless and empty expanses of wilderness.
What we have brewing today is a recipe of ecumenism combined with a new flavor of replacement theology, which will provide a tasty non-kosher meal for the Anti-Mashiach when is arrives. He will have no trouble wholly devouring the church, through deception. We might as well put a sign around our neck which admits our confused identities, and which states, "Please Deceive me! I'll buy whatever you have to sell."
"But Evangelical Christians' beloved Israel must become a CHRISTIAN Israel before their Second Advent scenario can take place. Their love REQUIRES a built-in proselytizing agenda."
Rawson plays right into the hands of his ecumenical partners by supposedly quoting the official Christian party-line.
But anyone with a Bible would see right through this, and realize that Israel will never become "Christian" by world standards, nor do most Evangelical Christians expect this in order that the "Second Advent scenario can take place." Israel must remain a patently "Jewish" Israel in order for the words of the Prophets to become a reality.
The problem with Rawson, who amazingly calls himself a Pastor, is that he can't comprehend or accept the coexistence of Jewish Evangelism alongside of Jewish Identity. To him, a Jew who accepts Yeshua as the Jewish Mashiach, becomes converted to a new religion. It is indeed sad that not only do we have to convince our own people about the lunacy of this claim, but now we have to convince left-wing liberal Christian pastors of the same thing.
If they would just lay hold of their own Torah, they would realize that a Jew stays Jewish and a Gentile becomes grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Gentiles don't become Jews. Jews don't become Gentiles. Both races simply become a Torah-driven people, while maintaining their separate physical identities.
"Why are Evangelical Christians pouring millions of dollars into flying plane loads of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel and into financially assisting Jewish communities ("settlements") in Judea and Samaria? Many Evangelical Christians believe that Jesus will not return until all Jews are regathered from "the land of the North" (Russia) and until Israel occupies all of Judea and Samaria."
Why indeed? In this Rawson raises a true point of departure from biblical norms, for which the church is guilty. If Evangelical Christians read their Bibles more and studied the Torah, they would realize that taking care of the household of faith is their primary spiritual directive. Supporting Israel is a political directive. These two directives meet at only one place in the time-space continuum; they cross in only one dimension. They share common ground with only one people-group...which is found in us, the Messianic Community of Faith in Yeshua, living in the Land of Promise. Failing to realize this and missing their marks, the church as been caught red-handed in their hypocrisy and inconsistency of having a double standard, and a double agenda.
Rawson, failing to see the meeting point of these dimensions, is forced to view the Gospel as an alternative, one of many, to achieve peace with G-d and man. He also views the Gospel as something "Christian," meant to be served up only to the Gentiles. Unfortunate for him that history does not support his perverted and arrogant understanding.
"Why don't Evangelical Christians tell Israelis why they are so anxious for Israel to build the 'Third Temple"?
Why doesn't Gershon Saloman, the head of the Temple Mount Faithful, tell the Evangelical Christians and the rest of the world that he is not only counting upon their anxiousness to fund the new Temple, but is actually playing them and manipulating their desires to see the Temple rebuilt with a view to insure that larger monetary contributions will be made to his own organization?
Saloman spearheads the fund-raising drive amongst Western Evangelical Christian Churches in support of building the Third Temple. What he never mentions in public, but what he had no problem mentioning to me during a private meeting I had with him not too long ago, was that he believes all Christians are pagans. Their religion is based upon pagan ideology. "Jesus" is a derivation of "Zeus." He said that he was sent to them to take their money, and at the same time to set them upon the more enlightened path of Judaism. BTW, he also mentioned his utter contempt and hatred for Messianic Believers, especially those living in Israel. I wonder if Rawson has connections with Saloman.
"In the meantime, Evangelical Christians believe that up to one third of Israeli Jews will be converted to Christianity. Then the Evangelical Christians' three-and-one-half year scenario will follow, during which two thirds or more of all Israeli Jews will not only be killed but damned to eternal torment because they never accepted Jesus. Further, every Jew who ever lived since the time of Jesus who did not accept Jesus is already damned eternally. What kind of "Christian love" is this? How absolutely self-serving and cruel."
Obviously, since Rawson doesn't not class himself as an "Evangelical" Christian, he can take great liberties in embellishing the supposed "hell or else" theology he claims that all his Evangelical Christian opponents believe in.
Again, only one who has better than a sixth-grade understanding of the Bible knows that G-d alone is our True Judge, and only He makes determinations with regard to a person's eternal fate.
In efforts to conduct his worldwide campaign to counter Evangelical activities among Jews, Rawson is counting upon the ignorance of his readers to help bolster his ecumenical position. If he can convince us that evangelizing Jews equals stripping them of their Jewishness, and that it is therefore an evil thing to talk about Yeshua to a Jew, and at the same time conveniently ignore Messianic efforts to restoring Jewishness to the Gospel, then he will succeed in not only inventing another religion, but also in obtaining a Kosher stamp of approval from the Rabbis for his "popular Christian" theology.
"These Evangelical Christians are very sincere but their theology and prophetic scenario for Israel and the Jewish people are abominable."
Rawson should direct his statements to the Jewish Prophets. They are ones who announced these prophesies to begin with.
"Why are they so supportive of Jewish communities ("settlements") in Judea and Samaria and of the work of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem? They hope that this outpouring of Christian "love" will in due time inspire many of the Jewish residents ("settlers") in Judea and Samaria and other Israelis to accept Jesus before it is too late".
Rawson, like many, has to mix a bit of truth with his deceptions to make them palatable. The question above is a good question, and a true assessment that the church should take upon herself seriously to examine.
During these days of repentance, the 30 days leading up the days of awe, between Rosh HaShanna and Yom HaKipporim, the church needs to owe up to charges of bribery, though which she has attempted to convince the Jewish people of their Mashiach's identity.
If "Christian Love" had been property directed "especially to the household of faith" first, as the whole of the Torah and the NT directs, we wouldn't be facing charges of bribery, but rather our people would have become jealous of us as we developed model Torah-operative communities, within which charity would have rivaled the best that Orthodox Jewish Communities could produce.
Instead, sadly, the only track record some Christians have produced is a counterfeit self-appointed Christian Embassy in Jerusalem which selfishly serves only it's own best interests, and ignores the needs of the local Messianic community, which it claims to represent in part. Claiming that their "love" for Israel will in due time inspire Jews to accept Jesus is nothing more than a self-deception. In fact, for all their efforts, the only thing they have succeeded in giving the whole community of Faith along with the people of Israel, is a black eye.
"Thousands of Jews in the former Soviet Union are being converted. These missionary efforts are most unfortunate > -- imagine Jews worshiping three gods."
How interesting and revealing of Pastor Rawson's personal theology. It would appear that "worshiping three gods" for Jews is definitely off limits, but for neophyte Christians like himself, its OK.
Pastor, I have a suggestion for you: Go read the Torah and the Prophets. There is only One G-d, and only One Torah for all the inhabitants of the earth.
"Between the covert Evangelical Christian missionary activities in Israel (there are over 40 so-called 'messianic' synagogues in Israel)."
Actually, you have been misinformed. There are now about 60 congregations, and another 80 independent home-groups.
"Christian-Jews" don't exist in Israel. We are Jews who believe in a Jewish Mashiach. We feel that we don't have to apologize if narrow minds, not more than 70 years old cannot absorb a concept that has been around in Jerusalem for 2,000 years.
"...and the immigration of Christian Jews to Israel, the Evangelical Christians expect to have Israel honeycombed with missionaries."
I find it amusing that a pastor from New Brunswick, New Jersey would attempt to define a community and its goals (to honeycomb Israel with missionaries ????) without ever bothering to contact us, or visit, or ask us what we are all about.
That would equivalent to me trying to plan out New Brunswick public transportation routes without ever setting foot in New Jersey. How could I possibly know what the city's makeup or needs are without asking members of the community first?
"Their covert one-on-one approach will be, "We can help you to be a better Jew by accepting Yeshua".
If the Mashiach wasn't needed to help us all become "better Jews," then why was He promised in the first place.
"Falwell's JEWISH Antichrist will holocaust Jews who do not accept Jesus! It is inconceivable that Evangelical Christians can look the Jewish people in the eye and tell them they are their friends, yet have such a deceptive diabolical agenda for them. This agenda is both unthinkable and unscriptural."
And of course, our learned pastor Rawson can show us scripturally, how the redemption of mankind does not depend upon the Mashiach, right?
What is inconceivable is that any Christian can look the Jewish people in the eye and NOT DO SOMETHING that will provide and strengthen a testimony and a calling of repentance given by Jews to Jews, to return to their Torah, and to their Mashiach.
"How can these Evangelical Christians claim such friendship for Israel when their theology is so hateful to the Jews?"
How can Christians like Rawson, claim such friendship for Israel when their theology is so hateful to their own brothers and sisters in the Faith (the Messianic Jewish Community in Israel)?
Has he never read the book of 1st John, in the New Testament? Does he remember the these admonitions?...
"This is how we know who the children of G-d are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of G-d; nor is anyone who does not love his brother."
"If anyone says, "I love G-d," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love G-d, whom he has not seen."
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of G-d be in him?"
"How can ANY of the Christian churches replace God's eternal purpose for the Jews with their own revisions?"
Given Rawson's revisions to the Gospel and his own brand of replacement theology, I would challenge him to ask the same question of himself.
August 13, 1999
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