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September 30, 2005

Southern Baptists offend Jews by daring to obey Jesus

From the Associated Press via the Washington Post...

A leading Jewish organization is condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for using a group of "messianic" Jews _ people who have already converted to Christianity _ in its evangelism.

Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said the effort is offensive because the Southern Baptists are using Jews who have converted to Christianity "to go after other Jews."

"If people convert, that's their individual business," Foxman said. "But don't use them as a tool to convert other people."

At the heart of the ADL's complaint is a decision by the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee to ask its missionary boards to study the idea of recognizing the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship as "an evangelistic mission to Jewish people."

The fellowship is made up of about a dozen congregations in the United States. Its Web site says its mission is "to encourage Jewish believers that their ethnic and historical heritage need NOT be lost upon their commitment to Yeshua (Jesus)."

But then there's that annoying Romans 1:16 that says...

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” [emphasis added]

I'd say Mr. Foxman's use of the term “to go after” is much more offensive. When some Jewish people tried to convert me to Judaism, I didn't call it “going after” me. I assumed that they sincerely believed they'd found a better way, and wanted to share it—which is their right.

Of course that Rabbis and Jewish leader continue to insist that belief that Jesus is the Messiah is the one lone factor that can make anyone, regardless of heritage or practice, cease to be a Jew, seems to missed in the article. As I wrote a few days ago...

...most Rabbis hold that regardless of any other factor—if you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, you cannot be a Jew. You can believe there is no God. You can practice Eastern Mysticism. You don't even have to keep kosher to be able to be considered a Jew. But even if you are of Jewish lineage, keep Kosher, attend synagogue every Sabbath—if you believe Jesus is the Messiah, that one criteria alone excludes you from being a Jew.

So in essence the ADL is offended that Christians would want to tell people about Christ.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 30, 2005 05:48 AM

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No, we are offended by the way in which it is done. The manner and arrogance of this behavior is appalling. The checkered history of the church doesn't help.

This demonstrates a total lack of character and is nothing but divisive.

Posted by: Jack at September 30, 2005 03:21 PM

Your not offering any specific examples shows that I am right, and is is simply a matter of wanting to deny the rights of those with sincere faith, the opportunity to tell others about it.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at October 1, 2005 11:11 AM

How about these:

"The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in 1996 calling on its members to "direct our energies and resources toward the proclamation of the gospel to the Jewish people."

A 1999 prayer guide by the International Mission Board recommended conversion of Jews to Christianity during their High Holy Days, an effort labeled "offensive and disrespectful" by Jewish leaders.

As recently as 2003 Jewish leaders criticized a Southern Baptist seminary president for saying Christians have a mandate to evangelize Jews just as a surgeon has a responsibility to tell a patient about the presence of a "deadly tumor."

Posted by: Jack at October 2, 2005 12:07 AM

Every single one is an example of gagging at a gnat on the part of Jews. Being offended because Christians want to tell you about Jesus makes as much sense as being offended because someone says, "Hey, taste this flavor of ice-cream"—they've found something they think is good and want to tell you about it.

It certainly looks to me that Jews who get outraged at this are saying that the are offended that Christians care. Odd since there are so many people out there that hate Jews, that they feel they need to expend energy criticizing those who are obviously one of their few allies.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at October 2, 2005 07:52 AM

I used to be a big fan of the "Jews" and saw them as the underdog in this world. They have gotten America in more trouble than the muslims have. Now they are telling us to attack Iran or they will. I wish they would just do it instead of making threats like this to US. They should move to the Arizona desert and plant some fig trees there, I am sick of their self serving non believing in Christ agenda. Let them be insulted at their only friends in the world. Their veil will be lifted about Christ in the end of times, let them find out the hard way. God, forgive me for saying that, but it is in your plan anyway, isn't it?

The Baptist offend most Christians with their holier than thou ways.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at October 2, 2005 11:34 AM

Our Middle East policy is not based on protecting Israel, it's based on protecting us. I don't think Israel is telling us to attack Iran so they won't have to, they're telling us because the consequences if they do it will be much more volatile than if we do it. And it is to our best interest if the Mad Mullah in Iran are held in check.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at October 2, 2005 12:17 PM

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