Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Problem: Spiritual Terrorism
Shabbat morning services are packed. The chazzan leads the prayers with beautiful traditional Jewish melodies. The congregation, centered around the bimah, listens attentively as the rabbi delivers an enlightening d'var Torah. Everybody is invited for a congregational kiddush following servies in the social hall on the lower level. Sounds like a regular synagogue, eh? Well, this ain't your zaide's shul. No, here the object of adoration is Jesus of Nazareth, er... I mean Yeshua. You'll find no crosses or crucifixes on the walls, nor will you learn about the New Testament. But you will get treated to a lesson from the Brit Chadash, learn about the adventures of the Rav Shaul and the other Talmidim. You have found yourself in a "completed" synagogue.
Since the inception of Christianity, the conversion of Jews has essential. After 2000 years of failure with such techniques as Crusades, Inquisitions and pogroms, the Christian world has found a new method: Messianic "Judaism". Under this guise, hundreds of congregations have sprung up mixing Jewish and Christian rituals, holding 'Christ in the Passover' seders, 'High Holiday' services and pro-Israel events. Their language is deception. In their attempt to ensnare Jews, they call their leaders 'rabbis', although they often are ordained ministers, drop Hebrew or Yiddish phrases, dress up in Jewish clothes and ritual objects, and promise newcomers that they can be Jewish and believe in 'Yeshua' at the same time. They pretend to be Jewish, replace Christian terms with Hebrew ones, such as 'completed' insteand of 'converted', 'immersed in a mikveh' instead of 'baptised', 'moshiach' instead of 'Christ', while their core theology remains identical to Baptist and Fundamentalist Christian belief. Evangelical organization have donated a billion dollars in the last decade to these organizations.
A few weeks ago, the World Evangelical Congress took out a full page add in the New York Times affirming that "the most loving and Scriptural expression of our friendship toward Jewish people, and to anyone we call friend, is to forthrightly share the love of G-d in the person of Jesus Christ." Over the past 25 years, over 275 000 Jews worldwide have been converted by these deceptive missioniaries. Hundreds of Messianic congregations exist, and there are currently over 900 organizations dedicated to converting Jews in North America alone. Missionaries have founded Messianic 'Jewish' schools, with Messianic 'yeshivot' to train their own 'rabbis'. Christian support for Israel has also lead to missionizing in the Holy Land. Sadly, over a hundred Messianic congregations fill up their pews in Israel and hundreds of cults operate all over the country. Evangelical groups have consistently blocked anti-missionary legislation. Conversions and missionizing has reached endemic proportions with 15 000 Jewish souls in Israel now ensnared in these groups. Religious leaders have deemed this situation to be one of shmad, spiritual destruction of the worst sort. Preying on the weak and ignorant, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, elderly Holocaust survivors and non-committed youth have fallen victim to their efforts.
These aggressive tactics and their tragic results have made this website necessary. It bears saying that I bear no hostility towards Christians and I respect American Christians for the amazing moral contributions that they have made to society. However, the incessant attacks and proselityzing cannot be ignored. In former times, whenever a rabbi or Jewish community would hear of a Jew leaving the faith of his ancestors, they would fast. In today's era of shmad, we can do no less. This is a new threat, a form of spiritual terrorism, dedicated to getting Jews to forsake Judaism. Whether it is through Inquisitions and Auschwitzes, or 'Christ in the Passover' seders and missionizing, the ultimate goal is the same- the eradication of the Jewish people through assimilation. This site is dedicated to combatting these spiritual terrorists, exposing these wolves in sheeps' clothing, clearing up the mountain of lies, mistranslations and out of context quotations that form their theology and, G-d willing, bringing back lost Jews to Judaism.
"It is time to act on HaShem's behalf, they have made void Your Torah" (Psalms 119:126)