One of the goals that pertains to the Israel & the Jewish People category in this magazine is to assist in the development of Messianic believers in the LAND of Israel. This will transpire in several ways. A grievous issue that affects most Jewish believers in Israel is the anti-missionary movement. For most gentile western Christians persecution for our faith is non-existent. But for believers in Israel it can take the form of a “double portion” for how they are treated. How can one Jew call another Jew a ‘Nazi’? Is this not beyond insult? But this type of accusation, and even physical attacks, often take place. Below is a quote from an eyewitness at a protest of a Messianic congregation in Ashdod,
Growing up as a Jew, I never in my life would have thought that I would one day be compared to Hitler. But that’s just what happened tonight.
I was informed that there would be a ‘rally’ against Messianic Jews (Jews who believe that Yeshua is the promised Jewish Messiah) in the town of Ashdod, Israel.
At first we thought our dear Pnina was to have her bakery targeted again. The poor woman just wants to make cookies and cakes, but because of her faith in Yeshua, she’s been endlessly harassed for years.
But no, this time the rally was in another part of town outside a Messianic Jewish congregation.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Maybe a few demonstrators? I was shocked by what was in place when I arrived.
The Ashdod police had the entire street closed off. Police check-points stopped cars that wanted to enter the area. In front of the congregation were police barricades, a stage with a podium, a long table, with banners and signs that read: “Yad L’Achim”. I soon realized this was going to be some well organized hate-fest.
Within half an hour the entire street was packed with hundreds and hundreds of ultra-orthodox men and boys dressed in black.
Soon, ‘rabbi’ (I use that term very loosely) after rabbi took to the stage to condemn the plague that is Messianic Judaism. Missionaries, they called us. Then came the comparisons to Hitler. We’re here to destroy the Jewish people, to steal Jewish souls to lead all Jews away from Judaism and on and on and on.
It is hard to conceive of the pain this would cause. The Messianic believers of Israel contribute in all areas of life (for example, serving in the IDF and paying taxes) in building the land of Israel, yet here they are accused of actually ‘destroying’ it. I see in these Jewish believers the future hope of national Israel. All that the western gentile church has done for the modern state of Israel is greatly appreciated. However, I am making an appeal that our first obligation is to these Messianic believers and through them to assist the nation both naturally and spiritually.
Secondly, let us commit to pray for Yad L’Achim and other anti-missionary organizations. How many Rabbi Saul’s (the Apostle Paul) are in their ranks? Let us pray for their children that they may see the Light of their Messiah. The Jewish people have enough enemies already, this internal war is not necessary and is grievous. And don’t forget in your prayer for the persecuted church to include our Jewish brothers and sisters in the land of Israel.
John Paul is is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Jewish Issues.
Posted in Israel & The Jewish People, News Tagged with: counter-missionaries, israel, messianic judaism, orthodox jews, protest
Pro-life activist Flip Benham (pictured in white above) gives the story behind this picture, which has been featured in advertisements for a new Fox News show (watch it here), below:
This picture has received a lot of play recently on the Fox News Network as an advertisement for the Megyn Kelly Show. It was taken outside of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the last abortion mill in the state of Mississippi. It is amazing because it reverses the stereo typical roles of the mainstream media’s portrayal of Christian pro-life activists. Who is screaming at who? It paints an entirely different picture of what really happens at abortion mills when Christians take their places outside the “gates of hell.”
Most of the time, gentle Christian warriors are portrayed as bigoted, screaming, in your face, wild-eyed lunatics bent on terrorizing women, blowing-up abortion mills, and shooting abortionists. Nothing could be further from the truth. But to explain this to folks who have already made up their mind is almost impossible. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
Posted in News, Revolution & Justice Tagged with: abortion, pro-life, protest, protesters
A Kansas City abortion clinic employed rammed into a noticeably pregnant pro-life volunteer. According to Operation Rescue:
An abortion clinic employee attacked a pregnant pro-life volunteer outside the Central Family Medicine abortion clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, while she was engaged in peaceful, First Amendment activity.
On November 14, 2009, an unidentified abortion clinic employee came out of the Central Family Medicine abortion clinic and began to taunt the pro-lifers. Her verbal abuse escalated into violence as she rammed her shoulder into sidewalk counselor Jennifer McCoy, who is noticeably six months pregnant. A photograph taken by protest leader Mark Gietzen of the Kansas Coalition for Life shows McCoy recoiling and bracing for the hard impact that occurred a split second later.
Police were summoned, but the abortion worker attempted to flee the scene before they could arrive. McCoy followed the woman to keep her from evading the police. After realizing that she could not get away, the worker returned to the abortion clinic where she hid behind locked doors.
Moral Outcry points out that an abortion clinic bubble law exists in Chicago:
The measure creates 8-foot zones around people within 50 feet of an abortion facility. Anyone who enters that space without consent could face a $500 fine.
As most people that have been part of abortion clinic protests and outreaches can tell you (including this present author), in reality those that are seeking to save the lives of the babies being destroyed in the facility are the ones that are most often in danger of being attacked, as this present story shows. Perhaps we can take a cue from Planned Parenthood (who praised the “bubble” law) and seek to create a legal bubble of protection around pro-life volunteers! Moral Outrcy declared:
… perhaps we need protection from abortion workers! You know, the ones who care about women so much they ‘ram’ a six months pregnant woman on a sidewalk. And then run inside the clinic to escape police.
Now that’s “Women’s Healthcare”.
Posted in News, Revolution & Justice Tagged with: abortion, bubble zone, chicago, law, operation rescue, pro-life, protest
Wayne Hobson wrote a piece on Dr. Brown and the Coalition of Conscience for the Charlotte Baptist Examiner on the subject “Does God Hate Gays?” His series of articles looks at how various Charlotte groups view the GLBT community, and chose Dr. Brown and the COC to represent an “opposing, yet compassionate message,” comparing and contrasting our group with the approach of others that bring a hateful and arrogant tone such as Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. Hobson writes:
We will present two views on the gay community. The first view is that of church groups and organizations in Charlotte that represent a conservatively opposing, yet compassionate message.
The second view is that of complete intolerance and rejection of the LGBT community.
Dr. Brown and the Coalition have been a strong voice of opposition to activities that to many, is a sign of moral decay in the Charlotte area. I chose Dr. Brown as a representative of the first viewpoint on the gay community because it was his group, the Coalition of Conscience, that protested the Charlotte [Gay] Pride celebration back in July.
During an interview for the article, the author asked Dr. Brown a pointed question concerning God’s emotions toward the GLBT community:
Q. How do you think God feels about the gay/lesbian community?
A. Dr. Brown: “God loves all people. He sent His Son and Jesus died for them. The same God opposes sins and calls people to repent… But we [the Church community] must do better to convey God’s love. Many gays have felt that they are rejected by the church and given no hope.. [Many gay people] have been hurt and wounded by those professing Christ. If anyone wants to do harm to them [LGBTs], they’ll have to go through me”.
“If anyone wants to do harm to them, they’ll have to go through me” is a bold declaration that shows no hint of any hatred for the LGBT community. In fact, I’ve talked to a number of gay rights opposers over the years and none of them have stated that they would protect gay people while opposing gay activities like Dr. Brown has.
Throughout our 25 or so minute conversation, I sensed no hatred or anger towards the gay community. Instead, I only sensed compassion and conviction.
“Compassion and conviction” are two adjectives that permeate the lives of Jesus followers everywhere. Let’s come out of the closet, and let the world know this is who we really are and how we really feel. Fred Phelps and his Westboro “community” may have their message, but we have ours. Let’s get that message of God’s love into our community!
Posted in News, Revolution & Justice Tagged with: charlotte, Coalition of Conscience, Dr. Michael Brown, emotion, examiner, Fred Phelps, gay activism, interview, Jesus, protest, sin, the church, Wayne Hobson
In response to an Exodus International conference happening in the Chicago area on July 14th, the Gay Liberation Network will hold a protest (see the poster for the protest here) outside the event, declaring:
Exodus International is the nation’s foremost organization claiming to use Christianity to turn LGBT people into “ex-gays.” And while they say they “love” us, their fake attempts to change gays into straights is rooted in their hatred of gay people. They oppose all civil rights for LGBT people – equal employment, housing and access to public accomodations [sic], and one of their board members even traveled to Uganda recently to endorse a vicious law which makes gay sex punishable by life imprisonment. Every major, relevant professional association has denounced Exodus’s efforts as potentially very damaging to the very people Exodus claims to “help.”
The protest’s facebook event page can be found here.
President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, welcomed news of the protest saying:
“Ironically, there are many at this event who at one time would have been outside protesting it, but have exchanged the hurt and anger of the past for a relationship with Jesus Christ and with caring individuals in the Christian church.
“What we, as the global Christian church, must recognize is that on the other side of a picket line, are often hurting people in need of God’s unconditional love,” said Chambers. “While our views on these issues may differ, the bold love of Christ must prevail over opposing policies, differing views and even our own pride.”
Now I ask, does this sound like someone that has a “hatred of gay people?”
Posted in News, Sexuality & Gender Tagged with: alan chambers, chicago, christian church, conference, ex-gay ministries, Exodus, homosexuality, protest