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WHY ARE CHURCHES IGNORING JEWISH EVANGELISM?

 

inadequate, irresponsible or inconsistent exegesis of Romans 1:16.  Romans 1:16,  stresses that the one verb governs three descriptions of the Gospel. The descriptions of the Gospel are;

A) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,

B) to the Jew first, and

C) also to the Greek.

 The verb governing these descriptive phrases is in the present tense. As a result, all three descriptions are happening constantly in the present. Dr. A. F. (Messianic Scholar) said it this way, "Consistent exegesis would demand that if the gospel is always the power of God, then it is always to the Jew first." However, inconsistent, irresponsible, or shallow exegesis of Romans 1:16 pretends that the verb is in the past tense when it comes to the second description. Hence, the Gospel was to the Jew first and is no longer. Therefore, they state that the Jewish community does not have priority when it comes to evangelism. At best this is inconsistent or shallow exegesis, and at worse, it is irresponsible down-right manipulation of the text of the Bible. We need to obey the Bible and follow God's clear command regarding the Jewish people.

 

 2. Using Jewish resistance as an excuse not to evangelize the Jewish people. The excuse is based on Romans 11:25b, "a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in..." The rationale goes like this. The Jews are hardened today; therefore, it is a waste of time and resources to evangelize them. We should make Gentile evangelism the priority. The Jews will be saved after the rapture or tribulation. This rationale ignores the fact that a remnant of Jewish people are being saved today (Romans 11:5). The results of Jewish evangelism today may not produce great statistics for a missionary newsletter, but that fact does not negate the importance of reaching the faithful remnant of Israel in obedience to Romans 1:16.

 

 3. An out of context evaluation of Acts 18:6. In Acts 18:6 the Apostle Paul stated, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." The response many churches make to that statement is that there is an obvious shift from the Jews first program to the Gentiles program. What this shallow exegesis ignores is the context of the Apostle Paul's ministry. His ministry was always to the Gentile:

Romans 11:13 - But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles,...
Galatians 2:7 - But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised...

In spite of the fact that Paul's missionary field was the Gentiles, he consistently went to the Jew first (Acts 13:4-5, 13:44-46, 14:1, 16:11-13, 17:1-2, 17:10, 17:16-17; 18:4; 28:16-17). Consistently, after the Jewish community had rejected the message of the Gospel, then Paul went to the Gentile community. There is no "obvious shift" here. Acts 18:6 is entirely consistent with the whole context of Paul's ministry. Following Acts 18:6, Paul goes to the Jewish community in Rome first. He cannot go to them because he is under house arrest. Instead he calls the Jewish community leaders to come to him. After they reject the Gospel, then Paul follows his normal pattern and focuses on Gentile evangelism. Acts 18:6 is not a pivotal point in his ministry. Instead it highlights his obedience to the God given procedure for evangelism laid out in Romans 1:16.

 

4. Ignoring a key reason why God is saving Gentiles today. One of the key reasons why God is saving Gentiles today is found in Romans 11:11-14:

I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.

Paul begins by undercutting Replacement Theology when he admits that the Jewish community stumbled when they rejected Yeshua, but that stumble was not so bad that they fell on their face. There is a future and a hope for Israel. She has not been replaced by the Church.

He then notes how greatly the Gentiles have benefited from Israel's lurch. They have already gained; 1) salvation from sin, and 2) spiritual riches.

However, tucked among the blessings comes a short phrase explaining why Gentiles are being saved, "to make them (Israel) jealous." One of the key reasons Gentiles are being saved today is to make Jewish people yearn for what the Gentiles have gained. Ironically, that is one of the key reasons why Paul embraced his assignment to go to the Gentiles - so that Israel might be saved. Paul threw himself 100% into his assignment because he realized that one of the outcomes would be Jewish salvation.

In addition, the benefit the world received will be even more stupendous - "how much more will their fulfillment be." Even more blessings will come to the world when Israel is saved.

Withholding the Gospel from the Jewish community by abandoning Romans 1:16 has cost the church great blessings. In many cases, she has willfully abandoned the God given procedure of evangelism found in Romans 1:16 at great cost. Disobedience always brings discipline.

On the other hand Churches who possess a positive view of the Jewish community also ignore Jewish evangelism. Sound paradoxical? You are correct. Jewish evangelism is ignored by churches on both sides. Jewish evangelism is ignored both by churches who are negatively disposed toward the Jewish community as well as by churches that are positively disposed toward the Jewish community. How can this be? In a one phrase summary: permissive "love" for the Jewish community. Four basic ideas permeate their thought. Again, in no particular order.

1.We have no right to witness to the Jewish community because of Jewish suffering and "Christian" anti-Semitism. This excuse rationalizes away the force of Romans 1:16 in face of guilt and intimidation. Guilt, because Jewish people have endured persecution and suffering by the church. While it is true that some persecutors were genuine Christians, the vast majority were not. The vast majority simply wore a name tag emblazoned "Christian." Their faith went no deeper than that. However, the Jewish community cannot tell the difference. IF someone says they are a Christian their claim is accepted at face value. Instead of denouncing "Christian" persecution these churches retreat into cringing, pathetic apology. Ironically, apology is an admission of guilt that actually reinforces and identifies the modern Christian with the ungodly acts of non-believers in the past. There is no need to apologize for the actions of others. You are not responsible for their anti-Semitism. Instead refute and denounce it. You are only responsible for your actions.

You often hear these churches state that we must love and comfort the Jewish people instead of evangelizing them. While loving and comforting Jewish people is commendable it does not present the gift of eternal life. You can love and comfort them right into hell. You must graciously speak the truth too.

Intimidation plays a role when Jewish people point their fingers at Christians and exclaim, "Look what you have done to us!" "Your persecution reveals that you are simply hypocrites." "You can just keep that kind of 'love!'" We are not to be intimidated by the past. Instead we must refute the past and do the absolutely most loving thing possible: present the Jewish person with the Gospel of the Messiah, the Kingdom and Eternal Life!

2. There is no need to evangelize the Jewish people because they have their own covenant with God that saves them. The thinking here is that the Gentiles have the New Covenant and the Jews have the Mosaic Covenant. This heresy is called "Two Covenant Theology." It denies the very words of the New Testament.

Acts 4:12 - "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
John 14:6 - "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'"

The Jewish community likes to play to this belief by saying that Yeshua was the Savior of the Gentiles and Jews have their own path to God. This position is pure unbridled heresy. If Yeshua is not the Savior of the Jewish people then He is not the Savior of anybody.

3. I will not be allowed to minister in Israel if I witness to the Jewish people. This position essentially makes the Land of Israel into a personal idol. These organizations refrain from witnessing because they are afraid they will be ejected from the country. As a result, they tend to be involved in relief and development ministries only. Now, there is nothing wrong with compassionate benevolence, but food and clothing will not get a Jewish person spiritually saved. Only the words of truth will do that. The Gospel must accompany the goodies.

Romans 10:17 - "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."

Unfortunately, love of living in the Land of Israel overrides their love for the Messiah of Israel because they disobey His commandment to preach the Good News to His own people. That is idolatry in the heart (Ezekiel 14:3-7). Ironically, love of living in the Land of Israel also overrides their love for the Jewish people. Why? Because the most unloving thing you can do is deny them access to the source of salvation from sin and eternal life. If you would rather live in the Land than witness, then you love yourself more than the Israelis surrounding you. The most ironic part of this whole mindset is the fact that benevolence ministries can be accomplished from outside the Land. We must not compromise the proclamation of the Good News to Israel for any reason. If getting kicked out of the Land is the result of obedience, so be it.

4. Belief that Rabbinic Judaism is a valid, God ordained faith. This is similar to point but the rational is that Rabbinic Judaism is a path to salvation. This position denies Acts 4:12 and John 14:6 previously mentioned. However, this rational goes even further and hands invalid authority to the rabbis. One of the central tenets of Rabbinic Judaism, in all its forms, is that Yeshua is not the Messiah, never has been and never will be. Rabbinic Judaism is a man-made religion that possesses only the slightest connection to the Bible. It is a faith in merit, the Sages, and tradition. The rabbis do not possess an alternated path to salvation, truth, and eternal life. Do not be fooled.

 Article shared by B. Morris 2011