Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman


Palin & the Jewish Vote

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Until yesterday, I’d been predicting that John McCain would get a higher percentage of the Jewish vote than any Republican in years. Why? Because there is a small but meaningful number of older Jews who either won’t vote for a black man or have come to believe the emails about Obama being a secret Muslim.
But the Sarah Palin pick may end up scaring some Jews. Two weeks ago, she sat in church as her minister introduced David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, according to Politico. “He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism,” said Rev. Larry Kroon of Wasilla Bible Church.
Brickner then gave a classic Jews-for-Jesus talk about how Jews had rejected the Messiah and the need to convert Jews to Christianity. He goes on to say that strife in the Middle East reflects a judgment against Israelis and Jews for not accepting Christ:

What we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment. There is judgment that is going on in the land, and that’s the other part of this Jerusalem Dilemma. When Jesus was standing in that temple, He spoke that that judgment was coming, that there’s a reality to the judgment of unbelief. He said “I long to gather you, but…” what? “You were unwilling.” God never forces His way on human beings. And so because Jerusalem was unwilling to receive His grace, judgment was coming. He says, “Look, your house has left you desolate!”… Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real.” (The full sermon can be found after the jump.)

Though Palin was there, we obviously don’t know if she agreed with those particular sentiments. But there was no evidence that Obama agreed with the sentiments of Jeremiah Wright either, yet Jews became uncomfortable with the idea that he was associating with people who praised Louis Farrakhan. If it turns out that Palin’s milieu embraced Jews for Jesus, that may counter-act the Jeremiah Wright factor among some Jews.
I’m sure people will be scouring the sermons of Palin’s pastors for proof that he’s a Republican version of Wright, and we may yet find some outrageous examples. But my point is slightly different: the standard preaching of many evangelical churches will be frightening to some Jews, just as the standard preaching of many African American churches were scary to whites.
For instance, Pastor Larry Kroon of Wassilla Bible Church on June 22 of this year declared:

“Jesus said, ‘You’re either with Me or you’re against Me.’ You either resist His rule or you receive His rule. It’s one or the other. It’s black or white. There is no room for neutrality. I wanna be really exact at this. You either resist His rule or you accept it. And when I say that, it comes down to one crucial issue. You either receive His ruler, or you reject His ruler. He’s given us a King. That King’s name is Jesus. You either receive the King that God has appointed for all mankind or you reject Him. There’s no neutral ground on that–none.
Don’t make the mistake of saying, ‘Just give me the rulebook. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it.’ That isn’t what you’re called to do. You’re called to follow a ruler, and His name is Jesus. You receive Him or you reject Him–there’s no middle ground. “

Theologically, this isn’t that different from what might find in any evangelical church on any Sunday, and I don’t think many Christians — even non-evangelicals — would object. But this kind of thing — along with the Jews for Jesus comments and her sponsorship of Christian Heritage Week – could give pause to some Jews who were trending to McCain.


FULL TEXT
The Jerusalem Dilemma
David Brickner
Wasilla Bible Church
August 17, 2008


Pastor Larry: The Lord put David Brickner on our calendar almost three years ago, put it in ink, said “David Brickner, August 17th, 2008, Wasilla Bible Church. He’s an international speaker–his schedule ends up being two to three years out. He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism. Our connection with them probably goes back to the 1970s when I first heard a music group from Jews for Jesus called “The Liberated Wailing Wall” in Seattle, Washington. And they had an impact on my life. They’re one of the reasons I’m a pastor now.
About four years ago or so…I forget how long ago it was…we had David here. And that’s when he connected with us as a congregation. And now we have him back again today. He’ll be presenting a message from the Word. He’ll also be presenting his mission, to an extent, so we’re familiar with it; and it’s just gonna be a great time together with him. We’ll be taking a special offering at the end of our time to support that ministry. I encourage your engagement in that.
But above everything, I want you to understand–when God set that date, August 17th, 2008, David Brickner in Wasilla Bible Church–God wanted to say something to us at this time in our congregational life, to us corporately and to us individually. And God has brought you here to hear it. David?
David Brickner: Well, Shalom! It is wonderful to be back here with you after these number of years. Thank you for that warm introduction. We really do feel a warm-hearted connection with you here at Wasilla Bible Church. The last time I was with you, you weren’t in this facility yet. And so it was before you moved to the school, to move to here. So it’s been that long. And I am just so glad to be back here with you.
A lot has happened in the ministry of Jews for Jesus. But for those of you who don’t know much about us, you hear that name and maybe it raises a few questions, you know–Jews for Jesus…isn’t that a contradiction in terms? You know, kinda like saying ‘Vegetarians for Meat.’ Whoever heard of Jews for Jesus? Well, hopefully you know better, because you know that Jesus is Jewish, right? And the disciples–Peter and John and James were all Jewish. All the writers of the New Testament, with the possible exception of Luke, were Jews, and we know that Luke was a doctor, so who knows.
But of course, this issue and this controversy–which was very much a part of Jesus’ life and ministry–is still in evidence today. The Jewish community, in particular, has a difficult time understanding this reality. Not too long ago a Jewish guy came up to me, and he said, “David, how can you be a Jew for Jesus?” I said to him, “Well, think about it. Jesus was Jewish, right?” And he did. And he said, “Yeah, Jesus was Jewish. But then He converted and became a Catholic.”
Now, there’s no greater place in the world where this controversy is very much at the forefront of conversation than in the land of Israel. Since I was last with you, the ministry of Jews for Jesus has grown in a number of ways, but most excitingly in that part of the world. We now have the largest work of our…of all of our ministries around the world; we’re in twelve different countries, but the largest work of Jews for Jesus is in the land of Israel. And that’s pretty much a miracle, because to imagine that Jews for Jesus–in Hebrew, Yehudim L’man Yeshua, would be a registered, not-for-profit organization in the land of Israel…how that happened, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. But the issue is still controversial.
In fact, Israelis don’t even know how to say Jesus’ name in Hebrew, which is Yeshua, but they call Him ‘Yeshu.’ And Yeshu…it’s a name that…it’s not really a name. It’s a name that was given to Jesus by medieval rabbis who wanted to actually pronounce a malediction, a curse, on Him. And so ‘Yeshu’ is actually an acrostic for “Yimach Sh’mo V’zichro,” from the Psalms, a malediction that says “May his name and memory be blotted out.” And so there is a great deal of controversy about this person. And yet, in the midst of this, there is no greater openness in any Jewish community than that which is going on in the land of Israel. I call this the Jerusalem Dilemma.
You know, the first time I ever went to Israel–my parents actually live there now; they live in Jerusalem–but the first time I went I was part of “The Liberated Wailing Wall,” my wife and I. Now, I know that’s a strange name for a group, but we sing Jewish gospel music. It’s kind of a cross between Israeli folk and “Fiddler on the Roof.” It’s great stuff, and we went there to minister. And we were out on the streets in Tel Aviv, and in Haifa, and in Jerusalem. And one particular occasion I was standing at the top of the Hamashbir…in front of the Hamashbir on Ben Yehuda Street, which is…Hamashbir is kind of like the Sears & Roebuck of Israel. And Ben Yehuda Street is a pedestrian walkway. And we were singing, and a crowd of Israelis had gathered.
Now, most Israelis are secular. And they were drawn by the music, and we had t-shirts on that said “Yehudim L’man Yeshua” (Jews for Jesus), so they knew who we were; but that was ok. They were enjoying the music; some were clapping. There were some that were even dancing off to the side. I thought to myself, “Boy, this is great! We’re preachin’ the gospel right here on the streets of Jerusalem.”
Then I noticed, right out of the corner of my eye, five yeshiva buchers. Now, that’s the ultra-orthodox young seminary students. Maybe you’ve seen the pictures, you know, with the black hats and the black coats, and the side curls, you know. And they were walking towards us with a look of grim determination on their faces, and I knew we were in trouble. And sure enough, these guys got up right in front of us, and they started screaming and yelling. And then one of them reached out to grab my wife Patty…now Patty’s playing the violin, so this guy’s gonna grab the bow of the violin to wrench it out of her hand. And I’m thinkin’, “That’s it. We’re gonna get martyred right here on the streets of Jerusalem.” And then up walked this Israeli–I mean, he was a big guy. He was about six-four, 260 pounds, completely bald; he looked like Jesse Ventura, you know. And he gets up in their faces and he says to them, “You touch them, and I’ll touch you.” These guys backed off, and we were able to continue ministry that day. And I thought to myself, “Praise God!” The Bible says the Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, to deliver them from harm. I just never knew he looked like Jesse Ventura.
But that illustrates this issue of the Jerusalem Dilemma. Here is this city that represents a people, that represents a move of God; the name itself–Ir Shalom–means ‘City of Peace.’ And yet, what irony that there has been no peace, and there is no peace in the city of peace. In fact, over 132 separate wars have been fought over the city of Jerusalem, more than any other territory or city in human history. This is a city that’s divided, and representing as it does the hope of humanity in the promises of scripture, it is at the forefront of the conflict that rages in our world today. How do we understand the Jerusalem Dilemma? How does it help us to understand what’s going on in the world and, yes, even in our own lives?
Jesus spoke directly to this issue when, in Matthew 23 he addressed His attention to this dilemma. Let’s see if I can get the Powerpoint to change. Ok, there’s the scripture. If you have a Bible, you can turn with me to Matthew 23, which is largely Jesus’ message just before going to the cross, his last public sermon–which is a diatribe against the leaders who are plotting against His life. Jesus had a popular ministry among the am ha-aretz, the people of the earth, the common folk, because He taught with authority, not as the scribes and Pharisees. But it was those scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders, that plotted against His life. And Jesus knowing this, the Bible says, nevertheless set His face like a flint toward Jerusalem. And He marched right into the temple.
You know, when you’re walking in obedience to the will of God you can go anywhere. It doesn’t matter what forces there are arrayed against you, it doesn’t matter what circumstances confound you. When you are in obedience to God, what can stop you? We can’t lose when we’re walking in obedience to God! And there was no one who more completely walked in obedience to God than Jesus himself. So here He is in the temple, preaching the sermon, and in the last…most of the sermon is against the leadership, but in the last three verses He opens up and speaks to all the people when He cries out
“Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate! For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say ‘Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai–Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
And the first dilemma that Jesus addresses is the dilemma of unbelief. The fact is that Jerusalem stands as a place where, more than any other, God’s revelation has been heard and seen, miracles have been done, prophets have ministered. And yet Jesus says ‘You’re represented, you’re symbolized by unbelief, by rejection of the messengers. In spite of this amazing history of God’s grace in revealing His truth in you, O Jerusalem, you killed the prophets.’
Israel has not had the greatest track record when it comes to following after God. You know, what other nation experienced such mighty deliverance as Israel, in God bringing us out of bondage and slavery in Egypt? The miracles, the parting of the Red Sea… But we got into the wilderness, and the first thing we did was we ‘kvetched,’ you know, we complained. We said, “Moses, we didn’t’ have enough trouble back in the land of Egypt, and now you brought us out here to die?” And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.
And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience…and will soon experience…that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews… Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, “Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you.” And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’
And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.
“How often I’ve longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.”
In other words, in the face of unbelief, God’s unrelenting response to human unbelief is to say, ‘Hey, I wanna gather you. Despite your long history of rejecting My messengers, My passion as I look down the corridor of time over this vast history,’ the Son of God, in His most divine aware statement, says, ‘I wanna gather you.’ And here I believe He’s reflecting the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 91,
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
…verse 4…
…under His wings…
Whose wings? The Almighty’s wings…
…you will find refuge.
And Jesus says ‘Come under My wings, O Jerusalem. There’s a place of grace that I want to establish for you in spite of your unbelief.’ And so committed was Jesus to that place of grace that not many days after He said this, He stretched out His arms on a cruel cross and shed His blood to pay the penalty for your sin and for mine. But because of who He is–because He is the Messiah, the Anointed One of God–death could not hold Him, and the grave could not keep Him, and He rose again from the grave. And now that same resurrection power of God is available to be applied to the lives of all those who trust Him, in Jerusalem and around the world. That is the answer to the Jerusalem Dilemma, the dilemma of unbelief–the mercy and grace of God, this place of grace that whosoever will may come under and find God’s forgiveness.
And you may be here today and you’re thinkin’, “Well, I would like to believe that for myself, but I don’t know if I can. Because, you see, I’ve messed things up so badly. Oh, I’ve asked God for forgiveness,” maybe you say. “I’ve asked Him for forgiveness, but then I’ve gone out and I’ve fallen flat on my face, and I’ve messed it all up again. And I keep on doing it. There’s gotta be a time when God says, ‘I’m through with you.’ Maybe He’s done that to me.”
Well, let me ask you somethin’. When has God ever said that to Jerusalem? In spite of its history, hundreds and thousands of years, He never has and He never will, and He’ll never say it to you, too. In fact, there’s only one thing that you can do to put yourself beyond the grace of God, the forgiveness and love that Jesus died to purchase, and that is if you refuse His invitation. There’s a place of grace today for God’s people to find forgiveness. It solves the dilemma of unbelief when we step in and receive that invitation. Isn’t that good news?
That’s the good news that’s gonna make the difference in Israel right now. I just returned from Israel, where we had our first evangelistic campaign. We handed out over 132,000 tracts in downtown Tel Aviv. We had over 2,000 Israelis give us their names, addresses and phone numbers, asking for Hebrew New Testaments, and 32 Israelis stepped into that place of grace to receive Him as their savior. Isn’t that wonderful? Wow! And it’s just the beginning of a six-year program that we’re having.
My son, Isaac, is here, and I’ve asked him to grab Pastor Larry’s microphone. And he just got back from a program that he was involved with. You know, one of the challenges that we have in Jews for Jesus is to raise up the next generation. And there’s a lot of openness today in Israel and among Israelis, especially the young people. And so Isaac was part of a group that ministered; just got back a few days ago. And so, Isaac, why don’t you tell us about it?
Isaac: Shalom Aleichem! Yes, as my dad said, I just got back a few days ago from Israel, and also India. You might say, ‘India…hmm…that’s interesting.’ But in fact, there’s a ministry going on in India as we speak that we were able to be a part of, and I’ll tell you about that in a second. Me and about thirteen other young people like myself, college-age, just got back from Israel and India. And we first went to Israel for about seven weeks. And in Israel we were able to take part in a discipleship program that has been set up for young college-age Jewish believers in Yeshua, called Massah–which means ‘journey’ in Hebrew. And basically what it is, is it has three goals. The first goal is to further each person’s relationship with Yeshua–with Jesus. And the second one is to become more…become more firm in your Jewish identity, and finding your Jewish identity in Yeshua, Jesus. And third, to basically equip you and implement you in the…in the task of ministering to our Jewish people.
In Israel we had a variety of speakers and leaders come in to help us further those goals in our own lives. And I can say for myself that I personally grew leaps and bounds in my faith in Jesus. And it allowed me to step out in faith and to talk to other Israeli Jews about Jesus, those who don’t believe in Yeshua. Our first week, actually, in Israel, we went out in Tel Aviv and did something very similar to the campaign that had gone on about a few weeks before we had gotten there, which is to hand out gospel tracts to Israelis, and to talk with them and offer them New Testaments in Hebrew. And that was one of the most crazy experiences of my life, not only because you don’t know the language in Israel when you first get there, but there’s a lot of hostility as well. But God did an amazing work through that time, and it allowed us to become more familiar with the culture, more familiar with how we were actually going to share the gospel with Israelis.
So now let me get to India. So in India there is a very interesting community of Israeli backpackers who…most of them have just gotten out of their two-or-three-year army service in the Israeli Defense Force. And they go on a quest. Basically what it is is spiritual enlightenment or trying out new things; and India is one of the main places that they go, in northern India. And there is a ministry there which is basically…just now it’s just a coffee shop, a local hangout that a lot of Israelis like to go. And there is a Christian brother there named Rajam who runs the coffee shop, and who we met up with when we got there. But we were able to, once we spent our seven weeks in Israel, fly to India and make that our kind of home base, and then travel around to different parts of India where there’re Israelis backpacking, and basically just befriend them and get to know them and who they are, and what kind of dilemma they’re facing, themselves. And most of them, like my father said, had never heard the name Yeshua. They still know him as ‘Yeshu.’ So we were able to shed light on…and just be a light in our friendships to them, and kind of just enlighten them to who Yeshua is, and the love that Yeshua has for them.
And for me, that personally has changed my life, making me realize how much God has a plan for each and every one of us, and how much we all need to witness to our fellow unbelievers; and for me, as a Jewish person, to my fellow unbelieving Jewish family.
We were able to talk with over…with hundreds of people in Israel about Yeshua, Jesus; and many of them also received Hebrew New Testaments that we were carrying around with us. And some of us would write personal notes in the New Testament to the Israelis who had become our friends. And they would…they were so grateful, because we were investing in them and loving them for who they were, and showing them who Jesus was, and who Jesus can be for them and in their lives.
As I said, it’s all kinda still stirring around in there in side, because I just got back about two or three days ago. But, yeah, …
David: Thank you, Isaac.
As we were flyin’ up here yesterday, Isaac showed me his journal. And he has a list of about twenty-five names of Israelis that he’s praying for, that he met, that he shared the gospel with during his time in India. And of course, they’re all on Facebook. And so the contact and the ministry continues.
There’s so much that’s going on right now, and we want you to be involved with us in the ministry of Jews for Jesus. When you came in, in your bulletin today you should have received a card that looks like this. If you take that out right now…and you’ll notice there is a perforation on the card…we want to invite you to fold it along the perforation and then tear it, because the smaller section is for you to keep. It’s a prayer reminder card. And we really think that prayer is the most important way for you to be involved in Jews for Jesus. And so we encourage you to take this card home with you and fill in the blanks that are there so that you might, first of all, become a prayer partner with us. If you’re interested in praying especially for the ministry that’s going on in Israel, take this larger portion of the card; and if you fill in your name and address, and especially your email, we’d like to have you as part of our prayer team. We’ll be sending out weekly prayer requests for the ministry going on in Israel. The first campaign that I mentioned before, that took place in Tel Aviv, is fast now going into the second campaign which will take place in upper Galilee. That includes Tiberias and Tsefat, which is a really bedrock of mysticism and occult behaviors among the Jewish community there. So we really need your prayers. There’s a lot of opposition, as Isaac said, and yet there’s a lot of opportunity. If you fill this card out and drop it in the offering as it’s passed, we’ll send you our free newsletter, and we’ll send you prayer requests if you put Israel in the card here.
I also want to send you the testimony of one of our Israeli staff members– Shlomi Abramov, who used to be a body guard for Ariel Sharon. And God broke his heart. He used to break legs, and now God broke his heart, and he’s preaching the gospel in Israel.
There’s a lot that I could tell you about. I want to encourage you to stop at the literature table after the service; that has a lot of free material as well as some not-so-free stuff. Since I was here last time, we produced this DVD, called “Forbidden Peace,” which tells the story of how Israelis and Arabs are coming to faith in Jesus, and then being reconciled together through the power of His love. And we’re seeing that happen in the ministry of Jews for Jesus. And so we want to encourage you to be involved, to support us in the offering if God should lead you; but most importantly, to recognize what’s happening there right now, I believe, is the fulfillment of God’s promises. And I say that with some fear and trepidation, because I am not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, and I work for a non-profit organization. ?
But what we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment. There is judgment that is going on in the land, and that’s the other part of this Jerusalem Dilemma. When Jesus was standing in that temple, He spoke that that judgment was coming, that there’s a reality to the judgment of unbelief. He said “I long to gather you, but…” what? “You were unwilling.” God never forces His way on human beings. And so because Jerusalem was unwilling to receive His grace, judgment was coming. He says, “Look, your house has left you desolate!” What did He mean by that? Remember where He is. He’s standing in the temple there in Jerusalem, the place where God had promised, through Moses,
“There I will meet with you, there I will hear your prayers, and there I will forgive your sin.”
And now Jesus in that temple, just before going to the cross, says, ‘From now on this place is desolate.’ And Jesus’ words have echoed down through the centuries. Not a generation after He uttered this promise, Titus and his Roman legions marched into that city and destroyed both the city and the temple. And from that day until this very present there has been no temple, and there is therefore no sacrifice in Judaism. Only we could sacrifice in…the only place was in the temple. And therefore there has been, and there is today, no confidence of atonement, no confidence of forgiveness. If you were to stand outside of a synagogue on the day of atonement and ask those leaving the service, “Did God hear your prayers? Were your sins forgiven on this most holy of all days?” the answer would be, “I hope. I hope, but who can know?” Who indeed but those of us who have come under the wings of the Almighty, who’ve entered into that place of grace where forgiveness is assured for the dilemma of human life. Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real.
When Isaac was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment–you can’t miss it. And Jesus talks about it, but He didn’t leave us there. There’s a promise of a return from this judgment. Jesus concludes His message there in the temple by saying this–’I tell you, you will not see Me again, you will not experience what I have come to bring, this place of grace which I have and will soon establish…you will not see Me again until you say, until you’re able with conviction to articulate, these words: “Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai–Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”‘ Once again quoting again from a Psalm, this time Psalm 118:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief…the chief corner stone. And this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Save now, we beseech Thee; save now, O Lord!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
‘You will not see Me until you can acknowledge Me as the One who’s come, as the stone once rejected by the builders, but now the chief, until you say “Jesus, You’re the Messiah!”‘ Not many days after He said these words there were some three thousand Jews who saw Him. After His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to glory, Peter on the day of Pentecost preached in Jerusalem. And the Holy Spirit fell, and those three thousand heard the word of God, and they repented. They turned from their unbelief to faith, and He came to dwell in their hearts. They saw Him.
And I’m so grateful to God that here I am some two thousand years later, a Jew who has said to Jesus, “Baruch Hab-ba bashem Adonai”; and yet most of my people have not. They’re still waiting. And therein lies the burden of my heart, and of Jews for Jesus, and I want to invite you to share that burden with us today. I want you to do it in a very specific way, by singing these very words of the Lord from Psalm 118. I’m gonna ask the band to come back up and help me.
Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai.
Let’s try those words in Hebrew. Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai. Again, it means ?Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Will you stand with me? And if you’re here today, and you’ve never entered into that place of grace, you’ve never received the love and forgiveness that Jesus offers, then you can through singing these words–first in Hebrew, then in English. Invite Him to come–welcome Him in the name of the Lord! That’s what He said. You need to do that.
Maybe you’ve been wandering far from the Lord and you know He wants you to come back. You can sing these words as part of your coming back to Him, part of your repentance and return.
Or maybe you want to intercede on behalf of someone you know who is wandering, or just pray that “Jesus come.” Whatever God has spoken to you this morning, let’s sing this together to Him as a praise, as a blessing, and as a welcome for His coming to do what He wants to do.
Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai, Hallelujah!
Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai, Hallelujah!
Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai, Baruch hab-ba bashem Adonai.
Hallelujah!
Let’s sing it together now in English. Sing it to the Lord, would you?
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,
(We welcome you, Jesus!)
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,
Hallelujah! O Hallelujah!
Please be seated.
Larry: Just stay right here a second, David. We’re gonna conclude our service in a little unusual way. First we’ll be taking the offering; we’ll be praying for this ministry when we do that. So I’ll ask the ushers to come forward, and we’ll be taking that offering for Jews for Jesus. And then we’re gonna close in kind of an adaption of our usual closing. You know our blessing song, right? Got it. David’s gonna sing it in Hebrew to us. Then we are going to sing it in return, in English, upon David and his ministry, ok? You guys got it? Alright. Let’s pray.
Our Father in heaven,
We stand before You as a people who’ve experienced Your grace, and we acknowledge that that grace was first extended to our people through Your people, the Jews; that there is not a one here in this room who would know Jesus and serve Him if there had not been a Jew, generations ago, that spoke Jesus’ name to our people. Father, that comes full circle and we wish to extend Your grace back to Your people. And we pray and we ask that as a result of this time here, and as a result of this offering, there will be people among the Jews today who come to say the name “Jesus” with faith.
In His glorious name we pray, amen.
Now as you take the offering, and you remain seated right now, David’s gonna sing that blessing upon us.
David: This ancient benediction, from Numbers 6, is something that God gave especially to the priesthood of Israel. He said, “Bless My people with this blessing, and they will be blessed.” And so what I’m going to sing is actually what has been pronounced over congregations of Jewish people, and to this very day, by the priests, the sons of Aaron.
Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yishm’rechecha,
Ya’ayr Adonai panav aylecha vichunecha.
Yisa Adonai panav aylecha v’yasaym l’cha shalom. [Numbers 6:24-26]
Larry: Isaac, why don’t you join your father and come right on up here. Remember how the blessing goes.
“Ooooooh” [mimics previous style of singing]
David: Good job! You’re hired!
Larry: We do stand, and we’re going to continue to take the offering as we stand. And we’re gonna sing this upon Isaac and David and their ministry. So, men, join me.
The Lord bless thee,
(The Lord bless thee,)
And keep thee,
(And keep thee,)
The Lord make His face to shine upon thee.
The Lord bless thee,
(The Lord bless thee,)
And keep thee,
(And keep thee,)
The Lord make His face to shine upon thee.
And be gracious unto thee, and be gracious unto thee.
The Lord lift up
(The Lord lift up)
His countenance
(His countenance)
On thee and give thee peace.
Larry and David: Amen.
Larry: Go in grace.



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Reaganite in NYC

posted September 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm


Wow, I’m impressed by the speed of the media to track this down … and the double-standard it exposes.
Barack Obama first entered the national consciousness 4 years ago this July … but it wasn’t until March or April of this year that the media began to focus on the sermons of the Reverend Wright (despite the fact that Sean Hannity and others began banging the drum on this back in the spring of 2007).
Sarah Palin entered the national consciousness 4 or so days ago … and the media is already going after the sermons NOT of her pastor … but of a GUEST preacher at her church.



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mamascout

posted September 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm


Well, nobody outside of Alaska had even heard of Sarah Palin 4 days ago. And Obama wasn’t critized until it became apparent that he was a serious contender. Now, it’s all out there and America gets to decide.
I think it’s fair.



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Reaganite in NYC

posted September 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm


Waldman: “But there was no evidence that Obama agreed with the sentiments of Jeremiah Wright either, but Jews became uncomfortable with the idea that he was associating with people who praised Louis Farrakhan.”
No evidence that Obama agreed with the sentiments of Wright?
Maybe this doesn’t count as “evidence” but consider this:
(1) Obama hails Wright over a period of many years as his “spiritual mentor.” (2) Obama borrows from a Wright sermon for a title of his best-selling, “Audacity of Hope.” (3) Obama appoints Wright to his campaign as a Spiritual Issues Advisor (along with Father Pflger, another “rage merchant”). (4) Obama donated over $15,000 to Wright’s church in 2006 alone.
No evidence?



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D.

posted September 3, 2008 at 5:23 pm


I have two questions for Sarah Palin:
Do you believe tha tJews can go to Heaven?
Do you believe that God sends suicide bombers to punish Jews for not accepting Jesus?



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ds0490

posted September 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm


The chickens sent out by the right with regards to Obama’s pastor will very soon come home to roost by way of Palin’s pastor. The standard has been set…it is fair game to pillory the candidate’s minister.
This is going to be fun!



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Blair

posted September 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm


I’m a Jew. And she scares the hell out of me. To an Evangelical, ultimately, I die or convert. End of story.



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Jew for Toronto Blue Jays

posted September 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm


Jesus was Jewish as were most of the Apostles. Check. The mob that asked to crucify Jesus was Jewish, or mostly Jewish, check. The crucifixion was carried out by the Romans (Jewish law does not recognize death by crucifixion, we have stoning and such). Somehow, the Romans were spared the hate and were rewarded with being the Holy See.
Go figure.
On the other hand, half of what this guy says about the Bible is factually wrong. The Yimah Shmo Vezikhro part is not from Psalms. The final “a” was dropped from Jesus’ name only because nobody else uses it (Jesu, Jesus, Jesús… is there a pattern here).
And many Israeli Jews who are not Orthodox have the same feeling for J4J that most decent people have for scientology. Which I need not explain.
In retrospect, methinks the Evangelical movement of the last 25 years will be seen as some kind of mass hysteria. How else to describe utter contempt for scripture (“Judge Not”, anybody?), utter contempt for provable facts, while focusing all your might on avoiding abortions? And politically engaging the base greed of the richest of the rich in the process?
It will be soon that people will see this abomination as the dead-end ideology that it actually is. The Palin story will be a huge catalyst.



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Sol

posted September 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm


Palin’s preacher wants to kill all of my people.
How can we allow a person like Palin, one of his followers, to ascend to a leadership position anywhere in our nation?
And why does Rod Dreher censor such commentary?



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BillyGibbonsBeard

posted September 3, 2008 at 10:02 pm


The Right asserts that Obama is responsible for the words/actions of Wright. That his attendance of that church indicates that Obama fully supports everything that Wright says and does. Should Palin be held to the same standard of judgement regarding the AIP and other “fringe” groups to which she is now being tied? Are these similar circumstances, or are they different? I argue that the circumstances are similar, and both people should be judged by the same rules.
Wright has a history of extreme racial views. That is a fact. He also has a history of great social service. That is a fact, too. One can’t take a single fact and make a blanket judgement – you have to consider the whole and do it in context. You have to consider his history, what he went through in life, and use empathy to gain an understanding of
the motives behind the extremes. I can see how Wright developed such extreme racial views: he lived through some very bad times for his race. Knowing the source doesn’t offer an excuse, though. And I don’t offer any excuses for it.
Obama attended Wrights church for a long period of time. That is a fact. However, in everything that Obama has done, written, and said you will find no indication of the extreme racial views of Wright. From what I have seen, Obama has taken the extreme racial views offered by Wright, along with the great social services and messages, and integrated them into a far more complex, empathetic understanding of race in our culture (I believe that most Obama supporters view it this way). This is evident in everything he has said. If there is some evidence that contradicts this, other than “Obama attended Wrights church”, then I would like to see it.
Using unabashed cynicism you can suspect that a person silently belongs to an offensive organization, believing and supporting the agenda of that organization privately, while publicly offering a different face. We have all been giving plenty of reason to sink to such levels of cynicism. Personally, I don’t believe this about Obama. His words and actions eroded my initial doubts about him and so far he hasn’t really done anything to severely damage it. I might be wrong, though.
The same rules of forming an opinion based on facts, history, circumstance, empathy, and personal actions/words must also be applied to Palin. Time may prove these things wrong, but the facts look to be that she attended/supported AIP and other “fringe” organizations in some form. However, that is not enough to condemn her to holding the same views. She could have been using the experiences to further her world view, to balance it, empathize, to attempt to understand and put in a broader context things she experienced. We know some of the facts but what about the rest of it?
I now hear The Right making the same arguments in defense of Palin/AIP that were made in defense of Obama/Wright. And I see The Left pouncing on this just like the The Right did. I’m just concerned that The Left won’t play fair like they demanded of The Right.



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Proud LIBERAL American

posted September 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm


“I now hear The Right making the same arguments in defense of Palin/AIP that were made in defense of Obama/Wright. And I see The Left pouncing on this just like the The Right did. I’m just concerned that The Left won’t play fair like they demanded of The Right.”
Personally, I hope the left finally understands that they need to play nasty, as nasty as the right. They need to swiftboat McCain and Palin just as the right swiftboated Kerry and Cleland. The left needs to get down in the mud and bury the right in their own kind of game.
The left has played the high road for the last few elections, and look what it has done to this country. The Republicans and all that they represent are bound and determined to destroy what is left of our nation.
Do you want corporations to skate on taxes while you pay “user fees” for everything from parking your car to storing your lawn mower? Do you want corporations to get tax breaks for giving stock options and bonuses to their CEOs while shipping jobs off shore and putting working folks out on their butts? Do you want more debt for your children and grandchildren than they can pay off in four or five lifetimes?
If you can answer yes to any of those questions, you deserve the Republican administrations. For the rest of us who are tired of seeing our country sold off to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait while our jobs are shipped over to India, the Philippines, and god knows where else, it’s time to vote for OUR best interests. And its time to take the gloves off and give as good as we get for once.
The right has become past masters at vilifying folks. It’s time we returned fire…attack ad for attack ad.
Play fair hell. It’s time to play to win.



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Rob

posted September 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm


There is a strain of the Christian right that absolutely loves “the Jews.” Their reading of their Bible is that after the State of Israel is secure, then they can be raptured off to Heaven, 1/3 of the Jews converting to Christianity and being admitted to Heaven after a gory death, and the others just dying a gory death and going to Hell before Jesus returns to rule a sublime world where lambkins lie with lions for 1000 years. But “the Jews” must return to Israel before they get their Go To Heaven Free card. Any Jew who has anything to do with this variant of Christian teaching….



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Gerald Fnord

posted September 4, 2008 at 12:56 am


If you’ve got a bunch of people you believe are currently Hell-bound you can be moved to treat them one of two ways (perhaps there are more, but these modes tend to dominate):
1.) You don’t want them to suffer eternally, so you treat them as well as you can to help convince them of the rightness of your cause, or at least of your good intentions with regard to them.
2.) You treat them as chaff that has already been destined for the fire; God’s Judgement is upon them, and nothing you do to them could possibly compare to the horrors awaiting them forever, so why bother holding back, much less being nice.
Add to this that many of these folk are Calvinists, so their efforts at “saving” you are ultimately meaningless in their eyes except as an effort to fulfill Jesus’ commandment that they try, and the total picture becomes weird.
I don’t trust anyone who thinks that I deserve to be punished terribly, forever and ever (even if they nominally believe that they are at base the same, just “covered” by the blood of a tortured man), that most of my relatives went straight from the gas chamber to the Lake of Fire. People who believe in a psychotic God will at best fail at trying to be as nutty, or worse might succeed.



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AVIVA

posted September 4, 2008 at 2:34 am


Good morning. Mostly every Christian thinks the Jews need to be converted. Mostly every Christian thinks the Jews are going to hell. I’m sorry, there is no shock here. And that was a guest of her minister, not her minister. Not to say she doesn’t believe it, but thank G-d, there is separation of church and state in America.
What, it’s better I be the typical fawning liberal Jew and vote for a man who already flipflopped on the Jerusalem issue as soon as the Arabs let loose a holler?
Please.
http://www.metalisrael.com/?p=670
Case closed.



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Chiam Leyb

posted September 4, 2008 at 10:02 am


Thank you for the info on Palin. It is important for Jews to know why our religion is the real thing, both for our own sake, and to counter false interpretations of our Torah. http://www.outreachjudaism.org/ is a great website to counter the lies of Jews for Jesus. Rabbi Tovia Singer teaches the beauty of Torah in an understandable, strong and often humorous way explaining the false reasoning, scriptural misquotes and false references of the Christian theology. You can download his tapes from this site for free or buy them or buy his instruction manual if you prefer. This is a legitimate site which I have no connection to and you can accesss it without joining or making donations if you don’t want to.
I will probably vote for Obama. If he does something about alternative energy and takes some of the petro-dollars away from the countries that hate the USA and Israel it will be good for all of us, but I wish he was stronger on the unification of Jerusalem. Maybe the Israeli government will be changed for the better soon and they will do more to protect our heritage and holy places. My wife and I recently visited friends and family there. We were fortunate to see many ordinary Yerushalmis (residents of Jerusalem) in addition to great rabbis and appreciate the hospitality, kindness and learning of them and their wives and children. We have a wonderful heritage and should keep it alive and learn more.



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Matt

posted September 4, 2008 at 7:02 pm


I can understand that there will be Jewish people who are afraid that Palin may have been taught that Jews need to believe in Jesus to have everlasting life, and that the God of the Universe, the One who called out Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has been judging them. For a Jewish person who has been taught that God loves everyone and that all “good” people go to heaven, this can be a concern.
But this is exactly what the Hebrew Scriptures say! Neither David Brickner nor Pastor Kroon are making these things up. They are simply communicating what the T’Nakh says. The T’Nakh says that the God of Israel has declared “My people are destroyed for lock of knowledge; because they have rejected knowledge.” (Prophet Hosea ch4 v6).
Jewish people need not be afraid of Bible-believing, Israel-supporting Christians; to do so ignores history and the Hebrew Scriptures. Not everyone who says they are a Christian is. But if you do not want to personally know your God, then you have made a choice to ignore Him and His instructions at your own peril. You are certainly free to make that choice, but a true Christian will love Jewish people, even to the point of risking their scorn, that they may not be ignorant and find eternal life.
Jewish people simply need to read their own Scriptures and see that their promised Jewish Messiah has come and fulfilled what the prophets testified about. Read your Scriptures and do not be deceived by the traditions of men. And do not let people use you as political pawns by trying to scare you.



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dewmanna

posted September 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm


First let me say Shalom,
I am appalled at what I am reading here! I find that the traditional Torah Observant Jew seems to have a faulty outlook on Evangelical Christianity.
First lets consider the two proposed Christian viewpoints mentioned by
ROB: (QUOTE)
There is a strain of the Christian right that absolutely loves “the Jews.” Their reading of their Bible is that after the State of Israel is secure, then they can be raptured off to Heaven, 1/3 of the Jews converting to Christianity and being admitted to Heaven after a gory death, and the others just dying a gory death and going to Hell before Jesus returns to rule a sublime world where lambkins lie with lions for 1000 years. But “the Jews” must return to Israel before they get their Go To Heaven Free card. Any Jew who has anything to do with this variant of Christian teaching….
Posted by: Rob | September 3, 2008 11:52 PM
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The Strain of Christian right that absolutely loves “the Jews”?
Let me say that I have read the entire message preached by “Jews for Jesus”, and I find that the Preacher has this love for Israel and the Jew! The entire concept of Preaching the Gospel, at ones own peril, is rooted and grounded in love for His fellow Jew! No where does the “Jews for Jesus” ever advocate or publish that they believe that persecution of the Jews is acceptable! The “Jews for Jesus”, like most evangelicals, believe and practice the words of Yeshua;
Matthew 5:44-45
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
We are commanded to love one another even those “Jews” whose doctrines and beliefs are contrary to ours!
Why would the Jewish man say that “Jews for Jesus” want to kill “HIS PEOPLE”?
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Palin’s preacher wants to kill all of my people.
Posted by: Sol | September 3, 2008 9:57 PM
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The “Jews for Jesus” are also Jews! Do the strictist Orthodoxy Torah Observant Jews of the Sephardic community feel that the more liberal Ashkenazi community are not “HIS PEOPLE”? Is there a lesser love between Sephardic and Ashkenazi, then there is between the Jews of other Minhagim (customs)?
I find it appalling to think that any Jew would readily accept Islam, or tolerate Islam and yet condemn a “Jew for Jesus”! How twisted!
“Jews for Jesus” are very much an asset for Israel and the Sephardic community! “Jews for Jesus” love their fellow Jews and country, they are willing to lay down their lives for them!
On the other hand, the Islamic people that the Orthodox Jews are so willing to tolerate, give chances to and place within Greater Israel, they are allowed to speak freely, and hold the temple mount!
All the “Jews for Jesus” want to do is to be allowed the courtesy to speak publicly without fear of groups of Orthodox Jews trying to lay hands upon them! The Orthodox Jews allow the Islamic people to hold the temple mount and to defecate upon the Western Wall! Yet they will not allow a simple fellow countrymen to exercise the right to freely practice “Jews for Jesus” which is completely grounded in the Torah!
The Orthodox Jews have forgotten! The “Jews for Jesus” and evangelicals have no doctrine that allows persecution, we follow after LOVE! But the Catholics have a doctrine which calls for Jewish prejudice and HOLOCAUST! Inspite of the Catholic Church and it’s history of infallability, you still want to elect Obama and Biden!
Senator Biden is a Catholic! He was raised Catholic! He attended Catholic School! The Church that he follows still has within their doctrine the same beliefs that quantified the HOLOCAUST! Just because the Catholics are not killing Jews right now, at this very moment, doesn’t mean that the Catholics will not experience a spiritual awakening that leads them to be more DOCTRINAL observant later! They collectively, or individually, may move to the right at any time! Haven’t you learned your lesson from Islam? Time and time again the moderate Islam moves to the right to become extreme, because of personal revelation, or personal conflict, or whatever spiritually justifiable reason for that person!
The problem is that the Anti-Semitic doctrine is there! It exist within the writings of their respective beliefs, whether Catholic or Islam, all it takes is a shift in ones mentality to decide to be more Religiously observant in their faith!
Not so with “Jews for Jesus” or evangelicals! We are bound by the doctrine of Yeshua, LOVE!
Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Psalms 44:22
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
We are sheep for slaughter! We are to drink of the same cup that Yeshua drank;
Matthew 20:22-23
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Matthew 24:9
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Luke 12:3-4
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Yeshua’s words and our belief clearly indicate that we are KILLED and not the Orthodox Jew! All the “Jews for Jesus” want to do is to be allowed to speak peaceably and publicly, without being accosted by our fellow Jew. You give the Islamic Nations more freedom, perhaps out of fear! What do you have to fear from your fellow countrymen “Jews for Jesus”?
If you elect Obama and Biden you will be “TRUSTING” in a man that is a “SON OF GREECE”. You turn back to those which have smitten you, the Catholics!
Psalms 118:8-9
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
What is written:
Zechariah 9:13-16
13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
I am constantly reading about the SONS OF GREECE in the Jerusalem Post! The Catholic vs Jews tensions are ever growing! Especially since the Catholics are one of the largest landholders in Israel! The world keeps pressuring Israel to give away land, all the while the Catholics insist upon keeping their Holy Sites! Not so with the evangelicals, we believe that the land is Israels, and we believe in a Greater Israel! We do not believe in relinguishing land for peace, THE ROAD MAP! Israel should not give into the terrorist, neither should they concede to giving land away!
With this in mind, Who do you want? McCain and Palin (evangelicals) or Obama and Biden (Who knows and Catholic doctrine)!
If the tensions keep growing between the Sons of Greece (Catholics) and the Sons of Zion (Jews), which way do you think Senator Biden will move? To the right within Catholic doctrine!
Don’t forget many of our supreme court Justices have just been appointed and they are Catholic also. What we have here is the recipe for a disaster! If the conflict between Jews and Catholics continues to grow and a Catholic death occurs in Israel-
We shall see an outcry from Catholics screaming “Matyrdom of Christians”! This will put all Jews in a very bad place and if Biden is VP, a very bad place indeed!!
It is time that the Jews define their alliances! Categorize the Christendom Doctrines into Catholic and Protestant and definitively recognize that Evangelicals (such as McCain and Palin) are not Anti-Semitic Holocaust Nazi Activist!
“Jews for Jesus” and most Evangelicals are for Israel as a Nation and are not for the ROAD MAP to PEACE, that the Quartet of Nations are pushing! We Love our Sephardic and Ashkanzic Jewish brethren, even if your beliefs are different than ours!
Remember that it is not in our doctrine to persecute, or kill anyone, but rather to Love our Neighbor, especially our Judaeo Heritage Brother-”The Jew”.
It seems that some Jews are failing to recognize the History of America! How did America begin? Why did people seek out another homeland – America?
I believe that Protestants believers were fleeing the Inquisition of the Catholic Church! “We the People”- the evangelical people of the United States wanted separation of the Church (Catholic) and State! Every since the birth of the US, the Jews have enjoyed peaceable prosperous citizenship within this country as joint compatriots to freedom and equality! It was the evangelical tolerance and love that allowed this! For you to categorically place American evangelic Christians into the same Anti-Semitic class as Catholics, it is degrading!
Because there has been, and will continually be, a special LOVE existent within the heart of the American Evangelic for the Sons of Jacob. Many evangelical Christians would like to think of ourselves as true “Righteous Gentiles”, just as the ones that are listed at the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.
I believe that we are in a time within the History of Israel that is described in Judges Chapter 9.
I believe that Abimelech (America) has led Israel for 3 years, since Ariel Sharon decided to follow through with giving up the Gaza strip and West Bank, approximately Tish B’ Av – 2005.
We now have the end of 3 years of Abimelech’s reign! What now?
An evil spirit is sent between the Abimelech and the men of shechem and the house of millo.
I am preparing a place of refuge for the Jew! The upcoming persecution of the Jews is at hand and I believe it is coming from the Obama – Biden (president – VP) if elected. There may be a chance if the Heavenly Father postpones the message! I pray so!
But, nevertheless, I am preparing for the worst to help the Jew escape persecution! My life for His life, just as Yeshua laid down His life! So, why does the Jews continually frame the evangelical as though we were NAZI’s?
We are not Catholic, nor are we American Evangelicals the same protestants that stood by in Europe watching the HOLOCAUST!
We are American Evangelicals and our American History of tolerance for the Jewish people speaks for itself! And the “Jews for Jesus” are also JEWS! We would never allow the Nation of Israel, “Jews for Jesus”, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazic Jews, all JEW CITIZENRY Israel, to suffer HOLOCAUST again!
We are determined to be the EPITOME of “NEVER AGAIN”!
Sincerely,
An American Evangelic Christian and Lover of Israel!
Shama Yisrael!
Parshah – Haftarah
Isaiah 49:5-9, Isaiah 53: 1-12



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Susan

posted September 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm


Praise Adonai!
Like Dewmanna, I am a gentile who through my belief and trust in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, am grafted into the People of G-d (ekklesia in greek, kahal in Hebrew). My salvation is from the Jews. How would any gentile know about the one true G-d if not for the Jews who have been the ones to reveal the truth. They have been G-d’s emmissaries. True believers are like Ruth, a gentile woman who said “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” True believers love the Jewish people regardless as to whether they ever, ever believe in Yeshua. We are your friends for life, and would lay down our lives for you as righteous gentiles did during the Holocaust. Yeshua predicted false followers in his name. All religions have false followers. As a believer, I am aligned with the Jewish people, the people of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
In the 4th century, Emperor Constantine instituted a new religion called Christianity. Constantine did not stop worshipping his sun god until he was practically on his death bed. Christianity became the state religion and began to be spread by the sword. This false religion did away with the Law (spirit of lawlessness) and the Lord’s feasts. It persecuted all Jews, even the Jewish believers in Yeshua. Even our Birthday celebrations are rooted in Roman Mithraism, which is why gentiles celebrate Christmas, a pagan holiday and the “birthday of baby Jesus.” Yeshua never began a new religion called Christianity.
Yeshua was born a Jew and is forever a Jew, a Hebrew, the son of David, the promised Messiah who will return as a Jew and sit on the throne of David forever and ever when he returns to Jerusalem, sets foot on the Mount of Olives, and fights for Israel against her enemies. See prophet Zechariah chapters 12 through 14. Yeshua declared that salvation for all peoples is from the Jews, and that G-d is looking for A people who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. “Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. ” Isaiah 2:3
If you are Jewish, I beseech you to ask yourselves, if you believe in the coming of Messiah and yearn for His coming, what if Messiah comes today? Will your religion come to an end, or will it be fulfilled?
Palin is like Esther, who was adopted by Mordecai and given a gentile name to hide her Jewish identity. Her Jewish name was Hadassah. She underwent beauty treatments (Beauty Queen?) and out of nowhere (Palin who?) she was placed in government at the right moment to save the Jewish people from annihilation by evil Haman (Persion? like Ahmedinejad). Mordecai urged Esther to speak up for the Jewish people in her position, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
May Israel soon say, “Baruch haba B’Shem Adonai!”
Shalom.



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Matt Sieger

posted September 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm


Mr. Waldman,
I am a Jewish believer in Jesus. Thank you for publishing the entire text of the message by David Brickner of Jews for Jesus, so that readers can see his remarks in context. I just wanted to add that readers may also want to take a look at the discussion concerning Mr. Brickner’s message at the Jews for Jesus website, http://www.jewsforjesus.org.



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Randy Carter

posted September 6, 2008 at 1:18 pm


I am a 24-year-old Christian and I fear Barack Obama. I do not love McCain or Palin, but they are fair-minded. Obama speaks to the center of the spectrum, but he has spent his life with the militant ultra-left. If he is elected, he will not govern from the center. He will govern from the venomous left-wing of the Reverand WRight and Ayers and Revko and the other lefties with whom he grew up and associated. If Obama wins, the America we love will disappear. We will become a socialist state like France or a nation like Saudi Arabia or Syria.



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anonymousperson42

posted September 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm


Well, I am an Obama voter, but I think this level of religious scrutiny is unacceptable. She sat down in a church while her pastor introduced someone to give a controversial speech. What did you expect her to do, leave the church? Is it not a crime to listen to someone’s speech? Also, she lives in an area where there is probably very few options for churches. I think it’s just a humongous smear campaign here.
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Gerald Fnord

posted September 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm


If you want an explanation for much that’s gone wrong the pas seven years, just remember that we have been led by a man who was proud of what a poor student he was but that he now is assured of his rightness in all his courses by his big, invisible, friend—no matter the facts, he has the Truth.
I think it only a matter of time before words heard in dreams, fugue states, and epileptic auras are accepted as objective evidence in court.
Oh, and to the commentator who said Mr Obama would govern from the far left: I wish. He won’t; he’s another corporatist/centrist, better for us anyway because he ‘s backed by powerful men with a more enlightened sense of enlightened self-interest, but no threat to the gods of the churches or owners.



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posted September 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm


All I can say is that if MC Cain wins this election, I’m looking into moving to Canada. In the past 8 years, American has changed from the country I love, into something I don’t even recognize. The America I loved doesn’t start WARS, the America I loved respects the right to PROTEST and defends FREE SPEECH, the America I loved did not allow WAR PROFITEERING on NO-BID WAR CONTRACTS, the America I loved did NOT allow elections to be STOLEN/RIGGED, the America I loved was RESPECTED. Eight years of Bush (puppet) and Cheney (puppet master) has left the county I loved broken and bankrupt. Sign me, DISGUSTED ! ! !



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Chavah, you are soooo right about everything you wrote. McCain has a BIG hand in the Sell-Out of America. To hell with the use of the beauty queen to distract us. McCain is out of touch with the real Americas – The Multicultural, money in-money out, pay day to pay day lives that we are living. He has not said a thing in his speeches that pertain to me. McCain does not know me (or you) exist. The Republicans has managed to incorporate American and put such a price tag on our economy and said that if you don’t have 5 houses and 5 million dollars that you are not middleclass. (As said by McCain) A Maverick is a separatist. Mavericks crash jets. They campaign in towns that are setup with crowds to cheer for them on cue. They do not answer question for fear that…… (You finish this sentence.) How insulting to women when they had to find an unknown woman that has so much dirty laundry, that the Republicans have to change the rules of engagement to fit her into the mold. And I’m still not convinced that is the Governor’s 6 month old baby. Don’t you have to be in the same state with the baby while the baby is being born in? Nobody knew she was pregnant until her 8 month? UH, come on, Do I hear Grandma?
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posted September 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm


First of all Ms Disgusted, McCain did not and is not responsible for the past 8 years, he was not the president. The legislation passed by a DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS is responsible. I do agree that this country is unrecognizeable and largly as I see it because we are so tolerant of everything and everyone. Even you voicing your disgust, you have no problem with disrespecting your country. Everyone should set an example. The world see us insulting and calling our Commander in Chief names of total disrespect. That is over the line for Free Speach And so we are vulnerable. I do not see civilized Protests, I see vandalism and fighting and more disrespect because these protestors are protesting everyone else’s rights to have a choice. They are not peaceful. It is the president’s obligation and should be to protect his country, whether that means going to war or not.



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posted September 9, 2008 at 9:35 am


David Brickenr is not a Jew. His mother is not Jewish, and obviously, he has never lived a Jewish life. So he cannot be a JEW for Jesus. He is Gentile for Jesus. That being said, he is a multi millionare thanks to his message of hate and bigotry. I know of no greater threat to Jews today than this lying, hypocritical, and evil man.



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posted September 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm


Palin’s church, along with the wave of evangelicals determined to ‘save’ the Jews– are committing the ultimate act of disrespect when they persist in proselytizing. Whether claiming to do this ‘lovingly’ or not; any unsolicited proselytizing is inherently disrespectful and disdainful of the person or persons being proselytized. What Palin and her minions also do not understand is that large numbers of Jews (the majority actually), are not Orthodox, do not don talit or yamulkes, but are members of the Reformed Judiasm community. Reformed Jews afford women full equality (unlike the Orthodox community), and though schooled in all customs–it is up to each individual’s conscience whether and how to follow such customs. I am so sick and tired of the Jewish people being misrepresented as one homogenious group, (namely Orthodox), when the opposite is true. In fact, it has been argued that the group who most closely follows Christ’s original teachings are –Reform Jews. I have great respect and love for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Agnostics, Atheists, etc., as fellow human beings. I do not proselytize out of respect for my fellow human beings. Just as you would not enter someone’s house and criticise their customs, etc., you should not enter someone else’s house of worship and attempt to ‘save’ them. In essence the very action of such proselytizing serves as a blatant statement of fault, and misdeeds, stating that …’we’ll save you from your own stupid ways.’ Make no mistake; PROSELYTIZING IS AN AFFRONT AND AN INSULT TO THE WAYS OF THE OTHER. As for Palin; her friendship with Pat Buchanan–A RABID ANTI-SEMITE, speaks volumes.



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posted October 13, 2008 at 12:36 am


Sarah Palin is Jewish:
Sarah Palins mother (Sally Sheigam) was of Lithuanian Jewish heritage and so were both of her mothers parents (Louise Sheigam and Shmuel Sheigam). Her father Chuck Heath can also be considered of Jewish blood because his mother, Beatrice Coleman, was of Jewish decent. Sarah’s mother, Sally, was raised Jewish, but her father, Chuck Heath, became a evangelical Christian and this is the faith Sarah was raised in.



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Janet S. Katz

posted October 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm


I’m tired of war, lies, and the Republicans scaring Americans of all religions when it comes to the Middle East and Israel. I believe, in my heart, that America will always stand by Israel. It’s time for change, and I believe that Mr. Obama, with the advise of experienced people of all faiths, will bring that change about. He’s a smart man with a world view, and whether we like it or not, the world is smaller now and countries are more dependent upon one and other more than ever before. It’s a dangerous time, and we must make every effort to get along.



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posted October 26, 2008 at 11:51 pm


No,I don’t think Jewish people need to be converted I think Christians need to answer some serious questions about there Faith!Do any of you Christian mega-pastors have Faith of a Mustard seed or is it your objective to sale books?



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