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By Rev. Ted Pike
9 Mar 05

The arrest of eleven Christians in Philadelphia in October for "hate crimes" brought with it an uncomfortable new obligation for Christians. In order for Christians to avoid similar persecution under ADL inspired "hate laws," they must do what has to this point seemed unimaginable: they must criticize the evil Jewish leadership that has created such Orwellian legislation.

"Criticize a Jew? Unthinkable," most evangelicals would reply. "That is anti-semitic!"

Well, if criticizing evil Jewish leadership is "anti-semitic," then Christ, the apostles, and the prophets were all raving anti-semites, for they filled the Bible with criticism of such leadership.

Let me tell you what real anti-semitism is. It is the belief that Jews are racially, morally, intellectually degenerate; that they are, from their mothers' wombs, evil, corruptive, conspiratorial. Today, some branches of the "Christian Identity" theology believe Jews, as the "seed of Satan," fulfill these criteria. Some KKK and white supremacist groups regard Jews in the same light.

But it is not "anti-semitic" to expose and reprove evil wherever it is found, even if it happens to be found among the Jews. Scripture exhorts us to "reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine." (II Tim. 4:2) The Bible never grants Jews exemption from Christian reproof.

Of course, the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith does not see it that way. For nearly a century, the ADL has drilled society to believe that any criticism of "God's chosen people," or its venerable institutions, such as B'Nai B'Rith, borders on anti-semitism.

Actually, the opposite is true. It is an act of kindness for friends of the Jewish people to warn them against the false leadership provided by ADL/B'Nai B'rith. Such leadership, by its hate laws and militant anti-Christianity, can only create anti-semitism, victimizing innocent Jews under a future backlash of hatred and persecution.

2600 years ago, Jeremiah, out of love, warned the people of Judah not to follow their wicked priests and kings. The people scorned Jeremiah, claiming he was "against" the Jewish people (anti-semitic). Result: they were led, with hooks in their jaws across the burning sands into captivity in Babylon.

Scripture tells us that "faithful are the wounds of a friend." (Prov. 27:6) It is time that, as an act of love toward the Jewish people, Christians show their faithfulness, not by misguidedly "blessing" Jews by speaking more smooth words of flattery toward them (an approach characteristic of false prophets of old), but by speaking the whole truth. Such should be spoken without fear of the accusations of "anti-semitism" that will surely come from the ADL.

What a blessing it would have been to the Jews of Jeremiah's time if they had heeded his criticisms of those false leaders – and been spared exile and the destruction of their city!

So it is today. If Christian leaders with foresight and courage could suggest the dissolution of B'Nai B'Rith/ADL, with all of their anti-Christian mischief, then what a "blessing" for Israel that would be – especially if such advice were heeded. In fact, someday the Jews, realizing how such enlightened criticism may have spared them another "holocaust," might be profoundly grateful to their Christian critics.

They might realize, at last, that there is more than one way to "bless" the Jews.

To book a talk show discussion of how to prevent a resurgence of anti-semitism, call Rev. Ted Pike at 503-631-3808.

To learn more about the danger of hate laws, visit www.truthtellers.org

You may purchase online Rev. Ted Pike's gripping 82-min, video documentary: "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians," or order at 503-631-3808.

This video is free to talk show hosts.




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