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BIBLICAL BALANCE RESTRAINS ANTI-SEMITISM

By Rev. Ted Pike
7 Mar 05

It is now widely known that the Jewish Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai B'Rith, through their national executive board member, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, authorized the arrest and indictment of the "Philly 5" Christians on Oct. 10th.

As I have listened to callers from heartland America during the nearly 100 talk shows I have been on during the past six months, I hear the following statement with increasing frequency and vehemence: "The Jews are behind everything that is anti-Christian and wrong with America."

I have been warning that sooner or later the world would recognize an obvious fact: free speech is being taken away worldwide by the international Jewish organization B'Nai B'Rith and its "anti-hate" laws. Further, Jews and their "civil liberties" organizations, such as ADL, People for the American Way, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Jewishly top-heavy ACLU, are perennially in the forefront of efforts to strip America of its Christian symbols and observances.

I have predicted the obvious result: Unless these Jewish organizations back off in their Christian bashing or are actually disbanded, it is inevitable that someday a backlash of anti-semitism will again result.

Is that backlash even now beginning?

The traditional reaction among Christian leaders and broadcasters to criticism of matters Jewish is to see, hear, and speak no evil concerning "God's chosen people." In fact, for a century, the church's concept of "blessing" Israel has pretty much been to give Israel unconditional military and moral approval, right or wrong.

Yet, new realities require more enlightened responses.

Undeniably, B'Nai B'Rith is the dominant religious, educational, fraternal and charitable Jewish organization in the world. It is the "mother ship" which encompassed all branches of Judaism. Lamentably, its "civil liberties" arm, ADL, authorized the arrest and imprisonment of 11 Christians in Philadelphia on Oct. 11th. Many other Christians have been indicted under its "anti-hate" laws worldwide. Clearly, its actions over the past 35 years especially in Canada demonstrate that it is intent upon persecution of Christianity. And it has the media and political clout to do it.

How does the church respond to this reality? How do we "bless" Israel in view of these facts?

First, we must initiate open discussion of Judaism from a truly biblical point of view. This means we will no longer be ashamed of, and de-emphasize the words of warning in the New Testament concerning the fact that, during the church age, Christians must expect opposition from Judaism.

Christ warns us: "Beware of the leaven (teachings) of the Pharisees (Mk. 8:15)." Modern or "rabbinic" Judaism is directly descended from the Pharisees and their "oral tradition," which became the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud is the greatest religious and ethical authority for observant Jews – of much greater authority than the Old Testament.

Christ also described Judaism as "the synagogue of Satan." (Rev. 2:9) Let's be realistic: any religion that constitutes what Christ defined as Satan's church is going to instinctively oppose the church of Jesus Christ. St. Paul echoes Christ: "Beware of the concision (meaning circumcision, the Jews.)" (Phil. 3:2) He warns us that "From the standpoint of the gospel, they are enemies…"

On the other hand, Paul continues, "…from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers." (Rom. 11:28) Paul said of the Jews: "…my heart's desire…is for their salvation." (Rom. 10:1) He thus affirms a tremendous biblical truth everywhere expressed in Scripture: Even though the Jews are now in a state of deep apostasy, in denial of Jesus Christ as their promised Messiah, and some are even now attempting to revive first century persecution of Christians, nevertheless, God has a wonderful destiny for a beloved remnant of Jews – a remnant who will repent at the Second Coming of Christ. When they give Him the kind of faith and obedience that a purified remnant gave in the times of Joshua and Ezra, then Christ will again lead them out of great tribulation to dwell in their promised land during His millennial reign.

Such biblical perspective must prevail in order to persuade and temper the inevitable backlash against the anti-Christianity of ADL/B'Nai B'Rith. We must put Jewish anti-Christianity within the big picture of God's plan for Israel.

In my book, Israel: Our Duty…Our Dilemma, and my video documentaries, I always try to epitomize this biblical balance concerning the Jews. Like Christ and the prophets, I reprove them as necessary for their sins. Yet I never forget that someday God will have righteousness out of Israel – whether or not anyone, Jew or Gentile, thinks it is possible.

It is time that Christians and Christian broadcasters graduate from the simplistic notion that to "bless" Israel means to bid god-speed to the many evils and injustices of Zionist leadership. Instead, I invite Christian talk show hosts to discuss with me on the air how a true biblical perspective can both restrain evil Jewish leadership and temper anti-semitism.

Historically, bad Jewish leadership has again and again incited the wrath of the Gentiles. This has resulted, by pograms and expulsions, in untold suffering for the average Jew.

It is up to us to make sure such persecution never happens again.

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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