JEWISH LEADERS SHOULD FOLLOW POPE'S EXAMPLE
Rev. Ted Pike
anti-Jewish feelings on the rise worldwide,
the National Prayer Network is very interested
in discovering ways to make it possible
for the Jewish people to live in peace
among the nations. God instructed the Jewish
exiles to Babylon, in the time of Jeremiah,
to seek the peace and welfare of the nations
in which they dwelt (Jer. 29:7-9)
How can Christians help
defuse suspicion against the Jewish people? Conversely, how can Jews cooperate,
helping insure the peace and safety of future generations?
Anti-Defamation League of B‘Nai B’Rith, the creator of anti-Christian “hate
laws” worldwide, has its own approach. It is to convince Christians
that their sins against the Jews over the millennia have be been so staggering
that they must be atoned for in every generation by profuse apology.
Further, Christians should grant to Judaism at least equal spiritual
validity in the eyes of God.
Pope John Paul II largely
acceded to this formula for reconciliation, including placing a letter of apology
to the Jewish people in the wailing wall in Jerusalem.
The ADL conducts a program
called “Bearing Witness” in which Catholic school teachers from around
the country spend a week in Washington with the ADL, the Archdiocese of Washington,
and the Holocaust Museum staff to learn about anti-semitism, the Holocaust, and
Israel. I have been through a similar tour in the Holocaust Museum. It was permeated
with the assertion that the New Testament laid a foundation for 2,000 years of
hatred and persecution of the Jews, culminating in the “Holocaust” of
Now, there is no question
that the Jews have been discriminated against, persecuted, exiled, and killed
in the nations of Europe. On the other hand, sanction to persecute anyone, Jew
or Gentile, is simply not a tenet of the gentle Jesus or New Testament Christianity.
It may have been the mindset of some medieval kings, popes, or fanatical, pillaging
Crusader armies who also sacked Gentile cities, including Christian Constantinople,
in 1204, slaughtering all who resisted.
But truly born-again Christians
are in no way responsible for such outrages and never were. They owe no apology
to Jews. On the contrary, the Book of Acts is very clear that again and again,
beginning with the crucifixion of Christ, Jewish leaders and their Sanhedrin
authorized relentless persecution of Christians. Secular history also confirms
The great British historian,
Edward Gibbon, states that, while Jews were populous in Rome and suspected and
resented by the Romans, Nero’s Jewish wife, the beautiful Poppaea Sabina,
probably incited him, as a convert to her Judaism, against a relatively obscure
sect, the Christians. Nero’s accusation that they had set the fires that
ravaged Rome began centuries of Roman persecution of Christians.
Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol.1,
p.88, uncensored version.
Of course, during tours
of the Holocaust Museum no suggestion is made that, in order to further Jewish-Christian
reconciliation, Jewish leaders might return the pope’s gesture and apologize
for having masterminded the crucifixion of Christianity’s founder, Jesus
Christ, or for having persecuted Christianity during its formative century.
Let me suggest some more
apologies from Jewish leaders that would contribute greatly to Jewish-Christian
understanding. Jewish leadership could apologize for bringing to birth, and unleashing
upon the world, international communism.
In my book, “Israel:
Our Duty…Our Dilemma,” I thoroughly document how the great Jewish
banking houses of Kuhn Loeb, the Rothschilds, and Warburgs financed the bolshevik
revolution in Russia. The vast majority of bolshevik leaders at every level were
Jewish, including Trotsky, Zinoviev, Radek, Kamenev, Uritsky, Lunacharsky, Sverdlov,
Litvinof and Kagonovich. Lenin’s mother was Jewish. The prestigious Encyclopedia
Judaica confirms extensive evidence from contemporary intelligence sources that “communist
trends became widespread in virtually all Jewish communities;” and that
resistance by the White Russian armies in 1918 “drove the bulk of Russian
Jewish youth into the ranks of the Bolshevik regime.”
Judaica, “Communism,” p. 792,1
Sir Winston Churchill,
writing in the Illustrated Sunday Herald, of Feb. 8, 1920, wrote:
“There is no need
to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual
bringing about of the Russian revolution by these international, and for the
most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly a very great one; it probably outweighs
all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading
figures are Jews.”
According to Alexander
Solzhenityn, 66,000,000 people, millions of whom may have been Christians, died
under soviet communism. Another 46,000,000 are alleged to have perished under
Asian communism. Do Jews owe Christians and the world an apology for unleashing
such a scourge and bloodbath on the world? Might they consider setting aside
at least a small corner of their Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., in remembrance
of the 112,000,000 victims of Jewish-inspired communism?
Or, Jewish leaders might
apologize for how prominent Jews founded the Hollywood movie industry, the “Big
Three” TV networks, and now control a majority of Jewish-owned newspapers,
magazines, book publishers and book distributors in America. Most Americans will
agree that such media have corrupted American Christian morals during the past
century. In fact, the Jewish media’s damage to Christian morals and values
is beyond calculation. Again, in my book, my chapter “Monopolists of the
Media” completely documents such moral sabotage.
Should Jewish leadership
also apologize for the invention of anti-Christian “anti-hate” laws,
now indicting evangelical Christians in Canada, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand,
and England? Would it be asking too much for the ADL to apologize for their authorization,
through their national executive board member, Philadelphia District Attorney
Lynne Abraham, of the arrest and imprisonment of 11 Christians in Philadelphia
on Oct. 10th?
Without realizing it,
millions of Christians have bought into the “collective guilt” complex
that the ADL and its Holocaust Musuem have drilled into us. It is time that evangelical
Christians shake off these chains of false guilt. The truth is, following centuries
of persecution and expulsions in Europe, Christian America has provided for Jews
an unprecedented haven of passionate good will toward the Jewish people and the
state of Israel.
It is time for Jewish
leadership to quit carping about how much Jews have suffered at the hands of
Christians and instead follow the Pope’s example. Perhaps, having revealed
unprecedented viciousness against Christians, and having done so much damage
to Christian/Jewish relations this last year in Philadelphia, the ADL could place
in the crack of the Liberty Bell a note of apology and gratitude.
anti-Jewish feeling on the rise worldwide, it is now necessary to criticize
false Jewish leadership, which, by its anti-Christianity, stimulates
a backlash of anti-semitism against the Jewish people in general. Only
by restraining such leadership can Christians be assured that a remnant
of the Jewish people will be preserved from possible persecution to
fulfill their destiny of restoration to faith in Christ at his Second
Ted Pike is head of the National Prayer Network, a Christian, conservative
watchdog organization. He can be contacted for interview at 503-631-3808,
website www.hatelawsexposed.org, or P.O. Box 828, Clackamas, OR 97045.