Jews for Jesus Slandered in the Jerusalem Post Online.
Jews for Jesus missionaries are wrongly being charged with links to Arab terrorists according to a Jerusalem Post online report. Father Gabriel Naddof of Nazareth alleges that, by association, Jews for Jesus is in collusion with those who are anti-Zionist. He cites conversations with two Jews for Jesus staff members, both of whom have served as soldiers in the IDF and currently serve in the Israeli reserves.
Dan Sered, Israel director, was on an international platform with a staff member of one of these so-called terrorist sympathizers several years ago (in which they both spoke about reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians). Says Sered, “Does that make me suspect? This kind of inference is very dangerous and can lead to terrible misunderstandings. I wish the Jerusalem Post had called me before printing this.”
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, responded by saying: “These are flat out lies. No representatives of Jews for Jesus were ever interviewed for this so called news story. It is simply not true and I ought to know.”
The Jerusalem Post did not seek any comments from Jews for Jesus before publishing this article.
Jews for Jesus denounces Vatican for no converting Jews policy
December 13, 2015
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, said in a statement issued Friday that his organization finds the position “… egregious, especially coming from an institution which seeks to represent a significant number of Christians in the world.”
The pronouncement against converting Jews came in a major document released Thursday by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. It was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a declaration promulgated in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council that opened the door to formal Catholic-Jewish dialogue.
Brickner accused the Vatican of pandering to Jewish leaders.
“How can the Vatican ignore the fact that the Great Commission of Jesus Christ mandates that his followers are to bring the gospel to all people? he asked. “Are they merely pandering to some leaders in the Jewish community who applaud being off the radar for evangelization by Catholics? If so, they need to be reminded that they first received that gospel message from the lips of Jews who were for Jesus.”
Jews for Jesus, which calls itself the “largest Jewish mission agency in the world,” has branches in 13 countries and 25 cities, according to the statement.
The new Vatican document, titled “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable,” discussed at length how Christianity is rooted in Judaism. Because of this, it said, the Church is “obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views.”
It added, “In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”
The Cronulla Riots:
A Press Release. Notice how many and who signed onto the release. Fascinating list of folks. Sunday 18 December 2005. We are citizens of Sydney and committed to the peace and freedom that we enjoy in our city. As leaders in a number of religious communities within the city, some have looked to us for spiritual guidance in the wake of the racial and cultural tensions that have erupted on our beaches. We believe that the overwhelming majority of Australians deplore violence, especially racial and religious violence. Most of us want to give each other a ‘fair go’, and our ethnic minorities are composed of mostly fair-minded Australians. We believe that Christmas is a time in our national calendar for giving and for peace with God and one another. We want our neighbours to know and experience this spirit of giving and peace. We believe that Jesus was a Middle Eastern man who was called the “Prince of Peace”. He wants all people to know the peace that He gives. Jesus Christ promises us a new identity that transcends our racial and religious backgrounds and enables us to share His love and compassion with others from every race. As a man of Middle Eastern appearance, Jesus could have easily suffered violence in these last few days in Sydney, even as His family fled violence at the time of His birth. As Christians we believe that the violence done to Him, especially on a Roman cross, was God’s plan to redeem all of us from the hate and the violence that can erupt in every human heart. The only hope for true peace was born in the Middle East. Christmas reminds us that it was a Middle Eastern man, Jesus the Messiah, who holds the key to resolving the strife that bedevils our world. May we all experience a very blessed and peace-filled Christmas.
- Bob Mendelsohn, National Director Jews for Jesus
- David Thomas, Pastor, Beachside Vineyard Christian Church Cronulla
- The Rev Peter Hastie, Minister, Ashfield Presbyterian Church Editor, Australian Presbyterian
- Dr Peter Barnes, Lecturer in Church History Presbyterian Theological Centre
- The Rev Nello Barbieri, Minister of Riverwood Presbyterian Church Australian born Italian
- Rev Rob Silberman, Senior minister, Eastgardens Maroubra Anglican Parish
- The Rev David Ritchie, Minister, St Matthews Anglican Church, Manly
- Scott Xu, Pastor, Living Stone Evangelical Free Church, West Pennant Hills
- Stephen Tuck, Youth Pastor, Maroubra Baptist Church
- Rev Neil Dawson, Senior pastor, Thornleigh Community Baptist Church
- Darren R Middleton, Minister, Caringbah Presbyterian Church
- Rev Mike Wilson, Cross Cultural Ministry Co-ordinator, Presbyterian Church of NSW
- Rev Craig Tucker, Minister, Drummoyne Presbyterian Church
- The Rev Ezra Tseng, Minister, Chinese Presbyterian Church Sydney
- Rev Richard Quadrio, Minister, Macquarie Chapel, Eastwood
- The Rev Richard Humphrey, Senior Minister, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Cronulla
- The Rt Rev Bruce Christian, Former Moderator General Presbyterian Church of Australia
- Pastor Nabil Zakhary, Pastor, Toongabbie Arabic Evangelical Church
- Rev Andy Arthurs, Senior pastor, Forest Alliance Church, Frenchs Forest
- The Rev Ian Millican, Senior Minister, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Berowra
- Scott MorrisonSenior Pastor, Georges River Community Baptist Church, Peakhurst
- Rev Neville Otto, Pastor, St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Epping
- Allan Blyth, Minister, Chatswood Church of Christ
- Geoff Leader, Minister, St Aidan’s Anglican Church Longueville
- Ian Powell Pastor, St Barnabas, Broadway
- The Rev Dr John Davies, Principal, Presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney
- Rev David Cohen, National Director, CNEC/Partners International, Croydon Park
- Rev Moses Hahn, Minister, Abbotsford Presbyterian Church
- Rev Johnnie Li, Minister, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Maroubra.
- Rev John Irvin, Assistant Director, Ministry and Mission, Presbyterian Church, NSW
- Rev Thomas Schmid Senior Pastor, Cronulla Baptist Church
- Pastor Brian Houston Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church, Waterloo and Baulkham Hills National President, Assemblies of God in Australia
- Pastor John McMartin Senior Pastor, Christian Life Centre, Liverpool
- The Rev Andrew Clausen Senior Minister, St Andrews Presbyterian Church Sutherland
- The Rev David Milne Minister, Liverpool South Anglican Church Casula
- Rev Martin Lau Senior Pastor, Sydney Chinese Alliance Church Chair, Alliance College of Australia
- The Rev David Balzer Minister, Western Blacktown Presbyterian Church Lecturer in New Testament, Presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney
- Rev Rob Feeney Pastor, Gracepoint Christian Church, Randwick
- Pastor Peter Watson Church in the Market Place (Uniting), Bondi Junction
- Kevin Murray Minister, Hurstville Presbyterian Church
- Rev Peter Moore Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Presbyterian Theological Centre, Sydney
- Rev Tom Henderson-Brooks Senior Minister, Bondi Anglican Churches
- Rev Dr Paul Logan Minister,St Peter’s Presbyterian Church North Sydney Clerk of the NSW Presbyterian General Assembly
- Rev Ewen Brown Minister, Bexley Presbyterian Church
- Reverend the Hon. Frederick John NILE, ED LTh MLC Member of Parliament
From outside Sydney, but signing on, nonetheless, …