CNN is just one of a number of news outlets that is carrying a story about yet another problem that the Southern Baptists are creating with Jews. The root of the problem lies in the arrogant and misguided belief that they have the sole line to G-d and that they are tasked with spreading the word.
In the latest outbreak they have decided that the best way to attack us is by trying to use Jews who have converted as their tools.
“Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said the effort is offensive because the Southern Baptists are using Jews who have converted to Christianity “to go after other Jews.””If people convert, that’s their individual business,” Foxman said. “But don’t use them as a tool to convert other people.”
At the heart of the ADL’s complaint is a decision by the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee to ask its missionary boards to study the idea of recognizing the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship as “an evangelistic mission to Jewish people.”
The fellowship is made up of about a dozen congregations in the United States. Its Web site says its mission is “to encourage Jewish believers that their ethnic and historical heritage need NOT be lost upon their commitment to Yeshua [Jesus].”
The idea to use the fellowship was proposed at the national convention in Nashville in June. The SBC executive committee recommended last week that its International Mission Board and North American Mission Board study the possibility.
Jim Sibley, coordinator of Jewish Ministries for the SBC’s North American Mission Board, said the ADL was overreacting. The committee was simply forwarding the proposal, he said.
“Personally, I don’t really see this (recommendation) going anywhere,” Sibley said Thursday.”
Overreacting. I wonder how he would feel if we decided to make an effort to target Southern Baptists, if we used Xtians who had converted to try and convince other Xtians to become Jewish. What would they do if we went and spoke to their children and told them how sad we were that they they were missing out on so much fun. And considering the history well…
“The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in 1996 calling on its members to “direct our energies and resources toward the proclamation of the gospel to the Jewish people.”A 1999 prayer guide by the International Mission Board recommended conversion of Jews to Christianity during their High Holy Days, an effort labeled “offensive and disrespectful” by Jewish leaders.
As recently as 2003 Jewish leaders criticized a Southern Baptist seminary president for saying Christians have a mandate to evangelize Jews just as a surgeon has a responsibility to tell a patient about the presence of a “deadly tumor.”
I really don’t care what you believe as long as you don’t try to force it down my throat. These guys have crossed the line and I am not willing to stand for it nor do I have to or anyone else.