End the mis­sion

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

It is hardly a sur­prise that the World Evan­gel­i­cal Al­liance should is­sue a dec­la­ra­tion urg­ing its mem­ber churches to re­new their com­mit­ment to evan­ge­lism among Jews. But that makes it no less re­gret­table — even if it is ex­pressed in the spirit of love and the de­sire to share “good news” rather than the old teach­ing of con­tempt for Jews which the WEA has force­fully re­pu­di­ated. As far as there is una­nim­ity about any­thing in the Jewish world, it is that Chris­tian at­tempts to con­vert them are un­wel­come and ret­ro­gres­sive. Since the Holo­caust, pro­gres­sive Chris­tian the­olo­gians have tried to put the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Jews and Chris­tians on a new foot­ing by recog­nis­ing the va­lid­ity of Ju­daism in God’s eyes and thus ob­vi­at­ing the need for Jews to find sal­va­tion in Je­sus. Per­haps the World Evan­gel­i­cal Al­liance would be bet­ter to en­gage with those mod­ern-think­ing the­olo­gians rather than sug­gest­ing that in­ter­faith di­a­logue can be used for the pur­poses of mis­sion­is­ing, how­ever well-in­ten­tioned it might seem.

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