End the mission
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.