Doomed to Extinction
Posted by: penina
Today I came across a website called vicmord.com. Vicmord stands for Victor Mordechai, the alias of a man named Dennis Avi Lipkin. Mr. Lipkin is now running for a position in the Knesset as the head of what he refers to as, “a Judeo-Christian Bible Bloc Party called ‘Gush Hatankhi’ in Hebrew”. I am alarmed by the news of such a tragedy, but certainly not shocked, at least not now. In the ten months that I have been a citizen of the state of Israel, I have seen and heard things that have just blown my mind. It is inconceivable to me that my Jewish brothers and sisters cannot see the danger that is lurking just up ahead.
When I was in the US in June, I gave a talk titled, “Enemy Mine: Christians, Israel, and the Dilemma of the Double-Edged Sword.” In this talk I spoke about the problem with Evangelical Christians, and in particular Messianic Jews, in the land of Israel. In the talk I also discussed that the hidden agenda of these Christians is not the conversion of Jews - that's certainly not hidden! What truly amazes me, though, is that Jews in both America and Israel, but especially in Israel, for the most part see no problem with the way American Christians support Israel. These Christo-philes claim that Christians only want to show us love and support and give us money. They refuse to see that these same Christians are proselytizing when they come, praying for our salvation (belief in Jesus) and pressuring the Israeli Government and other agencies into not creating legislation which might alienate them, such as anti-missionary laws. This alienation, it is implied, would result in a loss of support and tourism revenue – something Israel is absolutely phobic about. With Israeli leaders like Rabbi Riskin, Benny Alon and MK Elhanan Glazer actively courting these Christian leaders, like our cousin Esau of old, we are selling our birthright for a bowl of porridge. Is the money and support they offer really worth the loss of thousands of Jewish souls?
But there is a truly hidden agenda, the one which these leaders are turning a blind eye to. This agenda, which I have gleaned from their own writings and conferences, is that they want to make their way into our government and change the laws so that Hebrew Christians in particular have complete equal rights in this country, especially where the law of return is concerned, and that Messianic Judaism is recognized as a legitimate stream of Judaism - right along side Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. Additionally, this would eventually lead to official recognition of Messianic conversions. Unlike the other streams of Judaism where conversions number in the tens per year, Messianic conversions would number in the thousands or even tens of thousands per year, as has already been evidenced by the number of false and deceptive conversions we have witnessed over the past 10 years.
The reason that so many non-Jewish Christians want to convert to Judaism while still maintaining their belief in Jesus may stem from their earnest desire to be "G-d's people". If the Jews are G-d's chosen people, and they want to be G-d's chosen people, getting the stamp "Jewish" gives them a certain sense of officialness. The New Testament refers to Christians as wild olive branches having been "grafted in" to the natural olive tree, which is Israel. For some Christians, "grafted in" is not enough and they want to be able to officially call themselves "Jewish". The motivations among individual Christians to become officially recognized as Jewish may vary significantly, but based on my observations of those who converted without telling the Beit Din that they still believed in Jesus, would indicate that at least some of them feel that by being able to say that they are Jewish believers in Jesus, it lends more credibility to their claims that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and that it is a completely Jewish thing to believe in Jesus. When confronted with the objection, "But I'm Jewish", such evangelists can respond, "Really, well so am I!"
The Christian preoccupation with converting Jews and making Israel a Christian state is about much more than just a difference of religious opinion, and even about who is our friend, its about the validity of Judaism and the continued existence of a truly Jewish State called, “Israel”. Don’t let statements to the contrary fool you. When an Evangelical Christian says that of course Israel must remain Jewish, they mean that it must be Messianic Jewish.
These are dangerous waters we are treading in and although on the surface a so-called Judeo-Christian party in the Knesset may sound like it would be good for the State of Israel, the truth is that such a party in Israel would mark the beginning of the extinction of the traditional Jew.