Christian Conversion of Jews?
- Created: March 28, 2008
- Written by World Evangelical Alliance
The following statement was published in The New York Times.
As evangelical Christians, we want to express our genuine friendship and love for the Jewish people. We sadly acknowledge that church history has been marred with anti-Semitic words and deeds; and that at times when the Jewish people were in great peril, the church did far less than it should have.
We pledge our commitment to be loving friends and to stand against such injustice in our generation. At the same time, we want to be transparent in affirming that we believe the most loving and Scriptural expression of our friendship toward Jewish people, and to anyone we call friend, is to forthrightly share the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
We believe that it is only through Jesus that all people can receive eternal life. If Jesus is not the Messiah of the Jewish people, He cannot be the Savior of theWorld (Acts 4:12).
We recognize that it is good and right for those with specialized knowledge, history and skills to use these gifts to introduce individuals to the Messiah, and that includes those ministries specifically directed to the Jewish people (1 Corinthians 9:20-22).
We deplore the use of deception or coercion in evangelism; however, we reject the notion that it is deceptive for followers of Jesus Christ who were born Jewish to continue to identify as Jews (Romans 11:1).
We want to make it clear that, as evangelical Christians, we do not wish to offend our Jewish friends by the above statements; but we are compelled by our faith and commitment to the Scriptures to stand by these principles. It is out of our profound respect for Jewish people that we seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them, and encourage others to do the same, for we believe that salvation is only found in Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the World.
Rev. Dr. Lon Allison-Director, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College
Dr. Mark Bailey-President, Dallas Theological Seminary
Joel Belz-Founder, World Magazine
Richard Bewes-OBE, former Rector, All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
Lyndon Bowring-Executive Chairman, CARE
Doug Birdsall-Executive Chair, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
Dr. D. A. Carson-Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Paul Cedar-Chairman, Mission America Coalition
Dr. Yonggi Cho-Senior Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea
Chuck Colson-Founder, Prison Fellowship
Dr. Jim Congdon-Senior Pastor, Topeka Bible Church
Dr. Hélène Dallaire-Associate Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary, Denver
David Evans-Bishop, Church of England
Mark Greene-Executive Director, London Institute of Contemporary Christianity
Dr. Vernon C. Grounds-Chancellor, Denver Seminary, Denver
Stan Guthrie-Managing Editor, Special Projects, Christianity Today
Dr. David Harley-former General Director, OMF International
Dr. Harold Hoehner-Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Jim Holm-President, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson-Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church
Canon J. John-Director, Philo Trust
Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.-President Emeritus, Colman M.
Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Joe Kapolyo-Minister, Edmonton Baptist Church
Dr. R. T. Kendall-President, R. T. Kendall Ministries
Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins-Owner, Christian Writers Guild
Prof. A. N. S. Lane-London Bible College
Rev. Dr. John-Paul Lotz-Lecturer in Church History, London School of Theology
Steve Moore-President & CEO, The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA)
Rev. Dr. Steve Motyer-Lecturer, London School of Theology
Dr. Marv Newell-Executive Director, Cross Global Link (formerly IFMA)
Luis Palau, Evangelist and Author
Hugh Palmer-Rector, All Souls Church, London
Janet Parshall-Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
The Honorable Tony Perkins-President, Family Research Council
Dr. Raymond Pfister-Principal, Birmingham Christian College, Birmingham, England
John Piper-Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem
Dr. Carson Pue, President, Arrow Leadership, Vancouver BC
Dr. Phil Roberts-President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Haddon Robinson-President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
John H. Rodgers, Th.D.-Bishop in the Anglican Mission in America
Russell Rook-Director, ALOVE, Salvation Army
John Seawright-Minister, Abbey Presbyterian Church, Monkstown, Ireland
Gordon Showell-Rogers-General Secretary, European Evangelical Alliance
Dr. Lon Solomon-Pastor, McLean Bible Church, McLean, VA
Dr. Joseph M. Stowell-President Cornerstone University
Stephen Strang-Publisher, Charisma Magazine
Matt Summerfield-Executive Director, Urban Saints
Dr. Vinson Synan-Dean Emeritus of Regent University
Dr. Geoff Tunnecliffe-International Director,World Evangelical Alliance
Clive Urquhart-Director, Kingdom Faith Ministries, Horsham, England
Phil S. Walker-Pastor, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Madison, MS
Mike Wall-Executive Director All Nations Christian College, Ware, England
Mark Weeden-Pastor,Worthing Tabernacle
Chris Williams-Pastor, London Community Church