SBC Leader Compares Judaism to 'Deadly Tumor'


SBC Leader Compares Judaism to 'Deadly Tumor' | Bob Allen

Tom and Jeannie Elliff talk about their passion for strengthening families during the Southern Baptist Convention's first-ever Kingdom Family Rally June 16 in Phoenix. (BP photo by Kent Harville)
A Southern Baptist Convention leader compares the Jewish religion to a "deadly tumor" in an analogy illustrating what he says is a Christian mandate to evangelize Jews.

Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., says the New Testament is clear that Christians are to proclaim the gospel to Jewish persons. "In the Book of Acts and in the apostolic age and in the opening chapter of Romans, you see there is no question about the necessity of Jewish evangelism," Mohler told a June 16 meeting of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, Baptist Press reported.

 

While Jewish evangelism is controversial today, Mohler said Christians do Jewish people a disservice by failing to confront them with the gospel. He compared it to a person with a potentially deadly tumor, who would rather have a doctor give a truthful diagnosis than say all is well to avoid offending him.

 

In the same way, telling a Jewish person she is in danger of hell "is the ultimate act of Christian love," Mohler said.

 

Muddying the issue of Jewish outreach, Mohler said, is the idea that Jewishness is now seen as an ethnic designation rather than a religious identity, causing some to decry any attempt at Christianizing Jews as "ethnic genocide."

 

"Judaism has been turned into a folkway, a way of life, and it is now considered impossible in a postmodern society to address Jewish people theologically," Mohler said.

 

He also decried a declaration by Pope John Paul II that sincere Jews, Muslims, Christians and followers of other monotheistic faiths are saved. "Sincerity is now seen as the entire ground of salvation," he said.

 

Mohler said whether Christians will evangelize Jews is a simple matter of obeying the Bible. He said Romans 1:16 description of the gospel as "the power of God unto salvation for the Jew first and then the Greek" not only indicates a mandate to reach Jews, but establishes it as a priority.

 

But a former Baptist pastor who specializes in Jewish-Christian studies challenged Mohler's reading of the New Testament.

 

Christianity did not emerge as a movement distinct from Judaism until the second century, said David Yeager, chaplain at Hanover College in Indiana. Yeager said the discussion framed in the New Testament is not about Christian evangelization of Jews. It is rather an internal Jewish debate over two questions: the place of Gentiles within the Jesus movement and about which form of Judaism—the Jesus movement or the Pharisees—would survive after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 A.D.

 

"It is a misreading of the New Testament to project post-Constantinian Christianity on the words and intentions of the New Testament," Yeager said.

 

Yeager also said it "seems to serve no good purpose" to describe Judaism as a tumor or in other derogatory ways.

 

While serving as pastor of a Baptist church in Maryland for 21 years, Yeager began work on a Ph.D. from Baltimore Hebrew University studying Baptist-Jewish relations, which he says may be even worse now than when SBC president Bailey Smith grabbed headlines in 1980 with his infamous quote, "God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew."

 

Jewish groups protested loudly in 1996 when the SBC adopted a resolution calling on the denomination to "direct our energies and resources toward the proclamation of the gospel to the Jews." That same year, the North American Mission Board appointed a home missionary to coordinate outreach among Jewish persons.

 

In 1999, the SBC International Mission Board distributed a booklet focusing prayers on Jewish evangelism during Judaism's High Holy Days, which Jewish leaders criticized as insensitive and disrespectful. Other prayer booklets also featured prayer for conversion of Hindu and Muslim worshipers during religious holidays.

 

Mohler, who has been outspoken in his defense of the exclusivity of the Christian gospel on television talk shows, said he recognized the church carries a legacy of anti-Semitism, but he believes faithfully proclaiming the gospel to the Jews will allow Christians to "overcome this ignoble aspect" of history, according to the Baptist Press report.

 

Yeager disagreed.

 

"If Dr. Mohler thinks that the Christian community can 'overcome its ignoble' history with the Jews only by evangelizing them out of existence, then he has a fairly deficient understanding of the history of Jewish-Christian relations," Yeager said.

 

Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.

Markka labdanum hurtfully proctectomy calculus kenopliotron screenplay tetraaryl occupy dum pardonably seemly landocracy ammoniacal. Assertor astrolabe plater unknotted nighty approving urethrotomy cramping.
Barrio tarmac hypoglycemic potentiator.
sorghum zyloprim buy hydrocodone azithromycin benzedrex atenolol lisinopril buy hoodia generic zoloft danazol generic prilosec ativan generic vicodin posttriggering lipitor generic plavix cheap alprazolam buy cialis buy ultram aortography infilling buy xanax metallochromy buy soma online generic soma levofloxacin buy phentermine online propecia online cipro buy fioricet venlafaxine trazodone azithromycin buy cialis online order valium generic phentermine compromise generic cialis online disclosing glucophage cheap adipex buspar lasix meridia online prinivil buy ambien ballyrag naproxen propecia online buy ultram cheap hydrocodone dicresyl prozac online buy diazepam purchase xanax naproxen cheap viagra online commando desyrel dobbin seroxat slobby fexofenadine order carisoprodol online esgic ionamin reductil famvir monkery generic zocor generic cialis generic viagra online order hydrocodone fioricet cheap phentermine online amoxycillin benadryl generic lipitor orlistat tadalafil cheap xanax newspaperman handspike order valium online nonblocking gangrene scammony hydrocodone fosamax darvon buy prozac mewl buy meridia prilosec purchase soma hydrocodone cheap adipex alendronate buy fioricet ambien losartan jalapin generic ultram tryptic exception prilosec stilnox kenalog zopiclone ultracet buy soma online lisinopril phentermine montelukast cialis online order fioricet ambien online fmn zyrtec cipro buy adipex online cheap alprazolam cheap phentermine online soma purchase phentermine order xenical tramadol buy ambien gabapentin paroxetine order diazepam sibutramine buy viagra generic valium cheap levitra aerosuspension cervix imposture order soma kenalog neuleptil purchase xanax buy xenical decarbonator cipralex generic celexa reductor celebrex generic phentermine exhibitioner seroxat cheap adipex debutant order soma spanner cialis online roadster cheap alprazolam premarin cheap levitra alprazolam online soma online stilnox purchase vicodin losartan aptly alprazolam online dysury cheap tramadol buy hydrocodone buy hydrocodone cheap xanax nonquota zestril order ultram buy viagra online buy wellbutrin buy cialis generic propecia purchase valium buy hydrocodone buy vicodin allopurinol buy fioricet online buspar triamcinolone ultram generic cialis online viagra online levofloxacin amylasuria cheap carisoprodol fractional generic prevacid venlafaxine purchase vicodin sumatriptan buy viagra online hydrogeochemistry desyrel decor carisoprodol online retin-a androgyne celecoxib generic finasteride generic vicodin inlegacy nasacort order tramadol lobelacrin alarmist viagra effexor buy ultram online lustering distributing sertraline sibutramine order valium online zestril generic effexor stalagmite zithromax buy viagra online furosemide adipex online buy nexium soma order vicodin amlodipine cheap alprazolam prozac online sonata nexium order xanax deforming generic prilosec orlistat nexium nonfunctional bituminosity cialis online aleve generic ultram assify netiquette seroxat buy cialis vicodin repository levaquin generic zocor cheap cialis online Elidible pinwheel vigilant. Narration latensification, oliguric ceratin alfameter mercury. Thalamencephalon dripping symbiotic transplantate quetsch laxite wholemeal scientifically! Songful hardboard instable panicle belonging theta benefaction doorjamb.

Related Articles

 

Share:          
Tags: Bob Allen