We find ourselves amid a growing controversy in Israel that was sparked by a Christian broadcasting company.
This issue has now gone international.
As many of you are aware—I took a bold public stance in the media last week as news reached me of the storm boiling in Israel over the broadcasting plans of Christian television network GOD TV. They stated that their intent was to air programming in Hebrew throughout Israel to set “a new benchmark” in Christian evangelizing of the Jewish people. The story of my involvement quickly moved from being front-page on the Israeli news fronts to crossing the ocean to major American news affiliates including MSNBC and Fox News, the AP wire service, the Drudge Report and beyond to even wider overseas coverage oceans away.
To say their actions created “an international controversy” would be putting it mildly.
Unfortunately, my public condemnation of the insensitive and offensive programming content by GOD TV created a firestorm by some Christian organizations for my outspoken position against the intent of their new broadcast platform in Israel.
I was not the only voice to speak out within the ranks of America’s Christian leadership, as many are adding their voice to this conversation as well.
PJTN was not born for the sidelines of comfort in the face of antisemitism, even if it rears its head within Christianity.
I have included a link to my statement in the format of a full video to share within the PJTN family, to reinforce the stance I took, and explain why I chose to take it. Your prayers and support of PJTN make all we do possible. Rest assured, PJTN is being used to impact a world where antisemitism is rising alarmingly, and we will continue to take the bold stand to ensure that we will not be silent in the face of this pandemic of hatred, even if it comes out of the Christian community.
Unfortunately, it is incidents like this that divide Jews and Christians and incite mistrust, as well as antisemitic beliefs and comments from followers of Christ. The proof of hatred and vitriol has appeared from Christians in my email inbox and on social media platforms this week. One would never imagine that these comments would come from professing Christians.
Our mission statement at PJTN remains the same despite all challenges: We are called to educate Christians on the biblical mandate from God to stand with Israel and our Jewish brethren. We have not been called to befriend the Jew only in an attempt to convert them. Our mandate in Joel 3:9 is toProclaim this to the nations, prepare for war…
Through all of PJTN’s initiatives, from combating antisemitism to exposing anti-Judeo/Christian, anti-American, antisemitic and anti-Israel content in U.S. Public Education, we have been blessed to unite Christians and Jews—abiding side-by-side in brotherhood, in mutual respect and commitment to make our world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
We harbor no agenda to convert our Jewish brethren—only to love and support them as children—Christian and Jew—grafted into the same God who walked with Abraham. Evangelical organizations in Israel and around the world could be completely devastated by the actions of GOD TV.
The result? Limiting our ability to further our biblical mandate to bless our Jewish brethren in Israel and around the world because of the mistrust created by this whole situation. What each organization does can cast a shadow of doubt on the others, essentially affecting us all. We all must humble ourselves and be mindful of the impact of the work we do. If we are invited to our brother's home, we should humbly respect their family rules, not arrogantly try to push our family’s rules on them.
As witnessed by our organization, in recent decades millions of evangelical Christians have felt the call to stand with the State of Israel and our Jewish brethren, with no agenda—no mandate except to love and support God’s Chosen People.
In closing, I want to leave you with some thoughts to pray and ponder. If we are all children of Abraham, as stated in Galatians 3:8-9, we must remember that the original gospel message And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you, all the nations shall be blessed (Gen. 12:3) with believing Abraham. As people of faith, Christians and Orthodox Jews, we are both awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. Our Jewish brethren for the first time and for Christians, the second.
My question to fellow Christians: Why can’t we wait together?
Every position we take is based on the text of scripture whether it is from the Prophet Isaiah 11:11-13, Zechariah 8:23, Galatians 3:8 or Genesis 12:3. We produce our weekly award-winning program, Focus On Israel for global distribution because unfortunately, due to a lack of clear biblical teaching, Christians are ignorant of biblical scriptures that are hidden in plain sight.
In Proverbs 17:17, we are reminded that A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Thank you and God bless you for all you do for our Jewish brethren and the State of Israel!