Jews for Jesus Leader Denounces Vatican Statement on Jewish Evangelism

The Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews released a comprehensive document on Catholic-Jewish relations on December 10 which calls on the Catholic Church to “neither conduct nor support any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”

David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, finds their position “…egregious, especially coming from an institution which seeks to represent a significant number of Christians in the world.”

Brickner went on to say, “How can the Vatican ignore the fact that the Great Commission of Jesus Christ mandates that his followers are to bring the gospel to all people? Are they merely pandering to some leaders in the Jewish community who applaud being off the radar for evangelization by Catholics? If so, they need to be reminded that they first received that gospel message from the lips of Jews who were for Jesus.

“The title of this new document, ‘The Gifts and Calling of God are irrevocable,’ is taken from Paul’s words in Romans 11:29. We believe that the Apostle Paul, whose name is invoked frequently in the Vatican document, would be horrified at this repudiation of the words with which he started his letter in Romans: ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.’”

Jews for Jesus is the largest Jewish mission agency in the world and has, at its core, the goal of proclaiming the message that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world. They have branches in 13 countries and 25 cities.

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Rokny Pio

I totally agree with the stand raken by JFJ. New Testament have ample reference on salvation of Jews. One more point apart of Jesus Christ there is no heaven and no reconciliation with God. Jesus Christ is the universal savior for both Jews as well as Gentiles.


Great! What happened to those civilization before Jesus Christ?
Everyone is in hell?

leslie malinowski

Actually, there was no Hell before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ since there was no means of salvation. It's a good question though.

Mike Johnson

The Vatican is just ignoring the Word of God, which is nothing new. Like the world does. Just do what we want to do rather than what God says.

Pastor Mike Johnson

Kathie Marshall

The Catholic Church safeguarded and defended Scripture for 1500 years so Protestants could have it to interpret freely as they so choose. Protestants owe the CC a debt of gratitude.

Erwin Wild

Protestants do not owe the CC anything, Protestants owe a debt of gratitude to the Lord!


Where does the "Old Testament" say anything about accepting or not rejecting the message when he arrives?

How can the Jews be in violation of a commandment that doesn't exist!


God does not require the help or assistance of any earthly organisation to bring about the salvation of the Jews.At the appropriate time God,s agenda,programme,cal ender for the JEWS shall be revealed


True, God does not require the help or assistance of any earthly person or organization to bring about the salvation of anyone, Jew or Gentile, yet some human being cared to see that you got saved. Jesus commanded us to go go and make disciples, do you think He meant to skip the Jewish people? Regardless of what will happen in the end times, just like there are Gentiles who need Jesus now, so there are Jews who need Him now. Anyone who doesn't feel it necessary to help get the Word out to Jewish people, that's up to you. But please don't try to discourage those who are called to do so. Don't disregard the many Jewish believers in Jesus today who are thankful that individuals and organizations were there to help them realize who Jesus is, and who are longing for their family and friends to know Him.

April Herbster

God has already revealed His plan for the salvation of the Jews and it is the same for all people, that is, Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. After all, who, exactly were the very first believers? Why, Jews, of course! There is no future plan, agenda or calendar for salvation for the Jews or anyone else, for that matter.

Ann Piatt

I'm still learning about Jewish ways. I hope Jewish people will find JESUS as their Messiah. I don't understand the Vatican. God bless us all.

Michael Beauclair

Jesus is God Almighty in the flesh! He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

Max Dunn

For THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Greek for the same Lord overall is rich to ALL those who call upon Him.


seriously guys, *read* the whole document!
It's here:

relevant quote: "While there is a principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission, Christians are nonetheless called to bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews, although they should do so in a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God’s Word, and particularly in view of the great tragedy of the Shoah. "


Yes James, but what does that mean? How would your average Catholic translate that? Don't support Jewish missions because....? I think it translates to just love em and keep your mouth shut. That is not a very gospel centered way of loving my Jewish people at all.

Quoting James:
seriously guys, *read* the whole document!
It's here:

relevant quote: "While there is a principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission, Christians are nonetheless called to bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews, although they should do so in a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God’s Word, and particularly in view of the great tragedy of the Shoah. "

Kathie Marshall

It translates to exactly what the document said, "bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews.." That's not confusing at all. It surely doesn't mean shut up. Also, we Catholics know that each and every one of us will stand before God alone to be judged one day, and won't stand with a big crowd of folks with a similar background. God judges the heart.

Janet Lohmann

The Pope does not know Him!!!!!!!!!!!

terry seale

The Catholic church is not Christian. It is a money-grubbing fraud, totalitarian enterprise. Martin Luther, John Knox, Zwingli, and thousands of other Roman Catholic ordained priests had to run for their lives because the Church dictatorship put itself before Christ Jesus. The Inquisition is no Christian invention. Neither are the murderous Jesuits who would kill Queen Elizabeth and King James.

Reformation Protestants are those conducting the Great Commission, winning souls, saving the lost, and serving God rather than some pedophile pope priest. Come out of her, poor deceived catholics and accept the unconditional and free love of Jesus.


Do you mean Queen Elizabeth I (who lived about 400 years ago) or Queen Elizabeth II, the current queen?


catholics are not christian, they are catholics.we don't have the same bible,Jesus is our priest, God the Father is our pope.. we don't call any human man our father as our final authority. Mary is not a virgin she had other children after the virgin birth of Jesus. We do not bow to statues or talk to dead people.The jewish nation are God's Chosen people to bring us Our Savior, Our Bible, our Holy and True Doctrine of Jesus, Our Beginning and Our End. alpha and omega. Soon Coming King!!


Saying that Catholics are not Christian is nonsense Bobbi. Your right, we don't have the same bible as Martin Luther, as anyone who understands the bible knows. He was not exactly a Latin or Greek scholar and it showed in many of his mistranslations. Just ask the Orthodox Church! God and the pope are not comparable as you made in your silly analogy and, father, is a term of respect that the biblical Jews even used to describe rabbis and other respected individuals. I guess I am going to hell being that I refer to my own dad as father. She is called the virgin Mary as she first got pregnant without having relations with a man. Its not important what happened after that. Sigh. Jews did bow to statues too then... ever hear of the Holy of Holies? Remember Moses had a staff with a serpent on it that had all kinds of magical powers? They revered that as well. After Christ died, the Church and all biblical Christians who accept Christ as God and Savior are his chosen people.

vanessa pannuti

George, I was born in Italy and attended a Catholic school, many doctrines are similar to a Christian cult and non biblical. The purgatory, the holy waters, the rosary prayers beads, the Madonnas of Lourdes and Fatima, lighting candles and praying for the dead, asking Mary and the dead to act as intercessors for us. Check the chiesa cattolica website for more and then compare with the epistles and the Bible. The Bible has differences and contains the Apocryphal books, I am actually reading the Maccabees at the moment. As long as you have more then one Bible at home and compare them and know that are non canonical; I do not see anything wrong in reading the supplementary books. Now I live in London and I heard that the Presbyterian Church tolerates homosexual ministers. No Church is perfect as men are not perfect, it is a matter of finding the one who is more consistent with the Bible teachings.

Kathie Marshall

Vanessa, you are incorrect. Purgatory is explicit in Maccabees, Jesus used "things" to heal and work his miracles (holy water), the rosary is a prayer of meditation based on scripture, again praying for the dead is in Maccabees, the saints in Heaven holding bowls of incense which are the prayers of the faithful (in Revelation) is an image of the saints praying for those on earth, and on and on, one by one, all Catholic doctrine is always proved to be the most biblical.

Kathie Marshall

Bobbi, Jesus is our High Priest and all earthly priests participate in the ONE priesthood of Jesus. We do not call any man on earth our "final authority" anymore than you call your Bible writers (who were men) final authorities. There is not one shred of evidence in scripture that Mary had other children. Quite the opposite in fact. I don't bow to plaster, but I use them as a tool to be in a mode of prayer and I give respect to the image in an effort to give respect to the person it represents. We have the same Bible and actually, you can thank the Catholic Church for preserving your Bible for 1500 years til Luther walked off and decided he could go it on his own. You should really know more than what you hear in anti-Catholic clearing houses.

Matt Sieger

Scriptural evidence that Mary had other children: (Matt. 12:46; 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:5; Gal. 1:19).

Kathie Marshall

I'm trying to respond to Joyce Kimber, but don't see her comment here yet. Talk of Jesus having brothers and sisters has never been accepted by anyone historically as meaning that Mary had other children. I'm afraid the testimony of history is on the side of Catholic doctrine here. The passage that would make it abundantly clear that Mary had other children is something like, "Simon, James, Juda... the children of Mary.." or "Sam, son of Mary, the mother of Jesus..." but you won't find that because she had no other children. Brothers and sisters referred to close relatives. I encourage you to study this some more.

Robert Gollwitzer

I am a devout German Catholic and as such I am very saddened to see how Church leaders mislead their flocks - almost to a point of heresy. In times like these God calls faithful Christians to stand up for the one true faith. I completely agree with you guys.
Robert Gollwitzer
Munich, Germany


I thought that there was neither Jew nor gentile all were one under Christ.
just currious

Annie Law

Unfortunately, Catholics put tradition over the Bible. I am getting this straight from a catholic nun. She is a very nice person and I have her for tea about once a week and we discuss Scripture and our differences. What I do not understand is putting tradition over Scripture is like putting man's word over God's Word. She doesn't see it that way...yet. I am praying the Holy Spirit will open her understanding and convict her. I am trying to have her see how her beliefs compare to what God's Word teaches so that it is not my opinion but God's that will convince her in time with His help. My part is to keep her in prayer.

Rose Berry

I am pleased to be what Paul described as a second kind of Jew, one who is Jewish by the Second Birth.

Samuel Allen

Pope John Paul II also decreed in the Nostra Aetate that we shall have salvation without belief in Jesus. The Catholics represent over half the world's Christian population. Hashem will curse all of you predatory evangelists.


Why do you use words like predatory to describe people you have not met and whose motives you do not know? Be careful about saying Hashem will curse those who not only wish you no harm, but are willing to endure your hostility in hopes that one day you will find peace through the Prince of Peace. I know that Hashem loves you, not because of who you are, but because of Who He is. You ought to know the same thing about your fellow human beings. He loves us and wants us to know trust and obey Him. That is why He gave us the Law, and it is also why He gave us Yeshua. It was never about what we could do to be in relationship with Him. It was always about what He can do to restore that relationship, always His terms, not ours.

Kathie Marshall

I don't think the pope can decree salvation for anyone, a Catholic or non-Catholic. (; We'll all have a particular judgement and stand on our own before God. All the CC or any pope or any document can do is try to declare truths about salvation and cannot pinpoint who will ultimately fulfill them. That would require judging the heart, which no human can do.

Rudy Poglitsh

This news of the Vatican document is disappointing; contact Roy Schoeman whose website is Salvation is from the Jews dot com. Just google his name and you'll get there. He would be sympathetic to your position. Dr. Shoeman is a convert to Catholicism from Judaism, and says he's more properly a Jew for recognizing Jesus as Messiah than he was a Jew before believing in Jesus. Since he's also Catholic (and that's a fascinating account), he'd be even more sympathetic to your sentiment, and might be able to give you some tips.

molly jacob

To the Jew first is correct, but not from Catholicism. Only from those that know He is Yeshua Ben Dovid, that God The Father sent His Son to die for our sins, and this is found in our Hebrew Scriptures such as Isaiah chapter 53, 'He was wounded for our transgressions.' Let the vatican stay away from us, it's bad enough they have confused the gentiles.

vanessa pannuti

I agree with you as Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4 the Jews worship what they know and the Gentiles worship what they don't know. Confusion and error were almost inevitable

Vanessa Pannuti

The Vatican should be reminded of the parable of the Canaanite woman Matthew 15:26 , of the Samaritan woman at the well John 4:22 and of the whole message of the Bible. They should be reminded that the goal in the life of a Christian is to be more Christlike every day. I am deeply saddened at this so very ungrateful statement, but not surprised as I grew up in Italy.


I am 100% in agreement with the Vatican. There seems to be a mission to destroy Judaism. I, as a Jew, respect the beliefs of others, and would not try to proselytize them to my point of view. You keep out of my business, and I'll keep out of yours. My ancestors died for their strong faith. Out of respect for them, I honor tradition. We don't need another Hitler, you are killing us with words. You want to follow Yeshua, fine. Don't try to force other Jews to. We've got along just fine with G-D until now. Shalom


Where do you get the idea that we are trying to force our beliefs on you? When did having civil conversation about ideas that two parties disagree on become disrespect? You are offered the idea that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. You are offered the opportunity to find out why some of us believe that. You can just say no if you are not interested. You desire respect but then you compare others who have never harmed you or tried to force their beliefs on you to Hitler. I know some people say Jews that believe in Jesus are brainwashed but it seems to me that many Jews who don't have been conditioned to fear Jews who do for no reason. Why would an otherwise open-minded person be so judgmental about people he probably never met?


Coneyro, I am as Jewish as you are. What ever leads you to believe that Yeshua isn't who he said he was? How can you say that? Either it was true, or Yeshua was a liar or a madman. After Pentecost his followers (including his own brother) were willing to die for him. Who would do that for a fraud? Just to continue a myth? Is that worth dying for? Tradition is great, but understanding and believing without checking the facts is just a tragedy. Again, believing in Yeshua doesn't make me less of a Jew nor would it you.


It is oxymoronic to be a Messianic Jew. Either you believe in the Jewish law of Messianic requirements completely, or not at all. I can refute every prerequisite the Christians claim Yeshua achieved inorder to be considered the Moshiach. We take everything by faith and the word of our spiritual elders. Yeshua was a learned Rabbi, I agree. He. however, didn't intend to transform Judaism.If he came back today, he would not recognize how his beloved faith has been bastardized. And the greatest insult? To celebrate his birthday eating pork and shellfish, the dirtiest, most unKosher food on the planet, that Yeshua would never eat! How disrespectful.That you can spit on the graves of your Jewish ancestors who died defending their and OUR right to worship separate from Christians and not be forced to worship their idols is insanity. Generations of Jewish true believers will never be born, thanks to evangelical proselytizing. We fought and died for what?

Alan Bonjour

"the greatest insult? To celebrate his birthday eating pork and shellfish, the dirtiest, most unKosher food on the planet"


I am so sorry for being an insult towards you and your faith. I am a Gentile Christian, I grew up in a secular gentile home with no background to understand yours. I apologize. So sorry to be such a stumbling block.

There are, now 2000 years after Christianity "started", and there are many branches that have sprung out. Pleaser don't cherry pick to discard the message of the gospel.

Fish Mooney

@Coneyro, um, say what? I'm Jewish, believe in Jesus, and can't say I've ever "celebrated his birthday eating pork and shellfish." Actually pork and shellfish aren't really traditional Christmas foods anyway, at least in the Christmas Carol they had goose. Um, say what again? Someone is forcing you to worship idols? Please point them out because really, they should be hauled before Judge Judy. Um, say what again? Jews won't be born because someone told them that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah? I guess the children of Messianic Jews are pink-eared Martian maneaters. Would have thought the mohel would have picked that up when they had their sons circumcised. All best, Fish Mooney


I think you should make it clear that the paper only said that the Catholic church does not support institutional mission work- they still believe in individual evangelism. There are many people with in MJ that do not support institutional Missions to the Jewish people but absolutely support evangelism and discipleship. "While there is a principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission, Christians are nonetheless called to bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews, although they should do so in a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God’s Word, and particularly in view of the great tragedy of the Shoah."


I understand the distinction you are trying to make but I think it is artificial. What is an institution but a group of people who ban together for shared purpose...not unlike a Messianic synagogue IMHO or those who would id with the MJ movement

Doug May

No one is "trying" to make this distinction. It is explicit in the text and is wonderfully clear. It is painful that you criticize the church statement on false grounds while ignoring the far more important recognition of G-d's continuing covenant with the Jews as alluded by Paul in Romans 11. That is a powerful development that out strides progress in the disparit arms of Protestantism. This willful ignorance begs the question what are afraid of? Perhaps an infringing of your franchise in ministering to the Jews?


David, Rome is setting you up for a greater persecution of those of the natural branch. We are praying for the Lord's protection for ourselves, you and yours during these final days.

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.


Satan was laying the foundation for every system of falsehood and error the world has ever known. They took the truth of G-D and turned it into a lie and “worshipped and served the creature (on a wider application also includes Satan) more than the Creator.” Romans 1:25. This system of paganism, while professing to be the true religion, is actually devil worship. It professes and claims to be the truth of G-D but in reality it is Satan's masterpiece, the “mystery of iniquity.” Jeremiah 10

Jules Gilbert

The mistake Mr. Brickner makes is that he assumes Catholic's are Christians. Some yes, some no.

And most of the leadership, ah..., no.

And sure, only God is inside someone's heart, but when someone goes against Scripture (by saying not to evangelize Jews,) that's against Jesus and reason he came into this world.


You make a good point about Catholics. While a great number of them are still trying to earn salvation and remain amongst the unsaved, I would add that there are also many in all denominations that are not as well.
Often I have wondered why the Jews have faced most of the worst persecution of any people throughout history. I believe it is because that deep down in the persecutor's heart they know that the Jews are God's chosen people. This creates jealousy and anger, thus a desire to lash out. Do you think this is accurate?

Kathie Marshall

um, isn't it a bit arrogant to assume you know who is Christian and who is not?

Kathie Marshall

Jules Gilbert, I can't find the comment thread, but I added a comment and you replied back that the CC covered up and aided the extermination of the Jews in WWII. You are seriously out of touch with reality. I'd be happy to talk to you, but if you're just stubbornly stuck in believing myths and are unwilling to do a fact check, forget it.

Doug May

Why does Brickner take it upon himself to castigate the Catholic Church over an ecclesiastical document instructing its ordained pastors how to function. If one understands the history of Christian Jewish relations and the destruction that specific missions to the Jews have caused, it is hard to see how this is not a good development. Unfortunately Mr. Brickner's statement takes an institutional pronouncement which is positive and misinterprets it as an edict opposing individual Catholics who would share their faith. Certainly there is nothing in this Italian document translated into English which proscribes a Catholic from sharing the truth with a Jew which is how evangelism should occur instead of organized crusades which Brickner appears to support. I know Jews for Jesus would take strong umbrage were the Catholic Church to criticize its decision to concentrate on Jews. In the same way Mr. Brickner should not criticize the Catholic Church for its fidelity to a universal message.


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David Brickner

Doug May,
no one would want to affirm the church for their complicity in the Inquisition or any other atrocity. I am glad that the church recognizes it's past sins. And while it is great that the document affirms God's ongoing covenant with Israel I can not celebrate. The best lies are wrapped in truth and that is the case here. It is the very institution of the church that was called upon by Jesus to the Great Commission. Jesus did not say "Go into all the world and have interfaith dialogue." The Church must preach the gospel to all people and as Paul said, "to the Jew first." To disavow that is the doctrine of devils.


Brother, Why do you preach a Triune person dogma which came from pagan rome then when papel rome birthed it took on the same. No where in H-SHEMS bible is trinity of persons taught. That is the doctrine of devils you are preaching. If your doctrine is right then were are the miracles I read and here today with this Jew?Quoting David Brickner:
Doug May,
no one would want to affirm the church for their complicity in the Inquisition or any other atrocity. I am glad that the church recognizes it's past sins. And while it is great that the document affirms God's ongoing covenant with Israel I can not celebrate. The best lies are wrapped in truth and that is the case here. It is the very institution of the church that was called upon by Jesus to the Great Commission. Jesus did not say "Go into all the world and have interfaith dialogue." The Church must preach the gospel to all people and as Paul said, "to the Jew first." To disavow that is the doctrine of devils.

Kathie Marshall

Mr. Brickner, how can you possibly quote the "no institutionalized mission" without also quoting the following line which encourages Christians to bear witness to their faith in Christ also to the Jews. I find your trashing of this document intolerable and steeped in lies. I heard you on Bob Dutko's show with the rabbis and was very insulted because I know better than what you were spewing there.

Jules Gilbert

THe Catholic church has, all through history, been the parent organization behind anti-semitism.

Look at the Inquisition, the halocaust. Look at the current pope's efforts to repudiate God's word (where Paul emphasized TO THE JEW FIRST.)

This shouldn't surprise anyone, as this is the same church that doesn't teach their kids that God promised to bless those that bless the Jews and to hate those that hate the Jews.

But far worse than this... we are taught (again, this is what the Bible sez,) that God's enemy will use the Catholic church to harm Israel.

None of this is new.

Here in America, most people, even most Jews, know this. It's deciding to believe it that requires faith and maybe a little work, that's what's missing.

Kathie Marshall

Mr. Brickner's ignorance on this document and his utter unfairness is actually what is egregious.

Anyone who rips a document which sets out to emphasize the specialness of the Jewish people by calling the history of relations between document writers and Jews "a history of violence punctuated with blood" just has an agenda. This clearly makes no sense.

I'm sorry, Mr. Brickner, about your confusion and lack of understanding of Catholic doctrine and the real purpose and meaning of this document. As one in a prominent position In Christian evangelization, I think you are obligated to find out and speak the truth, and resist inflammatory comments that demonstrate your bias and dislike for the Catholic Church. So unfortunate.

Signed, a Catholic Christian who knows her faith

Jules Gilbert

I object to the state of Israel allowing the poop to go anywhere near the Wall.

The Catholic leader and those who preceeded him have for years been involved in anti-Jewish actions.

Example, though they deny it, the Catholic church aided the Nazi campaign to exterminate the Jews in WW2. And this isn't repentance or addressing past wrongs, this is cover-up.

Look at Germany, how much they have changed!!

It's not that the German nation has made up for what they've done but clearly Israel's security has been improved by those five submarines (with one more expected.)

Now look at the Catholic church... Nothing has changed.

Fish Mooney

Hopefully you meant the "pope"!!

Kathie Marshall

I am not sure how to follow this thread. It appears my comments are being deleted perhaps? To MATT SIEGER, in every one of those BIble verses which "proves" that Mary had other children, you will not once find a reference to "the son [or daughter, or children] of Mary" which would completely end any debate. You will ONLY see references to Jesus's brethren and/or brothers and sisters which could also mean a close relative as in cousin. Mary never had other children.

Jules Gilbert

To Ms. Marshall;

First I think you might find another way to say that you disagree with me.

But to the point...

The god of this world has been very much in evidence in the CC. Look at the people who planned and executed the Halocaust; the overwhelming majority were Catholic. And similarly, the Inquisition, for details, look at Spain, who do you think they were savaging?, I ask because you seem not to believe these events were orchestrated by the CC against Jews.

But it's not history that worries me, it's God's description of the near-term future; What does God tell us in his Word?, that, sorry, the Jewish people will continue to be disobedient and thus continue to be subject to God's wrath.

Know this!, of course the CC denies their history and wants everyone to forget the horrors they've inflicted on Jews.

You decide, do you believe them?, I don't.


Forward into the dark ages? And then the Light!

Joyce R. Kimber

Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? and His brethren (brothers) James, and Joses, and Simon, and Juda? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Matthew 13:55-56. and Mark 6:3. Yes, Yeshua (Jesus) had brothers and sisters and most anyone that reads the Bible knows that.


The Jewish bible (the "Old" Testament) does not have any commandment about "accepting" the messiah or "not rejecting" him when he comes.

Therefore, even if he really is the messiah, the Jews are not in violation of any commandment by not acknowledging him. Thus, on this question the Pope is correct!

David M Wyckoff`

An interesting way and a bit unethical to funnel money away from an organization they apparently don't like and hope that whatever they funnel away from that organization will somehow find it's way into the their coffers.

Stephen J. Bauer

Sadly many of my Catholic friends think they are going to Heaven because they are "good" people or they think Baptism, Communion, Sunday Mass, joining the Catholic Church or other rituals or practices gives them a chance at Heaven or maybe Purgatory where they may get prayed into Heaven. I grew up Catholic and I really believe the Pope and many Priests don't really know how to get to Heaven. Purgatory was started around 900 A.D. by a Pope. The Pope and Mary and the "saints" are worshiped. We won't admit it but that is the case. We kiss the Pope's ring and think he is above us when all of need a Savior, Jesus The Christ, the true leader and founder or our church. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ, no other way. Thanks, Steve


AMEN. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be preached to every creature, to the Jews first and to the Gentiles also. No one is automatically saved by virtue of belonging to a race, profession, domination, or whatever, Romans 10:9 stands, and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God and how can you hear without a preacher and how can they preach unless they are sent, and how can you believe in Christ if you have not hear of Him, how can you call on Him without hearing about Him or without hearing the Word of God? Romans 10, is clear and Jesus words are clear, no one is exempted from hearing God's Word nor should anyone be prevented from hearing it, regardless of who they are, Jew or Gentile.

Pam Michie

The above mentioned Vatican's Commission is disturbing to me. I plan to read more information in regards to this Commission and pray about it. Pam

Lisa Searle

I doubt if the Pope is born again or Christian. I go by his actions and so many times ask myself "how can he be a Christian" when he does things or makes proclamations that a true Christian would not do.


im not surprised at all....we should put it clearly in our coconut shells that the catholic church is not a christian institution...its an organized religion compose of pagan and some christian doctrines to please everyone...just look at its history...crusades, inquisition, pope pious XII even encourage the holocaust...just look at all the scandals of the catholic church!!! a true christian will always defend and if necessary lay down his life for israel and the jewish people!!! long live israel!!!


I am sorry that the Vatican said that. I pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to all people and especially His very special people in the Jewish community. Sometimes I still picture Jesus crying over Jerusalem. It makes me sad when people don't know how much God loves them through His Son Jesus.


All the back and forth I have read makes me sad. So much anger and hate in much of it. So much narrowness of mind. Neither Jew or Catholic or Protestant is showing any thing resembling the Love and Mercy that God would show all of us. In my mind I see Jesus weeping at the discord among people who so fervently claim to believe in Him.

Julio padron

I was born Catholic, now judeo Christian, what is the source for this claim and where can i find it online? -I stand with the bible. The natural branch must be first grafted in so sallvation of the gentiles wil be easier.
However, i also stand with the Eucharist and Catholic church as well.
If you are to post a strong claim, Please include a source as wel as online links that verify your.posts. thanks and be blessed


Hello David, Thank you for this March 2, 2016 newsletter. I was not aware of the Vatican saying this. I enjoyed what Jim Congdon had to say: I am a reader of C. S. Lewis books and do have his book called: "The Screwtape Letters".
Thank You, Bob James.


Im not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. All the best ckdcfedkeeefaeff

leslie malinowski

I think the author needs to read the entire Vatican document, ( before condemning anything it says. The mission of the Catholic Church is evangelical and she is missionary in nature. That the Church is sensitive to the truth that the Jewish people are God's chosen race should be embraced here, not condemned; that the Church recognizes that God cannot retract promises made should be a positive, not a cause for repudiation. Take the time to read what the document says for yourself. This is what we should consistently do, as people who believe in Jesus: be mediators for peace, not people who pile on to a controversy that may not even exist. May God bless and keep us all.

April Herbster

Not true, all of creation was complete in those first six days, that includes Hell.

Are you Jewish?

Do you believe in Jesus?