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The Gospel and the Jewish People – An Evangelical Statement

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. (Acts 4:12) If Jesus is not the Messiah of the Jewish people, He cannot be the Savior of the World.
  • 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.

Due to space constraints, the following is a partial list of the evangelical Christian leaders who affirm the above statement:

  • 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
  • David Evans—Bishop, Church of England
  • Neil E. Gastonguay— Pastor, United Methodist Church, Bath, Maine
  • Mark Greene—Executive Director, London Institute of Contemporary Christianity
  • 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 Bible Seminary
  • Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson—Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church
  • 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, ChristianWriters 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)
  • Hugh Palmer—Rector, All Souls Church, London
  • The Honorable Tony Perkins—President, Family Research Council
  • Dr. Raymond Pfister—Principal, Birmingham Christian College, Birmingham, England
  • Charles W. Price—The People’s Church, Toronto, Canada
  • John Piper—Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church
  • 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

World Evangelical Alliance is the sponsor of this statement. Those evangelical Christians who would like to add their names to this list can do so by contacting World Evangelical Alliance at www.worldevangelicals.org