Jewish evangelism is important to God, so it is no wonder that the Opposer, or Adversary (Satan), inspires many myths to frighten people away from witnessing to Jews.

One of his strategies is to convince you that Christians have no right to speak to Jews because of past atrocities committed in the name of Christ. Satan must really delight in that strategy because it enables him to perpetuate the evil of those atrocities, using them to withhold the lifesaving gospel from Jewish people. Keeping silent cannot undo the evil that Jewish people have endured in the past, any more than it can offer spiritual life for the future.

I want to respond to some other myths that can cripple your witness if you fall for them:

  1. Witnessing to Jews is so difficult that you should not even try; unless you are Jewish or very knowledgeable about the Jewish religion, you can’t succeed.

    • Fact: Most Jews who have come to faith in Yeshua have been led to the Lord by non-Jewish Christians who were rather ordinary believers. Those Jews have been encouraged and greatly helped by the story of other Jewish believers, but most heard the gospel from Gentile Christians and many prayed with those Christians to receive the Savior.

  2. You can’t witness to the Jews except from the Old Testament Messianic texts.

    • Fact: Most believing Jews didn’t even see those texts before they came to faith. Most were influenced by the person of Christ and the New Testament presentation. As professional missionaries we usually begin with the book of John. The first six chapters of the book of John answer many Jewish objections.

  3. The best way to bring Jews to faith in Yeshua is to study until you can answer each objection in a scholarly way.

    • Fact 1: That would be trying to argue them into the faith. Proclamation does not require explanations, though explanations can be helpful when someone has a sincere question. But if you begin with the mindset of answering objections, you put a person in a position to build a case against what you are saying and, chances are, they are really making an emotional commitment not to believe.

    • Fact 2: There is much that we really don’t understand well enough to explain fully. Any pat explanation of the Trinity would fall short, but that does not mean that God has not revealed Himself to be Three, yet One. Our minds cannot fully comprehend God’s nature, or miraculous healings, or how one person could die for millions. If you can convey the awe that you feel over these realities, that sense of awe is more likely to touch your friend than the most detailed academic explanation. Let the Holy Spirit do the convincing.

  4. Jews don’t consider Jesus because they don’t want to give up their religion.

    • Fact: Most Jews don’t follow the Jewish religion; for the majority, Jewish identity is not a matter of strict adherence to the teaching of the rabbis or the practice of rabbinical law. It is Jewish ethnicity or peoplehood that holds us together. Yes, we want to keep on being Jewish people. But the fact is, if a person is born a Jew—and, if male, circumcised—he or she can never be anything but a Jew.

      When a Jew becomes a Christian he or she does not stop being Jewish. Christian” is not the opposite of “Jewish.” No, the opposite of “Jew” is “Gentile.” No Jew can ever become a Gentile, whatever he or she believes. (“Gentiles” does not mean “heathen,” as some wrongly believe; it literally means “nations,” but particularly non-Jewish nations.)

      It is very important to tell Jews that they don’t become Gentiles if and when they become Christians.

  5. If Jews don’t believe in Jesus when you tell them about Him, it means that you have done something wrong in your witness.

    • Fact: If you are effectively telling about Jesus, many if not most Jews will react negatively at first. Don’t assume that is the end of the story. Witnessing is sowing gospel seed and, with Jewish people, you must sow many seeds that a few may sprout. Of the few that sprout, fewer still take root in good soil. But while some are choked by weeds or snatched by birds, some of the seeds are received into good ground and reproduce a hundred fold (Matthew 13:18-23).