When it comes to relationships between synagogues and churches, rabbis and pastors, it will help to understand the Jewish position. Rabbis think that it’s fine for Christian friends to be evangelical, as long as you’re not evangelistic. In other words, it’s all right for you to believe that everyone needs Christ in order to have salvation, and it’s all right for you to believe that God wants you to tell everyone that Christ is the only way of salvation—as long as you leave the Jewish people out of those equations.
Rabbis are not going to change their thinking on this because it is foundational to their teachings, their position and their commitment to Jewish survival as they see it. Some rabbis, if they could, would shape Christian theology to the point where Christians believe it is wrong to evangelize Jews.
Some Christians ask, if people are gospel-resistant—that is, they don’t want to hear the message of the Messiah—then why bother them? Why tell them, or try to speak what they don’t want to know?
But this question is seated in a misunderstanding of Christian theology, and of human nature. Without the working of the Holy Spirit, no one wants to hear the gospel. No one wants to be obedient to God. No one wants to follow the Lord. Everyone has a natural roadblock to the gospel because the gospel requires what we don’t want to give: admission of our failures and the acknowledgment that only God’s grace can give us the right to come into His holy presence. So if we are afraid to witness to Jews because they are gospel-resistant, we will be afraid to witness to most other people as well.
But even when people are gospel-resistant, God Himself, once we get a glimpse of Him, is irresistible. If Christians really knew how much Jews (and others) longed for that which only Christ can give, most Christians would be much bolder in proclaiming Him.
One reason why Jewish evangelism is important to the heart and soul of Christianity is that each Christian is confronted by the choice of whether we want to obey God or behave in such a way as to gain acceptance from other people.
The cause always brings conflict. The invitation our Lord Jesus Christ extends to come to Him is also a call away from the world and its values. We can only pray that our Christian friends will have the courage to accept the call of Christ and to be true to the Great Commission to make disciples of all people.
Editor’s note: in our April Newsletter, an article on resurrection mentioned that Moishe was still responding well to his chemotherapy treatments. We wanted to inform you that that is no longer the case. Please pray that as Moishe and his family walk this road (which we know many of you have walked) God will give them grace to continue to trust Him and respond just as He would want them to.