More on The Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism Today”:
Simon Rocker of the “Jewish Chronicle” in London published a thoughtfully critical article dated October 3. In it he says, “Justin Thacker, head of theology of its [the World Evangelical Alliance’s] British affiliate, the Evangelical Alliance (EA) – which represents around 750,000 out of the UK’s estimated two million evangelical Christians – confirmed: ‘As a body, we support it.’
“Dr. Thacker explained that, while he rejected ‘coercive proselytism,’ he believed dialogue involved sharing one’s beliefs. ‘We can’t pretend that all the different faiths have exactly the same view of Jesus Christ,’ he said.
“Christians believe one thing about Jesus, that he was the Messiah, that he was Lord, that he is son of God, indeed that he is God. Jews don’t believe that about Jesus. There is a genuine difference of opinion. Part of dialogue is exploring that difference.”
What’s up with Yechiel Eckstein?
From time to time, some of our friends have asked us about Yechiel Eckstein and his organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Many have been surprised to learn that Rabbi Eckstein is not a believer in Jesus, but serves a variety of mainstream Jewish causes, which include organizations that support anti-missionary programs. Those who have asked us about Rabbi Eckstein might also be interested in the following information recently brought to our attention.
“Following reports that Yechiel Eckstein makes $824,000 a year, Haaretz (October 3) published a brief piece noting this fact – and the fact that the IFCJ which he directs, and which is considered to be the pioneer in raising funds from evangelical Christians, raised $75 million last year. $42 million was given as charity, while $30 million went to salaries and support for various projects.”
-Caspari News service