Jews for Jesus respond to Church of England’s repentance of anti-semitism and Chief Rabbi’s comments about evangelism

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A document called ‘God’s Unfailing Word’ has been published by the Church of England, outlining the theological and practical implications of Christian-Jewish relations. 

In the Afterword by UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, he said: “I must, though, convey a substantial misgiving I have with this document, despite the progress it undeniably represents and articulates. Namely, that it does not reject the efforts of those Christians, however many they may number, who, as part of their faithful mission, dedicate themselves to the purposeful and specific targeting of Jews for conversion to Christianity.”

Speaking to Premier, Dr Richard Harvey from Jews for Jesus explained his response to the apology and the Chief Rabbi’s comments. 

What was your initial response to this repentance from the Church of England? Well, I was very pleased because I was asking for more repentance to be demonstrated in the document – that the Church of England realises that Christian anti-Judaism has led to anti-semitism and needs to be repented of. The Archbishop of Canterbury was absolutely right when he said there seems to be something in the DNA of Christianity that from its early years its anti-Jewish emphasis led to the virus of anti-semitism being nurtured by it.How has that manifested itself?Well, of course, there’s been a tradition of Christian anti-Judaism for thousands of years, perhaps culminating in Martin Luther’s work ‘On the Jews and Their Lies’ – 65,000 words of…

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