2008-05-16 03:07:01 UTC
FACT: J4J's are Baptists, the majority of whom are not Jewish.
The few that are have converted to Christianity and as such are apostate
Jews for Jesus" is a primarily Baptist missionary group whose sole focus is
converting Jews to Christianity. They are not a part of the Messianic
In 1997, the Conservative Baptist Association named Moishe Roisin (who
started J4J's) "Hero of the Faith."
Roisin added the Jewish flavour to J4J's ,including using some Yiddish and
Hebrew in some of their literature when he started the movement ,with the
expressed objective of converting as many Jews to Christianity as possible.
Other than that their doctrinal statement is basically indistinguishable
from Evangelical and other conservative Christian groups. ... They differ
from some Evangelical Christian groups in their belief that Israel continues
to exist as a "covenant people."
Jews for Jesus is a Christian evangelistic organization that focuses
specifically on the conversion of Jews to Christianity. Viewing its
followers - either Jewish as defined by Jewish law, or Jews according to
Jews for Jesus - as "living out their Jewishness,"Jews for Jesus defines
"Jewish" in terms of parentage and as a birthright, regardless of religious
belief. Identification of Jews for Jesus as a Jewish organization is
overwhelmingly rejected by Jewish religious denominationsand secular groups
due to the Christian - specifically evangelical - beliefs of its members.
The group's evangelism related activities are opposed also by some Christian
organizations and scholars
Jews for Jesus is based in San Francisco, California at a Baptist Church.
Jews for Jesus official mission statement is "to make the Messiahship of
Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide." They say that
belief in Jesus as Messiah is a fulfillment of the prophecies of Hebrew
scripture. Through media advertisements, production and distribution of
literature, producing music and organizing person-to-person evangelism, the
organization asserts that "a specifically Jewish mission" is necessary,
saying "Jewish people tend to dismiss evangelistic methods and materials
that are couched in Christian lingo, because they reinforce the assumption
that Jesus is for 'them' not 'us.'"
Jews for Jesus promotes awareness of the Jewish heritage of the Christian
faith. Their website contains brief descriptions of Jewish festivals and
also runs programs explaining the significance of Passover, Sukkot and
Hanukkah, explaining messianic elements and how they believe these festivals
are related to Jesus."Evangelists in the organization have been trained to
recite phrases from the Old Testament and to use Yiddish words so as to
convince potential converts that Jews for Jesus maintain Jewish traditions."
The organization was founded under the name Hineni Ministries in 1973 by
Moishe Rosen, an ordained Baptist minister.
Moishe Rosen (born 12 April 1932 as Martin Meyer Rosen) His given Hebrew
name was Moshe or Moses and Moishe is the vernacular Yiddish. His parents
were Ben Rosen and Rose Baker. He is the founder and former Executive
Director of Jews for Jesus, an evangelical Christian missionary organization
working to proclaim and promote the message of Christ amongst the Jewish
People. Rosen was raised in Denver, Colorado. According to Rosen his
mother's parents were "Reform Jews from Austria", his paternal grandfather
was Orthodox, and although Rosen's father regularly attended an Orthodox
synagogue he was "not religious" and viewed religion as a "racket".
Rosen married Ceil Starr on 18 August 1950; and they became Christians in
1953. After graduating Northeastern Bible College, Rosen made a commitment
to be a missionary to Jews from 1956. He was ordained as a Conservative
Baptist minister in 1957. He felt a need for a more visible kind of
evangelism and developed new techniques of communication which culminated in
what became known as The Jews for Jesus movement in 1969. In 1973 Rosen left
the employment of the American Board of Missions to the Jews (now called
Chosen People Ministries) to incorporate a separate mission which became
known as Jews for Jesus ministries. In 1986 he received a Doctor of Divinity
Degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland. He stepped
down from his position as Executive Director in 1996, but continues to be
employed as a staff missionary and remains one of fifteen board members.
In 1997 the Conservative Baptist Union named him "Hero of the Faith."
The troubling issue about "Jews for Jesus" is their insistence that they are
"Jews" without qualification and that they can somehow be both Jews and
fundamentalist Christians simultaneously.
They believe they have the right to define Jewish identity .LOL.
However, this is really rather self-referentially incoherent. Can a Baptist
accept Buddhism and then become a "Baptist for Buddha," or can a Mormon
embrace Islam and be a "Mormon for Mohammed"?