Dear Jews for Jesus
I am writing to you as I do not believe the conditions of your last e-mail (30/3/11) in response to me has been meet, I have been told by one of your webmasters (Jews for Jesus USA), Emmanuel Mebasser: the ministry does not hold to the beliefs or teaching that are in the Catholic church that are not in the Bible (we do not hold the Apocrypha as part of the Bible).
This does not explain why you are simply overlooking doctrinal issues in the area of ecumenism nor will you address this issue with me; it appears that when the question is asked I am being side-lined in indirect comment’s that does not directly deal with the issue.
Why if you are opposed to Catholic Doctrine is it that Jews For Jesus are working in the RCC in delivering Passover services around London and some parts of the UK where you are accepted in some Roman Catholic Churches. As explained by your secretary who was on the phone to me in London; also as confirmed by my correspondent in Stoke-on-Trent.
Would it not be more of an honest statement to say you are ecumenical as you have supported and praised Jews who became Catholics. This was reported in the Issues magazine Vol 17.4 and in attendance for the first Ecumenical LCJE event as stipulated in the LJCE magazine that Jews for Jesus was in attendance at Cape Town 2010 organised in conjunction with the WCC and the LCWE, this also featured Rick Warren as one of the main spokesman.
And furthermore one of your members in the Bulletins 95 LCJE magazine stipulated that there was an ecumenical gathering held in Buenos Aires in South America led by a Roman Catholic Cardinal.
I was wondering how does Jews for Jesus justify its partners and involvement with such organisations?
Please can you tell me your praise of such Sedevacantist Mel Gibson’s passion of the Christ film and praised it for a reason to open dialogue even when the whole story was a vision based on two Catholic mystics who practiced monasticism.
Please can you explain to me why Jews for Jesus are trying to change the RCC views on the Jews and treat the RCC as being partly Christian?
For Jews for Jesus to say they do not agree with Catholic doctrine it would appear that Jews for Jesus is trying to find common ground with the RCC, because Jews for Jesus is not a church, nor do we hold a specific theological track of thinking.
The above Jews for Jesus correspondent stated “We are diverse and don’t require our missionaries to be a specific denomination because we are more concerned with people hearing the gospel. We hold to what is written in the Bible as the authority in all circumstances and we encourage all people who come to faith in Jesus to find Bible based community to join in their area.
You say that we are compromising, but we hold that it is actually more of a compromise not to share the Gospel for the sake of non-essential theological differences.”
Does not deal with the issue that Jews for Jesus does not actually discourage any Jew who wants to be a Roman Catholic, you also say that “we want to be recognized as Jewish people who believe that it is not only okay to believe in Jesus, but that it is the most Jewish thing anyone can do, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and that He rose again on the third day, and that anyone who believes in Him and his sacrifice and confesses it with his mouth will be saved.”
On this bases you reason that it does not matter what a person practices in regards to denominations be it Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox are not exactly discouraged from remaining in the very practices that sends them to hell because the Mass rejects Jesus substitutionary atonement and so do the Icons in the Greek Orthodox Churches.
I would appreciate any response from you on this issue.
Acting for truth in the name of Jesus
Director/First Plumbline Apologetics
ACT Member (Apologetics Co-ordination Team)