“As believers, we have a responsibility to unashamedly take the Gospel to the Jewish people as well as the Gentiles of every nation.”
Now it’s no secret that many Christian denominations in general and Evangelicals in particular believe it is their religious obligation to convert Jews and other non-Christians to their faith. But when an elected government official who is running for President of the United States organizes an event that calls for the religious proselytization of a specific group of citizens, that’s news.
Pastor Finto went on to tell the assembled that hundreds of thousands of Jews in America and Israel are, at this very moment, turning to Jesus Christ. That is by the way, was news to everyone in the world except Finto who then invited “Messianic Rabbi,” Marty Waldman of Dallas to give testimony.
Here's a video I made of that.
For those readers who may not be of the Jewish faith, let’s be clear: there is no such thing as a “messianic Jew,” or a “Jew for Jesus.” You cannot believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and be a Jew. People who believe in Jesus Christ are called “Christians,” regardless of any religious traditions they may have identified with previously or religious rituals they still practice.......
How did an American governor, let alone a presidential candidate get away with this?
Is it because such calls for the conversion of non-Christians is considered standard blather now by the extreme right? Is it not newsworthy because it happened in Texas and involved a right wing Republican conservative Christian governor? That postulate is incredibly insulting to Texans who are not conservative, not Christian and not Republican.
Read the whole thing. WHY is bigot Rick Perry getting away with doing this?
His arguments on the will of the Founders and the Biblical basis of the Constitution dovetail very neatly with those of Mormon historian W. Cleon Skousen, whom Perry has also cited as a must-read. Actually, they dovetail very nicely with what Perry himself has said: "natural law, God's law, is the basis of our nation's laws." And then there's this: In a section on terrorism, he urges readers to "Pray for God's protection against terrorism and ask that Muslims throughout the world will come to know Jesus as their Savior." (You'll remember that Perry's prayer rally in Houston, The Response, came under fire when organizers stated that their goal was to convert people of other faiths.)
...one of the books the Texas governor says he's reading lately, Charles Stanley's Turning the Tide, sounds a bit extreme. Although it's described by Politico as "a Baptist pastor's how-to for Christian conservatives who want to change the country's direction," some choice excerpts from the actual words inside reveal "change the country's direction" to be something of a euphemism for "convert all Jews and Muslims because they are heathens."
As Mother Jones notes, the "tide" in the title is actually a "tsunami of death and depravity that we're running out of time to thwart." Then there's this, from Stanley: "Pray for God's protection against terrorism and ask that Muslims throughout the world will come to know Jesus as their Savior."
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, who recently detailed Michele Bachmann's own penchant for batty religious writings, tweeted some additional excerpts from the Stanley book, including "pray that Jews worldwide will accept Him as their Savior," and, "May the people of Israel acknowledge their guilt, seek Your face, and accept Your Son -- the Messiah."
Then, of course, there's the claim common on the religious right that our founding fathers "based the Constitution and the laws of our country on the principles they found in Scripture," and that leaders should "reaffirm our Christian heritage and reestablish Your biblical precepts as the basis of American society and law."
Perry has echoed these teachings in his own assertion that "natural law, God's law, is the basis of our nation's laws." So far, at least, he's been more quiet about his Muslim- and Jew-saving.
Republican Presidential candidate and current Governor of Texas Rick Perry is reading a book that may very well be able to help. Titled Turning the Tide, this work by Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley basically promotes the notion that Jews and Christians have to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and that it is incumbent upon all Christians to hasten this process. Choice quotes include “Pray for God’s protection against terrorism and ask that Muslims throughout the world will come to know Jesus as their Savior” and “May the people of Israel acknowledge their guilt, seek Your face, and accept Your Son – the Messiah.”
Perry has nonplussed longtime Jewish supporters by claiming that he has been “called” to the presidency and by hosting a prayer rally this month that appealed to Jesus to save America.
Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s Right Turn columnist and a bellwether of Jewish conservatism, took liberals to task on her blog for treating the event as “a spectacle” - it was borne of deeply considered worries about the country’s parlous state, she said - but Rubin also expressed caveats about the rally.
“His words at the event were restrained but not ecumenical,” she wrote. “And his use of public office to promote the Christian event was, to me, inappropriate. The event, while scheduled last December, is still reflective of the man who would be president. Would he do this in the Oval Office? Does he not understand how many Americans might be offended? Is he lacking advice from a non-Texan perspective?”
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