U.S. State Department Says New Testament is "Anti-Semitic"?
Evangelical lovers of Israel would never believe that our government could consider them anti-Semitic. Yet the U.S. State Department’s new "Department of Global Anti-Semitism" now defines anti-Semitism in a way that makes Bible-believing Christians into anti-Semites. Here’s how: The State Department’s 40-page Report on Global Anti-Semitism cites a recent example of "anti-Semitism" in Poland. " ... the pastor of St. Brigid Church in Gdansk told parishioners during services that Jews killed Jesus and the prophets." (p.22) What’s wrong with that? According to Jewish leadership, plenty.
Jewish leaders say it was this millennia-old accusation that ultimately led to the Holocaust: to millions of Jewish "Christ killers" being herded into the prison camps and gas chambers of Auschwitz, Dachau, etc. "You can’t get any more anti-Semitic than that!" they protest.
IS THE NEW TESTAMENT "HATE LITERATURE?"
Yet, think about it. Isn’t that accusation exactly what Mel Gibson portrayed in "The Passion of the Christ?" Isn’t that exactly what the New Testament teaches in passages too numerous to list here? Scripture says evil Jewish leaders, helped by Jews gathered at the Feast of the Passover, collectively pressured the Romans to crucify Christ.
From the Book of Acts alone come powerful indictments of the Jews. "...let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified."
Acts 2:36. "Men of Israel...this man...you nailed to the cross by the hands of godless men and put him to death."
Acts 2:22-23. "Men of Israel...Jesus, the one whom you delivered up...you disowned...put to death the Prince of Peace…"
Acts 3:12-15. "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye had put to death by hanging him on a cross."
These words - that the Jews killed Jesus - were spoken by the pastor of St. Brigid Church in Gdansk, Poland. If he is anti-Semitic according to the US State Department, then so is the New Testament! So are you as a Bible-believing Christian!
NO CHRISTIANS ARE SAFE
Most Christians "spiritualize" the above Scriptures, saying we are "all" guilty for the crucifixion. Yet it is clear that as long as any Christian believes the "anti-Semitic" New Testament to be the inspired word of God, he, also, is not safe from being labeled "anti-Semitic" by our government. Christians can also expect such derision from Jewish "civil liberties" organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, which is always eager to marginalize Christians into those our "tolerant" society should disapprove of. Even Mel Gibson, who believes personally that we are all guilty of the crucifixion, was not immune from attack by ADL as anti-Semitic. This is ominous for Christians because in countries dominated by hate laws, such as Canada, public criticism of matters Jewish, or "anti-Semitism," is a hate crime punishable by harsh fines and imprisonment.
IS PERSECUTION COMING FROM ADL/B’NAI B’RITH?
The State Department’s Report on Global Anti-Semitism was not written by the State Department. It was "ghosted" by the international Jewish religious, educational, fraternal and charitable organization, B’nai B’rith and its Anti-defamation League. Only they could marshal such an extensively detailed report from 50 countries, utilizing their worldwide "hate crimes" statistics-gathering capacities.
Far from being a "far left" kooky Jewish minority, not representing mainstream Jewish attitudes, B’nai B’rith International describes itself as the "body and soul" of organized Jewry. Its half million Jewish members constitute a powerful lobbying base, setting up anti-hate bureaucracies (and ending free speech) in many of the more than 50 countries in which B’nai B’rith is established. This anti-Christian, international Jewish religious organization, uniting synagogue and state, is creating a federal hate-crimes Gestapo. Its "Department of Global Anti-Semitism" is laying down outrageous definitions of the "hate crime" of anti-Semitism that make Bible-believing Christians into anti-Semitic "haters."
MAKING LOVERS OF ISRAEL INTO ANTI-SEMITES
Why is ADL/B’nai B‘rith putting the noose of anti-Semitism around tens of millions of Christians? Present actions by B’nai B’rith worldwide indicate that persecution of Christians tops their agenda. In fact, the history of modern, international, evil Jewish leadership is one of just such persecution. In my 345-page book, "Israel: Our Duty…Our Dilemma," I document how in 1917 international Jewish financiers, including Jacob Shiff (head of what later became Chase Manhattan Bank), the English Rothschild’s and the German Warburg’s, along with a host of Jewish Bolshevik leaders, toppled the Czar and established communism in Russia. The eventual death toll from Soviet communism: 66,000,000, millions of whom were Christians.
Last October 10th, ADL/B’nai B’rith lashed out in unprecedented fury against eleven Christians in Philadelphia for the "hate crime" of witnessing to homosexuals. Through ADL national board member, Philadelphia D.A. Lynne Abraham, ADL/B’nai B’rith attempted to incarcerate those Christians for 47 years in prison with fines of $80,000.00 each. Throughout the western world and Europe, ADL/B’nai B‘rith hate laws are now indicting evangelical Christians.
Cases against Christians in Canada, Sweden, England, Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand have taken place or are in progress. In dozens of other countries under ADL/B’nai B’rith hate laws, Christian testimony is now intimidated.
In Canada, B’nai B’rith’s federal anti-hate law was passed by Parliament in 1971 after at least five years of B’nai B’rith lobbying the law and was designed to end Christian truth-telling and evangelism, as well as criticism of matters Jewish. The same is true of provincial hate laws, also orchestrated by B’nai B’rith Canada and the Canadian Jewish Congress.
A pastor in Northern Canada recently told me that as he handed out gospel tracts in his town, a policeman informed him that such "proselytizing" is now a hate crime under provincial law. If he continued, he would be arrested. I asked a Christian friend in Toronto what would happen if he said publicly that the Jews had Christ crucified. He replied, "Up here, everybody understands that to do so would be playing with fire. If someone complained, the police would come and you might be charged." As Rabbi Daniel Lapin recently warned, evangelical Christians are "under relentless attack" by "secular Judaism" (i.e. ADL/B’nai B’rith). This cannot but increase as B’nai B’rith continues rapidly to establish anti-hate bureaucracies with the help of its 2,100 lodges and chapters worldwide.
THE WAY OF ESCAPE
How can Christians escape persecution as anti-Semitic hate criminals in the years ahead? One way is to deny Christ: remove yourself as far as possible from any association with Christianity. The other way is to affirm Christ to the limit. We can trust His guidance and protection so completely that we no longer fear man. When we do that, we become a force for truth-telling and righteousness such as the world has seldom seen - just like the apostles in the Book of Acts. They shook the Roman Empire.
We can shake the New World Order. As Congress reconvenes, members of the House and Senate will give full consideration to ADL/B’nai B’rith’s federal antihate bill, "The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005," HR 2662, S 1145. It is now before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Lovers of freedom must protest this Orwellian legislation to their members of Congress. It will create a vast federal anti-hate bureaucracy in America identical to Canada’s, ending free speech.
Also protest the "Department of Global Anti-Semitism." Although it has not yet been given an official title, the "Department of Global Anti-Semitism," approved by Congress and President Bush on Oct. 17th, is now being set up in the US State Department.