Exploring Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Thank you for entering my page! Right now, you are probably searching to find out more about Jewish beliefs in Jesus. Perhaps, you are questioning your faith, and are looking at different options. Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry is not a "Messianic Jewish" group in a proper sense, but they tend to be listed on many Messianic Jewish sites and lists, particularly as "Evangelism Helps." As such, I will provide a referenced review of one of their main goals, namely to convert the Jews.
Friends of Israel's mission presents itself as an ally to the Jewish people and a defender of all things Jewish, but in truth it is not.
The Friends of Israel bio on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (accountants for Evangelical Christian organizations) is a bit more clear about their goals, stating:
"Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry is an evangelical faith ministry that makes Christ known through the proclamation of the Gospel to Jewish people and their Gentile neighbors. A trained staff serves in seven countries on four continents. Our outreach includes personal work, Bible studies, "Thank God for Israel" programs, Hebrew-Christian fellowships, seminars, teaching tours to Israel, relief programs, literature distribution, and an audio/video ministry."
Obviously, their ultimate goal is the conversion of Jews to Christianity. They try to evangelize the Jews to Christianity. Further, Hebrew-Christian fellowships is the older term for Messianic congregations. Here is the link to the evidence, it is at the bottom of the page under "Mission":
Further, according to the Vietnamese Christian Resource Center:
"The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Home Page provides information and resources relating to Israel, the Jewish people and how Christians can better understand and minister to them."
This quote also shows that Friends of Israel works to convert Jews. Here is the link to the quote; it comes from the Friends of Israel listing:
Not surprisingly, Friends of Israel took part in Dallas Theological Seminary World Evangelism Conference. Evangelism is another ways of saying conversion. Pay attention to the contact person, Bruce Scott. We will explore his activity shortly. Here is the link to the proof, Friends of Israel is the middle of the page, center column:
Bruce Scott of Friends of Israel presented at the Prior Lake Baptist Church mission conference on Jewish Missions & Evangelism. His topics included "How to Reach the Jew? Proclaiming the Gospel", "Presenting Friends of Israel Ministries”" and "What is Messanic Judaism." Here is the link to the information; the information is on the right side of p.3 (Editor's note: Your computer must be able to read .pdf files to see the page):
Clearly, Bruce Scott and Friends of Israel is training people to convert Jews.
To Russia Without Love
John White of CBInternational missionary group shares a similar story of targetting Russian Jews with Friends of Israel. He states:
"And through all this, Russia stayed on my mind! I did my internship for Trinity in Vladivostok, Russia through CBI in the summer of 1998. In Vladivostok, I reaffirmed my interest in Russia and saw the tremendous need for more trained Russian Christian leadership. After returning to school, I spent four months working with Friends of Israel, visiting and sharing the gospel with Russian Jewish people."
Wow, more targetting of Jews by Christians with Friends of Israel-they clearly want Jews to leave Judaism and become Christians! Here is the link to the quote, the quote is in the 4th paragraph on the "What I've been up to" section:
Institute of Jewish Studies
The Institute of Jewish Studies was founded by the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Friends of Israel now runs this through Philadelphia Biblical University. It is part of their education for training ministers to convert Jews.
According to the Friends of Israel website:
"The Institute of Jewish Studies exists to equip followers of the Lord Jesus Christ through the study of biblical truth with a uniquely Jewish perspective. The Institute of Jewish Studies program is designed to:
6. Enhance your opportunities to minister effectively."
Here is the link to the quote; the quote is at the bottom of the page under "Mission and Purpose":
Similarly, the Institute's listing on the Philadelphia Biblical catalog states that it will provide "Abundant opportunities for ministry." The quote comes from the point 5 under "Program":
One of the courses of the Institute is called "Making Christ Known." The purpose of the class is to:
"Study common objections to the Christian faith and their answers, while focusing on opportunities for making Christ known to the world."
The quote comes from the Institute's catalog, p. 7, under "Practical Study" (Editor's note: Your computer must be able to read .pdf documents to see this page):
Clearly, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, through it's Institute of Jewish Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, is training people to convert Jews to Christianity.
Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry is commonly listed among missionary organizations and missionaries that Christian organizations support. You do not get on this list because you are someone's "friend"-you get on the lists by trying to convert others to Christiniaty. Here are just a few organizations that support Friends of Israel missionaries or place Friends of Israel in their missionary links:
Ainger Bible Church (under "Tim & Kay Munger"):
Potter's Wheel Bible Church (under "Supporter Missionaries: Tim & Kay Munger")
Lawndale Baptist Church:
Trinity Bible Church at River Oaks (under "Mission organizations we know and/or support"):
His Net Christian Directory
Central Baptist Church (under "Jewish Missions"):
Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus
There are many reasons why Jews do not accept Jesus, and the links below are some of the better explanations on this topic. Of course, if you have questions that are not covered on the links, you can always e-mail me with your questions.
An Answer from Rabbi Stuart Federow Click Here
An Answer from Rabbi Shraga Simmons Click Here
Ask the Rabbi from Ohr Somayach Click Here
An Answer from Rabbi Tovia Singer Click Here
There are a number of groups that provide Countermissionary Counseling. Here are links to a few of them:
Jews for Judaism
Alternatively, you can call them at 800-477-6631 with general questions about missionary claims.
Torah Life and Living
Great Sites, Priceless Information
Here are a number of great sites that counter missionaries and explain the differences in belief between Judaism and Christianity/Messianic "Judaism", including addressing the Biblical verses that missionaries try to use against the Jews and explaining why the missionaries are incorrect.
Jews for Judaism
Jewish Isaiah 53
The Jewish Home
Isaiah 53 Truth