In a Religion News Service story yesterday, A. James Rudin, senior interreligious affairs adviser for the American Jewish Committee, included Billy Graham as a prominent Christian leader who stood against the evangelization of the Jewish people.
“This could not be further from the truth,” responded David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus.
Jean Graham Ford (Billy Graham’s sister) in response said, “My brother believed that the Gospel was for everyone.”
Brickner commented, “I think it’s fair to assume that ‘everyone’ includes my Jewish people.”
The RNS piece also cited the recent (July) removal of a prayer in the liturgy of the Anglican Church of Canada calling for the conversion of Jewish people as evidence that this is a trend among Christians. This particular synod is not representative of Anglicanism worldwide. Rev. Dr. Stephen Abbott, former church consultant for evangelism and discipleship for the Anglican diocese of Sydney, Australia, said, “I am disheartened to hear that there are denominations and churches closing off evangelism to the Jewish people. As an Anglican, I’m totally committed to the work of evangelism including Jewish people, for Jesus is their Messiah.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News