Joel Rosenberg a missionary leader who actively encourages the conversion of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora, made banner headlines in the Jerusalem Post online edition on November 5th 2015. The report “Evangelical strategist sees Iran as bigger world threat than Islamic State” was penned by columnist Daniel K. Eisenbud, and covers Rosenberg’s presentation at the recent Jerusalem Leaders Summit.
While referring to Rosenberg as a best-selling author and former US and Israel political adviser, the article makes no mention of his determined work as an active Christian missionary who partners in the proselytizing of Jews through his Joshua Fund, and who collaborates with Chosen People Ministries, a virulent messianic missionary organization.
Nor does the article mention that the recent Jerusalem Leaders Summit, which featured Rosenberg as one of the speakers, was largely sponsored by major Christian organizations with an evangelizing agenda, such as theFamily Research Council (FRC) and National Religious Broadcasters(NRB).
FRC states as its mission the following:
“Family Research Council’s mission is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”
“…a unique gathering of people, united by purpose and message: to proclaim the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ; to transform culture through the application of sound biblical teaching; and to advance biblical truth, to promote media excellence, and to defend free speech.”
Rosenberg Covered, Bachmann Exposed
FRC President Tony Perkins added to the evangelical fire, which may have burned the other summit organizers when he interviewed Michelle Bachmann on his radio show, while Bachmann was in Israel on an FRC–sponsored tour with Perkins. The press has been having a field day with Michele Bachmann’s remarks on the necessity and urgency to missionize Jews, in anticipation of what Bachmann perceives as the imminent return of jesus.
Missionary Joel Rosenberg may have gotten off scot free, but the Jerusalem Post did not shy away from exposing Michele Bachmann’s conversionary remarks, even though the JPost Editor-in-Chief, Steve Linde, served as a high-profile moderator for the Leadership Summit which was co-sponsored by the FRC.*
*[It must be noted that Bachmann was not affiliated with nor a scheduled speaker at the summit, but rather was on tour with Perkins’ FRC group.]
Yet Bachmann’s comments pale in comparison to the stuff Joel Rosenberg regularly dishes out. Last week while standing with CBN’s Chris Mitchell on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount, Rosenberg declared that his lord and savior is coming to Jerusalem and that it is time to spread the gospel to the Jews.
Last March Rosenberg preached to a crowd at the Billy Graham Training Center about “provoking the Jews to jealousy”. He implored the Christian audience to convert Jews to a belief in jesus because “the worst act of anti-Semitism” is to deny Jews “the way to heaven” and “send them to hell” by not sharing the gospel.
Selective or Problematic Reporting?
That the Jerusalem Post gave the Leadership Summit more post-summit coverage than the rest of the Israeli press could be due to the fact that JPost Editor in-Chief Steve Linde served as a moderator for the event. But throwing spotlight headlines on Rosenberg as the “evangelical strategist” may have backfired. JewishIsrael noticed that the title of the JPost article has been changed from the original “Evangelical strategist sees Iran as bigger world threat than Islamic State” to “International threat of radical Islam discussed at Jerusalem Leadership Summit”.
While Rosenberg was clearly listed as a featured speaker by the organizers of the summit and promoted by the sponsors, his name is conspicuously absent from the significant press coverage leading up to the event which appeared in the Jewish and Israeli press such as the Times of Israel, the Jewish Press, and Arutz 7. As of this writing it seems that the JPost is the only mainstream news source offering any follow-up report on the Summit.
It could be that Rosenberg stole the show with his disconcerting eschatological-apocalyptic predictions, but it could also be that Summit sponsor Tony Perkins’ interview with Michelle Bachmann did significant public relations damage and gave plenty of fodder to the liberal press which likes to portray conservative leaders as wingnuts.
JewishIsrael notes that this is not the first time that JPost columnist Daniel K. Eisenbud neglected to mention the significant missionary background of a personality featured in his articles. Back in 2012 and again in 2013 Eisenbud ran feature stories on Pastor/Dr. Mike Evans without mentioning his infamous history as a leading messianic leaderwho converted large numbers of young Jews to Christianity. At the time Columnist Judy Lash Balint did not take that sitting down and exposed Evans in a Times of Israel blog article.
Columnist Eisenbud may feel that the information on these missionaries is either irrelevant, uncomfortable or inconvenient. Perhaps the information is not in keeping with the impression of Christian Zionism that the columnist wishes to convey. Nevertheless, it is essential information for the Jewish community to have.
What is intriguing and perhaps no coincidence is that Mike Evans’ new Friends of Zion Museum (FOZ) has been given quite a boost through video and press reports by Jerusalem Leaders Summit organizers Joel Anand Samy and Natasha Srdoc of the International Leaders Summit.
Jewish Leadership Participation
Why certain Jewish leaders from the public and private sector seemingly jump at the opportunity to rub shoulders with those who openly and actively seek the demise of Judaism is an age-old question, which urgently needs to be answered.
Among the Israeli speakers at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit were government officials, diplomats, business leaders, media watchdogs, and IDF top brass. It’s hard to imagine that these savvy public figures and leaders failed to do proper due diligence when it came to missionary Rosenberg and other evangelical personalities and organizations involved in the summit.
As far back as 2010, JewishIsrael reported on Joel Rosenberg’s ability to draw top Israeli leaders, including those in senior government postitions, to his events in order “to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.”
Now that Rosenberg managed to make aliyah as a Christian last year, he will try to do everthing he can to further the evangelical thrust into Israel and to establish a firm messianic missionary foothold in the Jewish state.
If our leadership can’t draw the lines with our evangelizing “friends”, then certainly the Israeli public needs to do their own due diligence and cut through the impressive rhetoric and presentation by evangelical leaders at events , conferences, business forums, and “Feasts” in order recognize the scam and ploy for what it is. In Rosenberg’s own words, as he pretends to be a Jew and quips and implores Christians to convert Jews:
Rosenberg goes on to urge Christians to share “the greatest story ever told” (the new testament) with the Jewish people. JewishIsrael doesn’t recommend “the gospel” as a good read, but we suggest that those who recklessly engage the evangelical and messianic community to review and learn the following passage well:
“When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.” – 1 Corinthians 9:20
Rabbi Riskin Gave Joel Rosenberg a Hecsher at Lincoln Square Synagogue
In April 2014, it was Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, through the auspices of his Ohr Torah Stone and Center for Jewish Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) institutions who opened up the doors of the Lincoln Square Synagogue for a dialogue with missionary Rosenberg. The event was a coup for Rosenberg and for missionary organizations which target Jews for conversion:
“I attended the dialogue and am convinced that it was a significant event! I have been a believer for forty-two years, I come from a traditional Jewish background, and I never thought I would hear a clear testimony for Jesus in a modern Orthodox synagogue (the type of synagogue in which I was raised!)” – Mitch Glaser, President, Chosen People Ministries (CPM)
“Based on my Jewish roots on my father’s side, the State of Israel has granted us citizenship. We are now dual citizens of the United States and Israel, and are deeply grateful to the Lord for making this possible in His timing and by His grace.”
The Rabbis who make light of the evangelical agenda, who routinely joke of asking the mashiach upon his arrival, “is this your first or second time?” should realize just how unfunny and very serious this matter has become – in great part thanks to them. Our leaders have accepted millions of dollars from, and have encouraged and empowered multi-millions of Christian “friends” who fervently entertain christ-centered visions and an ultimate plan for Israel and the Jewish people. They are actively working to bring those visions to fruition. These christians’ and their dreams spell nothing less than the usurping of our heritage and the eradication of Judaism as we know it.