01 June 2017

Christian "Friendship" and "Service" On the Mountains of Israel

7 Sivan 5777

Let's summarize up to this point.

An intermarried Jewish/Christian missionary couple living in Israel got together with a greedy vineyard owner in Samaria and they helped Tommy Waller establish HaYovel in Har Brachah to be the spearhead of a larger program to funnel Christians into Israel and to settle them on the land as "Ephraimites" - "Lost Tribes Israelites".

Lars Enarson, a known missionary with an Israel fixation, imagining himself to be acting in the spirit of Elijah the Prophet, set up a training camp to indoctrinate volunteers to send to Israel via HaYovel. Then, Tommy Waller also set up a similar compound in Missouri for the same purpose.

Now, with the help of yet more questionable Jews, HaYovel is opening a second base of operations through which Christians can infiltrate the country in Judea. 

While this is going on under the radar, there is an increasingly organized effort to have "Ephraimites" - who are still the same old Christians just rebranded - recognized as Israelites and eligible to "make aliyah" to the Land of Israel. (And that's not even getting into the "ger" issue.)

Why are they doing this?

I think there are two reasons. One is as old as Christianity itself - proselytizing.

Although these are the same old Christians with the same New Testament beliefs, they are no longer using the same old conversion tactics. The tactics have changed and that is what is tripping up a lot of Jews.

Read and understand...
Friendship Evangelism,” also known as ...“servant evangelism,” or “relational evangelism,” is a form of evangelism commonly practiced in present-day American evangelicalism. The overarching principle in “friendship evangelism,” regardless of the methods employed, is to befriend an unsaved person with the hope of one day having the opportunity to share the gospel with him or her.
It is both a common and accepted practice among proponents of “friendship evangelism” to spend an undetermined period of time (days, weeks, months, even years) in an effort to develop a relationship with an unsaved person. Proponents of “friendship evangelism” often see the presentation of the gospel as a privilege given by the unbeliever, or a right earned by the believer, which is made possible through the investment of time and service in a relationship. (Source)
You've already heard Tommy Waller of HaYovel describe how "it's all about relationships" and how Rebecca Brimmer of Bridges for Peace says it's about "reconciliation", about "changing the Jewish people's perception" of Christians and Christianity. This  kind of evangelism (aka missionizing, proselytizing) has become a very popular method used with Jews because we are so very clueless about it. Most Jews who have been approached in this way are quick to defend these missionaries - "These are new Christians. They don't want to kill us. They love us and want to be our friends." 

Here is another good example of this method in action. (See also here.)

But, for success in relational or "friendship" evangelism, few can match the success of HaYovel, unless it is Roger Diaz of Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida. Whereas Tommy Waller has tried to extend HaYovel's reach into every area of Samaria and is now expanding into Judea, Roger Diaz staked out just one place in each area and the Jews came to him.

In Samaria
Ha Tznirim ParkSince 2006 we have worked with the Israeli community of Kedumim, “The Vanuard of Jewish Resettlement in Biblical Samaria,” to fund and build Ha Tznirim nature park, sending work crews annually to assist in its construction. The park is used by community residents throughout the Shomron (Samaria). 
In Judea
Yeshivat Kiryat Arba – We pray for and financially support the Hesder Yeshiva Kiryat ArbaNir College of Judaic Studies, an Israeli institution of higher learning that combines Torah and Talmudic studies with service in the Israeli Defense Forces.
And like HaYovel, he seems to be getting results, r"l ...

Faith and Interfaith on the Mountains of Israel

To be continued...