Evangelizing Israel

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Evangelizing Israel

Evangelizing IsraelEvangelizing in Israel

If you are interested in evangelizing while in Israel, these tips may prove useful:

1. Don't be intimidated by the religious people in Israel with their religious garbs and titles. If you get into a discussion with them, you will soon realize that while they know their religion, they actually don't know much about the Bible. You have the Truth and the Holy Spirit, so fear not.

2. When you begin to share the Gospel to the Jews in Israel, a majority of them will have a knee-jerk negative reaction. They are reacting as their rabbis told them to react and/or reacting negatively to the crimes that they think "Christians," including the Crusaders and the Nazis, committed against them over the centuries. Understand that they are not rejecting the Gospel itself and explain to them that neither the Crusaders nor the Nazis were true Christians.

3. Ask the Jews to read Psalm 22 and/or Isaiah 53 in their Tanakh, which is equivalent to our Old Testament, and then share how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies just read.

4. Explain why Jesus cannot have been just a prophet (see Jesus' birthplace), sin, justice and mercy of God (see Garden of Gethsemane), the evidences for Jesus' resurrection (see Jesus' tomb) and why Jesus was crucified.

5. When you hand out tracts or evangelize openly on the streets of Jerusalem and the other towns in Israel, some (Ultra-)Orthodox Jews may approach, harass, and even threaten you with detention and/or deportation, claiming that proselytizing is illegal in Israel. If the Israeli police gets involved, they too may claim proselytizing is illegal and threaten detention and/or deportation. Both claims are false. A 1977 anti-proselytizing law forbids offering or receiving material benefits as an incentive for religious conversion, and proselytizing minors like the above two in East Jerusalem who greeted a foreigner with bright smiles (they were brother and sister - notice the girl's cautious hand on her younger brother) is illegal, but proselytizing adults is actually legal in Israel. Inform them of the truth, and if they continue to contest, ask them to show you the clause in the Israeli law that supports their false claims.

6. Proselytize openly and unhindered from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, during which the (Ultra-)Orthodox Jews cannot break their Sabbath by engaging in the "work" of stopping Christians from sharing the Gospel.

7. Expect friendly fire. Local "Christians" may tell you to be "mature" about your faith, to respect the faiths of others, and to refrain from proselytizing, especially at or near other religions' "holy" shrines. Two Arab Israeli soldiers met outside Al Aqsa Mosque gave their addresses and asked to be sent Bibles, and one of the best discussions about Jesus was with one of the thousands of Jews packing the Wailing Wall plaza during the Jewish Shavuot feast. Tell the naysayers that you must "obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)

8. Don't forget the Palestinians and the Palestinian Christians, who need our prayers, encouragement and support even more than the Messianic Jews do.

9. If you intend to take some Bibles and books, try to find copies in Hebrew and Arabic, as most Arabs and many Jews don't speak English well enough to read it comfortably. Better yet, contact and pre-order from the organizations listed on the Palestinian Christians page. It will be easier, save you from having to lug the extra weight around during your trip, and provide some much-needed support for those organizations.

10. Most importantly, pray, for, "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." (Psalm 127:1)

Be encouraged that compared to a decade ago, Israelis are palpably more open to the Gospel today.

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