|ADL to Southern
Baptist Convention: Stop Efforts To Convert Jews
York, NY, September
(ADL) today condemned as "insulting, disgraceful and dangerous" plans
by leaders of Southern Baptist Convention the nation's largest
Protestant group - to consider forming a partnership with a Messianic
Jewish group in order to missionize Jews in the United States and
around the world. The League called on the Southern Baptist Convention
to stop their efforts to convert Jews.
September 20, the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist
Convention approved a proposal to study whether the SBC's
North American and international mission boards should formally
recognize the Southern Baptists Messianic Fellowship a Messianic
Jewish group as "an evangelistic mission to Jewish people in the United
and throughout the world."
executive committee's vote to recommend that the proposal be put on the
agenda at next year's SBC
annual convention follows the launching last year by the SBC
of the Pasche Institute of Jewish Studies at Criswell College in
Dallas, whose purpose is to teach Baptists leaders how to minister to
H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
idea of the Southern Baptist Convention using a so-called Jewish
messianic group which misrepresents two faiths to target Jews for
conversion is disgraceful, insulting and dangerous.
are outraged over the continuing efforts by the Southern Baptist
Convention to target Jews for conversion, especially by considering
'deputizing' a Jewish Messianic group, part of a deceptive movement
that falsely claims they are interested in Jewish practices when the
real goal is to convert Jews to Christianity. These efforts should be
stopped once and for all.
with the establishment last year of an institute aimed at teaching
Baptist leaders how to minister to Jews, the Southern Baptist
leadership continues to show its disrespect and disregard for the
validity of Judaism and the Jewish people.
League, founded in
1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism
through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and