Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Seeing The Seriousness Of The Battle

I received a link to this article in an email:
We have met the enemy & he is us!
by Rav Avram

I don’t know if you have noticed it yet, but in what is called, “Old Thornhill”, that is north of us on Yonge St, there is a sign on an attractive storefront with the words, “Gates of Zion” in English and the Hebrew equivalent, Shaarei Tzion.

What is it?

Well, it appears to be a Shul, a storefront shul opening its doors in a less obviously Jewish area. Is it outreach? Perhaps a new effort to reach Jewish students?

Not at all, it is the new home of a centre of missionary activity that previously was called “City of David” and had operated in the plaza by Bathurst & Steeles.

Simply put, it is, in my opinion, a church masquerading as a synagogue. Similar to the famous Jews for Jesus and other similar Hebrew/Christian missionaries, the Gates of Zion is the enemy. Let us strip away our PC, their goal is to convert Jews to Christianity and they do it in what I believe is a deceptive & destructive manner.

They are the ones who play on the ignorance of our brothers & sisters, they are the ones who remind us how seriously important our outreach activities are- they take Jews and take away their heritage replacing it with a falsified form of Christianity wrapped in a Talis.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not writing about Christians. They believe in their religion, they practice their religion and have very little in common with the people behind Gates of Zion.

I am writing about a church that, I believe, uses Jewish ritual & Jewish customs and corrupts them to a point that they can be used to convert Jews into the belief system of Christianity and then have the audacity to call themselves a Synagogue and their minister a rabbi (sic).

The saddest part of it all is that we have had and continue to have the ability to stop this charade in its tracks. We have, without question, an effective way to make the entire Hebrew/Christian movement a thing of the past, no longer a threat to any Jew and totally ineffective.

That is education, outreach & community.
Read the whole thing.

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