Messianic Jews in Great Britain are troubled by the growing frequency of critical reports in the nation’s news media and by the London Underground’s recent rapid withdrawal of 650 evangelistic posters they placed on its trains.
Evangelicals also are distressed that George Carey, the archbishop of Canterbury, declined to give his patronage earlier this year to the Anglican group Church’s Ministry Among Jews (CMJ).
The 650 posters were placed in the Underground as paid advertisements by Jews for Jesus, said Jews for Jesus director Richard Harvey. One of the ads reads, “Jews for Jesus? Why not? After all, Jesus is for Jews.” Another featured the word “Jews” in large type, and was surrounded by text encouraging readers to consider Jesus as Messiah.
The posters went up on August 3. By week’s end, after protests from the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Council of Christians and Jews in Great Britain, the Underground removed them. The posters’ wording had been approved by Underground officials, and Jews for Jesus had made some revisions suggested by officials, Harvey said. Underground regulations prohibit offending religious and ethnic minorities.
“I find it very difficult to see what people found offensive about this,” Harvey said, adding that they may not be finished with their ad campaign.
Harvey said the attendant publicity has caused more people to see and read about the ads. He said other media, such as local radio stations and newspapers, have asked that Jews for Jesus place ads with them.
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These are also exciting, albeit tense, times for Robert Weissman, a London-based British missionary with the Christian Jew Foundation of San Antonio, Texas.
Weissman has watched in horror as British Broadcasting ...1
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