David Wilder retracts on CUFI article

Jewish Israel has posted David Wilder's retraction to his CUFI Summit report, Christians and Jews United for Israel

Excerpt:

"In other words, there are those, dressing themselves up as so-called “Torah-observant” gentiles, hoping that eventually, we real Jews will understand that it’s possible to be both Torah-observant, and, at the same time, believe in their beliefs. This is ‘undercover missionizing,’ and it is very dangerous...."

"After the destruction of Beit HaMikdash and the exile from Israel , Jews died for 2,000 years refusing to accept jesus as a god. They were burned at the stake, tortured, hung from their feet, and cut to pieces, because they rejected this ‘little addition’ to our faith. Now, we have finally come home. Here, in Israel , they think they’ll be able to convince us? No way. Not expressed love, not money, not work in the fields, will ever convince a Jew to relinquish his age-old belief in one G-d, without any additions, subtractions, multiplications or divisions. That is the essence, the password of Judaism: Shema Yisrael, HaShem Elokenu, HaShem Echad – Hear Israel , G-d is our L-rd, G-d is One!

On this eve of Tisha b'Av, the day of the destruction of the Temples , this must be the final conclusion reached from my experiences of the past few weeks:  Friends, keep your eyes open and Beware."  (read the full letter here)

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As soon as David Wilder's CUFI Summit report hit the net, Jewish Israel received requests from the Hebron community for information on the personalities appearing in the photos in David's report. We sent them immediate files and reports on the missionary and cult figures pictured in David's piece, as well as a critique on the written content. The information was taken to Rav Dov Lior, who took the matter very seriously. We refrained from publishing a public report in order to give David an opportunity to reflect and retract, which he did.

Kol HaKavod to David Wilder for a courageous and very difficult move. 

We are pleased that Akiva (Mark) Powers, Director of the Counter-Missionary organization of Magen, was able to facilitate in this matter.  We hope that David and other activists and leaders, who work so hard for Am Yisrael, will take an even deeper look at the inroads evangelizing Christians have been making in Israel. We also hope David will take the time to investigate some of the other personalities who appeared in CUFI photos and videos with Jewish activists.

Jewish Israel has been posting on the Wallers since October 2009 and we have provided our reports in both English and Hebrew to a wide list of Jewish rabbis, community leaders, politicians, and activists in Israel and the Diaspora.  Members of the Hebron community have certainly received and disseminated an extensive report on the Wallers which we published last January.  In addition we have a number of files on Mike Isley who is affilated with the messianic ministry First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ)  and the organization Texans for Israel.

We hope that those publications and blogs which are carrying David Wilder's original CUFI article will take note and replace the post with his thoughtful retraction.

Wishing Klal Yisrael a meaningful Fast.

 

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Comment by Shannon Nuszen on August 15, 2011 at 10:09pm

Yasher Koach to David for this very brave step!

Now more than ever, David needs the support and understanding of his community.  I believe his heart was in the right place.  Going forward from here will not be easy. 

As most of us former evangelicals know, it's not easy to take a stand and have so called 'friends' turn on you for blowing their cover.  That 'unconditional love' only applies to those they believe they can bring to Jesus, or be manipulated to aid in their mission.  That 'love' goes out the window once they stamp you 'unsalvagable', or a hinderence to their mission of bringing Jesus to the Jewish people.  When that happens - watch out!

Comment by Jewish Israel on August 14, 2011 at 8:32pm

Zahava,

We're not sure why David Wilder has not posted some clarification on his JPost blog (perhaps he will).  In his letter he put an emphasis on Waller and cites FFOZ (perhaps a reference to Mike Isley and his involvement with that missionary organization). Perhaps Wilder didn't want to suggest that he rejects all Christian support, which he doesn't.  This is a tough issue and Jewish Israel sees David Wilder as having taken a step in the right direction.

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