Online predators, pornography, identity theft…and Jesus?

It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are? That was a popular public service announcement for parents seen on American television throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Today, even if the kids are at home, they are most likely sitting behind closed doors whilst surfing and networking in cyberspace – and that’s hardly safe. We know they run the risk of exposure to cyberporn, cyberbullying, spyware and viruses; but online Christian evangelists have – via social networking - given new meaning to the terms “online predators” and “identity theft.


A site like OneforIsrael.org is “a one dollar fundraiser for internet evangelism in Israel”. Their slick campaign video seen on YouTube cites 5,263,146 Israeli Internet users as being ripe for the picking. Who are the folks behind the campaign? Well, they won’t tell you (but you can guess)…

Unfortunately, we cannot disclose our personal identity because of anti-missionary organizations that can harm us. We can only say that we are Jewish, native Israelis who have given their hearts to the Lord, and we are the leading group of internet evangelism in Israel, working in cooperation with leading Churches in Israel, and with worldwide organizations including Campus Crusade for Christ, Jews For Jesus and other organizations...


Jacob Damkani, a known Israeli evangelical street missionary, produced a clever clip urging evangelicals to learn and use online media tools in their efforts to spread the gospel.




Israelis beware as there’s a multitude of new and eye-catching missionary sites and social networking communities targeting Hebrew speakers, like xrabbi.co.il and medabrim.org.il and igod.co.il . Not surprisingly, these sites are all linked to jewsforjesus.co.il (in Hebrew, of course).


There’s even a book out called, “Evangelizing Twitter: Tweeting with a purpose” – produced by businessforchrist.com


Kudos to Jews for Judaism for being on the ball. Ruth Guggenheim, executive director of the Baltimore chapter of Jews for Judaism recently mailed Jewish Israel a stunning ad warning of the missionary targeting of Jews via YouTube and social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The ad linked to a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Examiner addressing the problem of social networking and what Ruth terms “friendship evangelism”.

Ruth doesn’t mince words and leaves us with a chilling thought:
“There is no difference between a sexual predator on the Internet and a spiritual predator.”

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Comment by Jewish Israel on May 16, 2010 at 9:55pm
Good point on the morals and ethics front (but what can we expect?).
Thanks for the info. on OneforIsrael, Jason!
Comment by Reuven Levinson on May 16, 2010 at 9:43pm
On their facebook page, OneforIsrael makes it clear that one of the reasons for using the internet to evangelize is due to the Israeli law forbidding proselytizing to minors. This shows their lack of morals when dealing with the Jewish people. Also, the xrabbi, medabrim, igod and a bunch of other Hebrew Messianic websites are all part of OneforIsrael. It is all one organization.
Comment by Jewish Israel on May 13, 2010 at 9:48pm
Mordechai Yaakov,
thanks for those comments and your clarifications
Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on May 13, 2010 at 7:40pm
There is one other important clarification I need to make. It is regarding the statement that “Amalek is out to destroy Israel. Make no mistake, that is precisely the expressed intent of every evangelical Messianic/Christian - Hebrew or otherwise – who would evangelize a Jew…” It must be understood that, with regard to the Jew, every evangelical Christian firmly believes two things: 1) the Jew needs to be “saved” through belief in jesus, thus making him a Christian, and 2) the REAL people of G_d are the Christians, those who will populate Jerusalem and Israel when Messiah “returns”. Therefore, in saving Jews, the Israel of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be gradually assimilated into the Christian masses. They may be called Hebrew Christians, Messianics, Fundamentalists or Baptists, but they will all be Christian. The goal, by means of this assimilation, is that there would not be a single Torah-observant Jew remaining in the Land of Israel. This is fundamental Christian eschatology and it is pure Amalekite ideology. Every missionary needs to be confronted with this, and every Jew needs to realize it.
Comment by Jewish Israel on May 13, 2010 at 1:01am
Thanks for the clarification. Interesting!
Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on May 13, 2010 at 12:55am
No. I didn't think that what I was doing was sinister, or that I was being deceptive. Your final assessment is correct. However, when I targeted a Jew to make him a believer in jesus I was serving Amalek. Of course, at the time, I had no idea who Amalek was, apart from the account in the "O.T." I now understand, clearly, that to destroy a Jewish body merely robs him of this world; to destroy a Jewish soul robs him of the next. To make him a Hebrew Christian in the process robs him of both, making him an unwitting enemy of Israel.
Comment by Jewish Israel on May 13, 2010 at 12:39am
Mordechai Yaakov Allen,
Thanks for sharing those disturbing thoughts . But do real feel that the Hebrew Christian is aware that his or her agenda and methods are sinister. Or are they simply misled? Did you know you know that your missionary tactics were deceptive or did you feel that you were doing the good, right and moral thing as a Christian?
Comment by Mordechai Yaakov Allen on May 12, 2010 at 11:54pm
“There is no difference between a sexual predator on the Internet and a spiritual predator.” While this is a very accurate comparison, it doesn’t go far enough in vilifying the Amalekish tactics of the so-called Hebrew Christian. While the sexual predator, though not exactly concerned about the welfare of his victim, is basically out to satisfy his own, deviant desire, Amalek is out to destroy Israel. Make no mistake, that is precisely the expressed intent of every evangelical Messianic/Christian - Hebrew or otherwise – who would evangelize a Jew by way of friendship... or shotgun. How do I know this? Simple! I served the cause for more than thirty years. This is my teshuvah.
Comment by Jewish Israel on May 12, 2010 at 4:24pm
Hmmm...that analogy between "friendship evangelism" and Israel's "best friends" is worth chewing on. Thanks, as always, for your input , Penina!
Comment by Penina Tal Ohr (Taylor) on May 12, 2010 at 3:26pm
Friendship Evangelism is a well-known term among Evangelicals. They coined the term, recognizing that over 90% of the people who convert to Christianity do so through a friend. The idea is that it is far more effective to create a relationship with someone than to stand on the street corner handing out pamphlets. This is why missionaries will use any means possible to create a relationship, at first seeming to do so with no ulterior motives, then, when the time is right, they pounce.

Does this sound suspiciously similar to the line that American Evangelical Christians are Israel's "best friend"? It works and they know it.

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