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March 13, 2012
The Council of Christians and Jews has been committed to Jewish Christian dialogue for 70 years. The Council is fully aware of the wide range of feelings on the issues influencing our relationship with each other.
We are conscious that The Revd Stephen Sizer's contributions have caused widespread disquiet and hurt in both communities and led to confusion and polarization of views. We have paid particular attention to a link posted by Mr Sizer on his Facebook page to "˜The Ugly Truth', an antisemitic website. We consider this to be wholly unacceptable. We cannot accept it was an accident, because Mr Sizer was alerted to the antisemitic nature of the website in November and again in December, but only removed the link in January when contacted by the Jewish Chronicle.
The Rt. Revd Nigel McCulloch, the Bishop of Manchester and Chairman of CCJ said:
"The content and the delay in removing the link from Mr Sizer's Facebook page was disgraceful and unbecoming for a clergyman of the Church of England to promote. Members of the CCJ have described the website as "˜obscenely antisemitic.' "
The Revd David Gifford, CEO of the Council of Christians and Jews said:
"The Revd Stephen Sizer is fully entitled to his views on the Israel/Palestine conflict but he has to be aware that criticism of Israel is one thing while publicizing websites with antisemitic content goes beyond what is tolerable.
CCJ has expressed grave concern to the Bishop of Guildford in whose diocese Mr Sizer is a priest "“ and has drawn the attention of the Surrey police to what they claim was an action tantamount to encouraging race "˜hatred'."
As Christ at Checkpoint hypocrites diddle and lie, persecution of Middle East Christians by Islam escalates.
At the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem, anti-Israel figure Colin Chapman refused to answer a question about the plight of persecuted Christians in surrounding Islamic countries because "he knows where such questions come from", preferring instead to blame Israel for the existence of Islamic terror groups while in fact Israel is the only country in the region protecting the human rights and religious freedom of Christians. Below is today's report from Barnabas Fund concerning Iran:
by Moriel Ztiv
As I write this piece, I am reminded of watching a vast electrical storm that occurred on the Canadian Prairies last summer. It slowly, noisily and broodingly approached my house one evening from the distant horizon;Ã‚Â beginning to frighten the wits out of me as it drew closer and closer.
Our Lobby Group here in Leeds in the U.K., is made up of Christians and Jews who are working to redress the negative and biased press aimed at Israel and the Jewish people. Currently, we are focussing on negativity coming from particular sections and personalities of the Christian Church. The Rev. Stephen Sizer has come under the spotlight for his anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist activities and he is a key player in the organising of the planned conference, 'Christ at the Checkpoint' to be held in Bethlehem next month. One of the members of the Leeds Lobby Network has spent many hours putting together information about the activities of the Rev. Stephen Sizer, which we include with this email, and urge you and Friends of Israel to evaluate. We also ask you and Friends of Israel to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury, (address: Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU) if, like us, you feel concerned about the activities of this particular clergyman.
God bless you in your stand for Israel.
Leaders of the UMJC and MJAA joined forces again this month (see "UMJC, MJAA respond to Messer video) to issue a statement on a matter of deep concern for the Messianic Jewish community. The statement, on the "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference scheduled for March 5-9 in Bethlehem, included leaders of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues. The first "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference, held in 2010, drew much criticism for its biased treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and promotion for this year's event raises the same concerns (see Ã‚Â www.christatthecheckpoint.com.) Here is the joint statement in full (or you can hear it read atÃ‚Â http://youtu.be/Mk0GPnPqtj0):
By Hussein Hajji Wario
Yahoo! Contributor Network
Fri, Jan 27, 2012
A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words "Father" and "Son" from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for "producing Bibles that remove "Father," "Son" and "Son of God" because these terms are offensive to Muslims."
Concerned Christian missionaries, Bible translators, pastors, and national church leaders have come together with a public petition to stop these organizations. They claim a public petition is their last recourse because meetings with these organizations' leaders, staff resignations over this issue and criticism and appeals from native national Christians concerned about the translations "have failed to persuade these agencies to retain "Father" and "Son" in the text of all their translations."
Biblical Missiology, a ministry of Boulder, Colorado-based Horizon International, is sponsoring the petition.
The main issues of this controversy surround new Arabic and Turkish translations. Here are three examples native speakers give:
First, Wycliffe and SIL have produced Stories of the Prophets, an Arabic Bible that uses an Arabic equivalent of "Lord" instead of "Father" and "Messiah" instead of "Son."
Second, Frontiers and SIL have produced Meaning of the Gospel of Christ , an Arabic translation which removes "Father" in reference to God and replaces it with "Allah," and removes or redefines "Son." For example, the verse which Christians use to justify going all over the world to make disciples, thus fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) reads, "Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiahand his Holy Spirit" instead of "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Rev. Bassam Madany, an Arab American who runs Middle East Resources, terms these organization's efforts as "a western imperialistic attempt that's inspired by cultural anthropology, and not by biblical theology."
Third, Frontiers and SIL have produced a new Turkish translation of the Gospel of Matthew that uses Turkish equivalents of "guardian" for "Father" and "representative" or "proxy" for "Son." To Turkish church leader Rev. Fikret BÃƒÂ¶cek, "This translation is 'an all-American idea' with absolutely no respect for the 'sacredness' of Scripture, or even of the growing Turkish church."
SIL has issued a public response stating "all personnel subscribe to a statement of faith which affirms the Trinity, Christ's deity, and the inspiration of Scripture." However, in the same statement, which is similar to Wycliffe's, it claims "word-for-word translation of these titles would communicate an incorrect meaning (i.e. that God had physical, sexual relationships with Mary) [sic]," thus justifying substituting "Father" and "Son" in new translations. Calls and emails to Wycliffe and SIL to clarify their positions were not returned. Frontiers responded to calls with articles that critics have already dismissed as skirting omissions of "Father" and "Son" in new Bible translations.
by James Jacob Prasch
Having watched his videos I find it impossible to regard Ted Pike as anything other than a demonically influenced anti Semite.
As an evangelist to the Jews I have denounced talmudic Judaism, pointed to the Time of Jacob's Trouble and antichrist deception coming on modern Israel, warned Cabala is demonic occult gnosticism, and lamented the unbelief of God's ancient people. But I have done this with the burden of Christ for their salvation knowing God's love for them and for Abraham's other lost children the Arabs.
by Rupert Hanna
Christians usually take two lines of approach in the argument against same sex marriage:
Harsh judgmental attitude bereft of love and concern. Lacking in grace.
Sit on their hands. Ã‚Â With the apathetic attitude, "˜If they don't affect me then it is no big deal.'
Both are equally wrong! Ã‚Â At the end of the article you will be able to read a more correct Biblical response which will glorify God.
by Pat Franklin
Our family visit to Israel coincided with Hanukka, the eight day 'festival of lights' celebrated by Jewish people.Ã‚Â So for the first time ever, we celebrated Hanukka.Ã‚Â We knew nothing about Hanukka, but in John's gospel we see the Lord Jesus, the Light of the World, in Jerusalem at the time of the festival, and the history is fascinating.
December 27th 2011, 6:00 am
by Rev. Nick Howard
The word "˜racist' probably brings to mind a skinhead with a snarling face. But this image can blind us to the presence of well-spoken racists in very respectable jobs, who can capitalise on their social status to inflict more serious long-term damage than their counterparts on the streets. A prime example of this is one of my fellow Anglicans, Rev Stephen Sizer, vicar of Ã‚Â Christ Church Virginia Water. It hardly needs saying that I would only make such a serious charge on the basis of convincing evidence, and having already pursued the official means of complaint without success.