Religious Conflict and Brit-Am Appeals (1 July 2016, 25 Sivan, 5776)
Charles: Freedom to Promote Religion and Giving to Brit-Am
Re: A New Appeal from Brit-Am
I have bought several of your books and have found them interesting . I have been researching the so called " Ten Lost Tribes " since the late 1950's . However you mention the Bible , but to many of us who also seriouslyÂ study the Bible we include the New Testament. It supports the Old Testament in recognizingÂ the 12Â Tribes scatted abroad ! (James1:1) Jesus said ," But go rather to the lost sheep of the House Of Israel " Mat . 10:6 ) This is just a few . I cannot give you the support you desire when you say " We should not proclaim Jesus to the Jews. I live in a country where freedom of speech and religion are guaranteed by our Constitution. The guarantee is now under attack, by those who took an oath to protect and defend it .
It happens that claims such as your own are made to us but when we reason with the people concerned we found other reasons to be the motivational factors.
Nevertheless, a person can only deal with what is before him so here goes:
We ask for money because we need it to function. We do not however expect everyone to give something though we would like them to do so. Most people never give anything. This is OK with us as long as we still manage to get the message out.
We are not against Christianity for non-Jews. In fact our teaching could well strengthen it since it is based on the Bible and we enhance belief in the Bible.
By analogy, I am against marijuana and similar substances. Some people use them. There are those who say they need them. One of my family in-laws recently passed away. He suffered in his last days and medically prescribed marijuana helped him. In some countries and in some states of the USA marijuana is legal.
My attitude to people using it in such situations might be, "If you need it, use it, but do not give it to those who might suffer from it."
So too with Christianity.
We say it is not for Jews. This is my religious belief. This is a cornerstone of my existence.
Why do you have a problem with that?
We provide a service that is efficacious for others.
Because of our beliefs this service exists.
The Jews exist due to their belief in Judaism.
This is what the Bible says God wants.
There is no room for the Christian Messiah here no matter what anybody says.
God bless you
We research and write about the Lost Ten Tribes. The Almighty has given us insights and ability to promote these truths.
Divine Providence has so arranged it that you and others like you should be helping us in this.
Take the simile of a football team.
Joe sells peanuts and also manages a football team. He has a star player named Bill who does much to help the team succeed. Bill will not buy peanuts from Joe. Should Joe let Billl go?Â
Take things are they are and be responsible for what needs to be done when you can help do it.
Brit-Am provides the goods.
Help us while we can and you are able.
As Israelites who believe in the Bible we are on the same side.
In a sense we are part of a team and each team member has their own individual task to fulfill.
Clarification. The Role of Christianity and the Mandate of Brit-Am
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Belief and Offerings. Religious Conflict and Brit-Am Appeals
Brit-Am sees Christianity as a tool used by Divine Providence to bring the Gentiles in general closer to Biblical concepts and ultimately to the Almighty.
This applies especially to the Lost Ten Tribes.
We therefore try to refrain from inter-faith discussions or polemics.
We understand certain Biblical verses as saying that the Lost Ten Tribes towards the end will be practising Christianity.
We believe in Orthodox Judaism but do not propagate it to others.
We understand our Mandate at present to be limited to spreading knowledge of who the Ten Tribes are as well as enhancing appreciation of the Bible in general.
We are not about to tell Christians what their theological positions should be.
It is however worth noting that among early Celtic Christians there may have existed an appreciation of Judaism.
This found expression in the teachings of Pelagius (Morgan).
After they became Christians the Celts of Britain in some areas continued to practice in part the Laws of Moses.
Pelagius (ca. 360 - 420 CE) saw the Law of Moses as being equal to Christianity and he may have been reflecting the general attitude of his countrymen in parts of Britain at that time.Â
We ourselves do not know many things. There are certain matters not clear to us BUT concerning our Mandate (to spread knowledge of the Ten Tribes and enhance Biblical knowledge) we are quite certain and this is what we are going with.
Recently we were accused of spreading hate. This was partly due to our positions confirming Biblical values, condemning homosexuality in all its forms, and denouncing attempts by Christians to missionize to Jews.Â [There are many people in t he world who are not Jewish and who can be preached unto.]
There can be no compromise on these issues.
We believe in the Bible.
We have something of value to impart to whosoever also believes in the Bible.
We have a message concerning the Lost Ten Tribes which is worth while i.e. the people concerned should know who they are.
By analogy, if someone turned up with verifiable proof that you could be the rightful inheritor of a very large sum of money.
Where would you place the emphasis?
On clarifying the evidence?
Or on worrying about which congregation the messenger belonged to?
And if he was right and had gone to some trouble to bring the message to you would you begrudge him his expenses?