Does the Church still have issues with the Jews?
Why are Jews today so resistant to the Christian Gospel?
So anti-Semitism, a virus of hatred that had developed from within the Church, was able to adapt with the times. One good thing is that the Church has finally seen the error of its ways. Even the Catholic Church, the main villain of the piece, have finally admitted their error, officially announcing at Vatican Council II in 1965 that the Jews "should not be presented as rejected by God or accursed". Historically, when you look at Church history, as we have done, from the early Church right through to Martin Luther and what was known as the Reformation, one important fact sticks out - the common person was never given a Bible to read! Bible reading and interpretation was in the hands of the leaders and teachers, who had their own agendas to fulfil and used the Bible to justify their own vices, be it lust for money, power, or just good old-fashioned lust!
As soon as the Bible was put in the hands of the masses, people read it and, at the very least, saw no basis for anti-Semitism and at best saw many justifications for a positive attitude towards their Jewish brethren. And this is still the case. Christians today are better informed than "Christians" of yesteryear. Anyone who reads the Bible would have no excuse for reading anti-Semitism into it, unless their judgement is clouded by their own agendas.
So, given what you have read in this article, do you blame the modern Jew for resisting the claims of Jesus Christ? What Jew would want to follow such a religion that claims that his ancestors killed its founder and then refuses to forgive or forget? What Jew would want to follow a religion that has, over the last ten centuries, insulted him, persecuted him and slaughtered him on a whim? It doesn't make sense, given that track record, does it? We need to understand the inbred distrust that Jewish people have and why, for instance, the blessed name of Jesus Christ has been such a curse for the Jews for centuries.
A salutary lesson is given in 2 Chronicles 28:9-11. An army from the Northern Kingdom of Israel had decided to act as God's army of justice against the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But they had taken it too far and had angered God in the process.
"But a prophet of the LORD named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. He said to them, "Because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren't you also guilty of sins against the LORD your God? Now listen to me! Send back your fellow countrymen that you have taken as prisoners, for the LORD's fierce anger rests on you."
If a people, whether or not they consider themselves God's people, decide to act as God's avengers without a divine mandate, then all they are doing is making themselves the objects of God's wrath. May this be a warning to the Church.
Finally, let's return to our Bishop of Durham. Remember, in an earlier article, he complained about a new prayer in the Anglican prayer book. "This is turning the Church into a scapegoat for anti-Semitism", he said, adding that he interpreted the prayer as God accusing the Christians of persecution and of inducing an anti-Semitic culling of the Jews.
The only possible mitigating circumstance was that the Church of England wasn't directly responsible for the deeds described in the last few articles. But it was the Church in England that was responsible, God's representatives in our country. If God's current representatives feel no guilt or shame for the evil acts committed on God's "kingdom of priests" on British soil then there is something deeply amiss.
(This is an abridged extract from Steve's book Outcast Nation )