Posted Jan 29, 2021 by Michael L. Brown

Shortly after I came to faith in late 1971, at my father’s request, I met with the local rabbi. By God’s grace, my life had been radically transformed, going from a heroin-shooting, LSD-using, rebellious, hippie rock drummer to a Jesus-loving, clean-living child of God. And this happened virtually overnight. What a miracle!

But as much as my dad was thrilled to see me off drugs, he wasn’t thrilled to see me believing in Jesus. As he said to me, “Michael, we’re Jews. We don’t believe this.”

So it was that I met with the local rabbi, who quickly befriended me and took a genuine interest in my well-being. He challenged my beliefs, forced me to dig deeper into the Scriptures, and provoked me to learn Hebrew well.

He also challenged me to look at the record of church history, which was a total shock for me. What? Christians hating the Jewish people? Christians persecuting the Jews? Christians killing the Jews?

The gave me a book to read, accompanied by a poignant letter, which I still have today, enclosed in the pages of that book. This is what he wrote:

“Dear Mike,

“I’m lending you this book so that as you read its pages you can share in the thousands of years of agony your people have undergone for the sake of the Almighty G-d of Israel and His absolute unity. Perhaps it will touch a note in your heart which will help you realize what your destiny on earth is to be.”

Then, after citing powerful verses from the Hebrew Bible, he closed with this: “I pray our G-d give you the inner strength to face the truth no matter what the consequences.”

What a moving letter this was to receive, and what a shocking book it was to read.

But to be perfectly candid, the book didn’t affect me that much, even though it was filled with painful stories of the mistreatment of Jews at the hands of Christians. Growing up, I had been unaware of this history, and in the church where I came to faith as a sixteen-year-old in 1971, I was met with great love, not hatred. These dear Christians seemed to have a tremendous heart for the Jewish people, including those who rejected the gospel. They showed nothing but grace to me, and their hearts were also joined with the modern State of Israel, recognizing that it was God who brought the Jewish people back to their land out of the ashes of the Holocaust, as if alive from the dead.

In the decades that followed, as I traveled around America as well as overseas (now with roughly 200 ministry trips outside the United States), I also met with profound love for Israel and the Jewish people. And, over the years, when I shared with these precious believers the history of “Christian” antisemitism, they were absolutely shocked. As an Iranian Christian once said to me, “It is impossible to be a Christian and hate the Jews!”

That had been my experience for forty-seven years, with rare exception, and I could count on two hands the amount of “Christian” antisemites I had met – until 2019. Since then, I have encountered more “Christian” antisemitism than in the previous 47 years combined. I am not exaggerating.

It’s as if an ancient plague has been revived, spreading from person to person until millions are affected. It’s like watching a nightmare unfold in front of your eyes, as professing Christians from all branches of the Church experience some kind of mass deception, coming to the “recognition” that the Jews, as a people, are the cause of all the world’s troubles. Those evil Jews! And to say it again: It is often professing Christians who are believing and spreading these lies.

Some, like John T. Earnest, on April 27, 2019, while just 19-years-old, took things even further. It was on that fateful day that he marched into an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Poway, California and opened fire, killing one and wounding three, before his gun locked up. Among the injured are an eight-year-old girl and the rabbi, who lost a finger on one hand.

According to a court affidavit, Earnest told a 911 emergency line dispatcher, “I just shot up a synagogue . . . because Jewish people are destroying the white race.”

But that’s not all that he said. In a manifesto written prior to the shooting, he gave an in-depth explanation of why he tried to murder as many as Jews as possible, and it was not simply a matter of the Jewish people allegedly “destroying the white race.” Earnest, you see, professed to be a devout Christian, raised in a Christian home and the member of a local Presbyterian Church.

In his manifesto he explained, “I did not choose to be a Christian. The Father chose me. The Son saved me. And the Spirit keeps me. Why me? I do not know.” But as a Christian, he has a responsibility: “There is no love without hatred. You cannot love God if you do not hate Satan. You cannot love righteousness if you do not also hate sin. You cannot love your own race if you do not hate those who wish to destroy it. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin.”

Earnest proceeded to rail on the Jewish people in typical white supremacist fashion, but with a distinctly spiritual tone, declaring, “It is unlawful and cowardly to stand on the sidelines as the European people are genocided [sic] around you. I did not want to have to kill Jews. But they have given us no other option.”

Indeed, he claimed, “My God does not take kindly to the destruction of His creation. Especially one of the most beautiful, intelligent, and innovative races that He has created. Least of all at the hands of one of the most ugly, sinful, deceitful, cursed, and corrupt,” by which he means the Jews allegedly destroying whites of European origin. This was his Christian duty!

Earnest then cited a number of New Testament that antisemites through the ages have used to defame and even attack the Jewish people. Then, he provided a list of 15 reasons why the Jews must be killed, repeating some of the standard, ugly antisemitic libels, and concluding with this: “And finally, for their role in the murder of the Son of Man—that is the Christ. Every Jew young and old has contributed to these.”

Shades of the words of Christian antisemites through the ages. The Jews as a people are guilty of killing Christ. Yes, “Every Jew young and old has contributed” to the murder of the Messiah. “For these crimes,” he wrote, “they [the Jews] deserve nothing but hell. I will send them there.”

He then pulled out his gun and put his words into practice. The American Jewish remains shocked and wounded to this day.

In 1992, I wrote a book recounting the horrible history of “Christian” antisemitism, releasing a new edition in 2019. Now, I have found it necessary to write a whole new book exposing that terrible spiritual disease in our midst today. It is titled Christian Antisemitism: Confronting the Lies in Today’s Church.

Read it and weep. Better still, read it and say, “Not on my watch!”

(This article was adapted from Christian Antisemitism: Confronting the Lies in Today’s Church. Used with permission.)

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RayMac posted a comment · Jan 31, 2021
Dear Michael. I'm not sure where your head was pre-2019. I've been in the Evangelical church for about the same length of time as you and I've seen a theological anti-Semitism at best and a real Jew hatred at worst. We know that, for the most part Jews did not embrace Jesus as their messiah. As you point out; through history Christians have made that exercise a whole lot easier. It's taught that the Jews failed to be the light of the world. If the Jews were a failure to be the light to the world we would not be having this conversation right now for God has chosen to use your people to bring His message to mankind. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps that’s exactly what the church has been doing for centuries as it has rejected God’s covenant people: Israel. Jews rejected Jesus & the Church has rejected God's people. My question is: Is it possible that people like you and me have actually contributed to the problem?
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RAS posted a comment · Jan 29, 2021
There are no "Christian anti-Semites", there are anti-Semites who call themselves Christians. Why should Christ and those ho are called by his name wear the label anti-Semite? What you call the followers of Christ you call him. John wrote: "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." If you hate the Jewish people you are none of his. This is why one of the greatest of all evils is to carry the name of God upon your self in vain. If you do the works of Satan, you are not a follower of Christ but a destroyer. If you destroy in the name of Christ, you will be destroyed. It grieves me that the ungodly bring reproach upon the worthy name by which followers of Christ are called, when they are not of the body, but are associated with the body of believers through ignorance or malice. because of this, I call myself a "believer" instead of a Christian, because most "Christians" are anything but. It's just religion, if you do not obey Christ.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 29, 2021
Look no further than the Qanon freaks and their fuhrer. Anti Semitism is in their forefront every time they lie about Soros and the Rothschild family.
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texasaggie posted a comment · Jan 29, 2021
I remember going to hear Perry Stone speak at a church, about 10 years ago I think. In the middle of some preaching the Lord stopped him and gave him a prophecy. He said that in the future antisemitism (I wonder if that should really be anti-Jew, but that is another matter) will come to the United States and He will use it to drive Jewish people to Israel. Perry Stone loves Israel and the Jewish people and this does not mean that God would be causing this to happen but He can see the end from the beginning and can turn what Satan intends for evil into good. I remember thinking that he really missed it on that one because in the America of even that recently it seemed kind of crazy. But Perry heard right on that one, sad to say. Of course, that doesn't mean we would be doing God a favor by joining in the persecution of Jewish people either for those people will have to answer to God for their actions. One of the main fallacies of bigotry and racism is over-generalization. It bugs me when I hear things like "The Jews rejected Jesus" when almost all the earliest followers of Jesus were Jewish and brought us the Old and New Testaments, not to mention Messiah himself. And have all gentiles accepted Jesus? Not by a long shot, unfortunately, although you would think that that was the case when someone says the above phrase. There are conservative and liberal Jews, like in other groups. And so forth.