Posted Nov 30, 2019 by Michael L. Brown

On November 26, an Orthodox Jewish news outlet ran this attention-grabbing headline: “WATCH THIS SHOCKING HATE: Christian TV Host Rick Wiles Calls Impeachment A ‘JEW-COUP.’”

Tragically, once again, in the eyes of religious Jews, the word “Christian” is associated with the word “hate.” And once again, the name of Jesus has been dishonored by one of His bigoted followers. What a terrible shame.

Of course, this story is not new. Rather, it has been repeated time and again for more than 1,500 years, to this very day. A Christian leader bashes the Jewish people, or, worse still, commits acts of discrimination or violence against them, as a result of which Jesus Himself looks ugly in the eyes of the Jewish people.

In the words of Nicolai Berdyaev, “Christians set themselves between the Messiah and the Jews, hiding from the latter the authentic image of the Savior.”

And that’s why Jewish philosopher Eliezer Berkovitz, writing several decades after the Holocuast, spoke of the “the moral bankruptcy of Christian civilization and the spiritual bankruptcy of Christian religion,” charges which are highly exaggerated yet charges which seem accurate in the eyes of many Jews.

Of course, anyone familiar with Church history can point to an endless chain of positive, world-improving actions of Christians through the ages, including extraordinary acts of compassion and self-sacrifice.

To this moment, Christians around the world lead the way in doing good, building hospitals, caring for orphans, feeding the poor, launching education programs, just to mention a few. And some of the saintliest people on the planet are committed Christians, people who recoil at the hateful words of people like Rick Wiles.

But Church history is also littered with sinful acts against Jews, from demonizing them in sermons to herding them into ghettos and from offering them baptism or death to working hand in hand with the Nazis. And it is that part of Church history many Jews know by heart.

What is especially grievous to me, as a Jewish follower of Jesus since 1971, is that a few bad apples make the rest of us look bad. And in this case, the antisemitic rants of Rick Wiles and TruNews, an evangelical, online news network, might make more of an impression than the loving words and deeds of millions of other Christians.

I have been sounding the alarm about TruNews all this year (see here and here), trying to engage them in private or public dialogue or debate, but without success. Now all that is left to do is rebuke them publicly for their dangerous rhetoric.

Earlier this year, Wiles claimed that “the Jews” owned Donald Trump and the White House, also claiming that “the Jews” owned the evangelical Christian leaders who had surrounded Trump.

Now, Wiles claims that “the Jews . . . are deceivers, they plot, they lie, they do whatever they have to do to accomplish their political agenda. This ‘impeach Trump’ effort is a Jew coup and the American people better wake up to it really fast because this thing is moving now toward a vote in the House and then a trial in the Senate. We could have a trial before Christmas.”

Oh, those evil Jews! It appears they can’t even make up their own minds. First, they own Trump, who is really controlled by his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Now, they want to get rid of Trump.

That’s why the aforementioned religious Jewish news outlet noted, “Someone should remind this neo-Nazi that Orthodox Jews just donated millions to Trump’s reelection campaign in an event attended by hundreds of Yarmulka-wearing Jews.”

So, which is it? Jews are supporting Trump or Jews are trying to oust Trump?

As I penned this article, I received an email from my friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach linked to this Breitbart headline: “Rabbi Shmuley: Jews Are Thankful that Trump Recognized Our Biblical Connection to Judea and Samaria.”

It looks like a whole bunch of Jews are glad to have Trump in the White House (including a higher percentage of Israeli Jews than American Jews). But TruNews cannot be bothered by facts. Whatever the Jews do is evil, and they must be demonized as a group.

Wiles then sounds this ominous alarm: “This country could be in civil war at Christmastime. Members of the U.S. military are going to have to take a stand just like they did in the 1860s with the Civil War. They are going to have to decide: are you fighting for the North or the South? People are going to be forced, possibly by this Christmas, to take a stand because of this Jew coup in the United States.”

And yet there is more, as Wiles closes with this fear-inducing warning that could easily lead unstable people to commit acts of violence against their evil enemies, the Jews. He said, “This is a coup led by Jews to overthrow the constitutionally elected president of the United States and it’s beyond removing Donald Trump, it’s removing you and me. That’s what’s at the heart of it. You have been taken over by a Jewish cabal.

“The church of Jesus Christ, you’re next. Get it through your head! They’re coming for you. There will be a purge. That’s the next thing that happens when Jews take over a country, they kill millions.”

What absolute rubbish. And what dangerous rubbish at that. May these words find their way into the trash heap of ideas, and may they be forgotten as quickly as they were spoken.

I encourage every Christian reader to tell your Jewish friends that Rick Wiles does not speak for you. That you utterly repudiate such words. That you recognize this as a dangerous example of modern-day antisemitism. And that this spirit is the opposite of the spirit of Jesus and the New Testament.

And while we pray that God would grant Rick Wiles and his team true repentance, we should shun him and his network until that time comes.

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Keith Heimann posted a comment · Dec 02, 2019
Wiles is the least of the problems. The so called "Christian" leaders who enthusiastically support and defend the amoral creature in the White House in the name of Jesus are the real enemies of our Savior.
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Kenneth Greifer posted a comment · Nov 30, 2019
Trump is the one who is leading the extremists to call this a coup. "Jew coup" is worse, but it is just as crazy to call the impeachment a coup. The founding fathers, including the very patriotic Benjamin Franklin, wanted to have impeachments allowed by the Constitution to protect America from presidents who abuse their power and do illegal things. Trump can't follow rules. Even when he can do things legally, he finds a way to do them illegally for some strange reason. All he has to do is follow the rules, but he can't, so he faces impeachment. The Christians, who apparently would vote for Caligula, if he was a Republican, don't care about rules when it comes to a Republican president. They only care that Democratic presidents follow the rules. The president should go back to what he is good at, which is being a ruthless businessman, instead of being a ruthless president.
Princeton University posted a comment · Nov 30, 2019
NOTE: I attempted to post Dr. Michael Brown's column regarding Rick Wiles. <https://www.wnd.com/2019/11/christian-televangelist-push-impeach-trump-jew-coup/#comment-4703949703> but it was blocked as spam, with the notation: "This comment was marked as spam" Sandy Kramer https://askdrbrown.org/library/when-jew-bashing-christian-leader-makes-jesus-look-bad