A video appeared on my Twitter feed this afternoon that has already been viewed 1 million times.
It features a ‘pastor’ in America claiming that the Corona Virus is being spread in Jewish synagogues because they oppose Jesus Christ. He suggests that God is judging Jewish people for their rejection of Christ with this virus￼
I had never heard of Rick Wiles until an hour ago, and frankly, I’d prefer not to know him. After doing a little investigating I discovered that he’s not a pastor of a recognised Christian Church, but belongs to an outlying cultish group, much in the vein of Westboro Baptist. They claim to be Christian and to speak for Jesus, and yet their words and actions could not be further from Him.
Rick Wiles has a history of coming out with the most egregious statements, including anti-semitic attacks.
His tirade exhibits the worst of religion and how words must surely grieve the Lord Jesus Christ.
There has been a rise in anti-semitic behaviour and speech in the last couple of years, even here in Australia. It is disturbing and Christian leaders have a responsibility to call it out for the evil it is.
To claim to speak for God when God has not spoken is bad enough. Rick Wiles’ words are not mere speculation, his speech comes from the pits of hell.
Let us remember that the Lord Jesus was Jewish and raised Jewish.
The first Christians were Jewish.
The Apostle Paul was Jewish.
In what is the greatest theological tome ever written, Paul’s letter to the Romans, he begins with an explanation of the Christian message, in which he argues that the Gospel of Jesus is given a special place among Jewish people
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”(Romans 1:16-17)
Paul is suggesting that there is a theological priority for the Jewish people. Why? Because they are special to God. They are loved by God.
In an extensive argument that begins in Romans ch11., Paul argues that Israel remains precious to God and that his grace is not finished with them. With great clarity and conviction, Paul states,
“I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.”
Anti-semitism has no place in our society. Anti-semitism has no place in a Christian Church. Jewish people have a place in our society. They have the right to worship in their synagogues. They are welcome in my home and in my church.
I have 3 shorts sentences for Rick Wiles:
Stop it. Shut up you fool. Repent.