A Rabbi’s Warning to Christians

December 28th, 2017 Posted by AAJC Happenings 128 comments

I am certainly not a Winston Churchill. I am not even a Jean Francois Revel. I am having enough trouble just trying to be a Lapin. But I am issuing a very serious warning about a problem with deep consequences, just as they did. It is a warning about the earliest stages of what could become a cataract of disasters if not resisted now.

During the 1930s, Winston Churchill desperately tried to persuade the English people and their government to see that Hitler meant to end their way of life. The British ignored Churchill, which gave Hitler nearly 10 years to build up his military forces. It wasn’t until Hitler actually drew blood that the British realized they had a war on their hands. It turned out to be a far longer and more destructive war than it needed to be had Churchill’s early warning been heeded.

In 1983, a brave French writer, Jean-Francois Revel, wrote a book called How Democracies Perish. In this remarkable volume, he described how communism’s aim is world conquest. For decades he had been trying to warn of communism’s very real threat. Yet in January 1982, a high State Department official said: “We Americans are not solving problems, we are the problem.” (Some things never change.) A good portion of the planet fell to communism, which brought misery and death to millions because we failed to recognize in time that others meant to harm us.

Heaven knows there was enough warning during the 1980s of the intention of part of the Islamic world to take yet another crack at world domination. Yet instead of seeing each deadly assault on our interests around the world as a test of our resolve, we ignored it. We failed the test and lost 3,000 Americans in two unforgettable hours.

I am not going to argue that what is happening now is on the same scale as the examples I cite above, but a serious war is being waged against a group of Americans. I am certain that if we lose this war, the consequences for American civilization will be dire.

Phase one of this war I describe is a propaganda blitzkrieg that is eerily reminiscent of how effectively the Goebbels propaganda machine softened up the German people for what was to come.

There is no better term than propaganda blitzkrieg to describe what has been unleashed against Christian conservatives recently.

Consider the long list of anti-Christian books that have been published in the past few years. Here are just a few samples of more than 50 similar titles, all from mainstream publishers:

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right’s Plans for the Rest of Us

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Piety & Politics: The Right-wing Assault on Religious Freedom

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America

Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right

What is truly alarming is that there are more of these books for sale at your local large book store warning against the perils of fervent Christianity than those warning against the perils of fervent Islam. Does anyone seriously think America is more seriously jeopardized by Christian conservatives than by Islamic zealots? I fear that many Americans believe just that in the same way that many pre-World War II Western intellectuals considered Churchill a bigger threat to peace than Hitler.

Some may say that today’s proliferation of anti-Christian print propaganda is nothing to become worried about. To them I ask two questions:

First, would you be so sanguine if the target of this loathsome library were Blacks or Jews? Just try changing the titles in some of the books I mention above to reflect racism or anti-Semitism instead of rampant anti-Christianism and you’ll see what I mean.

Second, major movements that changed the way Americans felt and acted came about through books, often only one book. Think of Rachel Carson’s 1962 error-filled Silent Spring that resulted in the pointless banning of the insecticide DDT and many unnecessary deaths. Other books that caused upheavals in our nation were Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, many of Ayn Rand’s books and of course Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

No, I would advise you not to underestimate the power of books to alter the behavior of the American public, and I fear for an America that has been influenced to detest Christianity by this hate-filled catalog.

It is not just books but popular entertainment also that beams the most lurid anti-Christian propaganda into the hearts and minds of viewers. One need only think of who the real targets of the comedic movie Borat are. The brilliant Jewish moviemaker Sacha Baron Cohen, as his title character, using borderline dishonest wiles, lures some innocent but unsophisticated country folk, obviously Christians, to join him in his outrageously anti-Semitic antics.  Cohen then triumphantly claims to have exposed anti-Semitism. In fact, he has revealed nothing other than the latent anti-Christianism of America’s social, economic and academic secular elites.  Many other movies and television productions echo this shameless anti-Christian bigotry in the name of entertainment.  Interestingly enough, their courage attacking Christian beliefs is never displayed by similarly irreverent and insulting assaults on Islam.

Even the recent PBS documentary, “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence,” managed to do more attacking Christianity than defending Judaism.

Richard Dawkins, an Oxford University professor, is one of the generals in the anti-Christian army of the secular left. American academia treats him with reverence and hangs on his every word when he insists that “religious myths ought not to be tolerated.”

For those with a slightly more tolerant outlook, he asks, “It’s one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children?” He suggests that the state should intervene to protect children from their parents’ religious beliefs. Needless to say, he means Christian beliefs, of course. Muslim beliefs add to England’s charmingly diverse cultural landscape.

The war is against those who regard the Bible to be God’s revelation to humanity and the Ten Commandments to be His set of rules for all time. Phase one in this war is to make Christianity, well, sort of socially unacceptable. Something only foolish, poor and ugly people could turn to.

We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign pretty much made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive. For years, there had been stringent laws against drunk driving. They achieved little. In the end, the practice was all but eliminated by groups allied with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their effective ways of changing the way Americans thought about it.

We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign has pretty much made it socially unacceptable to smoke. In the face of a relentless campaign (dare one call it propaganda?), Americans became docile and forfeited the right to make their own decisions. Nobody was willing to stand up to the no-smoking tyrants. Nobody even asked whether health was sufficient grounds for freedom to be reduced. Now, entire cities and even states have banned smoking, not only in public places but even in privately owned restaurants.

Tyranny comes when citizens are seduced into trading freedom for the promise of safety and security.

Considerably more intellectual energy is being pumped into the propaganda campaign against Christianity than was ever delivered to the anti-smoking or anti-drunk-driving campaigns. Fervent zealots of secularism are flinging themselves into this anti-Christian war with enormous fanaticism.

If they succeed, Christianity will be driven underground, and its benign influence on the character of America will be lost. In its place we shall see a sinister secularism that menaces Bible believers of all faiths. Once the voice of the Bible has been silenced, the war on Western Civilization can begin and we shall see a long night of barbarism descend on the West.

Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the West is doomed.

Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in.

Many of us Jews are ready to stand with you. But you must lead. You must replace your timidity with nerve and your diffidence with daring and determination. You are under attack. Now is the time to resist it.  Defense will be far harder down the road if we ignore the danger signals now.

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128 comments

Kevin Cullis says:

AMEN and AMEN!!! As a Christian writer myself, I see what you see, and I WILL stand shoulder to shoulder with you in defending doing good, both with my words and my actions. I quote you in my writings because we’re on the same path.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Kevin–
And I hope your writings gain wide reach,
Cordially
RDL

Alan Lewis says:

Hello Rabbi Daniel Lapin, I am not a Christian. The reason that I broke with Christianity several years ago, is that several ideological Christians stated that my father was burning in the fires of hell. Because of my father’s suicide. My father committed suicide, and I could not accept the damnation of my father’s soul. I believe there is a growing militant Christian movement in this country, who would love to the United States in a soft Christian theocracy. As opposed to the hard theocracy that Islamic militants want to establish. I have read many of the books above and agree with them 100%. I think everyone is being naive. If there are not fanatical Christians who would love to impose their views on everyone. I have personally dealt with these people personally.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Alan–
I am sorry about the experiences you’ve endured but surely you won’t surrender your American citizenship on account of some silly thing that a few Americans might have said. Just because ‘several’ people said hurtful things……is that really a good reason to break with your faith? 2018 might be a good year to reconsider.
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George Schulte says:

Alan,
You may have broken with ‘Christianity’, but the important question is whether you’ve been a ‘true Christian’ in the first place. If that were the case, God would have assured you to stay on the narrow path and will make sure that He finishes off the work that he begun in you at time you became born again. About ‘ideological Christians” stating that your father was burning in the fires of hell because of suicide: He would not be burning in hell because of suicide, but because of rejection of the free gift of salvation provided by Jesus Christ. That may or may not be the case in your father’s situation. We don’t know. Those Christians did not damn your father’s soul at all, they were just stating the facts that whosoever is born of the Spirit and their sins being forgiven will have eternal life. The fate of the rest of humanity is eternal damnation. The scriptures say so. Only God knows the state of your father. But the facts are: Either he was born of the Spirit of God (born again) and his sins forgiven or he was not. Only these two options exist. For you, for me, for your father, for everone.

I am a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus). I was brought up in a Jewish home. My father was from an Orthodox family, while my mother was raised in a secular Jewish home. I searched for the truth about Jesus from a very young age. I knew in my heart that He must have been someone so special – so unique. Imagine – He changed history and even the calendars. Yeshua, (Jesus) was a Jew when He walked this earth.
The Lord allowed me to lead my father to Jesus before he died. He is waiting in heaven for me.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Geri–
We are delighted that your spiritual odyssey has been so blessed and rewarded. Thanks for writing.
Cordially
RDL
(We don’t publish long quotes from the Bible, or any other book on policy–Editor)

Monica Davis says:

Alan,
I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s death. Losing a loved one under these circumstances is very difficult to deal with. I also heard while growing up the teaching that if a person commits suicide that they cannot go to heaven, but after studying the Bible for years I cannot find the scriptures to back that up. We have to base our faith on God’s word, not on the opinion of others. If that’s the case there will be a lot of fat Christians who won’t make it in. Haven’t a lot of them killed themselves by over eating and over indulgence? Does God condemn them? I think not.

Only God knew your father’s heart. Only He knew the pain he was going through. God is a merciful God and not willing that any should perish. God is trying to get people into heaven not trying to keep them out. That’s why He sent Christ to die for our sins. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. I believe that if your dad cried out to Jesus in any way, then he was forgiven. The thief on the cross only said, “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom,” and Jesus told him that today you will be with Me in paradise.

I don’t know if you will read this as I’m just reading this article in April of 2018. You said you gave up on Christianity but God hasn’t given up on you. No matter how far you’ve gotten away from him God still cares for you and understands your pain. Don’t let other people determine your destiny. Get into the Bible and read it for yourself. I’m sure you are very angry but God is not angry at you. He still loves you even if you think you don’t care about him anymore. God’s blessings on your life.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks for responding so compassionately Monica
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Lloyd D'Souza says:

So well said Monica and that’s what we are called to be as Christians. Compassionate and non-judgmental. Easy to say, difficult to put into practice especially when people hurt us. However, Christ in His wisdom showed us a way and that is to forgive, forgive, forgive. Repent whenever we do wrong, seek to do what is right and move in that direction. As I study the Bible, amazing truths are revealed and I am so thankful.

w. craig Harvey says:

Thankyou Rabbi Lapin I was unaware of this treat to the Christian faith at home in America.We must win.The lonely man and woman of faith is the foundation of Western civilization.We all must pray and give more.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Hear! Hear! Craig–
That’s how we see it too.
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RDL

Monika Evers says:

Agree. Powerful article. The message is sobering and true.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Monika
My warning is intended very sincerely and very seriously.
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K ryan says:

Thank you Rabbi for voicing a clear message – This needs to read and heeded by the entire Western world.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks Ryan-
And your help in spreading the message is really needed.
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Jon Thompson says:

I agree with you. What we need is a plan of action. What are the best effective methods to fight this war against Christianity? If you have thoughts on how to counteract the trend, I would appreciate you sharing them. Thank you.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks for writing Jon–
We definitely do have specific actions that we recommend that although perhaps not being an entire battle plan, will put you in touch with like minded people who really care.
Stay in touch with AAJC and make sure you’re on the mailing list http://www.RabbiDanielLapin.com
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gene says:

i wonder why no one can see, there were no mosques opened as shelters during this years hurricanes,
or have you ever heard of islamic meals on wheels i think not. The problem is is the muslim resolve. They have already made up their minds how far they will go in defence of islam. Seems like we need a dose of that resolve stuff, fact is i am gonna test yours by suggesting tar and feathers for openers, lets see if you print it………….

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Hello Gene-
Didn’t quite understand the final line of your comment.
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Ishmael says:

Wow. Thank you Rabbi for this amazing and elaborate warning. I love your work and I believe there is hope. I will dissipate your letter to various sites so many can see. I will keep arming myself with knowledge of how the world – REALLY – works even as my friend and I prepare and join you in the fight. We support you and AAJC. Thanks again. You are my rabbi.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you dear Ishmael-
We so appreciate your friendship and support.
A good 2018 to you
Cordially
RDL

Kathy Gould says:

Thank You for this wake up call Rabbi Lapin. I knew this was happening but I needed this alert.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Kathy–
It is definitely intended as a wake-up-call. I think time is running out
Cordially
RDL

Steven D Gossum says:

The priesthood within JESUS’S restored church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints, will be who preserves and secures the Constitution of the United States of America.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Steven–
We have so many wonderful friends in the LDS church and know that we all stand united for the values that will restore America even though we all come to them via our own beliefs
Cordially
RDL

Chris K. says:

Thank you for another extremely well-written, succinct, and terrifyingly-accurate portrayal of the current state of affairs in the United States (and the world). I fear the spiritual blindness sweeping our Country–even extending into churches–is preventing people from seeing the clear logic expressed in this piece. Still, as Christians we are called to continue to “fight the good fight” until the end, and not to lose heart. I, for one, am thankful to have advocates such as Rabbi Daniel Lapin on the side of common sense!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Chris–
Your words greatly encourage us. (and I hope to work on the foreword to your book this weekend!!)
A great 2018 to you
Cordially
RDL

TM says:

This. Absolutely, this. Thank you and Amein.

Russel says:

Thanks for the article.
You are correct. This battle goes way back to the very beginning…
One of the first attacks against Christianity was Constantine… Most followed and still do…
Sheep and Goats, we have huge trouble coming so brace yourself.
Shalom.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Russel-
Thanks for your comment. We like to think that as free humans we have other options than merely bracing ourselves. We believe that action taken now will prevent far great challenges down the road. That is why the American Alliance of Jews and Christians exists.
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Mark says:

With respect, Constantine was actually the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity and give it the status of a state sponsored religion. The persecution of Christians happened, on and off, under various emperors, for the approximately 300 years before Constantine.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

I’ll leave it to you and Russel, Mark,
I don’t have a horse in this race!
Have a wonderful 2018
Cordially
RDL

Yvonne says:

Yes but Constantine knew he could save his empire through this Christian God. He took the name of Christ and eliminated all and anything resembling Jews or Jewishness. Christ was a devout Jew. Constantine made his own religion and was a faithful follower of Mirtha, the sun god, till the end. Have you heard of politicians who say Vote for me I’m a born again Christian and then when out of office no more sign of anything Christian. Constantine was a politician.

Jan says:

And in doing so Constantine ruled anything that even had a hint of Hebrew outlawed on pain of death. While he appeared to champion Christianity he was a sun worshipper to the his end. With respect I would suggest the churches and synagogues get out of 501(c)3 as the government under that can restrict what Pastors & Rabbis say before their congregations or loose the perks of the 501(c)3. It appears from the deafening silence of churches & synagogues over the last 50+ yrs since it was instituted as neither stand against the evils of these days. President Trump I read recently plans I think to reverse 501 for he knows the damage done. Churches have put the ‘love of money’ above YHWH’s truth. Muzzled congregational leaders have brought us to this day. Shalom, Jan

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Shalom Jan–
In my view, there is rarely only one explanation for any phenomenon. I myself know countless churches and pastors who effectively fight that restriction you reference and it might well be withdrawn soon.
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Shannah says:

Indeed…it’s past time to stand our ground Rabbi. Thank you for saying out loud what the soft quiet voice within us has been saying for some time now.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Shannah–
Thanks for your lovely comment.
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peter says:

we are warned about people who call themselves rabbi, Christ said, “call no man rabbi or master or father”. Christ also said, I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. It is not the muslims or anyone else we should be worried about, only those whom Christ warned us about repeatedly and i wonder who those are rabbi

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Peter–
Your question unfortunately lies outside my areas of expertise.
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Norman Bailey says:

The people of the covenant must stand together or they will perish separately. As the Islamic fanatics say “First we will take care of the Saturday people and then we will take care of the Sunday people”. But frankly, the tepid Christian response to the wholesale slaughter of the Christians of the Middle East even on the part of the Pope is disheartening.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Norman–
Disheartening indeed!
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Tom bozikis says:

Dear Rabbi Lapin,

About nine years ago, I committed to read scripture from cover to cover each year, and in that first year, I discovered the Lord speaking to me regarding the pitfalls into which America was stumbling. It appears that America was following in the footsteps of Israel and Judah before the exiles of the Northern Kingdom and later the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

He also showed me that the post-modern church, if it can be called a church, but has embraced the ways of the culture and believes that all religions lead to God.

I believe that we Christians have a common heritage with the children of Israel, and I’m concerned that, if we don’t recognize where we are in history, we will suffer similar destruction.

In Matthew’s Gospel, there is the parable of the 10 virgins, of whom five were wise and five foolish. Could it be that we’re seeing this played out before our eyes? Thank you so much for sounding the alarm. In what I write, I feel a bit like Isaiah, when the Lord said that he should lift up his voice like a trumpet, cry aloud! Spare not! Show my people their sin.

Finally, I feel as though “conservative” Christians are falling back asleep because the election went the way they wanted, and putting their trust in man rather than in the Lord.

Sincerely,
Tom

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Tom–
Only two nations in history crossed an ocean in search of religious freedom. The same two nations are unique also in having fought a bloody civil war early in their histories, between their north and their south, and both having come out of it stronger than they were before. Those are ancient Israel and America.
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Daryl Olson says:

I don’t get it. Freedom to give others cancer by smoking in the office? DDT was not improperly banned in the United States, (United States could not ban its continued use around the world) its effectiveness quickly dissipates as large populations of mosquitoes are sprayed (only resistant mosquitoes remain, which then reproduce etc.). DDT had devastating consequences to bird and fish populations. Some regulations are needed (I’m sure glad I’m not smelling cigarette smoke at work and in public places). Perhaps the problem is that the rich and powerful have no interest in regulations but like the cigarette industry would be happy to continue giving millions cancer, while they argue that smoking is not harmful to our health. Without some government intervention, we the little people just don’t stand a chance Anyway, I am really trying to understand your position but can’t quite wrap my head around it.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Daryl-
Thanks for writing. We appreciate you trying to understand our position. While this isn’t the right venue for a lengthy analysis of the excesses of the regulatory state or of whether ‘second-hand-smoke’ is really dangerous or was merely a pretext for greater government, we do not see society as a battleground between blacks and whites, men and women, or ‘rich’ and ‘poor’. We see it as a battleground between those who view Judeo-Christian Bible-based values as vital for our nation’s survival and those who see them as obstructions to progress. There are many credible views about the dangers caused by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the subsequent founding of the EPA and the banning of DDT, such as those of Dr.Paul A. Offit, a respected pediatrics expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Pandora’s Lab. But the real issue is the overriding vision of human social organization–independent self reliant free citizens governed by themselves or a dependent population becoming increasingly reliant on a remote and somewhat hostile governing class with whom they have made the devil’s pact of you give us security, protect us from all ills and we’ll surrender our freedom. You may disagree with our position Daryl, but this should help you wrap your head around it.
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Rabbi,
I tried to keep an open mind reading your latest message. You began losing me when you introduced the methods used by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and segueing into the national effort to curb smoking – strongly suggesting it was fueled by propaganda tactics. You are equating the opportunity to stop an unhealthy practice with surrendering one’s free will and inalienable rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.
Anyone is still free to purchase tobacco products and smoke in allowable areas. Smoking has not been categorically outlawed by any federal, state, or local laws. The U.S. Department of Agriculture still pays tobacco farmers subsidies to grow their crops (and, in some cases, NOT to grow their crops).
What I cherish about the decades-long national effort to cease smoking as a formidable public health hazard is knowing less of my hard-earned money – of which I pay a portion in various taxes – will not need to go to those suffering from chronic and fatal respiratory diseases. In other words, I don’t smoke; I have the right to not having to be exposed to second-hand smoke where I work and where I choose to have a meal; I encourage others around me to give it up if they do smoke. And, I enjoy the right to see less of my tax dollars go to fix or mitigate a public health problem that is completely preventable.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Armando–
Thanks for your articulate letter. Our point was not so much whether various PR campaigns have been propagandistic, but rather that such campaigns regardless of their motivation, can indeed serve to bring about legislation and regulation, not always benign. Rather than discussing the rights and wrongs of your taxes going to pay for anyone else’s diseases in the first place, perhaps I’ll just refer you to the response we gave Daryl above.
Cordially
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Mark says:

Sorry, but the crusade, or jihad, against smoking has absolutely used propaganda techniques, and there are leading figures in what I call the “antismoking industry” who have freely admitted to it at their meetings, using a means justifying the ends argument.

No, not “anyone” IS allowed to purchase tobacco and smoke it in “allowable” areas. (WHAT “allowable” areas?!) Where I live, who can sell tobacco is very restricted, as is who can buy it. It is taxed so heavily that you can now buy a .750l bottle of whisky for less than a pack of cigarettes, and there are almost no areas left where you can smoke it. Smoking is banned in bars and restaurants, in all public buildings and workplaces, anywhere near a door or window, at ballparks (even though it is outside), in PUBLIC PARKS, and at all city run beaches. Also, most apartment buildings don’t allow it. I’ve said for years that you can sell tobacco, you can possess tobacco, but there’s almost nowhere you can smoke the stuff! Eventually, I predict, it will be restricted to a barge a mile offshore. And in the very end, it will be completely criminalized and smokers will be put in prison. That’s where we are headed. But of course cannabis and its sale and use will be totally legalized everywhere.

The dangers of second hand smoke are a bad joke, and many researchers know it, have even written about it. Most of the antismoking efforts have been nothing short of a form of hysteria. Some forms of smoking itself, especially cigarettes, carry a risk, it’s true, but so do many other legal, acceptable forms of behavior. And as for people nearby to someone smoking, the risk is not even worth trying to calculate.

I can understand your wanting to go to a restaurant where smoking is not allowed. That’s fine, I understand. But what is wrong with the market solving that problem? If smoking is that unpopular, many restaurant owners would ban it without the heavy boot of government barging in. But then there might be another owner down the street, who, seeing an opportunity, would allow smoking to attract MY business. It’s unfortunate that you want to impose your preferences on everyone. I don’t! As it is, since smoking prohibition came in, I no longer go to restaurants and bars and cafes, except for the rare occasion I can’t get out of. The owners no longer get my money. And I don’t want you dictating how I live and what legal products I choose to use.

Finally, the Department of Agriculture does NOT any longer pay tobacco subsidies to farmers. That practice was ended years ago, during the Obama administration, I believe, when tobacco regulations were moved from the Agriculture Department to the FDA.

Finally, fair disclosure, no, I do not smoke cigarettes, but I used to. Now I smoke only a pipe occasionally.

Thank you, Rabbi Lapin, for this article. I know that what I’ve written above is off your own topic, but I felt the previous comment had to be answered.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks Mark-
Quite right.
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Paula Ramm says:

I stand with you Mark! Thank you Rabbi Lapin for your comment: “Tyranny comes when citizens are seduced into trading freedom for the promise of safety and security.” Yes it is indeed propaganda which has achieved it’s goal of convincing members of the public to condemn, denigrate, discriminate and alienate cigarette smokers. We have now lost our freedom to smoke in social situations and public places and are treated like vermin, lepers and criminals.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Well said, Paula,
And just how easily large portions of the population are bamboozled and misled is terrifying. But as long as there is a small remnant, we shall see the dawn.
Cordially
RDL

I received this post in my email in-box on the tenth of Tevet. As I have meditated on the siege begun by Nebuchadnezzer on this date so long ago, I have found myself wondering about the faithful in Jerusalem at that time. Surely there were some faithful people. Did they escape Jerusalem before the siege? Did they choose to suffer with their brothers who would not see the problem or hear the prophets? That then leads to the question “What do I do as one woman in the 21st Century. How do I heed the warnings?” Yours is not the only warning or even the first warning. Somehow I find myself coming back to two words “teach and truth”. I can’t make anyone learn and I can’t make anyone change. I can, however, teach truth. I can plant seeds. The rest is up to Hashem. So, I am looking for and trying to take advantage of opportunities to plant seeds.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Gerry–
It is indeed the tenth day of Tevet, a serious fast day in the Hebrew calendar. In fact, one of the few that even if it falls on Friday, it doesn’t get postponed in honor of the Shabbat. Yes, there were the faithful and a few left as you surmise but the majority fell with the city. Not by choice but by the sad rule by which the world REALLY works, which is that when bad things overtake, they overwhelm everyone. Which is why evil doers are really drilling holes in the bottom of the boat that will sink the boat and drown everyone. They sometimes claim, “My behavior is none of your business” They’re wrong. It is very much everyone’s business because the consequences impact everyone.
What one woman can do is make common cause with like minded people. That is why we have the American Alliance of Jews and Christians (http://www.aajc.org ) Groups can do so much more than individuals.
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Thank you, Rabbi Lapin, for the clear portrayal of our present secular world and its anti-Christian (and anti-Jewish) stance! As an 86-year old pastor I have seen the spiritual decline of our Canadian/American culture, which was in my youth strongly respectful of our Christian pastors and churches and social efforts. But over the years there has come in the independence of women leading to more divorces, the youth into more sexual promiscuity, the abortion of babies by the millions with hardly a thought of remorse, couples living together without marriage, a huge number of single mothers with its accompanying increase in poverty and problems for kids, the mocking of religion and Christian leaders instead of respect, the “gay” movement of a small minority–needing sympathy and compassion–but not a world change in society and the sexual program for schools that they are pushing furiously, and a socialistic society that–very wrongly–thinks that all societies and thinking are to be equally respected, means disaster! Years ago we declared war on Fascism, then on Hitler’s Nazism, then on Communism, but now we have Islam–that is probably worse than any of these, since it is a medieval “retrograde” social system, (as Winston Churchill so clearly portrayed it years ago), with nothing of merit in it, degrading women, but disguised as a “religion” so everyone fears to speak the truth about it, and don’t realise we are seriously into WW3, but want to coddle it instead of warring against it as we did against all the other of the past century, and naming it for what it is! You speak the truth–pastors, church groups and Christians in general need to wake up, and stand with your Jewish community to defy the ungodly, socialist, self-seeking trends! The Jewish people recognise the dangers, where westerners in general do not! Thank you for speaking the truth, and warning the people! Thank you for blowing the shofar, and calling us to the ramparts to face the dangers!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Rev. MacLeod–
You honor me greatly by taking the time to respond so thoughtfully and comprehensively to my warning. I can add nothing to your concise summary of the problem.
I have only one argument with you, Sir. Why on earth are you retired?
With respect,
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Isabel says:

Dear Rabbi,
In agreement with you 1000%.
Thank you for sounding the alarm.
Sincerely,
Isabel
BK, NY

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Isabel–
Connect with others who also agree 1000% and start taking action as a group.
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Allen Hern, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada says:

Thank you Rabbi Lapin,
I have forwarded your message to others, some of whom are Christian leaders. Your warning reflects and fleshes out what we all know has been happening. A recent evidence is the educational curriculum for British Columbia which has become law in our province in which all schools are to teach SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to all children from Kindergarten onward. Children are not just created as “boys and girls”. Now they have to discover if they belong to any one of a number of Genders.
In Alberta, Canada, a Christian couple who had been approved to adopt a child had that approval withdrawn because they could not give the answer unreservedly in line with the sexual orientation agenda.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks Allen–
I can’t begin to tell you how it breaks our hearts to see British Columbia also go the way of such foolishness. We have always seen the best of BC, the place we have chosen to spend our summer vacations for several decades already. (We’ve also boated the Shuswap Lakes area, not too far from you in Kamloops)
I wonder if there are still enough people in BC who are willing to stand for reality and truth?
I hope so.
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Stephanie Stahl says:

Sobering warning. I have also seen similar warnings recently. As another reader commented, I have also committed to reading scripture (Genesis to Maps). I’m a little slower and only finishing my second read-through. The similarities between the US and ancient Israel+Judah are undeniable—sometimes eerily similar.

Years ago, I read Silent Spring cover-to-cover. I thought it would be “good for me” and couldn’t see the mistakes, although the author’s agenda was clear.

As such, I try to not be too harsh when others don’t see through “steering” propaganda. (“I know what’s best for you, so let me steer you in the right direction.”). A cursory read of the comments here tells me the path we are traveling. Belief remains that the 2005 SG Report concludes, “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke.” That statement was not in the report. The then-SG said it in the press release for the report. The people who claim to know expert opinions do not know the difference between science and a press release. I guarantee they don’t know that the term “passiv rauchen” was coined by Fritz Lickint, who was a NAZI. Whether or not anyone argues about the propaganda, pseudoscience is used to fuel public opinion and corrupt both science and law.

My apologies for the length of my reply. However, I would like to end with a real quote from the 2005 SG Report (page 20).

“However, we did not use quantitative meta-analysis to determine causal inferences.”

To translate, “We used statistics without numbers to assign blame.” It gets worse after that, but at least Jonathan Sammet admitted that he lied when he wrote it for SG Richard Carmona. I don’t think anyone cares at this point. Both apathy and angry conviction are deadly.

I pray that the Lord will wash this nation clean. I pray we will find the strength and wisdom to do what He calls us to do. Christians and Jews will lock arms—of that I am sure. The greatest danger facing Christians is other self-proclaiming Christians; I cite the book “Blood on the Altar” here.

Have a blessed day.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Gosh, Stephanie, your research on the smoke issue is impressive!
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bob aronson says:

Do we currently/already live in a post-Christian world?

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

I don’t see it as a yes/no issue, Bob,
Here I would say mostly not however in much of Europe, mostly yes
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Andrew Moubray says:

Sir, I thank you for your concern. However, believing the Bible, which in our case includes the book of Revelation, does not lead me to believe that this will improve short of the return of the Messiah to reign. A handful of believers watches for signs of His coming. They have seen many in recent times. Most people just shrug it off and assume that tomorrow will be the same as today, much like the British you mentioned. One day, it will not.

The time of Jacob’s troubles is quickly approaching. The stage is being set for a war/wars that will likely fulfill the ones prophesied in Psalm 83 & Ezekiel 38. Also, how is the destruction of Damascus coming along? Is the Lord filling the cup of poison for various countries, who have burdened themselves with Jerusalem, as we speak? Prophecy is pattern, no?

If we are correct, our time here is short. Your people have some hard days ahead, which no one will help you with. God is waiting for you to rely solely on Him. He will use us to provoke your jelousy. I don’t know the day or the hour, but the season is upon us.

Go home. Take your family home. The home God gave you. Israel. The darkness will only get blacker here.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Andrew-
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Carl from SC says:

Been watching and battling this for >40 years. An MD I knew back in the 60’s got me started in learning and how to spot it…….
Hopefully more ‘Spartan Christians and Jews’ start growing together and STAND…..
Thx MY RABBI

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks Carl from SC–
We’ve known one another for quite a while haven’t we.
Have a great 2018
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Susan Browne says:

Dear Rabbi,

These are the greatest times in the history of the world, but I believe America was lost long ago. Except for ancient Israel, never has a nation been so blessed by the guiding protection of God. Little by little from 1948 on, this Christian nation has allowed itself to be eroded by the forces of darkness. Only our support of Israel has keep in God’s good grace. Genesis 12.

The election of Donald Trump was the last reprieve we will receive. He will gain us economic ground to mitigate the terrible years ahead of us … but there is no fourth chance. As the Prophet Amos said to the Northern Tribes: Three strikes and we are out.

From 1967 on, the USA has grown darker and Israel has shined brighter. Could it be that this is the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecy that says, “And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24. Jerusalem was returned to the Jewish people officially in 1967. Have the times of the influence of Christian Gentiles been fulfilled? Has the leadership of the nations returned to Israel?

You worry about the persecution of Christians. As a Christian, I worry about our apathy. The persecution of the Jews made you a resourceful, strong, committed, admirable people,

Also, the Christian Bible tells us to: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy,  for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” James 1: 2 – 6.

The Christian Bible tells us we are knocking at the door of End Times. Revelation gives the end of the Church age in Chapter 3, from then on it is all God’s dealing with the corrupt world system and His protection of Israel. Ending with the Hallelujah Chorus for both Christians and Jews at the coming (return?) of the Messiah as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

These are the days which all the great Rabbi’s and Apostles have longed for … we are about to enter into the world we have all been praying for … do not trouble yourself Rabbi, this is a test for the Christians. Pray that we will recommend ourselves even half as magnificently as you and your people have for the last 2000 years. Blessings and Shalom.

I also see what you are presenting here. As a teacher in the public school system, I can testify to the anti-Christian, anti-American propaganda that has been slowly infiltrating the curriculum in our schools. I am also a freelance writer who has been published in Crisis Magazine and The Federalist. I fight with you.

Amen to all you say and God’s Bleesings on your battle. We fight the Good fight for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Dana-
Great to hear from you. The late great Michael Novak recruited me to write for Crisis during the 90s and I had about 30 published columns in that fine journal. What you are witnessing in GICs (Government Indoctrination Camps formerly known as Public Schools) is not coincidental. It is a planned and coordinated campaign to win the future by conquering the hearts of the young and impressionable. And their poor parents think that their kids are actually being given an education. They are NOT getting the 3 R’s of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic but they are getting the 3 S’s of secularism, socialism, and sexualism.
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tony corker says:

Much of the problem in the UK is down to the leaders of 90% of the Christian church leaders claiming their secular views are authentic.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Oh my, Tony,
Don’t start me on the men who have served the distinguished post of Archbishop of Canterbury. Tillotson and Tenison are turning in their graves beholding Williams and Welby. But during my visit to the UK recently, I spoke at over 20 churches each of which was a beacon of light and hope with authentic Biblical commitment.
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Trudi Prigge says:

Dear Rabbi Lapin, The Word of God teaches that a remnant will be saved. I believe we are in that time now. The great falling away is happening and is centered around ignoring a big piece of scripture namely the Torah, the very God inspired instructions christians are supposed to live by. They ignore the fact that Yeshua kept the Sabbath, feasts, ate kosher, etc. The christian church is dying, they have a form of godliness but without power. To try to awaken them without addressing the Torah issue will in my view not avail to much. With obeying Torah comes persecution, repentance, breaks up of families, isolation – the cost is high. But it is necessary to be practiced in righteousness so we can do what you through your writings call us to do. Sincerely, Trudi

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Trudi-
Renewed spiritual surgings of strength can only come from the authenticity you correctly endorse and only that way will the seething forces of secular socialism be defeated.
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Bulelwa Maki says:

How enlightening thank you Rabbi for sharing this revelation, would you please consider opening a branch of your organisation in South Africa.?

Faithful servant says:

America’s fate rests in the hands of 9 black robes. They will very likely take away our first amendment rights in June with a ruling against masterpiece bakery. This will open the floodgates for the persecution of Christians.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Let’s pray your prediction does not come to pass,
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Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Bulelwa
I would truly love to do just that. I was born in the Guateng district of South Africa and retain very special and warm memories of very special and warm people.
Thanks for writing
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john killen says:

Rabbi; is not the basis of Judaism the Talmud? IF so then, how can u support Christianity?

Thank You
John

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear John-
If I enjoy steak and fries, how can I drive a Chrysler vehicle? If Newtonian physics is the basis of mechanics, how can I support the Red Cross? I am afraid I just don’t understand the connection you’re trying to make. I study the Talmud and I support my Christian friends who are fighting the good fight to the best of my ability. No contradiction at all.
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Willaim Chandler says:

ANTI: a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite of,” “opposing,” “antiparticle of,” antibody; antifreeze; antiknock, antidemocratic …….. ANTICHRIST).
What is more ANTI-Christ than:
(1) to crucify Him …. Under Roman Law the Jews could not impose a death sentence so TWICE they dragged Christ before Pilate demanding His crucifixion until Pilate grudgingly “Washed his hands” . Jesus was crucified by the Romans AT THE INSISTANCE of the Temple Priests who threatened “NO Crucifixion, NO Peace” Sound familiar?
Jesus was a HEREM (excommunicated) Jew … the Priests could not push for a death sentence on a “Jew in good standing”.
JUDAS ISCARIOT was a Jew ….. in good standing with the Tribe.
(2) Immediately send many agents of the Priests (SAULof Tarsus was ONE) to kill His followers.
(3) Inspire such fear of being murdered by the Priests that the first Christian church was hidden in a cave
(4) Instigate pogroms against His followers throughout the Roman world,
(5) spit evertime you see a cross for 2,000 years,
(6) under the cloak of Communist Bolseviks they HOLOCAUST 66MILLION Christians Here is a breakdown http://www.rense.com/general85/holodo.htm and a listing of the Jew Bolsheviks http://www.heretical.com/miscellx/bolshies.html
TODAY ISIS(rael) is behind the genocidal invasion of Christian Europe.
(7) Today they use “front groups” like the ACLU, ADL, SPLC, to attack Nativitys and any other symbol of Christ they can.
The essence of Judaism is vengeance, the essence of Christianity is forgiveness. They are Polar OPPOSITES.
Jews ARE the ANTI-Christ
‘Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Messiah.He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” 1John2:22.
“christian.zionism” is a mental illness. You cannot worship a Peace god and a War god at the same time.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

This comment speaks for itself. Jews have always appreciated Christian efforts to help defeat this kind of hostile disinformation which is why now, when Christianity is under more serious attack than this kind of thing, it behooves Jews to join in the struggle to defeat anti-Christian bigotry.

Robert says:

Thank you Rabbi for writing on this topic. Being a huge WW2 buff as well as a Christian myself, I can’t help but see what is taking place. I know what will follow if people don’t wake up. In the last year alone I have had 3 clients who were young teenagers in Germany when Hitler rose to power. them and their families were lucky to get out and migrate to the U.S. All 3 told me the same exact thing; what they see happening in the U.S is exactly what they witnessed in Germany which allowed the Nazi party to rise to power. We all know how that ended. No doubt in my mind a Christian as well as another Jewish persecution is coming.
God Bless You Rabbi Lapin

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Perhaps not ‘exactly’ Robert-
but an analogy doesn’t have to be exact to be useful.
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Gio says:

Dear Rabbi Lapin:

I thought your article was very well thought out and true! Thank you! I too see how trying to live out your life by following Jesus is becoming harder and harder in America for the reasons you state and more. May Jesus have mercy on all of us to be faithful to Him.

I believe we are close to what Jesus told his apostles in Matthew Chapter 24:
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

May Jesus finish the good work He has started in His people!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Gio-
Let’s pray that we are already watching the start of the turn-around
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Steve Reed says:

Dear Rabbi Lapine, you are a modern son of Issachar, a man who understands the times, with knowledge of what his nation should do. Your thorough analysis and comparison of past propaganda strategies used by those who wish to supplant and overthrow governments is a clear warning to Americans of the danger facing our nation. I just pray it’s not too late, and that the ears and eyes of our people are not deaf and blind to the truth. Thank you sir.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

You’re welcome Steve
And thank you for your encouraging words. Not everyone is familiar with your important quote about Issachar which I appreciate.
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Free at Last says:

Thank you for your recognition and support, but Christians are in a unique position because our loyalty is to our Messiah and nothing else. The biggest problem is not Christians, but instead, the percentage of non-believers that have been increasing in numbers over time due to the propaganda that you referenced. Real Christians are working ever so harder during these dark times, but the devil uses man’s sin against us and has gained a foothold as foretold in Revelations.

Yeshua Immanuel has invited us gentiles, along with the Jews, a way for salvation from dying the second death. The time is near, Rabbi Lapin, all of us who believe in Our Father in Heaven must unite under His Son, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. What is coming must be fulfilled.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Though it is never okay for Bible-believers to passively await events in docile acceptance when something can be done to improve the future
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Louis A. Romo says:

THANK YOU RABBI LAPIN FOR A TIMELY ARTICLE.
I feel Christianity has been thoroughly infiltrated and deceived by the Marxist pope and leading billions to join in a one world religion, of course headed by him….

Sadly, I feel American Conservative and reform Jewish organizations are in same boat as Catholics and most other “christian” denominations. Unless our American Jewish brothers return to the Bible and teachings of Moses they are DOOMED TO PERISH…sadly most are “leftists” which says it all.

Following is a message I sent to all two dozen relatives warning them of fall of Christianity – -I think the message all applies to my Jewish brothers and sisters as we are just moments away from Jacob’s trouble

(Louis’ good message to his relatives removed–Ed)

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Louis–
Many of your points are one’s we agree with. Your message was a bit too long so our editor didn’t publish it.
Best wishes,
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With wisdom being measured and truth established by the consensus of humanistic voices in such important oracles as Wikipedia and perhaps even in SEO dominance, it really seems like Christianity and Judaism are both being drown in a sea of revisionist history. 10 years ago, if you googled a topic like “Battle of the Ditch”, the prevailing answers were totally different than they are now. History is being changed to portray Mohammed as a brilliant, kind benevolent protector and educator. It all supports the narrative of Islam as a religion of peace.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Charlie–
There is a vast canyon cutting through our culture today and though there are several ways of determining who is on either side, one reliable lens is whether Islam is viewed as a ‘religion of peace’.
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Monse Gardea says:

Praise GOD. We Christians stand with Israel and against these evil liberals. I do as an American infantryman in the army

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you for your service Monse
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Jason says:

Thank you for support Rabbi. I’m glad to see that we have the suppprt of our Jewish brethren. I’m very interested in hearing your organization’s plan of action. However I’m not so sure that church is ready or willing to listen. I myself am a minister. And have seen things in the American church that are detestable. There is a cancer that runs deep in the “body of Christ”. The church has been lulled to sleep and all but conquered by greed and apathy. Most have been brain washed by sins and the doctrines of devil’s. They openly embrace the world and love the very things our Father in heaven despises and calls abomonations. I whole heartedly agree with you that we need to stand our ground and push back. We need bold men and women of God that are not afraid to stand as well as a sound strategy to fight back against this evil. But more than these things we need go before our Lord in prayer and fasting and ask Him to move on our behalf. To accomplish what we seek we need our Father to move on our behalf and for the children of God to stop being apathetic and do what we were commanded to.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Jason-
I’m not sure that I am convinced that there is such a thing as “the Church” any more than there is such a thing as “the Jewish community.” I am sure there are individual churches and pastors that are asleep or lethargic but I know from my own eyes and my own experiences that there are many, many churches and leaders that I am proud of and with whom I am privileged to stand shoulder-to-shoulder.
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Thank you for conveying such a vital message to all who worship the only God of all creation. If we love him, we will obey him. We do so because he first loved us; and as it is written, he created us for his glory. What a humbling honor to be called his servants. May God richly bless your ministry.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Michael
He has blessed our ministry and He surely continues to do so.
I hope you are able to do so too.
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Lisa says:

I totally agree. Even a “family movie” called Captain Fantastic had a child making fun of someone, and her sister said “We don’t make fun of people” and the child said “except Christians,” and it was meant to be cute and funny. To me it was only disturbing.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Right, Lisa–
Had they put in the word “Moslems” instead of Christians they would have exhibited a modicum of bravery. People wouldn’t have laughed. It is truly ‘open season’ on Christians and that is why the American Alliance of Jews and Christians must protest loudly.
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Rumplestiltskin says:

Interestingly enough, three of the worst religions on earth came from the middle east, with each one vying to dominate the beliefs of humanity. Each of these uses the very same techniques as did Goebbels in trying to convince a populace that what they think and what they say are sacrosanct and should be listened to. That type of self righteousness always, and I mean always creates distrust and antagonistic attitudes, instead of allowing the bloom of Altruism at a very basic level were we humans actually care about each other.

It is no wonder that Churches and religion are losing millions every year. Religion is no longer relevant in this war, because it is evident that religions are just a culpable as was the Catholic Pop and his cadre of officers who help hide German money and personnel during WW-II.

Humans are human after all and no amount of piety will change that, so stop acting so pious, because obviously the Jews, Muslims and Christians are not, as they are still fighting like children over whose God is more genuine !!! Stop reading your idiotic religious books and wake up to the reality we live in !

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

This person’s comment speaks for itself. Eloquent testimony to what we’re up against.

blake harper says:

Standing with Israel and Jews is entirely proper and scripturally congruent. For those Christians (us)who do not, they do not understand the foundations of their(our) faith. Thank you for your wisdom and insight with respect to the matter of Christians’ complacency.

No other nation has been so responsible for the greatest uplifting of mankind’s lot….and why is that? Simple….the shared values of Christians and Jews we so often forget….Judeo-Christian Ethics. As Israel goes, so goes the world….this is very clear in Scripture and evident in this time and place. We American Christians have forgotten these simple truths.

Rabbi, I lift you up for your clarity and wisdom. At the same time, I pray that my American brothers and sisters will open their ears, eyes, hearts, and minds to the growing reality……before great and corrective suffering is brought upon us!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Blake-
Please do help us with our work here at the American Alliance of Jews and Christians.
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Thank you for the warning. It is not the first warning that I have heard. The shofar cry IS being sounded in the land. And the people ARE starting to wake up. We must continue to sound the shofar as long as we are able to. I believe the assembly of HaShem / the Body of the Messiah (Jewish & Christian) has been a sleeping giant. Well, that giant is arousing, waking up. And when fully awake will do mighty things through HaShem. Many take a fatalist view of the future. I don’t. I see it for what it is, and what it will be when the giant wakes up. Not what it could be, but what it will be. I Hebrew 11:1 it says, “Now faith is the essence of things being hoped, the evidence of things not having been seen.” I live by that.

I am reminded of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2, describing the four empires that would exist (starting with the Babylonian Empire) until Messiah came. Messiah is that stone. His kingdom is being established. Remember what is said of that stone. “And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. AND THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE. It shall break in pieces and destroy all these kingdoms, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER.”
(Daniel 2:44) I believe that. According to Scripture there is no post-Christian era.

Keep sounding the shofar, wake the giant up.
Shalom, Mark

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Mark–
If the Europeans can spend over a decade trying in vain to draft the EU constitution and after one thousand pages they still haven’t used the word God or Bible once, considering how relevant they both were in the last 1,000 years of European history, they are in their post-Christian period. That doesn’t mean Christianity is dead there. With my own eyes I have seen that this is not true. But the influence of Christianity in European politics and culture is at its lowest of all time.
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DAvid says:

It’s a Judea Christian society for a reason, if nothing than only a live and let live logic. Today onward Christian soldiers is a more appropriate verse than turn the other cheek. Action is required, faith hope and charity, only charity has action and that is why its praised. Pick a cause, in your home town, and fight. The school system is a great place to start because 3 or 4 more years may be too late. These guys like to get in at the committee level, turn everything into a committee, control, those functions and take over institutions. God’s speed all DAvid

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks for those encouraging words, David,
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Judy Rempe says:

I don’t see the United States in scripture. However, I do see Israel. And I’ve read the end of the Book, and the JEWS WIN! With the GREAT help from their MAKER. I see Christians, grafted into Israel, as coming along on a Jew’s coat tails. There are many Christians, now, discussing the issue of do-nothing Christians. Faithful to the core, but no ‘works’ along with their faith. It’s scary.
In our high school, the students are not held responsible for their bad behavior, even to the point of using drugs in the class room. Yes, it’s that bad. The picture is very bad. I hope Messiah shows up real soon.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

You and me both, Judy
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Bruce says:

I’ve seen this coming for a long time. Like so many societies in the past we’re abandoning God and plunging headlong into darkness. As it’s been said, “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” I pray that enough people will wake up in time to keep us from tyranny. For my part I teach against evolutionism and its attendant evils. Thank you for continuing to sound the alarm.

TM says:

This post has taken up permanent residence in my mind and heart. Thank you, dear Rabbi, for posting this. I echo the prayers and posts of many others here, so I will not repeat them except to say may we cling to HaShem more closely in these days and find ourselves emboldened to move forth as a result. The congregation we attend (El Shaddai in WA state (hi neighbor!)) has been speaking of this for quite some time and it seems that the time is now, no longer in the future as it were, to stand with conviction and grace, to love with fullness and to find solidarity in echad. Of interest, I am starting to see others echoing this same warning as well.
Thank you again, Rabbi. My husband and I love your posts. Ad me’ah ve’esrim shanah.

TM says:

To quickly add on .. if this is off in any way or if anything I’ve written in the post is disllowed, please, please redirect and educate me. I would much rather have my feet on the ground and not have my head in the clouds. I am eager to learn and most willing to be corrected toward truth. Thank you and bless you.

Susan Lapin says:

TM – You’ll notice that we deleted the links in your post. This isn’t because we disagree with them or they are objectionable. It is simply our policy is to almost always delete links because we don’t have the time to check them out. So, even ones we know like yours get taken out by policy.

TM says:

Thank you for taking the time to reply! I greatly appreciate the information and direction and rest assured that any future posts will comply!

Susan Lapin says:

A pleasure.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thanks so much for writing TM–
We love Mark Biltz (Please give him our warmest wishes)
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RJ Descarte says:

Sorry, not buying your lies there, Rabbi. No Jews stand with any Christians anywhere, EVER. You want us dead, so stop screwing around. It’s an ancient revenge you seek, and like the Terminator, you shall “Never stop until we are dead.” Go back to your evil lying hypocritical life because you make us White people SICK. You are going to lose this time. In fact, your days as a race are numbered if you haven’t been paying attention. It is not us Christians who need to worry ; it is YOU. Yes, the storm is gathering, but it will be against Israel by all the nations of this entire planet. Gather your soul, make peace with the one you crucified. Your time is near an end.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

We were thinking of not publishing this letter on the basis of it not supplying anything useful but we decided to publish because I think this rather peculiar letter speaks for itself.
Cordially
RDL

Lorna says:

Well said Rabbi. The light always shines brighter against the darkness.

Moshe says:

The good, hard-working people at another organization I support agree with Rabbi Lapin’s position on anti-Christianism. Thank you for being so bold.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Thank you Moshe-
appreciate your words.
Cordially
RDL
(On policy we do not publish websites or URLs as we don’t have the resources for checking them all out–Editor)

Lorna says:

Thank you and bless you for your clarion article, Rabbi Lapin. I am a gentile follower of Yeshua Hamashiach. I believe the nations & churches, in general, have long turned from God. Your article details the evidence of such a turning. But I subscribe to the belief that things are not falling apart, they are falling into place. It appears we are now living in the times of a remnant church, spoken about in Revelation. By remnant church, I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural or social opposition. We have become the vilified in society. In the past, the remnant church used to be merely unpopular but has now gotten to the point where we are hated. People have turned from God and we’ve chosen to be a Godless nation. That means we are closer to His return. God bless you Rabbi!

2 Chronicles 7:14 “then IF my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and will pray and will seek my face and will turn from their evil ways, then I myself shall hear from the heavens and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

Elijah says:

The article is on point. The anti-religious left has an end goal: that being state mandated atheism, eradication of all public religious life and persecution of those who resist their agenda.

It should also be pointed out that militant atheists enjoy attacking the five books of Moses (Torah) in order to smear Christianity. It worries me that this trend might develop into antisemitic attacks which directly target Jewish families and synagogues.

One has to be vigilant and carefully watch how this develops.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Dear Elijah–
Right now Christianity is under equal attack and it is not only in totalitarian countries like China that Christian teachers have been oppressed.
Cordially
RDL

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