Kirk burns bridges with Jewish community

By its adoption of 'The Inheritance of Abraham' document, the Church of Scotland stands accused of severing relations with Scotland's Jewish community.

Ed preface: The Church of Scotland meeting in General Assembly on formally adopted a document authored by the Kirk's 'Church and Society Council entitled 'The Inheritance of Abraham'.

by Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
23 May 2013

SCoJeCAs the representative body of the Jewish Community in Scotland, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities deeply regrets the Church of Scotland's approval of a report that provides a veneer of theological respectability for what is effectively a call for the destruction of the State of Israel.

It is an unacceptable attack on Judaism, and appears to have been written without any thought as to its impact on Jewish people living throughout Scotland, many of whom have reported to us that the undisputed increase of anti-zionist activity in Scotland adversely affects their lives as Jews in Scotland.

The revisions made to the report before the Assembly did remove some of the polemic, but the revised version is still tendentious, and sadly contributes to a climate in which Jewish people in Scotland tell us they feel uncomfortable, alienated, and unsafe.

The Church of Scotland has deliberately and knowingly burnt the bridges with the Jewish Community in Scotland: the General Assembly was made aware of our concerns, yet voted explicitly to reject a call for continuing dialogue. It will not be easy to rebuild these bridges now that the Church has openly rejected working towards an understanding that will bring our communities together, rather than, as the this report has done, driving us further apart.

Ephraim Borowski, Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities said, "The General Assembly has overwhelmingly rejected a call for dialogue with the Jewish Community. In those circumstances, we regret that we have no alternative but to regard that door as closed. The Kirk has a lot of self-examination to undertake before we can begin to regard that door as open again."

Ed footnote: In spite of the Church of Scotland's actions there are many committed Bible-believers in Scotland who are convinced from the Bible that God has not forsaken His 'eternal and unconditional' promises to the Jewish people through the patriarchs and the prophets.

Taste of Israel smallIn January 2007 a grouping called 'Yachad' was formed which aims to work with Christian organisations and individuals who also hold to the revealed promises of God.
Yachad is planning to hold a 3-day conference in the Cairngorm National Park in November 2013. The conference title and description is 'A Taste of Israel'. Further details can be found here.

Alternatively visit the Yachad website.

Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, 26/05/2013

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Charles cottam (Guest) 27/05/2013 14:21
How very sad. When the Tron broke away they said "tut tut Its so precipitate. " Now it looks to be far sighted and prophetic. "Homosexual marriage", Being anti Jewish; You are either for or against God's word. The C of S has just consigned itself to irrelevance and powerlessness
Ruth Kennedy, The Jacob Plan. (Guest) 29/05/2013 10:51
In light of the recent Church of Scotland’s decision to accept ‘The Inheritance of Abraham Report’ The Church at Stirling wishes to express their continued support for the Jewish communities here in Scotland and across the World and for the Nation of Israel. As a Bible believing Church, the Nation of Israel is important to us because we believe that the Scriptures teach that Israel remains important to God. We believe that if something is important to God that it should also be important to those who say that they believe and follow Him. For the Church at Stirling therefore, we continue to support and do good to the Nation of Israel and her people as an expression of our faith and trust in Him. We would also like to publically state that there are Christians and Churches in Scotland such as The Church at Stirling, who have serious concerns both about the content and the general approach taken in this report, and that we remain completely committed to holding out our hand of friendship and support to the Jewish communities here in Scotland and around the world
Covenanter 1 (Guest) 29/05/2013 12:49
That's encouraging to hear Ruth ! The Lord bless you and all who support Israel.
John Miller 29/05/2013 13:40
All who love The Lord Jesus and cherish the word of God say, Amen.
Covenanter 1 (Guest) 29/05/2013 17:26
Amen! and Amen!
John Sutherland 12/06/2013 22:33
God's blessings upon Israel, the children of Jacob, are unchangeable. Even if we prove untrue, he is always true to himself. His promises are new every morning. His covenants are unbreakable. Those who bless Israel, he blesses. Those who curse Israel, he curses. I fear for Scotland with so many of The Enemy in the courts of the CofS. We must always stand with God and with His people everywhere. And pray and work for the conversion of Israel to her Messiah.

G-d bless Israel! G-d bless Scotland!
John Miller 13/06/2013 09:01
John Sutherland that is the truth and it should form part of biblical teaching in every Christian church.
rosie (Guest) 23/08/2013 04:58
I first understood Rom 9.10.11 when I was a young teenager. Over many years I have kept this message in my heart with an eye on things pertaining to Israel.
Five years ago it finally "clicked" that the One whose life had become mine in baptism all those years ago is JEWISH? No longer my old life, with its traditions etc to maintain, but a brand new culture, His Kingdom's. His will... and His commitment to His people.
I don't need to become a Jew, but I do need to know my Saviour is and to learn more
about what that means.
So Amen to all those decrying the Kirk document. Let us be bold in our support for GOD's LAND, and HIS PEOPLE,ISRAEL
Another question...the Covenanters were Scottish? Where did they stand re Israel?
Editor 23/08/2013 18:05
"I first understood Rom 9.10.11 when I was a young teenager."

Praise God for that Rosie. Many teachers see these three chapters as an unconnected digression (a parenthesis) in the midst of letter which is very useful for Christian doctrine.

In fact chapters 9 - 11 are the central core of what Paul was saying to the church in Rome which - as mixture of Gentile and Jewish believers - was forgetting the place of God's Hebrew people.

Regarding the Covenanters, they were primarily focussed in the 17th century on the issue of 'the Church over and separate from the State', and a mistaken view that a Gentile nation could be 'Covenanted with God' as was OT Israel.

It was more the Puritans in England who rediscovered the prophetic passages relating to the Jews.

However there were - in 19th-century Scotland - some highly regarded and enlighted preachers like Revs. Rober Murray McCheyne and Andrew Bonnar who realised the significance of the Jews and the nation of Israel in God's past, present and future purposes.

You might wish to look at the 'Quotes' section at
David in WALES. (Guest) 19/09/2013 20:18
I am a passionate supporter of ISRAEL Almighty GOD has not forsaken her,and neither should any true christian.Rise up Scotland,and nail your colours to the mast of OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS.WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
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