The meaning of “convert” is ‘to change direction.’ The Bible uses the term to describe when a sinner repents and turns away from evil ways and turns to God.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You. (NKJV)
When Christianity became the State religion, there was a determination to covert Jews to accept the new religion. Conversion no longer was a decision of a repentant heart, but instead it meant adopting a new religion.
Sadly, from the 4th century onward, many conversions of Jews were forced, either by fear of the ruling power or a desire to enjoy the benefits given to Christians but forbidden to Jews.
Renounce the Lie
“It is as easy to convert Jews as to convert the devil himself” (Martin Luther)
Replace with the truth
Zechariah 12:10; 13:1 NKJV
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” ““In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.”