November 12: Christian anti-Semitism – Definitions

Last week we started a most important series, “Christian anti-Semitism” We suggest this series prays through the sad history which has led to spiritual strongholds over the land and the people of Israel.  We further suggest that we can, in the power and the name of Yeshua, break these strongholds through prayer.

However, before we continue, it’s important to define the terms we will use throughout this series to avoid any misunderstandings. First we need to start with the meaning of “the Church” in modern language and then compare it with its Biblical meaning.

“The Church”

Today many people use the term to “Church” to mean a building or a place of worship or a denominational organization (the Catholic church, the Anglican Church, the Lutheran Church.)  For thousands of years, many people have associated themselves with a particular “church” regardless of their personal faith or lack of faith. 

Sometimes even those in authority do not have a personal, intimate relationship with Yeshua; their position is more political and social rather than spiritual. Thus the 2000+ years of anti-Semitism coming from “the Church” has caused fear, hatred and confusion among the Jewish people.

But what does the Bible say?

Romans 16:1-5

I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. (NKJV)

Paul uses the word “ἐκκλησία” (in English: Ekklesia) to speak of a group of people, not a building or an organization.  We will discuss this word tomorrow. 


Most people think of a building or an organization when they think of “church.”

2 thoughts on “November 12: Christian anti-Semitism – Definitions

    • joanie says:

      Thanks so much for the affirmation. Communication is impossible or at worst, distorted when we make assumptions that we really understand what the speaker is saying. We hear through our personal grid of experience, learning and prejudices. I hope one day you can attend the full seminar. j

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