I hold mixed feelings towards American Evangelical Christianity. My ambivalence ranges from enormous gratitude for the extraordinary testimonies of certain American believers on the one hand, to serious critique of American Protestantism on the other.
When I was a teenager, more than half a century ago, some Evangelical Americans caused me great jealousy of their genuine faith in the Lord Yeshua (Jesus). They truly provoked me to faith in the one and single Redeemer, the Son of God.
However, over the past decades I became increasingly concerned about the effects of American theological indoctrination in Israel. The standardization of American Christian values, and the infiltration of American churchy mentality into Israel are troubling.
It has now become apparent as well to many of our younger Israeli Messianic Yeshua-believers (IMYB) who appreciate the authentic love, encouragement, prayers and material assistance of many American brethren, that the American missionary dominance in Israel is worrying.
Most public statements of faith compiled by Messianic congregations in Israel are more or less copies…