Israel Rejects Proposed Bill To Outlaw Talk About Jesus
I want to begin this by thanking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At 4:43 p.m. Israel time, he issued the following tweet in Hebrew and English to his 2.2 million followers. “We will not advance any law against the Christian community.”
The statement comes after ALL ISRAEL NEWS broke the story on Sunday that two ultra-Orthodox Members of Knesset introduced a bill to outlaw anyone from sharing the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah in Israel, and that violators would be punished with prison sentences.
Conservative Christian Leaders Call on Prime Minister to Take Action
Conservative Christian leaders immediately called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to take action against the proposed bill. They saw it as a threat to freedom of speech and religion, especially during a sacred time for Christians, just days before Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter.
A Threat to Freedom of Speech and Religion
The bill proposed by Moshe Gafni and Yakov Asher of the United Torah Judaism party would have made it illegal to share in conversation or produce content online, in print, or by mail about the Gospel of Jesus. The punishment would have been one year in prison, or two years for sharing with someone under the age of 18.
The AntiChrist Spirit at Work?
Many saw this bill as evidence of the AntiChrist spirit at work in the world today, as prophesied in 1 John 4:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 5:2.
Fortunately, the bill did not gain traction, and it was not promoted beyond its introduction. Gafni himself put out a statement saying that it was irrelevant to deal with it at this stage. Netanyahu’s statement, followed by Gafni’s, was a relief to many.
While the proposed bill to outlaw talk about Jesus in Israel did cause concern and even fear among Christians, it ultimately did not succeed. It was a reminder of the importance of protecting freedom of speech and religion and a call to stay vigilant against any threat to these basic human rights.