Two Knesset Members Propose Legislation to Outlaw Sharing the Gospel in Israel and Send Violators to Prison
Is it possible that the Israeli government this year could pass legislation making it illegal for people to share the Gospel message in the very land where Yeshua (Jesus) was born, raised, preached, died, buried, and rose from the dead?
Unfortunately, yes. As Palm Sunday and Easter approach – the two most sacred days on the calendar for those who follow Yeshua as both God and Messiah – two members of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) introduced a bill last week that would ban any and all efforts to tell people about Yeshua.
The bill would send violators to prison. Should it begin to gain traction inside the Knesset and begin moving towards passage, the bill could create a major new headache for Netanyahu's government by sparking a serious clash with Evangelical Christians in the United States and around the world who are among the biggest supporters of the State of Israel.
The bill could also draw sharp criticism from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, in the executive branch, among U.S. governors, and others who love Israel and have always stood with the Jewish state, but would fiercely oppose efforts to silence followers of Yeshua in the Holy Land.
The proposed legislation would outlaw all efforts by people of one faith who, in any way, want to discuss or try to persuade people of other faiths to consider changing their current religious beliefs. The punishment for doing so would be “one-year imprisonment.” If the conversation is with a minor – someone under the age of 18 – the punishment would be “two years imprisonment.” (AI / VFI News)
“But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” - Matthew 10:33