Frequently Asked Questions
Should I support the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews?
NOTE: Rabbi Eckstein passed away in 2019, but this information and viewpoint is still valid.
The problem with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is that Rabbi Eckstein does not make it clear enough at all that he rejects Jesus as Messiah.
His TV infomercials have Messianic Jewish music playing in the background. He uses video clips that make Christians believe he is one of them in accepting Jesus as Messiah. He plays the endorsements of many Evangelical leaders. All this is misleading and muddies the waters without a clear statement that he differs with his viewers theologically on a very important issue.
Over many years now, Christians have been shocked to hear us tell them that Rabbi Eckstein does not believe in Jesus as Messiah. As a matter of fact, he would discourage any Jewish person from seeking out Jesus as Messiah. And he refuses to work with Messianic Jews.
“… By sprinkling their Christian lives of faith with Jewish customs and rituals taken out of their proper, historic context, they pervert Jewish symbols and make a mockery of the Jewish faith … A Jew who accepts Jesus as Lord or Messiah effectively ceases to be a Jew. He is viewed almost treasonously as having abandoned his faith, given up his Jewish heritage, and severed all links with the Jewish peoplehood … More than constituting an imposing threat to Jewish life and survival, Hebrew Christians are the source of much of the Jewish distrust of Evangelicals and the discord in their relations …”
(What Christians Should Know About Jews and Judaism, ©1984 Word Publishing, pp. 294-299).
His salary and package is over $1.2 million dollars a year which is disproportionate to the work he does. And his organization, in 2012, raised a whopping $113 million dollars.
The Rabbi’s Daughter, Yael Eckstein, Received a 63% Pay Raise in 4 Years!
$206,491.00 to $324,500.00
Why would Rabbi Eckstein be interested in collecting monies from Christianity, yet REFUSE to have anything to do with Messianic Jews—Jews who believe in Jesus – whom Christians love?
So should you support him? We will leave it up to you to decide after reading this information.