Saturday, April 14, 2007

You Do Not Have My Consent

At times, former Jews for Jesus staffers have requested that their name no longer appear on JfJ publications and especially on the Internet.

Some former staff wish to seek work in secular fields and could find an association with "Jews for Jesus" coming up in a Yahoo search of their name embarrassing.

However, requests to have one's name removed are ignored or in at least one case met with a "tough luck" response.

Something else to consider if you're from a Jewish background and are looking to serve in missions.


Anonymous said...

I tried several times to get my name disassociated from them and was told that the "historical record" needed to be preserved.
Sounds reasonable but in "Not Ashamed" the story of Jews for Jesus, why wasn't the "historical record" preserved with biographies of all the key missionaries who built the ministry up and served for many, many years?
This goes far beyond them being "hypocrites on Haight street." Control of the "truth" is built into the group, and people who sign up to work with them will constantly be tested by the leaders and WILL have to make a choice whether or not follow God or follow the boss and sell their soul.

Anonymous said...

They hide behind the "historical record", but the truth is pretty obvious – they really do, want to inflict as much pain as possible on those who left JFJ, especially on those who did so on poor terms. Let's take a look at this "archive" of theirs:

The only indication that the information presented there is *possibly*, shall we say, less than current, is a tiny disclaimer (in much smaller font than the rest of the page) saying, "This is an archived article. It originally appeared on [some date]. Some information may be outdated."
"Maybe outdated"?.. are you kidding me?! By the time this crap appeared on the web it was outdated. This disclaimer suggests that they *try* to keep it up to date, but an occasional omission might turn up; while nothing could be further from the truth. It's like if someone posted an article saying that some of the founding members of JFJ are drug dealers and users (but some information *maybe* outdated). Perhaps attach some police reports detailing their busts with the dates appearing somewhere in the smaller print. Why not? Those ARE the historical records. Real records, not some cockamamie bullshit "archive". In short, they knowingly and willfully present information that is untrue, and when asked to correct it, they refuse. Jews for Jesus lie (but I repeat myself).

Second, do they preserve each and every document ever written by their members on line? Of course not. They're notoriously secretive and distrusting. The stuff found on line is carefully selected and presented with very specific goals in mind. The articles involving their former members have a singular purpose: to make sure that the stain of JFJ will continue to follow those members, and like an old wound will forever cause them pain and discomfort. They are sadistic, but I doubt this is a revelation for anyone.

Third, it's obvious that the "historical record" argument is a pretense, which doesn't stand up to the slightest scrutiny, but let's put it aside for a minute. These are your former brothers and sisters, your former comrades in arms. They would like to burry the hatchet, leave the past behind, and continue with their lives. Why not be a mensch? Why not remove or at least change the name on that "archival article"? If they cared about what the article conveyed, they wouldn't mind doing it because the message coming across wouldn't change. The only explanation for refusal to remove or change the name is that they care about the *name attached* to this article. In that case, changing the name renders the whole thing useless.

They keep blathering on how their practices have changed, and they "repent but, for what". The simple truth of it is, it's exactly the same people that were there 20-30 years ago, with exactly the same practices, and the same unrepentant hearts.

Anonymous said...

You say that some former staff seeking work in secular fields could find an association with "Jews for Jesus" showing up in an internet search embarrassing. There are ways to avoid losing a job over this association and alleviate the embarrassment.

List your employment with Jews for Jesus on your resume. Failure to do would be more problematic than explaining this period in your work history.

Emphasize the particular administrative responsibilities you had, especially those that enhance your skills for your prospective job.

Be prepared for questions regarding your employment with this group. Pay attention to the tone of your interviewer. The questions may be polite interest which should not be mistaken for invitations to either preach Jesus, promote Jews for Jesus, or speak negatively about them. You will do better talking about your good experiences, focusing on good friends you made, and that you left to further your personal and professional development.

Even though you may have been conditioned to believe there is no higher calling than working for Jews for Jesus, or told you are worthless and won't amount to much, those are both lies used in service to the Enemy. You went into this period of your life with a sincere desire to serve your Lord and you learned a lot during that time. You may have had ideas of holiness and service to God shattered, but this too can be an opportunity for growth.

You are gifted and have valuable talents. Feel free to connect with groups of former employees. You will find much support and that what Jews for Jesus told you about these groups was just another lie.