UK - Church of England Apologizes for Antisemitism

Arno Froese

The Church of England has apologized for the anti-Jewish laws that the Catholic Church in England passed 800 years ago.

The event marks the anniversary of the 1222 Synod of Oxford, which culminated in the expulsion of England’s Jews 68 years later, followed by similar repercussions across Europe.

In promulgating the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) the Synod added a range of further anti-Jewish measures for the medieval church in England. The resulting canons forbade social interactions between Jews and Christians, established specific church tithes on Jews and imposed the need for English Jews to wear an identifying badge. These prejudicial laws were followed by further anti-Jewish statutes and the mass expulsion of the Jewish community.

In a tweet, Archbishop Welby stated that “Today’s service at Oxford Cathedral is an opportunity to remember, repent and rebuild. Let us pray it inspires Christians today to reject contemporary forms of anti-Judaism and antisemitism and to appreciate and receive the gift of our Jewish neighbors.”, 8 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

Why did it take 800 years for the Church of England to recognize and apologize for this historic wrongdoing? The answer lies in facts and figures: the Jewish people have been taught, beginning with Moses, not to forget. In these modern times, the Jews are in possession of virtually unlimited resources revealing the past wrongdoings of the nations of the world. There is simply no room for denial. Just recently, we have seen in the media that Russian President Putin apologized to Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the statement by his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, who had claimed Adolf Hitler may have had “Jewish blood.”

The nations of the world will ultimately openly rebel against the revelation of the truth, as we read in Psalm 2:3: “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” How does God answer? “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (v. 4).

The issue is truth, and the ultimate truth is He who stated, “I am the truth.” It is the greatest Jew, Jesus Christ. When the nations of the world are in turmoil and protest, God declares, “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion” (v. 6).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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