A new evangelical Christian television channel in Israel has been threatened with being shut down if it engages in any type of “missionary activity,” according to The Christian Post.
The international television network GOD TV’s new Hebrew-language channel Shelanu began airing last week on Israel’s HOT cable network. GOD TV CEO Ward Simpson declared that the network has been “given government permission to broadcast the Gospel of Jesus Christ” in Israel, something he said has never been done before.
However, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported against channel Shelanu that proselytizing to people younger than 18 without their parents’ consent is against the law in Israel. Haaretz also asserted that the channel has violated the term of the license which “prohibits the (broadcast) network from engaging in missionary activities.”
In response, The Chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, Asher Biton said Shelanu would be shut down if it’s determined that the license terms have been violated or there is any intention to violate them.
Following Biton, Communications Minister David Amsalem also announced during an interview with other newspaper that “he will not allow any missionary channel to operate in Israel, at no time and under no circumstances.” He added that if an investigation finds the channel to be engaging in missionary activities that “it be removed immediately.”
A HOT spokesperson told the newspaper that “Shelanu has been given government permission to broadcast, and they are broadcasting according to the law.” It is being told that GOD TV has received a seven-year license from the Israeli Communications Ministry.
GOD TV has been introducing its channel to shares “powerful real-life testimonies of Israelis who have come to know Yeshua as Messiah.” The name of the channel ‘Shelanu’ translates to the word “ours” in Hebrew.
Sources: Christian today
That I will break the Assyrian in My land,
And on My mountains tread him underfoot.
Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
And his burden removed from their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
And who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
And who will turn it back?”
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
We praise our God who chose Israel and calls them a royal priesthood.
The gospel is being preached in Israel through Israeli broadcast which has never been done before. As the Word of God has promised about Israel, we believe that God would raise Israel as a nation that would proclaim the praises of our God.
Lord, but we hear that the Christian broadcast is threatened with being shut down because of their missionary work.
God, may you bring the judgment upon the scheme of the enemy hinders the spread of the gospel through closing the broadcasts.
Israel is a holy nation and a royal priesthood that will lead all nations to Christ. This is God’s administration over all the world. No one can ever hinder the Word of the Lord.
Lord, let every Israel’s bondage flee! Through broadcasting the gospel and by Your own methods, may the gospel be preached to every corner of Israel!
Let Israel church rise up by the power of the gospel and become a holy nation that will lead all people of God in the nations to turn back to Jesus.