When One For Israel first began producing Hebrew content, many of us myself included were happy to endorse it. It seemed to be accomplishing great things -engaging content in Hebrew that was definitely impacting Israelis via the social media like YouTube. As the years have passed however, we began to hear more and more rumblings of concern from doctrinally sound voices within the local Body here, and we also began to see and hear things ourselves that were indications that all is not well. We know personally of at least one international ministry that will no longer support One for Israel because of doctrinal (amongst other) concerns.
Certainly some of our overseas contacts were sickened to see NAR apostle Michael Brown appearing in their materials, and over time a few other NAR-connected figures have also appeared in One For Israel evangelistic materials, such as Ron Cantor and Jonathan Bernis or false teachers such as Jonathan Cahn. However things have now reached a new low, because One For Israel have recently openly endorsed and celebrated, of all people, Sid Roth.
I shouldn't have to explain much about Sid Roth to discerning readers, other than to say, that if there is anything weird, goofy, heretical, off-the-wall and even downright occultic circulating in the Body of Christ, you will probably find it being promoted on Sid's "It;s Supernatural!" at some point, -a programme I would recommend not watching if you have just eaten, have a sensitive gag-reflex, are allergic to nuts, or go into toxic-shock when coming into contact with anything containing simony. Sid has made quite a name for himself amongst discernment bloggers and while might not be among the top ten richest prosperity gospel preachers out there, but he has certainly made at least one persons list of Top Ten Worst Word of Faith Teachers.
Describing Sid merely as "polarising"- is an understatement so staggering as to be downright deceitful. Roth in addition to being himself a well documented false teacher, is more than happy to promote the most extreme examples of the same ilk. Here's a few snippets.
Below is Sid introducing NAR Apostle Brian Simmons producer of the Passion "Translation" (one of the most twisted perversions of God's Word to date that is so far out that it makes the JW's New World Translation look almost tame by comparison) who apparently (like so many NAR leaders) visited heaven and saw a chapter 22 of John's Gospel amongst other things. Sid's show is extra-biblical and occultic revelation on steroids.
A more obvious false teacher operating in the Messianic Body would be hard to find. Yet One for Israel are actually celebrating him. For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, this endorsement of Roth should be a huge flashing warning sign over the continuing validity of One for Israel. Yes, in the past they have done some good things, but what we are seeing now is mixture, and not just with stuff that is a little off. Sid Roth is really on the outer limits, in the Twilight Zone of Crazyville, and some of the stuff he promotes, in addition to being downright heretical, is outright blasphemous and such an absolute reproach as causes the way of truth to be evil spoken of. I actually hate having to write this, because I do know personally some people connected with One For Israel who do not subscribe to this kind of garbage, and are greatly distressed by it, but unfortunately they don't call the shots. I know that One For Israel's demise will hurt them. But the question is, do we really want the Gospel in Israel to be associated with Sid Roth and the NAR? Do we want unsaved Israelis to think that that is part of biblical Christianity? I think it's time for those dear Christians in the Diaspora who love and pray for Israel and give so generously to help fund the Gospel over here, love us enough to send their gifts to a ministry that does not endorse and celebrate such blatant false teachers and will not mix truth with error in such a flagrant fashion. Israel supporting believers really need to do their discernment homework these days; sadly they can not take it for granted that just because any ministry or congregation is Israel-based and pro-Israel, that it is doctrinally sound or not run by heretics, false prophets or scam artists, or equally as bad, connected and co-operating with those who are such things.
Pray too for those doctrinally sound believers within One For Israel who groan and cry at what it is becoming, that the Lord give them clarity as to what actions to take and that He will provide for them, and also that He would raise up something in its place that is faithful to His Word and will glorify His name instead of bringing a reproach upon it.
"But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not. (1Pet. 2:2-3)