God TV Responds to Critics: ‘We’re Not Trying to Convert Jews; We Just Want Them to Accept Jesus as the Messiah’
Fearful of losing its license to broadcast in Israel, an evangelical network insists that its missionary activities are not a violation of Israeli law.
In a video message posted over the weekend, God TV CEO Ward Simpson declared that the network has no intention of using its platform to convert Jews to Christianity, which could be considered a violation of its broadcasting license and of Israeli law.
– GOD TV responds to critics
Ward Simpson, CEO of GOD TV, speaks about GOD TV launching in Israel – דלג
The council launched the investigation after it became aware of a video message posted by Simpson, in which he declared that the new channel aimed “to take the gospel of Jesus into the homes and lives and hearts of the Jewish people.”
The video message was taken down after the investigation was announced. Asher Biton, chairman of the council, told Haaretz that God TV had never shared its plans to use the cable channel for missionary activities. What the cable council had been told, he said, was that the channel would carry programming earmarked for pro-Israel, Christian audiences.