I was saddened to hear of the death of my friend Stan Telchin. He passed away June 4th, , 2012 in Lakewood Ranch, FL. He was 87.
Stan was a renowned author, public speaker, and missionary to the Jewish people. He wrote a number of books that were a great benefit to the Christian church and taught extensively on how to win Jewish people to Jesus. He often addressed the misconception that Jewish people are “automatically saved” by virtue of their Jewish heritage. Nothing could be further from the truth! Jewish people, like all nationalities in the world, have to come to a personal faith in Jesus as their Messiah, Savior, and Lord of their lives to be saved.
At one time, Stan Telchin was a prominent Jewish businessman with all the trappings of material success. Yet he was just as lost as any non-Jewish person: he didn’t believe in Jesus as his Messiah. In fact, he had been taught the lie that “you cannot be Jewish and Christian at the same time.”
When his daughter came to faith in Jesus and became a committed Christian, he was determined to prove her wrong. But after months of studying the Hebrew Scriptures as well as the New Testament, Telchin also came to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. You can read his most interesting conversion testimony in his book, “Betrayed.”
After serving as pastor of Living Word Fellowship in Gaithersburg, Maryland, from 1980-1994, he established Stan Telchin Ministries and began to travel all around the world giving his testimony and teaching Christians how to reach Jewish people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, reflected, “Stan had a huge impact on the field of Jewish missions. He will be greatly missed.”
Even while Stan was in failing health in recent years, his books remained a strong witness to Jewish seekers and will continue to keep on making an impact on the lives of Jewish people in the years ahead.
Thanks for a job well done, Stan. Rest in Peace in the Lord.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
Comment from Lorena Rene L Francis – I met Stan through his brother Joe who I was a care giver for. Stan’s wish was that his brother accept Jesus as his Savior before his death which was close at hand. About 48 hours before his death, Joe asked us to call Stan,he wanted to talk with him. And at that time the two brothers prayed together and Joe accepted Jesus as his savior. It was a beautiful and touching moment and I felt blessed to know both men. Stan Telchin was a wonderful man who loved his Jewish Tradition and loved Jesus.
FOR FURTHER READING:
By Stan Telchin
How do you feel when you are successful, 50 and Jewish, and your 21-year old daughter tells you she believes in Jesus?
By Stan Telchin
Why the Jewish people really need Jesus and how we can develop a faithful, loving witness to them.
Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity – A Loving Call To Unity
By Stan Telchin
Stan Telchin explores in depth the heart and soul of Messianic Judaism. He exposes the motive behind its creation, its controversial doctrines and its ineffectiveness in Jewish evangelism.
Stan’s Lament Over His Brother’s Death
Stan Telchin – In Memoriam
Stan Telchin’s Television Interview on 100 Huntley Street