Newsletter #298 Friday, September 8, 2006
Several of our readers sent links to the "The Jerusalem Declaration On Christian Zionism". The declaration by four Arab church leaders based in Jerusalem attacked Christian Zionism as a "false teaching" that "condemn[s] the world to the doom of Armageddon." We have published in full the reply by Bridges for Peace, Christian Friends of Israel and The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. (See also "Christian Zionists angry over slur" Of interest, the first signatory of this "declaration", Patriarch Michel Sabbah, was the subject of an excellent article entitled "Patriarch of Terror". In any event, they are all in good company; see Hamas: Christian Zionism is our enemy.
A Defense of Christian Zionism
In Response to the Bishops' Declaration
Joint Response by Bridges for Peace, Christian Friends of Israel and The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to:Tuesday, 29 August 2006
It is with concern that we note the negative opinions about Christian Zionism voiced by certain church clerics in Jerusalem in a recent statement entitled, "The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism". Using inflammatory language they have expressed views that are far from the truth.
The truth is:
1. Christian Zionism is a theological position that sees a future destiny for Israel in the land of her forefathers. A Christian Zionist believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible and rejects replacement theology that definitely played a pivotal role in the persecution of Jews through the centuries, and under girded the Holocaust. Christian Zionism is not heretical; in fact, Christians from all traditional backgrounds have held such a view for two thousand years. Simply put, a Christian Zionist is one who believes that God, by a sovereign choice, gave the Land of Canaan as an everlasting possession to the Jewish people, for His kingdom purposes. (Genesis 17:7-8)We find the paper unbalanced and notably one-sided. It totally ignores the jihadist goals of the Hamas government and turns a blind eye to terrorism perpetrated by this regime. Everything is attributed to “occupation and militarism”, meaning Israel is the only problem. We think not! This one-sided unbalanced view of the conflict is in fact unhelpful to the peace process and contributing to its failure!
So, in closing, we Christian Zionists call upon Christians and Churches everywhere not to remain silent, but to break their silence and speak for reconciliation with justice in the Holy Land. To pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to affirm Israel’s right to live in peace and security, free from the threat of liquidation by Islamic Jihadists who definitely seek to 'colonize' the Jewish State by bringing it into the Empire of Islam. We reject all forms of discrimination.
Ray Sanders - Executive Director, Christian Friends of Israel
Malcolm Hedding - Executive Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
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