CAFI
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

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Joint Response by Bridges for Peace, Christian Friends of Israel and The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to:
'The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism' issued by the Latin Patriarch and other heads of churches in Jerusalem.
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)

2. Christian Zionists believe that while God loves all people equally, He has chosen the Jewish people to bring redemption to mankind. Our Messiah and King, Jesus Christ, was born of Jewish parents, into a Jewish society, thus making the Jewish people our 'royal family', to be honored because the King was born to them. Christian Zionists reject hatred of any people group.

3. Christian Zionists do not base their theological position on end-time prophecy, but on the faithful covenant promises of God given to Abraham some four thousand years ago. They do not have a “thirst for Armageddon,” and do not claim to know the sequence of events that will lead to it.

4. Christian Zionists recognize that Israel has a right to exist in peace and security. Moreover, there are biblical considerations that regulate Israel’s national existence and these have to do with the issues of justice and righteousness and her treatment of the stranger within her midst. Christian Zionists fully recognize this and stand for these.

5. Christian Zionism is not a threat to anybody, but instead seeks to be a blessing. The Christian Zionist organizations in Israel have given millions of dollars of aid and care to all the population groups in the land, including Israeli and Palestinian Arabs, Druse and others. We pray for peace. But we note with sadness that the present Palestinian Government is totally dedicated to the destruction of Israel and its charter declares it. So, the problem in the region is not as simple as the Jerusalem Declaration makes out!

6. Sadly there have been no meetings between the Jerusalem clerics and their Christian Zionist counterparts. We invite such a dialogue and consider it a biblical prerequisite. We are distressed that a public denunciation has occurred first. We feel that we have been treated with disrespect and disdain, and attacked by the issuing of these public declarations. They present themselves as lovers of justice, mercy, truth and peace! This public attack seems lacking in these qualities.

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.

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Rebecca Brimmer - International President, Bridges For Peace
Ray Sanders - Executive Director, Christian Friends of Israel
Malcolm Hedding - Executive Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

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    By Carolyn Glick - Jerusalem Post - September 8, 2006  What is clear enough, however, is that with the Israeli government authorizing the UN to "solve" its problems in Lebanon, and the Bush administration authorizing the UN to "solve" the Iranian nuclear crisis, the Israeli people find ourselves in unprecedented peril. We face existential threats without leaders willing to do what is necessary to protect us. It is little wonder that the hostages were abandoned.


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