A Cry for Help from Jerusalem

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I have just received a desperatee call for help from a very good Christian Palestinian friend. It is related to the implications of the recent decision of the American president to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

My friend is telling me that more and more of the evangelical churches in Palestine (representing something like 1% of the Palestinian Christians, who are, themselves, about 1% of the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank) are adopting a Zionist theology, in an attempt to schmooze American churches to support them financially (you may rightly call it ecclesial prostitution). This is, of course, a luxury that historical churches in Palestine (not only Greek Orthodox, Melkite, and Latin churches, but also Anglicans and Lutherans) do not have. Continue reading “A Cry for Help from Jerusalem”

Israeli Settlements Explained

The latest discourse of Secretary of State John Kerry on the danger for peace in the Middle East represented by the constant extension of the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian occupied territorries stirred again the debate on the lack of solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the obvious resistance of the Israeli right wing government to come to a peaceful two-state resolution of this conflict.

I am sure many of you, especially those who have been influenced by Zionist propaganda – whether Christian Jewish or secular, or by the suspect dispensationalist interpretations of the sacred text, wonder what is the big fusss with these seettlements. Continue reading “Israeli Settlements Explained”

Benjamin L Corey – 5 Reasons We So Blindly Support Israel in Spite of the Truth or Biblical Ethics

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Over the course of time I’ve noticed a troubling trend: it’s *almost* impossible to have a reasonable discussion with fellow Christians who believe we are called to give unwavering support the modern secular nation state of Israel.

This of course, has led me to try to figure out why this is the case. Why do so many Christians reject basic facts about Israel? Why do so many of us have an aversion to believing truth on this issue?

As your list-maker-in-chief, I have a few ideas as to why this seems to occur. So, here are my 5 reasons so many of us irrationally support Israel– in spite of truth or biblical ethics:

1. Bad theology regarding Israel has led us to become victims of our own confirmation bias

2. We don’t listen to Palestinian voices– not even our Christian brothers and sisters in Palestine

Continue reading “Benjamin L Corey – 5 Reasons We So Blindly Support Israel in Spite of the Truth or Biblical Ethics”

Gary Burge & Daniel Juster – Dialogue on Replacement Theology

This dialogue has been for me the absolute highlight of this conference. The irenic dialogue between Gary Burge, a critique of Christian Zionism, and Daniel Juster, a leader of Messianic Christians was a model for the way that Christians holding strongly opposing views on important matters should engage with each others.

Stephen Sizer – Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions

Rev. Stephen Sizer is the vicar of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, England.

This presentation is a summary of my book Zion’s Christian Soldiers published by IVP. stephensizer.com/books/zions-christian-soldiers/

It was delivered at the Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding Executive Briefing in Fremont, California in November 2011. emeu.net

It was also delivered at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem in March 2012. christatthecheckpoint.com/

An outline of this presentation is available here sizers.org/articles/7answers.pdf

A set of Bible studies is available here withgodonourside.com/Study%20Guide/WGOOS%20Study%20Guide.pdf

To purchase a copy of this presentation on DVD visit emeu.net

Here is the summary of this presentation in PDF form.

Stephen Sizer – Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions

Christians face extinction in Middle East, warns UK Minister

Christians face extinction in Middle East, warns UK Minister.

A sobering warning. But it seems that Western Christians could not care less. The Zionists among them are more concerned about supporting the racist aims of the secular state of Israel that about what happens with the Christians in the Middle East.

Church of Scotland – The Inheritance of Abraham. A Report on the ‘Promised Land’

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The report attached below, which was published recently on the website of the Church of Scotland, was subsequently removed from the site, most probably at the pressure of the Jewish lobby in Great Britain, and replaced with the following statement:

The Church of Scotland and representatives of the Jewish Community in Scotland and the United Kingdom, held useful discussions facilitated by the Council of Christians and Jews this afternoon (Thursday 8 May). We agreed that the drafting of the report published by the Church and Society Council for discussion at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has given cause for concern and misunderstanding of its position and requires a new introduction to set the context for the report and give clarity about some of the language used. Continue reading “Church of Scotland – The Inheritance of Abraham. A Report on the ‘Promised Land’”