Justice…for Israel?

Justice…for Israel?
by Jim Fletcher
Prophecy Matters

I am just returning from the Justice Conference, a two-day affair in Chicago. From the website:

“Our vision is to serve the discovery of ideas, celebrate the beauty of justice, and foster a community of people who live justice together. Now, more than ever, people of faith need to come together to wrestle with the injustice in our world. This is the time. This is the place.”

I have many thoughts about the conference, and will be writing and speaking about it more in the coming weeks, but for now I want to focus on two things: Israel and Bible prophecy. . .

Read more of Jim Fletcher’s June 8, 2015 entry, HERE.

***Also see these important articles:

Justice Conference Mainstreams Cornel West to Evangelical Millennial Audience
June 6, 2015
Jim Fletcher, Prophecy Matters
http://www.prophecymattersisrael.com/#!Justice-Conference-Mainstreams-Cornel-West-to-Evangelical-Millennial-Audience/c165a/557309590cf219f1772a5ed7

PM Analysis: Israel, Christian Zionists Marginalized at Justice Conference
June 5, 2015
Jim Fletcher, director, Prophecy Matters
http://www.prophecymattersisrael.com/#!PM-Analysis-Israel-Christian-Zionists-Marginalized-at-Justice-Conference/c165a/55720a1b0cf219f177290502

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A One-Sided Attack on Zionism

A One-Sided Attack on Zionism
The many problems with the documentary ‘With God on Our Side.’
Gerald McDermott

The documentary With God on Our Side is anything but balanced. It does not give “both sides their due” but instead interviews only Israelis on the far left and ignores Christian Zionists who defend the rights of Palestinians. The result is a one-sided attack on Israel that treats social and political realities with the same ideological insouciance which the documentary assigns to John Hagee and his band.
One interviewee in the film claims—without rebuttal—that Jews did not live in the land for two thousand years. The truth is that Jewish communities have lived in the land through all this time, flourishing in Jerusalem, Galilee and coastal cities in the 9th and 11th centuries, and then rebounding after being massacred by Crusaders in the 12th century. By the early 19th century, long before the rise of Zionism, more than ten thousand Jews lived in what is now Israel. . .

Read more here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2011/january/one-sided-attack-on-zionism.html

Anti-Jew, Anti-Israel, Replacement Theology Movie

Anti-Jew, Anti-Israel, Replacement Theology Movie

“It was the spirit of anti-christ that brought [the Jews] back to the Promised Land.” (Pastor Steven Anderson at 41:02 in Marching To Zion)

Steven Anderson, quoting 2 Chronicles 19:2, says, “The Bible teaches that if we help an ungodly and wicked nation like Israel, we’ll have God’s wrath on us.” (1:04:38)

Watch movie and read review here:

http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/06/09/anti-jew-anti-israel-replacement-theology-movie/

Anti-Zionist Church Extremism

Later this month, Canadian Friends of Sabeel will hold a conference on “overcoming Christian Zionism.” Sabeel describes itself as an “ecumenical Palestinian liberation theology centre” that is “working for justice, peace and reconciliation in Palestine-Israel.” In reality, it is a group that promotes a misrepresentation of events in the Middle East. The conference slated for Vancouver is explicitly aimed at undermining Israel among its North American Christian supporters.

Conservative Christians have been among Israel’s most reliable bloc of friends in troubled times. Like any bedfellows, the Zionist-Christian alliance brings with it complexities. While some Christians use Zionism as a back door to evangelizing or view Christianity as a “successor” religion to Judaism, for example, there are also many in the Christian Zionist movement who respect the integrity of Judaism.

The upcoming conference is co-sponsored by three Christian churches.

The United Church of Canada, for decades but especially in recent years, has adopted a heavily anti-Israel approach to global affairs. Their sponsorship of this event is not surprising. The Presbyterian Church in Canada is also supporting this event, though this, too, is not shocking, given that the American branch of the Presbyterian Church has been beset by anti-Israel agitation and last year voted to divest itself of some Israeli holdings.

What is surprising – and worrisome – is the role of the Anglican Church of Canada as co-sponsor of this conference. Two years ago, the church passed a resolution that made some attempts at balance but was marred by typical anti-Israel boilerplate. With their co-sponsorship of this Sabeel event, the Anglican church has thrown itself unequivocally off the fence.

SOURCE:

Campus, church extremism
April 3, 2015
http://www.jewishindependent.ca/campus-church-extremism/

RELATED:

Know the truth about the next anti-Israel propaganda conference
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/know-the-truth-about-the-next-anti-israel-propaganda-conference/

***Is Mennonite Church USA soon to join these denominations in their anti-Israel extremism?
Mennonites Walk Barton’s Bridge (discerning Anti-Israel BDS Resolutions)
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/mennonites-walk-bartons-bridge-to-rome/

World Vision leader’s anti-Israel comments

Markell calls out World Vision leader for anti-Israel comments

The head of a messianic Jewish ministry is calling a liberal theological leader to task for his anti-Israel comments.

“For over 60 years,” said Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision U.S., “many Evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism.”

Lausanne Global Analysis recently published excerpts of a chapel speech delivered by Haas at a New England seminary last year.

Haas compared so-called “Christian Zionists” to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.

“He says Israel is apartheid on steroids,” comments Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries. “

More here:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2015/02/03/markell-calls-out-world-vision-leader-for-anti-israel-comments

UPDATE:

A Response to World Vision’s attack on Christian Zionism
Feb. 15, 2015
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-response-to-world-visions-attack-on-christian-zionism/#ixzz3Rtnk6Pa1%20

Israel: More Friends Than Foes

Israel: More Friends Than Foes [Excerpts]

Headlines tell the frightening stories of the genocidal slaughter of believers abroad. Israel, too, is under attack— literally and figuratively. Part of this battle involves evangelicals turning away from Israel to support the creation of a Palestinian state.

This anti-Israel campaign repudiates biblical doctrine, endorses Arab revisionist propaganda and claims Israel is illegally occupying Arab land and imposing apartheid-like conditions on the Palestinians. Furthermore, Millennials are being recruited to fashion a pro-Palestinian evangelical opinion regarding the Israeli-Arab peace process.

While social media highlight this movement, they do not change the fact that the argument that evangelicals are deserting Israel is flawed.

Devotees of “Christ at the Checkpoint,” a group of evangelicals dedicated to reclaiming the “prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel,” are clearly pro-Palestinian. They embrace Replacement Theology, the belief that God is finished with Israel as a nation and has installed the church as the true “Israel of God.” This position negates God’s promises, etched in Scripture, of (1) Israel’s future restoration; (2) a Messianic Kingdom on Earth; and (3) glory for Jacob and his posterity, including full land rights to the inheritance in the Middle East. Undoubtedly, the Jewish return to Israel is theologically unsettling to Replacement practitioners. And gentlemanly disagreement has turned into a united front among Replacement adherents to discredit the opposition. This spring’s reconciliation between Hamas leaders in Gaza and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist union based on absurdity. Purportedly, the agreement includes working toward a two-state solution that recognizes Israel’s existence.

Yet, Hamas has fired thousands of missiles into Jewish towns in an attempt to kill as many Israeli men, women and children as possible. Hamas’s very charter enshrines its commitment to eradicate Israel. Additionally, Abbas oversees an unremitting incitement campaign against Israel, praising suicide attackers who have drenched Israeli streets with innocent blood.

Professing believers in Christ who align themselves with anti-Semites defame Bible-believing Christians and demonize Israelis. . .

More here:

http://www.thebereancall.org/content/israel-more-friends-foes

A Night at the anti-Israel Improv

Did you hear the one about the anti-Zionist lectures[1] in Canada last week? This is how the night unfolded, as re-told to Olive Press . . .

October 24th

IMAGINE

Imagine a packed auditorium filled with people who have come from far and wide to hear high-profile Christian speakers tell far fetched, re-imagined stories about a land mentioned in an old book that they don’t really believe anymore. They tell about all the ‘atrocities and human rights violations’ that are committed by the Israelis towards the wonderful Palestinian people. They talk about how GOD never gave Israelis the land they ‘stole’ and now ‘occupy’, and all they would have to do is share a little more of it because the Palestinians just want peace. They lament that the Hamas charter is ‘unfortunate’ but if the Israelis would just gave them space, they would settle down. No one bursts into laughter as the outrageous mis-information pile grows higher.

There’s more! Imagine! Although only two speakers are mentioned on the website . . . surprise! An unknown Greek Orthodox pony tailed priest[2] in a long black robe takes his turn in the spot light and tells the audience how they no longer believe in the concept of original sin, and how the ‘chosen people’ concept has been re-thought and the Bible has been re-visited on core issues.

It may sound like an evening at The Improv, but this is no stand up comedy routine. The main attractions, in fact, appear to be seriously irritated by the pro-Israel advocates who try to speak, even cutting one from the microphone, which is very obvious to the crowd. Because well behaved Christian Zionists don’t throw rocks or shout obscenities and threats, the lecturers use their free speech rights to continue critiquing the “Christian Right,” referring to Christian Zionism as though it is a huge, monolithic controlling ‘government’ within the church (when it is actually a small percentage). Meanwhile, the Christian Zionists in this packed auditorium of 250 are mostly of the older generation and highly outnumbered by about 10 to 1.

One can only imagine how some pro-Israel supporters in attendance find such an evening so spiritually oppressive and intolerable, and the propaganda so hard to take, that they begin to feel physically sick. Because it is so shockingly, most of the mis-information stacks up without retort, although one soft-spoken gentleman from the audience manages to destroy the speakers’ arguments from his seat.

Other than a pungent ecumenical aroma[3], the stories offered at such a dark comedy of errors appears to be nothing more than an attempt to court the uninformed and woo them over to the other side.

The final curtain drops. The tragedy is over, for now. A few students seek out the Zionists for an alternative answer, which they are given. The rest of the crowd goes home to spread the new propaganda that sounds right to their ears.

Imagine . . . attending a lecture by Christians on the biblical view of Christian Zionism and finding nothing but inaccuracies and anti-Israel propaganda. Welcome to the new fascism.

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Endnotes:

[1] This may be a bird’s eye view of the Challenging Christian Zionism: Canadian Roots and Responses lecture that took place
 October 24, 2014, but more importantly, this scene is also one that is playing everywhere, and may be coming soon to a town near you.
[2] Imagine hearing a speaker who was not on the list, and no one seemed to know his name. Someone later thought this might be a Greek Orthodox Archbishop associate of one of the speakers who belongs to a group that seems to have re-thought the traditional views of the penal substitutionary atonement and a literal hell. A comment that ensued suggested that, if so, ‘at least the speakers are consistent’ in that they get it ALL wrong.
[3] One of the points listed on the evening’s powerpoint that is needed was:
“A new Ecumenical deal with Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians.”

*The views in this post are the opinions of an attendee of a recent lecture series on some re-imagined views of Israel (as told to, and edited by, Olive Press).

Related:

Anti-Zionist Lectures in Canada
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/anti-zionist-lectures-in-canada/