Viewing a moving presentation on Israel and Psalm 83:
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."
World Vision headquarters 620x300Lausanne 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.
Quite simply, Canada clearly and without hesitation supports Israel, the United States does not. This is an obvious working out of Genesis 12:3, "those who bless you, I will bless; those who curse you, I will curse..."
Barack Obama obviously dislikes Israel and clearly loathes Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama wastes no opportunity to denigrate the Jewish State and holds them up to a standard of international accountability that he in no way extends to Israel's Middle Eastern neighbors.
Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz by the Soviet Red Army. The anniversary has become the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the organized extermination of the Jewish people by the Nazi regime.
However, according to a representative survey conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, an overwhelming 81 percent of Germans have grown weary of dedicating so much time and effort to Holocaust remembrance, and want to instead focus on present-day problems.
When we were led into the gas chamber, YOU said nothing
When we were forcibly converted, YOU said nothing
When we were thrown out of a country just for being Jews, YOU said nothing
When we now defend ourselves all of a sudden, YOU have something to say
When one considers that Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Bob Roberts Jr., Shane Claiborne and Ed Stetzer are helping to mainstream rapprochement with Islam (my view of the situation), it follows that those they mentor are doing likewise. This includes a new phenomenon: embracing the Palestinian narrative, which is a story concocted largely by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
There is something G-dly about Jewish history, something that makes you believe that there is a master plan to this world in which the Jewish People has played a major role. Try to explain Jewish survival through horrors and tribulation of a 2500 year exile which concluded in the Nazi Holocaust in which 6,000,000 Jews perished. The numbers are mind-boggling. No other nation is as ancient, and no other nation has endured so much and returned to its ancient homeland to rebuild itself and renew a country which dates back thousands of years.
Yes, there must be a PLAN. Watching this leaves you incredulous. In awe of the Jewish people and Divine Providence which has brought them to modern times. Despite everything.
Because of the teaching that the Jews had been discarded by God, Gentiles who professed to be Christians increasingly referred to the Jews as "Christ killers." I remember as a child in the synagogue, learning that the Ecumenical Council had decreed that the Jews actually were not solely responsible for the death of Christ.
I remember thinking "So this is why they call me dirty Jew."
Most of us have heard of the false teaching called Replacement Theology. This article is for those who either have never heard of it, or have had this preached to them Sunday after Sunday and just figured that it was biblical.
I'm here to tell you - It's a lie from the pit of hell.
Replacement Theology (RT), has been around for centuries. The term used by theologians is supersessionism. The church supersedes Israel. Theologians have cited the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD as proof that God was finished with the Jewish people.
There are two main schools of thought regarding RT:
The late Rev. Jerry Falwell, a founder of modern conservative religious activism, often boasted that America's Bible Belt was Israel's safety belt. But Falwell's zeal for conservative red meat causes has become passé for much of the current generation of evangelical elites, who eschew the confrontational politics of the old religious right.
Polls show that evangelicals remain strongly pro-Israel and are America's strongest pro-Israel demographic by far, with the possible exception of Jews. But there are few if any pro-Israel evangelical leaders today as outspoken and prominent as Falwell.
Within the Protestant world, many churches are deeply hostile to the State of Israel. They present the Palestinians as victims of Israeli oppression while ignoring the murderous victimization of Israeli citizens at their hands. This much is generally known. What is less known is the even more disturbing fact that this perverse animus is increasingly fed not by the politics of the present moment but by theology.