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Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear ‘stain of indelible infamy,’ Israel says


Over the weekend I spent some time watching the reactions from Christians, both Christian Zionists and Christians who “dissent” where it concerns the theology concerning Christian Zionism, and thus ‘wear the stain of indelible infamy’, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  This all concerns a conference being held in Israel by a number of Christian leaders, both evangelical and not, which is meeting to promote peace and reconciliation: points included in their ‘manifesto’ can be read here.

The Israeli government has suddenly taken it upon themselves to look out for the welfare of Christians who may be tempted to attend, by issuing a statement which admittedly, made me laugh,

“The attempt to use religious motifs in order to mobilize political propaganda and agitate the feelings of the faithful through the manipulation of religion and politics is an unacceptable and shameful act. Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.”

Christian Zionism, at it’s very core, is political…in it’s actions, goals, and theology. CUFI is a prime example of CZ being a political machine. To read the above statement is like the pot calling the kettle black, for the statement fits Christian Zionism like a glove; it uses religion (the Christian faith) to spread pro-Israel propaganda, to serve the political interests of Israel, and to mobilize Christians around the globe IN THIS support–all the while pointing to the bible while stating if you dare to question or disagree with their theology or stance (or anything the Israeli government does or says), you “hate” Israel, and are “standing against God”. And if that’s not “manipulation of religion” folks, I don’t know what is.

From Israel Today

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued a last-minute statement suggesting Christians steer clear of the “Christ at the Checkpoint” (CatC) conference that opens tomorrow (Monday) in Palestinian-held Bethlehem. The statement, which came in response to an investigative inquiry by Israel Today, regards the CatC conference as a serious long-term threat to Israel’s security.

In a personal correspondence with Israel Today, an MFA official said that “unfortunately, we well know about the [Christ at the Checkpoint] conference,” explaining that for the Israeli government, the event “is particularly problematic, because it is designed for the evangelical Christian leadership – an extremely important audience to us.”

The official provided statement from the MFA is as follows:

“The attempt to use religious motifs in order to mobilize political propaganda and agitate the feelings of the faithful through the manipulation of religion and politics is an unacceptable and shameful act. Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.”

In this unprecedented advisory, the Israeli government has taken the dramatic step of warning Christians that an Evangelical Christian event is “using religion for the purpose of incitement.” The Israeli government issued the warning as it became clear that Palestinian evangelicals at CatC are misusing Christian teachings to inflame anti-Israeli passions…

When the government of Israel needs to put out an official warning about a group of evangelical Christians saying that they are “stained with indelible infamy,” they mean business. The government of Israel has made it clear that those who participate in this type of religious manipulation to incitement are marked, both figuratively, and as a focus of further action on the part of the authorities in Jerusalem.

That Jerusalem is so aware and concerned about CatC should be encouraging news to Evangelical Christians around the world. The government of Israel finds them “an extremely important audience,” and the goal of the conference is clearly to drive a wedge between Christians and the State of Israel. Christians around the world should continue to heed the government’s call to distance themselves from the dangerous and politically-motivated propaganda of Christ at the Checkpoint.

Full article at link above.

Also see: Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear ‘stain of indelible infamy,’ Israel says

One interesting note from within the article link above,

The president of Oral Roberts University here in Tulsa will be speaking at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem this month. Why is that so exciting? Well, Oklahoma is the buckle of the Bible Belt, and Oral Roberts University is perhaps the little diamond in the center of the buckle. Full-on conservative Christian heartland stuff. I would never in a million years have expected their president to attend such a conference. (Pamela Olson explains the religious significance of the conference)

Many of the comments left under the original article at Israel Today, are interesting….they’re well worth taking the time to scan through

11 comments on “Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear ‘stain of indelible infamy,’ Israel says

  1. Such hypocrisy! “Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.” And how long has Israel been doing just this! Personally, I abhor political activism, so I would not be very supportive of the thing that Israel is objecting to. But there opposition to it just screams of hypocrisy and selective morality. The want religious support for their political state from all directions, but any criticism will not be tolerated. Shame on Israel, this is something one would expect from a police state, not a modern democracy. But then, that is the problem with theocracy in general.

    • It’s Hypocrisy with a capital H.

      I’m with you; i hate the mixture of politics and religion in any and all forms. But this “concern” for Christians coming from the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs, takes the cake! Why would they (who deny Jesus as the Messiah) suddenly be concerned about a conference which Christians might attend?

      Christian Zionists (which are political to the core) are more then welcomed in Israel…in fact many of the leaders of CZ organizations are encouraged to visit often with enticements of free airfare and accommodations. Plus they work for nothing as propagandists in favor of all-things Israel, and pour money into the state. When the Israeli prime minister visits the US he usually always has at least one (or more) private meetings with different heads of CZ org.

      So what’s the difference?, the truth. Everyone knows it, we’re just not suppose to talk about it. It’s like the elephant in the room. Those at this conference are going to be discussing “elephants”. And as far as the Israeli government is concerned, that is a no-no.

      The want religious support for their political state from all directions, but any criticism will not be tolerated. Shame on Israel, this is something one would expect from a police state, not a modern democracy. But then, that is the problem with theocracy in general.

      Exactly.

  2. Wow. You were right to highlight that statement made by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), saying that the Evangelical Christian leadership is “extremely important” to Israel’s government. What a straightforward admission. No wonder some of us are tempted to wonder if Hagee and others aren’t paid agents masquerading as pastors.

    It’s also striking that the MFA statement was “in response to an investigative inquiry by Israel Today.” Israel Today says it’s “a Jerusalem-based news agency providing a biblical and objective perspective on local news,” with a belief that “the existence of the State of Israel is a fulfillment of prophecy and a plumb line for the purposes of God for these times” (http://www.israeltoday.co.il/More/AboutUs.aspx). It’s just wild that a Christian news agency turned to a secular government to tattle on another group of Christians gathering to promote peace, reconciliation, justice, and the kingdom of God.

    Today I received an email from Breaking Christian News, an outlet of Steve Shultz’s Elijah List organization. BCN clearly heralded this statement from the MFA as a good thing, and BCN clearly shares the Israeli government’s stance against Christ at the Checkpoint:

    http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13484

    What’s the difference between Christians rejoicing over this move by Israel’s government, and Christians rejoicing (if it were to happen) over the North Korean government clamping down on Christian activity in that nation?

    –Adam, the stained one

    • Sounds like the MFA’s statement is getting around to other Christian publications Adam. I’m not surprised…just disheartened.

      That statement from the MFA, or actually the contents of the entire article at Israel Today, reads like it came straight from the pen of John Hagee, or any other Christian Zionist. Doesn’t it? Its as though Christian Zionism and the Israeli government are one and the same.

      “Adam, the stained one”…aha. Yes, guess im strained too brother. But that’s ok, for it’s with the blood of Jesus Christ! You too…we’ve been washed in His blood! PRAISE GOD!

      Let the intimidators intimidate, the scorners scorn, but i know what i know–Christian Zionism is NOT of God. No one had to tell me it isn’t, i know because it stands against everything i read in my bible, and it especially stands in opposition to what our Lord taught. I’ll never serve the god of CZ who mocks peace & loving one’s enemies, and wars against reconciliation.

  3. I am washed in the blood of Jesus… and my sins which were as scarlet are whiter than snow. I am not stained by anything… and I am a Christian Zionist of the New Testament age. That means that I know by the Word of God that the royal priesthood of all believers is the global church today and the holy Kingdom nation of God… not any unbelievers. When God grants grace for persons to have living faith in Him, then they are His nation of priests and His holy Kingdom nation… of any age or race.

    • Hi Laura Lee, never heard that term before, “Christian Zionist of the New Testament age”.

      But i do agree that,

      the royal priesthood of all believers is the global church today and the holy Kingdom nation of God… not any unbelievers. When God grants grace for persons to have living faith in Him, then they are His nation of priests and His holy Kingdom nation… of any age or race.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting…hope you come again–often and soon!

    • Laura, I like that expression too (“Christian Zionist of the New Testament age”). After all, the author of Hebrews did say to Christ’s followers, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” (Hebrews 12:22).

      In a way, “Christian Zionism” is a stolen term. The movement that goes by that name is off track, in part, because it emphasizes earthly Zion, while those who are in Christ actually belong to heavenly Zion. It’s the same with the emphasis on earthly Jerusalem versus heavenly Jerusalem, a distinction also seen in Galatians 4:21-31.

  4. “The movement that goes by that name is off track, in part, because it emphasizes earthly Zion, while those who are in Christ actually belong to heavenly Zion.”

    That’s true Adam! Thanks for pointing it out–it hadn’t occurred to me!🙂

  5. It’s hard to figure out what you people are saying exactly. Are you saying that God does not have a plan for earthly Israel, and earthly Zion. If so, you are missing a lot of Scripture.

    The God of the bible does not change, ever! The Qur’an has a principle of abrogation, where earlier statements are overridden by later statements. The bible does not contain this principle. The God of the bible knows the end from the beginning and always keeps it in mind, therefore He never has to say “I’m sorry”.

    Consequently, the statements in the Old Testament, about the return of physical Israel are still in effect, even in the Church-Age. The challenge of the bible scholar is to try to understand how He is going to do it, not whether He will do it or not.

    I question whether the replacement theologians even know the God of the bible at all.

    I am not saying that everything Israel does is correct. I am horrified at their state-sponsored abortion policy. Clearly the biggest killer of Israelis is the state of Israel!

    Nevertheless, it is God who brought Israel back to the land, and He will continue to do so until the whole family returns, with or without the help of “Christians”.

    The time of Jacob’s Trouble is coming, and it will be a judgment against Israel, and the rest of the nations, but they have to be back in the land first. The controversy of Zion has been orchestrated by God, but unfortunately some who profess Christ, will end up on the wrong side of history!

    Isaiah 34:8
    For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

    Still, I agree with you that the Israeli government has nothing to say to Christians.

    As for those who don’t like Israel defending herself I have to echo the Apostle Paul, because it really is relevant in this instance;

    Romans 13:4
    For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

    Sending suicide bombers into Israel, to kill innocent Israelis is very evil. The Israeli government has a responsibility to execute wrath against those who desire their destruction, and who work acts of terror against them. It is not a right, it is a responsibility!

    Dan Knezacek

    • It’s hard to figure out what you people are saying exactly.

      Hi, and thanks for dropping by!

      It’s actually simple. From a few of your points within your comment, it seems you adhere to dispensationalism or dispensation theology. I don’t. What i do believe is dispensationalism is an unbiblical form of theology which has proven over time to have brought confusion and “wrong thinking” on many issues into the western church for the last 100-150 years, in this instance, Israel (the modern state of). It has given birth to Christian Zionism, a very dangerous politically active group in America, who’s only goal is “blessing”, defending, and and being a propaganda tool for Israel. Most CZ organizations frown upon evangelizing the lost Jews within Israel, or elsewhere. At least two of these groups actually forbid it being done.

      I would point you to a few teachings posted here at the blog on the subject, but it might be easier if you run a search (you will find the search-box located in the side-bar) by typing in dispensationalsm and Christian Zionism. Also, under “ologys” and under “Church infected”, located at the very top of the page, you’ll find a list of links to teachings/articles on the subject listed. I encourage you to read them.

      Now, as far as this article posted “Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear ‘stain of indelible infamy,’ Israel says”, as was already pointed out:

      Christian Zionism, at it’s very core, is political…in it’s actions, goals, and theology. CUFI is a prime example of CZ being a political machine. To read the above statement is like the pot calling the kettle black, for the statement fits Christian Zionism like a glove; it uses religion (the Christian faith) to spread pro-Israel propaganda, to serve the political interests of Israel, and to mobilize Christians around the globe IN THIS support–all the while pointing to the bible while stating if you dare to question or disagree with their theology or stance (or anything the Israeli government does or says), you “hate” Israel, and are “standing against God”. And if that’s not “manipulation of religion” folks, I don’t know what is.

      The article at Israel Today comes from the teachings concerning Israel based only upon dispensationalism. This is who the article was written to and what group is was intended to “speak to”.

      Frankly, as already pointed out, it was hypocrisy.

      I question whether the replacement theologians even know the God of the bible at all.

      As i am not acquainted with any christans who adhere to RT (i know there are not any who post here which do) i can’t speak to that. I can say most dispensationalists use that term freely against anyone who does not adhere to their dispensationalist view of scriptures. What they may not realize is there is a theology which is Christ-Centered my friend, and not Israel-centered. For me, that is true bible theology.

      God bless and i sincerely hope you will check out some of the resources i mentioned.

      ps: im sorry, but after reading a few commentaries concerning CATC at the link you provided, i removed the link. Poking “fun” at a serious conference which included people (both believing Jews and Arabs, plus others from around the world) was not funny in the least, especially as the goals set for the conference by these people were very serious. People who participated worked hard in an effort to make a difference by promoting peace and reconciliation. I saw no “even-handedness” in the 2 or 3 articles i read. So cannot recommend it to my readers.

  6. Sadly, mixing ‘religion’ and ‘politics’ seems to always eventually end in disaster. Personally, I don’t always approve or like everything Israel does. However, from a purely secular and pragmatic viewpoint I can understand their motivations. They are realists. They have found since their formation in 1948, the only response that seems to deter those in the nations around them who want to wipe them of the face of the earth is that of “out-terrorizing the terrorists”. Brutal – yes, maximizes survival chances?- yes. Or to put it another way – they follow a policy of ‘severe discouragement’ – drop a bomb on us we’ll send 10 back so you ‘ll think long and hard before you try and drop another one. Way back in post WW2 years the phrase “never again” originated, now its part of their genes. Frankly, I can’t really blame them either.

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