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Christian Palestinianism; a response

Many heavyweight evangelical leaders from churches in America and the West are being drawn into an age-old heresy which has its roots in the time of the apostle Paul, and which is erupting in our age.
 

 
"Have you not observed what this people have spoken, saying, 'The two families which the Lord chose, He has rejected them'? Thus they despise My people, no longer are they as a nation in their sight."
Jer 33:24

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Christian Palestinianism
Christian PalestinianismIt may be the case that the matter of sexuality is splitting the churches and denominations around the world. Predictably, the battle-lines run between those who take the Bible seriously (evangelicals) and those who take a somewhat lower (liberal) view of God’s book and what it contains.

However there is a quite separate controversy within evangelical circles which is increasing moving onto centre-stage. The matter concerns bi-polar views on whether or not the Jewish people and the land of Israel still occupy a special place in the latter-day prophetic purposes of God.
(Liberals are also highly-involved in the issue, but tend to be driven more by humanitarian than theological concerns. Not that the former are irrelevant, but God's grand purposes – in the 'big picture – should be the ultimate determinant governing our thinking and responses.)

Amongst Bible-believers there is some area of agreement – in some cases ‘reluctant’ – regarding the forecast of an end-time ingathering of Jews to the Kingdom of God in and through Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach). This is outlined by Paul in the eleventh chapter of his epistle to the Romans (Rom 11:11-12; 15). Indeed to believe otherwise brings a very stiff warning from the apostle in that letter (Rom 11:18-22).

But the issue that raises the most heat is whether or not the covenant made with Abraham which, amongst other things, promises the land to the Jewish people is still valid. Those who deny its validity argue that as the Jews rejected their Messiah so they also deny themselves the promises made to them.

Additionally, and as a parallel claim, they say that Christian believers are the true ‘children of Abraham’ and therefore the inheritors of any unrealised benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.
However, as Psalm 105 so succinctly states, the commitment by God to the Jews and the land is unconditional, everlasting and irrevocable.

“He remembers his covenant for ever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit." (Psalm 105:8-11).

Even while the nation was in rebellion, and in exile because of it, God said:

” Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD.'" (Lev. 26:44-45).

(That last sentence is one of the most concise definitions – using four words only – of the Sovereignty of God. God does what He likes, how He likes, with whom He likes and when He likes; and He outworks His will without asking us for our opinion.)

Whose checkpoint; and who stands at it?

Most recently (March 2012) an international conference of evangelicals was convened in Bethlehem by the Bethlehem Bible College. The conference title was ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ – an allusion to the barriers which Israel have erected in order to protect its citizens from Arab/Islamic suicide attacks.

The representation at the conference was drawn from around the world and comprised a wide range of evangelical leaders. The views being propagated were, and are, mainly based on the suffering that the Palestinian people are enduring (if fact, mainly because of the actions of the Arab/Islamic nations) and the ‘Replacement Theology’ view that God has withdrawn his favour from, and modified his end-time plans for the Jews in favour of the (mainly-Gentile) church.

At a theological level big hitters in the evangelical world deny what the major and minor prophets clearly state in order to defend the former's political and theological views.

 Christian Palestinianism - a background, overview and report 
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One ‘observer’ at the conference was Dr. Paul Wilkinson whose doctoral thesis revolved around the place of Isreal. Subsequent to the conference he produced a report entitled ‘The Church at Christ’s Checkpoint’. His play on words is much more than that. In fact from Genesis through to the writings of Paul, those who believe – or say they believe – the Bible are given very clear warnings.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen 12:3).

Do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this:
You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."

Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
 (Rom 11:18-22)

The video in this article outlines the background from recent events leading up to the conference, a report from the conference by Dr. Wilkinson and a statement concerning the conference from international Messianic leaders. Some of the footage was shot in Dundee, in an hotel and the following day in the church of Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne, the Scottish minister who led the pioneering 19th-century 'Mission of Enquiry" to the Jews.

Paul Wilkinson’s two essays entitled 'Prophets who Prophesy Lies in My Name' and The Church at Christ’s Checkpoint' (2011 and 2012 respectively) are available by clicking on the titles, the images below; or from the side bar of this page.

The sidebar also contains links to other articles on the subject of the (Gentile) church and Israel.

Click on images below to access these documents
Prophets who prophesy lies The Church at Christs Checkpoi


Footnotes:
From a Scottish perspective, the Church of Scotland spent the best part of an afternoon at its General Assembly in May 2011 discussing how it could best campaign to boycott Israeli products while staying (just) within the law. At the General Assembly of 2007 such was the anti-Israel bias that a senior (retired) Church of Scotland wrote a letter in response to the Assembly of that year.

The document 'A Covenant-keeping God' outlines the biblical covenants with a focus on the Abramic Covenant and the conflicting theological perspectives of Covenant Theology (so-called) and Dispensationalism.

The theological arguments used to support infant baptism – based on a refusal to differentiate between Abraham's 'special natural' children (the Jews) and his 'spiritual children' (all believers) – run right through mainstream Presbyterian doctrine. As a natural outworking these lead directly into a 'Replacement Theology' position.

Christians Together, 08/05/2012

Christian Palestinianism Dr. Paul Wilkinson
Dr. Paul Wilkinson speaking on an American radio programme about the rise of what he has dubbed 'Christian Palestinianism'; a modern outworking of a theology dating back to the earliest NT times which teaches that God has finished with the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in His plans and purposes.
Downloads: 562
Recorded: 23/02/2011
Length: 21 minutes
Listen Download MP3 Audio (20,171 KB)
Britain's Last Mandate David Davis
Speaking in Birmingham on the occasion of the National Day of Repentance 2006, David Davis spoke a message concerning Britain's destiny in terms of our history, responsibility and calling under God to align ourselves with God's sovereign purposes for the Jewish people. David sees us as living in a "season of Sudden".
Downloads: 712
Recorded: 17/09/2006
Length: 54 minutes
Listen Download MP3 Audio (128Kbps, 38,199 KB)

Feedback:
Brian Ross 08/05/2012 19:56
Have just read the article - i.e. haven't yet followed any of the links - and the words that are already ringing in my ears (heart?) are those quoted by the father of Corrie ten Boom to his (then) young daughter: "They (Israel) are still the apple of His eye"! We forget such words at our peril!
N.D. (Guest) 16/05/2012 21:26
Just finished reading " The Hiding Place " What an amazing woman was Corrie ten Boom, and a still more amazing sister called Betsie . A truly heroic and touching life story. I find it hard to comprehend that these events only happened five or so years before I was born . But sadly they did happen.
Charles Cottam (Guest) 11/07/2012 14:45
If God has changed his mind about His promises to the Jew s then He can change His mind about His promises to let me ( or you) into heaven if we are born again by believing in Jesus.
To those who would distort the clear meaning of scripture I just say pshat!!
Dorothe (Guest) (Guest) 01/01/2013 22:46
I've read the article "Christian Palestinianism; a response" and watched the video. I love that you quote scripture, however I think too many people are not connecting the dots and are uneducated. I think it would also be good, if you would not only show how the Jews are being demonized, but also to show, why these are lies and show evidence to the contrary.. e.g. give an answer in the video to this bishop at the gaza ralley, why Israel has not a policy of brutality, is not committing massacres, wars on children(compare Gaza war to same time in Syria or show statistics that compare civilian deaths of Israeli to Palestinians), is not an occupier, why settlement activity is allowed according to San Remo and UN resolutions.., more details on the wall etc. people don't know it, because they don't educate themselves and because the media is biased... they are brainwashed.. YoutubeVids are a good tool..
Editor 02/01/2013 09:14
Dorothe, The individual articles on the site are of a readable length. Accordingly any one article cannot hope to cover all the points you mention. There are however many articles in the section which cover Israel/the church and the world. (See end of this message.)

There are political arguments which will go on until Kingdom come (the Scriptures tells us that). But sadly many in our world are of the view: "I've made my mind up so don't trouble me with the facts."
Very sadly this response can be found within the church - and on matters theological no less.

Another issue which you touch upon is the fact that in our 'sound-bite' multi-media age which is awash with information and disinformation there is limited appetite for reading - the emphasis is on being entertained.

In terms of site content, the aim is to serve a wide spectrum of Christian interest, and while 'Israel' is an extremely important topic, there are other issues also (in world and in the church).

However for those who are interested in the subject, there are numerous articles (including audio and video material) in the section to which I refer below.
Could I also mention that the most recent video added to the CT site addresses anti-semitism within the United Nations. You will find it isn the 'AUDIO/VIDEO' section under the 'HOME' tab on the main menu bar.

The section of the site which covers 'Israel' topics (Esther 414 i.e. Esther 4:14) is at -

http://tinyurl.com/Esther-4-14

Hope this helps.
via Sucot Glasgow (Guest) 04/09/2013 18:50
We pray Gods' Blessing and Healing for Paul.
Editor 29/10/2014 16:15
ANGLICAN VICAR FACES ANTI-SEMITISM CHARGE

Jewish leaders have accused an Anglican Vicar from Surrey of supporting an “anti-Semitic hate-fest” by speaking at a conference in Iran at which claims of “Zionist” involvement in 9/11 were aired.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is demanding an investigation by the Church of England into why Rev Dr Stephen Sizer, of Virginia Water, Surrey, attended the event in Tehran at which a video of the anti-Jewish French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was also shown.

But Dr Sizer, who is a prominent campaigner against Israeli policy in Palestine, insisted that even though he strongly disagreed with many of the things others said, he was there as an “ambassador for reconciliation”.

He repudiated claims that the Second “New Horizon” festival in Tehran in September was anti-Semitic, although strong anti-Zionist views were expressed, and said he was there to present a Christian point of view.

Read on: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11144774/Church-of-England-vicar-denies-backing-anti-Semitic-hate-fest-in-Iran.html

A spokesman for the Diocese of Guildford said: “We are aware of the statement by the Board of Deputies regarding the recent attendance by Revd Dr Stephen Sizer of the ‘Second New Horizon’ conference in Tehran.” He added that “In 2012/13, the Diocese facilitated a process of conciliation between Dr Sizer and the Board of Deputies, and will seek to clarify whether the conciliation agreement has been contravened.”

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