JNS: For the first time in its history, Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) hosted its bi-annual conference in the United States. The event was created by Palestinian Christian activists in Bethlehem in 2010.
This year, Christian leaders from around the world gathered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to condemn Christian Zionists and fight Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian land.
“From the beginning the target of CATC has been Christian Zionists. This remains the primary target,” Luke Moon, deputy director of the Philos Project, told CBN News.
“That being said, many of the speakers at the conference go out of their way to make a distinction between Jews and Zionists. For them criticizing Zionism is not anti-Semitism. more …
Opinion: “Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come”. Psalm 65:1 NIV
Zionism: A movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.
Anti-Semitism: Hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Jewish people.
The only way to call Zionism evil is to be ignorant of Biblical history/prophecy. The only way for Christian leaders/pastors to be ignorant of both is if they attended or are influenced by Replacement Theology or Covenantal Theology seminaries. And that is most.
Both theologies place the church at the absolute center of God’s plan allowing no room for Israel or the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, of whom God said:
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 7:6-9
For all those Christians who believe that the Old Testament is no longer necessary, or as one famous preacher recently said that Christians should ‘un-hitch’ from the OT, Paul reaffirmed God’s position on the covenants to Abraham in the New Testament.
“For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.” Romans 9:3-5