Algemeiner: As the World Council of Churches prepares for the opening of its General Assembly in the German city of Karlsruhe on Wednesday, a local Jewish leader has warned of the risk of antisemitic rhetoric at the event as delegates debate resolutions that are harshly critical of Israel.
“An antisemitic scandal cannot be ruled out,” Rami Suliman — chair of the Jewish community in the Baden region — told the Juedische Allgemeine news outlet on Monday.
Suliman added that while the Jewish community enjoyed good relations with local Christian groups, “unfortunately, there are also other voices in the world churches, not so obvious, but if you listen carefully, then the Jews are held responsible for suffering and injustice, and the state of Israel — the only democracy in the region — is denied its right to exist.”
Draft resolutions have been tabled at the General Assembly — the 11th held by the WCC — condemning the persecution of Christians in the Palestinian territories and blaming Israel for their plight, as well as a statement condemning Israel as an “apartheid state.”
A July 1 statement issued by the WCC accused Israel of “overtly and systematically discriminating [against] Palestinians.” It called on the Israeli government to “ensure equal human rights for all people living under their responsibility, and to ensure accountability for attacks and violations against Palestinians, against the holy places, churches, Christian communities, Muslims and other groups.”
The newly-elected head of the WCC — Rev. Jerry Pillay, a South African cleric — authored a paper in 2016 titled “Apartheid in the Holy Land.” Read More …
Opinion: And that, my friends, is the direct result of Replacement Theology that engulfs Catholicism and much of Protestantism. RT does not adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture. RT considers the church the recipient of God’s promises to Israel, and RT considers it is all for the glory of the church, not the glory of God.
Is there anything more deceptive and cunning than Christian anti-Semites? They operate under the guise of being followers of Jesus Christ but loathe His people, the Jewish people, of whom the God of the Bible declared to be His namesake.
(Excerpt Sunday Study August 14, 2022, to the end)
The Bible identifies Him as “the God of Israel” 203 times, “the God of Jacob” 28 times, “the God of Abraham” 17 times, and “the God of Isaac” 13 times. Never is He called “the God of” any other ethnic group. These designations are foundational to everything the Bible teaches, including the very character of God.
In His refutation of the Sadducees’ denial of the resurrection, Christ’s primary argument was based upon God’s statement to Moses: “I AM…the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations” (Ex 3:14-15). Clearly, this was the identity of the true God then; it is now and will be forever. God never changes. Notice Christ’s reasoning: “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God….[H]ave ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Mt 22:29-32).
Christ is saying that if Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will not live eternally through a resurrection, then it would be a mockery for God to be identified with them eternally. He would be the God of, and have identified Himself with, beings of limited existence— scarcely a blip in eternity. To be called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, if they no longer existed, would demean God. If the nation of Israel is dead, or has been replaced by the church and does not have an eternal future, then the very term “God of Israel” would not be to God’s glory but a slur upon His character in view of His many promises that Israel would never cease to exist.
Yet that is the position taken by those who say that Israel has been replaced by the church.
See Bible prophecy 101 “Doctrines That Divide Christians HERE
See Editor’s Sunday Study “God of Jacob, God of Israel” HERE