Massachusetts Bishop Accused of Anti-Israel ‘Blood Libel’ Offers Full Apology


Algemeiner: A US Episcopal Church Bishop has apologized for an incendiary false claim about Israel made at a meeting of senior church leaders in July.

Bishop Gayle Harris said in a statement that she had presented evidence of an alleged killing of a young Palestinian by IDF troops as if she personally had witnessed it.

At the meeting of the House of Bishops on July 13 – the top body in the Episcopalian Church – she said she had seen “a teenager, I think he was 15, was walking down the street and asked a military vehicle … a question.”

“He began to run as they threatened him, and they shot him in the back four times,” Harris claimed. “He fell on the ground and they shot him again another six.”

“After reviewing my words in the House of Bishops from a transcription, I now acknowledge that I reported stories which I had heard and unintentionally framed them as though I had personally witnessed the alleged events,” Bishop Harris said. “I sincerely apologize. I now understand how the framing of my words could and did give the wrong impression.”

Opinion: There was no apology, however, for the underlying anti-Semitism in the Episcopal denomination that is a by product of Covenant theology (Calvinism) that began in the 16th century as a framework for biblical interpretation. Covenant Theology followed Replacement theology and stands in contrast to Dispensationalism in regard to the relationship between the church and Israel.

  • Replacement theology: (4th-5th century AD) teaches the church replaced Israel in God’s plan
  • Covenant theology: (16th century AD) makes the claim that the church is Israel.
  • Dispensational theology (18th century AD) teaches that there are two distinct peoples of God: Israel and the Church.

Covenant Theology remains the majority teaching for Protestantism since the time of the Reformation, and it is the system favored by the Episcopal church.

(For more see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 3″Doctrines that Divide Christians” here)

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