Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The End Times of Christian Zionism
By Charles E. Carlson
ccun.org, May 20, 2009
Is there a nation, or even an illiterate tribe that does not now
realize that the US' serial wars policy relies upon churches for support?
No political leader would have significant popular underpinnings for a war
plan against Middle Eastern countries were it not for the celebrity leaders
of Christian-Zionist churches. We who call ourselves by Christ's name must
understand why, whether we attend and support these churches or not.
This means the US would never have been in Iraq but for the evangelical
churches who openly support Israel as a scriptural imperative; nor would
there be support for the occupation and mass extermination of Arab
Palestinians were it not for them. "Christianity" is based on Jesus
Christ, who the Bible tells us, is the "Prince of Peace." Poiticians bomb
for reasons; Jesus would bomb no one. This obvious contradiction deserves to
be studied and exposed; this is our mission.
evangelical churches (also referred to as 'The Christian Right') claim to be
'pro-life' and most members this writer has met believe they are. But
the leaders support Israel, the abortion capital, which in addition to state
sponsored elimination of its own pre-born, systematically and openly
assassinates its neighbors and their children every day. The writer
has yet to see a Christian Celebrity criticize Israel for its policy of
state sponsored and administered abortion.
Not all churches support
war. For instance, the Vatican has not done so, though it has done
little to organize opposition to it. It opposed the hanging of Saddam
Hussein, stating: 'We don't think a crime should be avenged by another
crime' (Note 1)
We Hold These Truths (WHTT) has republished
accounts of several mainline protestant churches that have denounced wars on
Iraq, Lebanon, and the occupation of Palestine. Almost four years ago
the Greek Orthodox priest Father Panaritius, who manages The Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem banned the US President George Bush, his Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw from entry into the sanctuary. The American
people never heard about this act.
The Parish Priest of the Greek
Orthodox community in Amman, Jordan, Economies Constantine Karmash, stated:
'The priest in the Church of the Nativity has every right to ban Bush and
his supporters since they have marred the teachings of Christ. Their entry
into the church will tarnish it as [Bush's] hands are covered in the blood
of the innocent,' The Jordan Times "(note 2)
Our own analysis is
that Evangelicalism, by whatever label, has grown astronomically, not
because its theology is supported by Scripture in any logical way (it is in
fact anathema to Christ's words to take life) but because for almost 100
years it has been promoted by the purse that also supports world
Zionism. This support includes the publication and promotion of the Scofield
Reference Bible by the Oxford University Press. Scofield has become
the training manual for Christian-Zionism. (Note 3)
prospers at mega-church Sunday mass meetings for much the same reason
marijuana sells on the street; it makes many feel good, and it produces a
nominal hangover compared to other potients that make you feel good.
Evangelicalism is comfortable and sociable, which we all need. Some even
think marijuana brings you closer to God; the same is said of
evangelicalism. This writer is a former Baptist Deacon, so I write with some
experience, and not without concern and sympathy for misled
dispensationalists, among these are at least 16 million Southern Baptists in
Christian-Zionism receives an open playing field in the
media. Most Christian TV celebrities are Christian Zionists. Their
political ties to Israel are no longer being ignored or overlooked by
secular onlookers. The Economist, respected journal of Wall Street and
beyond, published 'Christianity Reborn' in its December 23rd issue, and
noted the power of Pentecostalism, which they call 'turbo-charged
evangelicalism. (note 4) The title is misleading because The Economist
explains only superficially why millions are flocking to this movement,
and recognizes it as a political force.< SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">
The Economist quite correctly recognizes the close and symbiotic
relationship with the State of Israel, correctly notes that evangelicals tie
their religion 'to the ubiquitous Israeli flag (once the Second Coming has
taken place in Israel, the Jews will convert to Christianity).'
Economist is part of the gathering crowd of concerned secular observers who
now recognize that evangelicalism is inexplicably hallmarked by a lack of
logic. They find it a bit scary, and an economic and political force to be
reckoned with, but they just don't understand it. No wonder logic oriented
secular writers do not understand Evangelicalism, as it makes no Biblical
sense and cannot be supported by the scripture it professes without adding
padding between the lines.
The Scofield Reference Bible is
the ultimate in Bible padding, with about 800 pages of footnotes and lots of
distorting italicized entries that often purposely misdirect when it suits
the editor-owners at Oxford University Press. Its concocted footnotes
provide the authority for such authors as 'Late Great Planet Earth' Hal
Lindsay, and 'Left Behind' Tim Lahaye. WHTT has made a mission out of
unwinding the most abhorrently apostate, warlike, and racist elements of
evangelicalism, including many from the Scofield Reference Bible. It is not
a mystery, nor do we think it is 'God's will' that evangelicalism has
prospered, any more than it is His will that 'crack' sells so well.
WHTT's Project Strait Gate believes it to be apparent from the books
evangelicals publish and use that Christian-Zionism is a discovery, if not
an invention of World Zionism. It was nipple fed by Zionists during
the early 20th Century, cultured to politicize 'Christianity' for the
purpose of controlling it, and to create a solid block in support of
political Israel. Christian-Zionism is therefore a target worthy of
our primary mission activity. Our concern is not so much with who
spawned Christian Zionism so much as who controls it today.
We Hold These Truths would like to see more churches return to primitive or
traditional Christianity. We think this will take years to happen and
only after millions who think for themselves withdraw their support and
attendance. We are tired of seeing Christ-followers plastered with
guilt by association with Christian Zionism, under any name. We wish
not to be drawn into the dishonest intellectual quagmire of morally failing
evangelicalism. We welcome lots of company from the ashes of the
stuffy, and long ignored (justifiably) mainline churches, including Roman
Catholics. May they again compete for the minds of the millions who
left them to join evan gelicalism.
We started fledgling programs
described on our website under 'Who We Are' to do our part to restore the
Christ Following Way practiced by the disciples and apostles. Our own
LISTEN LIVE Internet Bible study for those who need a weekly fellowship and
are no longer at home in the churches they find in their communities.
Project Strait Gate organized Vigils at Christian Zionist churches to
challenge their leaders. The most recent vigil was at Jack Hayford's
The Church On The Way. (Note 5)
About 85% of Americans claim to be
Christians, according to the census, but the majority do not attend church.
Nevertheless, the count is some 240 million people divided into three more
or less numerically similar camps, Catholic, traditional Protestant, and
Evangelicals (including Charismatic and Pentecostals.) Of these
millions, the evangelicals are the newest and most active group politically,
having been invented sometime in the mid- 1800s, and having grown up in the
20th Century. They are also the most likely to attend church regularly, and
they are overwhelmingly the most likely to be Christian-Zionists. This
means we are talking about some 80 million so-called evangelicals.< /P>
The raw numbers of 'evangelicals' (including Pentecostals and
Charismatics) is far from exaggerated, and is greater than others have
estimated world wide. The recent Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Report, which surveys ten developing and third world countries, states that
in some places Pentecostals make up half of the 'Christian' population.
No church I know has a 'Christian-Zionist Church' marquee,
though I have seen several that fly an Israeli flag overhead us. When I talk
to traditional Christians in an Episcopal or Lutheran church they rarely
understand what a Christian-Zionist believes, or why adhering to this
doctrine is impossible for one who seriously follows Jesus' words.
The influence of evangelical celebrities on mainline traditional
Protestants and Catholics is magnified by vast media coverage.
Christian Zionism can muster support beyond its base number because its
financial base is supported by the state of Israel and all the press
Israel's friends can influence. The Pew poll tells us 2 out of every
10 Americans identify themselves as 'Charismatic Christians.' This is
a truly astonishing number, as the majority of Evangelicals would not
identify themselves as Charismatic for social reasons.
Whatever the number, few church-goers would disagree that evangelicalism is
the most powerful political force within the umbrella called Christianity.
It is credited with swinging the last two Presidential elections, and it
swung the congressional landslide in the other direction this year.
Evangelicals, while pretending to avoid politics, are still the more
organized political force, far more powerful than Judaism because it is as
much as 20 to 35 times larger. Jews make no pretext of being a
political, Christian-Zionists do.
The politics of
evangelicalism is overwhelmingly Christian-Zionist because 98 years ago
World Zionism helped prepare evangelicalism to recognize a future Jewish
state. As a result of this farsighted planning, the adulation of
Israel is taught as a prime tenet of evangelical theology. The
evangelicalism of the 19th century exploded into Christian-Zionism when
Israel became a state in 1948.
The roots of Christian-Zionism
come from unique 'prophetic' interpretations of Old Testament scripture
seasoned with a few carefully selected snippets from the New Testament, but
rarely from Jesus himself. The NT passages are usually lifted out of
context and grafted onto as an example of Old Testament verses.
Evangelicals' idea of bible study is something like a scrabble game of ideas
where any statement from any place can be cut and pasted with other snippets
to produce the desired cake mix. The Oxford University Press's
Scofield Reference Bible, first published in 1909, often provides the
supporting interpretations. (Note 7) audio video Christian-Zionisms' Roots.
Christian-Zionism has also entered into the back door of every
denomination, including Roman Catholicism, through 'Christian Right'
television brought into the home and the home bible study movement.
Both are overwhelmingly Christian-Zionist. This label describes a
political marriage of evangelical end-times false prophesy to political
Zionist armies, which places the State of Israel on a demi-god throne next
Most Israeli Jews, and some in the USA, like to think of
themselves as the people chosen by God to occupy the land owned by the
Palestinians (Philistines). But they also admit that the State of Israel
resulted from the hard work of Jewish political leaders working together
around the world...few Jews believe God had anything to do with it because
they doubt if God exists. To the contrary, all Christian-Zionists and most
evangelicals swear that God created the present day State of Israel in
fulfillment of his promise to the 'chosen people.' Israel is the
centerpiece of God's plan which men have no power to stop or alter.
Evangelicals claim 'Christians' must honor not only anyone who
calls himself a Jew, but also the State of Israel, else the USA as a nation
will be judged and damned, as Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned and
destroyed. Most do not deny that their religion is based on theology
written in the footnotes of the venerated, best selling Scofield Reference
Bible. For instance, they believe 'anti-Semitism is a sin' based on a
page 19 of the 1967 Edition, a de facto 11th commandment.
Sadly, Christian Zionism countermands the command of Jesus to 'love your
neighbor as yourself.'
In stark contrast to the twisted beliefs of
evangelicals... Catholics, traditional Protestants, and many Jews consider
the state of Israel a political state established by men, some good and some
bad. Not so with Christian-Zionists, who must pray for and worship the
political State of Israel. Universally they hold Israel to be the
fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. Mormons and most other 19th and 20th
Century sects should be numbered among the Christian-Zionists.
The state of Israel spends Shekels supporting Christian-Zionism in the USA,
as detailed in a recent story in Haaretz called: In Praise of Christian
Zionists, which gleefully reported: "Seven-in-ten white evangelicals (69%)
believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people and a solid majority (59%)
believe that Israel is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy." (Note 8)
Reverend Steven Sizer, a theologian by training, in his excellent new
book, Christian Zionism, Road Map to Armageddon, concludes the movement has
seven basic tenets, and "belief in unfulfilled biblical prophesy is the
basis of (the other) six.'
'prophesies' included God's ordination of future and present wars; the
continued blessing to the Chosen People; Israel's eventual occupation of
most of the Middle East; and a new temple to be built in Jerusalem with the
resumption of animal sacrifice.
Dr. Sizer's alarming book is
published in the UK. False prophets like William Blackstone, John
Walvoord, and Hal Lindsey prove his points. Their contributions to
Zionism are detailed in the book.
An ingenious WHTT volunteer
named Les Landon once devised a litmus test for Project Strait Gate to
detect a Christian Zionist church with a simple 15-word, one question test:
'Do you teach that the political State of Israel is a fulfillment of
Any answer other then an outright 'No' is a
Christian-Zionist marker that has yet to fail, as surely as acid turns
litmus paper red.
We are amazed to find Haaretz in Israel has
borrowed this same definition to detect its followers among the Christian
Project Strait Gate began holding Vigils at
Christian-Zionist churches and conventions in November 2002, before the
destruction of Baghdad began. In the November 2006 congressional
election, four years after our first Vigil, some 20% of evangelicals have
now revolted against Christian-Zionist wars. The great turning in
men's minds has begun. Please find a way to help in this epic struggle
to lead God's people from their fall into Christian Zionism. Call us
to ask how you can help.
Note 1: Vatican
Note 2: The Jordan Times
Note 3: Scofield audio Video
Note 4: The Economist
Note 5: The Church
On The Way
Note 6:Pew Forum
on Religion & Public Life
note 8: Haaretz, In
Praise of Chrisian Zionism
Note 9: Steven Sizer website
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This article was originally published on Jan 03, 2007.
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