Mideast Churches Slam Christian Zionism
for we have heard that God is with you.'" (Zechariah 8:23)
By Khalid Amayreh ccun.org, July 11, 2009
"It has nothing to do with true Christian teachings and ideals. It is actually a heresy," Bishop Younan.
Christian leaders in the Middle East and the Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) are on a holy mission to expose Christian Zionism as a pseudo-religious movement that twists Christianity for its own political purposes.
"We don’t consider these people [Christian Zionists] a legitimate Christian sect or denomination," Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, told IslamOnline.net.
Younan co-signed the landmark Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism along with leaders of seven other major churches in the Middles East.
In the document, the Christian clergy denounce so-called Christian Zionism as a heretic movement whose ideas and ideals are incompatible with authentic Christian teachings.
"[It’s a] false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation."
Christian Zionism, also referred to as Evangelical Zionism, teaches that the creation of Israel on the rubbles of Palestine in 1948 was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
Its doctrine, popularized by the 19th century American Cyrus Scofield, claims that Israel is an important catalyst in the second coming of Jesus Christ and that the Israeli-Arab conflict is a battle between good and evil that will play a pivotal role in this.
They claim that Jesus can’t return until certain events occur, including Jews gaining control of Jerusalem, destroying its Islamic holy places and building their alleged temple.
According to Christian Zionism, the final battle of Armageddon will then precipitate the second coming of Christ.
"It has nothing to do with true Christian teachings and ideals," insists Bishop Younan.
"It is actually a heresy." Full story here