Christian anti-Zionism is gaining strength both in America and abroad. Its teaching turns the world against Israel as God's Chosen People, casts Israel as the aggressor rather than the victim, and denies God's promise to give the Jewish people the land of Israel as an "everlasting possession" (Gen. 17:8; 48:4). Here are some of Christian anti-Zionism's most outspoken, influential proponents and what they say.
"There is no evidence that...the Jewish people had a divine right to the Land in Perpetuity, or that Jewish possession of the Land would be an important , let alone central, aspect of God's purposes for the world.(1)
"Ownership of the land is not a Christian question.(2) Burge has written extensively on what he calls the obsolescence of "territorial theologies."
"The most serious threats to the well-being of the Palestinians in general, and to the Christian Palestinians in particular, come not from the Jews, but from Christian Zionists here in the United States.(3)
"I have become convinced that if Jesus were here today he would stand with those who non violently protest the occupation of the Palestinian Territories, the extreme military violence used against the Palestinians, and the economic decline and psychological pain caused by the occupation.(4)
Some well-known, vocal Christian anti-Zionist institutions include:
Here are three more statements:
Contrary to what these men and institutions teach, more than 130 verses in the Bible reiterate the truth that the land of Israel has been divinely given to the Jewish people. Not a single verse in all of Scripture declares that God has revoked the promise He gave to Abraham in Genesis 17:8 (As a sampling, see Deuteronomy 4:40; Psalm 105:8-11; Jeremiah 23:7-8; Ezekiel 28:25-26; 34:13; 36:24; 37:1-14, 21; 39:28; 47:21; Amos 9:15; Acts 7:5.)
Written by Bruce Scott with Friends of Israel.
Israel My Glory, a publication of Friends of Israel Ministries, January/February 2014 p.34
1). Stephen Sizer, Zion's Christian Soldiers? (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 20.
2). Gary M. Burge, Jesus and the Land (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010) 127.
3). Tony Campolo, "Christian Zionism: Theology that legitimates oppression,"Sojourners, May 19, 2010 <tinyurl.com/CampoloCaZ>.
4). Lynne Hybels, "It's All About Jesus: A Personal Journey, "speech given May 16th 2010 at "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference, Bethlehem, Israel <tinyurl.com/LHybelsCaZ>
5). John Piper, "Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East, "DesiringGod.org sermon March, 7, 2004 <tinyurl.com/PiperIsrael>.
6). "An Open Letter to Evangelicals and Other Interested Parties: The People of God, The Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel," 2002, Article 9. The Open Letter is no longer available on the Knox Seminary website. It can be read at bible-researcher.com/openletter.html, which lists only 26 of the signatories. A response by Dr. Mike Stallard can be read on the Pre-Trib Research Center Website at <tinyurl.com/KnoxResponse>.
7). "The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto," 2012 <tinyurl.com/CheckpointManifesto>.
8). "A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering," Kairos Palestine, December 15, 2009 www.kairospalestine.ps/sites/default/Documents/English.pdf