Wednesday, 29 December 2010

God TV raised $500,000 - to plant trees in the Negev

Has GOD TV really spent $500,000 of subscribers money to plant trees in the Negev Desert? I find this incredible because it is a huge waist of money when there is so much real need in the world, and it exhibits a supreme lack of faith.

Presumably if God wished to raise up trees in the Negev he doesn't need dollars, merely seeds, rain and sunshine. He could do it himself. The promises of God to Moses about a land flowing with milk and honey were concerned with what God would do as a result of our obedience to him.

This is of course made worse by the fact that the Bedouin tribes have been forced of their historical lands. Read more here;

http://stephensizer.blogspot.com/2010/12/jesus-recruited-god-tv-helps-israel.html

http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=16517

Monday, 20 December 2010

Inverting Theology ?

Those of us who do not accept the teachings of Christian Zionism find that our position is under attack for aledgedly moving away from biblical principles.
The December and January 2010/11 news letter of the CMJ is a case in point.
Available here

We are told "Replacement theology is not only on the increase is but is being subtly re-aligned to make it seem more acceptable and even biblical."

Apparently we teach that God loves all people equally and "that there is no special ethnic group who deserve God’s favour." But CMJ believe this is all about modern politics rather than what Scripture teaches. Really?

Or how about the conditional promise of land linked to obedience to the Law of Moses? Apparently today one ethnic group is no longer held accountable by God, but still 'deserve' God's favour. Really?

So what do I believe. That God loves Jews enough to bring them into righeousness in Christ; to have the Law written on their hearts and to share in the love of God that is found in Christ - the one who was born King of the Jews and the fulfilled promise of Abraham.

Replacement theology looks like a strawman argument, it doesn't represent what I believe. Those of us on this 'side' simply seek to follow Paul's teaching in Ephesians 2:11-19 (below), and elsewhere, that states that God has made 'one new man' between Jews and Gentiles in Christ.

"11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Is the State of Israel 'playing with Fire'?

A report in the Guardian suggests that Israel is playing with fire over settlements.
Jordan: Israel playing with fire with settlements

Abdullah is said to firmly reject the settlement plans, saying Jordan has "warned repeatedly that Israel is playing with fire," and said that he "condemns all Israeli measures to change the identity of Jerusalem and empty it of its Arab Christian and Muslim residents."

The State of Israel and Settlements

The Telegraph is reporting that Israel is planning to defy 'to defy Barack Obama' over settlements: It reports that;
'Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will convene an emergency session of his cabinet on Friday amid signs that the Jewish state was strengthening its defiance of the United States.'

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Reviews

There have been a couple of reviews.

The first in the Evangelicals Now paper.

http://e-n.org.uk/p-4927-Zion

The second by Mike Moore on his blog

http://fromthetopcom.blogspot.com/2010/01/replacement-theologys-new-name.html

And repeated at Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zions-New-Name-Christian-Continuity/dp/0956214606

N.B. The present print version has corrected the few spelling mistakes in the earlier print run.