As a Bible believing Christian, I accept the Holy Scriptures to be the infallible Word of God. This should not be a controversial statement, but sadly in this day and age it has become so. Some of our fellow Christians doubt the truth of the Word, especially the certainty of God’s eternal promises to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Consequently, when God mandates us to stand as watchman on the walls of Jerusalem and to bless Israel in action, word and deed, many no longer believe these commands to be binding.
Anti-Israel forces have aggressively seized on this biblical distortion to drive a wedge between the Church and Israel. And they are making progress! Anti-Israel groups have made significant inroads into our churches, conventions, and publications with this contemptible propaganda. Allow me to cite a few examples:
- The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has distributed over 45 million copies of a brochure titled “Why We Should Be Concerned About Christian Zionism.”
- The Church of Scotland recently issued a report divorcing the Jewish people from the land of Israel. The report contended that “promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally, or as applying to a defined geographical territory.”
- Over the last 9 years, seven of the largest mainline Protestant denominations, including the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, have held votes on divesting funds from Israel.
Having enjoyed such success with the mainline denominations, anti-Israel organizations such as Sabeel and the Bethlehem Bible College are now targeting evangelical churches. As a result, the list of evangelical critics of Israel is growing quickly.
When CUFI on Campus attempted to hold an event at one of the most prestigious Christian colleges in the United States, Wheaton College, they faced enormous pressure from faculty and students to move the event off campus.
As pro-Israel Christians, it is important now more than ever to stand up and speak up for Israel. We must combat these deceptions with the truth in God’s Word; for Zion’s Sake, we should not and shall not remain silent!
It is Christians United for Israel’s responsibility, as the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, to push back against these anti-Israel propagandists. We must, in one clear voice, demonstrate that Bible-believing Christians stand with Israel and the Jewish people. We must educate other Christians that if they believe the Bible they should support Israel especially in these critical times.
CUFI’s “Because I am Christian, I Stand with Israel” campaign is an excellent opportunity for us to make a public statement about our faith as Christians and our commitment to the State of Israel. For a small donation of $5 or more, you can proudly display a “Because I am Christian, I Stand with Israel” car magnet on your vehicle so the thousands of people you pass know that Bible believing Christians stand with Israel.
May the Lord’s blessings be with you and yours as you bless the Jewish people.
Pastor John Hagee
National Chairman – Christians United for Israel