Friday, June 13, 2014

Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assertions

By Stephen Sizer
Special to Virtueonline
June 13, 2014

Following publication of an article by Melanie Phillips, ‘Jesus Was a Palestinian’: The Return of Christian Anti-Semitism, I was approached by British Anglican blogger Stephen Sizer to offer a rejoinder which you can read here The Rev. Sizer has written several books, his latest book Zion’s Christian Soldiers provides the reader with seven pins with which to burst the balloon of Christian Zionism.

In this short summary of his book Sizer provides the reader with seven pins with which to burst that balloon. “Any one should be sufficient to show that there is no biblical foundation for contemporary political Zionism,” he writes.

1. Does God bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel?

This popular assumption is based on a misreading of Genesis 12:3. First, note that the promise was made to Abram (that is, Abraham) and no one else. Second, there is nothing in the text to indicate God intended the promise to apply to Abraham’s physical descendants unconditionally, or in perpetuity. Third, in the New Testament we are told explicitly that the promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and in those who acknowledge Him as their Lord and Saviour. God’s blessings come by grace through faith, not by works or race (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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