Christian Zionism in the UK

Christians must love and defend Israelis, preaches
church mission

by Stuart Littlewood / July 9th,
2010

Ever heard of the CMJ (the Church’s Ministry among Jewish
People)?

Neither had I until I saw a parish magazine recently announcing a
talk by the CMJ’s Director of Advocacy to a local Church of England
study group about “God’s purpose for the Jewish people and Great
Britain’s involvement in the formation of modern Israel”.

Apparently the CMJ has a proud 200-year history and is a worldwide
ministry sharing with Jewish people its belief that not only is Jesus
the Saviour of the world, He is the Jewish Messiah. CMJ is “propelled by
devotion to God and the fulfillment of His promises to His people
Israel”, and it feels a need to provide in-depth teaching on the Jewish
roots of the Christian faith.

CMJ’s USA website talks of “the spiritual rebirth of the Jewish
people and the education of the Christian church in its call to take the
Gospel to ‘the Jew first’.”

And in its statement of faith the CMJ says Christians have “a special
responsibility to love, defend and share the Gospel with God’s
historic, chosen People, the Jews”.

  • CMJ believes that both Jewish and Gentile believers (including our
    Palestinian brothers and sisters) are united in the one “olive tree”. In
    fact, Jesus has made Jew and Gentile believers one “and has destroyed
    the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…”
    • The Israelis are still building the barrier and love nothing better
      than destroying whole groves of olive trees.

      • Gentiles are “fellow-citizens with God’s people”… God loves all
        people equally. This means that he loves the Israelis and the
        Palestinians equally.

      So all those claims to be God’s “chosen ones” are meaningless?

      • CMJ… has always seen the return of the Jewish people to their
        ancient land, and on a national scale to their Messiah, as a precursor
        to the return of Jesus in glory.

      Their return is achieved by ethnically cleansing the Holy Land,
      expelling the Arabs (whom God loves equally), slaughtering those who
      resist and trashing just about all of God’s commandments. Jesus is
      really going to appreciate that when he arrives.

      • CMJ rejoices that, after 2000 years… the Jewish people now, at last,
        have returned to the land from which the majority were dispersed in
        AD70…

      Rejoice in the Jewish occupation and you rejoice in the murderous
      crime spree it entails.

      • Israel is a secular state which is no more religious than Britain.
      • CMJ recognizes that the State of Israel was set up as a result of a
        majority vote of the United Nations in 1947… However the Ministry does
        not hold any official position as to the appropriate location of the
        borders of the state.

      But greedy Israel isn’t satisfied. If CMJ recognises the UN’s
      partition it should also accept the borders on which it was based. To do
      otherwise only serves to legitimise Israel’s ongoing land-grab and
      lawlessness.

      • CMJ believes that the term “Restoration” when applied to the Jewish
        people is primarily restoration to their Messiah… The focus of New
        Testament doctrine of the end times is on Jesus and holy living, rather
        than land.

      So why rejoice in their seizing the land and dispossessing the
      rightful owners?

      • CMJ affirms that God is a God of justice and peace, and that he
        desires justice and peace for all people groups.

      How can there be justice or peace under illegal occupation?

      • CMJ Ministry recognizes that the Israelis, after 2000 years of
        anti-Semitism, face a resurgence of anti-Semitism, a military threat
        from various nations, Palestinian terrorism and a threat to the
        stability of their safe homeland through demographic factors.

      Israel, with its nuclear arsenal and American-supplied state of the
      art weaponry, easily outguns the other nations in the Middle East. Its
      lack of restraint and contempt for international law, demonstrated many
      times, makes it the prime military and terror menace to the region.
      Meanwhile Palestinians have every right to defend their homes as best
      they can.

      • [The Palestinians] experience economic disaster and lack of
        infrastructure, partly through Israeli policies and partly through the
        failures of the Palestinian Authority.

      Palestinian infrastructure is regularly destroyed by Israel. Left in
      peace the Palestinians would have prospered like other nations. The PA
      has no legitimacy, it is a tool of the West.

      Bombshell

      Some say the CMJ encourages the physical restoration of the Jewish
      people to the biblical Land of Israel despite the suffering this causes,
      and published statements seem to confirm it.

      Wikipedia says: “CMJ has always adopted a Zionist position,
      and expressed the view that the Jewish people deserved a state in the
      Holy Land decades before Zionism began as a movement.”

      CMJ is also accused of propagating Zionism rather than Christianity.

      Ready for the bombshell? The CMJ was adopted as an official ministry
      of the Church of England in 1995. It has been operating in the shadows
      for 15 years.

      So is this the Church of England’s official Zionist wing?

      Within the Church it is said that some believe the mission to Jewish
      people is inappropriate. Others maintain that Jewish people cannot be
      excluded from the scope of Christian mission.

      And what about the local parish study group, and all the other study
      groups targeted by the CMJ? Did they know enough about the facts on the
      ground to challenge the CMJ’s advocacy?

      Here are the thoughts of the Local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, as
      set down in their Jerusalem Declaration of 2006… and they are in the
      front line, in the cauldron of brutal reality, facing the disastrous
      consequences of evangelical meddling by America and Britain.

      • We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false
        teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and
        reconciliation.
      • We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist
        leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and
        the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral
        pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine.
      • We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and
        support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual
        war…
      • Rather than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon
        everyone to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and
        occupation.

      Amen to that.

      Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio
      Free Palestine
      , which tells the plight of the Palestinians under
      occupation. Read
      other articles by Stuart
      , or visit Stuart’s website.

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