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”.
As for the CMJ’s attitude to the Israel-Palestine struggle…
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- [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.
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
- 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
- Rather than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we
call upon everyone to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism
Amen to that.