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Evangelicals Defend 'Christ at the Checkpoint' from Israeli Critics

(UPDATED) Leaders reject allegations by Ministry of Foreign Affairs official that Bethlehem conference is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.
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Update (March 12): Evangelical leaders of this week's Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference defended their four-day event against a chorus of critics who allege the gathering has an anti-Israel political agenda.

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Rick Dalbey

March 13, 2014  5:22pm

David, I am Israeli in spirit only. Actually I am just another Christian, living in Oregon. I am not involved with Hagee's CUFI nor a member of any Christian Zionist organizations. However I belong the largest pro-zionist organization on the planet, the body of Christ. And I know what the Bible says. Israel is the pupil of God's very eye, He has the walls of Jerusalem tattooed on His hands, He has promised to restore the Nation (which He has) and one day soon He is coming back to step foot on earth and govern the planet from Jerusalem. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, Christians, Palestinians, Jews, and world peace will ensue for the first time in recorded history.

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David Stafford

March 13, 2014  3:58pm

Rick Dalbey: I thank and praise God for your powerful and capable advocacy here. Although I live in Gatesville, Texas, I was delighted to here that you are an Israeli. You pray for me and I'll pray for you. God be thanked. Hallelujah!

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Rick Dalbey

March 13, 2014  2:47pm

Christian Zionism is the default position of believing evangelicals. A 2013 survey by the American Culture and Faith Institute found more than 4 out of every 5 conservative Protestant pastors (81%) sympathize more with Israel than with their Palestinian adversaries; just 1% sympathizes more with the Palestinians; and 18% are neutral. Pew Research reported that among white evangelical Protestants, 72% side with Israel and 4% with the Palestinians. When asked in a 2011 Pew survey if God’s covenant with the Jewish people continues today, 73 percent of world evangelical leaders, including 67 percent of all Americans, answered positively. Most rank-and-file evangelicals agree. The ultraliberal World Council of Churches and the theologically liberal mainline denominations do not support Israel. You’re right, sadly there's a slow turning away from Biblical literalism. Jaunita, do you believe the nation of Israel should divide, give up land to form two states or be threatened with boycotts?

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jaunita brock

March 13, 2014  1:49pm

Rick, i must partly disagree. Christian Zionist groups like CUFI do not represent the the 'default' position of the evangelical churches in the west. While i do agree they once did, there has been a slow but steady turning away from the theological teachings of Christian Zionism. Christians in the west have been awakened to the truth of there being two people(s) involved in this conflict, both which God loves very much. We as Christians are 'obligated' to love both and be concerned for both, equally, as well. Not all Christians in the west follow dispensational theology Rick.

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Rick Dalbey

March 13, 2014  12:10pm

Susan, my point is you have no mandate to fly into a foreign country, advocate that they divide up their land, give it away and threaten to boycott them if they refuse to honor your wishes. That is brazen arrogance. And especially to do it in the name of Jesus. And especially if you maintain relations with Pro-Jihadists who are sworn to eliminate the country and the people. Try that in Iran or Turkey or Saudi Arabia or any other Middle Eastern country. Israel shows a HUGE amount of restraint and tolerance. Christians are called to preach the gospel of salvation to every corner of the earth. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” We pursue and promote peace with God. We are not called to meddle in the politics of foreign countries with demands and threats of boycott. The signs that follow the preaching of the gospel are casting out demons, speaking in tongues and healing the sick.

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