Supersessionism and replacement theology not only make anti-Semitism possible, they make it acceptable. The reality is that these same beliefs have been the foundation of Christian Jew-hatred for almost two thousand years and are now used by some Christians to deny Israel the right to exist.
Earlier this year, in the middle of the so-called Knife or Stabbing Intifada in which Israeli's were being randomly slaughtered by blade-wielding Islamist Palestinians, evangelical leaders in Bethlehem held a conference. Called "Christ at the Checkpoint," its message was in sync with the current intifada. It was a full, frontal assault. But the intended victim of the conference, instead of Israel, was the community of Christians who stand with Israel, who support the Jewish State.
Many evangelical Christians, probably most, are avid supporters of the Jewish State. But not all of them. There is a growing number of megachurch pastors and opinion shapers - like singing artists, professors and publishers - who are adopting and promoting an anti-Israel "Christian" narrative. It is a movement that is aimed at millennials with growing success. Why? Jim Fletcher explains.
Van Zile's new book exposes a devastating reality: Christian anti-Semitism has returned. Today it is an entrenched narrative in mainline Protestant churches. During the second world war, Van Zile writes, "respectable Christians marched two-thirds of Europe’s Jews and millions of other victims to their deaths." The preaching and teaching that justified such conduct has returned to synods, pulpits and Sunday Schools in the United States of America.
"When I learned about World Vision, an international Christian organization, and its alleged funding of Hamas, I was shocked. It felt like the World Record of mismanagement and corruption."