Recently We Hold These Truths uploaded a podcast featuring a discussion on the book, “Judaism’s Strange Gods,” by Michael Hoffman. The following is the program description:
I am presently in my twice-yearly fundraising appeal to readers. Please give if you can. In addition to speaking out against US wars and regime change operations, I have tried to make this website into a living refutation of Christian Zionism. Here are a few simple questions you might, should you feel so inclined, ask of a Christian Zionist the next time you run into one…
I received this email a couple of days ago from We Hold These Truths concerning an upcoming meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention to take place in Phoenix, Arizona. As the email relates, WHTT will be holding a vigil outside the convention.
[ Ed. note – A movie produced by CBN, the Christian Zionist broadcast outlet, has just debuted in theaters. Entitled “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” it is touted as a “docudrama” and purports to relate the history of the 1967 Six-Day War, particularly with regard to the capture of East Jerusalem. Christian Zionists, of course, view this as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and the photo above is a scene from the film portraying Israeli soldiers praying at the Western Wall following the capture.
Praying for Peace War
Recently Chuck Carlson, founder of We Hold These Truths, was interviewed by Catholic radio interviewer Judith Sharpe. The topic was Christian Zionism, past and present. It’s a fascinating discussion that delves into how Christian Zionism got off the ground in America, with the publication of the Scofield Bible in 1908, and how the US was maneuvered into World War I just nine years later. Interestingly, Samuel Untermyer, a prominent Zionist, had a hand in both.
The Zionist influence continues to be a force today. While mainline Christian churches have largely resisted the Christian Zionist heresy, and some, such as the Lutherans and Presbyterians, have even taken up boycott-divestiture measures against Israel, the wolf always seems to be there in sheep’s clothing. You’ll hear Carlson discuss how those propounding Christian Zionist views are attempting in essence to infiltrate mainline churches today under the seemingly innocuous guise of forming Bible study groups. An interesting interview with an especially intriguing historical perspective, and if you listen to the full 73 minutes you’ll learn a lot.
A few days ago, We Hold These Truths posted a podcast entitled “Christian Zionism is a War Based Religion,” which includes a discussion on the so-called “just war” theological doctrine often used by Christian leaders to justify their support for US wars.
Jamal Bishara is a Southern Baptist preacher. He also happens to be Palestinian. At a Southern Baptist Convention held last year in St. Louis, Bishara strongly opposed a “pray for Israel” resolution that was introduced–a resolution that also condemned the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement but which had nothing to say about the suffering of Palestinians under occupation.
In a recent podcast with We Hold These Truths, Bishara related the story of his attendance at the convention, his opposition to the resolution, and the responses to it. You’ll also hear the story of how he came to be involved with the Southern Baptist church–and why he remains despite the Christian Zionist theology adhered to by much of its membership, including many, if not most, of its pastors. (He believes that someone must be the “salt and light” within the church.) You can go here to listen to the podcast.