The Bible Haters
The battle between
supporters of Israel, and Israel’s
enemies within the Church is escalating.
Guess who’s doing
In a new book by
Hank Hanegraaff (radio’s “Bible Answer Man”), we find the following
they are foisting on the world is simply embarrassing to the church"
tenuousness of their views on the rapture, tribulation, Israel,
of the bizarre system of end-times speculation that has become the benchmark of
orthodoxy in the minds of many evangelicals"
They are speaking,
of course, of pro Israel,
Rapture-believing, Bible-believing Christians. There is a highly developed
campaign to marginalize “our kind.” If you didn’t already know that, prepare
Further, there is an
extraordinary article on this subject at Lighthouse Trails. You can read the
article for yourself at
The wonderful folks
at Lighthouse Trails said it better than I can; the article is informative and
critical in understanding this campaign to demonize lovers of Israel.
As I’ve written
before, Brian McLaren, a leading Emergent voice (one of the Emergent leaders
recently told me they no longer like to be called “Emergent.” I’m reminded of
Charles Spurgeon’s comment that darkness hates the light), is feeling his oats
in condemning Christian Zionists. I have one thing to say to that:
Bring it on.
tried to get McLaren to confirm me as a “friend” on Facebook, to no avail. I’ll
say it again — and if any reader happens to have any influence in this area — I
challenge McLaren to a debate on Bible prophecy/Christian Zionism anytime,
anywhere. Name the place, time, and format.
Guys like that love
to write their books and network and spout off in comfortable settings (such as
in Jim Wallis’s Sojourners magazine), but they are gutless when confronted. And
there are plenty of capable people who can confront them.
is a nauseating portion of McLaren’s interview in Sojourners:
doctrinal formulations often use a bogus end-of-the-world scenario to create a
kind of death-wish for World War III, which--unless it is confronted more
robustly by the rest of us--could too easily create a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
First of all, “death-wish” Bible prophecy advocates is a bogus charge.
Are there fringe cases? Yes, just like there are fringe cases among the Left.
McLaren knows exactly what he’s doing. It’s Goebbels-like to demonize citizens
who are minding their own business. He knows that. It’s a tactic.
Now, let’s turn out attention for a moment to the Emergents’
counterparts in the Middle East. Two weeks ago, Syrian dictator
Bashar Assad said there will be no peace with Israel until the Israelis
give up the Golan Heights.
Barack Obama’s administration and state department are telling anyone and
everyone that the only resolution to the Iran
crisis is the solving of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The UN has just
for its response in the Gaza
These three declarations are lies. They are peddled by liars.
We live in the days that Isaiah spoke of, when evil will be called good
and good evil.
Every rational person understands
is not the problem in the Middle East.
But you’ve heard of someone being thrown under the bus? Israel
is thrown under a really, really big bus on a daily basis.
Think about this: Israel
has been fighting a war for survival for 61 years — wars come and go, but
terrorism never sleeps. In the midst of that, they are dealing with the usual
concerns: the economy, worker strikes, class struggles, political infighting,
education. The list goes on. What other country could keep its sanity? Yet Israel
not only survives, but thrives.
in the face of enemies wearing different uniforms. Some wear military uniforms,
some wear journalist garb, some wrap themselves in clerical collars, still
others look reasonable, loving, and peaceful as they flit from campus speech to
repulsive for professing Christians to marginalize Christians who have done
nothing to invite such criticism. It seems very logical to understand that
terrorists murder people, while those who oppose them really do value life. But
there is nothing logical or rational coming from the leftwing camp. Partly, they
and her supporters because they know this will not invited physical violence
from said groups. On the other hand, to actually have the guts to confront the
real offenders would invite violent threats from those offenders. In other
words, it’s easier to be gutless.
some will accuse me of doing the same thing McLaren is doing, the charge doesn’t
stick. I repeat: demonizing people who have done nothing to invite such wrath is
live in an age of real persecution of believers.
And so we must
remember to confront the haters “robustly” and with boldness.