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0 Letter opposing Christian Zionism sparks Israel debate

Evangelical supporters of Israel fired back at a September open letter by two Baptist ethicists questioning theological and moral grounds of “Christian Zionism.” 

David Gushee, a Mercer University professor and columnist for Associated Baptist Press, and Glenn Stassen of Fuller Theological Seminary penned “An Open Letter to America’s Christian Zionist” Sept. 19 denouncing the influence on U.S. foreign policy of the belief the Bible plots out boundaries that by divine right belong to Israel.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, we wish to claim here that the prevailing version of American Christian Zionism -- that is, your belief system -- underwrites theft of Palestinian land and oppression of Palestinian people, helps create the conditions for an explosion of violence, and pushes U.S. policy in a destructive direction that violates our nation’s commitment to universal human rights,” the professors said. “In all of these, American Christian Zionism as it currently stands is sinful and produces sin.”
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem replied with a letter charging Gushee and Stassen with “theological inconsistency and historical ignorance that are deeply troubling in professors of your standing.”
Leaders of the group founded in 1980 to advocate “scriptural responsibilities towards the Jewish people, to remind Israel of the wonderful promises made to her in the Bible and to be a source of practical assistance to all the people of the land of Israel” said their support does not mean they think Israel is perfect or that they support all its policies, and they also share concern, particularly for Palestinian Christians. 

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