CHRISTIAN ZIONIST CONGRESS
[political, as distinguished from theological principles, are set in bold letters – The Webmaster]
The following Proclamation was adopted unanimously by the Third International Christian Zionist Congress, Jerusalem, February 25-29, 1996. The Congress, attended by approximately 1500 delegates and other participants representing over 40 countries, was sponsored by the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem.
We, the delegates to the Third International Christian Zionist Congress, have assembled in Jerusalem on this 29th day of February, 1996. This Congress coincides with the 3000 anniversary celebration of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem, the Holy City of G-d. Confident in the favor of G-d upon our endeavours, we have convened for the following purposes:
To join in the celebration of "Jerusalem 3000", to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to declare our firm position on the future status of the city;
To demonstrate Christian concern for Israel and the Jewish people;
To commit our fervent efforts to instruct and persuade Christian men and women everywhere of the revealed truths pertaining to Israel and the Jewish people in the Testaments of G-d as enlightened by the Holy Spirit;
To deliberate on the positions and measures which we must take to assist Israel and the Jewish people in facing the challenges before them, particularly in response to the agreements and final status talks with the Palestinian Arabs, the bilateral talks with Syria, and the need for continuing Aliyah;
To express our deep concern with and to seek to address the increasing threat posed by radical Islam to Israel, to Christian minorities in the Middle East and to the world, while offering compassionate prayer for millions of people now in the Islamic faith, and to determine priorities for Christian Zionist efforts in the future.
AFFIRMATION OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM
After careful consideration and prayer, we join with one heart and mind to declare and decree our firm belief that:
1. The Bible is the inspired W-rd of G-d and is the basis of our faith as Christians, following the teaching of our L-rd and of the Apostles, and the source of our motivation as Zionists.
2. G-d the Father Almighty, chose the ancient nation and people of Yisrael, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to reveal His plan of redemption for the world. They remain the Elect of G-d, and without the Jewish nation His redemptive purposes for the world will not be completed.
3. Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah and has promised to return to Jerusalem, to Yisrael and to the world.
4. It is reprehensible that generations of Jewish peoples have been killed and persecuted in the name of our L-rd, and we challenge the Church to repent of any sins of commission or omission against them.
5. The scattering of the Jewish people throughout the centuries of the Diaspora was ordained by the L-rd as corrective, as were previous exiles, and redemptive, bringing the knowledge of the one true G-d of Yisrael unto the Gentile nations.
6. The modern ingathering of the Jewish people to Eretz Yisrael and the rebirth of the nation of Yisrael are in fulfillment of biblical prophecies, as written in both Old and New Testaments.
7. Christian believers are instructed by Scripture to acknowledge the Hebraic roots of their faith and to actively assist and participate in the plan of G-d for the ingathering of the Jewish people and the restoration of the nation of Yisrael in our day.
8. The L-rd in His zealous love for Yisrael and the Jewish people blesses and curses peoples and judges nations based upon their treatment of His chosen people, Yisrael.
9. Concerning Jerusalem: It is the Holy City of the Jewish people and those of biblical faith. At the time appointed by G-d, Messiah will return to sit on the everlasting throne of David in Jerusalem and will reign over all the world in righteousness and in peace.
10. According to G-d’s distribution of nations, the land of Yisrael has been given to the Jewish people by G-d as an everlasting possession by an eternal covenant. The Jewish people have the absolute right to possess and dwell in the land, including Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan.
11. Christians should oppose all forms of discrimination and prejudice (anti-semitism) against the Jewish people and the Jewish State and should actively seek to be a comfort and a friend to them.
12. G-d’s choice of Israel was a means to reach the world with His love, word and redemption. Therefore, the fulfilling the Great Commission is vital and flows out of our commitment to Yisrael.
A SENSE OF THE CONGRESS RESOLUTIONS
Further, we are persuaded by the clear unction of our G-d to express the sense of this Congress on the following concerns before us this day:
l. Because of the sovereign purposes of G-d for the city, Jerusalem must remain undivided, and under Israeli sovereignty, open to all peoples, the capital of Yisrael only, and all nations should so concur and place their embassies there.
2. As a faith bound to love and forgiveness, we are appreciative of the attempts by the Government of Yisrael to work tirelessly for peace. However, the truths of G-d are sovereign and it is written that the Land which He promised to His chosen people is not to be partitioned. It is our moral sense that Yisrael and the nations err in according favor and status to the current leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization and in placing in their hands land and people that are precious to G-d. It would be further error for the nations to recognize a Palestinian state in any part of Eretz Yisrael.
3. To the extent the Palestinian Covenant or any successor instrument calls for the elimination of Yisrael or denies the right of Yisrael to exist within secure borders in Eretz Yisrael, it should be abolished.
4. The Golan is a part of biblical Yisrael and is a vital strategic asset necessary for the security and defence of the entire country. No bilateral or multilateral agreements with Syria should give consent to, whether expressly or by implication, Syria’s continued occupation of Lebanon and oppression of its Christian community.
5. Yisrael has the clear and lawful right to defend itself.
6. Regarding Islam, we express the following concerns with Muslim attitudes towards Jews and Christians out of a sense of compassion for the millions of people who believe that they follow in the faith of Abraham by way of Islam, and with a commitment to intercede for them, that the Spirit of Truth will reveal to them the true nation of the faith of Abraham.
o We are convinced from a biblical stand-point that the Muslim concept of "allah" is an anti-Jewish and anti-Christian distoration of how G-d revealed Himself to the Patriarchs, Kings, and Prophets of Yisrael, and how G-d has revealed Himself through our L-rd. We find these attitudes have their source in portions of the Quran which accuse Jews and Chrstians of having falsified the revelation of G-d given in Scripture.
o Those elements within the Islamic faith which promote hatred of Yisrael and of the Jewish peoples brings spiritual bondage, evil and confusion upon themselves, their followers and their nations. Christian compasssion demands that all Christians actively seek to free them from any such hatred towards Yisrael and the Jewish people.
o The Islamic claim to Jerusalem, including its exclusive claim to the Temple Mount, is in direct contradiction to the clear biblical and historical significance of the city and its holiest sight, and this claim is of later religio-political origin rather than arising from any Quranic text or early Muslim tradition.
o We condemn that radical view now ascendant within Islam which, by its own tenets, advocates violence and Jihad (holy war) as a legitimate means to spread the Islamic faith and advance the Islamic worldview. We find the most pernicious expression of such radical views is the belief that a Muslim who sacrifices his very life to kill a Jew receives the reward of instant entry to Paradise. The practice of such beliefs poses an increasingly unacceptable peril to Yisrael and a grave threat to both Muslim and non-Mulsim peoples throughout the world. These threats must be opposed and challenged by all.
7. While Gentile believers have been grafted into that household of faith which is of Abraham (the commonwealth of Yisrael), replacement theology within the Christian faith, which does not recognize the ongoing biblical purposes for Yisrael and the Jewish people, is doctrinal error.
8. Regarding Aliyah, we remain concerned for the fate of imperilled Jewish people in diverse places, and seek to encourage and assist in the continuing process of the return of the exiles to Eretz Yisrael. To this end, we commit to work with Yisrael and to encourage the Diaspora to fulfill the vision and goal of gathering to Yisrael the greater majority of all Jewish people from throughout the world.
We recognize that in making and declaring this Proclamation, we engage fully in matters of great weight and concern to the nations. As Christians, we are commanded to love the L-rd our G-d with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself. Bound to His divine love, we are yielded to a ministry of reconciliation which yearns to reconcile humankind to our Creator and people to each other. Therefore, we make this Proclamation with a sense of purpose and destiny, and with pure conscience, knowing that the mercies of our L-rd are ever toward us and are available to all men everywhere, and that He will perform all that He has promised to do. Therefore, we pledge the unwavering commitment of our lives and resources to accomplish the goals and purposes set forth herein.
We rely on the following specific Scriptures, among others, as the basis for our firm belief:
Affirmation l: Deuteronomy 8:3; Pslams 119:103,105; Matthew 4:4; Acts 2:42; II Peter 1:20-21; 2
Affirmation 2: Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 11: 1-2; Romans 11:28
Affirmation 3: Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 53: Psalms 22; Romans 15:1
Affirmation 4: Luke 24: 47
Affirmation 5: Joshua 16:1; Luke 21:24; Romans 11:28-30
Affirmation 6: Jeremiah 23:3, 7, 8; Jeremiah 31:8-10, 23; Amos 9:13
Affirmation 7: Psalms 80; Isaiah 40:1; Isaiah 49: 22-23; Isaiah 60: 1-12; Romans 11:17, 25
Affirmation 8: Genesis 12: 1-3; Joel 3:1-3; Matthew 25:36
Affirmation 9: Isaiah 2; Isaiah 11; Jeremiah 3:17; Zechariah 14; Revelations 2: 26-27