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The Bethlehem Bible College Conference on the Land
Recently a conference was held at Bethlehem Bible College that could be characterized as generally against Christian Zionism. Citizens of Israel are not legally permitted to travel to some Palestinian areas, including Bethlehem, therefore Arab Christians and their Evangelical supporters provided the predominant viewpoint. I have had several discussions on the conference; with an Arab Christian leader who was invited to the conference, with a group of attendees at a subsequent lunch meeting and with several others that were present at that time.
Those who are anti-Zionists generally hold to replacement theology, although they prefer to call it fulfillment theology. This is the view that the Church is the fulfillment of the meaning of Israel and is the ongoing reality of Israel. In that view, ethnic Israel has no great significance. I think it is significant that Romans 11 is amazingly absent in the books and papers of these writers. While Christian Zionism opens Jewish hearts to the Gospel, our Arab Christian friends tell us that Christian Zionism closes Arab hearts to the Gospel. The conference presenters generally referred only to the most right-wing Christian Zionists and seem to be unaware of more moderate versions of Christian Zionism. Moderate Christian Zionists support the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and see that return as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy ...
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