Feb 16 at 8:43 PM
To: Pastor Dave Novak and staff of Streamline firstname.lastname@example.org
From: We Hold These Truths – https://whtt.org
Subject: CUFI Standing with Israel 4/17/2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are saddened to learn that your fellowship is hosting a Christians United For Israel (CUFI) ”Standing with Israel” event on Sunday, April 17th.
CUFI presents itself as a “Christian” organization, but is nothing more than a lobbying arm for the State of Israel. CUFI has been called a “Christian AIPAC” by it’s founder, John Hagee, who is on record for praying for war. He also believes in a “dual-covenant” theology whereby Jews do not have to believe in Jesus to be saved. In fact, the name “Jesus” is rarely mentioned, if at all, in a CUFI gathering.
We Hold These Truths is an organization whose mission is to awaken the Evangelical Church to the dangers of Zionism and specifically the branch known as Christian Zionism.
Christian Zionism does NOT look like Jesus and is incompatible with His teachings: “Blessed are the Peacemakers”, “Do good to those that persecute you”, “My kingdom is not of this world”, “Blessed are the merciful”….
If you research the roots of Christian Zionism (we have many articles and links on our web site to help you), you will find that Christian Zionism is built upon a faulty Biblical hermeneutic, or interpretation of scripture, that does NOT represent the historic teachings of the Christian Church. Christian Zionism supports the confiscation of land by brute force, dispossessing people groups, supporting wars, deceptions, frauds, and murder of innocents – which does NOT represent Jesus!!!
Today’s Zionism is a secular political agenda that has taken scriptures from the Biblical narrative out of context and misapplied those scriptures to Zionism to give it an appearance of legitimacy.
Pastor Novak, I graduated from an Assembly of God Bible School. I know the doctrines. God used the AG Church mightily in my life. For that I’m thankful.As I’ve grown in my faith, whenever I see doctrines and practices in the evangelical church that do NOT reflect Jesus’ teachings – I have to speak up.
Your “Our Beliefs” web page states: “ • We Should Endeavor to Become More Like Jesus”. I heartily agree with that goal, but Pastor Novak, can you honestly picture Jesus driving a Caterpillar tractor uprooting Palestinian olive trees and smashing their homes (some of those Palestinians even being our sisters and brothers in Christ)? Yet, that is what Christian Zionism supports.
There were many Christian pastors and others in the early 20th century that spoke out against Zionism – but their voices were drowned out by the Zionist forces of that day.In 1949 Professor Millar Burrows of the Yale School of Divinity in his book Palestine Is Our Business states: “A terrible wrong has been done to the native people of Palestine…Our own interests, both as Americans and Christians, are endangered. The interests of the Jewish people also have suffered. And we can still do something about it”. He goes on to say: “One thing is certain. Nothing that is essentially unjust or contrary to the Spirit of Christ can be the will of God. Let him who speaks of the fulfillment of prophesy remember Jer. 22:13 – ‘Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness’…”
Pastor Novak, our prayer is that you will do your own research on Christian Zionism and cancel this meeting with Christians United For Israel. We would welcome any dialog that you would like to have with us concerning Christian Zionism or CUFI.
We also are brothers and sisters in Christ and our desire is “to seek peace and pursue it”, 1Peter 3:11.
In Christ’s Love,
California Outreach Director
We Hold These Truths
PDF of flier we hand out at our vigils (note the flier has two pages that when printed on both sides will yield two fliers when cut in half):