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The Messianic panic over CATC exposed!

by on March 5, 2014

This dropped into our laps a few hours ago.  As we have tried to make clear, the Messianic panic about CATC is not to be underestimated.  The lunatic fringe is steadily influencing the Messianic invitees, and pressuring them into undertakings to advocate for the perspective of the “ultra-Zionist radicals”.   More on this to follow.

For the moment, here is what amounts to the Messianic Manifesto:

A Position Paper for the Messianic Jewish Community

regarding the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference (CatC)

1. The Word of God: the Tanakh and the New Covenant Scriptures together, are the one true, infallible, and unalterable standard of truth and life for all believers.  As Yeshua our Messiah declared, “Your Word is truth” (John 17:17) and “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).  Therefore we affirm that “all the promises of God are ‘Yes’” and ‘Amen’ (not abrogated) in Yeshua (II Cor. 1:20), and that “the gifts and calling of God” for His chosen people, Israel, “are irrevocable” (Romans 11:28b-29 in context).  “God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew!” (Romans 11:2).  Rather, “to them belong [present tense!] the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises” (Romans 9:4).
2. The Messiah Yeshua’s calling for His Body — in the Land of Israel and throughout the world — is to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by proclaiming “repentance for the forgiveness of sins…in His name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).  Every movement or activity which does not promote or which, on the contrary, distracts us from that central purpose and calling is not of God, no matter what biblical or spiritual language may be used to describe it.  Yeshua never commanded, or even suggested, that His followers were to “bring in” the Kingdom of God on earth.  Yeshua Himself promised to establish His Kingdom upon His return (Matthew 25:31, 34), and we are commanded to pray for that day to quickly come (Matthew 6:10; cf. Philippians 3:20-21).
3. Christ at the Checkpoint is, therefore, a false messianic movement, arrogating to itself the role of Messiah in establishing the Kingdom while promoting a humanistic, political “liberation theology.”   (All the “evangelical” CatC speakers reflect the same approach and goals, as is evident from the Kairos Document which Yohanna Katanacho, CatC Committee member, helped compose and Bethlehem Bible College endorsed).  Although cloaking its “mandate” in biblical language (“the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God”) and using seductively positive terms (“Peace, justice, and reconciliation”), this movement has one overriding purpose:  to sway Evangelical believers worldwide away from belief in the eternal promises of God to Israel by slandering the Jewish people and delegitimizing the Jewish state; painting Israel as a wicked, oppressive, apartheid “entity”—especially in contrast to the supposedly ‘democratic, tolerant and peace-seeking’ Palestinian Authority and people.   There is no Gospel here!
4. Christ at the Checkpoint is a partisan political movement, willingly acting as public relations spokesmen for the Palestinian Authority to the Evangelical world.  The CatC 2012 keynote speech by then Prime Minister of the PA, Saleem Fayad, demonstrated the one-sided and political nature of this conference.  In 2014, CatC will open “under the Patronage and Presence” of Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of Palestine.  As president of Al-Najah University, in 2001 Hamdallah sponsored an exhibition glorifying terrorism, including a reconstruction of the Sbarro Restaurant massacre in Jerusalem.   By welcoming the patronage of one who glorifies terror, CatC has lost any claim to morality, not to mention objectivity.  All claims to be an Evangelical movement for “peace, justice and reconciliation” are exposed as false propaganda.
CatC speakers and “testimonials” consistently demonize Israel, while they absolutely refuse to condemn, or even mention, the repression of Evangelical churches and systemic human rights abuses by the Palestinian Authority and their outrageous financial corruption—all of which have been documented and which are recognized even by Israel’s critics in the European Union.  While the “nefarious evils” of the “Israeli occupation” are trumpeted incessantly, and carefully selective guided tours are offered to mislead naïve participants, CatC speakers make no mention of the hundreds of Palestinian terror attacks and thousands of Israeli terror victims which necessitated the security fence, for example.  Such inconvenient facts are summarily dismissed as beside the point.
5. CatC deliberately misleads their Evangelical brethren in the world by intentionally misrepresenting the two sides of the Middle East conflict.  CatC organizers and speakers like Sami and Alex Awad and Mitri Raheb crisscross the world, calling on Evangelical Christians to stand up for “their Christian brethren in Palestine” who are being terrorized by the Israeli occupation.  In so doing, these self-proclaimed Evangelicals are falsely portraying the conflict as a war of the Jews against the Christians.  Their use of the image of Jesus as a Palestinian being “crucified” on the “apartheid wall” by the Jews recalls the age-old anti-Semitic blood-libel.  The fact is that “Evangelical Palestinians” make up less than 0.1% of the population in the West Bank and Gaza; with 9598% being Moslems and the remaining 2-5% being predominantly Roman Catholic or Orthodox Church members.  Western Evangelicals are intentionally and deceitfully led to believe a lie.
6. The organizers of CatC have as their final goal the end of the Jewish state and its replacement with a single, multinational “Palestine.” This is also the purpose of the BDS campaign against Israel, which is strongly supported by CatC organizers and speakers (see CatC website links to Kairos Palestine “Bethlehem Call” document there).  While ostensibly eschewing violence as the means to this end, and expressing willingness to accept a “two-state solution” as an interim measure, the dissolution of Israel is nonetheless the actual result which they promote (see Alex Awad interview).  Awad and Stephen Sizer participated—along with Hezbollah and Hamas representatives–in the 2008 Voice of Palestine Naqba conference in Indonesia where the objectives included: “To promote one-state solution through the referendum by the native Palestinians regardless of their race, ethnic, sect, and religion.”  The “Right of Return” demanded by Voice of Palestine-Naqba (and CatC) conference organizers would guarantee how that “referendum” would turn out!
This “one-state solution” echoes the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to acknowledge any Jewish right to an independent national existence in the Land of Israel (that is, Zionism), while at the same time demanding that same right of “self-determination” for the “Palestinians.”  CatC’s unequivocal, hypocritical condemnation of Zionism, Christian or otherwise, is therefore inherently racist.
7. Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians should have nothing to do with a false messianic, partisan political movement which turns a blind eye to terror and misleads Evangelicals in order to promote the destruction of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel.  These false teachers are like those from which the apostle Paul warned the believers in Rome: “…by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting” (Romans16:18).  And what did he call us to do?  “Keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.” (Romans 16:17).
We call on all those who follow the Messiah Yeshua truly and submit to His Word faithfully to join us in publically rejecting the CatC agenda and refusing to lend legitimacy to its activities in any way.
Grace is a great gift!

חסד הוא מתנה נפלאה

Israel Harel
Editor’s note: Israel Harel is not the author of the above “manifesto”, but is an affirming conduit.  But we do know who is.

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  1. Israel Harel permalink

    You have posted my name and email address without my permission. Please take them off.

  2. Israel and I have been discussing the issue over the past few days and I know that he is not the author of this document as your post suggests. I fear your posting and attribution without confirming the author does not help with your credibility. I believe it would be in everyone’s best interest that you remove this post completely, or at least make the effort to learn who actually wrote it and correct your error. Or as your invitation to post requests… play nice.

    I’ve spent a lot of time helping Christian Arabs in the Galilee plant churches and make disciples. I do not agree with the document above, but I disagree even more how you have associated someone with the document without confirming that he would want to be. And I am speaking from repentance because I made the same mistake at one point, although I did not put my error on the web for all to see.

    I second his request to remove his name and email address; you have exposed him to harassment from your side of the wall, which is not acceptable.

  3. Harriet's Place permalink

    Mr. Samples, many thanks for your comment but we do have every confirmation that he is associated with it, by his own hand. You might be misinformed. We are not.

  4. How about if you actually ask him? If he wrote that, he would surely be willing to tell you. Or is that too much to ask?

  5. Harriet's Place permalink

    Mr. Samples, we know what we’ve got.

    • I would love to know why you think you have what you have. I suspect it is an email sent to someone by Mr Harel “for their information”. I received something like this and jumped to the same conclusion you did, so we began our conversation. I submit that you do not know what you have, and I offer this for your consideration:

      The people I know that subscribe to extremists positions are not afraid to be associated with them, and those who are trying to move the conversation forward in a moderate way do not deserve to be so associated against their will. I am sad to be lumped into either camp of extremism. If your interest in this subject is born of a belief in Jesus Christ, then I am even more sad.

      It’s interesting that you promise to people posting on your site here that their email address will never be made public. But, because of some perceived vitriol by you or they, you feel perfectly comfortable making public the email address of someone who specifically asks you not to. At the very least, please remove Israel’s email address from your post.

      I hope you read the link above.

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