March 06, 2006

Am I Over the Line?

Smooth Stone (someone whom I greatly respect) and I seem to be at odds regarding evangelical Christian support of Israel.

Please visit his informative site and scroll down to "Televangelist Zola Levitt in life struggle vs. cancer." Read all the comments and feel free to chime in here. I don't want to take up any more space on his site as I think I am grating on his nerves (sorry Smooth!).

The man in question is Zola Levitt, a Jewish born convert to Christianity who preaches on television. From the Zola Levitt Ministries website:

What We Believe

Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c) organization guided by the standard of Romans 1:16 — “To the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”

We hold to a strictly literal and inerrant Bible interpretation, salvation through Christ alone, a soon pre-tribulation Rapture of all believers and the establishment of a thousand-year kingdom on Earth.

The evangelism of the unbelievers and the exhortation of the believers take precedence over all other activities of this ministry. (emphasis mine)

I mean, come on... I sincerely do not disrespect Christians as a whole. I do feel, however, that the true motives of Evangelical and Apocalyptic Christians in regard to their support of Israel must be brought to light. I don't appreciate being a pawn in their Armageddon scenarios.

Prove me wrong.


Smooth said...

My friend, Judah, you did nothing wrong at all, you did not offend me, you did not cross the line, please do not feel agrieved, for that is one thing I never want anyone to feel. I would never look down upon you or pass judgement on you. I have more respect for you than you know. I hope you will accept my reassurance because it is from my heart. As for what we discussed on my site, my point was twofold; 1) I wanted to pray for a dying Christian who dedicated the last 20 years of his life to educating non-Jews by producing television documentaries about how horribly Arab Muslims have treated Jews and Israel, and 2) to distinguish that there is a difference between the RCC Christian and the Evangelical Christian. One of the more significant notes to acknowlede is that while Christians as a whole have betrayed us in the past, and while ancient history is a fascinating subject, the current jihad is a bit more pressing. It is true that the Reformation changed Christianity's attitude and it occurred centuries ago.
Islam has not and will not experience a Reformation because it is immutable by design, with a special safety feature built right in by its diabolical creator, Muhammad. THere is nothing alike between Christianity and Islam, although our greatest enemy in the last century was of course a mad homocidal German Catholic. But the concept of jihad is unique to Islam. It is the only religion specifically designed to wage endless war until it subjugates the entire world. That is its manifest destiny. G-d Forbid if we should ever hear about Christians beheading the enemies of Jesus, then I will change my tune, believe me. We are all familiar with the Bible and Christianity's history, neither of which is relevant to Islam's immutable doctrine and today's events. The key word is today.

Again Judah, please do not feel badly about anything. You and I are on the same team, and I am glad that we are covering each other's backs. ;)

Judah HaKohain said...

You are a mensch, my friend.

sultan knish said...

there are some christians who support israel authentically, however many christians do indeed feature us in their armageddon scenarios and finally quite a few 'support israel' but support wiping out the jews through conversion rather than physical anhiliation, a chanukah vs purim scenario

the christian threat at this point is not as grave as the muslim threat and both sides need the alliance, but this shouldn't lead us to forget what they are doing to us and what they aim to do to us

every jewish soul they tear away is an entire world lost and a terrible evil perpetrated

a christian who participates in such things, regardless of how much they are pro-israel can only be an enemy with whom we are temporarily allied by necessity. I would find it difficult to contemplate praying for a jew who has led numberless jews into idolatry and away from their people. It would be like praying for Yerovam.

Judah HaKohain said...

THANK YOU! Beautifully said!

kahaneloyalist said...

The Rambam holds that it is issur for the Jewish people to be allied with any Goyim check out Rambam Hilchos Melachim. Certainly we may not be allies with any goy that is not a Ben Noach.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that holders of a certain rapture view don't want to be on earth during the time of "Jacob's trouble" to encourage them and rejoice with them when everlasting righteousness comes in? A timely web piece that all should read is "Pretrib Rapture Diehards" (found by Googling). Jon