Reformed Church calls Christian Zionism 'distortion' of scripture

An obstacle to Middle East peace
A popular reading of scripture embraced by evangelical giants Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and played out in the top-selling Left Behind books, was declared a “distortion of the biblical message” by leaders of the Reformed Church in America.

The RCA’s annual General Synod, which met in Wheaton, Illinois, adopted a resolution June 8 that calls Christian Zionism—the belief that Israel must control the Holy Land before Christ returns to earth—an obstacle to Middle East peace.

“When it’s assumed that Israel has a divine right to the land, then [it] can’t be criticized,” said Jim Brownson, academic dean and professor of New Testament studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. “There has to be compromise, understanding and cooperation. [Christian Zionism] is a trump card that undermines that process.”


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