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Pew Poll Shows Evangelical Christian Zionist
Rapture Quest Failing
By Charles E Carlson
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 19, 2011
A recent Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders, taken
by the Pew Forum for Religious and Public Life, reveals cracks in the
structure of Evangelicalism, best described as Judeo-Christianity, welcome
news for all those who labor for world peace and financial stability. (1)
The report states that "U.S. evangelical leaders are especially
downbeat about the prospects for evangelical Christianity in their society;
82% say evangelicals are losing influence in the United States today, while
only 17% think evangelicals are gaining influence." In the global
north 66% say evangelical Christianity is having decreased influence on
life, and 31% think it is increasing. More than half of U.S. leaders (53%)
see the current state of evangelical Christianity in America as worse than
it was five years ago. And as U.S. leaders look a few years ahead,
about half (48%) expect the state of Evangelical Christianity to worsen.
The survey reveals that not all "evangelicals" are Christian Zionists
and The Pew Forum has learned how to tell the difference. The Evangelical
boat is leaking much worse in America and Europe than in the southern
hemisphere, where missionaries are far more optimistic about the future of
Evangelicalism in their countries. Perhaps this is because mission
workers in the field are more attuned to work and service and less
preoccupied with social pursuits and monetary success.
interpret this poll, significant weakening of Evangelicalism can be traced
to a preoccupation with Israel that is anything but scriptural. The
poll asked two related and telling questions: "Does God's covenant
with the Jewish people continue today?" And, "Is the state of Israel
the fulfillment of Biblical Prophesy?" The latter is a question we
believe should be asked of every "Christian," including our own pastors,
parents, and children.
The poll results state that 73% of those
polled think "God's covenant with the Jewish people" continues today, and
only 22% say it does not. It should be noted here that this is a
Judeo-Christian give-away, since it is based on a false premise. The Pew
Forum and all Evangelicals need to understand that there never was an Old
Testament covenant with "the Jewish people." Most Evangelicals,
radical or moderate, fail to properly distinguish the ancient tribe of
Israelites from the Jews of today, and in particular, the Jewish inhabitants
of the modern secular Jewish state of Israel. This error is the result
of scriptural distortion that is encouraged by the State of Israel and its
lobbies in the USA, and by the Israel-friendly press.
Poll, to its credit, did ask the decisive litmus test question, "Is the
state of Israel the fulfillment of Biblical Prophesy?" Though the high
number of “yes” replies was expected, the fact that 42% said "no" was a
surprise and strongly suggests that at least 42% of Evangelicals polled are
not Christian Zionists as defined by We Hold These Truths. This is a
hopeful sign that Evangelicals are waking up, especially those outside of
the U.S.! Perhaps it reflects the growing revulsion for the brutal
acts carried out by Israel against its neighbors.
Those who say
"yes" to either of the above two questions must throw out many of Jesus' own
words. Jesus and His Apostles state again and again that God's
covenant with the Israelites (mistranslated as "Jews" beginning in the
Middle Ages) was fulfilled in the coming of the Christ.
to declare sympathy toward either Israelis or Palestinians, most
evangelicals stated they were neutral, but among the minority who took
sides, about three out of four sympathized with Israel, reflecting the
feelings of the more radical Christian Zionists. Nevertheless it’s
good news that they are no longer in the majority.
The most obvious
reason why radical Evangelicalism must fail is that its spokesmen deny the
New Testament in their misguided effort to honor Israel. The notion
that the Israelis are persecuted by the Philistines is unique to
Judeo-Christians. Too many Evangelicals have been sold the idea that
war is necessary and is worth its cost in human life.
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