Will the Church Remain Silent or Take a Stand?
As Christian leaders, you know that we are living in tumultuous times – both in society as a whole and in the church world in particular. As leaders, we are called to understand the times in which we live, and with that understanding, take appropriate action. A significant element of these times in which we live is the alarming rise of global antisemitism and opposition to the State of Israel, which is fueled by the ever-increasing battle over truth in the media, academia and government. A simultaneous and parallel battle for truth within the Evangelical church divides those who identify as Evangelicals over Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State.
With increased frequency and intensity, Jews around the world are assaulted verbally and physically in ways that are far too reminiscent of the 1930’s in Nazi Germany. Likewise, today’s Evangelical church finds itself in a position quite similar to that of the German Church, which was forced to choose between remaining silent in the face of great evil or taking a stand for truth and justice. Overall, the global Evangelical church understands the significance, importance and necessity of Israel’s existence as a Jewish State. However, there are powerful and influential voices within the Evangelical world who are promoting narratives that have already, and will in the future, undermine and subvert historic Evangelical support for Israel. In an interview with 100 Huntley Street’s Maggie John on June 19th, 2019, megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Church in Atlanta and founder of the worldwide North Point Ministries, defended his claim that parts of the Old Testament are "obsolete and outdated." This claim is based on his belief that the new covenant described in the New Testament has “replaced” the covenant found in the Old Testament.