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The Jerusalem Declaration

Russ Jones   ( Monday, December 10, 2012

A group of Christian leaders from Europe, North America and Africa is calling on mainline Protestant Churches to end their hostile opposition to Israel.

The Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle East (PCIME) has published a document, the Jerusalem Declaration, which encourages churches to strengthen their stance with the state of Israel and condemn the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Andrew Love is pastor of Grace St. Andrews United Church (affiliated with the United Church of Canada). He is a representative of the PCIME who tells OneNewsNow that churches need to rethink adopting boycotts, divestment and sanction policies against Israel and instead stand with the Jewish people.

"We come with a variety of concerns, but we share a very deep concern," he shares. "The leadership within our national churches and our denominations are increasingly not paying attention to the concerns and aspirations of our brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith."

Love acknowledges that many mainline denominations have wrongly developed a "replacement theology" that creates a one-sided and biased view about the complicated issues in the Middle East.

He notes "this idea that Jesus has somehow annulled the covenant that God made with the Jewish people, and therefore the assumption is that we no longer need to respect or embrace the covenant that is so richly spoken of in the Hebrew Bible."

PCIME plans to reach out to congregations in the U.S. and Europe to adopt the Jerusalem Declaration, bring parish missions to Israel, and provide alternative information to the anti-Israel reports and resolutions that are promoted by church leaderships.

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