Markell calls out World Vision leader for anti-Israel comments

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

The head of a messianic Jewish ministry is calling a liberal theological leader to task for his anti-Israel comments.  

"For over 60 years," said Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision U.S., "many Evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism."

World Vision headquarters 620x300Lausanne Global Analysis recently published excerpts of a chapel speech delivered by Haas at a New England seminary last year.

Haas compared so-called "Christian Zionists" to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.

"He says Israel is apartheid on steroids," comments Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries. "

"And this is so ludicrous for anybody who's been to Israel - who's observed how the Palestinian people are treated in Israel," Markell adds. "Israel allows their Arab population the most freedom of any other nation in the whole Middle East."

Blaming Israel for the Palestinian people living in poverty is also outrageous, says Markell.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)The low income of the Palestinian people comes from the "brutal treatment they get from their PA leaders, who are virtually extorting the Palestinian people," she alleges.

Yasser Arrafat, the Palestinian leader who died in 2004, diverted more than $1 billion in public funds for himself, even diverting public sales taxes to his own bank accounts, CBS News reported at the time.

Markell claims that Haas is a proponent of the doctrine known as "Replacement Theology," which claims the Christian church has replaced Israel as the benefactor of God's everlasting covenant. 

An article from Lausanne, published last year about the Palestinian-Israel conflict, described people who believe Jews have a right to exist in the Holy Land, as part of biblical prophecy, as "Christian Zionists." 

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