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Believing a Lie: World Vision’s Steve Haas on Israel

By Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries and Radio Broadcast
Used with permission.

What nation could be “apartheid on steroids”? Surely some Islamic stronghold, right?


Try Israel. That’s according to World Vision’s Steve Haas writing for the Lausanne Movement.

Steve Haas of World Vision

Haas goes on to suggest that all the problems of the Palestinian people perpetrated upon them by Islamic thug dictators are, in reality, the fault of Israel. He even blames the demise of the Palestinian Christian population upon Israel when, in fact, Palestinian Islamic leaders have driven out the Christians.

Haas states, “As peacemakers, we have been tasked by a justice agenda of love and sacrifice. I truly believe we can be pro-Palestinian, pro-Israeli, and pro-justice because we are adamantly pro-Jesus.”1

Don’t believe it.

I’ve been present at a tragic event calledHope for the Holy Land.” The one-night event visited my alma mater a few years ago, Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. It featured a World Vision rep, Mae Cannon, Willow Creek’s Lynne Hybels, and The Holy Land Trust rep Sami Awad.

Their approach offered zero hope for the Holy Land because they only wanted to talk about “the occupation.” Jesus didn’t live in “occupied territory.” It was and is God’s land and the borders are outlined in the Bible.

Efforts to interject truth into that forum were blocked.

Haas says, “For over 60 years, many evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism.” This is in the latest issue of Lausanne Global Analysis.

He compares Christian Zionists—evangelicals with a Bible-based zeal and love for Israel and the Jews—to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.

I don’t put the root of such thinking at the feet of antisemitism as much as I lay it at the feet of “Replacement Theology.” This is the belief that all the promises made to Israel have been transferred to the church. It is raging through many denominations today.

“Replacement Theology” leads to “replacement reality.” That’s what is going on. There is a twisting and a distorting of facts so severe that it has created a “replacement reality.” Folks are believing a lie.

To add insult to injury, pro-Palestinian U.K. Vicar Stephen Sizer last week stated that Israel was likely behind 9/11.  The comments were especially egregious coming during the week when most of the free world recognized the 70th anniversary of the liberation of many of the concentration camps.

Sizer’s “replacement reality” leads him smack-dab into the heart of antisemitism, so much so that he hangs out with the daughters of Iran’s Ayatollah Khoumeini.

Here Sizer presents many of his anti-Israel books to the Khoumeni daughters with fond autographed comments.

Sizer has also been a regular organizer, lecturer, and panelist at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference hosted by the Bethlehem Bible College.  The bi-annual event has been characterized by sentiment that Israel and her Christian supporters are to blame for most of the woes in that region. 

Sizer did apologize for his “replacement reality.”

Folks who think this way believe that the old religious Right crassly imposed a pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy based on its end-time theology, creating untold suffering among largely innocent Palestinians. They now hope that more thoughtful, more compassionate evangelicals, will reject that heritage and instead stand with the Palestinians as the victim group most needing compassion.

The fact is that evangelicals are strong supporters of Islamic evangelism around the world. Many evangelical agencies have been raised up, particularly since 9/11, to reach out to lost Muslims, including Palestinians.

Olive Tree Ministries and Radio Broadcast
Used with permission.

Related Article:

Film Warning: “With God on Our Side” – Championed by Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren & Steve Haas (World Vision)


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2014 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YEAR IN REVIEW—Part 3: Top 10 Articles on Christian Colleges

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Letter to the Editor: Concerns About Compassion International Mount

To Lighthouse Trails:

I just came across your site in search of some background information concerning the emergent church movement (which I was aware of, but had no idea of it’s size or that it was labeled as such).

povertyI was concerned about a particular speaker at Compassion Intl. and after finding the post at the Lighthouse Trails blog, “Letter to the Editor: What To Do When Christian Charities, Such as Compassion, Turn Contemplative/Emergent,” and reading some articles at ‘Stand Up for The Truth,’ I realized there are many on that particular list that cause concern.

Last June they appointed a new President and Chief Executive [Santiago Mellado]. When I went to the website, I read over his biography again… rather than summarize, I would just encourage you to read it.

Blessings,  _________

LTRP Note: Compassion International’s new president, Santiago Mellado, was the president of the contemplative/emerging-promoting Willow Creek Association for 20 years (according to the biography mentioned above). Couple that with Compassion International’s embracing of numerous contemplative/emergent speakers, and concerns about Compassion mount.  It is also troubling to consider what the ramifications may be for Compassion International if Mellado shares the same “Christian Palestinianism” views that Willow Creek leader Lynn Hybels has.

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“Christian Palestinianism” & Emergents Lynn Hybels and Jim Wallis Come to Multnomah University For “Justice” Conference

No Repentance from Willow Creek – Only a Mystical Paradigm Shift

List of 50 Top Contemplative-Promoting Organizations Adds 8 Runner Ups

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“Christian Palestinianism” & Emergents Lynn Hybels and Jim Wallis Come to Multnomah University For “Justice” Conference

On February 21st and 22nd, Multnomah University (formerly called Multnomah School of the Bible) in Portland, Oregon, once considered a biblically-based evangelical school, will be hosting the simulcast Justice Conference with speakers Lynn Hybels and Jim Wallis (both emergent leaders who are part of the “Christian Palestinian” movement). Other emergents such as N.T. Wright will also be at the Justice Conference.


Multnomah has been making a steady decline toward all things emergent for some time. Lighthouse Trails has included Multnomah in a number of reports over the last few years dealing with the contemplative prayer issue, including this one from 2012: “Multnomah University Teaches Lectio Divina in Chapel Throughout 2012.”

But as is always the case, when an organization goes contemplative, the next step is the embracing of emerging theology (which Roger Oakland shows in Faith Undone), one of which is taking an anti-Israel approach. This is why Lighthouse Trails recently decided to carry Caryl Matrisciana’s powerful and courageous new documentary Exposing Christian Palestinianism (see trailer directly below).

When you consider how leaders throughout the world are beginning to call out for the boycott of Israeli goods and services, accusing Israel of committing atrocities against mankind coupled with the memory of Adolph Hitler doing virtually the same thing to the Jews in Germany, one cannot help but realize the dire situation the world is in today.

You can order this DVD by clicking here.



Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivers a speech to a crowd in the Berlin Lustgarten urging Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses. He defends the boycott as a legitimate response to the anti-German “atrocity propaganda” being spread abroad by “international Jewry.” Below: Nazi storm troopers block the entrance to a Jewish-owned store. Their signs read: “Germans, defend yourselves against the Jewish atrocity propaganda, buy only at German shops!” and “Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!”


On April 1, 1933, a week after Hitler became dictator of Germany, he ordered a boycott of Jewish shops, banks, offices and department stores. But the boycott was mostly ignored by German shoppers and was called off after three days. However, the unsuccessful boycott was followed by a rapid series of laws which robbed the Jews of many rights.

On April 7, “The Law of the Restoration of the Civil Service” was introduced which made ‘Aryanism’ a necessary requirement in order to hold a civil service position. All Jews holding such positions were dismissed or forced into retirement.

On April 22, Jews were prohibited from serving as patent lawyers and from serving as doctors in state-run insurance institutions.

On April 25, a law against the overcrowding of German schools placed severe limits on the number of young Jews allowed to enroll in public schools.

On June 2, a law prohibited Jewish dentists and dental technicians from working with state-run insurance institutions.

On May 6, the Civil Service law was amended to close loopholes in order to keep out honorary university professors, lecturers and notaries.

On September 28, all non-Aryans and their spouses were prohibited from government employment.

On September 29, Jews were banned from all cultural and entertainment activities including literature, art, film and theater.

In early October 1933, Jews were prohibited from being journalists and all newspapers were placed under Nazi control. (source-The History Place)

Some Various Out of House Articles on the Boycotting of Israel:

Berlin film festival to honor director who backs Israel boycott

Bill to block federal funding to universities that boycott Israel

Is the Obama Administration Condoning Sanctions and Boycotts Against Israel

Kerry ‘coordinating boycott blackmail against Israel’

Also see:

“Propaganda Wins” on Israel  by Jim Fletcher

Two Related Booklet Tracts:

When Hitler Was in Power by Anita Dittman

Christians in Holland in 1941: “Should We Help Save the Jews?” by Diet Eman


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“Propaganda Wins” on Israel

By Jim Fletcher
Used with permission.

At the Catalyst East conference in Atlanta, I listened to Lynne Hybels give a talk about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of her concluding slides was an image of the security fence Israel erected to keep out terrorists. It’s worked quite well, and that seems to bother critics of the Jewish state, who can’t bring themselves to simply say that it’s good Jews are not being murdered anymore.

Instead, the critics refer to the fence as a “wall,” or, more provocatively, an “apartheid wall.” This is a complete inversion of the truth, since Israel is the most open society in the Middle East, and grants far-reaching rights to Arabs.

An interesting lie being peddled is that the fence completely surrounds Bethlehem. It does not.

Yet, by alleging that the fence encircles the town—this even by members of the Religious Left who have been there and know better—they succeed in portraying Israel as the “warden” of the “prison” the Palestinians are kept in.

Hybels chose to include an image in her presentation that showed a simple message written on the fence:

“Love Wins.”

This is significant, because it signals yet another evidence that leftists are tightening their grip on Evangelicalism. After all, Rob Bell’s 2011 book, Love Wins, in which he comes out as a universalist while simultaneously denying that he did so—this a hallmark tactic of leftists posing as “evangelicals”—is admired by those change-agents within the church who are attempting to transform it into an altogether different entity.

By approvingly displaying this image, Hybels shows clearly that she embraces the same type of theology/ideology that Bell does. They are all in the same camp, and specific examples could be cited all the day long:

•Donald Miller’s hit piece on Israel, from his November 19 blog post.

•Andy Braner’s recent blog post bemoaning the tough conditions of those that live in Bethlehem.

•Gabe Lyon’s recent “Q” discussion/interview with Sami Awad, a leading change agent and Bethlehem resident who is friends with Lynne Hybels.

•Relevant magazine’s continued flirtation with anyone who either mocks Bible prophecy or sides with Israel.

By the way, I’ve just been informed that Relevant’s issue dealing with the Israel/”Palestine” conflict—set for January—has been moved to July. Be watching for it.

A further interesting development is that when I attempted, several times, to get an interview with Catalyst director Brad Lomenick, and ask him why anti-Israel and self-described “non-Marxist socialist” Cornel West spoke at Catalyst East in 2011, I was told Mr. Lomenick doesn’t have time.

(There is plenty of other data that shows the Catalyst team is committed to spreading the Palestinian narrative throughout the American church.)

Personally, if I were responsible for filling young evangelicals’ heads with leftist ideology espoused by Liberation Theologian West…I’d find the time to tell constituents why. But you must know, dear reader, that a hallmark of the New Evangelical leadership is to stonewall when someone questions their methods.


This type of ideology is flooding the evangelical world, as we speak.

It doesn’t matter to these people that Israel’s security fence borders Bethlehem on only two sides. The story must be advanced that it completely encloses the tragic town.

You get it, don’t you? Let me be indelicate:

The left lies.

They lie in order to advance their ideology, which is an acidic stew of Marxism, New Age, and outright apostasy.

One of the outposts their Panzer divisions are smashing currently is pro Israel support in the American church.

Notice too that you hear only silence from America’s leading Christian…leaders. Who is holding Donald Miller accountable for writing the same kind of stuff about Israel that Hamas does? He actually alleges that Israel controls the caloric intake of Gazans…and nobody says a word!

When I attempted to ask Miller’s rep how he knows this, and whether he will come forth with documentation, I was stonewalled.

And, through networking and the internet, this anti-Israel agenda is truly a global enterprise. This week, English vicar Stephen Sizer is in east Asia, filling heads there with anti-Christian Zionist and anti-Israel invective. All the while smiling.

Last year, self-described Pentecostal (!) writer Paul Alexander referred to Jesus as a Palestinian. It is lost on these people that this is classic, Soviet-style propaganda, first unleashed on the world by leading theologian Yasser Arafat.

Where is the discernment today?

Love wins? Yes, it will, but the very definition of love has been distorted in our world today. Love will win, because love is truth, and truth will be triumphant.

At this moment and beyond, a sweet truth exists: Israel is alive and her haters hate.


Related Material:

*Note: Lynn Hybels, wife of Willow Creek senior pastor Bill Hybels, writes for New Spirituality/anti-Israel figure Jim Wallis (SoJourners).

Consider the Troubles of Israel – Psalm 9

Letter to the Editor: What Does Lighthouse Trails Believe About Israel?

The Anti-Israel Revelation

Who Really Killed Jesus? (A word to those who hate the Jews)


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Obama Taps Willow Creek’s Lynne Hybels for White House Faith Panel

Out of House Article: For informational and research purposes only. To learn more about Willow Creek, read our article: “No Repentance from Willow Creek – Only a Mystical Paradigm Shift”

Lynn Hybels, wife of Willow Creek pastor and founder Bill Hybels is a regular writer for Jim Wallis’ SoJourners magazine. Wallis is also a “spiritual” advisor to Obama.

By Lynn Sweet
Chicago-Sun Times
(courtesy Ingrid Schlueter)

WASHINGTON–President Obama tapped Willow Creek Community Church’s Lynne Hybels for a spot on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Hybels, of Barrington, is married to Willow Creek senior pastor and founder Bill Hybels.Lynne Hybels, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Lynne Hybels is co-founder and Advocate for Global Engagement at the Willow Creek Community Church, a religious organization committed to maximizing individual life-transformation as well as encouraging effective leadership of local churches. For two decades, Mrs. Hybels has been involved in Willow Creek’s ministry partnerships in under-resourced communities in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. She has written inspirational books and articles focusing on global poverty, HIV/AIDS, and Israeli-Palestinian peace. Under her leadership, Willow Creek is establishing an Advisory Board on Middle East Engagement. Mrs. Hybels is currently a board member of the Africa Advisory Board at Willow Creek Community Church and recently served on the U.S. Board for World Vision. She holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Bethel College. Click here to continue reading.

Related Information:

Sojourners Founder Jim Wallis’ Revolutionary Anti-Christian “Gospel” (and Will Christian Leaders Stand with Wallis?)

Jim Wallis Points to Lighthouse Trails – Defends Position of Sojourners

President Obama’s Christianity…

Jim Wallis and Other Emerging Leaders Tell Christians and Media – Stop Challenging Obama’s “Christian” Faith

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