We have been shocked and utterly dismayed at witnessing a growing distain for Israel and the Jews by those within the evangelical camp. Sadly, we have learned that even some who read Lighthouse Trails fall in this category. That has been surprising to us because we have been very vocal about where our sympathies lie since our inception. While not everyone who has crossed our path has been upfront about their own views on Israel and the Jews, Lighthouse Trails has never kept this a secret.
Recently, we heard a sermon online by an evangelical pastor who said that those who hold a special regard for the Jews need to repent. In a day and age when anti-Semitism is growing rapidly and were there are only 14 million Jews left in the world, we were very troubled by this pastor’s comments. He elaborated on how much evil the Jews had done to the world as if they were especially evil and wicked. This is a sign of the times.
As a reminder, here is what we believe about Israel and the Jews:
We believe God made an everlasting covenant with Israel. We do not believe the church replaces Israel (replacement theology). We believe there is biblical prophetic significance with Israel today. While we believe that individual Jews need to hear and accept the Gospel just like every human being does, the Bible is clear that Israel and the Jews are the apple of His eye, and as believers, we have been grafted in.
We reject and detest every form of anti-Semitism (which we are shockingly seeing growing strongly within the evangelical church today). We have published two books by living Holocaust survivors and carry numerous other materials about the Holocaust, finding it to be one of the most atrocious acts every committed against humanity and particularly against the Jews. We believe Satan hates the Jews and Christians with a special vengeance.
We have posted numerous articles in the past several years that illustrate our concern for and interest in Israel and the Jewish people. In 2011, we began carrying Tony Pearce’s book, The Messiah Factor, which we find to be one of the best books we have read regarding Israel and the Jews. Below are a couple extracts from that book. We have also posted some articles by Pastor Bill Randles and Mike Oppenheimer, both who have written extensively about Israel. Below are some of those articles as well as others we have posted. Hopefully, these articles will clearly show our views regarding Israel and the Jewish people.
We realize there are Christians who will not agree with us, and to you we say, there are many websites that will side with you, but Lighthouse Trails is not one of them.
- Israel in comparison to Arab countries: Israel – Red; Arab Countries: Green
SOME OF OUR COVERAGE OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE:
LT Statement on Luther and His Later Views Toward the Jews by Lighthouse Trails
Who Really Killed Jesus? (A word to those who hate the Jews) by Tony Pearce
Balaam, On Being Paid to Curse Israel by Bill Randles
New York Times: America’s Policy Towards Israel Officially Shifts from The Berean Call
Why the Heathen Rage in a World Gone Amiss by Bill Randles
Obama and the Mourning of Israel Video with Bill Randles
Interesting Times? . . . Actually it is the End Times by Bill Randles
Israel and Prophetic Proof by The Berean Call
A Right and Left Hook to the Bible by Mike Oppenheimer