The CATC conference in Bethlehem ended on Friday evening, and the controversy going into the conference continued in its going out. The organizers put out a ‘manifesto’ (which you can read on their own website, www.christatthecheckpoint.com ), which says nothing about evangelizing anyone, nor of any hope in the coming again of the Lord to bring GOD’s righteousness and justice to the whole of His world which He made; nor does it accept YHVH God’s on-going covenant faithfulness to the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — to whom He made many promises that also are intended to bless all nations. This — under whatever name people want to use or not — replaces God’s Word with their own understanding, just as the Jewish people have done. It makes the one true God a covenant-breaker, which He is assuredly not, but the last days are characterized partly by those who are, and the anti-christ will make league with covenant-breakers. Rejecting the on-going relationship of God with not only Jewish people, but also with the nation of Israel, is simply the same thing as saying what I heard all my life before: The Jews killed Christ; God is finished with the Jews.
The conference has brought to light stated positions, and put them on the table. With all the appearances of giving a hearing to a pro-Bible (to use the phrase of another) perspective in order to be ‘balanced’, the manifesto all the more shows that the ‘elephant in the room’ is still disregarded. However, there were some good indications of a calmer tone than in the first conference in 2010, and some positive input from some of the Israeli participants and attendees at this year’s conference.
In the meantime, there is loud silence over the year-long atrocities in Syria, and no denouncing of the rocket attacks on the southern cities of Israel, which is now in its fourth day.
The battle is the Lord’s; Pray that He will break through the impasse/roadblock/checkpoint, to take us forward from where we are. Yeshua/Jesus/Yasu is the believer’s living hope in the midst of conflict.
Pope Benedict XVI convened a special Vatican Synod in Rome, composed of about 200 bishops mostly from Muslim countries. These official representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have reiterated in its strongest terms its historic ‘replacement theology’ and distortion of Scripture, reverting to official Catholic positions prior to adjustments stated in Nostra Aetate, an interfaith document drafted in October 1965 during the Second Vatican Council. In this latest synod to decide on important issues, the Vatican issued a declaration: “Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable.” This is a true statement. but their use of it here is not, for they are using it against the truth and integrity of YHVH, God of Abraham, of Issac, and of Jacob; the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. For they say,
“We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people … The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians… The justification of Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures.” The Pope has yet to speak out publicly repudiating this statement issued by the Bishops representing him and the RCC.
If this is so, then the Roman Catholic Church should no longer use the Word of God to speak of itself as the ‘Mother Church’; or to claim that Peter, the Israeli Jewish apostle to the [Jewish] circumcision, somehow became the first Pope; or to use their interpretation of Scriptures to justify or minimize many of the sexual sins among and by the priests which have recently come to light; or to forbid marriage for certain orders within their church; or to elevate Mary above what is true about her. At least this would be true self-judgment of their own abuse of Holy Writ, but all Christians have assurance about God’s promises to believers in Jesus because His promises concerning Israel and the land of Israel are also still true.
God, in His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge of all things, had Paul, the Jewish Israeli apostle especially for the uncircumcised Gentiles, write a very clear theological ‘treatise’ to the church in Rome on some of these very things! “To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever!”