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Jesus at the Check Point is a “Christian” organization with a liberal socialist twist – and will soon be speaking at a church near you.
The group is touring to muster support to alleviate “Christian Persecution,” or so they claim.
The organization’s motto is “non-violent resistance against the Israeli Zionist occupation.” “Zionism is the obstacle to peace,” they write, and they want to “educate evangelical Christians” to “understand the Bible from a Palestinian Christian perspective,” which openly supports a “divided state” as the solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The main dynamo and sponsoring agent of these tours is Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem, Israel. Its Second International Conference was led by a Palestinian family, the Awads, including Sami Awad, Bishara Awad and Alex Awad. Claiming to be evangelical Baptists, the Awads were able to muster some influential figures. Several American evangelicals they recruited had taken action to bring them into American churches.
But what many in the West do not know is that this group has nothing to do with being Baptists, nor are involved in any way shape or form with Christian persecution. There is no mention whatsoever by this group of any persecution by Islamists against Christians in the Middle East. The persecution against Christians, they say, emanates from the Jewish presence in all of biblical Judea, Jews they claim confiscated Arab lands.
According to them, it’s the Zionists, not Hamas, that persecute Christians. In fact they promote Hamas’ legitimacy and fully support terrorism, but not as their tactic. To them, terrorism is legitimate as a tactic for other Palestinian groups so long that these are resisting what they term as “Israeli occupation.”
I captured their TV interview before the evidence was removed, after contacting mega-church pastor Wayne Cordeiro of Foursquare Gospel Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Seven years ago, Cordeiro invited this group and was persuaded to call Israel “an occupation.”
And the second half:
And while Alex Awad says that he "does not support Hamas," this declaration has fine print; he insisted evangelicals need to accept the reality that Hamas is the "legitimate representation of the Palestinian people." Cordeiro shockingly concurred: "We need to give them [Hamas] a chance."
Our Arabic sources show that besides supporting Hamas, this group supports the PFLP, the Popular Front to Liberate Palestine terrorist group. All this despite that both these organizations are declared illegal by the United States.
The history of this fiery Palestinian brand of Christianity is not new; it was an invention by Palestinian socialist revolutionaries from decades ago that arose to recruit Christians to join the ranks of socialists, communists and even terror groups like the PFLP. To understand this brand of theology, we secured a dissertation for graduation approved by the Bethlehem Bible College and written by Yousef Ijha titled "Study on Christian Zionism." It stated:
"Herzl established the first Zionist Congress in 1897, and succeeded in gathering the Jews of the world around him including the shrewdest of Jews to issue forth the most dangerous plan in the history of the world, 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' derived from sacred Jewish teaching."
All that while ignoring that "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" was proven to be a fraudulent document by the best of historians.
True to the socialist theology taught by the Awads, Ijha became a prominent figure and organizer for the communist leftist group World Federation of Democratic Youth, an anti-American group that has branches in the Middle East and North Africa. While he was a student of Awad, Ijha publicly proclaimed his allegiance to the PFLP terrorist organization while honoring the famous terrorist Ahmad Saadat, the secretary general of the group: "All greetings to our comrade … Ahmad Saadat of the PFLP … and a red greeting drenched in the blood of the martyrs."
Currently, Saadat is in Israeli custody for his involvement in the murder of former Minister Rehavam Ze'evi.
Indeed, the Awads will concur with their recruits. In May 2008 Alex Awad attended an Islamic terror-supporting conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among the speakers at this event was Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini's daughter, Zahra Mostafavi, who has previously urged children to become suicide bombers. Also included were representatives from Hamas and Hezbollah, which he tried to whitewash.
This group expresses through essays and news media how it abhors evangelicals' understanding of biblical prophecy regarding Israel. Yet they themselves are not void of prophetic proclamations. Alex seven years ago on Cordeiro's show predicted that within three to four months Hamas would morph into a spotless leopard. Reality today is that Hamas is gaining momentum after the Arab Spring and is adding more spots. Hamas reinstated Islamic laws including the "prohibition of arms for the vanquished non-Muslims; the prohibition of church bells; and restrictions concerning the building and restoration of churches."
The main deception used to convince the naive to join the ranks of the enemy is first to convince evangelicals that what counts is the Gospel and nothing more. Evangelicals need to beware: Christian Palestinianism is designed to eradicate the Jewish presence and not aid persecuted Christians.
Note: Much of the data provided came from "The Case For Islamophobia."