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July 01, 2005

Another Liberal Church against Israel

From the Jerusalem Post:

The United Church of Christ is to consider divestment from Israel at its biennial General Synod assembly, which opens in Atlanta on Friday.

A resolution submitted by UCC member churches in Hawaii suggests the church divest from American and Israeli companies "profiting from the perpetuation of violence and injustice in Israel and Palestine," directly comparing Israel to South Africa's apartheid regime and noting support for the move from left-wing Jewish groups.

Because every UCC congregation is self-governing, the church notes on its Web site promoting the conference, its resolutions speak "to" but not "for" each local church. However, the resolution is part of a larger movement within Protestant churches, mostly in the United States, to divest from Israel. The Presbyterian Church-USA, the World Council of Churches, the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church have all considered similar resolutions.

What is with these liberal churches? Do they not ever bother to even read the newspaper or watch the news to see what's going on, or do they think it wrong for Israeli's to get in the way of terrorists trying to murder innocent people?

I've posted it before, and I'll post it again:

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:1-3 [emphasis added]

Previous coverage:
Christians and Jews
Case in point
PCUSA reaping what it sowed
PCUSA: Dying and clueless


From AgapePress:

After much discussion and debate, members of a Connecticut church have voted to leave the liberal-leaning United Church of Christ over what they perceive as the denomination's disregard for scripture. Meanwhile, the head of that denomination has publicly endorsed a resolution supporting homosexual "marriage."...

Associated Press reports that Thomas said he was disappointed that some congregations are considering leaving the denomination if the same-sex resolution is approved. But members of First Congregational Church of Torrington, Connecticut, are heading that direction, having voted to split with the denomination as of October 1. Pastor Steve Darr says representatives of other parishes within the denomination were at the vote as observers, and their churches are weighing a similar decision.

Darr says his congregation could not go along with the support of the UCC for, among other things, abortion and gender-neutral versions of the Bible and hymnals....

Darr says his congregation found it could no longer remain in a denomination that takes such a radical, non-biblical approach to scripture. Members of the increasingly liberal denomination "have really put a much bigger emphasis on the 'social gospel,'" he asserts, "and [have done so], we believe, at a cost to the saving grace gospel of Jesus Christ -- the transforming grace that Christ brings to our lives when we hear the gospel."

First Congregational becomes the fourth parish in the state church's Northwest District to quit the United Church of Christ in less than a year.

Again I have to ask...Why can't these people ever figure this out?

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 1, 2005 11:04 AM

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