Is Christian Zionism Driven by Greed?

Monday, February 24, 2014 |  Ryan Jones

One of the organizers of the upcoming Christ at the Checkpoint in Bethlehem recently made the astonishing claim that Christian Zionism, the support of the Jews in their prophetically-mandated national restoration, is driven by little more than greed.

Stephen Sizer is an Anglican priest, a man who purports to believe in the Word of God.

And yet, in an interview with Iraq’s Aletejah TV, Sizer labeled as “nonsense” any theology that would take at face value what God called his irrevocable promises to national Israel.

Christians who do this, said Sizer, are just in it for themselves.

“A lot of Christian Zionism was based on greed,” Sizer informed his Muslim audience. “We want God to bless us. If we bless the Jews, God will bless us. And that’s a very popular theology in America. It’s called ‘prosperity gospel,’ the idea that God is blessing us materially because we support the Jewish people.”

The whole idea, Sizer continued, is “nonsense theologically, but if you want to be wealthy it’s very tempting. It’s like gambling, it can become addictive.”

Stephen Sizer is one of the chief proponents and organizers of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference hosted by Bethlehem Bible College. In the past, Christ at the Checkpoint has billed itself as a response to Christian Zionism, and Sizer’s remarks make clear what kind of response that is.

The Sizer interview was first reported on by our friends at the Messianic blog Rosh Pina Project. Head over to the blog and get their take on Sizer’s slanderous views >>

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