Christian Zionism: Road-Map To Armageddon? Paperback – Special Edition, Nov 1 2006
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"Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals. The impact of this terribly misguided movement is increasingly putting Christians in the Middle East at risk, and it seems a far cry from the witness and message of Jesus Christ."--Don Wagner, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University, Chicago
"When the lines are not clearly drawn and premillennialism is confused with Christian Zionism, the book Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? is essential reading. Stephen Sizer goes into the historical roots, the theological arguments and the political implications of Christian Zionism."--Nabeel T. Jabbour, Visiting Professor at Columbia Biblical Seminary, Tyndale Seminary, Western Seminary and Whitworth College
"I commend Stephen Sizer's important and prophetic book in calling evangelical Christians, in particular, to break the spiral of violence and hatred. Instead we must obey the teachings of the Prince of Peace who has called us to a ministry of reconciliation rather than listen to the false prophets of Armageddon whose apocalyptic message is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy."--The Right Revd. Riah Abu El Assal, Episcopal Bishop of Jerusalem, and author of Caught in Between
"Christian Zionism slices through some of the terribly muddy thinking regarding modern-day Israel and the last times which seems to characterize the majority of American evangelicalism. The author is to be congratulated on the clarity of presentation as well as the courage it takes to present it!"--Bruce A. McDonald, Visiting Professor of Religion, Texas Wesleyan University
"If any book deserves the accolade of being the definitive critique of Christian Zionism, it is this. Popular, lucid and readable, this is a dispassionate and scholarly yet critical evaluation of the phenomenon."--Dr. Anthony McRoy, lecturer in Islamics, Evangelical Theological College, Wales
"No Christian leader or layperson who is interested in biblical, theological or political matters related to the Middle East or to Israel's part in its future can afford not to read this volume."--Dr. Ronald Youngblood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Bible Society
"A masterly and highly readable analysis of the history, the world-view and the political implications of Christian Zionism. Sizer has thrown down the gauntlet in a way that demands a response from those who support the state of Israel for theological reasons."--Colin Chapman, visiting lecturer, Near East School of Theology, Lebanon
"This is an excellent resource on one of the most important issues of our day. Everything from the introduction to the glossary is most helpful for anyone who wishes to understand the important spiritual and political implications of this powerful but largely unnoticed sect. In particular, Sizer's theology section is a startling eye-opener for Christians who put the Gospels at the heart of their faith."--Greg Brownfield, Christian Zionism Task Leader, ELCA Chicago Metro Synod Working Group in the Middle East
"Stephen Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals."--Don Wagner, Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois
"Sizer's book is essential reading for any Western evangelical trying to understand the religious dimensions of American support for Israel. He shows with exacting clarity how evangelical eschatology has now embedded itself in a modern political ideology. One quick read of this book will change anyone's perspective on the Middle East permanently."--Gary M. Burge, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School
"Fantastic! I'm grateful for this book's advocacy of the church as the Bride, instead of Israel the bride and the bhurch the concubine."--Gilbert Bilezikian
"In the past quarter-century, evangelical fundamentalist Christian Zionism has developed into a major theological movement and has made a significant political impact in the United States. Its effect upon the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to increase yearly. Unfortunately, many Christians and non-Christians possess little knowledge of this phenomenon. Stephen Sizer's book is without doubt the best and most comprehensive analysis to date about Christian Zionism; it deserves to be read seriously."--Norton Mezvinsky, University Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University
"I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer's groundbreaking critique of Christian Zionism. His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very timely. I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith. Stephen's book has helped to reinforce this conviction."--Rev. John Stott, Rector Emeritus, All Souls, Langham Place, London, principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), founder of the Langham Partnership International and author of more than 40 books
"Sizer's masterly overview of Christian Zionism opens our eyes to a theology that manipulates, oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian. It is time for a theology that values all equally instead of one that sees God as biased."--Garth Hewitt, Amos Trust
About the Author
Stephen Sizer is the vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, Surrey (England), and chairman of the International Bible Society.
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But ever the patient teacher, Dr. Sizer's explains: how to recognize Christian Zionists and their different belief systems; how this cult of Christian Zionism got from England to America; why Christian Zionists can pray for the success of destructive wars yet claim to be pro-life. This book shows how Christian Zionists sneak into the churches and distort Christ's message of hope and peace, right before our eyes.
When you're finished with Dr. Sizer's book, you'll want to march up to your pastor's office and ask a couple of questions. And the answers you get will tell you whether or not you're being 'discipled' by Christian Zionists. Then, it will be up to you to decide to be a true follower of Christ or a follower of Christian Zionism (the two are incompatible).
I have one disappointment: Rev. Dr. Sizer is not the Christian pastor at my church.
Part one, 'The Historical Roots of Christian Zionism since 1800,' covers the history of the Dispensational system, showing its questionable origins in 19th century preachers such as Irving and Darby, and how the system became popular in Britain and the United States during the 20th century, influencing politicians and affecting modern history up the present day.
The theology of Dispensational Zionism is laid bare in part two, 'The Theological Emphases of Christian Zionism,' where Dispensationalism's distinct emphases are examined and critiqued. Here it is shown how it differs from historic Christian doctrine and makes a mess of the unity and clarity of Scriptural principles.
Finally, in part three of the book, 'The Political Implications of Christian Zionism,' the present day ramifications of Dispensational Zionism are shown. Sizer shows how detrimental this theological view is to respect for human rights, particularly those of indigenous Christians living in the Holy Land (as well as their Muslim neighbours).
Sizer concludes by arguing that only a robust Covenantal view of the Bible can do justice to redemptive history and avoid the chaos, confusion and suffering that has been caused by adherence of many people to a Dispensational view of ecclesiology and eschatology. This is great for showing how the debate over Covenantal versus Dispensational theology isn't just a dry academic debate, but has real world implications that affect many lives, often in a negative manner.
In the second chapter Sizer discusses the theological emphases of Christian Zionism with reference to a futurist hermeneutic, the relationship between Israel and the Church, restorationism, Jerusalem and the temple, concluding with the eschatology and "distinctive" theology of the movement. In truth, Christian Zionism is not a monolithic movement, as demonstrated by works like Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel by Paul Merkley, The Irrevocable Calling by Dan Juster, In Defense of Israel by John Hagee, and Don Finto's excellent book God's Promise and the Future of Israel. Christian support for Israel has a simple explanation: "I will bless those who bless you" of Genesis 12:3.
In the third chapter Sizer accuses Christian Zionists of supporting Israeli colonialism, opposing peace and hastening Armageddon. These ludicrous accusations derive from the facts that the Palestinian liberation theologian Naim Ateek is a close associate of the author.Read more ›