When discussing theology, I've come to realize that not only is personal study of doctrine a necessary component to faith, but it is something that shouldn't be kept to oneself. I want to share my journey, both past and ongoing, into the realm of theology. Through this, I hope that you will gain insight into the Christian faith as a whole. Before reading anything else, I suggest you read the introduction and definitions (found in the pages tabs above) so you may better understand where I am coming from in everything I write. Because many of my posts are on heresies, there is also a page above with a family tree of heresies and links to all the posts I have so far on the topic.

04 March, 2013

Heresy of the Week: Christian Zionism

My day job is politics, and because of that, I often run into dispensational and premillenialist heresies on a frequent basis, particularly when it comes to advocating for certain policy positions.  This is a very common one that often rears its ugly head in the political world.  The problem isn't the nation of Israel, the problem is claiming any sort of theological significance to it (or using that claim to justify political positions).
Christian Zionism (also known as Restorationism) is a 19th-21st century (although the idea has been around since the time of the reformation) Dispensationalism eschatology heresy that believes there must be an “ingathering” of Jews in the nation Israel before Christ may return to earth. It likely grew out of the “Restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land” 19th century movement. The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was seen, by this group, as occurring according to Biblical prophecy. They are major proponents of Dual-Covenant theology (that Israelites are still God’s chosen people, along with an “ingrafting” of Gentile Christians). They strongly support Jewish Zionism.

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