Skip to comments.The Anti-Semitism of the Presbyterian Church, USA
Posted on 04/14/2010 9:19:29 AM PDT by Judith Anne
With the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA scheduled to convene in June for the first time since the 2004 GA passed a notorious antiIsrael divestment resolution, supporters and detractors of divestment are discussing whether the Church's decision was antiSemitic, or somehow antiIsrael without being antiSemitic. Curiously, despite the storm caused by the divestment vote, most Presbyterians remain unaware of the extent to which the PCUSA leadership has involved itself in oldfashioned theological antiSemitism.
The antiSemitic alliances undertaken by the national church are particularly surprising in light of the wellknown openminded and unbiased attitudes of the overwhelming majority of Presbyterians.
One of the resolutions passed at the 2004 General Assembly included a list of recommended theological 'resources.' The most troubling 'resource' on the list is the Sabeel Center for Liberation Theology. Presbyterians are familiar with liberation theology, an approach that emerged after the Second Vatican Council, focusing on Jesus as liberator of the poor and oppressed.
As political theory, it is often characterized by opponents as 'might makes wrong,' positing, as it does, that the wealthy and the powerful are definitionally unjust, and that any claim made by the poor is necessarily just. Sabeel blends this theology with Replacement Theology, in which God rescinds His covenant with the children of Israel, replacing the Jews with Christians (rather than adding a New and more universal Covenant or Testament between God and the Church to the enduring Covenant between God and the Jewish people).
Replacement theology last resurfaced in the work of protoNazi theologians, notably Adolf von Harnack. It is also known as Supercessionism. Mainstream theologians perceive a worrying reappearance of supercessionism (Replacement Theology) in the work of the Sabeel Center.
In 1987 the PCUSA formally rejected Replacement Theology:
We believe and testify that this theory of supersessionism or replacement is harmful and in need of reconsideration....We affirm that both the church and the Jewish people are elected by God for witness to the world... We affirm the continuity of God's promise of land along with the obligations of that promise to the people Israel.
This official position has not stopped the leadership of the PCUSA from entering into a close relationship with the Sabeel Center and other proponents of supercessionism. The overtly antiSemitic Sabeel Center is an official partner of the PCUSA, and receives PCUSA financial support.
I can’t keep all these splinter groups straight. Why are there so many different “Presbyterians”?
There were divisions, factions and heresies since apostolic times. See 1 Corinthians 10:19. To reveal those who are approved.
And what are you basing that 55% on? Exit polling? The same exit polling that had Al Gore and John Kerry beating George Bush in consecutive elections?
LOL...talk about using questionable sources to back up a bigotry.
I will refer you to #23 so I don’t have to type the thing twice.
It’s better evidence than you’ve got. There’s a dozen Catholic sites that report the 55% number. That’s good enough for me. And what bigotry are we talking about? Believing the majority of Catholics voted for a candidate you disagree with is bigotry? Expecialy when the data comes from Catholic sources? I believe a majority of blacks voted for Obama also, does that make me a racist? Please connect those dots for me. Somebody’s got a king sized paranoid chip on their shoulder.
Not paranoid. We’re just used to people lying about the Church.
You know, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. No reason to believe a critic.
Nice try at changing the subject. This thread is about Presbyterian Anti-Semitism.
You may be sure, but do you have any source on how the various Presbyterian splinters voted? And which is the largest one? The PCUSA, I think.
He had no idea!
I told him, only partly in jest, that David Koresh (aka Vernon Howell) thought that when the Bible said “Zion” it meant “Waco” and when the Bible talks of the Jewish people it meant “Texans”.
He thought it was hilarious, but unfortunately these people are NOT joking.
Neo-antisemitism is rearing its ugly head all over Europe. It’s the influence of the Protties who always more or less hated Jews, combined with the Arab guest workers taking over the once-beautiful cities.
Leftists are reflexively antisemites. No surprise that as socialism has risen in Europe, so too has racism and anti-semitism. Some just want to be contrary and so will sign on to any ideology, even one like Islam contrary to every fiber of their being, so long as it is in opposition to the west.
Then, of course, as you point out, we have the European Islamic Immigrants; who were raised on a diet of anti-semitism from the cradle.
The Socialist roots of antisemitism.
An excellent read, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Thanks, I’d like to get to that article tonight, if I can.
Quit picking on us, we cannot even agree on how many Gods there are.Bug off
They are an apostate church that ordains women, gays supports abortion and is generally universalist in their doctrine.. nothing they do surprises me
I though it was more about Judith Ann Anti-Presbyterianism. Go figure.
I did a search on Replacement Theology..surprising the names that came up associated with it..Rick Warren and John Hagee, Hagee has denounced it.
Universalist in doctrine? Where do they stand on predestination? Scriptural authority?
So you’re saying you want to stay ignorant?
Read some John Calvin and pull yourself out of the darkness. Enjoy some grace and stop working so hard.
Solus Christus, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Soli Deo Gloria.
*sigh* For this I'm reading FR? I have a new book. A Dios.
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