ISRAEL - Is Christianity Under Threat?

Arno Froese

A misleading article in Newsweek states, “Israel condemned for threatening future of Christianity in the Holy Land.”

The article goes on to claim that “Church leaders in Jerusalem have accused Israel of undermining Christianity in the Holy Land and weakening the faith at a time of severe tensions in the Middle East.”

To be sure the accusation is sensationalistic, but within Israel it is well-understood that the statement is a specific objection to a complex estate transaction. Yet without proper context, an international Newsweek reader might very well believe that Israel is massacring Christian people and utterly extinguishing Christian history as is indeed happening throughout the Middle East, at the hands of Islamic State and others.

In contrast to Newsweek’s misleading drama, Israel is actually the only Middle Eastern country where Christian populations are safe, thriving and growing.

Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth recently explained to the United Nations, “Do you know that over the past years some 100,000 Christians have been killed annually? … If we look at the Middle East, Mr. President, we realize there’s only one safe place where Christians are not persecuted. One place where they are protected, enjoying freedom of worship and expression, living in peace and not subjected to killing and genocide. It is Israel, the country I live in. The Jewish state is the only place where the Christians of the Holy Land live in safety.”

-virtualjerusalem.com, 13 September 2017

Arno's commentary

Israel’s constitution guarantees religious freedom and has been practiced throughout the modern existence of the state since 1948.

In recent years, Bible-believing Christians are on the increase. Although there is opposition in some cases, particularly from Ultra-Orthodox Jews, persecution remains a minor issue. From confidential sources, we hear that living faith is becoming more and more evident among military personnel. That is only the beginning, for Scripture clearly tells us that all of Israel will know the Lord. The apostle Paul writes: “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved…” (Romans 11:25-26).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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