Christian Zionist Ditches Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

Describes Israel’s attitude: “We’ll take your aid, your support and your tourist dollars, but we won’t take your Jesus”

From OneNewsNow:

Christian radio talk-show host Janet Parshall, a high-profile American evangelical known for her strong support of Israel, has dropped out of a Jerusalem conference sponsored by a Christian caucus of the Israeli Parliament. Parshall says she decided not to speak at the conference after she learned that the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus “condemns” and does not associate with groups that share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I first blogged on the KCAC here. Parshall also complains about the efforts of Shas to have evangelization banned (a development we blogged a few days ago):

…Also, Parshall points out, there is the added problem of censoring Christian evangelism, i.e., that “as Israel begins to move deeper and deeper in that direction, they start to replicate their Islamic neighbors.”

It seems the wheels have started slowly to turn in Parshall’s mind:

Unfortunately, Parshall observes, this condemnation of evangelization by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus may mark the beginning of a new era in which Israel tells evangelical believers, “We’ll take your aid, your support and your tourist dollars, but we won’t take your Jesus.” Christians should not have to “choose between the cross or Israel,” the American evangelical says.

This follows on from a weird story I blogged a year ago, when the Jerusalem Post reported that Jerry Falwell had announced that Jews no longer needed to be converted to Christianity. Falwell complained the story was untrue, and a retraction was issued. At the time, the executive director of Jews for Jesus stated that

…the incident illustrates an “ongoing agenda” among certain Jewish leaders who he says want to “undermine Christian evangelism by trying to shape Christian theology.”

Meanwhile, Parshall’s support for Israel can be seen in this transcript of her remarks at the 2002 Israel Solidarity Rally.

The conference that she has backed out of is on the subject of women’s rights from a Judeo-Christian perspective (see cached version here). This was organised by the women’s association of KCAC, which was founded by US apocalyptic Bible teacher Kay Arthur. Back in 2005 Arthur told the National Religious Broadcaters’ Convention that

“I love America…But if it came to a choice between Israel and America, I would stand with Israel.”