"The Jerusalem Declaration On Christian Zionism"
Statement by the Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches In
Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement
that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism,
thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within Palestine
and Israel. The Christian Zionist programme provides a worldview
where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire,
colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it laces an
emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history
rather than living Christ's love and justice today.
We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as false
teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and
We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist
leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of
Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their
unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine.
This inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that
undermine the security of all peoples of the Middle East and the
rest of the world.
We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and
support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and
perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal love,
redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ. Rather
than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon
everyone to liberate themselves from the ideologies of
militarism and occupation. Instead, let them pursue the healing
of the nations!
We call upon Christians in Churches on every continent to pray
for the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom are
suffering as victims of occupation and militarism. These
discriminative actions are turning Palestine into impoverished
ghettos surrounded by exclusive Israeli settlements. The
establishment of the illegal settlements and the construction of
the Separation Wall on confiscated Palestinian land undermines
the viability of a Palestinian state as well as peace and
security in the entire region.
We call upon all Churches that remain silent, to break their
silence and speak for reconciliation with justice in the Holy
Therefore, we commit ourselves to the following principles as an
We affirm that all people are created in the image of God. In
turn they are called to honor the dignity of every human being
and to respect their inalienable rights.
We affirm that Israelis and Palestinians are capable of living
together within peace, justice and security.
We affirm that Palestinians are one people, both Muslim and
Christian. We reject all attempts to subvert and fragment their
We call upon all people to reject the narrow world view of
Christian Zionism and other ideologies that privilege one people
at the expense of others.
We are committed to non-violent resistance as the most effective
means to end the illegal occupation in order to attain a just
and lasting peace.
With urgency we warn that Christian Zionism and its alliances
are justifying colonization, apartheid and empire-building.
God demands that justice be done. No enduring peace, security or
reconciliation is possible without the foundation of justice.
The demands of justice will not disappear. The struggle for
justice must be pursued diligently and persistently but
"What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
This is where we take our stand. We stand for justice. We can do
no other. Justice alone guarantees a peace that will lead to
reconciliation with a life of security and prosperity for all
the peoples of our Land. By standing on the side of justice, we
open ourselves to the work of peace - and working for peace
makes us children of God.
"God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the
message of reconciliation." (2 Cor 5:19)
His Beattitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah
Latin Patriarchate, Jerusalem
Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad,
Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal,
Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Bishop Munib Younan,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
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