Where is Israel in churches’ statements of faith?
Statements of faith are a staple of contemporary Christianity. Every church has it. There, encased in carefully crafted words, one can glean the core beliefs of a particular Christian community. And not just the essential things are listed, like G-d, Jesus, how to be saved, etc. – but also the minutiae, such as will the church be Raptured before or after the Tribulation, how does one exercise the gifts of the Spirit, what do they think of homosexuality, whether or not King James version of the Bible is the most accurate translation, or what constitutes a valid marriage, are often included as well.
However, as a Jew, I’ve spotted one glaring omission in nearly all of those statements – Israel and the Jewish people. To me, nothing showcases the ugly legacy of Supersessionism quite like the total absence of any mention of Israel and the Jewish people in the core beliefs the church presents to the world. One would think that the one and only nation with whom the New Covenant was established by G-d (Jeremiah 31:31–34) , the people that has shared this spiritual blessing with the nations of the world, the nation whose soil Messiah will touch with his feet upon his return, would be found in the statements of faith of nearly all mainline churches. “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22)? – one wouldn’t even know it by reading the core beliefs of most churches, even those who are otherwise supportive of Israel or use Israel as the so called “prophetic time clock”.
Where in the churches is Israel? Below are the statements of faith of some of the largest and most influential churches in America.
|Church and its Statement of Faith (linked)||Israel or Jews mentioned?|
|Willow Creek Community Church||NO|
|Second Baptist Church||NO|
|The Potters House||NO|
|North Point Community Church||NO|
|First Baptist Church of Hammond||NO|
|Harvest Christian Fellowship||NO|
|Eagle Brook Church||NO|
|Christian Faith Center||NO|