A Proclamation of West Virginia Christian Leaders in Support Of Israel
As Bible-believing Christians, we believe there exists an ironclad bond between the State of Israel and the world community of Christians. And we believe that bond to be a moral imperative.
Representing the vast majority of Bible-believing Christians from the State of West Virginia the WV District Board of Presbyters of the United Pentecostal Church International has gathered together here in Jerusalem to affirm our support and prayers, that this bond be neither weakened nor diminished.
As Bible-believing Christians we agree: Israel is a major strategic asset to the United States. Israel is not a client, but a very reliable friend.
We support Israel’s right to their homeland spiritually and legally. History records that God deals with nations in accordance with how these nations deal with Israel. We rejoice that in America, for 238 years, we have been committed to the Jewish people. The Jewish people have found refuge in America; they have found a people who love them; and we take pride in saying that support for Israel is not an exclusively Jewish issue.
Bible-believing Christians consider support for Israel to be a biblical mandate. Israel has a right to exist as Jewish state. This is a right hallowed by the Bible, by history, by sacrifice, by prayer, and by the yearning for peace.
I will restore the captivity of my people, Israel . . . I will plant them in their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land, which I have given them, says the Lord your God." (Amos 9:14,15)
We believe one of the reasons nations are blessed is because they have stood with Israel. This promise is taken from Genesis 12:3, "I will bless them that bless thee."
And therefore we have passed the following resolution:
WHEREAS: We stand firmly with Israel against any attempt to circumvent direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians through unilateral action such as the recent attempt by the Palestinians to do so at the United Nations Security Council. We pledge to support the Israeli people and their leaders against any act that would jeopardize the integrity and security of Israel as a Jewish state and
WHEREAS: We agree with President Ronald Reagan: “That a secure, strong Israel is in America’s self-interest. Israel is a major strategic asset to America. Israel is not a client, but a very reliable friend. To weaken Israel is to destabilize the Middle East and risk the peace of the world…” and we further agree with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality” and
WHEREAS: As Americans, we share the Judeo-Christian belief that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. This common birthright is our inheritance that we must steward for future generations. These shared values create a culture of honor, freedom, religious tolerance, liberty, equality and peace. And Israel is the only country in the region where all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background, have the same God given endowments enjoyed by free people around the globe and
- From ancient proclamation first and foremost, we support the State of Israel and the Jewish people,
- For Biblical reasons we support the State of Israel and the Jewish people,
- For humanitarian reasons we support the State of Israel and the Jewish people,
- For historical reasons we support the State of Israel and the Jewish people,
- For legal reasons - dating back to 1948, and even further to the establishment of the British Mandate - we support the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The people of Israel, through their democratically elected government have the right to make decisions regarding war and peace free of international interference and pressure and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED: That an internationally imposed requirement that Israel cede territory to the Palestinian Authority (or any other entity) will be in violation of not only the letter, but the spirit of UN Security Council Resolution 242, which requires any Israeli concessions to be matched by the end of all hostilities and recognition of Israel’s right to exist – provisions Palestinians leaders have repeatedly declined to accept - and
LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED: That freedom must never yield to fear, intimidation or tyranny. To do so is to dishonor those who have paved the way thus far, and God Himself. International acquiescence to fear will serve only to encourage future violence by emboldening freedom’s enemies.
FINALLY Therefore BE IT RESOLVED, we the undersigned pledge our steadfast support to the people of Israel and their democratically elected Government. We stand behind the Jewish people and declare that the State of Israel must be allowed to decide its own future.
In affirmation of these beliefs, we hereby set our hands this 5th day of February 2015.
Rev. Dr. David M. Hudson Rev. Dale J. Pitsenbarger
Bishop & Superintendent Secretary/Treasurer
Rev. Doug G. Joseph Rev. David T. Johnston
Rev. Dr. Edwin S. Harper Rev. Gregory A. Hurley
Bishop & Presbyter Presbyter