Thanks for this important story. I applaud your courage for reporting from this snakepit. The swastikas on the meeting place are reminiscent of the Wannsee conference, in which Jewish extermination was planned. CATC is a classic anti-Semitic movement dedicated to Hitler's vision in the 21st century
Anti-Israelis, anti-Jewish sentiments should not stem from the true Christian adherent's heart, not unless him believer has no genuine conversion in heart and spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who convicts individuals and guides the faithful believer into all truths. In this end, a professing believer lashing out lies, unjust, false accusations to G_D's heritage, that I call (The Scriptures too) the man's faith is *(in) vain.
LOL. Hey, I have news, the Germans are in fact the ancient Assyrians, and guess what 2 symbols are found in their ancient religion? The iron cross and swastica. 1/3rd of the german language is hebrew in origin. And the 2 langauges contain the shifts in about the same time period. The romans re named the Assrians Germani, meaning war like. xtianity is a fascist religion. So this does not surprise me.
Brian, thank you for being the voice of reason, and of biblical truth within the den of lies. Your writing is compeling, the reality you faced and continued to put up with shocking, and your bravery to confront this inspiring. Friends, please read and share this to understand the insidious lies israel faces from a supposedly theological perspective, and the converse, the real theological perspective where Christians love Israel. As jews we need to understand the difference and support and engage with those who preach the later. Brian schrauger is the real deal.
So very proud of you Brian, knowing what you went through not just the week of the Conference but the whole year before of Spiritual preparation for this assignment and how the Lord had His hand in you being there!! For Such a Time as This, Indeed! Baruch HaShem!
Comment by Kimberley Palfrey — March 19, 2014 @ 6:13 PM
I attended the same conference and have a very different take. A conflict involves more then one point of view, and when people of both sides begin to walk in the shoes of the other there will be a beginning of peaceful reconciliation. Let's all have courage to follow Jesus in doing all we can to build bridges instead of walls. The peace and security for all people in the area will be enhanced when we do.
be sure to look at the facade of the hotel where this conference was held
Comment by David Dorris — March 19, 2014 @ 9:05 PM
Are there other symbols on the facade? Rumor has it that they designed it so that there are symbolic representations of all the world's faiths and beliefs. I'd be hard-pressed to believe that there's a Magen David anywhere to be seen, obviously preferring to include the Nazi swastika.
Jesus at the checkpoint? He wouldn't have to go through a checkpoint; he would be Israeli by virtue of his Jewishness, inherited from his mother Mary. Jesus was, and still would be, a member of the Jewish people, and I suspect he would stand by the necessity of the existence of Israel after the appalling reality of the Holocaust.
You can't captivate or ensnare Christians who look to God instead of listening to men. God told us very clearly what to do with enemies. We have to forgive them. And we have to pray for them. That is very hard sometimes but we still have to do it. It has never been an option. If anyone wants to compare wrongs they need to know that disobeying God is the greatest wrong.
YESHUA was NOT there at that conference….except for the JESUS Brian brought with him. Just like the Canadian Pres Church that curses Israel and stands behind the Palestinians. YA also said "I will curse those who curse you and bless those who bless you". HE did NOT say ONLY if Israel is RIGHT.
Because someone, or a group of people, identify themselves as Christian, it does not mean that they are Christian at all. A Christian who is walking with and listening to God and His Word will love Israel and pray for her peace – and will not appease her enemies. A Christian will love even the enemies of Israel and will pray for them, but will not take the side of those who want to harm Israel. A discerning Christian will not be deceived by the lies of Israel's enemies.
Comment by Pamela Myers — March 19, 2014 @ 10:59 PM
If Christ were at the checkpoint He would be rebuking his Palestinian "brothers" who believe that suicide bombing is a legitimate form of resistance. The wolves have dressed like sheep.
Conflict does not mean there must be equal culpability. To equate the actions of the I.D.F. with those who openly and actively seek the destruction of a civilian population will not bring about reconciliation. Let's start with the truth.
The division of the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25) has begun. This trend should not surprise you too much Mr. Medad, a significant portion of the church does not fear the Lord. Without fear of the Lord, the foundation for wisdom and understanding will crumble.
What is with the nazi signs at the front of the hotel of the "Christ at the checkpoint conference'?
Comment by Sientje Seinen — March 20, 2014 @ 4:53 AM
There is no such thing as "Palestinians" , there is no such a nation, its all a lie, and people do not want to hear it. Palestinians of today actually half Egyptians and half Jordanians, so their homeland is Egypt or Jordan.
I agree with your first statement, David. Those who do not "fear" (or hold in awe) the Lord are not in fact a genuine part of the "church"; those who don't fear Him may be on church roles but are not written in the Book of Life.
I agree with Andrei. I apologize for those who claim to be Christian but fail to follow the teachings of Christ. Please know that there are many Christians who fully support Israel and daily pray for peace in Israel and I do not mean a peace that divides Israel. I believe you are being very generous to the Arabs who have caused you so much pain for so long. G-d bless you and bring you peace.
Thank you Brian for your honest and clear assessment of CATC2014. I'm sure you know Kay Wilson, a Palestinian terrorist attack victim was not allowed to speak at CATC2012. However, Palestinian Dr. Izeeldin Abuelaish, who lost three daughters in an IDF military action, was allowed to speak this year as Sami Awad interviewed the doctor via Skype. So victims of Palestinian terrorism are not relevant and cannot share their stories with the CATC audience but victims of IDF military actions are given front and center stage. What ugly hypocrisy. Thanks for your excellent article and all those tweets during the conference.
I understand why there would be a "Palestinian" point of view and also a "Jewish" point of view. What I don't understand is the lack of responsible journalism among major news organizaitons. As the author states how do you equate the actions of a military engaged in a response to violent aggression to senseless acts of terrorism launched against civilians even children? Where is the world reaction to the dismal leadership of the Palestinians who do not want peace but Israel's destruction, who do not want a solution but want to perpetuate the conflict as it has become their rasion d'etre? Christianity demands that we speak the truth in love but this does stipulate that we speak the truth not propaganda.
Good article. Just got back from an evening the same anti-Israel gang from this group mentioned above – and standing up for Israel and asking challenging questions to the Sebeel group here in the UK doing the rounds here showing the anti-Israel film called 'The Stones cry out' about one-sided Palestinian stories… We Keep on Standing with Israel here in England and speak for truth! Am Israel Chai! SEE THE LINK AND WARN OTHERS – http://www.thestonescryoutmovie.com