CHRISTIAN ZIONISM: The Source of the Problem in the Middle East


Scofield’s notes weave parts of the Old and New Testaments together as though all were written at the same time by the same people. This is a favorite device of modern dispensationalists who essentially weigh all scripture against the unspoken and preposterous theory that the older it is, the more authoritative. In many cases the Oxford references prove to be puzzling rabbit trails leading nowhere, simply diversions. Scofield’s borrowed ideas were later popularized under the labels and definitions that have evolved into common usage today–”pre-millennialism,” “dispensationalism,” “Judeo-Christianity,” and most recently the highly political movement openly called “Christian Zionism.”

Thanks to the work of a few dedicated researchers, much of the questionable personal history of Cyrus I. Scofield is available. It reveals he was not a Bible scholar as one might expect, but a political animal with the charm and talent for self-promotion of a Bill Clinton. Scofield’s background reveals a criminal history, a deserted wife, a wrecked family, and a penchant for self-serving lies. He was exactly the sort of man the World Zionists might hire to bend Christian thought–a controllable man and one capable of carrying the secret to his grave. (See The Incredible Scofield and His Book by Joseph M. Canfield).

Other researchers have examined Scofield’s eschatology and exposed his original work as apostate and heretic to traditional Christian views. Among these is a massive work by Stephen Sizer entitled Christian Zionism, Its History, Theology and Politics.

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Did God pay a “ransom” to the devil in order to redeem mankind?

We know that as a result of Adam’s Fall, all of mankind became permanently enslaved to Satan, sin and death, and without divine intervention, it would always be so.

But there seems to be a significant difference of opinion between Protestants and Catholics as to precisely what price Jesus paid for our redemption, and to whom.

Much of that difference is due to the particular translation found in the King James Bible, where the word “ransom” replaces the word “redemption”.

To put it very simply, the devil has never been known for honest dealing. Anyone who believes that God would enter into a ransom deal with the evil “Prince of this World” in order to redeem mankind, doesn’t understand the eternal realities of things.

Satan would never have “held up” his end of the deal!

There’s no doubt that Jesus paid a heavy price for our redemption … but that price was paid to God the Father … NOT to the devil … since in his divinity and his sinless, innocent humanity, every moment of Jesus’ earthly existence, every drop of blood he ever shed, every slight and/or injustice he ever bore, including his passion and death … served to honor God the Father, atone for the sins of mankind, and subsequently, turn aside God’s not inconsiderable (and totally justifiable) wrath.

Living for over thirty years in a putrid little “backwater” of a town in 1st century, Roman occupied Palestine wasn’t exactly Heaven, either!

As the undisputed “Prince of this World” … Satan knew that he could do whatever he wished with sinners … for over them, he was given the ultimate power of death. But that power didn’t apply to anyone who did not (or in Jesus’ case, could not) commit sin.

So, for illicitly orchestrating the totally unjust crucifixion of the sinless Son of God, Satan deserved only punishment … and he got it … losing everything he had earlier gained from Adam’s Fall.

All power in Heaven and on Earth was subsequently awarded to the risen Jesus, and with his Father’s complete approval, Jesus promptly and mercifully extended the grace of salvation to all men, through his Church. The offer is still available!

Saint Anselm of Canterbury explains it:

“God demanded that man should conquer the devil, so that he who had offended by sin should atone by holiness.”

“God owed nothing to the devil but punishment, so man must only makes amends (to God) by conquering the devil, as man had already been conquered by him.”

“Whatever was demanded of man, he owed only to God, and not to the devil.”

Fully God and fully man, perfect in every way, Jesus successfully accomplished all of this and more … and he did it without giving Satan anything at all!

The Early Church Fathers and the development of the King James Bible

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Q: Why did Erasmus [who derived “Textus Receptus”, the Greek text on which the KJV was based] have a special love for the early (Catholic) Church Fathers?

A: What began as a family dispute, primarily within the clergy (Luther’s theses) and soon progressed into a real split (the Protestant Reformation) has now turned into a heretical debacle that is nothing short of open, popular apostasy.

The text of the original 1611 King James Bible is remarkably Catholic in most of what it contains. Only in later revisions were  more and more “unpopular” (Catholic) concepts removed. Erasmus comes down firmly on the side of the Catholic Church in his fidelity to essential Catholic doctrines, in his veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, his understanding of the Communion of  Saints, and many other matters that might today be considered hopelessly “papist”. 

Erasmus got these concepts from the teachings of the Church Fathers, and from the ancient and authentic doctrines of the Catholic Church, which have not changed, since the beginning.     

Writings of the Early Church Fathers Collection

Additional Writings

While it can be easily proved that the Catholic Church has through the ages, faithfully maintained the teachings of Christ and the apostles, it is also clear that many of the denominations have chased after strange doctrines, and have continued to diverge more and more from the authentic faith, to the point that many who belong to today’s denominations have never really heard the truth.

Since its’ inception, protestantism has been purely theoretical, having no practical, face-to face experience with God and Christ at all, so it’s no wonder that protestants often fail to recognize Jesus’ authentic truth, when they are confronted with it.

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