Amazing timing: “Christ at the Checkpoint” ended two days ago and tonight I met a Palestinian Christian leader who supports Israel and completely rejects the replacement theology that undergirded that whole CatC conference. Steven Khoury grew up in a Christian family in Jerusalem and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers as a kid during the first Intifada. He was finally confronted by too many scriptures to keep going in that direction—scriptures that commanded him to love his neighbor and forgive his enemies, and also scriptures that spoke of God’s unchanging love and promises toward the Jewish people. Steven turned away from his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes and today, along with his father Dr. Naim Khoury, is one of very few Palestinian Christians who openly support Israel as a Jewish state. They have encountered tremendous opposition and pressure because of this stance, which is based on deep biblical conviction–beatings, bombings, and harassment.
Steven told me that just yesterday, a representative of the Palestinian authority showed up at his father’s church in Bethlehem and told him that they no longer considered his church to be legitimate and would not accept any of their paperwork in the future. The PA left it unsaid that this was about the Khourys’ support for Israel.
We need to pray for the Khourys and stand with them as they seek to reach their own people for Yeshua, and spread a fully-orbed biblical message that honors the people of Israel as well. Check out www.holylandmissions.org and an article at umjc.org that mentions them as well: http://umjc.org/home-mainmenu-1/news-mainmenu-40/1-latest/754-israeli-commentary-on-qchrist-at-the-checkpointq.