Where does the FMC stand with regard to Israel?

Since there does not appear to be a Free Methodist ‘official line’ on Israel, one of our National Leaders has given a summary of his own views which he believes are Biblically based. 

  1. It is clear from Scripture that God chose Israel from all the nations to be His people (Amos 3:2).  They are to be “a royal priesthood and a holy nation” (Ex 19:6, Deut 7:6).  God gave them the task of witnessing about Him and bringing blessing to a godless world (Gen 12:3). 
  2. It is also clear that although the nation of Israel was betrothed to God (see Isaiah 54:5, Isaiah 62:5) the nation was unfaithful (see Jer 3:1-3, 6-8). 
  3. However, God continued to call the nation back to Himself and through the ministry of Hosea who God called to marry a practising prostitute, God demonstrated His continuing love for His unfaithful people (Hosea 2:14-20 etc). 
  4. The apostle Paul in Romans claimed that God has not rejected Israel (Romans 11:2), but that because of their failure salvation has come to Gentiles to make Israel envious (Romans 11:11). 
  5. The apostle Paul taught that Christian branches are supported on a Jewish root (Romans 11:18) and expected to see the salvation of Israel, a time of “their fulness” (Romans 11:12), “their acceptance” (Romans 11:15), when “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26). 
  6. I believe Israel will be saved in the same way that Christians are saved, that is, by looking to Jesus Christ.  (See Romans 10:10-13 and Eph 3:6).  The prophet Zechariah predicts a day when Jerusalem will be surrounded and the situation will be hopeless, but they will “look upon Him who they pierced, and mourn” (Zech 12:10).  On that day God will open a fountain to cleanse (Zech 13:1), and on that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4). 
  7. In view of the above, Christians should pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) and seek to bless the people of Israel (Romans 15:27).  Like true friends however, we are not to be blind to the failings of Israel’s political leaders as if everything that the present day nation of Israel does is right.  For the nation of Israel has a duty to care for the stranger and alien in their midst (Ex 22:21, 23:9, Lev 19:34, Deut 10:19).