Biblical Zionism: 16-part small group series
Small Group Study Guide
When Malcolm Hedding was a young minister in his native South Africa, he determined to stand up against the evils of apartheid regime – a sytem of government that dehumanized some 35 million people based on the color of their skin. Yet, he didn’t do so by forming a political party or seeking elected office. Instead, he confronted apartheid from the pulpit, denouncing the theological belief system that kept it in place. In so doing he preached on the doctrine of human dignity from passages such as Ephesians 2 and Romans 10.
At the heart of South African apartheid was a deviant form of replacement theology: the idea that Christians are the ‘new Israel’ and must be segregated from the ‘lesser’ pagan peoples that live in the world around them. It is a theology that in its more common forms disinvests the Jewish people of any enduring purpose or role in the redemptive plan of God.
Ideas have consequences and, according to Rev. Hedding, (who for nearly 11 years served as ICEJ Executive Director in Jerusalem), the various strains of replacement theology have birthed untold evils on earth: from slavery to segregation, apartheid to anti-Semitism.
ICEJ Small Group Study Series
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