Black Church Leaders Embark on Israel Visit

Iran deal among issues part of efforts by COGIC leaders

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According to reports, Christian leaders from metro Detroit with the largest African-American religious group left for Israel Monday to strengthen ties with the nation and its people.

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About nine Church of God in Christ (COGIC) pastors will be in Israel on a week-long trip organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a Chicago-based organization led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

“It’s exciting to make this trip,” the Rev. P.A. Brooks of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church told the Detroit Free Press. He is the second-highest-ranking leader of the COGIC organization nationally. “We want to continue our good relations with Israel.”

Their visit comes as Israel has been pushing for African American leaders and others to oppose the Iran deal, which Israeli leaders say will threaten their nation.

“Israel is the tree that’s going to blossom as we approach end times, so they are like a time clock,” Brooks said. “The Jewish nation is a time clock. They are a modern-day miracle prophesied in the scriptures.”

President Obama has been promoting a deal touted as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to deter the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran, a plan that has also faced criticism.

Prominent members of the Jewish community in the U.S. have voiced concerns about the Obama administration’s communications in defending the Iran deal, fearing it could fuel a backlash against Jews.

CNN also reports that Jewish supporters of the Iran deal “wonder whether the increasingly harsh language coming from Republican presidential candidates and groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee could inflict damage on the American Jewish community as a whole.”

Objecting most strongly to the deal and leading lobbying campaigns against it are pro-Israel and Jewish organizations, many of which point to threats to Israel’s security as a reason for Congress to oppose the deal when it votes in September. One such organization is putting it’s money–$20 million to be exact–behind TV ads, emails and visits to discourage approval of the deal: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

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  • JohnStefanyszyn

    Rabbi Eckstein clearly stated the truth that the common bond between the the Jewish State and African American churches is that of the belief in “civil rights” ( FREEDOM of rights, FREEDOM of religion ( all religions)).

    Both believe in and embrace first and foremost FREEDOM.

    And yet this FREEDOM dictates that it is RIGHT, a right, to be free ( without judgement and punishment) to worship ANY ‘god’ as per one’s self justification…even for the Jews to worship a ‘god’ that DENIES that Jesus Christ is his SON, that HE is the only way of salvation, and that HE is the coming King that will rule the earth.

    How great is the love of the Jews and the African American churches for this god of FREEDOM, this ‘god of fortresses’ that they place it above the servitude to the Son of the One Creator, that they justify and acknowledge a “righteousness” (as a light) in the “religious liberty”, in the FREEDOM to worship ANY ‘god’.

    Very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Creator, will return, as a thief in man’s eyes, to rule the earth in obedience and power as the One King according to the Will of ‘I AM’ and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”, for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES).

    …..and man will weep and clench his teeth in intense anger when his freedom will be no more.

    …and the Lord Jesus Christ will say to these ” I do not know you, workers of lawlessness”.

    The Lord Jesus Christ said to repent and to serve ONLY HIM, the One True Way of Life.

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