Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15
Pastors have allowed Precept Ministries International bible studies to teach in their respective churches. Many may be surprised to learn that it may have undermined their pulpits teaching and the church’s humanitarian policy with an agenda that goes beyond sound Biblical doctrine.
Precept Bible studies are ubiquitous on the American landscape. Its veracity is seldom questioned because Kay Arthur, the ministry’s founder, is deemed above reproach. Because Arthur enjoys endorsements of a, Who’s Who in American Christendom, the pastors of many of the churches that host her Bible studies are not aware that
dispensationalism, or Christian Zionism is at the heart of her teaching. Since she founded Precept Ministries with her late husband, Jack, in 1970, the ministry has grown exponentially and impacted millions of people across the world. Arthur has written over 100 books and bible studies the daily program that she hosted for 20 years, which was seen in 30 countries, is still available online. Today, the couple’s son, David, serves as CEO.
Scripture warns in 1 John 4:1 that there are many false prophets in the world. Ironically, Arthur often uses the same endearing term when addressing her readers that the Apostle John used in this verse. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Arthur’s rise to prominence certainly did not occur in a vacuum. For decades, Christianity in the U.S. has been infiltrated by a Zionist agenda that has subtly subverted the Gospel message. Sadly, many consider being a Christian as synonymous with support for present-day Israel. Yet, even those who believe that Israel becoming an independent nation in 1948 was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy would be hard-pressed to soundly argue that God gives a Carte Blanche endorsement for any people or any nation. Arthur’s unconditional support for Israel certainly goes beyond God’s conditions that were outlined in Deuteronomy 28.
Founder Kay Arthur, who has notoriously contended that if given a choice, would choose Israel over America, sponsors an annual tour of Israel, which coincides with the May 14 anniversary of its founding. The upcoming 2020 trip will be the ministry’s 40th excursion.
Arthur writes on the website: “BELOVED, I do hope you will join me in Israel for what I’m sure will be one of the most phenomenal experiences of your life. What could be more rich with meaning than studying the Word of God “in the land He calls His own.”
Arthur’s son, David’s quote, reveals the real mission of the pilgrimage “In the final chapter of Deuteronomy, God takes Moses to the top of Mount Nebo. From there, God showed him all the land of which He promised. This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to your offspring.”
We Hold These Truths has warned about the amalgamation of Zionist indoctrination with Christianity for over two decades. Precept Ministries was not on our radar until recent years. Sadly, we discovered that this ministry uses Bible studies, which are often offered at no charge through local facilitators as a ruse to promote Israel’s occupation of Palestine while desensitizing Bible study participants to the horrendous treatment of millions of Muslims and Christians who live in fenced stockades in Gaza and the West Bank.
For every Christian who can afford to accompany Arthur on her tours of Israel, thousands enroll in her Bible studies. Over the past several decades, untold numbers of American Christians have become inadvertent promoters of Israel’s warmongering. The oxymoron “Christian Zionist” movement is so vast that no political candidate can receive an endorsement from any recognized Christian leader or group without having an unequivocal “pro-Israel” position.
Sadly, although proselytizing is a mandate given by Jesus in the Great Commission, most U.S. Christian groups—including Precept Ministries—refrain from sharing the Gospel in Israel to maintain close ties with Israeli leaders. Since Precept Ministries teaches that the State of Israel is populated by “God’s Chosen People,” it appears that the ministry holds a dual-covenant theological position, which is antithetical to Biblical Christianity.
Precept Ministries was one of the first church organizations to accept Israel’s occupation as moral and legal publicly. Students of Arthur’s annual tours and her Bible studies are brainwashed to believe that the end justifies the means concerning the nation of Israel usurping Palestinian land, even if bloodshed is required to do so. Christians have been coerced into believing that this type of violence is acceptable because of so-called Bible teachers like Arthur.
There are many Christians who believe that the State of Israel is the “fulfillment of biblical prophecy,” who do not advocate for such violence. However, unfortunately, the vast majority of our nation’s evangelical leaders have a Zionist agenda and promote one another as well as politicians who turn a blind eye to the crimes of the Israeli government.
The presumption of Israel’s holiness is a primary tenant of Precept Ministries’ teaching. Several of the largest, Traditional, or Mainline denominations have joined the recent call by humanitarian organizations for the boycott of Israel because of its heinous treatment of its Arab population. Unfortunately for the Gaza victims, many local churches, within these denominations allow Precept Ministries to conduct Bible Studies within church facilities. Among these are congregations we know of within the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, The Episcopal Church, The Lutherans (ELCA), and the United Church of Christ.
In the months ahead, We Hold These Truths will shed some light on Precept Ministries’ unbiblical promotion of temporal conflicts. We also will be exposing the Zionist-leanings of other significant and influential Bible study ministries that are quietly and subtly at work within both Dispensational and mainline churches. We certainly welcome any insight you may have.
We admonish one another to consider the reality of 1 John 4:1 soberly: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Charles E Carlson