Vigil at Sacramento Mega Church Lobby for Israel

It’s so sad when those who claim to worship the Prince of Peace are clamoring for war!” – Craig Hanson

If you live in Northern CA, Craig would love to have you join our vigil (details below)

Vigil leader, Craig Hanson wrote to Rev. Rick Cole and the staff at Capital Christian Center, regarding  the Christians United For Israel (CUFI) “Night to Honor Israel” event on 10/11/15 they will be hosting: “We Hold These Truths will be outside of your church on the public sidewalk conducting a peaceful vigil during the CUFI presentation. It is our hope and prayer that you will cancel this CUFI event.”

Here is the letter that was sent:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ  at Capital Christian Center,

We are saddened to learn that your fellowship is hosting a Christians United For Israel (CUFI) “Night to Honor Israel” event on Sunday, October 11th. CUFI presents itself as a “Christian” organization, but is nothing more than a lobbying arm for the State of Israel. CUFI has been called a “Christian AIPAC” by it’s founder, John Hagee, who is on record for praying for war. He also believes in a “dual-covenant” theology  whereby Jews do not have to believe in Jesus to be saved. In fact, the name “Jesus” is rarely mentioned, if at all, in a CUFI gathering, and then only “in Jesus Name, amen”.

We Hold These Truths is an organization whose mission is to awaken the Evangelical Church to the dangers of Zionism and specifically the branch known as Christian Zionism.

It is our hope and prayer that you will cancel this CUFI event.

Here is why you should do so. On your Our Purpose web page you state:
“Environment of Acceptance..All people matter to God.” Pastor Cole, does that also include your brothers and sisters in Christ living in Palestine?  You state: “Passionate Outreach – We are committed to reaching our community and the world with the message of Jesus Christ.” And, yet you invite to your church CUFI, who refuses to share that gospel message!

On your “What We Believe” page you state: “Capital Christian Center holds to an orthodox historical Christian faith” We say, Premillennial  Dispensationalism is NOT an “orthodox historical Christian faith” but is a theology formulated in the late 19th century.

Your “About Jesus” is missing the whole concept of Jesus being the fulfillment of the Old Covenant – Mt.5:17, 2Cor.1:20, Heb.8:6 Please see Rob Dalrymple’s excellent book These Brothers of Mine explaining those truths: “Christian Zionism does NOT look like Jesus and is incompatible with His teachings: ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’, ‘Do good to those that persecute you’, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’, ‘Blessed are the merciful’….”

If you research the roots of Christian Zionism (we have many articles and links on our web site to help you), you will find that Christian Zionism is built upon a faulty Biblical hermeneutic, or interpretation of scripture, that does NOT represent the historic teachings of the Christian Church. Christian Zionism supports the confiscation of land by brute force, dispossessing people groups, supporting wars, deceptions, frauds, and murder of innocents  – which does NOT represent Jesus!!!

Today’s Zionism is a secular political agenda that has taken scriptures from the Biblical narrative out of context and misapplied those scriptures to Zionism to give it an appearance of legitimacy.

Pastor Cole, I attended  an Assembly of God Bible School, I know the doctrines. God used the AG Church mightily in my life. For that I’m thankful. As I’ve grown in my faith, whenever I see doctrines and practices in the evangelical church that do NOT reflect Jesus’ teachings – I have to speak up. Can you honestly picture Jesus driving a Caterpillar tractor, uprooting Palestinian olive trees and smashing their homes? Yet that is what Christian Zionism supports.

There were many Christian pastors and others in the early 20th century that spoke out against Zionism – but their voices were drowned out by the Zionist forces of that day.
In 1949 Professor Millar Burrows of the Yale School of Divinity in his book Palestine Is Our Business states: “A terrible wrong has been done to the native people of Palestine…Our own interests, both as Americans and Christians, are endangered. The interests of the Jewish people also have suffered. And we can still do something about it”. He goes on to say: “One thing is certain. Nothing that is essentially unjust or contrary to the Spirit of Christ can be the will of God. Let him who speaks of the fulfillment of prophesy remember Jer. 22:13 – ‘Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness’…”

Pastor Cole, we would welcome any dialog that you would like to have with us during this vigil, or before the vigil through email. We also are brothers and sisters in Christ and our desire is “to seek peace and pursue it”, 1Peter 3:11.

In Christ’s Love,
Craig Hanson
We Hold These Truths

Those wishing to join Craig at this event are invited to contact him at or come to:

Where: Capital Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave, Sacramento CA

When:  Sunday, October 11, 2015 @ 5:45 PM

We will have signs:  “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” – “Choose Life Not War!” – “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” – “Gaza Innocent Blood” – “No More Wars For Israel!” – “Jesus Is Not A Zionist!

We suggest you forward this letter to your Pastor and ask for his response.

Note – We cannot find anything about the CUFI event at Capitol Christian Center on the church website:  Capital Christian Center’s senior pastor Rev. Rick Cole is listed on the CUFI program.