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Stephen Sizer : biography

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Stephen Robert Sizer (born 1953) is the incumbent of the Anglican parish of Christ Church, Virginia Water, in Surrey, England. In addition to his parish ministry, he is an author, theologian and evangelist with controversial views on Christian Zionism.

Christian and Jewish responses

In the Christian world, some of Sizer's writings have been commended by Christians who embrace Reformed covenant theology, including leaders and academics such as John Stott (Stott's essay "The Place of Israel" is included in Sizer's Book "Zion's Christian Soldiers?"), R. C. Lucas, Gary Burge, Gilbert Bilezikian, Stephen Travis, and Paul Copan.

Some reviews of Christian Zionism - Road Map to Armageddon? have been highly critical.

A prominent Christian opponent of Sizer, renowned Bible teacher David Pawson, wrote a book called Defending Christian Zionism - in response to Stephen Sizer and John Stott.  

Pawson has said of Sizer:“I am grateful to Stephen Sizer for drawing attention to the legitimate criticisms of dispensational Zionism. He has rendered a service to the cause of Zionism which was needed.” David Pawson, Defending Christian Zionism, p. 39 Pawson publicly debated Sizer on Premier Christian Radio.

Other Christian authors who have criticised Sizer include Barry Horner

and Paul Wilkinson, 
leaders of Christian missions to the Jewish people such as Mike Moore, 
General Secretary of Christian Witness to Israel, and Tony Higton. 
Later, having met Sizer, Tony Higton largely retracted his view and wrote: 

“After years of sparring, Stephen Sizer and I met up and found we had wide areas of agreement. Having worked in Jewish ministry for seven years, half of them in Jerusalem, I have seen the best and worst of Christian Zionism. Insofar as it combats anti-Semitism, defends the existence of a safe homeland for Jewish people, promotes evangelism among Jewish people, and supports reconciliation in the Holy Land, it is good. However, Sizer is right to criticize the serious failings of some Christian Zionism. I agree with him in rejecting the following errors which are held by many Christian Zionists: Lack of godly compassion for the Palestinians, and of concern for their human rights and about their legitimate aspirations. A negative attitude toward Palestinians, and Arabs in general, to the point of racism. Uncritical support for Israel (a secular, sinful state like any other), justifying all its actions against the Palestinians. Neglecting or even opposing and forbidding evangelism of Israelis, sometimes believing that Jewish people can experience salvation through Judaism. Being more interested in the fulfilment of prophecy than in application of kingdom principles such as justice and reconciliation. Opposing the peace process. Sometimes advocating the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the Holy Land. Sometimes supporting the rebuilding of the temple regardless of the problematic theological implications and the danger of provoking extreme violence.” Tony Higton, A Critique of Christian Zionism, p. 18

Some members of the Jewish community have regarded Sizer's works as examples of Christian antisemitism. British journalist Melanie Phillips has criticised ondemned Sizer and has condemned him in her writings.

British Jewish historian Geoffrey Alderman has also criticized Sizer for masking his religious prejudice in "academic guise." Not available online without subscription but quoted at 

"Dr Sizer's thesis struck me as little more than his own religious prejudices dressed up in academic guise."

Jewish Christians and Messianic Jews such as Aaron Abramson 
and Jacob Prasch 
have also expressed their strong disagreement with Sizer's views. The Board of Deputies of British Jews formally complained to the Church of England in November 2012 over documented statements made by Sizer since early 2010 which the Board argues are antisemitic.Marcus Dysch , The Jewish Chronicle, 1 November 2012 Rt Rev Christopher Hill, Sizer's diocesan bishop to whom the complaint was made, had defended Sizer earlier in 2012 arguing that he might have "accidentally" posted a link to a Holocaust Denial website on his Facebook page; the link has since removed.Marcus Dysch , The Jewish Chronicle, 5 January 2012 Another Anglican vicar, the Rev Nick Howard has asserted in an article for Standpoint that given Sizer's statements on Press TV and elsewhere, the link made on his Facebook page is not an isolated, or "uncharacteristic", incident.Nick Howard , Standpoint, January-February 2012 
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