Ten arguments for your use in favor of the de-Ukrainianization of the Palestinian narrative

1. Ukraine does not launch rockets at a civilian population within Russia’s sovereign territory. The Palestinian terrorist entity that controls Gaza does.

2. Ukraine recognizes Russia’s sovereignty. The Palestinian entity that controls Gaza and is defined in the West as a “terrorist organization” does not recognize Israel as a state and declares that it is working to destroy it.

3. Ukraine is a sovereign state with declared borders. “Palestine” is not a sovereign state and has no declared borders.

4. Israel, on its own initiative, evacuated the Gaza Strip from the Israeli population and withdrew to a border line for which there is no international claim. Despite this, the export of terrorism from Gaza to Israel continued.

5. The Ukrainians in their fighting do not harm Russian citizens. Palestinians have been committing brutal terrorism against the civilian population in Israel and around the world for decades (suicide bombings, hijackings, rocket fire at civilians, shootings, stabbings and more).

6. “Knock on the Roof” Procedure.  The Israeli procedure that is one of its kind in the whole world to prevent the killing of Palestinian civilians before a military attack. The Russians certainly do not apply such a procedure before attacking civilian areas in Ukraine.

7. There are Russians living in Ukraine.  There are no Israelis living in Gaza.  What is the fate of a Gaza citizen who entered Israel?  What is the fate of an Israeli citizen who entered Gaza? Hamas holds captive Israeli citizens and does not allow access to them.

8. Israel and Ukraine are democracies.  No elections have been held in Gaza and the West Bank since 2006.

9. Molotov cocktail as a symbol: Ukrainians throw Molotov cocktails at Russian tanks. Palestinians throw Molotov cocktails at civilian vehicles.

10. Russia initiated the military move against Ukraine. Israel, mostly responds to aggression (for example, in the last two relevant events in Gaza).

Irreducible Elements of the Gospel

The gospel is the great nonnegotiable of Christian truth. We aren’t allowed to add to, subtract from, embellish, or rejigger the sacred message of how sinful men can be reconciled to a holy God.

That’s why the apostle Paul reserved his sternest warning for anyone who would dare to mess with the message: “If any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).

The preacher is left with one option when it comes to faithful gospel proclamation—and it’s not an elusive option reserved for scholars. Paul expected his audience to be able to clearly differentiate between the one true gospel and all the other pretenders. It is an expectation implicitly placed upon all believers. With that in mind, we recently asked John MacArthur to identify and explain the essential truths of saving faith—the irreducible elements of the gospel.

Our destinies hinge on the unshakable nature of those truths. Any variation in just one of them and the hope of eternal life completely collapses.  

If you present a different god than the God of Scripture, you are effectively calling people to idolatry. If you preach another Christ you do not have the Lord; you have a liar or a lunatic. If salvation by grace through faith alone is corrupted with even the smallest amount of works-righteousness, “Christ will be of no benefit to you” (Galatians 5:2). If we don’t repent from our former sinful ways, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

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