The Diocese of Iran welcomed Rev Stephen Sizer to St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tehran.

Rev Stephen Sizer celebrated the Eucharist at St Paul’s and also preached on the occasion.    After the service he met informally with members of the congregation.

Rev Stephen Sizer is the author of the book “Christian Zionism”, which has been translated into Farsi by Dr Zarah Mostafavi.

Rev Stephen Sizer is the Vicar of Christ Church, Virgina Water in the UK.   In his book he has offered biblical based interpretation of the relationship of the modern state of Israel and the Christian Church.   He examines key biblical texts, particularly on bible prophecies as they relate to the modern nation-state of Israel.

We hope that that his invaluable contribution will bring clarification where theological thought has been manipulated in order to mislead western Christians and demonstrate that expression of God’s redemptive love is not through Israel but through His Church.   His book should go a long way in bringing healing among people of all faiths, especially between Islam and Christianity. 

Below we  quote just a few of the many reviews on Rev Stephen Sizer’s book by leading theologians:

“There is admirable depth and careful perspective in Stephen Sizer’s comprehensive survey of the political, exegetical and moral implication of Christian Zionism.  If the apocalyptic ones, darkly suggested by the cover design, remain the hidden future, the logic is them is well clarified ….   Readers who can match the author’s capacity for incisive documentation and his rigorous way with complexity are rewarded with a masterly presentation with which to wrestle ….  His commendable labours will well equip his readers to address them.  Meanwhile, perhaps we have to say that Armageddon also is sub judice.”  The Right Reverend Kenneth Cragg 

“I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer’s ground-breaking critique of Christian Zionism.   His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very time.   I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith.   Stephen’s book has helped to reinforce this conviction.”  Revd Dr John Stott   

Stephen Sizer’s work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.   Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals.   The impact of this terribly misguided movement is increasingly putting Christians in the Middle East at risk, and it seems a far cry from the witness and message of Jesus Christ.”  Professor Don Wagner