Dr. Richard Land

Iranian Deal ‘Devastating’ for U.S.,  Israel and the Middle East

July 29, 2015

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Says Iran Has Refused to Acknowledge Israel’s Right to Exist

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.eduPresident Dr. Richard Land is weighing in on the recent controversial comments by Gov. Mike Huckabee, who drew parallels between the Holocaust in his criticism of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The Presidential hopeful has said the comparison was appropriate, as Iran has called for Israel’s destruction and may follow through should the country develop a nuclear weapon.

“We must not become bogged down with semantics,” Land said. “The U.S. has sealed a deal with an Iranian regime that explicitly threatens to destroy Israel and has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, making statements that Hitler and his cronies would have agreed with in the 1930s. The reality is that the last time threats like these were made against the Jews, the world ignored them, with catastrophic consequences. After World War II people the world over lamented the horrific reality of the Holocaust and vowed it should never happen again.

“The Iranian deal is utterly devastating for the U.S., Israel and the Middle East, and it poses an existential threat to the Jewish people and the Israeli state. Denying and ignoring reality by focusing on semantics does not make that ugly and stark reality disappear.

“I personally have—and this country should have—a deep and heartfelt concern for Israel,” Land continued, “and the fanatics in Iran should be taken seriously. They mean what they say when they declare that they want to destroy Israel. The unimaginable can happen again. The Bible says that ‘God will bless those who bless you (Abram), and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ America is risking the wrath of God on our nation when we make deals with those who want to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

SES’s 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics will be hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte. N.C. on Oct. 16-17, 2015, with the theme, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Tony Perkins, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. An early-bird rate is available through August 1. To register, visitconference.ses.edu/registration.

Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 200 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. This spring, it began airing on the Total Living Network, reaching nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.

Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded theSES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate program for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”

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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.