Is Christian Replacement Theology Biblical?
I spoke yesterday at a Christian women’s meeting in California and shared how we at PJTN are bracing for persecution in “speaking out” against anti-Semitism in the days ahead. A frightening reality is emerging in American Christianity and is being underscored by the perpetrators of violence and hatred against Jews that have resulted in national headlines such as the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh last November and the Chabad tragedy in Poway, California last month. Just last week in Russellville, Arkansas a peaceful Holocaust memorial event made national headlines when it was disrupted by protesters bearing Christian flags, a large sign with an image of the face of Jesus, and a huge placard reading ‘God has the oven pre-heated.’ Scenes reserved for historical research into Nazi Germany of the past are now becoming the too frequent norm in America, and Christian leadership must speak up against this new vile pattern of hatred we see growing around us. In both Pittsburgh and California, violence was initiated by young men professing to be Christian but were intent on killing in their words, “as many Jews as possible.” In the case of the Poway shooter, he had noted in a social media manifesto: “I am a Christian and I blame all Jews for the murder of Jesus.”
The shocking truth: There exists a ‘cone of silence’ among Christian leadership in America to admit churches are not preaching biblical truth on Israel and the Jewish people. Quite the contrary, they are teaching lies. The biblical truth has been replaced with a widespread teaching called “Replacement Theology”— a teaching that the Church has replaced Israel as the Chosen People, leaving Israel rejected by God. It’s a false teaching that has given birth to a foundational “theology of hate” that's been used to great advantage by the KKK, and a broad range of white nationalist/separatists groups, as well as neo-Nazi/neo-fascist ones. “Mis-truth” in biblical teachings on Israel from Christian leadership must be identified and called out when encountered.
* Gary Burge is a Ph.D., a Visiting Professor of Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI and an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches: "The promises made by God to Israel in the Old Testament are 'Jewish theology' that the New Testament 'turns inside out.' Yes, admits Burge, Paul does envisage a continuing existence of the Jewish people, but God is now equally concerned with all peoples and God's interest has turned away from the Land of Israel."
* Stephen Sizer is a former Anglican vicar in Surrey, England who has taught: "God's mission for Israel to the world is summed up in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ who 'fulfilled' God's purposes for Israel by creating out of two peoples - Jews and Gentiles - one people whose Promised Land is no longer a piece of real estate in the Middle East, but a New Heaven and New Earth which will come into existence when He comes again at the end of time."
* Hank Hanegraaff, “The Bible Answer Man,” whose radio broadcasts have influenced millions of Christians over the years was an evangelical, but joined the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2017. His words of wisdom: “We must thoroughly and finally put to rest any thought that the Bible supports the horrors of racial discrimination wherever and in whatever form… Far from facilitating race based discrimination, on the basis of our eschatological presuppositions, Christians must be equipped to communicate that Christianity knows nothing about dividing people on the basis of race.” He believes that the mistaken theology that God has promised the land to the Jews is what '"undergirds Zionism.” And the list goes on…
Research sited by PJTN found that millennials (born between 1977-1995) show significantly less support for Israel than their parents and grandparents age demographic. Support further weakens for younger generations now on American college campuses where liberal leftist philosophies espouse social justice and the promotion of the plight of the Palestinian people, while Israel is painted as an aggressive occupier in their own homeland.
PJTN is on the frontlines of this battle. We are aware of the seriousness we are facing with anti-Semitism on the rise in America at an alarming rate and violence against Jews in our communities escalating, as seen almost daily in national headlines. We will be calling out major leaders who have fostered the growth of this new generation of hatred we are witnessing. Some of the names in question will send shock waves through Christianity.
It’s only through making headlines that we will make a difference in turning this tide…
I will be calling on major national Christian and Jewish leaders to join with us. I welcome your dialogues and support. We are looking for solutions that can only come through facing the truth: ‘Christian anti-Semitism is on the rise in America.’
We as Christians must not stand idly by and allow this monster of hatred against the Jewish people to grow.
Thank you for your prayers and support…