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Evangelicals embrace Replacement Theology

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Replacement theology and their theologians have formed a merger with Palestinian Christians who are dead set on promoting an anti-Israel perspective in evangelical churches.

Several Christian leaders such as Lynne Hybels, wife of mega church leader, Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Church) and editor of Sojourners, Tony Campolo and others appear on the docket at the 2012 pro Palestinian Christians Christ at the Checkpoint Conference at Bethlehem Bible College in the West Bank.

Check out this video: Lynne Hybels Reflects on the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference from Christ at the Checkpoint 2010.

These theologians and activists say that their views are non-violent in their stance against Israel, yet they all share the common goal of distorting the history of the Middle East and Scripture, making Israel perpetrator of all of Palestinian ills.  Don’t miss our special guest Laurie Cardoza Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations(PJTN), a ministry forged to educate Christian believers about biblical truth as it relates to Israel, and the dangerous lies that we’re being told in the West about the true nature of events in the Middle East.

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Want to know more about Replacement Theology? Check out the article below via gotquestions.org:

Question: “What is replacement theology?”

Answer:Replacement theology essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. Adherents of replacement theology believe the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel. All the different views of the relationship between the church and Israel can be divided into two camps: either the church is a continuation of Israel (replacement/covenant theology), or the church is completely different and distinct from Israel (dispensationalism/premillennialism).

Replacement theology teaches that the church is the replacement for Israel and that the many promises made to Israel in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian church, not in Israel. So, the prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Promised Land are “spiritualized” or “allegorized” into promises of God’s blessing for the church. Major problems exist with this view, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Israel. If Israel has been condemned by God, and there is no future for the Jewish nation, how do we explain the supernatural survival of the Jewish people over the past 2000 years despite the many attempts to destroy them? How do we explain why and how Israel reappeared as a nation in the 20th century after not existing for 1900 years?

The view that Israel and the church are different is clearly taught in the New Testament. Biblically speaking, the church is completely different and distinct from Israel, and the two are never to be confused or used interchangeably. We are taught from Scripture that the church is an entirely new creation that came into being on the day of Pentecost and will continue until it is taken to heaven at the rapture (Ephesians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). The church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel. The covenants, promises, and warnings are valid only for Israel. Israel has been temporarily set aside in God’s program during these past 2000 years of dispersion.

After the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), God will restore Israel as the primary focus of His plan. The first event at this time is the tribulation (Revelation chapters 6-19). The world will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the great tribulation for the second coming of the Messiah. Then, when Christ does return to the earth, at the end of the tribulation, Israel will be ready to receive Him. The remnant of Israel which survives the tribulation will be saved, and the Lord will establish His kingdom on this earth with Jerusalem as its capital. With Christ reigning as King, Israel will be the leading nation, and representatives from all nations will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King—Jesus Christ. The church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Revelation 20:1-5).

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament support a premillennial/dispensational understanding of God’s plan for Israel. Even so, the strongest support for premillennialism is found in the clear teaching of Revelation 20:1-7, where it says six times that Christ’s kingdom will last 1000 years. After the tribulation the Lord will return and establish His kingdom with the nation of Israel, Christ will reign over the whole earth, and Israel will be the leader of the nations. The church will reign with Him for a literal thousand years. The church has not replaced Israel in God’s plan. While God may be focusing His attention primarily on the church in this dispensation of grace, God has not forgotten Israel and will one day restore Israel to His intended role as the nation He has chosen (Romans 11).

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10 Responses to “Evangelicals embrace Replacement Theology”

  1. John Donahue #

    Good point, Amy. I believe the Scriptures MUST remain our ultimate authority on this issue. As Christians, we need to remember the purpose of God's Word as the User's Manual for Human Life, lest we err substantially in doctrine and purpose. Genesis 12: 2-3 and Zechariah 2: 8 most certainly apply and I would not want to be among those who choose the wrong side on this very critical issue. Blessings, John

    May 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM
  2. John Donahue #

    News Flash: Since when is Lynne Hybels an "evangelical"? The Hybels' Willow Creek Church is the bastion of liberal, revisionist theology, having women elders and allowing women to preach sermons. Hybels (as I have heard) is a registered Democrat… you remember… the party that supports abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. I just have one question: Which Bible are these people reading?

    May 28, 2015 at 10:38 PM
  3. anthony bardsley #

    i dont believe that isreal will be replaced in gods prophetic calander and niether should the church which is his body should become a zionist movement . the gospel today is a universal gospel with no country or group having a special dispensation from the lord . isreal as a consequence of rejecting the messiah are still in a state of lo ammi (not my people). gentiles are no longer grafted in to the olive tree (isreal) , as was the case in romans while the hope of isreal was still in view .

    February 5, 2015 at 10:52 AM
  4. PermReader #

    The Replacement Theology has great advantages for the Church leaders: It is convenient,old tool and creates the permanent scapegoat . Israel`s creation make it the importaint weapon in the Church`s hands.

    June 25, 2014 at 6:37 AM
  5. I wanted to be sure to commend you for your article on search shopping.
    I am delighted you included: Replacement Theology

    This is very timely, as our church did 9 Marks of Healthy Church, by Mark Devers

    However, it EXCLUDES the position of the church re Israel.

    The problem with Devers is that he and others who promote Covenant Theology or one of its mutations which reject Israel and God's specific promises re the land, contaminate the other 9 marks of a healthy church because they put a curse on themselves, as you know.

    Here is proof of Dever's position: http://fide-o.com/2008/07/dispensationalism-ends-

    Now I DON'T agree with the author as he sides with Devers…but his theology is a subtle path to destruction.

    btw, Devers promotes John Stott who endorsed Stephen Sizer's books against Israel.
    Note ins the link above that Palmer is on 9Marks Website http://www.9marks.org/audio/biblical-theology-o-p
    …so he would no doubt be speaking authoritatively when he states: "Mark is a Covenant Theologian and an Amillennialist" (link broken)


    And thank God for Paul Wilkenson's work "Christian Palestinianism":


    James Sundquist http://www.theperfectpeaceplan.com

    May 27, 2012 at 3:16 AM
  6. David J. Conklin #

    >The illiterate of the future will be the person who doesn't know how to learn.

    They're already here! I can specific points on a variety of subjects where the people forwarding email or post on forums had spent as little as 5 minutes they would have realized it was a lie. But 5 minutes of work is work which they will not to under any circumstance.

    April 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM
  7. David J. Conklin #

    The Bible is good enough for me:

    Romans 11:17-26 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: …

    April 15, 2012 at 7:10 AM
  8. Larry #

    The Hybels seem to have moved toward the left. However, we can't say there is anything wrong with first supporting our brethren whether Palestinian Christian or Messianic Jew can we? The household of faith right? This is where non-replacement theology becomes political and emboldens men like John Hagee who insist Jesus did not come to be the Messiah at all (only the Lamb of God.) The theology of Romans 9-11 cannot be covered effectively here but I will quote these verses.

    (Romans 9:6-8) Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to the Jews? No, for not everyone born into a jewish family is truly a Jew! Just the fact that they are descendants of Abraham doesn't make them truly Abraham's children.

    What the important points of Romans tell us is that those who believe in Christ inherit the promises given to Abraham, but,… Paul interprets these promises as pertaining to adoption as God's own children, and thus the promised land as being a metaphor for the benefits of adoption including heaven, when it comes to this greater promise which is something open to Jews and Gentiles in Christ. Try to understand what importance Jewish genes are going to have in Revelation chapter 21 and 22.

    The New Testament never suggests that Christians are now promised the land of Israel. The land promised to the Jewish Nation will belong to the Jewish Nation. But what will be the citizenship of that nation? Only those born of Jewish blood? Does it even make sense to talk of a racially defined holy people in heaven? There is something about the end of the story we seem to be missing and I am not able to fill in the details which the Bible chooses to leave out.

    Israel is beloved for the sake of the Fathers and I think of them this way, but there is a problem with non-replacement theology in that it has become a blanket political justification for Israel. The Lord has called us to reach all men with the message of the gospel, and that includes unrepentant Israel. The Bible nowhere gives us the right to say it is ok for Israel to persecute Jewish believers or other christians, and neither should we blindly approve of every action Israel takes. Balanced theology growing out of love for God is not going to lead to another Holocaust.

    On the other hand the traditional form of replacement theology was started in the time of Constantine and lead to the expulsion of the Jews from Jerusalem and the city being renamed Ariel for some time. Theology which justifies such discrimination is very wrong. I am only pointing out that theology which justifies the persecution of Messianic Jews in Israel is also very wrong.

    Pointing our guns at anyone who wants to reach out to the Palestinians undermines our mission and some christians have already forsaken the gospel sent to all men for a gospel that says Israel in effect gets a pass when it comes to repentance and faith. We try to evangelize every nation on earth but not Israel. That is at least partly because it is illegal in Israel in many instances to try to convert a Jew. In other words the Nation of Israel already has laws saying the gospel is illegal. Unbeknownst to so many American christians, many Jews view Jesus as the most pitiful Jew of all time, a traitor born of fornication who did more damage to Israel than any other false messiah (and yes they openly consider Him a false messiah.) [NOTE: Many jews also feel the Roman Catholic Church was culpable in the Holocaust and deeply despise The Vatican because of it.]

    My question about this wierd distortion regarding Israel is whether it might be showing up in more places than just this point of doctrine. The left-right paradigm in American politics is a dominant narrative in many churches and it seems to make it hard for us to accept the full counsel of Scripture (and therefore to find the proper balance,) regarding conservation, social justice, capitalism, and many other points of modern christian thought and ethics. It is ironic that we rally around the flag pole at our schools (which btw I think is a great way to support one another so I am not against that) but at the same time the public school is by nature one of the most socialist aspects of America. A purer redistribution of wealth is hard to find in the history of communism.

    Bringing this to an end. It seems like for all of us there is a level of analysis at which we just sort of hang up the scissors and stop trying to cut out the snowflake. We should though leave no stone unturned, and continually return to the Scriptures with open eyes. This is not so we can reinvent basic doctrine, but rather so that we can sit humbly at the Lord's feet on this upward journey, that we might escape hell which lies below.

    An example of digging deeper? The Jewish-Egyptian who was stoned in Exodus 25, did he go to hell? Is it an easy question to answer? Yes and no.

    Later Mike. Great work!

    November 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM
  9. Mr Davis #

    We know from our brothers who were Muslims who hated the Jews prior to conversion that after being "borne of the Spirit" God changed their hearts towards the Jews to love them and desire to see their lands restored. That has been the testimony heard on this show.

    That is a massive change in heart and a proof of conversion.

    I know we are not to call to question one anothers salvation but if we do not have love for the Jews in our hearts is God in us.

    Romans 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved. Do you remember what the prophets said about this? "A Deliverer will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel from all ungodliness. 27 And then I will keep my covenant with them and take away their sins." 28 Many of the Jews are now enemies of the Good News. But this has been to your benefit, for God has given his gifts to you Gentiles. Yet the Jews are still his chosen people because of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 29 For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.

    The early Church took up gifts to meet the nessesities that were lacking of the Jews in Jerusalem because of the Churches love for them. Christians today still support them and love them because of the promises.

    What has changed that now we strive to become enemies of God?


    November 7, 2011 at 4:42 AM