Jim Fletcher ~ The Plague Of Replacement Theology
…this is the view that God has replaced Israel and the Jewish people with the church. This view used to be held in mainline churches, seminaries and in Catholicism. Today, however, this problem has entered the evangelical community. It spans all denominations. Their desire is to minimize the uniqueness of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. The issue of Israel is paramount proof that we are living in the last days. This is a time in history where the Jews have reentered history. This is astonishing. A repeated theme in scripture is after the Jewish people spent a long period in exile, they will return to their ancient homeland. In 1945 the Nazis killed six million Jews in Europe. Three years later (1948) Israel was established, and today six million Jews are living there! Many in the church culture in our nation are missing this point or want to miss it. There is a sharp downturn towards the nation of Israel and Bible prophecy among evangelical leadership.
What is the answer towards antisemitism? Why are people like this? Why does it exist? The hatred of the Jews is a spiritual sickness. It has entered some of the American church. An understanding of God’s redemptive plan is the answer to antisemitism around the world. Biblical illiteracy in our country today is at an all time high, it is frightening. The view that the Bible is myth entered the blood stream of the American church in the 19th century. This is one reason why the American church is ineffective today. The so called nation of Palestine was created in order to get rid of the Jews. Liberals claim the Biblical miracles are metaphors.
Replacement theology is the teaching that the Christian church has replaced national Israel regarding the plan, purpose, and promises of God. Therefore, many of the promises that God made to Israel must be spiritualized. Justin Martyr (AD 160) in speaking to the Jews said: “The scriptures are not yours, but ours.” [The Bible was written by Jews, it was lived by Jews, Jesus Christ and the apostles were Jews]. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon (AD 177) declared: “Jews are disinherited from the grace of God.” Tertullian (AD 160-230), in his treatise, “Against the Jews,” announced that God had rejected the Jews in favor of the Christians. The Assemblies Of God and the Southern Baptist Convention are being targeted by replacement theology. Calvary Chapel rebuffed this false theology. Jesus was NOT a Palestinian. He was a Jew who lived in the land of Israel. The American church has turned their back on Israel. They do not like Jews. They are told they are greedy and start all of the wars in the world. These are all of the old medieval antisemitic lies repackaged for new audiences.
Three men control the direction of the evangelical church in America. 1)Rick Warren on the west coast, 2)Bill Hybels in middle America, and 3)Andy Stanley on the east coast. Lynne Hybels, Bill’s wife, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Palestinian narrative. As a co founder of the Willow Creek association, she is in favor of the PLO and blames Israel for everything. “Hank Hanegraaff’s blend of preterism and idealism produces an eschatology that is viciously anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. His brand of replacement theology teaches that national Israel has no future since she is replaced by the church.” -Thomas Ice.
How do we handle this? We need to confront error boldly. Ask replacement theologians to explain the existence of the Jewish people in Israel today, after centuries of exile. Use your sphere of influence in order to emphasize truth.