Viewing a moving presentation on Israel and Psalm 83:
Because of the teaching that the Jews had been discarded by God, Gentiles who professed to be Christians increasingly referred to the Jews as "Christ killers." I remember as a child in the synagogue, learning that the Ecumenical Council had decreed that the Jews actually were not solely responsible for the death of Christ.
I remember thinking "So this is why they call me dirty Jew."
Most of us have heard of the false teaching called Replacement Theology. This article is for those who either have never heard of it, or have had this preached to them Sunday after Sunday and just figured that it was biblical.
I'm here to tell you - It's a lie from the pit of hell.
Replacement Theology (RT), has been around for centuries. The term used by theologians is supersessionism. The church supersedes Israel. Theologians have cited the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD as proof that God was finished with the Jewish people.
There are two main schools of thought regarding RT:
The late Rev. Jerry Falwell, a founder of modern conservative religious activism, often boasted that America's Bible Belt was Israel's safety belt. But Falwell's zeal for conservative red meat causes has become passé for much of the current generation of evangelical elites, who eschew the confrontational politics of the old religious right.
Polls show that evangelicals remain strongly pro-Israel and are America's strongest pro-Israel demographic by far, with the possible exception of Jews. But there are few if any pro-Israel evangelical leaders today as outspoken and prominent as Falwell.
Within the Protestant world, many churches are deeply hostile to the State of Israel. They present the Palestinians as victims of Israeli oppression while ignoring the murderous victimization of Israeli citizens at their hands. This much is generally known. What is less known is the even more disturbing fact that this perverse animus is increasingly fed not by the politics of the present moment but by theology.
Dr. David Reagan forges into matters surrounding God's chosen people with spiritually empowered intensity. At book's end, he has thoroughly made clear things that have baffled Bible scholars and neophytes alike in these late days of human history.
The Jewish People: Rejected or Beloved is a book of scriptural depth and richness of explanatory acumen. Anti-Semitic thought is washed away from the platform of debate in the book's powerful, flowing argumentation.
Israel has described a gathering of global evangelical leaders that opens today at Bethlehem Bible College as "unacceptable and shameful" for its intent to manipulate religious sentiment for political purposes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, issued to Israel Today—an Israel-based news agency with a mostly Christian readership and pro-Israel stance—was critical of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference, which runs from March 10-14 (livestreamed here) and is now in its third year.
Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at age 85, after being suspended comatose, between life and death for the past eight years, was the final Israeli prime minister from the generation that fought in the 1948 War of Independence.
Israel is preciously short of friends these days. The Jewish people do not, for the first time in our history, have a friend in the White House. So they must be able to count on the friendship, loyalty and support of the American people.
By all sober accounts, John Kerry's deal with Iran is a diplomatic disaster, since it does not require Iran to give up anything substantial while we in turn lift sanctions and unfreeze $8 billion in Iranian assets. Meanwhile, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to rot in a hellhole of an Iranian prison. This deal represents, in John Bolton's words, "abject surrender" on the part of the United States.
An investigation by the Daily Beast also reveals that the "Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran's new president last June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva..." The report notes that Treasury Department notices show "that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June."Obama's desperately eager posture towards the smiling Mullahs has doomed any negotiation to failure by signaling that the U.S. fears confrontation more than anything else.
Despite all the odds—foreign conquerors, the Holocaust or the daily threats of its neighbors still today—Israel exists simply because of the promise of the God of Israel, the one true Majesty.