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Replacement Theology, Hebrew Roots, Christ at Checkpoint
Replacement Theology is heresy
A new Replacement Theology - Man becoming like God
March 2012 Bill Wilson
A new brand of replacement theology is taking hold of the Christian Church--it is the replacement of YHVH (God) with man. Notwithstanding that there is nothing new under the sun, this “dominion” thinking has permeated church society with extra biblical, self indulgence and self aggrandizing delusion. Any combination of these characteristics is enough to lead unsuspecting Christians down a path of deception. Many cults have been exposed over the years where a specific man has convinced others he is either god or the only prophet of god. But what happens when man is convinced that he stands in the place of YHVH and that YHVH is limited by man’s actions?
The story is ancient. The Apostle Paul referred to it in 2 Corinthians 11:3 as he was warning the church about false prophets and deceivers, saying “But I fear lest, as The Serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, that your minds may also in this way be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus The Messiah).” Genesis 3 shows how satan as a serpent deceived Eve into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Verses 4 and 5 say, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For YHVH doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The bait was to be like YHVH.
Isaiah 14:11-14 portrays a similar theme as Lucifer’s fall from heaven is described. The direct Hebrew translation says, “You thought to yourself...I will make myself like the Most High.’” In Acts 8, Simon the sorcerer offered to pay to receive the Holy Spirit “that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” Peter told him in verse 20, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of YHVH may be purchased with money.” Point is: Man is not YHVH; man cannot “impart” what is YHVH’s. YHVH determines when and who receives His gifts, not man. This is just one example of how Christianity has twisted the truth of the Holy Scriptures by teaching that man imparts the gifts of YHVH.
There is a “dualistic” principle being applied in much of the church. That is, satan is a powerful adversary that must be withstood otherwise god’s kingdom cannot come. God can only act by man. Therefore, it is man who must battle satan and establish god’s kingdom on earth, otherwise god cannot return. This theology rejects the one true God (hence my use of “g”od), YHVH, of the Bible. YHVH, the Creator of the universe, does not need man to fight his battles and establish his kingdom. It is true that YHVH often chooses to work through man. In the end, however, it is Yeshua Ha Mashiach who redeems the earth and establishes His kingdom--not man, nor the “church.”
Revelation 19:14-15 says, “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty YHVH.” There are no earthly humans here who established any kingdom so that Yeshua could return. Leading Christians to believe that they must establish the kingdom for Yeshuah to return is unbiblical and deceptive. It plays into satan’s “be like the Most High” mantra and leads to the end time one world religion. As Yeshua said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
CHRISTIANITY in ISRAEL
MOST CHRISTIANS ARE LOST!
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Crislam / Chrislam is Spiritual treason!
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|Isaiah 14:11-14 portrays a similar theme as Lucifer’s fall from heaven is described. The direct Hebrew translation says, “You thought to yourself...I will make myself like the Most High.’” In Acts 8, Simon the sorcerer offered to pay to receive the Holy Spirit “that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” Peter told him in verse 20, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of YHVH may be purchased with money.” Point is: Man is not YHVH; man cannot “impart” what is YHVH’s. YHVH determines when and who receives His gifts, not man. This is just one example of how Christianity has twisted the truth of the Holy Scriptures by teaching that man imparts the gifts of YHVH. |
Yeah, every time I read this passage in Acts 8, reminds me of how the modern day "tithe giving" in the modern-day church has really born its rotten fruits over the long haul.
The messages with this false "tithe giving" teaching is that if you give at least 10% of your gross income in the offering plates, then God will pour out his abundant blessings on you, not only spiritually, but materially and financially as well. Ultimately, the messages one is getting is that power is BEING GIVEN UNTO YOU to receive all these kinds of blessings for the mere 10% you put in the offering plates.
WRONG! Our belief in Jesus Christ's finished work on THE CROSS AND his resurrection is what is given us our (spiritual)blessings, which is the FREE GIFT of the HOLY GHOST, THE CONFORTER, which is to teach us all things and guide us in all things! We did NOT earn this by our own good works, but it is a GIFT FROM GOD!
Messianic Jewish Leaders Respond On Eve Of
Christ At The Checkpoint in Bethlehem March 5, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Israel, March 2, 2012 PRNewswire
The following is a statement by Messianic Jewish Alliance of America:
On February 17, leaders of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA) and the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS), representing the mainstream Messianic Jewish movement, issued a joint statement on the Christ at the Checkpoint (CatC) conference scheduled for March 5–9 in Bethlehem.
The local committee of CatC responded promptly to our statement with a letter posted at their website. On the surface, the CatC response was collegial, but seemed to miss or ignore the point of our original statement.
We recognize and are deeply concerned with the struggle of Palestinian Christians. What we object to is a conference that is explicitly pro-Palestinian and anti- Israel,
which seeks to promote itself as a conference on peace and reconciliation. The local committee concludes,
"We plead with you to affirm our unity in Christ. Together, we can stand against all forms of violence, racism and hatred, and together we can work toward peace and reconciliation."
Despite this plea, the conference is structured and promoted in a way that impedes working together toward peace and reconciliation:
1) The title and image of "Christ at the Checkpoint." The local committee claims,
"By using the title 'Christ at the Checkpoint,' we in no way mean that Israel is withholding Jesus at the Checkpoint, or that Israel is involved in a systematic persecution of Christians."
We appreciate that reassurance, but apparently your title conveys something else to your own organizers.
On his website, your program coordinator, Stephen Sizer posts featured speaker Shane Claiborne explaining that the conference is
"Named after the reality that Jesus would have a hard time making the Gospel pilgrimage because of the walls and checkpoints in the Holy Land"
Of course, Israel is the one maintaining these "walls and checkpoints." Your letter to us massages the meaning of "Christ at the Checkpoint,"
but your graphic is clear enough, a church with a cross on top, behind barbed wire, hemmed in by a massive Israeli wall.
2) The advocacy of one specific political position, anti-Zionism, in the conference core principles.
As with the conference name and logo, organizers are entitled to hold this position,
but they shouldn't act surprised when it undermines or invalidates their claim to be about reconciliation.
You may include two or three pro-Zionist speakers in your agenda, but you've already stated your conclusion that
Zionism "has become ethnocentric, privileging one people at the expense of others."
Stephen Sizer, program coordinator, clearly positions himself as opposed to Zionism and to any unique Jewish claim upon Jerusalem.
CatC appears to be an anti- Israel and anti-Christian Zionist conference thinly disguised as an effort at peace and reconciliation.
In their response letter, the local committee is at pains to clarify that, "We do not endorse or preach any theology that discriminates or harms the Jewish people," and "it is natural and right for Jewish believers to expose anti-Semitism and all forms of violence against Israelis and Jewish people around the world." Accordingly, we do speak out against the supersessionist theology that underlies their conference agenda, and which has been a source of anti-Semitism and even anti-Jewish violence for centuries.
Stephen Sizer (heretic)
A Response to Representatives of the International Messianic Jewish Community
CRISLAM / CHRISLAM
The above 'checkpoint' gathering is akin to Crislam - spiritual TREASON
Zionism delcares Israel is God's land for God's Jewish people - FOREVER.
Jews being the bloodline of Jacob.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness!
Christ (who?) at the Checkpoint
March 22, 2012 by Jerusalem Connection
Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem rebukes Israel, demands empathy for Islamist terrorists.
This gathering was teaching from the pit of HELL itself, and
promoted the thinking which caused the holocaust and present day killing of Jews and attacks on Israel.
The false doctrine of Replacement theology
The Christian Church DID NOT replace Jacob / Israel - Jews
The status of Israel's national election is forever
For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God. 2 Sam 7:24
Proponents of Replacement Theology often note that the term "forever" sometimes means a long yet limited period of time. But in Amos 9:15 we read that when God finally plants Israel in the land, they are no longer removed from it. The term for "forever" in Jer 7:7 and Jer 25:5, where the verses discuss Israel's status in the land, is the same term used for God's eternal nature in 1Chron 16:36; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 103:17 and Dan 7:18.
Israel's everlasting position is corroborated in Jer 31:31-37 as well as in a number of other places in the OT. Paul confirms Israel 's corporate election in Rom 11:26-29.
"....The Deliverer will come out of Zion , And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 'For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.' Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they [unbelieving Israel ] are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
The covenant referred to was the New Covenant of Jer 31:31. Moreover, Paul's reasoning was derived from several OT proclamations that God has sovereignly chosen to redeem and change Israel 's heart for His own name's sake (i.e., Deut 30:6; Jer 31:33 and Ezek 36:22, 32 etc).
The objection is often voiced that the idea of a One-People-of-God has to incorporate or absorb all the Old Testament saints and saved Israelites into the church. Therefore, the New Testament church must become the new spiritual Israel . Yet Israel 's future redemption as a nation requires a continuing distinction between it and the other nations. This argument is justified in eschatological passages such as Zech 2:11 where many nations will become God's people, and also in Zech 8:23.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
"In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."'
Israel will eventually become a distinct nation made up of Israelite-ish saints from all ages.
Finally and importantly, the role of the Holy Spirit in relationship to the Old Testament saints and Israel was different in contrast to what it is today. Prior to Pentecost, the Holy Spirit selectively granted revelation and visions to the prophets and empowered various people to perform special tasks. For example, The Spirit of the Lord specifically came upon Othniel enabling him to lead Israel to military victories (Judges 3:10).
Yet, significantly, the Holy Spirit's work on an individual was often intermittent rather than permanent. Old Testament saints were not permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit. We can also see this clearly in the examples of Samson (Judges 14:19 and 16:20), Saul (1 Sam 11:6) and David who replaced Saul because of the former's disobedience (1Sam 15 and 1 Sam 16:13). When David sinned by committing adultery and murder, he was prompted to cry out and implore God:
"Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit." (Psalm 51:11-12)
This would not be the typical prayer of a church-age saint. The OT saints did not have that same indwelling Spirit to empower them to overcome sin. But under the New Covenant, Israel will (Ezek 36:25-27).
If God still considers corporate Israel an elect nation which will be redeemed, then that has implications in how we might interpret passages such as Matt 24:31 in light of verses such as Deut 30:1-4, Hos 5:15 and Matt 23:39.
Note also that if God's Holy Spirit could be removed from an OT saint, then that has eschatological ramifications for our understanding of 2 Thess 2:7.
In summary: the saints in the Old Testament operated under a vastly different economy and circumstances. Israel was considered a nation of saints and will be saved in the future under the New Covenant.
But it will still retain its national uniqueness.
READ Galatians and Romans 9, 10 and 11
Christians are adopted - we DO NOT replace Israel/Jews
The Evil of Replacement Theology
The Historical Abuse of the Jews by the Church
By Dr. David Reagan
Zechariah 14 is very simple to understand. It said that the Messiah would return to the Mount of Olives, that the mount would split in half when His feet touched it, that He would speak a supernatural word that would destroy all the armies around Jerusalem, and that on that day He would become "king over all the earth."
The Bible means what it says. One preacher explained to me that all Old Testament prophecies had been fulfilled.
Discovery of Replacement Theology and Deliverance From it.
I started reading the Minor Prophets, and I was captivated by them. Their messages seemed so relevant to modern day problems. And, once again, it was the book of Zechariah that proved to be my turning point. After reading it through from start to finish for the first time in my life, I was impacted by the fact that it is full of Messianic prophecies about the First Coming, and that every one of them meant what they said. It suddenly dawned on me that if the First Coming prophecies in this "apocalyptic" book meant what they said, then the Second Coming prophecies must mean what they say.
My study of Bible prophecy since that time has convinced me that the twisting of scriptures through spiritualization is a terrible abuse of God's Word. It has led Christians to reject the Genesis account of creation as well as the promises of God for the future.
From the beginning to the end of the Bible we need to interpret God's Word for its plain sense meaning.
The failure to do so will produce tragic doctrines like Replacement Theology.
The Root of the Problem
I'd like to get into the topic of Replacement Theology by going to the root of it. And that is Satan's hatred of the Jewish people. Satan hates the Jews with a passion for several reasons:
God chose them to be His witness to the world.
Through them God gave the world the Bible.
Through them God gave the world the Messiah.
God has promised that He will save a great remnant of them.
God has promised that through that remnant He will bless all the nations of the world during the Millennial reign of Jesus.
Satan is determined to destroy every Jew on planet earth so that God cannot keep His promises to them.
Part of Satan's strategy has been to infect the Church with what was historically called Supersessionism. This is the idea that God has replaced the Jews with the Church. It's only in the 20th Century that this concept came to be known as Replacement Theology.
There are two basic kinds of Supersessionism. The first type is called "Economic Supersessionism." I prefer to call it "Historical Supersessionism." This is the more moderate form of the theology. It argues that it was God's plan from the beginning for Israel's role as the people of God to expire with the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of the Church. Or, to put it another way, it was God's plan for the people of God to morph from an ethnic group into a universal group.
An example of this viewpoint among the early Church Fathers can be found in the writings of Melito of Sardis (died c. 180). He wrote:
The people [Israel] was precious before the church arose, and the law was marvelous before the gospel was elucidated. But when the church arose and the gospel took precedence, the model was made void, conceding its power to the reality...The people [Israel] was made void when the church arose.
A modern representative of this school of thought is Karl Barth (1886-1968). He stated:
The first Israel, constituted on the basis of physical descent from Abraham, has fulfilled its mission now that the Savior of the world has sprung from it and its Messiah has appeared. Its members can only accept this fact with gratitude, and in confirmation of their own deepest election and calling, attach themselves to the people of this Savior, their own King, whose members the Gentiles are now called to be as well. Its [Israel's] mission as a natural community has now run its course and cannot be continued or repeated.
The far more common type of Supersessionism, and the type that has characterized the Church almost from its beginning, is called Punitive Supersessionism. It emphasizes Israel's disobedience to God and their subsequent justifiable punishment by God and their displacement as the people of God.
To put it another way, "The Chosen People of Israel have been replaced by the Church because the Jewish nation acted wickedly and has forfeited the right to be the people of God."
It is this viewpoint that early on caused the Church to be infected with a virulent form of anti-Semitism. You see, for almost 2,000 years the Church at large, both Catholic and Protestant, has maintained that due to the fact that the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God poured out His wrath on them in 70 AD, destroying their nation and their Temple, and in the process, He washed His hands of them, leaving them with no purpose whatsoever as a nation.
In short, because of their continuing disobedience and their rejection of Jesus, God has replaced Israel with the Church, transferring the blessings promised to Israel to the Church.
Today this is called Replacement Theology, and those who still believe in it — the majority of professing Christians — consider modern day Israel to be an accident of history, with no spiritual significance whatsoever. Accordingly, they would deny that God has any special plans for the Jewish people in the end times. Again, to them, the regathering of the Jews and the re-establishment of Israel are simply accidents of history, with no spiritual significance.
Let me give you a graphic example of what I am talking about. Consider the following statement that was made by one of Christendom's best known spokesmen:
I think it is problematic to relate prophecy to current events unfolding in the nation-state of Israel. There may be some relationship, of course. Only God knows. But the secular state of Israel created in 1948 is not, in my understanding, identical with the Jewish people as God's chosen and called-out covenant people.
I strongly support Israel because it is a haven for persecuted Jews — not because I think it fulfills biblical prophecy. I also support a Palestinian state both from historical and prudential considerations. Given the state of affairs in the Middle East, a Palestinian state is the only practicable solution for peace.
And who wrote these words? Chuck Colson!
IV. The Roots of Replacement Theology
As I said before, the roots of Replacement Theology and its fruit of Anti-Semitism go back to the very beginning of Christianity.
As I'm sure all of you are well aware, the Church began as a Jewish institution. It was founded in Judea by Jews who were followers of a Jewish Messiah, and all its founding documents were written by Jews.
A Jewish-Christian Symbol
The Jewish nature of the early church is attested to by this symbol. It is the oldest Christian symbol that has ever been found. It is carved into artifacts found in Jerusalem that date back to the First Century.
As you can see, it shows the fish, the symbol of the Church, emerging from Jewish roots, represented by the Menorah and the Star of David. The fish became a symbol for Christians because the word for fish in Greek is ICTHUS — an acronym for Jesus Christ, God's Son and Savior.
The Gentilization of the Church
Now, as the Church began to spread beyond its Judean origin, and as it embraced more and more Gentiles, it quickly lost touch with its Jewish roots. This process was accelerated by the destruction of the mother church in Jerusalem during the Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans that ended in 136 AD.
Another key to the Gentilizing of the Church was the development of an allegorical hermeneutical approach to the Scriptures that enabled the Church to appropriate Israel's promises for itself. Thus Tertullian, writing in the 3rd Century, was able to argue that the promise of Genesis 25:21-25 that "the older will serve the younger" (speaking, of course of Esau and Jacob), was really a prophecy that Israel would become subservient to the Church!
There is MUCH more, too much history and detail to post
Was Jesus a Palestinian?
Jan 20, 2014 NO! Its a dangerous LIE that Jesus was a Palestinian.
That is an outrageous rewriting of Christian history.
To say that is a dangerous and offensive ambush on both Judaism and Christianity and the ultimate Islamic replacement theology.
Why should a Jew care? Because Israel is the birthplace of both Judaism and Christianity.
Jews and Christians have a common bond that’s based biblically, and has never been more important.
Palestine is a Geographical Area, Not a Nationality
Jan 25, 2014 The Arabs invented a special national entity in the 1960s called the Palestinians, specifically for political gain. They brand Israelis as invaders and claim the geographic area called Palestine belongs exclusively to the Arabs.
The word Palestine is not even Arabic. It is a word coined by the Romans around 135 CE from Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty.
Palestine was never an independent state belonging to any people.
Palestine was and is solely a geographic name applied to all inhabitants of the area, Jews and Arabs alike.
The term Palestinian was coined by the Arabs in the 1960s as a tactic initiated by Yasser Arafat to brand Jews as intruders on their turf.
Ironically, before local Jews began calling themselves Israelis in 1948, the term Palestine applied almost exclusively to Jews.
History of anti-semitism
This is the best presentation I have ever seen
Bethlehem dice loaded
Feb. 19, 2014 Popular Messianic Jewish blog Rosh Pina has posted a biting critique of the upcoming Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem, and of the Israeli Messianic leaders who continue to participate in and speak at the event.
Kay Wilson would have been an ideal speaker at Christ at the Checkpoint, assuming they genuinely intended the event to be a platform for reconciliation.
But once again there was no room at the inn in Bethlehem, wrote Rosh Pina.
The dice were loaded in Bethlehem.
Checkpoint only wanted theologians advocating Replacement Theology.
Christ at the Checkpoint is devoid of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christian Ousted from Bethlehem
June 22, 2014 | Israel Today
Pro-Israel Christian media consultant Brian Schrauger has been an invaluable contributor to Israel Today and a number of other publications since coming to the land to gain a firsthand perspective of the conflict.
In order to achieve a more balanced view of the situation, Schrauger had been living in the Bethlehem suburb of Beit Jala amongst Palestinian Christians.
Late last week, Schrauger was informed in no uncertain terms that he had overstayed his welcome. Having failed to convert this prolific social media activist and regular news commentator to their way of thinking, the Palestinians effectively told Schrauger to get out, or else.
There is a full report on the incident and an interview with Schrauger over at The Times of Israel.
One of the primary reasons Schrauger originally came to the Holy Land was to attend the Christ at the Checkpoint conference hosted in Bethlehem earlier this year. Tellingly, while Christ at the Checkpoint bills itself as a platform for true dialogue between Zionist and anti-Zionist Christians, it is believed that people involved with the conference were behind the complaints against Schrauger that were filed with the Palestinian police.
In fact, Rev. Stephen Sizer, one of the chief organizers of Christ at the Checkpoint, later taunted Schrauger on Twitter, asking, “did you enjoy PA hospitality?” Not a very Christian attitude, to say the least.
The episode raises questions about whether or not Christ at the Checkpoint can be taken seriously as a forum for a free exchange of opinions and views leading to reconciliation, as it claims to be.
True, the conference did feature one or two speakers that could be considered dissenting voices from the popular Palestinian Christian narrative. But what is clear from Schrauger’s trials is that those views are not welcome outside the carefully orchestrated framework of Christ at the Checkpoint.
Does New Testament Back Israel's Claim to the Land?
January 4, 2015 - Israel Today
Pastor Ron Cantor addresses Israel’s modern claim to to the land.
Replacement (FALSE) Theology insists that God’s promise of the land to the Children of Israel and their descendants as a perpetual inheritance is null and void under the new covenant.
The New Testament never reaffirms the concept of tithing, but nearly all Christian pastors preach that.
The mere absence of a promise from the New Testament is not enough to declare it invalid.
Can God, who cannot lie, break His promise?
I would think not, or our faith is on shaky ground!
ALL covenants that Hashem made with the Israelis in the Old Testament hold true today and always will hold true. HaShem NEVER goes back on his promises. Nothing in the New Testament negates the covenants that HaShem made with His chosen people. Replacement Theology is a LIE of the enemy.
HaShem speaking to Abraham: Gen13:15: for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants FOREVER.
Replacement theology" is just another ruse by hate mongers to demonstrate disdain for God and His Word. The roots of it come from the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
* HaShem - The Name, the way many Messianics (Christians) refer to YESHUA, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jan Markell is an old friend of mine.
You can contact her thru olivetreeviews.org
I am posting an article by her
Replacement Theology, Why some Mainline Denominations are Anti-Israel
Jan Markell, Olive Tree Ministries
The “religious left” has always troubled me. They seem to be focused on things that are unscriptural and unspiritual.
BDS movement made worse by replacement theology
The head of a messianic Jewish ministry says she agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that countries that boycott the Jewish state are anti-Semitic.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently took aim at those countries. He told a group of visiting Jewish-American leaders that it is time for Israel to "fight back" and "delegitimize the delegitimizers."
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says she agrees with Netanyahu the movement is motived by anti-Semitism.
Jan argues, "But it's motivated by more than that. It's motivated by the new mantra that Israel is trampling on Palestinian rights."
There are increasing concerns in Israel over a Palestinian-led movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions known by its acronym, BDS. The boycott has been growing recently, mainly in Europe, where some businesses and pension funds have cut investments or trade with Israeli firms they say are connected to West Bank settlements.
Judea and Samaria, Israel are wrongly referred to as the westbank. It is the HEART of ISRAEL!
Jerusalem separates Judea from Samaria.
Replacement Theology Leads To ‘Replacement Reality’
Jan Markell, Olive Tree Ministries, www.olivetreeviews.org
The “religious left” has always troubled me. They seem to be focused on things that are unscriptural and unspiritual. Their world view is hardly that of the conservative, Bible-believing Christian. In the early days of my ministry I would now and then minister in these churches-at least those bold enough to invite a pro-Bible prophecy, pro-Israel speaker. I give that remnant credit! However, there were never more than two or three in attendance at my classes even though the church membership was in the thousands. Conclusion: I was not tracking with these people who wanted to hear about poverty, the environment, a Palestinian state, and human rights!
And it finally dawned on me that I was but spinning my wheels. They didn’t have the eyes to see or ears to hear the truth.
Now “The Institute on Religion and Democracy” which monitors activity in Mainline Protestant denominations, reports that human rights criticisms among these denominations are out of balance. They find that between 2000 and 2003, 31% of these criticisms were directed at the U.S. and 37% were directed at Israel. No mention of the colossal abuse of humanity in parts of Africa, including Sudan, and the vast abuses in the Islamic world. But two of the world’s shining examples of democracy, both rooted in Judeo-Christian principles, were singled out as big bad bullies by the Presbyterian Church USA, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Earlier this year the Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest all economic interest in Israel and the Episcopal Church may follow next. So, let’s economically strangle America’s biggest ally in the Middle East and so weaken her that she could be of little productive use in America’s war on terror.
On October 3, 2004, over 50,000 evangelical churches observed the “International Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem Day.” Earlier this fall the World and National Council of Churches had a “Day of Prayer for Peace”. They quoted PA spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi on a PA Web site speaking about Middle East peace, a subject matter about which she hasn’t got a clue. There was no mention that on that same PA Web site was footage of two PA TV programs showing official religious leaders openly calling for the genocide of Jews.
Visit the Web sites of the World and National Council of Churches which the above-mentioned denominations are members of, but if you’re a Bible-believing Christian you may be prompted to laugh or cry. Weeping is more appropriate. You will search in vain for references to Jesus, Christ, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, or salvation. What you will find is article after article protesting Israel’s security fence that has reduced suicide attacks by over 80%, the same on environmental issues, the Iraq war, health care, the needs of ex-offenders, the Geneva Convention, refugees, migrant labor, women’s rights, and a plea to understand Native American culture. The NCC has a page describing their boycott of a pickle factory! How about boycotting an abortion factory? Ecumenism is their real god.
These outfits are angered that President Bush would make a suggestion that his actions are often guided by his faith. Maybe they would prefer they be guided by luck or a crystal ball.
These are the very denominations that believe in “Replacement Theology”-that the church is the new Israel. When you embrace this false teaching, you also end up with “replacement reality.” In other words, reality gets totally skewed. This is all a part of that “end-time” falling away the Bible predicts and the rampant apostasy of the latter days. There are some good people in these churches, but for the sake of your soul and your family, may I urge you to flee unless you feel you can make a difference. Is it any wonder that attendance in these churches is plunging and as a result, their income as well? I’m sure it’s tough for God to bless denominations that are skewed in their world view and theology.
Pray for these denominations, however. God’s grace is gracious enough to open the eyes of some who may be questioning some of this. The human condition in me would rather write them off as hopelessly blind but the Bible tells us not to give up and to keep pursuing righteousness, believing that some who seem so very lost can still turn from their unbiblical ways and see truth.
Replacement theology really opens the door for alot of other doctrinal heresies(so much to poke holes through). Honestly, I don't know how anyone can come up believing in this nonsense.
Also - if you want to increase your faith AGAINST this RT nonsense, then read, and re-read those OT prophecies(where it stresses the last days largely focus on Israel).
The Scorpion, The Frog and The Pope
by Susan Warner
June 24, 2015 at 5:00 am
Despite attempts by post World War II popes to reconcile with the Jews, Pope Francis has, perhaps inadvertently, taken the first steps to disassemble any progress toward that goal.
The Pope's declaration inspires the already hate-infested Palestinians to commit murder with a symbolic pontifical blessing.
It might be premature to assign the term "anti-Semitism" to Pope Francis's current "missteps." However, it does not push the envelope too far to suggest that the Pope's view of the Jews and Israel is a product of a lifetime of Catholic and Replacement Theology bias.
At this momentous time, the Pope's repentance would be a welcome acknowledgement of Israel's right to exist.
Pope Francis recently declared Palestine to be a state. Thus, he writes a new chapter in the divisive history between Catholics and Jews.
The history of the Catholic Church is a two-thousand year old story of anti-Judaism, conspicuous by frequent massacres, murders, forced conversions, torture, pogroms, expulsions, demonization and other unspeakable acts of violence and offense.
The fable of the Scorpion and the Frog illustrates the notion that certain acts are not merely random chance but are as predictable as a "DNA" profile.
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?"
The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."
So they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog has just enough time to gasp "Why?"
The scorpion replies: "Because it is my nature; it is what I do...."
This year, the Catholic Church is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Nostra aetate. Written in 1965, the document is a declaration of the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions including Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews (or what the document calls "Abraham's stock").
Its purpose was to promote "unity and love among men." At the same time, it served as a tool to start the repair of what had become an insurmountable rift between Catholics and Jews.
While the document has played a role in bridging one of the wide gaps between the two groups by releasing Jews from the burden of responsibility for the death of Jesus, it nevertheless fails to address a key issue for Jewish people -- the declaration of Israel as their historic, legitimate and legal homeland.
During the first few months after Pope Francis's March 2013 election, the Jewish community expressed hope that the Catholic Church would continue what appeared to be a warming relationship.
"Francis declared that 'since the Second Vatican Council, we have rediscovered that the Jewish People are still for us the holy root that produced Jesus.' He also stated that despite the horrors inflicted on the Jewish People by the Shoah, 'God never abandoned his covenant with Israel, and notwithstanding their terrible suffering over the centuries, the Jewish People have kept their faith. For this, we will never be sufficiently grateful to them as a Church, but also as human beings...."
Some optimistic Jewish leaders argue that, while there is a lot more work to do, the process of reconciliation has been steadily moving forward.
Current events, unfortunately, suggest a more pessimistic perspective.
Israel is battling for its legitimacy and its very existence on every front, and Jews throughout the world are confronting a vigorous, revitalized and often violent resurgence of anti-Semitism.
Even as the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas call almost daily for death to the Jews, the Pope has declared terrorist and Holocaust denier, Mahmoud Abbas, "a man of peace."
In his declaration of Palestine as a recognized "state", the Pope has spurned Israel's existential security concerns in order to advance a bond with the Palestinians before both parties have agreed to even basic terms of a peace agreement.
The symbolic timing (May 13) of the Pope's ex officio declaration of a Palestinian state couldn't be more obvious or more offensive to Israel: 1. Israel's Independence Day celebrates the birth of the State in 1948; 2. Nakba Day (Catastrophe Day), the Palestinian day of mourning for the loss of their land to the State of Israel; 3.The summer celebrations of Nostra aetate, commemorating a vision of harmony.
Such a reckless affirmation is also a caustic reminder that Jewish-Catholic reconciliation work is far from complete.
Is the Catholic Church, like the scorpion, simply standing against the Jewish state because it is part of Church's DNA? Do the Pope's sympathies with the Palestinian narrative suggest the beginning of a return to the days of a Catholic Church riddled with thousands of examples of Jew-hatred?
Among the many diverse threads woven into the fabric of the Church, anti-Semitism stands at the forefront. The fabric of all of Christianity was set against the Jews from the outset.
While the timing of the Pope's announcement was shocking, it was nonetheless predictable. It is an echo of a long-held theology of the Catholic Church, which turned against its own Jewish heritage within a mere fifty years after the Apostle Paul died.
The theological grandfather of contemporary Christian anti-Semitism is known as "Replacement Theology" or what is dubbed by scholars "supersessionism." This is the ancient idea that the Christian Church "replaced" God's "chosen" people.
By 135 CE, the newly emerging gentile Church had lost much of the Jewish vigor that had energized the period of the Hebrew New Testament writings.
In the generation after the Apostle Paul died, the gentile Church Fathers began penning tomes of anti-Jewish theology and commentary. Early second-century writers and theologians such as Tertullian and Origen inverted the Jewishness of the Jesus story and began to demonize the Jewish people, using their very own Hebrew scriptures as a cudgel.
The thesis of "Replacement Theology," according to Dr. Jim Showers, Executive Director of Friends of Israel, "maintains that, because the Jewish people rejected Jesus as the Messiah, God has replaced or superseded ethnic Israel with the Church and punished them by rescinding all of His covenant promises."
This early narrative proclaimed, "the Church as the New Israel," and fused with the idea that "the Church is the heir of God's promises to Abraham". Thus, the Church nullified God's original, unequivocal, irrevocable and eternal promise of the land and nation to Israel in His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was these early Church Fathers (125 - 325 CE) who first carved the "DNA" of Jew hatred in stone.
At the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE, the Church put its final stamp on an anti-Jewish legacy. Among the Council's many proclamations, it designated a pagan day, Easter, to replace Passover as a way to separate itself from its Jewish roots.
At the conclusion of the Council, Constantine's summary letter to the attending Bishops stated:
"For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people... We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews... our worship follows a... more convenient course... we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews... How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded."
"Replacement Theology" deliberately poisoned the ancestral roots of Christianity. The two-thousand year war against the Jewish people began there.
Despite attempts by post-World War II popes to reconcile with the Jews, Pope Francis has, perhaps inadvertently, taken the first steps to disassemble any progress toward that goal. By preemptively positing a Palestinian state, he has essentially re-ignited the ceasefire lines of this age-old conflict. The Pope's declaration inspires the already hate-infested Palestinians to commit murder with a symbolic pontifical blessing.
The New York Times reported on the occasion of Pope Francis's 2014 visit to the Holy Land:
"Pope Francis plans to give a strong show of support for a sovereign Palestinian state when he makes his first visit to the Holy Land this weekend, becoming the first pontiff to travel directly into the occupied West Bank rather than passing through Israel.
The pope's decision to fly straight to Bethlehem from Jordan would be a symbolic lift to the Palestinians at any time. But its resonance is even greater given his tremendous popularity, his focus on the downtrodden, and his timing amid the recent collapse of peace talks and the Palestine Liberation Organization's unity pact with the militant group Hamas."
On that same visit, the Pope also made a "surprise" stop at an Israeli security wall to pray and to pose for photos. "By chance," he parked himself for prayer within camera range, beneath graffiti with the slogan: "Bethlehem look like Warsaw Ghetto." Does he need to say more?
After nineteen centuries of Christian persecution; after a modern-day genocide upon which the Catholic world turned its back, just when the Jewish people and Israel might have looked for a ray of hope toward continued reconciliation, Pope Francis is making a pact with the devil. "Nothing new here," said the scorpion to the frog; "it is what I do."
Perhaps it is premature to assign the term "anti-Semitism" to Pope Francis's current "missteps." However, it does not push the envelope too far to suggest that the Pope's view of the Jews and Israel is a product of a lifetime of Catholic and Replacement Theology bias.
At this momentous time, the Pope's repentance would be a welcome acknowledgement of Israel's right to exist.
Not only America needs repentance
Sept 15, 2015 - I am tired of Christians in America who are ready for God to rain down judgement on America. So much has been made how America is an evil nation because it abort babies daily, and same-sex 'marriage.' I am tired of all these false prophets of doom and gloom. Its September 14th, the infamous Elul 29th has come and gone with 3 of the 4 blood-moons, and the stock market dipped a little. Nothing happened to America. Therefore, it is time we stop thinking how we are on the losing side and start thinking we are on the side of Victory in Christ!
Christ is indeed our only Hope and at the end of time He is Victor.
But I very much disagree with this article.
I liken the Hebrew Roots Movement to nazis.
YES we should understand and love our roots in Abraham, but many hate Jews/Israel.
While it is TRUE that other nations including Israel are full of SINs of abortion and queers, it has been AMERICA who has been a Light and a help to nations of the world. Its been AMERICA who has stood by Israel, God's land for God's people the Jews FOREVER. Therefore our judgment is greater. AMERICA was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and laws - NOT ISLAMIC SATANIC LAW! This demon obama and his mafia congress and USSC have overturned God's laws for Satans. We are indeed Sodom.
Antonin Scalia death
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Koenig explains why he feels the death is suspicious.
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