The Church Has a ‘Biblical Responsibility to Stand with Israel’

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BIN: Brian Sanders is a man with a powerful mission. He wants to remind Christians worldwide of what he calls their “Biblical responsibility to stand with Israel.” And he plans to do that with a film.

As a television and radio producer and videographer for over 20 years, Sanders naturally turned to film as a way to convey the story he wanted to tell. “I felt there needed to be an avenue to expose all these lies and misconceptions about Israel and to encourage the Church that it’s time to eradicate our long history of antisemitism and our replacement theology teaching that we somehow replaced the Jewish people as God’s chosen people.”

Persuaded by a verse from the Book of Numbers about the unchanging nature of God, he was perplexed by the fact that, “We have somehow believed this false teaching that has crept into the church.”

“Hashem is not man to be capricious, Or mortal to change His mind. Would He speak and not act, Promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

Opinion: I like to start off our Wednesday night study group with a quiz that covers topics that we have discussed. The following are a few questions from this past week.

Bible prophecy is a popular teaching in:

  1. Covenant churches
  2. Replacement theology churches
  3. Preterist churches
  4. Dispensational churches

(The correct answer is 4. Since Covenant, Replacement and Preterist churches allegorize and spiritualize prophecy making clear teaching all but impossible.

Dispensationalism teaches that we are in the age of

  1. Promise
  2. Law
  3. Human government
  4. Grace

(The correct answer is the Church age – Grace)

The foundational unconditional covenant:

  1. Abrahamic Covenant
  2. Davidic Covenant
  3. New Covenant

(The correct answer is the Abrahamic Covenant. If we get this covenant wrong, we get the OT wrong).

Replacement Theology nullifies the Abrahamic covenant:

  1. True
  2. False

(True – Replacement Theology transfers the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant to the church)

Covenant Theology negates the land covenant:

  1. True
  2. False

Most got this one wrong. In Covenant Theology the church is Israel, therefore the land belongs to the church.

I do not know Brian Sanders but the premise for his film is correct. God promises blessing and prosperity to those who love Jerusalem and pray for the city’s peace (Psalm 122:6).

The prophet Jeremiah 31:35-36 records God’s own heart on the matter:

“Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The Lord of hosts is His name):

“If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the Lord,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”

(for more see Bible Prophecy 101 on the home page)

2 COMMENTS

  1. How can this side of Calvary lay exclusive claim to grace? “The [Christian] ‘age’ of grace.” That seems to imply that previous ages were not benefactors of God’s unmerited grace. It sounds suspiciously elitist, and presumptive. I find no clear; unambiguous biblical support for an “age of grace.” God’s grace, and love, and mercy are forever.

    • Thank you for responding. Unmerited grace as well as election are evident throughout the OT. God chose Abraham from all other men; God showed His grace in the first Passover, even before the Law. In OT times the vast majority of Adam and Eve’s descendants had no hope of eternal life until the coming of the prophesied Seed (Gen. 3:15) when the fullness of God’s grace became available to all (Acts 2:38-39).

      John says the law (a good thing) was given through Moses, the better things of grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

      The teaching, however, was from Chapter 3 of Bible prophecy 101 (home page) contrasting three basic theologies that are adhered to in major denominations. Dispensationalism interprets Biblical history as 7 distinct periods of progressive revelation in God’s dealing with mankind. The Church age (age of grace) which runs from Acts 2 to 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Revelation 4:1 (rapture), is specifically based on Romans 6:14 and Ephesians 2:8-9.

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