(Anti-Semitic post-it note found at Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights, May 30 2019)
Jewish Press: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, disturbed by the skyrocketing numbers in anti-Semitic incidents in his state and around the United States, arrived in Jerusalem Wednesday to physically make it clear that he still stands with the Jewish State and with the Jewish People.
Cuomo has already made it more than clear to his law enforcement teams back home that New York State is a place with a zero-tolerance policy for anti-Semitic incidents.
The Public Religious Research Institute (PRRI) decided to find out, beginning with a survey in 2014 in which only 12 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that small business owners should be allowed to refuse services to Jews, if doing so “would violate their religious beliefs.”
That was then, and what a difference five years can make, as Cuomo remarked this week in Jerusalem.
This time around, the survey published Tuesday found that fully 19 percent of Americans believe small business owners should be able to refuse service to Jews.
Support for denying service to Jews has roughly doubled among white evangelical Protestants (up to 24 percent from 12 percent in 2014), white mainstream Protestants (up to 26 percent from 11 percent), and Catholics (up to 20 percent from 10 percent), while the religiously unaffiliated (11 percent vs. 11 percent) and nonwhite Protestants (19 percent vs. 14 percent) remained mostly stable in their attitudes. more …
Opinion: Religiously unaffiliated (11 percent vs. 11 percent) says it all. Secular people have not been attending Replacement Theology or Covenant Theology churches.
What began in the early church with Origen, Chrysostom, and Augustine, continued into the Reformation with Luther and continues today. The only change is that most Christians today deny hating Jews.
(Saint) Augustine “Judaism, since Christ, is a corruption; indeed, Judas is the image of the Jewish people: their understanding of Scripture is carnal; they bear the guilt for the death of the Savior, for through their fathers they have killed Christ.”
(Saint) John Chrysostom held Jews responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus and deicide (killing God) and added the synagogue is a place worse than a brothel and a drinking shop; it was a den of scoundrels, the repair of wild beasts, a temple of demons, the refuge of brigands and debauchees, and the cavern of devils, a criminal assembly of the assassins of Christ.
Martin Luther: “What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews?”
- “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”
- “Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.”
- “Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.”
- “Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb …”
- “Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside …”
With the absence of a literal interpretation of Scripture, 4/5ths of prophetic verses are lost to allegory, leaving sinful men to continue hatred of God’s chosen people.
While Catholic leaders (since the 2nd Vatican Council 1962) are distancing the church from replacement theology, the Catechism still teaches that salvation must come about through corporate membership in the church, a promise only made to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Psalm 85:1-3; Jeremiah 30:7-8; Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:25-27).
Protestant denominations have moved on to Covenant theology, a slight modification of replacement theology, stating that the Church didn’t just replace Israel but is Israel.
See more on Replacement and Covenant Theology here
See Two Trains Israel and the Church in prophecy here