Last evening when reading through and posting the article from the Christian Post: Evangelical Leaders: Jews Need Jesus Christ, brings rebuke from ADL, I was overjoyed to read that many Christian pastors/leaders etc stepped up publicly, declaring Jews need and can only receive salvation through Jesus Christ. On the other hand though, I thought it bizarre, strange, odd…whatever you want to call it, that such a public declaration would even have to be made. After all, would these same pastors/leaders/etc take out ads to proclaim similar truth that Irish, Cubans, Egyptians, Syrians, Chinese, etc etc, need Jesus? They’re all ethnic ‘groups’, so what’s the difference?
Bad theology, that’s what the difference is. A distorted and dangerous form of theology and/or eschatology which has deep roots within the Church in America. Teachings which twist the scriptures, and by doing so, have brought confusion (or a false belief) concerning who the people of God are under the new covenant, that God is a “polygamist” with two peoples and two ways (for these ‘2’ peoples) to be saved. Its called hyper-dispensationalism.
If it were not for these false teachings/beliefs and bad theology, would an ad like this been required to explain the Great Commission in which Jesus said:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16
Increasingly, Jewish evangelism is being marginalized and even dismissed as irrelevant, inappropriate, unethical or deceptive by some segments of the church,” commented Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, the CEO and international director of WEA, regarding the statement. “This statement is an attempt to speak to the evangelical community about the biblical basis for sharing their faith with all people, including Jews.
I would highly recommend the few teachings which touch on this subject, found under the ‘the-ology’ tab at the top of the page:
- Who is Israel (from the Lumbley library)
- Covenant and Dispensational Theology (4 parts)
- Dual Covenant Theology and CUFI
- The Threat of Christian Zionism, by Nathan Pitchford