Mariam posted an interesting news story at endtimespropheticwords:Dick Eastman Every Home for Christ To Build Wailing Wall Replica, which fit in nicely with an article I read last night written by Prof. Johan Malan, Middelburg South Africa: We Cannot be under Law and under Grace. In the past I’ve posted quite a few messages on this type of idolatry…much of it which springs from the erroneous teachings of dispensationalism and from today’s Christian Zionist movement, (you can find a few of these in the Church Infected and the-ologys pages).
Take note in this bizarre news story of the term Judeo-Christian tradition, being used. That term, though used by many Christians today, is an oxymoron folks. Its been used so much by not only many bibles teachers but by the media itself (and politicians) that we as Christians, have come to accept it as something real and right. Those who practice Judaism are lost: plain and simple. They deny Jesus Christ as the Messiah–the Son of God. So to use the term Judeo-Christian tradition is no different then if we began to hear [and use] the term “Islamic-Christian’ tradition…or Hindu-Christian’ tradition. There is no such “animal”. Last December I posted, Politically Correct Words That Obscure the Truth, in which I quoted Moishe Rosen (Founder of Jews for Jesus) who said:
This term is intended to bond Christians and Jews in a common effort. The Jewish community is content to allow Christians to believe there is such a thing as a Judeo-Christian tradition, because it can be useful in the area of Jewish-Gentile relationships. Nevertheless, in the final analysis, most rabbis would insist there is no such thing as a Judeo-Christian tradition. There is a separate Jewish tradition and a separate Christian tradition. Both are based upon intrinsic beliefs. These beliefs sometimes overlap, but sometimes they are diametrically opposed. Those who would like to pretend that a Judeo-Christian tradition exists generally do not have the slightest idea of what “tradition” means.
If Moishe Rosen, himself a Messianic Jew, can see this clearly, it remains a mystery to me as to why non-Jewish believers in Christ, cannot understand this. I could say a lot more, most I’ve said many times in past posts, so won’t go into it all again, but will say the using of this oxymoron/term has even affected government policies, etc..and how the more modern day cult known as the Hebrew Roots movement, (and Christian Zionism) are some of the bad fruit which have resulted. Its idolatry.
From: The Gazette: Christian group building replica of ‘Wailing Wall’
Locals who have longed to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem but can’t afford the trip soon will be able to mimic the experience without leaving town.
Every Home for Christ, which evangelizes in about 100 nations, will spend $2.3 million on a replica of the Western Wall – also known as the Wailing Wall – and an auditorium to house it. Construction inside its Springs headquarters, the Jericho Center for Global Evangelism, is scheduled to begin Oct. 1, with a grand opening set for April 1.
“Evangelical Christians have very strong ties to Israel because of our Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Dick Eastman, the international president of Every Home for Christ.
“This is a way for us to say, ‘We support Israel.'”
*Notice, its to ‘support’ the political state of Israel, not to evangelize or to take the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and the new covenant to the people–though most who live there are lost.
For centuries, Jews have made a pilgrimage to the Western Wall to pray and leave written prayers in its cracks.
Jews pray and mourn the destruction of the temple at the wall because they consider the area holy ground.
The replica will fill 2,500 square feet of an 8,000-square-foot, 300-seat auditorium, which will be used to train missionaries and teach about prayer.
About 50 tons of stone will be used to construct the mini two-story wall that, along with the auditorium, is being financed by donations. Stones will be cut from an ancient mine outside Jerusalem used for thousands of years to build the city’s most impressive structures.
“The stones connect the wall to Israel,” said Gill Lobel, chief executive of the Jerusalem Stone Co., which is supplying the stones. “They have a holy feel to them.”
The project is taking some creative license: Stone-paved stairways and a top walkway are part of design, and 13 prayer rooms will be inside the wall – none of which are features of the original wall.
As with the real wall, however, visitors can place prayer requests in the replica. Then, each year, the requests will be taken to Israel to go inside the Western Wall.
The wall will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day. The hope is to have Christians and Jews praying together, said Eastman, who thought up the replica-wall idea.
They ‘hope’ to have Christians and Jews praying together…this is the same thing John Hagee has been practicing within the Cufi organization for years. Its called ecumenicalism, or The Ecumenical Movement, which is a last day move of satan to gather all of the world’s religions together under the same umbrella. What I find interesting is even those who speak out boldly against the Ecumenical movement, in regards to any/all other attempts at this, still themselves continue to deny that the ‘meshing’ of Judaism with Christianity, is the same thing. That is a testimony to how ingrained that term, Judeo-Christian traditions, has become within the American Church and the American psyche.
So this group above wants to build this ‘replica’ of the wall to promote Christians and Jews praying together. Well why not continue by also building a replica of the Dome of the Rock? Then they can ALSO come together with those who practice Islam! Same thing folks, same things…one is as wrong as the other.
Many movements have sprung forth from this type of error, as I stated earlier much of it based in dispensationalist teachings and beliefs. One, which can be seen in full-blown cult form, is the Hebrew Root Movement. (but don’t be fooled–a group or church does not have to be known as a Hebrew Roots movement group or church, to have many of the aspects of these false teachings being promoted)
- A quote from the article by Johan Malan:
Hebrew roots or Christian roots?
The Hebrew Roots Movement is one of various movements committing themselves to exploring the roots of our faith in Israel’s language, culture and religious institutions. They use the image of the olive tree in Romans 11 as biblical justification for their movement. They see the olive tree as Israel, and the grafting in of the wild olive branches as the salvation of Gentiles.
Having been grafted in, Christians from the Gentile world should then be spiritually edified and nourished by the sap which is offered to them from the trunk and roots of the olive tree (Israel).
In the process, many of these [Christian] believers develop a strong Jewish orientation, also observing Jewish feasts and Sabbaths. They prefer to use Hebrew names and terminology – particularly the Hebrew names of God and Christ. Eventually they reduce themselves to no more than a Christian sect of Judaism, and try to live under the law and under grace.
Believers who think they have been grafted into Israel, actually imply that they were grafted into a nation who were dispersed during the past 2000 years because of rejecting the Messiah due to their unbelief and ignorance on Messianic prophecies in the OT. Now that this nation, still in unbelief, is restored to their land and again started keeping their feasts and Sabbaths in which Jesus is denied as Messiah, many Christians are participating with them!
The Hebrew Roots Movement is mistaken by their statement that the whole olive tree is a symbol of Israel. Actually, only the branches of the tree represent Israel – and they were broken off because of unbelief. We were not grafted into the severed branches of the tree, but into the trunk of the tree. The trunk and roots of the olive tree spiritually represent the Messiah. He is described as “the seed of Abraham”, who is the biological progenitor of Israel:
“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, in you all the nations shall be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham … Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us … that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith … Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘and to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your seed,’ who is Christ” (Gal. 3:8-16).
The spiritual blessing which we obtain is not from the Jewish nation, but from the seed of Abraham, which is Christ.
He is “the Root and the Offspring of David” (Rev. 22:16), in other words the origin and King of Israel who also came to be the Light and Salvation of the whole world (Acts 13:47). In John 15 similar symbolism is found of the stem and root which allude to Jesus, while the believers are the branches that are put in a position to bear fruit:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit” (John 15:5). The branches are pruned in order to bear more fruit. Ongoing sanctification and an unbroken relationship with the Lord Jesus should be pursued: “Abide in Me, and I in you” (John 15:4).
We should, therefore, not become Jewish, more inclined towards Old Testament institutions, and more legalistic – but more Christ-like, more oriented towards the New Testament, and more Spirit-filled.
The Old Testament is indeed important for spiritual edification and knowledge on God’s counsel for humanity.
The NT is the fulfilment of OT promises; it is the substance of OT shadows (Col. 2:16-17). It would be foolish to revert to the shadows of the law and the prophets after having obtained the glorious fulfilment of these prophetic promises in the Lord Jesus, and having been empowered by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
We have not been commissioned to become like Israel, but to lead spiritually blinded Jews to Jesus! Make use of OT prophecies to convince Jews that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Messiah and Saviour of the world.
An inherent part of the Judaising of Christianity is the use of Hebrew names for God and the Lord Jesus. This is known as the Sacred Name Movement although their ideas are based mainly upon ignorance and false suppositions. Some of them even go so far as to contend that Greek names for God – from which the sacred names in other languages are also derived – all refer to idols. It is, for instance, alleged that Jesus is derived from Je-Zeus, which means Son of Zeus (a well-known pagan god in Greek mythology). In order to clarify this controversy we need to investigate the use of different languages in biblical times.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” ~ 2 Corinthians 6