Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Zionist Creed: Give us Your Money but Keep Your Jesus

The Roman amphitheater hosts some of the wildest concerts in Israel, but it rarely sees a crowd as excitable as this one. After all, this was no mere musical act, but the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck.
The former Fox News talk-show host was joined on stage by the American evangelical icon John Hagee, who, in a twist on Kennedy's famous "ich bin en Berliner" comment had the crowd chanting "ani yisraeli," which means: "I am an Israeli."
Today was the first fixture, a rally attended by 3,000 people, mostly Americans who traveled to Israel especially for the Beck events. It took place at Caesarea Amphitheater, an impressive venue built in the first century by Herod the Great.
http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2011/08/glenn-beck-john-hagee-hold-rally-in-israel.html
Sunday evening, I chanced upon this event as it was being televised on TBN. (Obviously I chanced upon it because who purposely watches TBN?) I watched 4 speakers, including John Hagee.

I heard “Jesus Christ” mentioned only one time--by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. The context? "Christians are standing with us [Jews]. We believe Jesus was a good Jewish teacher, but not God or the Messiah." (This is not an exact quote, but with these very words he SPECIFICALLY and FORTHRIGHTLY denied Jesus was and is God the Messiah.)

And all the Christians were cheering. It made me sick. Shame on Hagee and every Christian mindlessly "standing" with Christ deniers--on the mistaken notion or basis that they [Jews and Christians] are worshipers of the same God. "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son" (1Jn 2:22).

The Bible couldn't be more clear: Those who deny the Son do not have the Father and actually call "Him [God] a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son" (1Jn 5:10).

Hagee and others consistently referred to the writings of Moses--as though this is common ground. But what does JESUS our LORD say to the Jews [and everyone else] who deny Him? "If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me" (Jn 5:46).

Ultimately, the only biblical thing, the only truly loving thing, is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our Jewish friends. It is utterly unloving and unchristian to tell Jews “You’re okay” or “You’re God’s chosen people"--APART from faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of all men.

Rather than follow Christian Zionists, let us emulate the attitude of the Apostle Paul.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved…For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:1,3-4)

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  1. Saw this posted on Voice in the Wilderness. Amen, brother.

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  2. Jenny,
    Thank you for reading and commenting. May God bless Voice in the Wilderness and all of Christ's ambassadors to the nation of Israel.
    Thank you again.

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  3. Glenn Beck as well is an antiChrist if he holds to his Mormon beliefs denying the deity of Christ, according to a conservative Christian interpretation of John.

    Ergo, Hagee=false prophet?

    Depends on your interpretation of Revelation, I guess, although I would lean towards that interpretation as an eschatological idealist.

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  4. Agreed. I've only listened to Beck a few times (when he was on FOX). I liked his political commentary/American history presentation. But his theology is unacceptable. And...it seems so is Hagee's! (Does his Dispensationalism cause him to compromise the Gospel in regards to the Jewish people?)

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  5. Great article! I wish more people were aware of the dangers of Dispensationalism. Thanks for pointing out the clear compromise of the Gospel of Christ by those that idolize national Israel.

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  6. Thank you for reading! And you are correct, Dispensational eschatology can indeed have an adverse affect on soteriology.

    How sad that so many "evangelical" Christians "stand" with Israel but do not preach Christ to them.

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  7. With all due respect to you and your staff I would like to make just one point. The "jesus" the church offers is unrecognizable by the Jewish people. Most christians do not understand the culture or the calendar of the Word of G-d. Therefore we as gentiles offer a Yeshua (m. salvation) that is not Jewish. We interpret the beginning from the end rather the end from the beginning. We are the ones who need to repent. The Jewish people are not denying their Salvation it is the "church" that if offering a messiah that is not Jewish. May the G-d of Israel give us eyes to see and ears to hear and be reconciled to the First Born of G-d, the Betrothed, and the wife, the one HE chose through whom to reveal Himself and the ones HE chose to be a light to the nations. May the G-d of Israel revive us to His calling and allow us to understand that the calling of HIS Beloved, the Jewish nation of Israel and her people is without repentance. May G-d continue bless you all with understanding and correction.

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    1. If I may point out what is more than obvious to those who think clearly, logically, and biblically: The "Jesus" that Jesus Himself offered was "unrecognizable" [rejected] by the Jewish people. Do you blame our Lord for this?

      It is not the Church which needs to repent for the unbelief of the Jewish people. The truth is, the Jewish people do not "recognize" Jesus because they do not believe Moses [despite their claim to the contrary].

      Jesus is quite clear: "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:44-47).

      The Jews do not believe Moses and therefore they do not believe in the One of whom Moses wrote. The Jews, like all unbelievers, have no one to blame for their disbelief but their own sinful hearts of stone. To say otherwise is unbiblical and contra the very straightforward teaching of our Lord Jesus and His Apostles.

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    2. Steve, you have just illustrated my point. With all due respect you have forgotten first things. If you truly want to understand the Scriptures follow the path that G-d Himself gave. You will create a different theology from the words without the understanding of the culture of the First Born. Apart from that you will have trouble.

      I too came from the same teaching you share. I was short sighted and longed for understanding. There is no Messianic birth in December, lambs were born in the spring. There is an appointed time of G-d for His arrival, Shavuot or Pentecost in Greek. There is no Easter. The Messiah in His own words told the Apostles to go prepare for PASSOVER. That too is an appointed time of G-d described in the First Covenant.

      A good beginning is found in Esther and Ruth. One saved a nation by making a meal and the other (gentile) said, "your people shall be my people, your G-d shall be my G-d, and where you go I will go and where you die I will die". Naomi means bitter. She was a Jewish woman bitter from loss of family and resources, but Ruth submitted to her and there was redemption. Redemption of family relationship and property through an earthly redeemer. This is a great picture of the gentile laying down one's life for the Jewish people and Boaz who offered himself for the redemption of both the Jew and the gentile. G-d uses earthly things as examples for us.

      One must be careful just as David was careful not to touch G-d's annointed; even if we think they are wrong or deceived. For if we submit as Ruth and bless the Jewish people with that submission we will be blessed. That submission breaks the hardness of the hearts of the Jewish people. That hardness mostly created by "christians" killing them under the sign of the cross. Paul speaks of this when talking to the gentiles in Rome...you (gentiles) are causing them to stumble...how? By trying to take over and remove the way of life G-d and told them to obey throughout all generations. In Romans11 he explains this to the gentile believers.

      One needs to know the culture of the times to understand who and what the Scriptures are speaking to. Otherwise we create our own understanding.

      May the G-d of Israel continue to bless you.

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    3. Biblically, you haven't a leg to stand on. God's elect are in Christ--always have been always will be. Outside of Christ there is no salvation. One cannot claim to love and believe God when one hates and denies His Son.

      When I read your wildly absurd and historically inaccurate claim that "christians" are responsible for the hardness of heart of Jews...it makes me wonder: Have you NEVER read the New Testament??

      If you have read the New Testament then your ignorance is willful. Please present 1 example of Christians persecuting Jews in the New Testament. I'll take just one.

      Contra your wildly dishonest claim, Jews actively and madly persecuted (jailed and murdered) our Lord and His Apostles. Jewish persecution of Christians continued until Jerusalem was destroyed in 70AD.

      You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. Are Christ-denying Jews [or Christ-denying "anybodies" for that matter] God's "chosen" people? What does the Bible say?

      "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life" (John 5:39-40).

      "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:44-47).

      "For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost" (1Thess 2:14b-16).

      "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also" (1John 2:22-23).

      "And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world" (1John 4:3).

      "He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son" (1John 5:10).

      "For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2John 7).

      "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan" (Rev 2:9).

      Friend, I perceive that you have forsaken a Christocentric understanding of the Bible and have allied yourself with antichrists [those who "say they are Jews and are not"].

      I pray that you will repent of your disloyalty to our Lord and believe in Him as ALL the scriptures teach and require (c.f. Luke 24:27,44-45).

      "This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth" (Titus 1:13-14).

      May the Lord grant you true repentance so that you may come to Christ--not national Israel and ethnic Christ-denying Jews--with the empty hands of faith and follow Him with your whole heart.

      **This is my last comment to you on this thread.**

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