Once again, her words are bold and italicized.
“I arrived at my understanding [that contemporary Jews are God’s chosen people] by doings of the Holy Spirit and Bible study . . .”
This conviction cannot serve to settle debates or determine truth.
“I don’t understand what you are intending to mean by ‘this conviction cannot serve to settle debates or determine truth.’”
Let’s use this present discussion to illustrate. You believe Israelis are God’s chosen people. I do not. Yet both of us believe: “I arrived at my understanding by doings of the Holy Spirit and Bible study.” Thus, the conviction that we both have (that the Spirit guides us in our study of the Bible) cannot settle our disagreement.
Said another way, it would be most unfair and uncharitable for one of us to say to the other: “Well, you would agree with me if only you allowed the Spirit to guide you!”
And so it is, while we can trust that the Spirit is leading us, this conviction—in and of itself—cannot settle debates or determine truth.
That is, Spirit-led Christians of good will, who truly believe the Bible, are disagreed about many things. And this, in my mind, is okay. In fact it is inevitable. There are no infallible interpreters of scripture.
“I am in agreement with what the Bible states in Romans [specifically Romans 11:26].”
Yes, I am too. It’s not a matter of “agreeing” or “disagreeing” or believing or disbelieving the Bible. Both of us have a high view of scripture. This is a matter of interpretation.
We both affirm the truthfulness of Romans (and the rest of Scripture). However, we interpret Romans very differently. The “all Israel” of Romans 11:26 is understood in a variety of ways. (The Reformation Study Bible lists 3 different plausible interpretations of “all Israel.”)
So, to be fair, we must be clear that this discussion is not about believing or (“agreeing with”) the Bible. It’s about interpreting the Bible.
“The Jews . . . of the world can be thought of as needing the Gospel of salvation in Jesus as much as any other group of people.”
We are agreed.
Furthermore, the geo-political conflict in the Middle East, in my estimation, is simply that—geo-political. It has nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; the message of what God has accomplished for His people in the Person and work of His Son.
You may read the conversation in its entirety here.