So, You Say You Love Jesus But You Hate Israel?

Love Israel

Okay, I am drawing the line in the sand.

Choose Whom You Will Serve:

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24: 14-15)

As I read this passage of Scripture, I see that God is addressing the various gods being served – perhaps in this case, anti-Semitism learned from parents can be a god; but He is asking for a choice: Serve Him or serve other gods.

But choose!

On one side is God’s Word and His Son who brought the better covenant of grace to a sin sick world, and offers this grace to whomever will repent and trust Him.

On the other side is everything else which seems right to humanity.

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

When you came to Christ in repentance, and you acknowledged that you are a sinner, and trusted Yeshua for salvation—you did well. But did you ever think that because the Lord saved you, that it is of utmost importance for you to love that which He loves?

God’s purpose from the beginning was to bless the whole world using His people Israel.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).

When you came to Jesus, did anyone disciple you? Did anyone tell you the importance of reading the Word for yourself? Some would say “But I was never taught that I should love the Jews and Israel.” Were you taught to read in elementary school? If that sounds harsh, it’s meant to be.

“These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him” (1 John 2: 26-27).

Did you see that? His anointing (The Holy Spirit) teaches you about all things! Read His Holy Word and learn from the heart of God.

He will teach you!

Salvation is from the Jews:

To the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said:

“Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:21-22).

The entire Bible was written by Jews. Perhaps I’ll say that again:

The entire Bible was written by Jews (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit).

Our Savior Yeshua walked this earth as a Jew!

Now some will say, “But Israel is a secular nation—not caring for the things of God!” Indeed, they are. But the Word also says this:

“In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice” (Romans 11:5).

Some will say “But the Jews rejected Jesus!” And Paul explains why:

“I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.”

But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day” (Romans 11:1-8).

“I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!

But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too” (Romans 11:11-16).

The Jews rejection of Jesus made it possible for the Gentiles to be reconciled to God. What’s NOT to love about that?

Jews are the Chosen people of God, and dearly loved by Him. Another reason why Christians should love the Jewish people is because of the Abrahamic Covenant the Lord God made with them.

Genesis 12:2-3

“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

God Poured out His Love upon Israel

HE made them a great nation.

HE blessed them.

HE made their name great.

HE brought salvation to the world through His Son Yeshua.

God is faithful. It’s because of HIM that this covenant is everlasting. It has nothing to do with Israel being good enough to remain God’s people. It is GOD who made the covenant, and HE cannot lie. The plan was always that salvation would come to the entire world through the Jews.

So the next time you claim to be a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, and in the next breath you say evil things against the Jewish people, know this: You are cursing the Jewish people and Israel – GOD’S people. God is not mocked:

Psalm 83 Is an Imprecatory Prayer for God to Destroy the Enemies of Israel

Psalm 83:1-5

“O God, do not remain quiet;

Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,

And those who hate You have exalted themselves.

They make shrewd plans against Your people,

And conspire together against Your treasured ones.

They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,

That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

For they have conspired together with one mind;

Against You they make a covenant.”

Are YOU an enemy of Israel?

So, I ask again —

You say you love Jesus, but you hate His people?

Shalom Yerushalayim! (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)

MARANATHA!

Evangelical Christianity: The Press Has No Clue Who We Are

TO GO WITH AFP STORY People attend a mass of the Assembly of God church, in Goiania, Goias State, Brazil, on May 19, 2013. The election of evangelical minister Marco Feliciano as president of the House of Deputies' commission of human rights and minorities, is seen as a sign of the growing influence of evangelicals in Congress, where they have 67 deputies ot of a total 513, and in Brazilian politics in general. Evangelicals count 565 million adherents and represent more than one-fourth of the world's Christians, according to French researcher Sebastien Fath.   AFP PHOTO / Evaristo SA        (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Evangelical Christianity: The Press Has No Clue Who We Are

By Geri Ungurean

We hear the term “Evangelical” used daily in news broadcasts about the Primary elections.  Here are some of those headlines:

  • Republicans Hope to Find ‘Missing’ Evangelical Voters
  • Whom Do Evangelical Insiders Favor in 2016?
  • How Evangelicals Will Influence Tennessee’s GOP Primary
  • Evangelicals Split Going Into SC Primary

Throughout this political process, I have had the feeling that the writers of these types of articles have misused the term “Evangelical.” Let’s see the definition of Evangelical from Gotquestions.org:

Question: “What is an Evangelical Christian?”

Answer: To begin, let’s break down the two words. The term Christian essentially means “follower of Christ.” Christian is the term given to followers of Jesus Christ in the first century A.D. (Acts 11:26). The term evangelical comes from the Greek word that means “good news.” Evangelism is sharing the good news of the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ. An evangelical, then, is a person dedicated to promoting the good news about Jesus Christ. Combined, the description “evangelical Christian” is intended to indicate a believer in Jesus Christ who is faithful in sharing and promoting the good news.

In Western culture today, there are many caricatures of evangelical Christians. For some, the term evangelical Christian is equivalent to “right-wing, fundamentalist Republican.” For others, “evangelical Christian” is a title used to differentiate an individual from a Catholic Christian or an Orthodox Christian. Others use the term to indicate adherence to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. In this sense, an evangelical Christian is a believer who holds to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone. However, none of these definitions are inherent in the description “evangelical Christian.”

In reality, all Christians should be evangelical Christians. The Bible is consistently instructing us to be witnesses of the good news (Matthew 28:18-20Acts 1:81 Corinthians 16:1-41 Peter 3:15). There is no better news than Jesus! There is no higher calling than evangelist. There is no doubt that holding to the fundamentals of the Bible will result in a certain worldview and, yes, political belief. However, there is nothing about being an evangelical that demands a certain political party or affiliation. An evangelical Christian is called to share the good news, to preach God’s Word, and to set an example of purity and integrity. If these callings require political action, so be it. At the same time, evangelical Christians should not be sidetracked into abandoning our highest calling—sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.– source

It seems clear that many secular news sources, and even “Christian” sources (at times)  insist on defining the Evangelicals as “Right Wing Republicans.”  I believe that certain events in current American history have created this misnomer for those who truly follow Christ and share the Good News of His Gospel.

Abortion

In 1973, a decision by the SCOTUS on the case of Roe Vs. Wade polarized the nation in a way that would forever change the way people voted.  When I use the term “Christian” in the rest of this piece, I will be referring to true Christians. What I mean by this is to be a true Christian, one must have had a life changing, born again experience with Jesus Christ. A true Christian realizes that they are a sinner, desperately in need of a Savior – Jesus Christ. A true Christian trusts the finished work of Christ on the Cross for the forgiveness of their sins. A true Christian knows that the reason they are still on this earth is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so that they might be saved.

Christians inherently know that abortion is morally wrong. It is taking a life – the murder of a child. When the Holy Spirit indwells a Christian, He will impart truth to them, and will confirm these truths by the Word of God.

Gay marriage

Again, the SCOTUS made a decision which changed the definition of marriage. Their proclamation was that marriage was redefined as a union between any two persons – not just a man and a woman. GOD defined marriage in the first place!  These people dare to change this definition in the face of God Himself!

Being born-again changes the way one thinks

Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. They love what He loves, and they abhor that which He hates.  I have met people who call themselves Christians, who care not about abortion or gay marriage.  When I have discussed these things with them, they typically call abortion and gay marriage “Issues that we should just get over.”

Israel

Christians should love Israel and always be in prayer for her. I have met so-called Christians who hate Israel, and want God’s land to be wiped off the face of the earth.  These people were not born again by the Holy Spirit. They are CINO’s – Christian in name only.

Our Constitution

The framers of our Constitution looked to God for His guidance and blessings. Democrats want people to believe that our forefathers never spoke of God. This is totally false and demonically inspired.

Democrats see the Constitution as a “living” document which should be changed and updated as time goes on. They call it “outdated.” The writers of the Constitution meant what they wrote, and wrote what they meant.  Our Republic was founded upon those words, and were never meant to be changed or deleted.

If the Democrats had their way, they would tear up the Constitution and replace it with a progressive (Socialist) document.  If that were to happen, we would never see God’s name mentioned anywhere in it.

Socialism/Communism

In the Socialist state – which invariably becomes a Communist state –  belief in God and following Him is in direct opposition to the government. The leaders of the government want to “be” god.  Allegiance to God will not be tolerated. This is why Christians will be jailed and many killed if America becomes a true Communist nation. If you are a student of history, you know this is true.

Jesus will say “I never knew you.”

Are YOU a true Christian?  If Christians are going to be jailed or worse, would the government have enough evidence against you to convict you?  That’s a hard question, but it may just wake up many people who think that they are heaven bound, but truly are lost in their sins.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works.  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23)

MARANATHA