Replacement Theology: A Lie From the Pit of Hell


Most of us have heard of the false teaching called Replacement Theology. This article is for those who either have never heard of it, or have had this preached to them Sunday after Sunday and just figured that it was biblical.

I’m here to tell you – It’s a lie from the pit of hell.

Replacement Theology (RT), has been around for centuries. The term used by theologians is supersessionism. The church supersedes Israel. Theologians have cited the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD as proof that God was finished with the Jewish people.

There are two main schools of thought regarding RT:

Israel’s role as God’s Chosen was completed once Jesus came to earth (economic supersessionism).

Because of her disobedience, Israel forfeited her role as Chosen of God because of her rejection of Jesus as Messiah (punitive supersessionism).

Punitive supersessionism was clearly articulated by Martin Luther in his sermon: “On the Jews and Their Lies.”

For such ruthless wrath of God is sufficient evidence that they [i.e., the Jewish people] assuredly have erred and gone astray. Even a child can comprehend this. For one dare not regard God as so cruel that he would punish his own people so long, so terrible, so unmercifully … Therefore this work of wrath is proof that the Jews, surely rejected by God, are no longer his people, and neither is he any longer their God. (“On the Jews and Their Lies,” Trans. Martin H. Bertram, in Luther’s Works [Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971], p. 265).

How could a man used of God as was Martin Luther come to such a conclusion about the Jews? It is written that later in his life, Luther was convinced that he was called of God to save the Jews. When his efforts failed, he became enraged. In one night, in response to his anti-Semitic sermon, synagogues were burned to the ground and over 2000 Jews were slaughtered. Martin Luther was used by God in a mighty way in the Great Reformation, but alas he was merely a man. His teachings about Jews had a dramatic impact on the church in Germany for many years to come. Hitler was a great fan of Luther. He carried the sermon: “On the Jews and Their Lies” to every SS meeting.

RT is closely related to Reformed or Covenant Theology, which is associated with John Calvin. If you’ve noticed that your pastor does not speak or teach on eschatology (the study of End Times) it’s most likely that the leadership of your church adhere to amillennialism. A view of eschatology which views End Times prophecy as “spiritual” instead of literal. It’s a convenient way of avoiding the promises made to Israel in the Word. Since the proponents of RT believe that the church inherited the promises made to Israel, there is no need to teach that End Times prophecy is literal. The prophecies are viewed more as allegorical.

It has always amazed me that churches who teach RT completely ignore some critically important words by the apostle Paul in Romans 11. I would HIGHLY recommend that you read all of Romans 11 (9 and 10 as well) but Romans 11 truly expresses why the Jews did not receive their Savior, and clearly shows that God is not done with His Chosen people.

I would love to print all of Romans 11, but I am placing what I consider to be the heart of this chapter:

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all” (Romans 11:25-32).

How could this be any clearer? God ordained that a blindness in part would happen to Israel, until all of the Gentiles who were to be saved would come into His Kingdom. It also states the gifts of and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God’s plan from the beginning was to offer salvation to the entire world. He used the Jewish people to bring His law to show His Holiness, and then through their lineage He would ultimately bring His Son to pay for all sin. What a merciful and loving God we serve!

Satan is determined to lie and deceive mankind. He uses just a little bit of truth (Scripture) and then twists it for his purposes. He knows the Word better than any one of us. His motivation for memorizing God’s Word is to seek and destroy God’s people. He started in the Garden of Eden with Eve. He tried it against Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus always fought him (and shut him down) with pure Scripture.

God made a Covenant with Israel. I’ve read articles by Bible teachers who claim that Israel relinquished the promises made by God because of their rebellion. God cannot lie. He made the promises. It has nothing to do with how good or bad Israel is. It has everything to do with God and His faithfulness.

As a student in the synagogue I attended when I was a child, the history of my people saddened me. I learned of the persecution by the Catholic Church. I learned that no matter where we went, ultimately we were placed in ghettos with locked gates. We were HATED. I would ponder in my mind why—what did we do to warrant such hatred and oppression? It wasn’t until I was born- again that I realized why. It was Satan all along. He placed hatred in the hearts of men and women for the Jews.

But I never thought that it would be this extreme. I’m shocked as I read the news and see the world flying the swastika flag all across the globe. It literally makes me sick. But I know that all things must happen according to His plan. It took the extermination of 6 million of my people to bring about the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel in 1948 – a prophecy that many proponents of RT did not expect.

Israel is Israel. The church is the church. In the Old Testament, Israel was under the Law. Jesus brought us the Covenant of Grace. We are FREE in Him.

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:8-11).

Jesus was sent to earth for one reason—to die. It was His precious blood which cleansed the repentant sinner, and made him/her righteous in the eyes of the Father. Every Jew needs to come to the Father through Jesus Christ. There is no special arrangement between the Jewish people and God.

So, if you are in a church that believes that God has cast away His people—the Jews, please understand that what is being taught is not truth. Have you noticed that most of the RT denominations are vehemently anti-Israel? Are you starting to see that Satan’s plan to destroy God’s children has worked in most of the mainline churches? Here is a list of churches who believe the RT lie:

The Roman Catholic Church.  (This is NOT part of Christianity)

(Some) Southern Baptist Convention – (depends on leadership).

The United Methodist Church.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America .

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

United Church of Christ.

Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Joplin, Mo.

Emergent Churches

Vineyard Churches

Third Wave Churches

**I am certain there are many more. Anti Semitism and hatred for Israel is at an all time high.

Please understand that in each of these denominations, it is possible to have a pastor who is a true shepherd under the Great Shepherd Jesus. But these denominations are known to adhere to the RT lie.

These churches have declared their hatred for Israel and are supporting Hamas. This is exactly what the devil wants to happen. But our Lord, being omniscient, is using all of this to fulfill His prophetic Word concerning Israel.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

From Arutz Sheva from Israel:

“These very liberal churches include Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and the United Church of Christ. They presently number about 16 million. Their membership and influence in the United States continue to decline. These churches’ rhetoric is usually outdone by an even harsher one of a small group of so-called ‘peace churches,’ including the Mennonites and Quakers.”

“Mainline churches claim many members from Congress. They represent America’s heartland and have adopted a range of resolutions hostile to Israel. They include calls for boycotts plus divestment and sanctions (BDS). Some are aimed at Israel, others focus on the ‘settlements.’ Several churches supported the hateful Kairos Palestine Document published in 2009 by some Palestinian Christians. There is also tourism to Israel under Palestinian auspices.

“BDS started with the passage of a resolution in 2004 at the Presbyterian Church (USA) calling for selective divestment of shares of American companies doing business in Israel. Long before that, the World Council of Churches (WCC) founded in 1948, aligned itself with ‘third world’ countries and thinking. This is an international umbrella group of mainline churches which claims denominational membership of 590 million people. It has frequently condemned Israel, yet never protested attempts by Israel’s neighbors and by terrorists to erase it from the map.

“Several of these churches also publish extremely anti-Israel educational materials. These are often the only ones members will view. The Methodists produced a study guide a few years ago authored by an apostate Jewish pastor. He admitted to hating Judaism. It featured illustrations of Israeli soldiers reminiscent of Nazi guards at a concentration camp.

“Theology is playing an increasing role in mainline churches’ anti-Israel activity. It began with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center and its head, Dr. Naim Ateek. Many liberal churches have partnered with Sabeel. Ateek used crucifixion imagery in his Easter message of 2001: ‘It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him.’

” This reintroduces the ancient murderous Christian charge of deicide against the Jews. Ateek and others deny that the Bible speaks of any covenant of land with the Jews. This is a renewal of the replacement theology and supersessionism, and is extremely dangerous for Jews around the world, especially at a time of rising anti-Semitism.

“Palestinian influences in anti-Israel hate mongering is huge. They have sent teams of Palestinian Christians around the U.S for a decade, tugging at Christian heartstrings with emotional tales of woe. They are more effective than Palestinian Muslims, who don’t come as ‘brothers.’
“Still, there are surprises. In 2012, several denominations substituted positive investment resolutions in place of divestment. In some cases, votes that looked like they were heading in the anti-Israel direction were saved by impassioned speeches by pastors who spoke about the impact such a resolution would have on Jewish-Christian friendships and partnerships in their churches.

“The actions of these mainline churches have poisoned the well of Christian-Jewish dialogue. Jews entered the dialogue, which has been fruitful at times, on the basis of assurances that Christian partners left contempt for Jews and Judaism behind, and had made serious attempts to understand what was important to Jews. The way in which these churches treat Israel shows that neither is true.” – source

I ask you this: Even if you have been in one church for years, if they are teaching a lie, would it not be the right thing to do to leave and attempt to find a gathering of brothers and sisters in Christ who believe the whole Word of God?

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

And a word to those seeking a place to worship:

ASK QUESTIONS. You have a right to know how leadership feels about very important issues – whether they believe the whole Word of God or choose to add or take away from God’s Holy Word.

Shalom b’Yeshua


19 thoughts on “Replacement Theology: A Lie From the Pit of Hell

  1. I totally agree with you! I recently heard Amir Tsarfati speak on the harsh treatment of many Christians in history toward the Jewish people and felt so grieved by what he said.

    I am writing a book to defend our beliefs in premillennialism and the pretribulation rapture. Your post caught my attention just as I was working on my chapter defending the continuance of Israel against the error of replacement theology.

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  2. Please correct your post with respect to your “list” of churches who believe the RT lie: “The Roman Catholic Church.  (This is NOT part of Christianity)” This is completely false!

    I can’t speak for other denominations, with any certainty.

    Otherwise, you post is outstanding.

    Regards in Christ,



    1. The Catholic “Church” is a works based cult. Did you also know that the Vatican has slaughtered over 40 million Bible believing Christians throughout the centuries? I stand my ground when I say that the Catholic church is NOT a part of true Christianity. I believe that the Vatican is Mystery Babylon from the Bible.

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      1. Cult isn’t a good term to affix to the Catholic church.Cult simply lessens what it truly is, I simply call it a “religion of men” It has core theological flaws, is works based, practices idolatry (praying to saints, statues and symbols), and placing the preeminence of a pontiff on an equal footing of the LORD.

        As being born a catholic I know full well the prison of religion. Mind you all, this is true of nearly ALL denominations.

        There are born again Catholics who do bear fruit of the spirit.Why they stay in the church I truly don’t know. However maybe it is good they do, as they can sow seeds of truth.

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      2. I am NOT saying that there aren’t born again Catholics, but I AM saying that these people did not get saved under the teaching of the Catholic Church. I have friends who are still in the Catholic church but they agree with me that the true Gospel is NOT preached in the mass. Just wondering – what do think of the outrageous things coming out of the mouth of Pope Francis?


      3. An excellent, yet disturbing, book that tells the true history of the RCC in all it’s shame, is “A Woman Rides the Beast” by Dave Hunt. It really is difficult to read the horrific things the RCC has done and condoned. It’s not pretty, but it is true.

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      4. tonytarr11

        hi Geri, i want to get right directly to this; if you would, please watch this youtube video and pray to truly discern its message…. its called, Is this the end of the world [2nd edition] its put forth be i am soo wondering about their message possibly being the truth,….its altogether interesting. Shalom….i will watch eagerly for your reply and i wont be impatient, just eager to see what you make of it. this is tony at 802-579-3030 always interesting in conversing on matters of God’s Truth and prophecy,…feel free if you see fit,….that goes out to anyone on this site. Jesus is coming soon, this is tremendous!!!! again, i say Shalom* i am in southern vermont btw


    2. There are currently two churches. The universal church and the invisible church. The universal church includes everything that labels itself Christian whether it is a cult, an errant church, what have you. The invisible church is made up of true believers in Messiah and could be found anywhere. The RCC is part of the universal church as they call themselves Christian, in fact they call themselves the only true Christians. You might want to do some research on the true history of the RCC and of the Eastern Orthodox churches to get an understanding of what they teach, how they have perverted Scripture, and why Geri included them in her list – and rightly so.

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  3. Unfortunately the denominations you have listed aren’t the only ones who are spreading RT. The emergent church movement, the Vineyard movement, all of the Third Wave churches are solidly RT. And hold on to your hat if you should happen to question what’s being taught! As you said, there may be individual pastors who do teach the truth, but I then have to wonder why they remain in a movement or denomination that teaches so staunchly against the Word of God.

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      1. It’s just so pervasive now I think you could continue revising that list until the Lord returns. It’s sad. And now with the Evangelical Lutherans signing that divestment agreement in New Orleans and the ensuing flooding that happened in Louisiana – wow! If non-believers are judged for their stance on Israel, how much more so those who call themselves Christians?


  4. Are you purposely not approving yesterday’s comment? I am hoping it is an oversight.

    Please remove the Catholic Church from your list – it’s NOT true! What is your source for this misunderstanding?

    Yours in Christ,



  5. Miss Geri is totally correct about the so called roman catholic church… is NOT roman nor catholic nor is it a church…….it is a CULT from the pit of hell spawn by satan to deceive millions……there is NO such thing as a pope…read 1 Timothy 2:5-7 !!!..wake up !!!

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  7. As to your comments concerning anti-semitism in Christian denominations, I have not done any research and I cannot add anything to that conversation.

    But as to your exegetical statements concerning Romans 11, well stated and clearly explained.

    “It has nothing to do with how good or bad Israel is. It has everything to do with God and His faithfulness.”

    “Every Jew needs to come to the Father through Jesus Christ. There is no special arrangement between the Jewish people and God.”

    I am glad you clearly stated that though Israel still has a special place in His heart, Christ is the only way to the Father. If anything the Christian should be encouraged in their faith to understand the great love and patience that God has for Israel. That God in His great wisdom (as Paul states in the end of the same chapter) has orchestrated this plan, that all who are called to Him, they will have that opportunity to turn back to Him. God is faithful to His Word and we can put out trust in all that He has said.

    I taught Romans 11 at our church Bible study and have considered publishing my notes in essay form to my blog Theology Cake. If I do, I will let you know. I would appreciate your feedback concerning it.


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