This article was originally written in 2016. I felt the urging of the Holy Spirit to re-publish it.
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.
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 wholeWord 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:
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.
10 thoughts on “REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY: A Lie From the Pit of Hell – Does Your Church Teach This?”
All should read this.
I wrote a lengthy addition in love that is quite important. Pressed send.it was sending and then said error and comment was gone. Vord fress or ai purged/ censored it as its very true. Cant re do now. Maybe later.
I pray that our Lord will give you every word back so that you can repost the comment!!
Never. the Jews are God the Father’s Wife for eternity.
EVERYONE – Including all Jews MUST come to the Father through Jesus Christ His Son.
“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.”
This is not shown in the bible at all. (It has nothing to do with how good or bad Israel is) When they rebel and reject GOD then the promise is not applied. You need to get the true bible. I can dump a significant amount of scripture that contradicts this statement.
The promises are applicable to the churchand any Israelite that becomes part of it. My/your inheritance is the same as theirs (if they repent) based on Jesus death and as explained in the book of Hebrews.
When I say true bible I mean the only King James bible published in 1611. See Lamp in the Dark channel on ytube. I challenge anyone on this site to reject the Vatican bibles and go back to the only translated bible from the original tongues in 1611. (not the 1769 KJV everyone thinks is the real one – nope)
I am not anti anything and believe all have the exact same opportunity of salvation but few ever will. Unfortunately I would have to agree with Martin Luther. Again please read the 1611 bible and see the true testimony. One critical fact that Luther brought up was anti christ – Papal Rome. Always was taught for 1800 years of church history but you have to get the true water of Gods Word to see all of this because others have too much poison in them.
Just like certain medical interventions try to be a cure the corrupt scriptures will do the exact same thing. Make you ILL or kill you.
Oh, so you agree with Martin Luther and how he burned down many synagogues and I caused the deaths of over 2000 Jews in one night.
Yes Please do. You should have “dummped” scriptures to begin with.
It depentds on which covenants we’re discussing.. Some stated just that… God said when you do X… Y will happen. But He always remembered the Fathers and brought them back to the Land even in disbelief. I travel to Israel and am a Jewish Missionary. I can attest that the fastest growing demographic in Israel is Messianic Jews (Jewish Christians)
Inheritance as in Salvation? YES! There is only one way to Salvation that is Jesus Christ. Inheritance as in specific promises as to land and eschatological fulfillment? Not exactly… Israel is distinct from the church.
So Moses was handed tablets of stone in 1611 KJV English? The Torah was written in 1611 KJV English? The New Testament was written in 1611 KJV english? We had to wait nearly 1600 years after the death and resurrection of Christ to have the one true translation?
So then, do you mean the original manuscripts written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek are not the “True Bible”? I can find many translation errors in the KJV as in every translation in whatever language. I wrestled with these things and decided to always study in Hebrew and Greek. My favorite Translation is “None” Of course translations are essential to convey God’s Word into any specific language. I would recommend learning biblical Hebrew and Greek if you truly want to deeply study God’s word. I don’t mean get a Strong’s and look up root words either (not a bad thing) But to understand entomology of those languages. I’m not bashing the KJV its a decent translation but, not the be all, tell all.
You are in agreement with Luther citing a translation that didn’t exist until 65 years after Luther’s death? Again please read in origin Hebrew and Greek.
Luther was a great man starting the reformation. However he was a flawed man and did a 180 concerning Jews later in his life. Read “Jews and Their Lies” and compare it to his earlier writings. Can you say contradiction? Read the Nuremberg trial transcripts and the Jews and their lies. You’ll notice the defense of many of the Nazi’s was “We were doing what Luther taught”
Read Jeremiah 31:35–37. I would normally quote scripture but since I normally use the NKJV or NASB95 It would be unacceptable to you. However I will quote the 1611 source:
כֹּ֣ה׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֗ה נֹתֵ֥ן שֶׁ֨מֶשׁ֙ לְאֹ֣ור יֹומָ֔ם חֻקֹּ֛ת יָרֵ֥חַ וְכֹוכָבִ֖ים לְאֹ֣ור לָ֑יְלָה רֹגַ֤ע הַיָּם֙ וַיֶּהֱמ֣וּ גַלָּ֔יו יְהוָ֥ה צְבָאֹ֖ות שְׁמֹֽו׃ אִם־יָמֻ֜שׁוּ הַחֻקִּ֥ים הָאֵ֛לֶּה מִלְּפָנַ֖י נְאֻם־יְהוָ֑ה גַּם֩ זֶ֨רַע יִשְׂרָאֵ֜ל יִשְׁבְּת֗וּ מִֽהְיֹ֥ות גֹּ֛וי לְפָנַ֖י כָּל־הַיָּמִֽים׃ ס כֹּ֣ה׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֗ה אִם־יִמַּ֤דּוּ שָׁמַ֨יִם֙ מִלְמַ֔עְלָה וְיֵחָקְר֥וּ מֹֽוסְדֵי־אֶ֖רֶץ לְמָ֑טָּה גַּם־אֲנִ֞י אֶמְאַ֨ס בְּכָל־זֶ֧רַע יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל עַֽל־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשׂ֖וּ נְאֻם־יְהוָֽה׃ ס (Jeremiah 31:35–37)
Understanding this will tell you that He will not forsake Israel (Jewish People) and He will remember them because of HIS covenant and HIS namesake. God can not lie nor deny Himself, nor fail. If He could revoke His promises to one party, then how secure is your salvation? Because the Church has profaned the name of God just as bad as ancient Israel.
Indeed it is and has been only a remnant of true believers. This is true now as it was back in Ancient Israel.
Amen & AMEN
I am shocked. The Lutheran Church along with some other Churches believe that the Gifts of the Spirit passed away when the apostles passed away. That the gift of tongues and healing no longer exist. Why would God heal people then and then stop healing once all the apostles are dead?? That does not make any sense at all. I wish you would write an article on that!!!
Actually, this article is about the belief (Replacement Theology) which teaches that all of God’s promises were taken away from Israel and given to the church. In other words, God is finished with the Jewish people. We know that this is a lie. Go and read Romans 11 to see the truth about God and His people.
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