All of the major councils of the 4th Century in Byzantium forced the church to
abandon their Jewishness, forbid Jews and Christians to marry each other, forbid the
keeping of the Jewish feasts. Even Martin Luther was anti-Sematic. He accused Jews
of being parasites, ritual murders, worse than devils, and poisoners who should be
removed from Germany. He worked up the masses to burn down synagogues. Hitler
also professed to set out to complete the work that Luther started!
On the subject of anti-Semitism, the church today is silent.
One other theology comes along similar lines as Replacement Theology: Coveneant
Theology. This doctrine has three key points. 1) The Covenant of Works – this
covenant belonged to Adam. Eternal life would be granted him if he obeyed God.
2) The Covenant of Grace – Adam and his descendants would inherit salvation as
God graciously paid the penalty of death through redemption. 3) The Covenant of
Redemption – God comes as Word in the flesh to redeem humanity, which was
foreordained and is kept in secret.
None of these covenants are found in Scripture. Gentile theologians were highly
influenced by Greek philosophy. This philosophy led to new deductions that were
translated into the language of the Old Testament and reported as truth or new
revelation. It is also errant to take the promises given to the descendants of
Abraham and say they no longer apply. Instead, God means them for the church.
It is no good to take the covenants made to certain individuals on concrete terms in
the Old Testament and reduce them. Also, in the New Testament, the terms
“Church” and “Israel” and never interchangeable. They never refer to an identical
group. What’s more, Covenant Theology suggests God turned His back on Israel. He
broke His covenants with them.
Consider that if this is true, if God can break His covenants, what will keep Him from
changing His mind about the church and erasing His covenant with us and our
Jeremiah 31:31-37 notifies us that as long as there is a sun and moon visible, the
nation, or people, of Israel will exist. When the Anointed King returns, He is landing
on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Yet there is even another theology that breeds anti-Semitism: Separation Theology.
Separation Theology basically holds to the idea of dispensationalism. The promises
made to Israel do not transfer to the Church and the Church is made from some
distinct and separate purpose.
Under dispensationalism, one needs to determine the grammar and history of a text.
This will require the reader to ask many questions regarding the texts. Who was it
written for? What was the literary style? What context would it have to its
audience? Can those outside this circle benefit from it today?
Watch this space for more…
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…