by Al Benson Jr.
This will be one of those articles guaranteed to make some folks mad. I don’t pick these things to make people angry, but somehow, they seem to turn up anyway. And. let’s face it, the truth always makes some people angry because they don’t want to believe it. Many would much rather believe the lie, and so truth angers them. You might say, in today’s current terminology, that it “offends” them. Well, for those it “offends” their “safe spaces” and “crying rooms” await.
I want to look at a few passages of Scripture here. Lets start with 1st John 2:18. It says “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist will come, even now there are many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” The last time John is referring to is the first century, not the 21st century. In the first century John notes that there were many antichrists, not just one big one at the end of the world, which is what is taught in so many churches in our day.
Look at 1st John 4:1-3. It’s a bit long to print out here, but it points to those that deny that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John talks of false prophets. So, implicit here is the idea of false teaching. Second John, verse 7, bears this out. It says: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” John is warning those in his own day who to look out for
Now we turn back to the lightning rod of verses, Genesis 12:3, where God tells Abraham: “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.” This verse has been wildly misinterpreted in the last 150 years. We have been told that God will bless all of Abraham’s physical descendants, including the modern state of Israel, many of whose present inhabitants are not physical descendants of Abraham in any way, shape or form, but because they have, somewhere along the line, embraced the religion of Judaism, we are told this verse also applies to them. Sorry, folks, but it doesn’t! This verse does not say what people attribute to it today. The verse only says God will bless or curse people dependent upon how they treat Abraham, not how they react to the modern state if Israel!
Now, look at Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed (singular) were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ.” The promise made to Abraham referred to Jesus Christ, not any future glory for the state of Israel, which is how it is taken in our day. The next few verses note that the law was a “schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Faith in Christ, not faith in the law, not faith in the nation of Israel, but faith in Christ, to whom, alone, we must come for salvation.
And he says in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” And Galatians 3:29 is the clincher, or at least should be, though many today try to get around it. It says “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Then Paul drops a bomb in Romans 2:28-29, when he says “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter (of the law). He goes on in chapter 3 to note that no man, Jew or Gentile, is better than another because we are all under sin. In verse 10 he says that “There is none righteous, no, not one.” We all need Christ’s righteousness, otherwise we are not saved and there is no “different” salvation for Jews than there is for Gentiles.
Check out Romans 9:6-8, where it says “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.”
Charles D. Provan, in his book The Church Is Israel Now commented on Romans 9:6-7 and said: “Yet God stated to Abraham that the descendants of Abraham would be reckoned through Isaac, the child born to Abraham through faith in God. Paul says that this fact demonstrates that the true children of Abraham are reckoned as those who have the faith of Abraham, not those who can trace their physical descent from Abraham.”
Mr. Provan states, in the forward for his book: “The privileges and responsibilities of ‘Racial Israel’ now belong to believers in Christ. a verse which demonstrates the transition quite clearly is Matthew 21:43, which reads “Therefore, I say unto you,, the kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” The results of Jesus comments here to the Jews was that they “sought to lay hands on him” to do Him physical violence for what He told them. The parable of the vineyard in Matthew 21 is a good example of this, particularly Jesus’ explanation of it in Matthew 21:43.
Maybe, in light of some of this, Christians in our day need to begin to rethink some of the questionable theology we have been fed for the past 150 years that has so neutralized much of the church that we can’t seem to do much of anything except castigate those who will not offer unswerving support to the state of Israel, no matter what they do.