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The Error of Replacement Theology

The Error of Replacement Theology

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Perhaps you have heard of the term Replacement Theology. However, if you look it up in a dictionary of Church history, you will not find it listed as a systematic study. Rather, it is a doctrinal teaching that originated in the early Church. It became the fertile soil from which Christian anti-Semitism grew and has infected the Church for nearly 1,900 years.
What is Replacement Theology?
Replacement Theology was introduced to the Church shortly after Gentile leadership took over from Jewish leadership. What are its premises?
1. Israel (the Jewish people and the land) has been replaced by the Christian Church in the purposes of YHVH, or, more precisely, the Church is the historic continuation of Israel to the exclusion of the former.
2. The Jewish people are now no longer a “chosen people.” In fact, they are no different from any other group, such as the English, Spanish, or Africans.
3. Apart from repentance, the new birth, and incorporation into the Church, the Jewish people have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of YHVH. The same is true for every other nation and group.
4. Since Pentecost of Acts 2, the term “Israel,” as found in the Bible, now refers to the Church, the so-called “Spiritual Israel”.
5. The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been taken away from the Jews and given to the Church, which has superseded them. However, the Jews are subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of the Messiah.
If you hear a Christian, a minister, or a Church doctrine that ascribes to one of these points, then knowingly or unknowingly they have swallowed the Replacement Theology pill. I say unknowingly because the doctrine is so systemic, most Christians have been brought up in it and hove no idea that these premises are contrary to Scripture.
Perhaps you have heard of the term Replacement Theology. However, if you look it up in a dictionary of Church history, you will not find it listed as a systematic study. Rather, it is a doctrinal teaching that originated in the early Church. It became the fertile soil from which Christian anti-Semitism grew and has infected the Church for nearly 1,900 years.
What is Replacement Theology?
Replacement Theology was introduced to the Church shortly after Gentile leadership took over from Jewish leadership. What are its premises?
1. Israel (the Jewish people and the land) has been replaced by the Christian Church in the purposes of YHVH, or, more precisely, the Church is the historic continuation of Israel to the exclusion of the former.
2. The Jewish people are now no longer a “chosen people.” In fact, they are no different from any other group, such as the English, Spanish, or Africans.
3. Apart from repentance, the new birth, and incorporation into the Church, the Jewish people have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of YHVH. The same is true for every other nation and group.
4. Since Pentecost of Acts 2, the term “Israel,” as found in the Bible, now refers to the Church, the so-called “Spiritual Israel”.
5. The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been taken away from the Jews and given to the Church, which has superseded them. However, the Jews are subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of the Messiah.
If you hear a Christian, a minister, or a Church doctrine that ascribes to one of these points, then knowingly or unknowingly they have swallowed the Replacement Theology pill. I say unknowingly because the doctrine is so systemic, most Christians have been brought up in it and hove no idea that these premises are contrary to Scripture.

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Perhaps you have heard of the term Replacement Theology. However, if you look it up in a dictionary of Church history, you will not find it listed as a systematic study. Rather, it is a doctrinal teaching that originated in the early Church. It became the fertile soil from which Christian anti-Semitism grew and has infected the Church for nearly 1,900 years.
 h h a a t tii s sR Ree p p a a c cee m mee n n t t h hee o o o o g g y y??
 
Replacement Theology was introduced to the Church shortly after Gentile leadership took overfrom Jewish leadership. What are its premises?1. Israel (the Jewish people and the land) has been replaced by the Christian Church in thepurposes of YHVH, or, more precisely, the Church is the historic continuation of Israel tothe exclusion of the former.2. The Jewish people are now no longer a “chosen people.” In fact, they are no differentfrom any other group, such as the English, Spanish, or Africans.3. Apart from repentance, the new birth, and incorporation into the Church, the Jewishpeople have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of YHVH. The same is true forevery other nation and group.
 
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4. Since Pentecost of Acts 2, the term “Israel,” as found in the Bible, now refers to theChurch, the so-called “Spiritual Israel”.5. The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been takenaway from the Jews and given to the Church, which has superseded them. However, theJews are subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of theMessiah.If you hear a Christian, a minister, or a Church doctrine that ascribes to one of these points,then knowingly or unknowingly they have swallowed the Replacement Theology pill. I sayunknowingly because the doctrine is so systemic, most Christians have been brought up in itand hove no idea that these premises are contrary to Scripture.
 
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Replacement Theology is closely associated with Reformed(or Covenant) Theology, the brand of theology historicallylinked to John Calvin (1509-1564) and the ProtestantReformation. Reformed/Covenant Theology, in turn, isclosely associated with amillennialism, an eschatologicalview with a spiritualized (rather than literal-historical)interpretation of the prophetic Scriptures. The natural affinitythese views (that is, Replacement Theology andamillennialism) seem to have for each other isunderstandable because Replacement Theology relies soheavily on a non-literal and allegorical interpretation of thebiblical promises to Israel.
Although many of the early Reformers and Puritans - including even Calvin himself - wrote about the nation of Israel one day being restored by the grace of YHVH and experiencing a national regeneration, that is an increasingly marginalized, minority view in Reformed Christianity today 
(which is ironic, since we have seen theamazing rebirth of the nation of Israel, just as the Word ofYHVH predicted!)Elements of Replacement Theology can be traced as far back as Marcion (A.D. 160), who carriedon a theological crusade to purge the Church of what he perceived to be dangerous Jewish errorsand influences. Later, many of these same anti-Judaic sentiments found their way into thethinking (and writings) of the Early Church fathers. Irenaeus (c. 180), for instance, wrote, “TheJews have rejected the Son of YHVH and cast Him out of the vineyard when they slew Him.Therefore, YHVH has justly rejected them and has given to the Gentiles outside the vineyard thefruits of its cultivation” (
The Ante-Nicene Fathers,
Ed. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson,[1885-1887], Volume 1, p. 493).Over time, statements like these became the basis for full-blown anti-Semitism in some sectors ofChristianity. Anything Jewish was renounced as an attempt to subvert and “Judaize” the Church.Teachings like chiliasm (millenarianism), for instance, were denounced as “Jewish fables.” TheEarly Church, which was clearly and undeniably Jewish, was described as “primitive,”unenlightened, and beset by erroneous notions that were carry-overs from ancient Judaism.By the seventh century, Jewish people who came to faith in the Messiah were required todenounce their Jewish ancestry and heritage before they could be baptized. Professor PaulHalsall of Fordham University cites the following Visigoth profession from c. A.D. 680-687:
 
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 The incredible irony here is that only a few centuries earlier, the Church had been almostexclusively Jewish/Hebrew! The Messiah was Jewish (born a Jew and from the Tribe of Judah);the writers of the Bible were Jewish; the apostles were Jewish; the earliest Believers/Christianswere Jewish; the first congregation was Jewish (located in Jerusalem); and the first missionarieswere Jewish!In fact, a council of Church leaders - including Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James - was convenedat Jerusalem (Acts 15) so the leaders of the new and growing Messianic Movement (known firstas “the sect of the Nazarenes,” Acts 24:5) could decide upon what conditions non-Jews would beadmitted into the fellowship of the saints! But here, within just a few generations, the shoe wasalready on the other foot! Non-Jews were in control of the Church now. Jewish doctrines (theearthly Kingdom in particular) were considered erroneous and even seditious. And non-JewishChurch leaders were laying down the terms for Jewish believers in Jesus who wished to bebaptized.
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Did the sins of the Jewish nation result in her rejection? Paul’s answer isfound in Romans 11:1:
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