JD: David I think as we wrap it up for today maybe you could briefly explain replacement theology and why it is a serious problem for the church today.
DJ: So as I said replacement theology is the idea that the church has replaced Israel and so national Israel has no place in God’s program. Because replacement theology says that Israel is no longer the people of God and that God’s promises and covenant with Israel has been transferred to the church. So this is a genuine problem.
Replacement theology is found in reformed churches which most would know as Presbyterian. But that few is also held by most Lutherans and really by most main line denominations. Now reformed theologians don’t like the term replacement theology because they say there’s only ever been one people of God. The church which goes back to Adam and that Israel just represented the church in the Old Testament. The factor made is this is a serious problem for many reasons. The promises and covenants that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants would have been understood literally by every single person in Israel for hundreds of years. Those promises and conditions were unconditional and they were eternal. Their fulfillment is dependent only on the faithfulness of God and failure on Israel’s part cannot remove them from God’s program.
According to Jeremiah 31 the day is coming when God will change their hearts and restore the nation. That’s the New Covenant beginning in Jeremiah 31:31. And Jimmy it comes down to how we handle the Bible. How we interpret it and the method that we use. It means we need to take the Bible literally rather than spiritualizing things to apply to the church rather than to Israel. This is something that is a problem that is growing in even the Evangelical church and clearly its happening in churches across the world and its effecting the translations of the word of God itself.
JD: David James, Bible in hand with a brief explanation of replacement theology and why it is a bad theology.
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Again let me remind you that replacement theology is a false theology if you actually take the Bible literally. God’s word is the literal word from God to each of us today. That is the only objective approach to determining what the Lord is trying to tell us. The literally translation of God’s word reveals His plan for us and the Jewish people for today and into the future. If God can lie to the Jews He can then lie to Christians about their eternal life and salvation. God cannot lie to anyone.