Becky Yeh – OneNewsNow, August 24th, 2011
One Messianic Jew says replacement theology is a dangerous teaching that is growing within the Christian Church and breeding anti-Semitism.
Ever since the year 2000, Olivier Melnick of Chosen People Ministries says there has been a rebirth of global anti-Semitism as many people, including Christians, are falling prey to the idea that Israel is the problem in the Middle East and is treating Palestinians unjustly.
Melnick points out that a dangerous teaching in the Christian Church called replacement theology is also breeding anti-Semitism among Christians, as it essentially teaches that God is done with Israel and the Church has replaced the chosen nation.
“That’s an interpretation that goes against literal interpretation of the Bible,” he contends. “If you were to take all of the 70-plus times in the New Testament when it says the word ‘Israel,’ pull it out, and insert the word ‘church’ in there and try to stay within the context of that passage, it would make no sense at all.”
The Messianic Jew recognizes that anti-Semitism among those who call themselves Christians has existed ever since the closing of the Bible’s authorship some 2,000 years ago. But he says there is a continued increase in the acceptance of replacement theology, and he adds that anti-Semitism and replacement theology are “closely related.”
“If there is a growth in replacement theology and [as] it continues to grow, in a sense, there is somewhat of a growth in anti-Semitism within the Church,” he explains. “But the anti-Semitism that comes from the Church is not as violent and as vocal as the one that comes from the liberal left and from the Muslim community.”
Melnick affirms that many Christians are friends of Israel, and he contends that the Church must be careful to interpret the Scriptures in context.