According to a recent email from the "Jerusalem Prayer Team," here are the questions to ask so as to determine whether or not your church teaches "replacement theology." (h.t. Rich Barcellos).
Why the Church Should Support Israel
Many Christians ask me, “How do I know if my church is a Bible-believing church that doesn't teach replacement theology, progressive dispensationalism or supersessionism?”
Ask yourself some questions:
- Does my church pray for the Jewish people, the peace of Jerusalem, and Israel?
- Does my church give offerings of compassion to comfort them?
- Does my church preach on Israel and its Biblical significance?
- Does my church take tours of Israel?
- Is there an Israeli flag in my church?
- Does my church teach on the significance of Church’s Jewish roots?
- Does my church have a Night to Honor Israel or Jerusalem Prayer Summit annually?
- Does my church ever preach against replacement theology, progressive dispensationaism, or supersessionism?
If the answer to these questions is “No,” then you may be a member of a church that refuses to believe the Bible, and rejects God’s Eternal promises to the House of Israel. If your church seems powerless, and appears not to be blessed by God, perhaps this is the reason.
These eight questions are taken from Mike Evan's book Why Christians Should Support Israel.
Hmmm . . . How does Christ Reformed stack up in light of these eight questions?
1). In one sense, we pray for the Jewish people every Lord's Day in our pastoral prayer. "We pray first for your benediction on your holy Gospel, that it may be faithfully proclaimed and the world filled with the knowledge of your truth. To that end, please send workers into your field to plant, water, and harvest a people for your name. But frustrate the work of those who would sow weeds of heresy and discord. Pull down all of the strongholds of Satan in this world and establish your kingdom throughout the earth. Please give fatherly attention to your servants who suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel and strengthen them in mind and body by your Spirit through the means of grace. "
We also pray this collect every Good Friday: "MERCIFUL God, who has made all people, and hates nothing that you have made, nor do you desires the death of a sinner, but rather that they should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all who know you not as you are revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and have mercy upon your ancient people Israel. Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word; and so bring them home, blessed Lord, to your fold, that they may be made one flock with us under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. "
2). Not sure what that means . . . I hope we'd be compassionate to all people . . . I take Paul's words to heart in Romans 10:1; 11:17, 28.
3). Yes, we teach and preach about Israel's significance. We talk about Jesus Christ--who is the true Israel--every Sunday.
4). No tours of Israel. I've been to Israel and would love to go again, but no, we don't take tours to Israel.
5). Sorry, there are no flags in our sanctuary--no Israeli flag, no American flag, no Christian flag.
6). Yes, we teach about the church's Jewish roots and we show how all the Old Testament types and shadows are fulfilled in Christ.
7). Nope--no nights devoted to praying for the Jerusalem Prayer Summit. But, see number one above. We do pray together for the conversion of Israel at least once a year (every Good Friday).
8). Do we teach against replacement theology? I'll have to think about this one (smile) . . .
So, are we teaching "replacement theology"?
Absolutely not! We don't teach "replacement theology" because we don't believe the church "replaces" Israel (but that's another story for another time).
OK . . . so how does your church stack up? Do you go to one of those "powerless" churches that isn't blessed by God because it doesn't agree with Mike Evans and the Jerusalem Prayer Team?