The Attacks of Replacement Theology
Replacement Theology has been around for a long time. Throughout church history, leaders and theologians have argued that because of Israels sin and disobedience, the Nation of Israel has been rejected by God and replaced by the Church. But, some of the rhetoric regarding this belief is becoming very hostile and verbally abusive.
On the subject of Israel, Christians (by name) are divided into two groups: some who are pro-Israel and often called Christian Zionists and those who believe the Church has replaced Israel or that the modern State of Israel is not a part of Bible prophecy. The latter group of Christians is in the majority by far and is usually characterized by one or more of the following positions:
There are many subjects that could be added to this list, but you get the basic idea. On the other side are believers who are committed to the following:
We believe that the modern State of Israel is a partial fulfillment of Gods endtime prophecies. We believe that God has NEVER rejected Israel and that this subject alone (2566 times in the Bible) is the foundation for Biblical understanding and teaching throughout the Bible.
David Hocking, Prophecy Watch
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (II Peter 1:5-7).
God promised that you can live a useful and fruitful life in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. He promised that not only will you join Christ in His eternal kingdom, but your entry will be rich and rewarding.
So why arent all Christians fruitful? And why do so many continue to stumble? How can we live now to insure our rich, rewarding entry into Christs eternal kingdom?
The answer is found in II Peter 1:3-11. God did not say that all Christians would be fruitful no matter what. Neither did He say that they would never stumble once they decided to follow Christ. He did make these promises, however, to those who will apply diligence in developing eight vital qualities in their lives. Indeed, these character qualities are imperative to an effective, abundant Christian life:
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