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Christians, Israel, and a Humble Libertarian

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If you are not reading The Humble Libertarian blog, then you’re missing out. Wes Messamore is a friend of mine and his work is excellent. He recently wrote a superb post on the United States’ relationship with Israel, with a particular bent toward convincing Christians who support massive wealth transfer into Israel to reconsider their position. In the post, he lists three provocative thoughts:

1. The Church, not Israel, is God’s Chosen People. Promises made to "Israel" in the Bible are for Christians, those who acknowledge Israel’s rightful King, descended from the House of David, Jesus Christ.

2. Even if Biblical promises made to Israel are not the exclusive birthright of Christians, but of the Israeli people, they should not be conflated with the modern, secular state called Israel.

3. It is not for temporal authorities to systematically carry out God’s promises. He’s capable of keeping them Himself, and Biblically, He often used corrupt and evil nations to carry out His plan.

Of course, in the full post he elaborates in much more detail. Go to the Humble Libertarian blog to read more.

Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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  • DebbieM

    Thanks, Norman!  It is so difficult to approach this subject, maybe this article will help.  The topic did just come up on FB the other day.  I posted this link:   The Church Is Israel Now  (I have the original little booklet in xerox form.)    http://www.exodusbooks.com/Samples/Ross/3788TOC.pdf

  • Jorgeenspain

    I believe that Christians should be praying for Israel. It is clear that Israel in that regard has little or nothing to do with the state that is between the Med and Jordan right now. I want be a blessing for Israel. Having said that I do not believe that the church of Jesus Christ should be lobbying the government of the US to send money and weapons to the government of that land. Why would I want the government of the US which is abominable to take the fruit of people labors who do not want to give it willingly to another abominable government which is also living in antagonism with it´s own people?Followers of Christ can give directly to many fine works and or individuals ministering to Israel in the love of Christ. If anyone needs help finding these ministries I am willing to help. I do not believe that we as Christians should be encouraging the state to be giving away money on our behalf (we can do this ourselves much more efficiently than the state) nor should we be encouraging it to give money from other´s pockets unless volutarily given for said purpose. If Christians have the belief should be involvedin the physical protection of Israel then they should give joyfully to the cause or volunteer for the ISDF( though I would argue from the life and teaching of Jesus that they should not) At least they wouldn´t be encouraging stealing from others!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Mitchell/622671920 Terry Mitchell

    When Jesus said in John 14 that He was going to prepare a place for us, what is it that He would be building?  I believe the answer is already given in Matthew 16:18 when Jesus says, “I will build my church (ekklesia G1577)“.   The Church is the spiritual Temple. Many Christians today, however, are taught that the Church is a New Testament creation that is completely distinct from Israel and is parenthetical to the plan of God, a teaching based upon traditional dispensationalism which posits that the Church only began at Pentecost and did not exist in the Old Testament.  According to this view everyone — including Jews — can be a part of the NT Church if they believe in Jesus.  Others believe that the Church completely replaces Israel all together.  According to the whole of Scripture, however, the Traditional Dispensational (TD) view does not convey the full, Biblical definition of precisely what the Church is.  Nor does Replacement Theology (RT).When Jesus says that He will “build” (oikodomeō) His Church the word “build” carries with it the meaning “to build up from the foundation.” Contrary to pop-theology the Church did not begin at Pentecost.  It began in the Old Testament where the foundation of the Church had already been laid. Because of Jesus (Messiah Yeshua), everyone who believes would be added to His Church (cf Acts 2:46-47 – “And the Lord added to the church (ekklesia G1577) daily those who were being saved) and would no longer be foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s peopleand members of God’s household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone (Eph 2).This should be evident to us when Jesus explained to His disciples how to resolve conflicts in Matthew 18:15-17, saying, ”If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church (ekklesiaG1577); and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector….”  Now, this is in the book of Matthew and many Christians believe that Jesus was addressing this teaching to a Jewish audience only, yet here He is calling them the Church. Since the Church — as it is taught by Traditional Dispensationalism and Replacement Theology — was not yet formed until after Pentecost, what was Christ referring to?  The answer is simple: it WAS the Church, and the TD and RT teachings regarding its post-Pentecost nature is wrong because Scripture clearly tells us that the Church existed in the Old Testament all along:Acts 7:36-38, “He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church (ekklesia G1577) in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us”According to Scripture, the Church therefore did not begin at Pentecost.  It was increased at Pentecost. The Church began in the Old Testament with the assembly of believers of Israel, of those who looked forward to the promise of Messiah.  These are they who put their faith in God’s promise of a coming Deliverer. It is because of their Messiah that we as Gentiles who believe are adopted into this family of God.  In other words, we should not view believing Jews as being a part of the Church because they believe in Jesus, but rather it is we as Gentiles who are now a part of the Church because we believe in Yeshua. We do not replace Jacob.  We have become a part of Jacob. This is the Temple that He has been building.  This is the place that Christ has been preparing.

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