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Opinion Editorials, November 2010
Israel-First False Calvinist-Evangelical Theology Encourages Israeli Atrocities
By Rev. Ted Pike
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 22, 2010
"ISRAEL-FIRST" THEOLOGY ALLOWS ISRAEL TO COMMIT ANY ATROCITY
Today most evangelical Christians remain silent after more than 60 years of Israeli injustice and brutality against Palestinians. Many praise Israel more enthusiastically than ever! This includes the millions who fanatically follow Zionist pastor John Hagee. Is there any Israeli outrage (maybe starting nuclear war?) that could cause evangelicals to disapprove of the Jewish state? Shockingly, no. The dominant theology of evangelicals today—Calvinism—leads Christians to the belief that we must not “curse” God’s chosen people with criticism, no matter what they do.
Such incredible, unscriptural forbearance is rooted in centuries of a Calvinist heresy described as antinomianism. Most Christians don’t know what this concept is. They should, because they are probably under its heretical influence. This false theological premise endangers true Christianity itself and, through support of Israel, also endangers the Mideast and the whole world.
In Greek, “anti” means against and “nomos” means law. Antinomianism means “against law.” Historically, antinomianism was an early cult of Christianity. Theologically, this concept says God’s grace alone saves His elect whether they are obedient or not. The two most outstanding examples today are Calvinism, teaching a person once saved is always saved, and Christian Zionism, with its doctrine that Christ-rejecting Jews still receive God’s blessing and right to occupy a land dedicated to holiness. Christian Zionism is a direct product of Calvinism. It gives the Jewish nation the same immunity from moral judgment that the “sinning saint” enjoys.
To most people, such pseudo-theology is patently unjust. Concerning salvation, it sentences one unsaved adulterer to the torments of hell forever yet rewards another adulterer with eternal bliss simply because he once accepted Christ as His Savior. How has this dogma persuaded so many? It appeals to many believers because it seems to exalt God. It says Christ’s sovereignty must be absolute. Thus, He arbitrarily selects whom to save and to damn. Having elected a few to salvation and most to perdition, Christ chooses for each a fate no one can escape despite their "choices," which are not really viable, since, according to Calvinism, there is no free will. If we know we have been chosen by God (through a genuine “born-again” experience), then we cannot escape our destiny for heaven. God will have us there, practically whether we like it or not. His grace is irresistible, say Calvinists. No sin committed by the truly “born-again” can separate God's "elect" from salvation. The harshest punishment will be a lesser reward in paradise.
Calvinists misquote Romans 8:39, “Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.” Actually it says, "No created thing shall separate us, etc." If there is one thing Scripture teaches, it is that sin is something we create and it surely does separate us eternally from our Maker! There is one loophole: If an ostensibly born-again believer’s sins become outrageously evil, Calvinists proclaim he was never really saved in the first place.
Yet, rather than such a hypocrite deserving full blame, it is Calvinism itself which is most culpable because it excused his sin from the beginning. The one who sins becomes the slave of sin, resulting in iniquity that escalates out of control.
Sin is not properly defined as every error or weakness of being human. It is conscious rebellion against the known will of God. Dismissing this correct definition, Calvinism trivializes sin for the believer, describing "occasional" sin as a normal, everyday occurrence. In supposedly upholding Christ’s power, it thus opens a barn door of antinomian license to sin that stimulates the very wickedness that our own decisions, Christ’s power, and right doctrine are more than able to prevent.
A True Concept of God's Sovereignty
Calvinism, with its image of Divine coercion-overriding the free will of man, chooses a very human, fleshly way to exalt Christ. People have been in awe of dictators like Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin for the same brute force.
How Zionism Flies On Calvinist Wings
True thinking about God’s sovereignty creates a just view of salvation based on individual response to God, and it also creates a just and righteous view of Israel. It assures us that righteous descendants of Abraham—true (descendants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, including Jews, Christians, and Muslims of the Holy land - Editor *) who do the works of their father Abraham—will someday inherit the Promised Land. But it makes no room for blind endorsement of a racial covenant. It gives evil Jews no privilege to dispossess and abuse Palestinians simply because (descendants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - Editor) are “God’s chosen people,” just as Christians have no right to go to heaven while sinning.
The antinomian errors of Calvinist theology may seem complex, but the way they empower the establishment of Israel is simple. A hundred years ago, western Christian leaders believed (as they still do) that Jews possess divine privileges as the original “covenant” people with God. Just as sin can’t separate the once saved Christian from heaven, so Jewish sin can’t nullify their unconditional right to Palestine! Abraham’s covenant, said evangelicals, did not promise heaven to the wicked Jew, but it did promise Palestine. It did promise special protection from the “curse” of criticism.
Do you think errors in Christian doctrine don’t matter? This ancient doctrinal misconception about the nature of God’s sovereignty, compounded from St. Augustine to Calvin to Hagee, gives frightening license to Israel to do absolutely anything it wants! This has led to geopolitical ramifications for the whole world and to grave moral compromise for the church.
As Israel is clearly mocking attempts at Mideast peace and covertly encouraging even more expulsions of Arabs, we may see further massacre of Palestinians (as happened in 1948) so Israel can “ethnically cleanse” Palestine, rebuild its Jewish temple, and ultimately receive its messiah. But theological insanity will continue to forbid Calvinist believers from ever criticizing and opposing Israel—unless Christians rediscover true doctrine about the conditional terms of salvation and of Jewish occupation of Palestine. Without such revival, evangelicals’ silence will continue, even when they look into the cold gun barrels of a Zionist firing squad.
(Adapted from thoughts in recent Bible Studies by Rev. Ted Pike at Truthtellers.org Biblical Answers.)
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
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CCUN Editor's Note:
Anybody can be a Jew by conversion, like most Jews of today, whose ancestors were Khazaris and East Europeans who converted to Judaism. However, this does not make them descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
All of this confusion in the minds of Evangelicals is because of their erroneous reading of the Bible, particularly their ignorance about the difference between Zionist Jewish Israel of today and descendants of Jacob (Israel).
A Jew is not necessarily a descendant of Jacob (Israel).
The word "Jew" is not synonymous with the word "Israelite."
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