Replacement Theology

A teaching that originated in the early Church shortly after Gentile leadership took over from Jewish leadership. It considers Israel (the Jewish people and their homeland) has been replaced by the Christian Church in the purposes of God, with the Church being the historical continuation of Israel to the exclusion of the former. These concepts have led to anti-Semitism. The view is that Israel no longer has a national destiny in her ancient, God-promised, Biblical homeland or a place in the purposes of God and that the modern state of Israel is purely a political creation whose existence endangers world peace. Such beliefs align themselves with an Islamic agenda for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Replacement theology has no basis in the Bible and Paul refutes this concept (Rom 9:1-11:36).

Israel and the Church are two completely distinct entities and are not to be confused or used interchangeably. While God may be focusing His attention primarily on the Church in this dispensation of grace (since the day of Pentecost when the Church came into being), God has not forgotten Israel and is outworking His purposes for them – which will

All our beliefs must be grounded              in Scripture, not man’s ideas

result in the restoration to His intended role as the nation He has chosen. This will occur after the rapture when His focus will return to Israel. The church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel nor the covenants, promises, and warnings of the Mosaic Covenant. 

See also: anti-Semitism, belief/believe, dispensation, false teaching, Jews.

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