The Christian Brown Shirts
the not-too-distant-past, I received an email from a ministry leader who took
exception to something I had written. This person indicated that he was severing
our friendship (we were never friends), and his ire was raised because he
doesn’t like my views on
That’s my loose interpretation.
The problem for him is that I don’t care what he thinks. If European Christians
hadn’t embraced the anti-Semitic views of various scholars, politicians, and
members of the clergy, the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened.
will say this clearly: I do have a problem with Christians who don’t like Jews
That’s a general statement, but there’s plenty of evidence that tons of
Christians — a growing number of evangelicals — have a bone to pick with Jews.
Often, it centers around the fact that relatively large numbers of Jews don’t
respond well to evangelism, to the Gospel message. Of course, if it weren’t
tragic, my phrase “large numbers of Jews” would be comical. Most of them were
stuffed into ovens in Christian Europe a mere 60 years ago.
The majority of Christians are ignorant of the fact that persecution of Jews —
by Christians and “Christian” nations — has been the worst possible calling card
for evangelists who are out to convert Jews. Take Martin Luther, for example.
The leader of the Reformation started out friendly to the Jews. Then he tried to
convert them. When they didn’t respond well, he turned on them. Luther’s
comments about Jews later in his life sound like a transcript from a Nazi rally.
had 400 years to ingest Luther’s Jew-hatred.
You can guess the rest.
I’ve said before, one’s spiritual heritage leaves an indelible stamp. For
example, if I grew up in the Word of Faith movement, I’d tend to believe it’s
valid. If I grew up Lutheran, the chances are good that I wouldn’t be pro Israel.
It’s just the way things are.
But where Israel
is concerned (and by extension, Bible prophecy), there is a growing hostility
coming from the Christians. This week, a famous American Christian, former
Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, announced that in order to advance the “peace
would have to work with Hamas. As in, Hamas that wants to wipe Israel off the
Although they aren’t in the mainstream, there are quite a few Christian leaders
who are now working with Sabeel, the radical Palestinian organization in Israel that
demonizes the Jewish state. American Christian colleges are populated by
professors who decry “the occupation,” and minimize Arab terrorism. Institutions
like Fuller and Wheaton
come to mind.
What I find particularly disturbing is the widespread indifference, or outright
dislike of Jews and Israel
in the American church. This is exactly the path Germany found herself on only
When the Nazis came to power in 1933, they began implementing all sorts of evil
policies to control the state. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The
one group most demonized, of course, was the Jews.
fascinating fact about this era centers around the Nazis’ attempts to sanitize
the Hebrews from Scripture. Now, of course, we know how absurd this is. The
Savior of the world is a Jew. The Bible was written by Jews, about Jews.
Still, the Jews had plenty of willing executioners.
an extraordinary book, The Holocaust and the Christian World, we learn that
“Seventh Day Adventists offered an immediate public statement of nationalism and
support for the Party. They implemented changes to remove the language of the
Hebrew Scriptures from their liturgy.”
Amazing! They had company.
the so-called German Christian movement, pro-Nazi Christians “embraced Nazism
and tried to Nazify Christianity by suppressing the Old Testament, revising
liturgics and hymns, and promoting Jesus as an Aryan hero who embodied the idea
of the new Germany.”
Further, it is noted that “Centuries of Christian anti-Jewish teachings served
as a precursor to Nazi anti-Semitism.” Two-thirds of the German population was
Protestant, and they served the killing machine that wiped-out European Jewry.
This systematic effort to marginalize the Jews, within Christendom, was
diabolical and deadly effective. Hear again from the authors of The Holocaust
and the Christian World:
“The negation of Jewish existence, which the Christian churches had symbolized
in their liturgy and doctrines, their sermons and teaching materials helped to
produce an endless series of persecutions and pogroms.”
is interesting that just as America has followed England’s lead by allowing
Darwinian philosophy to put deep roots into society (British churches are
virtually museums today), so too is America following the wider European path of
presenting the Jews as “Other.” The American church is contributing to this in a
There are very influential forces in Christendom that don’t like Jews, and they
don’t like Israel.
They do not say this publicly, of course. But they are the spiritual heirs to
the thugs who bludgeoned Jews in the streets of Germany, on their way to transport
would encourage you to pay close attention to pastors, ministries, and
evangelists, and notice their stance on Israel. That will telegraph in a big
way where their hearts are.
your church would like to hear apologetics teaching that speaks to these and
many other issues, contact us at Prophecy Matters; we’d love to conduct a
seminar for you, emphasizing the whole counsel of God.
loves the Jews.