Israel - The Heart
By David Allen Lewis
We are living in the close of the church age and the "times of the
Gentiles," as outlined in Luke, Romans, and the Book of Revelation.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (Luke 21:24).
Listen, Gentiles, it's about over for you. Born-again Christians,
however, are not Gentiles (heathen). Paul spoke to believers as
having formerly been Gentiles. He wrote to the Corinthian church:
"Ye know that ye were Gentiles carried away unto these dumb
idols..." (1 Cor. 12:2). "Wherefore remember, that ye being in time
past Gentiles in the flesh..." (Eph. 2:11).
Although my ancestry is British and French (no Jewish ancestors), I
am no longer a Gentile. But neither am I an alien to the
commonwealth of Israel. It is important for us to know our identity in
God. That, however, should not cause us to overlook
His continuing plan for national Israel. The existence of the Church,
the spiritual Zion, does not negate the existence of the original Zion -
Israel. My identity with God is established in Christ as noted by the
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh,
who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the
Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were
without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without
God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were
far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:11-13).
Paul's brilliant exposition to the Roman church includes a definite
statement about natural Israel's future. Note the use of the name
Jacob referring to Israel in verse 26. Never in the entire Bible is the
name Jacob used to refer in fact or type to the Church. It always,
without exception, refers to natural Israel.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And
so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall [future] come
out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall [future] turn away ungodliness
from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall [future]
take away their sins (Rom. 11:25-27).
The Israel that is to be saved cannot be the Church. The Church is
comprised of people who are already saved. The Israel in view here
is an Israel that will be saved at a future time when Zechariah's
prophecies are fulfilled (Zech. 3:9; 12:10; etc.).
A Matter of Interpretation
I frequently hear the wearying, worn-out statement, -1 don't know
about all this prophecy business. There are so many points of view.
It's all a matter of interpretation." Exactly! It is a matter of
interpretation. Either you believe the Word of God literally, or you explain it away. It is as simple as that, and there is no
need for further complication.
Even symbols have a literal meaning, which are defined in the Word of
God. No external evidence should be used to interpret biblical
symbols. The moment you go outside the Scripture to interpret its
symbols you introduce an anarchy of interpretation. Every person
becomes a law unto himself or herself. Then you can make the Bible
say whatever you want it to say, according to your own preconceived
Israel, Duty or Dilemma?
Winston Theodore Pike's book, Israel Our Duty - Our Dilemma, is in fact a
vicious attack on Israel. Although filled with distortions,
misappropriation of Scripture, and scurrilous slander against the Jews,
Pike nevertheless professes a compassion for the Jews. That is hard
to fathom in the light of Pike's suggestion that the best thing for the
Jews would be for Israel to cease to exist!
It is no wonder Pike cannot define our duty to Israel, and why he
finds himself in such a dilemma.
Our duty to Israel is clearly declared in Isaiah's prophecy:
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your
God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem ... (Isa. 40:1-2).
Who is to speak comfort to Jerusalem? It is not the Jews speaking
comfort to themselves. What is in view here is a new people of God
whose existence was in Isaiahs future. Those mandated to comfort
Jerusalem are the born-again members of the Church, the body of
Christ. We clearly see and know our duty, and it is no dilemma.
Days of Prophetic Fulfillment
The very existence of Israel is proof that we are living in the final
period of this age of grace, the church age.
Get Israel in place in the prophetic plan of God, and you can see the
whole thing. Get Israel misaligned, and prophecy becomes
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the
plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader
of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet
wine, and all the hills shall. melt. And I will bring again the captivity of
my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit
them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof, they
shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant
them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their
land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God (Amos 9:13-15).
God means what He says, and His Word has been fulfilled in most
remarkable fashion, beginning with the miracle of the rebirth of the
nation of Israel on May 14, 1948 (Ezek. 36, 37). There is coming a
golden Messianic age when all of the visions of the prophets will be
fulfilled. We know the church of redeemed persons, adopted into the
commonwealth of Israel, will share in the glory of that age and in the
complete fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of the ages that are now
only fulfilled in a fragmentary way in Israel and in the Church. In the
meantime we have God's mandate for the present age in which we
live. We are to comfort and bless Israel.
In 1961 Rev. Louis Hauff wrote:
The Scriptures show that the eyes of the nations will be upon the
nation of Israel in the last days. We are aware that Israel is today the
center of attention of the world. All nations are aware of the
existence of the nation of Israel and are concerned about what
happens there. Each one is taking sides either for or against Israel.
This could lead to a world conflict.
In July 1958, a time of crisis occurred when Russian communists
infiltrated Syria and supplied arms to the Syrians. Suddenly the United
States fleet landed Marines in Lebanon, and Great Britain flew
paratroopers into Jordan. The stage seemed set for a great battle.
The battle of Armageddon seemed very close.
Look at a map of Palestine and you will see that Armageddon (Har
Megiddo, Mount Megiddo and the Plain of Esdraelon) was
surrounded by the United
States to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, Great Britain to the
east, Israel to the south, and Egypt to the southwest. Happily, the alert
soon ended, but we were able to see how quickly the nations of the
world could assemble at Armageddon in a great last conflict.
After the Lord fights for and delivers Israel, there will come a
spiritual awakening to the people. The prophet Zechariah stated: "And
it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the
nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house
of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace
and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have
pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one moumeth for his only
son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for
his firstborn .... In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the
house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for
uncleanness." (See Zech. 12:9-10; 13:1.)
Although written over 25 years ago, this book is still up to date
because Pastor Hauff relied on the Word of God for his insight into
Israel's place in prophecy.
Is Israel in God's Plan?
The Holocaust is an event so horrible that millions have blinded their
eyes to its reality. In a sense they have forgotten that it ever
happened. Would you be surprised to discover that some people in
your city could not even define the term Holocaust or the Hebrew
Some, having faced the horror of history, choose to deny it ever
happened. They write learned books disdainfully proclaiming that the
whole thing is a hoax perpetrated by the Jewish people themselves.
St. Paul rightly says that Satan, the god of this world, is capable of
blinding the minds of them that believe not. (As in 2 Cor. 4:4.)
In his compelling dialogue on Christian-Jewish relations in the Epistle
to the Romans, Chapters 9-11, St. Paul makes some observations that
are vital to the Church. First of all, the passage clearly establishes that
God still has a plan for national Israel.
Perhaps my knowledge is limited, but so far as I know the only church
body that gives recognition to this fact in its creed is the Pentecostal
denomination, the Assemblies of God. Surely there are other churches
that have such a statement in their creed. If you know of one, please
inform us as we are anxious to expand our research in this area. On
the other hand, since Evangelicals tend to base all their beliefs on
sound interpretation of the Scripture, historically, an acceptance of
Israel in God's plan has been common in our circles.
Raising the Question
Our faith does not rest on individual denominational or church creeds
but on the revealed truth recorded in the sixtysix books of the Bible.
Further, when I speak of a plan for national Israel, I am not referring
to individual salvation. Individual salvation is personal, to be worked
out in the light of God's Word between the person and God. The
Evangelical view is clearly and universally established that the Mosaic
(salvation) covenant is fulfilled in the New Covenant of Calvary. On
the other hand, the Orthodox (and some other) Jewish people hold that
the Mosaic covenant is still in force.
All agree that the Mosaic was always a conditional covenant. Is God
still in covenant agreement with the people of Israel? Are there
covenants other than the Mosaic to be considered? A major question
that confronts the Church is this: Can God be in covenant with more
than one group at the same time?
The word covenant implies a contract or an agreement. It can be
conditional, requiring the participation of two parties, or it can be
unilateral, proceeding directly from God as a sovereign act of His will.
In the case of the unilateral covenant, no condition or action is
required on the part of the second (human) party.
To clarify, the conditional covenant always has God saying to
mankind, "If you will do certain things, then you can expect Me to do
certain things in response."
On the other hand, a unilateral (unconditional) covenant always
depicts the sovereign determination of God, which He simply
announces to mankind, letting man know what God
plans to do - regardless of what we do or do not do.
God can be, and certainly is, in covenant with more than one group of
humans at the same time. This is evident from a study of the Noetic
covenant. After the Flood, God put His rainbow in the clouds
signifying that He would never again judge humanity by a watery
destruction. This covenant was totally unilateral in nature. This
covenant with the whole human race was not and is not conditional.
The Abrahamic Covenant
The covenant God made with Abraham was a unilateral covenant.
Once Abraham obeyed God on one point, to leave the land of Ur of
the Chaldees, God entered into and revealed a marvelous and
everlasting covenant to the father of the Hebrew people. This is
revealed in the twelfth and fifteenth chapters of Genesis. God
evidently wanted us to know that the covenant was unilateral, for it is
stated in Genesis 15 that He put Abraham into a deep sleep as He
entered into and established the covenant. Abraham had nothing to do
with the covenant, except for the fact that he was there and was the
original recipient of the covenant.
Christians believe that the Mosaic covenant has been fulfilled, but the
Abrahamic covenant, which includes determinations concerning the
nationhood and land ownership of the Israelite people is inviolable and
unconditional. It is not dependent on what any human person or group
does or does not do. It is based entirely on the integrity of God and His
ability to bring His determinations to pass.
In short, God has declared that the natural seed of Abraham, the
nation of Israel, will never go out of existence. Further, He has
decreed that the tiny bit of land known as Israel (1/2 of 1 percent of
the land mass of the Middle East) is in perpetuity to be the property of
the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for all of time. The Scripture
says that the Arabs have a right to exist there in the midst of their
brethren, for they, too, are descendants of Abraham, though not of
Caution, Boast Not!
In the light of this Abrahamic covenant, Paul cautions the converted
Gentiles of Rome not to boast against the natural
branches (Jewish people) that have grown out of the root of Abraham.
We former Gentiles are wild branches grafted into the natural tree of
Israel. The Wycliff Bible Commentary correctly establishes that
Abraham is the root of us all. Note that Paul says, "Remember that
you do not support the root, but the root supports you."
While Israel can easily explain her existence without the Church, the
Church cannot explain her existence without Israel. Jesus was Jewish,
as were His disciples and followers. The only Bible Jesus and His
followers had was the the First Testament. The entire body of
Christian Scripture was penned by Jewish authors, with the possible
exception of Luke and Acts.
At the very first, the Church was entirely Jewish in its membership.
Paul is blunt in informing the Romans that the olive tree into which we
Gentiles have been grafted is the property of Israel. What else could
be derived from these words: "For if thou [Gentile converts] wert cut
out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary
to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these [Jews],
which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?"
The early Church in its primitive days was never thought of by the
Jewish people, in or out of the Church, as anything more or less than a
Jewish sect. Gentile converts were thought, in the early years of the
Church, to be proselytes to the Jewish faith and nation. It was not until
after the Bar Kochba revolt in the year 135 that the Jewish and
Gentile elements in the Church finally separated and went their own
ways. The way the Gentile branch of the Church followed tragically
led directly to the Holocaust. Can this be true?
The Dark Side of Church History
The sad saga of early Church history records the animosity that arose
in the Gentile church against the Jewish believers and the Jews in
general. As time went on, the Church became more and more anti-
This situation reached a zenith when Constantine granted the edicts of
toleration. Christianity was not made the state religion by Constantine,
and Constantine never was a convert
to Christianity (he submitted to baptism by sprinkling upon his
deathbed, thus adding "Christ" to his list of pagan Roman deities, not
an uncommon practice in the pagan world of multiple gods).
Nevertheless, under the edicts of toleration, Christianity was
popularized, and tens of thousands of unconverted pagans were
baptized into the church because it was the popular social or politically
expedient thing to do.
Malcom Hay, Fr. John T. Pawlikowski, Fr. Edward Flannery, and
other Roman Catholic authors, along with many modem Protestant
writers such as Roy and Alice Eckardt, Reinhold Niebuhr, Franklin
Littel, Michael Brown, Isaac Rottenberg, and David Rausch have
extensively documented the historic anti-Semitic bias of the Church.
Harsh Words From Early Church Fathers
Consider the harsh words of Saint Ambrose, who said that the Jewish
synagogue was "a house of impiety, a receptacle of folly, which God
himself has condemned." It is no wonder that his followers then went
out and set fire to the local synagogue.
Saint Gregory of Nyssa spoke with eloquence, saying that the Jews
are "Slayers of the Lord, murderers of the prophets ... advocates of
the devil, brook of vipers ... men whose minds are in darkness ...
haters of righteousness."
Saint John Chrysostom must have had some good qualities, for
Cardinal Newman wrote of him, "A bright and cheerful gentle soul, a
sensitive heart, a temperament open to emotion and impulse; and all
this elevated, refined, transformed by the touch of heaven - such was
St. John Chrysostom." A Protestant theologian wrote, "Chrysostom
was one of the most eloquent of the preachers who, ever since
apostolic times, have brought to men the divine tidings of truth and
It must have been difficult for the Jewish people of his time to see his
good points for in his homilies against the Jews, St. John Chrysostom
said, "The synagogue is worse than a brothel ... the temple of demons
... and the cavern of devils .... I hate the synagogue ... I hate the Jews
for the same reason."
Even the Great Reformer
Martin Luther, beloved among Protestants and
Evangelicals, made strong anti-Semitic statements late in his
life. "Verily a hopeless, wicked, venomous, and devilish thing is the
existence of these Jews, who for fourteen hundred years have been,
and still are, our pest, torment, and misfortune. They are just devils
and nothing more." Luther accused the Jews in terms that today we
would consider vulgar:
When Judas hanged himself and his bowels gushed forth, and, as
happens in such cases, his bladder also burst, the Jews were ready to
catch the Judas-water and other precious things, and then they gorged
and swilled on the herd among themselves, and were thereby
endowed with such a keenness of sight that they can perceive glosses
in the Scriptures such as neither Matthew nor Isaiah himself ... would
be able to detect; or perhaps they looked into the loin of their God
"Shed" and found these things written in that smokehole .... The devil
has eased himself and emptied his belly again - that is a real halidom
for Jews and would-be Jews, to kiss, batten on, swill and adore; and
then the devil, with his angelic snout, devours what exudes from the
oral and anal apertures of the Jews; this is indeed his favorite dish, on
which he battens like a sow behind the hedge.
Regarding Luther, Malcom Hay comments, "His doctrine provided
many suitable texts for Hitler's program of extermination. Today
various hate groups reprint Luther's pamphlet, The Jews and Their Lies,
to support their vengeful attacks on the Jews.
Haman in the Church
In 1558 the Protestant preacher Ehrhardt wrote, "We ought not to
suffer Jews to live amongst us, nor to eat and drink with them."
Following the precedent of Saint Ambrose he also recommended that
"'their synagogues should be set on fire."
Our beloved church became a Haman to the Jews, bringing on the
dark ages, the horrors of the inquisition, the bloody crusades, and
ultimately producing the climate in which a Hitler could succeed with
his diabolical plot. Hitler - who was a church member until the day he
Can we be offended at the Jewish scholar, who indicts
Christianity as the prime cause of anti-Semitism for the past eighteen
hundred years? it might be convenient if we could ignore the dark side
of our heritage, but, if we ever hope to improve conditions in the
world, it would be more practical to face up to history, ourselves, and
Theological Anti-Semitism Today
What a perverse joke it is when present day replacement theologians
accuse their premillennial brethren of being socially irresponsible in the
face of the drastic, crisis needs of our world, and yet they themselves
are provoking an evil hatred for the nation of Israel through their tired,
old, worn-out anti-Semitic theology. How have they managed to
resurrect these ancient errors and breathe such new vigor into them
until they are now sweeping like an "ill wind that bodes no good"
throughout the ranks of the Church? The two major anti-Semitic
Christian doctrines are replacement and the theology of contempt.
What is being preached in certain quarters today is exactly what both
the Protestant and Roman Catholic teachers were promoting in pre-
Nazi Germany. We. had better be alert to these alarming facts. Don't
ever say, "It cannot happen here."
I hear from some of my brethren that God no longer has any use for
natural Israel. The Church has taken the place of Israel in God's
economy. That is called the Doctrine of Replacement.
Then there is the Doctrine of Contempt. Simply stated it claims that
since the Jews killed Christ they are worthy of any punishment that
falls upon them. The Holocaust? Good enough for them.
In the light of this strange, unbiblical philosophy how should one view
the killing of Christian martyrs under the old Roman Empire and more
recently under the Comnmunists? Good enough for them? You cannot
have it both ways.
Germany Then -America Today?
Dr. Roland Pritiken, a retired Air Force general, recently sent me an
interesting list of comparisons between pre-Nazi Germany and
conditions in America today. There is indeed
cause for concern. The church in pre-Nazi Germany was preaching
the twin doctrines of Christian anti-Semitism. They are the doctrine of
replacement and the doctrine of contempt.
The theology of replacement contends that the Church has replaced
Israel and that God no longer has any purpose for Israel. Contempt
declares that the Jews crucified Jesus, therefore they are under a
curse and whatever happens, including the Holocaust, is good enough
While both of these errors have been refuted, nevertheless Hitler's
henchmen were able to quote both Roman and Protestant theologians
in justifying their heinous acts against the Jewish people. Thus, in a
Christian nation, out of a perverted Christianity, came the Holocaust,
costing the lives of six million Jews and millions of other casualties
throughout the world.
Can Evangelicals Boast?
My Evangelical brethren cannot boast that our colleagues performed
any better in the Nazi era. The late Dr. Oswald Smith, pastor of the
great People's Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, came back from
Germany with a glowing report in the mid-1930s. He spoke of over
fourteen thousand Evangelical pastors who felt that Hitler was the
answer to Germany's problems, and that probably the new Nazi
movement would bring spiritual revival to Germany. Later Dr. Smith
realized the awfulness of what was happening in Germany and
recanted, but it was too late.
We still have time to speak out and prevent another holocaust in our
times, but the handwriting is on the wall. If we are silent, history will
repeat itself. The Holocaust is not mere history, it is potential.
Where is the Church of Today Heading?
Is the Church in America different from the Church in pre-Holocaust
Germany? I hope that it is, but I have some deep concerns. Perhaps
the fourteen thousand Evangelical pastors that Dr. Smith spoke of
were not actively anti-Semitic. Perhaps they were simply
We have heard some strange things in recent times from modem
churchmen. After Israel was savagely attacked by Syria and Egypt
on the Day of Atonement, October 1973, Father
Daniel Berrigan accused Israel of behaving like a "criminal" and
"'racist state." Then Henry Pit van Deusan, former president of the
Union Theological Seminary, likened the Jewish nation to Nazi
Germany. To this, Methodist theologian Roy Eckardt commented,
"Whenever Israel is assailed, certain suppressed, macabre elements in
the Christian soul are stirred to sympathy with the assailants."
Have We Learned Anything From the Holocaust?
We wonder if the Christian world has drawn any lessons at all from
the Holocaust. We should have because the greatest events of
mankind's history will include the creation of earth, the fall of man,
God's provision of redemption through Jesus, the destruction of
Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the reformation, two world wars, the
Holocaust, the reestablishment of the nation of Israel, and the second
coming of Christ.
Being an Evangelical, however, I should not presume to speak for the
older churches. My colleagues in the National Christian Leadership
Conference for Israel, Dr. William Harter, Presbyterian; Dr. Franklin
Littel, United Methodist; Father Edward Flannery, Roman Catholic;
Reverend Isaac Rottenberg of the Reformed Church, and a host of
others have documented the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias that has
been consistently manifested by the National and the World Council
I have heard a Roman Catholic nun, the great and compassionate
scholar Sister Rose Thering, professor at Seton Hall University,
lament the Vatican's refusal to recognize the state of Israel.
Concluding, therefore, that there are strong voices in the old-line
churches calling for repentance in that quarter, I will speak primarily
to my own Evangelical brothers and sisters.
Danger In Our Own Churches!
In the past we Evangelicals have prided ourselves in using the Bible
as our mandate for action. Some of us have boasted confidently of the
strong support for Israel and resistance against anti-Semitism that
exists in our ranks. We still have great strength in such areas, but a
certain erosion of these values is in progress. New waves of anti-
Semitism are sweeping through our own churches. Strange new anti-
Semitic doctrines are being promoted, and whenever there is anti-Semitism
Holocaust is potential, not merely historic.
Kingdom Now, Dominion, Theonomy, and Reconstruction are labels
attached to vigorous Evangelical movements that not only differ from
us in eschatological interpretations but also have an agenda for
political takeover, for establishing a world theocracy before the return
of Christ, to abolish democracy, do away with pluralism, and put the
Jews in their place. Of course, before the Dominionists can capture
the world, they must first conquer the church.
It must be recognized that not all in the above mentioned theological
camps are anti-Semitic, but in the most part they are, at least by our
common definition of anti-Semitism. Surely to teach people that God
has no more use for the Jews or the nation of Israel is not in the best
interest of the Jews, hence it is against the Jews and Israel. Is that
not theological anti-Semitism? Theological or philosophical anti-
Semitism always precedes active programs and persecutions of the
To achieve the goal of world domination, a number of secretive, and,
in some cases, hidden networks exist among the Charismatics and
Evangelicals. There are also open conferences and conventions
designed to effect major theological changes in our churches. "Their"
leadership is encouraged to stay put in our ranks and work for control
within. Newly appointed Charismatic apostles and prophets exert a
selfaggrandizing authority to which some of my own brethren are
willing to bow. The thirst for political power in the ecclesiastical world
is wondrous to behold.
Who Will Dominate the Pentecostals?
Pentecostals and Charismatics represent a particularly vocal and
aggressive branch of Evangelicalism. Their local churches are
growing. A major percentage of the world's "super churches" with
membership of five thousand to five hundred thousand fall into this
category. They have more radio and TV time than any other segment
of the church. The strength and influence of the Pentecostals and
Charismatic must not be overlooked.
Who will be the Pope of the Pentecostals? With control of 176 million
denominational Pentecostals and 156 million
Charismatics at stake, that is a foremost question! Which apostle will
your pastor be asked to bow to? How will they overcome existing
church governments and capture the clergy in classical Pentecostal
churches? Will the cry, "Unity at any cost" be the nemesis of those
stubborn people who insist on believing that Israel and the Jewish
people are still significant to the plan and purposes of God? Are you
even aware of what is going on?
Could the silencing of my voice and that of my colleagues open the
door for a future holocaust? Does anyone even care? Even though a
time of wrath is inevitable (i.e. the Great Tribulation), woe to those by
whom it comes. Blessed are those who do the will of God and resist
the darkness of error regardless of personal cost. Remember, "faith
without works is dead."
The existence of the anti-Semitic Christian doctrines I speak of are
further evidenced by an outpouring of attractive books and literature
promoting theological anti-Semitism and thus potential hatred for the
Some Good News
For some years it looked like the anti-Semites in the Church were
winning. We felt like we were on the run. They attacked and accused
us in their papers and books. But now the tide is turning. Even in the
ranks of the Charismatics there is an awakening to sound biblical
doctrine in relation to Israel.
Christians United for Israel, The National Christian Leadership
Conference for Israel, The International Christian Embassy of
Jerusalem, the new Evangelical Christian Zionist Congress of
America, Iowans for Israel, Bridges for Peace, Friends of Israel, and
a host of others are making a difference simply by refusing to be
silenced. But we must not let our successes go to our heads. The
moment we let up, our opponents will advance again. I have seen
some of their expansionist plans, and it is awesome. But we have
plans, too, and we believe God for His constant aid and guidance.
We continually see articles about Neo-Nazi activity in the daily news.
Recently a group of five radicals from Texas were apprehended in
Washington, DC. The FBI reported that their possessions included an
M-16 grenade launcher, machine guns,
rifles, shotguns, handguns, and silencers, along with a Nazi flag. Law
enforcement officials here in our area tell us that these Aryan groups
are now common all over America. Our formerly quiet, rurally
oriented area is a hotbed of Neo-Nazi activity. Our Evangelical
colleagues are properly shocked at these media revelations. Even
more shocking is the discovery that many of the Nazi groups claim to
be fundamentalist Christians.
It is not enough to speak out against Aryan radicals in our culture.
Never mind the fact that right here in Southern Missouri we are
surrounded by the skinheads; The Order, The Covenant, the Sword,
and the Arm of the Lord; Pentecostal Nazis; and that the Ku Klux
Klan has moved its international headquarters to within 70 miles of
my front door. We expect Jew hatred from the Nazis. The most
serious problem is when anti-Semitism invades the churches.
The Deeper Problem
It is of even greater concern that the biblical position on Israel has
been eroded, and even though we have seen an encouraging reversal
of these trends, we still have a long way to go. A lot of theologically
anti-Semitic literature is available right in your local religious
bookstores. We hear the concepts of replacement and contempt on
our local religious radio stations. It is preached in local churches.
Rousas John Rushdoony, creator of the Chalcedon Foundation and
grandfather of the Dominionist movement, says that Christians who
are supportive of Israel and the Jewish people are heretical.
Rushdoony wrote in his book, Thy Kingdom Come, "Premillennial and
amillennial interpretations are tainted with the background of
Manichaean heresy. A further heresy clouds premillennial
interpretations of Scripture - their exaltation of racism into a divine
principle. Every attempt to bring the Jew back into prophecy as a Jew
is to give race and works (for racial descent is a human work) a
priority over grace and Christ's work, and is nothing more or less than
paganism. It is significant that premillennialism is almost invariable
associated with Arminianism, i.e. the introduction of race into
prophetic perspectives is accompanied by, and part and parcel of, the
introductions of works into the order of salvation. This is the essence,
after all, of the Phariseeism which crucified Christ and which
masqueraded, as it still does, as the epitome of godliness. There can
be no compromise with this vicious heresy."
The Holocaust Is More Than just History
We normally speak of the Holocaust as an historic phenomenon. But
if we allow these ideas to advance in our churches, if we are silent,
as so many were silent in Germany, it could happen here. It could
happen again. The Holocaust must never be viewed only as history. It
The TV cameras were running in the Yad Vashem Holocaust
Memorial in Jerusalem where we were involved in the production of
a Christian documentary on the Holocaust. The lights were on, and
the videotape rolling.
Suddenly, out of the shadows stepped an elderly Jewish man who
called out, "Mister, I was there. It really happened." Rolling up his
sleeve, he thrust forth his arm, revealing a tattooed number on his
wrist. "Look, look, I was there. Don't let them tell you it never
His embarrassed wife pulled at his coattails until he backed away
from the lighted area. We watched his retreating figure fading back
into the darkness. We hear his plaintive final cry, "Mister, listen to
me. Mister - it could happen again."
Almighty God, we confess our sins and the sins of the Church. As the
ancient prophets of Israel sometimes confessed the sins of their
nation - sins of which they had no personal guilt - so we confess the
sins of our church and our nation. We have not pleased You when
we have participated in slander against the Jewish people. Forgive us
for remaining silent when we should have spoken out against evil
hatred of Your people Israel. Forgive us for being intimidated in the
face of anti-Semitism.
Having confessed our sin, we pray that You will give us the resolve
and courage to act upon our faith. Anoint us by thy Holy Spirit to
receive Your truth. Let our belief be our mandate to action. May we
never again be silent when anti-Semitism raises its ugly head in our
midst. Strengthen us in this determination. In the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Amen.
I feel that God sent him to me for many strange reasons. Yehuda
came to the hotel to listen to one of our lecturers. After the meeting
we spent several hours talking of many things.
Everyone in Jerusalem has a story to tell. The air is full of parables.
Mystery and intrigue permeate the atmosphere. The story Yehuda told
me is like a parable. Though dark may be the night imposed on
humanity by man's brutality to his fellow man, nevertheless there is a
wheel of justice that turns full circle in the passage of time.
Yehuda came to us during the feast of Purim. That is the time when
the Jewish people celebrate the victory of Mordechai and Esther over
Haman, the Hitler of his day. Haman built a gallows on which to hang
the Jews, but God turned the situation about, and Haman hung on his
Yehuda told of an ex-Nazi Luftwaffe officer who engaged in
conversation with him some time ago. The Nazi was loud, arrogant,
and boastful. "You Jews," he argued, " are always stirring up the stink
of the past. Why can't you leave the past alone?"
Yehuda inquired of him, "I suppose, sir, that you would admit Hitler
started the Second World War?"
"'You see," said the Nazi, "that's exactly what I mean, always digging
up old history. Why can't you forget it and live for today?"
"Well," said Yehuda, "I guess you could further admit that Hitler was
responsible not only for the death of 6 million of my people, the Jews,
but also for 50 million other casualties in World War ll?"
"Yes, yes, of course - we all admit that Hitler was a devil. We
Germans made a mistake about him, but what good does it do to
remember it now?"
Yehuda continued, "I must tell you, sir, that the Nazis did a "good' job
on my family. All my family - mother, father, brothers, sisters - were
killed in your death camps. All, that is, but me and one uncle."
"You have a sick mind," the Nazi shouted. "I know you
have experienced personal tragedy, but you need to forget it. Leave
the past in the past. Furthermore, I have had enough of this
"Not quite enough. I have one more thing to tell you. Something you do
not know. You admit that Hitler started the Second World War, but
what you do not know is that one Jew, my uncle, ended it!"
"What insanity is this? Surely you Jews are mad, but you especially! I
have never heard such nonsense. And who might this uncle of yours
"My uncle was Robert Oppenheimer," said Yehuda as his eyes
pierced into the soul of the unrepentant Nazi.
The Nazi literally shook like a leaf in the summer breeze. Unable to
say another word, he turned and walked away. You see, he
recognized the name Robert Oppenheimer as the man who was
chiefly responsible for the atomic bomb.
There is a wheel of justice that turns full circle with the passing of the
years of time.
Haman hangs on his own gallows. Hitler burns the Jews in the gas
furnaces and then burns himself in his own bunker in Berlin. They that
curse Israel are cursed by the Almighty.
Robert Oppenheimer, a physicist, was a professor at the University of
California and the California Institute of Technology. He directed
atomic energy research and the manufacture of the atom bomb during
the Second World War. From 1947 until 1966, he was director of the
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Oppenheimer
served as chairman of the general advisory committee of the U.S.
Atomic Energy Commission until 1954.
After seeing the horrible effects of the atomic bomb, he refused to
work on the hydrogen bomb. He was accused of being a security risk
and was suspended from the A.E.C. in 1954. Allegations against him
were never proven. It is well known that this man was responsible
for guiding the research and production of the atom bomb, which so
dramatically brought the Second World War to its conclusion, with
victory falling into the hands of the free world.
Was Hitler a Christian?
Adolph Hitler, perpetrator of the worst horrors ever visited upon the world, was not a Christian, not in the light of our
definition of the word Christian. However, it is apparent that not
everyone defines the word Christian in the same way.
Ask the average American if he is a Christian, and about 77 percent
will respond in the affirmative. You will hear: "I belong to the
Presbyterian church - of course I am a Christian." And, "Yes, my dad
was a Methodist- preacher." Or, "My Uncle Del is a missionary in
Zimbabwe." Someone win say, "Sure, I was born right here in
Christian America." But all of that has nothing to do with the question
of being born again, being a member of the true united Church of Jesus
Christ consisting of those, and only of those, who have been redeemed.
But, Hitler was a church member until the day he died, and in the view
of most of the people in this world, a church member is a Christian. It
is understandable that Jewish people view the Holocaust, perpetrated
by "Christian" Hitler in Christian Germany, land of the Reformation, as
a Christian phenomenon.
One Who Protested
American clergyman Arno C. Gaebelein, an outstanding EvangelicaI-
fundamentalist writer and preacher of the early part of this century,
was alert to the threat of Nazism. Long before Hitler's worst side had
been seen, he was warning the world of the dangers inherent in
Nazism. This is pointed out by Herman Voss and David Rausch in their
book, Protestantism Its Modem Meaning. In 1930 Gaebelein
described Hitler as being "an outspoken enemy of the Jews ... one of
the most fanatical anti-Semites of Europe." Voss and Rausch describe
Gaebelein's thought in some detail:
An avid reader with contacts around the world, including Germany and
Russia, Gaebelein underscored the growing power of fascism in
Europe in the 1920s, and in Our Hope (August 1932) remarked:
"Especially threatening is it in Germany. Adolf Hitler, the clever fascist
leader who is winning out in Germany and holds the power in his hands,
is a rabid anti-Semite. When Hitler became chancellor in 1933,
Gaebelein saw this as a serious setback for the German people, and he detailed Nazi boycotts of Jewish department stores,
and limitation of Jewish rights. To Gaebelein, fascism meant the
political conditions of the entire world are breaking up." It appeared as
though the Great Tribulation was near.
And yet Gaebelein had no patience with those who tried to pinpoint or
date prophetic events or who would try to guess who the Antichrist
might be. His philosophy was well illustrated when he wrote in Our
Hope (November 1933): "The editor has no use for day-and-year-
setters, nor has he any use for figuring out the duration of the times of
the Gentiles, nor has he any sympathy with men who prophesy that
Mussolini, Hitler, Feisal, or any other person is the Antichrist. It is a
morbid condition which seems to suit certain minds."
Gaebelein continued to write about atrocities against the Jewish people
and the rise of German Teutonic paganism. An article on the Nazis in
February 1936 was entitled The Devil Marches On In Germany.
When Adolf Hitler used the 1936 Olympic Games as a great
propaganda play and tried to hide the persecution of the Jewish people
from journalists, tourists, and government officials, Gaebelein was
appalled that even David Lloyd George (1863-1945), the British
statesman, was misled.2
Many Evangelicals assume that the Evangelical church in Germany
would have despised Hitler and rejected his leadership. This is not the
case, however. There were few who stood up against him. I have
personally met Evangelical preachers who were once in the Nazi party
in Germany. Since their conversion to Jesus Christ, some have
repudiated Nazism and Hitler's actions. However, some are still
defensive of Hitler and the Nazi regime.
One preacher criticized me for mentioning the Holocaust.
"Let the past be in the past," he said. "Don't keep digging it up.
Besides, Hitler was not all bad. He was against the Commu-
nists. He built the autobahn (superhighway) and promoted the
Volkswagen. He loved little children. He was kind to animals,
and besides, he made the trains run on time." It is impossible to
treat such words with anything but the utter disgust of which they are
Suppose someone would say to you, "Yes, I know Joe Smith raped
and killed my wife, murdered the rest of my family, and was the mass
murderer of twenty-seven other people. But he wasn't all bad, after all
he ran a nice ice cream parlor, and he was a faithful church member
and always gave to the Red Cross Foundation."
One could only say, "How disgusting! You have a sick mind."
Fooled by Hitler
The sorry fact is that the German church leaders in general, including
the Evangelicals, did nothing to resist Hitler. In fact, many favored
Voss and Rausch cite the late Oswald J. Smith, pastor of the great
Evangelical People's Church of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in this
regard. Evidently, Oswald Smith was completely fooled by Hitler,
although later on, his eyes were opened and he repented, reversing all
his previously held opinions. Oswald Smith was a good man who
simply misunderstood the situation in Germany.
Yet, Smith's article, "My Visit to Germany," shows how effective
Adolf Hitler was in his Olympic campaign and in his brainwashing of
good, decent Protestants. The forty-six-year-old Smith was taken in
by the fervent testimony of "true Christians" he visited in Germany
during the Olympic Games. "What," you ask, "is the real attitude of the
German people toward Hitler?" Smith wrote, "There is but one
answer. They love him ... every true Christian is for Hitler . . . ."
They also impressed upon Smith that "the Bolsheviks were prepared
to take over the country," and "Hitler has saved Germany." Smith
listened "spellbound" to the contented, happy Protestants, joyously
writing that "all girls are trained to be mothers," use of makeup and
lipstick had been eliminated, and mass immorality was being
"Before Hitler's days, spiritism flourished," Smith rejoiced. "Now
occultism of every description is banned." In addition, Smith was more
than thrilled that Russellism. (Jehovah's Witnesses) was banned as
dangerous to the nation.
He suggested that the "United States and Canada could learn a
valuable lesson in this regard." In actuality, both Smith and the German
Protestants were to learn that when one person's religious freedom is
violated, all religious freedom is on the chopping block.
Smith was so completely deceived by the propaganda that he referred
to the "spiritual awakening that is coming to the German people." The
Cathedral in Berlin was full, with a minister who "preaches the old-
fashioned gospel. He spares no one. And none interferes with him. He
deals openly with sin and salvation." The "true Christian" Protestants
of Germany had convinced Smith that they were on the brink of
religious revival. "France I do not trust. France is Red, immoral and
godless," Smith concluded. "Germany is Protestant. It was from
Germany that Luther came. 113
Gerald Winrod, who died in 1957, quoted Smith extensively, and
published his articles in his Defender Magazine. (Defender has since been
taken over and retitled by a pro-Israel Pentecostalist, Hart
Armstrong). Actually Winrod had been a defender of the Jews in
the1920s, but by 1935 he was justifying Hitler and had turned against
the Jews. Gaebelein was to identify Winrod as a "secret follower of
It is startling to discover that Winrod, a strong biblical Zionist could
turn about-face and persecute the Jews through his writings. Yet, we
see the same thing happening today in certain Evangelical and
Charismatic camps. May God deliver us from this spiritual treachery.
May God deliver us from this spiritual insanity.
Currently, Rev. Gordon Winrod, a fundamentalist, is carrying on his
father's tradition of Christian anti-Semitism. His anti-Semitic literature
is published under the auspices of a church he pastors in Gainesville,
Missouri. Gerald Winrod was a great believer in the spurious Protocols
of the Learned Elders of Zion, and he distributed copies widely. The
Protocols purport to be an outline of a Jew-Zionist plot to rule the
American Evangelical leaders like Arno Gaebelein, Harry Ironside,
Keith Brooks, and many other Evangelicals signed Dr. Donald Gray
Barnhouse's petition denouncing the Proto-
cols as an anti-Semitic forgery. Pastor Barnhouse, a Presbyterian
minister wrote one of the greatest commentaries on the Book of
Revelation. Barnhouse was a premillinnarian and ardent supporter of
Israel .4 At the same time, most German Evangelicals were silent, or
even supportive of Hitler.
Good and Bad News
It is encouragement over that many American Evangelicals did actually
denounce Hitler. Voss and Rausch state:
During Hitler's "final solution" to the Jewish
problem, Fundamentalist-Evangelicals believed that
the Jewish people were being exterminated by the
millions, while more liberal Christians, and periodicals such as The Christian Century, were labeling the reports of atrocity "propaganda." Gaebelein's Our
Hope magazine gave factual reports of atrocities
against the Jewish people during the 1930s and 1940s.
The Fundamentalist-Evangelical world view lent it-
self very well to such convictions, even when they
seemed beyond the realm of belief and left the
premillennialists in shock . 5
The good news is that there are many Evangelicals and Pentecostals,
who are in tune with biblical truth in relation to Israel and the Jewish
people. How I thank God for those who refuse to be intimidated, who
rise above the general apathy that attends this subject. One might
smugly take comfort in the fact that many American Evangelicals did
resist Hitler from afar, while condemning our German colleagues. It is
easy to be selfcongratulatory when surrounded by our agreeing
Looking at the current American Evangelical scene, however, in
certain quarters, we see a shift away from biblical literalism. It reminds
one of the kind of reversal made by Gerald Winrod on the
I am distressed to see certain pastors and leaders who once took a
strong biblical stance on God's promises to national Israel who are
today hobnobbing with the Kingdom Now and the Dominion crowd.
Some have openly embraced anti-Israel doctrine. The silence of
others, formerly so outspoken, is significant. If Charismatic brethren
are going to fellowship with our Kingdom Now brethren, they should take every opportunity to correct themon their unscriptural attitude toward Israel.
Many have been silenced for the sake of "unity." But what kind of
unity is it that calls for silence on major issues? What kind of unity is it
that denies us the right to speak out on vital issues? What kind of unity
is it when a few brethren with strange new doctrines, set the agenda
for us all? What kind of unity is it that causes Kingdom Now friends to
accuse those of us who are friends of Israel of being satanic, inspired
by the devil, deceived, and guilty of preaching heresy?
I am told that I should either change my views concerning Israel, or if I
cannot do that, then I should be silent for the sake of unity. What unity
Some time ago I attended a leadership conference. We were told that
Israel and prophecy are low on the agenda of priorities in the Church
of today, so we should keep silent on the subjects. Is this unity or
spiritual blackmail and brainwashing?
My view is that, regardless of disagreements, I am united with all born-
again believers. We have one head, even Jesus Christ (1 Cor.12). We
certainly need a more visible manifestation of that unity, but the neo-
modernist Evangelicals and Pentecostals are not promoting that
concept of unity.
Unity we have, but truth is elusive and must be pursued with vigor.
Regardless of what you may hear or think to the contrary, the devil's
principle end-time tactic is not to cause division but to promote
deception. Indeed, division is deplorable, and Satan will use it, but
deception is worse and can hinder the kingdom of God and, in the
extreme, can even damn souls.
Neo-Kingdomists and Dominionists
Some of the Neo-Kingdomists (Kingdom Now) and the Dommionists
are promoting the same anti-Semitic theology that the churchmen of
Hitler's day were preaching. Hitler's henchmen actually quoted pastors
and church leaders in justifying their horrible persecution of the Jews.
Not all people in the Kingdom Now and Dominion movements are
doctrinal anti-Semitics, but most of them are.
Let a major depression hit the world. Let really hard times
come to this country. Let another Hitler arise, this time in our midst.
Some of the modernistic Evangelicals I have described will be the
first to follow him. They may not light the gas furnaces at Auschwitz,
but, like their fellow German churchmen of the Nazi era, they will
provide the fuel.
Pastor, I urge you to get involved in this important issue facing the
Church today. Speak out and repudiate false teaching now, before it
is too late.
Evangelicals ought to know that we have a vested interest in being
protective of our Jewish friends. It is a fact that the same anti-God
forces that have eternally wanted to destroy the Jews also want to
destroy us. I appeal to my Kingdom Now and Dominionist brethren to
rethink their theology and return to a biblical standard.
Only One Man
Only one man in the whole history of the world was given the
privilege of choosing his birth place, his race, and his mother. That
one man was Jesus who chose to be born in Bethlehem to a Jewish
mama. He chose to be of the tribe of Judah, from which the word
Jew is derived. He lived the life of an observant, orthodox Jew. He
never had the privilege of attending a church service. He never saw a
Sunday school. He worshiped, prayed, taught, preached, and healed
the sick in the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, which He reverently
referred to as His Father's house. He was a Jew when He died on
the cross at the hands of the Romans, and when He rose up from the
dead He was a Jew.
The one who makes intercession for you at the right hand of the
Father is the Jew, Jesus. Our divine Lord retains His humanity (1
Tim. 2:5). That one mediator between God and man, the MAN Christ
Jesus is still a Jew in heaven. When He comes back He will still be a
Jew. He will be a Jew for all eternity, for He is the "Lion of the tribe
of Judah" (Rev. 5:5).
Listen, anti-Semite, Jew hater, the Jew is coming back, and He is
angry with you. I would not want to be in your shoes for anything.
Theodore Herzil did not invent Zionism when he held the
first Zionist Congress in the Stadt Cassino Music Hall in Basel,
Switzerland in 1897. He simply jumped on a bandwagon that had
been rolling through the corridors of history for thousands of years
since the time of Abraham. The Almighty Jehovah is the inventor of
Zion and Zionism. Listen to the joyous proclamation of the prophets:
0 Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; 0
Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Sing and rejoice, 0 daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in
the midst of thee, saith the Lord (Zech. 2:10).
Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the
midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and
the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain (Zech. 8:3).
And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem:
and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in
righteousness (Zech. 8:8).
Lord, haste the day of the reign of Israel's Messiah who will bring
peace on earth, with goodwill toward all people.