Christ at the Checkpoint: The Dangers of Deception
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians:2:11-12).
The great battle facing the church today is the one that has to do with truth; the truth of God’s word. Paul warned that the latter day church would give in to error and compromise and what he called “doctrines of demons” (1Timothy 4:1). This in turn will attract the unseen and unrecognized judgment of God in that He will confirm them in their error by sending them what scripture calls a “strong delusion.” The present assault against the believing church in this regard is by those who are peddling the errors of Dominion Theology, Replacement Theology and Fulfillment Theology; all of which disinvest the Jewish people of a future in the land of Canaan meaning in turn that their modern day restoration to the Holy Land holds no biblical significance and indeed is a travesty of justice and righteousness and must therefore be reversed. Every smear possible and available, including the apartheid one, is thus employed to delegitimize Israel and discredit those Christians who stand with her. In addition an international campaign to encourage economic boycotts, sanctions against Israel and disinvestment from Israel is also aided and abetted by many of these Christians.
Replacement theology has largely been discredited today because there are just far too many Christians of renown, both past and present, who reject it. This error seeks to undermine the Abrahamic Covenant by asserting that a major component of it, having to do with the land of Canaan, has been annulled. It is an argument largely based on speculation and silence that just cannot be supported from the scriptures.
However, a more sinister but equally fallacious theology is now [being] propagated by the Israel haters and that is, Fulfillment Theology. Its goal is the same as that of Replacement Theology, and indeed Dominion Theology, and that is to reject any assertion that Israel’s modern day restoration enjoys biblical credentials. Indeed it affirms that to believe that the Jews enjoy any support from the scriptures in this regard is to support racism because God loves all people the same and no longer has a chosen role for the Jewish people. All of this is of course nonsense but sadly it is taking root in the evangelical church and thus giving rise, as its predecessor did, to anti-Semitism.
As for Fulfillment Theology it teaches that all the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant are fulfilled in the person and ministry of Jesus. For those subscribing to this nonsense, this includes the promise to Israel of the land of Canaan. The subsequent result of this teaching is that once again Israel’s present day restoration enjoys no biblical significance and that those, like Christian Zionists, who do happen to see biblical significance in Israel’s rebirth as a nation are deluded, in error and constitute an obstacle to peace.