SHOULD WE APOLOGIZE TO "OUR JEWISH ROOTS?"
There's a bit of insanity going on in some of our Christian churches nowadays, known as the
"Jewish Roots Movement." It's a fad where Christian leaders allow Judaizers to occupy their
pulpits, and teach congregations about the "Jewish Roots of Christianity."
There are organizations springing up here and there whose ostensible goal is to promote a dialog,
a sort of "togetherness" between Jews and Christians to bring about "mutual understanding and harmony,"
and for each to learn something about the other's ways and beliefs.
I want to make it clear, first of all, that this is not some Antisemitic tirade against Israel, or the Jews.
I believe - and I can prove it by the Scriptures - that all the true Israel had been saved in the days of
Paul, and had been raptured at that time. They are now in heaven. Of those that were left behind, the
most wicked of the unbelieving Jews, perished in the Roman holocaust of AD70. However before this, God
changed the "preferred status" of all Israelites to that of the common Gentile, wherein they could no longer
count on their Abrahamic bloodline for eternal security in the "Good Olive Tree." (Romans 11:32 KJV) To
"make it" as Israelites, they would have to receive Christ, and afterwards prove their faith in Him by enduring
to the end a time of tribulation, a purging which the Bible refers to as the Baptism of fire. If they
turned away, and rejected His offer of salvation, they perished in that temple holocaust, or were carried
away into other nations as prisoners of war. Ethnically, the modern Jew today may have a background in
Old Testament Israel, which probably cannot be proved. But spiritually, God had disowned them all as His
people, bringing back only those who were faithful to Jesus Christ.
But from what I've been able to learn so far, the Pseudo-Jews seem to have a slightly different agenda. Hidden
between the lines of all their rosy rhetoric is the desire to indoctrinate Christians into the belief
that Judaism and Jews are spiritually superior to everyone else, especially Christians, and to absorb
the Church "Back into Israel," from whence it began. The real motive, I suspect, is to move our money
into their banks. They not only want our sympathy and our apologies, they also want "reparations." That's a
word usually spelled out in Christian currency. In the eyes of the Pseudo-Jews, all non-Jews, including
Christians, are Gentiles, all are beneath them, and all are guilty in one way or another of everything from
the Nazi holocaust to world-wide persecution, and even Jewish poverty. The Pseudo-Jews are beginning to demand
confession from all of us, insisting that we all owe them an apology, and reparations in the form of greenbacks.
I include several clippings from the book, "Excuse Instead of Confession of Guilt?" by
Gerhardt Bodendorfer, and I highlight portions which show a powerful undercurrent of
venomous animosity with which the Jewish community views Christianity and the Christian.
As you will see, even the New Testament does not escape their vitriol. And ironically, Christians
are gradually falling in line, like sheep to slaughter. Some Catholics may be shocked to learn that even
the Pope has jumped on this apologetic, anti-Christian band-wagon. But most of us shouldn't be surprised
at what Satan has led that pope to do. This head of the Catholic Church once kissed
the Islamic Koran while a bearded Islamic bigwig smugly looked on. There still are pictures of that
on the internet.
The best part of this document might be the foreword of Pope John
Paul II. He is deeply concerned, as no other pope before him, about
the dialogue of Jews and Christians, and he demanded again and again
that antisemitism and the anti-Judaic passages in the New Testament
should be confronted.
In his introductory letter he expresses his hope that the document
of the Commission for Religious Relations with Judaism "would help
to heal the wounds of past misunderstandings and injustices", that
it would cause remembrance, which would make a recurrence of the
Shoah (Nazi holocaust) impossible. He prays to the God of history to lead all people
of good will to work together, so that the world will be marked by
honest respect for the life and dignity of the human being created
in the image of God (meaning the Jew).
The Pope was a fool! This fellow didn't know the Bible, and didn't know Christianity. There are no
anti-Judaic passages in the New Testament. His actions were typical of many muddle-headed Liberals.
The Catholic Church thereby also shares responsibility for the
genocide of the Shoah. To shoulder this responsibility means to
admit the guilt; analyse the causes truthfully and free of
prejudices; question exegetical and dogmatic teachings and to
make aware of interpretations that are contemptuous of and
hostile towards Jews in research, preaching and liturgy;
search for a new identity in theological research, doctrine and
practice, which understands itself as rooted in Judaism and
which takes seriously and acknowledges present-day Judaism as
The Jews demand a complete overhaul of Christianity, a revision of teachings which are hostile
toward Jews, and to search for a new identity in theological research which acknowledges
present-day Judaism as indispensable partner! That, I believe, is the epitome of arrogance!
Judaism was abolished by Christ 2000 years ago, and replaced by the Church, to which He
assigned the mission that the Jews in their day had failed so miserably at; to evangelize the world.
There is, for example, the accusation of deicide, the murder
of Christ, which persisted in the church right to the Second Vatican
Council, and which is partly to blame for the spiritual rejection of
There is even a question raised, if the persecution of
Jews through the Nazis was not made easier because of the
anti-Jewish prejudices in Christian minds and hearts.
Because Christian teaching, preaching, attitude and action were so
anti-Judaic in the past, a wide range of the Christian population
accepted National Socialism. And it is because of this fact that a
church, which wants to remember and turn around, must be expected to
speak an unambiguous word of repentance, admit its guilt, and make a
commitment to turn around not only in words.
It is much too obvious that the current "Jews" would like nothing better than to see Christianity
rewrite biblical interpretations which presently do not elevate the Jew above everyone else,
including Christians. Jews will never accept Christianity other than that "which understands
itself as rooted in Judaism and which takes seriously and acknowledges present-day Judaism
as indispensable partner," and this is unbelievable arrogance on the part of a people who,
according to Scripture, are no people until they come to Christ in unfeigned faith.
What is even more horrifying is to see famous TV Christian preachers being duped into throwing their
weight, financially and otherwise, behind these Judaizing movements.
Scriptures tell us that in the time of Christ, God concluded all Israel in unbelief (Romans
11:32). This does not mean, as put forth in many new translations, that He somehow "shut up
all humanity to disobedience, so that he could have mercy on all." That is ungodly nonsense. It
rather means that He took away the continuing spiritual status of Jews, making them, in a
sense, unbelievers, just like the Gentiles. So, whereas, before, Jews would sacrifice animals, to
atone for sins, that door was henceforth closed to them permanently, and a new and better door
was opened. They could now come to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ, the same as the
Gentiles. So the Jews, or rather the ex-Jews, were no greater or lesser than the Gentiles. And so
it has been for the last 2000 years. Nowhere in the Scriptures do we see that God has changed
His mind, and re-elevated the "Jew" to a superior spiritual status again.
To be fair, the Catholic Church no doubt has contributed toward the oppression and persecution of
Jews in the past, and to some extent non-Catholic Christians also. And, of course, to this day
there are many who see today's wannabe Jew as guilty of crucifying Christ. They are wrong, of
course. God does not hold guilty any descendant of that generation of Jews who actually had a
hand in crucifying Christ. That is made plain in the Scriptures: "The soul that sinneth, it shall
die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of
the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked
shall be upon him"
(Ezekiel 18:20). The generation of the wicked "Christ-killers" perished in
the fires of another holocaust, that of AD70. Ironically, none of them died for killing Christ.
They condemned themselves by rejecting His forgiveness to the very end. Those Jews who accepted Christ
in those days heeded His warnings, and escaped into the mountains.
Biblically speaking, there are no Jews today, and there is no Israel. 1948 was not a miraculous
year when God revived the nation Israel. God is being credited for something the Satanic
United Nations did. God abolished Jewry 2000 years ago, and gave no indication that He
would ever change His mind. They've had their chance to do right, and blew it. Most "Jews" today are
unbelievers who don't believe in Christ. A few pretend to be faithful to God. Some think they do God a favor
trying to living by the Law, and making a pretense of worshiping Him according to the Jewish ways.
They deceive themselves.
1John 2:23 "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that
acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also]."
2John 1:9 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He
that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
The Jewish drumbeat tells the world that Jesus Christ was born a Jew, lived as a Jew, and died as a Jew.
And that He never abolished Judaism.
We beg to differ. His primary mission was to give the Jews one last chance to reform. The nation,
rejecting HIs offer of the kingdom, failed. But God was not caught by surprise. His next move was to
completely abolish Jewism, and replace it with the Church. Call it "Replacement Theology," or whateer you
will, the times of Israel ended, the times of the Gentile began.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage."
"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which
worketh by love."
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new