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It could shape up to be a battle between theological titans. Religious teacher, human rights activist and New York Times best-selling author of “The Islamic Antichrist” Joel Richardson is calling for a public debate with Hendrik “Hank” Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute.

The subject would be “replacement theology,” a concept Hanegraaff recently confronted on his popular broadcast Bible Answer Man.

In response to a caller who brought up Richardson’s new book “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God,” Hanegraaff rejected the label of “replacement theology,” a term used to describe those who believe God’s promises to the Jews as a people have been transferred to the Christian church.

Hanegraaff claimed of Richardson: “He intends the moniker ‘replacement theologian’ to be an insult. In reality it is inaccurate and highly ironic. And what I mean by that is if a Christian questions the notion of a pre-Tribulational rapture followed by a Holy Land holocaust, in which the vast majority of Jews perish, then that person is immediately shouted down as a peddler of godless heresy. In fact, popular dispensationalists are blunt in their denunciations.”

Hanegraaff said the use of “replacement theology” as a label is now designed to carry with it negative connotations, among them the belief supersessionists “are now carrying Hitler’s anointing and his message, hardly a charitable remark.”

In contrast, Hanegraaff stated: “This moniker is inaccurate because those who are labeled replacement theologians neither believe that the church has replaced Israel nor the other way around. Instead they hold that all who are clothed in Christ constitute one congruent chosen covenant community connected by the cross. And that’s precisely what you read in Galatians 3: ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.’ If you belong to Christ says Paul, then you are Abraham’s seed and you are an heir according to the promise. It’s not a matter of race, it’s a matter of relationship.”

“The promises that God made to Abraham have been fulfilled,” believes Hanegraaff. And for that reason, he finds it “ironic” those who condemn “replacement theology” are themselves “herding Jews into the Holy Land, firmly believing that these Jews will soon be slaughtered in a bloodbath that exceeds that of Hitler’s Holocaust.”

Joel Richardson says he is disappointed in Hanegraaff’s rhetoric and strongly disagrees with his interpretation of Scripture and how he characterized Richardson’s own views.

Richardson told WND: “Over the years, I have frequently listened to, enjoyed, and benefited from Hank Hanegraaff’s radio program. I for one think that Hank has made a fantastic contribution to the field of apologetics. So when a listener called in to ask if Hank had read “When A Jew Rules the World”, my newest book, it was quite a personal disappointment to hear him quite brazenly misrepresent not only my work, but me personally, on national radio – all in a rather blasé manner.

“Ironically, rather than addressing the numerous very relevant biblical arguments carefully set forth in “When a Jew Rules the World,” Hank chose instead to spend most of his time engaging in theological demagoguery, casting those with whom he disagrees, as unable to provide any substantive biblical answers, and only resorting to insulting others.”

Richardson charges Hanegraaff falsely represented his position and his attitude towards those who disagree with him.

“Ironically Hank also said that those who reject replacement theology commonly resort to shouting down those with whom we disagree. Mind you, this accusation was spoken into a microphone and broadcast on national radio. But I believe I already used the word ironic.

“I must also point out that despite not having read my book, Hank quite ignorantly cast me as a pretribulational dispensationalist. I am in fact neither. I do believe it is high time that anti-Zionists like Hank recognize the vast and growing number of believers who are not dispensationalists, yet fundamentally reject supersessionism.”

Richardson believes he is part of a growing tendency among evangelical Christians. He opines, “When I consider the great diversity among theologians such as John Piper, Barry Horner, or Dr. Michael Brown, it is clear that the growing number of historical premillennialists can no longer be disregarded through inaccurate stereotyping.”

More importantly, Richardson frankly disagrees with Hanegraaff that all the promises made to Abraham have been fulfilled by God.

He explains: “All ad hominem attacks, accusations, and misrepresenting aside, the real question is did the ‘Bible Answer Man’ provide any actual thoughtful biblical responses to the many challenges presented in “When a Jew Rules the World?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. In fact, Mr. Hanegraaff made a few significantly inaccurate statements. Let’s briefly consider his most glaring error.

“First, Hank claimed that all of the land promises made to Abraham have already been completely fulfilled, thus God is no longer obligated to honor His promises to the descendants of Abraham. The first glaring problem of course with such claims is that the Bible repeatedly says that promises made to Abraham are eternal and everlasting. While Hank and other supersessionists claim that God is no longer committed to honoring His promises, the Bible places no such statute of limitations on the faithfulness of God, and if we are careful students of the Scriptures, then neither should we.”

Richardson cites two passages of Scripture in particular:

“God said, ‘No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.’” (Genesis 17:19)

“The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant.” (Psalm 105:9-10)

Richardson explains: “While Hank and other supersessionists claim that God has reneged on His eternal promises to give the land of Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, what is clear is that the Gospel of the Apostles included a restored Kingdom of Israel. After Jesus arose from the dead and appeared for many days among the disciples, they asked Him: ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ (Acts 1:6-7). Note that Jesus didn’t even hint at rebuking such expectations. Instead, he simply told them that it was not yet the time.

“Only a short time later, after Pentecost, when Peter preached the Gospel to the Jewish people, he specifically harkened back to Jesus’ words and spoke of ‘the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time’ (Acts 3:21). The word ‘restoration’ in Greek is apokatastasis, which infers the restoration not only of all creation as it was before the fall, but also of the Davidic royal dynasty, the true theocracy. The very word ‘restore’ infers a return to something that previously existed. It is both a restored Eden, and a restored Kingdom of Israel, with Jesus, the King of the Jews, ruling over the nations. To deny this is to deny the overwhelming testimony of the Scriptures.

“This is why, through the prophet Amos, the Lord spoke of the future eschatological restoration of ‘My people Israel’ to ‘their land which I have given them’ (Amos 9:14–15). What will Mr. Hanegraaff and other supersessionists say of the abundance of such yet-to-be-fulfilled promises?”

However, Richardson still finds common ground with Hanegraaff when it comes to evangelism. Hanegraaff stated in his broadcast: “We ought to leave Jerusalem, go to Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth with the Gospel, for Jesus was never a parochial Jewish Messiah. Rather Jesus Christ was heir to the Gentiles as well, so that the Gospel may go out to the far reaches of the Earth.”

Richardson responds: “I must add that I am grateful that Mr. Hanegraaff did place a special emphasis on the necessity of the Great Commission and an urgency to see the Gospel proclaimed among the lost. This is also my passion. (So long as we maintain the Pauline priority of the Gospel to the Jews first, of course.)”

But Richardson wants a public debate with Hanegraaff in order to clear the air on replacement theology once and for all.

“I would like to take the opportunity of Mr. Hanegraaff’s comments concerning myself, my work and premillennialists in general, to invite Mr. Hanegraaff to a public debate or discussion concerning the Abrahamic covenant as well as the signs that must yet be fulfilled before Jesus returns. I genuinely believe that in light of the anti-Semitism that is now exploding around the world, that such a public discussion, carried out in a respectful and edifying manner, would greatly benefit the Body of Christ.”

JEFFREY DAUGHERTY (www.jeffreydaugherty.com) submits this link from WND

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/answer-this-bible-answer-man/#Z2ad1tSCBS8Z8qXF.99



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    • Pharisees.org

      REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY
      the essence of Christianity which proclaims
      1. God decided that Jews must believe lies (Romans 11:32)
      2. God decided that a predetermined by God number of Gentiles are predestinated by God for salvation and to them truth is to be given (Romans 11:25, 8:30, 11:13, 1 Tim. 3:16)
      3. Jews believed truth in the past and Gentiles did not believe truth in the past (Romans 11:30-31)
      4. God must have Jews believe lies now and Gentiles believe truth now so that God can exercise mercy on everyone (Romans 11:32)

      It is Christian Gentiles who shall be trampling Jerusalem with the Beast pope king for Christianity says REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY, it is no more God’s Temple, but the true risen and ascended into Heaven Christ, (as opposed to anti-Christ Pharisee Paul’s false risen christ) says of the coming Jerusalem Temple:

      Revelation 11:1-2 MEASURE THE TEMPLE AND THE ALTAR AND THOSE THAT WORSHIP THEREAT … but without do not measure for it is given to the Gentiles and they shall trample the holy city for forty two months

      42 months is also the amount of time the Beast has on earth before Christ throws him alive into the everlasting lake of fire (Rev. 13:5, 19:19-20).

      REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY, they are the ROBBERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE claiming the Jews do not have the true worship of God of their own God of Israel in their Torah, their Tanakh

      they claim Jew Pharisee Paul has the true way to worship the God of Israel in Paul’s gospel. PHARISEES ARE THE ENEMIES OF GOD’S HOLY APOSTLES AND PROPHETS. The Jew Pharisees are the murderers of Jews of the Lord (Matthew Ch. 23). Pharisees are Jews of Satan, their Jew and Gentile converts are twice the children of Hell than Pharisees (Matthew 23:15, Acts 23:6, 26:5, Philippians 3:5) JACOB’S PROPHECY OF THE WOLF Benjamin is as a WOLF in the last days conquering his prey and dividing the spoils (Genesis 49:1, 49:27, Philippians 3:5 PAUL IS FROM THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN, Romans 15:27 I taught the Gentiles it is their DUTY to GIVE US MONEY – the spoils)

      HAVEN’T THESE KINDS OF DEBATES GONE ON FOR A LONG TIME, the Jew who rejects Paul BUT WHO FAILS TO SPEAK TRUTH THAT CHRIST TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL IN MATTHEW AND JOHN DOES NOT SPEAK AGAINST THE JEWS, AGAINST THE TEMPLE OR AGAINST MOSES’ LAW,

      it is false apostle anti-Christ JEW Pharisee Paul who speaks against the Jews, against the Temple and against the law: Acts 21:27-30 … men of Israel help, this is the man [Pharisee Paul] who goes around everywhere PREACHING AGAINST THIS PLACE [the Temple], AGAINST THE PEOPLE [the Jews] and against the law

      Here is the truth of Christ RABBI presented at pharisees.org and would Daughtery bring this third wheel into the two way debate between a child of Hell Christian arguing pro-replacement theology and a Jew who does not follow the Way arguing against replacement theology, but failing to delineate between CHRIST TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL and Paul’s false christ doctrine, his lie that he met Christ from heaven on the road to Damascus? Here is Christ to the House of Israel:

      JOHN 4:22 SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS
      Matthew 21:13 The Temple is my house of prayer
      Matthew 5:17-19 TEACH AND DO GOD’S COMMANDMENTS
      Revelation 22:14 BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO GOD’S COMMANDMENTS that they may have the right to eat of the fruit of the tree of life

      Some of the clown Paul converts argue Paul is NOT saying Jews are the enemy of salvation in Romans 11:28 – they are dog liars FOR THE JEWS OF ASIA, which are the ones to whom Christ addresses in Revelation in their 7 provinces of Asia AND NOT CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, (none of which are of God), speak in Acts 21:27-30 and they said PAUL SPEAKS AGAINST THE JEWS, AGAINST THE LAW AND AGAINST TEMPLE

      Against the Temple (Hebrews 8:2)
      Against the law (Colossians 2:14, Romans 8:2, 2 Cor. 3:6-7, and elsewhere)
      Against the Jews (Romans 11:28, 1 Timothy 3:16).

      Why does Pharisee Paul omit stating that Christ was preached to the Jews? Because he claims as stated in Romans 11:30-32 the Son of God had to teach lies to the Jews

      A reminder ** Numbers 23:19 GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE **

      but Pharisee Paul claims God is a liar for a good purpose, so he can exercise mercy on everyone

      And then God sent Paul to the Gentiles to reveal the true Son to the Gentiles:

      1 Timothy 3:16 AND WITHOUT CONTROVERSY [so says anti-Christ Paul] GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS

      God was manifest in the flesh
      justified by the Spirit
      seen of angels
      preached unto the Gentiles
      believed on in the world
      received up into glory

      WHERE’S THE JEWS in Pharisee Paul’s above manifesto. Christ says he spoke the words that give life to the Jews, BUT PHARISEE PAUL CLAIMS OTHERWISE, you freaking dogs of Christendom who insist Paul is of Christ, dog lovers of lies! Paul has the Jews covered in Romans 11:30-32, they’ve been put in delusion by God, so they are not of Paul’s manifesto for they did not get truth of God, God gave truth to Gentiles, and had Christ speak lies to the House of Israel so that God can have mercy one everyone, so says Pharisee Paul. Funny the Gentiles apparently never consider WHY IS JEW PAUL not also blinded by God? God made an exception for the generation of snake Pharisees, hey Christians? Acts 23:6 I AM A PHARISEE AND THE SON OF A PHARISEE

      Pharisee Paul is speaking of himself above, that he was God manifest in the flesh
      justified by the spirit

      CHRIST NEEDS NO JUSTIFICATION, it is only those who need to repent that require justification from God (and God justifies them IF THEY TURN FROM DOING EVIL, they they become justified in the eyes of God)

      NUMBERS 23:19 … THE SON OF GOD [IS NOT A MAN] THAT HE SHOULD REPENT

      Received up into glory, read 2 Corinthians Ch. 12 where Pharisee Paul says HE WAS ABOUT TO BE EXALTED ABOVE ALL MEASURE, he wanted to glorify himself, but it was not an expedient thing to do (2 Cor. 12:1, 12:6). So Satan helped him become humble by sending a thorn in his flesh.

      Paul’s pal Satan, coming to the rescue to succor the cause of Paul’s churches for Gentile suckers, make sure Paul does not glory and therefore do what is not expedient to the cause of Christianity, keep Paul from going over the brink: LEST I SHOULD BE EXALTED ABOVE ALL MEASURE. Is God himself included in the measure? Just like his father Satan: I SHALL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH

      Why didn’t Satan afford the same hospitality to Christ that he afforded to Paul, keeping Paul on his mission, keeping him from doing that which was not expedient to the cause of Christnedom (self glorying), but he tried to get Christ to turn away from the Father’s mission for Christ on earth by offering Christ all the kingdoms of the world if Christ would bow down and worship Satan?

      The answer is Christianity is of Satan. The way of Christ is not of Satan. So Satan tried to thrwart Christ from his mission, but helped Paul accomplish his tasks to further the spread of Christendom. Rev. 2:9, Romans 2:28-29 – CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ARE OF SATAN

      • MikeSavage

        What makes you think God was manifest in the flesh? Not ONE WORD in the inspired word of God does it say that, or that Jesus was God, or that a pagan concept of a trinity actually existed. God created Jesus using holy spirit. It’s how God creates everything. Holy spirit is not a person and there IS NO TRINITY.

    • MikeSavage

      The first problem, is that of interpreting scriptures. God Himself said “does not interpretation belong only to Me?” The second problem is that interpreting is nothing more than guessing. Since the scriptures say, within their text, that they all stand on themselves. This means that they mean what they say, provided they don’t contradict any other scripture. It seems that this guy spoken of in the article is interpreting (guessing), as do all religions. They all are wrong. Jesus said they’re all false, and works of the flesh. Participating in religion is in contradiction to Jesus’ command to “be no part of the world”, since all religions are of the world (the world ruled by Satan). World meaning the people, not the planet. The scriptures tell us to flee from religions. Jesus said he “hates a sect”. Have you ever wondered why religions don’t teach, accurately, the entire collection of scriptures? If they did, no one would ever be part of any religion of man, because the scriptures tell us not to be part of them (religions). Another example, is Pharisees.org’s post. All interpretation, and all false. One must STUDY accurately the scriptures, comparing each one to each other one, to ensure it harmonizes with the rest. If your take on what a scripture says shows a contradiction to any other scripture, your take is not correct. The scriptures tell us that Satan has veiled the meaning of the scriptures to all, and that the only One who can pierce that veil, is God Himself. God searches everyone’s heart constantly, looking for honest hearted people. If He finds one, He uses holy spirit to open up the meaning to that one. There is no other way to understand them. No way at all. The scriptures say that Jesus died on a stauros. It’s Koine for stake/pole. Constantine replaced stauros with cross. The Tau. It’s the symbol for Tammuz, a pagan god. In other pagan religions, it’s the symbol for male genitals, since most pagan religions worship sex. The scriptures teach that we do not have an immortal soul. Pagan religions believe we do. The religions of Christendom teach that we do also, but we most certainly do not, according to God’s word. The pagans all believe in triads or trinities of gods. The scriptures teach that there is only one God, who has a son, and who uses a force, known as holy spirit, to create things and to work miracles. Religions teach, falsely, that God is a trinity that includes God’s son and God’s active force. All these falsehoods keep one from knowing the truth in the scriptures, and therefore keep one from God’s love. These are some of the reasons that almost all of the 7.4 billion on Earth WILL be destroyed in the tribulation and final battle. Very sad.

      • Pix

        “These are some of the reasons that almost all of the 7.4 billion on Earth WILL be destroyed in the tribulation and final battle. Very sad.”

        That’s not sad, it’s down right evil. An all knowing creator god who all knowingly sets everyone up to fail.

        • MikeSavage

          Pix;
          Could you be more full of it? I think not. You’re chock full of crap up to your ears.
          God set no one up to fail, ever. In fact, He has given the entire population of Earth for two thousand years constant warnings about the coming Kingdom, and to turn away from what is bad. They mostly all have always refused. It’s their choice. They choose to do what is bad in God’s eyes, and therefore choose death, just like you. Out of love, God has given humanity over two thousand years to turn around. He could have just said no more, a long time ago.

    • Pix

      According to the bible the biblical deity didn’t promise anything to the Jews, they didn’t exist until after 70 CE. The biblical deity promised the Israelites, who were wiped off the face of Earth in 70 CE by the Roman empire. So much for the promises of the biblical deity.

      :lol:

      • MikeSavage

        The “Biblical Deity”, otherwise known as Jehovah God, our creator, did not wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. They are all over the planet today. Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 b.c.e. God abandoned Israel in 33c.e. because they constantly abandoned Him. They killed His son. Just before His son died, he made a new covenant with spiritual Israel, which includes all nations and tongues and peoples, who were annointed with holy spirit. The New Jerusalem is for spiritual Israel in heaven, after their death and resurrection.

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