WHERE DO I STAND ON THE JEWISH QUESTION?
by John S. Torell
May 17, 2006
while ago I noticed that Christians in
Sweden were discussing my theology and where I stood when it comes to
Israel and their relationship with God.
After reading most of the contributions, I want to establish exactly where
I stand on this issue, so there will be no more doubts or questions.
During my years of study, first in Sweden during high school and college
and later at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California, I learned that to
in order to have an intelligent discussion, everyone must agree on
pre-determined definitions for a particular topic, and then work within
those boundaries. If two parties cannot agree on a definition, there is
really nothing to discuss. With that in mind, I would like to put forth
some definitions of where I stand:
I believe that the Bible is
Godís Word, and included are exclusively the Old Testament and the New
Testament. In English, I work with the King James Version, and in Swedish,
I work with the 1917 translation.
I believe Jesus is the Son of
God; He was born by the Holy Spirit and in the flesh by the virgin Mary.
Jesus lived a sinless life, and when He was crucified, He died for all
people who confess their sins, receive Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Salvation by grace through faith is an eternal truth; we are not saved by
our deeds, but rather through Jesusí blood that reconciles us with God.
Bible says that we should live a sanctified life after we have been saved.
I wholeheartedly agree and try to live this way each and every day.
Ephesians 4:20-32, 5:1-20
Jesus says in Matthew
5:17-19, that all instructions given by God to man in the Old Testament
are still relevant for today with the exception of the sacrificial law
which was done away with when Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice on the
cross and took away all our sin. Hebrews 9:1-28
These four definitions are not something I have made-up myself, rather,
they are taken directly from the Bible, and this is the foundation by
which I stand. Having laid this out, I would like to state my position
towards the Jewish people.
First of all, Jews are not a
race. They are the descendants of Abraham; his lineage eventually became
so numerous that a nation came out of it. Abraham was not a Jew but a
Chaldean since he was born in the city of Ur, which was situated in
Southern Babylonia (Iraq), and at that time the area was known as Chaldea. This information is found in Genesis 11:26-32.
Abraham was called out of
Babylon and told to settle in the land of Canaan. God promised that
this land would be for Abrahamís seed. Through Abraham all nations in the
world would be blessed, since the Saviour would come through his bloodline
(Genesis 12:1-7). This promise was repeated in Genesis 22:15-19.
641 years later after
Abraham, when God called Moses, this family had grown to around 3,000,000
people. They were now called Hebrews or the Children of Israel. God made
it very clear, if they wanted to live in the Promised Land, it would be on
the following condition: They could not live in sin and worship idols. If
they did this, God would cast them out of the land and punish them with
much pain, disease, persecution. Moses wrote these detailed instructions
down as found in Deuteronomy 28:1-68.
The Book of Judges is the
story about Israel's continual betrayal of God and how God time after time
punished them for their sins and idol worship. God used different nations
around Israel to make war against them, torment them, and enslave them.
When the Children of Israel asked for forgiveness and repented, God sent
in men and women to throw off the yoke. However, as soon as the
God-fearing generation died, the next generation started sinning, and the
same procedure would start all over again.
The kingdom of
Israel was split because of
Solomonís sin and idol worship (Judges 11:1-13). The northern kingdom,
Israel, which consisted of the ten northern tribes, had their capital as
Samaria. When these ten tribes had
fallen thoroughly into sin and idol worship, along came Godís judgment and
punishment. They were conquered by Assyria around 721 B.C. and led away
Judah was the name of the southern kingdom
and had as its capital Jerusalem. The two tribes of Judah and Benjamin
were allowed to continue as a nation to around 600 B.C. Then the cup of
Godís wrath was full for Jerusalem and the people in Judah, as the
Babylonian king came in and took the city and captured a great part of the
population and took them to Babylon. This struggle is described by the
prophet Jeremiah, who struggled heavily for the people to repent.
From that time, Israel was
never an independent nation, but has constantly struggled under the yoke
of other nations. There have been revolts, such as during the Maccabees
around 67 A.D., and both times, the Jewish forces, along with the women
and children were slaughtered.
When the Jewish leaders and
mob demanded that Jesus be crucified, they cursed themselves, instead of
letting the blood of Jesus come over them as a cleansing, it came as a
curse. Matthew 27:1-66
WHAT DOES THE WORD OF GOD SAY?
If you live in sin, the land will be taken away from Abrahamís heirs in
the flesh. There is no place in the Bible which says that God will raise
up an independent political state. Nor will you find anywhere in Scripture
where it says that Jews should ignore God and continue living a
unrepentant sinful life. The big problem is that Jewish leaders and many
Christians have not realized this, so they fight in the flesh to build up
Israel and keep it afloat.
this make me anti-Semitic for coming to this understanding after reading
the Bible? Obviously not! This has nothing to do with my emotions, I just
accept what God has told me. Just because I do not support and fight for
the state of Israel does not mean that I hate the Jewish people. After
reading the Bible, I just cannot support what they are doing, because they
work in the flesh, and try to do something that God has not told them to
I lived in Sweden, I wasnít a member of the Social Democratic Party, but
does that mean that I hate these people just because I donít share the
same political viewpoint? Absolutely not! I donít think that Mormonís and
Jehovahís Witnesses are Christians, but do I walk around and hate them? Of
WHAT AM I DOING TO HELP JEWS NOT BE PERSECUTED?
I expose the evil deeds of Jewish leaders, I deal with them in the same
way I also deal with false religions. Let me give you an example: In the
country of Sweden, there is now a law that forbids anyone from saying
homosexuality is a sin or that God will punish gay people. The people who
wrote the law have made it a crime to speak evil of homosexuality, saying
that it only stirs up hate. If that is indeed the case, then God Almighty
is a criminal! The Bible obviously does not agree with these so-called
Swedish laws. God hates sin and wants to save the homosexual, but God
cannot and will not save the queer and ignore his sin. It is the same way
with the Jew; God loves him and wants to save him, but if the Jew does not
want to receive Jesus and repent, then God can not save him. It is only
fair that blame be put on the guilty party. The Jewish leaders live their
lives in such a way that just like a lightning rod attracts lightning;
they have been attracting Godís judgment for the last five thousand years.
I cannot stand up and say to God, ďYou have to lay off punishing Jews,
youíve become an anti-Semite!Ē
have not been called to persecute the Jewish people, and no one that is
saved and walking with Jesus will ever do that. Our job is to pray for
them, show them love, witness Jesus to them, and do everything for the Jew
people to be saved; however, at the same time, just like Jesus, we are
also to expose their evil deeds (Matthew 23:1-39). Even the apostles, who
they themselves were Jewish, confronted the Jewish leaders.
Christian can not be true to Jesus and be a Zionist at the same time. It
is equally impossible for someone to be a Christian and a Communist. The
Zionists worship the State of Israel; the very ground on which it has been
built upon is an idol to them. Most Zionistís do not believe that God
exists since they donít believe that there is life after death. Many of
them have been and are hardcore atheists; Jewry for them is a national
association with customs, habits, and rituals that have kept them
you claim that this makes me a Jew hater, there is the only thing I can
say to you, you have no knowledge of the Bible or history, and your
thinking is built upon emotions that other people have given you in order
to support their own activity.
LET GODíS OWN WORD SPEAK FOR ITSELF!
For ye are all the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have
been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ's, then
are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
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