The politically correct blasphemy of Replacement Theology

PC, or political correctness, is a modern term referring to the shaping of one’s speech according to a certain political dogma. Though some would champion PC as a means to minimize offense in regard to race, gender, occupation, culture, disability and age-related issues, others believe that PC involves suppressing free speech because some consider certain opinions offensive or controversial.

When thought, speech and practice are suppressed in order to make everything ‘fair, equal and just,’ the result can be described accurately as ‘linguistic fascism’: “I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism”  (Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park).

Here are some brief quotes on the subject:

  • “Political correctness is tyranny with manners” (Charlton Heston, speech at Harvard Law School, 1999)
  • “I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think” (Hal Holbrook)
  • “Political correctness is simply a speed bump in the traffic of truth, free thought and speech” (anonymous)
  • “Political correctness doesn’t change us, it shuts us up” (Glenn Beck)
  • “The root cause of our contemporary cultural poverty is intellectual dishonesty. First, the intellectuals have destroyed the foundation of culture, and second, they refuse to acknowledge it by resorting to the caves of political correctness” (Theodore Dalrymple)

A slightly longer philosophical quote from Dalrymple connects PC with the Communist practice of ‘doublethink,’ ‘doublespeak’ and ‘newspeak’ described in George Orwell’s 1984:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

A mouthful of lies

One of the marks of anti-Messiah, according to the Book of Revelation, is that his speech will be full of blasphemies: “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies” (Revelation 13:5).

Bob Dylan’s rock poem about the anti-Messiah “Man of Peace”  (©1983 Special Rider Music) says it well:

He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue
He knows every song of love that ever has been sung
Good intentions can be evil
Both hands can be full of grease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.

Out of the fullness of the heart

The Oxford English Dictionary describes blasphemy as an “action or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.”

The Greek origin of the word ‘blasphemy’ comes from the root meaning “to injure a reputation”. It is used to describe gross irreverence toward any person or thing worthy of exalted esteem.

One of the Hebrew words for blasphemy is “na’atza”, meaning “to deride, spurn or reject.” It can refer to men spurning God (Psalm 10:3) or scorning His prophets (Nehemiah 9:26), men despising the Jewish people (Isaiah 60:14), or even God rejecting rebellious men (Deuteronomy 32:19; Jeremiah 14:21).

Yeshua described blasphemies not as some rare sin found in unusually evil people, but as the normative fruit of an unregenerate heart: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies…”  (Matthew 15:19).

Yeshua also declared that God’s mercies are so huge, that they can cover any blasphemer who repents: “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter”  (Mark 3:28).

The blasphemy of Replacement Theology

Though definitely not PC, the Bible teaches that Replacement Theology is blasphemy. In the Book of Ezekiel, YHVH comments on those Arabs who have occupied the Promised Land and have claimed it for themselves as an ancestral homeland (as did the Edomites in ancient times and as do the Palestinians today): “And you will know that I am YHVH, and that I have heard all your blasphemies which you’ve spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid waste, they have been given to us to devour” (Ezekiel 35:12). For similar striking passages read Ezekiel 35:5-6, 10-11; 36:1-5; Psalm 83:1-2.

Replacement Theology teaches that the Jewish people are no longer God’s chosen people, that their land has been given to other nations, and that the covenants and promises cut with Israel no longer apply to her as a nation (but read Numbers 23:8-9; 1 Samuel 12:22; Deuteronomy 7: 6-8; Jeremiah 31:35-37; 33:17-26; Romans 11:28-29).

The clear words of the God of Israel are forever engraved in the Biblical record – anyone who tries to separate the land of Israel from the people of Israel, the Jewish people, is committing blasphemy in God’s eyes. To claim the land of Israel (which was covenanted by YHVH to Abraham’s descendants through Jacob) in whole or in part for any other people, is classified as blasphemy by the God of Israel.

These prophetic words will be hard for some to accept. But please realize that the Scriptures are not just a book that we read – it is a book that reads us!

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).

A divine encounter is coming between mankind and the God of Israel. And some of what may seem PC today will be clearly labeled as blasphemous in Heaven’s Supreme Court (Daniel 7:10; Revelations 20:12).

“For all have synod”

The Vatican recently sponsored a synod (a church council convened to decide on issues of doctrine, administration or application). The synod met for two weeks in Vatican City and was composed of Catholic and Greek-Catholic bishops from the Middle East. At the conclusion of the synod, a statement was issued championing Replacement Theology – denying that the Jews are God’s chosen people, and rejecting any divine restoration of the Jewish people to their Promised Land (http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-52401320101023).

In the document’s section on cooperation with Jews, a declaration is made : “Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable.” In order to make sure that the world clearly understands what the bishops are getting at, Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros explained at the synod’s news conference: “We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people … The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians… The justification of Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures.”

Today is later than we think

Activity targeted against the Jewish people’s restoration to their land is increasing. The tempo is picking up, and the melody is becoming more strident. Daniel 11:32 offers us all some comfort and encouragement here: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”

Ø  Pray that God will engrave the truth about His heart for Israel, a revelation of awareness concerning His restoration of the Jewish people, and a passion to obey His word – among believers in the Middle East and in your own country.

Ø  Pray that your country’s leaders and your spiritual leaders will have the courage to follow their prophetic calling to be divinely obedient, even if it means being politically incorrect!

“And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to My judgments” (Ezekiel 44:23-24).

Thanks for standing with us. Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do!

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

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