“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1: 15-16).
Last year sometime I called in to a radio program of a Jewish believer in Christ to ask the question of whether the western church is failing Israel by not addressing the sins of today’s Jews in the same way they do Christians. His response – extremely summed up – was that given their history, we must tread lightly with our message to the Jews, or they may reject it outright.
I agree that we must handle the gospel with care but not for fear of hurting people’s feelings. After all, the bible said the gospel will be a stumbling block (1 Cor 1:23) and that many will be offended by it (Matt 24:10). We must handle the gospel with care because we have been commissioned to take it to the world and our love for Christ compels us to obey (John 14:15).
Some have begun to tread so lightly that they have both declared and accepted the notion that we don’t need to evangelize Jews because we worship the same God. Yes, we both say we worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But there is one major difference; that is, Jesus. This is a huge deal, and a complete understatement on my part. Speaking of Himself in John 3:18, Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God“. 1 John 2:22 says “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also”.
Again, Jesus told the accusing Jews in John 8:42 & 44 “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceed forth and came from God; nor have I come Myself, but He sent Me”. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do”.
So do we really believe in the same God? Do the Jews really have salvation without Jesus? Can any true Christian say with good conscience that those who deny Jesus are saved?
It is a universal principle of Christianity that without Jesus there is no salvation. This doesn’t just apply to Jews; it applies to all people group. So why am I addressing the Jews in this post? Because the gospel came to and through the Jews and today’s politics pander to the Jewish nation. The pandering has spread into the church, so much so that many are willing to disregard Jesus’ words two thousand years ago and apply a different standard.
Paul, on many occasions warned us to avoid those who preach a different doctrine. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:17-18).
There is no shortage of strange doctrine but there is a growing trend of those who don’t know God suggesting that we all serve the same god and that there are multiple paths to heaven. Jesus wasn’t mincing words when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). So what is this that people are teaching if not strange doctrine from the devil? Too many people are getting fat teaching this oneness message and the truth has fled their lips.
As a supporter of and one who loves Israel, I say we need to stop the pampering. We are only aiding and abetting a rapid descent to hell by either standing by or preaching these lies to them. Do you truly love and support Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Iran, and all other countries around the world? If you do, which we should, then stop compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone who denies Christ is an Antichrist and many who deny Him commits blasphemes again Him, and if against Him then against God.
“…teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Tim 1:3-5).