Book Review: When the Cross Became a Sword by Merrill Bolender

God chose Abraham to be the first Jew and from him Israel was formed because of God’s covenant with him called the Abrahamic Covenant.  That Covenant will be fulfilled at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ prior to the Millennium and therefore the Jewish people will always exist in spite of Satan’s efforts to destroy the Jew.  Satan tried throughout history from Abraham down to the cross to destroy the line to Christ.  In spite of the stains of sin in the Messianic line, Jesus Christ was born the Messiah and completed His First Advent mission of going to the cross.  Prior to the Second Advent, Satan has tried on several occasions to destroy the Jews.  Why?  Satan has tried to destroy the Jews, because if there are no Jews, then the Abrahamic Covenant could not be fulfilled and God would be proved a liar.  The holocaust is just one example of Satan’s wicked ploys against the Jews.  Merrill Bolender records how the Church has crept over to Replacement Theology and developed an anti-Jewish bias, including the Crusades and the indifference toward Israel by the Church today.  Many of the early church fathers wrote with an anti-Jewish bias.  Today in the 21st Century, the church seems to be moving toward Replacement Theology – The Jews were set aside and no longer have a plan in God’s administration of history, while the church has “replaced” Israel and the only focus of God’s history until the final Great White Throne judgment.  Scripture does not teach this.  You have to spiritualize the Scriptures, changing the hermeneutics from a Literal Historico-grammtical method of interpretation to a litero-spiritual approach, in which Scripture fits a particular theology.  Bolender rightly argues the dangers of such an approach.  He, nor  I, would ever take a position of  “Israel, right or wrong, Israel” approach, but Israel does have and will maintain an important role in God’s divine history.  This is a short easy read, but important to understand regarding the consequences of Replacement Theology.


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