Lutherans Publish Their Own Version of the Bible Without the Word ‘Israel’ in It

April 27, 2020
Lutherans Publish New Version of Bible Without the Word ‘Israel’ in It
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Replacement Theology is Abhorrent and False Teaching

The Church did not replace Israel. Israel is Israel. The Church is the Body of Christ.

24NYT, a Danish news service, reported on Sunday that the Danish Bible Society just published a revised translation of the New Testament. The new edition has many surprises, including a new name: the New Agreement. But even more shocking is that the “New Agreement has all but removed any references to  Israel, whether it describes the land or the people.

The new edition was reviewed by Jan Frost on YouTube who reported that the word ‘Israel’ is only used once in the “Bible 2020”, which is the name of the new edition. In all other passages, the word ‘Israel’ is either replaced with ‘Jews’, ‘the land of the Jews, or not replaced with any alternative term. Frost reported that the publishers justified the change by claiming that the ‘Israel’ referred to in the Bible is not the same as Israel today. Frost noted that this explanation does not apply to the term ‘Egypt’ which remains in the Bible 2020 despite ancient Egypt having significantly different borders and ethnic composition than modern Egypt.

Posts on social media suggested that the change may have been politically motivated as an anti-Israel statement. In a recent interview about the Bible 2020, Elaine Duncan, Global Council Chairperson of the Bible Society, noted that the new edition has already been downloaded to more than 90 countries, which she considered to be a great success at moving towards what she described as a “global church.”

Rabbi Tuly Weisz, the founder of Israel365, an organization that promotes the significance of the Land of Israel to the nations, disagreed strongly with the approach of the Danish Bible society.

“This translation of the New Testament is an important reminder that replacement theology is not a problem of the past,”  Rabbi Weisz told Breaking Israel News. “Some segments of Christianity still have a replacement theology problem. The notion that Israel can be scrubbed from the Bible is as ridiculous as removing ‘God’ from the Bible.”

It should be noted that the Danish Bible Society is run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church, a strong proponent of supersessionism. In 2018, Robert O. Smith, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and a stalwart in the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation, addressed a conference at St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community. Smith was seated before a Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) banner and made these declarations: “The ancient Israelites are not linked in any substantive or material way to the contemporary, modern state of Israel. . . . The biblical narrative of Israel has almost nothing to do with contemporary Israel other than the intentional manipulation of sacred texts to justify a political project.”

At the same conference, Palestinian Lutheran pastor, administrator, and theologian Mitri Raheb stated, that “it wasn’t the Lord God who promised Israel the land; it was the Lord Balfour.” Raheb also claimed that “Jesus was a Middle Eastern Palestinian Jew.”

Rabbi Weisz believes that Israel is one of the basic tenets of the Bible and towards this end, published The Israel Bible, a Hebrew version of the Torah, Prophets, and Writings with a linear English translation. As its name implies, The Israel Bible focuses on the land in which the Biblical events took place, the people of Israel, and the relationship between them, and the modern state that is the manifestation of God’s eternal covenant.


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Replacement Theology is Abhorrent and False Teaching

The Church did not replace Israel. Israel is Israel. The Church is the Body of Christ.

The false teaching of Replacement Theology was dreamed up by a man named Origen around the second century. Because the Jews played a role in the crucifixion of their Messiah, the Temple was destroyed, and the Jews were out the land and scattered into every country (just like God said He would do) on the planet men like Origen had no faith (the couldn’t take God at His word) and could not reconcile how God could continue to keep His promises the nation of Israel.

Moving ahead to Augustine who around 405 A.D. adopted Origen’s false teaching that the Church replaced Israel and infused Replacement Theology into the Catholic Church. Most of the reformers latched onto this man-made theology and most of the large reformed denominations and the Catholic Church teach no end-time prophecy. How can they? If you say the Church replaced Israel or you publish your own version of the Bible and exclude Israel (like the Lutherans did) you have no prophecy to be fulfilled right? It’s insanity! The entire Old Testament from Genesis 12 on is about Israel’s King and the kingdom!

From the call of Abraham around 2000 BC to the stoning of Stephen around 36-37 AD, there are no revelations to the Gentile world for salvation. The only revelations from God about the Gentile world were to “Israel”; God commanded the Jewish people to stay away from ALL the filthy wicked idol-worshiping pagan Gentiles.

The command to the nation of Israel to be separated from the pagan Gentiles was a warning and strick command given by God that was in effect all through the Old Testament, through Christ earthly ministry, and the early chapters of Acts. To deny that fact IS TO DO EXACTLY WHAT ORIGEN AND THE MEN LIKE HIM DID, MAKE IT UP.

THERE IS NO BIBLICAL RECORD OF GOD GOING TO THE GENTILE WORLD WITH A MESSAGE OF SALVATION OR DOCTRINE FOR HOW TO WORSHIP HIM OR LIVE THEIR DAILY LIVES. NONE AT ALL UNTIL THE APOSTLE PAUL.

 

God is not done with Israel. They are His chosen people and if the world doesn’t like it then your issue is with God. God is Sovereign and He chose Israel as His favored nation whether we like it or not.

 

“I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah’

Psalms 89:3-4

 

‘When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord ’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.’

Deuteronomy 32:8-9

‘For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. ‘

Romans 11:25

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Genesis 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

ll Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: thy throne shall be established forever.

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Isaiah 9:6&7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 65:19- 25; Ezekiel 36:24; Ezekiel 37:14;

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Daniel 9:27; Joel 3:1-16;

 

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “The Lord is one,” And His name one.

Zechariah 14:9

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