He's relatively new to the church (Southern Baptist) ; I think he started about 8 months ago. His "audition" sermon was on Jonah, and it was great... until he called Jonah a "racist nationalist". Red flags immediately were raised for me, but as usual, the mostly placid crowd nodded their heads in agreement.
Since then, he has slipped little Jew-loving lines every other week or so. Now, though, he might as well be on his knees sucking off Netanyahu. While going through the book of Amos chapter by chapter, he has COMPLETELY ignored any digressions by the Jews. Today, he had the gall to stand up and say "America is not God's chosen people. We as Gentiles are not God's chosen people." I had enough. I got up and walked out.
Once I got home, I sent him this email:
"Hello, Pastor *******!
I remember when you first started, you said that if you spoke an opinion, or said something that the gospel disagreed with, it was our job to speak up. During your sermon during the 9:15 session, you said that America (or Gentiles in general I assume you mean) are not God's covenant people. I--and I believe scripture--disagree.
Regarding Genesis 12:2-3, God made the promise of blessings to Abraham as a singular individual "thee", and to his seed. Galatians 3:16 emphasizes that again, saying "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." I don't believe that the promise God made to Abraham applies to the nation of Israel directly, either back then or today.
Continuing to look at Galatians, Paul says in 3:14 that "The blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." This makes sense because Jesus is a direct descendant of Abraham, right? Paul completely revokes the idea of a ethically based "chosen people" when he states in verse 28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for all are on in Christ Jesus."
The chapter ends with verse 29 very clearly stating that "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." This is personally so important to me, and one of the most important scriptures I have read regarding my own sense of salvation. If--as a Gentile Christian--I am not promised the full blessings of God's covenant because of my ethnicity, what is the point of Christ's sacrifice as the seed of Abraham?
We are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, and as you said today, everyone stands on level ground before God. I believe, as Christians, are the children of God and the new Israel.
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
God's promise and salvation is granted only through Christ; not ethnicity, nor ancestry, nor other religions. The real holocaust--whole burnt offering--waits for those who are unsaved through Christ, and will reach Jew and Gentile alike when they go to Hell.
Obviously, I don't have the schooling you do, and am greatly limited in my understanding; I do know that the Word is infallible, and fortunately for these verses, very straight forward in it's message. If you have another insight, I'd love to hear it.
Thank you for your time"
How long do you think it'll tale before I'm labeled a Nazi and kicked out of church?
I blame you all, by the way.