Friday, July 15, 2011

Messianic Jewish Scholar Debates Christian Professor Over Israel

The debate over the ownership of the land of Israel is not a dead issue in evangelical Christian circles.  On one side, there are theologians who believe the covenants God made with Israel continue even to this day.
Those individuals refer to such statements made by Paul in Romans 11:28-29 which states "but as far as election is concerned, they [Israel] are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable."

On the other side of theological aisle is professor Gary Burge from the New Testament department of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  Burge, a self proclaimed Reformed theologian, believes the Bible teaches that because of Israel's disobedience in rejecting Jesus as Messiah, the Jewish people have lost ownership of the land of Israel.

Burge maintains the Jewish people living in Israel today have no divine right or authority to claim Israel as their God-given homeland. Like a domino affect Burge has also become involved in evangelical efforts to delegitimize Israel's claim to land and has become a participant in various pro-Palestinian Christian efforts to cast dispersion on the nation of Israel in their treatment of Palestinians.

The debate rages on.

Last year Rydelnik and Burge appeared on Moody Radio on the Janet Parshall show to discuss their views on "land theology."  I recommend my readers spend the time to listen to this quick moving dialogue over an essential issue.

Has God given the Jewish people the land of Israel to be their homeland, or has the covenant God made with Abraham to give his descendant the land of Israel ended because of their disobedience?

Listen to Rydelnik and Burge hash out their different perspectives on this most essential issue. Please click here to listen to this broadcast.

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