“I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”” (Gen 12:3 NET)
“For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.” (2 Cor 2:17)
Notice the last statement in the verse above: “we speak in Christ in the sight of God.” Evidently, this statement does not register with Crone, since recently he flippantly defamed countless believers who affirm the prewrath position and love Jews by falsely calling them anti-Semites and replacement theologians for…get this…believing that the Church will enter into the seven-year period. See the video documentation below.
Billy Crone is defaming countless non-pretrib Christians by falsely attributing the following two beliefs to them:
Anti-Semitism is “hostility to or prejudice against Jews.”
Replacement Theology is “the Church has replaced Israel and thereby Israel has no future plan in God’s program.”
If you are not a pre-tribber as Crone is, you are an anti-Semite, according to his twisted logic.
Never mind the fact that one of the main pillars of prewrath eschatology is affirming God’s unconditional promise to Israel, a love for Israel that prewrath has consistently defended from its inception.
Never mind the fact that we have put on conferences that specifically argue against replacement theology and anti-Semitism, including having keynote speaker and prewrather Barry Horner who has written the book: Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged.
Never mind the fact that I am co-editing (and soon to be announced) the most extensive, scholarly book to have ever been published responding specifically to Supersessionism of Israel’s future (aka Replacement Theology) by twenty-five leading scholars.
Never mind the fact that Eschatos Ministries, the Jewish ministry Zions Hope Ministries, Sign Ministries, and a host of other prewrath ministries have been on the forefront of refuting anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology. Evidently, Joel Richardson is also an anti-Semite and replacement theologian according to Billy Crone’s twisted logic!
And speaking of the forefront of combating anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology, according to Crone’s twisted and defamatory logic the Jewish Messianic apologist Michael Brown must be anti-Semitic and a replacement theologian because he is posttrib!
And never mind the fact that out here in New Jersey with one of the highest concentration of Jews in the country I witness personally to Jews. Has Crone ever stepped into a synagogue and witnessed to Jews including the Rabbi? If I am an “anti-Semite” according to Crone why on earth would I be loving Jews and sharing the Gospel with him? We are never told by him.
Crone’s indefensible and irresponsible accusation should be retracted if he is concerned about “speaking in Christ in the sight of God.”
I could turn Crone’s twisted logic against him and say that he is anti-Semitic and a replacement theologian since as a prettribber he does not believe that God is working with Israel at this very time during the Church age. But I am not going to stoop to such bottom-of-the barrel cheap, defamatory, flawed reasoning, because I want to “speak in Christ in the sight of God.”
Pretribulational teachers such as Crone get away with this stuff quite a bit. I ignore most of it, but at times they need to be called on it.
Where is this all coming from? I have said before that these pretrib teachers and pretrib TV hosts know that prewrath is making major inroads into their circles. They do not like this. So it is easier to misrepresent prewrath and make desperate attacks against a position using skewed reasoning while thinking he has the authority to redefine terms on the whim such as “anti-Semitism” and “Replacement theology” that utterly lack any semblance to their genuine meanings.
Crone makes up new meanings of these weighty and somber terms to fit his pretrib agenda and demonize other positions such as prewrath—and consequently he drains the true meanings of the ugliness of anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology for his petty pretrib motives, eclipsing them with his idiosyncratic, agenda-laden usage. It’s like the Social Justice Warrior who cries “racism” every other breath, emptying out the true and serious meaning of racism.
Is it any wonder why pretribs are leaving in droves and affirming other eschatological positions such as prewrath? This type of reasoning (actually an attack) is unbecoming of a Christian. It may play well with non-Berean pretrib types, but not thinking, Christ-loving believers who love Jews, praying and loving them to the true Messiah: Jesus of Nazareth.
On November 8, in a direct attack at the heart of Judaism and the Jewish People, the United Nations General Assembly passed two resolutions that mentioned the “Haram al Sharif” but not its Jewish synonym “the Temple Mount” as one of the “holy places of Jerusalem.” This followed an October 26 resolution by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which called Israel an “occupying power” of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall Plaza, and demanded that Israel stop building and excavating in the Old City of Jerusalem. These statements deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and implicitly deny that the Jewish Temples ever stood on the Temple Mount, a canard known as “Temple Denial.”
According to a mix of Biblical history, recorded history and tradition, the Temple Mount was the location of the First Jewish Temple, built by King Solomon around 950 BCE and destroyed in the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 567 BCE, and the Second Jewish Temple, which stood from 516 BCE through the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Though Temple Denial reigns at the UN and within the Muslim world, statements by other Muslims and substantial archeological evidence show that the Jewish Temples did in fact exist.
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is not a problem only of the Middle East. Its hatreds migrate.
By Ian Tuttle
“Without a doubt, Holocaust denial constitutes a special type of insanity. What, then, about Holocaust endorsement? As Jewish leaders in France tell of the rise of a “new anti-Semitism,” French Jews find themselves caught between perpetrators of both extremes: those who say the Holocaust never happened and those who are calling for another.” Read More…
As a Presbyterian, albeit a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) it grieves me to see headlines like this, from Commentary: Presbyterians Escalate War on Jews. This story follows another, called Presbyterians Declare War on the Jews, and details the Presbyterian Church, USA’s outright embrace of anti-Semitism. Fresh off a closely defeated attempt to join the fringe BDS movement, the church has actually disseminated racist tracts and shunned a leader who had the audacity to visit Israel in cooperation with mainstream Jewish groups. Jonathan Tobin explains, first regarding the anti-Semitic tract. READ MORE:
Glad I am not the only one seeing this and concerned about it:
This is not unrelated to a similar trend that I see happening in Evangelicalism in recent years:
Evangelicals are also shunning talking about the second coming of Jesus.
Yes, you heard me right. We expect this in the dead mainline churches. But it is now happening in evangelical—even conservative evangelical—churches. Many are using platitudes to deflate fellow believers from having meaningful interaction about eschatology and what our Lord teaches concerning his return.
But this trend is not stopping there.
In some evangelical circles, you are considered divisive—even dangerous. Oh sure, you are allowed to give lip service to the second coming. But you are deemed suspect—a “troubler”—to the church and society if you have a passion for what the Bible teaches about biblical prophecy.
Don’t let them silence you. This does not mean, of course, you become nasty. Proclaim the truth when chances emerge; instill a passion in fellow believers; have Bible studies on this subject; and pray that God changes minds and hearts.
Satan desires the church to be vulnerable when his desolating-Antichrist minion appears.
Jesus desires the church to be prepared: “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt 24:25).
Difficult times are coming upon us.
Barry E. Horner, Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged (Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Academic, 2007). Pp. 394. Reviewed by John A. Battle.
Barry Horner, pastor and author, believes that the conservative Christian church of our day—in particular, the Reformed branch of that church, to which he belongs and with which he is most familiar—has mistakenly absorbed the false notion that the Christian church has replaced the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people. Consequently, there is no longer a special place of blessing or privilege for the Jewish people or nation. This belief, “replacement theology,” as it is called, became predominant in the early church by the fifth century, and was accepted and passed on by the early Protestant Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin, as well as most of their successors. Horner contends that this teaching is non-biblical, and that it has led to historical anti-Semitism and its horrific consequences. Read more…