Thursday, February 14, 2008

Christianity and Judaism

Can Christianity and Judaism form a spiritual alliance which does not contradict the teaching of Christ? - like CUI (Christians United for Israel), John Hagee and other so-called 'Christians' would like their congregations and the world to believe? Are so-called 'Christians' within the system of Christianity really followers of Christ? - or are they being deceived or deceiving themselves?

If you think you're a Christian and also spiritually support Judaism or the Zionist (Satanic) State of Israel (God forbid!), read what Theodore Austin-Sparks had to say on the subject in his book The Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken:

Now we can organise our movements, lay our plans, draft our schemes. We can lay it all out according to the New Testament and it can be dead, ineffective. God is merciful, God is gracious, and God is sovereign, and in so far as there is devotion to Him, and in so far as His interests are at our hearts, and in so far as there is a possibility of something being accomplished for Him, He blesses; but that is not the point at all. The thing is, can God go all the way with this? Is this ultimately God’s way, God’s thought? Will not a very great deal of that go when the shaking comes? That is the point. The thing is now what God Himself through the Spirit of His Son is doing in a living way. Every life, and every assembly has to be constituted directly and immediately upon the basis of the living expression of the thought of God, and that thought as wrought into the very life by testing. A thought from God, a divine thought is not enough. It is not enough to carry us through. It is not enough to act upon. That thought has got to test us, try us, until we are constituted by that thought. You are dealing with tremendous principles. It is not enough for me to say to you that the Word of God means this, and for you to take it and straight away in accepting it, try to make it a part of your order of things. It may be the truth, you may have to believe it, you may have to adjust yourself to it, you may have to obey it, but it has not become a living power in you until you have been tested on it, tried on it, taken through the fires by it, and that thought of God has become a part of your very being, that you are constituted according to it in perfect oneness with the living Lord. It is thus that the believer’s life becomes a living expression of those thoughts and desires and intents of God. It is thus that the church is constituted. You cannot imitate apostolic methods. The Holy Ghost must do this. He must constitute the church.

You see the difference between a traditional system, whether it be Judaism or Christianity, and a living thing coming all the time in a living way out from the Christ Himself by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit Himself doing it. Well, this is going to cost something. See what it meant for these people. At the end of this letter {Hebrews} you come on this: “Wherefore, Christ also... suffered without the camp. Let us therefore go to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” The camp was Judaism, and He suffered without the camp because He repudiated Judaism and stood for the realisation of all God’s thoughts as in Himself personally. He gathered up everything into His own person, “I am.” It is the Christ who is the full sum and embodiment of all God’s thoughts and ways, and that takes the place of Judaism, and He, therefore, repudiated Judaism and suffered without the camp. Let us go to Him without the camp.

(excerpt from Chapter 2)

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