o it is reported by George Cornell, AP Religion Writer. Well, what's new about that? Their ancestors were outraged at Jesus Christ when he was here on earth; and the Jewish leaders were primarily responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. By falsehood, pressure, and mob control they forced weak Pilate to give the order to put Jesus to death. These same methods are still being used by the Zionist Jewish leaders today, only now they use the media and the press, along with the education, movies, and money systems, which they largely control. But the Jewish leaders did not act alone in the crucifixion of Jesus, they manipulated the Romans (Gentiles) to do it for them.
Peter was speaking to several thousand Jews on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1, 21-22) and he publicly charged that "this man . . YOU [Jewish leaders[ nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men [Gentiles] and put him to death." Christians believe and teach this as factual; it is the truth! The charge for this crime was leveled against both Jews and Gentiles. As far as I know, no Gentile descendants have ever denied this tragic fact of history. And on that day Peter told the Jew, s there assembled, that "God has made him BOTH Lord and Christ this Jesus whom YOU crucified."
We are told: "Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart ["smitten in conscience"], and said to Peter..., 'Brethren, What shall we do?'" This is positive proof that these Jews BELIEVED Peter and were convicted that Jesus was the Messiah, long looked for by them and their forefathers.
Peter answered their earnest question. He said to them:
"Repent, and let each one of you be baptized IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the forgiveness of your sins.., for the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off [Gentiles], as many as the Lord our God shall call to himself. And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, 'Be saved from this perverse generation.' So then, those [Jews] who received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:36-41).
Peter plainly told those Jews that all hope for their salvation rested in the acceptance of and obedience to Jesus Christ who is both Lord and Christ, the long-looked for Messiah. Three thousand believed the evidence offered showing that "this Jesus whom YOU crucified" is "both Lord and Christ." Those "devout" Jews believed it was the truth!
Bible believers cannot compromise this fundamental truth in any way whatever if they believe God's word and have any desire to be acceptable to God; that is, to be saved eternally.
The JEWS of this age CANNOT BE SAVED without the full acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God. Neither can the Gentiles. This good news is "the power of God for salvation to every one who believes, to the JEW FIRST [on Pentecost] and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). Their Jewishness is no value in obtaining acceptance with God; it no longer matters. God's "Jew" today is NOT determined by claiming to be a descendent of Abraham according the flesh, which no one on earth today can PROVE to be true of himself! The apostle Paul made it clear concerning who God's "Jew" is today:
"For he is not a Jew who is one OUTWARDLY; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one INWARDLY; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God' (Rom. 2:28-29).
God is not now and never has been a "respecter of persons" as Peter (a Jew) came to realize. When he was sent to the Gentiles (Cornelius and his kin), he finally came to realize this truth. He said:
"I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, hut IN EVERY NATION the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him" (Acts 10:34-35).
The apostle Paul also stated it: "For there is no partiality with God" (Rom. 2:11)
Those who are prime disturbers of peace in this world (Zionist Jews) are doing their best to take away or destroy the freedom of Christians to proclaim the truth on this vital matter. They claim to be "offended" by such teaching; especially the teaching that the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (that He is indeed "the King of the Jews") is essential to their being accepted by God. Jewish leaders voice outrage. One Jewish leader says:
"It is a desperate attempt to stop the clock of progress in inter-religious relations. Jews have no interest in dialogue with those who feel that they alone are worthy of God's grace."
This is indeed the basic fundamental for dialogue with Jew's! Peter laid it out in absolute terms when he preached that first sermon to those Jews on Pentecost. They HAD to accept Jesus as the Messiah (Christ) and obey His teaching in order to have their sins forgiven. Those Jews understood this and they believed and accepted Jesus as their Messiah. Today the unbelieving theologians, clergy, and denominations who do not Preach this FACT ax God's word have denied the faith and are as bad as an infidel! It is an absolute fact upon which the faith of Christians is based. God's word is clear and plain:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
That is an absolute. Christians cannot question it or fail to proclaim it with absolute certainty. The whole world, JEW AND GENTILE. was and is -perishing" (lost and hellbound!) because of their sins, and there is only one remedy: the full acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who is the Messiah, Redeemer and King. It must be pro-
claimed with boldness and the certainty that "whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mk. 16:16 NIV), whether Jew or Gentile!
The claim is made by Jewish leaders today that this ancient Christian teaching is "shot through with teaching of contempt for Jews and Judiasm." This may have some merit in isolated cases and it is evil and sinful wherever it is or has been true. Christians do NOT, indeed they cannot, have "contempt for Jews and Judiasm." But to tell the facts in the case does NOT mean that we have "contempt" for Jews or for the religion of the Jews as God gave it through Moses in the long ago. Peter, a Jew, first delivered this message to the Jews of his day; it was not a Gentile!
There are more and more so-called "Christian churches," especially the clergy thereof, that are selling out or compromising most of the basic doctrines set forth in Scripture. They stand for (believe) less and less of truth. The Zionist Jews are capitalizing on this cowardly sellout of the faith and using it for their propaganda, intimidation, and "control" purposes, with the intent of undermining and stopping the proclamation of the gospel message. Atheism is their belief! They are at work in this nation to make it UNLAWFUL for Christians to proclaim the same truth that Peter delivered on Pentecost. And they are winning the battle because of the ignorance, cowardice, and unbelief in the worldly, compromising religious world. The "Anti-Hate Law," which is now before congress, will one day be passed by these politicians, and your freedom of speech will be gone (unlawful!). It appears that most people who claim to be Christians do NOT even know' about such serious matters and do not even care it seems. Institutional religion is today simply a matter of compromise and conformity with the world.
In order to illustrate what is meant by the above charge, let me offer here three quotes that I take from THE WITNESS (Curtis Dickinson, Publisher, 5231 16th St., Lubbock, TX 79416 you should read his one-page, informative paper, at $8 per year):
· OFFENSE WITH IMPUNITY. Don Feder, syndicated columnist, in a column dealing with The Last Temptation of Christ, recently wrote: "Christians are the only group Hollywood can offend with impunity, the only creed it actually goes out of its way to insult. Clerics, from fundamentalist preachers to Catholic monks, are routinely represented as hypocrites, hucksters, sadists, and lechers. The tenets of Christianity are regularly held up to ridicule." Feder cannot be accused of being anti-Semitic for his statement. He is a Jew. (AFA Journal, Jan., 89)
· EVIL FORCES? Remarks made by U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH) during a 1986 speech have recently become public. Speaking before a Jewish audience at the Wise Center in Cincinnati, Metzenbaum urged them "not to let the forces of evil take over to make this a Christian nation." (AFA Journal, 11-12/88)
· U.S. THREATENED. "I hold that Christian Zionism threatens not just the lives of Palestinians and other Arabs, but the very existence of the United States. Because of the cult of Israel, we have become a nation that does not have its own Middle East policy, but the policy the government of Israel tells us to have." (Grace Halsell, author, in speech a the North American Regional Non-Governmental Symposium, June 1988)
Many liberal (in my view, Unbelieving!) theologians and clergymen, in order to placate the adamant Jews, have now "underscored the continuing validity of God's covenant with the Jews." Do you understand what that means? It is a cowardly concession or sell-out of God's truth in a compromise with these Jewish unbelievers! It means that the covenant God made with the Jews at Mt Sinai is still in force, for Jews anyway, and that the Jews can be saved or accepted of God by keeping that old covenant as it is today interpreted by the various sects of the Jews! Hence, the Jews have their covenant for salvation and it is still in force for them. Salvation for the Jew is NOT through Christ, but through the law of Moses. If that is true, then all of the new covenant scriptures are fiction; a farce and a fraud! Peter's sermon on Pentecost was fiction and a blatant deception! And the Gentiles would indeed have to become Jews in order to be saved!
Anti-Christ is alive and well on planet earth today; and the greatest promoters of this evil are the misnamed Protestants and Catholics (the church institutions and their clergy/rulers) who have sold out for the love of the world and because of the lack of knowledge, faith and courage.
If you are informed at all about what is happening in the religious world, then you must know that it is in one big, chaotic mess. The theologians and doctors are giving away almost every basic fundamental truth of God. This is the growing spirit and purpose of an increasing number within the Church of Christ churches. The theologians, doctors, clergy, and others schooled in philosophy and liberal theology are just too smart, too educated, too worldly wise, and too in love with this world to accept the Scriptures as God's inspired, inerrant, infallible word; which contains His will for men that must be obeyed in order to please Him and be saved eternally. The clergy and religious doctors have the denominational world by the spiritual throat and they are killing it, as are their counterparts within the Church of Christ churches. That would be good riddance; but the tragedy is that the blind, deluded members of these institutional churches will be led astray from truth and be LOST eternally. This is the blind following the blind.
CHURCH OF CHRIST churches are in a downward spiral! More and more of them are having troubles and trials. The whole thing has become ritual and form; and more and more pew-sitters are getting fed up with it. The main concern of the church rulers is to keep the organization going, at whatever cost. They have turned to everything that they can pick up from the other denominations to entertain and hold the PAYING members. It does not work. The local church operation does nothing to feed the spirit and help the saints to be involved in really serving God. It is merely attending the rituals; going in for a worthless "therapy" session from the Pulpit Minister and "paying their dues."
It is difficult to keep people satisfied in slavery for very long. There is rebellion and resistance showing up all over the land, in all religions institutions. And the end is not vet. It will get worse. If it does not fail in and of itself, then you can count on God bringing it down sooner or later. It is NOT HIS DOING!
Oh! Dear brothers and sisters, wake up and realize what has happened to you who are slaves of ("members of" or who "belong to") the church institutional system, by whatever denomination name it is called. All CHURCHES (religious institutions, organizations, corporate STRUCTURES) are from men, not from God! Do you obey men or God? Do you "belong to" men or God? Your eternal destiny is at stake! CAH