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by Shawn Hyland | March 16, 2017
Furthermore, just in recent days:
- President Trump, who has boasted of many great promises to the nation of Israel, has failed to appoint a Congressional mandatory position of an Anti-Semitism envoy: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/State-Department-acknowledges-responsibility-to-appoint-envoy-on-antisemitism-484282
- The rise of anti-Semitism in America is well documented: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Interactive-map-illustrates-uptick-in-antisemitism-across-the-US-484326
- The International Women’s Day in early March was organized by anti-Israel activists, including a convicted Palestinian terrorist - Rasmea Odehusing. https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/03/08/leading-us-jewish-feminist-anti-israel-messaging-of-international-womens-strike-part-of-ongoing-poisoned-propaganda-effort/
“First, their synagogues should be set on fire… Secondly, their homes should be broken down and destroyed. Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer books and Talmud in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught. Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under the threat of death to teach any more…Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden the Jews. Sixthly, they ought to be stopped from usury…Seventhly, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the ax, the hoe, the spade…and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses.” Martin Luther, The Jews and Their Lies
“It is because you killed Christ. It is because you stretched out your hand against the Lord. It is because you shed the precious blood that there is now no restoration, no mercy anymore and no defense. Through your madness against Christ you have committed the ultimate transgression. This is why you are being punished now worse than in the past…When animals are unfit for work, they are marked for slaughter, and this is the very thing which the Jews have experienced. By making themselves unfit for work, they have become ready for slaughter. This is why Christ said, “As for my enemies, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.” John Chrysostom, important church father, Bishop of Constantinople (one of the greatest preachers in church history)
From the Council of Nicea if 325 under Constantine to the Council of Basel in 1434, the Church gradually built a legal regime that removed the Jews from Christian society and locked them behind ghetto walls.
• Synod of Clermont (535): Jews were prohibited from holding public office
• Synod of Orleans (538): Jews were barred from owning Christian slaves or employing Christian servants
• Synod of Gerona (1078): Jews are obligated to pay taxes for support of the church to the same extent as Christians
• Third Lateran Council (1179): Jews are prohibited from suing or being witnesses against Christians in the courts
• Fourth Lateran Council (1215): Jews are required to wear distinctive dress – eventually implemented by means of a yellow badge
• Council of Oxford (1222): Construction of new synagogues is prohibited
• Synod of Breslau (1267): Jews are forced to reside in ghettos
• Synod of Ofen (1279): Christians are prohibited from selling or renting real estate to Jews
• Council of Basel (1434): Jews are barred from obtaining academic degrees
I know these words do not reflect most of the Christians that read my writings or follow Move the Earth. I am proud of that! Unfortunately, they still represent the silent but steadfast view of most Christians globally. This nature of Jewish hatred is absent and void of Biblical theology. You can have intelligent interpretations about the true Israel, the spiritual Israel, and the nation of Israel; without loathing the very people that are the ancestors of Christ, the apostles and the prophets. It does not matter if it is ancient Egypt in Africa, ancient Rome in Europe, or ancient Persia in Asia. Or if it is our modern world where Jews had to leave North Africa, Europe and Arab countries to become refugees to the nation of Israel after 1948. Every continent and every generation has been corrupted by this spiritual curse of anti-Semitism.
What is the course of action the Church should take?
- Stand with Israel and the Jewish people both publicly and politically in the 21st century. Visit www.cufi.org to learn more about the largest pro-Israel organization in America.
- Send an email or introduce yourself to your local Jewish Federation.
- Teach your children the truth about modern Israel and the history of what the Jewish people have added to Western Civilization and the faith of Christianity.
by Shawn Hyland | January 20, 2017
Just as Jesus cleansed the Temple of money changers, God was going to cleanse His Church and reform it to the gospel of grace that the Apostles, Church Fathers and later theologians such as Augustine would preach. His servant in this hour of conflict would not be His perfect and beloved Son, Jesus Christ. The unlikely candidate of God’s choice was an ill-tempered, bad mouth, angry, divisive German monk named Martin Luther. Yes, the hero of the Reformation and the driving force of the Protestant movement was not a humble, peace-making monk. He was a nasty and foul mouth sinner who had a high view of God’s transcendence and a love for God’s Church. He wanted to make the Church great again! He wanted to transfer the power of the Church back to the people in the priesthood of all believers.
Why would a holy and perfect God raise up an offensive mouthpiece to cleanse the Church? To be truthful – Luther wrote words against the Jews and Catholics that I totally reject and condemn. They do not represent Christian thought or character. (I am a fierce supporter of the Jewish people and their right to exist in Israel!) However, in the totality of Luther’s character flaws, God seen a man that would turn the spirit, systems and structures of this world upside down.
As the Reformation was beginning to set Europe on a new course. Pope Leo X called out for God to intervene against Luther. The Pope called for a holy uprising of resistance. He prayed to God, “There is a wild boar loose in the vineyard.” An unpredictable rough pig was running rampant. Dishonest practices were now exposed. Soon division would propel Europe into religious wars. Confrontation often precedes peace.
I was hesitant to write this but I feel the timing of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a moment to reflect that God does indeed raise up “wild boars” to tear up the vineyard - to drive out corruption. Furthermore, to take the power from the elite and return it to the people. Could President Trump, who does not always represent my Christian values and character be the “wild boar” – the foul mouth, short-tempered trailblazer to drain the swamp in Washington D.C., as Luther cleansed the Church?
My prayer is that this wild board stands with the Jews and the nation of Israel, not against them. I am confident that he will. Everything else is what I expect from a wild boar – erratic behavior, kicking dirt, and tearing up the ground.
Those who use political office to oppress the poor and the world leaders who stand against the covenants of God might be the Pope Leo X’s of our generation.
by Shawn Hyland | November 10, 2016
As a Christian leader who has spent considerable time in recent years urging the Body of Christ to “stand UNDIVIDED” for our Core Beliefs, I feel obligated to give a perspective on the increasing divisiveness within the Church shaped by this unique political period. I refer to a statement made by Pastor Brondon Mathis (pictured) of Columbus, OH at our UNDIVIDED Conference II a couple of weeks ago, “The reason we are so divided, is because heaven and earth are divided. We pray God’s kingdom into the earth, reconciliation will be a byproduct.”
Ultimately, it is a gospel issue. It sounds too simplistic, but it is! The Church finds brotherhood, strength, and commonality in the gospel message. The power of the Gospel brought together Jews and Gentiles in the first century. Sadly, the gospel is not the focus of some of the Church today. It might be the 30-minute sermon on a Sunday morning, but it’s not the priority of our collective identity or our role as ambassadors of Christ’s kingdom. We are split over subjective cultural experiences, as I am sure Jews and Gentiles were in the first century.
At the UNDIVIDED Conference, I briefly shared how we (the Church) have one Father, but different assignments from the Father. For example, I might tell one of my children to do the dishes, another vacuum the floor, another clean the bathroom, and yet another to change the garbage. Similarly, our heavenly Father might assign His children to fix racial inequality and lack of opportunity, another to save innocent unborn lives, another to stand for the peace and security of Israel, and yet another to fight for prison reform. When my children complain about the assignment of their sibling, they dishonor me, and show their lack of regard for the big picture - the house needs to be cleaned. In the same way, when we show outrage and blame on fellow believers for following their conscience and their assignment, the Father is dishonored by the Church’s representation of His glory and the big picture - His Kingdom on earth.
We need to rest in God’s sovereignty. The same God that allowed President Obama to serve two terms, is the same God that will allow President-elect Trump to begin his role in God’s big picture. In the end, Bush, Obama, Clinton, Trump, etc… (until the coming of Christ) will all be footnotes in God’s plan of redemption at the coming of Christ. If our identity is in government, then we become victors or victims depending on a political system that is passing away. If our identity is in Christ, then together as one body, we are seated with Christ (not with Clinton or Trump) and all things have been placed under our feet, as Christ is our head.
On election night in 2008 and 2012, I went to bed secure in God. On election night in 2016 (early morning), I went to bed secure in God. I did not stay up to see the results. Why? The Church will proclaim Christ when the government favors it, as in the days of the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Church will proclaim Christ when the government fights it, as in the days of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. May the true church arise and proclaim the message that regenerates man and forgives sins – the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
by Shawn Hyland | August 15, 2016
Is there a distinct difference in the use of words from an aggressive liberal atheist compared to a Bible believing Christian, when you scroll through the comment section of an online Christian post? The words and the tone are strikingly similar. Charisma magazine, Christianity Today, the Christian Post and more offer news about religiously related topics and stories. The facts are read with filtered opinions by Christians who then immediately send the false teacher to hell in their public response. The accusations are muddled and obviously without merit.
There is one “accuser of the brethren” in Scripture – the devil. “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” (Revelation 12:10). Satan is styled the "accuser of the brethren" (Rev. 12:10. Comp. Job 1:6; Zech. 3:1), as seeking to uphold his influence among men by bringing false charges against Christians, with the view of weakening their influence and injuring the cause with which they are identified *1897 Easton's Bible Dictionary.
How have you weakened the influence of the Church by criticizing instead of complimenting the work of God?
I apologize, but some uncomfortable self-examination is required.
Have we injured the cause of Christ by our online Ecclesiastical Courts
(church trials operating illegally without the defendants’ present)?
The keyboard in the 21st century is an unruly evil, as the tongue was described by James in the 1st century. We are quick to condemn and slow to consider.
Pulpits are occasionally used to put down other local churches that worship and form accountable communities differently than the preferred norm of the pastor speaking from his platform. Cult like memberships are unsurprisingly formed. If members begin to fellowship in another body of believers, they are cut-off and ostracized. Once close personal friends, now become distant Facebook acquaintances.
Some Scriptures to mediate on:
Ephesians 5:25 – Christ loves the Church. Yes, he loves the very body of believers that some within the body tend to shame.
I John 4:20 – Our love for God is rendered obsolete if we do not love our brother and sister in Christ.
Ephesians 4:29,30 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Let us be cautious with the words we speak. Are we building up other ministries or tearing them down? Does the "it’s us against them" attitude creep into our thoughts and messages? The Holy Spirit is grieved when the power of our words are used as weapons against Christ's eternal bride. We wisely select our words when teaching about the lifestyles and belief systems of unbelievers, but carelessly remark and rebut different theologies and traditions without a thought to who it offends. Sadly, our congregation members develop a negative picture of a positive thing.
In a rapidly declining culture that has generated a hostility towards orthodox Christian teaching, the Church needs each other more than ever before. It is time to stop "body shaming" our brethen. Instead, we must hold fast to encouraging one another to contend for the faith.
by Shawn Hyland | July 21, 2016
Yet, I appeal to every Christian, despite your theology, to become a modern Christian Zionist. Zionism is a political movement to establish a Jewish homeland in what is now Israel. A Christian Zionist is…well.. you guessed it – a Christian who believes Jews have a right to this land. You need to be one if you want to reverse biblical unbelief in the 21st century. Here are the simple ABC’s why:
APOLOGETICS – There are two narratives coming out of the Middle East concerning the Palestinians and the Jews. The Jewish narrative affirms the historical accuracy of the Bible. The Palestinian view denies it. Archeologists continue to make discoveries in Israel verifying the accounts of the Old Testament. The Jews want to dig and discover their history - which is the Christian history. On the other hand, Palestinians promote the idea that the Jews have no historical right to the land of Israel. Furthermore, King David never existed and there was no temple in Jerusalem. Thus, Christ never cleared the temple of money changers, never visited the temple, never spoke of its destruction; nor is he a descendent of King David. Therefore, he cannot sit on David’s throne. In conclusion, for the defense of the Christian faith, we should advocate for the Jews to govern this land to unearth the evidence of Scripture, in order to answer the objections of Biblical authority faced by intellectual skepticism.
BROTHERHOOD – Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are perishing in the Middle East. Persecution and genocide is running rampant throughout North Africa and the Arab/Muslim world. The United Nations, European Powers, and the American Superpower machine does little to end this violation of human rights. At the beginning of the 20th century, 20% of the Middle East was Christian – now its 4%! In 2003, Iraq had 1.5 million Christians – it has decreased to 250,000. The Palestinian territories of the West Bank is down to 2%, while the Gaza strip has a few hundred Christians. Over the past three years, 250,000 Christians fled Egypt after the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. The only exception to this decline of the Christian faith in this chaotic part of the world is the Jewish government’s rule of Israel. There, all faiths can freely worship at their holy sites and practice their holidays. The result, Christianity is flourishing throughout Israel. Many Christians in Israel are aware of their uncommon freedom that is not experienced by fellow believers in the Middle East. That is why 150,000 Christian Arabs serve in the Israeli Defense Force. In conclusion, our unity, love and oneness with our global universal brothers and sisters in Christ, demands us to stand with Israel, as they offer freedom to worship and protection of holy sites for all.
COMPASSION – The Jewish people are the most persecuted and oppressed people group in the history of the world. Sadly, the evil experienced by modern Jews at the hands of radical Islam does not compare to the suffering experienced by them from the heavy hands of institutionalized Christianity for 1900 years! The pogroms throughout Europe, the Catholic church’s formal declaration at the Fourth Lateran Council supporting violence against Jews, to the anti-Semitic rants and writings of our hero reformer Martin Luther. Christ’s love for all humanity is intentionally shared through the servanthood of Christians to various ethnicities, and even enemies of the gospel – except the Jews. Criticism, disgust and hidden anger can quickly surface when talking to Christians about Jewish people. Christ-like love has been expressed to the victims of terrorism from the secular French to the gay community. The prayers, memorials, and outpouring of love is appropriate and should be displayed. However, when innocent random Jews are stabbed, rammed with cars, or blown up by suicide bombers, minimal sympathy is verbalized by the Christian world. In conclusion, our gospel witness is seriously damaged by such historical abuses and modern day apathy towards Jewish suffering.
You defend the Bible, protect fellow Christians, and show God’s love when you stand with Israel.
Please prayerfully make the Israel Pledge today.
by Shawn Hyland | May 31, 2016
by Shawn Hyland | May 24, 2016
A new generation enthusiastically prefers to give MORE of their money to government through economic socialism. Man in his fallen nature has no problem giving his money to a cause, unless that cause is the Kingdom of God. The appeal of socialism should cause self-reflection. Why are people so energetic to give away their money to a failed system, but so hesitant to honor God in a system that universally works. Again… the human heart.
Money represents our lives. We are rewarded with it through the sacrifice of our time, energy, and talents (knowledge/skills). Thus, we offer it back to the god that we ultimately serve. First, the internal self-god of ourselves and the fulfillment of our desires. Second, the external god that we want to honor.
When the rich young ruler perceived himself to be righteous by following all the commandments from childhood, Jesus started the humbling process by going straight to commandment #1. “Sell all that you have and give it to the poor.” Some might say, “That’s not fair. That is not one of the commandments. If you live right, will God just add more requirements to make it impossible to please Him?” Of course not! The Law is perfect in its ability to school us and restrain us. Giving is not listed as part of the Ten Commandments, but idolatry is. Money is idolatrous.
The human heart does not have a problem with giving money (rise of socialism), or spending it (the strength of capitalism). It has a problem with honoring the true God.
by Shawn Hyland | April 27, 2016
The new transgender request for full access to the private physical spaces of the opposite sex is the exception. Science is not allowed to speak, while feelings and personal beliefs increase their demands. XX and XY chromosomes are meaningless facts with no place in the discussion. Public policy is being manipulated and fundamentally transformed through personal feeling based legislation. The secularists (humanist, atheist, etc…) should be outraged, but they are not.
Why is this happening in the 21st century? Delusion and Deception. A strong delusion changing the ability of society to see clearly because of unrelenting deception. Deception and Delusion – two key signs of spiritual decline.
Delusion - is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.
Deception - the act of propagating beliefs in things that are not true, or not the whole truth.
The cultural discussion concerning transgenderism (and now even trans-speciesism) should be alarming. We have fallen from such enlightened heights to a level of purposely promoting beliefs that are not true – males can be girls and females can be boys; with little regard for science and no regard for divine revelation.
We must remain sensitive. These feelings cannot be denied, but their true God-given identity must be reaffirmed as male or female. People genuinely struggle with their identity at many emotional and physiological levels. God loves each person despite their gender indentiy, and everyone must be treated with respect and dignity. May big business feel the power of our petitions and hurting people the power of our prayers.
by Shawn Hyland | February 4, 2016
You can read a previous blog for detailed information about the trip.
The story of Masada is well-known in history. It is the final battle between the Romans and the Jews during the first century. This is often referred to as “The Last Stand” of the Jews.
Masada was a fortress in ancient Israel built by King Herod the Great. It was a military stronghold in southern Israel positioned on a high mountain near the Dead Sea.
In 73AD, a few years after the destruction of Jerusalem, during the early stages of the Jewish Diaspora, a band of Jewish zealots captured Masada from Herod’s forces stationed there. The response was immediate and intense. 15,000 soldiers were sent to retaliate against 900 Jews. Victory was impossible. Defeat was inevitable.
The Jews debated among themselves as they defended the walled fortress during the Roman siege. Problem was resolved - lets kill our own wives and children to prevent them from being slaves, then lets kill ourselves. The last man will ‘fall on his sword’. Now that is epic history! Josephus, a first century historian, recorded the account as 2 women and 5 children escaped the ordeal to testify.
Our Jewish tour guide shared with us this story as he led us around this modern tourist destination. “We are not here to celebrate these dead men. They are not heroes.”
My fellow pastors kindly interrupted him, “Of course they are heroes. I could only imagine what I would do for my kids.”
The guide responded, “They are not heroes to us. There is a saying in modern Israel - MASADA WILL NOT FALL AGAIN!”
I privately asked him during our walk back to the bus, “Why are they not heroes? Its because at the very end they didn’t stand, right? We say its the ‘Last Stand’ but at the very end, they decided to surrender, right?”
That’s when God prompted me to ask myself (and you), “How will future generations look at the American church in the early 21st century? Will they say we are heroes, because even though we are outnumbered and the odds are against us, we decided to take our Last Stand for the faith, despite the outcome? Or will they disappointingly look at us and say, ‘You are not heroes, because instead of making your Last Stand, you made your Last Surrender?
Church, we must continue standing for the Christian faith, as humanism, atheism, and relativism try to invade the strongholds of the mind, as Romans invaded the stronghold of Masada. As God’s creative order and divine moral laws are being challenged and criticized, will you ‘fall on your sword’ in surrender OR will you pick up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and take your last stand?
Future generations will decide your place in history based on your decision.
“Obedience is better than sacrifice” 1 Samuel 15:22
by Shawn Hyland | January 21, 2016
I recently returned from the nation of Israel as part of the Christians United for Israel East Coast Leadership team. The purpose of our trip was to meet people from different backgrounds, faiths, and occupations who live in Israel.
Some of these sources most remain nameless because of the intense pressure and persecution they face from radical Muslims who live in the Palestinian controlled areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These are journalists, priests, and pastors who say Israel is "not to blame" for the perpetual conflict happening within its borders and the greater Middle East region. Some brief points these non-Jewish sources made are the following:
- If the Palestinians compromised 1% in the peace process, their leaders would be assassinated.
- The youth have been radicalized in their hatred of Jews. The only hope of peace is to educate a new generation of Palestinians to want peace.
- Other moderate Muslims are jealous of their fellow Muslims who live in Israel, because Israel is the only nation in the entire Middle East that offers religious liberty for ALL faiths.
- Bethlehem was 60% Christian in 1995. Israel had to relinquish that territory to the Palestinians in previous peace agreements. The Christian population is now down to 6% because of persecution, beatings, and church burnings.
- Israel allows Palestinians to cross over the security check point of the West Bank to enter Israel for jobs and commerce. No Jews are allowed to enter the West Bank. Palestinians forbid it.
- Israel offers medical assistance and humanitarian aid to anyone injured, including Syrian fighters on the North and terrorists who despise Israel in the Gaza Strip. Israel is merciful to even their enemies.
- Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Liberation Movement in the West Bank "hate" each other, as they battle for supremacy. Many Muslims are glad Israel is in the middle as a natural secure buffer zone.
- Similarly, Egypt supports Israel because it acts as a buffer zone between the chaos in Syria and the stability of Egypt.
There are many reasons, statistics, and stories that are strong indicators that Israel needs our prayers and the information that is published by the media is twisted at best, and anti-Semitic at many levels. Please pray for Israel and join me at the Night to Honor Israel, Sunday, June 26 in Toms River.
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