All those who obey the Gospel are chosen by God, thus all the elect are God's chosen people, whether they be Jew, Gentile or Barbarian. It was the Jew who choose the Gospel; it is not the Christian that chooses Judaism. You always proceed to Christianity from your flesh.
It amazes me how insulated, monasticized, totally enculturated, out of touch, ethnocentric American Dispensational Christians are within their â€śChristian worldview cultureâ€ť i.e. their psychological safe place in regards to what is going on in the REAL world with their brothers and sisters that are persecuted for their faith. What is going on the Middle East is what is going on here in the USA. It is sad that you cannot even recognize that you are also under PERSECUTION in the UNITED STATES. The American church is so fat with their pompous arrogance in thinking that God has blessed the USA because we have blessed Israel. Nothing could be further from the TRUTH. For that reason alone, DISPENSATIONALISM is a theology of FEAR. It manipulates Christians into supporting ZIONISM, which is NOT Christian, which is RACISM, APARTHEID, which results in a form of JEWISH SUPREMACY. Christians are mandated to REJECT FALSE THEOLOGIES like DISPENSATIONALISM. Paul warned the Church to be aware of FALSE BRETHERN and JUDIAZERS. Christians are to be known by their LOVE for ALL PEOPLE groups (equally Muslim & Jews), but especially those of the Brotherhood. Brothers, we are to be PEACEMAKERS, uniting the elect in Christ whether they are Jews, Muslims, or like me, a Barbarian under the CRO
Folks, the ancient church was not built on 5013c status; why should the church in America be built on it? Again, it is God's Kingdom that will prevail; not man's institutions. Right on Mike! Churches should be speaking against the evil of day, and supporting candidates that will lead in a Godly way. The reason 5013c status was created was to shut up the church so that they would not have a voice in the culture, because the churches voice is effective in the culture and that is what they fear.
Hey Barna....remember your "User-Friendly Churches" book? -Accessible way to "worship", a comfortable place to bring frinds and a creative community they can belong. Nothing said about Hell, repentance and the such. You created this problem and now you are concerned about its results? Let's get back to the ancient paths...preach the word...and they will come. True Christians, sheep, should be concerned about feeding on the truth first not about comfortable conditions...