by Pastor Bob Enyart
Denver Bible Church
Various televangelists, including John Hagee, promote the false teaching that Jews can reject Christ and still have salvation. A friend of mine runs one of the larger Christian TV networks and began succumbing to this false teaching. So I gave him a gift of both the Jewish New Testament and the Tanakh, along with a listing of the following quotes, directly from these Jewish translations of Scripture. The teaching that Jews can reject the Messiah and have eternal life is contradicted directly by the claims of Jesus Himself, and by the apostles, and even by the Hebrew Scriptures.
So these quotes do not come from typical English language translations of the Bible, but appropriately, from specifically Jewish translations into English: from the Jewish New Testament and from the Old Testament Tanakh.
"... Do you know who will accuse you? Moshe [Moses], the very one you have counted on! For if you really believed Moshe, you would believe Me; because it was about Me that he wrote. But if you don't believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" Jewish New Testament John 5:45-46
"Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Beit-Tzaidah [Bethsaida]... And you, K'far-Nachum [Capernium]... you will be brought down to Sh'ol [hell]... whoever rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me." JNT Luke 10:13-16
... to this day the same veil remains over them [Israel] when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away. Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. "But," says the Torah, "whenever someone turns to Adonai, the veil is taken away." JNT 2 Corinthians 3:14-16
Brothers, my heart's deepest desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation; for I can testify to their zeal for God. But it is not based on correct understanding; for, since they are unaware of God's way of making people righteous and instead seek to set up their own, they have not submitted themselves to God's way of making people righteous. For the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah, who offers righteousness to everyone who trusts... there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - Adonai is the same for everyone... So trust comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah. JNT Romans 10:1-4, 12, 17
For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed... Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judge already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God's only and unique Son. JNT Yochanan (John) 3:16, 18
The next Shabbat, nearly the whole city gathered together to hear the message about the Lord; but when the Jews who had not believed saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and spoke up against what Sha'ul was saying and insulted him. However, Sha'ul and Bar?Nabba answered boldly: "It was necessary that God's word be spoken first to you. But since you are rejecting it and are judging yourselves unworthy of eternal life - why, we're turning to the Goyim! For that is what Adonai has ordered us to do..." JNT Acts 13:44-47
We are Jews by birth, not so-called ‘Goyishe sinners'; even so, we have come to realize that a person is not declared righteous by God on the ground of his legalistic observance of Torah commands, but through the Messiah Yeshua's trusting faithfulness. Therefore, we too have put our trust in Messiah Yeshua and become faithful to him, in order that we might be declared righteous on the ground of the Messiah's trusting faithfulness and not on the ground of our legalistic observance of Torah commands. For on the ground of legalistic observance of Torah commands, no one will be declared righteous." JNT Galatians 3:15-16
... Israel is being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles... JNT Romans 11:12
They answered him, "Our father is Avraham."... Yeshua replied to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me... Why don't you understand what I'm saying? Because you can't bear to listen to my message... Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don't listen is that you don't belong to God." JNT Yochanan (John) 8:39, 42-43, 46
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet from among your own people, like myself; him you shall heed... Tanakh Torah Deuteronomy 18:15
And God himself continued:
"I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him; and if anybody fails to heed the words he speaks in My name, I myself will call him to account. Tanakh Torah Deuteronomy 18:18-19
Peter quoted the Torah saying to the "Men of Israel:"
"For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet [Jesus] shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' " NKJV Acts 3:22-23
Paul "vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ." NKJV Acts 18:28
Televangelists, including John Hagee, have made millions of dollars running Holy Land tours have adopted the curious false teaching that the Jews can reject Jesus Christ and still be saved. For years, Bob Enyart (Enyart.com) hosted a nightly TV talk show that aired in 80 cities from Honolulu to Orlando, mostly on Christian stations. As the pastor of Denver Bible Church (.org), Enyart observes that these evangelists and their staffs work personally with Israeli government and tourism officials and guides, and that by adopting this false teaching, they feel relieved from their obligation to share the Gospel with these people who desperately need Jesus Christ. Pray for Christians to oppose this false doctrine, as it helps to destroy the very people these televangelists profess to love.