CAUSE FOR CONCERN? THE
"NEW CHARISMATICS" &
ANTI-SEMITISM; ARE EVANGELICALS
BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE?
By S.R. Shearer
It is spiritually chic today for evangelicals to appear pro-Jewish
and pro-Israeli in their pronouncements;[ 1] pro-Jewish proclamations
are widespread throughout the evangelical world - and there can be little
doubt that, taken at face value, these pronouncements cannot help but
lead Jews to believe that there is little to fear in this direction[
2] from the scourge of anti-Semitism.
Typical of such pronouncements are the ones which appeared on the pages
of the August 1994 journal, The Morning Star, the "Prophetic
Bulletin" of Rick Joyner, one of the most popular "prophets" in today's
charismatic world. Joyner works closely with John Wimber's Vineyard
Christian Fellowships and such others as Paul Cain, Wellington Boone,
Bobby Conner, Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, Jack Deere,[ 3] Garland Hunt,
Joyner writes, "... the wounds these people (i.e., the Jews) have received
from Christians over the centuries have grown very deep. This has caused
them (i.e., the Jews) to equate Christianity with the destruction of
their souls rather than with salvation. This schism between the church
and Israel is now being addressed[ 5] ... That Israel has now exchanged
ambassadors with the Vatican is a remarkable event. Evangelicals also
have a Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. However, we are still a very
long way from the healing of the wounds."[ 6]
goes on, pushing all the right buttons; he writes, "There are 'replacement
theologies' being promulgated in the church today that promote an arrogance
towards ... (the Jews), which have caused many to stumble (i.e., Christians
to stumble into anti-Semitism). These 'replace' Israel with the church
in the plan of God, attributing all of the promises for natural Israel
to the church ... However, as Paul made clear in Romans 11, the promises
made to natural Israel cannot be revoked ..."[ 7]
With these kinds of assurances, most "old-line" evangelicals are comforted
by the thought that there is little to fear from the so-called "New
Charismatics;" the words that Joyner uses seem unquestionably to bespeak
a sound "pre-millennial mindset," the kind which mitigates against an
anti-Semitic "world view." So secure are most evangelicals in their
belief that the teachings of Joyner and his associates are free of anti-Semitic
implications, that many so-called "Messianic Jews" (i.e., Jews who have
been converted to Christianity but who insist on maintaining the traditions
of their Jewish heritage) have actually embraced these teachings with
great enthusiasm. Indeed, one of the leading prophets among the "New
Charismatics" is a man named Reuvin Doron, a converted Jew who is held
in high esteem in many Messianic Congregations.
Certainly the "New Breed" theology[ 8] (which sounds like something
straight out of a Third Reich genetics handbook) of these people is
somewhat strange; their prophetic utterances somewhat confusing; and
their pronouncements on the "Secular-Humanist Conspiracy" parallel in
some respects the myth of the "Jewish-world Conspiracy (but then so
do Pat Robertson's and many others not directly associated with the
"New Charismatics") - but all in all, Joyner is surely no anti-Semite,
or so it would seem.
And that being said, evangelicals can certainly give the views of the
"New Charismatics" a fair hearing; after all, if evangelicals can reconcile
with Catholics, and fundamentalists can adjust themselves to the "emotionalism"
of their Pentecostal brothers and sisters, than surely there's room
for Joyner and people like him in evangelicalism's ever expanding circle
of Christian friends[ 9] - after all, Christians need every ally they
can get their hands on if they're going to be successful in their effort
to "take the country back for Christ and the church." Quibbling over
every "jot and tittle" of Christian doctrine in the face of today's
secular-humanist takeover of the country is nonsense! - or so most believe.
But "old-line" evangelicals and Jews may be making a grave mistake
in not checking out more thoroughly what Joyner and his "New Charismatic"
allies are really saying; they may not be so sanguine in their view
of Joyner and his ilk after they do so.
Indeed, some evangelicals who have taken the time to investigate a
little more thoroughly have been greatly alarmed at the anti-Semitic
sentiments implicit in many of the teachings of the "New Charismatics."
These implications flow directly from the eschatological doctrines which
the "New Charismatics" embrace, specifically that Christ cannot return
until the church first subdues the world; implicit in this notion is
the thought that the church must first end its divisions and unite.
One prominent Christian leader puts it this way, "The church must become
a church that is not splintered ... a church unified in faith - not
in doctrine ... (one) ... that will be mature and able to transcend
all doctrinal ... differences ... The church must gain such unity ...
(that) the whole world will (have to) listen ... Before Christ can come
again, the Church must take such a strong stand that the whole world
will say, 'This is the voice of God speaking to us'."
The political implications behind such doctrines are massive in their
importance - especially in light of the new political activism of the
Christian community in this country. Secularists and academicians dismiss
these implications at their own peril. And they make an even greater
mistake in refusing to believe that Christians have the moxy and political
strength to pull it off - to actually "take the country back for Christ
and the church." Not many years hence, they may be laughing out of the
other side of their mouths.
Joyner and his friends believe that God is raising up a great "Latter
Day" army to rescue mankind in these "Last Days;" author and writer
Jewel van der Merwe,[ 10] the wife of an Assembly of God pastor in Holly,
Michigan, and an outspoken critic of the "New Charismatics," explains:
"Blow the trumpet! Hear the noise of the chariots! The chariots are
leaping across the mountains! The army of the Lord is approaching! 'The
earth will quake before them; the heavens shall tremble ... a great
people and a strange: there hath not been ever the like'. Utterly awesome!
This army is mentioned in Joel.
"This is the army that (certain) teachers and prophets are declaring
that God is raising up in these days. The end-time army.
"Do you want to be a part of it? Just think, you will be able to climb
the wall like men of war. Even when you fall on the sword you will not
be wounded. Crowds clap and cheer as they visualize the wondrous feats
they will be able to perform in the Name of the Lord! No one wants to
miss God and not be a part of what He is doing! It all has such a 'spiritual'
ring. The tears well in the eyes of hungry seekers as they wait for
a new experience. Perhaps, even tonight the heavens will open and that
'anointing' will be poured out. There is always that expectancy that
perhaps this is the time 'it' will happen ... The 'prophetic' message
is that God is raising an army in these last days to execute judgment
and dominion throughout the earth.
"They (i.e., the prophets and teachers) declare that the time is
at hand for God to pour out His Spirit (the Latter Rain) on an unprecedented
scale on the Church in fulfillment of Joel 2:28, marking the beginning
of the great 'new thing' God is doing on the earth."[ 11]
Paul Cain, one of today's principle teachers of such doctrine, claims
the angel of the Lord told him about all this when he was nineteen.
Bob Jones, another "seer" writes, "They (Joel's Army) will move into
things of the supernatural that no one has ever moved in before. Every
miracle, sign and wonder that has ever been in the Bible - they'll move
in it constantly ... so that the glorious church might be revealed in
the last days ..."[ 12]
John Wimber remarks, "With the judgment of all mankind will come this
incredible 'incarnational enduement' of God's Spirit and we will see
the Elijahs ... This end time army will be made of the Elijahs of the
Lord God ... There will be a filling of the Temple. That is why we are
prophesying and saying to you that it is coming soon ... These things
... will come. Suddenly, immediately, right-away a change - in a moment
- without notice ..."[ 13]
Jack Deere states that "... this army is totally unique. This army,
there's never been one like it and there never will be one like it in
ages to come ... It's so mighty that there's never been anything like
it before ... This is the ultimate in Apostolic government."[ 14]
Van der Merwe goes on to elaborate; she writes that the "New Charismatics"
are actively pushing a belief system which prophesies that the " ...
(1) the greatest revival the church has ever known (is about to occur);
(2) the greatest baptism of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced
(will shortly happen); (3) the greatest army (Joel's Army) distinguished
by invincibility, immortality and divinity (will be raised up); (4)
the greatest purging ... in the history of the church (will shortly
begin)[ 15] ; (5) the greatest ministry - the Prize of all Ages (is
about to break forth); and (6) the greatest miracles, supernatural signs
and wonders far exceeding that of the Apostles and Prophets of old (will
shortly take place)."[ 16]
And exactly where in all this is the anti-Semitism? - precisely here:
the "New Charismatics" teach not only that the church must unite and
subdue the earth before the Lord can return, but also that the Jews
and Israel must be "saved" before He comes again - an event which can
occur only after the Jews have been converted through the "preaching
of the Gospel," not the single event mentioned in Zechariah.
Reuven Doron explains: "The very nation (Israel) that once gave birth
(to the church) now is in need to be birthed by another (so that Israel
- acting together in consort with the church - can usher in the Return
of Christ). Who will provide it? (i.e., Israel's re-birth) ... This
premise of spiritual revival still hinges upon the rising and completion
of the ministry of the prophetic 'Son of Man" (company - i.e., the "New
Breed," Joel's Army, etc.) who is to prophecy the life-giving Word of
God. Today the Lord is calling forth a Son of Man Company to corporately
prophecy and speak to Israel's lifeless, hopeless white bones until
the vision is completed ... the church is birthing Israel."[
Expanding on what Doron has said, Rick Joyner explains, "The Jews have
historically represented the greatest test for the gospel ... In a sense,
Jews are the 'acid test' of our message. Until the church comes to the
spiritual stature where she provokes the Jew to jealousy, we have not
yet attained to what we have been called. The Jews were 'hardened' to
make them the hardest to reach. In this way, they have become the barometer
of humanity, reflecting the overall condition of the state of man. When
the gospel is preached that grafts the 'natural branches' back into
the tree, the church and Israel will then be able to reach the whole
world. This is why Paul said that the gospel should be preached 'to
the Jew first'. This was not just out of favoritism, but because the
Jew represents the greatest challenge of the gospel, and one which we
must have ...
"Even so, our relationship to the Jews is not meant to be a stumbling
block, but a stepping stone ... The final joining together of both
'into one new man' ... resulting in the healing of all spiritual and
cultural wounds. When the church and Israel have been grafted together
... the time of the restoration of all things may (i.e., will be permitted)
begin ..."[ 18]
The implications which flow out of this kind of thinking for "unconverted"
Jews are obvious and very menacing - so much so that Van der Merwe writes
in alarm and some astonishment at the naiveté of the Messianic
community, "It's ... hard to understand how ... Messianic Jews are being
deceived by this teaching today."[ 19] Taken to its logical conclusion,
it opens up the Messianic Jews' unconverted brethren to all sorts of
calumny and defamation. Van der Merwe continues, "If history is anything
to go by, it would be fair to say that should Israel (and Jews in general)
fail to fulfill the ("New Charismatics') ... prophetic view of (things)
... (they) will again be blamed and accused of continued stubbornness
and indifference. Again ... (they) become the 'scape-goat' for reckless
and irresponsible theological views."20 And those who in the Messianic
community embrace this kind of thinking may someday find themselves
being forced to put guns to the heads of their Jewish brothers and sisters.
Indeed, pride may actually be propelling some Messianics in this direction
- of becoming the anti-Semitic toadies of the New Charismatics, of being
willing to pull the trigger of the gun aimed at their unconverted brethren.
the reason behind the pride? - the growing belief in some Messianic
circles that they - not necessarily the present, physical Israel currently
ensconced in the Middle East - are in fact the "real Israel of
God;" that they, together with the church - maybe even more
than the church - are the ones chosen to preach the "End Times Gospel,"
thereby ushering in the new era and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The irony in all this is enough to satisfy even the most twisted humor
of the anti-Semites - indeed, it's enough to make Himmler role over
in his grave with laughter! - Jews killing other Jews, all in the name
of Christ. And one shouldn't make the mistake that such a thing is as
far-fetched as it might now seem - after all, many of the people the
Messianic Jews are getting themselves mixed up with hold to an unshakable
belief in a system of thought which directly or indirectly holds the
Jews - at least unconverted Jews - responsible for the "Secular-Humanist
Conspiracy" [Please see our article, "Pat Robertson, Illuminism And
The New World Order."] The last time such people came to power,
they ended up trying to stomp out the conspiracy by exterminating the
whole Jewish race.
Perhaps, just perhaps, there is good reason for Jews to fear their
converted brethren - at least those Messianics who have become involved
with the "New Charismatics." The ADL and other liberals may be
right on this one - but they're probably right for all the wrong reasons.
And "old-line" evangelicals can't be let off the hook either; they
too will also bear a great deal of responsibility if a new Holocaust
breaks out in the service of this perverted theology! Why? - because
in their over-arching concern to "take the country back for Christ and
the church" they have allowed themselves to be blinded to the true message
of the Lord Jesus Christ, becoming at the same time "bedfellows" with
people who hold views inimical to sound Christian doctrine.
On That Day - when it finally comes, and it will - we'll
see who was right: those who stood against the "Political Christianity"
which is being pushed today throughout country; those who were not afraid
to name names in speaking out against it, or those who today refuse
to speak out against what is happening in the name of "Christian Unity."
- And there should be no mistake about it, many of those who are so
engaged are very sincerely and honestly motivated.
- i.e., from the evangelicals.
is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary; Deere has openly broken
with many of the teachings of Dallas - and jokes about it; as a result,
there has been a tendency among many pre-millennialists to dismiss
Deere's "New Breed" teachings (see "Bob Jones, John Wimber, and the
Vineyard Christian Fellowships."). Nonetheless, it appears that
Deere's teachings are beginning to have an influence in more conservative
evangelical circles, leading many "old-line" evangelicals to give
Deere's concepts a more serious hearing; this tendency is all the
more important in light of the movement of "old-line" evangelicals
and charismatics towards one another in the new cultural war to "take
America back for Christ and the church." More about this in upcoming
- For example, the same bulletin advertises two conferences in which
all these "prophets" are scheduled to appear; the first conference
to be held is scheduled for the end of September, 1994 entitled "Mobilization:
To put into action or use. To organize people and resources to bring
into readiness for immediate active service. To become organized and
ready for war;" the second is scheduled for the first week in October
entitled "Strategy: The planning and directing of large-scale military
operations. Maneuvering forces into the most advantageous position
prior to actual engagements with the enemy." The site of both conferences
is the Grand Assembly Hall at the New Heritage USA in Fort Mill, South
Carolina, Jim Bakker's old headquarters which has been cleaned up
and taken over by several new evangelical organizations.
- Rick Joyner, "Confronting the Last Enemy" in The Morning Star Prophetic
Bulletin, August 1994, pg. 5.
- Ibid., pg. 5.
- Ibid., pg. 6.
- Please see "Bob Jones, John Wimber and the Vineyard Christian Fellowships."
- Friends which in recent years have come to encompass the Mormons,
the Moonies, etc. - people who, like the evangelicals, are motivated
along conservative social and cultural lines and therefore have allied
themselves with the evangelicals in the Cultural War currently tearing
the country apart. Without a doubt, war certainly makes for "strange
- Van der Merwe sees the movement as exceedingly dangerous, but one
which is, nonetheless, gaining growing numbers of new adherents throughout
world-wide charismatic circles - both Protestant and Catholic.
- Jewel van der Merwe, Joel's Army, (Holly, Michigan: Discernment
Newsletter Publications, 1991), pg. 1.
- Visions & Revelations, Fall, 1989.
- John Wimber, Docklands [England], October, 1990.
- Joel's Army, Vineyard Ministries International, 1990.
- And there are not just a few who have remarked on the similarity
between the phraseology that is being used here and the phraseology
that was used in the Third Reich.
- Op. Cit., Van der Merwe, pg. 1.
- "The Mystery of Israel and the Church" in The One New Man by Reuven
- Op. Cit Joyner, pgs. 6-7.
- Ibid., pg. 37.
- Ibid., pg. 39.
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