Recently I heard a highly respected pastor talking about replacement theology. This pastor is well know among Pentecostal ranks and pastors a very large church. I have an enormous amount of respect for this man and that has not changed.
First of all in case you don’t know let me give you a quick, simple definition of replacement theology. Simply put, some have taught that the New Testament church has replaced the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people. Not so!
In his attempt to explain replacement theology this is what the pastor I am referring to said. “For example, we hear pastors preaching that II Chronicles 7:14 is a promise to American. It’s not, it’s a promise to Israel.”
This is where I have a problem. I do agree that the promise of II Chronicles 7:14 was and is for the nation of Israel and not for the United States. However I would take it a step further and say it is a promise for the church in the United States, a promise for those who have accepted Christ.
Note the words of the apostle Paul recorded in Galatians 3:26-29.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.