What evangelicals often miss is that the vast majority of Christendom doesn’t share those views on it’s place in end times theology.
The majority of Christendom for most of our history has believed that all the promises and purposes of Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus.
There are substantial biblical reasons to believe that… these folks are not apostates.
Now, however, some from that majority are looking at the Scriptures with fresh eyes and less tradition and are seeing there may well be a place left for national Israel in Gods plan for the ages.
Anglican scholar Gerald McDermott wrote this article for First Things.
A series of papers were presented in these lectures.
I think getting our arms around this subject is vitally important if we’re to understand the times we’re in.
I encourage you to at least read the article and add to the points “pstrmike” posted earlier.
1. Not all non-dispensationalists are anti-Semites.
2. Other groups also recognize biblical prophecy that speaks of a future in the land for Israel. If you’ve read much covenant theology, you would recognize that is a big deal.
3. I am encouraged by those who are willing to take a hard look at their systematic theology and ask difficult questions, recognizing that the Bible is final authority.
a. There is such a thing as respectful disagreement of the authorized version of theology. We should glean a thing or two from that concept instead of the default of “showing someone the door”.
b. Even founders of movements are not infallible and it is important to receive the good things they have taught and exercise the freedom to challenge those things that are not airtight theologically.
4. We should see these groups as allies in our work of justice for Israel. They are the one nation in the Middle East that respects human rights and they should be encouraged to continue to do so.
5. Hopefully, this will encourage better discourse between dispensationalist and no-dispensationalists. Too many of the rank and file foot soldiers of dispensationalism have a rather truncated, narrow view of Israel that has been fostered by a flawed hermeneutic and incomplete exegesis/exposition of Scripture.
6. In contrast to #4, it is also important to recognize that Israel today consists of an unregenerate nation, that their policies are not always correct, and we should not cower in expressing our protests when they go off the rails.