What is Two House Theology? Is it just Replacement Theology Repackaged?
DISCLAIMER: I realize there are many variations of Two House Theology. That is actually one of the problems I have with it. This discussion, however, concerns the dominant understanding of those within Christianized Messianic organizations. I very much agree there IS a legitimate Two House scenario that exists and that Christianity may represent “Ephraim” or the northern kingdom of Israel that separated from Judah during the reign of King Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. However, I greatly differ with those that – as you will see in this article – present what is actually Replacement Theology under the new name of Two House Theology. Therefore, please remember as you read this article that my rebuke of Two House Theology is primarily aimed at the flavor that is defined as shown below, which is most common within the counterfeit Messianic organizations that embrace Messiah as “God in the flesh”.
There is an alleged “new” teaching sweeping across the Messianic world. That teaching is “Two House theology”. This “new” teaching promotes the idea that Christianity is “Israel” or “Ephraim” and that Judaism (or the Jews) is “Judah”. Two House theology attempts to further legitimize Christianity’s idolatrous, anti-Torah worship of a false man-God Messiah. Those promoting this newly discovered “truth” not only promote that Christianity is “Israel” or “Ephraim”, but also very clearly proclaim that she (Christianity) possesses the truth regarding Messiah – most notably that Messiah is “God in the flesh”. Many of its promoters have invested their entire reputations and egos in this single topic. Of course, because of their investment, they will likely never abandon it. I hope I am proven wrong and that they do abandon it.
Within this discussion you will see that what Two House theology actually represents is a blatant attempt by counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups to show themselves to be the only true faith. How many times throughout history have we seen Christian groups attempt to show themselves to be the only faith? Well, now we see it happening again within counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups using Two House Theology.
Two House Theology is, quite simply, a propaganda tool for Christianized counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene organizations which rephrases an age-old traditional doctrine of Christianity. Such counterfeit Messianic groups are organizations that, themselves, represent simply a repackaged traditional Christianity – a fact that I repeatedly stress on this site. Therefore, it is no surprise that counterfeit Messianic organizations are promoting Constantinian Christianity within their “Two House” teachings. Sadly, Two House Theology is being hungrily consumed by multitudes of Christianized Messianics much like Replacement Theology is consumed by multitudes of traditional Christians. Frankly, I have been somewhat surprised at the deep and intense emotions this topic generates. I am also shocked at the failure or refusal of most counterfeit Messianics to recognize how Two House Theology is actually not a new teaching.
Let me again clarify that I am not saying that there is no Two House scenario, as there obviously is, but idolatrous, anti-Torah Christianity is not “Israel” as defined within the two house teaching. There are seemingly subtle errors in Two House Theology that are not apparent at first glance; however, these errors are serious misrepresentations of truth. In fact, Christianity (and her counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene offspring) actually opposes the true “Israel of God” and represents the counterfeit religion of mystery Babylon – a religion that promotes a false God and that openly opposes Torah.
I will show that the Two House Theology being promoted within counterfeit Messianic circles is an attempt to repackage and market the same old traditional Christian teaching of a false God and a replacement Messiah (antichrist). These two primary teachings of Christianity are fully endorsed by counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups. The Two House teaching spices them up a bit to taste a bit more “Hebraic”; however, Two House is really nothing more than a new effort to assist in the marketing of the same mystery Babylon man-God of Christianity by making its promoters appear less anti-Semitic.
A major point to ponder is the religion of the true “Israel of God.” True Israel never worshipped a man-God Messiah or considered Torah optional. When the ten northern tribes of ancient Israel did take part in pagan worship they were strongly chastised by HaShem as He tried to cause them to repent. Sadly, they did not repent; therefore, they were defeated by Assyria and assimilated into the world’s population. With this in mind, how can one claim Christianity and/or counterfeit Messianic groups to be the Israel of God? The primary factor to use in defining the “Israel of God” is the faith practices she follows. True Israel does not worship a false God. Remember this point, as it is crucial in understanding the actual definition of spiritual Israel. As a prelude to what will follow later, consider the following:
Simply put, the truth is that “Israel” is, was, and forever will be a literal entity composed of spiritual people. These people hold to one – and only one – common faith system. Christianity (and counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups) is “Israel” or “Ephraim” only in the fact that it, like the northern Kingdom that split off from Judah, practices an unbiblical faith! If Christianity and her counterfeit Messianic offspring want to truly be “grafted into” the Israel of God they must return to the worship of the True God and recognize the true Messiah, instead of a false God and replacement Messiah (antichrist).
Well, let’s look more closely at this theology. Is it really new?
First let us define Replacement Theology. Replacement theology represents the traditional Christian understanding of what the “Israel” of prophecy represents. Basically the following points are promoted within Replacement Theology.
- The “church” (Christianity) has replaced Israel. It teaches Christianity is the new “Israel” and oftentimes even the Israel of prophecy. This is where the term “Replacement” Theology gets its name.
- Christians misrepresent primarily the teachings of Shaul (Paul) by stating that Paul was promoting the idea that true “Israel” is the “spiritual” entity of Christianity. Those promoting this grotesquely anti-Semitic, anti-Torah, and unscriptural teaching say that the “Israel of God” is composed of only those who accept Jesus as “God in the flesh”. Note that I did not say those who accept that Jesus is Messiah because in Christianity (as well as counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene Judaism) “Christ” or “Messiah” equals “God”. So, Replacement Theology teaches only those who worship a “God in the flesh” Messiah are Israel.
- Replacement Theology promotes the idea that physical Israel and the Jews are, basically, totally rejected by God and somewhat irrelevant. This is why many Christians show hatred or apathy towards the land of Israel and the Jewish people today. Thus, Replacement Theology greatly reduces the relevance of literal Israel by redefining Israel as a purely spiritual entity instead of a physical and spiritual entity.
- The primary ingredients of replacement theology are the ideas that Christianity is the the new “Israel” and that Christ is “God in the flesh”.
Now let us look at some of the primary components of the popular Two House Theology teaching that is being spread abroad by the majority of Messianic and Nazarene leaders. I will refer to it henceforth as “2house”
- 2house teaches that Christianity is Israel or Ephraim and that Christianity is correct in recognizing Messiah as “God in the flesh.”
- 2house promoters utilize (misrepresent) prophecy and the teachings of Shaul (Paul) to promote the idea that true “Israel” is the “spiritual” entity of Christianity. Those promoting this teaching say that the “Israel of God” is composed of only those who accept Yeshua as “God in the flesh”. Note I did not say those who accept Yeshua as Messiah, because in counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene Judaism (as well as Christianity) “Messiah” equals “God”. So, 2house Theology teaches only those who worship a “God in the flesh” Messiah are Israel.
- 2house greatly reduces the relevance of literal Israel by defining Israel as a purely spiritual entity instead of a physical and spiritual entity..
- The primary ingredients of 2house theology are the ideas that Christianity is the “Israel of God” and that Christ is “God in the flesh”.
Umm. Excuse me, but do you see something a bit strange about the “new” 2house teaching? Call me stupid, but I do not really see anything “new” about it. Compare it to Replacement Theology and what do you find?
They BOTH teach:
- Christianity is the “Israel of God” or Ephraim.
- “Israel” is the spiritual entity of Christianity. Those promoting these teachings say that the “Israel of God” is composed of only those who accept Messiah as “God in the flesh”. Both theologies teach those who worship a “God in the flesh” Messiah are true Israel.
- Both greatly reduce the relevance of literal Israel by defining true “Israel” as the purely spiritual entity of Christianity and/or counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene Judaism.
- The primary ingredient of both are the ideas that Christianity is the “Israel of God” and that Messiah is God.
Hello? My friend, they are identical teachings!
Implicit within even 2house is the notion that the Jews must accept Yeshua as “God in the flesh,” and I will later show it is actually not simply implied but is a directly stated requirement. The only difference between Replacement Theology and 2house is that 2house is less anti-Semitic and does not totally reject the Jews (Judah) as being irrelevant. Other than that, they are exactly the same! So, 2house is nothing more than a repackaged version of Replacement Theology.
Many seem to not be able to discern these clear facts. I very quickly received passionate emails of opposition when I first put this article up. I was utterly stunned by how many Messianics have never really pondered the true foundations of the 2house teaching. Most seem to blindly accept it as a relatively modern “revelation” when, in fact, it is not new.
Note the following quotes from Eddie Chumney’s book, Restoring the Two Houses of Israel. At the time of this writing his book is one of the more popular books on this subject. I hope that its popularity falls since all it is really promoting is Replacement Theology with a twist.
Frankly, I am shocked at the inability of others to make the connection between Replacement Theology and 2house. 2house may not be explicitly anti-Semitic; however, other than that the two theologies are, indeed, virtually identical. The quotes below from Mr. Chumney’s book are taken from a small section of the first chapter; however, even within this tiny sampling from his book one can clearly see that 2house teaches – as does replacement theology – that Christianity is Israel. The parenthesis are supplied by Mr. Chumney. My comments are shown within brackets […].
“Who are the two houses of Israel? Historically, they were the Northern Kingdom (house of Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (house of Judah). Today, the two houses of the God of Israel are known by the more common names of Christianity (house of Israel) and Judaism (house of Judah). Both Christianity (house of Israel) and Judaism (house of Judah) worship the God of Israel. … Why are the two houses of Israel (Christianity and Judaism) divided?
There are two MAJOR disagreements between the two houses of Israel (Christianity and Judaism). … Judaism (house of Judah) has preserved the truth that the Torah is eternal and is the Tree of Life given by the God of Israel. Christianity (house of Israel) has preserved the truth that Yeshua/Jesus is the Jewish Messiah (Mashiach). [Note: Here the author, being a typical counterfeit Messianic, is actually stating that Christianity has “preserved the truth” that Yeshua is “God in the flesh”, thus proving how counterfeit Messianism is really nothing more than a traditional Christian denomination that profanes Torah and the One who gave it. One must read between the lines to find the traditional Christian theology that 2house is actually promoting, but it is actually rather easy to find.]
The house of Judah (Judaism) is the root and natural branches of the olive tree of the God of Israel. The house of Israel (Christianity) is grafted into this olive tree.
In embracing the truth of the two houses of Israel, this book rejects all forms, thought and intent of elitism and replacement theology against the house of Judah (Judaism). On the contrary, the purpose of this book is to promote restoration, reconciliation and unity between the house of Judah (Judaism) and the house of Israel (Christianity).”
I hope this provides some clarification for those who claim that I am misrepresenting 2house when I state it teaches the spiritual entity of Christianity is “Israel”. It clearly does, and I proved it by quoting from a popular book on the subject. Anyone who says otherwise probably does not understand the dominant variation of 2house that is being promoted which I am addressing in this article. Some may also simply be disingenuous in their accusation that I misrepresent 2house because they may wish to continue to conceal the true nature of this teaching. I strongly feel most are sincerely unaware of what the specific flavor of 2house I oppose teaches – the flavor advanced at the time of this writing by Eddie Chumney.
So, what is the truth?
First, Christianity has always spiritualized and alegorized physical “Israel” almost into oblivion as they declared themselves to be “Israel” via Replacement Theology. 2house does precisely the same thing. Like Replacement Theology, 2house significantly lessens the relevance of physical Israel.
When the northern Kingdom (Israel) and Judah separated they were literal kingdoms. My friend, the literal kingdoms still exist today. Israel was banished into antiquity by the Assyrians after the Assyrians defeated them. The “lost tribes” of Israel were then assimilated into the world (the galut or diaspora). Of course, one of the first places the lost tribes were exiled to after their defeat by the Assyrians was the Caucasus mountain region of eastern Europe. What of the term “Caucasian”? Hmm? Interesting, is it not? Many scholars – Jewish, Christian, and secular – that specialize in tracing the migration patterns of ancient peoples have proven quite conclusively that these literal Israelites of the northern Kingdom reside today in Great Britain, Australia, western Europe, the United States, and a few other places in less numbers. The fact that scholars from virtually all camps (Judaic, Christian, and secular) have arrived at pretty much the same results provides powerful evidence of the truth of their conclusions. My point is that physical Israel has not ceased to exist.
Now, before anyone begins to assume I am getting into some sort of “racial profiling” in my definition of “Israel”, let me state such is not the case. Remember, Israel is a literal people that share a common spiritual faith system. The physical (literal offspring) Israel is the “Israel” primarily spoken of in Scripture; however, the primary factor is the spiritual aspect. It is simply a fact that the physical Israelites were of a certain racial makeup; however, all that enter into the covenant (agreement) relationship with HaShem are spiritually adopted into the commonwealth of physical Israel. So, anyone, regardless of ethnic heritage, that joins in the covenant offered by HaShem is, quite literally, considered Israel in the mind of HaShem.
Basically, literal Israel – that is the 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom – is probably primarily right here in the good ole USA! To a lesser extent, in terms of shear numbers, they also reside in Great Britain and Australia. Everyone with even a modest understanding of history realizes that the USA and Australia are composed largely of people with British/European (Caucasian) ancestry. The migration of the 10 tribes progressed across the great oceans from Europe to the US and Australia. This literal “seed” of Abraham is not simply a “spiritual” entity.
There most certainly is a literal physical remnant of the 10 tribes of the norther kingdom living and thriving today. Millions of people today are literal Israelites and do not even know it, but God very much does know it. They may speak different languages or dialects and may even dislike one another, but they are most certainly tagged by God as literal Israelites.
As a side note, some scholars believe Christopher Columbus was a Jew. If I recall correctly, the very day he set sail for the new world was the day the Jews were expelled by Queen Isabella. Hmm? Of course, a primary reason many came to America was to escape religions persecution. What group has EVER suffered more religious persecution than the Jews?! I do not necessarily promote the idea of Columbus’ Jewishness; however, it does make for interesting discussion.
Does anyone believe it is simply a coincidence that the USA, the primary final stop for most that represent the “lost tribes” of Israel, is just about the only nation on earth that staunchly (though often rather erratically) allies itself with Israel (Judah)? I hope everyone realizes HaShem (YHVH) is still in control and that nothing that occurs on such a global scale is by coincidence! Doesn’t the prophecies clearly predict virtually the entire world will turn against the house of Israel (or Jacob) and the house of Judah in the last days? Is it mere coincidence that virtually the entire world is turning against the USA and Israel (Judah) these days? Of course it is not a coincidence. Great Britain, which is also considered by many scholars to be a place of residence for many literal Israelites from the “lost” tribes, historically sides with the US as does Australia, Canada, and a few other primarily Caucasian countries. And you can be certain, that if the UK, Australia, or Canada ever needed an ally the USA would quickly rush to defend them! I know of very few fellow Americans that would hesitate to do so.
Why is this? Why do people like myself have such a passion – an odd deep love – for countries and nations that I’ve never even visited? Could there be a very deep spiritual ingredient that causes me to feel such a bond with people I don’t even know and to be willing to die for people that may not even like me? In a way that defies explanation, I consider such people my brothers, and I can’t figure out why? Most would say it is because we share a common “ancestry” and “culture”. Could that common “ancestry” and “culture” be far deeper and more spiritual than we realize? Additionally, when times get really tough, the USA and Israel (and usually the dear friend of the USA, the UK) are often standing alone against the entire world. Is it an accident of history that the primary residence for the ancient northern Kingdom of Israel is often alone in its support of Israel (Judah), or is there a very deep spiritual ingredient that only God knows of? Sadly, though the people of the USA support the state of Israel, our elected leaders often turn their backs on her when pressured by the world to do so. I will not be surprised if our elected President(s) eventually abandon the sheep of Israel to the blood thirsty wolves that seek her destruction. When and if that happens, the USA and all others that forsake and/or oppose Israel will fall under HaShem’s prophesied wrath.
I may add more to the just mentioned comments; however, for now let’s get back to why I am firmly convinced the dominant 2house teaching is simply repackaged Replacement Theology.
Those within Christianity who believe and promote Replacement Theology – in fact virtually all of Christianity – insists that the Jewish people must accept “Jesus” is “Christ” before they will be “grafted back into” what Christians now believe is themselves, Israel. But, there is more to the story. What Christianity is actually insisting upon is that the Jews accept “Jesus” is “God in the flesh” since that is what Christians misunderstand Messiah to be.
Here is my point. Christianity insists (demands) that in order to be “saved” literal Israel (the Jews) must accept that Jesus is God. The only way, according to Christianity, that the Jews can be “grafted back into” the “Israel of God” is for them to accept the pagan mystery Babylon man-God of Constantinian Christianity. Jews by the millions have resisted this blatant idolatrous teaching and many have died, been tortured, and/or in countless ways been horribly persecuted by Christianity because they would not abandon the pillar of Judaism, which is the Shema (Dt. 6:4) and their unyielding true Monotheism (not to be confused with the false, blasphemous “monotheism” of Christianity and counterfeit Messianism).
So what is the position of the 2house adherents? What do they teach regarding the need for the Jews to accept the pagan Constantinian concept of a man-God Messiah? Well, allow me to quote again from Eddie Chumney’s book Restoring the Two Houses of Israel.
“Once the house of Judah (Judaism) and the house of Israel (Christianity) recognize that Yeshua/Jesus is the God of Israel (YHVH) manifested in the flesh and is the promised Jewish Messiah (Mashiach), full restoration can come to both houses of Israel.”
Do you see any difference at all between what traditional Christianity teaches and what this typical counterfeit Messianic leader teaches? Since the false Israel (Christianity) of Mr. Chumney already recognizes that “Yeshua/Jesus is the God of Israel (YHVH) manifested in the flesh and is the promised Jewish Messiah”, he is therefore laying the burden firmly upon the backs of Judah/Judaism (the Jewish people) to accept the mystery Babylon “God in the flesh” lie that he and hordes of other counterfeit Messianics promote.
So, now we have firmly established the following about both Replacement Theology and 2house.
They BOTH teach:
- Christianity is the “Israel of God” or Ephraim.
- “Israel” is the spiritual entity of Christianity. Those promoting these teachings say that “Israel” is composed of those that accept “Yeshua” as “God in the flesh”. Both Theologies teach those that worship a man-God are Israel.
- Both greatly reduce the relevance of literal Israel by defining Israel as the spiritual entity of Christianity.
- Both teach the Jewish people, literal “Judah”, must accept that Messiah is God in order to be the Israel of God!
- The primary ingredients of both are the ideas that Christianity is the “Israel of God” and that only Christianity and her counterfeit Messianic daughter are correct regarding who and what Messiah is, and they demand that he be accepted as “God in the flesh”.
I can now once again state Hello? My friend, they are virtually identical teachings! Demanded within both the camp of the Replacement Theology proponents and the Two House Theology proponents is the notion that the Jews must accept Messiah as “God in the flesh.” The only difference between Replacement Theology and 2house is that 2house is less anti-Semitic and does not totally reject the Jews (Judah) as being irrelevant. Other than that, they are exactly the same! So, 2house is nothing more than a “kinder, gentler” version of Replacement Theology.
This also provides further support that counterfeit Messianic Judaism is Constantinian Christianity. It is no marvel why Messianics refuse to condemn the gross paganism and mystery Babylon teachings of Christianity. They can’t because if they did they would be condemning themselves.
What is really disappointing is Mr. Chumney’s earlier statement:
“…In embracing the truth of the two houses of Israel, this book rejects all forms, thought and intent of elitism and replacement theology against the house of Judah (Judaism). On the contrary, the purpose of this book is to promote restoration, reconciliation and unity…”
This statement is disappointing because he and others are promoting the same thing Constantinian Christianity has been promoting for centuries, which is the demand that the Jews accept a pagan, “God in the flesh” Messiah! I have proven 2house IS Replacement Theology with a twist.
THEREFORE, HE IS PROMOTING REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY EVEN AS HE CLAIMS TO OPPOSE IT! In light of his and his fellow counterfeit Messianic’s demands, he is contributing to replacement theology by redefining it in his “new” terms. He is one of many who “say they are Jews but are not” just as Messiah states in Revelation.
In conclusion, I have proven, using the very words of a primary promoter of the Two House Theology, that 2house is clearly a “new and improved” version of Replacement Theology. In addition, I have shown that the exact same demands Christianity insists upon regarding what is required of the Jewish people is what is demanded by counterfeit Messianics that promote this particular flavor of 2house theology. In the process I have provided further evidence proving counterfeit Messianics, counterfeit Nazarenes, and Constantinian Christians are poured from the same mold and represent, in reality, precisely the same unscriptural religion.
The Two House Theology is, indeed, a cunningly devised propaganda device aimed at establishing counterfeit Messianic and Nazarene groups as the only “true” faith – the true “Israel of God”! Of course, such is not the case.
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