A common question asked of those who study the holocaust is, "When did the War end?" The questioner, looking for a time or date or place, wants a limit or threshold: the War ended here...the war ended then, The answer to the question, "When did the war end, when did the Shoah end?" is "It did not end". It is seen in every anti-semitic
feeling, every tiny hatred. It bred and became silent and went underground. The Shoah turned more 'tempestuous', as
in 1968 when the tanks rolled into Prague and free speech was silenced.
As Dubcek disappeared, voices in Warsaw Krakow & Lodz, the few Jewish voices left in Poland recognized the signals of ominous change and
began to speak out, mostly in the Universities. They were branded
these beliefs, prevalent among Baptists and Presbyterians; re that the Jewish nation is currently cut off by God and cannot be granted salvation in the same way as gentiles; the belief that Jewish persons even in the fulness of belief do not inherit Heaven, but a new
earth or refurbished earth, or the belief that Jewish persons must do more than receive the grace of God in salvation but at further times
must also earn their way into heaven (e.g.works+grace salvation) Read More...
The belief that humankind descended from a more primitive, 'root-race' and that as this root race is replaced by a more 'genetically superior' race (usually Aryan) a worldwide Utopia becomes possible. Variations include that race as descendants of the Atlanteans. Lends toward Master Race thinking and was a prevailing position of Theosophy and the Nazis.Read More...
Modern Bible Translations, based upon non-traditional,less complete manuscript classes, which degrade the Jew in identity, place in history, status as chosen or destiny and role in God's sovereignty. Views which dismiss: the mystery of the Jews, the Jews as the oracles of God, the dismissal of modern day Jews as not being the descendants of the Hebrews; or the severing of the everlasting covenant status of the Jewish nation.Read More...
The belief that the Jews alone or primarily are responsible for the Death of Christ and therefore deserve
the punishment and persecutions they historically received, up to and including the Shoah, or Holocaust. Medieval
terms such as "Christ-Killer" come from this long held heresy. Read More...
A religio-political point of view in which generic 'human rights' supercedes all biblical mandates
and teaching most importantly the covenant of the Land given Israel. Many liberal secularists
hold this view as well as many major liberal denominations worldwide. Read More...
"Stalinist-Zionists". The idea that the Shoah was forever over was misinformed:
Poland's government did not openly show their support, but it was widely
known that the emerging Nazi rhetoric and publications and ensuing pogroms
could not have been done without their complicity.
Gales became sharper, and prominent Jewish persons were once again in Poland
removed from teaching posts, from government positions, from leadership in
the arts and communications industries. Over 25,000 fled to freedom,
survivors of the Shoah just 23 years afterward, in such tumultuous times that
it became clear (and was feared) that the Shoah could have easily re-emerged.
The underlying 'winds' still blows beyond Europe, every time the Jews are
degraded to something less than others; everytime someone who does not fit
the image of another, e.g. the disabled, the deaf, the blind, the mentally
handicapped, persons of color, the poor, is dismissed as not valuable, or
even detrimental. Anti-Semitism is the sure barometer of the Gale that lies
dormant but is not gone.
In a suburbanite Sunday School class, over 20 years ago, my
college age daughter had to choose to leave the study, leading to our leaving the
church as well. The individual who taught the class expounded on the
dangers of rich Jewish bankers and world control, of reform Jews
"mongrelizing" the race. This was not a fringe church, nor did these
comments represent most of the members, indeed many would have been
appalled, but it was taught nonetheless and the Pastor dismissed it as a
free speech issue, refusing to have the man step down. He failed to see the danger in such rhetoric.
Traditional churches, not openly anti-Semitic, allow a person here, a
person there; a piece of bad doctrine, a questionable publication to come into
their church or be placed on stands of reading material. At first there is a dismissal of wrong doctrine or personal
opinion, then there comes a desensitization, and finally acquiescence, as
more and more hard-heartedness leads to the vilest anti-Semitism. Many years later, the
person in question repeatedly (with the pastor and church members) sought to block the publication
of this site: prejudices and ingrained ideas of racial and doctrinal hatred can sometimes overwhelm
otherwise reasonable people. There is a far greater need than most assume to confront 'dangerous doctrines'
and other beliefs that lead both to error in the Church, and resulting hate crimes.
Dangerous Doctrines-A Few to Be Discussed
There are additionally doctrines that have lasted for centuries which
are still espoused today by mainline denominations which while not overtly
anti-Semitic, have as their natural outcome, the degradation or dismissal
of the Jewish nation all the while espousing a Jewish savior. Each of
these will be considered. When we begin to talk of negative aspects
of persons doctrines, we know we are treading on difficult ground, as wars
have been started on issues such as doctrinal differences. We ask that the
reader consider carefully whether the doctrine they have held even for
generations is biblical, or whether it is convention, and prayerfully ask
the reader to consider the outcome and effect of dangerous doctrines.
Click on Links to the Right for further information.→
Characteristics of Doctrines Which Degrade, Dismiss, Replace or Erase the Jews
While each of the "Dangerous Doctrines" mentioned bear some similarities, each also are distinctly
different. Some of the doctrines, such as "Replacement Theology", Amillenialism, Post-millenialism
and culpability doctrines are widely disbursed throughout churches of otherwise differing
theological bases. Some are lesser wide-spread, such as British-Israelism, but form the base
for many if not most White Aryan Churches which actively promote open prejudice and/or violence
against the Jews. Some are hardly considered at all, such as fringe doctrines or biblical
translations, and yet un-named and recognized they wind their way into contemporary theological
thinking and training without consideration. Following are some characteristics which most
"Dangerous Doctrines" share.
The Characteristics of "Dangerous Doctrines"
They defrock the Jews as the 'Chosen' of God, usually replacing the Church, however defined.
They dismiss or 'adjust' the identity of the Jews as a Race, Culture, Nation or Religion.
Some break genealogical ties of modern Jews to the Hebrews or Children of Israel of the Old Testament.
Most denigrate or erase the longstanding Birthright of the Jews to the Land of Israel, while others use it against the Jews. (not all, e.g. some Amillennialists, still hold to the Covenants, while placing Man as proxy to Christ.)
Many Redefine the Equality of the Jews in Redemption or Salvation: They are either required to earn their salvation
by the Law (OT), or they are not privy to salvation at all ('cut off' or karet) or they inherit only the earth, and not heaven.
What Makes a Doctrine Dangerous?
Why is the Jewish Nation important in Christian Doctrine? It is because the sovereign plan of God integrally includes the Jews: their name means "Praise", they are set apart as the saints (kodeshim or holy ones), as the Gates of the New Jerusalem, and as the inheritors of the Covenants, Oracles, The Word, The Messiah and Salvation. (Romans 9-12) Their destination by
FAITH is the same as Christians, though all must come through Messiah. The 'slumbering' referred to in Romans is not a 'cutting-off' of the Jews as is so often interpreted, but a suspension of belief while the fulness of the Gentiles comes in, at which point they take their place as rightful heirs to the promises, in covenant and belief.(Romans 9-12)
A doctrine of any sort becomes dangerous when any part of God's sovereign plan becomes
thwarted, twisted, redefined in secular or spiritual terms, or omitted. The doctrines listed
on this page, often use a deceptive and subterranean sophistry to develop their arguments: they
include real scriptures, and real truths, developing them for the listener first, and then make
'pitch' for their particular line of reasoning, often using doctrine and scriptures out of context
or ascribing to them a 'hidden' or esoteric meaning that only a select few are privy to.
"Dangerous Doctrines" are often subtle but even brief study on the topics can alert
persons to their major warning points. A main characteristic of true doctrine, is that it
does not involve coercion: while one may attempt to argue or prove a doctrinal point, the
listener is left to freely decide without pressure. While not all "dangerous doctrines" coerce
belief, many do: some become even cult-like in their determined efforts to win converts.
Our main aim in this section, is not to merely warn about caustic beliefs or cultish beliefs,
many sites have been devoted to that topic, but to particularly look at the doctrines which lend themselves
to anti-semitism. Many of these doctrines are not 'blantantly' anti-semitic but most have what happens to
the Jews or who they are as a central issue. Some, such as British Israelism claim that the Jews of today
are not the Jews of yesterday: this allows for an easy dismissal. Others seem them as overtly or covertly
as inferior or evil, a race which is either dying out, not heir to salvation or the promises of God,
or at least not like others, or outright evil. The introduction of these concepts and others like them
into the Church body often forms itself first in doctrinal arguments.
While many churches have well defined doctrines that change little from generation to generation, i.e.
Methodists, Southern Baptists, Presbyterian/Reform, and so on, two difficulties may occur which can
give rise to the growth of "dangerous doctrines" in a congregation. One is a congregation with
ill-defined doctrine, or 'open doctrine' (one church has as their motto "No doctrine but Christ") which
sounds laudable, but may lead to an oblique mix of doctrinal positions and hence division) and the second
problem is a church with doctrine of centuries, where there is blind or implicit acceptance of the doctrines
These modern day doctrinal dangers will be examined each in turn.
Older doctrines and doctrines which are not currently at issue will be
examined under the rubric of the CHURCH AND THE SHOAH. Look for more
information on these topics shortly.