Great Replacement Theory

Christianity vs. Judaism

  1. Acts 11:26 — the writer mentions that it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians, which suggests to me that they didn’t call themselves Christians. That makes sense if many of them were Jews.
  2. Acts 26:28 — Agrippa asks if Paul is trying to make him a Christian, probably meaning “one of you people who believes in this Jesus they call the Christ.”

Replacing the Israelites

  • “The Jews” were unfaithful to God’s covenant with their ancestors. They not only dishonored the law of Moses but also twisted it to fit their own desires and oppress their fellow Jews.
  • John the Baptist prepared “the Jews” by calling them to repentance, but that was just preparation for Jesus.
  • Jesus was a Jew who ministered to “the Jews” but only so that they could be the first ones to become part of God’s new thing.
  • God started a new religion through Jesus’s ministry, which is now called Christianity, and followers of that religion are God’s new people.

Christian Colonization

Fundamentalist American Christianity

  1. Anti-Semitism. Prominent, anti-Semitic replacement theologies condition many Christians to see replacement as a standard part of God’s relationship with God’s people. This works well with legalism to convince people that straying even a little from “God’s moral code” might cause us to lose favor and, therefore, forfeit our rights as God’s people (i.e. like “the Jews” did). Anyone, then, whose appearance or way of life doesn’t match the expectations of “good Christians” is perceived as, at best, a non-believer and, at worst, an intentional adversary. Both are perceived as threats to Christians’ status as God’s people.
  2. Christian Nationalism. Because Christianity is still so entangled with American politics, empire thinking is still prevalent. There’s a perceived need to defend the “empire of Christianity,” or Christendom, which already puts others in an adversarial light. It also carries that elitist colonization mindset. From that perspective, replacement can be viewed as a political strategy that has already been employed by Christendom and may be employed by its enemies.
  3. Insecurity recognizes itself. My experience is that people often accuse others of the sorts of toxic behaviors they employ themselves. Christian communities whose identities are rooted in replacement theologies seem ready to accept the possibility of a great replacement because they know it’s plausible; it’s what they do and what they believe has already been done.

Great Replacement Theory

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Brice Laughrey

Brice Laughrey

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Owner of Breaking Bread Theology and co-founder of 1310 Ministries. Currently living and worshiping in Las Vegas, NV.