In our wicked age, many millions of Christians have fallen into the serious error of believing the Jews to be spiritual brothers and allies. This ungodly and unbiblical opinion inverts the truth and makes Christians active supporters of blasphemy and proponents of the worst enemies of the Church. We must recognize that according to scripture all who deny that Jesus is the Christ, including the Jews, are impious enemies, and furthermore, that the Jews who reject their own Messiah are especially guilty of condemnation.
The faith is always assailed by enemies from every direction, and many of these enemies are very easy to recognize:
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.
-1 John 2:22-23
From this verse we see that the Jews of today, who do not accept Jesus as their Messiah, are godless antichrists. We Christians must acknowledge this truth and not shy away from any part of God’s word. The Bible says that those who reject Jesus are antichrists, not that those who reject Jesus are antichrists unless they are fleshly sons of Abraham. Being Jewish by blood does not grant special spiritual privileges or exempt anyone from the ancestral curse. The apostle Paul confirms this in the following passage. In describing the baseness of our unredeemed state, he says:
both Jews and Gentiles…are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Paul says this of Jews and Gentiles because both are in need of the same salvation. Following this description of fallen humanity, Paul says that only faith in Jesus Christ can save us from the curse. Therefore those who obstinately persist in refusing Christ can rightfully be described using this language. In accordance with scripture we say of the Jews that “with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips,” and that as long as they persist in their false beliefs, the Jews have “no fear of God before their eyes.”
While I acknowledge that the above passages from 1 John and Romans are about all unregenerate mankind and not about Jews exclusively, I believe that the wickedness of the Jews should be emphasized for two reasons.
Firstly, I focus on the Jews precisely because Christians are so confused on this subject. We do not see any formal alliances being made between Christians and atheists, Christians and Muslims, Christians and Hindus, etc., because Christians understand that all of these groups are enemies of the Church. Of all Christ-deniers, only the Jews are seen by Christians as friends and allies, and many Christians eagerly court the favor of this particular group of antichrists. The central belief of Judaism, that the Messiah has not yet come, is an evil and blasphemous opinion. To give legitimacy to this evil opinion and to praise those who hold it is a grave danger for the Christian. We invite God’s wrath, ignoring the words of Isaiah: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). By rejecting the Messiah, the Jews have cut themselves off from salvation, and yet countless Christians foolishly support the Jews and praise their piety. There is nothing praiseworthy in the false notions of the Jews, and to say otherwise is to speak evil.
Secondly, in addition to the above passages that testify to the loathsome condition of all antichrists, we also find passages in the Bible that mention the unique depravity of the apostate Jews who rejected their own Messiah. In this passage Jesus speaks to these faithless Jews:
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Jesus begins by saying to the Jews that they are more obstinate and less open to the Gospel than the gentiles would be, and goes so far as to say that the immorality of the Jews is worse than that of Sodom. How can we call the Christ-denying Jews a blessed people when Jesus’ own words tell us that their eternal punishment will be worse than what is in store for the sinners of Sodom and Gomorrah?
The calling of Abraham was the highest calling imaginable, and faithfulness to the calling resulted in the greatest reward, while faithlessness resulted in the greatest punishment. Israel was a special nation chosen by God, but chosen to bring forth the Messiah, not chosen to glory in their own flesh. The Lord came to this people to offer them the kingdom of heaven, and the faithful Jews who accepted this gift were the apostles on whom the Church was built. Those who rejected the gift, however, were cursed by His words. This egregious sin of the Jews, refusing to repent when the grace of God is offered, is something that all Christians must condemn. If we refer to the Jews as the sons of Abraham, we must also make clear that those Jews who do not accept Jesus are wicked antichrists for whom the judgment will be worse than for Sodom and Gommorah. We must be careful not to fall recklessly into the same fate by praising these antichrists. Woe unto them that call evil good, woe unto them that say antichrists are righteous.