“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31:31).
The Church has made some critical mistakes in her history, in terms of rightly dividing the word of truth and properly understanding what the gospel really says; the legacy of which explains the condition of modern Christianity.
Firstly, the Church has adopted the position that it has taken the place of Israel in the eyes of God; this is not true. God made the New Covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not with anyone else. This scripture is also referred to by the writer to the Hebrews (Hebrews 8:8). It is a new covenant, replacing the old covenant, which was made with the Jews. The position of gentiles however, is that they are able to grafted in to the Body of Christ and to become His people, through faith and trust in Christ Jesus.
Secondly, the Church has not understood the Jewish nature of the revelation of God to His people. We try to understand Hebraic narrative through a Hellenic paradigm, or mindset; this is impossible. Peter warned that there was much in Paul’s writing that was hard to understand and that there would be those who were unlearned and unstable who would distort the scriptures and lead many astray. So is has proved to be.
Thirdly, the Church has emulated Judaism in its religious nature, particularly in its focus on priestcraft and religious externalism; sacrifice, offerings, prayer rituals and public liturgy. They have taken the mistakes of the Jews and incorporated them into Christianity and, it must be said, that they have also taken on board much of the paganism of Rome in its temples, idols, glorification of man and manipulation of the public mood.