By Dr. Todd D. Baker
B'rit Hadashah Ministries
Q. My wife and I are born-again evangelicals with a heart for Israel. However, we disagree on a very important point: Romans 11:26. She believes this to mean that the Jewish people do not need to accept Jesus before they die, that the Jewish people have a different covenant with God by which they will be in Heaven.
Can you help me show her that Jesus is the only way? If you agree with her, then please explain it to me.
A. With respect, I suggest that your wife reread the New Testament in light of the following refutation of the Dual Covenant fallacy. If Jews have a way to salvation other than Jesus, then the Apostles and the Scriptures are in error. God forbid! And I have wasted twenty-three Gospel outreaches to evangelize the Jewish people in Israel.
Another Way for Jews?
Claiming that the Jews don’t need Jesus for salvation is a false theology that Satan created to keep the Church from witnessing to Israel, and to deprive the Jews of salvation! Jesus told the Jews in John 8:24 that if they did not believe He was the Messiah, they would die in their sins. Not once has this warning been revoked in Scripture, or has another way of salvation been offered to the Jews. On the contrary, the warning is repeatedly affirmed in John 14:6; Acts 2:36–38; 4:12; 5:29–32; 7:51–53; 13:36–52; Romans 1:16; 11:1–4 and other places in Scripture.
Moreover, the New Covenant was first given to Israel for their salvation, promised by God and offered by Jesus (Jeremiah 31:31; Matthew 15:24; John 4:22). Jesus affirmed that He is the only way to God and to salvation in John 14:6—there is no other way! Concerning this very truth, the Apostle Peter said to the Jews then and for all time:
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Romans 1:16 lays out the divine order of evangelism for the Church to follow—the Gospel of salvation is to go to the Jew first. Surely if Jews could be saved outside of the Gospel, Paul would have said so here and not insisted that we Believers witness to the Jews first. The Dual Covenant Theology falsely claims that Jews can be saved by a means or covenant other than Jesus and the New Covenant.
“All Israel will be saved,” in the context of Romans 11:25–26, refers to the Jews of Israel who are alive to see the Lord Jesus return at the Second Coming. It does not mean that every Jew throughout history will be saved.
- Romans 11:25-36—The Salvation of Israel • SpiritandTruth.org (Tony Garland)
- The Dual Covenant Heresy: More End-Time Deception • BPB (Jan Markell)
- Do Jews have to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved? • GotQuestions.org
- The Remnant of Israel: Past, Present, and Future • Ariel Ministries (Arnold Fruchtenbaum)
- The Dangers of Dual Covenant Theology • Charisma (Jonathan Bernis)