2 Ways to Heaven? Daily Wire Commentator Andrew Klavan Appeals to Christians Who Worry About Ben Shapiro’s Salvation

Conservative commentator Andrew Klavan recently sparked controversy by responding to the Daily Wire’s firing of commentator and colleague Candace Owens for what was described as antisemitism. 

In an episode of the Andrew Klavan Show, Klavan, himself a Jewish-American who professes to hold to a Christian faith that affirms homosexuality, attacked Christians who have a desire to see Jewish commentator Ben Shapiro bend the knee to Christ:

“Christ is the King and one day every knee will bow and recognize that, because he’s not just my King but King of the universe, but when you use that phrase to mean that God has abandoned his chosen people the Jews through whom he came into this world incarnate and that he’s broken his promises, his covenant with the Jews, you are quoting scripture like Satan does in the Bible. You are quoting scripture to your purpose, and that to me is specifically wicked.

You know, when you spit that phrase at Ben Shapiro, my friend Ben Shapiro, and you know I understand this, all of you who love Ben, and I love Ben and Jordan Peterson, y’all want to see them find Jesus because you know what joy and freedom that gives you and you certainly feel that it alters your relationship with God, but when I think about this to be honest with you, and I know that some people will disagree with this, but, life is not a game show where you guess the name of God and you get to go to heaven. Honk, you know, they ask, the name is Jesus. I look at Ben’s life and think that if Ben were to embrace Jesus Christ it would cause devastation to his family to the people that love him, to the people that listen to him, to his position in the world. I just have a feeling that God has put this guy where he wants him to do what he wants him, to do what he wants him to do.

And as you know, I feel that you know, the Jews were not abandoned by God. I feel the same way about Jordan. Jordan struggles with this stuff, and I feel like I have an inkling of why he has to struggle with it, but his struggle is inspiring to other people, and I think God wants his boys where he’s got em, and there’s no thought in my mind that he’s not gonna send these guys into battle and then turn his back on them when they come marching home. It’s not a game show. You know Christ is Love, Christ is truth, Christ is the logos of the moral order. You follow love, you follow truth, and you follow the moral order, and you will find yourself ultimately at Jesus Christ’s door. I don’t worry about Ben and Jordan Peterson one little bit, and so when you spit Christ the King at them to insist that they have been rejected by the one who sent them to do the work that they’re doing, Nah, no, no, no, no, no. That doesn’t just sit with me in the least.”

Klavan’s comments on the status before God of Jewish people who do not profess Christ show that he holds to the false belief that modern ethnic or religious Jews who do not profess Christ remain “God’s chosen people,” possessing a favored position that will universally lead them to “Jesus Christs’ door.” 

Klavan’s beliefs on the salvation of Jewish people are similar to the dispensationalist dual covenant heresy held by John Hagee. Like Klavan, Hagee also has said that he doesn’t worry about evangelizing Jewish people because he believes that they will receive a second chance to accept Christ at the end of the day. This is a heretical position because it directly denies the Gospel to the Jews.

The historical orthodox and reformed theological position on the salvation of the Jews teaches that in the New Covenant, the people of God profess Christ and belong to the church, including both Jews and Gentiles. The view is often derided as “replacement theology” by dispensationalists who believe that the Jews remain the people of God based on their ethnicity and can enter into heaven because of their chosen status. 

In Romans 9, the apostle Paul makes clear that not all descendants of Israel belong to Israel, and those who were previously not included in the people of God, gentiles, who have become children of God by faith, have been grafted into the people of God. 

The people of God in the new covenant include both Jews and Gentiles, and there is not a second separate covenant by which Jewish people can enter heaven. Jesus is the only way, and there is only one people of God, which is his bride, the church.

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.  Romans 9:6-8.

As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’” And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel[c] be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” Romans 9:25-28

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:30-33

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, a Jewish colleague of Klavan, has been confronted with the Gospel on a number of occasions by pastors and theologians, including Voddie Baucham and John Macarthur. Shapiro maintains his Jewish beliefs and personally refuses to proselytize for the Jewish faith, believing that most people shouldn’t convert to Judaism but rather earn salvation through a works-based system of following the seven laws of Noah

In regard to Christ, Shapiro believes that Jesus was merely one of many revolutionary criminals of his day who were put to death by the Romans, a belief that is consistent with Talmudic Judaism’s denial of the divinity of Jesus. The frequent strategic use of the term “Judeo-Christian” to pair Judaism with Christianity as allies in the political sphere by dispensationalists and political pundits alike merely reinforces the idea that Christianity and modern Talmudic Judaism can peacefully co-exist and mutually benefit one another without offense. 

In the minds of Jewish adherents like Shapiro, works of the Jewish law are highly meritorious. Tolerance towards non-Jews, who he would classify as “good people” who he believes enter heaven as a result of their works-based adherence to the seven laws of Noah, is seen as a virtue. 

Unfortunately, when Christians announce the Gospel in a way that declares the sinfulness of man, this falls especially hard on Jewish people, like Ben Shapiro, who take offense to the news that they are sinners in need of a savior (like all other people of the earth). Though it may be offensive to tell a Jew that Christ is King, the announcement of the Gospel by Christians who care about their Jewish neighbors is the kindest thing that one could ever proclaim.

While the focus of the ensuing controversy spurred by Klavan’s words has been cast on a minority of online Groypers and bona-fide antisemites like Nick Fuentes, who have appropriated the phrase “Christ is King” and used it as a rallying cry to promote racial malice and ethnic vainglory, it is important to differentiate between genuine antisemitism and the natural hostility felt toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Jews who take offense to the message that there is a Messiah and King to whom they will bow the knee.

While the message of the Gospel is an offense to the unregenerate adherents of modern Talmudic Judaism who trust in their works and bloodline for righteousness, the gospel’s call to repent and acknowledge Christ as King is far from antisemitic. Rather, it is preached to the Jewish people that they might repent and be grafted into the people of God.

And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. Romans 1:23


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20 thoughts on “2 Ways to Heaven? Daily Wire Commentator Andrew Klavan Appeals to Christians Who Worry About Ben Shapiro’s Salvation

  1. What a caricature of dispensatiomalism this article presented. Those who hold to the two covenant view are usually hyperdispensationalists and are in error. Most careful dispensationalists hold that the Jews are collectively still God’s chosen people, but individually are required to trust Christ for eternal life (cf. Rom. 11:28). Klavan is just a compromiser plain and simple.

  2. Just in saying that “… life is not a game show where you guess the name of God and you get to go to heaven,” he has shown his ignorance of basic Biblical soteriology.

  3. “Replacement theology”
    Christianity has been increasingly under attack in this way – while “Judeo-Christian” is itself trying to replace our societies founding.

    I wouldn’t blame some dispensationalists too much. A lot of this stuff ultimately traces to Judaism supporters themselves, and groups like some dispensationlists are just infiltrated or going along because they don’t get funded or helped by groups with power or are attacked if they don’t. I well remember some famous people I liked who were attacked this way, including cartoonists like John Hart of B.C. and The Wizard of Id fame for being an evangalizing Christian (and who used to make gospel tracts).

  4. Behold some bad fruit of Dispensational doctrines. Right in line with false prophet John Hagee’s teaching. He might’ve advised them on this one but we don’t know.

    1. Your comment is just intellectually dishonest. If John Hagee is the extent of your understanding of dispensationalism, then you haven’t even done five minutes of research on the topic. Thus, you are not credible. What Andrew Klavan expressed has literally nothing to do with dispensationalism. Remember, it was through Covenant Theology that the social gospel and theological liberalism were born. The vast majority of dispensationalists would say without any hesitation that Christ is the only way (John 14:6). Ben Shapiro is sadly on his way to hell unless he changes his mind and believes alone in Christ.

      1. Darby foisted a horribly unbiblical understanding of Israel on the Church. And his form of Pre-Mil eschatology is most harmful to the Gospel.

        But you do you

        1. This, too, in erroneous beyond measure. You spout something with absolute certainty, yet are gravely and demonstrably in error. Yet you also (at least somewhat admittedly) add hate to it. Yikes!

          It would be profoundly helpful if you did some research on your own before spouting bald-faced lies.

          So many people laughably and embarrassingly blame Darby for … whatever (Pre-Trib; dispensationalism; etc), but that is, again, demonstrably false. Yet these lies are just repeated over and over, and so undiscerning people not only fall for these lies, they go on to repeat these fallacies.

          Yikes!

      2. I don’t think there are many Anti-Dispensationalists who have done much, if any serious research. The telltale sign is when they blame Darby.

        1. I have performed sufficient research to determine to my satisfaction that the theology offered by Darby is incorrect and corrosive to true faith.

          1. While you are wrong about Darby, you keep spreading falsehoods about him (blaming him for dispensationalism;etc) showing you have not done the research. This also doesn’t speak well when it comes to Berean-like discernment. There’s even more, but that’s enough for now.

  5. Klaven’s comments ignore the blessings and curses given to Israel. God was specific in how He would treat Israel depending on its faithfulness and never guaranteed He would bless them forever above all other nations.

  6. Dispensationalism is still a pox upon the church

    And Ben ‘Jesus was a rebel, who got killed for his trouble’ Shapiro. Shapiro hates Jesus and who knows how far away he is from salvation.

    1. James Duncan
      Explain Romans 11:28.

      How can Israel both be unsaved (i.e., enemies of the Gospel) and beloved (i.e., elect)?

        1. Thank you for your cautions. I have also investigated Darby and Scoville and their doctrinal origins, because I have reverence for God.s Word ( and have barely begun researching corrupted translations, on related topic .) There’s definitely deception within the church, not just without. to pretend otherwise is folly.

          1. @Sam
            I don’t think you’ve studied enough. ‘Scoville’ is the scale for how spicy something is. ‘Scofield’ on the other hand was an outstanding Bible teacher, even as he did get several things wrong (i.e., gap creationism). Since many of the greatest conservative stalwarts over the past century have been dispensationalists, you’d do well to learn what dispensationalism is before being so easily led by the caricatures other deceptively use against it.

        2. @James Duncan
          Typical copout from one too lazy to engage the text.
          Yes, Israel can be used several ways (all of which refer to literal Jews, never the church).
          But you aren’t paying attention to the context. The word ‘Israel’ in Romans 11:28 can only refer to unbelieving Jews. Thus, it says that unbelieving Israel is God’s elect. Ponder the implications of that.

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