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A LIST OF SCRIPTURES AGAINST DISPENSATIONALISM

Guest —  March 27, 2012 — 3 Comments

Dispensationalism is a vexing error, made all the more vexing by its prominence among evangelicals today, who, for the most part, wish do nothing more than to learn and be faithful to Scripture. Fortunately, it is not a damning error, as many dispensationalists hold to and proclaim the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, this system of theology has the potential to be damning (with theological outworkings such as non-lordship salvation – something that is an oxymoron in its own right) in the worst case, and confusing in the best, as it breaks apart God’s beautiful tapestry of progressive revelation throughout the ages, and destroys the continuity of the people of God.

While such will not send anyone to hell, or necessarily hold one back in sanctification, it probably will in all likelihood keep one from beholding the glory of God in His salvific workings throughout the history of the world as recorded in Scripture, and blind one to the glory of the Savior as revealed in the types of the OT, to a greater degree than if one had not been confounded by these errors. Such has been my experience in Dispensationalism, and considering the seeming proliferation of the people who find a good portion of the OT to be a dry read, I was not alone. Christ is prefigured in these books, and His plan of redemption revealed, but unfortunately, it has been my experience that the Dispensational mindest makes it hard, if not impossible, to feast upon and behold the glory of Christ as set forth in these pages – a glory that is made all the more richer in light of the NT revelation, where the typological components of the OT find their perfect fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

As a result, Dispensationalism puts the people of God at a disadvantage, keeping them from having a much richer feast upon the Word of God than they would otherwise have had. Even worse, this means that God is not glorified to that measure in His people, as they are not delighting in His glory to that measure. Unfortunately, as one who has come out of this error, it is easy to see why it is so prevalent, as it is taught in some form from nearly every pulpit (at least in my denomination), and those who don’t hold to it are often maligned and accused of “spiritualizing away” Scripture, as if letting Scripture interpret Scripture is somehow being unfaithful to Scripture…but I digress. It was only when, by God’s grace, I began to study the historic doctrines of the faith, especially of the Reformation, and to see the glory of Christ in the whole of redemptive history as revealed by Scripture, and not according to Darby, Scofield, and Chafer, that the tepid theology of Dispensationalism gave way to something much richer and satisfying.

To this end, I present a list of Scriptures drawn up by Nathan Pitchford (of monergism.com), which gives a good Scriptural argument against these errors. Of course, this is not everything that could be said, and I can’t say that I agree with all of his conclusions, but it is an excellent list to get one thinking about whether or not God really has two separate “programs” going on in redemptive history. May God be glorified and His people edified in the proper study of His Word.

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  1. Thanks for creating this web site. I am a Southern Baptist trying to reconnect Baptists back to their Calvinistic and Postmillennial roots. It is an uphill struggle to say the least. 99% are dispensationalists and few understand the doctrine of grace adequately.

    I presented the Postmillennial side of eschatology in Sunday School last summer and that raised quite a lot of questions (and eyebrows!). Most had never heard of it. Most had heard only dispensationalism all their lives (like me until a few years ago). Most did not know that many great Baptist missionaries shared this “hopeful” eschatology. People come to me all the time, now with lots of questions.

    I now have a single, reputable, source I can send them to so they can study the subject themselves. There are other sites that have some good information, but they also contain a lot of junk, too, so I am excited about this site.

    I have a deep respect for Ken Gentry and Gary DeMar and have read many of their books on a host of subjects. Thanks for putting this site together. God Bless!

    • Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. April 2, 2012 at 6:30

      Thank you for your encouraging comments. Much appreciated. Keep studying and promoting this hope-filled view of history. Ken Gentry.

  2. dispensationalists fail to note how nsierseusposistic presuppositions are imbedded in their own system, robbing Israel’s chosenness of its substance and meaning. Rabbi so true. Some time ago I’ve gathered some quotes from some of the earliest and still most influential advocates of Dispensationalism, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer and C.I. Scofield. They clearly show that through the prism of their new fangled theology these men viewed Israel of the past AND the future (that is after the coming of Messiah) as something of lower, earth-bound, fleshly nature and her future glories, while still relatively splendid, as vastly inferior in comparison to the heavenly glories which the Christian Church were to experience in eternity. I call this the Spiritual Replacement Theology , where although Israel is so generously allowed to retain her physical blessings, her spiritual future and the promises of her being drawn spiritually closer to G-d are superseded by another group that views itself as superior to Israel in all respects.

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