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HOW CAN YOU BE A POSTMILLENNIALIST IN AN OBAMA WORLD?

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  June 6, 2014 — 2 Comments

I am a postmillennialist. This means that I have hope in the progress of the gospel, the salvation of the nations, and the advance of righteous culture. But in recent years I have been challenged by many Christians (even a few postmillennialists!) with the anguished question:

“How can you be a postmillennialist in an Obama world?”

My answer? I cannot. The radical revolution that gave us President Obama and the clear and horrific expression of the politics of the left are inexorably opposed to Christianity, its truth claims, and expectations. I have never seen as radical a shift in politics and culture as I have under the Obama Administration.

But the answer I provide above is only given in response to the specific terms of the question as presented. No one can be a hope-filled Christian in “an Obama world.” Obama’s platform, policies, and purposes are the very antithesis of the hope of the gospel. But I am a postmillennialist, nonetheless. Why?


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I am a postmillennialist because I do not live in an “Obama world.” I live in God’s world. Obama is an aberration, a tragic exit ramp from hope. But the Bible reveals to us an on-ramp back to hope, for it clearly states that “the earth is the LORD’s”!

Deut 10:14: “Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.”

Psa 24:1: “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.”

Psa 50:12: “The world is Mine, and all it contains.”

1 Cor 10:16: “The earth is the lord’s, and all it contains.”

Postmillennialists grieve over the signs of the collapse of America. But we must take heart, recognizing two important truths:

1. Postmillennialism does not claim that by the year 2014 the gospel will have won the victory throughout the world. Though not a theologian, Yogi Berra put it well: “It ain’t over til its over.” We must keep our eyes “above the sun,” as Solomon encourages us in Ecclesiastes. We must “seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33).

If we fall for dispensationalism’s newspaper exegesis, we may sell more books, but we will never re-ignite hope. Like righteous Simeon in the temple, we must “look for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). And though he lived in Israel under the oppression of Imperial Rome, he maintained his hope. And he was rewarded for his diliegence: he saw the baby Jesus, the very essence of hope. Our plea must be: “we wish to see Jesus” (Jn 12:21), not Obama’s Press Secretary or CNN’s talking heads.

2. Postmillennialism does not hold that Christianity needs America. God can raise up a nation of prayer-warriors and missionaries outside of America. God does not need America; America needs God. There is evidence of the revival of Christianity in various surprising places in the world. We must pray that these will be real sources of the outbreaking of the gospel.

We should remember that Jesus’ commission in Acts 1:8 states: “you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” He does not say: “you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even toAmerica, and if that doesn’t work, too bad.”


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American — and world Christians! — need to be actively praying for revival and engaging the cultural collapse we are witnessing. Though the Law of Entropy governs the decay of the natural world, the Law of Evangelism governs the progress of the spiritual world.

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

2 responses to HOW CAN YOU BE A POSTMILLENNIALIST IN AN OBAMA WORLD?

  1. Ken, thank you for that very encouraging article. You brought out so many important points. I find so much negative thinking and discouragement among my pre-mil brothers and sisters that if I am not careful I too can become discouraged. We need these encouraging reminders. And even though this DID encourage me, I am still going to purchase your ebook -God Gave Wine !!!

    Thanks again, keep up the great (encouraging) work.
    -David

  2. Its unfortunate to see many Christians basing their eschatological views on the results of one (well two) Presidential elections. Of course I might also get into a long digression about how Obama is really an inoffensive social liberal in the Clintonian mold and not an Islamic socialist fascist whatever.

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