Archives For dispensationalism

How does one witness to an erstwhile dispenstionalist? That is the question. But not to worry: I have the answer. And the authority to frame the answer. My Background Training When I was a student at a dispensationalist college in Tennessee, the faculty continually emphasized that proper methods are essential for successfully witnessing to unbelievers. […]

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Dispensationalists argue that the “prophetic time clock” has been on hold since Israel rejected Christ’s offer of an earthly, political kingdom in the first century — despite his initially rejecting the Jews’ demand for just such a kingdom (John 6:15), his denying any interest whatsoever in a political kingdom (John 18:33–36), and some of his […]

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In this blog I will review Mark Hitchcock’s What Jesus Says About Earth’s Final Days (2003). I do this in order to illustrate the confusion that reigns in dispensationalism, simultaneously with their enormous sales among their disoriented adherents. That such a system could control the evangelical market amazes one and all. The Marketing Juggernaut Dispensationalism […]

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Dispensationalists have a strong commitment to a literalistic hermeneutic. In fact, the leading dispensational theologian of the last part of the Twentieth Century, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, declared “consistent literalism” to be one of the three sine qua non of dispensationalism. Dispensationalists often speak of literalism as “plain interpretation.” Consequently, the average dispensationalist-in-the-pew reflexively (mindlessly) […]

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Lay defenders of dispensationalism often point to Zechariah 14:4ff as an important component of their literalistic view of the eschatological future. Unfortunately though, this is one of the areas where dispensationalism runs aground with an embarrassing thud as they attempt their literalistic approach to prophecy. You might say that they stumble over the mountains as […]

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Dispensationalism holds to two foundational, all-controlling convictions: (1) The proper approach to interpreting Scripture is literalism (even in the Book of Revelation!). (2) Racial Israel is the key to prophecy and is forever kept distinct from the church (even into eternity!). If you are a dispensationalist, you will immediately recognize these two issues as near […]

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An oddity of dispensationalism’s premillennialism is that it spends more time discussing the terrifying seven year Great Tribulation that it does the glorious Thousand Year reign of Christ. By doing this it dwells on a brief aside in history (the seven year Tribulation) rather than history’s supposed long-term goal (the Millennium). It lingers longer over […]

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