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By Sam Storms. Why has Postmillennialism received such bad reviews? Why has it, at least in the twentieth-century, been so casually dismissed by most conservative evangelicals? The answer is found in taking note of several misconceptions and misrepresentations of PostM. 1. Postmillennialism has been mistakenly linked and often identified with belief in the inherent goodness […]

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Many consult the newspapers and point out that the world is in a great moral and spiritual decline, which is antithetical to postmillennialism’s historical optimism. For instance, dispensationalist theologian Paul N. Benware responds against postmillennialism that “the idea that the world is getting better and better does not at all seem to be in line […]

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Because of postmillennialism’s long-term expectations, many evangelicals complain that this eschatology undermines the spirit of watchfulness enjoined upon Christ’s Church. After all, by the very nature of the case postmillennialism denies the “imminent” return of Christ. For instance, best-selling dispensationalist author Dave Hunt laments postmillennialism because, in it “there is an increasing antagonism against eagerly […]

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by Eugene Clingman (Nordskog Publishing) Thank you for asking hard questions last night when I was sharing with you the Postmillennial vision and understanding of the Bible. Let me first say that in order to embrace a doctrine as a faithful Christian all the Bible verses must work together. Secondly, whatever system of eschatology one […]

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by Rev. Greg L. Bahnsen, Ph.D. (Philosophy, University of California)  We Believe As we saw in our last study, postmillennalists believe that Jesus established the kingdom of God on earth during His first advent. “God has highly exalted Him to His right hand to be a Prince and Savior that He might give repentance and […]

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By Rev. Greg L. Bahnsen, Ph.D. (Philosophy, University of Southern California) We Believe According to evangelical, Bible-believing postmillennialism, fallen man is utterly incapable of entering or advancing the kingdom of God in his own effort, wisdom, or accomplishment. God’s kingdom comes not by human work, but by the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ (cf. Colossians 1:13-14) and […]

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One recurring objection to postmillennialism is that at base this eschatological system is liberal, reflecting liberalism’s historical outlook. This is largely charged because of postmillennialism’s confidence in the glorious future progress of human civilization. Oftentimes anti-postmillennialists draw parallels between the optimistic expectations of postmillennialism and those of the social gospel. For instance, amillennialist Kim Riddlebarger […]

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