Jesus opened His first sermon in Matthew 5 by encouraging and comforting those coming to him by telling them of the blessings of the coming kingdom. We call these the beatitudes. Each began with “Blessed are…” and concluded with a promise. I want to call your attention to the blessing in Matthew 5:5. It is probably very familiar to … Continue reading The Meek Will Inherit The…What?
https://youtu.be/ylDmZdH1uI0 In this video, Dr. Michael Brown was asked what his problems with dispensationalism were. I thought his answers provided an opportunity for learning how to answer his somewhat common objections so that you are ready should someone bring these up to you. But first, in this post, I want to address his way of … Continue reading Dr. Michael Brown’s Problems With Dispensationalism
Another dispensational straw man that critics love to set up so that they can knock down is the charge that dispensationalism is antinomian. Antinomian means without or against law. Those who set up this straw man charge that it is is not necessary for Christians to obey the so-called moral law of the Old Testament. … Continue reading Lawless? Another Dispensational Straw Man
A straw man is an intentional misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. The reason people set up straw men is because it is easier to defeat the straw man than it is to defeat the opponent’s real view. One of the most common dispensational straw men is the charge that dispensationalism teaches two ways of salvation. … Continue reading Two Ways of Salvation? A Dispensational Straw Man
In 722 B.C. then in 586 B.C. God’s judgment for Israel’s idolatry came crashing down. The northern ten tribes succumbed to an Assyrian onslaught. The remaining southern tribes were devastated by Babylon. Yet this is not the end of the story of Israel. In 538 B.C. the return from exile began. But the return was … Continue reading Isaiah Said There Will be a Second, So is This the First?
I don’t know why these things happen to me but just the other day a January 16 post on The Gospel Coalition website popped up on my feed. The title of the post is “Will People Die During Christ’s Millennial Reign?” The author, John Currid from Reformed Theological Seminary, tries to make the case that … Continue reading Yes, People Die During the Millennial Reign of Jesus
Dispensationalism is a theological system that has been characterized by three essential elements: a consistently literal reading of the Bible, a separation between Israel and the Church, and that God’s overarching purpose is to glorify Himself. It is popularly known by certain doctrines such as the physical removal of the church to heaven (Rapture) before … Continue reading Too New to be True?
The C-word, Calvinism. Just mentioning it is asking for a fight. On the one hand are the “cage-stage” Calvinists. These are the obnoxious clods who have come to embrace Calvinism and are ready to defend its five points against all-comers. In fact, they are more than ready. They are on the prowl for opportunities to … Continue reading The “C” Word and Dispensationalism