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Dispensational theology is the curse of the modern day Christian church. That’s what I thought this morning as I pondered the errors that dispensationalism propagates. Then I thought, well how dangerous is it? These are some things that came to mind . . .
1. A popular catch phrase that is often heard is that secular modern day Israel is God’s time clock or timepiece. This is not true yet it is repeated, like a mantra, over and over again. This is because Daniel 9:27 is erroneously attributed to a future reign of “The Anti-Christ” when in fact this passage of scripture refers to Jesus Christ.
Daniel 9:27 And he (a) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to (b) cease, (c) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
2. We are being taught that there is a second chance for people to be saved after the Lord comes for His church. This is not true. The coming of the Lord for His people is synonymous with His judging the world. When the Lord comes there will be no second chance for anyone to be saved. I’ve heard the teaching of the “secret rapture” referred to as a type of protestant purgatory.
3. It is taught that the deciding factor on whether you are blessed or cursed of God is your treatment of Israel after the flesh. Yet scripture tells us that all our blessings are in Christ and that the wrath of God is upon those who do not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:23,24 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
4. Dispensationalism falsely teaches that God favors the Jewish people above others. But the scriptures teach otherwise.
Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
5. Are we, as Christians, to be Ambassadors for Christ to all nations, or are we to be Ambassadors of Destruction? Dispensationalism teaches that the land in modern day Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Because of this teaching the Christian church has been drawn into secular politics. Because of this teaching the modern day Christian church justifies Christians bearing arms, and killing people who are not Jewish. During the 2006 Lebanon Israeli war, prayer requests were sent out from born again Christians who are living and ministering in Israel. They asked that we would pray that the Israeli army would be successful in destroying the infrastructures in Lebanon. At the time I received this prayer request I was watching the news showing all the destruction in Lebanon, which included the death of children. I, as a Christian, will not pray for the destruction of a Jewish person, nor the destruction of a Gentile, nor for the destruction of anything else.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
6. Dispensational theology takes the focus off of Christ and places it on national Israel. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all God’s promises to mankind.
2 Corinthians 1:19-20 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
I’ve written this with the hope that some will give thought to these things, and come out of the terrible deception of dispensationalism. This modern day heresy has negatively affected so many Christians, in so many areas of biblical truth, it’s difficult to know where to start in combating this false theology. It seems to me that dispensational theology, if embraced, can seriously alter a correct biblical view of people, governments, the world, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. So these are my thoughts. What do you think? Dispensational theology, how dangerous is it?