DISPENSATIONAL THEOLOGY: HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

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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?

About Cathy

My name is Cathy White and I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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7 Responses to DISPENSATIONAL THEOLOGY: HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

  1. Cathy says:

    I’ve recently heard of recruiting within the “church” asking Christians to volunteer in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). I’ve heard of Christians actually being in the IDF as combatants (recent war in Gaza). Those who are deceived in this way, and who put themselves in a position where they could be killing people, and thinking they are doing the Lord service, are putting their souls in danger because they have strayed from the faith once delivered to the saints.

    These are not minor issues.

    The most loving thing a believer can do is warn of false doctrine.

    Pastors are leading the Lord’s flock seriously astray. Many who are in the pulpit shouldn’t be there because they lack discernment on many critical issues.

  2. Cathy says:

    You are correct to be very concerned.

    The “plan B” teaching is false doctrine. Dispensationalists teach that Jesus came to set up an earthly kingdom at His first coming. We know that’s not true. They also teach that the Jewish people refused the Lord’s offer of an earthly kingdom, and for that reason God instituted “plan B.” This teaching is not found in the bible.

    The following bible verses are just a few that refute dispensational teaching.

    Ephesians 2:11-22 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

    Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

    Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

    Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

    Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

    Also, my husband and I found the books referenced at the links below very helpful …

    The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Zion’s Christian Soldiers?: The Bible, Israel and the Church

  3. Mike Viccary says:

    I am very much concerned about dispensational theology. I do not want to be critical and harsh but this teaching is causing me personal concern. I have a good colleague who believes this stuff and every time he teaches he seems to splice up scripture so that certain parts apply to us and certain parts don’t. Also he has suggested that the church age from Christ’s first to His second coming is but a parenthesis in God’s plan! I cannot follow this because I believe that the OT scriptures prophesy the church age. Am I wrong? What scriptures predict that Christ inaugurated the church as it now stands?

  4. Cathy says:

    All you say is so very true. Thank you for taking the time comment.

  5. Joe says:

    When approaching Dispensationalists of any kind, be prepared to get a tiny taste of what Jesus experienced when talking with the religious leaders of Israel. (And believe me, this really hurts when you are expecting Christian fellowship.)

    Your last point is the major problem with dispensationalism: It is Israel – of the flesh – centered! These folks deny that Jesus has fulfilled the promises to Abraham in spite of the clarity of New Testament revelation. As A. W. Pink confesses concerning the great host of Reformation witnesses along with even earlier Christian writers, “But why did not men of God in the past who wrote church history, commentaries, theological textbooks, concordances and sermons, teach the same? Surely they were scholars and should have known! But how strange it was that they failed to possess and teach the “light” of dispensationalism! They did not even mention a restored Jewish political state or a thousand-year reign of Christ on David’s literal throne in a natural and material kingdom. They seemed to be absolutely unaware of a so-called kingdom postponement, a future national Jewish restoration,….”

    Today, dispensationalists are more than tolerated, they are credited with successfully spreading the gospel. Yet some of us see that they are dividing, not only God’s Word, but God’s people. They are doing great damage to the unity of Christ’s elect.

    Thanks for this post. I am encouraged by your display of courage to speak the truth.

  6. Cathy says:

    I noticed the comment about Israel being God’s timepiece on your blog, but I didn’t have the energy to point it out either. And I know what you mean about people thinking this is chapter and verse from Scripture.

    “A very dangerous beast” is a very interesting phrase. I have been thinking about doing a post just speculating on the meaning of the “mark of the beast.” I really think dispensationalism has “mark of the beast” traits, and so does involvement in rebuilding the temple.

    Not rambling . . . but rather a very interesing and thought provoking comment. Thanks.

  7. pjmiller says:

    Cathy im in agreement with all of your points..

    The first one you mentioned: “Israel is God’s time clock or timepiece” is said so often i think many christians actually believe its a verse in the bible.

    Just recently someone who left a comment on my blog used it in the middle of their post–but i didn’t have the strength to even correct them. I know that sounds terrible [and lazy on my part] but i could tell by their whole post they were a dispensationalist, so i knew it would fall on deaf ears.

    As far as it being dangerous–in my opinion it is today. It has always been error, but now with so many who follow this theology involved politically in foreign affairs, (as it pertains to the middle east) it has morphed into a highly dangerous ‘beast’.

    I think this is because dispensationalism isn’t just a theology but more a form of eschatology. And as we are living in the closing days, it is playing a huge part in many of the decisions christians are making–heck, its even playing into the coming presidential election! Many christians (who follow the teachings of DT) are basing their decision on who to vote for, not on prayer, but on how either of the candidates view or speak about the modern day state of Israel!

    Yesterday i posted a link to the recent story concerning the preparations being made for the re-building of a temple–along with Job’s commentary on the topic at Jesus Christology blog. Job stated, concerning involvement in this project :

    “my position is MESSIANIC JEWS AND GENTILE CHRISTIANS, STAY AWAY”

    And he is right. We as Christians should have nothing to do with this: But those who follow DT are deeply involved with this project financially, and have been for years. In fact they vocally support it.

    I’m rambling so will stop…i don’t want to fill up your blog…lol

    Yes its an extremely dangerous theology..especially today…in every way.

    pj

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