Within the multifaceted errors of Dispensational theology we find what is known as Ultra or Hyper-Dispensationalism. One of the teachings of Hyper-Dispensationalism is that the great commission in Matthew chapter 28 is not for the church.

Even Dispensationalists have come against extreme Hyper-Dispensational teaching as did H.A. Ironside.

H.A. Ironside:

“People who have never investigated Bullingerism (another word for Ultra Dispensationalism) and its kindred systems will hardly believe me when I say that even the great commission upon which the Church has acted for 1900 years, and which is still our authority for world-wide missions, is, according to these teachers, a commission with which we have nothing whatever to do, that has no reference to the Church at all, …

‘Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted.  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.  Amen’ (Matthew 28: 16-20).

According to the Bullingeristic interpretation of this passage, we should have to paraphrase it somewhat as follows:

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and earth, and after two entire dispensations have rolled by, I command that the remnant of Israel who shall be living two thousand or more years later, shall go out and teach the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them in that day to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, but from which I absolve all believers between the present hour and that coming age, and lo, I will be with that remnant until the close of Daniel’s seventieth week.’

Can anything be more absurd, more grotesque-and I might add, more wicked-than thus to twist and misuse the words of our Lord Jesus Christ?

In view of all this, may I direct my reader’s careful attention to the solemn statement of the apostle Paul, which is found in 1 Timothy, chapter 6. After having given a great many practical exhortations to Timothy as to the instruction he was to give to the churches for their guidance during all the present age, the apostle says,

“If any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ’ and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (I Tim. 6:3-5).

So here where we read that our Lord said, ‘Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned’ (Mark 16: 15,16), which would seem to indicate world-wide evangelism, looking out to the proclamation of the glad glorious Gospel of God to lost men everywhere, this commission must nevertheless be gotten rid of somehow.” 


We are ambassadors for Christ and His kingdom is not of this world.

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Matthew Henry:

What he preached. He does not fill their heads with curious speculations, nor with matters of state and politics, but he keeps to his text, minds his business as an apostle.

(1.) He is God’s ambassador, and therefore preaches the kingdom of God, does all he can to preach it up, negotiates the affairs of it, in order to the advancing of all its true interests. He meddles not with the affairs of the kingdoms of men; let those treat of them whose work it is. He preaches the kingdom of God among men, and the word of that kingdom; the same that he defended in his public disputes, testifying the kingdom of God (v. 23), he enforced in his public preaching, as that which, if received aright, will make us all wise and good, wiser and better, which is the end of preaching.

(2.) He is an agent for Christ, a friend of the bridegroom, and therefore teaches those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ-the whole history of Christ, his incarnation, doctrine, life, miracles, death, resurrection, ascension; all that relates to the mystery of godliness. Paul stuck still to his principle-to know and preach nothing but Christ, and him crucified. Ministers, when in their preaching they are tempted to diverge from that which is their main business, should reduce themselves with this question, What does this concern the Lord Jesus Christ? What tendency has it to bring us to him, and to keep us walking in him? For we preach not ourselves, but Christ.


Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Clarke Commentary:

Rather reprove them – Bear a testimony against them; convince them that they are wrong; confute them in their vain reasons; reprove them for their vices, which are flagrant, while pretending to superior illumination. All these meanings has the Greek word ελεγχω, which we generally render to convince or reprove.

Matthew Henry Commentary:

Dare we make light of that which brings down the wrath of God?

Sinners, like men in the dark, are going they know not whither, and doing they know not what.

Walk as children of light, as having knowledge and holiness.

These works of darkness are unfruitful, whatever profit they may boast; for they end in the destruction of the impenitent sinner.

There are many ways of abetting, or taking part in the sins of others; …

by commendation, …

by counsel, …

by consent, or …

by concealment.

And if we share with others in their sins, we must expect to share in their plagues.

If we do not reprove the sins of others, we have fellowship with them.