IS DISPENSATIONALISM INDISPENSABLE? – A “Must Read” Article For The Born Again Christian

Is Dispensationalism Indispensable?

Excerpts…

“IT COMES DOWN TO THIS… Either all the Christian scholars prior to 1830 have been wrong about the central teachings of the New Testament or else the dispensationalists are wrong.

“Like many American evangelicals, I was once a dispensationalist without knowing it. I was unacquainted with the label. My teachers did not inform me that they were teaching me to interpret the Bible through a mental grid that had been constructed less than 150 years earlier. I had no inclination to investigate the relative merits of my system against those of any other— simply because I didn’t know there was anything to investigate. I had the impression that ours was the only way sensible people had ever viewed Scripture. In other words, I was not educated, but indoctrinated.”

(Found article at Apostasy Watch.)

Is Dispensationalism Indispensable?

DISPENSATIONAL DECEPTIONS

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 4:14-16 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

A few days ago my husband and I had an unexpected and pleasant encounter with a lovely young Christian family who invited us to visit their church. I found the church online and listened to one of the pastor’s sermons, a teaching on Israel and the church. He was teaching Dispensational theology. Although I am familiar with the error of Dispensationalism, it was still shocking to hear the extent of the falsehoods being taught to God’s people, in what would be considered a mainstream Baptist church. 

Here are some highlights from the pastor’s disturbing sermon… 

“God gave different promises to the church and Israel. God’s promises to Israel were land and long life on earth. God never told Abraham to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. The Jews will have their sins forgiven when the Lord returns to earth, when they ‘look on him whom they have pierced.’ In Matthew 24:13 where it says ‘he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ that is written to the Jews only, and THAT is their salvation, for those alive when the Lord returns. But the Christian’s sins were forgiven when he believed the Gospel.”

The antidote for false teaching is Scriptural truth…

Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:11-13 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Luke 2:25-32 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Matthew 11:2-6 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

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SPURGEON SPEAKS AGAINST DISPENSATIONALISM

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a contemporary of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), spoke against the Dispensationalism taught by Darby…

“Distinctions have been drawn by certain exceedingly wise men (measured by their own estimate of themselves), between the people of God who lived before the coming of Christ, and those who lived afterwards. We have even heard it asserted that those who lived before the coming of Christ do not belong to the church of God!

We never know what we shall hear next, and perhaps it is a mercy that these absurdities are revealed at one time, in order that we may be able to endure their stupidity without dying of amazement. Why, every child of God in every place stands on the same footing; the Lord has not some children best beloved, some second-rate offspring, and others whom he hardly cares about.

These who saw Christ’s day before it came, had a great difference as to what they knew, and perhaps in the same measure a difference as to what they enjoyed while on earth meditating upon Christ; but they were all washed in the same blood, all redeemed with the same ransom price, and made members of the same body.

Israel in the covenant of grace is not natural Israel, but all believers in all ages. Before the first advent, all the types and shadows all pointed one way —they pointed to Christ, and to him all the saints looked with hope. Those who lived before Christ were not saved with a different salvation to that which shall come to us. They exercised faith as we must; that faith struggled as ours struggles, and that faith obtained its reward as ours shall”.

Charles Suprgeon

Devotional Classics of C H Spurgeon, p122

BEWARE OF THE NEW ISRAEL BIBLE

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“Beware the New Israel Bible

A recent ad in Charisma Magazine promotes the new Israel Bible as a means of bridging the gap between Christians and Jews

Publishers of New Israel Bible Seek to Break Long-Standing Division Between Jews, Christians

In reality this is a ploy by unsaved Jews to deceive Christians into believing they don’t need the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The so called division between Christians and Jews is simply the belief by Christians that no one can be reconciled to God outside the redemptive work of Christ. We believe that full redemption has come and is available to both Jews and gentiles through the finished work of Christ. Jews do not believe this as is obvious from what Charisma describes as a “heartfelt message from the publisher:”

“May The Israel Bible be a small contribution toward bringing about the final redemption of Israel and the world.”

If you go to their website you will see that the Israel Bible is not really a bible at all. It is simply the 24 books of the Hebrew bible, known as the Tanakh, omitting the New Testament altogether.

Among The Israel Bible’s features are:

o An exclusive collection of maps, charts and illustrations that bring the land of Israel to life.

o Hundreds of study notes that illuminate the wisdom of Jewish sages.

o Contemporary commentary highlighting the role of the modern State of Israel in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

The “study notes that illuminate the wisdom of the Jewish sages” is straight from the Talmud which Jews hold as superior to scripture. I have no doubt that Christian Zionists will soon be quoting the wisdom of Jewish sages as if it were scripture.

..not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. Tit 1:14

If you are still not convinced perhaps these warnings from their website comment section will open your eyes.

– Comments must not promote a Christian agenda such as proselytizing.

– Comments should stay focused on the Hebrew Bible and not refer to Christian Scripture.

– Any comments that do not comply with these guidelines may be removed from the site.

In the first century, Pharisaical Jews were openly hostile to Christians. Well before Rome began persecuting Christians, Jews were fulfilling that role with gusto. A glance at the book of Acts confirms this from the stoning of Stephen to the plot to assassinate Paul.

Today these advocates of Judaism have changed tactics. Now they want to convince you that they are your buddy. Their goal of eliminating Christianity from the face of the earth hasn’t changed. Only now they come at you with a smile instead of stones. They are happy to take your tourism dollars and money to support Jewish causes while rejecting your savior. Don’t be fooled.

Jews and Christians do not worship the same God. Jesus told those who rejected him they were not sons of Abraham but sons of the devil.

They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. …….. Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me………..You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:39-44

John reiterates this in his epistle.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1John 2:22-23

All of these passages speak against the so called Jewish sages, modern day Rabbis, as well as the Christian Zionist Judaizers who support them. Do not be deceived folks.

We implore you to reject these attempts to subvert the word of God and the work of Christ as it pertains to the Jewish people. They need the gospel and there is no other means of salvation for them. If you really love the Jewish people you will tell them the Messiah has come and his name is Jesus of Nazareth.

Steve Lumbley 2018 http://www.apostasywatch.com

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