I wanted to critique the following article to see if it holds water.
Here is the link:
This article warns us of the warning signs of Hyper Dispensationalism.
I wanted to look at those signs.
Article: "Insistence on 5 [or more ]points of Calvinism."
far as I know there are only five points of Calvinism:
P-Perseverance of the Saints
I only believe the first and fifth points
of Calvinism and its not
because I'm a Dispie or a Calvinist, its because I read the
I believed the
first and five points before I even knew what a
In fact something is seriously wrong with anyone's theology
if they don't believe the first point.
If you don't believe the first point, then you believe that there is
good in you that helped you come to Christ.
But this quote says, 'Insistence on 5 [or more ]points of Calvinism.'
of all I dunno of more than these five points and the particular Jews that created this test probably don't even know
what these points are.
"Talk of the Jews having to obey the entirety of the Law to earn
is allegedly another sign that one is a hyperdispensationalist.
This is not true of the dispensational online book
that I sometimes quote from.
"We have no illusions as to man's utter inability to please God by
as such in any age. Man has always been saved essentially by the grace of God, through faith. There could be no other way
to be saved. This is a fixed principle to which Hebrews 11 bears abundant testimony and it should be self-evident to those
who accept as facts the utter depravity of man and the infinite holiness of God.
But this does not alter the fact that God's dealings with men
the stated terms of acceptance with Him have changed again and again down through the ages and that faith in Him would
therefore be expressed in different ways. Hebrews 11 also bears consistent testimony to this fact.
Faith would most
assuredly approach God in God's way at any time, and to seek to gain acceptance with Him in any other way would, of course,
be unbelief and self-will. Thus, while works never did or could save as such, they did once save as expressions of faith."
This site is as dispensational
as they get, so the test at the top is really the warning signs of those that don't understand
Article goes on:
"Seeing the Jews as Having a Different form
Rather than commenting on this one, I think the previous message dealt with this point as well.
We should be able to agree that there are things said in the bible
are not applicable to us.
For instance, I should not be concerned about making animal
sacrifices anymore or cutting
my beard. (Leviticus 19:27), or
whether my flight is on the sabbath. (Matthew 24:20)
So everything should be judged
in light of the whole counsel of God and context.
Take books like James for instance which in the very first verse
'To the twelve tribes scattered abroad.' Now if there wasn't
something to them specifically, what was the purpose of saying
"Studying the Bible dispensationally may seem confusing at first but actually it dispels confusion, explains
reconciles seeming contradictions and lends power to the believers ministry.
If I should step
inside a modern United States Post Office all would doubtless seem very confusing to me. But it would be a mistake to suggest
piling all the mail neatly in one corner and handing it out promiscuously to all corners as some would do with the Bible.
The postal employees must "rightly divide" the mail so that each person receives what is addressed to him. What seems like
confusion to the novice is really a simplification of the work to be done in getting each person's private mail to him.
is granted that in the Bible even that which was addressed to
those of other dispensations is given to us for our learning
profit, but we must not confuse this with our own private mail or
make the mistake of carrying out instructions
meant particularly for others.
While I am reading mail addressed personally to me, a friend may hand me, for my interest
or information, mail addressed to him. His mail and mine may all prove informative and profitable, but I must still be careful
not to confuse the two, expecting to receive things promised to him or carrying out instructions addressed to him.
Thus all the Bible is for us, but it is not all addressed to
written about us, and if we would really understand and enjoy it; if we would really know how to use it effectively
in service for
Christ, we must be careful always to note who is addressing whom, about what and when and why."
The Dispie believes that presently there is only one gospel message.
However, the Dispie believes that over a period of time in biblical
history there has been different
Check out my message for more:
"I don't believe that
there were many different gospels through
biblical history, I do believe that each successive time the
news was preached, it built on, or got more specific and more closer to the 'whole counsel of God' on the subject.
to Paul they were only contradictory to each other in the
sense that they were incomplete.
The truth is that the
good news of the kingdom (Matthew 24:14) that Jesus and Peter preached was only to the Jews and was NOT the 'gospel/good news
of the grace of God.' to all. Though it was God's grace, the cross was offered to the JEWS as something to demonstrate their
guilt. (Acts 2)
It wasn't until Paul that the mystery was revealed to Jew and
Gentile alike, and that is 'we
(Jew and Gentile), are saved by Grace through faith...(Ephesians 2:8), because of the cross."
This site goes on:
"The belief that Jews have NO access to
Salvation during this post-Golgotha period."
I don't see anything in what I have studied about Dispensationalism that
teaches such a thing.
The closest teaching that I can think of is that in THIS PRESENT
DISPENSATION, the Jew must
come to God INDIVIDUALLY not through his group affiliation.
So rather than Group Think:
'...to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.' (Romans 1:16b)
'These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, GO NOT
INTO THE WAY OF THE GENTILES, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house
of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' (Matthew 10:5 ff)
that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me
and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that WE SHOULD GO TO THE HEATHEN, and THEY UNTO THE CIRCUMCISION.' (Galatians
It is whosoever will, (Acts 10; Romans 3:23,24) and the result is
that presently and spiritually there is no
difference. (Acts 15;
'And the voice spake unto him again the second time, WHAT GOD HATH CLEANSED,
that call not thou common. 16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted
in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry
for Simon's house, and stood before the gate, 18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged
there.' (Acts 10)
'Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
UNTO ALL and upon all them THAT
BELIEVE: for THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;' (Romans 3)
that the Jews must both believe in the Atonement of Christ AND Obey the whole of the Law during the Tribulation Period in
order to be saved."
I've seen no indication of this from the online and dispensational
that I quote from.
Still, one has to ask themselves what the purpose of a temple in the future Millenium will be.
is the dispie that is more consistent in his literal
interpretation in believing that this is a literal temple, not an
The dispie almost always will believe in the eternal security of the believer.
So when scriptures are used
out of context by Catholics etc., such as:
'He that endures to the end shall be saved.' (Matthew 24), it is
dispie that must add that the context of this is during the
Tribulation/Jacob's Trouble, when the prophetic program for
Israel is resumed. (Jeremiah 30:7)
Do In order to Be.
Presently, Those that are saved endure to the end. (Hebrew
Be in order to do.
Reading the book of Revelation does leave one with the impression
that during that time it is more works oriented. Not that works ever saved but at different times they were an expression
of one's faith as God commanded them to do so.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that
accompany salvation, though we thus speak. (Hebrews 6:9)
The Article Goes on trying to critique Dispensationalism:
"Beliefs that the Jews do not inherit the Heaven of 'saved' Gentiles
but that they instead inherit the Earth."
Dispies are for the most part silent on the nature of the afterlife,
scripture isn't real specific in explaining it, except in
describing a New Jerusalem and saying things like:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them
unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (1 Corinthians 2)
By his spirit.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear
what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every
man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3)
However, one can draw good conclusions based on already established
Some dispies may believe in a merge at the end.
I personally believe that the New Jerusalem will be for those that
are Believing and physical Jews.
The body of Christ which consists of believing Jews and Gentiles
will be in the 'heavenlies' above.
So believing Jews will have access to both places.
Only believing Jews will have access to the New Jerusalem because
it is on earth, is physical, as is the believing Jew and many of the promises made to him. There are still some physical promises
that God made to Israel alone.
The promises to the body of Christ are spiritual and in the heavenlies.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Ephesians 1)
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye
are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear
with him in glory. (Colossians 3)
Keep in mind that i have always said that this view of the afterlife
is an opinion.
Regarding the New Jerusalem
Twelve refers to Israel, One refers to the body of Christ. (Luke
In the description of the New Jerusalem twelve is used continuously.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither
light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22)
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine
in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Revelation 21)
Here it says that the Lord God and the Son giveth them light.
Typically where does the light come from?
Some argue that if I cannot prove that
Jew and Gentile are sitting
in the Son's lap at all times then I am
teaching that they are separated from him and from each other.
What I am saying is that Israel can be in the New Jerusalem and the
body of Christ in the heavens above and both still be in the presence of the omnipresent Word of God being warmed by his light.
Coming with Christ to fight does not constitute moving into the New
Christ is both king and the head of the body.
As King he reigns from New Jerusalem, as the head he reigns at the
top of the body (heavens) where a head belongs.
To think that this is impossible is to think that the Omnipresence
of God is impossible.
Still with God...
Even Christ stated some things that would be true for Israel and
not others. To deny this would be to accept replacement theology which takes the promises from Israel and gives it to the
Being spiritual Jews our blessings are in the heavenlies, Jews through
and through have blessings in heaven and on earth because they are Jews spiritually and physically.