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A Friendly Critique of Dispensationalism

October 21, 2014 2 comments

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Will Christians be secretly raptured?

October 21, 2014 2 comments

This past weekend the eschatological thriller Left Behind opened in theaters. It joins a flood of Christian movies this year including Exodus, Son of God, God’s Not Dead, Heaven Is for Real, and Noah. Okay, let’s not count Noah.

Yet Left Behind stands out among this surge of Christian films, not just because it stars Nicholas Cage, and not just because it’s based on the wildly successful Left Behind novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Perhaps more than the other films, Left Behind captures believers’ imagination because it portrays a future, world-changing event: the secret rapture, that moment Jesus suddenly snatches up all Christians to himself years prior to his visible second coming.

As producer and writer Paul LaLonde put it, “It’s a Bible-based movie, it’s a biblical story, it’s a true story—it just hasn’t happened yet.” As a result, it can cause us to wonder, What will it be like when all the Christians suddenly disappear? How close are we to the rapture? Will I be taken or left behind?

But there’s another question we should ask, one that may surprise you: “Is the rapture taught in the Bible?” It may come as a shock to learn that many Bible-believing Christians today doubt the rapture, and that most Christians throughout history had never even heard of it.

 

 

 

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Dispensationalism Obscures the Gospel

March 22, 2012 3 comments

Does dispensational theology obscure the gospel. Does it cloud our minds from seeing the true intent of God’s salvation plan towards one people of God united in Christ? If you think otherwise, I challenge you to read this book.

Dispensationalism and the Everlasting Gospel by Bernie L. Gillespie

Before I understood the true nature of the Gospel and the significance of justification by faith, Bible prophecy was not at the heart of my interests. The subject always seemed fraught with tenuous speculation and conflicting opinions. It was not until God opened my heart to understand His Gospel that I began to see the teaching of my heritage from a new perspective. I was raised a dispensationalist and really didn’t know its significance. I don’t mean that I didn’t understand the basic teaching that made up dispensationalism. I mean that I didn’t realize how much all my understanding of the Bible was under the control of a dispensational grid or worldview. Until the last year, I was not aware how my view of the biblical truth of God’s plan in history and eschatology were throttled by the dispensational view. As I began to study it, vis-a-vis the Gospel, I came to realize that dispensational thought is a significant problem for many of my friends and colleagues in my former faith. I realize now that my former view of the plan of salvation was largely determined by specific assumptions passed on to me by dispensationalist teaching. I write this paper in hopes that it will provoke some to examine and discover just how much their view of God’s redemptive plan is directed, clouded or obscured by dispensationalism.

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I to was once held under the sway of dispensational theology. It seemed so coherent and had an answer for everything that would happen in the end times. It captivated me and forced my mind to draw wrong interpretations of scriptures because I interpreted in light of the system laid out by this errant theology. Thank God I am free and can interpret according to context.