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What is Dispensationalism? Is this doctrine Biblical?

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Dispensationalism is defined by the Internet encyclopedia this way:

“Dispensationalism is a Protestant evangelical tradition and theology based on a biblical hermeneutic that sees a series of chronologically successive “dispensations” or periods in history in which God relates to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants. As a system dispensationalism is rooted in the writings of John Nelson Darby and the Brethren Movement. The theology of dispensationalism consists of a distinctive eschatological “end times” perspective, as all dispensationalists hold to premillennialism and most hold to a pretribulation rapture. Dispensationalists believe that the nation of Israel is distinct from the Church…”

The teaching of Dispensationalism is not Biblical for the following reasons:

A-The scriptures don’t teach that God saved the Old Testament Jews by law, but now saves New Testament Christians by grace. There has been only one way of salvation since the beginning of time and that is by grace through blood. In the OT, people were saved by the blood of animals that pointed to the Redeemer. And in the NT by the blood of God’s Son.

Dispensationalism erroneously teaches that the grace of God, in the NT, substituted obedience to the Law, but we find in the New Testament that the Lord magnified obeying the law “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31; also 7:12; 8:4; Ephesians 6:1-3; James 2:10-12).

No one is saved by the law. The purpose of the law is simply to point sin and lead people to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Christ alone can cleanse from all sin (Romans 5:19-20). Ultimately, all grace is centered in Jesus Christ, and whether people lived in Old Testament times when His sacrifice was foreshadowed by slain lambs, or in New Testament times after His sacrifice was revealed at Calvary, as the Master Himself stated, “No man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

B-While Dispensationalism teaches that Israel is distinct from the church, the Bible teaches that the early church is an extension of Israel and became spiritual Israel consisting of both Jews and Gentiles. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

C-Dispensationalism teaches that the rapture is a silent, secretive event occurring seven years before the end. But the scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 17 states that the believers will be “caught up” (verse 17) when Jesus Christ literally descends from heaven with a mighty “shout,” a loud “voice,” and with “the trumpet of God.” This is great event not a silent or secret one.

D-Dispensationalism teaches the seven-year tribulation which is not found in the entire Bible. Daniel 9:27 is most often quoted to support the “Seven-Year Trib Theory,” yet the verse itself says nothing about that. In fact, the vast majority of older Christian commentaries—such as Matthew Henry ,Adam Clarke , and Jamieson, Faucett & Brown— placed Daniel 9:27 during the time of Jesus Himself who “confirm[ed] the [New] covenant” and “caused the [Jewish] sacrifice[s] to cease” by His death on the cross.

E-Dispensationalism teaches a slaughter of two thirds of the Jewish people living in Israel. Such a teaching is based almost entirely on one verse—Zechariah 13:8—yet the New Testament places the previous verse (verse 7) in the time of Christ (Matthew 26:31). And there is no reference in Revelation about the annihilation of two thirds of all Jews living in Israel by Antichrist before our Lord’s visible return.

In His service,

ProofDirectory Team


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