June 30, 2016

Why Dispensationalism? (3)

Pastor Michael W. Harding (M.Div., Th.M.)

In part 1 we looked at how dispensationalism best dealt with Biblical truth.

In part 2 we considered how dispensationalism protects against deviations from the true gospel. We turn now to the subject of national Israel.

9. Dispensationalism maintains a future for national Israel.

Has the NT Church replaced Israel?

Well over a century ago Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, had become skeptical about Christianity on account of the influence of French atheist Voltaire. Frederick commented to his chaplain, “If your Bible is really true, it ought to be capable of easy proof. If your Bible came from God, you should be able to demonstrate that fact simply in a word.” His chaplain answered, “Your Majesty, it is possible for me to answer your request literally. I can give you the proof you ask for in one word”. Frederick asked, “What is this unique word that carries such proof?” “Israel,” said the chaplain. Frederick was silent.

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Why Dispensationalism? (2)

Pastor Michael W. Harding (M.Div., Th.M.)

In part 1 we looked at how dispensationalism best dealt with Biblical truth. We turn now to how dispensationalism protects against deviations from the true gospel.

6. Dispensationalism presents the best defense against heresy because of its consistent, literal-normal use of hermeneutics.

Covenant systems regularly resort to allegorization, sensus plenior, or figurative interpretation of prophetic literature to uphold the generic church, i.e., the one people of God in the outworking of the one covenant of grace (Gen 3:15). Where a consistent, literal-normal hermeneutic is employed heresy is prevented. No true dispensationalist can be a liberal in theology. Spiritualizing or explaining away the original meaning of Scripture is the foundation for liberal, neo-orthodox thinking. The false implications of Covenant Theology are that the Church must go through the Tribulation (i.e., “The one people of God”), that there is no necessary future for Israel nationally, the Church in some sense is still under the Mosaic Law, and that the mission of the Church includes elements of Reconstructionism.

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Why Dispensationalism? (1)

Pastor Michael W. Harding (M.Div., Th.M.)

Dispensationalism understands the Bible in terms of the unfolding revelation of God which results in different stewardships of responsibility on the part of man. Ryrie suggests a “distinguishable economy in the outworking of God’s purpose” (Dispensationalism, p. 28). A dispensational approach to Scripture emphasizes the Glory of God as the overarching theme of Scripture from creation to the mediatorial Kingdom to the eternal state where all things will be in absolute harmony and sync with God. Dispensationalism concerns itself with the doctrine of the church, eschatology, the historical-grammatical meaning of the OT/NT, the fundamental distinction between Israel and the Church, and the future salvation of national Israel including its restoration in the future mediatorial Kingdom.

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The Eighth & Ninth Commandments

George Stiekes

Eight: Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15

Keeping in mind that the commandments reflect the very nature of God, as God’s people, we ought not steal because our God is trustworthy. We must also be trustworthy and thereby reflect His glory.

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Biblical Sexual Ethics in Light of God’s Institution of Marriage

Mike Harding

Definition of Marriage

Marriage is the exclusive God-ordained institution between one man (husband) and one woman (wife) in a mutually consented “one-flesh” relationship, consisting of mutually supportive companionship and physical union (Gen. 1:27; 2:24; 1 Cor. 7:1–6; Rom. 1:26, 27). As such, marriage is a lifelong, monogamous, heterosexual, covenant relationship between the man and the woman, publicly entered into before God as witness and enforcer (Prov. 2:17; Mal. 2:16; Matt. 19:6) and recognized by God’s institution of human government (Deut. 22:13–17; Gen. 29:25, 26; Rom. 13:1; Matt. 22:21).The marriage covenant is authoritatively based on divine law and normally recognized by civil law.

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