Should We Overlook the Almost Rabid Contempt Many Conservative Evangelicals Express Toward Dispensationalism?
In various discussions with advocates of Calvinism, Lordship Salvation you will encounter men who reject a Dispensational approach to the Scriptures.
“And should we overlook the almost rabid contempt many conservative evangelicals express toward dispensationalism (which, as Kraus and Sandeen have noted, was born ‘from within the womb of orthodox Calvinism’)?”
“quite lavish in his [Bauder’s] praise of conservative evangelicals while castigating so-called fundamentalists. Yet he has spent very little time warning us about the pitfalls and problems of conservative evangelicalism. What I fear is that we may be allowing a Trojan horse into the fundamentalist camp.” (For related reading see, Let’s Get “CRYSTAL” Clear on This: A Response to Kevin Bauder’s “Cannonball” Cogitations: “Foremost Defenders of the Gospel Today?”)
|Dr. David L. Cummins (8/1929-8/2009)|
J. Edwin Hartell, “A Dispensation is a period of time during which God deals in a particular way with man in respect to sin, and man’s responsibility.”
Charles Ryrie, “A dispensation may be defined as a stewardship, administration, over-sight or management of others’ property…A distinguishable economy in the outworking of God’s purpose…the emphasis is put on the biblical meaning of the word itself.”
H. A Ironside, In The Heavenlies, p. 67, “A dispensation, an economy then, is that particular order of condition of things prevailing in one special age, which does not necessarily prevail in another.”
Joel 3:10 & Isaiah 2:4 “plowshares, swords” Which should we do? With a dispensational approach it is both, in a particular time
Matthew 10:5-6 & 28:19-20 “Go not to the Samaritans/Gentiles…teach ALL nations.” Which shall we do? Go only to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel,” or to “all nations?
Psalm 51:11 & John 14:16 David had failed with Bathsheba and rebuked by Nathan. “Cast me not away…take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” “…that He may abide with you forever.”
Psalm 58:6 & Matthew 5:43-44 “Break their teeth.” “Love your enemies.”
An imprecatory Psalm asking God to act in retribution. Does Jesus contradict the Scriptures? Of course not.
Deut. 11:14-17 & Matthew 5:45 God withdrawing water from the wicked. “Sendeth rain on the just and unjust.” You cannot have it both ways! Either we cannot take the Bible literally or there is some way to reconcile these passages in the Word of God.
Abraham believed God, and it was accounted unto him for righteousness,” (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3).
“Without faith it is impossible to please God,” (Heb. 11:6). Salvation has always been by faith!
“For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me,” (1 Cor. 9:17).
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him,” (Eph. 1:10)
“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward,” (Eph. 3:2).
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God,” (Col. 1:25).