Monday, December 22, 2008

A Good List of Scriptures Against Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a vexing error, made all the more vexing by its prominence among evangelicals today, who, for the most part, wish do nothing more than to learn and be faithful to Scripture. Fortunately, it is not a damning error, as many dispensationalists hold to and proclaim the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, this system of theology has the potential to be damning (with theological outworkings such as non-lordship salvation - something that is an oxymoron in its own right) in the worst case, and confusing in the best, as it breaks apart God's beautiful tapestry of progressive revelation throughout the ages, and destroys the continuity of the people of God. While such will not send anyone to hell, or necessarily hold one back in sanctification, it probably will in all likelihood keep one from beholding the glory of God in His salvific workings throughout the history of the world as recorded in Scripture, and blind one to the glory of the Savior as revealed in the types of the OT, to a greater degree than if one had not been confounded by these errors. Such has been my experience in Dispensationalism, and considering the seeming proliferation of the people who find a good portion of the OT to be a dry read, I was not alone. Christ is prefigured in these books, and His plan of redemption revealed, but unfortunately, it has been my experience that the Dispensational mindest makes it hard, if not impossible, to feast upon and behold the glory of Christ as set forth in these pages - a glory that is made all the more richer in light of the NT revelation, where the typological components of the OT find their perfect fulfillment in Jesus Christ. As a result, Dispensationalism puts the people of God at a disadvantage, keeping them from having a much richer feast upon the Word of God than they would otherwise have had. Even worse, this means that God is not glorified to that measure in His people, as they are not delighting in His glory to that measure. Unfortunately, as one who has come out of this error, it is easy to see why it is so prevalent, as it is taught in some form from nearly every pulpit (at least in my denomination), and those who don't hold to it are often maligned and accused of "spiritualizing away" Scripture, as if letting Scripture interpret Scripture is somehow being unfaithful to Scripture...but I digress. It was only when, by God's grace, I began to study the historic doctrines of the faith, especially of the Reformation, and to see the glory of Christ in the whole of redemptive history as revealed by Scripture, and not according to Darby, Scofield, and Chafer, that the tepid theology of Dispensationalism gave way to something much richer and satisfying.

To this end, I present a list of Scriptures drawn up by Nathan Pitchford (of monergism.com), which gives a good Scriptural argument against these errors. Of course, this is not everything that could be said, and I can't say that I agree with all of his conclusions, but it is an excellent list to get one thinking about whether or not God really has two separate "programs" going on in redemptive history. May God be glorified and His people edified in the proper study of His Word.

Dispensationalism-Categorized Scripture List

Another version is also available, which gives the full verses, instead of references only:

Dispensationalism-Categorized Scripture List (Full)

Soli Deo Gloria!

1 comment:

Gina said...

This is a fantastic compilation of verses, thank you!!! It is clear that preaching "doctrines" (opinions) has taken the place of real Bible study. It is very sad. Reading the Word with an open mind will change a person forever, enabling one to recognize that the whole Bible is one long story of God searching for people of faith.

BTW to other readers, when Paul said "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures," he was talking about "according to the Old Testament." Jesus fulfilled everything from Scripture (the OT). The NT did not exist yet. Paul was also talking about the OT in 2 Timothy 3:15-16. Shocked? Well, read the OT. You'll never see it as irrelevant again.