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I borrow that title from an author who’s book’s title begins with “Dispensationalism-Rightly dividing the people of God?” In my search for truth I came upon the fact that i was raised a “dispensationalist” , Hmm, interesting, well this author was comparing and contrasting “reformed” theology with Dispensational theology, and his criticism brought me to a huge discovery- My whole theological training I’d been raised with believed God has one plan for Israel – and another for the church..it didn’t take long for me to say , wait a minute- the new covenant is THE NEW COVENANT-period..and so my search was vindicated further..and I became less moored to traditional “churchianity”, and more keenly aware of how interconnected the Faith is with your teachers and what they were taught..

Which is why the teacher will be doubly judged..

now, I’m not espousing reformed  theology-obviously-maybe because they are postmillenial…uh, how can you espouse that position without truncating almost all of the prophetic–the literal promises of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to Messiah Jesus, and to us by adoption..but I digress.

I want to, by way of testimony, challenge the reader with a question-what is it you believe, and why?

Who have you let teach you? and Why? In my case it was by default, as it was for most.  The man in the pulpit was the one who I believed, I’ve always had that fault, I believe people..Well, now I’m older and have come to the realization that most of my teachers couldn’t even explain to me the foundations of the theology which they were espousing..

Do you? It’s not enough to just say you believe what the Bible says.  unless there is no chance of indoctrination by formal teaching- live in a vaccuum? There is at least the subconscious indoctrination by the mores of society and our topsy turvy culture.

So, what have I come up with? you might ask..

Well, after looking into covenant theology, taditional dispensationalism, reformed theology, progressive dispensationalism, and well-I realized the futility of it..I actually felt a burden to do something about it and write something myself, but it’s an overwhelming thought, and frankly I can’t commit to it.  Not to mention, someone may reply to this and say- oh, you need to read such-and-such systematic theology, it’s already been covered. Then maybe i can point other critically minded people to it.

Another example, there is the matter of a provoking book called, “The Pilgrim Church”, by E.F. Broadbent.  It covers so many “heretical sects” (deemed so by the mega churches of the day) of the remnant ecclesia..all practically unknown to us today, our heritage-lost to the mainstream-and it showed me the same lesson as the theology lesson..Heh-Who’s running this world folks? Mystery Babylon runs on lies..and not only is the spirit of the world trying to wreak it’s work in the church-I think the disintegration could be at least partially instigated by our own inherent striving for organization itself..but our hands, they might as well be claws, trying to pick up a pin..
Listen-Revelation 14:12 says, “Here is the patience of the Saints..” and I believe that means knowing-patiently knowing- he will vindicate all the ones who long for righteousness, long for Clarity and Truth, long for purity, long for gentleness, long for peace, and receive contempt and scorn and mocking..with a shout and a trumpet blast!! Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me!  In Righteousness He doth Judge and make war!

This is the messiah King, “the patience of the saints” is better explained to us if we realize this was who they all wanted to see the first time he was here..

“Here in is the patience of the saints..” -read it in it’s context, and tell me if we shouldn’t pay atention to such a provocative verse.

The crushing fist of the messiah King will come against all the lies and sorcery, all deception and oppression, all of IT WILL END..LET YOUR KINGDOM COME, OH GOD.

Let’s be single minded about that – shall we?

4 Responses to ““Rightly dividing the PEOPLE of God?””

  1. on 04 Mar 2008 at 9:58 amSean

    Jason,

    I too have read this book and enjoyed it very much. I remember it well; I was sitting in my landscaping truck at lunch time and I called up R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier Ministries and asked them if they had any books on dispensationalism. The kind gentleman paused for a moment while he was looking to see if they had any. That is when I asked him, would your books be for dispensationalism or against it? He said, “I think they would be against it.” Then he told me the title of the book he found, “Rightly Dividing the People of God?” I bought it then and found it wonderfully destructive to the ideas that had been straitjacketing my theology to Paul.

  2. on 16 Feb 2012 at 1:40 pmtimothy

    Sean,

    When i was 39 GODs word was opened to me in a biblical research class. One major theme was to divide biblical periods of time into dispensations or administrations. At the time this seemed very logical and much like making an outline distinguishing between changes in circumstances.

    The whole administration myth falls apart when one tries to separate GODs chosen people Israel from the “mystery people”, gentiles, who also become christian.

    Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:……

    Dispensationalism http://www.godskingdomfirst.org/disp.htm

  3. on 17 Feb 2012 at 3:25 amWolfgang

    Hi,

    though I regard the common dispensationalism / administration theology (with its 6 or 7 periods of time and various conclusions of supposedly different sets of law or commands, etc.) as an inaccurate and even misleading attempt to explain certain difficult passages of the Scriptures, I would say that there are most definitely certain “ages” in the history of humanity and its dealings with God (or more accurately, God’s dealings with mankind).

    Disregarding these ages and “throwing everything in one pot” will produce just as much error as does dispensationalism on the other side of the spectrum …

    Cheers,
    Wolfgang

  4. on 17 Feb 2012 at 10:37 amtimothy

    Wolfgang,

    wunderbar. I completely agree with your statement.

    Our brain seems to have a way to organize all the information it receives
    and concerning GODs word your term “ages” is the best jetz.

    I am happy to have changed course and be sailing away from dispensationalism and its “misleading attempts” to avoid the true heart our GOD has revealed to us in Jesus Christ.

    As christians we all have the same comforter to remind us what Jesus taught while he was present. the same comforter gave revelation for Paul to write the church espitles.

    Back to you.

  

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