Dispensational Fundamentalism Part II, #16

In our last essay, we noted the origins of the term “Fundamentalism” in the series on the Fundamentals published from 1909 onward and then connected to the Niagara Conferences.  It was a scholarly and amazing series that included Orthodox Evangelicals …

Astronomy and Atheist Propaganda

The other evening, I was watching the news.  There was an interview with an astronomer touting the amazing capability of the new telescope that was way more powerful than the famous Hubble telescope.  We now see, due to the penetration …

The Differentiated Soul

As a Wheaton Philosophy major and then an Assistant to the Professor of Philosophy of Religion, I wrestled with what was called the mind-body problem.  The atheists in philosophy and brain science were more and more saying that the mind …

Prophecy Conferences and Signs of the Times, Essay 14

For 150 years Signs of the Times Prophecy Conferences were popular in Dispensational circles.  These conferences were especially popular in the 1950s and 1960s.  Some of the best teachers were from Dallas Theological Seminary (J. Dwight Pentecost and others). The …

Backsliding and the Pre-Trib Rapture, Essay 13

As a youngster of 12 ½ years old, I first heard the teaching of the pre-tribulation rapture from Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge, of dear memory.  He was most impressed with an air of authority in his person.  He presented the …

The New Covenant, Torah and Dispensationalism, Essay 12

Dispensationalism embraced a fundamentally wrong view of the Torah of Moses.  Exodus-Deuteronomy was looked at as a dispensation of law that offered salvation based on keeping the Law or works righteousness.  There were grace notes in the Torah that one …

The Gospel of the Kingdom and Discipleship, Essay 10    

George Ladd and Dallas Willard When the Gospel is wrongly preached, there is often difficulty in motivating people to enter into discipleship.  Because J. N. Darby and Classical Dispensationalism separated the Gospel from discipleship, the idea of “cheap grace” in …

The Mosaic Covenant: Grace or Law, Essay 9

Theologians in the history of Christianity came up with many different approaches to the Mosaic Covenant.  Sometimes with Antisemitic tropes the Mosaic Covenant, often called only the Mosaic Law, was presented as a punishment for the Jewish people because of …