Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY
SECTION 1D - OPPOSITION
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
Edited by Dr. Clarence
E. Mason, Jr.
- OPPOSITION TO DISPENSATIONALISM
from within Protestantism (after Henry C. Thiesen) Opposition to dispensationalism
comes largely from three classes of students:
- From Liberalism:
- They hold there is
no absolute and final and infallible revelation from God and so
the careful specifying of a progressive program in the Bible is
senseless to them.
- They hold that "there
is a spark of divinity in all men" and deny The truth that
man is a fallen creature: and so the lesson of the ages which
proves the utter failure of man under all tests is of no interest
to them .
- From Amillennialism:
- They glory in the creedal
declaration of their church and there is a marked unwillingness
to subject their views to the direct test of
- Very frequently their
main outlook is philosophical or logical and this colors their consideration
of the Word of God as the only court of
- They reject the truth
of the definite place in God's future plan of the hope of Israel
as an elect nation.
- They are given to law
observances, ceremonies, and commandments: they do not: comprehend
the plan of grace for the provision of all that the
believer needs, and consider that the observance of the Jaw of Moses
must be brought into the Christian's manner of life in order to
merit and acceptance with God.
- They are prejudiced
because some fanatical and poorly instructed sects include premillennial,
prophetic, and second coming pronouncements in their systems of
- There is a failure
to realize the unique place of the Church in the program of God.
- From Non-dispensational
These have recognized the truths of Scripture concerning the Second
Coming, but have never followed those teachings to their logical and
- They are attempting
to reconcile the error of covenant theology with pre-
- As a result they fail
to see that according to Scripture the system of "law"
and that of "grace" are irreconcilable.
- They fail to distinguish
between "the Church" and Israel.
- They erroneously affirm
that the dispensationalist teaches two or more methods of salvation.
- They say that God cannot
be unlimited in His grace toward sinners, unless He had but one
- They say that dispensationalism
is a new and curious invention in the field of Biblical interpretation.
- Because there is not
universal agreement on all points among dispensationalists, they
will not accept its fundamental tenets.
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