Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY 1"
SECTION 1D - OPPOSITION TO
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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
- 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
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 obtain
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 teaching.
- There is a failure to realize the unique place of the Church in the
program of God.
- From Non-dispensational Premillennialism:
These have recognized the truths of Scripture concerning the Second Coming,
but have never followed those teachings to their logical and systematic
- They are attempting to reconcile the error of covenant theology with
- 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 covenant.
- 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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