Today I simply want to share a link from the most excellent podcast (and blog!), A Word Fitly Spoken ( wordfitlyspoken.org ), on the subject of Dispensationalism. I hope you’ll listen and, as you do, that you’ll bear in mind the following things:
- It is possible to believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and NOT be a dispensationalist.
- Dispensationalism was not part of the teaching of the church prior to the 1800s. There were early church fathers who identified different covenants and ages, but they did not separate any age or covenant from God’s overarching plan of redemption for all peoples through Jesus Christ, or impose the idea that God’s plan of redemption was different for Israel and the church. God’s plan of redemption has always and ever only been through Christ.
- I think this is most crucial: It is possible to reach different conclusions on this matter, and yet still comport ourselves with Christian love and kindness toward one another. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be discussed, obviously (that’s kind of the point of posting things after all, no?😁), but there is no reason to attack each other, or be defensive or uncharitable about it.
That said, enjoy! And, as always, let’s talk about it! 🙂