Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Word about Hyper-Dispensationalism, or Should We Listen to Jesus?

As we continue with these studies, and as you may have already noticed, we are treating the words of the Lord Jesus as if they were for us today. This won't be a problem for you if you're a new Christian, but for older believers, who have usually been taught otherwise, it might present a stumbling block.

I myself was taught that the Gospels, especially Matthew, were dangerous transitional books that did not apply to me today. I was taught that I should "rightly divide the word of truth" as instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15, and that this meant that the Gospels were not written for me. I belonged to something called the Church Age (an unbiblical term) that began in Acts chapter 2, and that only the epistles of Paul were for me.

This could not be more incorrect.

The Lord Jesus is the Head of the body known as the Church, but his words are not for us today? He is the Foundation stone of this spiritual temple known as the Church, but his words are not for us today?

Let us answer such nonsense with scripture:

"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, ..." (1 Timothy 6:3-4)

Paul very plainly states that if somebody is teaching us not to consent to the words of the Lord Jesus that he doesn't know as much as he thinks he does!

The word doting means to be foolish or weak-minded through senility. These folks focus on the words but miss the meanings behind the words! Their emphasis on the individual words gives them the appearance of being scholarly, but it only leads to strife.

We must not relegate the words of the Lord to a different dispensation, while at the same time we are allowed to rightly divide what we are reading.

Therefore, as we continue these studies, let us not dismiss the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 with a wave of our hand saying, 'That wasn't written to today's Christian."

It was.

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