soteriology

Concluding Thoughts & Resources for Further Study

(Read Part 7) Editor’s Note: For the conclusion to this blog series—Dispensationalism 101—I interviewed Dr. Parker Reardon and asked him to expand on his views on dispensationalism, as well as on the “Resources for Further Study” that he includes at the bottom of this final article. He shared a number of interesting thoughts, and we also discussed our plan to expand this series into a more substantial resource to be published by Dispensational Publishing House. Be watching for that—and hopefully for more material [...]

Dispensational Distinctives Delineated

(Read Part 6) It is readily known that Plymouth Brethren minister John Nelson Darby is credited with the systematizing of dispensational thought in the 1800s. Yet some history scholars trace the teachings back another century.[1] Though there is variation of beliefs within the dispensational camp, some of the major components that characterize it are: A consistently literal interpretation of Scripture, particularly in prophetic passages where God has made promises to Israel. A distinction between God’s plan for Israel and His plan for [...]

Issues of Contention: Part 3B—Hermeneutics

(Read Part 5) We learned last time that dispensational and covenantal theology differ in their approach to hermeneutics. This week's post will finish our study of that topic, and of all the "Issues of Contention" that underscore the difference between these two understandings of the sacred text. Hermeneutics (continued) Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32) Throughout the exegesis demonstrated by covenant theologians, we see an overdependence on figurative language, typology and [...]

Issues of Contention: Part 2—Soteriology

(Read Part 3) Publisher's Note: What follows from Dr. Parker Reardon is one common view of soteriology among dispensational teachers. Dispensational Publishing House presents the various views in an effort to develop healthy debate and thinking. Our founder is non-Calvinistic and an adherent of Free Grace theology, but also teaches that we should "question the assumptions" of all our beliefs. We have printed articles from both a Calvinistic and Lordship salvation perspective as well as a non-Calvinistic, Free Grace perspective. It is in the [...]