Copyright © November 22, 2015
Note. See Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology as well as the first four sections of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application for an accurate explanation (not the perversions of the doctrine which many follow) of the origin, definition, etc. of the term “Dispensational Theology.”
This short article gives 14 questions; many more could be added, but these few are adequate for one to determine whether he is a dispensationalist. One who answers one question “yes” is a dispensationalist.
- Do you believe in separation of church and state?
- Do you believe that God did not ordain civil government before the fall? Government, in its most simple terms means, direction and control.
- Do you believe that, after the fall and before the flood, God told mankind not to exert direction and control over another man (not to take vengeance against another – one who had murdered someone)?
- Do you believe that, at the flood, God instructed man to take direction and control over others by killing one who murders another whereas God had before instructed man not to take vengeance?
- Do you believe that God called out Abraham to establish a people (a nation unto Himself)?
- Do you believe that Abraham obeyed God, and that, as a result, a nation distinct from all others came into being?
- Do you believe that the Ten Commandments given by God to the Israelites changed the way God dealt with the Israelites as a nation (not as to individual salvation)?
- Do you believe that God combined religion and state in establishing the theocracy of Israel? Note. Of course, all heathen nations have always combined pagan religion and state, but not according to the directive of God.
- Do you believe that Israel was to proceed as a theocracy under God whereas the Gentile nations were to continue to proceed under God’s plan established at the flood?
- Do you believe that God ordained something new, the church, as recorded in the New Testament?
- Do you believe that God gave directions to the New Testament church which are different from those directions he gave to the nation Israel and the Jewish religion?
- Do you believe that the New Testament teaches that churches are to be entirely separate from the civil government? Note. God desires all nations to choose to operate under Him, but does not force them to do so. One nation under God is not the same thing as union of church and state. The church is not God, and God, not the religion was over the Old Testament “church” and the nation Israel. See God Betrayed, especially Section IV; or, for a shorter explanation see Is Separation of Church and State Found in the Constitution?
- Do you believe that Christ will establish the millennial kingdom?
- Do you believe in a literal interpretation of Scripture?
One who answers any one of the above questions “yes” and still denies that he is a dispensationalist does not understand dispensationalism or may have, in his understanding of Scripture, combined elements of two or more opposing and mutually exclusive understandings of the Bible such as covenant theology and dispensational theology. There are perversions of dispensationalism such as “hyperdispensationalism” which should be exposed, not by demeaning the correct teaching of dispensationalism, but rather by exposing the errors. A correct understanding of dispensationalism is nothing more than a correct understanding of the Bible.