95 Theses on Dispensationalism

Check out this list, which makes some good points: The 95 Theses Against Dispensationalism

I know I’m going to get emails about this. Some will come from Reformed brethren who know me wondering why I’m defending Dispensationalism and some will come from those who don’t know me thinking that I believe what is rejected in each of these theses. Whatever. I simply think that it’s not right to malign others or to distort another’s point of view, even when you think you are doing right by defending God’s truth.

I won’t interact with the list beyond pointing out the following:

-some of these are right on the money (e.g., 3, 4, 8, 11, 26, 31, 41, 44, 66, and others),

-some are held by Dispensationalists and non-Dispensationalists alike (e.g., 53, 85),

-some present as contradictory things that are not necessarily contradictory (e.g., 85),

-some are distortions (e.g., the first part of 91),

-some are by no means true of all Dispensationalists (e.g., 5, 12, 19, 20, 55, 57, 65, 68-69, 87, the last part of 91, and 92-94, though they do use qualifiers such as “many” or “some”) or, in the case of some, are held in varying degrees,

-some of these present extreme views as if they are mainstream (e.g., 5, 12, 19, 20, 55), and

-some use questionable logic to paint Dispensationalism in a negative light (e.g., 12, 20, 59).

It’s interesting that they quoted only a few authors, the ones they quoted are often controversial, if not disavowed, even among Dispensationalists (e.g., Hal Lindsey, John Hagee). Some are quoted as if they were Dispensationalists though they are not (e.g., John Sailhamer, though they misspelled his name, and Millard Erickson). The Progessive Dispensationalists that they even bothered to quote at all (Darrell Bock and Craig Blaising) they quoted as Dispensationalists rather than Progressive Dispensationalists (there is a difference), and also note that they only mentioned Progressive Dispensationalism once and failed to interact with it at all.

Also, I know it’s hard to measure tone in a written document, but am I the only one that thought they were almost snarky in one or two of these? Grace, brothers, use grace.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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